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Zach

Zach

Cool Dude

Male, 28, United States

I love video games and I love writing about them. I used to do so here, as well as edit, but now I'm simply a mild-mannered Wii U and 3DS owner and appreciator of fine Nintendo Life articles. And no, I'm not afraid to admit that I love Clu Clu Land.

Joined:
Wed 7th April, 2010

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#6

Zach commented on Site News: Tom Has Evolved Into A New Form: Ed...:

Congrats Tom! Crazy to think that I was there to read your sample review from when you first applied for the job way back in the day. You've come very far and deserve all the accolades you get! An extremely well-deserved promotion indeed.

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#14

Zach commented on Soapbox: Ignoring The Objectification Of Women...:

@Galenmerth Men and women are psychologically and physiologically different. Men and women can understand each others' dreams. Men and women can both legitimately dream of being a comic book artist, which is the point at issue in Bakuman in my example. Meaning that Bakuman is not talking about how men and women fantasize differently or some other such argument, but being sexist and dismissive.

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#15

Zach commented on Soapbox: Ignoring The Objectification Of Women...:

@TrueWiiMaster Sorry, that line is so clearly sexist. Men have some dreams that women can't understand? How is that anything but saying that women aren't equal? And any argument that men's dreams are different than women's is basically arguing that "separate but equal" makes sense. Separate is never equal. Especially when the dialogue is set by those who are in power.

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#17

Zach commented on Soapbox: Ignoring The Objectification Of Women...:

I lost patience for the "it's just Japanese culture" argument when I bought my wife the first two Bakuman mangas, having thoroughly enjoyed the creators' other work, Death Note, together, only to find that it had female characters openly stating that they were just women and their dreams could not amount to those of men. I was sure she was taking this out of context until I read it myself and agreed completely. It's this type of dismissal of women in art that feeds a sexist culture, a culture that can ignore how widespread sexual crimes against women are, a culture where we get extreme examples like the Steubenville incident because of people not taking women seriously as human beings. And that's how you have a culture that immediately vilifies women who would have their birth control covered by national insurance, automatically imagining her as an insatiable sexual creature who should just wants to have a lot of sex (when many women use birth control to regulate their cycles or prevent horribly painful menstruations and treat endometriosis), and yet looks the other way when so much Viagra and so many penis pumps are bought through national insurance programs like Medicare in the United States. I'm not exaggerating. We should be demonizing this stuff the same way that we now demonize racist portrayals of blacks, Italians, Asians and otherwise when at one time they were so common. It certainly made it harder for those cultures to be taken seriously, to seek justice, to feel like full members of society. Not because art should be censored, but because art should be responsible. Would we be so quick to accept Senran Kagura Burst's art style if it were about avaricious Jews with huge noses, blacks with huge lips who eat watermelon all the time and are lazy, Asians who swap their "l"s and "r"s? You can exaggerate it to a degree where you can call it a "style" but it's still racist at the core. Just like this is sexist at the core. The result is an entire segment of the population being trained to feel that they are unimportant, that they are less than the norm. That they shouldn't worry about being taken seriously. That maybe, the patriarchy is correct. Women came out against the Equal Rights Amendment when it was first proposed as well, because they had been trained to think that their only correct place was in the home with the family. Sure, that's a fine choice to make for an individual, but a terrible thing to impose on others and a soul-crushing prospect for some. We have to remember that presently and historically, it's been men who have been in power in these cultures. And in a Western culture, it's white men who have been in power. The powerful can either choose to take responsibility and make responsible art, or appeal to the lowest common denominator and keep encouraging its audiences to view women as nothing more than the sum of their body parts. Eating disorders are an epidemic, sexual assault is on the rampage, and this type of stuff feeds into the mindset that says it's ok to not take these things too seriously. But it's all part of the same thing. And it's something that the culture-makers, the artists, the game makers should consider. They have a responsibility to do the right thing. They can either buy a share in the "it's ok to objectify women" set, or they can treat women as actual human beings and try to make a game that's good and entertaining without it being at their expense. (Easy fix: give the guys huge unrealistic oversexualized images too. But that assumes that fighting for equality at the production end is the problem, when all this stuff points to is inequality at the creation end. Art that results from a sexist stance that refuses to question itself can't be fixed by an equality band-aid, and the type of art that unquestioningly puts this type of portrayal into the world only strengthens that inequality. And more people go on unquestioningly accepting it, and the cycle continues.)

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#19

Zach commented on Soapbox: Ignoring The Objectification Of Women...:

Thanks for wiring this Damien. Great article. I hate the idea that we're supposed to just accept the objectification of half of the human race. The seeds it plants in the minds of straight men, gay men and women are "it's ok to see women as less than people", "something is wrong with you for not liking this" and "you are an object". The culture this type of thing has contributed to is incredibly dangerous and harmful.

