Gamer gate has been trying to use Bayonetta as a rallying point, and criticism of it as proof of a “feminist agenda” in reviews
They’ve been trying to get Hideki Kamiya, creator of Bayonetta, to support them
the salt is so fucking real
The thing about an anxiety disorder is that you know it is stupid. You know with all your heart that it wasn’t a big deal and that it should roll off of you. But that is where the disorder kicks in; Suddenly the small thing is very big and it keeps growing in your head, flooding your chest, and trying to escape from under your skin. You know with all of your heart that you’re being ridiculous and you hate every minute of it. The fact that many people don’t recognize or have patience for your illness only makes everything worse.
Ten years of experience (via punkasspoet)
I once had a therapist tell me that having an anxiety disorder is like having a faulty alarm system wired up in your brain — instead of going off just when there’s danger (like it would for somebody without an anxiety disorder), it goes off all the time, over little things that don’t actually warrant an anxious response at all. It’s like one of those asshole smoke detectors that everyone’s dealt with at some point or another, the ones that go off whenever you turn on the oven or try to cook something on the stove — you can yell “OH MY GOD, I’M JUST BOILING WATER” all you want, but the stupid thing is going to blare on undeterred. That’s what having an anxiety disorder is like: it’s the smoke detector, and you’re the person on the ground yelling “SHUT UP, SHUT UP, THERE ISN’T ANY FUCKING FIRE.”
Under normal circumstances I don’t talk about my mental health stuff on the internet much — out of anxiety, actually, more than anything else — but I wanted to chime in here because I think this is something people really don’t understand about anxiety disorders. Friends: we know it’s irrational. We know we need to calm down, that things aren’t as bad as we think they are, that our reactions are making things worse than they need to be, that it’s all in our heads. We know. It’s what makes it all so incredibly infuriating, because in life you can just — you know, smack the smoke detector with a broom or take the batteries out or something. An anxiety disorder doesn’t work like that, though god, I wish it did; it requires years of work and active effort and (for some of us) medication to dial down our reactions, even when we know, right down to our bones, that our reactions are wrong.
If you’ve ever read that when someone is having an anxiety attack, it’s not helpful to say “Calm down” or “Stop panicking” or shit like that: this is why. We are saying that crap in our heads already, only we are saying it louder than you, and with more frustration and self-loathing, because we have been trying without success to calm down and stop panicking for the balance of our lives.
I know it can be exasperating to deal with someone with anxiety — boy, do I. I deal with an anxious personality every waking minute of every single day, and let me tell you there are times I want to smack myself with a broom, take out my batteries, and let my whole fucking house burn down. But the thing is, if you have someone in your life with anxiety and their shit is bugging the hell out of you, you have an option at your disposal that they don’t: you can walk away. And if you’re someone who gets frustrated by other people’s anxiety, who can’t be patient, whose very nature compels them to point out that it’s not a big deal and we need to calm down and we’re making it more than it is — that’s okay, everyone has shit they can’t deal with, but use that option. Walk away. Tune it out. Don’t pile on, because that’s actually so counterproductive to the goal of getting the calm, rational person you know out from beneath their anxiety. The more you say the things we’re already thinking (this is stupid, just shut up already, calm down, this isn’t a big deal, why can’t you calm down), the more we become convinced everything in our heads is true, and the longer it takes us to shut it down.
As always, the best way to be helpful to someone with any kind of mental illness is to ask them, ideally during a time when they are calm and in control: what can I do, what do you need, what should I avoid doing, is there anything that helps. But short of that, I can’t tell you how helpful it is to have people in my life that I know aren’t going to echo back at me the shit I’m already yelling at myself. So: try not to do that to people. That’s all we’re asking. Try not to.
