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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
6. Re: Facebook Messenger Sep 2, 2014, 16:13 Beamer
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 14:49:
Frags4Fun wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 13:03:
Unfortunately, facebook has profiles on people like you who who never even signed up so it's not so simple to just avoid being a part of it. All you can do is try to minimize the amount and accuracy of the data they collect on you.

Understandably so, given that there is no longer any reason to believe there is any sort of privacy whatsoever.

The easiest way to minimize that data collection is to not provide them anything at all. They want the data, they can mine the shit out of it on their own time without my assistance. Not using it is the most direct route to not assisting them.

Beamer wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 13:10:
You can also have a normal, fulfilling life with friends whom you actually see, face to face, yet also see when they aren't nearby thanks to the internet.

Your life can't be all that fulfilling if you're worried about having your nose shoved so far up people's asses that you need to know what they're doing when you're not around. Me, I have my own interests, obligations and responsibilities that keep me occupied.

Beamer wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 13:10:
I never understand all these people who think that Facebook is a way of never seeing people face to face (though, frankly, it's best at keeping you in touch with those you can't see face to face because they live on the other side of the continent.

If only someone had invented cars, airplanes, trains, boats, motorcycles or any other means of rapid conveyance that would allow one to actually be in direct contact with someone in a distant locale. If only. Then we could actually go do things together, experiences, adventures, misadventures and events that have a long lasting and meaningful impact on one's life. But, no, clearly clicking a thumbs up icon and posting a one sentence line of text is more than sufficient to build memories from. Man, when I'm in my 70s, I'm sure I'll remember that time when I "liked" John's post about his sandwich way back in 2012. I'm sure we'll never talk about the time that we were doing the "Conspiracy Road Trip", got lost on the way to Roswell and ended up at this funky little gas station and diner out in the middle of nowhere where the old guy with the off colored glass eye regaled us about his alien abductions. The same diner where John met the girl whom would become his future wife.


Beamer wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 13:10:
It's especially weird how prevalent that attitude is amongst gamers on this site, since I'm pretty sure a good number of people here have friends they game with that they never have and likely never will meet face to face.

It's not weird at all. It's perfectly understandable from people who aren't shallow, lazy, attention whoring sycophants who need constant affirmation for even the most trivial of endeavors. Maybe your definition of "friend" is fairly...cursory. I can't speak for everyone, only myself, but a friend to me is someone I know I can call at 3am on a Tuesday and have them show up to assist in an emergency or provide bail money. The same friends who can call on me to do the same for them. These are people whom I have fought with, bled for, bled with, laughed with, cried with, shared meals with and have been to their marriages, funerals, baptisms and congratulated them on the birth of their children. As for gaming, I have a rule in place that has served me well since MUDs launched. If I can't call you an asshole to your face for something stupid you said or did while playing, then we aren't playing together. It's pretty simple. The core group I play with, and have played with for decades now, are awesome people that I am really glad to be playing with.

Sigh. That's a really, really long rant about why your friends are better than anyone else's, and it's mostly non-sensical:

Your life can't be all that fulfilling if you're worried about having your nose shoved so far up people's asses that you need to know what they're doing when you're not around. Me, I have my own interests, obligations and responsibilities that keep me occupied.
What does this even mean? Why would you possibly think that people on Facebook have their noses shoved so far up people's asses? Facebook doesn't follow you around telling you what your friends are eating every waking moment. It only tells you what they're doing when you use it, which doesn't have to be all the time, and it only tells you what they tell it, which isn't everything.
Shockingly, the hundreds of millions of Facebook users also have their own interests, obligations and responsibilities. You aren't a special, unique snowflake.

If only someone had invented cars, airplanes, trains, boats, motorcycles or any other means of rapid conveyance that would allow one to actually be in direct contact with someone in a distant locale
Jesus, this is even dumber than the last one. I have friends in nearly every major city in the country, and in several other countries. Even flying from Seattle to New York, which I do about 5 times a year, is a 5 hour flight. Seeing them is not at all convenient. I text many of them regularly, but even then, it's more cursory than when someone posts an article they found interesting onto Facebook and suddenly 20 of us, in 10 different states and 3 different countries, are commenting on it.

