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Tuesday, April 05, 2016

A recognizable response

Grimfate notes that Beamdog's response to the criticism of Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear falls into what has come to be a recognizable pattern:
Usually if there’s a big uproar, the company will try to make things right, try to save face and hopefully do something to appease those who have decided not to purchase the game because of it. For example, the ending of Mass Effect 3. Also, whenever an SJW complains about something, the company seems quick to address the issue, such as the butt thing with Blizzard’s latest game. So it’s interesting to see that when there is an uproar AGAINST the SJW side, the company digs their heels in, asking people to post positive reviews for the game instead of, you know, addressing the concerns of their actual and potential customers…
This is the tell. This is what informs gamers that a game developer is not on their side, and is sufficiently SJW-converged to stand their ground on the basis of SJW politics rather than artistic expression or creative freedom.

If you are the sort of organization that would immediately cave, (or worse, has caved) before a single SJW pointing-and-shrieking racist, or sexist, or goblinist, or geometrist, or whatever the complaint du jour is, you cannot expect people to take you seriously when you suddenly stand firm against tens of thousands of ordinary gamers expressing their disapproval of your design choices. Observe that the review ratings are consistent: 70 to 75 percent of gamers are openly hostile to Beamdog's "enhancements".

An SJW complains about a single character's pose: "OMG! We are SO sorry! We will change it ASAFP! Do you like her new butt better? Is that okay? PLEASE FORGIVE US!"

Tens of thousands of gamers complain about smirking SJW convergence inserted into a beloved series: "Too bad, small minded bigots! You're just a vocal minority and you're BANNED!"

Moreover, if you are going to disrespect a much-loved classic of the genre by rejecting various elements of it and "improving" it, you really should understand that you are also rejecting its fans and that more people are going to actively hate your enhancements than are going to enthusiastically embrace them.

It's a legitimate choice, although I would argue it is a foolish and self-destructive one. And while the developer has the right to make that choice, it is very important to understand that a deliberate choice is being made by someone inside the organization. It's not like any of this is new, as the memelords well know.


Meanwhile, a longtime fan of the Baldur's Gate series reviews Siege of Dragonspear:
Creating more content for a game that is in desperate need of a revival at a time when CRPGs are finally coming back into vogue was a great idea, and had I been a game developer, I would have jumped at the chance to do it myself.

Of course I was warned, both by friends and by readers of this site posting in comments on Dragonspear news articles I posted, that the game wasn’t going to be worth the money.

“They hired Gaider, you know what that means”

“Did you see how bad that stream was”

“You know they’ll screw it up.”

Naturally, I didn’t believe them. Call it putting the nostalgia goggles on, but I couldn’t possibly believe Beamdog’s Baldur’s Gate expansion would be anything but a continuation of the same events and personalities that made the original so timeless and memorable....

After five hours with the game, I encountered numerous situations where a combination of very poor writing and social justice pandering began to weigh the game down. Technical and gameplay missteps were one thing, but the sheer amount of modern 2016 Tumblr-level politics turned what was once a grand medieval swords & sorcery epic into the equivalent of a emotional teenage girl’s self-insert fanfic.

What a small minded bigot! Nevertheless, it appears the controversy has already broken through and hit the mainstream media:
The problem with Minsc’s dig at #GamerGate isn’t that it breaks the fabled “Fourth Wall.” After all, Minsc is already making a jump through the fourth wall with his delightful pet Spelljammer reference. Heck, Baldur’s Gate is just as happy to reference The Bob Newhart Show and Monty Python as it is murder and betrayal.

Rather, the problem lies in Beamdog’s level of respect — or lack thereof — for a character that is deeply meaningful to an entire generation of gamers. Minsc is the lovable hamster-toting warrior of both Baldur’s Gate titles. His legacy extends into novelization and comic books, and he’s been praised by just about every conceivable gaming publication at one time or another. He’s an intellectual innocent, a gentle giant.

With one quip, they’ve turned that great big teddy bear of a hero into a passive-aggressive tool to insult a portion of their potential customers. It’s a cynical decision, and a needless one. It’s intentionally sarcastic and insulting, stooping to the tactics that people consistently ladle onto anyone who has ever participated in the #GamerGate conversation, without offering any useful rebuttal.

Not only is it grossly out of character for Minsc, it’s a little bit of the Internet’s ugliness that quite simply didn’t need to be there. Where the transgender character is an expression of the developer’s intentions toward inclusion, Minsc’s dig is designed to exclude people with whom Beamdog disagrees. It’s trite, it’s catty, and it makes Beamdog’s other in-game statements come off as posturing rather than sincere.

Beamdog’s response to the controversy hasn’t been extremely constructive and suggests a very loose grasp on the heart of the problem.
The problem is that the amenable authorities think their best interests are served by pandering to the SJWs who put them in their untenable position in the first place rather than jettisoning them at the earliest opportunity. What every leader of an organization needs to understand is that the SJWs within have no loyalty to the organization nor do they harbor any concerns for it. The organization is only of interest to them insofar as it provides them with a vehicle for pushing their Narrative.

Give them the chance, and they will burn it all down around them in the interest of virtue-signaling without even a moment's hesitation. And then they'll move on to their next victim.

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110 Comments:

Blogger Krul April 05, 2016 8:12 AM  

An SJW complains about a single character's pose: "OMG! We are SO sorry! We will change it ASAFP? Do you like her new butt better? Is that okay? PLEASE FORGIVE US!"

What the fuck are they afraid of?

Blogger pdwalker April 05, 2016 8:14 AM  

with a little luck, this will result in more SJW scalps.

hallelujah, now pass the popcorn.

Blogger Nate April 05, 2016 8:37 AM  

i cannot help but wonder if we are still seeing companies with a disconnect between mid and upper-mid-level SJWs and the top level management who simply want to sell products. My theory is that the suits spend their time working on making money... and they have handed off stuff to the underlings who are running things into the ground. The suits are still living in 2007 when pandering and virtue signaling were good business.

It isn't 2007 anymore... and now the suits are either going to open their eyes.. or lose their asses.

Blogger Nate April 05, 2016 8:39 AM  

"What the fuck are they afraid of?"

This was actually the primary damage control public relations tactic in the past. get out in front of the problem. apologize... bury it. It worked for decades.

Things have changed now... and most still don't realize it. Lots of PR people still giving old bad advice. Lots of companies still reacting this way.

Anonymous VFM #6306 April 05, 2016 8:44 AM  

It is the current year. Don't SJWs know it is open season on them?

