A news story on Gamespot reviewer Carolyn Michelle on Kotaku.

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#1 Posted by dzaric (1068 posts) -

Here's the Link

First time i saw Carolyn when she was reviewing a game i thought "Did Gamespot hire a new transsexual game reviewer?" Then i thought "Gamespot just hired a transsexual game reviewer...AWESOME!"

Props to Gamespot for not being prejutice close minded like some of the commenters on her reviews.

Its a sad state of affairs when i actually feel compelled to compliment Gamespot for treating a human being like a human being.

Carolyn...keep up the good work :)

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#2 Posted by Victorious_Fize (6128 posts) -

Sorry, but wtf is up with your sig?! :O

Edit: yeah, old news is old. Wth? Do people just knew about Carolyn? :?

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#3 Posted by Toriko42 (27562 posts) -
The fact is the issue shouldn't even exist. It shouldn't even have to be addressed haha. Props to Carolyn for having guts though and being strong.
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#4 Posted by Theokhoth (36799 posts) -
Wow, some of those comments. . .
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#5 Posted by Ace6301 (21389 posts) -
Yeah we had a topic on this before. She's a good reviewer and that's what counts. Who gives a crap about her personal life.
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#6 Posted by Half-Way (5001 posts) -

i didnt actually notice it at all. I guess i concentrated on what is important which is her ability to review the game.

I dont see why anyone should comment about her personal life.

1+ internets for kotaku, gamespot and Carolyn

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#7 Posted by brickdoctor (9746 posts) -

Being a transgender is definitely not an idea I'm fond of but Gamespot did a good job at hiring him/her. She does some pretty good reviews.

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#8 Posted by Victorious_Fize (6128 posts) -

Wow, some of those comments. . .Theokhoth

Holy damn, the dude with the Warhammer pic comment made me lol for realz. :lol:

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#9 Posted by MistressMinako (45959 posts) -
It is great that GS hired her and all but... I never saw why it was such a big deal in the first place. She is a human being as well as me, you, and everyone else on this site. Well still... I liked her outfit during her L.A. Noire review. :P
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#10 Posted by zeldaluff (3387 posts) -

I really don't see what the big deal is.

And I think they should realize that she's a person, not an 'it' or a thing :roll:

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#11 Posted by Pirate700 (46465 posts) -

Good on GS but to say this shouldn't even be noticed like it's nothing is crazy. It's a man, dressed and speaking like a woman. That's weird any way you slice it. The comments were over the line though. She/he will also make a LOT of people unconfortable which makes it an interesting business move, but again, good on GS for not worrying about that.

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#12 Posted by zeldaluff (3387 posts) -

Good on GS but to say this shouldn't even be noticed like it's nothing is crazy. It's a man, dressed and speaking like a woman. That's weird any way you slice it. The comments were over the line though. She/he will also make a LOT of people unconfortable which makes it an interesting business move, but again, good on GS for not worrying about that.

Pirate700

I must be slicing it in a completely different way than you then :P I really don't find it that weird.

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#13 Posted by X360PS3AMD05 (36303 posts) -
......."walks in"..............*slowly walks out*........
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#14 Posted by Theokhoth (36799 posts) -

Good on GS but to say this shouldn't even be noticed like it's nothing is crazy. It's a man, dressed and speaking like a woman. That's weird any way you slice it.

Pirate700
Not really, especially as she's not an "it."
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#15 Posted by Pirate700 (46465 posts) -

[QUOTE="Pirate700"]

Good on GS but to say this shouldn't even be noticed like it's nothing is crazy. It's a man, dressed and speaking like a woman. That's weird any way you slice it.

Theokhoth

Not really, especially as she's not an "it."

I never called her an it...

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#16 Posted by SolidSnake35 (58756 posts) -
I think she is beautiful.
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#17 Posted by Espada12 (23248 posts) -

[QUOTE="Theokhoth"][QUOTE="Pirate700"]

Good on GS but to say this shouldn't even be noticed like it's nothing is crazy. It's a man, dressed and speaking like a woman. That's weird any way you slice it.

