German Blogger, writing the series "The worst thing about censorship is ███████ " (go check it out!) since I like to write about that topic and am invested in it a whole lot. Also writes some other stuff sometimes. Likes to listen to very strange bands and has the ultimate goal in life to taste every soft drink there is at least once.
Pure Gonzo - and while I thank god for Jim Sterling sometimes, I thank god for Hunter S. Thompson every day.
I'm a bastard. Don't trust me. Always keep asking, don let yourself get fed bullshit - not even by me.
I like good games. Yes, that's quite general, but I don't really like confining myself to certain genres. I like interesting approaches, invention and creativity. But I can enjoy a straight-up shooter as much as a "Bastion". It just has to be done well and appeal to me on some level.
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I know I won't make many friends with this statement right away, but: I just loved the works of Jim Sterling. While I founds his reviews to be a bit strange sometimes (or rather: the conclusions he came to) I enjoyed his articles and especially his videoblog series, The Jimquisition, tremendously. I should maybe add that I'm a huge fan of the so called Gonzo Journalism, a style of journalism that is heavily influenced by the author's own experiences (basically it means cussing a lot about shit that doesn't necessarily have anything to do with the topic at hand).
I mostly liked him for simply not giving a fuck and calling the big companies out on their shit. It is something that is done far too rarely in my opinion (and if it's done, it's far too soft). Sterling called out people on the shit they pulled and didn't even mind to get blacklisted. And while I understand this isn't a way everybody can work I still kinda feel everybody should try to work. Because they can't just go around and blacklist everybody.
Besides that, I also found his arguments to be pretty reasonable. He wasn't afraid to point out that you maybe shouldn't get all in arms over a simple joke or tell people that the "Boycott!" screaming is pretty stupid fucking bullshit most of the time. Especially when you play the product you cried "Boycott!" for afterwards. And all that while never dismissing a problem at hand, but rather looking at it with needed seriousness. He managed to put multiple points of view in one little video and present a reasonable path in the middle.
And then things changed...
I really don't know where exactly it happened, even after reading this interview here. Although I guess I first noticed it after his video about Sarkeesiangate. It's not that I had a problem with his opinion there nor the topic itself. In fact I even think that pretty much everything he said in that video was right. However there was one thing lacking here... and that was the other side of the coin. To be fair: back then there was no content to judge the work that would come out of "Tropes vs. women", but to this day he never spent one second to look at it critically, rather than using it in a defensive way even in his more recent videos. And that was just one of the things that kinda left a bad taste in my mouth. Especially since he was so eager to claim he wouldn't let things just go because they're one week old during the Aliens: Colonia Marines desaster.
Somehow the whole style changed. Instead of calling out companies or people who cry "Boycott!" and then play the game, he claimed that "There is something wrong with you" if you actually feel some kind of erotic feelings for the aesthetics of what Team Ninja produces. It can't possibly be that there is someone simply annoyed with certain topics (let's say... uhhhm... sexism, why not?) and doesn't want to hear about that one already beaten dead horse no more. No. Impossible. Clearly those people HAVE TO BE on the bad side of this whole thing, clearly they're aggressors and inhuman bastards. And it also can't be that people who do stuff like the "Sexism in Skyrim"-article he himself mentioned have somewhat flimsy arguments and get told off on that basis. No. And then there was the Phil Fish incident where he didn't even take into consideration for one fucking second that was pretty much an asshole all along. So much so that other indies dared to claim there would be no indie dev scene as it exists now, if everybody was a social cripple like Fish is. But naw, everybody else was an asshole, Fish just a poor victim.
It even went so far that I saw the need to call him out myself because he basically said that anyone who voted in a poll for a The Last Of Us cover where Ellie was edited out was a sexist.
Overall the tone changed. The atmosphere was a different one. It became oh so defensive, while still trying to call people and companies out. And you can't be defensive, so you might possibly no one offend anyone ever with anything you say, while doing so. The final straw was when he recently shot against the Early Access games on Steam. Games that are clearly marked as being incomplete. Games that when they're bought in this state, by consumers out of their free choice, are not done and buggy. Let that roll off your tongue: it's troubling that I, an adult, choose out of my own free will to support a dev by buying a game, that I know is incomplete and that I know it might take years to completion before I buy it. I saw this and all I could was shake my head. What happened? Where did the critic I once loved just go to?
