Or what he's describing is possibly gender fluidity, which does exist and is real and real people have experienced it as well.
I know you're trying to be helpful, but a common thing that trans people hear a lot is that they're confused - about themselves, about gender, about what constitutes gender. This doesn't help, and can push people away from learning what works best for them. Trans people aren't confused. Genderfluid people aren't confused.
I once got into a nasty argument with a guy who wanted to play a transgender woman in Wraith. My point was that if he couldn't respect the character enough to use the correct feminine pronouns he shouldn't consider playing the character at all and he was put out by this.
Like respect the character you're playing and you'll probably do fine.
Hey, thanks for the commentary. I wasn't really thinking of that when I made my demoralized comment.
Ah, good lord. They're just not going to stop. D:
I mean I knew that but it is demoralizing seeing it in action.
Exactly. Thank you.
It is a good thing when public figures such as Olympic athletes come out as lgbt because it helps those who might be struggling or having difficulty finding relatable role models. I also don't agree that being out as gay is all about sex. It's about relationships. What that reporter did is wrong for the aforementioned reasons, but an article about gay athletes is not out of line in itself.
Heck, Weber was responsible for a lot of the source material used for his Starfire novels. Not just a fan, but also a writer for the game line.
I also agree it's unfair to characterize authors of game-based novels as just meeting quota to get a check. Someone can just as easily want to tell a story in Battletech, the Forgotten Realms, Star Wars, etc. regardless of what the original media was.
The Raven Black wrote:
It references a genre of music and associated subculture. If one wants to call someone emotional, using "emo" is misleading. "Emo" is also often used in a derogatory fashion relative to everything from being "oversensitive" to various mental illnesses (such as depression). I mean you can use whatever word you want, but the word you chose to use carries connotations that are going to be read into it because you chose to use that word.
Not to be overly serious or anything.
I don't know why I came back to this trainwreck of a thread, but no - they might have once in your estimation expressed contempt for their audience (and let's not even get into whether and how much I disagree with that). It doesn't seem to be a habit, and this is basically just an attack on their credibility because you don't like what they had to say.
That's not the only source of that quote, just the first one I found. Also, I don't see how your quote discredits Polygon for all time. With such standards in place no media would be remotely credible.
Literally the only places I've seen this film discussed as a flop are this forum and MRA sites.
Kobold Cleaver wrote:
To be fair, for a "flop" it had the second-best showing for its opening weekend, after The Secret Life of Pets. Then there's this story that says:
After pulling in nearly $46 million at the box office, making it one of the top-grossing live-action comedies in years, Sony executives are looking to capitalize on the success of Ghostbusters and plans are in the works for a sequel.
I'm a bi 15 year-old guy, and it's pretty tough balancing what society says I should be and who I really want to be. However, the Pathfinder community has been one of the most welcoming communities I've come across and knowing that all NPCs are assumed to be bi has really helped me. This post is kinda deraily but I just wanted to put my thoughts out.
Welcome! And your post isn't deraily.
I don't have very fast internet (it's fast, but not that fast) and I still prefer downloading to installing from a disk. I like not having to keep track of disks, not having to go to the store to buy disks, not having to deal with and replace damaged disks, and so on.
It is different from when you could walk into a store and check out games arranged on shelves for your potential consumption but I find that I get more than enough games via Steam and GOG as it is.
I feel that I may have given a wrong impression. The wrong party here is the first one to drag this into LAW. Everything was fine till someone decided to legislate the issue. Now you are caught in a catch 22 where you have to legalize harm to some group. It's a real mess.
Laws that guaranteed trans people access to the facilities appropriate to their gender have worked for years - even decades in some places - without harming anyone. There is no harm here, and there likely never will be. Making it illegal for trans people to use the correct restrooms does harm trans people.
Also, these laws are not just about restrooms, that's just the point where the people pushing these laws are scaremongering. These laws are about denying trans people all kinds of civil rights.
1) It is absolutely a religious thing and is backed by religious conservatives.
2) Guys have never in the history of transgender rights laws tried to exploit those laws to gain access to women's restrooms. A guy who's going to break the law doesn't care about laws that keep him out of a restroom.
3) This isn't a worst case scenario. This is basically a never case scenario. It basically doesn't happen. Washington's had transgender protections for 10 years and in that time the only instance of a guy entering a women's space (locker room, I think) was someone trying to "prove" that the law would allow him to - but the law doesn't allow this.
4) Your simplistic solution is what the law is aiming for, and would in fact harm transgender people - and would primarily harm transgender women. Given how many do not have access to surgery because they are too poor and insurance that they might not even have won't cover it - or they might not want surgery for other reasons. Basically, your solution would force women to use the men's room and that's not an acceptable outcome in a reasonable society.
5) Nobody watches you use the bathroom because stalls.
True, they're almost certainly on the wrong side of history.
But there is a them. There's a them who sets themselves apart and attacks various iterations of "us."
In my state (Washington) right now, there's a religious right impetus to change the law so transgender people are forced to use the wrong restrooms. This is done under the veil of supposedly keeping men from using the women's restroom, but this is already not allowed. Plus, 10 years of the law allowing transgender people to use the correct restroom has resulted in basically zero instances of harassment or worse, despite what is claimed by this movement.
They've set themselves up as "them" vs. an "us" that is among the most marginalized people in society. This whole thing happening anywhere in the US is probably a backlash against losing the same-sex marriage thing so spectacularly. So they cede that ground and attack people they expect will have a more difficult time protecting themselves.
So there is a "them" and certainly more than one kind of "them." Their political tactics have a real cost to real human beings.
I'm Hiding In Your Closet wrote:
There's literally no valid difference in this false dichotomy you've set up. So you can buy console games in stores and games for your computer online. That reflects a difference but that difference iis not the one you are trying to promote. Many of these games are available for both consoles and computers which makes the distinction fuzzier than you seem to want it to be.
As far as the rest, people aren't going to cut down internet usage to satisfy Luddite preferences or even concerns about any given industry moving most of its business online. Overall these shifts are a good thing and make games more accessible.
Also, the memetic similarities you describe are not nearly as encompassing as you say. There's quite a lot of diversity in game design, especially as was pointed out, outside AAA titles (although I'd say even those aren't the array of memetic clones you described).
People who play in a way to maximize paragon and renegade points are not playing contrary to the way the game's designed. They are playing the game in exactly the way it was designed. The game literally rewards you for playing this way. The only way what you said about the game's design could be true is if the game were designed without paragon and renegade points in the first place.
Norman Osborne wrote:
They're still adding older games to their library, at least. At least over the past few years I recall the X-Wing games and Starfleet Command.
I'm on the spectrum as well, which may be why it took me until 2009.
In general, the shift to online purchasing has been a net boon to the videogame industry (there is no video game/computer game distinction anymore, assuming there was ever truly such a distinction in the first place).
Steam has been a good thing. There are bad things in Steam (Early Access being abused, for example), but overall it has been a net plus for gamers. I don't have to worry about misplaced or damaged DVDs, and I have more games than I will ever reasonably play (which is my own fault, and I'm much better about not buying everything that looks good). GOG.com is also a net plus, with a different focus on older games. They have older games that wouldn't otherwise run on newer systems, but they often configure them to run on newer systems.
Losing brick and mortar shops is not that great a loss. Product exposure on Steam can far exceed anything you'd get in a store, and you do not have to worry about old games no longer being kept in stock.