Then we could actually go do things together, experiences, adventures, misadventures and events that have a long lasting and meaningful impact on one's life
Yes, because no one ever visits their friends, they just use Facebook.
Jesus, dude, it's a tool, similar to a telephone or Skype. It complements a relationship rather than replaces it.
HOW IS IT THIS HARD FOR YOU TO UNDERSTAND?
People have normal relationships, and Facebook is a means to communicate using it. Just like the telephone. Just like instant messaging. Just like email.

It's not weird at all. It's perfectly understandable from people who aren't shallow, lazy, attention whoring sycophants who need constant affirmation for even the most trivial of endeavors.
How are you so dense that you think every single person on Facebook is a shallow, lazy, attention whoring sycophant?

I can't speak for everyone, only myself, but a friend to me is someone I know I can call at 3am on a Tuesday and have them show up to assist in an emergency or provide bail money.
So you don't have many friends, then, eh?

These are people whom I have fought with, bled for, bled with, laughed with, cried with, shared meals with and have been to their marriages, funerals, baptisms and congratulated them on the birth of their children.
I've done all of this with people that I talk to on Facebook.
Again, it's a tool. You have some really weird, warped view of it.

If I can't call you an asshole to your face for something stupid you said or did while playing, then we aren't playing together. It's pretty simple. The core group I play with, and have played with for decades now, are awesome people that I am really glad to be playing with
I have no clue what this means. The core group of people I talk to when I bother logging onto to Facebook I call an asshole to their face, I have known for decades, and I am really happy to still be calling them an asshole today.



You just seem to have built up this really weird notion of what Facebook is and somehow think that not using it makes you a superior human being with better friendships. Every single person on Facebook has as many real life friends that would bleed for them as you do. Again, you're not special. Get off your fucking pedestal and realize that Facebook is just a communication tool, not a lifestyle replacement, and you seem to be the only fucking human on Earth that doesn't understand what it is. I know we love the term "strawman" here, but you seem to have constructed a strawman of a mythical person that never leaves the computer and just does all of their communication via Facebook.

Which, again, is weird on a computer games board, because we've all lived through the time when computer gamers had the stigma of never leaving the computer and only doing their communication from behind a screen, and we thought it was stupid, unfair, and only came from ignorant morons. It's weird to now see computer gamers making the exact same stupid, ignorant and unfair accusation.


 
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News Comments > Open Letter to the Gaming Community
21. Re: Open Letter to the Gaming Community Sep 2, 2014, 13:54 Beamer
 
4D-Boxing wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 13:50:
Pigeon wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 11:02:
Asking the internet not to make death threats and racial,homophobic or sexist slurs, is a bit of a tall order, but good luck.

Lol keyboard warriors would actually have to use logic to express their repressed angst..good luck with that. Why aim that at gamers, its a satiety/evolution issue. Hundreds of years after slavery and almost 50 years after MLKs assassination and society is still dealing with this issue. Give it another 200 years maybe at least if not more. (people that spread hate and intolerance do reproduce so it will take a very very long time.

Why aim at gamers?
Because this was done by game developers? Why would they aim it at something other than games?

Anyway, given how many people here have, in the past, claimed they would never use Xbox Live because it's just racist 14 year olds, I'm shocked at how many people are angry at someone posting an open letter saying you should "publicly stand against" racist 14 year olds.

Not that Xbox Live is really full of that anymore. It was when only 14 year olds used the service, but in the early days of the 360 they became the minority.
 
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News Comments > Open Letter to the Gaming Community
15. Re: Open Letter to the Gaming Community Sep 2, 2014, 13:36 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 13:27:
This sort of thing is just preaching to the choir and as Verno says, people will and have already jumped aboard with their own largely imaginary grievances.

I don't know.
This sort of thing seems like a "is this good enough?" It doesn't really take a stand on anything. It's 4 sentences that are vague. It isn't preaching to any choir, it's trying to say "look, we're doing something" without doing anything to make sure exactly no one is angry. It's phrased deliberately so that it's really hard to disagree with (though people are finding ways), yet not really saying anything and not really actionable (what the hell does "take a public stand" mean?) It holds absolutely none of the people signing it to any kind of standard or accountability.

