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Black athletes are turning white men into a cucked “third sex” by being better at sports, weirdo racist football fan argues

By David Futrelle

Caste Football is an online forum devoted to the premise that white athletes (sorry, White athletes) are terribly discriminated against in professional sports. According to the site’s posting guidelines:

The purpose of Caste Football is to root for White athletes and to see that they receive their due in American society and that they participate in athletic endeavors on a level playing field. We reject the institutionalized discrimination that exists against White athletes in sports, and the belittling and negative stereotyping of White athletes that exists in the media.

In other words, it’s a site filled with white guys who are terrified that black athletes are cuckolding white men in general and them in particular by simply existing and being good at sports. And I’m not jumping to any rash conclusions about their sexual insecurities here. Sometimes Caste Football commenters basically come out and say it.

Consider, for example, the weird worries of one forum regular called Shadowlight. The prolific Caste Football contributor, with more than 2000 comments to his name, apparently finds himself “in such a bleak mood I can’t even breath [sic] properly. I am currently lost in a fog of darkness don’t even ask.”

There’s no need to ask, as Shadowlight is eager to tell us.

The media is very good at playing the sadomasochistic /sadist game where white athletes are pummeled to death and black athletes are elevated into a spiritual realm. The breathless talk about Lamar Jackson today is outright pagan worship.

I’m not sure Shadowlight really understands what pagan worship looks like.

It seems to me there has been a major push for years to turn white athletes into a lesser species.

A lesser species? Oh dear. It’s only going to get weirder from here, isn’t it? (SPOILER: It does.)

Forget the strength factor. That is a 12th century concept that has little bearing on the modern world. Modernity is based on speed and the media is making the average Joe believe that this is only a black domain.

I would ask how exactly Shadowlight thinks the media doing this, but he doesn’t seem very big on providing evidence for his weird claims.

Imagine a future NFL where there really aren’t white wide receivers ( perhaps a few back up types) and maybe say 12 white defensive starters spread throughout the entire league and a few white QBs and TEs. Most white players will be willing white OL and kicker/punters.

The horror!

What do we end up with? A third sex and we are 3/4 of the way there as I post this.

A third what now?

White men will be relegated to a third sex which is pitched between women and black men. Black men will embody the masculine man with all the attendant glory that will afford. White men will be seen ( again we are close now to this in the public sphere) as little booty inferior boys that can’t compete with what society deems as real men and heroes ala black athletes.

“Little Booty Inferior Boys” is the name of my Little Feat tribute band.

Shadowlight’s brand of racist paranoia is hardly new; it’s just a slightly modified version of the “black brute” theories that have filled the overactive imaginations of sexually insecure white racists for centuries (and which I wrote about in some detail here).

As Matthew Hudson pointed out in an essay on Slate, white people viewing blacks as somehow “superhuman” isn’t really a compliment. In one study Hudson discusses, whites were more likely to attribute certain superhuman physical traits — like imperviousness to pain and hunger — to blacks than to whites. Whites also tend to see black men as tougher and more athletic than whites. Meanwhile, the popularity of racialized cuckold porn suggests that the old racist stereotype of black men as exceptionally virile hasn’t gone away either.

The flip side of all this is that many whites tend to think of black people as less intelligent as well — viewing them not so much as superhuman as more animalistic than whites. Indeed, when black people began to enter professional sports in a big way, Hudson quotes sociologist Matthew Hughey as saying,

commentators began to emphasize white cognitive superiority in contrast to the supposedly savage and unbridled physical superiority of blacks. Accordingly, a popular culture narrative of ‘black brawn’ versus ‘white brains’ emerged.

This is how white men with inferiority complexes and deep sexual insecurities manage to turn even their own self-doubts into support for white supremacy. Shadowlight’s exercise in self-flagellation isn’t just weird and a little cringeworthy; it’s a symptom of a deep and ugly racism that, unfortunately, isn’t confined to the virtual pages of the Caste Football forums.