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#21

Zach commented on Tyrone Rodriguez Continues to Lobby Nintendo t...:

Assassin's Creed III — and, probably, the other Assassin's Creed games — begin with a disclaimer that it was made by a team of various faiths and beliefs. I don't understand why they can't just do that here and call it a day.

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#26

Zach commented on Review: BLOK DROP U (Wii U eShop):

@RCMADIAX Hey! I bought your game! Very fun, though I'm looking forward to the DLC because I beat it in two sittings. Heh. If you're looking for more feedback, I think that a scoring system that took into account time, moves used and where your block landed would be great. Imagine going back and trying to land your block in every feasible spot. Second, a level select would be amazing — it stunk to beat a hard level and know that if I exited the game without finishing the set, I would have to do it again. Finally, some recognition by the game that I'd beaten parts of it already would be amazing, instead of it looking the same way now as it did the way I booted it up on the first try. You know, a score, or a crown, or anything. But thanks for the game! It was a lot of fun. I wouldn't have probably beaten it all by now with a level select, by the way, but I knew I'd have to beat certain puzzles again i I didn't barrel through a whole set.

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#27

Zach commented on Former Criterion Boss Alex Ward Laments Issues...:

Wow, I'm so happy to have this honest account on record. You have to remember that it's not just the people at EA who are in charge of the games they release, but plenty of real people with families and livelihoods as well. This is why I hate the idea of boycotting games — not only because it really isn't a boycott in earnest as it's too loosely organized to ever gain the size and respect to make an impact, let alone an impact that the company can link back to it — but because it hurts the people who put that hard work into them. So, no one wins. But I digress. I really hope the guy gives the Wii U a try, but I'm not going to blame him if he doesn't.

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#29

Zach commented on Review: BLOK DROP U (Wii U eShop):

@RCMADIAX Your receptiveness here is what pushed me over the edge in convincing me to buy this. If you are able to patch it with some sort of scoring system, I would be overjoyed. (Yes, I know, it's not for sure going to happen, but I can hope!) Thanks for your willingness to take comments like these into consideration, and thanks for your commitment to making great Wii U games!

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#30

Zach commented on Review: BLOK DROP U (Wii U eShop):

@RCMADIAX Thanks for listening! Ultimately I don't care, as long as I have a score and can work to best it. A score that factored in both moves and time, with a tally of your time and your moves displayed as well, would be the best option in my opinion. I'd love to be able to screen-shot that, post it on MiiVerse, compete with others... or just to come back and try to beat my own score/time/move count. It's one of my favorite parts of puzzle games :)

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#31

Zach commented on Watch_Dogs Wii U 2014 Release a "Possibility",...:

I can think of all the Rare games that were delayed on N64 for good reasons and turned out to be classics because of them. So, I can wait, if the gamepad will truly be well-utilized. Thanks, Ubisoft? @unrandomsam Probably not a good idea to wish for the closure of a company considering that's basically hoping for a lot of people to lose their jobs...

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#32

Zach commented on Review: BLOK DROP U (Wii U eShop):

Dear RCMADIAX, please please please add a scoring system through a patch. It would add so much. Hearing that this game lacks one turns this from a must-buy to a big fat maybe.

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#39

Zach commented on Feature: When Cranky Kong Took On Twitter:

@LetsGoRetro I was born in 1985 and this appeals greatly to me. I'm pretty sure I'm part of a large demographic. This genuinely makes me more interested in the game. Go figure. Like Gary Oldman always said, "Diff'rent strokes!"

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#40

Zach commented on BLOK DROP U:

I love that this will be $1.99 USD! Thank you!

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#46

Zach commented on Review: Mutant Mudds Deluxe (Wii U eShop):

Never played the 3DS version but i haven't found the lack of 3D confusing, I wonder if it's because I don't know what the difference looks like. Agree with the score though. Thanks Phil!

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#47

Zach commented on Weirdness: Resident Evil Creator Shinji Mikami...:

I was going to comment that I was reading and got to the part were he didn't get a copy of Willow and was gonna comment that the title was wrong until I go to the last sentence until I got to the third comment

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#48

Zach commented on Retro City Rampage: DX Hits The 3DS eShop This...:

I agree with @bezerker99 about the game being overrated, but I don't know if it's as overrated as all that. Way too much text near the beginning (I say near the beginning as I lost interest before getting farther than that) and, perhaps worse still, I just didn't think it was funny at all. It seemed to be throwing as many references at me as it could think of without any finesse or subtlety whatsoever. That really annoyed me.