I am an amateur game reviewer, I have been reading EGM since I was 11 years old, and I love the Dan Hsu to James Mielke golden Ziff age. I find all the articles of this age amazing because they are short, descriptive, yet hold amazing amounts of voice, and personality.
I’m not saying that regulation is good or bad inherently, it is contextual, and I am intelligent enough to not generalize an extremely complex practice. I am talking about the game market as a whole. After all, what is an ethical piece of art?
Also you say that the market has more control of our children then parents do, please site the research or don’t, I’m not convinced. It seems like every time the government prohibits what our children should do, children do it, and every time my mother told me not to do something, I got my ass beat, and then I never did it again. In my opinion regulation should never be done with a broad brush, lest you victimize innovation in the design. Free to play is hard to do right, but it can be really quite beautiful when done right.
Also in F2P models these games have been around since the beginning. We call them “Pay to win.” They are crappy games usually, and have no structure. The games that don’t rely on the market though usually don’t make enough money to sustain their overhead. Among these are few developers that fight like dogs to keep their customers happy. Mabinogi is a great example of this.
“Telling parents how to parent is never the answer?”
So you are saying right now that the government can do a better job of regulating what our children can and cannot do then parents can? Have you SEEN weed legislation and the ESRB? Do you PLAY Xbox live? Did you ever see a “rated R” movie before the age of 18?
The EA system requires that you buy the game, therefore it isn’t F2P it just has micro transactions. I’ve played many F2P games that gave me 100+ hours of enjoyment that I might have spent 20 bucks on over the years that I have played them. Why would you vilify a complete design philosophy? Either way the argument isn’t valid at all, it’s like blaming people being fat on the fact that twinkles exist. You are mistaking results for causality instead of investigating the actual problem.
I don’t think that the market as a whole should have to cater to what one party deems ethical, as ethics is not up for any one person to decide. That being said, I think that one touch IAP were crafted in the way of convenience. The best solution for everyone in this issue would be parenting. Don’t let an Ipad babysit your kid, and if it does, take the time to make sure that they learn and EARN the value of a dollar before they go spending it Gotcha-ing for shinies on some online video game.
In my humble opinion the F2P model of game making isn’t inherently good or bad, but that is just an opinion, isn’t it?
It was Ray’s opinion that the game was ridiculous because it didn’t directly cater to her. Volke’s opinion was a satire of that post. Your’s was a thin red herring obtusely obfuscating the point in some misguided attempt to Ad Hominem the OP for being sexist. This opinion is not the opinion of all female’s therefore you YOU are the silly one Bad. You silly.
I think you are being deliberately obtuse, in a satire that was written in an obtuse way. Obtuseception!
I really like this! I would love to have this in my home to share with my friends.
While I enjoy your experience of your diatribe to me why I didn’t enjoy the character customization experience I will leave you with this.
Characters in stories are not made for us to be them. Characters are crafted so we can relate with them. I’ve played many games as female characters, because I personally enjoy the emotional insight. While others do not enjoy empathizing with the opposite sex, not all stories must do this to please me alone. Expectation is funny this way.
She forgot to mention something rather important about the show. Trey Parker and Matt Stone don’t have the show revolve around female characters because South Park is about them as little boys. Trey Parker and Matt Stone were never little girls, they only ever interacted with them. How then could they design a feminine lead character in the South Park game then and not have it seem awkward? Hypothetical though it may be I hope you will take a second to think about it.
Stereotyping is a function of foreshortening which writers since Shakespeare have used. Go ahead and read the moral of the story Othello or Sleeping Beauty of the Wood. If you don’t believe me.
For the record Ben, I thought you did a respectable job in responsibly reporting the findings of the study. In plain English you tried to describe what the study tells us. You also in the end point out the Doctors obvious motivation. In truth though the only thing this man scientifically uncovered is that video games effect us. In what way is still completely up in the air. Which usually means that it is subjective as all hell, as all art is.
1.) I don’t read yahoo, and I don’t think anyone else does either.
2.)Microsoft has it in for the xbone far more than anyone else does.
There is only one thing I would change about polygon now objectively. When you read articles in the mobile version of the site, the navbar floats. I would suggest locking that at the top of the article. Basically, some of us are still reading your site on an iphone and the Navbar crowds what I can read. If I need it I know where to find it, I promise I wont get lost. :)
Or at least any opposing thought anyway. We are all adults here, or at least we all are forced to write like adults. If we are all being cordial then what is the purpose of eradicating opposing thoughts?
They do understand that this would have been perfect for the Xbone right? They are aware the only thing to play on their brand new system is a bunch of EA, and Ubisoft games right? This is one of the worst launches I have ever seen.
I think the Japanese kind of find our whole aversion to sexuality in games hilarious. As sex is a huge visual and philosophical part of their culture. It kind of destroys the whole “Sex in media makes for sexual violence” because their rape numbers are the tiniest fraction of what ours are.
Than cut political correctness out of the moral paradigm. To be politically correct you have to be politically polarizing as well.
I completely agree with this sentiment Shaun. Let us see how much of a problem this actually is before we label the entire industrial structure as “inherently sexist” in anyway. Numbers always speak louder than words. I think the polling should be done under a completely neutral power though. An actual scientific number.
And how often is it “really skeevy” are you omniscient or something?
“Expectation is the root of all heartache.”
Treating her like a person (or a human being) isn’t in the cards for anyone in that conference now though. The possibility she might be hypersensitive to their speech isn’t worth the risk of talking to her at all now. Now instead of treating her like a peer she has to be handled like a snowflake in the way of safety.
It’s not societies fault that she thinks that. Nobody can hit on her because they will lose their jobs and be thrown out of the industry if they do. It’s a lose/lose situation for everybody because this politicizes the industry show, and politics keep us from being objective.
Also I think she is witnessing the effects of the politicism of the trade show. You are way less likely to be hit on at a show. If the Male members of the show understand that they could lose their jobs over asking you what you were doing that evening.