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Signed On Oct 13, 2002, 02:16
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News Comments > Op Ed
28. Re: Op Ed Dec 26, 2012, 20:50 Overon
 
Eirikrautha wrote on Dec 26, 2012, 20:05:
Overon wrote on Dec 26, 2012, 15:40:
I don't know what you mean when you say what video games are "meant to be." They are meant to be whatever the developer/publisher want them to be. There are many types of books, some of them are written not to challenge fixed beliefs nor to buck stereotypes. But there are other books that do. Are books "sociological reform platoforms?" As long as media (games included) promote ideas, they are open to criticism of those ideas. You seem to want to carve out video games as the only media that shouldn't challenge stereotypes and fixed beliefs. I disagree with that.

Actually, video games are whatever the consumer wants them to be. A publisher can "publish" whatever they want, but only the consumers determine what is successful (despite all of the publishers' efforts to the contrary...). The vast majority of works of literature that "challenged" beliefs were complete commercial failures. The stereotype of the starving artist was invented for a reason. Most works we would look back on as "ground-breaking" were generally either unknown in their own time or very poorly received (see William Blake). Those that were commercially successful were almost always those that hid their challenges under layers of meaning. We only recognize them today because our culture has evolved to be closer to what those earlier authors and artists were advocating for. The folks that "challenged" in the opposite direction from what we believe today have faded into obscurity (see Rudyard Kipling).

Heck, perhaps the greatest stereotype and fixed belief of the day IS to "challenge" the beliefs of everyone (or at least the beliefs that you don't agree with... somehow I doubt you'd be promoting a game that had you kill off AIDS patients because their disease makes them less than human, etc.). What gamers actually care about are games that are enjoyable. If your game is not fun (or too preachy... which tends to suck the fun right out), then no matter what your great "ideal" is... the game is a failure. If you can sneak some moral or idea in... great.. so long as it doesn't detract from the fun.

Preachy books and preachy art tend to fail (outside the elitists who get their sense of self-worth by supposedly seeing what the great unwashed masses can't see), too. So how about advocating for fun games first, as there are enough difficulties for publishers to actually make one of those... without the great diversity checklist in addition...
I'm hardly advocating what you say I am advocating. I don't know if you realize this but, every piece of media has underpinnings of ideas. Why is it bad for me to advocate for more diverse ideas? I'm not looking for checkboxes or quotas. I'm looking for dissent and some degree of unique incite or expressing unpopular opinions (ones I may not even share) and some degree of novelty.

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News Comments > Op Ed
12. Re: Op Ed Dec 26, 2012, 15:40 Overon
 
RollinThundr wrote on Dec 26, 2012, 14:22:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Dec 26, 2012, 13:43:
Overon wrote on Dec 26, 2012, 13:06:
...I just prefer if what they did was less what they do now and more of what some written books do, challenging people's fixes beliefs.

When challenging people's fixed beliefs doesn't involve risking 20-100 million dollars, risk angering shareholders, risk angering distribution partners and risk, more importantly, angering your fickle customer base who gives you billions of dollars every year, then you'll see games become sociological reform platforms.

Granted, I am sure someone can dig up an indie game somewhere that does this, but that doesn't grab the attention or sales that Call of Black Halo Duty Ops XLVI: War Gear Edition does. Such is the nature of the business and no one is going to change that business so long as it IS a business.

They're video games, they're not meant to be sociological reform platforms. If the NYTimes or any of the feminazi's take issue with that, tell them to make their own PC liberal approved videogames.

I don't know what you mean when you say what video games are "meant to be." They are meant to be whatever the developer/publisher want them to be. There are many types of books, some of them are written not to challenge fixed beliefs nor to buck stereotypes. But there are other books that do. Are books "sociological reform platoforms?" As long as media (games included) promote ideas, they are open to criticism of those ideas. You seem to want to carve out video games as the only media that shouldn't challenge stereotypes and fixed beliefs. I disagree with that.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
4. Re: Op Ed Dec 26, 2012, 13:06 Overon
 
Game makers can do what they want, but if they want to appeal to women, half the population, then they can do far better than they are doing now.

