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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
16. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 22, 2015, 08:31 Beamer
 
You guys realize this isn't even remotely for you, right? Like, there's zero expectation you'd ever watch this.

And that's ok. Not everything has to be for you.

John Stamos wrote a great editorial a ways back about the hate Full House gets. He openly admits it was cheesy, repetitive, artificially saccharine sweet, etc. But it was made for people ages 8-14. What TV shows are really hitting that age group anymore? Even the stuff on Disney is less innocent and more sexually charged.

Bottom line, he asked, would you rather your 11 year old girl watch this (and it's enormously popular with 11 year old girls today) or flip channels and watch the Two and a Half Men repeat on?

I think he makes a good point. Fluff for 8-14 year old kids seems underrepresented. Disney and Nickelodeon shows seem to be about being cool to create pop stars. A show like this doesn't try to be cool.
 
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News Comments > Orcs Must Die! Unchained Beta 2
5. Re: Orcs Must Die! Unchained Beta 2 Apr 21, 2015, 08:20 Beamer
 
DrSquick wrote on Apr 20, 2015, 14:38:
Slashman wrote on Apr 20, 2015, 09:58:
Thanks screwing up the Orcs Must Die! franchise with this F2P nonsense that no one asked for.

It's definitely not as fun as the endless horde mode of the previous games, but I think it is similar enough that if you enjoyed the first game you will probably enjoy this too.

With that said, it is definitely a MOBA. Players have either an attacker or defender role, and the defender is the one that places the traps, which act the same as the previous games. You need a ridiculous amount of ingame currency to buy new traps though. You would need about 10 days of playing regularly to unlock one top-tier trap.

I played the first one for about 250 hours, and absolutely loved the co-op modes. I've put a couple hours into this one and probably won't put more than a couple more; but I just don't like the MOBA game format.

I never enjoyed endless horde mode, possibly because I played single player. I loved getting 5 skulls on hard for every puzzle level, but endless? Same issue for me as anything else endless, for the most part (see: Geometry Wars, GoW Horde Mode, etc.) You have 5 minutes of really boring, too easy gameplay that moves too slowly, then suddenly everything becomes insane and overbearing all at once. GoW actually did it well, maybe because you had like 5 people, where you could have some fronts going. Geometry Wars actually didn't get fun until it got insane. But OMD always felt like I was falling asleep and it was too easy until suddenly one round where everything got through.

The puzzle levels, though? A top 3 game of whichever year those games came out to me.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Re: etc., etc. Apr 13, 2015, 20:57 Beamer
 
I last played in 2010. Maybe the second time through. It held up fine.

Like xcom and civ, I expect it to be bested, at least something close enough that fixes the warts to make it preferred. But not for a while.
 
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News Comments > etc.
10. Re: Radcliffe to play Apr 10, 2015, 08:07 Beamer
 
People are hard to influence with big, major things. They're less hard to influence with minor things. More movies show smoking, more people smoke. More movies use certain language, more people use that language.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
18. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 8, 2015, 08:09 Beamer
 
Porn-O-Matic wrote on Apr 7, 2015, 13:19:
Fucking please. Why is the Surface 3 being compared to the iPad in the first place? The Surface is a full-on computer that can run full versions of any Windows software, while the iPad is just an overpriced Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest interface for the ignorant masses. They shouldn't even be in the same device category.

This is the Surface 3, not the Surface Pro 3.

Big difference, sadly not in the name. The Surface 3 has full Windows but a weak processor. Actually, it's probably comparable to the HP Stream laptop I'm using now that freaks out over, say, 10 tabs. Oh man, it's painful. But it's all I have until my stuff finally gets to my new city.
 
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News Comments > Amazon Crytek Deal?
13. Re: Amazon Crytek Deal? Apr 7, 2015, 00:12 Beamer
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Apr 6, 2015, 23:39:
killer_roach wrote on Apr 6, 2015, 23:15:
Sepharo wrote on Apr 6, 2015, 21:35:
Weird...

My only guess is that Amazon wants it for a VR project in its skunkworks. Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Apple want to compete with each other in every facet of tech so when one jumps the rest follow. Drones? Sky WiFi? Car AI? Tablets? etc etc.

Amazon does own game development studios...

I know, right? Did anybody RTFA?

An impressive one with some big names.
 
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News Comments > etc.
22. Re: etc. Apr 4, 2015, 20:11 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Apr 4, 2015, 19:46:
Just another example of the nation of pussies we're becoming. People whining about off-color jokes at THEIR expense, probably while making their own jokes about some other group.

