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Friday, November 13, 2015

Fixing what already worked

Milo reports on a gaming-oriented charity deciding to expand its focus:
Operation Supply Drop, a well-respected charity established to help veterans ease back into civilian life using video games, and which provided active personnel with care packages featuring consoles and the latest games, is being torn apart. Insiders allege that this is happening at least in part thanks to negative portrayals of games and gamers in the media.

OSD is in crisis after its founder and many senior staff departed this month, citing the incumbent chief executive’s desire to refocus the charity away from video games, using money raised from gamers to fund a shift into mainstream, non-gaming activism.

Ex-Army veteran Captain Stephen Machuga, known online as Shanghai Six, started OSD on November 1, 2010. The charity claims to have raised $8 million since, but Machuga left on 1 November this year after disagreements about the direction of the organisation, and has pledged to launch a new charity called Stack-Up.Org, which will cleave to the original design and spirit of Operation Supply Drop more closely.

Sources close to Operation Supply Drop allege that its chief executive, Glenn Banton, is manoeuvering the charity away from video games, at least in part because recent negative press and a Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode dramatising poor treatment of women in the game industry might make corporate fundraising for gaming-focused programmes difficult, given Banton’s grand ambitions for the charity.

Banton denies this, telling Breitbart that he is “frustrated with this concept of gamer-only water fountains and a trend of not letting non-gamers participate in gaming activities.”
Whatever else this is, it is remarkably stupid. Does Banton think the big breast cancer charities would raise more money if they turned their focus away from breast cancer in the interests of being more inclusive? Without its gaming component, Operation Supply Drop become just another veteran's charity. As a general rule, expanding your focus is a very good way to miss the target.

I have no idea of Banton is an SJW or not, but this does certainly smack of entryism.

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OpenID Jack Amok November 13, 2015 12:13 PM  

I'll put my bets on SWJ based on this quote: "frustrated with this concept of gamer-only water fountains and a trend of not letting non-gamers participate in gaming activities.”

WTF? "Gamer-only water fountains" sounds like a made-up complaint of the sort SJWs love to use.

Blogger S1AL November 13, 2015 12:21 PM  

@1 - and yet somehow less stupid than the remainder of the quote - "not letting non-gamers participate in gaming activities." I don't even understand how that can be stated with a straight face.

Blogger praetorian November 13, 2015 12:23 PM  

WTF? "Gamer-only water fountains" sounds like a made-up complaint of the sort SJWs love to use.

Spot on, I noticed that as well. It's dog-whistling to the left, as well as a way to associate The One Last Sin with gamers.

SJW convergence confirmed. Terminate with fire, salt the earth, move on.

Blogger CM November 13, 2015 12:26 PM  

WTF? "Gamer-only water fountains" sounds like a made-up complaint of the sort SJWs love to use.

Definitely SJW-ism, although inept. New SJW? The veteran SWs would call that appropriation of black culture.

Blogger Krul November 13, 2015 12:27 PM  

"...a trend of not letting non-gamers participate in gaming activities.”

... what?

Nobody is excluded, it's just that "non-gamers" don't "participate in gaming activities" by definition. If they did, then they'd be "gamers".

So... what is supposed to be the problem here? Is the guy mad about the "trend of not letting non-football fans participate in football activities” too? How about the "trend of not letting vegetarians participate in meat eating activities"? Or "not letting atheists worship God"?

Blogger CM November 13, 2015 12:28 PM  

Spot on, I noticed that as well. It's dog-whistling to the left, as well as a way to associate The One Last Sin with gamers.


I stand corrected.

Blogger Kentucky Packrat November 13, 2015 12:48 PM  

I'm sure that some well-meaning *cough* soul told Captain Machuga that, while his heart was in the right place, he needed an expert in non-profits to come in and lead the charity so that all the i's could be dotted and all the t's crossed. Soon enough, one SJW brings in another, and within a year or so the board is full of SJWs and he's run off of his own idea.

It's hard enough to bring in underlings with the risk of SJWism abounding, but to give an SJW the keys willingly is absurd.

