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October 13th, 2009

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04:08 pm - I can feel the rage coming on...
First off, Dragon's Lair for the DSi.

This is the stupidest thing ever. It completely misses the point and it makes me think that Nintendo has really given up on all the revolutionary crap they were promising for the next generation of consoles.

Here's the thing about Dragon's Lair. When you first see it, you want to play it because the animation intrigues you. And as you start playing it, you die. A lot. You get frustrated. You start jamming the joystick and rapid-fire hitting sword. And the machine misinterprets that, so you die a lot more.

You'll have seen the same sequence a billion times. You know you're trying to go right. You've seen people do parts. You've memorized them for future use. But you still can't get that first part right.

However, given enough time, patience, observation (and quarters), you relax. You learn when to hit the controls and you do every part of it in a precise dance. You hear the low tone which prompts you for the control and you stop hitting it when it chimes at you. Getting in tune with the machine (combined with the cabinet's enclosure) draws you just a little farther into the world of Dirk. You stop playing a video game and start being Dirk.

The DSi -- almost no matter what -- is going to screw that up. The screen is not that sort of immersive. You can bet that the timing's going to be off and all the subtle cues will be gone or changed.

This embodies every problem I've ever had with feminism and feminists.

This point in particular:
So when you, a stranger, approach me, I have to ask myself: Will this man rape me?

Do you think I’m overreacting? One in every six American women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime. I bet you don’t think you know any rapists, but consider the sheer number of rapes that must occur.

What she fails to mention in her continuing quest to train guys into recognizing "signs" is that while supposedly one in six (a piddly 16%. Compare that against other risk factors in your life that you don't worry about. Like being in a car wreck.) American women are raped, the overwhelming majority of rapes are committed by people who know the victim before the crime.

This is essentially a woman who is trying to justify her outright sexism with statistics. Let's say I'm afraid of black people when I'm driving. Does this mean that I should then write an essayabout how black people are Schroedinger's Carjackers and distribute it to them?

No, I should understand why I feel that way, take responsibility for my brain chemistry, recognize that it's wrong, and do whatever is necessary to get over it.

Instead, she goes on to castigate men as being some sort of Cro-Magnon who has just crawled out of the caves to join human society. And never you mind that women also rape women! No, it is clearly men which are evil. It seeks to reform those same men and civilize them by teaching them to pussyfoot around this woman's feelings.

It's possibly that last point which irritates me most. Who should resolve that woman's insecurities? Who should take responsibility for it? Should she? Never. Those same men that she claims she sees as potential rapists should take it upon themselves to be slaves to her emotional whims.

I'm going to make a point of dedicating time each day to writing. I have a great deal to do. I've been away from LJ for a long time. In part because of work and in part because it's hard to get back in the swing of things after vacation.

Speaking of vacation, I've started covering that one.

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Date:October 14th, 2009 01:54 am (UTC)
Um, I identify as a feminist and that person is extra stupid. As you pointed out, most victims know their assailant.
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Date:October 14th, 2009 11:10 am (UTC)
Blah, I have far too much to say about 'poor' feminism (specifically, women like this) and various other similar topics, but I'm just gonna say that she's an idiot and only helping to spread paranoia and contention between the sexes and not actually helping to -solve- anything. Point: As stated, most of these women are raped by someone they -knew- personally. The best way to do anything towards solving this is to enlighten people to this very fact and offer support for if/when it does happen, including support towards filing suit against these people. Not bashing every man in existence because you think it's our fault. >[

Hell, men get raped, too. By both men and women. It's reported far less frequently, for various reasons, but it happens.
As for writing more, everyone keeps telling me that I should, but I just haven't found the motivation to work on it, lately. I'm pretty sure I know why, though. I have started working on story ideas and character concepts again but not much more. And my LJ is sorely lacking in posts, both about writing and non-writing topics. I just haven't really been able to think of anything worth posting. :P
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Date:October 14th, 2009 11:11 am (UTC)
Oh, and I meant to add: I enjoy reading your posts, you should totally post more. :)
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Date:October 14th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
There is, as they say, no accounting for taste. But you're in luck!
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Date:October 14th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
I played Dragon's Lair on the Amiga, and I expect the immersion in the DSi can be just as good. It is when I play FFIII (fan translated) on the PSP as compared to the SNES, after all - if not better, as it's very easy to get superb focus when playing on a handheld.

