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Mortal Kombat: Dismemberment? Okay. Skin? Bad.

I love the Mortal Kombat series. I have loved it since the very beginning, tried to enjoy the series as much as I could during the 3D days and then continued to love it again once the complete overhaul that was Mortal Kombat (technically MK9) on the 360 and PS3.

But since the past game Mortal Kombat X and now with the reveals of the upcoming Mortal Kombat 11, I’ve been noticing something that I don’t quite like, nor do I understand. It’s not a deal breaker necessarily, as when it comes to the game, I’m more concerned about the mechanics and the gore, because that’s what the game is supposed to be, but there’s one thing that they’ve changed recently that seems way too coinciding with the current political climate.

So look, I’m just going to say it flat out. I am 100% in favor of what Mortal Kombat used to have with specifically its female cast. Yes, I’m talking about the overly sexual outfits.

I should’ve noticed this change right away when for the first time EVER, Mileena’s outfit was very conservative. Anyone who’s played the series before the MK9 comeback knows that Mileena has always been the sex symbol of the franchise, which is pretty ironic given she has the ugliest face in the game, aside from Baraka.

But in MKX, she shows so little skin in comparison to every game before that, in retrospect it’s shocking I didn’t really pay attention to it when I first played the series. She no longer has the one-piece “ninja” outfit that has several other characters wearing similar if not the same gear with a different color palette. Those girls included Kitana, Jade, Frost, Khameleon, Tanya and even Skarlet, who at one point was a glitched red colorization before becoming a real character in the series.

And now in the past game and the soon to be released MK11, all of these girls have been changed significantly to alter their outfits in order to show less skin, while several male characters have largely remained the same. Hell, the new male character Geras? Shirtless.

Now I’m not going to sit here and tell you that the outfits that we’ve seen characters like Jade, Sonya and other female characters aren’t cool, I will never do that. But why all of a sudden are outfits that are 10, 20, some almost 25 years old now, being completely erased? In a genre that sees characters have several different outfits, why does it appear that the ones that your average third-wave feminist would immediately scream at, they’re the only outfits truly affected?

I mean take a look at Skarlet for example, hence why she’s the cover image for this article. This is what she first looked like in the 2011 redesign. Is it over-the-top? Sure, but this is Mortal fucking Kombat we’re talking about here. This isn’t a “realistic” game, nor is it a realistic world. But now, in MK11? She looks like she’s preparing for a winter storm, not a fight. And another thing, REALLY?! YOU GAVE HER A PIXIE CUT AND YOU THOUGHT THAT LOOKED GOOD?! SHE LOOKS TERRIBLE!!! Skarlet looks more masculine than feminine now, are we seriously going to start playing that game?

I’m not saying every character needs to be sexy, don’t get the wrong idea here. But why are characters that have always been sexy suddenly not sexy? Is the solution not to make new characters that aren’t automatically fan service characters? Isn’t that what D’Vorah is? Cassie Cage and Jacqui Briggs? You are laying down a foundation of new characters, so if you want to make characters who aren’t revealing 75%+ of their skin, you can do that. But don’t erase the characters you had, Skarlet was fine as a sexy, powerful assassin, same with Kitana, Jade and especially Mileena, who I’m pretty sure at this point got killed off in MKX so they could show to the world they’ve “changed”, by taking out the most sexualized woman they had.

So this all goes back to the leftist, feminist approach of we can’t sexualize women in video games. So once again I will say it, why the fuck not?! This isn’t a realistic, present day game, this is a game that features several different realms with ridiculously over-the-top fantasy setting characters, such as an undead ninja, a man who controls ice, a sorcerer who takes people’s souls, several characters with more than two arms, a minotaur, a man with bionic arms, a motherfucking dragon, you get the idea, right?

This isn’t real, who are you to say that this world doesn’t have a different cultural and societal approach? How do you know wearing clothes akin to a one-piece swimsuit isn’t normal battle attire for women in that world? How do you know that women don’t normally wear more revealing clothing because perhaps their world is hotter than ours normally is, or hell, maybe that’s just their fucking choice? That’s my favorite counter argument, how do you know that this world wouldn’t be one that’s different from ours, with characters who think different than we do? Why does everything today have to be 100% reminiscent of our present day?

I don’t want to play something 100% realistic, that’s boring as shit, I want to play a game where I’m playing as ridiculous characters, doing ridiculous fighting moves and pulling off ridiculous kills like the fatalities have always done, ramping it up each and every installment.

I want these characters to be over-the-top in every way. I want 9-foot tall giants with four arms who can rip a normal person’s limb off with ease. I want shirtless karate legends with abs on top of abs pulling off absurd fighting moves that even Jean Claude van Damme couldn’t even pull off. I want to see scantily clad women who look like strippers, but can kick anyone’s ass at the drop of a hat, in the same way I want to see women who are also dressed conservatively and can pull off the same thing. Or maybe they can do other things like they’re mages/sorceresses, they’re a medieval looking knight with a giant Claymore sword, anything that can make sense of things.

But a girl who just fights with a Sai and martial arts, like Mileena? There’s no reason for her to cover up as much as she can, she needs the extra speed and agility, to be able to move faster and be able to make that critical shot. It’s harder to do that when you have more clothing pulling on you. I’m not saying she HAS to fight in a thong, but why can’t she? Because it could offend women? Well the game for almost 30 years has gone strong being a game that has a primary demographic of men aged 13-35, so why change now?