Blogger slarrow November 13, 2015 12:49 PM  

The charity's purpose made Banton's task of getting big donations and having control over how the money is spent much harder. Pournelle's Iron Law rears its ugly head again.

OpenID basementhomebrewer November 13, 2015 12:51 PM  

I applaud the founder for cutting ties and starting a new organization. I do wonder at his judgement though. I presume he had some input on the appointment of the CEO in the first place.

As for the stupid quotes from the CEO, I think it's pretty clear he is in the "point and shriek" phase. Both parts of the quote are attempts to tie gaming to racial segregation and intolerance.

Blogger Dave November 13, 2015 12:54 PM  

A revealing quote from Banton? "While I’d played plenty of games prior, the first moment was beating Super Mario Bros on NES. I even remember the friend’s house I was at in Austin, Texas and have showed my kids. It was not however a fulfilling experience. As you may know, beating the game, isn’t “beating the game” it simply starts over on Hard Mode. I can remember clearly how my excitement changed to immediate frustration when this happened. I guess you can say that was the beginning of my overly critical point of view on gaming."

Blogger Dug November 13, 2015 12:59 PM  

frustrated with this concept of gamer-only water fountains and a trend of not letting non-gamers participate in gaming activities.

What a complete load of bullshit.

I'll translate what he's trying to say:

'Man, for a lot of reasons I want to get rid of this whole 'gamers' thing from my org. So, here's my move: I'll say gamers don't only play video games. We also surf and go on vacations and do things that have nothing to do with gaming! There, great, now I can say this is 'dedicated to gamers' while being able to excise the whole 'gaming' part as essential.

Also, I'll say the organization is dedicated to introducing gaming to people who aren't interested in gaming. Which means, the moment I see an opportunity, I can say we stand against gamergate and anyone else who SJWs hate at the moment.

But by framing it as 'sick of gamer-only water fountains' I can make it sound like I'm trying to do something positive for gamers. And maybe you'll give me the benefit of the doubt about the non-gamer shit and interpret it in the nicest possible way, because I think you're an idiot.'

Blogger Steve, the Dark Ninja of Mockery November 13, 2015 1:02 PM  

But documents seen by Breitbart Tech show that he was ejected from the company after refusing to sign a non-compete contract.

"Charity" my arse.

Blogger Student in Blue November 13, 2015 1:14 PM  

As you may know, beating the game, isn’t “beating the game” it simply starts over on Hard Mode. I can remember clearly how my excitement changed to immediate frustration when this happened.

Sounds like he doesn't even enjoy simply playing video games.

"Phew, I finally beat this. I hate having to do this. What a nightmare to get thr- WAIT THERE'S MORE? AAAH!"

Blogger Desiderius November 13, 2015 1:21 PM  

"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode dramatising poor treatment of women in the game industry might make corporate fundraising for gaming-focused programmes difficult"

Wow.

I had the misfortune of catching a few minutes of that episode while flipping through channels. Mindbendingly lame. IceT had a "what am I doing here?" look on his face.

Might make it difficult. Halloween costumes might make me uncomfortable. What is it with the reign of subjunctive terror?

Blogger CM November 13, 2015 1:21 PM  

Sounds like he doesn't even enjoy simply playing video games.

Oh come on... no one wants to play a game that is the equivalent of doing laundry or dishes! Complete on easy, add a child and play again!

Excuse the feminine analogy, but most (if not all) games contain grueling elements that make beating the game feel very rewarding. If I want to play at a higher difficulty, I'll start it at a higher difficulty. Don't rob me of my ending like my kids dumping their clothes in my spotless laundry room...

Blogger Anonymous Robot November 13, 2015 1:28 PM  

It was not however a fulfilling experience. As you may know, beating the game, isn’t “beating the game” it simply starts over on Hard Mode.

I see. The makers of 2048 are some sort evil racist sexist assholes then.

