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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Defeating the fiction police


The cartoon is from here. One autistic indy game developer points out that he doesn't think praising the talking dog for the content of his speech is helping him:
Those in the gaming mass media think they’re doing people like me a favor, but they’re not. They’re smothering me and others like me. I know now there is no way they will hold my game truly accountable for any flaws it might ultimately have because they’ll think that any dismissal or criticism of the game as a whole will be a direct attack on autistic people, and it quite clearly is not. When people do dog pile on games that cover issues like this (I won’t name names but I’m sure you can fill in the blanks), it’s because of how the subject matter is approached, not that it was approached at all. The flaws of these games have been in their inability to truly connect with the people who play them, not that they had the audacity to attempt something new. If I had come forward before this, I would have been made a pet of the ‘social justice gaming crowd’, a person they could throw around to show how diverse and righteous they are, all while shielding themselves from criticism. I would be given preferential treatment just like I always have. It never ends....

Seeing a new game get ravaged for supposed sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, etc. seemingly every week makes me feel less inclined to want to write characters like Tinker, Hannah, or the many others who will be playable in our game. To these people and publications, all I have to ask is: is this what you want? Do you want people to be too afraid to make inclusive art? Because whether that was your intent or not, it’s what’s actually happening. It’s hard enough investing all your money and time into making a studio, working for years on a game that will eventually be judged by both critics and consumers without then also having to be worried that those same critics will sensationalize your game in order to make a few more big articles.
My answer is that the game developer should do as Harlan Ellison has suggested that the author do: answer them with the mighty power of your pen. By which he means to ignore them and write or develop whatever it is that YOU decide you want your book, or your game, to be.

Some people have already complained that FIRST SWORD has no female gladiators.  Tough. There is no need for them and so we're not going to waste any time or development resources on them. And if the Social Justice Whores don't like that, well, they are welcome to decry the lack of female slavery in our game to their heart's content; it's not going to make any difference whatsoever to me or to how well the game does.

The only power the Social Justice Whores have over you is the power you give them. Look at VP and its continually growing traffic. Look at Castalia and the increasing number of books it is publishing. Both have prospered despite the best efforts of the SJWs to attack them. There is no reason to give them even the slightest ground; doing so only inflames and encourages them. So don't do it!

Root them out wherever they have infested, slap down all their attempts to invade and influence, and resolutely ignore them when they are safely on the outside. John C. Wright explains how they, and a panoply of other evils, will be defeated:
I submit that victory shall be ours by using the same methods we used to overthrow the Roman Empire and replace paganism with Christianity.

First, we must pray. We must live differently from the pagans around us, according to standards of higher discipline, displaying more fidelity in marriage, eschewing divorce, assisting the poor and downtrodden, and living lives so holy that even the devils are amazed.

Second, by being willing to suffer public scorn, loss of prestige, position, and fortune for Christ.

Third, by being open, vocal, coordinated, and relentless in our efforts. Fourth, by staying on message and never giving an inch.

Fifth and last, by showing the imagination of man that no one can live in the craven airless cesspool of the mental environment of political correctness, but that men flourish and grow strong and brave, not to mention more sexually appealing, in the walled gardens of the Church and the battlefields of life.
Stay on message. Never give an inch. Stop trying to play moderate in the hopes that you'll escape the heat. Stop trying to win them over by telling them that you're not opposed to them when, in fact, you are. You cannot reason with the willfully insane.

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71 Comments:

Anonymous Luke September 17, 2014 4:37 AM  

"Some people have already complained that FIRST SWORD has no female gladiators. Tough. There is no need for them and so we're not going to waste any time or development resources on them. And if the Social Justice Warriors don't like that, well, they are welcome to decry the dearth of female slavery in our game to their heart's content; it's not going to make any difference whatsoever to me or to how well the game does."

Even better idea IMO: go ahead and have a female gladiator character -- but have her be extremely weak and easily defeated. Bonus points for 1) having her be very stacked and practically falling out of her costume, and 2) have her demonstrate defeat in a much more humiliating fashion than a male character, say, offering by word or posture (eyes and face downcast in kowtowing position) to submissively sexually pleasure the male opponent rather than be killed/have her weapon and shield confiscated/whatever. Watch the sub-2.5 shrill harpies' heads explode (and the eventual sales to actual gamers noticeably increase) when THAT gets noticed... ;)

Anonymous Titus Didius Tacitus September 17, 2014 4:39 AM  

Root them out wherever they have infested, slap down all their attempts to invade and influence, and resolutely ignore them when they are safely on the outside.

