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Well, looks like we are launching a bit earlier than originally planned. This site is fully functional, just a bit limited on some things as we get all the backend worked out. Our CSS is a work-in-progress due to some major differences from how reddit was set up, so that will be coming, it will just look a bit barebones until then.

For the time being we still consider reddit.com/r/kotakuinaction to be our primary site, but will be building this up as a proper backup over time. We actively encourage anyone who wants to coexist on both sites to do so, and have no issue with folks who have finally had enough of reddit's bullshit that decide to make the move here completely now.

Rules are generally going to be the same here as they were on /r/kotakuinaction, but we are thinning them out a bit as some rules no longer need to apply here due to different sitewide rules/TOS from above lifting some restrictions we had to deal with. We will try to get a more complete listing of the newly modified rules up soon, as well as get them listed/linked on the Sidebar and such. Automod is not completely operational here, but will be in the very near future to make that all a bit easier to deal with.

Please be patient with us as we get things in gear. I'll try to keep everyone updated on the progress of things, though some parts will be mostly self-evident as they happen (like the return of the banner/sidebar).

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So we're getting quite a few new and lapsed users, and more than one person has asked us just exactly what KIA is.

So here's our mission statement, a basic description of what this place is for, and our half-finished rules still full of less-broken-than-I-thought-it-would-be reddit CSS and placeholder text. As you can clearly tell, THIS IS NOT DONE, we haven't even gotten started on figuring out how much of rule 3 we're gonna change...again...now that the admins are off our backs. For the moment we're allowing some shitposting and general partying, but at least now we'll have something to point to when someone goes too far past the line and needs a smack. Please bear with us as things are still very much under construction. Also, we need to do something about the character limit that's forcing me to put half of this into a sticky, so...SEE STICKY!


Our Mission

KotakuInAction is a platform for open discussion of the issues where gaming, nerd culture, the Internet, and media collide.

We believe that the current standards of ethics in the media have alienated the artists, developers, and creators who perpetuate the things we love, enjoy, and enthusiastically build communities around. We have observed numerous incidents involving conflicts of interest and agenda-pushing within media which we feel are damaging to the credibility of the medium and harm the community at large. We believe much of the current media is complicit in the proliferation of an ideology that squashes individuality, divides along political lines, and is stifling to the freedom of creativity that is the foundation of human expression.

KotakuInAction is a community that condemns willful censorship, exclusion, harassment, and abuse. It is a community that organizes to hold the media accountable to the concept of artistic freedom by standing up for the artist, the developer, the writer, the filmmaker, and all who enjoy the freedom to create, explore, and expand. It is a community that allows the exchange of information, supports the ongoing discussion of media ethics, and protects the right of the individual to embrace their personal interests in entertainment and fandom.

KotakuInAction is built around a core focus on reasonable, friendly discussion of the issues related to gaming culture, and those involved in it. That is not all we are about, but it's where we began and will remain our core. We hold ourselves to be politically neutral ground, not forcing anyone to conform in their opinions, and permitting a wide variety of viewpoints to express themselves in a civil manner.


Code Of Conduct for KotakuInAction

WARNING/BAN POLICY

For the sake of making it easier to read, more transparent, and to cut back on confusion regarding which rules get dealt with in which way, we are pulling the warning/ban policy out of Rule 1 and moving it to stand independently so that other rules with specific policies are all in one place. The updated policy is as follows:

General Rule 1 Enforcement

You'll get two public warnings from the mods. Any offenses after that, and you'll get a 3 day temporary ban. Screw up again, and you're gone for a month. Screw up again, and you're not coming back.

Warnings will expire after 90 days. So if you got a warning and didn't screw up for, say, three months, and get warned again, that counts as your first warning on the road to being banned. However, if you received a temp ban for breaking Rule 1, it'll stay on your record, and won't expire for a year, so if you screw up after that before a year has gone by, you go to a 7-day/month-long ban and the year-long timer resets. Basically, don't screw around.

