cats vs video games
cats vs video games
What is Ruin Jam?
Ruin Jam is a game jam celebrating the nonexistent demise of video games, inspired by a lot of current events and a certain blog post. It’s open to anyone and everyone who has been, is being, or plans to be accused of ruining the games industry. All Ruiners are welcome to contribute to the death of video games, provided that they adhere to the spirit of the jam.
What’s Ruining Video Games?
Thanks for asking! So far as I can tell, the following items are among the things ruining video games:
- "Forced Diversity", i.e. Minority characters with agency.
- People who make or talk about games having social and/or love lives
- "SJWs", which stands "Social Justice Warriors". It’s bad to be this for some reason.
- People calling things that aren’t games games. The criteria for what a game is has yet to be disclosed.
- Not being able to jump, shoot, or be killed
- Criticism or satire of existing game franchises
@legobutts-senpai has a post running this down in more detail.
What Games are Welcome?
Any games that contribute to the downfall of video games are good candidates for submission. They can include items from the list above, or generally just be anything off the beaten path. Remember: different is bad, so go for that.
Since we’ll all be equal in the apocalypse, this is not a ranked jam.
Please avoid making any references to actual people. This jam is intended to lampoon a cultural attitude, not bully, harass, or libel. Likewise, slurs and bigoted content are not welcome here. Unironically anti-SJ games will be rejected at my discretion because what is wrong with you.
This is excellent.
"Is it time for feminists to step off our hobby?"
I haven’t seen such a clear and direct statement of the current angry and entitled gamer mentality in quite a while. Gaming is their hobby, and the evil feminists are coming in and stepping all over it, stealing it for themselves.
He thinks that games are an Action Man in his toy box that the girls from over the road have stolen from him and forced to wear a dress and play with Barbie. But games aren’t an Action Man, they’re a public playground. Right now, he and those like him are yelling and crying because the girls over the road, the gay people and the people of colour his dad told him not to talk to are all playing on the swings and for the first time he’s been told he has to share.
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Reblog if you’re part of the feminist illuminati here to take games away from pissbabies.
Go fuck yourself.
This is the most professional comment response I’ve ever seen. There is no sarcasm in that statement.
This is a site understanding that being professional doesn’t mean having to nod and smile and play nice with toxic lying assholes. Being paid for your work doesn’t mean having to turn off your basic bullshit detectors or entertain every rando textthug like a visiting minister of an unknown land. We know exactly what these assholes are and should respond accordingly.
THIS THIS THIS.
(I keep trying to begin a post about GamerGate but I don’t even know where to start, she said, and then finally started)
I am so angry
"don’t believe her lies," they hiss, after driving a woman who writes some of the most beautiful, incredibly heartfelt, moving stuff I have ever read, inside or outside of “games writing,” simply for the apparently heinous crime of writing an op-ed about how harassment is bad
they declared her “corrupt” because she supported the work of a female target of harassment, one of the two examples in her piece, the two examples that are relevant because they are occurring right now, on Patreon
"we will not apologize for calling her out," they say
"you reap what you sow"
"one biased writer down many more to go"
"I’m sure you are a nice, good person, but you wrote a gonzo journalism attack piece"
"If she dished enough fallacies it’s her fault. Drama plus tax."
"We’re not the monsters they want to paint us as."
"The dominos are falling. We’re winning. It’s brilliant."
winning, jesus christ, as if driving out a voice with such love for games and incredible talent for writing about them was something to be proud of, or even something that was an unfortunate but appropriate and unavoidable side effect of their pure and noble quest
"we’re the side that’s actually diverse and inclusive and represents everyone" they say as if their "inclusive" hashtag isn’t laced with obvious sockpuppets — because it was started by 4chan specifically as a way to muddy the waters, lure in uninformed bystanders, and disguise the true intentions of their efforts
"the core of GamerGate isn’t about harassment, there’s just a few bad apples" they say, while continuing to let themselves be spoon-fed malicious lies, fabrications, and speculation by assholes who make anonymous videos declaiming about "the arrogance and disdain of these people" as if that isn’t exactly what’s venomously dripping off their own lips
"GamerGate isn’t misogynist" they say as if those same figureheads aren’t nearly exclusively targeting the relationships women have with each other and with men, and their only example where a woman is unrelated is from 2 years ago
as if this whole thing didn’t start with people taking one bitter ex’s wild accusations, later recanted, as the gospel fucking truth
as if they aren’t completely unwilling to do even the slightest shred of their own research or decision-making, or engage in even the tiniest modicum of skepticism
as if a male dev didn’t talk about receiving favorable reviews for stuff he’d written from a reviewer friend of his, only to have it largely ignored and dismissed by GamerGate because there weren’t any allegations of sex
as if a male game journalist didn’t hire his own brother to his site only to have the matter completely ignored and dismissed by GamerGate as in no possible way nepotistic
as if any of these dudes have been receiving even a tenth of what’s being leveled at the women — the rote mindless abuse, the threats of sexual violence, the vitriol, the dismissal of their very humanity, the demands for attention, for engagement, for “debate,” for evidence to debunk the alleged crimes of morality or ethics, for evidence of their worthiness as human beings
as if any of this isn’t patently obvious by looking at their mentions, much less at what’s being said about them on 4chan and reddit and the other toxic fucking cesspools of the internet where hatred and dismissal of women flourishes, cultivated and tended and fertilized by an endless supply of bullshit
"I don’t see the abuse," they say
"I don’t see the misogyny"
A few nights ago, I spent several hours on Twitter asking questions and patiently reading the answers from a dozen so of your fellow gamers. I had already read a fair amount about #GamerGate and the events surrounding it, but I wanted to get a clearer sense of what it means to the people who were promoting the tag. I endeavored to be as fair-minded about it as I knew how. Now that I’ve determined to respond (after a day of debating with myself whether or not it was worth doing so), I hope you’ll give the same consideration to what I have to say.
This article spells out the problems with the #GamerGate protest.
Steve Jaros from Volition said he thinks Saints Row has gotten better in representing women over the course of the series.
"I think it’s fair to be called out on your shit," he said. "I think that it’s a sad man that can never be self-reflective. I think that we tried to go and carry ourselves with respect, and try to respect sexuality and respect gender as much as we can, and sometimes we fail but hopefully we’ll do better and continue to get better."
Stuff like this makes me happy.
We didn’t want to have to do this, but let’s talk about “GamerGate”.
Paste nails it.
“That’s who is behind this entire situation: anti-woman trolls who intentionally distort the meaning of the word “ethics” to further their own agenda and mislead their followers. There are some beating the #GamerGate drum who sincerely believe that it’s not related to misogyny or the persistent attacks on Anita Sarkeesian and Zoe Quinn, that it’s simply about keeping the games press accountable. It’s impossible to extricate that hashtag from its roots, though, which grew out of unconscionable smears and threats against two prominent women in gaming merely because they are prominent women in gaming. All the conspiracies and trumped-up claims of “evidence” of collusion among developers, press agents and the press spread by the #GamerGate founders are lies and distortions aimed at driving Quinn, Sarkeesian and other women out of videogames. Whether it’s hate, fear or simply the grotesque joy horrible people find in maliciously denigrating others, this entire #GamerGate nonsense is built on silencing women and shutting them out of games.”