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  • Charlaquin
    replied to You Know what I love MK I
    Link’s Awakening was not technically the first video game I ever owned, but it I did trade someone the only game I owned at the time for it. It was also the first game I ever beat. And I love that I can finally share it with my partner. The remake is excellent, and I’m enjoying playing it, but I’m enjoying seeing them play it for the first time even more.
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  • Charlaquin
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    I mean, so does going to bars. Drinking is an expensive habit....
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to The Drunk Thread
    Neither do I, but you can always make your own drinks at home....
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to Consent in Gaming
    Ok, I know some of the terminology can be unclear to people without a background in biology, but there is a Difference between species, subspecies, and breed. The different kinds of small bird you mentioned? Those are species (well, and many of them are different genus too, but let’s not get into that for now). Species is defined by sexual compatibility. If two animals can breed and produce viable offspring, they are the same species (generally; there are some corner cases, but that’s the basic concept.) There is only one species of humans - Homo sapiens.

    Within some species,...
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to Consent in Gaming
    Clearly not, because I also live in America and I’m quite familiar with it.


    Right. In other words, your social circles.


    This line of discussion is going to dark places quickly, so I’m going to tap out before we get any further down the eugenics rabbit hole....
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  • Charlaquin
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    So what country do you live in? Betcha a nickel it’s heavily impacted by institutionalized racism....
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  • Charlaquin
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    America is literally built on slavery and genocide, dude. There racists didn’t just “win,” they’ve been in top since the beginning. Since then it’s been a constant battle, and we’ve made a lot of progress, but there’s still a long way to go....
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  • Charlaquin
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    For a given definition of “racists,” yes, it is. Racism is deeply ingrained into our social and political institutions, such that most of us hold onto ideas that are rooted in racism without even realizing it. One does not have to be a white supremeicist or to consciously believe people of other ethnicities inferior to have racist ideas.


    It’s very widely accepted historical fact. Just google “scientific racism,” you’ll find plenty of sources of info about it.


    Yep, because racism is ingrained in the very fabric of our culture and institutions....
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to Consent in Gaming
    I did read Arcane’s posts. They expressed confusion at your reference to the form as a purity test, and frustration that your reaction is exactly the sort that tools like this, which could be very helpful to some people, always elicit such reactions as yours from a significant portion of the gaming community....
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  • Charlaquin
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    You didn’t do those things though....
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to Consent in Gaming
    You’re not required to use it....
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to Consent in Gaming
    The specific complaint was not against the existence of evil groups of monsters. It was just about calling them “races.” And the whole thing has been blown way out of proportion. Like, if you like your goblins to be irredeemable monsters, knock yourself out. When you call them a “race,” though, you imply (intentionally or otherwise) that their relationship to humans is akin to the relationship between real life racial categories. And that can get pretty distasteful even with “races” that aren’t always evil....
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to Consent in Gaming
    Who has done that? I have been reading every post in this thread and I have not seen anyone say anything of the sort.


    Again, when has this happened? Who ever said such a thing?...
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to Consent in Gaming
    Dwight was....
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  • Charlaquin
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    Then it did its job....
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to Consent in Gaming
    When people aren’t aware of the ways certain groups are marginalized and oppressed, those oppressions can more easily fly under the radar. Better to take the “well I didn’t know that was a racist stereotype” excuse away from people.
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to Consent in Gaming
    Also this....
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to Consent in Gaming
    You should apologize to the people negativity impacted by your actions. I’m sure as hell not affected by you including a race of cannibals or a race of warlike marauders in your story. But if someone tells you they are hurt by it, that’d be the person to apologize to.


    This is a non-apology. This is the equivalent of, when you step on someone’s foot, saying “sorry your foot got hurt” instead of “sorry I hurt your foot.” It’s still an attempt to absolve yourself of responsibility for what happened, when the whole point of an apology is to show that you are accepting...
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to Consent in Gaming
    Of course there is. I don’t think anyone would dispute that. Unintentionally including some unfortunate implications in one’s creative work is not some heinous act deserving of serious punishment. Indeed, it’s something pretty much all creators do from time to time. The issue is not that you accidentally included racist undertones in your writing or your game or whatever, the issue is that when the presence of these undertones is pointed out, instead of taking the critique seriously, apologizing for any harm you may have unintentionally caused, and striving to be more aware of the potential...
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  • Charlaquin
    replied to Consent in Gaming
    Funny you should mention crime, because in the law, intent doesn’t matter for much. Sure, manslaughter isn’t punished as severely as murder, but it’s still a crime. Just because it’s not your intent to do harm doesn’t mean your actions can't be harmful, or that you aren’t still responsible for the harm they cause....
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