An Interview with Me in the Escapist
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 10 October 2014, 1:22 pm
As part of a larger series of developer interviews, I gave my two cents to the Escapist.  They claim I asked for an alias.  I don’t recall doing that – I certainly

This Week in the Perpetual Outrage Machine
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 October 2014, 6:41 pm
Quick thought of the day: if you’re complaining about how feminists are destroying your games, and the best you can give me as proof is Kali losing a little underboob

What Games Journalism Integrity Actually Is and What It Isn’t
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 8 October 2014, 2:23 am
One of the questions that I’ve seen over and over is simple: “Why doesn’t Gamasutra apologize?”  I admit, I probably would have buckled by now, and apologized.  But they’ve resisted.

Radio Nero and other Quick Hits
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 October 2014, 7:14 pm
Just a few random snippets. Radio Nero I will be appearing on Episode 3 of Radio Nero tonight.  The topic of discussion will be on the idea that #gamergate members

Who, Exactly, is Silencing Feminism?
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 6 October 2014, 2:26 am
My post about whether or not the #gamergate crusade is anti-feminism has gotten some attention.  It should be noted that my point was not that #gamergate is misogynist or anti-women

GAMR: You Have Statements, I Have Mild Responses
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 October 2014, 2:40 am
Last night, I basically did a thought experiment. Basically, I was saying “I am not a #gamergater, but if I were, this is what I would do.” It did not

Little Green Footballs Has Something To Say About GamerGate
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 October 2014, 6:01 pm
I think Little Green Footballs was exploring what Milo is up to nowadays. So, this #GamerGate craziness – these are actual adults engaged in this? — Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) October

Dear GamerGate – Please form a Consumer Organization Kthxbye
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 3 October 2014, 1:47 am
Warning: A heavy dose of Nyquil on an already flu-weakened immune system fueled this post. As such, I’m being sloppier today about linking stuff. Sorry. The core of GamerGate came

Is GamerGate Anti-Feminism? Well, Duh
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 2 October 2014, 6:51 pm
In the wake of Intel’s unfortunate and (I believe) misguided decision to withdraw their advertising from Gamasutra, I’ve seen some amount of bile aimed at The Verge for their headline:

Response to a Response on Anita, Turtles All The Way Down
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 1 October 2014, 12:20 am
@FringeNerd asked me to respond to his response to my article generally praising Anita Sarkeesian’s work.  As mentioned previously, I agree with a lot, but not all, of what Anita has

The SJW Press Didn’t Kill Divinity’s Boobplate. Capitalism Did.
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 September 2014, 3:36 pm
I’m generally pro-boobplate.  I mean, I’m not going to go and slap a pair of DD knockers on a Pokemon or anything, but as my friend Scott once pointed out,

This Is The Worst Games Media Ever, Except For All The Ones Before
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 27 September 2014, 9:20 pm
You can take my thesis statement with a grain of salt, but it’s true.  We have, today, the biggest, most diverse, and most interesting Gaming Journalism we’ve ever had.  Whether

Here’s Why No One Believes The “It’s Not About Her” Angle
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 September 2014, 5:57 pm
A play in three acts. Act I: Zealous Investigator slams TFYC for not really supporting women or giving to charity. The most neutral way to describe TFYC is that they

Ms. Sommers Just Can’t Let It Go
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 26 September 2014, 2:17 am
So it’s been a week since I pointed out that Christina Hoff Sommers logic in her ‘games aren’t sexist’ movie is, like, really, really logically flawed.’  She responded by… I’m

The Most Important Part of This Escapist Article Is the Anonymity
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 25 September 2014, 1:26 am
Some time ago, Alexander Macris from The Escapist asked me to write up my thoughts on #gamergate. I sent him a response, and told him that I hoped he was

The Problem With GamerGate is Twitter
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 September 2014, 4:21 pm
Damion notes: Dave Rickey is one of the smartest designers I know. He also violently disagrees with me on many aspects of my opinions about #gamergate, what its origins are,

Milo’s Sloppy, Biased Video Games Reporting
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 24 September 2014, 12:55 am
I’ve had some problems with Ben Kuchera’s work in the bast. In fact, not too long ago I wrote an article titled What’s Wrong With Game Journalism, and used as

No, I Didn’t Say, Or Mean, That Gamers Are Nazis or Klansmen
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 21 September 2014, 5:39 am
My friends think it’s pretty funny that I’m now being linked wholeheartedly into the SJW Conspiracy that is in bed with the media and is out to destroy gaming. I’m

What Their Right Wing Nutjob Heroes Say About GamerGate’s Hidden Ideology
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 19 September 2014, 10:44 pm
#GamerGate diehards insist that the current discussion has nothing at all to do with politics and that they are, in fact, trying to keep politics and ideology out of gaming. 

I Watch Anita Sarkeesian So You Don’t Have To. But You Should.
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 September 2014, 11:37 pm
So, my Twitter feed has been full of people who believe that Anita Sarkeesian wants to corrupt my brain, and convert me into being an SJW zombie, thus ruining every

My Artistic Freedom is Fine, Thank You
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 13 September 2014, 11:58 pm
There is a movement afoot in the universe that insists that #gamergate is ALL FOR THE DEVELOPERS.  All for me and my ilk!  Protecting our freedom of speech!  Trying to

XX Chromosome Cannon Fodder
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 11 September 2014, 5:00 pm
Most modern armed forces, including those in the US, now recruit women as well as men.  So do most terrorist organizations – 15% of all suicide bombers in groups that

Games Are Really Not Like Cars
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 September 2014, 3:18 pm
As things cool down on the GamerGate morass a little bit, the various press outlets have started to voice their own opinions and declarative statements on where they stand.  As

Reclaiming ‘Gamer’ and Defending Our Tribe
Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 9 September 2014, 12:31 am
In the movie Office Space (a film that should be required viewing for anyone who work in games), the unfortunately-named Michael Bolton is asked why he doesn’t go by ‘Mike’

Posted by Zen Of Design [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 4 September 2014, 12:24 pm
Among the various other ludicrous claims I’ve seen come from the gamergate truthers and Sarkeesian bashers is a fear, a deep, unsettling fear: if the Social Justice Warriors win, the

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