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In a world where unarmed, innocent people are murdered freely by authority figures, slavery is at an all-time high, someone opens fire on an American school almost every month and people die from inadequate, needlessly overpriced health care, some people think the biggest and most upsetting issue in our society is about video game opinions.

And, unfortunately, these people create a serious issue. Despite the fact that they rally around a fundamentally trivial and pointless cause, their furious and aimless harassment of others has become something worth talking about.

If you ask a Gamergater, they'll tell you that their fight is over "dishonesty in journalism." That's a pretty big fight. Journalistic bias has convinced Americans that climate change might not even be happening, that minorities commit more crime than whites and that we actually have any reason to be dropping bombs on the Middle East. Mainstream media is a clusterfuck of biases and sensationali-wait, what's that? Gamergaters focus on video game journalism?

That's odd. I'm pretty sure nobody has ever died because of a video game review. I'm pretty sure nobody's life has ever been ruined because a video game review mislead them about the quality of an electronic plaything. What, exactly, do these people believe is "wrong" with video game journalism? What do they believe is so critically wrong that tens of thousands of them have tweeted #gamergate and formed e-militias devoted to terrorizing anyone they think can be blamed for it?

It all started with a single game review.

According to the Gamergate side of things, a woman used sex to get her video game reviewed by a popular outlet. That's the meat of it. That's what started the avalanche of rage and abuse.

The more complicated truth is that the woman's ex boyfriend alleges she was dating the writer who reviewed her game.

Now, presuming all of this is true, and her game was only reviewed because she was sleeping with the reviewer - what, exactly, is the harm here? What's the impact?

Video games are a hobby. They're playthings. Toys. While "casual" is a dirty word in hardcore gaming circles, the entirety of the video game industry is a casual thing by default, like all entertainment fiction. Video games aren't politics. They aren't science. They aren't medicine or law or any other subject that actually impacts the world. They are pieces of art that exist to amuse people.

The very website where this review was posted, Kotaku, isn't even a site that pretends to be serious "journalism" about anything. It bills itself as a blog. It has always featured subjective opinion pieces and even entertaining fluff as simple as a funny video post. Where anyone got the idea that it was some sort of journalistic leader is a baffling question.

Frankly, presuming it really is what happened, a person who reviews mere video games on any website, whether a blog or major industry site, has a right to review them as favors. There is no conceivable harm that can come of someone discussing their girlfriend, friend, work buddy or mom's video game. We're only talking about works of entertainment here; the worst thing that can come of a "dishonest" game review is that somebody plays the game with higher expectations than they presented with.

In any rational world, this would be met with a light scoff and quickly ignored in favor of things that, you know, actually affect people.

Unfortunately, we seem to be living in a world where, to many people, video games are life itself. Video games are so important to some individuals that they will band together to attempt to actually harm anyone who does not like video games or does not feel exactly as they do about video games.

Since these events, the "gamergate" movement has gone on to systematically harass a series of other game reviewers and designers, almost every one of them a woman, under the false pretense that they are battling against "journalistic corruption." Of course, many of their targets have nothing to do with journalism at all; women who both work on games and express anything either critical of the gamergate movement, or about the role of women in video games become targets of gamergater threats. Some have had to leave their homes when these threats escalated to doxxing and real-world stalking.

Apparently all because a bunch of little boys are just that protective of their equally little toys.

Gamergaters have used their tactics to bully even major outlets for holding any views they don't personally like:
bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10…

They used shooting threats to stop one of their pet feminist bogeymen from speaking at a school:
www.xojane.com/issues/anita-sa…

They attacked one reviewer for a tweet clearly just parodying their outlook:
storify.com/Tolvo/gamergate-ha…

The author of this article critical of their behavior was also attacked en masse:
www.theguardian.com/technology…

These are only a few examples, but they keep coming. The targets are nearly always women, falsely perceived by thousands of gamergaters to somehow pose a threat to everything they hold dear about the gaming world. To these people, the moment a woman says "I wish there were better female characters in games" or "I wish there were more women getting hired by the industry," gamergaters hear "I hate men" and "I hate games."

It's fascinating the kinds of arguments these obsessive fans use to defend themselves, too. Not long ago I was receiving messages here on DA up to several thousand words long from a certain individual who swore that "most" of gamergate was against the bullying and harassment.

If that's the case, then why does it keep happening, and why does it keep winning? Where is this level-headed, compassionate majority when people are receiving death threats and intimidated into leaving their homes or jobs by this allegedly small, niche minority of "extremists?"

It's as if they think that by remaining neutral - by simply turning their backs and ignoring the problem - their hands remain clean enough to cover their own ass.

