Immune? No. But a simple acknowledgement that violence for the sake of parody has a purpose, therefore is not gratuitous. Again, how ‘successful’ a parody it is is open for debate. That it is intended as parody is not. Intention matters. If the intent is to be humorous, that should not be judged in the same way as when the purpose is to be malicious or even uncaring. When you ignore the intention completely, that’s when a person begins to cross the line of being political correct and just coming off as just a prude. What I would call "Wet Blanket Syndrome".
That said, parody doesn’t inherently need to be critical of the work it is parodying. Overwhelming parody is used to take the piss out of the thing being parodied, but it’s not a requirement. I mean, how critical can you be of a Dudley Do-Right cartoon? You might as well try to critique Merrie Melodies and Looney Toons for the violence in Wile E. Coyote / Road Runner shorts.
I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree about one being successful and the other not. The reference definitely put a grin on my face when was looking through the achievement list as, yes, I did get the reference right off the bat. Actually, in a kind of weird turn of events, Rockstar seemingly referenced the wrong cartoon character with the achievement name. It was actually Snidely Whiplash that would constantly hogtie women and leave them on train tracks. The achievement picture even resembles Snidely Whiplash and not Dick Dastardly. I wonder if they got them mixed up or if we as the audience just read too much into the name and made a connection that wasn’t there.
As for the parody issue, I just think it’s always important to acknowledge that. I don’t understand how Anita could think the fact that something is parodying another thing is completely irrelevant but thats just me.
Well, I’m sure from a BluRay it supports bitstreaming. Just meant specifically when playing back from a MKV. You’d assume they wouldn’t disable it in that case, but confirmation would be nice.
You’d hope that eventually Sony would get around to adding support for external HDDs for games and media at some point. Can’t think of any technological reason the XBO would support it and the PS4 couldn’t. It probably just isn’t a priority for them currently, unfortunately. Media playback, similarly.
It’s probably a long shot but I’m hoping eventually PS4 supports AirPlay. The AirPlay licensing fee is rather hefty as fees go ($4 per device) but even if it meant buying and downloading a license key from the PSN store, I’d be willing. Currently I AirPlay to my receiver which works well enough, but because it’s technically a different audio input, my gameplay audio is essentially muted which can be problematic with certain games.
Yeah I suppose I never considered the iPod/iPhone issue as reason to support HSF+. Guess that explains that.
Hear, hear. I think it was John Oliver that did a segment on how ridiculous SWAT deployments have gotten in the US. Something like a 10x increase in SWAT deployments in the US in the last 10 years or something. They bring them out for things as trivial as search warrants.
Found the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUdHIatS36A
Relevant part begins about 7 minutes in.
The stats were around 12 minute mark.
Sorry, didn’t mean to imply it did. Probably should have phrased it better. I meant that the PS3 was the better media device because of it’s better format support.
I just thought it weird that the 360 supported HFS+, an Apple proprietary file system and not NTFS, a Microsoft proprietary file system that had been around over a decade at the time the 360 launched.
When you’re right, you’re right. Sony is trailing badly is this respect this gen.
It’s odd because last generation the PS3 was the much better media hub device. From what I remember, the 360 only supported WMV video files and wouldn’t even recognize NTFS formatted external drives plugged into it. Had to be FAT32 or, perhaps most odd of all, HFS+ (an Apple file system, not even supported natively by Windows).
Damn, that would be a shame.
