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4:39 PM on 11.07.2013



Can you remember when you were a child and you had a game you played non stop, maybe because you really enjoyed it, maybe because it was the only game you could get your hands on or maybe a little bit from column A and B?

For me one of those games, that took sentiments from both columns was Duke Nukem 3D.


It was quick and easy to play, a true game without the added bullshit that now must accompany games in order for them to be accepted by the new age acolytes of "art and depth".

Yes the game wasn't exactly brimming in feminism friendly themes, but it represented a grind house era that did exist and we can't really change that.

Most people, who are aware of the Duke Nukem games, are aware of the massive anticlimactic build up that went on for far too long with regards to the next gen new game that would blow our minds and bring back fond memories of the older, harmless games. I use the word harmless because what we had waited for and finally received was the opposite of harmless. It was gift wrapped in explosive trailers and polished off with complete disregard to consumers taste in gaming and taste in general decency.




Gearbox gave us a game that was not only awful in game play and story, but was one of the most vile depictions of misogynistic mockery I had ever seen and for some reason it triumphs even House of the Dead Overkill's debauchery of the female form and genitalia (you know that vagina that everyone of us came out of?).

Given some of the other decisions in terms of gaming creations and mouthed words, that Gearbox have executed, I'm finding it hard to really respect them or find them to currently be a positive influence on the gaming industry in terms of the messages they put out. In fact I think Gearbox is part of the problem, a very damaging one. Here's why.

Lets start with ball-basic gaming


Duke Nukem Forever is a broken game in terms of playing, story and even the graphics. Now I'm not one who's big into the fight for specifics in graphical differences but for a game like that by a studio as big as Gearbox, it was poor form all round.

Facial animations and movements are diabolical to view and the game would have actually been less of a deterrant to eyes, if it had of featured no NPC's whatsoever. In fact compare the game to DK 3D, where there are hardly any humans, in fact the only humans we see are some strippers and coccoon'd women.

Weapons are boring, enemies are boring, dialogue is boring and the cross gaming puns aren't even puns. Seeing Master Chief armour and saying "power armour is for pussies" in a very drab uninterested voice, just...does...nothing.



The game isn't enjoyable for anyone, least not for anyone I've come across in person or online. Duke Nukem Forever let down fans of the series who had waited for a long time and the worst part about it is, the game looks like it could have come out on the original Xbox...launch day. Gearbox had the tools and ability to make it at least fun and they failed, they needed to churn something out fast and you shouldn't do that with a game that is a classic and you should not take advantage of fans who will want to play the game because it's a guaranteed profit.

Lets move away from Duke Nukem Forever for a moment, we'll be coming back to it and to the main issue soon, unfortunately.

Gearbox were given the license to make an Aliens game, Alien Colonial Marines. We were all very excited and we all had high expectations. A good alien game was long overdue and one that was to be canonically added to the franchises story, had to be great. It had to, the franchise and fans, deserved no less. Heck even Gearbox deserved no less.

What we got was a game that looked like it would be the ultimate Aliens interactive adventure. The trailers promised us amazing graphics, tension and best of all, a fitting homage to the xenomorph world.



Gearbox butchered the whole thing, there's no point tip-toeing around it. They flat out lied in their trailers and their developer videos were laced with pop phrases and catch words that were all made up and meant nothing. They should have cradled, perfected and invigorated the Alien gaming franchise, but instead they gave us a boring shooter, that quickly loses any sense of unnerving, hostile tension from the environment we had to trudge through. Don't get me started on that Alien Queen final boss 'battle'.

Maybe one of their worst crimes was even having Hicks in the game at all. The character is irritating and bland and Michael Biehn reminded us of that in his lacklustre voice acting. The guy didn't want to be there and he didn't care, but then again he's always had a chip on his shoulder because Fox went on without him with the Alien series and he never overtook Sigourney Weaver as the lead. 

The made up an unfeasible, ridiuclous, plot destroying story to tie in between films and Alien Colonial Marines was a flop.

Twice in a row, Gearbox had been given, for some reason, the keys to a beloved franchise and they disrespected it, lied about it and produced just bad games. Will it happen a third time? Well according to Wikipedia...there's a Duke Nukem sequel in the wings. 
Personally I never want to see another Duke Nukem game in my life and I will probably never play a future Gearbox title and here's why, the crux of the grinding of this gamers post.

Who gives a damn about women eh?


I can't forgive them to be honest, I really can't. It's the straw that broke the radioactive bears back.

Duke Nukem Forever features naked women who have been kidnapped by aliens, raped (you can hear them sobbing) and impregnanted, then shows scenes of the tortured vapid women moaning for release from agony before Duke Nukem. That's what happens, for real.