Games are misogynistic overall. They perpetuate stereotypes more often than not, and don't challenge people's fixed beliefs in general. Games can be more than what they are now. Books can be controversial, they can challenge people's fixed beliefs and so far, games have not been generally able to do this.

I want to make it clear before I'm attacked, that I don't think we should pass laws to make games a certain way. Developers can do what they want, I just prefer if what they did was less what they do now and more of what some written books do, challenging people's fixes beliefs.

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News Comments > BioShock Infinite Alternate Box Art
2. Re: BioShock Infinite Alternate Box Art Dec 26, 2012, 12:52 Overon
 
I loved the bland box art:
example

Looks exactly like this:
example

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News Comments > Steam Stops Selling The War Z
46. Re: Steam Stops Selling The War Z Dec 19, 2012, 20:12 Overon
 
What shocks me is that this exposes a steam quality control problem. It casts a shadow of doubt on the veracity of what is written on steam game pages.  
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News Comments > Free Metro 2033 on Steam
46. Re: Free Metro 2033 on Steam Dec 11, 2012, 19:02 Overon
 
So you have to get some facebook app in order to get the code? And this facebook app will receive your:



Your basic info
Your email address
Your birthday
Your location

Free my ass!
 
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News Comments > Free Metro 2033 on Steam
44. Re: Free Metro 2033 on Steam Dec 11, 2012, 18:29 Overon
 
So how do they send you your key? Email? I clicked like and I got jack squat?

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News Comments > Dark Souls II Announced
18. Re: Dark Souls II Announced Dec 8, 2012, 20:38 Overon
 
Dark Souls is probably the worst PC port since Resident Evil. The thing that makes it better is the modding that the guy did with hack dx 9 dll that allowed higher resolutions and texture replacement and generally better graphics overall.

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News Comments > GameSpy Sale Ends Sniper Elite Multiplayer
24. Re: GameSpy Sale Ends Sniper Elite Multiplayer Dec 8, 2012, 19:28 Overon
 
Another argument for dedicated servers.  
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News Comments > Airships Ahoy - AirBuccaneers
2. Re: Airships Ahoy - AirBuccaneers Dec 5, 2012, 20:29 Overon
 
I remember playing AirBuaccaneers when it was a "Make Something Unreal" contest nominee for Unreal Tournament 2004. I liked it then. It was totally unique seeing some of the gameplay vids on youtube, it looks like a blast.  
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News Comments > SOE on PlanetSide 2 in 2025
50. Re: SOE on PlanetSide 2 in 2025 Dec 3, 2012, 01:21 Overon
 
Krizzen wrote on Dec 2, 2012, 22:41:
Overon wrote on Dec 2, 2012, 03:28:
There is nothing quite like PS2, this is true. However even on radeon 7950's and i7 processors on 64 bit Windows 7, there are terrible FPS problems in large fights, and worse than bad fps, is horrible non registering weapons.

Any i7 shouldn't have any problem running the game at atleast 30 FPS in the largest of firefights. Try closing your goat porn torrents!

Otherwise, open your UserOptions.ini file in:
C:\Users\Public\Sony Online Entertainment\Installed Games\PlanetSide 2

Change the RenderDistance=99999.9999 or whatever it says to RenderDistance=2000.000000

This will restrict physics calculations and updates to things that are only within 2000 meters. You won't be able to see anything over 2000 meters, but your FPS will likely skyrocket!
Hmm I'm confused, here is what it says for me:
RenderDistance=-1.000000
A negative number and a 1!? That doesn't make sense in light of what you said.
 
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News Comments > SOE on PlanetSide 2 in 2025
49. Re: SMITE Adding New Mode Dec 3, 2012, 01:17 Overon
 
Trevellian wrote on Dec 2, 2012, 18:57:
Nate wrote on Dec 2, 2012, 15:08:
Richie wrote on Dec 2, 2012, 14:00:
Mark my words. This games servers will be dead empty in a couple months.