It's fluff that says nothing, but I guess given that this is the gaming community, people still find "don't be racist" to be overly preachy.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
19. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Sep 2, 2014, 13:30 Beamer
 
Bodolza wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 13:27:
I'm surprised they didn't call it rape. They would have gotten even more clicks.

Beamer wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 12:46:
But their private sex life should be their private sex life.

Now meet reality. I expect my credit card number to be secure, but I've had to replace it twice this year due to hacks. Unfortunately, I don't have a choice about giving out my card info. They did.

A credit card is a bit different, as it isn't exactly private. You give your credit card to a waiter or bartender several times a week, and he walks away with it.

Regardless, I don't get this "meet reality" thing. Because you're famous you shouldn't have any expectation of privacy? Where are you drawing that line? Should Erin Andrews have just expected that someone would drill through the peephole in her hotel room door and film her? I mean, meet reality!

Also, your credit card was replaced twice this year due to hacks? What the hell do you do that it keeps getting hacked? I've never had to replace a credit card for anything fraudulent. Twice in one year?
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Facebook Messenger Sep 2, 2014, 13:10 Beamer
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 11:15:
The easiest way to not have to deal with this bullshit is not to use Facebook. You can completely bypass it and still have a normal, fulfilling life with friends whom actually see you, face to face, instead of clicking an icon.

It may seem strange at first, even discomforting, but it can be done. You'll even get stories out of it that begin with "Do you remember that time we..."

You can also have a normal, fulfilling life with friends whom you actually see, face to face, yet also see when they aren't nearby thanks to the internet.
I never understand all these people who think that Facebook is a way of never seeing people face to face (though, frankly, it's best at keeping you in touch with those you can't see face to face because they live on the other side of the continent.)

It's especially weird how prevalent that attitude is amongst gamers on this site, since I'm pretty sure a good number of people here have friends they game with that they never have and likely never will meet face to face.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Season Pass, Preorder Bonus
11. Re: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Season Pass, Preorder Bonus Sep 2, 2014, 13:05 Beamer
 
Darks wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 12:58:
Gadzooks wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 12:21:
Borderlands is one of the few games out these days where the DLC they release is actually NEW additional content in full, not an extra couple of multiplayer levels they stripped out to sell as Zero Day DLC like many other games.

When the DLC is actually like buying an expansion to the game, then its not really part of the whole "DLC scam"

I have no issues buying the games DLC because of this, as I have enjoyed the hell out of both BL1 and BL2. The season pass is an extra 30 bucks up front, but in the long run, it saves me 10 bucks. Unless of course I want to wait a year, and buy it on sale. That could be said about any game. Its borderlands, I know it will be fun, so I dont really care to wait a year to enjoy it.

Sorry, but I would have to disagree with you on some of this. Yes, some of what they did release was new and good. but that was mainly after the Season pass ran out. Or do you not recall the Game hunter DLC Sir Hamerlock they released that was a total POS?

The best DLC they released for the Season was the DnD Tiny Tinas. now that was great. So was the newer Island DLC. but that was not part of the Season pack. So its hit and miss with these guys on what they release that is a viable DLC release.

I love the series, but I'm waiting this time around to see what they do release.

The pirate themed DLC was also kind of a POS. So much riding around through empty, dead space.
Still better than Sir Hammerlock. That's where I quit the game - I just couldn't take Sir Hammerlock's DLC. It was awful. I never even downloaded the Tiny Tina one. Hammerlock was that bad.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 2, 2014, 13:01 Beamer
 
Leper wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 11:26:
i think most of it was there just weren't any good movies this summer. no Dark Knight, no DC/Marvel film, nothing people were really looking fwd to. hell i think the last movie i've seen was xmen, though i kinda wanted to see edge of tomorrow. and i'm pretty sure if interstellar had come out this summer, it would've been the next billion dollar megahit.

Edge of Tomorrow was a good movie and it's sad that it didn't do that great at the BO. I guess it did look like a generic Tom Cruise sci-fi movie to most people. Unfortunately we're going to get less like it and more like Transformers in the years to come. People complain but they still line up to get tickets for crappy movies. I thought Captain America, X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy were good as well.

