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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?

A Rebuttal: “Diversity is important because a video game is much more than its gameplay”

I don’t know how often I’ll be doing these types of articles, but every once in a while I read something that gets me so annoyed that I gotta let my thoughts out somewhere. Hopefully this 2019 doesn’t have me this upset all year round, but I’m not holding my breath.

Anyways, here‘s a link to the full article that was posted on VG247 on the 2nd of January this year, so you can read the entire thing if you want, as I’m only going to respond to certain paragraphs and excerpts. This way you can check whether or not I’m taking things out of context.

Also, at the bottom of the article I’ll actually brings up points I agree with in the article as well, just to show that I’m not just being a cynical, argumentative asshole.

So anyways, let’s talk about this article about the importance of diversity in games that was written by Kirk McKeand:

“Video games are crafted from so many parts, it’s difficult to pin down exactly where the ‘game’ exists.”

The first paragraph tells me right away how this whole article is going to go. In reality, it’s not that hard to tell where the bulk of a game exists. It all depends on the genre. I can tell you without question that the “game” in a JRPG is the story and its characters, while a FPS’ “game” lives more in its, well…gameplay, the shooting mechanics, the speed, the competition, etc.

It’s not really that hard, Kirk. You’re making things sound far more complicated than the actually are.

“Despite this hunger for more diversity within our stories and experiences, there are still people who push back, pining for the days when ‘gameplay’ was king. But what even does that word mean? For me, ‘gameplay’ means all the interactive parts: the running, jumping, driving, and shooting. It means the verbs.”

That’s because there are a ton of games that are being drastically changed to suit an audience that doesn’t normally play those games. Take the Battlefield series as a great example. Try and tell me that people who participate in the mass outrage culture would dare play a game that’s all about war and violence that spent most of its time in the two World Wars, where the enemies were Nazis and the people who participated in the war, tended more often than not, to be white men. Also, the people we see constantly writing articles like this, what do they usually play and talk endlessly about? Indie games, y’know platformers, visual novels, choose your own adventure games, puzzles, etc. How often are these journalists talking about shooty shooty bang bang games? Not that often, unless there’s clickbait controversy involved.

Before all this outrage, gameplay meant exactly what it says: the gameplay. The mechanics, not the racial or gender identities of the characters involved, but the actual mechanics of the game they were playing. We weren’t worrying about the skin color of characters when we were playing Super Mario Bros, Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Final Fantasy, Street Fighter, or any other classics. We just cared about how good it played and if it was fun.

We’re not saying diversity isn’t bad, but when an over decade-long series suddenly changes to fit a racial/gender quota and concentrates less on improving the actual game, people are going to be irritated about it. And by the way, not all of these “racist, sexist, misogynistic, homophobic and transphobic” gamers are white men. Remember that.

“Recently, Battlefield 5 came under criticism from some circles for its inclusion of female soldiers. While people are fine with gameplay mechanics that contradict its historical setting – respawning, killing helmet-clad soldiers with a single headbutt – there’s been criticism of the inclusion of women. Why? Because, for some, there’s no tangible gameplay benefit.”

Gamers understand that no matter how much time you spend creating a game, coding it, testing it for bugs, people will always find ways to “break” it. The videos of people jumping out of fighter jets, shooting someone in another jet and landing in their jet, of course that’s unrealistic. But no amount of coding and patches will fix that kind of problem. That’s a video game problem. What you’re talking about with the “women controversy” is a historical problem and that’s one that’s very easy to identify and very easy to fix if it’s deemed to be a problem.

Also, if a game was truly 100% realistic in every way, it wouldn’t be fun. The lack of speed, the difficulty aiming when you take into account distance, both in length and height, wind speeds, balance while holding a weapon, not to mention the actual accuracy of human eyesight. That all alone would create a difficult experience for the player, what would the fun in that be?

You can’t talk about gameplay benefits as if they’re a detriment, they are the most important problems that need to be addressed. A game is not a good one if it doesn’t feel good and isn’t fun to play, there’s no disputing this.

“Women want to feel represented in their hobby. It gives them more enjoyment than playing as a man.”

But you make it sound like there aren’t any games where you can play as a woman. Hell, even Feminist Frequency showed us that over half of all the games at E3 in 2018 allowed the player to play as a woman and they tried to pretend that was not good enough.

