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Nickname Quboid
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Description I can't make any car pop a wheelie.
Homepage http://bcmedia.biz/
Signed On Jul 26, 2001, 01:42
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User ID 10439
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
29. Re: Morning Safety Dance Nov 15, 2014, 08:50 Quboid
 
Anthropomorphizing isn't a mistake, fiction is essentially pointless without it. Is Atticus Finch just ink on a page to you?

I don't see why games should be labelled if other media isn't - which does not mean that I think all media should be labelled, quite the opposite. This is what I thought Beamer and Verno were saying too.

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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
21. Re: Morning Safety Dance Nov 14, 2014, 17:43 Quboid
 
Yeahyeah Yeah wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 16:24:
Quboid wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 16:13:
Yeahyeah Yeah wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 14:48:
I just was alluding to the habit of treating criticism of a woman's choice of dress as off-limits or an extremely fake-touchy issue normally... but for female characters in video games it's all bets are off.

The key is "a woman's choice". A female character in a video game designed predominantly by men for men isn't an actual woman's choice and is more open to accusations of objectification - which isn't to say that the accusations are true.

I objectify absolutely every character in every game I play. I assume all sane people do, since those characters are literally objects - not people.

And if that's abstracted away - if the response is 'well, okay, it's not a REAL person, but that sort of attire still indicates such and such about whoever chose it' - then there's an implicit real-world judgment about real-world female attire that comes with that abstraction.

I should have said sexually objectify. Although I think I get into most games enough to see the character beyond the object but that's beside the point.

I don't much care about this stuff to be honest. Nipple armour looks stupid and detracts from my enjoyment of a game but I don't have a problem with a lot of the supposedly sexist stuff. Sexuality, even in a character written by the other sex, is not inherently sexist. The main reason why I felt I should point out that these accusations aren't necessarily true is because I didn't want to imply that a game designed by men for men is automatically sexist - that assertion would be sexist.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
25. Re: Op Ed Nov 14, 2014, 16:43 Quboid
 
Beamer wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 23:34:
Quboid wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 22:36:
In Civilization V, the United Nations wonder and diplomatic victory were really shallow and stood out as step back over Civ IV (although some would say they weren't alone). Sure enough it was revamped in DLC and it's really tough to believe that Civ V vanilla would have been so weak in this regard if they hadn't planned to rework it.

Then again, it probably wouldn't have been as deep as Brave New World's implementation, which goes well beyond Civ IV. It makes sense to not re-implement something like Civ IV's system only to gut it later but the basic product suffered for it. I hope they spent the resources that would have gone to the temporary diplomacy victory system on other things that have lasted.

I don't see why it's tough to believe. It's an entirely new game on an entirely new engine. As mentioned elsewhere, new games with new engines often miss on features. Usually it's another new game that adds the polish.

It was out of place. All the other victory conditions had depth and while the rest of the game wasn't perfect and didn't have every other feature from Civ IV, in my opinion it felt complete. (In fact I've used Civ V as an example of why simplified doesn't mean dumbed-down.) The diplomatic victory through the U.N. wonder felt rushed, like they did the bare minimum to check that off the feature list, and I was far from the only person to comment at the time that it looked like future DLC.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
17. Re: Morning Safety Dance Nov 14, 2014, 16:13 Quboid
 
Yeahyeah Yeah wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 14:48:
I just was alluding to the habit of treating criticism of a woman's choice of dress as off-limits or an extremely fake-touchy issue normally... but for female characters in video games it's all bets are off.

The key is "a woman's choice". A female character in a video game designed predominantly by men for men isn't an actual woman's choice and is more open to accusations of objectification - which isn't to say that the accusations are true.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
3. Re: Evening Mobilization Nov 13, 2014, 22:42 Quboid
 
From Strike Suit Zero's page:

Developed exclusively for Tegra K1 devices, such as NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet.

Google says the Nexus 9 uses this as well.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
23. Re: Op Ed Nov 13, 2014, 22:36 Quboid
 
In Civilization V, the United Nations wonder and diplomatic victory were really shallow and stood out as step back over Civ IV (although some would say they weren't alone). Sure enough it was revamped in DLC and it's really tough to believe that Civ V vanilla would have been so weak in this regard if they hadn't planned to rework it.

