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  1. Alex W.

    Gender Diversity / Politics in games (was Tropes Vs. Women)

    I'm going to take another pass at that. Smitty said some things which I took to be hostile misrepresentations of things some people on the forum have said. I then responded in a manner that was much more hostile and much less considerate of what he may have been trying to say. He then understandably responded defensively.. If there is some degree of nuanced, cool-headed argument to be made about the points that were raised, it hardly seems like I have much of a right to be attempting to make it now. I am sorry, Smitty.
  2. Alex W.

    Gender Diversity / Politics in games (was Tropes Vs. Women)

    Smitty, I haven't been putting forward the argument you're going on about. God knows I've gone out of my way to make it clear hear that the "mansplainer"'s actions, any honest-to-goodness instance of mansplaining, isn't coming from a place of malice and that this situation as a whole needs to be considered in the context of a type of dysfunctional interaction. If you want to have a go at other people about this, some supposed cabal of evil-doers out to destroy someone? Fine. I'll leave you to it But if you're going to puff out your chest and demand that I provide some defence of a weird caricature of a viewpoint I don't hold in the first place, you're going to be waiting a very long time. Yeah, apparently I am. For what it's worth I regret my original response to you and how it was directed at you as a person and not what you had said. It was a completely unconstructive tone. However I am not going to be accused of going on some absurd crusade because I'm a convenient example of someone in the group you are frustrated with.
  3. Alex W.

    Gender Diversity / Politics in games (was Tropes Vs. Women)

    You’re not using me as a proxy for every abstract goddamn problem you have with a conceptualised group of people.
  4. Alex W.

    Gender Diversity / Politics in games (was Tropes Vs. Women)

    I’m sorry my iPhone doesn’t have your name in its autocorrect dictionary but if that’s the attitude you’re approaching this with then I don’t see any point in continuing the conversation.
  5. Alex W.

    Gender Diversity / Politics in games (was Tropes Vs. Women)

    Smutty, if you understand what people are saying when they talk about mansplaining here, act like it. And if you’re going to go off on a page-long screed about me accusing people of being sexist you have absolutely no place demanding a good faith argument from anybody.
  6. Alex W.

    Uncharted: The Movie

    Just put Romancing the Stone back in theatres with a different name and some hasty dubbing.
  7. JustWatch, it is on iOS too and it’s great. You can set up a watchlist on it and everything.
  8. Alex W.

    Alien: Isolation

    If you could get the procedural content to look nice, you could do a very good Alien roguelike in that sort of scenario. Is there a good Alien board game? It seems like there should be.
  9. Alex W.

    SNES Mini

    GameCube emulation is probably a bit beyond what the cheap little SoC in these boxes can do, and you'd need a lot more flash storage in there which would bump up the price. I think N64 is going to be the practical limit for a few years.
  10. Alex W.

    Gender Diversity / Politics in games (was Tropes Vs. Women)

    And, not to broaden the conversation out of its original context, I do not think that a guy would have been subject to the same social media crusade to have him fired if he had said that, unless he had been defending her. Women face a very different social media environment and it should not be ignored. I think a lot of what I’m saying here doesn’t have a huge direct bearing on this instance, but if people are going to talk about the problem in its context it is important to get that context right.
  11. Alex W.

    Gender Diversity / Politics in games (was Tropes Vs. Women)

    I think it is entirely possible he wasn’t meaning to condescend here and was fully aware of her expertise, given the context and content of the tweet. But women experts are unfortunately bombarded with unspoken assumptions about their expertise to an extent that men don’t experience. It’s well observed to happen. It’s not just getting unsolicited tweets and feedback from laypeople, but a whole lot of other mistaken assumptions based on gender biases. It’s something that the scientific community is making deliberate efforts to address, for instance, given that groups with mixed expertise levels meet constantly and the gender biases there are well described. I like to think other industries are doing the same. But it still means that condescension can be a raw nerve for people.
  12. Alex W.

    Gender Diversity / Politics in games (was Tropes Vs. Women)

    Smitty, the reason why you don't think it has any meaning is that you obviously don't have the first clue what it means. A working definition would be "a man explains something trivial to a woman who is an expert on that topic, because - as she is a woman - it has not occurred to him that she is an expert and already knows this". It's not even a hostile intent, it's an unconscious bias thing, and it is very well defined. Spend five minutes taking people at face value and figuring out what they're actually saying and it might turn out not to be some absurd horror story you've dreamed up based on your own ignorance and paranoia.
  13. Alex W.

    Gender Diversity / Politics in games (was Tropes Vs. Women)

    Well, somebody here is describing the behaviour of others in absurd, hostile hypotheticals that have no bearing on what people are actually saying, what the intent was, its context or how it's taken. That much is obvious.
  14. Alex W.

    Gender Diversity / Politics in games (was Tropes Vs. Women)

    It can be read as excusing bad behaviour in a very simplistic way, but it helps emphasise that there are larger forces at work than a single interaction between two people. I’m tempted to stretch the metaphor further here but my history with that is not great.
  15. Alex W.

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi - December 2017

    Not getting in to all of that, but why is it convenient for the resistance remnant’s only meaningful antiship forces to be air-to-surface bombers? You can see how much of a pain in the ass it was to make that work. If they wanted to make it convenient wouldn’t they have written it to be a bunch of X-Wings or something?
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