Polecat Cast 105: Hugh Mungus for President


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Join us on the Polecat Cast as we discuss Mass Defect Andromeda, Amy Schumer and Netflix, Hugh Mungous for City Council, and more! Tune in @ 6pm Eastern!


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When You Realize You’re an Abuser

By Max Derrat

Thefederalistpapers.org recently came across a story from tickld via Reddit. It’s the tale of how a woman came to realize her words and actions towards her husband were negatively impacting the healthy dynamics of their relationship, particularly how honest and open they were with each other. The woman came to realize what she was doing when she berated her husband over picking up the wrong package of hamburger meat from the store. He picked up the hamburger meat that was 70% lean and 30% fat rather than the 80/20. She asked him various things, like “Why didn’t you get the healthier option? Did you even read the labels? Why can’t I trust you? Do I need to spell out every little thing in detail for you?”

When he left the room, she suddenly realized what she was doing to the man she wanted to grow old with. She asked herself “why”? Why was she doing what women are so often accused of? She asked herself why she thought it was reasonable to expect him to remember everything she wanted and do it just that way. She came to realize that this constant nagging and harping that she was doing, and that she saw her girlfriends do to their husbands, was send a message that says “we don’t respect you.”

Towards the end of the article, the woman comes to the conclusion that when things don’t matter as much to her husband as they do to her, it’s not a sign of laziness, or an unwillingness to learn, or that he doesn’t care. After all, she notices when she makes significantly larger mistakes… her husband doesn’t react in such an over-zealous way. It’s just that he’s not concerned with the minutia as she is. Badgers… have you read the full article, and where have you seen these types of events reflected in your own life or in the lives of others?

Source: http://thefederalistpapers.org/us/woman-realizes-that-shes-been-accidentally-abusing-her-husband-this-whole-time

 

B-but, Muh Vagina!

By Mike J.

Joke thief, rapist, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon impersonator, and all around repugnant individual Amy Schumer is back at it again with her third televised stand-up special dubbed “Amy Schumer: The Leather Special”. In her special Schumer does what she’s become rather infamous for; joke about how gross her body is. Critical reception of Schumer’s special has been abysmally negative as shown by the one star rating it currently has on Netflix. But this has only emboldened Schumer who believes the poor rating to be the work of trolls; alt-right trolls to be specific. Schumer stated, “The alt right organized trolls attack everything I do.” “They organize to get my ratings down. Meeting in sub Reddit rooms.”. Schumer seems incapable of understanding that the possibility exists that there are people that just don’t find her funny and are voicing their opinion. However Schumer is grateful for her alleged trolls, claiming their lies make her feel “so powerful and dangerous and brave”. The jury might still be out on whether women are funny or not, but Amy Schumer most definitely isn’t; deal with it.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4318068/Amy-Schumer-blames-alt-right-poor-reviews-special.html

 

Rudy “Hugh Mungus” Pantoja is Running for Seattle City Council

 

Max Derrat

To the legions of memers, 4chaners, and shitlords, there is only one god and one religion: Pepe and the Dao of kek. However, if there were a “Jesus Christ-type” for these shitposters and trolls, it would be our Lord and Savior, Hugh Mungus. Hugh Mungus what, you may say? To that I reply… hahaha. Everybody listening to the Polecat Cast should already know who Hugh Mungus is, and how he was accused of sexual harassment for making a “dad joke.” Recently, the man found himself poverty-stricken, but was given $150,000 in donations on account of a fundraiser promoted by h3h3productions. Now, according to heatstreet, Rudy “Hugh Mungus” Pantoja is making good use of this blessing and is running for Seattle City Council. He is running for the 8th seat on the Council, following the incumbent’s retirement. Although, he is going to be facing some stiff competition, including – but not limited to – somebody named Mac McGregor a.k.a. the Gender Sensei. No, I’m not kidding.

Might this be the centre of another win against the regressive left? Will this be a more localized version of Brexit or the Trump victory if Hugh Mungus wins the seat? Will Hugh Mungus nickname the Gender Sensei “Big Mac McGregor” as an intimidation strategy? Let’s discuss.

Source: https://heatst.com/culture-wars/internet-legend-hugh-mungus-is-running-for-seattle-city-council/

 

Massively Defective

By Mike J.

Former role-playing game giant BioWare has seen better days. Ever since being acquired by Electronic Arts in 2007 it was only a matter of time before the push to release one new game every year wore them down. The inclusion of social justice style identity politics within their games and their relentless pandering to non-gamers didn’t help either. Many had hoped that their upcoming title, Mass Effect: Andromeda, would be a return to form for the once great company, but alas it appears that won’t be the case. Andromeda drew heavy criticism early on for wonky looking character models and stilted animations, but as more gameplay footage came out, things got worse.

Once the ten hour preview unlocked for purchasers, montages sprang up on YouTube showing off just how bad the finished game looked. Teammates clipping through floors, broken animations, and incredibly cringey dialogue were just a handful of the complaints registered. Worse yet, it seemed that the character creator was set-up in such a way that creating a custom player character with light skin was impossible as the lightest shade that could be achieved was an olive tone. Some have suggested that this was done on purpose, a theory given some credence from the fact that one of the designers of Andromeda, Manveer Heir, is openly anti-white.

After some digging it was revealed that the lead facial animator for Andromeda was Allie Rose-Marie Leost, a female cosplayer with little experience in the way of animating games. Gamers, who felt an unqualified animator had no business working on a multi-million dollar, triple A title regardless of gender, voiced their concerns to BioWare. Sadly, the rightfully concerned were overshadowed by indifferent trolls who only wanted to fan the flames. Soon the tired old harassment narrative was fired up and article after article came out decrying evil, misogynist, #GamerGate supporting gamers for targeting another women in gaming for being a women, while shunning all the valid concerns levied at BioWare. Trying to pull damage control, Bioware stated that Leost was not a lead member of the development team, which is strange because she claimed she was on both her Twitter and her resume.

Regardless of the technical issues, it seems that Mass Effect: Andromeda just isn’t a very good video game. Even progressive outlets such as The Verge and Rock, Paper, Shotgun struggle to find ways to complement it, while other outlets are being much less charitable. Overall it feels like Andromeda may just mark the beginning of the end for BioWare as a company.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MEKM2amQ2E

Mass Effect: Andromeda Patch Might Allow Gamers To Make White People

Mass Effect: Andromeda’s Racist Game Designer No Longer Works For BioWare

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Bonus Story: http://wearyourvoicemag.com/identities/feminism/10-things-intersectional-feminist-first-date

 

  • ben palmer

    As a recovering console games developer, in a game like mass effect with a LOT of dialog I would be very surprised if the facial animation and lip sync was hand animated, that simply wouldn’t be cost effective. Far more likely it’s an automated animation system, reacting to various cues in the dialog files.

    I suspect the issue is as much tech as art.