Also, why are you even speaking about what women want, Kirk? How would you know, you’re not a woman. I don’t pretend to know what “all” women want to play as in a video game, all I know is that I don’t always play as a male in games, hell I probably play more games as a female character than a male. Video games are like a fantasy, why would I play as something I already am, what’s the fantasy in that? I used to play games like Skyrim as a human male, what’s so interesting and different about that? Now I play much more varying kinds of characters, in terms of gender, skin color and sometimes the race of species.

I played Gone Home, a game that has three characters, all of them being white women. I love that game, even though there isn’t a single character in it who’s male, let alone white. When I played Mass Effect: Andromeda, my Ryder was a black woman with silver hair. All three of my Destiny 2 characters are female, including the robotic EXO. Yet I can play a Metal Gear Solid V and not care one way or the other than Snake is a white male, the same way I’m currently playing Yakuza Kiwami 2 and I’m playing a badass muscular Japanese male, while I’m a skinny white male who’s never thrown a punch in his life.

I don’t need to see myself in something to justify my existence. I care more about the personality and backstory of a character than the color of their skin, their gender, their sexuality. Stop basing the importance of a character on their surface characteristics, remember that what’s on the inside is supposed to count more.

“It’s not just women, either. You can count on one hand how many games feature an Arabic protagonist or a disabled hero.”

Given that over half of games these days feature character creators for the main protagonist, the Arabic argument doesn’t fit. Don’t play the “well what about games where you can’t customize your character” argument, because that’s up to the artist, you don’t get to define what race a writer/creator has to make their protagonist, they can do whatever they want.

And really? You’re going to play the disabled card? You tell me how to make a good FPS game with a disabled person that would be considered “realistic”? Because the only one I can think of off the top of my head is the recent Wolfenstein II and we all know how realistic that game is.

“If it improves the game for some and doesn’t affect others – because it shouldn’t bother you – then it is a quality of life addition in the same way gameplay mechanics and accessibility options are.”

Yet you expect not to be called out when you’re getting so upset when a game’s creators decide to make a story that revolves around male characters, or white characters. Again, that’s not for you to decide. You know when you get to decide how you feel? With your wallet when the game is released. As EA said, if you don’t like it, don’t buy it.

“What would Dishonored be without Dunwall, its hyper-real visual style, and the little stories dotted around? What would The Last of Us be without its characters?”

Dishonored could still thrive without Dunwall, the gameplay is what really got people interested in the first place. The Last of Us could still be a good game without its characters, maybe not Game of the Year as people have described it, but still a good game. I wouldn’t know, I think that series is overrated and I really didn’t enjoy the few hours I played of it.

I know what you’re trying to do, Kirk. You’re trying to make a case that characters are more important than gameplay. Unless we’re talking non-intensive games, you’re in a whole different world, bud. Don’t tell me that the characters in a Call of Duty game matter more than the gameplay. That’s just idiotic. They may enhance a game, but they’re not as essential as you seem to think they are.

Minecraft could literally be a bunch of white silhouettes walking around and it still would’ve been big. The original Mass Effect trilogy could’ve only had a female Shepard of any race and with that story and gameplay, it would’ve still thrived. Mario could’ve been Icelandic, Link could be a dark elf, hell Samus could still to this day be gender unknown. It would still be a great series.

“A truly historically-accurate WW2 experience wouldn’t make a ‘fun’ video game.”

Ah, we agree on something.

“If that was where the real issue was, people would be up in arms about any game that tried to create a virtual rendition of the conflict, not just the one where you can play as a woman.”

Apart from the anti-SJWs that are just as toxic as you and your brethren are on the other side, the majority of people upset were not mad “just because women were in the game”. They were upset because they saw that a series that had been made the same way for as long as it’s existed and had been successful for that period of time and enjoyed by everyone without anyone complaining about it until now…it was being changed into something that had little to do with the series title they’ve grown up with their entire lives.

Take the new Ghostbusters movie. Don’t lie to me, the vast majority of people were not mad at the initial trailer because it was an all-female team. They were mad because people were taking an already established product that was not just successful, but held legendary status, and changed it into something that looked like a terrible cash grab film. The trailer was garbage and people saw it for what it was, a lazy attempt at re-creating something that could not be re-created.