Don't get me wrong here: it's normal to change certain views over time (and I wouldn't want to go into the whole personal accusations part, where assholes claimed "Oh, I bet if Jim doesn't join the Feminazis he will sleep on the couch - hohoho") through your own experiences, but turning into something you would have't rightfully ripped to shreds two years prior seems a bit... odd? I mean, the interview I linked above was based on an article where Jim was torn a new asshole just for making some jokes on the side - because somebody took them totally serious, while every thinking human being could see that it was joke and just that. And then, some time later, Jim basically buckles down to that person, remorseful, like a dog with the tail between his legs. What? The? Fuck? It was actually kinda scary for me to read this. It felt like a Stockholm Syndrome in progress right before my eyes. The same Jim Sterling who basically said we shouldn't blow little things out of proportion, especially when there is a real and bigger problem at hand, now basically excused himself for the fact that someone took a jokingly statement of him 100% serious and accused him, back then, of sexism because of that (and I guess what irks me the most is the "It's not up to me to call someone else an extremist, neither is it up to me to say I'm nost [insert thing here]"... because say whatever you want about Sterling, he NEVER tried to curry favor with anyone like this before).
I could have written so much more at this point, but I'm just done. I guess I'm just sad, disappointed and maybe even a bit bitter. Jim Sterling was a harsh voice of truth for me. He wasn't always right in my opinion, but he offered multiple points of views, he offered a path in the middle and he basically risked parts of his job to shit on a company if it deserved to be shat on. Heck, I still believe that he was the one who brought me here in the first place. I can't even really put my finger on what exactly changed here so much - but then again, it won't matter, will it? Sterling is more successful than ever and the dude has right now over 50k followers on Twitter and the new demographic he tries to cater to so hard is apparently happy with him (although I have to admit - I would love to show Sterling to a certain group of tumblr users who would just hate him to shreds for being white and/or male, just to see his reaction to that). One view/follower more or less isn't worth a single shit. But maybe there is still a little glimmer of hope inside me that he will somehow see this, read it, consider it and maybe, just maybe make a few steps back into his old ways. I guess that's the reason why I worded this whole thing here in a civil way instead of falling into the blog persona style myself.
But between topics that are pulled in by the hair, accusations that have no ground and the few entries in his blogs these days where he gets it at least mostly right... I feel like sitting in front of a corpse. It's like the king was murdered by a far less competent twin who isn't evil or anything, just not nearly as good. But as I said: what does it matter? I'm pretty certain this article won't even reach Jim and even if it would, why would he care? After all I'm just a dirty little sexist with an empty monday evening now.
Salida dear readers,
my name is Jim aka "OpiumHerz" and as some of you may already guess by that nickname: I am german. With the blog series "The worst thing about censorship is ███████ " I want to simply give you a little insight in videogame censorship, which is still pretty much alive and kicking here in Germany (but I won't restrict myself to Germany exclusively). I started this blog in 2013 and consider this series to be now in Season 2. Fuck yeah! After getting frontpage-famous I'll continue to take stuff from my colleagues at Schnittberichte.com and recycle that stuff for your enjoyment.
This episode is about a simple question: what kind of system would you prefer (and why)?
Do you think it's okay to censor videogames? Would you prefer the laws to simply forbid censoring videogames? And think about the consequences for a second. Yes, this is something different than I do usually, but why not include my readers actively for once?
As for me, it's simple. First off, speaking as a german, I would remove the option of indexing or confiscating items (not only games) in general. I actually consider games a form of art and I wouldn't want the ability to practically ban art to exist. As for the ratings system I would simply adapt the PEGI system. Not only because it doesn't decline ratings (even the hardest shit would get through there with an 18+ stamp - there is no known case of the PEGI declining a rating so far) but because the symbols show the reasons for the rating and thus give a general idea what to expect in the game. It's far better than just saying "This game is rated 18+!".
Also I am absolutely for the option to be able to release anything. Many people that are pro censorship cry about how then the racists and rape simulators and stuff like that would get flushed into stores. The thing is: it would not. Americans might know the dreadful videogames the KKK and alike produce. Stuff like "Ethnic cleansing" and products like this are infamous. Of course games like this also exist in Germany too. The "KZ Manager" is one of the most infamous games around here, even though it was made in the 80s or something like that. Others like the "Nigger Test" or "Turkey Test" are in the mix too, you get the idea. But as I explained already in my entry about the Nazis: banning this stuff doesn't protect anybody for two reasons.
1. no normal store has this shit. Literally. Do you think Walmart or any other chain would put this stuff into their shelves if it were to be officially rated? No, they would not. Of course they would not. Nobody would buy it and it would ruin their reputation in an instant. So even if those games were to be legally released anywhere, you wouldn't find stuff like that in any normal store.
2. the stores that do sell this stuff don't care about the laws anyway. They are underground stores for their specific clientele and they exist everywhere. So the banning doesn't make sense in the first place, because those dealers don't care for laws in the first place.
