This edition of Saturday Waffling is brought to you by Nathan Brownback, one of my backers on Patreon, who has picked the indisputably worthy Alexandria-Arlington Coalition for the Homeless as his link of choice, the sort of choice that I assume would get him dismissed as a “sjw” by certain people.
Speaking of those people.
So, yesterday I used the #gamergate hashtag on Twitter to ask about an argument made by supporters of the movement that puzzled me, namely the one that suggests that contributing to a Kickstarter for something and then reviewing it is a conflict of interest, since there does not seem to be any comparable view that buying something in a store and reviewing it creates a conflict of interest. (The answer seems, unsurprisingly, to be that the argument is stupid beyond belief, with multiple people arguing that not only is supporting a Kickstarter or a Patreon a conflict of interest, but that receiving free review copies of things is not.)
In any case, based on twenty minutes or so of mildly adversarial engagement entirely over this point, here’s some highlights of the tweets I got.
(Warning: explicit image)
Frankly, I can only imagine the stream of shit that women get from these assholes. Actually, I don’t have to imagine, because we know the answer to this: they get SWATted, which is, and I am not making this up, the practice of placing fraudulent police calls alleging hostage situations at people’s houses so that SWAT teams get sent in. Which, let’s be clear, given the nature of a SWAT team, should really be considered attempted murder.
In any case, this seems a fantastic time to announce that the Super Nintendo Project, starting two weeks from Monday, is a magickal ritual intended to destroy Gamergate.
Relatedly, the overall games list (subject to change, but not expected to be subject to much change). I’ll be tackling the project by year, so the first run will cover the 1991 games, at which point it’ll break for another round of A Brief Treatise on the Rules of Thrones. Games in parentheses will be covered via guest post – I have the guest posts lined up, and I couldn’t be more excited about how they’re going to help flesh out this project, which is, along with the tail end of The Bojeffries Saga chapter of Last War in Albion, currently delightedly occupying my mind.
Super Mario World
Final Fantasy II
Super Ghouls’n Ghosts/Super Castlevania IV
Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Mario Paint/Super Scope 6/Battle Clash [Assuming technological feasibility]
Super Mario Kart
(Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest)
Spider-Man and the X-Men in Arcade’s Revenge
The Lost Vikings
Super Mario All-Stars
Super Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
(The Secret of Mana)
Mega Man X
The Illusion of Gaia
(Final Fantasy III)
Donkey Kong Country
Mega Man X3
(Super Mario RPG)
Super Mario 64
So, for discussion… who wants to argue with me over the list, I suppose? Or Gamergate. But really, what is there to argue about there?