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Homepage http://geekbravado.com
Signed On Jul 12, 2002, 18:05
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News Comments > etc.
38. Re: etc. Oct 8, 2014, 11:33 Parallax Abstraction
 
Squirmer wrote on Oct 7, 2014, 21:19:
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Oct 7, 2014, 13:31:
The problem with that is Alexander's article was purposefully on the offensive.
Yes it was, but you have to see in context. She has been receiving abuse for the things she writes for years. Literally years.

You excuse gamers getting angry at her in response. You presumably excuse Prez calling her a "worthless sack of shit" in this thread. Why can't you also excuse her anger?

Don't twist my words. Nowhere did I excuse abuse thrown at her. That you assume I excuse Prez's comment because I didn't call him out for it is the kind of response that's exactly why we can't have proper discussions of these issues anymore. People who fling hatred and harassment are scum. It's also a vast minority of gamers at large. But that's not what she and her compatriots wrote, they declared an entire identity dead because of a vocal, abusive minority. I'm sorry, you don't get to appoint yourself arbiter of what the term "gamer" means just because a few of them are assholes. That's the kind of thing Jack Thompson used to do. We didn't accept it from him, I won't accept it from anyone else. They used an ICBM to target a tent city. It was arrogant bullying 101. That you've received undeserved abuse in the past doesn't excuse you from criticism now. If you write an article designed to stir up controversy, there's going to be controversy. I disagree with her and have some real problems with her attitude towards her audience. That doesn't mean I hate her as a person. Anger begets anger and that goes both ways.
 
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24. Re: etc. Oct 7, 2014, 20:53 Parallax Abstraction
 
UHD wrote on Oct 7, 2014, 17:50:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Oct 7, 2014, 16:37:
I'd generally agree, right up until the point where people are calling me "worse than ISIS."

I think it's funny that you take that sort of thing seriously.

Oh OK, if someone compares the gaming community to a hyperviolent terrorist group, it's OK if it's done as a joke. How silly of me, I thought maybe just making an intelligent argument, rather than throwing childish insults around is how you appear to be the better person.
 
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8. Re: etc. Oct 7, 2014, 13:31 Parallax Abstraction
 
The problem with that is Alexander's article was purposefully on the offensive. It was an arrogant hit piece that declared the death of an entire identity based on a few rotten elements within it. It's the same kind of thing Jack Thompson did for years. It's no less acceptable when she does it.

Every mainstream article is about the fight against women because that's the element they're choosing to write about. I've long said that the more rational elements within GamerGate need to get away from that moniker but if you do more than a cursory look inside that community, you'll find a lot of people who are all for women in gaming and the games press. However, that's not the convenient narrative many writers (Alexander chief among them) are peddling because it's not easy or convenient. They are stoking the fires of outrage and doing so on purpose. Sure, there are gamers who are anti-women and those people are scumbags. If you look into the participants in GamerGate however, you'll find most of them don't agree with that stance.

Alexander, Kuchera, Allen, Faraci et al. frequently act like arrogant bullies, attacking those who don't agree with them in full as being fully in support of the other side. It's intellectually dishonest to put it mildly and it's stoking the fires of outrage culture. I don't fully agree with them, nor do I fully agree with GamerGate. Since I'm an intelligent, rational adult, I can formulate my own opinion without diving into either side's trench. There are real discussions and debates about important issues that could be had but the people with the loudest voices on both sides are doing nothing to further those discussions. They are going out of their way to paint each other with broad extremist brushes and it's gross. They demand that gamers police themselves and stand up against harassment, yet sit oddly quiet when one of their own calls gamers worse than ISIS or that all gamers are misoginerds. To them, it's no longer about the discussion, it's become a sadistic and pathetic need to fight. These writers are no less gross in their participation in this, they're just the other extreme.
 