People really need to stop caving to these people and tell them to shut the fuck up instead. The community of whiny shitheads is not large enough to affect your bottom line, they are just loud, and can be ignored or told off.

Actually, I doubt most complaining about this were the butt of the joke.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 2, 2015, 16:41 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 2, 2015, 12:51:
US students are fleeing law schools and pouring into engineering.

That's good news, IMO. 1. There's a glut of lawyers. 2. More builders and fewer arguers is a good thing.
It's been a long time coming. Graduates have outpaced new job openings for about a decade, law schools are profit centers so schools just kept building them and increasing class sizes, there are major issues with how schools report average salaries resulting in the numbers being inflated often by 100%, and the legal world has changed, anyway, with more low paying jobs with no advancement opening and the old days of 7 years then partner has more or less disappeared. In fact, law has become kind of 3 classes: the elite who will make equity partner (in 10 years), the others that will toil in non-partner tracks or in small firms, and then the bottom that will never see a client and merely read and notate documents in a basement for hours on end, paid hourly.

Man, it's frightening to see what some of the people I graduated with are doing. Two went on to culinary school (hooray for more debt and still no job prospects!) A whole lot are "staff attorneys," which means no chance at partner and mean being treated as a second class citizen in your firm.
 
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News Comments > Nobody's Fool 2015 Part Five
5. Re: Nobody's Fool 2015 Part Five Apr 2, 2015, 14:10 Beamer
 
Good thing it has an R rating.  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
33. Re: etc., etc. Apr 1, 2015, 14:09 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 1, 2015, 05:21:
InBlack wrote on Apr 1, 2015, 04:00:
What happens if it's a girl calling a guy honey, or sweetie or things of that nature. I frequently get it from waitresses and the like, due to my 'youthful' looks. I don't find it offensive, on the contrary. Is that sexist? Should I be offended? When is it ok for society to tell us what should offend us and how we should percieve tings and when is it taboo? One day you will wake up and you will hate the world you live in and the rules you are forced to follow in the name of 'insert stupid ideology here'. Im all for equality, between races, sexes, animals, bacteria, whatever. What I loathe is when others presume to tell me that some are more equal than others.

1. Different power dynamic. You are superior to the waitress. She's faking interest in an attempt to garner a larger tip. In Cutter's case, he's equal to but unknown to Sark, so such wording is intended to degrade. It's dismissive. If your GF calls you "honey" that's fine, there's a level of trust and familiarity such that the wording loses its superficiality. Context is everything. Blacks use the N word in ways a white person never could.

2. I guarantee it's only the older ones calling you "honey." Very few younger women are going to use that enticement to encourage attention and imply interest. Young waitresses get harassed enough as it is.

3. It has nothing to do with arbitrary rules, and everything to do with respect. It does sound disingenuous to ask what Cutter did "wrong" even if it you honestly didn't see what the big deal was.

4. As for him being a "complete douchebag," it's because of your phrasing: "There is very little (if any) sexual context attached to the comment as I see it, so how is it sexist?" If you had simply asked, "How is it sexist?" instead of asserting there was no sexual content, you wouldn't have gotten the acerbic response. Not taking sides, just explaining cause and effect.

EDIT: Ninja'd by sdgundamx.

This is it exactly. And a good explanation.

Think of it this way, guys. Remember when you were probably around 10 or 12 and talking to an adult male and trying to be serious, and he dismissed you with something along the lines of "chief?" It is pretty common for young boys around that age. They try to be adult, and some actual adult just dismisses them in such a casual way, and "chief" is one of the words most commonly used. Think something like telling a police officer you just saw something and having him say "ok chief, sure," ruffle your hair and walk away.

That's the basic gist of what Cutter did to an adult female. Sure, in plenty of context being called "chief" is neutral or even positive, but in this case it was dismissive. And Cutter was dismissing Anita in a way many, many adult men do to adult women.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
7. Re: etc., etc. Mar 31, 2015, 22:33 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 31, 2015, 22:29:
harlock wrote on Mar 31, 2015, 21:26:
Beamer wrote on Mar 31, 2015, 20:51:
Cutter wrote on Mar 31, 2015, 20:28:
Honey, don't go away mad. Just go away.

I love that Cutter always makes sexist comments in topics about sexism in video games. Unironically.

i love how it upsets you

Nothing upsets Troller. He's just here to troll. Don't feed the trolls. The sooner everyone ignores him, the sooner he goes away.


Oh good, Cutter and harlock calling me a troll!

Harlock, it doesn't "upset me," it amuses me. He posted something very dismissive of her due to her gender. That's absolute sexism.