Its F2P, therefore it can't die. They might not make any money on it and decide to pull the plug. That could happen.

Someone mentioned cheat hacks becoming an issue. This could drive people away to some extent but it'd have to become a very large problem.

I played the beta and had some fun. Then I stopped playing. The endless base capture merry-go-round lost its appeal.

I play hours upon hours per day. Am usually a top 200 Points per Day player. I have not seen 1 hacker. Whoever said there were "Tons of hackers killing the game" is entirely full of shit.

This isn't to say there aren't trolls who like to be douches in the warpgate with Galaxy's and try to flip other people over. But that happens in any F2P game, trolls are just a given.
That's why anecdotal evidence is unreliable, both yours and his.
 
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News Comments > SOE on PlanetSide 2 in 2025
29. Re: SOE on PlanetSide 2 in 2025 Dec 2, 2012, 03:28 Overon
 
There is nothing quite like PS2, this is true. However even on radeon 7950's and i7 processors on 64 bit Windows 7, there are terrible FPS problems in large fights, and worse than bad fps, is horrible non registering weapons.  
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News Comments > PlanetSide 2 Bans All Client Mods
22. Re: PlanetSide 2 Bans All Client Mods Nov 28, 2012, 14:41 Overon
 
Right now the biggest technical problem with this game is lag and fps. When there are lot of players on screen, it's like all your shots don't register against your enemies, you have to empty whole clips into people to kill them. While in smaller battles, each shot seems to register and hit.  
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News Comments > Red Orchestra 2 Free Content
6. Re: Red Orchestra 2 Free Content Nov 20, 2012, 06:55 Overon
 
Was there ever an explanation offered as to what's going on with more tanks?  
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News Comments > Hitman: Absolution Reviews
10. Re: Hitman: Absolution Reviews Nov 18, 2012, 17:08 Overon
 
Man you would think that reviewers who get to play everything FOR A LIVING, would be more discriminating.  
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News Comments > Croteam on Windows 8 Issues
29. Re: Croteam on Windows 8 Issues Nov 17, 2012, 17:30 Overon
 
Windows has in the past and must remain an open platform otherwise there are anti trust issues I think.

The concerns in this article are valid, but I think perhaps certain predictions are yet unjustified.
 
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News Comments > New AMD Catalyst Beta
1. Re: New AMD Catalyst Beta Nov 17, 2012, 00:29 Overon
 
Damnit, and I just installed the beta 7. Well it's not going to kill me to install these.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
32. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 16, 2012, 04:19 Overon
 
In exchange for tax exempt status, religious bodies cannot tell their congregations who to vote for. However there have been numerous documented cases of pastors and the like, telling congregations who to vote for from their pulpit and who to vote against and how to vote on certain issues. And the IRS is afraid to touch them even though they are blatantly breaking the law because of the privileged position that religion occupies in his country. If a secular tax exempt organization would tell its members who to vote for, the IRS would have no problem taking away their tax exempt status.
Google "Pulpit Freedom Sunday."
I'm glad that the FFRF is calling attention to this issue. The FFRF enjoys the same tax exempt tax status as the religious organizations. However the FFRF is prevented from telling its members who to vote for. Which is obvious of blatant favoritism and bias for religious organizations. I am for the application of laws equally and I do not like privileged position that religious organizations have in this country that is why I love the FFRF who fight for the separation of church and state.

"Churches and religious organizations obtain a significant benefit as a result of being non-exempt from income taxation, while also being able to preferentially engage in electioneering, which is something secular tax-exempt organizations cannot do.
So you either ban electioneering for all tax exempt organizations including churches as is the law now, or you allow electioneering for all tax exempt organizations including non religious ones. You cannot have this unequal application of law as is the case now.

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News Comments > Win8 Exclusive DirectX 11.1?
54. Re: Win8 Exclusive DirectX 11.1? Nov 12, 2012, 20:37 Overon
 
I am still waiting for those dx 10 using games to come out and they are talking about dx 11.1?  
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