Hazelhooves
kite117:

And I would have gotten away with it too if it weren’t for you meddling kids and your talking dog

kite117:

And I would have gotten away with it too if it weren’t for you meddling kids and your talking dog

unexplained-events:

America’s Beliefs in Paranormal Phenomena

The human mind is a very strange thing when it comes to belief. For some people believing in the paranormal is a form of comfort and adds to the meaning of it all. For others, the paranormal is just something the brain produces when influenced by fear or suggestion. Then of course, there are some that fall right in the middle. This is just sample info taken within the United States, but it would be extremely interesting to see how the paranormal is viewed on a more global scale.

Where do you stand?

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artshifter:

hazelhooves:

crystalsuicune:

nethenclawpuff:

mediamattersforamerica:

The internet’s most beloved geek Wil Wheaton calls out misogyny in gaming, and confronts the men who attack him for doing so. Incredible. 

Yeah Wil messes up sometimes but generally he’s a good bloke.

…Wil Wheaton,you bloody idiot.

You’re not helping

Not gonna comment on anything further than this but the second screenshot.

How is it that calling out for investigation into substantiated examples of vested interest and corruption within games journalism is in any way misogynistic?

Are press codes of conduct and journalistic integrity now, somehow, another example of male privilege within gaming? So there is now no justification for calling the relationship games journalists have with certain developers into question?

Oh yeah. It has to do with a hatred of women, nothing at all to do with the lucrative back-scratching that has taken place between games media and games marketeers and developers, no way.

Hazel, let’s look at those first two comments. Really look at them:

I’d prefer a talk on the rampant corruption in games journalism,” and  ”How about a discussion on corruption among gaming journalists instead?

Rather than posting on their own Twitter “Guys, game journalists and game companies are doing bad things,” they are posting this in the comments section of someone else’s different topic and actively trying to get them to change the subject.

They are not calling for an investigation. None of them said anything about an investigation. None of them decried anything. All these four commenters are saying—the only thing they are saying, the only substance in the comment—is “Hello, I don’t like this topic, let’s change the subject.” It’s juvenile, it’s rude, and frankly it’s insulting.

I’d agree with you to some extent but, from my perspective, the entire issue seems to be related to what is currently under scrutiny regarding a certain female game developer and the vested interests she has had in regards to certain male game journalists and publishers. Corruption within the gaming press is kinda all wrapped up in the media circus surrounding this issue.

The issue that Wheaton rightly (if rather obnoxiously) raises is valid. The treatment of women within the games media by certain male gamers is abhorrent and should be discussed and addressed without derailment…and it has… a lot. The entire gaming press is full of it and quite rightly so. But one has to remember that the gaming press, like any form of journalism, has a bottom line that depends on selling copy, generating ad revenue and getting hits.

Gender politics is a very popular talking point at present as people discuss, argue and generate attention based on the controversies that are wrapped up in it. And the safest most universally accepted ‘good guys’ in this discussion are the ones that presents gaming culture as inherently misogynist and that women are constantly disenfranchised both in the content of most games and within geek culture. 

Is this a true assessment? The popular sentiment seems to say so and there are probably many who would present evidence to corroborate it through personal experience. Being male and not being entirely embroiled in gamer culture I’m sure I am in no position to deny or dismiss anything that a gamer girl brings to the issue regarding it

The same should be said about the way that gaming media is run and journalistic integrity: that to demand investigations into this matter and similar shouldn’t be deflected through accusations of misogyny just because the focus of this happens to be a female developer. And, indeed, it starts to look a mite suspicious when it is the gaming media itself coming into question. It is a very easy way of dismissing your opponents by labelling them all with a term that to many would automatically invalidate their arguments.

I suppose the main problem with trying to separate these two issues is you can’t, not when gender politics could very well be wrapped up within the heart of the issue. And even if they weren’t, there are angry, impassioned and outraged people on both sides and as all media circuses do it serves only to rile people up and, thus, make money by selling copy. By getting those google hits.