Blogger Sonny Boy April 05, 2016 9:11 AM  

Video games are an artform. Art comes from the word Artifice or Artificial.Art is a copy of something natural. Beauty is synonymous with truth, thus beauty in art was once judged by its proximity to the truth of what the piece is attempting to represent. So along this reasoning, reality informed art. However, we have come to a point in time, and I think we've been here for at least a century, where the art informs reality. Does that make any sense. So, you have game designers who are making a game, and aspects of that game are representation of certain facets of our reality. Then you have the SJW who wants to really censor the truth, and present their version of what they beleive reality should be through the art. They beleive that if they present this false reality in all art and media that the people who consume that art and media will begin to beleive that what is being presented to them is true, and by beleiving in it, it WILL eventually become reality.

Anonymous Choose April 05, 2016 9:13 AM  

How are you this darn petty. You find the smallest insignificant thing and decide to write a long blog post about it. I will never get back the precious seconds I spent reading this stuff.
Are you really under the impression you're saving western civilization with this? Or do you think this is really a waste of time -- mostly ours.

Blogger VD April 05, 2016 9:14 AM  

You find the smallest insignificant thing and decide to write a long blog post about it.

This is neither small nor insignificant. It is nothing less than a cultural war for the soul of the West.

Blogger Gaiseric April 05, 2016 9:17 AM  

@7: Heh. And the link in your username leads to a Ted Cruz site.

Anonymous JN April 05, 2016 9:19 AM  

@7 tedcruz.org has a problem with this website? Unbelievable!

Anonymous VFM #9617 April 05, 2016 9:20 AM  

Struck from my wishlist. Glad I didn't have to find this out the ard way.

Blogger Mark Mitchell April 05, 2016 9:21 AM  

#7 Tedcruz.org
Stop shooting at your own side and get back to propping up your adulterous sockpuppet.

Anonymous PhillipGeorge©2016 April 05, 2016 9:23 AM  

If real intelligence is pattern recognition then what is common in losing ground in many of these situations is this:
"my goodness will convert you" "I like me so most of you will eventually as well"

I keep coming back hearing it put in different ways. If facts on the ground don't convert you to my argument then all my goodness is pissing into the wind.

Listening to Mark Steyn again just then flailing around articulately brilliant and still missing the point. If the resurrection of Jesus doesn't inform your art/ science/ politics/ society then it's all going to burn anyway. There aren't scientific facts in a league like it. To live any scenario in absentia is a losing argument.

Blogger tz April 05, 2016 9:44 AM  

SJWs always project.

Note how the extraneous virtue signaling being inserted is not unlike the rare boorish behavior at old gatherings of the patriarchy, e.g. dropping the N-word or a wolf whistle, and the accusation is "you don't notice your privledge or you wouldn't do that".

SJW privilege - trash the game by being a boorish SJW and your group won't notice or say they are a nice touch.

No one likes being preached at, even the most tolerant libertarian. And it defaces the artwork - it is inconsistent and ugly.

They take offense at the Gideons putting bibles in drawers in hotels, but coat their products with a thick layer of open self-righteous virtue signaling.

I don't go to a hotel to read a bible, and I don't play a game to hear a SJW sermon (unless slowly torturing them to death is part of the game play).

Blogger dc.sunsets April 05, 2016 9:49 AM  

All this looks like post-Apartheid SA.
1. People A build something.
2. People C (distant observers) insist that People A "didn't make that," and that People B (who didn't make jack shit) be handed all the decision-making over what was built.
3. People B, incapable of building, also prove incapable of maintaining, so what was built erodes to dust.
4. People C rinse and repeat, focusing on the next "People A" who built, insisting on its transfer to the miscreant savages who beat the drums loudest.

What happens when the stuff People C insist be handed to their local People B is what A, B and C depend upon for their nifty life-styles?

We're probably about to find out.

Blogger Hylean April 05, 2016 9:50 AM  

And here I always wanted to play that game as a child. Guess not. I don't want to encourage people. Same with overwatch. Weren't no different than the average butt. But they aren't getting my money.

Blogger tz April 05, 2016 9:54 AM  

To clarify, I can't think of many games that preached patriarchy. They were just games. There was no equivalent of virtue signaling.

SJWs require daily big-brother Stasi like virtue signalling on a daily basis so it will contaminate everything. And cultural Marxists need the cultural Stasi.

Cults do this too. Even most churches aren't so controlling.

Anonymous Arianna Swallows April 05, 2016 9:57 AM  

Then why are you here? Huffpo awaits...

Blogger tz April 05, 2016 10:03 AM  

Mytheos has an opponent

It is a war. Games are a medium. We see Trans- rights, but are running into opposition from rape survivors

Even if western civilization is just another tribe, it is the only one that is tolerant. Eastern civilization and the Caliphate are authoritarian and the other tribes are barbarians. By opposing the tribe of western civilization, they oppose the very thing they say they cherish.

Blogger The Other Robot April 05, 2016 10:10 AM  

SJW's in the media double down on the lies.

Blogger Phillip George April 05, 2016 10:22 AM  

By opposing the tribe of western civilization, they oppose the very thing they say they cherish.

and thanks dc.sunsets.

the two most difficult words in politics and culture right this minute are "us" and "We".

chrisitianity built/ owns the jurisprudence that the vast majority of people blithely take for total granted. In this sense they are sleep walkers.

if human rights were fundamental and axiomatic everywhere would have them and speak them. they aren't. They are unique. Infact they are unique to "us". so unique to us this little tip of humanity should be the only lit place on stage.

Anonymous Satan's Hamster April 05, 2016 10:26 AM  

"By opposing the tribe of western civilization, they oppose the very thing they say they cherish."

SJWs know they're deviants, and long to be punished. They're dreaming of the day when ISIS throw them off a tall building, which can't happen in the tolerant West.

OpenID denektenorsk April 05, 2016 10:28 AM  

They got the license and it's theirs to do with as they please. Free market and all of that. I just think they are incredibly tone deaf if they believe banking the financial future of their organization on virtue signaling and progressive values versus releasing a decent product is going to end well for them. It's an RPG. Writing matters. It had a multiplayer game. Connectivity matters. They don't have EA for a sugar daddy like BioWare does. To actively antagonise and provoke potential customers is just stupid unless you think the wedge will generate a larger piece of pie for you.

This will be a good metric of just how many people are supportive vs those who are not. Of course, when (when, not if IMO) they fail it will be the fault of the boogeymen at #GamerGate.

The most telling part is the customers who are being denounced. Some of the customers are forgiving of the message fiction + poor writing and are complaining about crashes and multiplayer being broken by an expansion pack. Those f#$king bigots indeed.