It won't be the same type of immersion as that achieved by the mythical demi-beasts who have not only seen an actual Dragon's Lair arcade machine, but actually *played* on one, and more than once at that, but those are scarce enough that it matters scant. ;)
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Date:October 15th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
Find your way out here for California Extreme and I can all but promise you that a Dragon's Lair machine will be there on free play. It's been there the last 7 years that I've gone. Not only that, but they project it on a wall so that you can watch people die endlessly during the day without being anywhere near the cabinet. 8D

(I also make damn sure to hit Tron, Discs of Tron and Propcycle at the very least.)

As for Final Fantasy, I think you mean Final Fantasy VI which was released outside of Japan as Final Fantasy III. The real Final Fantasy III was only released in Japan on NES until it was recently put out for the DS.

I've played both of them on the source consoles -- because that's what they were designed for. Now to be fair, it's probably not impossible to improve on an old game, but I really struggle to think of one case where it's happened. Maybe FF6 is one of those, but there's so much of Dragon's Lair that's tied to the experience that the arcade cabinet sets up that I have extreme skepticism about it.
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Date:October 15th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
Despite the many times I hung out in the arcades growing up, I don't recall ever seeing Dragon's Lair before it was released on floppy. I picked it up at a store across the hall from where I was doing part-time at a pet store for some 'get kids off the street' summer program.
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Date:October 15th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
I had no idea they were so rare. 8)

The arcade cabinet was common enough to have found its way around my haunts when I was younger. It was also in an early video game newspiece that's occasionally shown at California Extreme.

It was successful enough to spawn a sequel, Space Ace, and a Lupin the 3rd game Cliff Hanger.

Thems were the days, as they say...
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Date:October 16th, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
Haha, the trivia section amuses me. 8)
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Date:October 16th, 2009 08:57 am (UTC)
I'm a wanted man in the US, so that'll be hard. Thus, I maintain they're mythical. ;)

As for FF, indeed, but I don't expect most people to be nerdy enough to know it's really VI, so I call it III to avoid confusion. And those who are nerdy enough figure it out anyway, as you did. =) I played them on source console as well, but it's impractical with my daily schedule - just a simple thing as being able to save when I need to improves a lot.

I think that experience with the arcade machine is something which has struck a chord with you. With me, not so much, as I played it on the Amiga ... and I expect this is the case for a lot of things, personal experience makes a huge difference. I could make a case for the arcade cabinet making a huge difference for the experience of Gauntlet, for example, but I know this is personal to me, and lots of people have played Gauntlet on SEGA systems instead and have a very different experience. Dragon's Lair is not really any different in that regard, but it is admittedly very pretty.
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Date:October 18th, 2009 07:36 am (UTC)
>What she fails to mention in her continuing quest to train guys into recognizing "signs"

I would advise any gentleman to do this for his own sake, even more so since I was witness to the demented soap opera unfolding between two acquaintances of mine, unless you want to deal with the psychotic fall-out of some poor girl who hasn't quite mastered the art of saying no.

>is that while supposedly one in six (a piddly 16%. Compare that against other risk factors in your life that you don't worry about. Like being in a car wreck.) American women are raped,

The number I heard repeatedly throughout rape awareness week at UCSC was 1 in 5 women between the ages of 15 and 24. Even if the number is closer to 1 in 6 over a lifetime, that's nothing to sneeze at. Then again, this is coming from the girl who consistently drives at the speed limit (yes, I worry all the time about getting into a fatal car wreck!) even though traffic accidents account for less than 2% of deaths in the US.

>the overwhelming majority of rapes are committed by people who know the victim before the crime.

I agree with beethatbumbles, this person is an idiot.

>Instead, she goes on to castigate men as being some sort of Cro-Magnon who has just crawled out of the caves to join human society.

I agree that it's offensive to characterize men overall as brutes and neanderthals.

>And never you mind that women also rape women!

I don't know how these statistics are collected or what the current statistics are, but this is what my teacher told us in my high school health class 10 years ago: 1 in 11 rape victims is male; 1 in 1,000 rapists is female. Which would mean that rape is a concern for both men and women, but it's extremely unlikely that you will be raped by a woman, probably something on the order of the odds of being struck by lightning. I imagine that the numbers might differ if the definition of rape was changed to include more or fewer kinds of assault.

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