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Signed On May 26, 2002, 23:49
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Coming to Linux
3. Re: Borderlands 2 Coming to Linux Sep 4, 2014, 08:18 Sho
 
The more the merrier!

But I never played Borderlands 1. Would I need to?

Edit: Seems BL1 runs fine on Linux via Wine though, so I guess I could catch up that way (still have a Win around too, sure, but I'm too lazy to reboot when I don't need to).
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
328. Re: Op Ed Sep 3, 2014, 21:31 Sho
 
Julio wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 20:44:
If there's 'fucking stupidity' on both sides, I assume it would also apply to the 'uncomfortable' poster who's mostly sitting on the fence...

Sure, I've been known to occassionally be stupid.

Anyway, I'm actually sorry I wrote that post in that way. It was shitty style, both for retreading already-covered ground and acting as if you're "not in the room". I think we should be better than that with one another in here even when in disagreement, so again, sorry.

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
319. Re: Op Ed Sep 3, 2014, 13:10 Sho
 
Verno wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 13:02:
This thread didn't do anything, maybe a specific poster did but take it up with them and don't try to put all opposing view points into the same bucket.


That really wasn't my intention, but fair enough. I meant to point out that some folks on both sides of the issue resort to the same polemics.


Verno wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 13:02:
There are far more cogent arguments against Sarkeesians nonsense coming from this thread than for it anyway.

I agree some very valid criticism of her work was posted. I think "nonsense" is once a again a too far-reaching summary judgement, though.

But yeah, at this point we're going in circles. I guess the thread's pretty much petered out now.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
316. Re: Op Ed Sep 3, 2014, 12:31 Sho
 
ASeven wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 12:30:
And one more video by MundaneMatt that discusses the trend of comparing gamers to nazis. Yeah, it's a real thing now.

Well, this very thread compared Sarkeesian to Hitler and Stalin. Fucking stupidity on both sides.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
312. Re: Op Ed Sep 3, 2014, 09:16 Sho
 
FWIW, I don't really feel condescension from Beamer. Some others whose contributions consist mainly of occassionally shouting "liar" and "hypocrite" and similar crazed/hysteric shout-them-down behavior are a lot more uncomfortable IMHO. At least Beamer gives you something to work with when you disagree with him; raging lunatics, not so much.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
302. Re: Op Ed Sep 2, 2014, 19:17 Sho
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 19:02:
You got post 300, so with luck that makes you feel much better.

I was making a joke because the thread was jokingly anticipating post 300 a few days ago.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
300. Re: Op Ed Sep 2, 2014, 17:54 Sho
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 17:46:
Sho wrote on Aug 29, 2014, 13:59:
I gotta say, a lot of the stuff in comment threads related to Sarkeesian makes the site feel pretty unwelcoming.
Critiques and differing views of opinion = unwelcoming. Got it. After all, we wouldn't want people to have to face the world where one's opinions are subject to the same realities outside of their bubble now would we? Everyone's a special snow flake, and no matter how wrong their opinion is; we should respect it...and not discuss it. Especially if it's a women...amirite?

Seriously, you're going back to comment 39 of 298 and ignoring all the discussion that happened since, not to mention my longer explanation of that comment? You're just after that 300 in "Popular Threads", admit it. Well, glad to be of service!
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
298. Re: Op Ed Sep 2, 2014, 14:58 Sho
 
While I'm nerding around about this, Nicolas Ostler's Empires of the Word is a super-interesting read too: http://www.amazon.com/Empires-Word-Language-History-World/dp/0060935723

It concerns itself with examining world history through the lense of major (and some minor) languages spheres interacting/competing.

I've always wanted Civ to model this better!
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
297. Re: Op Ed Sep 2, 2014, 14:50 Sho
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 14:40:
Right, also because of a shared European heritage and culture. Asian culture developed along such a different path than western culture. And especially in the USA, where, IIRC we had so many German immigrants during the formative years of our country that we missed having German as the national language by just a few votes. Imagine how the world might be different today if that had been the case!

This is actually a myth (that Germans are very very fond of perpetuating, though ;)). I think the vote was actually just about requiring that all official government documents also be translated to German.