I have personally worked with some of the people involved. Beamdog hasn't been taken over, they started with very sympathetic people from the get go. They at least had the common sense (or contractual limitations) to get the platform off the ground before they started tinkering with it, but I have no doubt in my mind that this was the end goal. Daivd Gaider, who was a senior writer at BioWare has just found a better roost at Beamdog, he's now a Creative Director. He is one of the chaps directly responsible for some of your favourite progressive moments in Dragon Age, et. al..

The place that is converging is BioWare. Not only is it nearly impossible to be fired from the place for gross incompetence, they have taken upon themselves the mantel of progressive values. It's a SJW paradise. No personal responsibility and no financial accountability. It can only have gotten worse under the GM that replaced Ray and Greg (I won't invoke his name).

We'll see how long EA lets it last. BioWare has a rather... generous monthly run rate.

Blogger Michael Thompson April 05, 2016 10:29 AM  

Oddly enough, a Girdle of Masculinity/Femininity already exists in the game as a drop item from an ogre. It would have been easy enough to introduce the transgender character within the context of a 'mini-quest' to go retrieve that item, for which the player character would receive a discount at the shop or the like. That certainly would have been less clumsy and awkward than what they did and actually would have presented the player with a roleplaying choice about whether to accept or not accept the transgender character, (or to just go along with it for purely mercenary reasons), in other words, to actually experience some immersion in the game.

Anonymous VFM #6306 April 05, 2016 10:31 AM  

@22 I believe that is what Tom Kratman refers to - at least in part - when he mentions that it probably will only take 2 million crucified progressives for positive change to occur.

Blogger Chiva April 05, 2016 10:33 AM  

I will never get back the precious seconds I spent reading this stuff.

We don't care.

Blogger James Dixon April 05, 2016 10:34 AM  

> How are you this darn petty. You find the smallest insignificant thing and decide to write a long blog post about it. I will never get back the precious seconds I spent reading this stuff.

The last time I looked, no one was pointing a gun to your head making your read the posts here. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

> And here I always wanted to play that game as a child. Guess not. I don't want to encourage people. Same with overwatch. Weren't no different than the average butt. But they aren't getting my money.

Do you really not know that there are alternative ways to get most games? Yes, most of them are probably illegal, but not all. Look for used copies on ebay, for instance.

Anonymous FisherOfMen April 05, 2016 10:34 AM  

>They got the license and it's theirs to do with as they please. Free market and all of that.

Don't do that. Treat your enemy by his own rules. They run RAMPANT on honorable men, always counting on honorable men to defend their depravity in the end.

Honorable rules for honorable men. SJW rules for SJW men. For them, if the video game offends you, you need to call for someone to be fired.

Anonymous VFM #6306 April 05, 2016 10:38 AM  

@23 Free market and all of that.

Because of severe centralized malinvestment in the financial/medical oligarchical complex, there are no free markets. There are only free men and far too few of them.

"They didn't build that," so their license is legalese, a technicality that should be circumvented by all the means they have used against former lawfully-held properties: boycott, denigrate, isolate, shame, violate, doxx, infilitrate, destroy. They kill trannies for XP, and therefore haven't evolved to the current year.

Crucify them.

Blogger SteelPalm April 05, 2016 10:38 AM  

Obviously, one should boycott and write/upvote poor reviews of all Beamdog properties.

However, is there more that a concerted effort can do? Take down their site? Contact their ISP? Calls to their workplaces?

Anonymous VFM #6306 April 05, 2016 10:44 AM  

The concerted effort is underway, SteelPalm. Take your shot, collect a scalp.

Blogger SouthRon April 05, 2016 10:49 AM  

Sonny Boy wrote:Video games are an artform. Art comes from the word Artifice or Artificial.Art is a copy of something natural. Beauty is synonymous with truth, thus beauty in art was once judged by its proximity to the truth of what the piece is attempting to represent. So along this reasoning, reality informed art. However, we have come to a point in time, and I think we've been here for at least a century, where the art informs reality. Does that make any sense. So, you have game designers who are making a game, and aspects of that game are representation of certain facets of our reality. Then you have the SJW who wants to really censor the truth, and present their version of what they beleive reality should be through the art. They beleive that if they present this false reality in all art and media that the people who consume that art and media will begin to beleive that what is being presented to them is true, and by beleiving in it, it WILL eventually become reality.

Sonny, you are half correct. It is not that reality informed art and now art informs reality. Art has always informed and affected reality, it simply used to be based in religion, truth, and beauty.

I took a different sort of art history class in Amsterdam years ago. It was taught from the perspective of art being a predictor and impactor of culture. Think of it as a leading cultural indicator not unlike certain sectors being leading economic indicators.

In the class we examined art historically step-by-step. Each period was examined. Then we would go out to all of the museums in that once-great city and see the pieces themselves. Afterwards we would have a lesson covering the historical period which followed the artistic period. Art always precedes history and it has ever been so.

No one yet knows the complete impact of what will come from postmodern and later forms of art, although we are starting to see it.

A couple trivial examples from my lifetime may illustrate. All in the Family made fun of the strong cis-white-male patriarch. 40 years later, we are seeing that played out. Friends made porn and sexual deviancy acceptable and 20 years later we are seeing that rammed down our throats as the new base truth to be accepted. It's sad but true.

It also explains John C. Wright's love for classical artistic forms and beauty. As art goes, so goes society.

Blogger dienw April 05, 2016 10:56 AM  

@15:
What happens when the stuff People C insist be handed to their local People B is what A, B and C depend upon for their nifty life-styles?

C ends up owning it and people B. A is genocided. (C is the Esquimo)

Blogger Nick S April 05, 2016 10:57 AM  

Sonny Boy wrote:Video games are an artform. Art comes from the word Artifice or Artificial.Art is a copy of something natural. Beauty is synonymous with truth, thus beauty in art was once judged by its proximity to the truth of what the piece is attempting to represent. So along this reasoning, reality informed art. However, we have come to a point in time, and I think we've been here for at least a century, where the art informs reality. Does that make any sense. So, you have game designers who are making a game, and aspects of that game are representation of certain facets of our reality. Then you have the SJW who wants to really censor the truth, and present their version of what they beleive reality should be through the art. They beleive that if they present this false reality in all art and media that the people who consume that art and media will begin to beleive that what is being presented to them is true, and by beleiving in it, it WILL eventually become reality.

Monet ruined everything.

OpenID denektenorsk April 05, 2016 10:59 AM  

Honorable rules for honorable men. SJW rules for SJW men. For them, if the video game offends you, you need to call for someone to be fired.