Rule 7 Enforcement

If a user is determined by at least two moderators to have violated Rule 7, they will be issued one warning not to do so again. If they repeat the behavior, as agreed upon by at least three moderators, they will be issued a 7 day ban. Doing so again (and agreed upon again by at least three moderators) will result in a permanent ban.

Other Rule Enforcement

All other rules will generally be enforced with a single warning followed by at least one temporary ban before any permanent ban is issued. The notable exceptions are Rule 2 (dox) and Rule 5 (personal army requests), which we reserve the right to immediately and without warning issue a permanent ban. In more severe or extreme cases of violations of other rules, should at least three moderators agree a user needs to bypass the standard warning/ban process and be moved straight to a permanent ban, such action may be taken, though this route should not be taken often.

Moderator Rule-Breaking Policy

Compared to regular Rule 1 enforcement, this is going to be bit more strict - first violation results in warning (publicly visible as all other warnings), second warning within a month will result in temporary suspension or permanent removal of permissions.

Reporting of mod violations should be done via modmail - please provide link to violation, rule violated and context, if necessary. If you don't want to report via modmail, you can also report to the head moderator directly. If you don't want that either, you may elect someone to report on your behalf. Nevertheless, links and context are required. Needless to say the mod in question won't be involved in evaluation of said violation.

GENERAL RULES

  1. DON'T BE A DICKWOLF

Attack arguments, not people.

"Fuck off, retard," is not an argument. Neither is "Kill yourself, faggot." Regardless of whether you think someone is a shill, SJW, or whatever, stick to arguing the points. Name-calling does not contribute to discussion. Refer to the pyramid as a general guideline. If anything, just make sure your criticism outweighs any insults. However, well-reasoned arguments that end with parting shots like, "Stop being obtuse; even children understand this concept," are okay. Ostensibly, we're all adults here; a comment like that can just be ignored.

The core of this rule is primarily based on patterns of behavior, which fall into these categories:

1. Harassment

Badgering and/or baiting another user across multiple threads or baiting after disengaging (mod enforced or otherwise), including persistent mentions and/or replies. Note that this generally does not apply to people that are outside the community, (e.g. "God, the guy who wrote that article is such a fucking retard."), but does apply in cases of tagging a user (e.g. "reallybadpersonidontlike you're a fucking mongoloid and you should go die in a fire.").

2. Trolling

Posts and comments which are clearly not intended to generate discussion, but rather aimed at generating or maximizing as much drama and emotion as possible. Intentionally posting to make people angry.

3. Crusading

Posts and comments intended to drive a wedge in the community, or to rally a mob to target users or communities, without the intent to hold a constructive discussion. Crusading eschews conversation, going beyond well-meaning criticism into behavior that includes excessive attacks against specific users, demands that action be taken against specific users, and/or bombarding a post with hostility towards KiA or specific users.

4. Malice

Don't resort to malicious name-calling, brazen insults, and/or general hostility against any individual user. Don't use identity politics or unironic slurs (that is, language intended to advocate blatant hatred) against groups of people. Don't make serious calls for violence against individuals or groups. If you're joking, please make clear you are joking so we don't have to slap you for it.


2. No Doxxing

We do not allow the publication of personal information, which is defined as:

1. Real names

Exceptions are made for "public figures," including (but not limited to) journalists, actors, published authors, and public-facing company personalities, as well as the subjects of published journalistic articles (limited purpose public figures). Facebook and LinkedIn pages may only be linked for corporations and public figures.

2. Phone numbers or addresses

Public contact numbers/address for companies (not including individual employees) are exempt.

3. Promotion of known doxxing sites

Certain websites exist for the primary purpose of collecting and spreading dox. You may not link to them, encourage others to visit them, or discuss them by name. The list of such sites can be found here. (link)

4. Other info which may be used to personally identify someone

Including personal e-mail addresses that are not intentionally available to the public, images of homes, etc.