Of course, I've explained more than is even worth explaining on this topic. I shouldn't have even had to cite any links. The very fact that thousands of people are FURIOUS over some sort of "ethical issue" in nothing more than "video games" already ruins whatever argument they were fighting for, because it already shows that our culture has degenerated to the point where a staggering number of younger people care more about defending the good name of video games than virtually anything else going on in the real world. The very existence of a "gamergate movement" only proves how many people have cocooned themselves in their own entitlement complex, psychologically fellating themselves in a fantasy scenario where they are not only the center of the universe, but the universe is made out of copies of Halo.
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January 19 marks the birthday of Paul Cezanne in 1839.


By the time of his death in 1906, he was recognized, especially by younger artists, as the genius who began his career under the tutelage of impressionist Camille Pissarro, and then went on to become the “architect” who reduced the subjects of his paintings to cylinders, spheres and cones before then building upon their geometry, careful stroke by careful, laborious stroke.  This “deconstruction” of subjects into their basic forms laid the basis for “cubism,” pioneered by Picasso and others, which then spawned a multitude of art movements. Cezanne was responsible for the revolutionary ideas about the essence and perception of art that inspired all that soon followed in modern art.  Picasso declared Cezanne “the father of us all,” and “my one and only master!







It would sometimes take hours for Cezanne to commit a single brushstroke to his work in progress, because he wanted each stroke to contain “the air, the light, the object, the composition, the character, the outline and the style” of the subject he was painting.  He believed in “seeing and sensing” subjects he was painting rather than “thinking” about them.  He sought to unify sight with touch, allowing no cognitive distraction to block the path between what his eyes were perceiving and his fingers were recording.  His mission was to capture a moment in time in his art  -- a moment that was about to cease to exist and never return again.







Art is a personal apperception, which I embody in sensations and which I ask the understanding to organize into a painting.”


— Cezanne








Unlike most other important figures in modern art who were forced to live most of their lives one step ahead of abject poverty and starvation, Cézanne was fathered by the co-founder of a banking firm and enjoyed a life of financial security, including a large inheritance.  Rather than poverty, it would be poor health that would be the bane of his existence, beginning with the onset of diabetes at the age of 51.  His father’s death and his chronic ill health are thought to have been what so negatively impacted and wrecked the all too briefly idyllic period in his life that came with the bourgeoning respect he was finally receiving for his art and his ideas.  His long friendship with author Emile Zola soured and ended and he wrote his wife out of his will, leaving everything to his son.  In the autumn of 1906, he was caught in an unexpected rainstorm in an open field where he was painting.  For two hours he continued to work despite the deluge.  Walking home, he collapsed and was rescued by a passing driver.  The next day, he tried to work, but fainted and was put into bed.  He died a few days later from pneumonia.  He was 67.






Cezanne, though well-known as an “important” painter, is not the creator of any single “fan favorite” paintings, in the manner of art history’s other great movers and shakers.  His importance came as being the architect who constructed the bridge from impressionism to modern art abstracts by inventing (though he was unaware of it at the time) “cubism.” He sought to see the “solid” forms in impressionism that could be built upon to create more accurate perceptions of moments of ever-elapsing and lost forever time. He was important as the visionary capable of mapping modern art’s course out of impressionism and onward to diverse new schools of artistic perception and expression.












Your Thoughts




  1. Can you name a Paul Cezanne painting without consulting Wikipedia?
  2. When you are enjoying a particular work of art, do you become interested in the artists who influenced the creation of that art, or do you leave that to the academics?
  3. Do you enjoy reading about or hearing lectures about great artist’s theories of the essence of art and how they perceive their missions as artists creating beautiful and inspiring moments for people through creating and displaying their art?  Or do you prefer just “looking” and having your own thoughts, free of the influence of having heard the artist’s ideas and theories?










January 19 marks the birthday of Paul Cezanne in 1839. By the time of his death in 1906, he was recognized, especially by younger artists, as the genius who began his career under the tutelage of impressionist Camille Pissarro, and then went on to become the “architect” who reduced the subjects of his paintings to cylinders, spheres and cones before then building upon their geometry, careful stroke by careful, laborious stroke. This “deconstruction” of subjects into their basic forms laid the basis for “cubism,” pioneered by Picasso and others, which then spawned a multitude of art movements. Cezanne was responsible for the revolutionary ideas about the essence and perception of art that inspired all that soon followed in modern art. Picasso declared Cezanne “the father of us all,” and “my one and only master!


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A little girl I knew was abducted.
I was very affected emotionally, and when I looked around my home town in the following days, I finally noticed all of the little fliers asking for help finding missing children. ( In America there are 1,500 missing child cases open every day. The fliers are often printed on the backs of coupons and are distributed as junk-mail.)

