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GamingThread Hogwarts Legacy Delayed to 2022
Red Text While we will be hosting a barebones OT after the game releases so that people may discuss the game and it's issues, we have decided not to host any threads meant to promote or advertise the game due to Rowling's transphobia. As a result we are locking this thread.
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GamingThread GOTY 2021 Voting Thread | Hecht’s Eternal Shame
Red Text All right, apologies for all that. I fucked up when creating the DB (did all of the steps except for one. I blame the hectic holidays, but...yeah. My apologies). So far the votes were being correctly counted for things like genre and publisher, but the platforms weren't being broken out. And as you all know we are extremely concerned with knowing how many of you are playing these games on Stadia.
Here's a link to the previous thread so you can copy your write-ups if you like. JUST THE WRITE-UPS - you'll need to use the vote tool in this thread to actually vote. People who have voted already: - (You actually need to redo yours so that your write up is separate from the vote - did you put your original post in the vote tool instead of just the text of your post?) - you didn't actually vote, you only posted a write up I am off to get spanked by as punishment.
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GamingThread 2021 “Game That Everyone Roasted But I Thought was Pretty Good” of the Year
Red Text Given that we allowed an OT for the game and discussion of it, it's perfectly fine for people to say that Cyberpunk 2077 is their game that fits this topic.
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EtcetEraThread Former Chinese tennis world Champion claimed that she was sexually abused by former vice premier of China.The victim was silenced within one hour
Red Text Hey, stay on topic. This ain't about y'alls and whatever drama you want to push.
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GamingThread Sumo Nottingham and Red Kite Games are assisting in the development of Hogwarts Legacy
Red Text With the blatant transphobia from JK Rowling, we are not hosting news or hype threads related to Hogwarts. This thread is now locked.
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EtcetEraThread Black Man convicted of raping "The Lovely Bones" author Alice Sebold is exonerated 39 years later (See Staff Post)
Red Text - The history of race and sexual assault in the United States has an unseparable, ugly history; namely, that there is an observable pattern of white women deliberately lying about Black men raping them, and Black men suffering whatever consequences were to be doled out with no recompense.
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EtcetEraThread Footage sheds new light on Uyghur detention camps in Xinjiang, China
Red Text Hey, knock off the goddamned derail. This thread has literally nothing to do with the US government, stop trying to distract from the actual topic. Next person to do it gets a ban.
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GamingThread 20th anniversary Xbox controller has a message from Phil Spencer on the inside of the battery cap
Red Text OK, we're not going to keep doing this. I think I can speak for everyone when I say I am tired of platform warriors going into silly threads and acting like fools.
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EtcetEraThread Foundation (Apple TV+) - Jared Harris Goes to Space... Again [SEE STAFF POST]
Red Text Been trying to get everyone on board with the fact that Salvor's actor is nonbinary, but at this point, I'm rolling with a brief staff post. I get that they're playing a woman and all but it's good to be correct about this stuff!
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EtcetEraThread Conservative MP Sir David Amess stabbed multiple times in incident at constituency surgery. [Up: Died] [SEE THREADMARKED STAFF POST]
Red Text Excusing the assassination of an elected member of parliament just because they're a Tory is something we're not going to do. You can hate the Tories -- and from my perspective, you can hate them with very good reason -- but what we are not going to do in this thread is say or suggest that an MP deserved to get assassinated, especially while doing something relatively benign like meeting with constituents. I shouldn't have to explain to people why excusing the assassinations of politicians is a bad idea, but apparently I do? "He deserved it." No, he deserved to get voted out of office or be resigned to a small minority in Parliament and spend the rest of his life unhappy that life was made better for working-class people. He didn't deserve to get knifed to death. Period.
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GamingThread Switch 2/Switch 4k: Insider NateDrake shares info on expected release window, BC concerns, and talks about third party exclusives
Red Text The discussion with Nate about backwards compatibility begins at around 20:30 of the podcast. Nate does not say that he has heard from developers that Nintendo isn't pursuing backwards compatibility, merely that dataminers have brought up the legitimate challenges that native BC faces due to hardware differences for the 4K/Succ. MVG then provides options for what Nintendo might pursue to rectify this such as patches. The OP has been updated to clarify this.