I could write a whole article about this, but I’ll sum up my feelings in one paragraph. Stop taking established properties and changing them to suit your own interests, make your own goddamn property. Stop leeching off good will and pre-established fortune, making something fresh and new from the ground up. But since that takes work, what’s the fun in that, right?

“Now, more than ever, we need games to let us be someone we’re not. We need to spend a while in someone else’s skin. Let’s start 2019 with a little more empathy.”

And this is where the article ends. So Kirk, let me ask you…have you ever played a video game before? Because here’s the list of games I can think of off the top of my head where I’ve played as something I’m not:

  • Every single video game

I have never played a video game where I played something other than something I’m not.

I’m not a plumber saving princesses. I’m not an elf with mad sword skills saving the world from an evil pig man. I’m not a space bounty hunter who can look good in a skin-tight suit. I’m not a soldier, I’m not a cop, I’m not a member of a crime syndicate, I’m not a heroic adventurer, hell I’m not even a guy who knows how to throw a goddamn punch.

I’m literally trying as hard as I can right now as I’m typing this to think of a game where I literally played as myself. Even in The Sims games, while some characters looks kinda like me, they still didn’t act like me. I’m not rich, I’m not living in a big house, I’m not capable of flirting with anyone and bedding them with ease. Like seriously, Kirk, what game is there that’s doesn’t let us be something we’re not?

The problem isn’t that games aren’t letting us be something we’re not, the problem is that games are suiting your definition of diversity. You think diversity is only skin deep, but the definition of diversity is more than that. It simply means being diverse, varied. And games are certainly that. You play people of different gender, race, age, body type, personality, physical capabilities, and even more minor things like hair/eye color, hobbies, hometowns, the friends they have.

Games have been and always will be diverse. You just want them to cater specifically to a select number of groups more than others. That’s not diversity, that’s racist and sexist. Let game creators make the games they want and you will over time get legitimate diversity. Because if you allow creators to make the games they want, they’ll spend more time making a good product, not an okay product that has to check off certain boxes.

My favourite game last year was a game where I created a character who was a dark-skinned muscular badass woman who fought giant monsters with dual blades. Don’t tell me that Monster Hunter: World doesn’t count as being diverse and don’t tell me that games aren’t diverse. Because that’s not true and anyone who stops to think for half a second knows this.

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…OKAY! Things I agree with Kirk on.

“Interactive entertainment is getting increasingly complex and the goals of their creators are more varied than ever. Simply being ‘fun’ often isn’t enough. Multicultural teams work together to create virtual places that elicit various emotions as we explore their strange universes and inhabit personalities different from our own.”

I 100% agree with this, games are become more and more varied, more complex and a lot more games are trying to capitalize on the graphical realism we have today and using that to create more real-looking experiences, ones that thrive on bringing the emotion out of players. We have more games that are film quality in terms of storytelling, just 2018 alone we had games like Red Dead Redemption II and Detroit: Become Human, both which are very emotional games.

“Developers are starting to recognise that the audience wants more diverse experiences and they are reacting to this demand.”

That’s because the market has opened up more and more each passing year. Remember that in the Super Nintendo/SEGA Genesis era that video games were something nerds played, it wasn’t so widely accepted. Today, everyone plays video games, one way or another, it’s not something you’re bullied for liking anymore.

It’s a great thing that developers are trying to create more diverse experiences as the gaming market continues to widen. Of course I love seeing new games I’ve never played before, characters I’ve never experienced before. I’m always looking for things that are different, hence why I love a lot of what Japan exports to us in terms of games, anime, music and more.

Now if only developers continued to recognize the things beyond “diverse experiences” that their audience also wants, we’d be far better off. Looking at you EA, Activision Blizzard and Bethesda.

“You see, a video game is more than a collection of systems. You don’t need more than one type of tank in Battlefield 5, but choice is a good thing. You don’t need to have flashy visual effects such as dust particles and debris with each explosion, but they help craft an illusion. Choice and flavour are as integral to a game as the verbs.”

You know, I’m aware he’s about to pull this back to choice and flavour also referring to the skin color and gender of characters, but in the end, this line is not wrong.

