Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Kevin Is Right: In Defense of David Goyer (Sort Of)

Listen, I've been on the Goyer hating train for a while now.   But if there's one thing I really hate, it's a lynch mob, particularly a misguided one.  Look, I'm not going to write an article where I tell you that David Goyer isn't a shit-head - he is.  But if you're going to go after the man, go after him for the right reasons.  Because, if there's one thing I do love, it's being right.

So what happened?  David Goyer was on a podcast, and he was trying to make with the funny, and he was put in a weird spot, and he said some shit and then the Mary Sue got a hold of it, and an internet shit storm was created.  David Goyer is a Sexist!  David Goyer is literally Hitler.  David Goyer thinks She-Hulk is a pornstar!  David Goyer is Public Enemy #1 on Twitter, let's get him!

At no point, as people have tripped over their own thumbs to express outrage, has anyone bothered to look at the context here, and as a guy who has a fairly risque dick joke podcast, I really understand the value of context.  So I'm going to talk about it.  Sorry (I'm not sorry) to rain on your parade.

First off, let's talk about the podcast that Goyer's comments were made on.  I'm no great fan, so this is based on some rudimentary research, but it appears to be a podcast about writing, specifically scriptwriting.  There's a live audience to be entertained, and because it aspires to be a worthwhile podcast, there didn't seem to be a lot of talking points handed out before the show.  We're talking off the cuff here, having a conversation, and in this conversation writers were assigned super-heroes to re-boot off the top of their heads.  She-Hulk didn't get assigned to Goyer, but he chimed in on the conversation.  Not as much because he's a stark raving lunatic who can't wait to talk about all of his sexist ideas, but, you know, because he's on a podcast.  (The audience and the funny and all).

So the conversation turns to the origins of She-Hulk.  The entire conversation exists within the hosts' (Craig Mazin) comments that She-Hulk was created to be  "Slut Hulk."  That She-Hulk was created to appeal sexistly to 10 year old boys.  There are some important words there.  Did you read them?  "Sexistly" is in there.  As in, this is a criticism of why She-Hulk was created, as we recognize that sexism is bad.  And then there's the other part "was created."   This is important as well because noting the fact that something is created is very different than providing an endorsement.  And so, when Goyer hops in, he's hopping into a conversation not about "How She-Hulk Should Be" or even "What's Great About She-Hulk", he's jumping into a lighthearted criticism of the potentially problematic and sexist aspects of the character.

So what does he do?  He adds to that criticism!!!  Sure, he does it like a fucking clown that doesn't understand the fundamental facts of the character, but as he's nice enough to offer his opinion without the benefit of research (C'mon, seriously, is the geek litmus test really going to be your intimate knowledge of the origins of She-Hulk?) in a way that is consistent with the tone of the conversation, let's cut the man some slack.    He's talking about a male power fantasy, and, frankly folks, when you start examining an idea as a male power fantasy, you're probably inherently providing criticism, but at a minimum, demonstrating a self-awareness that is at least compatible with feminism and conscious of why the phrase "male power fantasy" exists in the first place.

Although, when written down, Goyer's quotes "I think She-Hulk is the chick you could fuck if you're the Hulk" is juicy as all-get-out, you're missing the irony, you're missing the satire.  Is this really his theory about She-Hulk, about how she currently exists as a character?  Sure!  (And that is dumb, because it would be very weird to create a character for another character to fuck...and make them cousins.) But his theory is rife with implicit criticism about the simplicity and sexism of the times and culture that created She-Hulk.

Where's the outrage over this Mazin guy, by the way?  If Goyer is guilty, Mazin has to be twice as guilty, no?  But Mazin, as far as I know, hasn't broken a whole bunch of nerd-hearts with a really terribly bad Superman script, and so, we give him a pass while we post out of context Goyer quotes on our twitter feed.

David Goyer is a shit head.  He wrote one of the worst written movies of all time in Man of Steel, provided a swiss cheese plot for the ending of The Dark Knight Trilogy, and you can make a pretty good argument that he doesn't understand the first thing about She-Hulk.  Hell, he might even be a sexist (who knows?  I don't know the guy, do you?)  But this shit has to stop.  You know what you're doing.  Geeks are smart, we understand context.  We understand subtlety and satire.  So when you read those quotes, and you post to your twitter, you're doing something disingenuous.  Geeks don't get to play dumb like buzzfeed or Fox News.  Get mad at Goyer for Man of Steel.  Get mad at Goyer for not understanding a fundamental aspect of the character of She-Hulk.  Get mad at people WHO ACTUALLY SAY SEXIST THINGS! (right the fuck on!) but quit with the lynch mob.  Quit with the sensationalism.  Quit with the revenge.  You don't like how Goyer wrote Man of Steel?  Neither do I, but I'm not sitting here trying to snap his neck.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Post-Pax Games Rundown

Ok, it's a few days later, and we've had some time to defrag, and I thought I might assemble a blog post with some of the games I saw but didn't comment on in the cast. Add your own in the comments!