H/T to the Blue Pill subreddit for pointing me to Shadowlight’s comment and r/GamerGhazi, which linked to Hudson’s essay.

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Naglfar
Naglfar
1 year ago

Wait, so if they think white men are becoming a third sex, does that mean they’re finally starting to see gender as more than a binary? I’m almost certain not, but I can dream.

whites were more likely to attribute certain superhuman physical traits — like imperviousness to pain and hunger — to blacks than to whites.

This harkens back to slavery, when slave owners often justified their behavior with claims that black people were stronger and didn’t feel pain the same way as white people. It was also believed by J. Marion Sims, whose early gynecological experiments were on black women without anesthesia because he believed back women did not feel pain like white women.

I’ve never really understood why people get so excited about sports, but this “Caste Football” site is a weird manifestation of sexual insecurity indeed. The thing that really gets me about these kinds of things is how self-defeating white supremacist ideology is. It’s saying “we’re the master race, but these other races are better than us at things, so we need to set them back.” If you believe your race isn’t as good at something and is in danger of being replaced, maybe, just maybe, you’re not the “master race” and this whole thing is BS?

Karalora
Karalora
1 year ago

The problem Shadowlight and his ilk run into is that they want athletic prowess to be a sign of superiority when comparing men to women, but a sign of inferiority when comparing blacks to whites. The resulting cognitive dissonance is one of the great self-owns of race/gender politics.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

Just off the top of my head, two of the most famous athletes, at least in the US are Tom Brady and Michael Phelps. They’re definitely white.

He’s also forgetting successful Asian athletes and I’m not sure I want to know what this guy would make of fact that the 2019 men’s world figure skating championships podium was all Asian.

I’m pretty sure it’s just this guy’s making him think that only black male athletes are loved.

I guess female athletes just don’t exist?

Naglfar
Naglfar
1 year ago

@WWTH

I’m not sure I want to know what this guy would make of fact that the 2019 men’s world figure skating championships podium was all Asian.

I have the feeling he’d say that figure skating isn’t a “real” sport or isn’t “manly” enough so it doesn’t affect him. White supremacists generally don’t seem to hate Asians as much as black people or other non white groups anyway.

I guess female athletes just don’t exist?

He probably sees them as existing, but doesn’t care and/or thinks that they’re inferior to male athletes in every way. As Karalora mentioned above, it’s a bit of a contradiction that to them, black athletes outperforming white athletes makes black people inferior but men outperforming women makes men superior.

Troubelle: Moonbeam Malcontent, Bard of the New Movement
Troubelle: Moonbeam Malcontent, Bard of the New Movement
1 year ago

…This is not the non-binary representation I ordered.

RoyBoy
RoyBoy
1 year ago

James Marion Sims, often referred to as the “father of modern gynecology,” in the 1840s did perform a series of experimental surgeries on African-American slave women without anesthesia to develop a technique to repair vesicovaginal fistulas; this fistula is a tear between the uterus and bladder, often caused by prolonged childbirth. It is painful and dangerous condition that results in the constant dripping of urine through the vagina. There are issues regarding Sims’ failure to use anesthesia (ether and chloroform were just being introduced into surgical techniques at the time), the fact that some of these women endured multiple operations, and that, being slaves, they could not properly consent to such experiments. However, throughout his medical career Sims continued to experiment on women, both black and white; he was so obsessed with and jealous of his legacy that he ignored medical ethics, would diagnose new maladies in his female patients, and then develop invasive surgical techniques to cure them. When a female patient reported dread regarding her husband touching her genitals, Sims named the condition vaginismus and claimed that it could be cured by cutting deep incisions in the vagina and inserting rods of metal or glass to enlarge it. He asserted that the narrow neck of the cervix resulted in infertility and painful menstruation and would use a multibladed tool to enlarge the cervical opening. He is known to have perform clitoridectomies and removed healthy ovaries from women to treat conditions such as diarrhea and epilepsy. Although Sims claimed a spectacular success rate, he also mutilated or killed many of his patients, leaving some severely scarred and in pain. So while Sims may have begun his career unethically experimenting on slave women, he treated women as a whole as guinea pigs in his obsession to obtain medical fame. https://harpers.org/archive/2017/11/monumental-error/?fbclid=IwAR0GFm8guX7d5ZcK1sHdcOQ_-vO1M9lEKSCGTNa6fMJS-J2q9JHJ-oNEDqE