Can we stop making changes to please everyone? Because we never can. Make the game that suits your primary demographic first, that’s where the money is. And for fuck’s sake, Netherrealm, you have been making a series of fighting games that politicians have always been against because of the violence, why are you even bothering changing anything at this point? Nothing you do will change what you are now with this series.

Want to make a game for everyone? Start a new franchise. Oh that’s a risk and you might lose money doing so? Then what are you doing right now by changing so much about the characters? Isn’t that a risk to the fanbase you’ve collected for decades now? Ask EA, Bethesda and Blizzard, they’ll tell you a few stories.

Once again, I’m not saying every character has to be sexualized. But in a world where limbs are lying everywhere and there’s more blood than an Olympic swimming pool can hold, how ridiculous is a couple of girls with DDs in a skimpy one-piece?

The Evolution Of My Bisexuality

It’s funny how things work sometimes. I was bored on Sunday night and I was looking through some of my old articles, because I had the thought that I hadn’t written a blog post aside from the anime weeklies in quite some time. Now I’ve been okay with this, as the transition back to YouTube has been successful thus far, I’ve been able to keep a decent flow of content coming. But my opinions really started flowing here on the blog, so once in a while I’d like to keep things running here.

So as I was browsing my old content, I came across this lovely article I wrote a full year ago (April 14th, 2017). It was an article that was long overdue for me in writing, being able to get something that at the time was new to me, something I wasn’t openly talking about so much. And that’d be my recent transition from a heterosexual male to a bisexual male.

If you’re curious about the original article, you can read it here.

A year later, if I was to tell you a lot changed, I’d be lying. My relationship has not changed one bit since writing that article. I’m still with my girlfriend and we’ve now reached 10 years together, a milestone that’s only serving to make my parents ask me more often when my girlfriend and I are getting married and having children, in which case I tune out, as neither are really in my peripheral vision at the moment and may never will. My 100% assurity of the fact that I do indeed have a sexual interest in the same-sex is definitely there and I know now that it will not fade away like it’s some phase. I am 100% bisexual through and through, it just appears that with my current life trajectory that I will never experience the “other side”.

This is where the majority of this post will be about. I’ve already told my story leading up to the moments where I accepted the evolution of my sexual interests. Now, it’s time to explore the realities of things, the fact that there are multiple reasons why I likely won’t ever see that other side of the sexual market, so to speak.

I’ve said it in the previous article on this topic and it still hasn’t changed much since then. I mentioned in that post that I know no one in real life who is male and I have a sexual attraction to. Though I will admit it’s easy to understand how this is the case. Given the body type and age range I appear to have that sexual interest in when it comes to men, I’m not exactly in the prime location to meet and hang around these kinds of guys. For starters, the guys I tend to have an interest in are very athletic (shocking, I know…) and while I do play recreational co-ed sports, I end up finding attractive girls in say a soccer league, whereas there aren’t really guys that grab my attention at all. I’m not a gym guy, so there’s another major location out of the way. I’ve tried the whole gym experience, I just think that for me, exercise is something I’d rather do either alone, or among friends. Lastly, I am 100% not into the club scene, so that is a major, MAJOR handicap I’m giving myself.

The other and more obvious problem I will inevitably have when it comes to exploring my bisexuality is the age gap that is ever-growing between me and the guys I appear to be into. As of right now, as a guy new to his 30s this year, the number of guys that look the way I’m attracted to begin to be less and less interested in me, based on my age. I would hazard a guess that the top echelon of guys I’m interested in right now fall into the 18-30 range and obviously as I get older, the odds of someone of that age range being interested in me continues to fall.

But most of all, and this is where I get most critical of myself, is just that I’m honestly not attractive enough to grab the attention of any of these guys that I’m interested in. I’m not gonna sit here and tell you I’m an ugly fuck, but I know that at best, I’m average and that’s about it. Admittedly, it’s been this acceptance that’s got me fired up about trying to take better care of my body. I’m hoping once I’m have my own living space again (and especially fridge space, because where I am right now, there’s literally none), I’ll eat better, exercise far more, all that jazz in the hopes of at the very least cutting the winter belly fat I’ve built up from being mostly indoors being lazy. After that, I can work on maybe putting some actual muscle on my body for the first time ever, as I’ve always been a thin guy.

At the very least, the past few years have really given me a chance to actually give an iota of shit about how I look. I’m certainly more aware of things like how my hair looks at any given moment, the kind of clothes I’m wearing for a certain occasion (normally I’d just wear an Iron Maiden t-shirt and jeans to everything), hell I’ve become a picky son of a bitch when it comes to underwear nowadays. And yes, that includes deciding when to wear boxers, or go all the way down to briefs. Hell, here’s another old article if you wanna check that out, click here, this one being a two-year old classic on another transition I went through, from plain ol’ boxers, to much more vibrant underwear.

A year ago, I made a post describing my initial journey into this newfound land I had no idea was as enticing as it was. A year later, I wouldn’t say a whole lot has changed since then. In terms of anime art, my preferences haven’t expanded at all, it’s pretty much the same stuff I’m paying attention to. In terms of real guys, I’ve certainly found more images online that have piqued my interest, but like I said earlier, finding such guys in real life has not been as easy.

