Simon Steele

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  1. I know I haven't (nor won't) finished MEA, but I just had a brilliant idea for MEA: 2. How about we do a Mass Effect 2? In that the Andromeda Initiative brought along some Shepard cells and those Andromeda Citadel (whatever it's called) renegades get ahold of those cells and recreate Shepard just like they did in Mass Effect 2!! It's not jumping the shark because it's already been done, you're working for the "bad guys" who suddenly become good, and the best part? You get to KILL Ryder like in the first 10 minutes. He/she's all like "Hey Shepard, we're all in this together!!!" And Shepard blows his face off with the Carnifex and says, "Have you got a minute to talk?"
  2. But again, let me ask you, why are you resistant to the concept of white privilege? What do the implications of those words mean to you? I am only curious because often, I find, if we can step around our notions about that term and look at what is truly meant by it, we find it not so dangerous of a term.
  3. I think you missed the point. It's not about that world, it's about this world.
  4. Yes, this is what I couldn't find the words for last night. Geralt fits that type extraordinarily well--though the books and games do a great job of making his character different, his stories tackle interesting issues, he still fills that archetype. And in Witcher 3, as he searches for his daughter, feels at odds with his world, a man without a country, I think a lot of middle-aged white gamers are feeling that now as evidenced by this thread. What has become of their games? They just don't understand it anymore. The parallels are interesting--I bet a lot exists there for us to pull apart, if I had the energy.
  5. So, if I understand, Anime is meant to represent a neutrality? I think I can believe that, as I have often thought characters fit in neither world. But older Japanese work in games did not fit this mold.
  6. I think the issue is primarily about looks, not about historic background. As an 8-year old studying the art of Castlevania II at my local rental store, Simon Belmont (even shared my first name) was who I could become. Blond haired, blue eyed, the proto-nordic warrior I had seen my entire life in fiction. Here he was, now, to play as well. This was not a moment of inclusion for me, but only a further instance in a long line of my class/race/gender having preferential treatment in so many areas: including representation. We don't have to align with every single element of these characters, we only have to see bits and pieces. The issue of Gamergate is more than how we look, I think, because it is a resistance to female protagonists and females developers in gaming. FF13's Lightning was a great character I thought, but the game was panned for a number of reasons. We can extrapolate how Square and the devs working on 15, forever, might have internalized this as a backlash against the female lead, I think. FF15 features an all-male cast, which seems particularly odd in this time of gaming, and particularly for this series as an all male cast hasn't been done since, what, FF2? Women are represented poorly in games. When games come out to huge disappointment--like Mass Effect Andromeda--the women on staff are blamed. I mean I hate that game, but I would never harass a person who made it. Either way, I think feminism is often misunderstood in gaming, and how it's approached is problematic due to knee-jerk moralizing from both sides. When male gamers resist change, they are called gamergate--which is unfair because Gamergate refers to specific instances of harassment and hatred where women have been scared/hurt/forced out of work. When male gamers resist change, I'd argue this is the time to engage in discussion not preaching moralizing--and I think this is where Anita S. and others go wrong. They assume all resistance is fueled by malicious intent, not ignorance, so they fight back with malicious fervor.
  7. No I saw them...and I just don't get what you're saying. I don't know if anyone does. But whatever, this argument isn't about you.
  8. Dude--how could you make a movie with goblins and dreams and saving kids without referencing Labyrinth?
  9. I don't know--Mario, Link, Simon Belmont--go ahead and argue their non-whiteness. Honestly, the biggest NES and SNES games were white males. Again, this isn't bad but it is pointing to an issue. Let me ask you--if this were all true, what I'm saying, would it bother you? If it would bother you, could you explain why?
  10. I don't know your background, who you are, where you come from, but for me, as a white male, listening to the stories of others, it was incredibly painful to realize how hard it must be to never be able to have someone similar to you in a game. Geralt was not the point I was trying to make, he was just in the list of games I had and, I suppose, I can identify with a middle aged white male--who is questioning his place in the world and how he's affected the world around him--well enough if push came to shove, now that you mention it. But most games have features white male sprites, and that's more what I meant. It doesn't matter though, I suppose I won't convince you. I just want to iterate--this is not an issue of white males being malevolent. Only that we benefit from a system, sometimes in strange ways, that favors us.