Blogger Dave November 13, 2015 1:28 PM  

Said by no gamer ever: "Dammit not another level"

@CM wtf? no wait don't answer that

Blogger Dystopic November 13, 2015 1:34 PM  

I know a guy who was deeply involved in this charity. To say that he was unhappy with how things turned out is a cosmic understatement.

Blogger CM November 13, 2015 1:36 PM  

@CM wtf? no wait don't answer that

Hey. I barely have time to shower. If I sit down to a game, I want it to be beatable :p. Something with an ending.

The guy has bigger problems than not liking unending games.

Blogger Skylark Thibedeau November 13, 2015 1:40 PM  

Sounds like someone bought himself a seat on a board with two nice donations totaling about $30k. Once enscounced he's invited in like minded individuals, kicked out the founder and have chaged the name and direction of the charity all the while keeping the donations given by good hearted people for a different purpose.

Now will he go to the usual SJW oriented corporations for donations then change the focus from the evil veterans to some other more PC groups maybe veterans of poop swastika triggering events and grant himself and the other members 6 figure salaries?

Anonymous Trimegistus November 13, 2015 1:41 PM  

I am astounded that everyone here managed to miss the damning, "smoking gun" phrase in that quoted text:

". . . using money raised from gamers to fund a shift into mainstream, non-gaming activism."

We all know what that means, right? Giving money to Democrat politicians.

Blogger Doktor Jeep November 13, 2015 2:11 PM  

Around 10 years ago I sent William Lind an email regarding 5th Generation warfare as a form of cultural and media war, a new element so to speak. Mr. Lind regarded that as being under the umbrella of 4GW. But my "theory" of 5GW comes from a layman's viewpoint anyway.
This part of the post reminds me of why I thought there could be a 5th Generation of warfare:

"Sources close to Operation Supply Drop allege that its chief executive, Glenn Banton, is manoeuvering the charity away from video games, at least in part because recent negative press and a Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode dramatising poor treatment of women in the game industry might make corporate fundraising for gaming-focused programmes difficult, given Banton’s grand ambitions for the charity."

I have seen the concept of 5GW take on different meanings over the years, but it's in orbit around the observation of that paragraph. We have "non-state actors" as usual, but this is the media and GamerGate has been a facet of culture war.

I did not take into account (back then) the weaponization of democracy via the media and illegal immigration and the concept of "entryism" but back then I did not think people would actually be such true believers and mold their career and lives around infiltrating and wrecking organizations.

I'm not trying to create a concept of 5GW and Mr Lind convinced me that such a thing would take more time to identify, but I'm having a moment where it certainly feels like "the war" is even deeper into levels looking even farther from conventional engagement.

Anonymous BigGaySteve November 13, 2015 2:26 PM  

“frustrated with this concept of gamer-only water fountains and a trend of not letting non-gamers participate in gaming activities.”

We have Gandalf at the bridge telling non gamers "YOU SHALL NOT PASS, JUST LIKE NON ASIAN MINORITIES IN MATH"

I don't even understand how that can be stated with a straight face.

I concede this problem probably came from letting my people serve openly

WTF? "Gamer-only water fountains" sounds like a made-up complaint of the sort SJWs love to use.

Sadly the gamer fountains required an IQ of at least 70 or a mental age of 12 to get the water reward. As World of Warcraft found out in its first edition to lv 60 the barrens and the city layout prevented anyone under those qualifications from getting over LV 20 as horde. So it was both ageist and racist.

"trend of not letting non-football fans participate in football activities” too?

I guess you missed the threat of gays boy cotting the NFL, all 12 that watch the NFL.

ejected from the company after refusing to sign a non-compete contract...."Charity" my arse.

Very few actual charities out there with less than 90% overhead. $5,000 hookers count as overhead.

Blogger Student in Blue November 13, 2015 2:40 PM  

Said by no gamer ever: "Dammit not another level"

I've said that about a game before, but that was because I was pushing myself to finish it rather than sit back and enjoy it.

I'm pushing myself to finish the games I got before I go out and buy more, you see.

Blogger White Devil November 13, 2015 2:43 PM  

praetorian
The One Last Sin
Sorry, I'm stupid and google isn't helping. What's this mean?

