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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Writer Leaves Gearbox
20. Re: Borderlands 2 Writer Leaves Gearbox Jan 31, 2015, 00:34 Beamer
 
Icewind wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 23:15:
NKD wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 21:04:
Anthony Burch is a nutjob. Anyone ever look into this guy?

Yeah, I have no idea why everyone here is giving him such praise. I must be following a different Burch on twitter, I guess.

If he's insane, where are you following him?

In any case, yes, some insane people make great art. Writing is full of this, but people have already mentioned Mel Gibson and Adam Baldwin, I'd add Alec Baldwin and Marky Mark as well.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
8. Re: etc., etc. Jan 31, 2015, 00:32 Beamer
 
Elf Shot The Food wrote on Jan 31, 2015, 00:02:
nin wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 21:16:
garrywong wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 19:22:
Mmm, fall out from "gamers are dead"? Serves them right.

I don't recall them participating in that, actually. Do you have a link? I didn't think they editorialized much (if at all), they just reported news.



Joystiq was one of the few major game news sites that didn't get tarred by the GamerGate brush. I don't think they covered the story and they didn't post any of those "Gamers Are Dead" articles either.

They did not do a Gamers are Dead, they were not laid off for being a games site, GamerGate did not impact them, and the cheers people are throwing over their death just points to how little many GamerGaters seem to be aware of anything at all.

People angry for the sake of being angry without knowing at what, exactly.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Writer Leaves Gearbox
8. Re: Borderlands 2 Writer Leaves Gearbox Jan 30, 2015, 19:44 Beamer
 
qsto wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 19:31:
harlock wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 19:19:
Gadzooks wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 19:15:
Yup... and as for Jack.. the script + the voice actor = Best video game villian for the past 15 years. At least imo.

lolwut
Yeah lol, I could just throw Vaas Montenegro off the top of my head without even trying, Bob Page if I just try a little... Alduin, GLaDOS, maybe?! Sheez!

1) It's an opinion, and it's subjective

2) Bob Page wasn't memorable at all. I played that game 4 times and still didn't know who he was and had to look up the name

3) Vaas was ok, but nowhere near as entertaining or memorable to me

4) GLaDOS is definitely a strong nominee, but I still give it to Handsome Jack
 
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2. Re: etc., etc. Jan 30, 2015, 19:43 Beamer
 
garrywong wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 19:22:
Mmm, fall out from "gamers are dead"? Serves them right.

Wow, do you see everything as related to GG?

Joystiq did not write one of those articles, and AOL shuttered most of their blogs, not just game related ones.

Nice try, though.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Writer Leaves Gearbox
4. Re: Borderlands 2 Writer Leaves Gearbox Jan 30, 2015, 18:56 Beamer
 
Gadzooks wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 18:05:
Wallshadows wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 17:54:
That's pretty devastating for Borderlands and Gearbox in general. Listening to the characters in BL2 was a big part of what made me enjoy it so much because they were so goddamn silly with their meat bicycles and hearing Torque talk about how badass it is to treat a woman with respect.

I wish Burch could make a 'Mr. Torque's Power Hour' TV show. I'd watch the shit out of that.

Same here. There was a pretty noticeable difference between the dialog and writing of the pre-sequel vs BL2. Namely, BL2 was much more enjoyable for me from that aspect (gun play and action were about the same).

This is a pretty big blow to BL3. Gearbox is going to have to try an reproduce the "Spark" that BL2 had, and I dont think its something easily copied without the person that it came from.

Guess all I can do now is keep my fingers crossed and hope BL3 isnt just a bigger, more watered down version of the pre-sequel.

Gearbox should have sweetened the pot for him a bit more so he wouldnt be so tempted to leave.

Handsome Jack's writing and acting made that game for me. Made.

This was the guy whose sister was Tiny Tina, rigth?
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 30, 2015, 16:49 Beamer
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 16:22:
People keep posting that 3D TV is dead. It's funny, since every new TV announced has 3D as a checkbox on the feature list. A bunch of journalists who can't read keep spreading this rumor that no new TVs have 3D.