Pirate700

Not really, especially as she's not an "it."

I never called her an it...

He likes inferring things into and from your posts.

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#18 Posted by Espada12 (23248 posts) -

I think she is beautiful.SolidSnake35

I 100% agree with you.

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#19 Posted by Half-Way (5001 posts) -

Good on GS but to say this shouldn't even be noticed like it's nothing is crazy. It's a man, dressed and speaking like a woman. That's weird any way you slice it. The comments were over the line though. She/he will also make a LOT of people unconfortable which makes it an interesting business move, but again, good on GS for not worrying about that.

Pirate700

I have met many men with questionable sense of fashion and a weird voice. And they weren't even crossdressers...

If i payed more attention to the reviewers name, it would have been more obvious. But i guess im just to busy concentrating on the actual game itself :P

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#20 Posted by T_REX305 (11304 posts) -

I concentrate more on the game then the reviewer.

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#21 Posted by coltgames (2120 posts) -
im afraid to say what i think
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#22 Posted by 67gt500 (4627 posts) -
This is why all people should be viewed as human beings first and foremost, treated with dignity and respect and be given the same opportunities to shine, contribute and enlighten, as anybody else...
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#23 Posted by Led_poison (10146 posts) -
psh girls dont like video games
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#24 Posted by GabuEx (36552 posts) -

I honestly don't even know why people care. I react to her the same way I react to someone who's gay with complete indifference. It has no impact on anything that would affect me or anyone else in any way. People worry about things people do that are "weird" far too much.

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#25 Posted by Half-Way (5001 posts) -

This is why all people should be viewed as human beings first and foremost, treated with dignity and respect and be given the same opportunities to shine, contribute and enlighten, as anybody else...67gt500

i completely agree with you. But there are many things that get in the way for some people. Nationalism, Racism, Religion, Sexuality ect.

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#26 Posted by Lockedge (16765 posts) -
This again. Anywho, glad she's taken it in stride. She's a good reviewer, that's al that really matters. And yeah, some of the comments are rather mean-spirited, both on Kotaku, and on the prior topic we had here.
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#27 Posted by CJL182 (9233 posts) -

Sometimes I hate the anonymity of the internet. Just because you're behind the veil of a monitor doesn't mean it's okay to say that kind of stuff. It's only human to dislike some things and some people, maybe even hate them, but jeez if they're not harming you just keep it to yourself. I'm glad most people seem to be accepting her, but in this day and age, why should anything besides her review matter in this situation?

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#28 Posted by GabuEx (36552 posts) -

Sometimes I hate the anonymity of the internet. Just because you're behind the veil of a monitor doesn't mean it's okay to say that kind of stuff. It's only human to dislike some things and some people, maybe even hate them, but jeez if they're not harming you just keep it to yourself. I'm glad most people seem to be accepting her, but in this day and age, why should anything besides her review matter in this situation?

CJL182

The thing about the anonymity of the internet is that it doesn't make someone a dick. It just makes them unafraid to show that they're a dick. They'd be a dick outside of the internet; they'd just not make it public knowledge.

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#29 Posted by Lonelynight (30050 posts) -
I would prefer if she didn't do video review though, since I don't really enjoy her voice.
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#30 Posted by Fuhgeddabouditt (5468 posts) -
Wow, some of those comments. . .Theokhoth
well, the results of posting such an article in Kotaku would be obvious, and that they are making fun of him. Again, I dont know why so many are bringing so much attention to this man. Everyone knew she was a he but put it to the side and only cared for reviews. Now, we gonna hear about this for the next 2-3months or so before it gets buried again.
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#31 Posted by RandoIph (2041 posts) -
The whole community coming together in the comments to battle the hatred and ignorance shown in the comments was incredibly encouraging. For some nobody who has never contributed a single thing to the community to come out from under a bridge and try to run off someone who has been contributing in a positive manner for many years is amazing, and I'm pretty shocked that he hasn't been banned from the site, quite frankly.
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#32 Posted by mrbojangles25 (39150 posts) -

as long as theyre human and do their job well, I don't really care about their physical appearance or personal life.

