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Thread The Washington Post - The most influential games of the decade
Hi everyone, not sure if this has been mentioned, but we didn't choose the list based on release year. So the 2018/19 omissions weren't intentional, but as some folks have pointed out there hasn't been a long enough runway to tell what influence recent titles have had.
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Thread Richard Tyler Blevins (Ninja) believes bans for games shouldn't happen to content creators (Update: He regrets saying that)
Not sure about the facts of making a second alt so I won't comment on that. If you're right that probably alters my thinking somewhat. I think my final point on the matter is that yes he's still a streamer (though that sidesteps the fact that he was a competitive Fortnite player too) but the punishment is a bit more severe because he cannot play Fortnite again, whereas a casual player could create a new account with relative ease. So the punishments aren't really the same, and if we care primarily about an effective punishment for cheating, this doesn't really seem like one. Again, I think this comes down to perspective. Appreciate you chatting it through with me, though!
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Thread Richard Tyler Blevins (Ninja) believes bans for games shouldn't happen to content creators (Update: He regrets saying that)
This reminds me of college seminars where we'd study court cases, and the professor would throw out hypothetical cases in an attempt to drawing on our understanding of prior cases. The lesson I got from that (and granted, I was an undergrad, not a law student) is that in a lot of these cases, even given past settled literature and examples, people could reach radically different conclusions. There are some details missing in this for me. My instinct, however, is that if you decided to do a second video after being banned once, I'd have a bit less sympathy for you. But if you framed the videos as a journalistic or explanatory exercise, in that case the story might be a bit different. Hard to say. I'll add this: I genuinely dislike cheaters. I remember being exceedingly frustrated by them when I was a more avid PC gamer. But I don't view one game's worth of frustration as worthy of the disruption of someone's livelihood. If I got aimbotted by someone and then I was given the choice of whether that person should lose their job, I would say no.
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Thread Richard Tyler Blevins (Ninja) believes bans for games shouldn't happen to content creators (Update: He regrets saying that)
I don't really view the two issues as equivalent. Someone raised the point earlier about making your livelihood on a platform that can yank that away at any point, and I suppose the reason I'm sympathetic to Jarvis is that I view this story more in that light than in any other.
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Thread Richard Tyler Blevins (Ninja) believes bans for games shouldn't happen to content creators (Update: He regrets saying that)
I think what you've written is perfectly fair, and ultimately whether you have more or less sympathy for him comes down to differences in perspective. Appreciate the thoughtful response.
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Thread Richard Tyler Blevins (Ninja) believes bans for games shouldn't happen to content creators (Update: He regrets saying that)
That's true to some extent though I'm not comfortable making so broad an analogy. There are parallels there. On the most literal, factual basis, Jarvis's ban is fair. He violated the ToS. What's surprising to me is the number of people pointing to the Epic ToS as an inviolable thing we should all respect and hold up as law. Cheating in a game does not map cleanly as a parallel to breaking a workplace rule and getting fired to me.
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Thread Richard Tyler Blevins (Ninja) believes bans for games shouldn't happen to content creators (Update: He regrets saying that)
Gonna go out on a limb and say he's right. His point isn't true across the board, but the "streamers are entitled to better treatment" read on his comments seems to intentionally or callously ignore the consequences of Epic's decision. It is certainly true that "a job is not a right." Of course that's true. But I think in most cases if someone lost their job over something and then apologized and there was some gray area around their intent/impact, we'd view the story through a less punitive lens. If he had streamed using the aimbot, was subsequently banned for a few months, returned and did it all over again, it'd be an open-shut case. I feel less confident about that given the current circumstances. As it stands, this is a harsher punishment for a public figure because playing publicly is his job, and creating another alt to stream would get him banned again. Not so for a random player. Also, frankly, I suspect that if Jarvis wasn't a FaZe guy, or a popular streamer, his plea would receive a bit more support. I don't know that the split would be so pro-ToS if it were someone else.