But as for how the world could be different, Kim Stanley Robinson's The Years of Rice and Salt is a really interesting alternate history novel thats starts off with the Black Plague wiping out much more of the European population, followed by the Chinese, Muslims and native Americans struggling for their place and standing in the world.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
295. Re: Op Ed Sep 2, 2014, 14:36 Sho
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 14:18:
Due to their common roots, English should be pretty easy to pick up for a native German speaker and vice versa. I think I read it takes about 30 hours for an English speaker to get survival level German. The same level of Japanese (and by extension, it's sister language Korean) takes about 100 hours. The languages are just so different from European languages.

Sure, but survival level German (or English) is a far cry from achieving any sort of real eloquence, or even just maintaining a consistent writing style. Things like knowing what connotation a phrase carries, or what sounds aloof or distanced vs. warm or welcoming. To say nothing of contemporary slang. It goes beyond knowing the grammar and the morphemes - you need some level of cultural and historic awareness, too, and active exposure.

Getting to survival level Korean isn't actually that hard either. Once you wrap your head around the grammar (which is perhaps a little bit easier for Germans because we're used to S-O-V word order) slotting in words to form basic sentences starts feeling easy and fun. But then you hit a pleateau that requires a lot of time and effort to advance beyond - just navigating all the subtleties of the many different speech levels alone is pretty difficult. There don't seem to be any real shortcuts. It'll take years before I could usefully participate in a Korean version of this thread.

German-vs-English is easier not just because we share so many root forms, but also because there's a much higher-bandwidth cultural exchange going on. But it still takes years, too.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
287. Re: Op Ed Sep 2, 2014, 09:00 Sho
 
Of course my stance has always been ... why go to Kotaku when there's Blue's News.  
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News Comments > Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Announced
24. Re: Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Announced Sep 2, 2014, 08:28 Sho
 
Fletch wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 00:20:
AKA "Icewind Dale: Tiny Avatars and Text Edition".

IIRC BGEE added text scaling recently BTW.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
275. Re: Op Ed Sep 1, 2014, 22:26 Sho
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 22:01:
Which is it?

Hmm I think this is a good translation:

"So eine (Frau) willst Du als Beispiel für gesunden Menschenverstand nennen?"

Note the diff between "eine Frau" und "diese Art Frau". You're specifying a gender in both, but because the latter allows for other types of women, the gender isn't central info - it's just because she happens to be a woman.

I.e. it's really a "the kind of person who ..." thing and the woman bit is just incidental. A German would write "so jemanden" then, but this is an odd case where colloquial English is more gendered than German (usually it's the other way around). If you actually wrote "This kind of person" in English it would actually have a more inflammatory timbre to it because it has moral overtones ("bad person"). He could have used "someone like that", but I guess it's just not his writing style.

I really don't think it was a play on gender.

Side note: I started studying Korean this year, and fuck, dat shit be humblin'. I didn't really fathom how much English I've assimilated over the years - starting cold on something new you realize the sheer quantity of information like this that goes into being able to express yourself in the way you intend to.

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News Comments > Op Ed
272. Re: Op Ed Sep 1, 2014, 20:53 Sho
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 20:18:
You are portraying her as something to make your point, and in doing that you use her sex and work against the opinions she shared on twitter (you yourself said "This is a women you want to cite for common sense?" in order to counter OUR argument.

I realize this is probably going to earn me a "you and Beamer are in cahoots" again, but I really think you just misread the sex/gender part. Writing "This is a (wo)man)" is just a common figure of speech in English and not meant to call out the person's gender. It's just a gender-fitted version of "This is a person". If you wanted to highlight the gender, you'd phrase it "Do you really want to trust a woman on this?" or similar. I mean, come on, if Beamer were guilty of everything he gets accused of in this thread, that would be one epic fuckup since it doesn't fit his supposed agenda in any way.

(I realize the fun factor of the two German guys in the thread debating the finer points of the English tongue.)

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News Comments > Op Ed
262. Re: Op Ed Sep 1, 2014, 15:32 Sho
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 15:27:
I do know. And he knows I see right through his borrowed act. As time go on more and more are seeing through it, too.

Alright. I'm just saying that I'd have a far easier time seeing it if you provided more context.
 
