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30. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 19, 2013, 07:36 InBlack
Bhruic wrote on Feb 18, 2013, 20:38:
Beamer wrote on Feb 18, 2013, 19:33:
I'm rarely arguing 100% in favor of the corporations. Typically I'm just explaining that they're not evil.

The average user here tends to be pretty smart, but there is usually a complete misunderstanding over why companies do things. I try to repeatedly point out I'm not telling them to accept things, just understand why they happen. They can still be angry, but be angry at the right thing.

Perhaps you think that's what you're doing. Perhaps that's what you are trying to do. Unfortunately, that's not what comes across.

Take the last good example - the Bungie thread. Bungie is treating PC gamers like - at best - second class citizens. Someone called them out on that fact. And you immediately leaped to their defense, and framed things on a monetary scale. What you don't seem to grasp is the irrelevancy of that position. Unless we are shareholders, very few of us care how much money a company makes (certainly we want good ones to stay in business, but how well off they are isn't a factor). So it doesn't matter to us one whit that the Halo franchise was financially profitable. So why did you feel the need to approach things from that perspective? Yes, if you want to argue what the prudent thing for Bungie to do is, then it would definitely be to go with what they know. But that's not what the majority of people here care about (I suspect). We care about what, if anything, Bungie is doing for us as PC gamers. If that turns out to be jack shit (and it is), then we aren't going to look at them well. And all your attempts to defend them over such things as financial issues just make you appear to be somewhat mindlessly pro-business.

This is very well said. I would like to extrapolate on the 'evil' part. When we say they (they == corporations) are evil, we dont mean the people who work there necessarily, most of the time its the system itself thats corrupt to that extreme. Short term gains are completely favored over long term, as a result customers are alienated, IPs are wrecked, and employees are cut. Evil is not evil, in the classical biblical sense here, i wouldnt even call it that, but its a good nice 'emotional' word for lack of a better one.

This is something that is endemic to the whole super global capitalist corporate structure, its almost like a disease. Except the people on top dont want it to get better because they cant overlook their own greed.
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