I’m pretty much aware at this point that the kind of guys I’d be interested in are simply too high a bar for me to reach. I’ve said this to friends before, but I think this is the first time I’m saying this on the blog: I think we are all not just bisexual, but pansexual. Here’s the catch. Let’s say you’re an average run-of-the-mill, heterosexual guy. You’ve got an endless supply of girls to choose from, but guys? Not so much. You may think you have zero interest, but let’s be honest, if you had zero interest, you’d struggle to watch porn where you’re looking at a guy’s junk and ass.

So let’s take me for example. On the classic 1-10 scale, I personally view myself as a 5 and that might be generous given my winter belly fat now. From a heterosexual point of view, I’d reckon that I’d have an interest into girls that range from a 4 and up. Though like most people, when it comes to 4s, 5s and 6s, they have to fall into certain parameters. In my case, yes, it does have to do with the body type, race, the kind of clothes they wear, the hairstyle they have, things like that.

Now let’s take guys for a spin. If I was to guess the number for a guy to be considered “attractive” to my eyes, I think at the very least, they’d have to be an 8. And there’s that catch I was talking about earlier. If I’m into guys who are minimum an 8/10 and yet I’m a 5/10, that severely limits my options, doesn’t it? I mean if I was an 8, would I be interested in a 5, when I could just as easily have anything above a 7? It’s tough to say, but I have to assume that most people that high would not go that far down the range for a little tail. Thus my feelings on how it’s very likely I won’t ever experience that “other side”. Hell, this would even go for the transgender side of things, where that number is even higher, as I can count the number of transgender folk I have come across online that I would absolutely be interested in a night of fun with, I can count them on one hand.

I believe we all have an interest in every kind of person out there, hell even aliens we don’t even know exist. The only catch is that for some of these people, the number is unobtainable. There’s a heterosexual guy who’d be into having sex with a guy, but he’s never going to meet a 10/10 guy who’d be interested in him, hell that number may even be an 11, a level of attractiveness that can only be reached through fiction like anime, or through technology that we just don’t have yet. It’s how I started after all, I started finding attractive anime guys, where the levels range above 10, some I could say are in the 20s. And yes, I’m aware of how much sense this doesn’t make.

The difference is that some of us are able to slowly lower that bar, in the way that I started with anime guys and eventually opened up to the idea of something more than that, something real, something obtainable. I may not ever be able to touch that (both figuratively and certainly literally…), but I’ve opened up to the possibilities, and have accepted that there is more out there than just abiding by the status quo.

We’re not held down by what we consider to be traditional. We also don’t need to follow in the usual steps of people who are making that transition into being something other than your standard heterosexual human being. You don’t have to be flamboyant, you don’t have to be butch. You don’t have to like certain colours, hell you don’t even have to talk about wanting to suck a dick or eat some pussy. I’ve said it before, but I don’t think your sexuality really has much bearing on the kind of person you are. So don’t let your sexuality define what you have to be, how you dress, how you speak, how you act. Just be you, whatever “you” is.

And if that you also happens to think that the possibility of Ganondorf from the Zelda series being attractive as a younger, smaller male is a thing, then go for it! I know I did…

10 Questions “Feminists Should Ask Me On A First Date”

Sometimes there are things you can’t resist, no matter how much you know you should stay away from it. I’m (if you haven’t figured it out already) not quite the most “politically correct” individual, I view myself as a “centrist”, a believer in the facts, not your feelings.

So when I came across a lovely post that a (clearly proud) feminist put up for all those to enjoy: A list of 10 questions every feminist should be asking someone on a first date. I assume this is so they find out if the person they’re having this date with is someone willing to bow down and do whatever she says, believes what she believes and repeats everything she says to those who oppose her. Y’know, white knights and all that shit.

So anyways, let’s get this train wreck a’ rollin!

1. Do you believe that Black Lives Matter?

I believe that all lives matter, but of course, any sane, moral and reasonable person believes that yes, black lives do matter. However, when I see the capitalization, I know what the message truly is. It’s not if I believe “black lives matter” but if I believe in the “Black Lives Matter” movement. That being the case, then my thoughts are significantly different.

The #BlackLivesMatter movement in its early beginnings was like many other movements. It had potential, it had good intentions and carried a message that at first was a very good one. However as most racially-driven movements become, over time either the wrong people were put in charge, or they put themselves in charge and the message began to change. At this current time, I do not view the #BLM movement as one of racial equality, peace and morality, rather it is a movement based on hatred, violence and yes, racism.

2. What are your thoughts on gender and sexual orientation?

I don’t have thoughts about something that isn’t of importance in life. I’ve said it before, I do not believe your gender, nor your sexuality has any bearing on who you are as a person. As a bisexual male who recently “discovered” this part of myself, my personality has not changed in the slightest, I am who I am based on things other than my male genes and my interest in having sex with both men and women.

However, if you really want to put the gun to my head, I’ll make it simple. I believe in absolute equality for all biological genders and all sexual orientations (so long as you’re not touching kids), no questions asked.

3. How do you work to dismantle sexism and misogyny in your life?

By not being sexist or misogynistic in my daily life. It’s not that hard.