Then again, it probably wouldn't have been as deep as Brave New World's implementation, which goes well beyond Civ IV. It makes sense to not re-implement something like Civ IV's system only to gut it later but the basic product suffered for it. I hope they spent the resources that would have gone to the temporary diplomacy victory system on other things that have lasted.
 
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News Comments > Just Cause 3 Announced (Not F2P)
6. Re: Just Cause 3 Announced (Not F2P) Nov 11, 2014, 20:06 Quboid
 
I hate that it's come to this but:
"It is not a Free To Play game. It does not feature in-game micro transactions."

Thank you!

That screenshot a few days ago had me worried because the "Buy More" button appeared to refer to buying currency. I'm glad this won't be the case.

Just Cause 2 wasn't quite as good as Far Cry 3 IMHO, but it did many of the same things first and surpassed FC3 in some ways.
 
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News Comments > etc.
30. Re: etc. Nov 11, 2014, 18:39 Quboid
 
Beamer wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 14:24:
I'm done engaging in it.

I think that would be good for your sake, you seem totally fed up with this horrible nonsense. You're not alone.

Redmask are you joking?

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News Comments > Saturday Patches
32. Re: Saturday Patches Nov 9, 2014, 21:59 Quboid
 
Cyanotetyphas wrote on Nov 9, 2014, 19:27:
ahhh they deleted Tom Petty and Rage Against the Machine. Normally this sort of thing wouldn't bother me but 17 songs is quite a bit.

They removed Runnin' Down A Dream?!

BASTARDS!
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
3. Re: Sunday Metaverse Nov 9, 2014, 21:55 Quboid
 
This looks like a negotiating ploy.

I doubt she's in a great deal of need but the money paid to artists for streaming does seem unfair. 0.009 cents per stream (Pandora) is 11,111 listens per dollar. Surely the people who make the music deserve a much bigger slice of the pie, apart from the listeners they're the only essential part of the system.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
5. Re: Steam Top 10 Nov 9, 2014, 12:39 Quboid
 
I haven't played the first 14 Farming Simulators, will I be able to follow the plot? Can I at least grow fresh jokes?

ETS2 is niche but it is a good game properly fleshed out, reasonably deep and well polished. It had novelty value certainly, and I probably wouldn't have tried it if it didn't, but there's an actual game there IMHO. From what I've seen of Farming Simulator, there's no game once the novelty wears off but perhaps I'm wrong.

I bought Wolf on sale months ago largely on your recommendation, nin. I haven't got around to playing it yet Blush

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Sylvester Stallone's On-Screen Arsenal of Guns Through the Years Nov 9, 2014, 12:24 Quboid
 
Why would Twitter? Of course *they* have heard of *you*.

A more informative list of Sly Stallone's on-screen arsenal.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Patches
17. Re: Saturday Patches Nov 8, 2014, 21:21 Quboid
 
nin wrote on Nov 8, 2014, 20:21:
Quboid wrote on Nov 8, 2014, 19:37:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Nov 8, 2014, 19:20:
Ladron3dfx wrote on Nov 8, 2014, 18:41:
Steam has removed the users ability to disable updates.

Not true. Go away troll.

I just checked - having also exclaimed bullshit - but it's true. The update options are "always", "high-priority", and "when it launches". There's no "never" option. I don't know when this change happened.

It shouldn't be legal to remove content from a game that people have bought. I'm sure they're covered by some small print but this seems wrong.

I'm not sure which is accurate here: Some are saying the option was just reworded, and that previously, you couldn't launch the game w/o getting the update anyway. Not sure I agree with that, but I never used the feature, either.


I see, thank you. It used to be that we could disable automatic updates, not that we could disable updates completely. Obviously I haven't used this much either.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
5. Re: If Twitter Won’t Handle Its Massive Harassment Problem, These Women Will. Nov 8, 2014, 21:11 Quboid
 
It's natural to look at a specific issue that you or people you know are facing, sort of like "Charity begins at home". It's also their area of expertise. Trying to pseudo-moderate all of Twitter is doomed to fail ... but then so is this.