I hear you, but I'm old fashioned like that. I tend to get called out for pointing out that colour blindness is what the real proponents of equality should champion. That gets under the ususal suspects skin quickly enough 'cause they start screaming about me punching down, etc.. If you don't support quotas and segregation you are a horrible bigot. Who knew?

I tend to think that the market will self-correct on this. I.e. the game will fail on its own lack of merit. The game is message fiction, but it's not even good message fiction and the technical competance is the most unforgiveable. They made an expansion pack. How do you break multiplayer by adding new quests and art? How do you make art that doesn't hold a candle to the art of a game from the 90s?

This is why you NEVER pre-order a game (I say that as a game developer - my employer would appreciate you preordering our games as it soothes the nerves of the publisher). Wait for others to review then spend your cash. You've waited X years, you can wait 1-2 more days.

Because of severe centralized malinvestment in the financial/medical oligarchical complex, there are no free markets. There are only free men and far too few of them.

It's a video game. I have no disillusions that I make my living in a completely superfluous industry. It is one that invokes a LOT of emotion and does have impact on modern society. My point is if the world went dark tomorrow you'd still need shelter, food and some amount of clothing depending on your local climate. I'd imagine capturing your next long pig will matter more than where your next video game fix will come from.

You can and should vote with your cash. Luxury items are still the one place you can hurt someone in the pocket book (say versus a monopoly electricity provider). That's why I think the free market principal can work here.

Don't buy the game. Tell your friends to NOT buy the game. Don't reward technical incompetance.

That's why I'm personally happy the SDL blogged about this. He warned me off it before I got the email from GOG. I may have been tempted otherwise. Now I will certainly NOT buy it.

Blogger SouthRon April 05, 2016 10:59 AM  

This is also why things like the Superversive movement and the restoration of classical art apprenticeships such as the ones David the Good and Big Gay Steve have mentioned in the past are so important in attempting to restore and repair Western culture and civilization.

Anonymous VFM #6306 April 05, 2016 11:09 AM  

@35 It's a video game.

Man does not live by bread alone. If the World went dark tomorrow, the first things I would broil and eat would be the staff of Beamdog. Easy pickens, fattened portions, and no one would miss their contributions to society.

The point is that when the world goes dark, it goes dark in cultural expression first: books (check), theater (check), association (check) and now video games (push back).

There is no place left to fight. I'm sorry your industry has become the battleground, but you better be thanking God that it has become a battleground, unless you simply savor the idea of developing a boot stamping on a human face forever. Because other industries have met this challenge with the self-same "It's just a..." excuse, and have died - utterly died - because of it.

Anonymous BGKB April 05, 2016 11:12 AM  

will begin to beleive that what is being presented to them is true, and by beleiving in it, it WILL eventually become reality

Too many women think they could win a fight against a man because the took a kickboxing class, & saw a 90lb woman beat up a dozen seals on TV.

You find the smallest insignificant thing and decide to write a long blog post= Its just a brick, ignore minecraft

tedcruz.org has a problem with this website? Unbelievable!

Apparently he is for choice also, but maybe just for the hookers he has had.

They kill trannies for XP, and therefore haven't evolved to the current year.

At least they are accurate in how quick they go down.

concerted effort can do? Take down their site? Contact their ISP? Calls to their workplaces?

Tell moslems that they draw pictures of Moo Ham Mad with a pig.

restoration of classical art apprenticeships such as the ones David the Good and Big Gay Steve have mentioned

I mentioned IGOR The International Guild of Realism http://www.realismguild.com/CurrentExhibitions.html

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents April 05, 2016 11:22 AM  

At the micro level this is the same old one-way street, the same old one-sided rachet, that has been present in all of the US culture for years and years. Any progtard victory is permanent. No rolling back allowed. Anything else is fair game.

"What's yours is ours and what's mine is mine" is the motto of the progtard.

And yeah, the SJW's are a cult that requires everyone to be exposed to some Minimum Daily Requirement of outright propaganda / brainwashing. So any org that converges will have to expend a lot of energy on mandatory Rightthink.

In the end this means converged orgs will fail in the face of any competition at all, just as the USSR failed. Hence the unending push to eliminate competition.

EA is currently trading about $65 / share. That might just change in the next 6 months.

Blogger dc.sunsets April 05, 2016 11:24 AM  

C ends up owning it and people B. A is genocided. (C is the Esquimo)

I take things too literally, but if the (Esquimos) think modern life can be had without the people who built and maintain it, the reports of their high mean IQ's must be grossly exaggerated.

As BKGB Steve notes, the only invention of the last 1000 years not first discovered by POMEO (People of Mostly European Origin) was gunpowder (and it took Europeans to truly harness it.)

There is something unique about POMEO. POMEO don't have the highest group mean IQ's, but the blend of what they do have is the only combination to yield everything from the steam engine to the microprocessor.

Wipe out (or sufficiently dilute) People A and all of humanity stagnates...or backslides toward prehistoric barbarism.

Oh, how racist is the truth.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan April 05, 2016 11:30 AM  

Billions of people on Earth could care less about the SJW and I agree for the most part

Blogger dc.sunsets April 05, 2016 11:33 AM  

EA is currently trading about $65 / share. That might just change in the next 6 months.

EA has had two great runs in the last 20 years $4.81 to 71.16, then down to $10.81 and up to $76.92 (now at $65.61). I doubt its rallies can be attributed to wise brand stewardship alone, so its increasing absence might not be a viable sell signal. Unnoticed stupidity has a long half-life in the modern corporation.

That said, the charts suggest that EA will see another 85% decline before it sees another 700% rally.

Blogger Docker April 05, 2016 11:34 AM  

Seems like the bad press might be having some impact on sales. GOG.com extended the 60% off sale of the "enhanced" BG and BG 2 and Icewind Dale. It was over the weekend and has now been extended out several weeks.
Shows why SJW's always want the force of government behind them. In a free market, people don't have to buy their crappy products.

Blogger SouthRon April 05, 2016 11:38 AM  

BGKB wrote:

I mentioned IGOR The International Guild of Realism http://www.realismguild.com/CurrentExhibitions.html


Thanks BGKB. I'd lost a bunch of my links a while back and was looking for that.

Blogger cavalier973 April 05, 2016 11:42 AM  

How difficult would it be to build a patch that eliminates and/or reverses the offensive elements?

Minsc: "Kicking SJW butts for goodness!"