Oh and me liking video games and anime where boobs and butts are things that exist and shown off, that doesn’t make me a sexist misogynist pig. Grow up.

4. What are your thoughts on sex work?

Oldest profession and an honourable one at that, despite what many people say on both sides. I believe it’s a trade that we need to take more seriously, be more open about and quite honestly stop looking at in such a vulgar, disgusting manner. If there are men and women who want to sell their bodies in a sexual manner and there is a market for them, who are we to stop them. So long as we can regulate the sex industry so that every worker within it is working safely, I see zero issue with sex work, such as prostitution.

5. Are you a supporter of the BDS movement?

I had to research this one, it appears to be about putting pressure on Israel to overturn it’s various violations of international law in terms of returning the Palestinian land it’s occupied and creating full equality for Arab-Palestinians and such.

I have no real opinion on this issue, other than the simple fact I believe in full equality for all. So get on that shit, Israel.

6. What is your understanding of settler colonialism and indigenous rights?

I don’t believe creating “foreign” regions is an intelligent idea. Any immigrants/refugees entering a country should be coming into said country with the understanding that there is an expectation that if they want to live in that country or take refuge in that country, they must adapt to the country in all walks of life, whether that’s learning the language, abiding by all the country’s laws and quite frankly, making a conceded effort to just fit in. Yes, it’s also on us to make our country welcome to outsiders. But with what I’ve seen of such examples of these “colonies” like in Sweden, it’s not working out at all.

7. Do you think capitalism is exploitative?

Everything can be exploited. It’s just that capitalism is certainly better than communism.

8. Can any human be illegal?

I’m assuming this pertains to immigration, to which the answer is yes. If you come into a country you are not a citizen of and you enter illegally, guess what? YOU’RE AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT!!!

It’s not that hard, folks.

9. Do you support Muslim Americans and non-Muslim people from Islamic countries?

I support anyone and everyone from any country, any nation. But like I said in Question #6, so long as you abide by the law and make an effort to “fit in”, you’ll be fine.

However, it’s not Islamophobic to call members of Islamic culture out for partaking in some extremely disgusting behavior, whether it’s via their religion, or their own personal beliefs.

10. Does your allyship include disabled folks?

I don’t view people as “allies”, that makes me believe I look at a group of people as those I can use to further push my political agenda. I will once again refer to something I’ve said several times in this article:

I BELIEVE IN EQUALITY FOR ALL!!!

Is that good enough for ya?

…Well I guess that fictional date is probably over. And by probably, I mean 110% over. That feminist would’ve left halfway into question #2.

Keijo Could Be A Real Thing Soon

So here’s a cool little story I came across while floating around on Crunchyroll’s news page.

” Keijo Portugal is a small group working to turn the wild sport of the show — which involves girls trying to knock their opponents off a raft using only their chests and buttocks — into a real activity. The rules have been modified to be “safer and more realistic” (notice the fighters have padding on the impact zones), but otherwise looks to be as in keeping with the original as humanly possible.”

Now obviously the odds of this ever becoming an actual thing in terms of media coverage and television are essentially zero and I don’t even think it’s really because of the sport itself being “sexist” as many people called the anime out for being. In reality, the level of skill the anime portrays, even 10% of that level would not be possible without being extremely dangerous and not worth sanctioning as a legitimate sport. Your hips are not designed to take impact like that over and over again, not to mention the torque you’d be putting on your body trying to spin your hips like that.

It’s a fun idea that these girls in Portugal are doing, I think that’s awesome that not only did the show reach them and they enjoyed it, but they thought it was worth attempting to put something together.

It’s certainly more constructive than the legions of ardent feminists who wanted the show’s proverbial head on a pike.

I Need To Stop Reading Cecilia D’Anastasio’s Articles…

We all have those people that we cannot stand. People who whenever they speak, we start to cringe, our skin starts to crawl and we just get mad. We know that we’re not supposed to take them seriously, but we can’t help ourselves, it’s just someone that we cannot comprehend how they exist to be.

Well as of late, that person has been frequent writer on Kotaku, Cecilia D’Anastasio. This isn’t the first time I’ve gotten upset at an article she’s written, nor is it even close to the first time I’ve come across an article on Kotaku that really shows just how far journalism has fallen from the ideology of “report the truth and nothing but the truth”. I believe the last time I spoke about Cecilia was when she went on a tirade about Keijo (you can view my response article here) and while she has posted garbage since, they’ve more been flies to swat away at best.

But this time, it’s a little different.

(You can view the full article here)

At first, the article seems like a great idea. Yes, people really do need to start shooting back at harassing individuals during online play, I try to do it when I can, though I don’t play in public lobbies nearly as much as I used to, since I have a number of friends I can just go into party chat with on my PS4 and ignore any public banter that could be going on.

“I think we’d do better with a healer,” I suggested to my Overwatch team earlier this week. We were in the spawn room defending the Temple of Anubis and, without a healer, we would quickly forfeit the objective. Not even the slightest pause passed before a teammate told me that, instead, “What we need is another man.”

That doesn’t bother me either, again it’s in plausible good faith on my part that this is something that can take place. The easiest way to get under a female player’s skin is obviously to say that she’s terrible specifically because she’s a woman. I wish feminists would understand it’s why they have so many “threats” issued against them by men, since all they do is target men and insult them because they’re male. It’s kind of funny actually.