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News Comments > Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Announced
19. Re: Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Announced Sep 1, 2014, 15:07 Sho
 
HorrorScope wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 11:21:
Since we have been bombarded with TB games and many HQ one's to come, let alone many of these have been played on the PC already. I find taking these EE version to tablets/phones the most brilliant place to now play them. As we await BG2EE for mobile, BGEE has been great and any and all of these EE's to me find a new special place in mobile. Oh yeah and it's 1/2 the price.

Do you have any tips for effective mobile use? I tried BGEE on an Android tablet and it became a nuisance pretty quickly with no mouse-based edge-scrolling. Adventures work great on these, but most other genres feel like work quickly ...
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
258. Re: Op Ed Sep 1, 2014, 14:58 Sho
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 14:09:
And now predictably dishonest Beamer is using the same tactics as US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Democrat-Nevada) by deflecting to the Koch brothers again. He is like the parody of liberalism except this is how they really are. Dishonest. Always deflecting. Liars. Hypocrites. They cannot stay on topic because it exposes them as the frauds they are.

Didn't you just "deflect to Harry Reid", though? What's the difference? Aside from more emotionally-charged invectives?

Can we maybe stop arguing by namedropping in general? Not everyone here is US American. We don't know these folks. Gaming is international.

And what's with all this slander about lying? Can you explain where the lie is, exactly? I don't get it. Do you understand the difference between an argument and an assertion?

Folks, I thought American high schools specifically teach debating? (Which I always thought was really cool and sorely lacking here.) Or is that a myth from film/TV?

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News Comments > Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Announced
11. Re: Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Announced Aug 31, 2014, 18:52 Sho
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 18:48:
Problem is I *still* remember these games backwards and forwards. And while they were great I have no desire to go back to them. Why don't they pony up some more dough and make some new CPRGs ala PE, W2, DoS, Shadowrun, et al? I'd be far more interested in that then these old games being updated a bit.

Either that or update some friggin games that would really benefit from it, like Outlaws in the UE4 engine or something.

I'm not big on replaying games either, I think there's maybe 10-12 games in the last 18 years I've played more than once. But some are like favorite books, I'll wind up replaying them every four years or so and discover something new.

Especially with games with good storytelling or strong themes. For example the experience of playing Deus Ex in 2000 when I was 16 and in 2005 and 2010 were pretty different. I picked up on more references, I thought about the characters in new ways, I was more critical about stuff, etc.

I'd say PST is in that category. I'm sure that's a game I'll play again at some point.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
238. Re: Op Ed Aug 31, 2014, 18:42 Sho
 
I agree that this is a specific case where Sarkeesian's approach breaks down, and where games are different from film. When discussing film it's OK to sometimes exclusively focus on women's (or men's) issues because there's no instancing and no mechanical symmetry. But in games, things like gruesome death animations for female NPCs often exist because they tick a box - we have male NPCs, we have female NPCs, the mechanics allow both to be killed, we need death animations for both. That doesn't mean the violence (or cookie-cutter NPCs) can't be a problem, but to understand the mechanics behind how and why these things land in games you do need to examine how games and game development function systemically. Focusing on just female depiction then isn't enough to advance the dialog.

OTOH, while my experiences as a gamer allow me to pinpoint some examples Sarkeesian gets wrong, like this one, I also think she gets some other examples right.
 
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News Comments > Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Announced
8. Re: Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition Announced Aug 31, 2014, 18:16 Sho
 
Optional Nickname! wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 18:12:
Planescape:Torment has been effectively modernized for Windows 7 (and other OSes) so there's not much to be gained in that aspect of an 'EE' version.

By who, when, and what did it involve? Did I miss anything?

I'm aware of the widescreen patch, the content-renabling patches and the bugfix patches, of course. And sure, PST is fun to play that way. But "BGEE is just a roundup of mods" isn't really true anymore - they've done quite a bit of work modernizing the engine/renderer, improving the scaling behavior, fixing more bugs and tweaking the gameplay. Just look at the kilometer-long patch changelogs.

I was really disappointed with BGEE at launch (you can go back in my posting history and see me rant about it, even), but I gotta admit they shaped up later.

No doubt a game as complex as PST could be refined further in a similar way.
 
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