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Weekend With Ruthless: Happy Birthday REIGN!

Bloody Justice

Now some may say “My that’s a specific topic for a weekend with ruthless post.” Don’t worry it was just to make sure everywhere you share this post is a Happy Birthday to our wonderful writer Reign. Y’all know what she’s meant to WDDIJ. I don’t even need to explain again. But… Reign Appreciation! 

Now back to your regularly scheduled Weekend Ramble

Why are geeks and Nerds so damned annoying these days?

You might remember that previously I’ve run pieces on the complex relationship between myself and the geek and nerd community. This comes to mind.  Also this comes to mind. Most certainly you remember this piece and of course this one. You could come to the conclusion if that was all your read of me, that I somehow hate the culture I once considered myself truly a part of. But few things are farther from the truth. The reality is I distance myself often to get perspective. To be objective. And above all to get free of the stupid echo chamber that develops no matter what side you take in the random intra sub culture conflicts that today pop up with names like GamerGate.

You might notice our newest writer The 9 to 5 Gamer himself Bami O is the one exclusively covering that matter. For good reason. I’m not a gamer geek. I’m not even an ex Nintendo Nerd (#TeamSega). So as usual I leave those matters to those who have the right mind for them. Also stay tuned for big news regarding Mr. 9to5 and the WDDIJ network. BIG NEWS. Anyway. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks watching commenting, and in some cases engaging in the conversations that pop up in some geek and nerd centric communities. Both on Facebook and in Forums. I haven’t popped into the realm of reddit because I hear enough horror stories.

One thing that I do notice is a lot more conflict on things that don’t ultimately make the community stronger. What do I mean? Well there is always going to be some pushing and shoving between people who bring up gender equality, racial equality and sexual orientation as it relates to games, and the people who don’t want to deal with it. But I have noticed a lot lately that people are bringing up these issues, not to head towards solutions, but to browbeat anyone who disagrees. What do I mean? When you call out developers for not having enough black women in games in a facebook group with only the most scant of possibilities for a game maker to be on them, you really are just trying to see who will disagree with you.

And this style of interaction is everywhere. It isn’t just in the geeks and nerds online. It is often in the classrooms, and bars, and social gatherings of completely non-geek affiliated people. So if geeks are smarter, why do they do this stupid thing? I don’t really have an answer for it. I genuinely can’t grasp why they’ve gotten so unaware of themselves. And the sad part is this is not the only annoyance. Nor is it the greatest one.

For me the greatest annoyance lately is the so called “real fans” issue. Known to the philosophy majors and english majors as the No real scotsman logical fallacy, this shit is everywhere. No real fan of transformers likes Micheal Bay’s movies. No real fan of comics liked Watchmen. Real fans hate Teen Titans Go. Real fans stand up for this or that, or the third thing we forgot. It is a plague on my mental faculties. The things I expect and deal with from the non-nerd masses were supposed to be far more rare among the intellectual elite. But the same crap comes. And whether it is White Knight based simp attitudes, Neanderthal

And whether it is White Knight based simp attitudes, Neanderthal Psuedo-Macho bullshit, Sociopath Fem dominant feminism, or Stupidly cautious Conservative feminine traditionalism, it doesn’t go away. Hell Patricia Arquette, Michelle Rodriguez, Neil Patrick Harris, Terrance Howard, and fucking Bill O’Reilly aren’t even getting covered by me on this Weekend Piece because the geek reactions to them and the stupid infighting is so annoying. Annoying enough that I don’t even openly refer to myself as an ex nerd or ex geek anymore. I’ve taken the Rae Sremmurd approach of just saying “I like what I like” and tossing in a Kanye shrug. Think about how terrifying that is.

The more intelligent you are, the more you should drive the conversation to better solutions in my book. My idea? For now support things like Wolf-PAC and MAYDAY-PAC. By getting the money influence out of politics and supporting the right candidates until then, a lot of the problems in geek and nerd culture can be solved, or directly addressed. Taking the hands on approach with things you want changed. If Cosplayers can get cons to voluntarily adopted anti-harassment rules written by a non-lawyer, if LoL players can convince the devs to ban abusive players, then you should be doing what is needed to make the change you want to see, happen.