  11. I disagree--I think we can't label her intent as a cash grab. Her beliefs are her own, and she has every right to them whether or not you or I feel they are valid. And to take what she believes as important and necessary for progressive change and equate it to a cash grab is a subversive method of discrediting her. I hate everything she says, disagree with it vehemently, but I am a white male. How could I possibly understand where she is coming from with these issues? I thought about this the other day when I was listening to a podcast where one of the hosts said he was queer, and the first time when he was a kid he played a game that referenced one of the main characters having a gay friend, even though that gay friend was in only one scene and disappeared from the game completely, it made him feel like someone out there looked at him and said, "hey, we see you, and you're okay. We know you're there, and you're part of us." Just a single scene. I started thinking about if I ever felt that way about a book, a movie, or a game--where I felt like someone noticed me and included who I was, and I realized I had never felt that. Every game included me. I never experienced what this man was talking about. That is extremely sad to me. That is white privilege, right? It's not malevolent or purposeful, but it affects us in so many ways without realizing it--even in how we feel when viewing/interacting with media. What right do I have to judge Anita Sarkeesian? I'm looking through my PC games right now that I have loaded on my computer. The Witcher 3 (phenomenal, and addresses a number of issues in mature ways, and I suppose Geralt is a white male, but of all the games I have, it plays the most with blurring lines); Axiom Verge, Deus Ex, Lords of Shadow, Final Fantasy XIII, Van Helsing, Metro, Risen 3, Gothic 2, Gothic 3, Assassin's Creed Unity, Double Dragon IV, and the Phantom Pain. Of all those, FF13 has a female lead. The rest are white males--maybe Van Helsing isn't, you could argue his being covered from head to toe allows you to role play, but otherwise, these are white guys. Billy and Jimmy Lee are based on Bruce Lee, I suppose, but they're so white. I'm not saying this is bad or a problem, I'm just saying I don't think things have changed.
  12. Yeah...I was riding in the Nomad and Peebee goes, "Don't go and die on me old man." And Drack goes, "Okay." That was the first interaction I ever heard. I've had it on mute ever since.
  13. All good points--made more valid by the horrid prequels,I think, but just because I don't like them doesn't mean I can ignore the prequels and the Jedi. They were void of emotion and would have greatly disapproved of Luke's methods and feared he was "too much like his father." I like the idea of balance or gray.
  14. Here is the story . Now I linked the partial Yahoo story that will take you to the WP article for a reason. The Yahoo articles are vitriolic. Basically, an autistic kid had a physical altercation with a paraprofessional, though the details of how significant that altercation are not discussed. I guess the para pressed charges? I don't know. The kid didn't come back to school since October, and basically, when the school asked him to come back this spring for state testing, they had him arrested. Keep in mind he's 10 and is autistic. This is unbelievable to me. I worked in a middle school for eight years, and I saw the culture of school really changing in that time. A bit of this culture was discussed in the thread about guns--after Sandy Hook we pushed resource officers into schools, and those officers are quick to arrest as that's all they seem to know how to do. The administration likes to bring them in for a "scare," I think, and situations immediately escalate. The last four years of teaching, I stopped referring students to the office except under extreme situations. I took care of all classroom problems "in-house" so to speak--I guess I didn't fear this--a student going to jail, but I feared for students in some way. An argument I see is "well, kids can't assault people." True enough, but first, kids typically don't assault people. This specific child has special needs, and the school environment is rarely ideal for students with significant needs. Training on how to handle autism is marginal, at best. We had a wonderful paraprofessional at my school who worked only with our autistic students, and she would never "punish" or discipline in the manner described in the article. It almost seemed a public shaming. The fact we can even put kids in jail in "the Land of Free" is utterly reprehensible to me. I have always said I love this country, and I will stick with it and try to push for positive change, but things have gotten so off track. And I don't mean in the last one-hundred days. These issues are systemic--ingrained, for as long as I have been alive, and I don't see how to excise them.
  15. \ Ha! Walmart and their friggin' doors! I've noticed this too, and then, recently, one of our Walmarts fixed that. I was shocked. And confused. I didn't know where to go.