My argument is that Wheeton’s dismissal of what those twitter users replied only serves to aggravate the issue further. Not only that but to throw accusations around that may or may not be valid is just as much a disservice to gender equality (ie: everyone speaking against the game dev in question have to be misogynists as opposed to simply people who feel that the evident corruption within the gaming press has reached that tipping point)

I have never really identified as a gamer. Games are just another piece of media I enjoy. But if the gaming press seems to be entertaining a constant tirade against the majority of male gamers as being misogynists every time gender politics is raised within the medium there gets to a point where all they achieve is alienating those gamers, both male and female, who harbour no bigotry toward each other and resent being labelled as such for voicing an opinion in regards to certain matters.

It becomes an issue akin to the boy who cries wolf. Because the majority don’t experience it, after a while they get impatient with being lectured about the matter and being discounted in a high handed manner if they do not happen to agree.

This isn’t an excuse. It’s simple psychology and it needs to be taken into account because if people do not like the way you communicate a message they simply won’t listen, and no amount of righteousness or moral high ground will help if you end up being ignored by those you are attempting to convince or reason with. Because in the end that just shows that was never your intent. you sought only to appeal to those who already agreed with you and attempt to garner the sympathy of those still on the fence. (“You can’t possibly side with them? What are you, some kind of [insult disparaging slur here]?”)

There is a lot of issues and sticking points wrapped up in this entire mess and Wheaton has just stirred it further and not in a particularly endearing way. If you want to accuse anyone of rudeness, he’s definitely not being polite on the whole matter to begin with.

I will, however, say that it’s interesting these people are so up in arms now that it’s a woman being found to be the centre of an ethically shady bit of business practice rather than the many many many times men are the culprit.

Maybe it’s because of the amount of times misogyny is thrown around in games and the discussion of gender politics in gaming has meant it just simply grabs greater focus than it otherwise would… or maybe it’s a case that the gentlemen doth protest too much and this is simply an excuse to feel as if the bigoted can have free reign to blurt out their hate speech and feel vindicated… or just stir the hornets nest up for the lols.

There’s probably a bit of both mixed up in this and working it out won’t get any easier if you get smug asshats making offhand remarks without thinking how others may take them.

EDIT: Also that second to last screenshot: “I can’t recall women threatening to rape and murder men they don’t like.”

To be pithy, Will: #killallmen ring any bells?

Or, to get off the internet for a moment, have you been to the real world recently, Wesley? I’m pretty sure there are many many women who have done very much that and more. That’s the thing about psychopathy, really. It’s gender neutral.

iraffiruse:

Some people might feel sorry for themselves in this situation
Puppy don’t care
Puppy’s got stuff to do
Puppy’s got places to be
Puppy’s got people to bark at and things to sniff.

iraffiruse:

Some people might feel sorry for themselves in this situation

Puppy don’t care

Puppy’s got stuff to do

Puppy’s got places to be

Puppy’s got people to bark at and things to sniff.

ichthyologee:

this is too real

ichthyologee:

this is too real

morglea:

runescail:

1:17:30

Fucking Watch this you fucking jackasses. This is JonTron and his response to all the fucking bullshit everyone has been accusing him of. I get so fucking pissed off at all these posts pointing at him and screeching about how awful he is or some shit.

Fuck you. He outright admits he is fallible, and goes on to talk about this shit. He is not Femminist, he is Humanist, like I am. That means he wants equality for everyone regardless of any factor. But he thinks that some of these movements have gone too far off the deep end, which they have.

