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Comment Re:History repeats. (Score 1) 82

However, it was about a bunch of actors thrown into a situation their characters on a long-canceled TV show should be in, who eventually figured out how to use their own abilities to win.

Well, you could do it as a fly-on-the-wall backstage mockumentary (a la 30 Rock/The Office/Parks & Rec/Muppets:TNG), set during the run of the original show.

You're welcome. I'll just make my exit now.

Comment Re:Lovely summary. (Score 1) 1034

Atlas shrugged never had studio funding.

Yes it did.

As for Superheroines consider the concept that making them feminist metaphors ruins them.

Not saying you're wrong, but I'm struggling to think of an example. That isn't what ruined Red Sonja, or Supergirl, or Catwoman, or Aeon Flux.

Comment Re:Lovely summary. (Score 1) 1034

It's the people who wanted to make Atlas Shrugged but couldn't get studio funding.

Atlas Shrugged had studio funding when Angelina Jolie was attached. When that fell through, the deal fell through. That's the free market for you.

(Actually, it could have been made 40 years ago, but Ayn Rand was a control freak.)

It's when Starship Troopers gets turned into pissing on Heinlein's memory.

Not denying that, but on the other hand, Alan Moore has had similar luck. Also, we're yet to see a half-decent superheroine movie ever. Hollywood is an equal opportunity desecrator.

Comment Re:Lovely summary. (Score 1) 1034

I'ts pretty hard to see the damage unless you know how things were before.

I remember gaming before Gamergate. It was so much better.

Or maybe I just pick my friends carefully, and it was a rude shock to discover that there are nutjob gamers too.

oh seeing as you brought movies into this

Oh, FFS. Let's get this straight:

1. Clint Eastwood has won five academy awards.
2. The movie was nominated even though nobody gamed the nomination process to try to prove a lame point. No evidence of Academy snub.
3. Neither Selma nor The Imitation Game won, so no evidence of SJW conspiracy. The artsiest move won, which is what sometimes happens. (On a related note, do remember that The Hurt Locker beat Avatar, and nobody was stupid enough to call that a "snub".)
4. The movie made a bucketload of cash, and Eastwood will get to make more movies.

But, you know, clickbait hyperbole is journalism these days. Manufactured drama words like "snub" are the order of the day.

Comment Re:Lovely summary. (Score 1) 1034

You're in for a rude awakening.

That's what conspiracy theorists have been telling me for decades. Not a single one of them have been right so far. I don't see why I should start believing things that are contrary to evidence just because they've started crapping in my areas of interest.

Every line in your post is wrong and if you are posting honestly when you get out of highschool or college reality is going to hit you like a truck.

You probably didn't notice that I have a five-digit uid.

Comment Re:Lovely summary. (Score 1) 1034

Do you really think game developers need Zampolits ?

Here in the real world (as opposed to the GG fantasy world), that is not going to happen. The reason why I know that it's not going to happen is that it hasn't happened in any other artform. Michael Bay and E.L. James are rich, and you and I are not.

The price to pay for being recognised as "art" or "culture" is that you are no longer exempt from cultural criticism. People complain about Fifty Shades of Grey, but nobody has shut it down and nobody can shut it down. It doesn't matter how shitty your taste is,

GG is basically the same as those US religious right fundamentalists with the persecution complex. You know, how public health or same-sex marriage is "persecution", or an "assault"? It doesn't matter how much Franklin Graham blusters about that, the fact is that nobody in power has shut down the Westboro Baptist Church, and they are much more extreme than he is.

To complete the analogy, in the USA, if you are a self-identified Christian, the person who is most likely to persecute you is another American who also identifies themselves as a "Christian". The big threat to gamers and games is not some hypothetical SJW conspiracy, it is GamerGate and the cynical opportunists like Beale who are using it for their own personal power trips. They are the only ones who have the proven ability and willingness to turn fandom against itself.

Comment Re:Lovely summary. (Score 1) 1034

I mean it's not like officers of large publishers didn't have a vitriolic reaction to Beale taking away their toy.

I note that Gallo's employer had to react due to fear of retaliation by the puppies. I'm not sure what this link was trying to prove.

Point taken on Patrick Neilsen Hayden; I hadn't seen that story before. It's fair to say that he did not "create" Vox Day; that's the sort of conclusion that someone who didn't pay attention to GamerGate could come to.

Ultimately, everything that Beale touches turns to shit, and that's the way he likes it. His MO is the same as petty tyrants everywhere: convince the disaffected that the enemy is just over there, then divide and conquer. No truer words were spoken than Les Murray in his famous haiku: "Brutal policy, / like inferior art, knows / whose fault it all is."

Not content with declaring war on gamers, he's decided to declare war on SFF now. Vitriolic reactions are not okay, not only because it's unbecoming, but because that's precisely what Beale is trying to engineer.

Comment Re:Lovely summary. (Score 1) 1034

Kary English's sentiment was pretty much identical:

The Hugos should represent all voices, so if Sad Puppies is about drawing attention to works that might otherwise be overlooked, I can support that and I’m happy to stand for it. But if it’s about shutting out other voices and other work, if it’s about politics or pissing off certain segments of fandom, that’s not something I can get behind.

The whole point of fandom is that our love for the genre unites us. It’s about having a place where genre is paramount, where literature comes first. So if that’s who you are, and that’s what you want, then I’m with you. That’s why I invited everyone to talk about books here on my blog.

But if you’re in this with some other agenda, take it elsewhere. I don’t want to be part of it.

No fear of being a target, just no desire to be a pawn in someone's political game.

Comment Re:Lovely summary. (Score 1) 1034

What Annie Bellet actually said: "I love the Hugo Awards. To be nominated was awesome. But I’m a writer. That’s what I want my public face to be. I don’t want people to think of me as some political figure, or some ball in the political game."

It's clear that hypothetical retaliation was not in her thinking.

Comment Re: Lovely summary. (Score 1) 1034

The only block that existed was the NA block, because there's no way to argue that was not political.

Nobody is denying that a vote against nomination stacking isn't political, merely that it's not evidence of a "SJW voting bloc".

Of course it's political. The puppies set out to ensure that no matter what happened in this year's Hugos, it would be political. Job done.

Comment Re: Lovely summary. (Score 1) 1034

Rather than a debate of the reasons and merits for the decision to not award the Hugos, there is pages of personal attack on the nature of argument fallacy. Why?

Because some moron decided that Breitbart was the best source of information about this issues, and most likely no editor was following the story closely enough to understand the issue and pick a submission with more even-handed sources.

Oh, wait. That is a good reason to leave Slashdot. Enjoy!

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