Saturday, January 05, 2019

excellent rant from Jonathan Pie

I might have to subscribe to this chap:

He's right, you know. Recently, there was a flap when a person playing Red Dead Redemption 2, an open-world adventure game in the spirit of the Grand Theft Auto franchise, used his character to walk up to a non-player-character (NPC) suffragette and clock her across the jaw, knocking her out cold. The player had been recording his various misadventures in the video game and uploading his misdeeds to YouTube, and some nannyish scolds became offended and sought to have the player banned. Of course, the player was far from alone; quite a few people elected to clock the suffragette, or to do even worse to her.

With a chuckle, I related the story of the naughty player to a coworker of mine, who flatly stated that that wasn't funny at all. My coworker has exactly the disease pointed out by Jonathan Pie in the above video: he can't distinguish jokes from reality, and he takes humorous statements and actions literally. This same coworker, a few minutes later in our conversation, talked about the fun he'd had in blowing off the head of a Klansman in the same video game. So I guess it's okay to get off on murdering another video-game character, but punching a suffragette is worthy of moral condemnation? What utter hypocritical bullshit.

Get the stick out of your collective ass and grow a sense of humor, dickheads.

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