Wise, necessary and fun!

Blogger Jew613 September 17, 2014 4:45 AM  

Who is the artist who drew the cartoon?

Anonymous VD September 17, 2014 4:55 AM  

Even better idea IMO: go ahead and have a female gladiator character -- but have her be extremely weak and easily defeated.

That would involve additional work. Not worth it. We're behind schedule as it is.

Anonymous Roundtine September 17, 2014 5:01 AM  

Should gamers and others in a non-political group declare themselves to be right-wing organizations? Not to promote right-wing talking points or conservative opinion, but to enforce a distinction between politics and the rest of life. The left does not. Declaring yourself non-political doesn't work because as the NFL is finding out, they will declare anything political and then force you to take sides. I saw the MSNBC talking head saying, "Why doesn't the NFL care about abused women and children?" Well, the NFL was created to promote football.....

Anonymous VD September 17, 2014 5:47 AM  

Should gamers and others in a non-political group declare themselves to be right-wing organizations?

No, they should aggressively declare themselves to be gamers and totally uninterested in all social justice issues. Getting involved in politics is not the answer, refusing to engage in them and refusing to permit others to engage in them is the answer.

Along, of course, with kicking out the Social Justice Whores who insist on trying to force politics onto everyone else. That's the real problem. Not kicking out those who advocate things like "games need more women" and so forth. One and done. You want politics, go into politics. You're done in games.

Blogger NMA September 17, 2014 5:56 AM  

If the people complaining about a lack of female gladiators are proper social justice warriors then you can always throw their lack of sensitivity back at them. How dare they assume that your gladiators all identify as male just because they were born and look that way? They need to check their cisgendered privilege.

Anonymous VD September 17, 2014 6:04 AM  

If the people complaining about a lack of female gladiators are proper social justice warriors then you can always throw their lack of sensitivity back at them.

No, all that cutesy crap is just a form of evasion and conflict-avoidance. Unless and until everyone they target tells them, in no uncertain terms, to fuck off, they're going to keep pushing. It can't be denied any longer.

Join them or fight them. Those are your two choices.

Blogger IM2L844 September 17, 2014 6:57 AM  

Yes. Trying to point out the glaring inconsistencies and self-defeating concepts inherent in their positions in a tit for tat manner is a waste of time. Theirs is a world of ever shifting goalposts; a nebulous, short sighted reality without absolutes, destined for self-destruction. They don't get it. They don't want to get it and they never will get it. It's a house of cards built on a foundation of shifting sand. The problem is that they are determined to include everyone in what the realists recognize as mutually guaranteed destruction. You can't compromise or talk sense with that kind of crazy. If they are not defeated, they will destroy us all with their grand societal murder/suicide pact.

Anonymous Titus Didius Tacitus September 17, 2014 7:11 AM  

NMA: "If the people complaining about a lack of female gladiators are proper social justice warriors then you can always throw their lack of sensitivity back at them."

Escalation dominance means you can control the pace of escalation, that is, the pace at which conflict increases.

It's a valuable thing to have. Conflict between those who can let conflict bubble along as it is, or confidently escalate (perhaps because some stronger power would aid them if the conflict got "out of hand"), whichever is more convenient for them at the time, have an important advantage over those who have to accept the level of conflict they are given. Those with escalation dominance are likely to win, even without playing their strategic trumps.

Escalation dominance has had a lot to do with the success of the anti-white left over the last century, even in face to face office politics between average whites, none of whom personally have any powerful ethnic lobby, and none of whom ever wind up calling in any higher powers. One side fights as much as it wants, when it wants, and relaxes when it pleases; the other mustn't. If it escalates when it doesn't please the other side, things would go up channels and eventually reach social justice warriors with real power. If the non-social-justice-warrior side doesn't intensify the conflict when the social justice warrors choose to do so, the social justice warrors just take silence (or mumbling) for consent, and pass a lot of new rules delegitimizing the other side's opinions and stigmatizing those who express them.

When you use tactics like "more sensitive than thou" you concede escalation dominance. If, perhaps unknown to you, it would have been better for you to have this out right away, the social justice warriors can let you "get away with that" for now. If conflict is convenient for them now, they can call you on your evasion immediately and often crudely. What have you been doing to punish those who don't conform? Put up, or shut up and get out!