Back in the NES days, we weren’t capable of choice as easily in terms of customization and variety in our games. Today, there’s no excuse not to have that variety of options. A multiplayer shooter released today that only had one type of pistol, one machine gun, one sniper rifle and one rocket launcher, that would be unacceptable in almost any case. Unless the game was undeniably fun and possibly the most well-made shooter in history, the lack of options for weapon types, clothing options, map variety and more would simply be unacceptable, no way around that.

And while flashy visual effects aren’t 100% necessary, the best games on the market tend to have them, which is why those games sell better. They may be as fun to play as other games, but they have that extra oomph, that special something that sets it apart from others. Just as yourself why Overwatch did better than games like Paladins and Battleborn. They all similar games, but Overwatch had just that extra something that brought more people in.

“Modern video games are more than just a series of actions. Think back to the most recent games you’ve played – the ones that have stuck with you – and I bet many of them linger because they triggered some kind of emotional response.”

The games that I remember the most from the past few years are indeed there because they invoked a larger emotional response than others. The Yakuza series has been some of the funniest shit I’ve played in years, yet its story is so serious and dramatic. Persona 5 hits emotional points with the struggles of its characters and especially its villains. I got really disgusted with the first villain in Kamoshida.

Keep in mind however that emotional responses are pretty vague. I mean, laughing your ass off is an emotional response, crying, disgust, anger, they’re all emotional responses. Like how I said games have always been diverse, games have always made us emotional. So while I agree with the general statement, let’s not limit this to modern games, Kirk. I got seriously emotional playing old games like Phantasy Star IV and Final Fantasy VI as well, it’s not something specific to the 3D era of gaming.

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.

Twitter’s Boring…

I’ve been on Twitter for years now, getting very close to hitting 10,000 tweets, all that jazz. It’s felt like a home for me for quite some time, a place where I could vent, share stories, post anime bullshit. Y’know, the important things.

But here I am with Twitter becoming a place full of politically correct drivel, censorship up the ass, not to mention a looming “Twitter Purge” apparently been imminent. That aside, it’s become a place this year where I’ve made zero ground, my follower count has stayed between 100-110 essentially all year, I rarely get any responses from anyone, whether following me or not, the social media site altogether is becoming more of a place where I’m just talking to a brick wall.

In comes Gab, a similar website that’s making ground, taking folks who are sick of Twitter. They’re currently sitting above 200,000+ users and will certainly be growing if the Twitter purge is actually a thing. The site’s still a little rough around the edges, but given me current disdain for Twitter, what’s happening for me on Gab is really opening my eyes a bit.

First, I’m already a third the way from equally the same number of followers on Gab as I have on Twitter. In a week. A week. Yes, I imagine this is due to there not being as much traffic on Gab, so it’s easier not to get lost in the shuffle, but come on, how should I not be happy and excited when I’m making progress that I can visually see with my own damn eyes?!

Second, people actually fucking speak to you! In the last month on Twitter, two unique users have replied to anything I’ve posted, not likes or retweets, actual responses. On Gab in this first week, it’s a lot more than fucking two! I’m actually having conversations with people, making new friends and not listening to people defending the most ludicrous statements like why all white people just need to die, because y’know that’s not racist or anything.

And third, I feel free. I feel like I can talk about anything and not get potentially banned because I said I don’t think we need blatant LGBT representation in works of media. I feel like I can be myself and while I still do that on Twitter, I don’t feel like being myself is a bad thing in the eyes of Gab, while on Twitter, I think that based on my thoughts and ideas, Twitter looks at me like I’m literally Hitler.

So if you’re sick of Twitter as well, or maybe you’re just looking for a different touch of scenery, I implore you to check out Gab.

And naturally, follow me as well! – https://gab.ai/CSRadical

Dear Kotaku, We Don’t Need Blatant LGBTQ Representation In Movies

I cannot resist taking shots at Kotaku whenever they publish a bad article.

This edition of “Kotaku Says Something Stupid” comes to you courtesy of James Whitbrook, who apparently is looking to collect some points within the LGBTQ community, as he decided it’d be a great idea to publish an article about the recent blockbuster film Thor: Ragnarok and how apparently the character of Valkyrie, who yes is bisexual in the comics, was essentially not bisexual enough in the film to satisfy the demands of the LGBTQ community.

