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False Equivalency might be one of the most prevalent logical fallacies that I see on the internet. For the uninitiated, false equivalency is a logical fallacy where someone making an argument draws (or attempts to draw) a comparison from one event to another to back up their argument despite the events having nothing in common. It can also be applied to comparisons between any person, place, or thing. For example, a false equivalency would be saying, “Mixed Martial Arts should be banned from the United States because Jon Koppenhaver beat up Christy Mack.”

Ben Kuchera’s article that I spoke about attempted to draw a false equivalency both between Aliens: Colonial Marines and Alien: Isolation, and between all pre-order games and Aliens: Colonial Marines. I understand that folks got burned by the antics of Gearbox (myself included), but honesty needs to be brought to that situation. Gearbox screwed up. There’s a reason why there is currently a class action lawsuit from Sega taken out against them. The situation looks as if there was very clear deception on the part of Gearbox at worst. At best, Gearbox’s left hand does not know what the right is doing. Neither inspires confidence from a consumer’s point of view.

In my opinion, I think that there is a bit of a love affair between larger video game sites and Gearbox. From my perspective, it comes from Anthony Burch and his time at Destructoid. As we’ve seen, there’s almost no doubt that he made plenty of friends, and friends in Game Journalism often times can free you from criticism. We’ve seen that with Zoe Quinn, Anita Sarkeesian, and others. To the outside observer, blame for Colonial Marines is very much to be on Gearbox’s shoulders, because they were the ones who created the game. Could the contractor, Sega, possibly have put in more oversight? Yes, but classicaly more oversight can cause problems in the development cycle.

This man does not run Activision, despite what some would suggest.

This man does not run Activision, despite what some would suggest.

Either way, using Colonial Marines as the be-all, end all example of how bad pre orders can be or trying to equate it to Isolation (which is only related in franchise) is either foolish or a calculated bit of doublethink. Considering Kuchera’s checkered past, I pray that it’s understandable as to why I would think it’s the latter and not the former. As far as I can tell, Kuchera is attempting to paint the gaming market as a devil behind the curtain. It’s a common tactic we see from internet personalities like Joe Vargas and Jim Sterling to strawman as opposed to tackling the issue honestly. It’s easier to think that Sega is run by Victor Von Doom and it sees the gaming community as its Reed Richards. It’s also wrong.

Bobby Kotick is not Emperor Palpatine. Peter Moore is not Norman Osbourne. You want to know the type of people who work at companies like EA or Activision. People like you, the reader. People like the internet celebrities that you watch on Youtube or follow on Twitter. I myself have worked for major corporations in the past, and have seen that the people who work in the call centers, executive offices, and so forth are just regular joes with different pay scales. There are no Satanic rituals, sacrificed goats, or secret armies. It’s people working to make money, just like anyone else with a job. Not exactly romantic, but it’s reality.

To close this out, let me say this. I think that the work of Ben Kuchera, Matt Lees, Patricia Hernandez, Leigh Alexander, and most mainstream video game writers is rubbish. Beyond that, I think that their blatant anti-free market and anti-diversity agendas are, as they like to say, toxic. They’re toxic to free and equal societies, and we saw these sort of Marxist ideologies not just do damage to people on a personal level throughout history, but destroy entire nations. It’s a frightening ideology. From their perspective though, we were always at war with Eurasia. We’re far beyond the point where we can just assume idiocy. These ideas are calculated, and the only way to stop them from spreading is simple.

The water that puts out the fire of a lie is the truth. Also, to the future of the Chicken Alfredo culture!

Micah Curtis

Micah is a man returning to the fold of video game journalism after a bit of time away. He's a conservative with a passion for business, and a love for the art of video games. Micah has been gaming since the NES, and knows a bit more about art than he probably should........

  • Cy

    “Bobby Kotick is not Emperor Palpatine. Peter Moore is not Norman Osbourne. You want to know the type of people who work at companies like EA or Activision. People like you, the reader. ”

    Thank. You. I’m so sick of people pretending like every big developer/publisher is some Umbrella-like evil corporation bent on destroying the world. Or that whatever company they like exists only to make life better for everyone and give people rainbows and puppy dogs and hugs. Companies exist to make money, and they make money by trying to give a consumer base what it wants. Does it suck sometimes when EA Sports puts out the same basic game each year, or when Activision buys up IP’s only to put out crappy games or let them gather dust? Of course it does. But it’s not evil. Evil is trying to destroy the culture we have and replace it with something that judges people based on nothing but superficial, unimportant things like skin color, gender and sexuality. People like Ben Kuchera and Anita Sarkeesian are evil, culturally at least. ISIS is evil, in the most basic sense. Bobby Kotick is just a dick. And he’s a dick who will change his mind if his games stop selling.