Too long, didn't read: Vox Day is right.

Anonymous Steveo September 17, 2014 8:11 AM  

SJW should be altered to an appropriate nom de nasiller... how about SJc? That's social justice clown.
The thin, plastic veneer of these morons coats of arms, recently conjured by their adoption of the baby pulpit, needs to be scraped off like you would some nasty bubble gum from your favorite shoes. Have for them, immediate, clear & dismissive contempt as you walk beyond their whines and proceed to do exactly as you deemed fit in the first place.

Anonymous Musashi September 17, 2014 8:26 AM  

"Unless and until everyone they target tells them, in no uncertain terms, to fuck off, they're going to keep pushing."

Exactly....

Anonymous Strange Aeons September 17, 2014 8:33 AM  

Steveo -
I agree that the term "warrior" is normally viewed in conjunction with valiant qualities but in the context of SJW's, I believe the term is generally recognized as a pejorative by those who use it or have heard it, and not necessarily uncommonly. For example, InternetAristocrat has a plethora of videos on YouTube in which he regularly refers to them by this term, and thoroughly mocks and eviscerates these clowns (I have found much amusement in these sjw-skewerings, and highly recommend them if you haven't already seen some)

Anonymous joe doakes September 17, 2014 8:43 AM  

Maybe you should include female gladiators in the game, but configure them realistically. If the champion of all gladiators has strength, endurance, quickness and experience of 100, then your average woman warrior would be, what, about a 25? Want to play her character? Fine, but you'll be cut down in 10 seconds of solo combat, your only chance is gang tackle and a lucky stab. Realism. Might provide an interesting challenge, playing an overwhelming underdog. Kind of like Fezzik trying to remember how to fight just one Wesley.

Anonymous VD September 17, 2014 8:46 AM  

Maybe you should include female gladiators in the game, but configure them realistically.

Well, that is certainly a completely novel idea that no one has ever contemplated before or addressed in the comments already.

Anonymous Anonymous September 17, 2014 9:21 AM  

Maybe you should include female gladiators in the game, but configure them realistically.

So they would sleep around with all the male gladiators, sleep with the overseers too and bust up their marriages, then get pregnant and put on medical leave right before their first match? That doesn't sound very exciting.

Anonymous Josh September 17, 2014 9:24 AM  

The SJW crap in politics, science fiction, gaming, the nfl, and probably scrapbooking is the result of secular Calvinism and the solipsism of rich white urban liberals.

Anonymous mac September 17, 2014 9:31 AM  

Josh - what is "secular calvinism"?

Anonymous Michael September 17, 2014 9:34 AM  

I suspect what really happened was the SJW communists noticed how the overwhelming majority of people were dumping the mainstream media left, right and center, so they began force-feeding their agenda in other industries: games, sports, novels, or whatever is popular at the moment. Naturally, people resent when outsiders come in and attempt to ruin something they created. More and more, you're going to see outspoken individuals pushing the Marxist bullies back. Nobody wants to hear their incessant whining, bitching and moaning.

Blogger Desdichado September 17, 2014 9:35 AM  

Yes. Trying to point out the glaring inconsistencies and self-defeating concepts inherent in their positions in a tit for tat manner is a waste of time. Theirs is a world of ever shifting goalposts; a nebulous, short sighted reality without absolutes, destined for self-destruction. They don't get it. They don't want to get it and they never will get it. It's a house of cards built on a foundation of shifting sand.

You don't argue with SJWs to convince them of anything. That's tilting at windmills. You do it to demonstrate to spectators how full of crap they are.

Anonymous Josh September 17, 2014 9:46 AM  

Josh - what is "secular calvinism"?

Secular Calvinism is essentially a post millennial worldview held by urban progressives in which they have a mandate to impose their social norms on the rest of the world because those norms have been predestined as evolutionarily superior by Darwin.

Blogger IM2L844 September 17, 2014 9:54 AM  

You do it to demonstrate to spectators how full of crap they are.

Right you are, Joshua.

Anonymous A Visitor September 17, 2014 10:04 AM  

"No room for D Cups..." Heh heh heh.

"The only power the Social Justice Whores have over you is the power you give them." Exactly!!!!!

This article may be of interest to the Ilk in terms of a game plan.