Malice W Underland
Malice W Underland
1 year ago

Fun fact: the white man in that photo with Tommie Smith and John Carlos was an Australian runner named Peter Norman. All three men are wearing the badge of the Olympic Project for Human Rights in the photo. Apparently, Norman found out that Smith and Carlos were planning to wear badges and raise their fists on the podium, and asked if he could wear a badge too, in solidarity. The three became lifelong friends.

Crip Dyke
1 year ago

A third sex and we are 3/4 of the way there as I post this.

I question the math here. Haven’t we been at least 2/3rds of the way there since the beginning of human history? Surely if it’s taken us six thousand years to get only 1/12th of the way further toward a third sex this dipshit has no immediate cause for alarm, right?

/snark

commentators began to emphasize white cognitive superiority in contrast to the supposedly savage and unbridled physical superiority of blacks. Accordingly, a popular culture narrative of ‘black brawn’ versus ‘white brains’ emerged.

On a more serious note, it’s not like this “emerged” when previously white professional sports franchises started hiring Black employees. White had been talking this way since at least the 1600s. (Probably earlier, but I don’t know about how this trope was used before the late 1600s so I won’t claim anything before that.)

Kevin
Kevin
1 year ago

I assume from Shadowlight’s sports terminology that he was referring to the rugby variant (that’s what it is, I checked) known as American football.

As a bonus, house point for naming the source of the following quote:

‘In a country which sets such store by male virility, I’ve never understood why chaps put on thirty pounds of armour just to play rugby.’

Probably slighty scrambled as I encountered the quote a while back.

occasional reader
occasional reader
1 year ago

white athletes into a lesser species

I wonder what would be the taxonomy for such a specie… album athletarum ?

Battering Lamb
Battering Lamb
1 year ago

Somehow I feel like the villains of ‘Get Out’ would be member of this forum. Probably a lot more articulate, but still.

TacticalProgressive
TacticalProgressive
1 year ago

@Naglfar

If you believe your race isn’t as good at something and is in danger of being replaced, maybe, just maybe, you’re not the “master race” and this whole thing is BS?

Interesting how these kind of folk always push that kind of self contradictory chestnut of psudorational bunk.

galanx
galanx
1 year ago

Looking at baseball, most of the ‘minority’ players are from Central America and the Spanish Caribbean; the issue that has been raised is the shortage of black players.
In basketball, most of the players are black; the white players are mostly European. This is not because there is a shortage of tall white American boys, it’s because black players, rightly or wrongly, think that they have a better chance at getting rich that way- like poor people buying lottery tickets, it may be the only way.
Same for football players- both American and the other kind (in Europe).

Naglfar
Naglfar
1 year ago

a lesser species.

A third sex

So, is it another species or another sex? Those are very different things. Then again, I’ve seen internet misogynists claim that women are a different race than men numerous times, so this little error doesn’t surprise me.

@RoyBoy
He definitely did some awful things to women. I wasn’t defending him, I was merely describing one of the awful things he did that was relevant to this article.

Seraph4377
Seraph4377
1 year ago

@ Kevin – Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. First or second season, because he’s talking to Jenny Calendar.

Citerior Motive
Citerior Motive
1 year ago

The way he talks about white men supposedly being ‘between’ women and black men kind of showcases the fact that he sees women as inferior to men—not that we really needed confirmation of that.

numerobis
numerobis
1 year ago

Crip Dyke: IIRC the Chanson de Roland has a fair bit of dehumanizing of the Moors as mindless brutes with dark skin. So that’s 11th century racism in the same style.