He’s a no-bullshit kind of guy, and all this stuff has been pretty bullshit for a while now. So, would you kindly stop posting shit about how he’s digging his own grave or how his career is ruined because someone misinterpreted what he meant.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the BEST way to show off Jon’s misinterpreted intentions. But that has more to do with a variety of things…primarily that Jon is really not that good at being put on the spot. He needs to sit and collect his thoughts in order to articulate. It’s really clear by watching his face that he has a million things going on in his head at once and can’t seem to unite his thoughts into a cohesive, articulate manner. Frankly, it’s not something anyone should be criticizing. Because someone struggles more with off-the-cuff discussion, they deserve to be berated and attacked? Yeah, fuck you. Not every single person in the world is on the same page and in line with your own ideologies and way of thinking, so sit the fuck down, shut the fuck up, and open your damn head up to the possibility of understanding a different perspective for once.

And what’s an even bigger factor in this discussion is that Jon is CONSTANTLY put on the defensive. There’s not a single moment where he actually can get a word in without CynicalBrit chiming in to point out a “tumblrism” or warn Jon that he’s about to say something controversial. He’s incessantly being rattled further and further as it’s revealed to him that there is absolutely no room for discussion or criticism. Do you have any idea what this leaves him to take away? Because I’ll tell you, it’s not “Gee, I can see the point of everyone saying I was in the wrong. I’m sorry for offending people. It wasn’t my intention, and I’ll work harder to be a better representation of a human being on the Internet.” Instead, what Jon has to take away from all of this is “Don’t say words.” Do you have any idea how fucking infuriating and counter-intuitive that is to this entire debacle?

If we are constantly walking on eggshells about our words and worrying about accidentally offending people, we will never actually be able to have productive discussion about the changes we want to see in the world and people’s behavior. The one thing I HATE about this tumblr culture and ass-backwards sense of social justice on the Internet is how people are so fucking against using our fucking words. Instead of promoting an environment where people with triggers can open up and say “I am uncomfortable” and we can then, in turn, work on making that person comfortable when in direct contact with them, we spend all of this time bitching about how we shouldn’t be saying these controversial things because it might upset someone. As someone who IS easily upset, I can’t tell you how much it wrecks my anxiety to be around people who are trying too hard to not upset me. People who treat me like I’m a delicate, breakable flower just because I’m emotionally sensitive only serve to make me more upset because I’m not being treated like a fucking human being. I’d rather be with people who make me feel comfortable enough to say “Hey guys, I’m not really feeling up to discussing rape right now. Could we talk about something else?” And then everybody in the conversation moves on while being completely understanding because the environment is safe enough to actually do that!!

And that’s something I think Jon was trying to get across - that we NEED to be open to discussion like the logical, rational human beings capable of thought that we are. If we all act out from a place of emotion, then of course he’s not going to be taking any criticism to heart because people who don’t even know him are attacking his character instead of his actions. If we all act from this stupid place of venting over hurt feelings, then of course nothing’s going to change because everybody’s going to shut down into their own little bubbles with all their walls put up so no one can be heard or understood. Yes, like Dodger’s friend was saying, a lot of people were simply looking to get things off their chest for catharsis purposes, but directing your emotional outbursts at another fucking human being, breaking him down into these hurtful labels that don’t even apply to him, attacking his very identity rather than the actions and behaviors that were the cause of the problem in the first place…none of that is going to get anyone anywhere. And frankly, Jon’s right to say that we shouldn’t feel the need to just vent about our problems. Because if you’re upset about something, instead of remaining complacent about the situation, you should try being proactive and engaging yourself in open discussion about the issues.

I’m just fucking disgusted that this all even has to be said. I got so pissed off watching this podcast last night because I kept watching Jon get further and further pushed away from understanding because the others, primarily CynicalBrit, kept pointing out how every single thing he said was “controversial.” The look on his face as he started to process that the Internet, of all places in the world, is not a place where people can open themselves to healthy debate and productive communication is heart-breaking because I feel that so fucking hard. And seriously - I want you to think about this for a good long while: The Internet - a public, open forum that is practically global - is not a place for civil discourse. Why are people so adamant about applying our world’s reality of violence, threats, and hate to this place where - for the first time in humanity’s existence - we actually have the opportunity to open ourselves to communication and understanding beyond ourselves?

