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News Comments > EA Taps Starbucks Vet as CMO
17. Re: EA's Taps Starbucks Vet as CMO Sep 3, 2014, 12:50 Creston
 
Kajetan wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 11:17:
Beamer wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 11:03:
We'll see what Chris Bruzzo can do.
What should he do? Should he just present the usual EA shit as The Greatest Game On Earth or should he find out what the customer REALLY wants?

Irrelevant. What EA wants him to do is figure out how to make the customer believe that the usual EA shit is the Greatest Game On Earth That They (the customer) Really Wants.
 
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News Comments > EA Taps Starbucks Vet as CMO
16. Re: EA's Taps Starbucks Vet as CMO Sep 3, 2014, 12:49 Creston
 
Beamer wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 11:03:
Instead, at Starbucks it would be the marketing deciding what products are offered. Do you like the cookie you bought from them? Someone from marketing likely made the decision for them to carry it.

Do you like the dime-a-dozen modern shooters that come out seemingly every month? Did you like the three year wave of WW2 shooters that we had? Do you like the endless waves of F2P pieces of shit we're getting?

Someone at marketing figured out, through some dildo focus group, that that's what everyone wanted.

Do you like games like Star Citizen? Someone at marketing figured out that there was just no market for that type of stuff anymore.

Two can play this game, Beamer.
 
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News Comments > EA Taps Starbucks Vet as CMO
1. Re: EA's Taps Starbucks Vet as CMO Sep 3, 2014, 09:33 Creston
 
Only EA would pretend that a fucking marketing officer actually brings any kind of meaning to a game.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
38. Re: Op Ed Aug 29, 2014, 13:47 Creston
 
Beamer wrote on Aug 29, 2014, 13:38:
Also, can we stop with the "cherry picking" argument?

Until she stops doing it, no.

She's doing a series demonstrating patterns and trends that feature tropes. There's literally no way to do this without picking games that feature these tropes.

And what of the games where she demonstrates these 'tropes' and conveniently ignores that you're perfectly free to do the same shit to male NPCs? I can go into a strip club in GTA and shoot up every male NPC inside and never shoot a woman. I can stuff male NPCs in the trunk of a car too. And she never, ever, ever mentions this. she makes it appear as if hookers are the only people you can stuff into fucking trunks in Sleeping Dogs. That hookers are the only ones you can shoot in strip clubs in GTA. That the skimpily dressed girl in New Vegas is the only one you can shoot in the entire city, and then tries to pretend that there's no consequence to shooting her while you see the freaking Karma box pops up that shows that even though you've done a lot of good for the people of New Vegas, they now definitely mistrust you because you murdered an innocent.

How do you not see that that is the very fucking DEFINITION of cherry picking?
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
35. Re: Op Ed Aug 29, 2014, 13:35 Creston
 
Beamer wrote on Aug 29, 2014, 13:04:
Dude, she did not say "all gamers fucking suck."

Oh, let's see, let me quote a few things. Here are the instances where she infers that it's simply all gamers, or gaming culture as a whole:

  • 'Gamers' don't have to be your audience. 'Gamers' are over.

  • ĎGame cultureí as we know it is kind of embarrassing -- itís not even culture

  • Itís young men queuing with plush mushroom hats and backpacks and jutting promo poster rolls.

  • Television cameras pan across these listless queues, and often catch the expressions of people who donít quite know why they themselves are standing there.

  • ĎGames cultureí is a petri dish of people...

  • All of us should be better than this.

  • You should be deeply questioning your life choices if this and this and this are the prominent public face your business presents to the rest of the world.

  • You should absolutely be better than this.

  • Game websites with huge community hubs whose fans are often associated with blunt Twitter hate mobs sort of shrug

  • the commercial arm of the form sprung up from marketing high-end tech products to Ďearly adoptersí. You know, young white dudes with disposable income who like to Get Stuff.

  • Suddenly a generation of lonely basement kids



  • Ugh, I'm already getting bored with it and I'm not even halfway fucking through. And I could go into each and every one of these and explain how she's talking about EVERYONE. How it's EVERYONE going to PAX et al, EVERYONE standing in listless queues (because apparently being annoyed at having to queue now means something), how it's EVERYONE on gaming hubs associated with hate MOBS on fucking Twitter. But I'm not going to, because fuck all that effort. if you don't see this, then pull your head out of the sand. She is NOT talking about just a few people here.

    Here are the few instances where she sort of maybe grudgingly admits that perhaps it's really not everyone, but just a few people.

  • Right, letís say itís a vocal minority thatís not representative of most people (And I'm even loathe to include this one, because I'm 99% sure she's saying this sarcastically.

  • but actually, those people do represent your community. Thatís what your community is known for, whether you like it or not.

