Anonymous asked: have you ever heard any wild gaming conspiracies?
Yeah, there’s this one ridiculous conspiracy theory going around that women, LGBTQ folks, and people of color don’t actually play videogames, and any criticism they bring up is not the legitimate concerns of dedicated fans and consumers, but rather a shadowy crusade by disinterested outsiders to destroy anything fun and make everything “politically correct” - for some as-yet-unknown (but clearly unacceptable) reason.
That one’s pretty wild.
Anonymous asked: Which game(s) have you gotten emotional towards?
Not many, to be honest. Games typically aren’t well-written enough to elicit many emotional responses from me. Usually, the most powerful emotion I get is “wonder,” coming from open games that let me explore. But even then, it’s not so much the game making me feel that way; but more like the game just getting out of my way and letting me do the work myself.
A notable exception, though, is Spec Ops: The Line. I know some people felt that it was a bit manipulative in the way it unfolded (and I’m no fan of the “twist” at the end), but I thought it was emotional and horrifying in a real and genuine way.
Oh wow, there’s so many. For me, one of the earliest ones would have to be Lufia II. The fact that many of us already knew how Maxim’s adventure would didn’t really stop the tears during the end of the game, especially coupled with the sad music.
I remember feeling overwhelming anger (and then sadness) during various parts of Mother 3. I definitely needed tissues during parts of Final Fantasy 8 and the original Grandia.
Most RPGs have been capable of driving my emotions around, shifting from happy to sad to angry, etc. Hah, I even remember feeling emotional during several Legend of Zelda games. Really, anything that’s decently written can elicit emotions from me.
It’s an interesting observation that this does not, in fact, happen to as many people as I would expect.
It’s an interesting thing to think about. I’m probably somewhere between the two of you.
I had experiences with things like The Walking Dead that are typical enough, but sometimes it’s from games that I wasn’t even expecting at all. Like, Dissidia 012. It’s just a fighting game with all the seriousness I would expect of a giant “let’s crossover everyone!” game, and yet it still has moments that I found surprisingly depressing in the backstory. You never know what’s going to affect you, I suppose.
Our country’s wealthy white once-idealistic baby boomer generation has cheated those of you entering the working world. A small percentage of us have taken almost all the new wealth since the recession. Our Silicon Valley CEOs have placated you with overpriced technological toys that are the result of decades of American productivity, but which have mainly profited the elite members of their industries.
Although none of us in the older generations can speak for you, we can help you research the facts. And the facts are painfully clear.
1. You Have Very Little Savings to Pay Your Massive Debts
A recent report claims that median net worth for the millennial generation (18 to 35 years old) has risen from $9,000 to $32,000 since 2007, and that their median income is $47,000.
Most other sources disagree. A report from the Russell Sage Foundation concludes that all American households have lost wealth since 2007. Other evidence shows that about 90% of us lost wealth in the past five years, while the richest - and generally older - 5% made millions. Median income, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is only about $35,000 for 25- to 34-year-olds, and just $25,000 for 20- to 24-year-olds.
Debt is apparently the difference, and the unrelenting burden, for college-educated young people. Based on Pew research, college-educated student debtors have twice as much debt as income. And they have only one-seventh the net worth of college-educated adults who have no student debt obligations.
2. You’re Being Cheated out of the Opportunity to Begin Your Own Households
As you were entering the working world after the recession, almost 60 percent of the new jobs were low-income ($7.69 to $13.83 per hour). The number of college grads working for minimum wage doubled in just five years.
As a result, many of you are forced to live with your parents. In just one generation, the percentage of stay-at-home young adults has risen from 11 percent to almost 24 percent. And more disturbingly, student homelessness increased by 10 percent in just one year.
3. Corporations are Hoarding Money that Could Pay for Your Jobs
Corporations more than doubled their profits and halved their taxes from 2000 to 2012.
What have they been doing with all that money? Hoarding it, mostly. David Cay Johnston estimated that in 2013 American businesses held almost $7.9 trillion of liquid assets worldwide. And here’s a bigger insult: According to the Wall Street Journal, for some of our largest corporations over 75 percent of the cash owned by foreign subsidiaries is kept “at U.S. banks, held in U.S. dollars or parked in U.S. government and corporate securities.”
So they’re using taxpayer money to protect the assets that they’re avoiding taxes on.
Corporations are also spending trillions of dollars on stock buybacks, which use potential research and development money to pump up the prices of executive stock options. Apple, one of the buyback leaders, and the nation’s biggest tax avoider, defended its outsourcing, saying ”We shouldn’t be criticized for using Chinese workers. The U.S. has stopped producing people with the skills we need.”
Meanwhile, corporations continue to cut jobs, with the computer industry among the worst offenders at the start of 2014.Microsoft just announced the deepest cuts in the firm’s 39-year history. AT&T has reduced its workforce by 22 percent in the last seven years. Verizon is shutting down customer service centers. Apple has a more efficient way of undermining workers, earning$400,000 profit per employee while paying most of their store workers $12 to $14 per hour.
4. The Business Media Mocks You
With supreme condescension, the media looks down at a struggling class of young Americans and proclaims:
—-The good news is that information technology provides the iPod/Facebook generation with the means to find work and create careers.. —Michael Barone, the Washington Examiner
—-A lot of people…can still earn a good living now by building their own branded reputations.. —Thomas Friedman, the New York Times
—-The ability to so take photographs makes [people] richer. —Forbes
To the out-of-touch super-rich capitalists, those of you in the newest working generation thrive on social networking, good reputations, and picture-taking. A nice lifestyle, as long as you don’t have to support yourselves or your families.
Is this why no one will hire me? I really feel like people use my resume to wipe their desks after an expensive sushi place.
There are few things in life as painful as having something awesome and not being able to share it yet.
Which is why it’s so hard. I mean, how do you tell yourself “yeah, Lydia, you’re just a god is all, don’t think too big now.” It sounds so stupid to even say something like that. How am I supposed to actually take it to heart? It’s enough to drive a girl to drink.
My fitness plan: standing in front of the TV jumping around whenever I’m playing a game.