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News Comments > Next Car Game Renamed Wreckfest; Multiplayer Introduced
2. Re: Next Car Game Renamed Wreckfest; Multiplayer Introduced Oct 3, 2014, 20:29 Parallax Abstraction
 
I highly approve of that name!  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 1, 2014, 20:17 Parallax Abstraction
 
It stands for Queer or Questioning depending on who you ask. It's supposed to represent people who are still determining their orientation as I understand it. I work for an organisation that represents post-secondary unions so I've heard a lot about it. Additionally, there is I which stands for Intersex and 2S which stands for "two spirited", which I haven't gotten a concrete explanation on but apparently it has something to do with Native culture. It can become a very long acronym.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
25. Re: Op Ed Oct 1, 2014, 16:01 Parallax Abstraction
 
Tumbler wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 15:54:
I wouldn't expect Polygon to appreciate the value of a new PC peripheral currently.

I guess you don't read Polygon much (I don't blame you.) Their "Opinion Editor" is Ben Kuchera, who has been basically a pro-bono "journalist" shill for Oculus ever since their Kickstarter. This is probably the most negative article on Oculus to ever come from that site. I guess they wanted to have some kind of counterpoint to Kuchera's PR machine.
 
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4. Re: etc. Oct 1, 2014, 13:53 Parallax Abstraction
 
Julio wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 12:09:
If Hsu can't handle the #Gamergate heat, then time to go I guess. I like how he describes it as anti-journalist.

As if all gamers are against all journalists. Just a lot of gamers against corrupt journalists.

And lately, a large number of "journalists" have most certainly been against gamers. You know, their customers.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
14. Re: Evening Mobilization Sep 30, 2014, 23:34 Parallax Abstraction
 
Beamer wrote on Sep 30, 2014, 19:09:
Quboid wrote on Sep 30, 2014, 18:51:
I'm not sure the guy who thinks Apple will replace it is in luck but I don't know. Apart from him, I see their point. The numbers don't point to this being a particularly big issue (but I'm pretty sure it's more than 9, Apple) and the description this guy gives doesn't make it sound especially weak. Every phone bends if you have sufficient willpower.

The chances of me buying anything from Apple, including the iPhone 6+, are zero but this wouldn't put me off.

I'm pretty sure that's a criminal act, but never mind. It was research.

Yup, Consumer Reports tested it, found it's about average. Most people bending them on videos are putting serious pressure on them in very small areas. That isn't normal usage.

And yet multiple attempts to bend and Galaxy Note 3 with as much or more force results in it basically not bending at all. Funny what happens when your device is built on function first instead of fashion.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
1. Re: Evening Safety Dance Sep 26, 2014, 22:44 Parallax Abstraction
 
"Bash Bug “Shellshock” Is as Large an Issue as Heartbleed."

And it doesn't affect Windows or Android. I love watching smug Apple fanboys/press sites (which are largely one in the same) squirming to justify how this, the bending phones and the two emergency iOS 8 updates in two days are no big deal because it's Apple. So delicious.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
13. Re: Morning Interviews Sep 25, 2014, 15:38 Parallax Abstraction
 
Verno wrote on Sep 25, 2014, 15:11:
"Men should never criticize anything a woman says because thats harassment, no wonder women are so SCARED!"

This game sure is fun!

Opinions are binary. You must be with one side or you're wholly on the other. This is the new law, so I've heard.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 24, 2014, 15:28 Parallax Abstraction
 
Number of times my Android 4.4 Nexus 5 has had an OS crash in the 6 months I've owned it: 0. It also hasn't been rebooted in over two months and still works fine. Number of times in 8 months my previous Windows Phone 8 Samsung ATIV S crashed: 0. Number of times my girlfriend's WP8 Lumia 920 has crashed in over two years: Twice, the last time being over a year ago. Yet everyone says iOS is the most reliable and "just works." Maybe if Apple put more than 1GB RAM in these supposedly state-of-the-art phones.  
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
4. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Sep 24, 2014, 15:24 Parallax Abstraction
 
{PH}88fingers wrote on Sep 24, 2014, 15:12:
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Sep 24, 2014, 12:56:
Except for the whole bit where most of their initial money was raised with Kickstarter because a lot of people wouldn't back if they couldn't do it through there. Now his community doesn't care but Star Citizen was on initially on track to not hit its funding target until they used Kickstarter.

yeah that's completely false. Backers who were having trouble paying through their website )since it was very early stages, nothing like you see now..) asked for them to put it up on kickstarter too so they could back it there. That is why they did it and they had already raised a substantial amount of money by that point.