“Toxicity is on the rise in Overwatch, a game I had been enjoying for hundreds of hours since its launch last May.”

I admit, I laughed at this comment. It’s an unnecessary comment, because there is no way to quantify how “toxic” a community is and whether it’s getting better or worse. You could just be having bad luck with matchmaking that week, I’ve had weeks of Call of Duty lobbies where it’s been pretty chill, then all of a sudden every lobby is a nightmare. Shit happens. To claim a community is getting worse, Cecilia, you have no facts to back that up, it’s nothing more than a perception, one I believe is skewed because of your unconscious bias.

“This is ridiculous. Players’ rampant and unchecked cruelty and sexist commentary are preventing me and others from enjoying our favorite game, a first-person shooter with twice the female userbase as any other.”

Yeah yeah, because for every male gamer out there who’s called a faggot, gay, a virgin, or any other homophobic and/or racial slur in the book, they seem to be able to (mostly) tell the difference between a real insult and someone just venting and trolling online because they know anonymity gives them A LOT of lee-way.

“And I want to be clear about something: When it comes to harassment in online gaming, silence is complicity.”

You are so full of shit, Cecilia. Here’s a few reasons why silence takes place.

  1. Some users aren’t playing with a microphone so they can’t respond
  2. They don’t want to get involved
  3. They fear if they do get involved, they’ll get bullied, or even worse, doxxed

You can sit there in your comfy chair, Cecilia and bitch and moan about people who don’t respond to bullies online and you’re completely in the right to do so, there are not enough people fighting back against this bullshit that happens so often online. But to say that by not getting involved, or not being able to get involved, they’re actively participating in harassing you along with the bully who’s actually harassing you? Go fuck yourself! In the end, it’s no one’s responsibility to handle your own problems for you, if they don’t want to get involved, that’s their choice and they’re welcome to do so without having the book thrown at them.

“As long as developers are slow to address toxicity, it is on a game’s playerbase to stomp out hatred if they don’t want it there.”

What do you expect developers to do, Cecilia? The report system is really the best thing that we can do. The only solution I think that’ll help you out is an active “neighbourhood watch” kind of account spectating every game and who’s gonna pay all those people, Cecilia? You? Oh wait, another thing, how much should I bet that these people if they ever existed, they would also be biased and perhaps quell any speech against things you support, Cecilia? You know, like feminism actively does to anyone who disagrees with their movement.

“The real reason why players (and especially women) are dropping like flies from the game’s playerbase is the fact that shitty behavior is now a part of Overwatch’s culture, at least on PC, much like other online games’.”

Or it could be that the game has been out for over a year, not even including beta time. People do like playing other games too, I doubt that the vast majority of people are quitting the game because of a few assholes playing it.

Oh, by the way, while we’re on the topic of women being the main targets of online harassment, Cecilia, I want you to read this article. Not that you will, nor acknowledge the research that has shown that men are targets of online harassment more than women. Because that wouldn’t suit your narrative, now would it?

“And, no, I am not doing anything to provoke the toxicity I encounter in about half of my matches.”

That’s fine, the majority of harassing players aren’t being provoked, they just choose to piss people off because they get off on it. It has nothing to do with your gender, Cecilia, but when they hear your voice, they have something to sink their teeth into immediately, because as we have seen time and time again in this current society, it appears as if women because of this extreme wave of feminism, they cannot resist getting upset the second they’re challenged based on their gender. If the average female player wasn’t freaking out every time a guy asked them to make a sandwich while playing a game, they wouldn’t do it as much.

“My being harassed is not my fault. It is the fault of specific maladjusted people and a culture that acquiesces to their cruelty.”

You’re half-right, it is the fault of a specific few, but to say it’s a cultural problem, that’s absolute bullshit. In fact, just take a look for example with the whole Sargon of Akkad/Anita Sarkeesian debacle at VidCon. There’s an argument to be had, Cecilia that in fact it’s the other way around currently, where our culture is in a state where it’s okay to harass and insult men and receive zero consequences in doing so.

Just think about it, Cecilia. If I wrote for Kotaku and posted the exact same article online about men being harassed online all the time (because statistically we are being harassed more), what would the reaction be? Would the response be sympathetic? Absolutely fucking not, it would be wave of feminists and social justice warriors trying to get me fired from my position at Kotaku because I’m ignoring the real victims, women. Because only one set group of people are allowed to be victimized. But you’re right, Cecilia, you’re the victim. Because you can write half-truths and half-lies on the internet for a major gaming news outlet and not be fired for not doing your job properly as a “professional journalist”. I would be fired as a man for doing what you’re doing, you would not. Who’s privileged again?

“And that’s why, when your teammate is getting harassed for their gender, voice, race or demographic, you should speak up, too. And if you do not, you are a part of the problem.”

Unless of course you’re a straight white male, then you deserve it. Right, Cecilia?


Now the article alone was enough to bother me. But of course she couldn’t just end it there, she had to go full-blown feminist cancer in the comments.

Yep, she had to go the wage gap route. How many times do we have to debunk the wage gap, folks? I’m not even going to go through the whole thing, just google it and you’ll find a million articles as to what the feminist version of the “wage gap math” isn’t taking into account.