"Some people have already complained that FIRST SWORD has no female gladiators. Tough. There is no need for them and so we're not going to waste any time or development resources on them."

I don't know if you're planning on FIRST SWORD being historically accurate. If you are, were there ever female gladiators? If so, where was the evidence. If you weren't planning on it...point being, as you said tough. We aren't doing'em. Good!

"ven better idea IMO: go ahead and have a female gladiator character -- but have her be extremely weak and easily defeated. Bonus points for 1) having her be very stacked and practically falling out of her costume, and 2) have her demonstrate defeat in a much more humiliating fashion than a male character, say, offering by word or posture (eyes and face downcast in kowtowing position) to submissively sexually pleasure the male opponent rather than be killed/have her weapon and shield confiscated/whatever. " <-----THAT!!!! :)

"That would involve additional work. Not worth it. We're behind schedule as it is."

Dang. Maybe you can do something like that next time?

"Unless and until everyone they target tells them, in no uncertain terms, to fuck off, they're going to keep pushing. It can't be denied any longer."

For anyone wondering how to get practice, start on a small scale with family members or friends you know to be of an SJW bent. Pick your fights on small battles, watch their heads explode, do an AAR mentally, and repeat for the battles that do matter (i.e. workplace, that annoying neighbor, etc.).

"So they would sleep around with all the male gladiators, sleep with the overseers too and bust up their marriages, then get pregnant and put on medical leave right before their first match? That doesn't sound very exciting."

Cail, I laughed. Thank you!

"Josh - what is "secular calvinism"?"

For you Spanish speakers out there, it's like a media doncella. There's no such thing. There's doncellas and those who aren't. Josh, that wasn't a shot at you. It was a shot at those who held said view.

Anonymous bw September 17, 2014 10:28 AM  

because those norms have been predestined as evolutionarily superior by Darwin

And yet, observably and ironically, the exact opposite is true, which is why the root of their beliefs is nothing more than an ego-psych struggle against nature and the as an excuse for the failures in their lives (or of an important someone else failing them).
Most everything they cry for is an evolutionary dead end in regards to survival of the fittest. Supporting and enabling the Lowest Common Denominator is their (political marxist) goal, and what gives them political power and identity.**
They have been encouraged and deceived into supporting the very things that will destroy themselves, and thus, society as a whole.

**It should be noted that TPTB who sell them their identity politics don't actually believe in the narrative themselves - the predator simply encourages the weakened prey to continue harming itself, making it easier to devour.

Anonymous Rico September 17, 2014 10:30 AM  

Hey Vox, have you heard of Operation disrespectful nod? It's an emailing campaign to convince companies to not advertise with these SJW gaming websites. Already it's gotten several advertisers to drop out. If I send you the relevant info would you make a post about it to get some of the ilk on it?

Anonymous VD September 17, 2014 10:38 AM  

If I send you the relevant info would you make a post about it to get some of the ilk on it?

Sure, email it.

Anonymous alfanerd September 17, 2014 10:39 AM  

Is there a game out there which is specifically designed to offend SJWs? It might catch on.

Like a game where your character is a white male trying to accumulate privilege by oppressing women and minorities?

Anonymous Michael September 17, 2014 10:45 AM  

The ideologues have ceased trying to recruit members and are now intent on forced compliance. It is a cult.

Anonymous Heh September 17, 2014 10:58 AM  

Maybe you should include female gladiators in the game, but configure them realistically.

So they would sleep around with all the male gladiators, sleep with the overseers too and bust up their marriages, then get pregnant and put on medical leave right before their first match? That doesn't sound very exciting.


The principal role of the females would be to pleasure the male gladiators as they did in Spartacus.

Anonymous Josh September 17, 2014 11:00 AM  

Is there a game out there which is specifically designed to offend SJWs? It might catch on.

Like a game where your character is a white male trying to accumulate privilege by oppressing women and minorities?


Custer's Revenge

Anonymous WaterBoy September 17, 2014 11:00 AM  

Steveo: "SJW should be altered to an appropriate nom de nasiller"

I prefer SoJawa, myself -- diminutive, brown-shirted vermin scurrying about and getting into everybody else's business.

Glowing eyes optional.

Anonymous WaterBoy September 17, 2014 11:02 AM  

alfanerd: "Like a game where your character is a white male trying to accumulate privilege by oppressing women and minorities"

Grand Theft Auto.