Pretty sure I read similar stuff in either Herodotus or Thucydides, but it’s been too long.

dashapants
dashapants
1 year ago

Every time I encounter this in the wild, I just substitute “fairies” for “black men” because before white people had people of color to project all their insecurities onto, they invented magical creatures for that purpose.

For example, fairy ladies are well known for their great sexual prowess and the leading astray of mortal men. Fairy gents seduce mortal ladies like all the time in stories. Fairies are just supernaturally endowed with all kinds of advantages, but at the same time they don’t think as human beings do, they follow their own weird fairy logic, and they have no soul, and are otherwise deficient, and their attractiveness is probably all just fairy glamour anyways, why yes these human grapes are sour.

Fairy is historical shorthand for foreigner/other. Gay people are “fairies” now. But give it a bit, it’ll get repurposed again and again. You can swap fairies in for almost any bigotry target with hilarious effect.

In fact, Amazon has made a whole TV series now using this trope.

Naglfar
Naglfar
1 year ago

@dashapants

they follow their own weird fairy logic

It can’t be weirder than the logical tangles that white supremacists and misogynists build, can it?

Seraph4377
Seraph4377
1 year ago

And of course, the idea that black people are stronger, tougher, more resistant to pain, etc. than white people is the whole reason police have to shoot black 12-year-olds dead if they hesitate even a fraction of a second in dropping their toy guns.

Lainy
Lainy
1 year ago

Fairy is historical shorthand for foreigner/other. Gay people are “fairies” now. But give it a bit, it’ll get repurposed again and again. You can swap fairies in for almost any bigotry target with hilarious effect.

All the years of tween and teenage years when I would walk through the woods to relax and slightly hope that some fairy prince would come and take me away. All of that just for me to become the Fairy myself. Oh how the tables have turned.

Katamount
1 year ago

…incidentally, the NHL is currently dealing with a major racism issue of its own at the moment. Only the latest in a string of them over the years.

And just on the topic of racism, remember in the Mr. Rogers thread how I was reminiscing about shows I watched as a kid and I mentioned that Jeremy/Barnaby/Colargol show? Wellll… let’s just say that it gets a liiiittle racist when Jeremy/Barnaby/Colargol ventures outside of the woods. The arc where he goes around the world is basically every episode contains a different ethnic stereotype. Granted, kids are probably enjoying the madcap slapstick hi-jinks of the magic suitcase that turns into a plane or a car or a boat (or a tank at one point) but watching a whole Mexican village full of caricatures that would make the Frito Bandito blush mistake a hot-air balloon for an alien spacecraft was a little “Yikes!” to say the least.

How TVO greenlit the show to be broadcast on public television is a bit beyond me. I get that France and Poland of the late 60s-early 70s probably were not the most racially enlightened places on earth, but Ontario? Little disappointing.

Maybe the rights were cheap. *shrug* The bear was certainly adorable. Apparently there’s a statue of him in Lodz:

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Lumipuna (nee Arctic Ape)
Lumipuna (nee Arctic Ape)
1 year ago

Now, I just realized I’ve been familiar with the kitchen detergent brand “Fairy” for longer than I’ve spoken English, and never thought about its literal meaning in English context. And both my grandmas lived to 88 without ever knowing or caring what it might mean, other than a highly popular brand of dish soap, essentially synonymous with “dish soap”.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
1 year ago

@ lumipuna

essentially synonymous with “dish soap”.

As a matter of IP law; Fairy Liquid is a generic trademark.

That’s where a brand becomes, as you point out, synonymous with a general item. Like Kleenex, Aspirin, Dumpster etc.

Nerd Mode: Off

LollyPop
LollyPop
1 year ago

@dashapants I always think of the fae being invented to explain the capriciousness of life and turning favour of nature, and respect for these things. Like, “put milk out for the helpful brownie or he will fuck your shit up in weird and seemingly very unfair ways”. Or “keep your eyes on the kids or something from the forest will nick them”

Naglfar
Naglfar
1 year ago

@LollyPop

he will fuck your shit up

When did the fairies become Paul Elam?