Correction, I did not mean LPCM. Damn 90 second edits…
Sounds like a pretty good update. As a casual observer, I’m interested to see how well the Media App supports MKV. Will it support switching between multiple audio streams and/or subtitles? Will it support the requisite formats that are most common to MKV files (MPEG-4 AVC, AC-3, AAC)? Hell, if it supports bit-streaming DTS-HD MA and Dolby TrueHD audio via HDMI without converting to LPCM or AC-3, I’d have to seriously recommend it to non-gamers in my family as a fantastic media hub device. That’s still the one hitch for me/them with Roku/Apple TV/Chromecast type devices. I have a HTPC but that’s not a viable option for them so much
Well, I didn’t really accuse her of hiding anything, but she certainly could have mentioned the context. As I was alluding to with the earlier reference to "Cabin in the Woods", somebody that doesn’t understand that the movie is a parody of slasher flicks could see any number of scenes from that movie as just as abhorrent in the same way RDR could seem that way looking at the scenes presented in the video without any context. In "Cabin in the Woods" one of the girls acts uncharacteristically sexually and "dumb blonde girl" throughout the movie, to the point where the main girl mentions how weird it is to their other friend. Of course, the movie is parodying the "dumb blonde" trope with a rather funny reveal that I won’t get into exactly because it’s a bit of a spoiler, but take those scenes with the original girl acting like a dumb blonde out of context and just put them into a clip reel with movies where the dumb blonde thing isn’t being parodied and all of a sudden you’d think the guy that wrote "Cabin in the Woods" is a bit of a prick for writing such a tired, vaguely misogynistic trope into his movie.
Context is everything. If you know the context, you don’t need it explained, but in something like this, a critique, you better make sure everybody is on the same page and has all the facts. Like I said, I wonder if Anita herself was aware of the parody aspect. If she wasn’t, that’s an error in her research. If she was and chose not to mention it, that’s an error in her presentation.
Again, this is not to say she’s always wrong about everything, but it’s these kinds of inconsistencies and some rather absurd leaps of logic she makes that opens her to criticism. Criticism, not terrorism.
While I don’t agree with the “try them as adults” thing, there should be consequences. I remember reading a while ago about about a relatively infamous hacker of his day, Kevin Mitnick and part of his punishment was he was given parole period of something like 5-10 years where if simple possession of a computer or any internet connected device would have landed him in jail. I think this type of punishment could be adapted to this case and would be a valuable deterrent. Obviously it’s impossible to enforce with a zero failure rate, but it would definitely curb their access considerably.
Well, again, I would argue saying if it’s lazy or not is a matter of taste. What isn’t a matter of taste is that it is clearly parody. Even referential humor can still be funny. There are varying degrees to any type of humor. Crass humor can be done masterfully and high-brow humor can be done very painfully, to the point of just being cringe-worthy.
The point I was trying to make was that, even just a little digging on Anita’s part, she would have picked up on the reference, at which point including it in the video becomes counter-productive to what she’s trying to do. So then it brings into question, does she fully understand the things she is critiquing, or does she indeed know it’s parody and include it anyway because taken out of context, it looks pretty abhorrent?
Again, I feel I need to belabor the point that I absolutely don’t agree with or condone the threats made against her, or Zoe Quinn for that matter. I just think the problem has now become because some people do attack these women in such a heinous way, the conversation cannot even be allowed to happen anymore.
I watched a bunch of women get sliced up in video games and now I’m watching it on my twitter feed. @femfreq is just truth-telling. Deal.
— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) August 27, 2014
I feel like this comment, the first part, is a perfect example of why some people have a problem with the FemFreq videos. As the person that wrote “Cabin in the Woods”, you’d think Joss Whedon would understand that these scenes of violence can have a point to them other than just bloodlust. Parody is a powerful thing. It can be used as a commentary or to great comedic effect, much like how the aforementioned movie parodied slasher films in this way. Now, are all of the examples of violence against women in the games in Anita’s videos parody? Absolutely not. Most are not. But some are. I think the footage of Red Dead Redemption in this video and the “Dastardly” trophy/achievement, previously referenced as another example by Anita in another video, are a perfect example of parody, something people who play games know Rockstar are notorious for doing. It’s their thing.
And yet, there it is, completely out of context in her videos looking like you are getting rewarded for tying a woman up and dropping her on the train tracks to be run over and turned into a grease spot on the desert vista. If you’ve never played the game and just watch the video, it’s easy to come to the same conclusion he does.
Obviously oversights like this one by Anita do not excuse what a minority of idiots are doing to her. I guess my point in this post is you don’t have to be a complete sub-human asshole to take umbrage with her videos. Not everyone who disagrees even slightly is a crass piece of shit who need to get their point across with threats of violence and bullying.
Okay, well based on his/her follow ups, I think it becomes pretty clear that’s what they meant. Either way, this is a lot of back and forth considering we all can agree that the guy making the threats is a vile shitheel.