Author: Gabriel Persechino-Forest Published: April 17th, 2018
Attempted Play-Asia Boycott
The members of ResetEra (NeoGaf’s successor) attempted to start a group boycott against Play-Asia (Even suggesting boycotting those who run their ads), an Hong Kong-based import store. This is impressive from the same people who were whining during GamerGate that attacking the ads of corrupt journalists misusing their authority and connections was “suppression of free speech”. Anyone supporting Play-Asia in the thread was warned of “trolling“.
The controversy first started when social justice warriors were raging on Twitter and claiming that Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 was cancelled in the West because no one wanted to buy it. Again, going against common sense and fact after the game not only sold very well for Play-Asia (Breaking all previous sales records and surpassing all previous entries in the series thanks to import sales) but also was stated by the PR manager for the game as being cancelled because of the current climate of the Western industry. Here is what he had actually said at the time:
Do you know many issues happening in video game industry with regard to how to treat female in video game industry? We do not want to talk those things here. But certainly we have gone through in last year or two to come to our decision. Thank you.
With game journalists feeling the need to attack the game for merely existing, as it did not come out in the West, Play-Asia finally had enough and decided to speak up on the issue:
SJWnonsense = hostile climate for games w/ sex themes. A direct result of games media. Even if some didn’t have a vendetta against DOA when they were ｏｂｌｉｖｉｏｕｓ to its existence doesn’t mean they didn’t contribute to TN’s stated issue with the puritanical climate created.
This latest attack shouldn’t surprise anyone after former IGN and GameSpot journalists threatened Play-Asia that they would attack their industry connections for doing something as “vile” as actually releasing the game in the West; you know, the game they apparently didn’t care about.
Facts are irrelevant for these people and they love to attack and shame others then deny blame for the consequences of their actions. Back then, they even went so far as to accuse the VR patch of the game as being (I am not making this shit up) “sexual assault”. Another wonderful chapter to add to the epic of game “journalism”.
Piracy is Apparently Serious Business Again
A big deal is being made about piracy in Japan even though most suspect it is simply the government’s latest attempt to restrict people’s internet access and continue to dwindle their rights with censorship. No one should be surprised then that Vice jumped on board immediately to support the move calling it an “Anime EMERGENCY” (Yes, its all-caps serious) and suggesting that the government is “Stepping in to save anime” (Seriously, besides how ridiculous the “saving anime” meme has become that anyone could think the Japanese government wants to save anime is beyond me). It then states the US$5.6 billion in “damages” figure they love to parade in these sorts of articles, which is based entirely on the arbitrary assumption that everyone who pirated would have otherwise paid for the content had piracy websites not been around. They then promptly end by insulting the fanbase:
If you stan for a pretty manga schoolboy or busty anime warrior, maybe consider paying their creators instead of pirating.
Off course, Anime Feminist is also doing its part to contribute to the fake crisis by also pushing the “Piracy will destroy the world” scenario.
In other news, the same Anime Feminist article linked to above also has a link to (And supports) the disgusting Anime Herald article attacking anime fans directly and blatantly as being a, their words not mine, “disease”.
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