I have put a lot of effort into this one and the time has finally come to wipe that arrogant smirk from Kluwe's face. There is a lot information here so please share if you think it might help GG.
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Since GamerGate seems to be trying to create our own media outlet with BasedGamer, to me this seems to be a great opportunity to turn a new page and start all over, so please listen to some of my views on the topic of competence in journalism. I talk about objectivity which so many people today consider a myth, examples of journalism done wrong and some other things.
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It has been 17 years since I was introduced to the Heroes of Might and Magic franchise and I remember that at first I didn't really understand what all the fuss was about. You see, back then I was 16 years old and I have just gotten my first personal computer. For someone who was raised with ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Nintendo and Sega, I just didn't understand the excitement my friend was having for Heroes of Might and Magic 2. It's not that I was not into complicated strategy games - I mean, I loved the original Civilization which is arguably even more complicated - but there was something about Heroes of Might and Magic 2 that just rubbed me the wrong way. First of all I never heard of the first part, and second of all the game just looked weird. It was like looking at a bunch of low resolution icons with characters looking completely out of proportion with the rest of environment. Then there was this mechanic that allowed you to stack combat units and I just couldn't make any sense out of it. You see, not only did the strength of a unit depend on a number of individual units you stacked together, but some units were just weaker than the others. And then you also had different cities which you had to develop in order to be able to raise an army, so I think I was probably overwhelmed by all the intricacies of the game. It took me around two years before I decided to give it a fair chance and oh boy am I glad that I did. Heroes of Might and Magic 2 is one of my favourite games of all time and it is by far my favourite out of the whole franchise. Now I will agree that the vast majority of gamers like the third part more, but I tend to disagree. Don't get me wrong, Heroes of Might and Magic 3 is an amazing game and I can understand why people like it so much. It is certainly slightly more advanced in comparison to its predecessors and equally addicting, but I was always annoyed by the fact that the third part started the negative trend of forcing the player to go through other campaigns before you can unlock the ones you are actually interested in. I really don't understand which moron thought that this would be a good design decision, but somebody should have told him that not having a choice is bad and it's even worse when you force such decision down people's throat. This is especially horrendous in Heroes of Might and Magic 5 where the story forces you to turn against the protagonist you were playing with in the beginning. Facepalm moment right there. Another thing that I personally like better in the second part is the graphics. Now I know that this is entirely subjective and not very important, but I always liked the pixelated look more. And lastly there is the ability to switch sides and play alternative maps as you go through the campaign. This allows you to experience different maps on your playthroughs, as well as not being forced to play through the whole game just to see a different ending since it is entirely possible to save before switching factions. The fact that the third part doesn't even feature a full campaign for the bad guys just cements my view that Heroes of Might and Magic 2 is the best game in the whole franchise. Anyway, today I decided that the time has come to start another playthrough for this amazing game. I think I finished it at least 3 times in the last 15 years, and since this is a game that I have the need to replay every so often I think it is perfect for my first diary entry.
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I haven't seen a point by point rebuttal of Jonathan Mcintosh's checklist, so I decided to make my own. Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E47-FMmMLy0 Communication in multiplayer gaming: Examining player responses to gender cues: http://nms.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/09/12/1461444812458271 Misogyny in games: Stats and sexism: http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/179563/Misogyny_in_games_Stats_and_sexism.php Study Finds Female-Name Chat Users Get 25 Times More Malicious Messages: http://www.ece.umd.edu/News/news_story.php?id=1788 Video Games: Engineering Innovation Processes: http://genderedinnovations.stanford.edu/case-studies/games.html#tabs-2 Grand Theft Auto 5 banned by retailer over graphic violence against women: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/digital-media/11270982/Grand-Theft-Auto-5-banned-by-retailer-over-graphic-violence-against-women.html Please comment! I love comments :)
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Internet Aristocrats final message to gamergate. Decided to upload my commentary on it. Had to redo this due to editing mistake I just noticed. Original link: http://vocaroo.com/i/s1p1NnKWYTlr To Internet Aristocrat... thanks for being there for us in the beginning. I still like you.
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