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EtcetEraThread The world is not like Era...
Reason User Banned (Permanent): Dismissive and insensitive commentary in relation to racism. Previously banned for tone policing and dismissing concerns.
It's hilarious to me that so many people hate voice chat in online games. According to ERA, everyone online is a racist, homophobic, sexist bigot. Yeah, there ARE assholes online, but the vast majority of people are well adjusted folks. Hearing some dumb 13 year old white kid say "nigger" doesn't offend me. Id rather not hear it, but I'm not gonna lose sleep over it. I'll just mute his dumbass and keep on moving. Far more bigger things to be angry about honestly. I don't make excuses for shitty people. I just expect it. Not to sound mean, but some folks need a thicker skin. We shouldn't tolerate hatred. We also need to do our part to shape the world into what we want it to be. We can't be idle and complacent, just hoping it happens. But it sure as hell won't happen over night either.
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GamingThread Wargroove (Chucklefish) is receiving criticism for casting white actors for its POC characters(Dev respond, see threadmark)
Reason User Banned (Duration Pending): Tone policing and dismissing concerns of representation in a sensitive thread, concern trolling, a similar history of dismissiveness
I don't think anyone in the right mind is saying diversity or having more people of color performing as voice actors, is a bad thing. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe this was done intentionally by the developers. We also don't know if the voices were recorded before characters were finalized. Now, before I continue, there is something I've wanted to address on ERA for a very long time. I know a lot of you may take this the wrong way, but I will say it anyway because I'm tired of keeping my mouth shut and being afraid of getting reprimanded by the staff. Everyone here should be able to speak their mind, as long as they are making an honest attempt to discuss in good faith. Now, what is "good faith" exactly? To me, it's presenting an idea with the intention to genuinely inform your audience. The illustration of that idea's foundations, core principles and it's relation within the context of the discussion. But the key factor of being within "good faith" is knowing wholeheartedly that the individual isn't coming from a place of malice or ill will. There's no noticeable sense of hostility or indignation. They merely just want to get their point across. There's simply no other agenda or motivation beyond trying to generate more understanding of their point of view. Anyway, with all of that aside, we can demand more inclusion without immediately demonizing or putting unnecessary blame on those we are trying to address and educate. That doesn't mean one has to grovel or uphold a subservient disposition. I will note that those advocating social justice and reform are often told to be more polite, or worse, not question the status quo in the first place. All I'm saying is that there is an effective method to address your point objectively, without being distracted or diluting your own message with misguided emotions or tone. Also, one thing you want to avoid is having people of color eventually being type casted and pigeon holed into singular roles. For instance, I'd hate to see black actors only being considered and offered roles solely for black characters and nothing else. Or Asian actors exclusively only being considered for Asian characters and nothing beyond that. Ideally, anyone should be free to provide voice talent for any character, assuming they have the talent, and the process in which each person is assessed is fair.
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Gaming HangoutsThread Destiny 2: Warmind |OT| Mars Attacks!
Reason User Warned: Derogatory Language
Curated loadouts = mind numbingly retarded We waited this long just for that. I mean...I'll still do it and still beat it. But gee....sounds fun. Thanks...
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Gaming HangoutsThread Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris |OT| Guaranteed Lighthouse Run, $19.99
Reason User was warned for: advocating threats against game developers
Devs don't wanna be threatened or treated like shit. But consumers don't wanna be jerked around and nickle and dimed either. Respect is a two way street. Don't treat folks like a sucker or a meal ticket and make good on your promises if you don't want people being angry. This is the real world. People want reasonable outcomes for things they pay for. At this point, especially after three years, it's time to cut the bureaucratic, corporate bullshit. Be honest, be straight forward and work together to make the game as good as it should be.
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Gaming HangoutsThread Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris |OT| Guaranteed Lighthouse Run, $19.99
Reason The user was warned for this post. The "lazy devs" rhetoric is incredibly toxic and dismissive, and therefore is frowned upon here.
Let's just be honest with ourselves. All bullshit, formality and misguided respect aside. Bungie is lazy. Period. With as many talented people they have, and the sheer number of staff they have on hand, plus all the external help they receive, with as much money they've pulled in from game sales, DLC and microtransactions, along with promises of an improved toolkit and development process and with all of the feedback and outcry from over the years, there's just zero, absolutely ZERO excuse for there to be even more re-skins, missions taking place in existing areas (like in Destiny 1) and just the overall shallowness of everything. The art is nice. The environments look cool, but that's about it. It's funny because I didn't expect much and had very low expectations, yet I still end up unsatisfied. I guess I was hoping that maybe they'll exhibit a spark of inspiration and a sense of nuance and depth. Nope. Instead, they do the bare minimum, knowing people like me will buy it. What a shame. So much potential, yet they seemingly just don't give a shit.