Viscaria
Viscaria
1 year ago

@galanx

In basketball, most of the players are black; the white players are mostly European. This is not because there is a shortage of tall white American boys, it’s because black players, rightly or wrongly, think that they have a better chance at getting rich that way- like poor people buying lottery tickets, it may be the only way.
Same for football players- both American and the other kind (in Europe).

Do you have any evidence to back up this claim? I would be surprised if the demographics of professional sports could be explained by just one thing. It seems a bit reductive to me.

Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
1 year ago

@ Malice W Sunderland:

I have a favorite T-shirt which has that pic of Carlos and Smith, but Gordon is replaced with Colin Kaepernick…

The message is, after 50 years, we’re still having that same discussion… or, more accurately, we’re REFUSING to have that same discussion

Jenora Feuer
Jenora Feuer
1 year ago

Of course, when you get right down to it, there’s a really simple explanation for why minorities get involved in sports at high levels so much.

When you cut off most of the avenues of success, people will take the ones still available to them.

Hence the high percentage of minorities in sports and the military. And it’s been like this for generations, over different ideas of what constituted a minority. Back in the days when the Irish weren’t considered ‘white’, a lot of Irish got into professional boxing. Because that was a place that wasn’t closed off to them.

With regards to women’s sports, I just heard this on the news today, though it’s a couple of days old:
Pay equity comes to curling: Scotties and Brier winners to cash in same amount
Curling isn’t exactly a high-paying sport, but Curling Canada has officially announced that the men’s and women’s championships will receive equal amounts of money starting this year.

Karalora
Karalora
1 year ago

When you cut off most of the avenues of success, people will take the ones still available to them.

This is also the simplest explanation for the reviled “hypergamy” that is supposedly proof of women’s inherent wickedness and shallowness. When there is a centuries-long tradition of women being forbidden to amass wealth of their own, of course they’re going to aim to marry money…and even when the ban on women’s wealth is lifted, there’s a lot of what you might call “romance culture” still promoting the idea that a rich man is a desirable one.

Kevin R.
1 year ago

@Viscaria

Do you have any evidence to back up this claim? I would be surprised if the demographics of professional sports could be explained by just one thing. It seems a bit reductive to me.

I decided to look this one up, and in the NBA, 74.4% of the players are black. The NFL is similar, with about 68% of its players being black.

It’s not a conspiracy. The story of people seeing sports as their way out of poverty is an old one. It was the plot of the movie All the Right Moves with Tom Cruise, and it was a major reason for the zealous push for “amateurism” in the 19th and early 20th centuries: the rich people who dominated sports back then felt that cash prizes would bring in the unwashed poor and somehow “cheapen” their favorite sports. Apparently, being in it for the money meant that you somehow weren’t in it for the love of the game. (In the UK, it was one of the big reasons for the split between rugby league and rugby union in 1895.) The guys at Caste Football are the modern-day version of the posh nobs of yesteryear, with added racism thrown in on top of the classism.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
1 year ago

@ Kevin

the split between rugby league and rugby union in 1895.

(Puts down Bradford Northern mug)

Oh yeah; the ‘gentlemen versus players’ thing.

It’s all quite fascinating, and the formation of “the northern rugby league” is, as I’m sure you know, all tied up with the foundation of the Labour Party and the Cooperative movement.

But basically, when all games were amateur, you needed a private income to be able to spend enough time to get good at them.

Working class folks couldn’t just take time off for practice unless the clubs compensated them for their lost wages. Hence the birth of professional sport.

Viscaria
Viscaria
1 year ago

I didn’t doubt that black people were disproportionately represented in the NBA or NFL as compared to white people, nor were my googlin’ fingers too tired to check for myself if I really was skeptical. I don’t think there is any conspiracy, and I do think that it makes perfect sense that some young black men, being denied the opportunities available to their white counterparts, would pursue one of the very few avenues available to them.