I just began saving the fliers, and after a year had a drawer full of them: Disposable mailers with tiny monochrome photos of missing children. It didn't seem right that these faces were so small and bland.

One night, out of nowhere, I was inspired to paint a full color portrait from one of the cards. As an artist, the question was this: How does a person paint a portrait of a missing child? I could not just approach it like an illustration. I could not just go about it as if it were a polite painting.

I began by putting away my brushes. They were too smooth. Too pretty. Too controllable. Instead, I began using palette knives. They were difficult to control and allowed for unexpected deviations. At times, I laid out my palette and created these in very dim lighting. Surely the way a person is painted may reflect the circumstances of the person...At times the process becomes very emotional for me. Each portrait may take as many as thirty of forty sessions, as each layer adds to the depth. It's like taking the long way home. The long process avoids superficiality. I think that the complexity of the paint reflects the complexity of the child's situation.

I have met many families who thank me for painting their child. They found comfort in knowing that "someone" was thinking about their family.
Occasionally, A recovered teen will write me. They find it fascinating that a stranger was compelled to paint them during their darkened childhood.

Actually,To me, these paintings are about love.

-John Paul Thornton
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just so you know, if you all think you can't wait  for chapter 5, try wondering what it's like for me! XD

i have 3 massive bomb moments in it

1 the obvious one which comes at the very end

2 ally and lisa figuring out their   glitch

and 3

the big one that i have been building up for 4 chapters now XD
why is alan an asshole XD

seriously, i am shaking with glee here XD

trust me, it will be fun!
and till then...

Gcd by shiniez
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Saint Nick by CrazyAsian1








SPOTLIGHT CHALLENGE: JUST FOR FUN
SANTA'S ELVES NEED NEW OUTFITS
Deadline: December 17th — Wrap Up: December 20th













After many years of heated negotiations, only the threat of unionization and a crippling holiday season strike by worker–elves could finally bring Santa Claus, the ultimate traditionalist, to the bargaining table to discuss new designs in elf attire.


The iconic tights and tunics, belled “Aladdin” booties and “elf–hats” worn by Santa’s helpers’ today are no different than those worn by their great grandfathers centuries ago.


NEW ELF OUTFITS NEEDED


The heavy, scratchy woolen material still used in elf uniforms turns the Christmas “crush” time for filling last minute toy wishes into an oppressively hot experience. The elves have long contended that as a practical matter more “breathable” fabrics, would mean more productivity and fewer trips to the hospital for heat stroke. The Elves would also welcome the obvious technology adjustments, and some updated style would be welcome as well.


Santa needs you to create the blueprints/outfits for his elves’ new look. Entries will be judged on creativity, practicality and evocation of undefinable indescribable magical “elfiness.”


Entry drawings will be selected for a wrap up feature by Santa, Mrs. Claus and select editorial staff members. Rudolph will vote if needed as a tie–breaker.




DEADLINE IS MIDNIGHT DECEMBER 17 PST


The winning submissions will be posted in a wrap up article on December 20, 2014.


Post your submissions in the comments below!




Disclaimer: Naughty and Nice lists have not been locked in by the Clause Conglomerate so DeviantArt is not in any way responsible if your list standing is affected by your entry in this Spotlight Challenge.











After many years of heated negotiations, only the threat of unionization and a crippling holiday season strike by worker–elves could finally bring Santa Claus, the ultimate traditionalist, to the bargaining table to discuss new designs in elf attire. The iconic tights and tunics, belled “Aladdin” booties and “elf–hats” worn by Santa’s helpers’ today are no different than those worn by their great grandfathers centuries ago.

Deadline is Midnight December 17th PST.


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You and I | Art Feature

Fri Apr 18, 2014, 12:35 PM


Others' voices by agnes-cecile

Suggested Soundtrack: "You and I" by One Direction | Artwork by agnes-cecile 



I figured it out from black and white.

lines hold the memories by agnes-cecile
Seconds and hours.
just one hour - memory III by agnes-cecile
Maybe they had to take some time.

two different lights by agnes-cecile
I know how it goes from wrong and right.
Silence and sound.

Others' voices by agnes-cecile

Did they ever hold each other tight
Like us?
intimacy on display by agnes-cecile

Did they ever fight
Like us?

our lines, our story, it isn't a linear path by agnes-cecile

We can make it 'til the end.
Nothing can come between
our great love story by agnes-cecile
Not even the Gods above
Can separate the two of us.