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EtcetEraThread Demi Lavato - Referring to extra terrestrials as 'alien' is offensive...to the alien...
Red Text Here is a reminder that Demi has come out as nonbinary and stated their gender pronoun is "they/them". Misgendering may be subject to moderation going forward.
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GamingThread [Kotaku] The Pokemon Company clarifies the structure of Pokemon Legends: Arceus (Not Open World, more like Monster Hunter)
Red Text Hey, knock off the derails. This is about the Pokemon game.
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GamingThread IGN Middle East: No, Jim Ryan - Gaming In The Middle East Existed Long Before PlayStation
Red Text This thread is now re-opened to discussion, but we're going to lay down some ground rules here. Whether Jim Ryan's comment was what he meant or not is not the discussion. It's what he said, and what he said was insulting to people in the Middle East. Dismissing that or handwaving it will be met with strict moderation. If your sole purpose in this thread is to defend the corporate PR executive of your favorite gaming company, you'd be much better off just not posting.
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EtcetEraThread NFT Collectors of ERA, show off what you have here.
Red Text Thread rebooted. The original version of this thread got off to an awful start: NFTs are not a banned topic and neither is crypto. Hostility towards the OP for making this thread is unacceptable. If you don't want to engage the topic, you don't have to post. Drive-by trolling is not okay. Towards the end there was starting to be some actual discussion but the first couple pages had almost none. Let's have the discussion from the start this time please.
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GamingThread [Bloomberg]: At least 11 studios are in possession of Nintendo's 4K Development Kit for the Switch. (Update: Nintendo says not true)
Red Text Members have been getting heated about the source, and there are a few points that people seem to be talking past each other about:
Actually didn't know that Dubs was posting, but his message is good too!
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EtcetEraThread Redditors Give ‘The Herman Cain Award’ to Anti-Vaxxers Who Die of COVID
Red Text Now that Reddit has cracked down on the subreddit this thread was about, the thread seems to have run its course. There isn't much left to discuss here. The morbid negativity has also been contentious among members and therefore we're unlikely to revisit this even if the subreddit resurfaces.
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GamingThread *Spoilers* Nintendo Direct contents partially leaked by Nintendo Japan's website *Spoilers*
Red Text This thread was created to discuss the contents of a partial Nintendo Direct leak - not to argue about what constitutes a spoiler. Please remain on topic.
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GamingThread Diablo 2 Resurrected |OT| Sins of the Fathers
Red Text This thread is related to Activision Blizzard, a company that has been accused by the state of California of systemic discrimination against women and a "pervasive" culture of sexual harassment, among other very disturbing accusations. The details of this ongoing lawsuit are extreme and may be triggering, but you can read more about the allegations in
Jeuxvideo.com - 85 Destroctoid - 85 Game Informer - 88 Millenium - 75 Dexetro - 70
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GamingThread Media Create Sales: Week 36, 2021 (Sep 06 - Sep 12) [Read STAFF POST]
Red Text This is the first time we're seeing any of this. The mod in question isn't online right now but we've removed him from duty while we look into it. Due to time zones it's going to take a while to figure out what's going on.
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GamingThread Media Create Sales: Week 36, 2021 (Sep 06 - Sep 12) [Read STAFF POST]
Red Text Guys, this thread has to stay on topic. With regard to Bruno MB, if he wants to appeal his ban he's welcome to do that and the staff will revisit that case. In the meantime, derails are not going to make anything better. Please stick to the topic of sales.
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GamingThread Media Create Sales: Week 36, 2021 (Sep 06 - Sep 12) [Read STAFF POST]
Red Text Lately, there has been an uptick of reported posts and disciplinary action related to the weekly Media Create threads. Many posters have complained of no longer having a voice in these threads because certain posters, including thread regulars, have replied in a hostile or condescending manner. This needs to stop. Please keep the following advice in mind when participating in these threads, regardless of how long you've been part of this community. Failure to do so could result in action being taken.
