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News Comments > Op Ed
47. Re: Op Ed Sep 8, 2014, 15:54 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 15:47:
Quboid wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 15:04:
None of those are RPS. It was phrased badly but "gamers are over" wasn't attacking gaming culture, it was attacking bullying and bigotry in gaming. Nothing has proven their point more than the response.

True as that may be, semantics matter. And when you cast with such a wide net, even unintentionally, don't be surprised when a bunch of sharks bite you in the ass.

I just wish people would focus on the substance rather than bristle over the terminology.
Yes, I get the potential hypocrisy when Redmask got all huffy at me for asking he not use "SJW," but that wasn't because I was going to ignore his message, but because I think that's another one of those words that, as soon as you use it, any nuance to your point becomes entirely lost into the giant ball of contention that is that word.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
43. Re: Op Ed Sep 8, 2014, 15:46 Beamer
 
William Usher wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 15:38:
Beamer wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 15:07:
How do you not realize that, with all of your war analogies, you're an extremist? One of the most extreme.

I can't help it if I love game culture; I've always loved it.

If you see me as an extremist then... okay. No one's opinion defines me.

I've never backed away from discussing the matter in a civil way, and if games media had just been honest in their reporting, #GG wouldn't even exist.

We all love game culture. Every single person involved in this whole thing.
It's just some people think there's significant room for improvement, and others think expecting improvement, or even asking for it, is an attack.

And sorry, your words define you. You keep referring to this as a war. That makes you an extremist.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
38. Re: Op Ed Sep 8, 2014, 15:07 Beamer
 
William Usher wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 14:59:
Beamer wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 14:38:

Fairly certain that's fewer words than you've written here and lacking the call to arms.

Are you afraid of your own abilities to continue doing your job if you posted the same kinds of thing there that you do here?

Aha, of course. I may represent CB but I'm not CB (if that makes sense).

So my representation there has to be... diplomatic.

If it were up to me? Oh I would have an article up every single day actually reporting every single thing that transpires in the event (from both sides of the fence).

But that would put CB in the absolute center of the controversy and I don't think the higher-ups really want that.

The more controversial stuff goes over at OAG because if anyone has a problem with anything I write there then they have to deal directly with me. No worries about anyone going over my head.

I just hope the momentum of GG stays until a news outlet can get a hold of it and report it to a broad audience (so long as it's not twisted to just represent the agenda of the extremists).

How do you not realize that, with all of your war analogies, you're an extremist? One of the most extreme.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
37. Re: Op Ed Sep 8, 2014, 15:06 Beamer
 
PHJF wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 14:42:
Beamer wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 14:09:
It will never, ever happen. Because there are only two things to write about in games:
1) PR. 99% of news comes directly from the studios themselves. There isn't much reporting to do here
2) Editorials, including reviews. Still, not much room to do anything here, either


I don't get why you think there's any difference at all between movies and video games as far as journalism. People enter into journalism because a) they like to write and b) they have a passion about something. That's why magazines like Knitting Monthly exist.

Movie coverage is mostly the same thing. It tends to be reviews very predominantly, moreso than games, even. Other articles tend to be casting rumors (which games don't have), editorials (which some here said three weeks ago games don't need, though they seem to have recanted), financial results (which is very transparent in movies yet not in games), and that's about it. Previews aren't an important factor because trailers cover that area.
And most reviewers didn't major in journalism, which some people seem to repeatedly say is important, and the ones that win awards, like Robert Ebert, spend enormous amounts of their reviews discussing the treatment of various social issues.

But there are a few other major differences:
1) The most prestigious critics work for mainstream media, not movie specific media. This means they don't have to worry about advertising
2) Movies are $15 and 2 hours. Games are $60 and 10-100 hours. One critic can review 4 or 5 movies a week. A game reviewer can review 1-4 a month, so more reviewers need to be on staff
3) Reviewing a movie requires getting to a theater. Reviewing a game requires $400+ in equipment

Financially, there's a pretty wide gulf between what it takes to review a movie and what it takes to review games.

But, ultimately, what do movie journalists do that you guys feel games journalists don't, or vice versa? Lengthy articles about the portrayals of women and minorities and demands for equality? Check. Working closely with the studios? Check, though less closely for film because it's review based, not preview based, and reviews are much cheaper.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
31. Re: Op Ed Sep 8, 2014, 14:38 Beamer
 
William Usher wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 14:30:
Quboid wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 14:01:
William Usher wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 13:38:
a calculated attack on games culture

What specific attack on games culture?

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Beamer wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 14:00:


How come you haven't taken your proactiveness to your own site? How come you do it on Blues? Where is your article on all of this?

