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Mind of a Racist: Micah Curtis

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Micah wonders why people are suddenly having discussions about racism, and we start off on a magical ride.

Original Micah video can be found here.

Matt Gambell is a Jerk and RPG Tycoon Sucks

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A story on VG 24/7 came out, saying that Steam Developers are upset with the new refund policy. It’s not really surprising given that steam has in the last year and a half or so been overrun with a lot of junk games. How “games” like Air Control or Dark Shadows: Army of Evil ever made it onto steam is beyond me. The Early Access system on steam has also been abused by developers, dumping half done games onto the service and rarely updating them, resulting in Steam updating their policy on it too.

After reading the VG 24/7 article, I tweeted that I wasn’t surprised developers were complaining about games being easier to refund. For example I wished I could refund RPG Tycoon. At the end of the day it’s not a big deal, since I believe I only paid 10 bucks for it. But the game just really didn’t have any meat to it, along with the constant game ending bugs on the silliest stuff. I realize it’s early access, but I shouldn’t be paying to basically being an alpha tester.

For example one of my game ending crashes was due to sending two heroes out on a quest at the same time. I had just bought a second hero and the first thing I did was send them on a quest to make double the gold. Since my first hero was on a different type of quest, the game allowed me to do it, but then froze any progress on either quest.

This was a continuing trend of my play of the game, getting 15-30 minutes in (I have roughly 2-3 hours played) and then having something ridiculous cause progress to freeze in the game. I realize that the games been updated since I’ve last played (end of October 2014) but I no longer feel any enthusiasm towards playing. Eventually my game will freeze in such a way that I can’t do anything, and all my work will be lost.

Until I started researching for this post, I was under the impression that RPG Tycoon was from the same people who did Game Dev Tycoon. RPG Tycoon was so derivative of Game Dev that I thought it was from the same people. That will teach me a lesson to pay better attention when buying games. So then I shouldn’t be surprised when the developer of a ripoff game is also a dick on twitter.

This was the original tweet I made, which got a reply from Skatanic Studios, who are working on RPG Tycoon.

Which seems completely reasonable. Now I didn’t hashtag the name of the game, or tweet at a developer or anything. I wasn’t looking to draw any attention to it, really. But then I also got another notification about a retweet…

Now that’s a bit more annoying (and image saved here in case it’s deleted). Matt Gambell is the developer for RPG Tycoon. How do I know he is THE developer for RPG Tycoon? Because Skatanic Studios twitter literally says it’s a one man team:

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So that means that Matt Gambell runs his studios twitter. So he pretended to be nice to me when he was acting as the official entity of his company, and then mocked me under his own twitter account. It also shows that he’s a bit of a moron, because the notifications came within a minute of each other.

Once again, I didn’t hashtag RPG Tycoon, I didn’t tweet anything at him, he just searches or has an alert setup for whenever someone says RPG Tycoon on twitter. This is why so many developers, especially smaller indie ones come off as dicks. This is why people don’t feel bad about refunding games which are barely alpha.

In the end it’s hard to feel bad for someone like Matt Gambell or developers like him. People who develop good games will continue to get support from gamers on steam. People who release barley playable still in alpha games won’t make a bunch of money and dump the project. It’s a learning lesson for developers not to just dump stuff on steam to make a few bucks.

You also can’t be two faced in your public relations. This could have been a completely different post had Matt Gambell not gone on his personal twitter to mock me. I might have given RPG Tycoon ANOTHER chance and maybe written something good about it. But RPG Tycoon is just a re-skinned Game Dev Tycoon with none of the polish or fun. The game gets repetitive quickly, and as of my last playing the quests never changed, so once you figure out how to do the quests in the way the game wants, you’ll never have to change how you do them. That the quests are 90% of what there is to do in the game, it gets boring quick.

Micah Curtis Defends Sexual Predator

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I promised that I was done talking about Micah Curtis in the past. He’s oblivious to reality, even if it’s slapping him in the face. If he agrees with someone politically, that person can never do anything wrong. Even if it’s a complete scumbag like Josh Duggar. But before we get into the Duggar’s and Micah’s defense of Josh Duggar, let’s see what exactly Micah has been up to lately. I mean how bad could something like his follows be?

