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News Comments > Evening Interviews
32. Re: Evening Interviews Jan 29, 2015, 15:16 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 29, 2015, 14:54:
And let's say there is a cult that REALLY loves their broken bridges and who had to defend their broken bridges against an corrupt lawyer with tooth nails and any weapon they could field, and you publish that article with comments disabled, on youtube, mis-portray bridges that are not even really broken, selectively show tropes that only prove your side while leaving the ones that would kinda defeat your point out... and to top it all of, you insult one of the most loved broken bridge in the world. Suddenly you are surprised that cult really hates your guts, and so much that even years after that article, they still hate your guts?

Here's the problem, though: you said "her side."

Her side is just that video games are often very lazy in their portrayals of women and repeatedly use very common tropes.

That's it.

You can't say she ignores things that prove her wrong because you can't prove that wrong. You can't accuse her of being selective because all she's doing is showing how common the tropes are.

I find many, many video gamers totally misunderstand what she's doing. She isn't saying games are bad. She isn't saying individual games are bad. In fact, she repeatedly says it's ok to love and enjoy the games she mentions.

She's just showing that there's a great deal of improvement available in how games write their female characters. Nothing more. And I wonder if people accusing her of "hissy fits" have ever watched, because she does this all calmly and level-headedly, because she's discussing things she enjoys and wishes was better, not things she hates and wants to demonize.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
30. Re: Evening Interviews Jan 29, 2015, 14:33 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 29, 2015, 14:07:
Beamer wrote on Jan 29, 2015, 11:07:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Jan 28, 2015, 19:40:
Asmo wrote on Jan 28, 2015, 19:15:
Oh yeah, and fucking Sarkeesian is going to have a fucking field day with this... /eyeroll
Considering that she throws a hissy fit whenever someone disagrees with her opinions, it doesn't take much for that to happen.

Can you show me an instance of her having a hissy fit, or even talking to someone disagreeing with her?

She's always civil, or even smiling, and her interactions tend to be solely through her videos, as she is there to start dialogue, not be a part of it.

Starting a dialog and not wanting to be part of it is like throwing a molotov cocktail into a crowd of zombies and THEN complaining the zombies bite your ass off. In case of Sarkeesian, if it were the zombie apocalypse and she'd ask me for help, I'd ignore her, because according to her, women can help themselves and men helping a "damsel in distress" are misogynistic. I think that's super awesome, from now on I will only ever help men when I see one that needs my help, and never a women. That's the world these people want, no?

Disagreed.

Think of it this way: I read an article on the worst bridges in America the other day. If Anita Sarkeesian had written this article, people would:
- Argue that she cherry picked the bridges and that some bridges are great
- Argue that, yeah, the US may have some problems with bridges but other countries have worse bridges
- Argue that who cares about bridges when we also have problems with roads, and why fix one without fixing the other?
- Ask how come the article didn't propose solutions
- Get angry that she dare criticize bridges, how many had she even been on?
- Say that if she loves bridges in good condition so much why doesn't she just build one herself?
- Ask where the comments section is so they could debate with her whether these bridges are good or not


That isn't the purpose. The article just wanted to raise awareness that the US infrastructure was underfunded and some bridges were in bad condition. And the author didn't want to lead a discussion. It didn't want to be involved in the discussion. It wanted the discussion to not happen via tens of thousands of people on the internet at the same time, which goes nowhere and can't be followed (and unfairly makes the author the sole authority figure), but would rather people read it, think about it themselves, then maybe talk to some friends about what they'd seen and what they thought about it.

Can Anita really have a discussion with every single video game player? Or is it better if some of them watch the videos and then talk to their friends as they try to figure out if they agree or not?
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
28. Re: Evening Interviews Jan 29, 2015, 11:07 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Jan 28, 2015, 19:40:
Asmo wrote on Jan 28, 2015, 19:15:
Oh yeah, and fucking Sarkeesian is going to have a fucking field day with this... /eyeroll
Considering that she throws a hissy fit whenever someone disagrees with her opinions, it doesn't take much for that to happen.

Can you show me an instance of her having a hissy fit, or even talking to someone disagreeing with her?

