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Forth

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  1. What in the world do a drawing of Tim criticizing his budgeting skills and a screenshot from Postal 2 where the developers basically call Tim a poopy buttface because of the failure of DF-9 have to with gaming journalism, sexism, or whatever else you want to make Gamergate about? You can't just ascribe words without meaning, throwing them at whatever you think is bad. That's like if I cited Mortal Kombat X's ridiculous DLC as "awful gamergate DLC".
  2. I didn't say that they were speaking in any sort of "official capacity", I was giving my opinion about how the actions of a moderator affect the behavior and culture of a board and my personal feelings about it. I understand why you feel the way you do, but I'm not trying to "stir up trouble." And I agree, we should really stop analyzing my opinions and instead discuss this article. We could probably both do better than analyzing other people's behavior and laughing at how people phrase things.
  3. Are we really going here? I understand criticizing the article, even saying it's unprofessional or something, but it's really disconcerting to see a mod tell users to not even bother discussing an analysis of the company's business practices over the last few years. It may be rude and not quite up to standards for professional journalism, but this article hardly seems unfair or vindictive. Seriously, come on. Set a better standard, you're a moderator. Even if it sounds bad, discussing things like this can help us think about things we love critically and try to see what works and what doesn't. BB is a community moderator (not to be confused with community manager) and he does a fine job. Being a community moderator doesn't remove a person's right to hold opinions. I don't think his having a negative opinion of a poorly researched article makes him a bad community mod at all. There's no confusion on my part. I'm aware of what they are. A community moderator doesn't manage the community, but they are (as the name implies) responsible for moderating discussion. When someone in that position is discouraging discussion, it's pretty contrary to their position in the community. Disagreeing with it, articulating problems with it, even saying that they think it's awful is one thing, but when you have someone who has the privilege of this sort of position and sees it fit to announce that it's meaningless to discuss an article criticizing the company? It's really worrisome. Whether you agree with them or not, everyone who isn't actively seeking to antagonize you or derail a different discussion at least deserves the courtesy of disapproval or even silence over "wow, like, why bother, not worth my time." It's rude and duplicitous: if it really isn't worth anyone's time nobody would say anything about it. It's a sort of shaming tactic, an attempt to belittle the article because it's critical of the company, and once again that's troubling to see coming from a moderator when one of the forum's chief rules is courtesy. I wouldn't say anything if they had just voiced their disapproval or said nothing at all, but that kind of response reinforces low quality of discussion and deflection of criticism in the community.
  4. Are we really going here? I understand criticizing the article, even saying it's unprofessional or something, but it's really disconcerting to see a mod tell users to not even bother discussing an analysis of the company's business practices over the last few years. It may be rude and not quite up to standards for professional journalism, but this article hardly seems unfair or vindictive. Seriously, come on. Set a better standard, you're a moderator. Even if it sounds bad, discussing things like this can help us think about things we love critically and try to see what works and what doesn't.
  5. This seems like a really risky move and I'm not sure if I can support it.
  6. I feel like White Birch's use of "Ico" and "Journey" in it's description is kind of a loaded gun.
  7. A room made of brains that fart out ideas. A meadow of candy. A fur-lined room shaped like a bear. A cave whose walls are water and has lakes of quick dry cement. An upside down giant lamp that you thought was a rocket.
  8. I like how when there is one case that doesn't fit your criteria at all you counter it with "but meh." Ben would be a hard sell as anything but your typical biker, considering he is supposed to be the stereotypical Hell's Angels guy. It's what makes him who he is. It would also be a bit weird to make Guybrush into a woman, but if you want to say he should be a different ethnicity, maybe a Spaniard, I guess that's fine. Or would be if we knew where his ancestors hailed from. Razputin I suppose you could change the gender of if you wish since he's a child, but he's already a gypsy and of eastern European heritage, not to mention skin color isn't really indicative of anything in that game. And, to be blunt, it'd be kind of stupid to ask Jack Black if you can change his character's skin color to increase diversity. Oh, and you can choose your gender in Costume Quest and the characters of Stacking are Russian. There's nothing wrong with having different characters in the future, but it is incredibly disrespectful to say that you can change aspects of a character and things would be, "just fine," or worse, "the same."
  9. I would also like to see leaked photos of screenshots of a giant zombie Tim Schafer swimming in vast pools of money. It would cause a nice reaction...probably. But really, there's no reason to leak anything legitimate.
  10. Really glad this is here. I wanted to buy Machinarium from them directly rather than through Steam where their profits get cut, and now I can pay a reduced cost for their new game too. Spent $15, 13 of it on the developer. Glad I can hand them pure profit, even if this is a huge discount.
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