I actually backed it through their web site but I remember reading articles at the time that they moved to Kickstarter because fans were requesting it. Much like Steam, a lot of people just won't back if it's not in the one place they want. Maybe that's not the case but it's what I read at the time. Still, one can't deny that a lot of their initial fundraising did come from Kickstarter.
 
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
1. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Sep 24, 2014, 12:56 Parallax Abstraction
 
Except for the whole bit where most of their initial money was raised with Kickstarter because a lot of people wouldn't back if they couldn't do it through there. Now his community doesn't care but Star Citizen was on initially on track to not hit its funding target until they used Kickstarter.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 23, 2014, 14:34 Parallax Abstraction
 
This sudden surge of the "Because it's random and it's awesome because random!" genre of game is baffling to me. I never understood how something being presented nonsensically automatically makes it great.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse Sep 19, 2014, 11:27 Parallax Abstraction
 
Oh good. Google already gives massive preferential treatment in promotion to bigger channels (cause why help elevate new and growing channels instead of promoting channels that don't need the help) and now they're going to give them money directly too? Cripes.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
6. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 16, 2014, 12:08 Parallax Abstraction
 
vacs wrote on Sep 16, 2014, 11:28:
"iPhone 6 Breaks Pre-Order Record."

So many people can't be wrong, now can they?

To be fair, they're probably seeing all those features Android phones had back in 2012 and really want to get on that now. Because you know, Android (or in some cases, even BlackBerry) did it first but when Apple does it, that's when it becomes magical.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 16, 2014, 10:40 Parallax Abstraction
 
"he race to defeat Destiny's toughest challenge begins."

Getting through the "story" without falling asleep from boredom?
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
15. Re: Evening Mobilization Sep 10, 2014, 09:09 Parallax Abstraction
 
iPhone 6, only $299 on a two year contract to get a bunch of features my $300 no-contract Nexus 5 had a year ago and you still get the dated iOS UI to boot. They're not even trying any more. I was surprised how tepid the iWatch response was though, even from people I know who are pretty die-hard Apple fanboys. Smartwatches as a whole are a distraction by all the smartphone makers because they've run out of new "revolutionary" features to put in phones, people aren't going to keep upgrading every year just for a spec bump and they need something to try to keep their profits growing at their current unrealistic levels. Also interesting that they made no mention of either 64-bit apps or iTunes Radio, last year's two supposedly revolutionary things. The most important stuff at Apple events are what they don't talk about because they love to toot their own horn when stuff does well. When it doesn't, they just keep quiet and hope their hand-picked press fanboys in the audience don't bring it up which of course, no one has.  
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News Comments > Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup
6. Re: Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup Sep 7, 2014, 18:42 Parallax Abstraction
 
Yogscast who screwed Kickstarter backers and then who are taking a percentage of the profits from Space Engineers in exchange for coverage on their channel. Bastions of integrity they seem to be.  
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News Comments > WBIE TMs WB Play
5. Re: WBIE TMs WB Play Sep 7, 2014, 16:06 Parallax Abstraction
 
This sounds more like a casual label or something that they're launching. WB doesn't actually put out that many games compared to EA, Ubisoft etc. I don't think making their own digital platform would really be worth it for them. This might be a sub-label focused on family or mobile games though. 2K Play used to be a thing too, it was the label that put out Carnival Games and the like.  
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