Look on the front page of Blues about the IGF.


Beamer wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 14:00:

You have a site. You have traffic. You have a voice. Why are you hiding it? Why aren't you posting long rants like the one in this thread under your own name on your own site where more people will see it?

Google up #NotYourShield, let me know what the first article is you see in GNews.

Fairly certain that's fewer words than you've written here and lacking the call to arms.

Are you afraid of your own abilities to continue doing your job if you posted the same kinds of thing there that you do here?
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
29. Re: Op Ed Sep 8, 2014, 14:09 Beamer
 
garrywong wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 14:04:
Wouldn't it be nice if, from the ashes of this shit, out comes something that is actually, real games journalism? Some people stand up and say "we are going to show them what real journalism is about"? Is there even any room for journalism within the games industry? Does journalism exist within any other entertainment media?

It will never, ever happen. Because there are only two things to write about in games:
1) PR. 99% of news comes directly from the studios themselves. There isn't much reporting to do here
2) Editorials, including reviews. Still, not much room to do anything here, either


I don't get why people are convinced that covering games, a consumer product, is somehow comparable to covering developments in the Middle East. Gaming news is screenshots, release dates, previews, reviews, and editorials. There isn't really much else to be said about something that someone wants you to buy. No one with a journalism degree wants to do this because it doesn't use the same skills. Journalists have to go out there and find information. Game sites are parsing through information coming from studios. And that's the only place the information can come from. It isn't like a reporter can go out there and find information about Half Life 3 on his own - that has to come from Valve.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
26. Re: Op Ed Sep 8, 2014, 14:00 Beamer
 
William Usher wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 13:56:
Beamer wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 13:42:

Aren't you the games media for CinemaBlend?
Are you really advocating a DoS against your peers?

Are you really advocating a DoS?


And you really think anyone was trying to censor?


Advocating DoS? No. Encouraging people to get proactive? Yes.

And if you don't know about the censoring that has gone on at NeoGAF, Reddit, N4G and tons of other forum boards across the net when this first got underway, I really don't know what to tell you.

That isn't censoring. If it is, then Blue censors often.

What I meant was censoring game content, not censoring what idiots post on messageboards when they're foaming at the mouth (note: this includes idiots on both sides.)

How come you haven't taken your proactiveness to your own site? How come you do it on Blues? Where is your article on all of this? You have a site. You have traffic. You have a voice. Why are you hiding it? Why aren't you posting long rants like the one in this thread under your own name on your own site where more people will see it?
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
20. Re: Op Ed Sep 8, 2014, 13:44 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 13:27:
Beamer wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 13:07:
Will we reach a point soon where the already risk-averse publishers just don't greenlight anything that isn't E-For-Everyone for fear of defacto censorship via manufactured outrage?

Has that happened in music, movies or books?

Not really. Very different dynamics in those industries make them far more resistant to that kind of controversy. Due to the fact that their profit margins are (typically) much much larger than games, they can afford to take a few risks and take a few hits due to controversy.

Music and books especially. It doesn't take 25 million dollars to write a book, or produce the average album.

Game publishers? Hugely risk averse because the margins are so thin and budgets so high. It makes them incredibly skittish. This makes them very vulnerable in a way. The gaming audience also seems more plugged in to social media, where this controversy stirs up.

I just don't see the same outrage flying around about movies, books, and music in social media. Nobody cares about sexism or violence in rap anymore. But games? You're doomed!

That's why I worry. Gaming is relatively new, and has shown itself to be very vulnerable to social media outrage. Game developers and publishers are almost addicted to somehow trying to defend themselves instead of just taking the approach where you just make what you want to make because you think other people might like it too.

The thing is, despite what people think about Tropes, she's never said a game is bad. She's never said people shouldn't play a game. She's said the tropes are lazy and should be relied upon less.

I haven't seen anyone sensible call for censoring or boycotting anything. I mean, sure, some guy I just quoted is calling for boycotting and DoSing sites, but no one is saying to do that in games. No one meaningful. Maybe random morons on Twitter, but this is why you don't pay attention to random morons on Twitter and why Zoe's recent "leak" wasn't even slightly meaningful.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
19. Re: Op Ed Sep 8, 2014, 13:42 Beamer
 
William Usher wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 13:38:
I find it fascinating that some of these sites are now turning tail; trying to fix the narrative that they broke.

The one thing they don't understand is that they drew first blood.

Gamers would have been willing to let the mass internet-censorship go had there just been an apology (if that) and the ability to openly discuss the events surrounding #GamerGate.

Like all things, the discussion would have passed and -- at worst -- Kotaku's reputation would have been sullied just a bit more than it already was. I doubt people would have started investigating the matter further (sort of like what happened with Doritogate).