I hate that arguments are instantly shut down because someone’s feelings are hurt. I hate that we have to choose labels for ourselves in order to qualify our opinions, and if we don’t choose a label, we’re immediately put in the category of the “oppressor” and “antagonist.” I hate that this “us vs. them” mentality prevails so heavily throughout the Internet’s brand of social justice. I hate that I don’t want to post this because I don’t want to get involved in this ordeal. Not because I don’t want the discussion but because I don’t want to deal with people acting out from this impulsive, emotional, self-righteous place of indignant outrage. I shouldn’t be scared of being attacked for just expressing opinions, but that’s the sort of unhealthy and destructive environment that’s prevailing here. So congratulations, Internet/Tumblr! You’ve successfully created a place where people are discouraged from individual thought and opinion. I’m sure the hivemind would be proud.

crystalsuicune:

nethenclawpuff:

mediamattersforamerica:

The internet’s most beloved geek Wil Wheaton calls out misogyny in gaming, and confronts the men who attack him for doing so. Incredible. 

Yeah Wil messes up sometimes but generally he’s a good bloke.

…Wil Wheaton,you bloody idiot.

You’re not helping

Not gonna comment on anything further than this but the second screenshot.

How is it that calling out for investigation into substantiated examples of vested interest and corruption within games journalism is in any way misogynistic?

Are press codes of conduct and journalistic integrity now, somehow, another example of male privilege within gaming? So there is now no justification for calling the relationship games journalists have with certain developers into question?

Oh yeah. It has to do with a hatred of women, nothing at all to do with the lucrative back-scratching that has taken place between games media and games marketeers and developers, no way.

crystalsuicune:

wollffeey:

hokuto-ju-no-ken:

rimjets:

the most real tweet ive read all day tbh

Thing is, though, actual researched and meaningful feminist criticism and commentary tends to be relatively well received and sparks meaningful discussion. When the face of “Feminist Criticism” in gaming is Anita, of course it’s going to be a big “WTF” because it’s some of the most poorly written, poorly presented and poorly constructed criticism out there.
I take issue with people who dismiss any negative response to Anita’s “criticism” as “ahurdur internet sexism” because, honestly, her “criticism” is flawed. It ignores context, it cherrypicks and purposefully misrepresents information to suit the point she wishes to make. She does not offer criticism. What she does is seeks out examples to back up the statement she was already prepared to make.
And even then she undermines the whole purpose of her series by not really offering any sort of insight or commentary, rather reading off a laundry list of things she didn’t like that fits the trope the video is about and a number of times the examples she shows have been misrepresented and shown without context to twist them to fit her point.
People are not again criticism of representation, portrayal and execution in gaming. People are not inherently against feminist criticism of games or even against criticism of games from an artistic view.
What people are against is shitty, poorly researched and biased criticism.
Also, I think it’s time people stop pretending that people take issue with Anita herself. And I mean this on both sides of the fence here. People against her need to stop pretending they don’t have an automatic dislike of anything she produces because of how questionable her actions have been and how manipulative her “criticisms” have been.
And people in support of Anita need to stop pretending that her arguments are without fault and that all of the criticism she receives comes from misogyny. People need to stop pretending that she is infallible.
I’ve seen very civil, well spoken and thought out counter-arguments to Anita’s criticisms from all sorts of people. Feminists, bullheaded gamers, men and women alike. But the common theme is that they’re almost always disregarded as just “being against Anita!!!!! sexism!!!!”
I truly and earnestly want to see feminist criticism of video games, their stories, their representation, etc. I believe it’s an important discussion to have and I believe it’s something that everyone should, at the very least, be aware of and take into consideration.
I do not believe that Anita is the one to do it, though. I feel she has done an awful job thus far and has created this bizarre sort of mentality that as long as someone is a victim of harassment what they have to say is valid and true and should not be questioned. It’s created a breed of people in gaming culture who will blindly accept whatever is said and blindly defend it when the whole point of the criticism is to encourage a critical and thoughtful evaluation of the games we play and enjoy.
Ultimately, I truly regret donating to the Tropes vs Women kickstarter because not only does she take forever and a half to produce a single episode but her criticisms have been incredibly insulting and prove that she’s not putting in the amount of research or thoughtful analysis that she would have us believe she is. I feel that her brand of feminism is not one that should be held up as the kind to judge and critique media. It’s a very shallow, sex-negative and, if I may be so bold, femininity-shaming kind of feminism.
I mean, hell, look at her proposal for a game idea. Look at what she considers to be “better ideas”.
They ultimately boil down to “okay, just take what the male character already is… and make it female!”. What she proposes is not better variety and more respectful representation of women but is actually just “well just make it a girl”.
Literally to take Mario and Link and swap their heads with Peach and Zelda’s. To present them in the same way masculinity is presented while shaming “traditional” femininity as “weakness” in female characters.
And honestly, I truly wish people didn’t just eat it all up just because it’s an easy to digest “yay look I’m supporting feminism without actually putting much thought into it! Anita knows what’s she’s doing!” cookie.
Also, when it comes to journalism? Yes. Yes gaming journalism SHOULD be held to higher standards. No more of this “bloggers when they fuck up, journalists when they want respect” garbage. No more of this clickbait bullshit. Either gaming journalists produce content that is deserving of the respect and thoughtful consideration it wants or be disregarded as the jokes they currently are. 
tl;dr the issue “gamers” have is not with feminist criticism but with those who currently represent “feminist criticism” and how poor and shallow it is.