The fact is that 3D is thriving. The new thing in 3D is glassless 3D, which is helped immensely by curved screens. Samsung most expensive, 108" TV that was on display had it, but somehow some journalists missed that.

Uh, every new TV does not have 3D. Vizio, the largest TV manufacturer for the US by volume, does not make 3DTVs anymore.

And the content isn't there. There are no 3DTV channels, and all the plans to release them have been canceled.

Consumers aren't using their 3D features anymore.
 
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Jan 30, 2015, 14:18 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 14:15:
How many hobbies have to continually face these questions?

Pretty sure movies did when they first started becoming popular. Although, maybe not for decades like games have had to endure.

It comes from the fans, too, though. When someone writes a criticism of movies, or a movie review people don't like, it doesn't result in a massive "consumer uprising." People just accept that movies are art and art is open to, and improved by, criticism.

No one ever says that complaints that there aren't enough good roles for african americans in film is an attempt to censor movies.




This medium has a huge amount of growing up to do, internally and externally.
 
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News Comments > Left Behind Games Stock Scam
10. Re: Left Behind Games Stock Scam Jan 30, 2015, 14:05 Beamer
 
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News Comments > HATRED Preorders
37. Re: HATRED Preorders Jan 30, 2015, 13:37 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 13:14:
BobBob wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 13:01:
Verno wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 12:42:
Did the Janet Jackson nipple slip also send you into a tizzy?

That's a disturbing part of American culture -- spontaneous public nudity - such as what you mentioned is considered taboo or profane, whereas random acts of violence are deemed as an expected and normal part of daily life.

The thing is, you'd probably get even more support here on Blues for an explicit dating game with full nudity and sex than you would for this game. While prudishness is a feature of American society, folks here on Blues are pretty smart about that double standard.

I think that feature of American society will go away within a generation or two. The internet especially is breaking us away from that. Anyone can see teh Pr0n any time, people sexting each other, posting exposing photos on FB, etc, etc.

I'd support an explicit dating game more than sex scenes in non-explicit games. The stripper parts of GTAV made my skin crawl because they were so awkward and poorly done (and, of course, not central to the game in any way or mandatory so not something I'm saying GTAV sucks for.) Even Wolfenstein, which tried to do it better, felt gratuitous. It feels like games are stuck in the 1990s where throwing nudity and sex scenes in was a way to get people in theaters, before people realized they can see better things in movies dedicated to such things and why waste 7 minutes of a movie seeing people writhing under sheets?

The problem with Hatred, to me, is that it's basically a Columbine simulator in that you're an angry metal guy in a trenchcoat killing innocent people running away from you. But I don't think the devs don't have a right to make it, I just think we'll all regret they've made it.
 
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News Comments > Left Behind Games Stock Scam
3. Re: Left Behind Games Stock Scam Jan 30, 2015, 10:43 Beamer
 
Timmeh wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 10:41:
1. Its ok Jesus told them to do it.

2. Its Ok we are all going to hell anyway and they are just trying to save us all.

see it makes perfect sense.

Your name makes sense, as I assume most people making these types of products are like Cartman in that South Park episode.

Interest in the products? Low. Interest in the market? High.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
34. Re: Evening Interviews Jan 29, 2015, 17:38 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 29, 2015, 17:35:
Beamer wrote on Jan 29, 2015, 15:16:
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.

Eh, of course I can say she is being selective. She only shows scenes staged in such a way to show these tropes. I could show you any trope you want in Fallout 3, by recording and playing selectively just to prove that point, and through editing make it so as if that game were completely focused on those tropes. I could make it a pacifist simulator, a racist game, a sexist game and a game that reinforces slavery. It would never even get close to what Fallout 3 actually is because I play to reinforce a point, not how a normal person plays these games.