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#33 Posted by lonewolf604 (8640 posts) -
I'm actually surprised at all the support on OT. You have mine too Caro :)
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#34 Posted by Crimsader (11672 posts) -
Why does Kotaku call him "she"?
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#35 Posted by XileLord (3776 posts) -

Honestly thought she was a dude

I don't care though, she did a good review and is much more interesting to listen to then the other reviewers IMO

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#36 Posted by Lockedge (16765 posts) -
Why does Kotaku call him "she"?Crimsader
Carolyn's preferred(and perhaps legal) pronouns?
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#37 Posted by Iantheone (8242 posts) -
I have no problems with her reviewing. I was just very confused when I first saw her.
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#38 Posted by Artekus (15700 posts) -
Makes no difference to me, she reviewed L.A Noire well and that should be peoples only concern really...
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#39 Posted by epicstory (610 posts) -

I think she is beautiful.SolidSnake35

She looks like a dude.....

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#40 Posted by jamejame (10621 posts) -

I'm truly sorry if this comes off as douchey, but oh well. I have no problem with trans people, I just find they're faked female accents extremely grating, and especially distracting when I'm trying to focus on something like a video review. God that probablysounds terrible, but I had to say it.

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#41 Posted by kuraimen (28078 posts) -

I honestly don't even know why people care. I react to her the same way I react to someone who's gay with complete indifference. It has no impact on anything that would affect me or anyone else in any way. People worry about things people do that are "weird" far too much.

GabuEx
It takes time for people to get used to this kind of things. That's why the most public these people get the better since it will become a non issue faster and we can move on to more important things. Kudos to GS.
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#42 Posted by DoomZaW (6475 posts) -

No offense, but i didn't even know that was a tranny, just a dude with long hair:?

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#43 Posted by weezyfb (14703 posts) -
that is surprising
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#44 Posted by Evolution-X0 (1740 posts) -
I don't like it when people judge, but what can you do? Just keep on going and ignore these haters.
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#45 Posted by Maddie_Larkin (7431 posts) -

Seriously some of those comments... Well goes to show that alot of people on the net really are uncomfortabale with everything outride thier own personal sphere?

Im just glad that gamespot got another quite good reviewer on thier hands, anything else? For better or worse, it s not my concern, I just feel horrible how people react.

As a side comment I do find it interresting that so far, almost everyone in this thread are quite positive of Carolyn ^^ In my eyes It is just another human being trying to realise thier dream, just like everyone else.

What I DID take notice to was the quite good review ^^ Keep'em comming :P

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#46 Posted by Kenny789 (10434 posts) -
I find it sad that we now have news on people treating people like regular people. Society's gone mad; props to Carolyn for being strong despite those nasty comments!
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#47 Posted by KillerWabbit23 (3466 posts) -

I'm okay with this.

End of story.

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#48 Posted by sonicare (55370 posts) -

Well, I hope Carolyn realizes that there are more people that support her on this site than don't. The most vocal people tend to be in the minority because most people that don't have an issue, don't feel the need to say anything. I wouldn't get too bent out of shape over nasty comments on websites - just take a look at cnn, youtube, etc. for some incredibly offensive comments that people make. I guess when you can post anonymously, people just like to write mean things. Who knows if that's really how they feel.

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#49 Posted by travisstaggs (10562 posts) -

Honestly, it really shouldn't even be a issue or anything at all.Carolyn is a damn good reviewer and that's all that matters.

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#50 Posted by BrianB0422 (1636 posts) -
Sorry, I'm generally as liberal as they come but why is this person called "she" repeatedly? It is obviously a man. HE can certainly do whatever HE wants, but for God's sake lets call a spade a spade, people...