She's always civil, or even smiling, and her interactions tend to be solely through her videos, as she is there to start dialogue, not be a part of it.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
4. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Jan 29, 2015, 00:44 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 28, 2015, 22:13:
Julio wrote on Jan 28, 2015, 20:17:
Clear sex discrimination. I can just imagine the outcry if it was "EA Guys Who Code"

Exactly. Affirmative Action is discriminatory anyway you slice it. Let's choose people based on the merits of their skills alone shall we.

In what part of life do we choose people based solely on the merits of their skills?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 28, 2015, 18:20 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 28, 2015, 18:18:
Hey, what about Nathan Fillion for Indy? He's early forties, just the right age.

I think a bit too goofy, still.

Yet I'd be more excited for him than the others mentioned, even though I probably like Chris Pratt more (so far) and definitely think Bradley Cooper is the most talented actor of the bunch, far and away.

I'd prefer Nathan Fillion as Nathan Drake, even though he's now about 10 years too old. Nathan Drake was basically Nathan Fillion as Indiana Jones - similar character, similar actions, just goofier. Man, I miss those games.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 28, 2015, 17:47 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Jan 28, 2015, 17:27:
Matthew Mcconaughey? A couple of years ago I would have been appalled at that suggestion but he has really pulled it together for True Detective and Dallas Buyers Club. He's a better age than Pratt if Indy is to be a professor.

Doing Sahara during his phoning-it-in phase probably hurts his chances.

I dunno, I love the guy, but he isn't Indy to me.
I think we'll have to accept that, for us old farts, no one will be, but the character himself is too good to not do something with. No knockoff has come close. Well, including Part IV.

And JDreyer, I think no one is quite as dry and curmudgeonly.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 28, 2015, 16:16 Beamer
 
1badmf wrote on Jan 28, 2015, 15:37:
Verno wrote on Jan 28, 2015, 09:58:
I'm not sure Pratt is right for the role, the Jones character was more balanced toward playing it straight with wise cracks once in awhile and Pratt seems too goofy.

i'd have to agree. Ford made indy a masculine icon; lightyears from just being some bro with a whip. honestly i don't think there's anybody out there that can match Ford's masculinity and aloofness.

Yup. Ford was rarely laugh at. Pratt is often laugh at.

Bradley Cooper was another name banded around. He would be better. He's usually smug, but he's shown he can tone that down. I'm not saying he would be right, and it's very hard to find someone "right" for such an iconic performance, but he'd be better.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Key Revocation Follow-ups
26. Re: Far Cry 4 Key Revocation Follow-ups Jan 28, 2015, 14:16 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Jan 28, 2015, 11:28:
Quboid wrote on Jan 28, 2015, 11:17:
Creston wrote on Jan 28, 2015, 10:45:
Kajetan wrote on Jan 28, 2015, 10:42:
2. Because it WISE to not hurt your customers. As i remember Adobe once contacted several hundred customers with "counterfeit" serials and offered them legit ones for free. Adobe came out as the good guy, it was perfect PR story, costing them nearly nothing.

This. 100000 times this.

They're not Ubisoft's customers, and they never will be if Ubisoft just give them games every time they buy illegitimate ones. I'm not sure I'd ever be Ubisoft's customer either, if I could pay someone half the amount for some key and get a legit copy of Far Cry 5 if it's ever revoked.

It would be nice if Ubisoft went with a softer approach but IMHO what they're doing now isn't unreasonable and anything more would be a bonus.

It (UBI replacing keys) also starts down the slippery slope of what happens next time. Are they obligated to do it every time, then? Wouldn't that just cause fraudulent keys to flourish?

A general rule in life, and it certainly applies here, is if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.


That's what I said in the last topic. If Ubi rewards this behavior, why would people stop using shady key sites? They would be no-risk. You'd have nothing to lose.

And, in real life, if you buy something stolen it is confiscated, even if you had no clue it was stolen. You then have to try to get your money back from the person you bought it from, who is probably broke from legal fees trying not to go to jail for selling something stolen.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
34. Re: Into the Black Jan 28, 2015, 14:14 Beamer
 
NegaDeath wrote on Jan 27, 2015, 21:06:
We're really going to do this are we? Sigh.

Ghostbusters was lightning in a bottle. Even the sequel with the original actors in their prime fell short. This is either going to be so bad we all agree to forget it ever existed (*coughbluesbrothers2000cough*) or it's going to have to be completely different to to have a chance to stand on it's own.

I'd wager it would be very different.