  • Itís clear that most of the people who drove those revenues in the past have grown up



  • I dunno, I see a lot more in the one column than in the other. If you choose to interpret her column as that she's clearly just talking about the few, fine. I interpret it as a whine against every person that enjoys games and how we should ALLLLLLL of us somehow try to fight against this.

    No, Leigh Alexander. I do not feel like I made wrong choices in life because there are some cuntrags (and again, it is a TINY TINY TINY few who do this, not the 'mobs' she likes to pretend it is) who choose to spout off bullshit on the world's most narcisssistically inane invention ever. I don't feel like **I** have to better. I didn't feel like I had to be a better white guy in my mid-20s either when Timothy McVey blew up a building in Oklahoma City. Why? BECAUSE IT HAS NOTHING TO FUCKING DO WITH ME.



    And again, it's interesting how she keeps talking about this new generation of gamers that's going to make everything so much better, to whit:
    But itís unstoppable. A new generation of fans and creators is finally aiming to instate a healthy cultural vocabulary, a language of community that was missing in the days of ďgamer prideĒ

    and yet it's that self-same new generation of gamers that is typically the loudmouthed troll assholes that infest the internet and multiplayer games everywhere. The internet was a FUCKTON better community wise even 15 years ago in what she dismisses as the days of "Gamer Pride."

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    News Comments > Op Ed
    26. Re: Op Ed Aug 29, 2014, 12:39 Creston
     
    Here's a very nice rebuttal, of a kind, on the whole "ALL FUCKING GAMERS SUCK!" mantra that Gamasutra seems to be spewing.

     
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    6. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 29, 2014, 12:27 Creston
     
    nin wrote on Aug 29, 2014, 09:49:
    Star Trek: The Next Generation Reunion Selfie.

    Is that a photoshop, or did Shatner really stick his dumb face in there, so that we can't see someone who I assume is Dorn, on the right?

    What a bastard...

    He was there, he hosted the panel.
     
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    News Comments > Op Ed
    25. Re: Op Ed Aug 29, 2014, 12:24 Creston
     
    commonperson wrote on Aug 29, 2014, 10:43:
    Honestly, I've been playing video games since Pong and right now I've never been more ashamed of people in my social group.

    Here's what I don't understand about this argument: Why do you identify with these imbeciles? Why does it make you ashamed of being a gamer because there are some (and despite what Leigh Alexander tries to make people believe, it's really just a very very very VERY TINY few people in the entire gaming community that act like this) idiots that feel that the Internet gives them the anonymity to act like sub-humans?

    If you've been playing since Pong, you're probably around my age.

    Do you feel ashamed of your entire social group when you're out drinking if one of your friends gets a DUI? What about if some random dude out there of the same age gets a DUI?

    If some jackass shoots another jackass in a movie theater, should all movie-goers feel ashamed of being fans of movies? So why should all gamers feel ashamed of being gamers?

    I love playing games, and I personally think that the game community was a lot BETTER twenty years ago than it is today. So despite what Leigh Alexander bleats, it's actually far more likely that these young people that she hails as some kind of magnificent new generation are the ones acting like utter retards.

    I don't identify with those clowns. I sure as fuck don't feel ashamed of being a gamer because of them. And any of the gaming media that tries to lump every single one of us gamers into one giant group can eat a big fat pile of shit.
     
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    News Comments > etc.
    12. Re: etc. Aug 29, 2014, 11:42 Creston
     
    Cutter wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 21:21:
    I'd say a bunch of guys storming in in body armour and assault weapons is pretty extreme.

    Because the guy is just a guy playing a game, I get that. But again, SWAT doesn't know that. All they know is they have an apparently credible threat that there's a guy in an office building with a bomb. If they walk in just going "hey guys, is there a bomb here?" and there is an actual bomb there, everyone gets blown up. SWAT has to go in hot, that's the whole reason you send in SWAT.

    He was threatened, and the one cop did grab his phone and started going through it.

    I don't hear any threats. I hear some tough cop talk in how they say "Don't you fucking move, you hear me, boy?" as they're cuffing him, which seems a little Dirty Harry, but eh.

    As for the phone, I would agree with them not having the right to go through his phone, but since they're dealing with an assumed bomb threat, they have to check it to make sure the phone isn't the trigger. The cop even asks him about a strange number on the phone, presumably to verify that that isn't the trigger.

    There has to be some credibility to exigent law. Call me crazy but receiving an anonymous tip doesn't qualify.

    Yes it does. That's kind of the whole point about exigent circumstance and anonymous tips. The dispatcher has to make a judgement call about whether it was believable or not, and from that point on, SWAT has to go by that judgement.