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I just… I have no words, really. Why would you ever follow an account called @fakerape? Let’s ignore everything that’s wrong about it’s description. The name is @fakerape…

This brings me to another point, that even somewhat moderate #GamerGate people like Micah tend to be batshit insane. Micah really and truly seems to believe that GamerGate is about ethical video game journalism. But even though he’s not at least directly attacking any women, if you start digging through his tweets you find shit like this, and it’s craziness and no one will take him seriously.

So that brings me to Micah defending Josh Duggar and of course totally missing the point.

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Every time that Micah brings up Lena Dunham molesting her sister, I always wonder what the fuck. Of course googling “Lena Dunham Sister Scandal” brings up quite a few articles. One of course is from the original story which ran in the conservative blogs. But there’s at least a dozen articles that tell you exactly what happened from Lena Dunham herself. I mean for example this story starts with her apologizing for the pain she might have caused in the title.

Of course the real story is that a 7 year old Lena put rocks in her 1 year old sisters vagina. This was apparently a one time event and anyone looking at the situation with human eyes will realize kids will be kids. Now let’s look at what Josh Duggar did.

First off Josh Duggar was 13 at the time. Considering he’s in a family which looks down on sex and sexual discussions, it’s easy to understand why he might do something crazy. That being said, there’s a big difference between a 13 year old and a 7 year old.

Secondly, Josh’s dad took over a year to actually report anything to police(Most of the facts here I’ll be reporting from this article). There were multiple incidents of forced fondling, not just a one time thing. Despite discipline, Josh continued the activities and there were possibly up to 5 girls. These aren’t isolated events.

Thirdly the Duggars then sent Josh to a christian program, which in reality was just a friend of the family who watched him while they worked remodeling homes.

And oh yes, the Duggars did tell police that Josh apologized to his victims, and the victims accepted the apologies. Because it’s not like the Duggars hold considerable influence in their town and church. Or the state for that matter.

Of course the Duggars had Josh get a stern talking to from a State Trooper (who has since been put away for being active in pedophile rings), while not telling the state trooper that Josh had fondled multiple girls. This led to the case largely going away.

The only way this case even got any attention in the town was because someone had found a letter (in 2006) written by one of the victims. Said person emailed information to Oprah’s show. Oprah’s show, actually showing that they are decent human beings actually sent everything to the Arkansas DHS. When DHS tried to interview Josh, Jim Bob refused to let them and hired a lawyer for Josh.

So one story exists in a completely different world then another. Simply said, Lena Dunham = Josh Duggar by any extent of the imagination.

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Defending a child molester is pretty terrible. I don’t know any other way to put it. But Huckabee defends Josh Duggar because they are both on the same crazy conservative train. Huckabee knows at the end of the day his supporters won’t even remember the Duggars, but they’ll remember him defending Christianity, which is clearly what is being attacked here.

On Mumia, I’m a Mumia supporter. Let’s say for arguments sake that Mumia did kill that cop. He’s spent more time in jail then any cop that’s killed an innocent black man. But there’s no point in defending Mumia here, because Micah will never change his mind about him. Most people who believe he’s a cop killer will live their whole life believing he’s a cop killer. But here’s a good essay on why he was chosen, that at least deserves a read.

Here’s why conservatives and liberals tend to be treated differently. Because conservatives tend to take a holier then thou stance. For example, one of the people leading the charge on Bill Clinton’s impeachment was Newt Gingrich. The same Newt Gingrich that’s been divorced twice and on his third wife. With conservatives it always seems to be that the more they fight something (be it gays, family values, drug war) the more likely that it’s a skeleton in the closet.

That’s the big difference. Also the fact that a normal human being can look at the situation and can see what happened and be disgusted, but there’s a tendency of conservatives to put their heroes on pillars and just ignore/defend them unless they say/do something really insane. Like how the Nevada rancher was a hero, until it came out he was a complete racist.