"People start a business fighting ghosts" is a pretty broad topic that, while it's certainly been done once near-perfectly, is not a unique subject. Ghostbusters wasn't even the first time it was done. It shouldn't be the last, not for something that's that rich of an idea. So many things can be done.

And, to that note, it could either be done entirely without the name, in which case people will just call it a ripoff (of something that was itself a bit of a ripoff), or they can acknowledge they're building on a great idea and pay someone for having done it before them.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
33. Re: Into the Black Jan 28, 2015, 14:11 Beamer
 
Lorcin wrote on Jan 28, 2015, 01:12:
Can I just go out on a limb here and say female comedians aren't funny?

Just to qualify that statement I should probably point out that my wife of 16 years agrees with me even though she has a masters degree in Feminist Literature from Cambridge.

#Ghostbrastures?

"I have black friends."
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
9. Re: Evening Mobilization Jan 28, 2015, 14:07 Beamer
 
Trials: Frontier charges money for gas. Races take 5-7 gas. Gas slowly accumulates, or you can pay for gas.

Basically, after playing that game 3-5 hours, you need to pay to do anything at all.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Re: Into the Black Jan 27, 2015, 17:57 Beamer
 
Krovven wrote on Jan 27, 2015, 17:41:
I have basically lost all interest in this now.



I find Melissa McCarthy very annoying, and am not much a fan of Kristen Wiig, who can vary between very funny and just a female Will Ferrell (who I also dislike.)

Don't know about the other two, but seems less like it will be a Ghostbusters and more like it will be a Melissa McCarthy movie. Maybe they can have her be a different character, I dunno.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft Deactivating Far Cry 4 Keys; Cites Fraud
39. Re: Ubisoft Deactivating Far Cry 4 Keys; Cites Fraud Jan 26, 2015, 19:04 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Jan 26, 2015, 18:29:
Clearly unfair pricing by having some regions pay less than others is the culprit. Equal pricing in all regions would make this a non-issue.

Jesus, you always post this and never respond when people call you out for saying it.

Here's what would happen if there was equal pricing in all regions:

1) Regions with high poverty and low wages would suddenly have their pricing go up. Given that the average salary in China is under $5,000 per year, most Chinese gamers will now be unable to buy games and will just pirate. An entire revenue stream is lost
2) Regions like the US, where people can afford games, will actually see game prices rise (or game budgets and therefore quality fall) to make up for that lost revenue stream.


It's such a weirdly libertarian argument to say "well, sure, the average person in my country makes 10x what the average person in that country makes, but why should they not pay what I pay? It isn't my fault they don't have better jobs. If they can only afford one game per year, so be it."
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
21. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 26, 2015, 17:41 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 26, 2015, 17:38:
Agent.X7 wrote on Jan 26, 2015, 14:18:
Nonsense article is full of nonsense. Wow.

There is no pendulum. People play games on what they want to. Hell, I play games on my high end pc, Xbone, PS4, 3DS, tablet, and phone. The author acts like people stopped playing PC games when the Bone and PS4 released.

I feel the opposite is true. Since the launch of XB1 and PS4, I haven't seen a massive swing back toward consoles. It seems to me that games coverage and discussion swung toward PC at the end of the PS3 and 360 life cycle. During the heyday of the 360 and PS3 we kept hearing about the end of the PC as a gaming platform. That's largely gone away and not come back.

The beginning of a generation is always slower and discussions linger around more mature platforms with more to play on.

Still, I think you're correct. However, both machines are selling pretty well, so someone is buying them, and I wonder if this is in part due to where we get our news, rather than what people are discussing.

I have zero interest in an Xbone or PS4 not because I think the PC is better - I'd be more interested in upgrading my 4.5 year old system if that were true. It's just that there aren't many games I'm looking forward to play. My gaming habits are changing rapidly and I'm only interested in certain things. I still play a ton of FTL, for one...
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
19. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 26, 2015, 17:34 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 26, 2015, 17:31:
Beamer wrote on Jan 26, 2015, 13:49:

And then when you get older still you go back to consoles because you have limited time and they just work.

Sorry, this whole thing of "mature people use PCs" seems a bit off. I'd guess PC usage peaks in the early 20s then falls off again when building, tuning and tweaking becomes a lot less fun.