    Especially when it's at a private residence and not in the middle of the downtown core somewhere.

    Judging from comments I read, this guy and his clan/group actually play in an office building, and the takedown happened in an office building.

    Map of Botched SWAT Raids - fucking scary.

    9 Horrifying Botched Police Raids


    And where's the map showing SWAT raids that saved lives? Where SWAT stopped something terrible from happening? Yes, 9 botched police raids is bad. How many raids do they do that went off without a hitch. You can't expect them to be 100% accurate.

    So yeah, this shit needs to be curtailed. Seriously. Without establishing a credible threat this has to stop.

    We'll just agree to disagree. What needs to happen is the penalty for "swatting" needs to become far far far far FAR more severe.


     
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    News Comments > Titanfall Adding Titan-less Mode
    30. Re: Titanfall Adding Titan-less Mode Aug 29, 2014, 11:17 Creston
     
    Hump wrote on Aug 29, 2014, 05:53:
    how about bringing down the size of the PC version to something approaching normal. There is absolutely no excuse for a MP only game to top out at 55gb's

    Oh no, unpacking sound files on the fly would absolutely cripple everyone's i5s and i7s! Rolleyes
     
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    News Comments > Titanfall Adding Titan-less Mode
    29. Re: Titanfall Adding Titan-less Mode Aug 29, 2014, 11:16 Creston
     
    jdreyer wrote on Aug 29, 2014, 01:32:
    PHJF wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 21:06:
    Greenish wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 20:17:
    So I don't get the hate for Titanfall here, is it because it's Xbox One/PC exclusive?

    Origin, here. I'd love to play the game.

    Really? Origin is that different from Steam? I just leave Origin unstarted unless I want to play something on it. Then I start it up. No biggie.

    One thing that really irritates me about Origin is that it WILL NOT START unless you update to the latest version.

    If Steam goes to download a new version, I cancel it and start it up again, and Steam will run just fine and then download the update in the background.

    With Origin? Nope. Download 74 MB first before we'll let you play your game. (Yes, I could go offline mode, but then my fucking ME3 DLC won't authenticate.)
     
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    News Comments > Assassin's Creed Unity Delayed
    10. Re: Assassin's Creed Unity Delayed Aug 29, 2014, 11:12 Creston
     
    jacobvandy wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 22:12:
    BTW, I'd never even heard of AC: Rogue, so I don't think you can put that on the same level as Unity and FC4 at all. The Crew is somewhere in the middle.

    I'm going to guess ~10 million 360 and PS3 players / AC fans probably don't agree with you, since Rogue is the only AC they're getting.
     
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    News Comments > Op Ed
    12. Re: Op Ed Aug 29, 2014, 10:43 Creston
     
    Gamasutra, going all-out on the "let's just heap every fucking gamer into one giant pile because of a few retards out there." Then sprinkle it with every single known generalization ever made about video games, and voila, we have a Leigh Alexander article.

    Well done, Gamasutra. Your relevance as a site that has genuinely interesting stuff to read has long since passed, obviously.

    Lately, I often find myself wondering what Iím even doing here. And I know Iím not alone.

    Then fucking leave, drama queen. Make sure to post about you leaving on your Facebook page too, so all your "friends" can commisserate with the terrible ordeals you have to put up with on a daily basis. Rolleyes

    But itís unstoppable. A new generation of fans and creators is finally aiming to instate a healthy cultural vocabulary, a language of community that was missing in the days of ďgamer prideĒ

    Right. It's the older gamers that are the problem, whereas all the young kids are the ones who are trying to turn gaming into this wonderful paradise of love and happiness where everyone sits together, plays games in peace with one another and in general makes everything so much better.

    Have you ever played a fucking multiplayer game? Here's a hint: It's generally **not** the older gamers who are sitting there calling everyone a fucking cuntrag. :-shock-:

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    News Comments > Steam AU Refund Legal Dispute
    4. Re: Steam AU Refund Legal Dispute Aug 29, 2014, 10:40 Creston
     
    Frijoles wrote on Aug 29, 2014, 10:35:
    Qbex . wrote on Aug 29, 2014, 10:27:
    I'd like them to answer to consumer watchdog why the fuck they charge 89.99$ USD for Civ Beyond Earth among many other titles sold on Steam Au.

    Thought the price was set by the publisher?

    It is.


    However, on the issue of refunds, Steam is sorely, sorely lacking. If even **EA** (admittedly only for their own games) has a better policy than you, you know you're not doing something right.

    Just do a fucking refund policy already. The tiny amount of people who would abuse it is in no way comparable to the enormous amount of goodwill you gain from it. And if you offer the refunds into the Steam wallet you're guaranteed that the people will still spend the money with you.