Instead, the game journo (I like to say "game journo scum" but I'll be civil here) decided to fan the flames and extrapolate their agendas to a wide audience with a calculated attack on games culture. WHY? It was a death knell for them.

Gamers don't die, we respawn. Gamers don't quit, we restart. Gamers don't stop, we press continue.

They attacked a culture who has been conditioned not to quit once they've been drawn into battle, and media -- strangely -- thought that individuals who spend all day trying to beat bosses and conquer levels would just go away and die. WHY?

At this point, gamers have already collected in a few places that still allow for open discussion and have already made it known that they are willing to play the long game; the game of attrition.

There is a site blacklist being passed around (Don't worry Blues, you aren't on it ;)) and active browser add-ons that will absolutely cripple the larger sites in the long run (it auto-retrieves pages from the nearest archive instead of allowing click-throughs to the site).

Needless pandering from RPS at this point won't save them. They already put their stake on the wrong side of the war and gamers are adopting the "Never Forgive. Never Forget" mantra.

I'm just curious what will happen if/when #GamerGate actually gets out into the wild so the larger community out there will know what's going on? Once this breaks through to mainstream it's going to be game over for the larger websites.

Aren't you the games media for CinemaBlend?
Are you really advocating a DoS against your peers?

Are you really advocating a DoS?


And you really think anyone was trying to censor?
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
16. Re: Op Ed Sep 8, 2014, 13:07 Beamer
 
Will we reach a point soon where the already risk-averse publishers just don't greenlight anything that isn't E-For-Everyone for fear of defacto censorship via manufactured outrage?

Has that happened in music, movies or books?
 
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News Comments > WBIE TMs WB Play
4. Re: WBIE TMs WB Play Sep 7, 2014, 15:53 Beamer
 
Having recently beat Crysis 2 (which I enjoyed), I went to find Crysis 3. It's cheaper on PC than console, so I figured why not?

Turns out it's only on Origin. I appreciate competition, but have zero interest in creating a new account for one game. So no Crysis 3 PC for me.

I have UPlay, because I had to for Far Cry 3, but I got it through Steam, it installed as part of the game, and it adds no value because it gives some stupid stats I never even looked into and, I think, also tracks hours played yet somehow froze when I exited the game and thinks I played one 100 hour session at one point - the counter kept going even though the game wasn't.
 
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News Comments > PopCap Founder Pops Out
46. Re: PopCap Founder Pops Out Sep 7, 2014, 15:50 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 7, 2014, 15:25:
So it didn't come from out of the blue.

Of course not, OOtB is mostly football discussion this time of year...

Sorry, had to.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 7, 2014, 13:58 Beamer
 
1badmf wrote on Sep 7, 2014, 11:22:
sorry to burst your bubble, but compared to what goes on in the world, there are NO 'important issues regarding sexuality and sexism in gaming'. it's a non-issue as others have stated. it's imbalanced towards males, but that in itself is balanced because your target audience is males. you might as well be crying about gratuitous hot chicks in beer commercials. it reflects REALITY - dudes like hot chicks and there is NOTHING wrong with that. and the slut-shaming is really ridiculous. if you've ever known a hot chick in your life, they LOVE to show off what they got, so that also is not unrealistic. there is no problem here other than bored netizens with too much time on their hands.

Compared to what goes on in the world, there are NO issues discussed on this board at all. Every single post you've ever made on this board is meaningless because someone is dying of Ebola.
 
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News Comments > EA's $1B DLC Goal
45. Re: EA's $1B DLC Goal Sep 7, 2014, 12:46 Beamer
 
Ant wrote on Sep 7, 2014, 11:58:
DLCs suck. Another reason why I don't game these days.

Why not just ignore dlc? Like I've said, I don't but it and I've yet to feel like I've missed out. I do a good amount of cod mp, too, and don't even but the maps.

No dlc is essential, like no expansions ever where.
 
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News Comments > PopCap Founder Pops Out
42. Re: PopCap Founder Pops Out Sep 7, 2014, 12:43 Beamer
 
I'm sorry I was the first to take the bait.

Continuing to take it, this board has been like an episode of Glenn Beck for a solid two weeks. No change in this thread.
 
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News Comments > SEGA's Aliens: Colonial Marines Lawsuit Response
47. Re: SEGA's Aliens: Colonial Marines Lawsuit Response Sep 6, 2014, 16:18 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Sep 6, 2014, 15:06:
They have no problem showing off unpolished alphas, they just mock them up specifically for the show and run them on PC hardware with settings the console versions will never see. We've seen it all before, don't tell me it doesn't happen. Games don't change post cert without a patch either. We're not even talking about minor changes or optimization.

