Ben Kuchera

  • joined Jan 01, 2014
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Proving that even if you give the game away with the OPTION of watching ads someone will complain.

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That is not what a game designer does, and the idea that you come up with ideas that other people create is one of the most persistent myths about game development. If you don’t understand how games are made, if you don’t have some technical skill, you aren’t going to cut it as a game designer. You can’t design a car if you don’t know how a combustion engine works.

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It’s an interesting discussion, but I really don’t enjoy getting simulated blow jobs from sex workers. It’s not a fantasy of mine, and it’s not something that arouses me. Having mixed feelings about what you’re experiencing in your pop culture isn’t just OK, it’s to be expected. If you think the creators of the game meant you to look at that and go "SUPER COOL!" you’re missing a good portion of the experience.

I really enjoy crime movies, I’m a huge fan of the genre. But I don’t like watching people getting beaten to death with a baseball. It’s not "fun," but the feeling of being repulsed by that aspect of the reality of the characters is PART OF THE POINT OF CRIME MOVIES. These are not good people, and if you didn’t find them at least partly repulsive the movie lacks its punch.

It’s not about feeling guilty about any aspect of the game, it’s about knowing what the content is going for and being honest about your reactions to it. I don’t dislike myself for liking GTA, nor am I embarrassed that I find that kind of violence at least in part attractive. It’s why the games sell. I like horror movies too, and I’m under no illusions about why that content gets my blood going.

So please don’t claim it has to do with guilt. It’s more about opening yourself up to the experience the game is providing, even the ugly stuff, and knowing what you feel about it and why.

I don’t have a problem with kink, if the idea of paying for oral sex in a car gets you going, that’s totally cool. You can be into whatever you want, and no one is being directly hurt by exploring that aspect your sexuality via video games. But I don’t think it’s wrong to point out that scene is MEANT to be lurid and in some ways repulsive. It’s meant to be seedy and impersonal. That doesn’t mean it can’t be arousing, but it’s also OK if you DON’T find it arousing.

The problem is when people don’t examine the scene for what it does and merely think nudity and sex is super-cool, and then they snap into a Slim Jim. And if you don’t think that happens, you need to read more YouTube comments. Or better yet, don’t.

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The idea that being a gamer is anywhere close to being the victim of religious persecution is not just offensive, it’s deeply stupid and egocentric. If you disagree, that’s fine, but it has nothing to do with anyone being offended "for you" or your personal background. Any attempt to claim otherwise is dishonest and just as gross as the original statement.

An argument can’t be won just by finding someone of a different background to agree with you, you can’t just use people as shields that way.

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"It’s unfortunate GamerGate is being judged only by it’s more vocal crazy members that are issuing death threats. It’s a similar situation with members of the Islamic religion are being judged only by the fanatical and dangerous members."

No, it’s really not, and hinting that it’s even close is offensive.

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