If you are in doubt whether what you posted may constitute posting personal information, reach out to the moderator team. (link)


3. POSTING GUIDELINES

Posts on KotakuInAction must focus on one of the topics included in the whitelist and may not include a topic from the blacklist.
Post that do not meet this criterium will be removed. Removals due to Rule 3 alone have no consequences aside from the post being removed.

Meta Posts are excluded from this rule.

Whitelist

  • Gaming
  • Journalism Ethics
  • Censorship
  • Official Social Justice
  • Media Meta
  • Tabletop gaming, comics, sci-fi/fantasy, manga/anime, and derivative media of such
  • Sub related OC Artwork
  • Tech Happenings

Temporary Whitelist Items

  • None

Blacklist

  • Unrelated Politics
  • Memes (as in image macros)
  • E-Celeb Bullshit
  • Forum Noise (random users complaining on random forums [directly involved devs are exempt from this])
  • Social Media Hot Takes
  • Lets Plays

Temporary Blacklist Items

None

Notes

  • To pass unrelated pol, topics containing politicians; laws; government or major political organizations without direct relation to GamerGate, must be presented without partisan slant and the majority of the topic must focus on relevant actions or proposals, rather than their partisan or electoral implications.

  • Official social justice is defined as: The propagation or implementation of identity politics by institutions or companies of major size.

  • Tech Happenings is defined as: Significant events concerning the policies, business practices, algorithms, behavior, and corporate cultures of tech companies and social networks, especially where pertaining to free expression, identity politics, and anti-consumer activities, as well as legislation affecting tech spaces.

  • If you believe your post is of sufficient importance to the community but are concerned that it would not pass the above guidelines, please contact the modteam for approval


4. Posts must be intelligible

  • Non-English links must include a translation in the immediate comments from the OP. This can be either a full length translation, a copypaste of a machine translation, or a direct link to a full machine translation of the page.

  • All links to videos longer than 5 minutes will require either a comment by the OP or to be in a self post summarizing the relevant parts of the video to what they are trying to point out with it. Exceptions may be allowed if the title is clearly explaining what's going on with the link pointing directly at the relevant timestamp in the video.

  • Avoid mobile links if possible.

You may have seen this tweet before from VG247, which has been making the rounds on Twitter: https://www.reddit.com/r/KotakuInAction/comments/tpkc2e/here_we_go_again/

Direct archive: https://archive.ph/SaDBH

This article is made by Alan Wen, a "contributor" for VG247. Essentially, the premise of the article is that Ghost of Tsushima (GoT) doesn't really focus on and give enough depth to Japanese culture, degrading GoT to a "superficial cultural toruism [sic]". However, as I said in the title, he actually has a massive hate streak specifically for GoT.

Notably, two of said game's directors were actually made ambassadors to said island, despite not being Japanese themselves, and, for most people, that would actually be sufficient to counter the article above to demonstrate how much the game is loved both in the Japanese community and how much attention was given to the location itself.

But that wasn't sufficient for me, and I had the (unfortunate) idea of doing a dive into said person.

First is the fact that Alan Wen actually has a review for the game: https://archive.ph/Th2C5

He gives the game three stars, which pretty much means that he sees the game as average. You can read the article for yourself, but the important bit is not the review itself; it's the date of the review (July 14, 2020).

If we look at his Twitter account, there are notably two tweets from him that stand out against GoT:

https://archive.ph/yzicQ

But Ghost of Tsushima could be pretty cool. Just a shame it’s not a Japanese dev. Sounds a bit racist I know #SonyPGW 4:49 PM · Oct 30, 2017

https://archive.ph/1kBEh

Plus absolutely cannot deny the distinct Japanese aesthetic, so [Sekiro] really could be the Japan-inspired [From Software] game I’ve been wanting (and forget about Ghost of Tsushima, this is the real deal here) 10:20 AM · Dec 8, 2017

Notice how these tweets are several years before the game is even out. Also note that this is even before the time when the same game, developers, etc., were memorably labeled as racist for having an actual master of the shakuhachi flute for a presentation of an E3 demo because said performer was a white guy, meaning that this guy actually hated the game when it first premiered (GoT was announced in October 2017, and the performance was for E3 2018).

