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3:23 PM on 02.28.2012

Sexual Harassment and Video Games. - An Opinion

Note: The stance in this article is that opinion of the author alone.

With the recent outburst that happened on Cross Assault between Super_Yan and Aris, it has come to a forefront that women who are into video games, I believe, are treated unfairly. Now, the conversation between both Yan and Aris came to light because of the Livestreaming of the event, and inside of the stream chats, a mostly male community backed the male causing the offense. You can also find many other rude or offensive chats between 'boys' and women in gaming on YouTube easily enough, and quite a few times it led to the 'boys' complaining or cussing or offending the woman in general, especially if the woman player was significantly better than they were. This makes the game less fun

Now, it isn't a surprise to know that 'boys' don't like getting out done by women, it's a ego thing. This is considered a greater hit to the ego if the woman is a professional in that particular format. This is even more of a problem in niche communities, gaming for example, that has a male dominated community. Yes, there are plenty of women who play games, but they are far and few in between who play games professionally. Now, one would hope, most professional players will do what they are called.. be a professional, play nice, don't offend your opponent, and enjoy what you are doing. You do this because YOU'RE THE FOREFRONT OF THE COMMUNITY, people look at you to be the poster child, what you do is what is reflected on the genre. Aris didn't do this, and neither did the community watching on the Livestream. Now, the Livestream I can understand, but I will get to that later in the article, Aris, however; should of known better. He is one of the more well-known in the professional fighting game genre, and this is what makes this a problem. When you have a community of folks, good things and bad things happen... though it is the bad things that comes forward and rarely the good things get covered and looked at.

And this is just the start of the problem.

Online gaming is a issue, anonymity plays a huge factor in this, as people who game and watch games online use this anonymity to protect them from 'harm', bring great amounts of trash talking. This anonymity also leads to significant amounts of trolling and worshiping. When Aris started smarting off to Yan, a majority of the online community moved to back Aris. Now, ignoring the whole such thing that there is 'no women on the internet', most of these people are probably in their mid-teens to late 20s with a majority of those backing Aris PROBABLY(my own opinion) in the teenage crowd. This makes the online community easily influenced, and when they watch a 'professional' like Aris talk down to women, they thing it's perfectly fine that a woman shouldn't be gaming, that if a woman does game that they can talk shit to them and they'll be fine because they have the internet they could easily hide behind when confronted. You also have to deal with the idiots in games themselves, if a 'boy' player ends up learning that one of the players in the room is female, the trash talk turns more offensive in a heartbeat.


Women are people too. There are reasons why workplace sexual harassment laws are in effect, they are to be treated fairly just like any other person. This goes for gaming as well. You can look at the professional community and find many people who are great competitors and keep up the spirit of how a gamer should be: Mike Ross, ComboFiend, Daigo, Justin Wong, and one who should be credited for being a gentleman in all of this, Mr. Sub-Zero. These are all male professional gamers who act like professionals, and they treat ALL their opposition with respect. All Aris did was stick out like a sore thumb and make those who actually do good in the professional gaming community look like idiot 'boys' who don't respect women, and the professional community doesn't need that. All gamers themselves will also be effected by this, as stated before, the professionals in the community are looked at the most. So if a professional does something like sexually harass a female player ALL gamers MUST sexually harass female players, and with the way things are turning out online here, its looking more and more that it's the case with so many people defending Aris's actions.

I give my gratitude to Mr. Sub-Zero for what he did, and to Super_Yan for sticking up for herself.

People who play professionally or casually, you're still gamers and respect those, Men or Women, as people and fellow gamers. The eyes of people are all on you, and what you do effects the community as a whole. Don't do what Aris did and tarnish that reputation.   read

10:24 AM on 02.21.2012

Endings: New Beginnings

I've beaten plenty games, I also haven't beaten many games. Those games I have beaten, vary. Some endings I enjoy, some endings I don't understand... then there is the 'sequel' ending, or the 'bad' ending. Those endings that never really close the story, those endings that give you multiple stories that you WANT to finish, endings that leave your soul and fulfillment of the game with something lacking, or even infuriate those who beat it:

Endings that start New Beginnings.

Halo 2 (The WTF New Beginning)
Mass Effect 1 & 2 (The Multiple New Beginning)
Final Fantasy X (The Lacking New Beginning)

These are some games that I have played or know the endings of that set up the 'New Beginnings' type of ending, some are intentional, while others hit you in the face with a bag of brinks then piss on you as your stuck under them.

Lets start with the former, Mass Effect, everyone knew when they game came out there would be multiple endings and that it would be a continuing storyline, a sequel was evident, there was no doubt about that. It was the fact that in the games, you could choose how people lived or died, how the next story in the next game changes based on your decisions. Someone people took the ending they got and ran with it to the next game, while some went back and played through the entire game again just so they could get the different endings which could be brought over to the next title. And even then, the sequel didn't disappoint either, with the same type of set up, the ending is decided on who is loyal and who is not, people die, people live and the story goes on based on those decisions. This is the type of ending that you WANT to start over, you WANT to see the beginning again so you can change what happens to your end.

But, not all New Beginnings leave you feeling good....