Again, Cecilia, instead of just taking a warrior stance on this stuff, you’re playing the victim. I will never deny that women receive harassment, but this culture of playing the victim needs to stop. Stop acting like you’re the only ones who get harassed, stop claiming that every single time this happens to you that it’s a serious threat, or a case of misogyny, sexism or whatever buzzword you want to use to garner sympathy by your kool-aid drinking cult members.

Everyone gets harassed, Cecilia. Everyone. Male, female, black, while, straight, gay, skinny, fat. Harassment is not a feminist issue, it’s not a race issue, it’s not a LGBT issue. It’s a human rights issue. You and your group need to stop acting like it only matters when it happens to you and your members. It matters when it happens to anyone and everyone.

Now excuse me while I take the next hour or so to write the correct article to address the lack of people standing up to bullies during online games.

Yes Kotaku, I’m Aware Women Play Video Games

So once again, Kotaku has succeeded at looking at their entire male viewership and thinking they’re all idiots and assholes. This time, it’s an article so cringe-inducing that I’m shocked someone with any brain cells in their head actually clicked “publish” on this article.

Kirk Hamilton of Kotaku thought it would be a great idea to let us all know that there is a secret fact that we don’t know about. What is that you ask? Well apparently…WOMEN PLAY VIDEO GAMES!!!

(you can view the “amazing” article here)

Now click-bait aside, let’s take this article at its core concept, the idea that we apparently aren’t aware that girls play video games. Let me debunk that in four words: It’s 2017. We know.

But let’s go through his article and tear it apart, shall we?

“Hello! I’ve come here today to explain something that apparently still needs explaining: Women play video games.”

Yeah, we’re living in a world where we can’t go a single day without hearing about women in relation to gaming. I think if we weren’t aware, we are more than aware now.

“I know, it’s a radical concept.”

It’s not.

“(As plenty of you are doubtless aware, it is not a radical concept.)”

Really? Because if it isn’t, why’s it so important for you to tell the world about it?

“Yet here in the year 2017, it’s apparently still really easy to assume that despite the fact that A) video games are awesome and B) video games have been a huge part of mainstream popular culture for decades, women do not play video games. But they do.”

No one thinks this anymore. If they do, it’s in ignorance, not in fact.

“I know that many of you reading this are on the same page. If so, cool. Keep doing what you’re doing.”

Yeah…I think that someone like me, even though I am aware of the insane idea of women playing video games being a real thing, if I keep “doing what I’m doing” you still won’t be happy.

“But you may be surprised how many people still think that women, as a general rule, do not play video games. Ask any woman you know—who, again, probably plays video games—and she will likely have a story about someone assuming that she, a woman, does not play video games. Despite the fact that she does.”

Why would I ever ask them that? Instead, here’s a great idea, how about I just talk to them? About anything? Video games aren’t the center of the world, I don’t need to verbally harass them by throwing endless video game conversation at them. If it comes up naturally, then so be it.

“Basically every woman I know who works in games or plays a lot of games regularly has people assume she doesn’t. A quick survey today of several of the women I work alongside at Kotaku confirmed that, yes, this is a frequent occurrence. In fact, for women at game conferences like E3, it often gets a lot worse than having someone assume you don’t play games. The basic truth of the matter still bears repeating, however, so I’m going to repeat it now: Women play video games.”

They’re full of shit. We’re living in a culture and society right now where it’s “cool” to be feminists. And in order to be a feminist, you apparently need to be a victim, so when you’re asked if anyone (aka, a man) has thought you didn’t play video games because you’re a female, you’ll lie and say yes, because it puts you in victim status and keeps the narrative you’re trying to push. I am willing to bet that at best, 10% of these women have actually had this happen to them. Any of the other 90% either are lying or took someone’s (a man’s) words out of context. It’s pure and utter bullshit, no one thinks this in 2017 without being a troll or ironic.

“The assumption I’m talking about is rarely made with the intention of hurting someone’s feelings.”

Bullshit, Kirk. You are triggered as hell about this, or your friends are triggered as hell about it. Because if no one was butthurt about this “issue”, it wouldn’t be a topic that warranted being posted on a website with 10+ million monthly views.

“Like most assumptions, it doesn’t require much thought at all. But if you have ever assumed that maybe women don’t play video games, take this opportunity to remind yourself that in fact, they do.”

I can’t facepalm any harder without actually injuring myself. Someone who is being paid to be a “professional journalist” thought this was a good read, a good article to post.

“If you are a man (or if you’re not!) out at a social gathering, talking with some friends about video games, and a woman comes up and joins the conversation, do yourself a favor: assume she plays video games.”

Because she would totally join a video game centered conversation and partake in the conversation for any other reason other than that she plays video games. No, Kirk, she spends hours every night researching about the latest games, just so she can talk to people, because that’s the only thing us men talk about.

Well if that’s the circumstances we’re working under then, can all the women out there researching video games for conversational purposes, I’ll help you out with further discussion topics that we have. Research anime boobs, metal music and the Action section of Netflix.

“Don’t ask, “do you play video games?” Instead, ask, “what kind of games do you play?”