I just thought Galanx’s comment put a neat little bow on a very big topic, and in the absence of any backing for that claim, I am skeptical that it is just that simple. For one thing, it doesn’t really explain sports that are overwhelmingly white, like hockey.

Like, obviously the extreme whiteness of hockey is a result of racism, but racism hasn’t kept basketball and American football super duper white, and I doubt it’s because there’s just no racism in those sports. So, like… why? I think these things are complicated.

Nequam
Nequam
1 year ago

I figure with some sports the lack of access to facilities for most African-Americans is a factor. You don’t find ice rinks in poorer/urban areas.

Lainy
Lainy
1 year ago

OT

I’ve decided on my next tattoo that’s for fun. I’m gonna get a black silhouette of a raven on my back. I know I’ve picked a painful place but really there is already one on my inner thigh so I’m pretty good with pain.

Buttercup Q. Skullpants
Buttercup Q. Skullpants
1 year ago

Hockey is super expensive, and time-intensive. You’ve got to start young, put in hours of practice time just to learn the basics of skating, stickhandling, and shooting, buy expensive padding/sticks/skates (that get outgrown quickly), be able to drop kids at practice during odd hours (hard to do with work schedules) and have the financial resources to travel to tournaments, stay in hotels, and pay exorbitant amounts of money to participate on a team. Where I live, it’s $800 a season just for the league fee.

If you look at a D1 college hockey roster, most of the players went to expensive prep schools or grew up playing junior hockey in Canada or Europe.

I suspect there’s a bit of white flight going on in sports among suburban parents. Around here, white kids get steered into sports like gymnastics, skiing, swimming, and club soccer, and away from sports where black athletes have been successful (football, track, basketball). I suspect it’s not a coincidence. Whenever a space opens up to blacks (and women) and they’re successful at it, whites devalue it and move on.

Joseph Zowghi
1 year ago

I’m just going to leave this here. (It’s about black people and hockey)

https://youtu.be/2pvrohqdI9U

Naglfar
Naglfar
1 year ago

@Buttercup Q. Skullpants

Around here, white kids get steered into sports like gymnastics, skiing, swimming, and club soccer, and away from sports where black athletes have been successful (football, track, basketball). I suspect it’s not a coincidence. Whenever a space opens up to blacks (and women) and they’re successful at it, whites devalue it and move on.

The same thing happened when I was growing up (a different location than where I live now, early 2000s). I never played sports, but I had friends that did. Even at young ages, white kids (the neighborhood where I lived at the time was very white, with only a couple families that weren’t white) were encouraged to play the sports you suggested. Sure, there were a few that went into football or basketball, but most were pressured by their parents into the more expensive and white dominated sports. The boys tended to do soccer and swim team, while the girls mostly did gymnastics and dance (including my sister, who did dance when she was younger and gymnastics when she was a bit older).

Critical Dragon1177
1 year ago

David Futrelle,

Well at least this Caste Football website claims to be “against discrimination.” How much you wanna bet through that a much larger than average percentage of the people there wouldn’t mind the return of Jim Crow?

Troubelle: Moonbeam Malcontent, Bard of the New Movement
Troubelle: Moonbeam Malcontent, Bard of the New Movement
1 year ago

re: why so many minority players in sportsball?

I’ll admit I don’t have papers, but…you know how in football (USA-style) at least, players tend to have a lot of concussions?

(Which actually ties into @Kevin ‘s comment about rugby and armor. In USA football, you get a lot of cumulative blunt-force trauma while still being able to move on the field, which adds up. With rugby, you know when you need to stop.)

And how in general, sports players tend to have a lot of injuries, due to working in a very direct physical capacity?

Yyyyyyyeah…

Buttercup Q. Skullpants
Buttercup Q. Skullpants
1 year ago

@Naglfar

Yeah, sports feed directly into college and class aspirations for white middle-class Americans. Some of it is bragging rights (for the parents), but also there’s the sense that being outstanding at the “right” sport will help with admission into the “right” college. Ivy League colleges tend to prize sports that rely more on finesse and specialized training than raw strength, the more arcane the better (crew, squash, fencing). Just another form of gatekeeping.