Transformers basically tanked in the US. $250MM isn't tiny numbers, but it's far and away the worst of the franchise and the movie brought in big numbers up front and fizzled rapidly.
Of course, it made over $300MM in China, so guess where the future of that series lies? Not in North America.

Edge of Tomorrow had a weird name and not great marketing, plus I think audiences are tired of Tom Cruise (rightly or wrongly.) I hear it was quite good and will check it out eventually.

But yeah, movies this year were just bad. It wasn't that audiences didn't want to see movies, they just didn't want to see these movies. I thought, however, that it isn't the worst year since 1997, but since 2004, it's just the first year since 1997 we haven't had a $300MM movie (and we will soon - GotG will break that.)
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
17. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Sep 2, 2014, 12:46 Beamer
 
Desalus wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 12:41:
Jerykk wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 12:29:
I'll never understand the logic of people who takes pictures and/or videos of themselves nude or during sex. Sure, you're allowed to do that and you're entitled to your own privacy but what's the point of making those pictures/videos in the first place? Especially if you're a celebrity whose public image is very important. Just seems like a completely unnecessary risk.

Exactly my thoughts. Any celebrity that takes nude photos of themselves with the expectation that they will forever be private is just delusional. I hope a good many celebrities learn a lesson from this incident because there will surely be many more to come.

Yes, they shouldn't expect any privacy behind closed doors...
I get, and am the first to point out, that as a public figure you lose certain bits of your privacy outside of them. I support them getting fired for saying things that will cost others money.

But their private sex life should be their private sex life. Even porn stars expect that their private sex life remains just that.


As for why people take these pictures, because they're fun? Because their partners appreciate them? Because it adds an extra bit of dirty to whatever you're doing?
All fun and valid reasons. I'm guessing many posters here have done this with their loved ones and the last thing any of us would want is a message that this has repercussions and should be stopped. We should be fighting the morons leaking, not the people that have fun in the bedroom.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Net neutrality activists are about to show you what an Internet 'slow lane' looks like Sep 2, 2014, 11:24 Beamer
 
This seems like the type of thing that raises awareness, but also is a tactic that pisses people off for inconveniencing them and makes them act like suddenly the other side has good points.



edit - ha! I guess what I mean is "I get that net neutrality is important, but I'm so sick of hearing about it. Every day there's a new story or editorial about how important it is, but these people aren't actually doing anything about it. That, and the internet is faster now than it's ever been. I'm a real net neutrality advocate, which means I recognize that internet slowdowns in the US aren't even a problem, because there are parts of Africa that don't even have the internet. What are these activists doing about that?! No, they're just in my face putting up loading screens, as if that helps anything."
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
12. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Sep 2, 2014, 11:18 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 11:15:
harlock wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 11:03:
apparently its not just jen lawrence but dozens of celebrities nudie pics were hacked and released.. and now the feds are coming on strong. heh

The only celeb to take it with any sense of humor so far was Kirsten Dunst.

I'm not sure if I'd have a sense of humor about it when it first happens. I'd probably first feel pretty violated, then kind of humiliated. Plus, Kirsten Dunst has done topless scenes, hasn't she? I don't think many of the other actresses have.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
290. Re: Op Ed Sep 2, 2014, 11:14 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 05:22:
Quinn wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 05:02:
Beamer wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 02:30:
It's interesting. I just finished Crysis 2. Only one female character, but a particularly strong female character. Well, not that any characters in that game are particularly strong.

And I'm in Max Payne 3 now. Most of the females are basically sex workers or stupid party girls you need to rescue. But it's in Brazil, playing to the noir aspect. Still, that part feels more Rockstar and less Max Payne. Unless a female pops out of the woodwork soon, I don't really have a sense for how far into the game I am.

Yeah, well, it's developers like Rockstar that do "deserve" a militant-feminist beating. Their approach and/or view on women seems to be that of a 16 year-old, with a PS controller in his left hand and his penis in his right. In fact, it's the entire image of Rockstar for me. It's kind of a paradox that their games are so extremely solid nonetheless.