Or here’s a better idea, don’t change the pace of the conversation and in doing so, draw attention to the “shock” that we have a girl gamer among us. Would it not be more of an “equal footing” thing if the conversation didn’t change, as if nothing abnormal just took place?

“If she says, “Oh, I don’t really play games,” no big deal.”

But apparently it is a big deal, otherwise once again, why are you writing this, Kirk?

“Change the subject to TV, or music, or the weather. (Some people may argue that the weather is not an interesting subject of conversation; I say there’s a reason it’s a conversational default.)”

Don’t tell me what to do. Also, by your situation here, she joined the conversation. I don’t have to change a conversation suddenly just because someone’s left out, they can wait patiently and politely until we finish the conversation we were halfway into. That’s being a proper human being, not catering to someone else’s every whim.

“But if she does play video games, chances are she will have repeatedly dealt with people who assume that she doesn’t. Which is dumb, because women play video games. They just do.”

Thank you so much, Kirk, I feel so informed now!

In all seriousness folks, this may just be one of the dumbest articles I have ever read. The pretentiousness in this article is at such a high level, I’m nearly drowning from it. And it smells like shit so I’d really like to get this out of my mind so I can breathe clean air once again.

It is 2017, the vast majority of women now engage in some sort of video games, whether console, PC, handheld or mobile. You have to have your head so deep into the sand to not know this. After all, where do you think all these new voice actresses are coming from, all these developers, these journalists, hell all these gorgeous girls doing cosplay at every conceivable convention! Women playing video games is almost as obvious a fact as the world being round.

Next time, Kirk, try a different approach. Because this one ain’t cutting it. Maybe switch to how us “disgusting men” think girl gamers look like. Because I could’ve sworn they all look like this:

Saturday Morning Rant: We Get Death Threats Too!

This rant is likely going to piss a few people off and admittedly it’s a bit late to the party, but it’s something I’ve had on my mind for a while now and it’s just something I kept forgetting to talk about on one of these rants.

Now first, let me start off by clarifying that I’m not saying it’s okay for anyone to get death threats. Take note of what I said too by the way, ANYONE who receives death threats, not just women, or specifically women who are “fighting against sexism and misogyny”. Under no circumstances do I think it’s okay to send someone a death threat, no matter how unlikely it is for that person to commit to it. I don’t think sending death threats or threats that intend to harm someone “for the lulz” is funny, not one bit, I think it’s a childish, poor way to get a message across that could be summed up so much easier with “I don’t like you.”.

But here’s where my issue is. For the longest time, all the way from Anita Sarkeesian onward, I have seen time and time again women specifically on the side of feminism using the “I’ve gotten death threats” as a way to promote their message further, to gain sympathy from people. I’m not saying they aren’t getting death threats, I’m sure they are and in droves, because when the internet hates a person, they can’t help themselves, they go beyond over the line, as we’ve seen on so many occasions. But I feel like they’re using these death threats not as a way to make them stronger and commit harder to their message, but to gain sympathy from their followers and in some cases, put a little more change in their pocket.

It’s funny to me when I see this happen, because they make it sound like they’re the only ones who receive death threats, as if feminists are the only people that the internet has ever sent death threats too. Please, there are more than a handful of people who send children on various social media sites and apps death threats and on a regular basis. There’s certainly more people than just women being sent death threats. Do you think Pewdiepie doesn’t get death threats? What about JonTron? TotalBiscuit? AlphaOmegaSin? All guys on YouTube and other forms of social media, they must not get death threats, right? They’re men, who would possibly send them death threats? That’s the narrative that gets pushed when people try to use the “I get death threats!” tactic, it makes it sound like they’re the only one, as if it’s not a normal thing.

How normal is it? Even I’ve gotten one. Yes, I, CSRadical, the guy with less than 500 followers on my blog, 100 subscribers on YouTube, 100 followers on Twitter, I’ve gotten a single death threat. I’m surprised honestly it’s only been one, perhaps I’m not trying hard enough, eh? And I’m nobody in comparison to names I’ve listed above and I’ve gotten sent a death threat. What does that mean? Well I’m still standing here for one thing and the message was sent…I want to say just over a month ago now. I didn’t respond to it, in fact I laughed at it and took it as a sense of pride for me. I didn’t immediately rush to my page and spam articles and tweets a’plenty about how I was hit hard by a death threat from a callous, black-hearted individual and please…PLEASE!!!, send me your praise and sympathy so that I may get through this difficult time!

Folks, it’s the internet, don’t take it too seriously. I get stupid comments often, it’s not worth bringing any attention to it. What do I gain from responding to someone who responded to something I said with “Fuck you, faggot!”? What can I possibly say that’ll get this person to change their ways? Especially in the case of someone who’s trolling and just saying it because it’s funny to them and there’s no consequence to doing it, what’s going to make them change? Not a damn thing. So when it comes to death threats, it’s not worth worrying about, I could die at any moment without having someone wanting to kill me themselves. I could die in a car crash, a building collapsing, a wild animal attacking me, a sudden disease infecting me, there are so many ways I can die without anyone getting involved, why bother worrying about another way I could die?

Once again, I’m not saying death threats are okay, but I am so sick and tired of seeing articles, videos and tweets only from women. It makes it seem like they’re the only ones getting them, which isn’t true and it also makes it seem like it must be okay if men are sent death threats, because that fact is never mentioned, it’s never brought to the forefront.