What is this characters response, what did a writer at Gearbox pen?



Then he slaps a pair of giant jelly titties stuck to the wall.

Frankly all I can say to Gearbox is, how fucking dare you. How dare you think that was acceptable or funny. Did your writers laugh and then did you all watch the video and pat each other on the back? 

Well done guys.


Did any of you say or even think "Damn that's too much".
 
That's their worst crime, in my opinion, but it's not the only one. The Borderlands girlfriend mode peeved a lot of people and then we were told that we got the wrong end of the stick. Because you know, game companies never backtrack when the heat gets too much and claim that they meant something else?




When I read Anthony Burch's post regarding the character of Ellie in Borderlands 2 and his general opinions on sexism, I was a bit stunned and thought he must be joking. So much so I went to the internets with that very thought, laced with a touch of rage

Burch doesn't represented the views of Gearbox necessarily, but when you look at how many misogynistic related incidents has occurred in association with one gaming company, that really doesn't matter. Even if they don't personally make the game, the association is still incredibly strong, you're putting your name to a product that is laced with either disturbing scenes that could be trigger warnings for the people that put money in your pocket or products that are just terribly designed and cause mistrust for any future games.

Even in Aliens they seem to completely forget that it's not just a story about xenomorphs and corrupt companies, it was the story of a woman who kept on going and never gave in. The female characters in Aliens, may as well not be there, you instead do that age-ol' routine of lumping up with a boring white dude (no offense to boring white dudes) and forget that the other Queen of Aliens, is mothra-ducking Ellen Ripley.



I said it in that linked Burch post and I'll say it again, himself or Gearbox talking about supporting inclusivity is hilarious, in a depressing way. It's also not backed up by the games and statements that have come from them. Sometimes I actually wonder if Burch and Pitchford were born with the inability to see women or know that they exist. Half the time I think that they must genuinely assume that "women" is the term given to giant walking flesh-lights covered in bruises.

I couldn't find an apt image so here's a really content loaf


There's no point moving forward if we don't deal with the problems that exist now and you can't do that by sweeping it under the carpet. I just actually wish that Gearbox were swept under a carpet, then a large boulder place atop so they couldn't get out. I just wonder if anyone else really sees the harm their portrayal of female characters and mindset towards females in general, can cause.

I didn't think that I would take such a strong stance in terms of using the word boycott, within a hobby I enjoy so immensely, but I've been pondering this for a while and Gearbox have grinded my morals so much, that I will never buy another game from them nor will I have ever have a good word to say about them. I don't care if the next Duke Nukem game, features Duke dressed as a cupcake, in a gay pride, snuggling puppies made out of equality and decent alien beheading mechanics.

Here's an audio version of this piece, for anyone that can stand to hear a hoarsey Irish moaner -
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I'm not really planning on talking about the recent Dtoid Sucks stuff that's been going around. Some comments by people are shared by me, some are not, but I suppose all are valid, because a community inspired site, should always let the community speak their mind...unless their mind is filled with bigoted gobshitery.




I'm slowing back on my participation from many websites, primarily social ones and also some sites that I wrote for, but I was getting zero out of and I deserved to put myself first and I can't afford to continue doing stuff for free. 

I have my own opinions about negative aspects of Dtoid, so this isn't blind lust and people that know me, know I don't lick arse but instead throw angry horny sheep at people that do, in my mind. This is just me writing my opinions on Dtoid members, especially those that reside sensually in the forums. If you don't frequent the forums, then you don't know what you're missing.

In my personal opinion and from my personal experience, the following is complete and utter bullshit and stems from a blind sighted hypocritical viewpoint.


I'm blanking out names because the point of this isn't to send harassment. If you're desperate to know sources, you'll find them yourself.

It's the fecking opposite of a bro-club, what are you even...

Dtoid forums is a place where I came totally and honestly, as myself and was able to make friends, some of the most consistent in putting up with me and being generally awesome, sadly are located across the big blue pond. 

The members there for the most part, will come together and help people if they need advice, an ear to tongue tickle their woes into or help with promoting something that either benefits the community or an individuals personal endevours.



Dtoid forums and front page, consists of a population that are mixed in colour, shape, interest, religious beliefs and sexual orientation. There are cliques, some tighter than others, in an off putting manner, but there is no "one group is kinder than the other", because naturally if you are not in that clique you won't be afforded the same close knit. Dtoid has too many kind, funny, open members for the entire place, forums or front page to be condemned based on personal conflicts with a few.