Doktor Jeep
5GW Maybe call it 4.5 for now, appropriate for the internet era. I think the split is purpose, rather than approach, which might not matter to the generations of warfare categories.

Blogger CM November 13, 2015 2:47 PM  

The One Last Sin
Sorry, I'm stupid and google isn't helping. What's this mean?


The "gamers-only water fountains" is a reference to segregation/slavery/racism which, in this world of no sins, is the ONLY sin.

Blogger Dave November 13, 2015 2:51 PM  

Sorry Student in Blue; "Dammit not another level to finish this game so I can go buy another game" doesn't have the same meme quality.

And you did complete those levels too didn't you.

Anonymous Bz November 13, 2015 2:52 PM  

As stated above, the SJW take over is already done. This charity is as dead as a church. It would have been better to see the place burned down than robbed by the enemy.

Charities and organizations ought to be more careful so they don't just give away all their painstakingly raised funds to whoever walks in off the street with a weird cause. How to do that in practice? There's an important topic for defending against SJWs.

Blogger Dave November 13, 2015 2:56 PM  

@White Devil

Obviously you don't know what The One Last Sin is because you're the WHITE DEVIL

Blogger Krul November 13, 2015 3:01 PM  

@28 Bz - "Charities and organizations ought to be more careful so they don't just give away all their painstakingly raised funds to whoever walks in off the street with a weird cause. How to do that in practice?"

Conquest's second law states that "Any organization not explicitly right-wing sooner or later becomes left-wing." This suggests that one could forestall takeover at the outset by making sure that one's organization is explicitly right-wing.

Blogger White Devil November 13, 2015 3:13 PM  

CM
The "gamers-only water fountains" is a reference to segregation/slavery/racism which, in this world of no sins, is the ONLY sin.
Thank you. Though I'd like to think littering is still taboo.

dave
you're the WHITE DEVIL
Conversations go faster when you come with a name tag.

Blogger VD November 13, 2015 3:14 PM  

Around 10 years ago I sent William Lind an email regarding 5th Generation warfare as a form of cultural and media war, a new element so to speak. Mr. Lind regarded that as being under the umbrella of 4GW.

It is. You're confusing tools with tactics.

Blogger White Devil November 13, 2015 3:19 PM  

Krul
Conquest's second law states...
Good rule. A specific case of "If they don’t stand for something, they will fall for anything" (http://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/02/18/stand-fall/) from a journal called Mental Hygiene of all things.

From google - Hygiene is a set of practices performed for the preservation of health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), "Hygiene refers to conditions and practices that help to maintain health and prevent the spread of diseases."

Post modernists are very skeptical of health as a concept, as well as beauty. I wonder why?

Anonymous BigGaySteve November 13, 2015 3:29 PM  

Thank you. Though I'd like to think littering is still taboo.

So you are rrrrrrrracist against Latinos. http://isteve.blogspot.com/2013/04/rock-climbing-and-latino-littering.html

Blogger SirHamster November 13, 2015 3:30 PM  

As you may know, beating the game, isn’t “beating the game” it simply starts over on Hard Mode. I can remember clearly how my excitement changed to immediate frustration when this happened.
-------------------------
Sounds like he doesn't even enjoy simply playing video games.
"Phew, I finally beat this. I hate having to do this. What a nightmare to get thr- WAIT THERE'S MORE? AAAH!"


He got triggered by the existence of a harder tier that excluded him.

Like filthy casuals complaining about hardcore raiding.

Blogger Student in Blue November 13, 2015 3:33 PM  

@Dave
And you did complete those levels too didn't you.

Yes. Yes I did.

Blogger Nate November 13, 2015 4:15 PM  

4GW is a subset of 0GW... as been said. The answer to it.. is also 0GW.

The problem is no one has the balls to fight 0GW anymore.

Blogger Badmojo November 13, 2015 4:20 PM  

“When I approach larger organisations, such as Intel, they will see Operation Supply Drop, with the video game controller, and their immediate reaction is, we are not a gaming company, we don’t know how we can help."


