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    I've said it before, but Mass Effect 3 (including...

    I've said it before, but Mass Effect 3 (including the much-maligned ending) was all about Hegelian Dialectics. That (much-maligned) ending choice, which made you choose between thesis, antithesis and...
  2. There is a big difference between something not...

    There is a big difference between something not mattering and something not existing.

    Well, ok, maybe not a big difference. But there is a difference. Misandrists and "reverse" racists are still...
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    I think the thing about Isabela is that her...

    I think the thing about Isabela is that her sexuality was a point of conflict in the game (particularly with Aveline). Isabela was very sexual but Aveline called her out on it, and Isabela responded...
  4. For one thing, this discussion isn't about...

    For one thing, this discussion isn't about whether it's ok or not; it's about whether it's compatible with feminism or not. Let's not confuse the two.

    For another thing, there's a difference...
  5. Crucially, all this is a product of the Sexual...

    Crucially, all this is a product of the Sexual Revolution, which occurred some two centuries after Kant's writing. The reason I criticise Kant for taking things for granted is not because I'm a...
  6. The trouble with the Kantian argument is that it...

    The trouble with the Kantian argument is that it not only designates cheating as wrong, but also consensual polyamory. I'm no expert on how poly people think, not being one myself, but it seems to me...
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    I think what I took away from that Saints Row...

    I think what I took away from that Saints Row article is that it really blasts apart two myths:-

    1) That politically-correct feminism has to be humourless.
    2) That the only possible options for...
  8. Well, it's now veered dangerously close to making...

    Well, it's now veered dangerously close to making me want to defend the Torygraph. As ridiculousness goes, that's pretty high.
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    I want to backtrack a long way in this thread and...

    I want to backtrack a long way in this thread and talk about the damsel in distress again.

    I've been thinking about it while watching Smallville. What's the difference between Princess Peach and...
  10. It's something we see a lot. Before the SJW thing...

    It's something we see a lot. Before the SJW thing came along, John in particular was often accused of white-knighting. Now, I don't believe John was defending people out of the desperate possibility...
  11. I think part of what bothers me is people...

    I think part of what bothers me is people complaining about games being developed for short attention spans. On one hand it's sort-of true, but I don't believe it's that gamers these days just have...
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    I honestly don't think that's fair to say. I know...

    I honestly don't think that's fair to say. I know plenty of people who are not professional critics who liked the original ending (myself included). Those people (myself included) were pretty much...
  13. While RPS comments are often better than a lot of...

    While RPS comments are often better than a lot of sites', they do still suffer from the same weaknesses, primary among which is that posting a poorly-thought-out outburst is just too damn easy.
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  14. How do we solve the problems of game democratisation?

    I'm a firm believer in the old adage: "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should."

    In recent years, we've seen a massive shift in game development, where everything from implementation to...
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    It's a trap even otherwise rational people have...

    It's a trap even otherwise rational people have fallen into, though. There is an argument that gaming (or at least 'core' gaming) is a predominantly male pursuit. It's appealing because it is...
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    Why is it a double standard? I said in the...

    Why is it a double standard?

    I said in the other thread that there is a difference between a journalist covering an industry (who should be professionally detached) and a journalist covering a...
  17. More than that, the entire notion of people being...

    More than that, the entire notion of people being offended about people being offended is pretty ridiculous.
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    I've got to say, I think the litmus test is...

    I've got to say, I think the litmus test is whether free and frank discussion is happening, which it unequivocally is. Quibbling over the avenue of that discussion doesn't seem to have much point.
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  19. That seems quite related to what I've been...

    That seems quite related to what I've been thinking. It's the responsibility of a journalist reporting on an industry to be professionally detached, but it's the responsibility of a journalist...
  20. It's always interesting to me that people expect...

    It's always interesting to me that people expect cRPGs (be they MMO or not) to be one thing, when in the sphere of other, non-computer roleplaying games you have such diversity. You have rules-heavy...
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    A lot of it is personal preference, and I am...

    A lot of it is personal preference, and I am quite aware that no-one gives a shit what I like, but I do prefer games that make me deal with it when I fuck up my stealth, rather than games that make...
  22. Bizarrely, I think the one publisher that does...

    Bizarrely, I think the one publisher that does understand piracy is (can I use the word 'bizarrely' again for emphasis?) EA. I was trying to figure out what they get out of offering free games as an...
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    If Dundee is as influential in the games industry...

    If Dundee is as influential in the games industry as it likes to claim, why has no developer of city builder games ever looked at it and gone, "Whoops, I guess it is possible to build roads up steep...
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    Media keys might work with borderless windows,...

    Media keys might work with borderless windows, but they don't work when actual fullscreen applications have focus. Windows prevents it. (That's not strictly speaking true, since Windows does allow...
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    I'm with you. There's a big difference between a...

    I'm with you. There's a big difference between a publisher who is definitely going to release the game trying to part me from my money before I actually know anything about the game, and supporting a...
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