Anonymous VFM #6306 April 05, 2016 11:46 AM  

No patches - patches mean sales to the SJW. Just get the original Baldur's Gate. You don't want the "Enhancements". Old one works fine. Beamdog can learn its lesson by dying in the market. That's your patch.

Blogger cavalier973 April 05, 2016 12:01 PM  

I have the original. I even played through the game and blogged about it, when they first announced the Enhanced Edition. If anyone is interested: https://balanpshaw.wordpress.com/page/2/

Anonymous Broken Arrow April 05, 2016 12:10 PM  

This is the long war which reaches across all institutions and places. Did the 60s radicals magically go away? No. They came into power across the West and changed the institutions, and now they are being eaten by their young.

The SJWs are simply the most recent spear tip of a war which has been raging since the garden. There is no peak SJW, there is no peace, there is no respite in this war until the very end.

Blogger EscapeVelocity April 05, 2016 12:19 PM  

Cultural Marxism must be smashed any and everywhere it rears it's ugly head.

Anonymous Jack Amok April 05, 2016 12:21 PM  

The suits are still living in 2007 when pandering and virtue signaling were good business...This was actually the primary damage control public relations tactic in the past. get out in front of the problem. apologize... bury it. It worked for decades.

Things have changed now... and most still don't realize it.


SWJs intentionally built their strategy around that PR tactic, exploiting it. But it's a self-defeating strategy in the end. It's based on people's desire to get along, but to exploit it the SJWs have to be completely impossible to get along with. Companies will figure it out and come around - just like pretty much every company with a "no questions asked" return policy eventually adds a few questions after they get tired of being exploited.

Every time the SJWs "win", they set themselves farther outside everyone else's society. And piss people off. It's really not very smart for people with such fragile psyches to invite the sort of backlash they are inviting.

OpenID denektenorsk April 05, 2016 12:29 PM  

There is no place left to fight. I'm sorry your industry has become the battleground, but you better be thanking God that it has become a battleground, unless you simply savor the idea of developing a boot stamping on a human face forever. Because other industries have met this challenge with the self-same "It's just a..." excuse, and have died - utterly died - because of it.

I'm not sorry. I enjoy winding up the usual suspects every couple of months and then I found the Surpreme Dark Lord. Now I've refined my tactics. I'm actively working on my own anti-fragility plan.

Video game development is an industry that is usually very progressive on the developer side and not so much on the customer side. Much like Hollywood. You have an affluent demographic that tends to have their heads up their own a$$es and self isolate due to introverted personalities and long hours. With noteable exceptions I have observed that most devs don't have the time or inclination to mix with the world at large. As such, I can concede that some developers could be genuinely surprised at a customer backlash. They would have to be living in a bubble but they tend to do just that.

In particular a previous coworker of mine is the epitomy of the gamma white knight. He's a middle-aged fat white guy, divorced as his wife left him for a real man (she's a 4/10 at best), he tries to appear to be intellectual, has zero self motivation, and is extremely social akward. The one place he breaks the mold is he is professionally diagnosed with mental disorders instead of being self diagnosed. A special snowflake indeed. Needless to say he was VERY close to his mother who coddled him way too much.

He's an atheist and yet goes to a non-religious Assembly every Sunday for the preachings of his new religion. I thought the point was NOT getting up early on the weekend, but hey, that's me.

He's very, very progressive and last summer on cue started reposting angry black woman blogs when the white feminists need to STFU video came out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lZYvzCCtsE (finally, something we can both agree on - white feminists do indeed need to STFU).

He's so very desperate to prove that he is a nice guy so a lady will let him stick his dick in her. Don't worry, he'll ask first and get positive afirmation every X seconds as proscribed by up-to-date feminist orthodoxy. He is completely oblivious to the fact that he is a useful idiot, nothing more and they will not sleep with him, ever.

So no, I have no problem toying with these people. My point is, don't buy the game. Tell your friends to NOT buy the game. The problem in this particular case will take care of itself. Don't call their office as a) they will not care and b) you don't want to lend any credibility to the #GamerGate is stalking us boogeyman.

Anonymous Ceerilan April 05, 2016 12:31 PM  

Catalogue every action. Record what the game was like, then use it as an example of unacceptable action while telling people about how we killed off Beamdog.

Anonymous paradox April 05, 2016 12:38 PM  

What I fear is that cultural Marxism is mutating into cultural capitalism. From the religious protection law in GA to the tranny bathroom law in NC. All these companies are threatening boycotting those states because of cultural Marxist issues. It's EVERY company that shares these values. It's even the Carolina Hurricanes, frakking hockey team supporting transvestites. A lot of libertarians are saying it's companies reflecting the market. Hell, even libertarian presidential candidate, Gary Johnson says Christian bakers must make gay wedding cakes and a Jewish baker must make a Nazi a swastika cake.

Blogger Jourdan April 05, 2016 12:52 PM  

Whoa, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait....

They fucked with *Minsc*?

With MINSC?!?!

Okay, NOW it's war.

Anonymous BGKB April 05, 2016 12:53 PM  

As BKGB Steve notes, the only invention of the last 1000 years not first discovered by POMEO... David the Good and Big Gay Steve have mentioned

What is with citing me as an expert in anything but Korean Barbecues today?

Thanks BGKB. I'd lost a bunch of my links a while back and was looking for that.

This summers IGOR exhibition is in Denver AUG 26- Sept17.

Blogger VD April 05, 2016 12:55 PM  

I hear you, but I'm old fashioned like that. I tend to get called out for pointing out that colour blindness is what the real proponents of equality should champion.

Never bring dialectic to a rhetorical fight.

Blogger Batch April 05, 2016 12:55 PM  

An SJW complains about a single character's pose: "OMG! We are SO sorry! We will change it ASAFP! Do you like her new butt better? Is that okay? PLEASE FORGIVE US!"

Tens of thousands of gamers complain about smirking SJW convergence inserted into a beloved series: "Too bad, small minded bigots! You're just a vocal minority and you're BANNED!"


Beamdog and Blizzard are different organizations unless I am misinformed. Any examples of the former type of behavior on Beamdog's part?

Blogger Jourdan April 05, 2016 12:56 PM  

Okay, so guys, if you read a news story about a SJW found badly beaten and the guy is on the news and he says that the evil man who attacked him just kept laughing and yelling "BUTT KICKING FOR GOODNESS" keep firmly in mind that IT WAS BY NO MEANS ME.

Blogger David of One April 05, 2016 12:58 PM  

Related. This is awesome! http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/04/05/lambdaconf-fund-exposes-weakness-techs-social-justice-warriors/

Blogger tz April 05, 2016 1:27 PM  

@25 - The problem is one of STEM, there is latency in the system so that by the time they realize they've imported too many, it might not stop even after 20 million.