    Yes, it's an administrative hassle. You make 1.5 billion dollars a year. Hire a guy to deal with it and suck it the fuck up.
     
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    News Comments > Lords of the Fallen Trailers
    1. Re: Lords of the Fallen Trailers Aug 28, 2014, 18:43 Creston
     
    Man, of all the things to be Lord over, Fallen Trailers seems pretty low on the list...

    *badum pssh*
     
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    News Comments > NVIDIA Steam Streaming Support
    1. Re: NVIDIA Steam Streaming Support Aug 28, 2014, 18:42 Creston
     
    Apparently the streaming works pretty well with Nvidia's new 8 inch tablet (which you can simply connect to your TV again if you so desired.)

     
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    News Comments > Titanfall Adding Titan-less Mode
    5. Re: Titanfall Adding Titan-less Mode Aug 28, 2014, 18:40 Creston
     
    ASeven wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 18:29:
    People are saying this game is pretty much dead on the PC. Anyone can confirm or deny?

    Origin has been peddling it for 30 bucks for the past week and a half or so, and Amazon currently has it on sale for 20 bucks. Combine that with them doing yet another Free 48 hours on it, and it does sorta add up to "Shit, we have no players anymore! Quick, let's try to get some cheap/free ones!"

    But yeah, taking the Titans out of your TITANFALL game and just turning it into CoD with jetpacks is just... errr...
     
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    News Comments > Assassin's Creed Unity Delayed
    1. Re: Assassin's Creed Unity Delayed Aug 28, 2014, 18:37 Creston
     
    Ubisoft logic: "Let's not compete just with everyone else, but also with our own games!"

    They're releasing 4 major games (AC:Rogue, AC:Unity, FC4 and The Crew) in the space of like two weeks.

    If our CEO did something equivalent in the energy industry, he'd be laughed out of a job in the space of five seconds.
     
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    News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Co-op Announced
    36. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Co-op Announced Aug 28, 2014, 18:33 Creston
     
    Redmask wrote on Aug 27, 2014, 20:52:
    Publishers put online functionality and things like multiplayer trophies into games so that people don't trade them in the critical first 30 day period. Who knows if they even do this in house? I kinda doubt it.

    No, it was another team that made it. And whether that MP stops trading in thing works, I have no idea.

    I thought the Mass Effect 3 multiplayer was extremely limited and repetitive, it was your typical survival mode console multiplayer. The user interface for the PC version multiplayer was badly ported too, I couldn't even find a way to bind VOIP or anything like that. Maybe they added it later, I don't know, I got bored after doing the same maps and enemies a few times. It just felt like a boring grindfest and I thought the gambling component was annoying.

    To each their own, obviously.


    When I think of Mass Effect multiplayer, I want another player in the universe with me exploring and checking out worlds, doing quests. I don't want to sit in a small map with waves of enemies. I hope they get there one day.

    The big problem with something like that is, how do you stop player 2 from completing quests and discovering stuff that player 1 hasn't seen? Unless you force them to stay together on screen, a la the Telltale Lego games.

    I don't think they'll ever have a Mass Effect game that does this, but in a way their Shadowrealm game is sort of going in that direction.
     
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    News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Co-op Announced
    35. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Co-op Announced Aug 28, 2014, 18:30 Creston
     
    1badmf wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 00:46:
    the difference with this is that fantasy rpgs have a long and proud tradition of standalone dungeon crawling, and i'm pretty sure this is all this is, against the backdrop of DA universe fiction. and i'm totally ok with that. i don't think many of you realize how much fun pure RPG dungeon crawling can be.

    But it won't really be dungeon crawling. They have ten premade areas, and every time you play it randomly picks five and strings them together. It's really just survival mode combat, but in a slightly more varied arena.

    peteham wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 06:54:
    Creston wrote on Aug 27, 2014, 11:00:
    But will we have Inquisition assets that only count at 50% unless we play multiplayer?? Because everyone just LOVED that part of it in ME3! :o
    I hope they haven't forgotten the most important bit: The Inquisition iOS companion app, for maximum asset boostage. 'Cause the one for ME3 was so amazingly stellar. They must have given one guy a week to do it, or brought in some students/interns to do it.

    Actually tried to use it again during my last replay, just for kicks. This was around the time Citadel came out. Obviously it was broken, no longer being maintained, and whatever servers previously powering it no longer running. Though with the extra resources from the DLCs, it's no longer needed for the super optimal ending anyway but meh.

    I'd completely forgotten about that companion app PoS. And yeah, you actually no longer need anything extra to get the super optimal ending, as you get it @ 3000 War Assets, or 6000 if you're at 50% readiness, which is pretty easily achievable just through the main game.
     
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