 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: etc., etc. Mar 31, 2015, 20:51 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 31, 2015, 20:28:
Honey, don't go away mad. Just go away.

I love that Cutter always makes sexist comments in topics about sexism in video games. Unironically.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
26. Re: Morning Interviews Mar 26, 2015, 14:54 Beamer
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 11:19:
Tumbler wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 10:01:
Gamergate would never have become a thing if zoe and friends hadn't started censoring people and trying to black list / threaten those who talked about it.

They kicked a bee hive and are now telling their story about how awful bees are and how much they got hurt.

Stop kicking the bees.

The /r/kotakuinaction is going strong. Far as I know that is what gamergate has become, a sub reddit focused on ethics issues.

When they aren't constantly whining about whatever z-list Twitter celebrity rambled on about on a given day.

The whining about z-list Twitter celebrities (almost always female) outnumbers discussions about ethics at least 10-1.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
22. Re: Op Ed Mar 24, 2015, 14:32 Beamer
 
Negro is unequivocally a word with negative context, which is why historical organizations desperately struggle to rebrand.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 22, 2015, 10:39 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Mar 20, 2015, 19:23:
Microsoft has no choice in the matter. Having said that, I wouldn't be putting Windows10 on anything legal, beta, or otherwise unless I see their 100,000x faster DirectX or whatever ridiculous claim they have been making...

Microsoft never made that claim. If I say Eli Manning is a better quarterback than Tom Brady, are the Giants making that claim?
 
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News Comments > Newell on Half-Life
54. Re: Newell on Half-Life Mar 18, 2015, 15:18 Beamer
 
Soulburner wrote on Mar 18, 2015, 14:55:
I do not understand why they don't just say it. "Yes, we are working on Half-Life 3 but it's still several years away" or "No, we are taking a break from Half-Life but no worries, we'll get back to it" or "We are not planning any Half-Life game in the foreseeable future".

Because fanatical video game fans are amongst the most annoying people in the world, and Valve has realized this possibly more than any other dev (in large part due to their own mistakes.)

If Valve says they're working on it, then the somewhat quiet rumblings of "are you working on it?" which is one question every so often, becomes a constant deluge of "what is it?!" "when is it?!" "is Alyx back?!" "where does it take place?!" "when are you revealing more?" "will you be showing it at PAX?"

If Valve says they aren't working on it, it's "why aren't you working on it?" "were you working on it?" "can you show what you worked on?" "why didn't it work?"

Right now, they get one question and people are tired of asking it. But if they say anything anywhere it becomes a million questions asked all the time. And right now fans are frustrated but accepting. Say anything different and suddenly gaben@valvesoftware is full of emails from people angry at him for not doing the right thing. Or for the game not coming out soon enough or not having the right feature or god knows what. Valve got utterly destroyed when HL2 slipped (their fault.) They got less destroyed but still destroyed when TF2 was first announced then disappeared. The latter is probably the real lesson for them - they announced way too soon and it was a huge nightmare for them to hear endless questions, and it made them look like idiots. Now? Now Valve announces things only when everything is set in stone.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Steam Summer Sale Begins Mar 17, 2015, 16:29 Beamer
 
Tulwinn wrote on Mar 17, 2015, 15:29:
wow, thats pretty huge, have nintendo ever let their characters been used like this for another platform except their own?

Nope
 
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News Comments > etc.
11. Re: etc. Mar 17, 2015, 00:15 Beamer
 
Uh, I do realize. For one, gamergater isn't a protected class. For another, if indeed.com bans your account for being a dick they aren't blacklisting you.

You have no clue how insignificant a job retweeter is nor what a blacklist is.

This is why you guys can be so hard to be kind to. You let your insane conspiracy theories and hurt feelings turn trivial things into massive, illegal affronts. Sorry, you're really far off base in assuming even one person will lose a job due to this retweeter using a list to block people it does not want to talk to.
 
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News Comments > etc.
8. Re: etc. Mar 16, 2015, 18:39 Beamer
 
Seriously, it's a bot that retreats job postings. It's is one resource of a few billion. And it isn't a blacklist. You can find those jobs in other places. You need neither twitter nor that account to apply to them.

To call that being blacklisted, or to think it hurts job prospects, or to call it discrimination, is so far distorting what those words mean.
 
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News Comments > etc.
7. Re: etc. Mar 16, 2015, 18:36 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Mar 16, 2015, 16:34:
I'll be curious if the inevitable discrimination lawsuit pays out well.

Hahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahaha.

Ha!

This is funnier than the things Cutter calls fraud.
 
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