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Monday, September 22, 2014

I hate feminism.

Despite what you might think after reading the title of this post, no, I don't hate women. I don't think women deserve any less than anyone else. I think everyone is equal and deserves equal rights. I support equal pay for equal work, all that good stuff. So why, then, do I hate feminism?

Feminism, to me, has always seemed angry, militant. I understand that there are things to be genuinely angry about, real sexism/racism/etc that exists in the world, but feminism takes it too far. Any imagined discrimination, any small oversight, any small injustice, no matter how slight, real or imagined, is treated as an affront to humanity itself and attacked as such. Logic and reason be damned. "If you're not a feminist, you're a bigot" I've heard.

It's been on my mind lately mostly due to "GamerGate." If you haven't heard of that, I won't go into much detail here but this guy and his videos can bring you up to speed. That, plus a lot of other stuff like this has really soured me on the idea, not that I was a big fan of feminism before. When I hear feminists bitching about things like video games, it reminds me of the boy who cried wolf. Everyone has heard that story, but some people don't act like they have.

When you complain about something that isn't real often enough, people won't listen when you complain about a REAL injustive or REAL discrimination. Bitching about Samus in heels in the new Smash Bros game (even though that would be the ideal way to add rockets to boots) is just one example. Is that oppressing women? Really That's the great injustice that women face in society? I kind of feel like a woman who can kick ass in heels is MORE badass, not less. Maybe I'm just weird that way. All the female members of my family agree with me on this, so maybe we're all a bunch of weirdos.

But that's just one example of many. It confuses me. I don't know what feminism started as, but I can see what it seems to be right now. Feminism feels like what PETA is to animal rights. An extremist movement. Now, you might be saying "not all feminists are like that" and yes, I agree. There are exceptions to every rule. But why do you call yourself a feminist? What is that word really doing for you, other than making you part of a group that seems to be growing less logical and more extreme all the time? Does that really reflect how you feel? Is that something you really want to be a part of? Why do we need a term for someone who believes that all people are equal regardless or race, sex or orientation? Why can't we just call those people "sane?"

I don't know. All I know is that I'm sick of hearing from all these extreme feminists lately. I'll always believe in equal rights for men/women/etc but I'll NEVER be a "feminist."

Friday, September 5, 2014

Fenix PD35 2014 Edition Flashlight impressions.

Here's the product link.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The "new" 3DS... a mistake?

So in case you haven't heard, Nintendo announced the "new" Nintendo 3DS through a Japanese Nintendo Direct recently. If you want more details, here's a good article. Check that out and then come back.

Caught up? Excellent. It looks cool, but it has me a bit worried. Don't get me wrong, as someone who doesn't currently own a 3DS, I'll probably get one. Here's the problem, the system has a faster CPU and roughly double the RAM. And as the article states, there's already one game confirmed to work only on the "new" Nintendo 3DS, Xenoblade.

In case you weren't aware, the 3DS has sold a shit ton so there's a lot of people who have already paid money for a 3DS that won't be playing portable Xenoblade... unless they upgrade.

Now, new models of handhelds and indeed, home consoles are nothing new. Pretty much all of Nintendo's handhelds have gotten tweaked or upgraded versions, although these upgrades are usually cosmetic, or change something non-essential like manufacturing cost, usability and battery life. Nothing that anyone absolutely needs. Well, at least for the portable version of Xenoblade and whatever other games may come out that require this new revision, you will absolutely need it.

Things like an extra analog thumbpad... thing and buttons can be added to an existing 3DS right now via an addon. The NFC capabilities required to read Amiibo figures will come to existing 3DS systems via another addon. There's no way, however, to add a faster processor or extra ram to your current 3DS. This segments the market in a way that few other hardware revisions have. I honestly think they should have just waited a year or two and announced a true sequel to the 3DS system with faster hardware, more ram and its own library of games that only it can play. Doing this sort of... 3DS 1.5 just seems bizarre.

I'm not really upset about this myself, I just find it weird. I also wonder how people are going to react to this. Is the 3DS, Nintendo and their library, so beloved and respected that Nintendo will get away with this without too much backlash? Am I just crazy in questioning it at all? I'm really not sure. We're just going to have to wait and see, I suppose. But it's not what I would have done.

What do you think about all this? Leave a comment below and let me know.