In my town, soccer in particular is something of a cult. If your child doesn’t join club soccer by age nine or so, they have no chance to make the varsity team in high school. The pay-to-play system discourages creativity and shuts out truly talented players who can’t afford it. We have a large population of Somali immigrants who play pickup soccer at the city fields every Sunday, and any one of those kids could run rings around the wealthy club kids. Club soccer doesn’t create world-class players, as evidenced by the American men’s team’s dismal World Cup performances. What it’s good at is breeding modestly talented players who then go on to become coaches and establish their own clubs. IOW, it’s a pyramid scheme. Instead of hoping for a college scholarship, the parents would be much better off taking the tens of thousands of dollars they spend on soccer expenses and just applying that directly to college tuition.

The parents I’ve talked to flat-out refuse to let their kids play football because of all the concerns about concussions and CTE. Football is now regarded more as a weekend television spectacle than as a sport that a white kid would play seriously (other than as a quarterback or punter). It’s just another way in which black bodies are sacrificed for entertainment.

Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
Surplus to Requirements, Observer of the Vast Blight-Wing Enstupidation
1 year ago

OT: I am withdrawing an earlier endorsement I had posted here, months ago, of a mobile game, “Diggy’s Adventure”.

Recent updates to the game have rendered it quite unstable, and introduced a particularly nasty problem: the game will sometimes brick itself, i.e. put itself into a state where it won’t work even after exiting and restarting the app or even rebooting the mobile device. Once this happens, the game will hang during its splash screen startup and the only recourse is to email their support and wait for them to remotely do … something to get your copy working again.

And they take their sweet time doing so, typically several hours from initial email until you can get up and running again.

I have emailed them repeatedly asking them to instruct me on how to unfuck it on my own, and they never have answered such inquiries. Their only advice was to avoid leaving the game running in the background between sessions and instead exit it and restart it every time (despite it having one of the slowest startups of any mobile game). Following that advice proved worthless, as the game can still brick itself if you follow that advice: apparently you can exit it normally after a session of playing and it might mis-write its state to disk on exit and hang during startup the next time you go to play.

Not only is their preventative advice worthless, they have also taken no action to remedy the underlying bug that makes the thing brick itself, even though the update that introduced the bricking problem has now been in circulation for several days.

The new bug is striking my copy daily, with no way to fix it but email them and wait for them to remotely do whatever it is that they remotely do, and one assumes if I’m running into it every 24 hours now, that so are the other users, and they are being inundated 24/7 with requests from various users to unfuck their copies, so it’s no wonder it’s so slow for them to get around to unfucking any particular one.

You’d think they’d realize that telling people how to manually fix their own copies (how to get at their phone’s filesystem, what file to change, what changes to make) would reduce the backlog as at least the more tech-savvy portion of their user base would be able to workaround the bug when it hit them without adding to their email load, but noooo … You’d think they’d roll back the recent update that made it start scrogging its own disk files every 24 hours (and, seemingly, like clockwork — the last two incidents to affect my copy both happened right around 11:30 PM), but noooo.

Their support is terrible and their product, which was a bit unstable before, is now unusable for a sizable chunk out of every day because of the combination of new bugs and their support being terrible. Which is probably in a feedback loop, as their support email gets overwhelmed by requests to unfuck copies bitten by the bug and they end up too busy to unfuck copies in a timely fashion or find and fix the underlying bug.

In short, they’ve painted themselves into a corner and seem unwilling, or unable, to fix the problems they’ve created in their product. On that basis, I withdraw my previous endorsement. Stay away from “Diggy’s Adventure”. The current version of the product is unstable and buggy and often gets itself into a state that causes it to hang on next startup and that the user is unable to fix without remote assistance from their support, and their support is slow as molasses and as minimally helpful as possible, providing no information in their response emails that can be used either to avoid triggering the bug or to fix the consequences and get back into the game on one’s own.