Anonymous bw September 17, 2014 11:28 AM  

tells them, in no uncertain terms, to fuck off, they're going to keep pushing. It can't be denied any longer. VD

They are followers and bullies at heart, and can be turned when enough force is shown. Remember, they've been given every advantage in the last century, which is why they falsely believe they own the inevitability of their Utopia in the 21st.
The subhumans will not own our children. We will own <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0pPG6s_daY>theirs</a>


Anonymous bw September 17, 2014 11:28 AM  

theirs

Anonymous alfanerd September 17, 2014 11:28 AM  

Custer's Revenge

Thanks I will try that.

Anonymous alfanerd September 17, 2014 11:36 AM  

Grand Theft Auto.

GTA is awesome, and its huge popularity must be a major annoyance for SJWs, but it's more as a side effect of accurately portraying criminal activities than as a directly aimed shot against SJWs. I mean GTA V is based on the cooperation of a black guy from the ghetto with old-school white gangster.

I hope those decisions werent made as a sacrifical offering to the SJW crowd, but just because GTA has a large black fan base. Still I enjoyed GTA San Andreas where the main character is black and GTA V is a masterpiece.

Blogger JDC September 17, 2014 12:02 PM  

GTA 5 was awesome, and it is laughable that the SJW's issue with the game was the lack of a leading female character instead of how the women were portrayed. It tells me they never played the game - the women are awful, not one female is remotely likable. Michael's daughter (dirty ho), Michael's wife (dirty ho), the lawyer (ball-breaking b****), the "runner" (femi-nazi), Ashley (druggie), Debra (another ball-breaker).

Anonymous Ignorance Is Risk September 17, 2014 12:15 PM  

Custer's Revenge

Thanks I will try that.


You familiar with the term "schmuck bait"?

Anonymous TheVillageIdiot(Ret.) September 17, 2014 12:28 PM  

When I look into the faces of the wanna be speech Nazis in America,I don't see the faces of the Christians,I see the faces of the Christiaphobians.The Christophobic Coalition of Commie Stooges;
the feministas, sodomitas and apeist,political lobby groups and political wings of the stupid white people in the new brown man's Democratic party.

DannyR

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 17, 2014 12:42 PM  

I suspect what really happened was the SJW communists noticed how the overwhelming majority of people were dumping the mainstream media left, right and center, so they began force-feeding their agenda in other industries: games, sports, novels, or whatever is popular at the moment

Survey after survey shows that the median age of TV watchers is north of 40. For off-air viewers it is close to 50, cable TV is a bit lower, something like 43 or so. Millenials often don't even own a TV, they view video on their computer or on a flatscreen display driven by a computer. This fragments the market for infotainment something fierce.

The demographic is why ComCast is so hot to get into being an ISP even though they are not at all suited to it, their core business of one-way information rests on the backs of people who are soon going to be AARP members.

And it also makes clear what is under all the "net neutrality" crap - giving control of the Internet to government. Put the FCC in charge of the backbone and start deciding what does and does not get streamed...

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents September 17, 2014 12:45 PM  

Josh
Secular Calvinism is essentially a post millennial worldview held by urban progressives in which they have a mandate to impose their social norms on the rest of the world because those norms have been predestined as evolutionarily superior by Darwin.

In other words, the SJW's are claiming to be on the right side of history, claiming historical inevitability for their eventual triumph, and that a perfect world awaits once they have won and rooted out the last reactionary.

So it's just another name for Marxism. Why not just use the term that already exists, rather than making one up that doesn't make sense?

Blogger Markku September 17, 2014 12:55 PM  

Why not just use the term that already exists, rather than making one up that doesn't make sense?

Because he is engaging in a futile attempt to provoke me, wrf3 and Jamsco. As always.

Blogger Markku September 17, 2014 1:12 PM  

Everybody who's anybody wanted Servetus dead. We have Luther and Melanchton on record for it. Roman Catholic Church too. Calvin just happened to be in town. It was a feature of Christendom of the time, not Calvinism.

Anonymous Anonymous September 17, 2014 1:59 PM  

Maybe you should include female gladiators in the game, but configure them realistically.

A one on one gladiator fight with a slave man and woman would basically turn into a public rape. I highly doubt slave gladiators have Christian moral codes.

Anonymous GreyS September 17, 2014 2:19 PM  

Stay on message. Never give an inch. Stop trying to play moderate in the hopes that you'll escape the heat. Stop trying to win them over by telling them that you're not opposed to them when, in fact, you are.