It's Rockstar's right to make sexist games, though they are certainly very good at that... GTA isn't an example I would deny if someone said that is sexist. No female protagonists in ANY rockstar game ever. At least Saints Row has females that kick-ass, not sure that is sexist, but it sure as hell is a lot less sexist than GTA ever was.. at least relating to that I can understand females... it's no fun to always play macho gangstahs, or macho ex-cops

The thing is, none of this is about "rights," it's about right. If that makes sense. People are free to do just about anything they want. That doesn't mean we should sit there and say "y'know, I really hate how little Billy keeps calling all the other children idiots, but it's his right to do it, so I guess we just have to sit here and watch it happen."
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
289. Re: Op Ed Sep 2, 2014, 11:09 Beamer
 
Quinn wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 09:10:
Dmitri_M wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 07:34:
GTA is so derivative of film and pop culture generally though. It's a MTV music video/hip hop culture/martin scorcese gangster film/scarface on steriods. Much of the misogyny in it originates elsewhere.

The last few GTA titles appeal is massive, way outside of core gamer culture. It has incredible mass market appeal. You could look at GTA as something that reflects society generally albeit pumped up on steroids.

Game developers aren't a bunch of sickos coming up with awful ideas in isolation. They reflect tastes generally.


I agree with both you and RedMask on this to some extent. Yes, the misogyny in it originates elsewhere -- videogames are not the root of the problem. Again, this is why I think Sarkaasian gets all this hate. She's overanalyzing and nitpicking computergames, while computergames are but a small part of the problem. And things like people calling female Shepard "FemShep" instead of "Shepard, without the penis" or a Supermario diva definitely aren't worth the energy. Go put that energy in the more immediate issues, like skanks rubbing their cunts on black guys' cars in music videos available to watch 24/7 for our 8 year-old children, or MTV portraying women as dumb, slutty moneywhores and calling it "reality TV".

People really need to stop saying this.
The whole "this is a problem, but look over there, another problem!" gets old, quickly. If every time someone complained about something on this board, everyone told them what was a barely related bigger problem, every single discussion would be "sure, SimCity didn't run on launch, but look at Hard Trucks, that game had hit detection so bad that you could drive through bridges, why isn't anyone talking about that!?"

Yes, there is misogyny everywhere, but not only can one person not take on everything, but people tend to look at it where they're most interested. In Anita's case, she cares about games, so she discusses games. Much like everyone on this board cares about games, so they have thousands of posts dedicated to them here.

Anyway, saying Rockstar deserves a pass because it's derivative rings hollow. There was an entire set of missions dedicated to stalking a female celebrity to take naked pictures of her and driving her to her death. I think. Did she die? That was pretty awful. The writing in GTAV was overall crap. I know lots of people love it, but man, there wasn't a single tolerable character or storyline, and none of the jokes were funny. If I had to hear the stupid son say one more stupid thing I was going to break my TV. The missions were fun, that's what the game had going for it.

Give me the insanity of Saints Row over the terrible human beings in GTAV any day.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Season Pass, Preorder Bonus
7. Re: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Season Pass, Preorder Bonus Sep 2, 2014, 11:03 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 10:05:
Went from a discounted game to a $60 game with a $30 season pass. Fuck them. I'll see you at $5.


It was never a discounted game. Randy kept saying he wanted it to be, but that depended on how big it got, and it wasn't his choice, anyway, it was 2Ks. For all we know the scope has gotten large enough to warrant this.

But I still expect it to be a sloppy, incoherent mess from a company that has yet to show it knows how to work with outsourced dev teams on other continents.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
279. Re: Op Ed Sep 2, 2014, 02:30 Beamer
 
It's interesting. I just finished Crysis 2. Only one female character, but a particularly strong female character. Well, not that any characters in that game are particularly strong.

And I'm in Max Payne 3 now. Most of the females are basically sex workers or stupid party girls you need to rescue. But it's in Brazil, playing to the noir aspect. Still, that part feels more Rockstar and less Max Payne. Unless a female pops out of the woodwork soon, I don't really have a sense for how far into the game I am.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
278. Re: Op Ed Sep 2, 2014, 00:20 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 22:39:
Sho wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 22:26:
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 22:01:
Which is it?

Hmm I think this is a good translation:

"So eine (Frau) willst Du als Beispiel für gesunden Menschenverstand nennen?"