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GamingThread "I left Insomniac Games because of how they treat women" Ex-Employee speaks out
Red Text When threads like these about serious allegations against publishers and developers are constantly getting derailed by arguments over whether threads about games should be banned here or not, to the point where the topic in the OP itself is virtually ignored, then there's a problem.
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GamingThread "I left Insomniac Games because of how they treat women" Ex-Employee speaks out
Red Text Let me add this: harassing or making insinuations toward female posters, who do nothing other than show excitement about games from these sorts of studios, about not caring about sexism and sexual assault is so far beyond acceptable that I cannot even begin to quantify it.
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GamingThread Project Eve first trailer (PS5/PC)
Red Text This thread is now re-opened to further discussion. We've noticed many posts making light of the blatant sexist design decisions in the game. This kind of talk is insulting to our women posters and fosters an unwelcoming environment all around. Any further posts dismissing the sexism in the game will be met with strict moderation.
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GamingThread Surprised by unexpected racist stereotypes and depictions in Psychonauts 2 (late game level spoilers)
Red Text "As a reminder, if you're Asian and disagree with the thread premise, then you can do so without being dismissive of those who do find the depictions to be problematic. If you're not Asian, then it's best to listen to and consider what Asian members have said before posting. Carry on."
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GamingThread "I left Insomniac Games because of how they treat women" Ex-Employee speaks out
Red Text This thread is about the allegations that have been made, the victims and their experiences. This is not a thread for arguing about what a single poster's job title and responsibilities are. The discussion has derailed to the point where it is distracting from the very serious subject of the allegations and work culture at Insomniac. Please get back on topic and avoid further derails. Further derailment will be moderated.
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EtcetEraThread Racist Karen hits a woman at a store, then starts acting like a victim by weaponizing racism by fake crying & throwing a tantrum. (See Staff Post)
Red Text There is nothing noble or helpful about hijacking a conversation regarding racist acts of violence by attributing the perpetrator's actions to mental illness. No one on Earth, not even psychiatric professionals, is capable of diagnosing a mental disorder from a single outburst caught on film. The constant attempts to do so do nothing but stigmatize the mentally ill, and ultimately, all this serves to do is to move sympathy away from the victim of racism to the perpetrator of it and is, in itself, a form a white supremacy. The simplest answer for Elphick's behavior, and other Karens who rage about minor inconveniences and direct their rage towards minorities and their allies, is that she as a white woman has been conditioned by society to behave in this way in order to achieve her goals. Supremacist socialization is not a mental health disorder. We will be going through all reports and posts; anyone who has already or continues to push this narrative without evidence of Elphick's medical history will be banned.
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GamingThread Psychonauts 2 will feature an invincibility toggle to enable "all ages, all possible needs" to enjoy the game
Red Text This thread is meant to celebrate Psychonauts 2 adding an accessibility feature. But it is now hopelessly derailed to be about other, unrelated games that have nothing to do with Psychonauts.
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EtcetEraThread Caitlyn Jenner chased out of CPAC with dead-naming and transphobic slurs
Red Text Transphobia is unacceptable in any and all instances. Caitlyn Jenner is also a bigot herself and CPAC's bigotry is not particularly surprising either. Having said that no trans person, bigot or otherwise, deserves to have bigotry hurled at them. Given that there is nothing further here to discuss this thread has been closed to further replies.
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GamingThread Future Nintendo Hardware & Technology Speculation and Discussion |OT|: "Now You're Playing with Super Power!"
Red Text We understand this announcement goes against some of the insider leaks. Being disappointed and upset with some of the those leaks and insider sources in general is fine, but direct call-outs / hostility towards any specific insiders will be met with moderation.
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GamingThread Nintendo Switch (OLED model) - Announcement Trailer - Releasing on October 8 (UPDATE: Nintendo confirms no spec upgrade)
Red Text Because it's become a distraction, we want to address the earlier staff post about insiders; the concern was that certain callouts were feeding a frenzy beyond the site and could lead to harassment. There weren't a lot of staff available when it was made, and the wording of the post was too broad. Nobody was banned following the post and the intention wasn't to say that "insiders" should be beyond criticism, so this was a mistake in communication. This was done with good intentions but was not handled by staff who usually deal with "insider posting" and wasn't consistent with our usual approach.