So that's basically how I would like to have: ratings by the PEGI. No indexing. No confiscating. Everything can get through official ratings with a maximum rating of 18+ in an uncensored state.
so we have this thread in the forums that started a few months back with the whole "DToid sucks now, I'm taking my ball and leave"-wave. It got a bit stale back then, so I took the liberty of collecting the things that were asked for and concentrate them in one posting. I would like to carry this stuff over here too since there is a pretty divide between forum members and members that are active here, but it's something that concerns everybody who loves DToid.
So, to the concentrated list first:
[i]01. more interactivity with the staff. It would be great if staff members could show their presence around more often. On DToid itself, not Twitter or some other external site (DToid is your community, talk to your community via the means of your community). No, we don't expect you to dwell around the forums 24/7. We don't expect you to comment on every blog. But what is expected is to show the commuity, especially the regulars, that you care. A little reply here and there and not favoring Twitter all the time would go a long way here.
02. more original content on the front page like Hansen's "Ghosts" article. Also those should be a bit more regular, not like "one every month if we find the time" (everybody does reviews, everybody does news, this is the stuff that seperates you from the grey mass). Even if it's just a stupid top ten list.
03. many people apparently feel like the articles are lacking the charme/humor/bite of yore (I can't say too much about it, although I read some old stuff and do indeed feel you've gotten a bit "softer" overall, but maybe that just comes with the age).
04. more regular C-Blog promotions (it seems like that is already happening? Although I would propose something like a set two-week rhythm, so that each article gets the same time in the limelight)
05. more regular "XXX wanted". See 04 for this.
06. put a shining red blinking GIF picture right on top that links to the forums. Seriously though, many people apparently not know that those forums exist. Making it a bit clearer, the same for the C-Blogs, might flush in more active users that then generate more content and... you see where this is going. Yes, the forum and community are linked in the top bar - but they're buried between everything else. It's drowned out very easily.
07. the "state of the union"-ish blogs from official staff like Hamza are appreciated. More would be appreciated too. That said, be open with us. Don't make lip services, but rather tell us if something's not gonna work out or is about to go to shit. We're adults, we are not Tom Cruise and thus can take the truth. And maybe even find a solution, if we know what's the problem. Many hands make work easy sometimes.
08. apparently the streams aren't really gold. I can't say too much about that, as I never see them (timezones, bitches!). Didn't want to not mention that though.[/i]
Now one thing there is missing. YOU.
Thing is, this has to be a community effort too. So be a community. Write some blogs. Write comments. Take part in discussions. Post in the forums. Host FNF games. Do SOMETHING for fuck's sake. A good community is half administration, half user base. If one of the two things isn't active enough it starts to crumble. And really, we're all here because we love games, right? We like to read about, like the play them, like to talk about them. So do that.
You know guys, I said it before, but I like it here. I would like to see the site blossom and grow, because there are some pretty cool dudes around here. You won't get along with everybody, but if you just step out of your laziness-comfort-zone for one fucking minute and start something, or chime in if you see somebody trying something, shit will get done with easy and quick. But this is a requirement you, as the community, have to fulfill. Get off of your asses and actually DO something. Don't just talk about, but do it (god be my witness, I'll futily try to get people for a regular game-and-shittalk-via-skype session together till I drop dead).
Maybe "old DToid" might never come back, that doesn't mean "new DToid" has to suck.
Are you crazy?
Are you retarded?!
DO YOU NAIL YOUR BALLS TO A WALL AT NIGHT?!
You remember this blog here? Remember it?! There's still games! SO MANY GAMES! I don't know if those games are still there or not, because in one case the homepage I bought the game off of was a total asshole and I couldn't find a code anymore - so everything without guarantee. But here are some games I still give away! FOR FREE IF YOU WANT! If you want to give me something, give me something. A good song. A link. A funny picture. Money. Friendship. Sex. Drugs. Adresses of people selling drugs near me. WHATEVER! I TAKE IT!
You can get one game every 24 hours! So if you want multiple ones, come back here. No more "one game per customer" bullshiteranza.
Games on STEAM:
Anomaly Warzone Earth Mobile Campaign
Shadows: Price for our sins (Bonus Edition)
Swords of the stars: the pit (Gold Edition)
Tales of Maj'Eyal
Viscera Cleanup Detail: Santa's Rampage
Games on Desura:
Millenium - A new hope
Games on Origin:
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising
The Lord Of The Rings Online: Steely Dawn Starter Pack
It's about one year now that I started coming here on a regular basis. At first I was just a lurker. I only read content. Didn't comment, didn't blog, didn't have forum account.
I started blogging in April of 2013. Time for a little look back. My first blog was also the first episode of my ongoing series "The worst thing about censorship is ███████", describing the german ratings system for videogames. I went a bit in depth there before I started focusing on the games. I wanted to describe how censorship is still pretty rampant here in Germany, even though not nearly as bad anymore as it used to be. Still I'm not nearly out of examples, even after 25 episodes.