But of course, who cares about men, right? Because y’know, we’re all about equality here…

Colin Moriarty – A Kinda Funny, But Appalling Reaction

This. This tweet single-handedly offended the entire internet in a single day. Um…are you guys for real?

If you’ve been playing at home, folks, Colin Moriarty, now formerly from Kinda Funny tweeted this out on International Women’s Day as the worst possible dad joke possible. It was a joke, he knows it was a joke, I know it was a joke, anyone with two fucking brain cells knew it was a joke. And yet…the insane outpour of rage and false, downright horrendous journalism in response is something that if I had any faith in humanity left, it would’ve eliminated that last bit.

Now it sounds like Colin was already having issues with his colleagues at Kinda Funny, but does someone want to explain to me why a joke of this caliber is something that ends up getting him to decide to leave the company? Does anyone else at Kinda Funny understand what a joke is? If not, then change your name from Kinda Funny to Not All That Funny.

But what’s really insane is not even the outrage of those who are “offended”, which by the way, if you’re offended by that tweet, I’m sorry but please just barricade yourself inside a room, keep all technology out of your reach and just wither away and die. If this tweet is offensive to you, there are no words to describe how weak you are as a person and how unbelievably stupid you are. But what really pains me and legitimately offends me is the journalism that came out of this shockingly, offensive tweet. For example…

This isn’t some random blog page or small website, this is a major publication. A major publication has someone staffed on there that can read a tweet that’s solely about women and not only get offended by it, but proceed to call Colin a racism, completely unrelated to the tweet in question! Once again, we are going further in the direction of news being less about facts and all about insults, attacks and speculation. How is someone getting paid a decent sum of money to write garbage like this and not be fired on the spot? If you’re a journalist, do your fucking job, get the facts and report the facts. Don’t make shit up, don’t overreact and over-accentuate, just report the story as it’s factually told. Otherwise, get the fuck out of the business, you’re clearly not cut out for it.

What else can I say? We’re living in a society full of liars and attackers. We’re not living in a world where the facts matter, feelings mean more than facts. That’s a real problem and until it gets fixed, we are nothing more than a joke of a race that deserves every bad thing possible to happen to us. There must not be life outside our universe, because by now they would’ve just destroyed us so they don’t have to see this ridiculous bullshit anymore.

For those wanting to listen to actual smart, decent people, here’s Colin on the Rubin Report after all this broke out.

Saturday Morning Rant: Less Games Need To Be Censored

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Yakuza 0 has come out and unlike pretty much 99.9% of all Japanese games when released in the West, it hasn’t actually been censored. At all. Like nothing has been taken away. Not the phone sex minigame, not the catfight minigame, none of it. It’s all still there in its glory. Hell I got the “Business Edition” of the game which came with a fancy business card case and it had a card with five sexy hostesses on it. That’s some fun shit!

What this game has done is remind me of the ridiculousness when it comes to censorship here in the West, it continues to mystify me how the most offensive thing right now is Donald Trump and then the second most offensive thing is someone who isn’t attracted to a transsexual AND THEN the third most offensive thing is probably a piece of fictional media with a woman looking sexy in it. Once again, it’s a case where I have to point out how absolutely immature and overly fragile society is right now that a girl in a swimsuit fighting a girl in a nurse outfit (ALL WHO ARE NOT REAL PEOPLE!!!) is extremely offensive and shouldn’t exist here. It’s okay to have games where thousands of people are killed by the character we play as, but a single pair of titties is just too much!

Fire Emblem: Awakening had to alter a picture of Tharja in the Summer of Bonds DLC where she was trying on a swimsuit so it would be “acceptable” in the West. A girl in a swimsuit needed to be censored. A single fictional girl in a bikini was too much for a Western video game release, but murder after murder after murder, that’s okay. Same goes for Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, they had swimsuit costumes for the characters and those were censored here as well. Why is death okay, but a girl in a bikini not okay?

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The longer I’ve been writing post on this page, the longer I’ve taken issue with the censorship of sexual content in various forms of media, the bashing of anime and video games for engaging in such content, the endless barrage of articles, tweets, comments and whatever else from people who are so unbelievably easily offended that it really makes me wonder if they’re actually offended or if this is the battle they just decided to pick and are just fighting blindly to whatever they see. I don’t understand why this sort of content gets such a nasty response from so many people when there are so many more important things out there to be fighting. I don’t pretend there isn’t a problem with sexual content, as I’ve said before, I firmly believe that games and anime especially could really do everyone a huge favour and stop devoting the extreme majority of sexual content in their media solely to women. There’s nothing wrong with a guy also wearing something a little skimpier than a normal person would wear, there’s nothing wrong with a guy being seeing in the shower. I don’t care about anyone who is homophobic or whatever the fuck else, it’s a fictional guy, you’re not going to turn gay because it’s there.

Instead of censoring everything, why are feminists also pushing for men to be put in more roles that women traditionally are in. Why is there never a conversation about men being sexualized along with women, why aren’t men held captive more often, things like that? Why are the only conversations we hear from feminists (who have some level of prominence and reach) about how games and anime have too many sexy girls in them?

Maybe for once we ought to think about including rather than excluding. Not a bad idea, eh?