Best, well thought out criticism of the whole situation.

It doesn’t help that when we try to give honest feedback on them,the yells of OMGSEXISM and OMGMISOGYNY drowns out any actual criticism of them, as if being female means you get a free pass of any criticism, legit or not.
Well guess what,you don’t get a free pass.
Yes,slinging insults at anybody just because of their gender is wrong.But it doesn’t mean you can play victim and call -everyone- who do have beef with what you wrote a sexist/misogynist who’s only against you because of gender.
You know what,at this point I’d believe that those sjws probably aren’t really putting effort towards any actual equality,but rather just focusing on finding things to get offended by.

crystalsuicune:

wollffeey:

hokuto-ju-no-ken:

rimjets:

the most real tweet ive read all day tbh

Thing is, though, actual researched and meaningful feminist criticism and commentary tends to be relatively well received and sparks meaningful discussion. When the face of “Feminist Criticism” in gaming is Anita, of course it’s going to be a big “WTF” because it’s some of the most poorly written, poorly presented and poorly constructed criticism out there.

I take issue with people who dismiss any negative response to Anita’s “criticism” as “ahurdur internet sexism” because, honestly, her “criticism” is flawed. It ignores context, it cherrypicks and purposefully misrepresents information to suit the point she wishes to make. She does not offer criticism. What she does is seeks out examples to back up the statement she was already prepared to make.

And even then she undermines the whole purpose of her series by not really offering any sort of insight or commentary, rather reading off a laundry list of things she didn’t like that fits the trope the video is about and a number of times the examples she shows have been misrepresented and shown without context to twist them to fit her point.

People are not again criticism of representation, portrayal and execution in gaming. People are not inherently against feminist criticism of games or even against criticism of games from an artistic view.

What people are against is shitty, poorly researched and biased criticism.

Also, I think it’s time people stop pretending that people take issue with Anita herself. And I mean this on both sides of the fence here. People against her need to stop pretending they don’t have an automatic dislike of anything she produces because of how questionable her actions have been and how manipulative her “criticisms” have been.

And people in support of Anita need to stop pretending that her arguments are without fault and that all of the criticism she receives comes from misogyny. People need to stop pretending that she is infallible.