Let’s just say two people rob a loaf of bread. One robs it because his family is hungry and he has no other means to feed them. Another man robs it because it is cheaper and easier then making his own bread or working for the bread. The punishment for stealing is to lose a hand. But at the end of the day, only one man truly deserves any sort of punishment. Micah would cut the hands off of both men, of course.

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The irony in Micah calling anyone a “closet racist” is not lost on me. But this is the mental gymnastics I’ve gotten used to from Micah, #GamerGate and conservatives in general. Nowhere in this tweet does Anita Sarkeesian say that she actually supports racially segregated classrooms. Just simply that she’s read studies that state the opposite.

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With the internet at his fingertips and every newspaper source in the world available, Micah recommends the NY Post. New Yorkers don’t even recommend the Post. I lived and grew up in NYC, no one actually reads the Post. It’s a trash newspaper. The only time I ever read it was because I didn’t have the 50 cents in my pocket for the Daily News.  I challenge you to look at the first page of results from this google image search for “NY Post Headlines” and spot the parodies from the real ones.

Also I find it funny that Micah thinks going to Bill Clinton for marriage advice is a dumb idea. This year is the Clinton’s 40th wedding anniversary. He helped raise a seemingly well adjusted teenager who went on to get a doctorate from Oxford. For that matter, why would Hilliary even need Bill anymore? If it was just a sham marriage, she could have left years ago and be wealthy enough to live out the rest of her life in luxury.

Hopefully this is it for Micah. I’m tired of this stupidity. I don’t know why I check his twitter, I see stupid shit on it that makes me lose my mind. Then I’m motivated to make a post like this. I doubt he can ever do anything as insane as following @fakerape on twitter that will get me to write about him again…

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Sake…

The Man, The Myth, The Legend: Brimstone

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I have previously talked about the wrestler known as Brimstone. He’s a non-entity in the wrestling world who has a penchant for self promotion. His now deleted wikipedia article was longer and had more citations then Triple H’s at one time. This despite Brimstone never really rising above low level indy shows in the NYC area. In fairness to him, he did show up on WWE shows back in the late 90s, but it was some MTV/WWE crossover thing and he wasn’t actually wrestling.

Well Brimstone has joined the SBN site CageSideSeats, and well… Let me just show you his profile page. (Not sure if this actually is Brimstone, or someone who was hired by him, or the greatest troll on CSS ever, but it is hilarious)

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I went to highlight the funniest parts of that, and I realized I was going to highlight everything. Why is it in third person? Do I want to know why he’s a children’s book hero? His “countless appearances worldwide” is actually quite easy to count. Two. That’s it. He was on a WWF on MTV program called “Wanna be a WWF Wrestler” which was also broadcast for an episode of WWF Superstars. He was Wrestler 37 and this is the extent of his appearances:

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And of course you shouldn’t be surprised to find out that he was on Sesame Street once. How do I know that? because it says as much on his IMDB profile. You also shouldn’t be surprised to find out his full IMDB profile is absolutely massive. I could spend years analyzing the insanity on display. Apparently Brimstone was well on his way to a career as a child star before his parents divorce. His band also has a cult following.

But let’s get back to some of Brimstone’s pearls of wisdom on CageSideSeats, like his very first comment:

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I would love to know what fans actually asked him to come back. How does he even have any fans? No one’s ever really heard of him. Also “Had to become semi-retirement” is a nice one. Who is he meeting for endorsements? How is Brimstone marketable when NO ONE HAS HEARD OF HIM? I also love that Brimstone considers himself in the same fraternity as Daniel Bryan. By that thinking, I’m in the same fraternity as the CEO of my company.

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One episode of Sesame Street. One. Episode. Of. Sesame. Street. That prepared him to be a pro wrestling heel unlike any other wrestling heel. Also I love how being a tweener or a heel is a feeling that can go home with you, and is a burden that pro wrestlers must accept. I’m literally ready to press post now, as there can’t be any possible way for Brimstone’s hyperbole to surpass this.

