Okay. As someone who grew up in a destitute town that used to thrive on mining and collapsed years ago, I need to briefly fucking re-litigate 2016 because I feel like people STILL don't goddamn get it.
Bill Clinton devastated a lot of these communities. So there's a ton of resentment there. But let's be perfectly clear: NOT ALL OF THAT WAS BY DIRECTLY DESTROYING FUCKING JOBS. So you can't just say, "but he didn't ACTUALLY destroy their jobs." Because fuck you.
A lot of these communities were already suffering when Bill Clinton came along. But he threw salt in their wounds with things like the welfare reform bill and the criminal justice bill. This took already hurt communities and devastated them.
This is great. They mention a guy who accused White Wolf of being fascist. But they conveniently ignore the part where a White Wolf employee was casually chatting with GamerGaters on Twitter and doxed that critic. You know, for inclusion.
And, like, you can STILL look at their Facebook posts, which get hundreds of comments, some 90% of them are decrying "political correctness," "SJWs," and "Cultural Marxism." Gosh I wonder why people think you're appealing to fascists.
And when I say they doxed a critic in casual conversation with a GamerGater, I'm not being glib. The guy in question has literally been punched in public for being a fascist. He's THAT level of trash.
So if I can get at least, like, ten people interested, I am thinking of setting up a San Jenaro community on Discord. Basically, super lax, for talking whatever weird and geeky shit, but with my general level of bullshit tolerance. Would anyone be into something like that?
Ideally I would also use it for things like an RP server, to discuss game design when I am doing #MoreThanNight, and whatever else. But, geek community I'm ultimately curating is the goal.
Actually, join up, yo. I guess that's the best way to, you know, see if people want to join up.
I hate, hate, hate, hate, HATE when software requires you buy multiple licenses for their Windows and Mac versions. Jesus fuck people. Just let me buy your fucking software and switch devices to meet the needs of my workflow and shitty hardware budget.
Like, I get paying for software. It's hard for me sometimes to put down $60 for an app, but if it's good, I'll do it without hesitation. But $120 if I want to work on my MacBook and then render on my PC?
This is doubly true if your software is primarily a repository for additional purchases. If I'm buying video editing software, let me spend that extra $60 on effects packs, not an additional goddamn license I have to manage.
My new novel, ULTRA, is now finished. It's a little longer than I expected, but I think it's real fucking good. I'll be launching preorders September 1st I think. #SanJenaro#MKUltra
This is the first time I've ever done preorders for a novel. So, I'm gonna be BEGGING for support for this one. I'm going to try to get it up in the algorithms. It's weird. It's queer. It's indie. I hope you can help me make it a Big Fucking Deal.
Here's the back cover synopsis for my new book, #ULTRA.
John McCain gave me one of my first, biggest moments of disillusionment with liberals. Watching Jon Stewart fellate him every night on The Daily Show, while talking about how he wanted to withhold civil rights from people like me was so eye opening.
Watching the "Rally to Restore Sanity" promote the idea that there was anything even remotely acceptable about people who would support a man like John McCain flipped a switch in my head.
At that point, I already long identified as socialist. I campaigned for Dave McReynolds. But, Jon Steward praising John McCain gave me the impetus to realize that there's really no commonalities between my own ideology and mainstream liberalism.
Dear Senator John McCain, from the bottom of my heart, thanks for finally doing something good for the world.
Cancer, like John McCain, kills a lot of innocent people. But unlike McCain, liberals don’t seem to think cancer is noble and heroic. Even when it does something objectively good like kill John McCain. It has a better record for making good choices than John McCain has.
Cancer killed innocent Vietnamese rice farmers and is responsible for countless American deaths, too. I’m just saying that if John McCain is a hero, then cancer is a superhero.
Spoiler alert: Trump's going to say a bunch of stupid shit. Everyone's going to know he's guilty. Nothing's going to happen to him. News will run with it 24/7. Flint still won't have water.
Don't be goddamn surprised that a rich white man is immune to the law. RICH WHITE MEN ARE IMMUNE TO THE LAW. Jesus fucking christ you people have you been under a motherfucking rock for 2,000 years? This isn't a new concept.
When the left has been saying that the system is garbage and that you can't trust the goddamned system so don't put all your faith in it, THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT. We didn't figure it out through a crystal motherfucking ball. It's how America works.
The absolute worst games are games that don’t know what they want to be and don’t settle on clear, cohesive statements communicated through narrative context and followed through with synchronized play mechanics.
One of my biggest red flags is a game that's difficult to describe quickly without using another game. If you have to refer to multiple games to describe your game, your game is probably bad. Especially if you have to tell us what game it's NOT like.
Especially in projects of larger scope, this is doubly important to address very early on. If you don't, every single decision you make in design will require extensive compromise and will result in thematic dissonance.
Today Democrats demonstrate yet again that they can't do math in their pursuit of scapegoats for their shitty policies and candidates. The Green Party wasn't even enough to tip the OH-13 election in your wildest bullshit Russia conspiracy dreams.
My new favorite takes are when a company is run by utter cretin fiends and you suggest maybe people do business elsewhere, people are all, "What about the contractors who work for them? Is it okay to put them out of work?"
Like you're obligated to buy from cretins.
Why yes, if you look hard enough at every shitty, exploitative company, you will find employees or contractors who aren't human garbage. Sucks if they're out of a gig. But it's not like we're able to frequent every goddamn business in the world anyway.
"I don't think I'm gonna buy this game made by cretins."
"BUT WHAT ABOUT THE EMPLOYEES?!?!?!"
Um, what about the employees of all the other game companies I'm not currently buying from? How is it fair to them that I'm not buying their shit?
I'm so afraid that with the media pushing political agendas, I'm going to have to explain to my children about cisgender heterosexuality. How is a parent supposed to do that?
I'm not a bigot or anything. It's just that I think that as a parent, I should have the right to expose my children to cisgender heterosexuality when I want, instead of having it forced down their throat in school. They're kids! When is too early?
And before anyone calls me a bigot, know that I voted for Obama. Clearly I don't have a problem with cisgender heterosexual people. I even think they should be allowed to get married.
Democratic Socialism is like offering me bandages while someone is currently stabbing me.
It's the most milquetoast extension of liberalism. I WILL SUPPORT IT, if it means dragging the Overton Window left. Which it seems to be doing. But fuck you if you think it's the answer. It's a means, NOT an end.
It's a tool to build class consciousness and open eyes to radicalism. It might save some lives in the mean time. But if you see it as an end goal? You're against the side of progress. And if you're timid about going that far? Completely unacceptable. You're the enemy.
Apropos to the thread I just posted. When the new White Wolf guys started using alt-right dogwhistles, I feel like the only person who wasn’t surprised. Their lead developer is a proud Ted Cruz supporter. In other words: he wants abortion doctors dead.
And it’s funny to me (or sad) because I said I would never lay down cash for something made by someone who openly wants the kinds of things Ted Cruz is for. And people were SHOCKED. After all, they never saw his terrorist views in his Cthulhu games!
Maybe you can separate the art from the artist. But I can't, and I won't. I don't want to raise the profile of people who want me and my loved ones dead or imprisoned.