  • Ryan Lawson

    I wish I could like this article, but we all know that velociraptors were violent animals. I can’t support any violent website like that.

  • bdp

    “Bobby Kotick is not Emperor Palpatine. Peter Moore is not Norman
    Osbourne. You want to know the type of people who work at companies like
    EA or Activision. People like you, the reader. ”

    No but they don’t necessarily have the customers best interests in mind with some of the decisions they make. You can certainly make money without fucking over your customers.

  • Raiiban

    Kotick was just so easy to hate a few years ago, I took great pleasure in blasting him and John Riccitiello whenever the opportunity presented itself. While I do think Rigatoni is an ass, I can’t really say the same for Kotick. He’s a very frank businessman and has one goal in mind, to make money. But unlike EA, Activision doesn’t regularly buy and destroy studios, just franchises, usually with oversaturation to a point where people stop caring (Guitar Hero?).

    It’s a dirty business model, but for a few years to a decade a fanbase gets exactly what they want and, while they may whine, they get it at a price they’re willing to pay.

    Also Kotick was 100% right about Schaeffer.

  • Saturnrules

    Great great article. You don’t know how refreshing it is to read a conservative voice in gaming!

  • SirBittle

    Some of the points you make are among the reasons I don’t want to see studios themselves necessarily fail over things like GamerGate. The people who spend their days and nights toiling away to make this game aren’t always responsible for its success or failure. Colonial Marines was hailed as an awful game, but how much of that is the fault of the developers themselves and how much is the fault of outside forces?

    Now, for the media, is it ignorance or a calculated agenda? Strangely, I think it’s a bit of both worlds. Some of these writers do have clear agendas – they even outwardly, unabashedly state so. However, I think those agendas are based on ignorant viewpoints. Many, I think, lack any sort of self-awareness and still try to prop up questionable ideals onto pedestals. Meanwhile, the people they leave in their wake, suffering, confused, and broken, mean little to the end goal.

    If they profit along the way, so be it. It’s just proof of their rightness… right?

    I do think there is an element of doublethink going on here, though. That is, thinking two contradictory things at the same time and somehow reconciling it. “Social justice” types go out of their way to even, again, express this openly. Ever hear a white guy talk about, “checking his privilege”? That’s the doublethink. The moment that frightening realization comes up that what he thinks about social justice may be wrong, the defense mechanism is to dismiss it as inherent, or socially applied, racism. It’s never their own fault for believing one thing or the other. Also, thinking (thoughtcrime!) anything but what’s “right” is part of the problem. Questioning this is “problematic”. Outright denying it makes it “internalized”. To them, there is no other explanation.

    These aren’t stupid people, mostly. They’re brainwashed. It’s the ultimate authoritarianism – very much a black and white situation. You’re with us, or you’re against us (and by extension, any number of obscene adjectives). It’s driven by fear. No one wants to be labeled these negative things. Again, even questioning, “But I’m not a racist!” means you are one through the lenses of Social Marxism.

  • Bearpants112

    Sad but true. I don’t think I can support this site so long as they promote a pro-carnivore agenda.

  • AnarKreig

    Kotick was right.

  • cptk

    Fantastic article!

    “It’s people working to make money, just like anyone else with a job. Not exactly romantic, but it’s reality.”

    I’ve not met many people personally who have worked in AAA studios but from the few I have and the interviews with non-PR people, I think they are people who additionally have well beyond average personal attachment to their work. They are personally hurt when projects don’t go according to plan before it even comes to consumer and media backlash.

    I’m not suggesting people should go out and sympathy buy a terrible game but they could do without making accusations that effectively boil down to accusing people who are very personally invested in their work that they have deliberately attempted to screw over their audience.

  • Dr.Weird

    I would disagree only on EA, mostly because they willingly work with Sarkeesian.*and anyone else who does.

  • Mr. LHD6

    I would say Activision commits the sin of stopping all development of future projects by their non-Call of Duty studios and then having them either work on ports of the next Call of Duty title or develop Call of Duty mobile games (RIP High Moon Studios and Radical Entertainment).

  • But why bother doing so when the customer willingly lifts his shirt for the company to milk him?

  • Suriel

    I think that many aren’t brainwashed, they see there is a market niche and make it a business. If you are really convinced something is a great wrong in the world, you usually invest a lot of time researching it instead of sitting in a very safe echo chamber and pointing at your Patreon.
    Their followers are brainwashed. The ones like Sarkeesian in my opinion are just good business people.