Oh, bullshit. Intel LOVES working with groups like that. They know gamers are driving most upgrades (aka purchases) and spend an inordinate amount of time and money on their products.

Blogger YIH November 13, 2015 4:31 PM  

As a general rule, expanding your focus is a very good way to miss the target.
If you mean ''missing the target'' as in established to help veterans ease back into civilian life using video games yeah, that's what will happen.
The problem is the vast majority of ''private charities'' don't exist for that purpose of their stated mission. They exist as employment for their staffs, and to be an advertising buyer.
Raise the money, pay the staff, buy the ads, rinse and repeat. The 'mission' only serves P.R. and advertising purposes - and legal purposes due to the fact a 501c3 must devote 10% to it's mission (per IRS rules).

Anonymous WillBest November 13, 2015 4:44 PM  

Well there is always Child's Play. It is still run by gamers, though they will probably be full on SJW before too long.

Anonymous BGS November 13, 2015 4:56 PM  

The 'mission' only serves P.R. and advertising purposes - and legal purposes due to the fact a 501c3 must devote 10% to it's mission (per IRS rules).

Veterans organizations can also get away with having their vet employees count towards that 10%, but in the book "The Crisis Caravan" a former aid worker explains how over 90% of the 10% gets misused.

Blogger YIH November 13, 2015 5:13 PM  

@41 BGS:
a former aid worker explains how over 90% of the 10% gets misused.
Check that link, the whole point of spending that 10% is mainly to make further ads.
@38 Badmojo:
Oh, bullshit. Intel LOVES working with groups like that. They know gamers are driving most upgrades (aka purchases) and spend an inordinate amount of time and money on their products.
Intel sees it this way:
1. either give the money to the 501c3 or give it to the IRS (or other nation's tax collector as the case may be).
2. Again, P.R. Intel is ''helping veterans'' not unlike all the NFL camo decorations this month.
Veterans have become just another 'cause' to 'help' just like *vomit* 'pinktober' last month.

Blogger Doktor Jeep November 13, 2015 5:24 PM  

@VD
Indeed I've not enough schooling to know the difference without checking twice.
I was also told not to fall into the idea that "new things" replace old, like in the manner that we think new military technology can automatically solve old problems merely by being new. Such is the notion that there is no 5GW simply because new stuff entered the field.
The correspondence happened 2 computers ago and everything is on an old HDD somewhere. After that exchange, this article appeared on LRC https://www.lewrockwell.com/2004/02/william-s-lind/fifth-generation-warfare/

Sometimes it gets hard to discern false flag from propaganda but I'm only good for that last 100 yards. :-)

Anonymous Don Apple November 13, 2015 5:53 PM  


We spoke to one medium-sized indie game studio who told us, ‘I would rather go bankrupt and live in a cardboard box on the street than support veterans.’


It may be true or untrue, but it darn sure sounds plausible.

But why cater to a miniscule donor class?

Yep, SJW infestation complete.

Anonymous Anonymous Something November 13, 2015 11:36 PM  

the reign of subjunctive terror

You win the thread for that. Seriously, I may put it on a lapel button or something.

Blogger Carl Philipp November 14, 2015 2:02 AM  

@22 "I'm not trying to create a concept of 5GW and Mr Lind convinced me that such a thing would take more time to identify, but I'm having a moment where it certainly feels like "the war" is even deeper into levels looking even farther from conventional engagement."

I don't know anything about the classification of warfare, but if what I have heard about the Social Justice movement's origin as a KGB op is true, that may prove to be one of the most successful covert military operations in history. It took decades, but they crippled us as a superpower without firing a shot.

Blogger Masha K. November 14, 2015 1:54 PM  

Vox, funny you mention breast cancer charities, considering the Susan Komen foundation is giving $$ to Planned Parenthood. And yeah, I'm sure they feel they're being inclusive. In fact, I think at some point they wanted to stop but gave in to the shrieks. Most charities get taken over by SJWs sooner or later, esp. once they get bigger and there's serious money involved.

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