@35  I tend to get called out for pointing out that colour blindness is what the real proponents of equality should champion.
SJWs always lie, especially about wanting social justice.

@50 At some point they will find themselves outside of civilization the hard and unpleasant way. Ask Sweden, Cologne, Paris, and Brussels. This with the infrastructure intact. Imagine something like the northeast blackout there.

@53 cultural blackmail and extortion - but as soon as someone holds the line they will fall like GG proved. Firefox wasn't even in the pown to own this year. People are fleeing CA, many to TX. See @59

Anonymous BGS April 05, 2016 1:28 PM  

David the Good and Big Gay Steve It turns out we both know "Butch" CohenGoldStienHeim a cocaine snorting artist. He took the link down. http://www.thesurvivalgardener.com/april-fools/

keep firmly in mind that IT WAS BY NO MEANS ME Don't try to frame me by wearing a luchador mask and rainbow feather boa.

OpenID basementhomebrewer April 05, 2016 1:30 PM  

@57 I know it's hard, but try to follow the bouncing ball. Beamdog added SJW messaging to a Baldur's gate expansion, in stark contrast to the original characters. Many of the long time fan's complained and Beamdog followed up by telling them they are intolerant, evil, white men while asking for positive reviews.

One, One? One SJW complained to Blizzard about a pose in Overwatch being misogynist and they stepped all over themselves to change the game to suit this one complainer.

If you can't follow the the compare and contrast on that one then you are too short for this ride.

OpenID denektenorsk April 05, 2016 1:31 PM  

Never bring dialectic to a rhetorical fight.

Yes Lord. Shall this minion report to Malwyn?

Blogger dc.sunsets April 05, 2016 1:34 PM  

OT:
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=c3f_1459717646

"Accident+Ignorance+Egypt=Barbecue"

The Comment-of-the-week award goes to the first one: "Biggest Darwin flashmob ever."

Runner-up: "This just confirms it, that the pyramids came from aliens."

Blogger Roger GibsonJr April 05, 2016 1:38 PM  

I'm no economist, or gamedev, but I will go ahead and say, this fiasco may make a few game companies think twice in the future.
This isn't about bigots and racists and transphobes hating a game because a modern trans-whatever is included.
No, this game is going to be a disaster because of the iron laws of supply and demand.

OpenID denektenorsk April 05, 2016 1:44 PM  

OT:
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=c3f_1459717646

"Accident+Ignorance+Egypt=Barbecue"


I don't imagine those bee-keeper outfits are all that fire retardant?

Blogger Zen Trader April 05, 2016 1:44 PM  

Even beyond including a transgender character in a universe where people can change their sex magically, is the fact that the dialogue is SO POORLY WRITTEN. I mean, my God, who, in real life, starts off a conversation with their life story and sex change?

"Hi."

"Hi there. I used to be a man, but eventually everyone agreed with me in that I was a woman. Now, I'm just doing the best I can to live my new life."

The dialogue is just awful. If the character were written well, you would figure out that character's true nature for yourself. It wouldn't be stated outright in response to a greeting!

With the current quality of the writing at Beamdog, it's no surprise they hired Gaider. He's the only one who could make it worse. The last two Dragon Age games were complete failures from a storytelling perspective, and the blame for that falls squarely on him.

Blogger Doktor Jeep April 05, 2016 1:57 PM  

We thought Gamergate was quieting down...

Yesterday was a day for the old meme "I thought I was out... "

Anonymous BGKB April 05, 2016 2:29 PM  

I mean, my God, who, in real life, starts off a conversation with their life story and sex change?

You have never been to San Fran, San Antonio, or NYC

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents April 05, 2016 2:29 PM  

Jourdan
They fucked with *Minsc*?

"First they came for the sitcoms, but I didn't watch sitcoms,
so I said nothing.

Then they came for the comics, but I didn't read comics,
so I said nothing.

Then they came for Minsc…"

Imagine the future, where a human face is crushed by a fatty in a Doc Johnson, forever.

Anonymous A Paradigm Is More Than Twenty Cents April 05, 2016 2:31 PM  

Man does not live by bread alone. If the World went dark tomorrow, the first things I would broil and eat would be the staff of Beamdog.

Make sure that long pig is "well done". Parasites tend to carry parasites.

OpenID denektenorsk April 05, 2016 2:49 PM  

Make sure that long pig is "well done". Parasites tend to carry parasites.

Too true. That seems to be the root reason of why canabalism was frowned upon before polite society, no point in eating something that can kill you after you kill it.

Blogger ray April 05, 2016 2:55 PM  

GamerGate isn't over. Like a game, it's over when you've destroyed or removed all the enemies from your territory. Games and their development either are free creatively, or they are subject to identity politics, in the same way that music and literature long ago were co-opted and corrupted. Hey anybody know who won the Grammys this year? Me either, another (c)rapper or dorky diva with one name. Oh yes that's just SO inventive!

They've already ruined your culture, perhaps irreparably, and given any opportunity whatsoever, they will ruin you too. So have fun hunting them down, or just look at it as a general religious and civic duty.

Agricultural work is too good for them, who wants to eat food they once touched? for all they touch turns immediately to shit. Perhaps they can be ground down and transformed into cat-food? Something direct and fitting, along those lines.

Blogger SciVo April 05, 2016 2:59 PM  

dc.sunsets wrote:Runner-up: "This just confirms it, that the pyramids came from aliens."

Trivia: When you walk around Rome, you will see treasures looted from Egypt, such as the obelisks. You may wonder why, in this climate of political correctness, the Italian government refuses to even consider repatriating them. The reason is that the people who live in Egypt now are descendants of later invaders, unrelated to the people who created those items. Despite their boundless sense of entitlement, they have no actual moral claim.

Anonymous VFM #Obvious April 05, 2016 3:02 PM  

Hahahahaha. "tens of thousands"? There's a statistic without any backing behind it.

Blogger ray April 05, 2016 3:02 PM  

"This is neither small nor insignificant. It is nothing less than a cultural war for the soul of the West."


Yep, and technology/games is exactly the correct target. The only one in which your enemies do not already have intellectual, organizational, and technological supremacy. Use it.

Blogger ray April 05, 2016 3:07 PM  

"If the resurrection of Jesus doesn't inform your art/ science/ politics/ society then it's all going to burn anyway."


Sounds good, praise God. But I don't want it all burning until I get my shots in.

