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Friday Afternoon Video: “What it’s like watching The Sarkeesian Effect”

Ran across this on YouTube, from someone called ScAgCoWbOy. I know nothing about them, but this video pretty much nails the experience of sitting through all 2 1/2 hours of The Sarkeesian Effect — probably the longest 2 1/2 hours you’ll ever endure. The sleepy dog, needless to say, is not in the original.

By the time the “film” got to this point — this is from Jordan Owen’s weird Ayn-Randy monologue, around 2 hours in — I was so completely zoned out I couldn’t really appreciate the ridiculousness of what he was saying. Or the loopy graphics.

Also note the completely random (and way too loud) music. It’s like that all the way through this piece of crap.

 

 

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AIT
AIT
5 years ago

Nobody needs to sit thru 2.5 hours of that nonsense. I can barely handle the 1.5 minutes there. If that is indicative of the rest, it looks like mediocre YouTube video at best.

patti roberts
patti roberts
5 years ago

Love the dog, it’s the only way I could have watched the less than 5 minutes. How did you watch the whole thing!

aw
aw
5 years ago

…so far past florid and purple, you can’t even see them with binoculars.

Color Me Unsurprised
Color Me Unsurprised
5 years ago

That monotone. Ayn Randian is right. BTW, I’ve never actually watched one of Owen’s videos(can’t stomach his bs. Blegh!), does his voice really sound like that?

Lee
Lee
5 years ago

So when does Superman come in and punch this guy? (It sure sounds like a supervillain monologue, anyway…)

Dapperweasel
Dapperweasel
5 years ago

It’s like Owens is trying to have the worst monotone voice known to man. It doesn’t help that the graphics look like they belong in a high school powerpoint either. I’d wonder at them charging money to watch such crap, but then we already know why.

Ms b.
Ms b.
5 years ago

It’s up foe voting on imdb.com.

Pannic
Pannic
5 years ago

Is that a text-to-speech device reading that monologue? It sounds like it.

And the space background. How cliche can you get?

Falconer
5 years ago

Wow, I never heard someone shout “You’re not my mom!!” for a minute and a half before. Once is usually enough for anybody.

Carayak
Carayak
5 years ago

Dawg really helps to make this watchable, but why is there no skull? Eh, I guess this is my biggest criticism for a lot of shows…but man, the antics of a bookshelf skull are a good addition to just about anything. Too bad “too much skull” was the only critique Professor Skull allowed himself to process.

Falconer
5 years ago

Oh boy, found a new blog ten minutes ago that I thought was going to be fun, but it turned out to be a Sad Puppy, a Gamergater, and a Badwrongfunblog* all rolled into one.

*That’s the sort that says if you’re playing anything the author doesn’t like, you’re an awful person and they’re entitled to smugly suggest you throw away your game and start playing the ones they sanction.

personalpest
personalpest
5 years ago

So for 2½ hours, Jordan Owen scolds people with his soothing voice about how artists are entitled to exclude everyone except white guys from their characters. Did he ever consider that audiences are just as entitled to criticize them for doing this?

rick
rick
5 years ago

YOU ARE NOT ENTITLED! WE HAVE DONE THIS SINCE THE DAWN OF TIME!

-The Creative People

brooked
brooked
5 years ago

http://40.media.tumblr.com/39d239a452c2b31068f902bfe9b66743/tumblr_inline_no9hp676Te1r1jtxd_500.jpg

So Owen has absolutely no idea how AAA video games are developed and believes there’s a creator/artist (just one?) free to as they want since “there only obligation is to themselves”. Who knew the companies spending tens of millions on the games are so hands off?

…games have been passionately safeguarded by creator and consumer alike, forever immune to the demands of political correctness and social justice sermonizing. When Anita Sarkeesian and her cohorts arrived it signaled the end to that creativity. Gaming they decided would be the new pulpit from which they would harangue the multitudes with their sermons. If you are dissatisfied with what already exists then you are free to do what every creative person has done since the dawn of time and begin to create something new that is the product of your own imagination.

This clip gives a nice overview of how astonishingly wrong Owen is about everything.