Don't talk to me about expectations and blame it on the consumer either, they were the ones who built the expectations and continually try to up the ante by selling people on graphics alone. What I want out a 'gameplay' demo is something remotely representative of the finished product. People are calling out companies for making drastic shifts in what they are shown and what is delivered, I don't see how that's a bad thing. Companies have been getting away with too much there for awhile now.

This isn't calling out. Calling out is saying you won't buy into lies, and literally won't pay for them. Companies then have an incentive to be more transparent.

This is suing. Setting a legal precedent. Companies then stop doing things altogether, because the financial reward becomes a financial penalty.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
23. Re: Op Ed Sep 6, 2014, 16:12 Beamer
 
Sepharo wrote on Sep 6, 2014, 15:15:
It's weird because the bloggers seem to be simultaneously defining gamers as "angry virgin nerds in the basement" and then dismantling that definition and saying "gamers" are dead.

Gamers don't see themselves that way, they know they're diverse. Yet the "journalists" rage against gamers as if they're mostly composed of these vile examples. Then they write articles about how the stereotype is dead, etc. ... It's their stereotype!

The diversity isn't showing in this whole #gamergate thing, though.
I do agree that message was poorly put out there.

And one of the articles I posted was very specific in blaming the media for creating the "gamer" in the 80s. Not the person that likes games, but the whole disenfranchised nerdy male youth that is happily spoonfed endless PR about consumer products they rabidly purchase and spend all their time thinking about.
 
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News Comments > PopCap Founder Pops Out
9. Re: PopCap Founder Pops Out Sep 6, 2014, 16:10 Beamer
 
Silicon Avatar wrote on Sep 6, 2014, 14:16:
Rich guy sells out to EA, screws a lot of his employees in the process, goes to "think about life".

Pretty formulaic.

Well, I don't think he was rich prior. Hence selling out to EA. If someone offered me a chance to be a billionaire, or hundreds-of-millionaire, I'd probably do it, too. You never know if you'll have that chance again.
 
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News Comments > PopCap Founder Pops Out
8. Re: PopCap Founder Pops Out Sep 6, 2014, 16:09 Beamer
 
jacobvandy wrote on Sep 6, 2014, 15:16:
MUGWUMP wrote on Sep 6, 2014, 13:43:
War abolition?

While being a pacifist is admirable, I believe reality trumps idealism every time.

You can't play nice with people who cut peoples heads off. They only know violence, and then you have the people who simply want to watch the world burn.

Yup, swallow up that propaganda... Gangs in Mexico less than 100 miles from our border are cutting people's heads off on a weekly basis, but you see one video in mainstream corporate media of one incident happening 10,000 miles away (that has never been proven authentic, btw, if they're trying to shock you then why didn't they show the actual beheading?) and suddenly you want to go to war in that god-forsaken desert, AGAIN? Hook, line, sinker.

/off-topic

I don't disagree, but you actually doubt they killed him?

But yes, the war on drugs has led to Mexico in criminal ruins, and we're putting even more money into another stupid almost war that will probably turn into some kind of stupid war.
 
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News Comments > SEGA's Aliens: Colonial Marines Lawsuit Response
45. Re: SEGA's Aliens: Colonial Marines Lawsuit Response Sep 6, 2014, 13:23 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Sep 6, 2014, 10:53:
The E3 video is effectively advertising. I don't see how rigging up $3000.00 PC kits could ever be construed as an innocent attempt to showcase your game when the actual running conditions are vastly different. They didn't even run it on AMD APUs like the consoles. Nefarious is a strong word to use, lets adjust that to something more appropriate like simple greed or pressure from above. I don't think there was a master villain gleefully rubbing his hands together behind the scenes but I do think that companies make these sorts of decisions knowing full well that they are deceiving consumers. It's more mundane and less dramatic but the effect is the same.

Because it was an unpolished alpha. No one is ever going to show an unpolished alpha. Go back to when Epic first released the UE4 alpha - people were saying "the graphics suck, I won't play this." It's an alpha!

Most people don't understand how making a game happens, so they don't understand that a game will change drastically over time. Even in the last six months. Even in the last six days. It gets optimized. Features get added or removed. Yes, this includes levels, filters, graphics.

Not to mention that, at this point, a $10,000 devkit is needed to run the code, and that devkit is probably better off staying in the studio where the people not at the tradeshow can use it to keep optimizing.

If an E3 demo legally needs to be representative of the final product, we've killed E3. And we've killed video game previews. Everyone will just be like Valve and not show anything until it's about to go gold.
 
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