Note the diff between "eine Frau" und "diese Art Frau". You're specifying a gender in both, but because the latter allows for other types of women, the gender isn't central info - it's just because she happens to be a woman.

I.e. it's really a "the kind of person who ..." thing and the woman bit is just incidental. A German would write "so jemanden" then, but this is an odd case where colloquial English is more gendered than German (usually it's the other way around). If you actually wrote "This kind of person" in English it would actually have a more inflammatory timbre to it because it has moral overtones ("bad person"). He could have used "someone like that", but I guess it's just not his writing style.

I really don't think it was a play on gender.

Thank you. Mhh, I will take this to heart. It seems I blamed Beamer wrongly. It really makes more sense if you read it as "So eine willst du als Beispiel nennen....?" that certainly doesn't have focus on her gender. I just simply didn't consider that.

Ps.: Very Interesting how our 2 translations differ though, It seems I have been formed by other stylist tones and now always assume that tone in my translations. That is something to keep in mind for the future. Had you not mentioned it, I may never have noticed.

So... sorry Beamer. ;p (Now the world will end)

PPs.: And thanks SHO for taking the time to explain.

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News Comments > Op Ed
269. Re: Op Ed Sep 1, 2014, 20:33 Beamer
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 15:27:
Sho wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 14:58:

Can we maybe stop arguing by namedropping in general? Not everyone here is US American. We don't know these folks. Gaming is

To understand where Beamer gets his playbook from you should know who these people are. Most at Blue's News have no idea largely because of their own ignorance. I do know. And he knows I see right through his borrowed act. As time go on more and more are seeing through it, too. His repeated attempts at controlling the narrative by throwing out one diversion after another are failing miserably.

I love that, even though I repeatedly state I have no clue who most of these "SJW"s you guys keep bringing up are, I have a "playbook."

Sorry, buddy, some of us think for ourselves rather than just regurgitate the opinions we like, or in the case of Christine Sommers, the opinions we're paid to have. And not all of us spend the hours that ASeven does reading articles that we agree with and that we will post everywhere telling everyone how much we agree with them. If you usually look, my citations tend to be numbers, not opinions. Especially going back to the election when RollinThundr was getting in over his head as I kept posting, you know, links to data rather than articles.

And eraser, saying "this is the woman" doesn't mean I'm using her gender, thank you. She is, in fact, a woman. And though she calls herself a feminist, her body of work isn't on feminism and the impact on women, but rather decrying feminism due to the impact on men. Nearly everything she writes is about men, not about women. That's her specialty. She spends nearly every word discussing what life is like for men. I find it hard to call that a "feminist." Honestly. Pages after pages, article after article, book after book, about what life is like for men. She writes about men solely, not women.
 
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259. Re: Op Ed Sep 1, 2014, 15:19 Beamer
 
Sho wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 14:58:
Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 14:09:
And now predictably dishonest Beamer is using the same tactics as US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Democrat-Nevada) by deflecting to the Koch brothers again. He is like the parody of liberalism except this is how they really are. Dishonest. Always deflecting. Liars. Hypocrites. They cannot stay on topic because it exposes them as the frauds they are.

Didn't you just "deflect to Harry Reid", though? What's the difference? Aside from more emotionally-charged invectives?

Can we maybe stop arguing by namedropping in general? Not everyone here is US American. We don't know these folks. Gaming is international.

And what's with all this slander about lying? Can you explain where the lie is, exactly? I don't get it. Do you understand the difference between an argument and an assertion?

Folks, I thought American high schools specifically teach debating? (Which I always thought was really cool and sorely lacking here.) Or is that a myth from film/TV?

No, he'll just keep calling me a liberal rather than point directly to what I'm doing and how it's wrong. He says I deflect, but refuses to tell me where so that I can address it. He's been doing it here for years. He'll call me a liberal. In another thread someone will call me conservative. It's always back to attacking assumed politics rather than content.
 
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256. Re: Op Ed Sep 1, 2014, 12:19 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 06:30:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 05:42:
Beamer wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 13:47:

Citation on the wonderful work her employer, the American Enterprise Institute, does to make sure the Koch Brothers and their peers stay super rich while the rest of us suffer.
This is a woman you want to cite for common sense?
Congrats. You've just done exactly what the sjw's are claiming that other people are doing. Not only did you attack her for her sex, but you also attacked her for her work without any factual refutations.