Now, you may think he actually is one of those kooky journalists who thinks Japanese things should be made in Japan and should not be produced outside of Japan (he even made one of these tweets to "promote" his article for VG247), but that is actually not the case.

https://archive.ph/vTVXZ

Trek to Yomi looks terrific, the samurai game that Ghost of Tsushima wasn’t

https://archive.ph/Phijb

Okay, forget Tsushima, [Trek to Yomi] looks like my kinda samurai game

Trek to Yomi is a currently-in-development side-scroller distributed by Devolver Digital, directed by Leonard Menchari, and produced by Flying Wild Hog. In case you haven't seen the trailer, it is a game heavily designed after classic Akira Kurosawa films, complete with epic samurai fights gawd, I want this.

By the way, Flying Wild Hog is a Polish developer. In case you don't understand the implications, other than the different gameplay genre, Trek to Yomi has the same premise as GoT (Western developer literally making a love letter to Akira Kurosawa films and even getting Japanese VAs), but have completely opposite reactions from Alan Wen.

BONUS:

If you think this guy is a newbie to mining for that SEO gold, here's a blog post from February 2016 (that is now deleted):

10 Hours as Leigh Alexander – The Notso Harrowing of a Female Games Journalist

which features this line:

So I decided I would formally catalog, all @ mentions toward Leigh Alexander, not just a woman in games (and we know how terrible their online life is) but one who has constantly spoke about how gamers, particularly the fanatical boogieMAN that is GamerGate, treat women so terribly in games on twitter.

I'd like to make a short tldr on his ban reason but as you can see, certain term is not allowed to be mentioned on this sub, hence for the reason please visit his sub for information.

I was banned from Reddit for simply stating this "They are plotting to kill the Jews!" Post claiming that I was inciting violence. That sentence is a context that was my response to the news about the Biolabs and also the fact they have a Neo Nazi military In their country of Ukraine if I made that statement scared people that much on Reddit that conspiracy theory is flying around on the internet for a while.

Mine would be Creative Artist/Fine Writer WITH THE ABILITY TO ACTUALLY SHARE!!! You know share your works with your friends in a kid friendly email or something. The actual products that kind of concept wasn't there yet so no ability to share your works though you can print them but that's not the same.

In Creative Artist you can add sounds to different areas of pictures and it teaches you without holding your hand how to draw and paint. One of the floors is a teaching tutorial where you learn the inns and outs of painting an actual canvas and learning different terminology painters would use.

I never did spend much time in Creative Writer so I am not sure how deep it goes but both are compatible with each other. When you log in to your in software account by clicking 'I'm Old' you can import/export your portfolio as they both ring to each other. Clicking 'I'm New' starts a new portfolio.

Didn't watch the movie. Don't have to.

Due to heavy lack of interest from the current moderation team in caring and maintaining this branch, I am looking for someone to entrust this community to.

The only requirements are no current bans here and prior participation (posts or comments) in this community.

You will be given almost completely free reign of this community, as long as you are willing to maintain a basic level of appropriate moderation, so we can still confidently link to this community in the sidebar of the original sub.

Happy New Year.

Good tidings and all that jazz.

What are retro 90s Microsoft Products you feel should be reborn or given new life similar to their Flight Sim they are still maintaining strong updates with? I'm hoping we have a rebirth to Microsoft Train Simulator as they started to work on a 2 but cancelled.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruEYcheJpzI

Here is the first:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rudxKE06qQE

I'd also love to see a Midtown Madness reborn maybe with a different focus and perhaps Monster Truck Madness given new light,etc. They could also bring back their Road Map software and other office stuff.

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