He’s dead set on ignoring how video games are mass consumer goods produced by corporations and how simply by purchasing games, the consumer will keep them coming. For instance, WTF is this passionate safeguarding gibber gabber? Is it a conscious, proactive and/or collective act? Do they work in tandem with Gamestop or do they and the major publishers simply acquiesce to the noble demands of these passionate creators and consumers.

So if Anita Sarkeesian is all four horseladies of the gaming apocalypse, how did she gain such power and what specifically has changed since her terrible arrival? Who are her cohorts?

The pulpit metaphor is a bungled mess. Gaming is her current subject, but her Youtube videos are her metaphorical pulpit and her hate groupies have to actually voluntarily watch those to be harangued by her.

Owen is seemingly unaware of the role of the critic and how criticism, good and bad, does require imagination. If Sarkeesian’s videos aren’t a creative endevor than what about Owen’s
numerous shitty Youtube response videos to other people’s work? In few that I’ve forced my self to watch he often spends a good portion of those videos awkwardly reading out loud what other people’s writings. What’s his excuse?

I’d never watch TSE but I would be tempted by any director commentary track, if only to hear him explain the reasoning behind the milky way graphic.

greyskye
greyskye
5 years ago

He would make a FORTUNE if he made self relaxation audio tapes. Dude is missing out.

Paradoxical Intention
5 years ago

God, I could only make it through the first sentence, but…

If no one has the “right” to be represented in any one of their demographics (which isn’t what people are asking for? Like we’re asking for people to consider adding more diversity? Not just make token characters? ??????), then I have the right to not represent cishet white dudes in anything I do.

Of course, I’d be harassed for “erasure”, or “not being realistic” if I ever did something like that though, because the mental gymnastics that Owens and other Goobers do to assure themselves that they’re the “default” of the human race is fucking astounding.

Film Runner
5 years ago

Is that voice text-to-speech software?

spacelawn
5 years ago

That fucking speech is just stupid and try hard that i can’t help but laugh.

Sarah
Sarah
5 years ago

If no one has the “right” to be represented in any one of their demographics (which isn’t what people are asking for? Like we’re asking for people to consider adding more diversity? Not just make token characters? ??????), then I have the right to not represent cishet white dudes in anything I do.

Of course, I’d be harassed for “erasure”, or “not being realistic” if I ever did something like that though, because the mental gymnastics that Owens and other Goobers do to assure themselves that they’re the “default” of the human race is fucking astounding.

There was a Gamergater on a forum some months back making a wildly incoherent rant about one of the new releases (I’m pretty sure it was the new Dragon Age) and how it includes representation from various marginalized demographics, including a lesbian. So, something like this:

“If you don’t like the way games are made, go make your own games the way you want to!”

[Creator makes game and includes diverse characters]

“ZOMG how dare you not represent only white males and the white male viewpoint of the world and The Way Things Should Be!”

Literally.

Paradoxical Intention
5 years ago

@Sarah: Exactly. They say people should “go make their own games”, but when creators do, they whinge and cry about how those games were “tainted by SJW ideology” or some bullshit.

So, what they’re saying is, they’d rather we didn’t make our “own games”, and if we do make games, we’d have to pander to them, and since they think they’re the only ones who play “real” games, or they’re the only people worthy of having games made to their tastes or be included in games, “our” games would be immediately disqualified as a game by these shitlords.

Fabe
Fabe
5 years ago

There was a Gamergater on a forum some months back making a wildly incoherent rant about one of the new releases (I’m pretty sure it was the new Dragon Age) and how it includes representation from various marginalized demographics, including a lesbian. So, something like this:

“If you don’t like the way games are made, go make your own games the way you want to!”

[Creator makes game and includes diverse characters]

“ZOMG how dare you not represent only white males and the white male viewpoint of the world and The Way Things Should Be!”

Literally.

You should see the steam forums for any game that has the ‘Female protagonist’ tag

Auntie Alias
Auntie Alias
5 years ago

That’s far worse than I had imagined.

The Sarkeesian Effect: Inside the World of Social Justice Warriors

These two con men claimed they had an inside scoop which was a big, fat lie. It’s the usual “You can’t criticize my hobby!” whining wrapped in pretentiousness and accompanied by the kind of music heard on mid-20th century soap operas. Seriously, WTF is that?