Shots fired... and battleship sunk.

250...

What? No it isn't. I never attacked her sex, nor did I fail to cite her work. I have no clue what that guy is going on about, but since you said he sunk my battleship, I'd like you, not him, to point it out, as it seems like you quoted him just to be against me, as what he said has zero validity. Jdreyer has even quoted my citation, in case you have me on ignore, so it's easy to see.
 
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33. Re: Op Ed Sep 1, 2014, 04:09 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 03:54:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 1, 2014, 03:02:
Beamer wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 23:52:
And, regardless, whenever Blue adds some color commentary to his reporting, people say "Keep it up, Blue, I like when you add your opinion!"

Well, that's because it's witty, observant, and often hilarious.

Beamer when has he ever posted an opinion that wasnt tongue in cheek and that wasnt clearly a personal opinion???? Also its not like he is making shit up to 'spice' up the story.

The point being, video game news tends to be very dry and either just release dates, which are boring, or PR fluff, which is made more fun with some kind of commentary rather than just recycling what the PR person put out there.

That tends to be the only news we have. In fact, nearly everything we get is carefully controlled by PR. Did the news person see the game? He saw what PR was willing to show him. Or did see a movie? He saw what they sent him. Screenshots? Same thing. The only real time this isn't true is reviews, which are 100% commentary.

Lastly, no one really says "hey, I want to be a journalist, I should cover games!" Instead, it's more "hey, I love games yet I have no technical skills, but I can write decently enough, I guess I can apply to cover games." That's all we'll ever really get. There's little meaty to cover in games.


Let's look at Blues news today:
Activision Taking Take-Two - a business story generated by an investing site
Icewind Dale announcement - PR
Raya Sound Engine - PR
The Sims 4 Preloads - PR
Steam Top 10 - autogenerated report
Op Ed - obviously op ed, but pointless for a site to report as news and not put some commentary (Blue is an aggregator, not a reporter, so he lists)
Interviews - PR, but questions can be seen as commentary
Previews - Commentary on something led by PR
Consolidation - Dead or Alive Announcement - PR
Metaverse - "Shady Retailers" sounds like commentary in the headline
Tech Bits - NVIDIA rumor - news. Anand - PR
Safety Dance - News, plus some commentary, that appears innacurate
Hardware reviews - all commentary

With a few exceptions, most things are PR generated, and what isn't needs some commentary to even be worth clicking on, unless knowing about Dead or Alive 5 or The Sims release dates really get you excited. That's the nature of this industry. News is created almost exclusively by PR, and everyone basically has the same access to the same news, so giving your own voice is the only way to be distinguished.

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22. Re: Op Ed Aug 31, 2014, 23:52 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 23:43:
Beamer wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 20:32:

Out of curiosity, though you won't tell developers what content they should or shouldn't create, aren't you kind of telling game sites what content they should or shouldn't create?

Game developers are creative minds making whatever they feel like making. No one expects them to be impartial. On the contrary, an artist's only obligation is to their own idea and trying to make it come to fruition.

Journalists should be held to a higher standard, because they are a source of information. They shouldn't be trying to shape the discussion, or use their sites as a bully pulpit to fan the flames of outrage. Gaming journalism sites are starting to become the personal blogs of the staff writers.

Game journalists aren't really news journalists, though. Frankly, there isn't much news in the video game world. It isn't like "More missiles fired in the Gaza Strip today" or "Ebola victims reach an all-time high." It's "EA releases The Sims 4 today, despite review copies not being sent out" or "AMD Announces New Piledriver Cards."

For the most part, there's little to be said without adding some commentary. And people like that. Sites get their hits based on people liking the personality, not the dry news, because the dry news in this industry tends to be dull - the news tends to be secondary to the product. "Sony Announces Little Big Planet 8." What else can be said there that is just news, rather than shaping discussion?

And, regardless, whenever Blue adds some color commentary to his reporting, people say "Keep it up, Blue, I like when you add your opinion!"
 
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