The main paragraph of the article pretty much sums up the petty bullshit James will be going through as the article drones on:

Thor: Ragnarok is a great movie—but one area where it falters is with Valkyrie. Not because of characterization, because she’s just as great, kickass, and engaging as the rest of the cast. But Ragnarok’s Valkyrie was meant to be bisexual, and the erasure of that identity in the film is profoundly disappointing.

Yep, basically he doesn’t care that the character of Valkyrie was a badass and super entertaining, it’s all a moot point because the film didn’t go out of its way to put the glowing neon sign above her head saying she’s bisexual.

You can read the full article here, and while I’d love to go piece by piece of this trash, there really isn’t much that I need to explain to you, is there? I mean I go into the whole “Tessa Thompson tried to get a small moment in the film where a woman walks out of her bedroom, but it was cut” thing, or how “offended” James was that the scene was cut because it was considered “too distracting”, but it really comes down to one simple fact:

JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE ISN’T HETEROSEXUAL DOESN’T MEAN THEY’RE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT IN EVERY IMAGINABLE WAY!!!

It goes to show you that we have way too many people both in the LGBTQ community and SJWs “fighting” for the LGBTQ community both trying to make a big deal out of their community not being represented, when in actuality what they’re claiming to want would only damage the community itself. I mean for fuck’s sake, in the past couple of years I’ve made the transition from a heterosexual male to a bisexual male, so believe me when I tell you that just because I now have an interest in sexual intercourse with another male, it hasn’t affected the way I talk, act, or anything that is visually noticeable.

Valkyrie is bisexual, those who know the lore already know this fact. Sure, do the casual viewers? No. But do they need to? Does Valkyrie being bisexual add anything to the plot? No. Does it affect any of the characters in the film? No, as she doesn’t go around dry-humping every guy in the film and it’s not like Valkyrie takes a break from the fight to go scissor Hela before the big final battle either. James is honestly just looking for a reason to spew his idiotic demands on behalf of a community that largely isn’t asking for his help on. I’ve seen numerous posts on Twitter, hell even comments on Kotaku under the article from people in the LGBTQ community that are basically saying “I don’t care about this, it’s not something we’re worried about, stop fighting for us when we’re not asking you to do so.”.

Folks, I’ll say it once again, who you want to fuck has zero impact on your personality. So in Valkyrie’s case, she’s perfectly representing the LGBTQ community in Thor: Ragnarok. Why? Because she’s just another woman. She’s strong, emotional, has her reasons for why she’s where she’s at in the film when we first meet her. She’s a real person. She’s not some over-the-top character who flirts with every hot guy or girl on screen, she’s a normal woman who happens to bat on both sides of the plate.

Being bisexual isn’t special, James. It’s normal, it doesn’t need to be made obvious. Stop being an idiot.

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.

[CSRadical Sports Re-Post] Triggered Blue Jays Fans Want Kevin Pillar Off The Team

Once in a blue moon, I will re-post something from my brand spanking new sports blog that transcends conversation beyond just the topic of sports. If I feel it’s something interesting and worth discussing with everyone, it’ll get posted here as well.

This article for those who don’t spend any time in the sports loop is about the situation that happened earlier this week with Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar yelling a homophobic slur at a pitcher after being struck out. The article is not about the situation itself, but the outside reaction since the event. Pillar has since been suspended two games for the word he uttered, but as it’s to be expected of the snowflake generation, no punishment is fair enough and now they want him traded away from the Toronto Blue Jays.

My opinions in short for those not wanting to read the full article is that I don’t think people should be taking the word he said to heart at all. It was never intended to be directed at anyone, hell he never intended to say it. I don’t believe Pillar is homophobic and as a member of the LGBT community myself, I took zero offense with him saying the word, because again I understood it wasn’t directed at myself or anyone else in the community. I firmly believe Pillar is not homophobic, he does not hate people in the LGBT community and fully understands that what he said was wrong. So my reactions lie with the ridiculousness of people taking this slip of the tongue way too seriously, when it’s a word that was directed at a single person (who isn’t gay) and a word that isn’t even used towards gay people most of the time now in common dialogue. Just listen to your average Call of Duty online match.

Anyways, if you’re interested in reading further, check out the full article 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.