I stood in line for the Halo 2 midnight launch, I'll admit it, but I always sucked at the Multiplayer and I honestly enjoyed the storyline Bungie gave us from the first game. But I don't blame Bungie for what happened to the end of Halo 2, I blame Microsoft for milking the game for all its worth, they wanted a third game so they could make more money. Though the anger they felt from the ending of this game, the sudden bad-ass appearance of Master Chief, that kick-ass cinema scene of knowing your about to get into a huge battle.....

....then it's over, credits roll.

That's it?

I stayed all night up playing, for this?!

Now, all endings don't make you angry or leave you filled, some are sad and depressing, leaves a hole in your soul that you don't think that is the end of the story, or you don't want it to be the end of the story. Final Fantasy X felt this way to me. You play through this epic storyline, and get a full attachment to the characters. At this point, you see the ending coming a mile away as you fight the final boss, but you don't want it to happen. Tidus and Yuna embrance and he vanishes... it's just depressing, but a fitting ending to what people consider one of the better Final Fantasy games in the series.

But some felt like they needed more, they talked about it online for years, wondering what happened to Yuna and company, and that since Final Fantasy doesn't have any true sequels....

....of course that turned out to be a bad mistake, and Square releases a mediocre expansion to the game which a ending I felt wasn't needed.

Closing time
Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end   read

12:56 AM on 11.13.2010

Nostalgia: Splatterhouse Series

I figured with the new game coming up soon, I might as well post something about the old games and how awesome they were.

Though to start off, I never did play the original arcade one. I probably never will, at least until the new title comes out and, Namco being strangely awesome and giving way usually possible DLC for free? All three of these epic games will be available for unlock as you play the game. Of course.. the biggest fear I have is the game is going to be horrible, so horrible that I can't unlock the original three games. But enough of this.. onward to Nostalgia!

The first Splatterhouse game that I got my hands on was Splatterhouse 2. Back then.. the ESRB rating didn't exist, it did however have a nice little warning label placed off to the side to warn parents of its violent and gory nature so it wouldn't effect young underage people, like me at the time, with it's awful nasty yet very meaningful experience. Back then.. Marilyn Manson or whatever that singers name was getting all the attention, so if it wasn't music, it couldn't hurt anyone!

So, here I am.. playing this game, not a clue what the hell the story was about, but.. holy crap.. what was this?! Not even 30 seconds into the first stage I picked up a two-by-four and swinging it into the bodies of Red Zombies.. and not even just that, plowing those lovely undead bodies into the wall behind me! Instantly.. I'm hooked. At that age I probably could of played the first stage over and over and over again, and again at that age, if you think about it.. I died over and over and over again anyways. So that is what I ended up doing for most of my rental period with the game. The game was hard. Especially for someone around the age of 12-13, the farthest I ever remember getting in the game without having to cheat with a Game Genie was the beginning of Stage 3.

I did end up renting the game a few more times over the period of my Genesis career, though I never did beat it on that system, legit, though again the got to see the rest of this wonderful title through the power of the Game Genie. I eventually picked it up on a emulator and defeated it when I was much older without having to cheat though, again.. it was quite a effort.

However I was lucky enough to pick up Splatterhouse 3 when it was release on the Genesis as well, and though the title was just as hard as its predecessor, I was skilled enough at that perticular age group to actually BEAT this one without having to rely on a game altering device. However.. what ending I got.. yeah. This game came with multiple endings.

When I first played the title, I didn't even notice the timer on the upper right hand corner, didn't look at the minimap all that much. I just went around and slaughtered monsters and occasionally picked up a cut scene of Jennifer, your girlfriend who always seems to be a target of monsters, going into hiding... then getting found... then savagely getting devoured by a beast. So eventually I get through the levels and start to figure out what the hell is going on. So... Bad ending when I beat it the first time, I figure out there's a clock. Lets go for the good stuff!

So, another play through... and I save Jennifer.. and.. WHAT THE FLYING FUCK!? She's still not saved!? I have to race through another level to officially save her? Why the hell does this bitch keep getting screwed like this!? So.. off I go onto stage two to stop the Bore Worm... and I make it to it in time.. and.. wait... I have to make it to it and defeat it in under 3 minutes? So the 5 minute timer is how long before she turns into monster? 3 minutes before her brain is eaten? G'damnit. And the screen that you see.. is one of the creepiest in the games I've ever seen....

Again, it wasn't until a later time in my life that I downloaded the game once more and played through it, eventually getting the best ending.. and still decided in the end that the bad endings were better than the good one. Of course.. I waited patiently for another title to come out.. and years pass. Various 'fan creations' were announced and quickly canned due to cease and desist orders.

And now it's happening.

We're all seen the screens and videos.. and sadly, it isn't looking great.. but it's a title I'll probably pick up, no matter how bad they screw it up. Even it.. the 60 dollars might be worth playing through the game to unlock the original three titles. Maybe then I'll actually play the first one finally.. and be able to play the second and third with glee.

But there is always hope that this reboot will do well.   read

11:56 AM on 02.05.2009

Adam Sessler rips Fanboys a new one.


Looks like, after the 5 out of 5 stars review of Killzone 2, X-Box 360 fanboys went into a foaming rampage on their boards.

Safe to say, Mr. Sessler had it with said cry babies. Literally ripping them all a new one for even speaking such stupidity.

Bravo.   read

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