Eventually some scandal will force Twitter to police things. Someone famous will get loads of hate, they then get attacked in real life, the media will put two and two together and ignore the result, focusing instead on the scary new thing that the kids are using that will doom society. If that flack hits the share price, Twitter will act - probably by doing the bare minimum they can get away with.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Patches
13. Re: Saturday Patches Nov 8, 2014, 19:37 Quboid
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Nov 8, 2014, 19:20:
Ladron3dfx wrote on Nov 8, 2014, 18:41:
Steam has removed the users ability to disable updates.

Not true. Go away troll.

I just checked - having also exclaimed bullshit - but it's true. The update options are "always", "high-priority", and "when it launches". There's no "never" option. I don't know when this change happened.

It shouldn't be legal to remove content from a game that people have bought. I'm sure they're covered by some small print but this seems wrong.
 
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News Comments > Free Metro 2033 from Humble Store
11. Re: Free Metro 2033 from Humble Store Nov 8, 2014, 12:28 Quboid
 
I thought that was a neat feature, a way to pay for a weapon buff that (to me) blended seamlessly into the world. It should have been a separate key.  
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News Comments > Ubisoft vs. Steam?
89. Re: Ubisoft vs. Steam? Nov 7, 2014, 23:07 Quboid
 
Slick, that's not helpful. Anyway, I'm making the same point as you, that Steam shouldn't be mandatory.  
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News Comments > Just Cause 3 Microtransaction Follow-up
8. Re: Just Cause 3 Microtransaction Follow-up Nov 7, 2014, 13:45 Quboid
 
KS wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 13:13:
So what's the beef? That this implies Awesome Game 3 will be F2P, and thus depedent on micro transactions?

Or that, free or not, microtransactions will be P2Win, instead of just limited to vanity stuff with no major gameplay impact?

The second one. Free-up-front or purchased, solo or multiplayer, I don't trust any developer to not let the game's balance be compromised. Even if they intend to be completely honest, when increasing the price of a tank from the black market will result in some people getting out their real wallets to top up their in-game balance is it even possible for them to objectively balance the game any more?

Even if they intend to be honest and actually do balance the game as they would if there were no microtransactions, I will be continually questioning their decisions. That's terrible for immersion and for enjoyment.

P2W gives developers financial incentive to make their game worse.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft vs. Steam?
51. Re: Ubisoft vs. Steam? Nov 7, 2014, 12:59 Quboid
 
Creston wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 12:49:
Beamer wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 12:46:
But Valve takes ~30%. Did it cut sales by 30%? Probably not.

I doubt it did. If it did, EA wouldn't stick with it. This is an outfit that would happily fuck you over if it makes them five extra bucks. They wouldn't ignore Steam if it was costing them "ten times the sales".

NKD wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 12:45:
The skepticism around Origin didn't really pan out. Yeah, a lot of us hardcore grognards try to avoid it, but most PC gamers don't give a fuck and go where the game they want is. After all, if you look at it objectively the icon you click to get the game going is a pretty minor concern compared to whether the game is actually any good. EA's numbers since moving to Origin look good, so it's hard to call their move stupid.

Exactly. And Origin isn't as good as Steam, but it's nowhere near bad enough to miss out on Bioware's games for. (for me)

A game released years ago that's on both Steam and Uplay will undoubtedly sell more on Steam, I think 10x is a fair estimate. However if it wasn't on Steam, many of those buyers would have bought from Uplay (which may take the top spot on Google that Steam would have had) and this doesn't really apply at all to a big release with a huge marketing campaign behind it.

Is it 30%? This is pure speculation on my part but I would think that Ubi would get bulk discount, some sort of specially negotiated deal that small developers (where I've heard 30% from) aren't offered. I wouldn't be surprised if they are/were paying closer to half that.

Edit: if it's just the UK, why? Temporary legal issue, or test run?

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News Comments > Ubisoft vs. Steam?
16. Re: Ubisoft vs. Steam? Nov 7, 2014, 10:57 Quboid
 
Verno wrote on Nov 7, 2014, 10:42:
Their product not being on Steam potentially means higher prices for me

This bothers me. I can understand Ubi not wanting to pay Valve a percentage of their sales or have access to that sort of sales data but how about passing that saving on to us? Half of it? A single penny? No?

No.
 
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