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Why We Need To Talk About Wealth Distribution

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A week or two ago Obama came out and mentioned the startling inequality of wealth in the country. This of course caused an immediate backlash from the right claiming that Socialist Obama was going to destroy this great nation. No one should be surprised by this response, as conservatives just automatically take any position opposing Obama. Even if he takes a position they once supported.

The idea though that just talking about the inequality of wealth distribution in the United States is tantamount to socialism is crazy. It’s just another boogeyman for them to scare people with, when ironically most people don’t realize how much socialism has helped them in this country. But that’s a topic I’ve been over before.

The reality of the situation is that Americans are working harder and producing more then ever before. Yet the monetary gains have gone to the richest, while wages have stagnated. A 2010 article from Mother Jones I’ve linked to before has a pretty good summary of the situation. Most Americans don’t even know how bad the distribution of wealth is, and most want a distribution which is even more favorable then what they think it is.

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The worst part of this is Wall Street. Companies have to continually make more money then last year/quarter/whatever. You make a billion dollars, and Wall Street is expecting 1.5 billion for the following year. Eventually it gets to the point that it’s easier to cut workers and save money then trying to sell more. You don’t get rewarded for making money AND keeping your employees happy and well paid. You get rewarded for profits, plain and simple.

So when McDonald’s Mighty Wings fail horrendously who ends up taking the fall? Not the multimillionaire executive (who probably has a huge golden parachute even if he is fired) but at the end of the day it’ll be the average worker getting fired. The average CEO makes 330 times what his average employee makes, and 774 times as much as a minimum wage worker makes.

Someone will probably read this and point out that executives have special training, that at the end of the day they are making decisions worth millions of dollars.  I’m not a genius, I don’t have a college degree, but your employees are some of your best customers. If they have more money to spend, it’s possible their spend it on your products. A rising tide lifts all, and for whatever it might cost immediately, paying lowest tier employees more is only going to help everyone in the end.

It’s even worse though, as companies like Wal-Mart pay employees so badly that most of them end up on government subsidies anyway. Unwilling to pay for medical insurance for it’s employees, companies like Wal-Mart and other large retailers max their full time workers out at 29 hours a week. They need the coverage, but they just hire more workers instead of hiring them for full time.

A lot of the time Wal-Mart and other stores open their mega stores after getting tax cuts and incentives from local governments. The promise being that the store will bring new jobs to the area. But in the end a lot of the small operations that can’t compete are put out of business, and people end up taking lower paying jobs with Wal-Mart at part time. Quickly those employees are suddenly in need of goverment assistance to afford to survive day to day, costing the community more in the long run.

The sad thing is that America is so ridiculously rich, there’s more then enough for everyone to live a healthy and happy life. The rich would still have plenty, and really wouldn’t have to give up that much. I mean really, when your making 330 times what your average employee is, are you really giving up that much if you go to 100 times what your average employee makes? How can you even spend that much money in your life? What are you blowing that much money on?

Just because we spent 40 years fighting communism during the cold war is no reason to pretend that all socialism is inherently evil. If we truly believe in Life, Liberty and Pursuit of happiness, shouldn’t everyone have a fair chance for all three? Just because someone is born into a position in which he won’t ever afford to go to college, or because they screwed up when they were 18 and got a felony, should they be forced to spend the rest of their lives working low wage jobs?

Yes there are people who will abuse the system. We can do the best we can to stop them. But at the end of the day, do you throw out the baby with the bathwater? Most people don’t want to be on food stamps or government assistance and are more then willing to work. Everyone I’ve known that was on it were good, hard working people trying to get through a tough time.

At the end of the day, we do need to have some serious discussions about the distribution of wealth in America. We need a press that is willing to investigate and break real stories, instead of keeping us updated on Kim Kardashian. Instead of arguing about Tom Brady and the square footage inflation of footballs we could be having serious discussion. But wealth means power in America today, and that power will be used to keep the masses distracted.

You can only push people so far, until they start pushing back. But it shouldn’t even get to that point, because there is plenty to go around for everyone. Greed is horrible.