You've been repeating things like this over the last several months, and I have to say in practical terms this really is the best way to handle this stuff in pretty much all areas of life. Directly calling bullshit is much more effective than playing it the old way. Add mockery and it works wonders.

Social Justice Whores

Yep... Social Justice Whoriors?

Anonymous Salt September 17, 2014 4:07 PM  

Females in gladiator games. Gladiators were, to my knowledge, allowed women the night prior to battle.

Anonymous Supernaut September 17, 2014 4:11 PM  

Socialist Jihad Whoremongers

Blogger Roy Lofquist September 17, 2014 4:52 PM  

"Join them or fight them. Those are your two choices."

How about just ignore them?

I have been playing computer games for a while now, the first in 1968 or so. The only time I visit the gaming sites is when I'm looking for my next fix. The only thing I look at is user reviews and trailers. Lest you think I'm just a casual gamer I'll disclose that I pour about $500 a year into that rathole.

Anonymous VD September 17, 2014 5:05 PM  

How about just ignore them?

They won't ignore you.

Blogger Roy Lofquist September 17, 2014 5:20 PM  

@VD

How so?

Anonymous Anonymous September 17, 2014 6:24 PM  

As they say, "You may not be interested in politics, but politics is interested in you." You can't escape. They will hunt you down.

As we all know, "It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead." (They do feel fear, quite a lot of it, so I cut that out of the quote.)

To cut away from the 'joke female character' idea, it seems differently obvious that the 'Second Sword' game, or 'Third Sword' be the all-female edition. Re-use code, swap the pixels around, add a mud-wrestling level, and throw in the fightin' midget special character.

Anonymous kfg September 17, 2014 7:08 PM  

Roy:

Did Ahab just ignore the great white whale?
Only don't count on these people having a Catskill eagle in their souls either.

Blogger Roy Lofquist September 17, 2014 8:00 PM  

I am quaking.

Anonymous kfg September 17, 2014 8:23 PM  

So long as you know where the wasp in the room is there is little need to.

Blogger Roy Lofquist September 17, 2014 8:43 PM  

I've been a wasp most all of my life, though there was that brief dalliance with Janism.

Anonymous Pale Rider September 17, 2014 11:03 PM  

Roy Lofquist September 17, 2014 8:00 PM

I am quaking.

What you are is subserviant to the will of others through their coercive, murderous, thieving third party.
You sound ridiculously naive and stupid.

Blogger Matthew September 18, 2014 12:13 AM  

To cut away from the 'joke female character' idea, it seems differently obvious that the 'Second Sword' game, or 'Third Sword' be the all-female edition

Obviously it should be called "Strap-on Sword".

Social Justice Whores

Social Justice Weenies

Social Justice Whiners

Social Justice Weirdos

Anonymous Androsynth September 18, 2014 12:13 AM  

[i]How so?[/i]

If you were paying attention to the gaming scene this past month, you might have noticed that SJWs control not only the majority of public gaming discourse, but have also politicized a great deal of hiring and firing within the gaming industry, to the point where they are blackballing anyone who voices even a single opinion contrary to the party line. They're also able to organize online lynch mobs to pressure larger developers.

If gamers continue to ignore them, they will lock down gaming until only SJW-approved games are made. Ignoring them is letting them win.

Blogger Roy Lofquist September 18, 2014 12:22 AM  

Pale Rider,

You apparently didn't get the allusion.

"quake in one's boots"

"Often used sarcastically to mean that something is not at all frightening, e.g. The little dog thought it had me quaking in my boots with all the barking it was doing."

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/quake_in_one's_boots

Pard, I've been shot at - they missed.

What I see here is that Vox is all upset because some very mean people dissed him and he might lose a couple of bucks because of it. Now I don't begrudge Vox his bucks - I bought his books - but this whole foofraw drumming up a war against some insignificant weenies just doesn't float my boat.

Regards,
Roy

Blogger Matthew September 18, 2014 12:32 AM  

What I see here is that Vox is all upset because some very mean people dissed him and he might lose a couple of bucks because of it. Now I don't begrudge Vox his bucks - I bought his books…

This is completely plausible, and raises no eyebrows at all.

Blogger Matthew September 18, 2014 12:33 AM  

Really, it's amusing how credulous these master-manipulators suppose us to be.