Hate the movie roles? Make some movies. Hate the gender roles in games? Make some games or support some game makers. Hate the way Law and Order, and movies like Gamer portray you in public? How about you help me build a PAC to run the attack for you? More on that later. For now though. Support your own. Help build them up. Go tell young school age girls about STEM positions. Go talk to young boys about how they handle growing up without being patronizing. Go check out OtaKast Radio Network, 9to5 Gamer, 314 Publishing, Imperial Dreams Productions, and all of our partners and friends in the links to the side. But most of all Share Words Don’t Do It Justice with everyone you know. Why? Because I mean it when I say Hot Topics, Cold Analysis. We turn our keyboards and posts at everyone. No one gets a pass just because they like us. The most objective analysis of subjective material on the internet. Lead by YOUR favorite Super Villain. Almost 2 years in and still nothing’s changed. So think about what you’re doing. And to the geeks and nerds don’t get all in your feels because I called you out today. I could have gone much longer but Words Don’t Do It Justice!

 

– THE Ruthless Wonder

Women. Part one

Hello again people of the interwebs, it has been a while. Usually I post every Monday, it’s kind of my thing, but lately you might have noticed that I’ve been….well slacking. I’ve never been good with public relations, really I’m pretty awkward, and so for me trying to stay relevant has always been hard. The thing is, I won’t post unless it’s something I’m passionate about, so if I get bored typing it I can only imagine how bored you’d get reading it. You are so very fickle after all. Today I would like to talk about something I don’t understand. About a topic that will probably forever plague the male mind and confuse the hell out of them for decades. I want to talk about women.

Yes I will be the first one to admit that I don’t know much about how the female mind works, though rest assured I do not believe they all work the same. As my sister would say, “Some of these hoes are just plain crazy,” and though it isn’t how I would word it, I am forced to agree. You see I have in my life a number of women, most older in age but all older in wisdom, and every time I speak with them about relationships they manage to give me insight into a different world, into a woman’s world.

The topic today comes from my two co-workers, Teach (whom I call so because, yea you guessed it, she teaches me all sorts of things.) n Fire Starter who also teaches me things, but the nickname is more of an inside joke. Anyway I wondered just why is it women seem to take things so personally, it’s just one of those things I’ve noticed and have always been curious about. STORY TIME!!!! Now, I’m no saint. Not even close to it, but I like to believe that I’ve gotten better over the years, and the story I’m about to share will show you why. Back in high school, probably around hmmmm JR. year there was a girl whom sat at our lunch table with me and my friends who was very chatty. Now, one day I was in a particularly foul mood and she with her cheerfulness just happened to enter into the firing range, so n though I apologized later, I remember calling her fat like three times, to which I believe she left the table, pulled on a sweat shirt, and then went to cry. Sad right? Well yea it sucks, but hey I was 17, and though that doesn’t excuse the behavior it is a point in my life that I’m not particularly proud of.

Back to the subject at hand, I spent a lot of time wondering just why she cried or felt bad, I mean WE weren’t really that close, and though I called her fat (she wasn’t) she still acted my words were true, she still took them to heart. Why? Ladies let me tell you, if you go around talking about how small a guys penis is, at least, guys I know, they wouldn’t give to shakes of a lambs tail. Why? Because we’re men, and we usually don’t let such things stick to us. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we don’t get angry or hurt, but give it a couple of hours (hell minutes depending on who said it) and we’re over it. After a week it’s probably forgotten. So for me when I called that girl fat I didn’t expect her to hold onto that (wonder whatever happened to her) for however long she held it for (more than a week) but to simply verbally abuse me back in some weird kind of ritual that guys do.

Anyway, after hearing my little tale, Teach and Fire starter were appalled. They scolded me for being so horrible and vile, but I still didn’t understand what the big deal was. I mean who cares? Well apparently women do. Women have the capacity to take the words of a random stranger and let them affect them in a very serious way. Not to say that it happened often, but the mere fact that it could happen is both horrifying and intriguing to me. If a random woman said a guy was fat he’d just call her the big C n keep it moving. Now if a man tells a random woman the same thing she might put on a front, but then the seed of doubt has been planted, and she might just believe it in a weird kind of way.

So what does this all mean? I’ll tell you. Women do not, I repeat, DO NOT FORGET!! My coworker still remembers the lady who cut her in line over ten years ago, and swears she would punch her in the face is she ever saw her again. Do you have any idea how crazy that is? I can’t even hold a grudge past a week and she been holding hers for a decade, that is some serious memory my friend. But it doesn’t stop there, oh no no no, I still have to find the why to all these things.

Why do women take things so personally? Is it genetic? Perhaps it is society? Upbringing? I will continue my search for answers, and maybe one day I’ll have them, but until then….I’m sorry. To all you ladies I’ve ever pissed off whom I probably don’t remember I’m sorry!!! Last thing I need is a blast from the past coming to roaring at me over something I don’t even remember.