Personally, I'm still playing FC4 and am shocked to see how much better it plays in videos I'm watching on YouTube on the new consoles. It's an entirely different game. And yeah, I could build/upgrade to play it like that on my PC, but I'd need a new processor and a new GPU. I could spend $300 on a 970, or I could spend $350 on an Xbox One. Both will play games that look comparable to each other.

I'm not going to do either, but the value proposition and time-saving of a console is definitely a real thing.

I think with me I just don't like the controller as primary game navigation system, and the simplistic play that developers implement to support it. I can't spend the time learning the ins and outs of a complex flight sim like I used to. But when I do fly, run, drive, or play RTS or TBS games, I prefer the finer control and the choices offered by flight sticks, driving wheels, and the mouse, and games created to take advantage of them. I have a few xbox controllers, and I only use them to play games with the kids, with a few exceptions (like Brothers). I'm invariably disappointed with console ports to PC, as I find their game play too shallow, even as I've become a time-limited gamer.

For some games I prefer the m+k, for others I prefer the controller. It varies within genres.

But I just want to play fun games. I remember thinking it mattered if I liked the GameCube, PS2 or Xbox more. Now? I just want to play fun games.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft Deactivating Far Cry 4 Keys; Cites Fraud
29. Re: Ubisoft Deactivating Far Cry 4 Keys; Cites Fraud Jan 26, 2015, 16:24 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Jan 26, 2015, 16:16:
jacobvandy wrote on Jan 26, 2015, 16:12:
Ubisoft is not responsible for this. You reap what you sow, sorry.
Yeah well that is not how most people will see this.

It's a difficult thing though, no?
If you buy a stolen car, the police will take it from you. It's up to you to try to get your money back from wherever you bought it from. In many cases neither the seller nor the buyer knew it was stolen, but both lose out.

In this case, it isn't something with value like a car, so Ubi technically doesn't need it back. However, if they just say to everyone "yeah, you bought something from the grey market for way too little money, and we know you did it, but you're still good" what incentive is there for people to not keep shopping on the grey market?

 
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News Comments > Gearbox Recruiting for "Next Borderlands"
23. Re: Gearbox Recruiting for Jan 26, 2015, 16:09 Beamer
 
Slick wrote on Jan 26, 2015, 16:07:
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jan 26, 2015, 11:54:
Personally,

I hope they do Borderlands 3 as a Destiny like game. I feel like Destiny is a huge piece of shit in a lot of ways but I can't stop playing it because the shooting is fun.


%100 agree. it is a steaming pile of shit, but the shooting is perfect. just the right (generous) amount of auto-aim to make people feel like a badass using a controller.

Yeah, man, that's what I said here when I played the beta. The game was repetitive and boring, but man, the simple shooting mechanic felt right. I can't put my finger on what "right" means, but from the first moment you're given a gun and pull the trigger I was just grinning like a kid.

Then the MMO parts kicked in and I decided the game wasn't worthwhile.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
12. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 26, 2015, 14:25 Beamer
 
Ecthelion wrote on Jan 26, 2015, 14:08:
Beamer wrote on Jan 26, 2015, 13:49:
Axis wrote on Jan 26, 2015, 13:43:
Absolutely JD, it's a fairly common crossover - when you are young it's easy to get into consoles, then when you get older and see what you can do on a PC platform you "Evolve!".

I'd bet most of us have. Atari 2600 right to TI99 for me. Many of my friends and their kids same story.

I do get tired of all the new "PLS CONTROLLER for x game on steam", but I'm glad they're discovering PC gaming - won't be long before their pc controller collects is only dusted off for the occasional platforming type game...

And then when you get older still you go back to consoles because you have limited time and they just work.

Sorry, this whole thing of "mature people use PCs" seems a bit off. I'd guess PC usage peaks in the early 20s then falls off again when building, tuning and tweaking becomes a lot less fun.

Personally, I'm still playing FC4 and am shocked to see how much better it plays in videos I'm watching on YouTube on the new consoles. It's an entirely different game. And yeah, I could build/upgrade to play it like that on my PC, but I'd need a new processor and a new GPU. I could spend $300 on a 970, or I could spend $350 on an Xbox One. Both will play games that look comparable to each other.