Funfact: the black blocks in my blog title are 7 blocks... 7 blocks that stand for f-u-c-k-i-n-g. Yes. I'm immature.
Since then quite somethings happened. I started to have really fun with my series and while I wrote some pieces out of the series here and there (have you read "The Raid On Castle DToid" yet?) my main focus was on that series. I feel I've gotten a core audience and even got the honor of being topsauces by the recappers sometimes, which surely helped a bit getting a few readers in. Some of them even comment and I'll try to answer there as good as I can, it's really neat. I would lie if I'd say that I don't like getting comments. And my shit even got frontpaged thanks to Andy Dixon. Which is actually a pretty big deal to me. I mean, this site is people's bread and butter and they consider the shit I write good enough to put it out there. I'm actually pretty humbled by this.
Funfact: the first recapper to topsauce one of my blogs was smurfee mcgee.
Now I kinda feel at home here. I blogged for years on a german anime/manga community called Animexx. I was a mod there and my blog was very Spider Jerusalem-like, I even titled it "I hate it here". I basically shat on idiots in public and really the only special thing was that I went the whole gonzo-route and that I was a mod. People were literally shocked when I asked someone if they're that moronic because their parents were related by blood. I also knew that shit wouldn't fly with most other communities, but then again I have to admit I was very efficient in what I did and in my active days my forums were pretty clean spaces.
But now I'm here and I feel pretty at home here. Anime/manga is simply not much of a topic anymore in my life at the moment and videogames take up the most of my time. I game a whole lot of more than a few years ago and while I want to tone it down a bit to make space for other hobbies, it still is the biggest factor in my free time.
Funfact: at first I pitched the series to The Escapist and wanted to publish it there on a paid basis. The editor-in-chief denied me, stating that she didn't see the potential for an ongoing series (recently I came to the conclusion I would have actually felt really bad for "selling" this idea, since it builds on the work of other people). Seeing how many episodes I already got out I'd say the joke is on them here. Also they seem to be in pretty bad favor for some reason.
Soon I shall start with what I dub "Season 2" of my censorship series. And I'm sure I'll also do some independent pieces inbetween. Don't fret, there is still a good bunch of material to write about. I like it here. I think I'll stay here. The folks here are pretty cool. The recappers, Else, Everyday Legend, Glowbear, Lion what's-his-name, Mr. Andy Dixon, Nihil, PhilKenSebben, usedtabe and all the other guys have the heart in the right place. Even though used seemed to be a total douchebag at first. Like... serious douchebag. Naw, he is allright. Don't even know why we pissed on each other at first.
But yeah, I like it here. So far, I feel at home, even though the site has changed a good bit, even in this short time I'm here. But oh well, there is still the basement to be a primitive piece of shit.
So let's raise our glasses to another good year. May it better than ever.
... you dicks.
Funfact: I wanted to write this blog for years now, but the technology was not ready to realize my vision properly.
Guys, I realized something. I have a lots of games leftover from different bundles. Humble Bundle, Indiegala, you name it. Games I'll never play because I don't want them. So you know what?
The rules on this one are really simple.
- you decide what you give me in exchange for a game. Link me a funny video. A nice song. A great wallpaper (I'll take any decent forest wallpapers in 1920 resolution any day). Steam trading cards. It's totally up to you. You decide how much effort the game you want is worth to you.
- one game per user.
- first come, first serve. Games that are red are gone.
The available games are the following (note: most games will come in form of a gift link, some will come in form of a redeemable key - no, I will not mark what will come as what).
Games on STEAM:
Anomaly Warzone Earth Mobile Campaign
Ballpoint Universe Binding Of Isaac (incl. Wrath Of The Lamb DLC) Cities in Motion 2 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising
Dungeons of Dredmor (complete)
Hack, Slash, Loot Hoard
Orcs must die! (GOTY) Ravensword: Shadowlands
REUS Shadows: Price for our sins (Bonus Edition)
Solar 2 Swords of the stars: the pit (Gold Edition)
Tales of Maj'Eyal
Teleglitch: Die More Edition + Teleglitch: Guns and Tunes
Toki Tori 2+ Two Brothers Velvet Assasin Viscera Cleanup Detail: Santa's Rampage
Games on Desura:
Millenium - A new hope
Games on Origin:
Burnout Paradise - The ultimate box
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising
Crysis 2 (Maximum Edition) Dead Space
Medal of Honor (Reboot) Mirror's Edge
The Lord Of The Rings Online: Steely Dawn Starter Pack
Hurry up, as I could get thrown into jail for those pictures.
I'm not even kidding.