Blogger Doktor Jeep April 05, 2016 3:07 PM  

I would have killed the NPC just to see if it dropped a gaff.

Blogger Batch April 05, 2016 3:15 PM  

@62 Perhaps I should have made myself more clear by quoting from the previous paragraph:

If you are the sort of organization that would immediately cave, (or worse, has caved) before a single SJW pointing-and-shrieking racist, or sexist, or goblinist, or geometrist, or whatever the complaint du jour is, you cannot expect people to take you seriously when you suddenly stand firm against tens of thousands of ordinary gamers expressing their disapproval of your design choices.

The implication here is hypocrisy. If Beamdog caved in one instance and stood firm in another, I get it. But given here is an example of Blizzard caving in one instance and Beamdog standing firm in another. For all I know, Beamdog stands firm on every such occasion, which wouldn't make them hypocrites. Which is why I asked for an example of the former type of behavior on Beamdog's part.

Blogger Zen Trader April 05, 2016 3:27 PM  

denektenorsk wrote:Too true. That seems to be the root reason of why canabalism was frowned upon before polite society, no point in eating something that can kill you after you kill it.

One word - prions.

Blogger James Dixon April 05, 2016 3:29 PM  

> Perhaps they can be ground down and transformed into cat-food?

Cats have higher standards than that. Pig food, maybe.

Blogger Sonny Boy April 05, 2016 3:31 PM  

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Blogger Sonny Boy April 05, 2016 3:40 PM  

SouthRon,

I suppose the crux of the matter boils down to a couple of questions asked in scripture and of course their answers.

1. Yea, Hath God said,... asked by the serpent in the garden and,

2. What is truth? Asked by Pilate.

The answer to the first question is yes, God did say, and the answer to the second question is Jesus Christ.

No matter how we try and manipulate our perceptions of reality in this relativistic world, no matter how many people are convinced that 1 + 1 equals 3 and so on, there will always be one true reality, and anything else that strays from the truth is a lie.

Good art will point to the truth, that is the most it can do, it can never be truth, bad art diverts from the truth and points to a false truth or a lie.

These SJW'S and others that are aligned with them are liars. They are decievers, and everything they do is meant to deceive people, to turn people away from the truth. That's all they do all the time.

Blogger ray April 05, 2016 4:14 PM  

#80 --

You're right, I like cats. Not their fault that feminists made them into totems.

Jesus sent the demons into pigs. No reason not to follow his example.

Blogger Cdubbs April 05, 2016 4:15 PM  

They see that single sjw as the canary in the coal mine

Blogger Cdubbs April 05, 2016 4:19 PM  

Articles like this and absoktely necessary to add CONTEXT to the false narrative being pushed by sjws. "Entitled gamers hate trans people thats why they gave BG bad reviews!!!" If the sjw twittterers and media would report the truth, articles like this one wouldnt be needed.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash April 05, 2016 5:24 PM  

Jack Amok wrote:It's really not very smart for people with such fragile psyches to invite the sort of backlash they are inviting.

Fragility is a pose. 80% of them would shriek and counter-attack, claiming to be triggered while setting you on fire.

Blogger Twei Lim April 05, 2016 5:32 PM  

they are like hyacinth in keeping up appearances


Need to pretend that they too are soooo progressive.
A real secular progressive is tolerant and get equality shit done and or donate if they wish to

Anonymous Wooly Phlox April 05, 2016 5:48 PM  

Someone here referenced Maddox (Vox, I think) the other day.

I had forgotten how awesome he was.

I read and watched a whole bunch of his essays yesterday.

One thing he ragged on was stories in videogames, and devoted an essay, and a YouTube video, to ragging on Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. Of all games he could have picked.

I'm playing it right now on XB360. It's the only story in a videogame I've ever appreciated besides any Bethesda game, and even more, because it's abjectly conservative, as far as I can tell. And unlike Bethsoft games, it actually has really good voice acting.

Probably why the company went under just after release. No SJWs.

Question to the Ilk: Is R.A. Salvator SJW? Playing the game, reading the books therein and the dialog, it sure doesn't seem like it. Seems downright Christian.

Blogger Sonny Boy April 05, 2016 6:30 PM  

@Wooly Phlox,

I think R.A. Salvatore keeps his head down for fear of loosing it, but that can be just as bad. If writers such as him had spoken up years ago then perhaps they could have at least slowed down to what is happening today. Salvatore is an entertaining g writer, I've enjoyed his work over the years, but he doesn't own anything. Everything he writes is owned by Forgotten Realms (I think that's name not sure). Sadly, if they wanted the dark elf to have a gay trist with a burly, bearded dwarf lover, there's nothing Rob could do about it.

So if Rob is a Christian and is a conservative personally I can't respect an author who isn't true their values and keeps quiet b while his employer turns his creation into propaganda.

Anonymous Jack Ampk April 05, 2016 6:52 PM  

Snidely, I think you're wrong about how resilient most (not all, just most) of these people are. But it really doesn't matter - they're going to be flayed at some point whether they scream, collapse into a puddle beg for mercy, or spit and cuss.

Anonymous Gen. Kong April 05, 2016 7:06 PM  

Nate:
i cannot help but wonder if we are still seeing companies with a disconnect between mid and upper-mid-level SJWs and the top level management who simply want to sell products. My theory is that the suits spend their time working on making money... and they have handed off stuff to the underlings who are running things into the ground. The suits are still living in 2007 when pandering and virtue signaling were good business.

It isn't 2007 anymore... and now the suits are either going to open their eyes.. or lose their asses.


OK, but here's the question (I'm not involved in the gaming biz so I really don't know the answer): How many of these firms are heavily in debt to the usual suspects?? Or do folks here somehow think that Goldman-Sachs, Soros and Cthulhu's other tentacles are secret conservatives like Jorge W. Busheron who are being oppressed by these SJW pedo-demon-spirits, kind of like Limbaugh and similar high-functioning retards in Con, Inc. appear to think. How many of these outfits are actually solvent an how many are dancing to the Bankster's tune? For all the observations about how SJWs are "envious" of those who have money, I note that while individual SJWs might be eternal students, they never seem short of money to raise hell - from here to the Ukraine someone always has the money end covered for the SJW side.

Blogger Were-Puppy April 05, 2016 7:32 PM  

@54 Jourdan
Whoa, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait....

They fucked with *Minsc*?

With MINSC?!?!

Okay, NOW it's war.
---

There is a Neverwinter MMO. They added in some Minsc quests a couple mods ago.