But it's not always lovey dovey and that's...good. Because there is more value in sincerity and being honest about your personal differences. Support can come in many manners, it does not have to be bound to your set of personalised rules, to be valid. People can agree and disagree on elements of a similar topic and that does not lesson either parties integrity.

I'm not sure why I suddenly feel so defensive off this place, when I myself have also chastised it for a lot of bullshit, but at the end of the day I'm not blinded enough to spur bullshit because of personal spurning.

The Forums are full of lovely assmunchers, Usedtabe will help you get fit, send you unPC hilarity and Zombieplatypus will help you out if you need illustrations or a PM when you are feeling like shit that will cheer you up. Panzadolphin will for some reason send you images of daytime soap leading female characters posing in disturbingly erotic manners. 



Mxy and Mom will participate in a video lending their time and voices to spooky gaming stories to entertain people and then help plug it and they'll also put in a kind word on Twitter or Communtoid for an event you're hosting that's going absolutely nowhere but they see the good. 

Nihil and Tarvu will give you the most unexpected smile on your face by supporting something you do wholly for yourself, while also making you wish they'd get internet aids because of the latters love of the most disgusting film character ever. PhilK WON'T send the dickpics you gave him to his family...I dunno why brah, I dunno why. What's wrong with you mate?



All of the above isn't just general, it's personal experience. And I've not named even half the cool people I've met since joining this place. I've had some bullshit to that's not worth my luminous time. But I've seen more displays of awesomeness.

I've never encountered a place where people in droves gave their time and money to help others within their online community, I've never seen another forum where people air their raw feelings and will be shown kindness but also won't be bullshitted to just for the sake of it. There's some behind the scenes nonsense, some mismanagement and well hid-fakery, same as anywhere but the public front, the posts, the comments, the support and interaction outweigh it all.


Also...

There's no other community like Dtoid and some people may say "pfft thank God", but that's a childish way of looking at something that you don't truly participate in or have the first clue about.


Also a shout out to Steamtoid...why the fuck does no one talk about there. Some sound good people in there. Good lawd!


So if you ever wondered what the mentality was of the Dtoid members as a whole, especially the forums, that's is honestly what you're getting, if you don't act like a self righteous asshole. Be friendly, open and stand your ground. It's simple enough. Find out for yourself.




I fucking hate this place.
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For anyone that missed the CreepyCast featuring some funky members here, I'm reposting it for convienence, given that it is Halloween today and maybe some of you would like to turns the lights down and listen to some creepy gaming horror stories told by your fellow Dtoidians.


WARNING - SOME SCARY NARRATIONS MAY CAUSE AROUSAL








This is my last post in the C-blogs for a while, possibly forever, but it's good that it's about something important, that could become something wonderful.



Gaming Inclusion Con is something I'm trying to create, organise and get going. I made a thread explaining about the first event, which will focus on disabled gaming and all proceeds will go to Special Effect charity.



In order to be able to pull this off and future projects I've create an IndieGoGo - Gaming Inclusion Gogo

The ideas, goals, reasoning ect behind this whole scheme is laid out in the link above, but I truly believe I can create something wonderful and I need help, everyone needs help now and then and sometimes more than once.

As it's stated every contribution, be it in the form of donations or sharing and supporting is so appreciated I can't form words so I'll form awkward dance moves



So donate to the Indie Go Go campaign and buy a ticket/donate to the first Gaming Inclusion Con event and also help by spreading the word.

Or don't.

But do.

If you can.

Also....boobs!

And



Cheerio now!
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GlowBear
6:01 AM on 09.20.2013

Everyone loves watching people fail!!! Admit it!!


Some Video Catchup for anyone. I appreciate any likes or shares or comments....moreso I appreciate your mothers for making you. Isn't that naaaicccceeee!





Glowbear Awkwardly Plays Attack On Titan



Glowbear Awkwardly Plays: System Shock 2



Glowbear Awkwardly Plays Slender The Arrival aka No no no no


And then randomly I inform you for no apparent reason what exactly the new Saiyan ascension level is in the recent Dragonball film!

Dragonball Z Battle of Gods - What is SSJ God?


Thanks!








Creepy Cast Toid is now a a wrap folks. A tasty burrito wrap!


Or a bowl of creepy pasta....

This video was a joint effort. The audio creepy submissions by everyone involved was really stellar, especially Mr Connor Yost!

Zombie Platypus outdid himself with the wonderful artwork (check out more of his stuff), that really made this whole thing come together. If it had of been left to me, it would have been an eye-gouging mspaint fiasco.

Without further ado, Creepy Cast Toid. Enjoy!


Thank you to all who got on board with the idea and joined in, it was really a lot of fun to put together and to hear you all.