To me, her videos were always nothing but jokes. The underwear scene out of Kingdoms of Amalur for example, reinforces NOTHING except that the player threw away the STARTING CLOTHS. Now is the game sexist.. or is the player? ...

And yes, her side. I like my broken bridges and anyone who wants a world without them is an enemy of mine. Long live the cult of broken bridges! Recruiting under any broken bridge near you Sign up now, and you get address and phone number of Zoe Quinn!

I don't think she ever claims a game is totally focused on that trope, she's just showing how common that trope is. If it's in a game, it's in a game, whether it's there once or a hundred times.

The point isn't saying "these games are nothing but tropes," but "these tropes are in a lot of games."
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
15. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Jan 29, 2015, 17:30 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 29, 2015, 07:23:
Julio wrote on Jan 29, 2015, 05:31:
jdreyer wrote on Jan 29, 2015, 02:55:
Oh, but boo-fucking-hoo, men are being discriminated against! Here, have a little cheese with that whine.

I'm glad to see that you agree there is discrimination in this EA workshop. Its sad to me that any kind of discrimination is promoted in the modern era. Not everyone can be as enlightened, maybe men should only get to drink from a specific water cooler too?

So when is it ok to stop discriminating against men?

How about we first put "discriminated" in scare quotes, okay? There is no fucking discrimination against men. Because men, especially white men like yourselves (and I use the term "men" liberally when referring to you), are the most dominant demographic in society. When EA posts a regular job posting, that IS a white man's job posting, because white men will get that job 90% of the time. So shut the fuck up about "white men discrimination" already. There is none.

So your question should be, "When can I start complaining that white men discrimination?" And the answer is: when women are the majority workforce in more than 60% (to allow for statistical aberrations) of all industries in the nation you can start complaining. Until then, you can shut the fuck up because you're an entitled, self-absorbed asshole that has no clue what it actually is to be discriminated against.

Am I giving you all three 18" barrels from my battleship? Yes. Yes, I am. Why? Because you're acting like a child. You're acting like the poor fucking investment bankers who make millions then get their fee-fees hurt when the POTUS says the bankers need to act more responsibly and stop fucking over the economy. Get a little perspective, and understand how good you have it, that you get paid what you ask for, and you don't get arrested for hobbling across the street carrying a golf club or get your tits squeezed by the SVP in the corner office because you're a "MILF".

Total SJW post.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
14. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Jan 29, 2015, 17:28 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 29, 2015, 02:12:
jdreyer wrote on Jan 29, 2015, 01:49:
*WHHHOOOOOOSH*

That's the sound of EA's point going over the heads of Cutter and Julio.

No, that's the sound of what we said going over your head. What Julio said was pretty simple and straightforward. Go on, bust out your tiny violin and tell us how hard done by everyone is that isn't a white male. Yes, because the rest of us all obviously have it so easy. I mean how dare we complain when we sit around in our mansions all day long doing but griping about this stuff. Yes, we should go back to counting our millions instead.

Rolleyes

No one ever said white men have it easy, they said others have it harder.

It's hard for everyone.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
18. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 29, 2015, 15:38 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 29, 2015, 15:25:
Yosemite Sam wrote on Jan 29, 2015, 14:38:
Well Bill when your government and media continuously bombard the population with fear for political gain and profit people tend to just tune it out. Also like WaltC said, it's fiction, plenty of actual real things to worry about.

... and really cutter? With out a doubt Bill was one sleazy mofo when he was building Microsoft... but these days he's spent billions and billions of his own cash helping the little people, in fact that's pretty much ALL he does now.

As one of 88 people that now own over half the world's total wealth he and his cronies can do more, a lot more. So yeah, really. If I had my way they wouldn't even have a choice. No one should own that much. No one.

Your statistic is incorrect. They doesn't own half the world's total wealth, they own the same total wealth as half the world.

In other words, 80 people hold as much wealth as 3.6 billion people. But that isn't half the world's total wealth.
 
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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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