Blogger Were-Puppy April 05, 2016 7:40 PM  

64. dc.sunsets April 05, 2016 1:34 PM
OT:
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=c3f_1459717646
--

I bet some fool in that white car lit a cigarette that caused the fireball :P

Blogger Were-Puppy April 05, 2016 7:46 PM  

JAFFA KREE!

Blogger Were-Puppy April 05, 2016 7:48 PM  

@88 Wooly Phlox

Question to the Ilk: Is R.A. Salvator SJW? Playing the game, reading the books therein and the dialog, it sure doesn't seem like it. Seems downright Christian.
---

I really hope not.

Blogger Jmac April 05, 2016 8:46 PM  

I think I read somewhere that Salvatore was/is a leftist who supported Obama's election and had a diary on daily kos. I don't know if he's a full blown SJW or not. On one hand his writing is all about inclusion, Drizzt the outcast, different skin color, dark elf, who just wants to fit in. On the other hand he writes cool fight scenes.

Forgotten Realms has mostly adhered to genre archetypes in their shared universe: elves do elven things, dwarves do dwarven things, lots of action with a very, very light touch on sexual/romance issues. I've never read a Forgotten Realms or Dragonlance novel with an openly gay or trans character for instance. Maybe the writers are lefty, but Hasbro owns the intellectual property, and Hasbro is all about making money.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash April 05, 2016 8:53 PM  

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Blogger Snidely Whiplash April 05, 2016 8:59 PM  

Jack Ampk wrote:Snidely, I think you're wrong about how resilient most (not all, just most) of these people are. But it really doesn't matter - they're going to be flayed at some point whether they scream, collapse into a puddle beg for mercy, or spit and cuss.
"{Jack Ampk" Name change?

Cowardly, yes. But the fragility is an act. The tears and pleas for understanding and SHUTUPSHUTUPSHUTUP are quick to come, but disappear just as quickly when they get no response.
Granted some absurdly large number are actually mentally ill. But even among those, the fragility is usually a pose. Tell me to my face that John Flynt actually breaks down in tears when he's referred to as a male, or the Sarkeesian bitch is actually afraid for her life.

Anonymous Brian April 05, 2016 10:00 PM  

"tens of thousands" - at one point does purporting to use rhetoric cross over into a mendacious attempt to make your position appear to be more popular than it actually is?

Anonymous Jack Amok April 05, 2016 10:56 PM  

Jack Ampk" Name change

Maybe I was just making it up with syllables from languages I like.

Oh, they have a shell, but no ballast. As you said, most are mentally ill and I think the victim game they play is their way of dealing with how screwed up their lives are. I don't think it would take much to send most of them into a really bad tailspin.

But rather than debate it, I say we find ways to empirically test it.


Anonymous Man of the Atom April 05, 2016 11:43 PM  

Jmac wrote:I think I read somewhere that Salvatore was/is a leftist who supported Obama's election and had a diary on daily kos. I don't know if he's a full blown SJW or not. On one hand his writing is all about inclusion, Drizzt the outcast, different skin color, dark elf, who just wants to fit in. On the other hand he writes cool fight scenes.

Forgotten Realms has mostly adhered to genre archetypes in their shared universe: elves do elven things, dwarves do dwarven things, lots of action with a very, very light touch on sexual/romance issues. I've never read a Forgotten Realms or Dragonlance novel with an openly gay or trans character for instance. Maybe the writers are lefty, but Hasbro owns the intellectual property, and Hasbro is all about making money.


Hit Hasbro in the pocket over investments like this tripe, and follow up with e-mails/tweets/letters as to why you aren't buying this or any other items of their TSR-amped-up-by-SOCJUS video games, their Magic the Gathering cards, and Dungeons and Dragons ver 5 plus accessories out the wazoo (and SOCJUS is now within Gygax's world in force as well). Maybe the suits will start to wake up. The higher ups have a better chance to be watching the profit meter fall towards zero and have a fit when they find out its due to their own employees who are sinking the company products.

One chink in the wall at a time.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash April 05, 2016 11:50 PM  

Jack Amok wrote:But rather than debate it, I say we find ways to empirically test it.


I'm working on it. Twitter only gives me the ones too stupid to recognize their own defeat and embarrassment, like effeminate coward Matt Walsh

Anonymous Ryan ATL April 06, 2016 8:45 AM  

Leisure Suit Larry ftw!

Anonymous vfmshadow0342 April 06, 2016 10:32 AM  

VD, an update on the Blizzard pose complaint:

Seems to me that they replaced Tracer's pose with something even more sexualized (at least to my hormone-addled VFM mind).

This

https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/30e1b3939dd6e0357e032c65664059b6eda64924efccab2076d624c484bb46fb.jpg

became this:

https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/801c91af0ee146ee6d785fdf3a843fdf8f3585b3b909d7dc668c4f4f34177ab4.jpg

Either the designer is clueless or intentionally trolling.

OpenID denektenorsk April 06, 2016 11:57 AM  

One thing he ragged on was stories in videogames, and devoted an essay, and a YouTube video, to ragging on Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. Of all games he could have picked.

I'm playing it right now on XB360. It's the only story in a videogame I've ever appreciated besides any Bethesda game, and even more, because it's abjectly conservative, as far as I can tell. And unlike Bethsoft games, it actually has really good voice acting.


This was due to incredibly bad mismanagement. The studio founder, Curt Schilling is a Tea Party member, but not above taking his government cheese when the time came. The first game was a success but despite that they couldn't keep the lights on.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/38_Studios

OpenID denektenorsk April 06, 2016 12:03 PM  

Re R.A. Salvatore: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._A._Salvatore

"Salvatore claimed he harbored no ill will toward Schilling in a 2014 interview with The Escapist. "Why would I sue Curt [for the $2 million]? Maybe he made a couple of bad business decisions ... [but] he didn't do anything nefarious, and he got wiped out. He's lying in the gutter and you want me to kick him in the head? Why would anyone do that?"[19]"

That doesn't sound very SJW to me...

Anonymous Sir Humphrey April 06, 2016 6:30 PM  

@23 Bioware gets government grants money, right?

Anonymous Sir Humphrey April 06, 2016 6:48 PM  

@50 That tactic reached diminished returns in Canada around 2008 or so.

Blogger Cee April 09, 2016 5:08 AM  

Either the designer is clueless or intentionally trolling.

The response on Kotaku, et. al. by and large has been interesting: They apparently love the new pose and think the issue really was not The Butt but The Character. It's all those awful GamerGaters who blew it up into an issue of ~censorship~ when it really was Tracer not being dynamic and flirty enough.

Wonder how that fits in.

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