I’m guessing the universe image represents “gaming’s expanding horizons”. *cringe*

theladyzombie
5 years ago

Owen is a Randroid. I’m sure he thinks that droning monologue is his version of Galt’s speech. Pathetic.

Mike
Mike
5 years ago

They say people should “go make their own games”, but when creators do, they whinge and cry about how those games were “tainted by SJW ideology” or some bullshit.

It’s good to remember that GG had (has?) three main targets/archenemies/strawwomen/etc.; of those three, two are game developers.

weirwoodtreehugger
5 years ago

How is it creativity to make the same game about a white guy shooting stuff and bouncing boobs? I guess the boob physics are creative. But in this case, creative means wrong and physically impossible.

weirwoodtreehugger
5 years ago

David,
Any word on when the site update is coming. Not to be impatient, but now the autoplaying video ads are played with sound on my phone. It’s very obnoxious when I’m in public. And I’m general. *shakes fist at WordPress*

reallyfriendly
reallyfriendly
5 years ago

Hmm… I always thought of TSE as an endless trailer repeating one point:

‘I don’t like Sarkeesian and I cannot understand why people like her.’

ad nauseam

You mean they have other points too?! Mayhap some…. SKULLS?

kylagb
5 years ago

I want to harangue the multitudes!! It sounds like fun.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
5 years ago

@kyla

It sounds even better if you imagine it in Mr Burns’ voice.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
5 years ago

as well as a very messy transfer of the blog

Do you actually need to transfer?

If you start with a clear slate there’ll be no evidence of all the times I said something stupid.

weirwoodtreehugger
5 years ago

No worries, David! That’s actually sooner than I was expecting. Better to get it done right and take your time.

Moggie
Moggie
5 years ago

I hope the blockquote mammoth gets transferred too. It wouldn’t be the same without it.

pkayden
5 years ago

Don’t have 2.5 hours to waste but that’s a really cute doggie. Would love for Ms. Sarkeesian to continue making more long running “Tropes v. Women” videos. Now those I would watch endlessly.

Olive O'Sudden
Olive O'Sudden
5 years ago

On the subject of Jordan Owen’s verbal droning, it does seem that it’s considerably more pronounced when he’s reading from text rather than speaking extemporaneously. The best example (by which I mean the most horrifying) is his reading from his own pornorific masterpiece, Eros Empire.

Zeb Berryman
Zeb Berryman
5 years ago

Good god, what is he doing with his voice? Dude even if you were doing a supposedly professional documentary (your not by the way) your still doing a performance. Don’t just read your script in a monotone voice, put in some emphasis and a modicum of emotion. Even news casters are less monotone and they are specifically trained to not put to much emotion in there voices.

Mike
Mike
5 years ago

He’s dead set on ignoring how video games are mass consumer goods produced by corporations and how simply by purchasing games, the consumer will keep them coming. For instance, WTF is this passionate safeguarding gibber gabber? Is it a conscious, proactive and/or collective act?

I think he actually means that the free market is how the ‘safeguarding’ happens. As best I can tell, the theory is: Until recently, the content of games has been determined by the ideas of the developers or by the demands of the market (or both), but that so-called SJW critics are like a powerful and fundamentally external force – a force that is able to influence games without any legitimate connection to developers or to the games market. Like, I think it’d be analogous to, say, some totalitarian government all of a sudden taking control in a coup d’etat, and then, on a whim, imposing arbitrary strictures on game development – games would have to be made according to a specific set of guidelines, but those guidelines wouldn’t reflect the honest desires of developers or players. Somehow, in the world of GG (or this movie, anyway), progressive critics have managed to assume massive amounts of undue influence and power in the industry; a lot of it comes down to a sort of paranoid fantasy, which is very much in-line with the movement’s general right-wing underpinnings.

Wow that was longer than I thought it’d be… I’ll just add this:

A lot of the anti-Sarkeesian rhetoric has revolved around the old trope (there’s probably a name for it) of “If you know so much about this, why don’t you go do it?” Like, saying to a film critic “If you’re so smart about movies then why haven’t you actually made a movie?” It’s a very old, very tired line of thinking (I can’t say for sure, but I’d be willing to bet that it dates back to the earliest days of published criticism) – it’s basically a fancy way of dismissing criticism at the root, rather than trying to engage with it in a meaningful way.