I'm not going to do either, but the value proposition and time-saving of a console is definitely a real thing.
Yeah, I'm in that second category. I've reached the point in my life (mid 30's and 9-month old kid) where tinkering has lost all its appeal to me. I'm sure some people enjoy tinkering until they're old and gray, but not me. My friend got me into the Gamecube and PS3 with Resident Evil and Metal Gear Solid (both series have entries that have never made it to PC), and the loss of texture fidelity and resolution were less important to me than getting to play games more easily. The final nail in the PC gaming coffin for me was when my old workhorse PC bit the dust and my various attempts at repairing it did no good. 5 years ago, I would have put hours and hours into getting it working again, but I just don't have that drive now. It doesn't help that I discovered this big library of games that just aren't on PC, so I have plenty to keep me busy for the next decade and beyond. Yes, a good number of console games do eventually make it to PC, but anyone who says "all the good games come to PC" is overlooking or ignoring a fair number of console games out there (e.g. MGS4, RE0, almost every first-party Nintendo game ever).

I can't really use the cost argument, since I have a PS4, Wii U, and Xbox One (which I really bought for only a couple of exclusives like Sunset Overdrive), and with the generally more expensive console games, it's arguably no cheaper to play on consoles these days. So I can't really mock people that run out and buy $3000 Alienware gaming PCs.

But for me the biggest draw is the ease of console gaming and getting games that can't be played on PC. If I really wanted to practice what I preached, I'd buy a gaming PC (or have a friend build one). I'm sure I eventually will, when I "need" to play some new strategy game that isn't on consoles. But I'm finding more and more that the genres I enjoy are the ones that consoles are suited to.

I think the truly wise gamers get all the platforms they can, because of course the PC has tons of games that never make it to consoles (although the PS4 and to a lesser extent the Xbox One an Wii U are making good strides at getting more indie games and closing that gap). Personally I find no value in phone/tablet games (okay, I'll admit I loved the first Plants vs Zombies, but every smartphone game these days seems to be monetized and I hate that), but I suppose they are technically another platform that most people already have. It all depends on what you like. People love to mock Nintendo for their lack of market share and seeming stupidity, but for my money they still make some of the most fun games out there. But most "serious" gamers want nothing to do with them.

Whatever you like, it's a good time to be a gamer. Where I come from, more choice is better, and we definitely have lots of choices. If Microsoft is actually focusing on PC gaming again, great! Maybe they're just trying to take advantage of the increased focus (thanks to successful Kickstarter campaigns, for example), but only time will tell.

I mostly agree. The platform arguments don't work well for me because each platform has advantages the others do not have.

Each platform.

I play some games on the PC. But my job is extremely heavily me at a desk staring at a screen. When I get home I rarely want to do the same. Sitting on a couch staring at a screen is an improvement, but as a whole my game playing has dropped a lot and I prefer spending time off my butt since my job is mostly on my butt.

Definitely agree, though, that the "wise" gamer explores platforms rather than thinking he's the only right, smart, sane person and anyone enjoying something on another platform is a lesser person.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 26, 2015, 13:49 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Jan 26, 2015, 13:43:
Absolutely JD, it's a fairly common crossover - when you are young it's easy to get into consoles, then when you get older and see what you can do on a PC platform you "Evolve!".

I'd bet most of us have. Atari 2600 right to TI99 for me. Many of my friends and their kids same story.

I do get tired of all the new "PLS CONTROLLER for x game on steam", but I'm glad they're discovering PC gaming - won't be long before their pc controller collects is only dusted off for the occasional platforming type game...

And then when you get older still you go back to consoles because you have limited time and they just work.

Sorry, this whole thing of "mature people use PCs" seems a bit off. I'd guess PC usage peaks in the early 20s then falls off again when building, tuning and tweaking becomes a lot less fun.

Personally, I'm still playing FC4 and am shocked to see how much better it plays in videos I'm watching on YouTube on the new consoles. It's an entirely different game. And yeah, I could build/upgrade to play it like that on my PC, but I'd need a new processor and a new GPU. I could spend $300 on a 970, or I could spend $350 on an Xbox One. Both will play games that look comparable to each other.

I'm not going to do either, but the value proposition and time-saving of a console is definitely a real thing.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 26, 2015, 12:58 Beamer
 
It was 65 degrees here yesterday and never snows in the city.
I have a job offer for LA, where it's in the mid to high 70s and rarely even rains..
But I'm hoping this interview I have this week pays off and I end up getting the job offer I want in NYC, which is about to get hit with 2 feet of snow.

I'm beginning to question my decision-making process.
 
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