Blogger Akulkis September 18, 2014 12:38 AM  

Don't pay the Danegeld(*)
Or you'll never be rid of the Dane(**).


(*) Danegeld = lit. Gold for Danes... payoff to convince the hostile visitors to go away without a fight.


(**) Dane = Viking

Blogger Roy Lofquist September 18, 2014 12:41 AM  

Androsynth,

"but have also politicized a great deal of hiring and firing within the gaming industry, to the point where they are blackballing anyone who voices even a single opinion contrary to the party line. They're also able to organize online lynch mobs to pressure larger developers.".

The so called "gaming community" has zero influence on the developers. The developers call all the shots. The publications are their paid shills. Write a good review and you get paid. Diss a game and you don't. Piss them off and you get blackballed.

The big games cost upwards of $50 million to produce and market. The payola is just a small part of their marketing costs. Cross them and they kill you. Nothing personal you understand, it's just business.

Regards,
Roy

Blogger Akulkis September 18, 2014 2:06 AM  

This is precisely why, until being taken over by the shitlords at Marvel Comics, that MAD Magazine NEVER accepted outside advertisers .... they realized it would make them beholden to such, and they would be putting a straight jacket on themselves (can't skewer the advertisers). Old Bill Gaines and his crew of high-wits were purists.

Blogger ray September 18, 2014 3:30 AM  

Any bridges built and maintained with the gamer or techie crews are gold. Big dividends. Just bc some these guys don't SEEM masculine by appearance, doesn't mean they aren't, in their own ways. They can be v stubborn when roused.


Feminism finally getting around to threatening the o/c tekkies, autistics, nerdsters etc. was a mistake. But an inevitable one, bc the hubris is so great now amongst these people that they can't conceive of effective resistance... much less defeat. Their nature is to consume all things into their shared error of self-serving true belief.

Blogger ray September 18, 2014 3:57 AM  

John C. Wright is, well, right. Top to bottom.

Anonymous Titus Didius Tacitus September 18, 2014 5:02 AM  

We see again and again that trivial and even astroturf pressure is enough to get big companies to support "social justice warrior" policies, and punish dissenters, even Rush Limbaugh, whose dissent is tiny and whose endorsement is worth a lot of money.

Push-back is necessary. Relying on the imaginary conservative inertia of the big money corporations is a ridiculous strategy and a proven failure.

Blogger Roy Lofquist September 18, 2014 5:25 AM  

Ray,

I've got a story about a nerd. Happens to be a true story.

I enlisted in the Army in 1961. Went through basic at Ft. Ord, California. We had a guy in our training platoon who was kinda short and a bit roly poly, older guy in his thirties. He was in the Army before, got out, got married, opened a little restaurant, then his wife got killed in a car accident. He reenlisted to be a cook. We called him Cookie.

Our platoon leader was a big dumb corporal - the kind of lifer you find in between wars because he couldn't make it on the outside. He used to ride Cookie's ass unmercifully. Cookie just kinda took it, shrugged it off.

Came the last day of basic and our final formation. We got to wear our Class A uniforms for the first time and decorations. We're all out there with our little tin marksmanship badges and there on the end, the smallest guy in the platoon, was Cookie. Cookie had some real decorations - Combat Infantry Man's Badge, Silver Star, Purple Heart and a couple of others. To my dying day I will never forget the look on that big dumb corporal's face.

Regards,
Roy

Anonymous Steveo September 18, 2014 9:49 AM  

Strange Aeons... thanks there are some great things in InternetAristocrats videos, I hadn't seen them yet.

Blogger ray September 18, 2014 4:21 PM  

Thanks for that Roy. It's been my experience also that appearances can be deceiving, especially when it comes to what's inside a man.


My hitch was during Vietnam, tho I was stateside and had an unusual role. Despite that, I leaned a lot in the military including why rightful authority should be obeyed (emphasis, rightful) and also about specialization amongst men. Despite complications, I look back fondly at my service days and the friendships I had with the guys, and the growing up I did then. One of my favorite folks was an easygoing, big-bear rolly polly guy who was our immediate boss, a tech sgt. Hardly John Wayne-esque. Yet he pulled our butts out of many jams, and we rewarded him by keeping his hospital actually running. We ended up calling him Daddy Duke (his real last name) as he helped us teenagers transition to responsible adulthood. Looking at him casually from the outside, you'd never have guessed he had the goods.


Cheers.

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