History Nerd
5 years ago

By Jordan’s logic, the Tropes vs. Women in Video Games videos are works of art that are only constrained by Anita Sarkeesian’s mind and creativity. Is something only “creative” or “art” when it meets his expectations or isn’t politically correct because it challenges Randroid ideology? Doesn’t he not have a right to have his views or interests represented or defended in feminist cultural criticism?

brooked
brooked
5 years ago

@Olive O’Sudden

On the subject of Jordan Owen’s verbal droning, it does seem that it’s considerably more pronounced when he’s reading from text rather than speaking extemporaneously. The best example (by which I mean the most horrifying) is his reading from his own pornorific masterpiece, Eros Empire.

In his defense, his performance in the Eros Empire reading noticeably picks up after the 20 minute mark.

I kid. I bailed after about a minute and, oh boy, is Owen a bad writer.

Cyberwulf
Cyberwulf
5 years ago

NINE MILLION CANADIAN US DOLLARS

and every cent is certainly on display

Lorcan Nagle
Lorcan Nagle
5 years ago

Christ on a badger, I had to turn that off after a minute. Not even sleepy dog could make it listernable

dlouwe
dlouwe
5 years ago

…games have been passionately safeguarded by creator and consumer alike, forever immune to the demands of political correctness and social justice sermonizing.

Quite literally “Things that I don’t agree with are having an effect on gaming!” Implicitly acknowledging that there are many many things that place demands on game creators, but it’s exclusively things that he disagrees with that are having a negative impact and killing creativity.

Also given their extreme determination to completely misses the point of criticism, I wonder if their next work will be The Siskel & Ebert Effect?

davidgerard
5 years ago

I watched that on YouTube, and then it directed me to this amusing repurposing of footage from Smokin’ Aces to tell the story of Davis Aurini and the Patreon money: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCVq5bmF54I

He did one for Jordan too: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyNoPdpLmOQ

His channel has several other videos about Aurini.

Policy of Madness
Policy of Madness
5 years ago

Has anyone heard anything from Ownrini’s backers? Do they feel cheated by this steaming pile, or are they satisfied that this is the product they wanted?

Moggie
Moggie
5 years ago

Jordan Owen writes erotic fiction? The mere thought of that demands brain bleach.

NickNameNick
NickNameNick
5 years ago

“Can you see why we hold Anita Sarkeesian and her kind in such contempt?”

Not based on your completely inaccurate description of how the videogame industry works or anti-intellectual take on Art…

@Mike:

A lot of the anti-Sarkeesian rhetoric has revolved around the old trope (there’s probably a name for it) of “If you know so much about this, why don’t you go do it?” Like, saying to a film critic “If you’re so smart about movies then why haven’t you actually made a movie?” It’s a very old, very tired line of thinking (I can’t say for sure, but I’d be willing to bet that it dates back to the earliest days of published criticism) – it’s basically a fancy way of dismissing criticism at the root, rather than trying to engage with it in a meaningful way.

Oh yeah, I come across it often and it never ceases to aggravate.

The funny part being is that those who use such an argument have never bothered to create a piece of Art and Entertainment themselves – they just assume that, simply because they like it a lot, they “understand” it better than one who would criticize it negatively. They obviously don’t. If they did, they would not be so hostile to other observations made about it and act as if they were personal attacks against themselves and the creator(s).

It’s akin to when someone, rather than just arguing the particulars of a certain subject, just tell you to “get back to me in ____ years” from now. It’s a really smug way of acting like you won an argument by using a deflection as arbitrary as age. It also doesn’t matter if you actually follow their advice as they’ll always change goal-posts to “prove” the other person wrong.

So, it doesn’t matter if you bothered to actually make a movie or wait a decade to gain some wisdom before talking to someone again: there will be some excuse about how it isn’t “good enough” in some way, which is wholly convenient for them.

decourse
decourse
5 years ago

Hang on. I can buy the bizarre pseudo-Ayn-Rand rant, but didn’t this whole crapfest start partly because a bunch of people decided that games like Depression Quest shouldn’t even exist, or at least that nobody in the gaming media should talk about them?

NickNameNick
NickNameNick
5 years ago

“I love free speech more than anyone else alive…until it’s speech I don’t want to hear, then it must be silenced! That’s not hypocritical or anything, honest!”