If your idea of fantastic game mechanics is sitting around waiting for hours for tech support to discover that you’ve emailed them and respond, then this is the game for you. Otherwise …

LollyPop
LollyPop
1 year ago

@Naglfar Thinking about it Paul Elam does have something of the malevolent sprite about him, if in the most boring way possible.

galanx
galanx
1 year ago

Viscarla said:”I just thought Galanx’s comment put a neat little bow on a very big topic, and in the absence of any backing for that claim, I am skeptical that it is just that simple. For one thing, it doesn’t really explain sports that are overwhelmingly white, like hockey.”
Hockey is overwhelmingly white because it developed on the frozen ponds of Canada, a notably white country (and the northern states). Years ago it was disproportionately French-Canadian, a home-grown minority group. Most of the players were stereotypically from small towns where it was a choice of that or the farm, lumber mill, or logging camp. It spread in cold countries in Europe, largely among people of the same socioeconomic background. It was slightly different in the U.S. because it became a college sport.

Some explanations of the popularity of a sport are historical . Caribbean islands that were British colonies became centres of cricket. Former Spanish colonies identical in geography and climate play baseball . It’s not because Hispanics have any natural propensity for that sport. It’s just because they came under U.S. influence, and that popularised it.

Naglfar
Naglfar
1 year ago

@CriticalDragon1177

Well at least this Caste Football website claims to be “against discrimination.”

Well, that’s an interesting choice of words for them to use. I’m guessing they mean they’re opposed to (imaginary) discrimination against white people.

@Buttercup Q. Skullpants

the more arcane the better (crew, squash, fencing).

For some of these there could be an ulterior motive *cough* admissions scandal *cough*.
Another popular sport among white kids that I forgot to mention is martial arts. I took karate for a couple years as a kid, and I think parents do it for a couple reasons:
1. They think it will help their child with self defense even if their children are not well trained.
2. There were a lot of McDojos with false advertising
3. Like you said, it requires specialized training in some way.

@LollyPop

Thinking about it Paul Elam does have something of the malevolent sprite about him, if in the most boring way possible.

I see what you mean. It’s just that when I picture fairies I think of small, delicate woodland creatures, not violent and angry 6’8” men. His image rather contrasts with that of a fairy or sprite.

Karalora
Karalora
1 year ago

@Naglfar Ogres and trolls are of the faerie-folk too.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
1 year ago

I’m quite fascinated by that idea that we, humans, are Fae to the animals.

I was going to type out what I meant; but someone has already done that here…

https://philosopherking1887.music.blog/tag/humans-are-fae-to-animals/

Katamount
1 year ago

Aww, the Colargol statue didn’t show. Here’s another try:

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Wiki should work. I love that he has the magic suitcase with him.

Naglfar
Naglfar
1 year ago

@Karalora
Fair enough. I wasn’t really thinking of them at the time. Though there are no shortage of the latter on the Internet.

@Katamount
Is Colargol the same as Jeremy the Bear? He looks familiar.
O/T, but how’s guitar coming? Out of curiosity, which style of music are you learning to play? I might be able to steer you towards some useful resources.

Viscaria
Viscaria
1 year ago

@galanx, I am not trying to pick on you, but, with respect, my objection was not that you were incapable of thinking of plausible reasons for the whiteness of hockey. My objection was that you initially offered what seemed to me to be a very pat explanation for why racial demographics are the way they are in sports and you did so without any kind of support.

I also brought up some data that did not fit with your initial explanation, which maybe I’ll call X. Your response to that was that my data could be explained by Y. If that’s true, then the overall picture of why sports demographics are like they are is at least X plus Y and more likely X plus Y plus a bunch of other things, which was my point in the first place. X plus Y is not the same as X.

Now, it’s possible that this all stems from a misunderstanding on my part. Perhaps you meant that one reason is X, and I read the only reason is X. If that is the case, I’m sorry for misinterpreting.