I’ve seen very civil, well spoken and thought out counter-arguments to Anita’s criticisms from all sorts of people. Feminists, bullheaded gamers, men and women alike. But the common theme is that they’re almost always disregarded as just “being against Anita!!!!! sexism!!!!”

I truly and earnestly want to see feminist criticism of video games, their stories, their representation, etc. I believe it’s an important discussion to have and I believe it’s something that everyone should, at the very least, be aware of and take into consideration.

I do not believe that Anita is the one to do it, though. I feel she has done an awful job thus far and has created this bizarre sort of mentality that as long as someone is a victim of harassment what they have to say is valid and true and should not be questioned. It’s created a breed of people in gaming culture who will blindly accept whatever is said and blindly defend it when the whole point of the criticism is to encourage a critical and thoughtful evaluation of the games we play and enjoy.

Ultimately, I truly regret donating to the Tropes vs Women kickstarter because not only does she take forever and a half to produce a single episode but her criticisms have been incredibly insulting and prove that she’s not putting in the amount of research or thoughtful analysis that she would have us believe she is. I feel that her brand of feminism is not one that should be held up as the kind to judge and critique media. It’s a very shallow, sex-negative and, if I may be so bold, femininity-shaming kind of feminism.

I mean, hell, look at her proposal for a game idea. Look at what she considers to be “better ideas”.

They ultimately boil down to “okay, just take what the male character already is… and make it female!”. What she proposes is not better variety and more respectful representation of women but is actually just “well just make it a girl”.

Literally to take Mario and Link and swap their heads with Peach and Zelda’s. To present them in the same way masculinity is presented while shaming “traditional” femininity as “weakness” in female characters.

And honestly, I truly wish people didn’t just eat it all up just because it’s an easy to digest “yay look I’m supporting feminism without actually putting much thought into it! Anita knows what’s she’s doing!” cookie.

Also, when it comes to journalism? Yes. Yes gaming journalism SHOULD be held to higher standards. No more of this “bloggers when they fuck up, journalists when they want respect” garbage. No more of this clickbait bullshit. Either gaming journalists produce content that is deserving of the respect and thoughtful consideration it wants or be disregarded as the jokes they currently are. 

tl;dr the issue “gamers” have is not with feminist criticism but with those who currently represent “feminist criticism” and how poor and shallow it is.

Best, well thought out criticism of the whole situation.

It doesn’t help that when we try to give honest feedback on them,the yells of OMGSEXISM and OMGMISOGYNY drowns out any actual criticism of them, as if being female means you get a free pass of any criticism, legit or not.

Well guess what,you don’t get a free pass.

Yes,slinging insults at anybody just because of their gender is wrong.But it doesn’t mean you can play victim and call -everyone- who do have beef with what you wrote a sexist/misogynist who’s only against you because of gender.

You know what,at this point I’d believe that those sjws probably aren’t really putting effort towards any actual equality,but rather just focusing on finding things to get offended by.

clockadile:

I’m a little late to the draw a centaur day thing, but here we go. First pass walk cycle. Experimented with a few things. Need to fix 20 things like that foot that’s sticking and a few weird jumps and some offset and a weird cushion… I’ll just shut up now.

clockadile:

I’m a little late to the draw a centaur day thing, but here we go. First pass walk cycle. Experimented with a few things. Need to fix 20 things like that foot that’s sticking and a few weird jumps and some offset and a weird cushion… I’ll just shut up now.

bogleech:

florafaunagifs:

Leaf bug (Phyllium giganteum)

The constant wobbling as they move is a part of their disguise, making it seem as though the “leaf” is only moving because of a light breeze.

If you blow on one it will also shake around in the hopes of matching any actual surrounding leaves

I was a massive bug enthusiast when I was a kid for this very reason. Adaptation and specialization, thy name is the phylum arthropoda.