I don't want you to forgive me by agnes-cecile
I figured it out.
Saw the mistakes of up and down.

within the bounds of this single road by agnes-cecile
Meet in the middle.
There's always room for common ground.

wakeful by agnes-cecile
I see what it's like for day and night.
Never together

this thing called art is really dangerous by agnes-cecile

'Cause they see things in a different light
Like us.
But they never tried
Like us.

Forever yours, Freckles - detail - by agnes-cecile

We don't wanna be like them.
We can make it 'til the end.
Nothing can come between
You and I.

intimacy on display by agnes-cecile
No, nothing can come between
You and I.

xx love by agnes-cecile
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Skin by Dan Leveille
Suggested Soundtrack: "You and I" 
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so the book came out today,  

i am currently up to my eyeballs in finishing the next one, should be up in 2 days
and then the last one by years end :)

for those who asked for digital version comixology has it

www.comixology.com/Sunstone-Vo…

don't ask me why it is the same price as printed one... i'm just as baffled by that practice

anyhoo, merry christmass, happy holidays, oh and here are some reviews :)

www.needtoconsume.com/comics/s…
fantomzone.org/2014/12/23/revi…
all-comic.com/2014/sunstone_vo…
www.geekedoutnation.com/comic-…
outrightgeekery.com/2014/12/26…
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Howdy friends,

There has been an exciting development! 

A couple of months ago, the folks at Chaosium Inc. [ www.chaosium.com/ ], the publishers of the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game, confirmed their desire to publish The Call of Cthulhu (for beginning readers).  When I received word I immediately began revising the now almost two-year-old text and illustrations to ensure that the print version is of the highest possible quality.  I am currently about a third of the way through this process, and thought it would be good time to let you all know that the oft-requested dead tree edition of this story looks like it is actually becoming a reality.

I continue to be grateful for the encouragement of the folks around here, and I look forward to updating you all with any further news as it arrives.

In the meantime, I'm posting up the pages of The Statement of Randolph Carter (for beginning readers) I was working on when the word came through from Chaosium.  Being very much aware of the irregular schedule that I have in posting these things, I was going to hold on to these until I had finished the whole story.  I figured folks wouldn't have to put up with the long waits betwixt posts, but with the whole thing on hold for the moment, you may as well take a look at them now with the adaptation currently incomplete.

(Yes, yes, I know - Dagon (for beginning readers) is also a few pages short of a complete story.  It will get done.  Eventually.)

Take care of yourselves, and be excellent to each other!

DrFaustusAU
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Hello dear members and non-members :wave: How are you ?


As you know, the SkyAndNatureClub features the Under-appreciated: submissions under 100 :+fav:s.
"Under-appreciated Submissions" News Articles are submitted twice a month! :woohoo:

:bulletred: We are hoping that the submissions below would get more comments and faves.
 They deserve more than that :nod: Please take the time to Comment OR/AND Fave these submissions, as it will mean a lot to them and to us :aww:

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Halloween Plant by verolive Private Sun by Egil21 Waldbewohner 4 by Martina-WW
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Flower hearts by aeolawind  Pink rose by PixxelleDevilicious  autumn IV by thestargazer23
Cherry Blossom 3 by simzcom  rose2 by Fede2090




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Lake by uae4u Reaching by dkwynia ...Interactive Panorama Hammerstad... by FelixInden
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Patchwork Vista by CrowManIC Blanket Of Color Print Quality by AngelaLeonetti Pastel sunset by Just-a-Witness
Grand Teton by makobsan Rural art India by Shashikanta




Waterscapes:






Fall by butterphoto Fall day by Reborn5
cascades by neronin Carezza lake by eve80 Lago by mARTinimal
Iclandic Nature v.2 by duvessa2 Stream 2 by craiggriggs  Swirling Beyond Belief by Hysazu
Dawn at Eagle Creek. by Allen59 Roots by gryphiz




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Dark Spectrum by Aztil The sun's speechless by jazzypao
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 Winter by gregor-hie Sunset 2 by rachwillows Color with passion moment by Littleboyathome  
Northern Lights Zenith Corona by SindreAHN  Flight For The Moon by MaximeDaviron Aurora Borealis by Killswitch88




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Seagulls by mysterious-one  Lion by Karl-B  morning brunch by cristusdeath
Pao by NinoLolishvili Curiosity by FantasticFennec  You talkin to me? by mydigitalmind
triton by biba59
 



Insects, Arachnids & Invertebrates:






Flavour by truthdenied
yikes by inner-light Spotted by ida-in-thunderland Bee in flower by Kristinaphoto
Lunch on a Branch by ShamliRotem Preparing for Take off. by BelleEsprit
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Life in wonderland by EyeDoorCinema Butterfly by Sonia-Rebelo Papillon by RaBBiTKa
 







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