Vidya Games

Endless Legend/Dungeon of the Endless - Kevin and I saw this guy demoing what looked like an interesting RTS game, but he was mid-interview with some guy with more impressive press credentials. I dug around online, and its the same company that did Endless Space (duh), so it'll probably be awesome. Also of note - this company encourages fan participation in development, so you can influence where they go with the game. I'll buy this when it comes out, no waiting for sales.

Gods Will be Watching - ethical puzzler. You and your crew are stranded, and you have to survive. The handout from their booth says "Is eating your partners the best choice?". I'll wait for this to go on a deep discount Steam Sale, and even then only if someone recommends it.
Gods Will Be Watching
Lots more after the jump...

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Season 4 Episode 2: The Sweatylodge

This week on Loaded Dice Cast, we go deep inside Dubs. Sometimes us members of the PC Master Race have to figure out how the other half lives. Walk a mile in the shoes of the dirty console underclass, so that when we spit on them from on high, we understand the sweet justice of it all. Indeed we step inside the mind of this scruffy, console loving Japanophile with dangerous and subversive opinions about game design and quality and we learn some very interesting things. He even graces us with a twofer review of his favorite games of late: The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and Bravely Default. 

 In the end, we emerge from the sweat lodge having learned something about learning styles and gaming preferences, which is not exactly what we were expecting. And finally, because it is Dubs, we draft megaman bosses. 

 To the Dubsmobile!

Loaded Dice Cast Season 4 Episode 1: It Burns When I Think

I bet you thought we were dead.
We’re not dead, we were in hibernation.
But the good news is, we are back. And we have some questions for you. Some things that don’t really add up. We talk about Battlestar Galactica the board game, and Battlestar Galactica the TV show. Evan asks questions about “The Goddamn Batman” and Vince wants to know what is it, exactly, that Gandalf and the Hobbits are packing their pipes with.
Damn, it’s good to be back.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Why I don't care about the Steam Box(es)

So the exciting world of CES has come and gone making most of us have to walk away holding our iPads and tablets over our general genital area to conceal our technological boners. Though one thing left my hard drive floppy and that was the Steam Box, or should I say Steam Boxes since they had 13 of them. I'm sorry I'm using the wrong name, Steam Machines, which is pretty fitting since most of them were not terribly arousing, and felt more like milking machine desperately pumping for cash.
I'm sure I sound brash, and dickish, but that's because I am. I was in fact one of the people hoping for the second coming to come free me from the tyrannical rule of Microsoft, and Sony, but to put it simply that isn't happening. I'm not trying to say that none of the machines are impressive, because some extremely impressive, and so are their price tags. I'm talking two or three times what you would spend on a XBone or PS4, the priciest being the Tiki by Falcon Northwest at $6,000. The rest are nice enough except for the fact that they still cost as much of the standard console, and if you already own a decent gaming PC there is nothing absolutely pulling you to buy one.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Loaded Dice Cast Season 3 Episode 10: Return of the Yub, Yub

In which our intrepid heroes Dubs, Kevin, Vince and Derek engage in a semi-live podcast (Derek was still in Seattle) with one live audience member, Andrew.  We discover that when you only have audience member heckling you, they're not so much a heckler as a member of the podcast, and so, Welcome Andrew!

We tried out a new format this time to get to the topic a little quicker.  Let us know what you think.  And what is the topic you might ask?  Well, Kevin has a bee in his bonnet about Ewoks.  They simply don't get the respect they deserve and it is all Jar Jar's fault.   Kevin takes us on a Caravan of Courage into the world of the Ewoks and we discuss whether or not they have an important and awesome role to play in Star Wars, or if they are just better edited out.  Within the podcast we begin to illuminate not only these important ideas, but also the brave defiance of the odds that Kevin has mounted in order to ensure that he is (presumably) not a virgin.

Our review this week was a double dose of moviegoing, with Ender's Game and Thor 2 discussed and arbitrarily rated.

With Thanksgiving looming like a deadline from the Emperor, we discuss what we are thankful for, Nerd edition, 2013.  

As always, we hope you hate it!


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Loaded Dice Cast Season 3 Episode 9: A Stiff Drink

We're coming to get your brains!  We have none of our own!  Kevin, Evan, return guest Ryan, and blast from the past Matty G rises from his grave!  Together, we discuss the ever present Zombie genre.  It looks like the Walking Dead is really hitting its stride this season, and with Halloween just passed, we take a moment to survey the post-apocalyptic landscape.  We discuss, both in the draft and outside of the draft, what do Zombies really mean?  Is the genre dead, or undead?  Fast or slow?  And the best tropes that exist.  Laughs are had by all, and we drink our fair share of winter beers.

Additionally, Evan provides a fantastic review of the Fate Core RPG system that he, Kevin and wife-unit have been using to run a modern-zombie campaign.

Special bonus game this episode:  Drink every time Kevin says "like" or "narrative".

Show Notes: