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Comments on Profile Post by Xlugon Pyro

  1. Steampunkette
    Steampunkette
    Currently? I split my time between being a live-in nurse/aide for my disabled mother and working on a pre-production MMO. One of those two jobs pays money. The other promises to do so.
    Jul 9, 2013
  2. Steampunkette
    Steampunkette
    The sociology is stuff I picked up through my life trying to express ideas and identify trends that I'd noticed since I was little. Discrimination and Privilege are problems that a lot of people prefer to ignore. I'm not very good at being a target, though, so I fight back.
    Jul 9, 2013
  3. Xlugon Pyro
    Xlugon Pyro
    Oh. Interesting. What did you study in college?

    The MMO venture sounds fun. I'm hoping to step into some game design oriented entrepreneurship in the next few years if I can't get directly hired into a job somewhere in the field. Are you working on it with people in your area or is it more an internet venture?
    Jul 9, 2013
  4. Steampunkette
    Steampunkette
    And, as an aspiring game developer, I think it's very important to bring that knowledge to the games I create and the communities that I frequent. Ensuring that I -don't- discriminate, and encourage others to follow suit. Even if it costs privileges: Equality is just too important to me.
    Jul 9, 2013
  5. Steampunkette
    Steampunkette
    I'm a high school dropout, actually. My father's death and mother's disability meant I had to take care of things very quickly. The game is an internet venture which is already being backed by individuals not on the project and we've got a couple of production company contacts, too.
    Jul 9, 2013
  6. Xlugon Pyro
    Xlugon Pyro
    I don't see privilege as a problem but rather a responsibility that too few take advantage of for the better. IMO inequality is a part of life that can't be completely erased away nor should it, but certain types of discrimination should be dealt with. I'm a fan of MLK: treat others based on their merits. It's my favorite kind of discrimination. :)
    Jul 9, 2013
  7. Xlugon Pyro
    Xlugon Pyro
    I agree with the subject matter's impact on game design though. I'm writing a book based in a fantasy world with a lot of those themes within it. My mind naturally wanders towards the greater scheme of things so a lot of social, cultural, economic, political, etc. matter to the story much in the same way as the kinds of games I plan to create.
    Jul 9, 2013
  8. Steampunkette
    Steampunkette
    I hate to say it but: You're wrong. Discrimination can and should be erased in all of it's forms. And if it can't: Everyone should still do their damnedest to -TRY- to shatter it all. From top to bottom.
    Jul 9, 2013
  9. Xlugon Pyro
    Xlugon Pyro
    I'm also taking a sociology class in the fall too which should be interesting.

    So you dropped out because of family matters? I see. That sucks. I had a hard time in high school too but nothing of that degree. Hope things work out for you.

    What is the game project about if I may ask? It sounds interesting and the fact that you have producers available looks to me like you might have something going there.
    Jul 9, 2013
  10. Xlugon Pyro
    Xlugon Pyro
    Care to explain why all forms of discrimination are wrong? I'd agree with you but I see exceptions to the rule such as the performance of people in certain fields. Without SOME discrimination, society just couldn't function.

    Feel free to point out if I'm missing anything though.
    Jul 9, 2013
  11. Steampunkette
    Steampunkette
    Superheroic themed team based MMO. My focus is powers development and combat/class balance. Just another extension of my need for equality! :)

    Heavy customization of character, player housing, and vehicles, power-centric focus, and a splintering of the Holy Quartet as far as we can get it.

    If you ever played City of Heroes: it will be a spiritual successor.
    Jul 9, 2013
  12. Xlugon Pyro
    Xlugon Pyro
    Interesting concept. Good luck.

    Never really been into superhero games myself so I'm not really familiar with how they would function differently or similarly to other games.
    Jul 9, 2013
  13. Steampunkette
    Steampunkette
    There's discrimination based on class, race, sex, gender, sexuality, religion, and things of that nature. It's not discrimination, Xlugon, if you need a person who can lift 50 pounds and there's a woman who can't do it, you don't hire her. But if there's a woman who CAN lift those 50 pounds there's no reason to not hire her.
    Jul 9, 2013
  14. Steampunkette
    Steampunkette
    Well, for one thing, the gear focus is shifted to individual powers. Rather than having a Helmet that increases your Intelligence which lowers the Recharge time on all your powers, you put a recharge reducer in a power you want to recharge faster. Or a damage boost into a power you want to deal more damage with.
    Jul 9, 2013
  15. Xlugon Pyro
    Xlugon Pyro
    Well if that's what you mean by discrimination, then there's no disagreement between us. I just don't want to see lawyers and lobbyists going after a guy who hired a straight man vs. a gay one because he liked the first man's work/portfolio/job-related-criteria better. There are those who take advantage of otherwise good causes and get good people in trouble for no reason and that tends to anger me.
    Jul 9, 2013
  16. Xlugon Pyro
    Xlugon Pyro
    That's really neat. I may have played games with a system like that in the past but if so I don't recall any names. Must be hell to balance though so that you're not left with abilities that exist but aren't used.
    Jul 9, 2013
  17. Steampunkette
    Steampunkette
    It's actually not that hard to balance. It's perfectly valid for players to skip powers, especially since we'll have a large selection of cross-class powers that allow people to greater customize their playstyle.

    And yeah. So long as the reason the gay man was looked over was his work not being up to snuff it's not discriminatory.
    Jul 9, 2013
  18. Steampunkette
    Steampunkette
    Affirmative Action doesn't mean the black guy with a weak resume gets a job instead of the white guy with the glowing resume. It means that in situations with all things being equal, they have to be treated equally.
    Jul 9, 2013
  19. Xlugon Pyro
    Xlugon Pyro
    It just seems like wasted development time to create abilities that aren't viable but as I said, I'm not that familiar with that kind of game so I'd have to familiarize myself with it's functionality to have a better idea on how it works.

    I might be willing to alpha/beta the game too. It could help enhance my game dev. chops and you'd get feedback from a design perspective. :)
    Jul 9, 2013
  20. Xlugon Pyro
    Xlugon Pyro
    I'm skeptical of Affirmative Action only because there's so many ways it can go wrong. I think, with some exceptions, the best way to reduce discrimination is by changing minds through outreach/education rather than by programs and mandates.

    What ends up happening is that people from historically disadvantaged groups get assistance while others from similar backgrounds don't because they're not in those groups.
    Jul 9, 2013
  21. Steampunkette
    Steampunkette
    Ohhh... You mean designing powers that are useless relative to other powers... Yeah. Well. That really won't be -too- much of a problem. I'll start up another private-chat to explain.
    Jul 9, 2013
  22. Steampunkette
    Steampunkette
    Y'know, as true as that is, Xlugon, it's impossible to communicate with people about the problem. Because they just stop listening. Or demand you stop talking. Kind of like these boards demanded all talk of Sexism end. Sure we could talk about Sexism "Somewhere Else" but that's a place none of the people who don't want to hear about it will go to learn.
    Jul 9, 2013
  23. Steampunkette
    Steampunkette
    That's why mandates like affirmative action exist: Because privileged people have the privilege of ignoring the problem.

    Just a little while ago the SCOTUS struck down part of the Voting Rights Act that mandated people NOT discriminate against minorities. What'd the Texas and Carolina Republicans do? Immediately rush through discriminatory laws to redefine districts and keep latinos and blacks from having a voice.
    Jul 9, 2013
  24. Xlugon Pyro
    Xlugon Pyro
    It's just that said programs often are counterproductive, don't increase the overall well being of those groups, and pick favorite token minorities of the day. If we want true equality, I don't see AA moving that forward.

    I'm fine with laws that prevent outright discrimination, but not laws that grant favors for certain minorities when they have no physical or mental disadvantages relative to non-included groups.
    Jul 9, 2013
  25. Xlugon Pyro
    Xlugon Pyro
    Beyond that, my views on those rulings, their impact, and the role of the SCOTUS are probably completely different from yours and too extensive for this venue. I could continue in PMs if you'd like?
    Jul 9, 2013
  26. Steampunkette
    Steampunkette
    The problem is that "Outright Discrimination" is almost never visible to the people committing the discrimination unless it is obscene discrimination. Most white people, for example, think of the KKK when they think of racists, but not the retail employee following and "Keeping an Eye" on a black guy with sagging pants to ensure he doesn't shoplift.
    Jul 9, 2013
  27. Steampunkette
    Steampunkette
    They think "Well he's got pants hanging down so he's probably in a gang" or "Most criminals in prison are black" and a dozen other perfectly "Reasonable" justifications for what is, at it's basest level, racism.
    Jul 9, 2013
  28. Steampunkette
    Steampunkette
    And I figure PMs are fine. I sent you one about powers and balance!
    Jul 9, 2013