"listen i know women are getting harassed and threatened on a daily basis in this industry and it gets worse every day and that’s really bad but can we talk about corruption in games journalism" who fucking cares
who. fucking. cares.
who fucking cares if companies are buying off reviews? shit, we already know they do. we’ve known it since the start. we already know they’ve expended money to buy reviews, ads, good press. be it directly handing money, or spending exorbitant amounts of money on press event parties, flying people in on their own expense and everything. we’ve known this shit for awhile. jeff gerstmann got fired for not rolling with this shit, but, notably, people didn’t explode over “ethics” in games journalism back them.
and, notably, they aren’t targeting AAA publishers. they target indie game developers and smalltime journalists and critics - pretty consistently women, or anybody who speaks up in defense of those women.
all this for “ethics in games journalism”. obviously just a very tiny slice of games journalism, since they don’t attack the people with money to actually do things.
who fucking cares.
ea could spend 5 million dollars tomorrow to buy one single review. who fucking cares? you can read steam reviews, gamefaqs reviews, metacritic user reviews, and most of all, you can WATCH ACTUAL GAMEPLAY on youtube. hours of it! on day of launch! you can download demos! you have more access to judging whether you will like a game or not on your own than ever before. you don’t have to rely on print mags giving you a limited array of screenshots and a review score anymore. you have a WEALTH of resources to decide if you’ll like a game or not before purchasing it. up to and including even outright pirating it! it’s easier than ever before!
and despite the ongoing, daily fucking harassment, the death threats, and most of all, just the bubbling culture that’s always been there that hates women, that hates anyone from outside their “norm” and derides and mocks them and holds an astounding amount of anger in their hearts over them, that culture that’s always fucking been there but gets dismissed with “that’s trolls, ignore them” or “that’s just how it is, people are assholes”, what they want to focus on is “ethics in games journalism”, which to them, comes down solely apparently to fucking review scores.
they care more about that than fucking anything else in the world.
fuck gamergate. fuck people who care more about whether or not bayonetta 2 got a 10/10 across the board than the hideous disgusting culture of hate that surrounds them and they seem to willingly inhabit with and just go “not us, though”
inquisitor: hey morrigan so i heard you can go through mirrors and like, i don’t know, leave this world behind or something
inquisitor: and, i don’t know, i was just thinking—
burning demon: *runs past*
breach in the veil: *burbles ominously*
angry dragon: *roars and sets shit on fire*
legions of helpless strangers: INQUISITOR WE NEED YOU
inquisitor: how does that mirror thing work, exactly?
inquisitor: i’m gonna need step by step instructions
let’s all work hard as a fandom to make sure that we don’t portray dorian and vivienne as sassy friend stereotypes
they can be sassy. i am sure dorian in game will have plenty of sassiness. but let’s work hard to make sure they are more than just sassy punchlines
Basically a lot of it is pseudoscience that was never rigorously tested in controlled situations to see if it actually worked.
This is because it was not developed by scientists, but by police, and mainly with an interest in putting people in prison rather than uncovering the truth.
- At least two dozen people have been falsely convicted due to “Bite Mark Analysis”.
- "Burn pattern analysis" put an innocent man to death in Texas
- "Blood Spatter analysis" such as that shown on the TV show Dexter is actually completely unreliable even according to the US Department of Justice
- Forensic hair comparison is also widely believed to be junk science and the FBI is currently reviewing convictions based on hair analysis due to the unreliability of their results
- Handwriting analysis has an unreasonably high error rate, by some accounts as high as 43%
- Lie detector tests, or polygraphs, are notoriously unreliable and based on bad science. Even though everybody knows this, they are still constantly being used in criminal investigations among other places.
- Toxicology labs can be poorly supervised and badly run, producing false and even fraudulent results
- Due to sloppy procedure at many labs and lack of regulation even DNA testing is often unreliable
- Even when correct results are produced, genetic profiles may be less useful than we have been lead to believe
- Fingerprinting analysis is not foolproof and actually has not been thoroughly tested, as this Frontline special discusses
Unfortunately due to TV shows that stress forensic investigation, juries are demanding this kind of evidence at trial, and have little idea of how untested and unreliable it really is.