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News Comments > Morning Interviews
19. Re: Morning Interviews Jan 16, 2015, 13:53 Beamer
 
Flatline wrote on Jan 16, 2015, 13:42:
Beamer wrote on Jan 16, 2015, 13:25:
Jack Thompson: tried to pass legislation to ban games
Anita Sarkeesian: asks that people make more diverse characters in games



Totally the same thing.
Why is criticism such a taboo subject to some gamers? Why can't we ask for or expect experiences that better reflect those of everyone playing games? Why can't we ask for an improved product in areas beyond just technical? Why is that seen as trying to get things banned?

Oh don't get me wrong Thompson had a shit "solution".

Anita is calling for what has more or less been called for or made fun of for decades.

People have been bitching that there is not a lot of diversity in games for *ages*. They bitch that the writing is terrible and even the "great" game stories are really B and C-list ripe with cliches and terribad writing.

I have an article from a magazine that made fun of Drakan, Order of the Flame from 1999 making fun of how the devs lovingly spend like 8 months rendering the main character's boobs and the face was a 4 polygon afterthought.

"Just do it" isn't a solution. If we've been talking about it and bemoaning shitty writing in general and shit like Laura Croft's boob raider for 20 years and it *hasn't gotten any better*, saying "just do it" at best is ignorant and at worst willfully ignores the reality of 20 years of the industry.

"Just do it" is a non-starter.

But this is why I'm so shocked she's so reviled. All she does is point out flaws, flaws that people have been pointing out for decades, as you mention.

Decades.

But for some reason she's Jack Thompson. Video games are closer and closer to being considered art, which means they need to be looked at from more angles, and she's yet to call a game bad or say a game shouldn't be made, but she's Jack Thompson.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
16. Re: Morning Interviews Jan 16, 2015, 13:25 Beamer
 
Jack Thompson: tried to pass legislation to ban games
Anita Sarkeesian: asks that people make more diverse characters in games



Totally the same thing.
Why is criticism such a taboo subject to some gamers? Why can't we ask for or expect experiences that better reflect those of everyone playing games? Why can't we ask for an improved product in areas beyond just technical? Why is that seen as trying to get things banned?
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
7. Re: Morning Interviews Jan 16, 2015, 11:59 Beamer
 
Icewind wrote on Jan 16, 2015, 11:32:
That CP thing on 8chan? You have it completely wrong. There was an effort by Anti-GamerGate folks to upload CP images to the site and then spam CloudFlare with reporting requests.

You... you don't really believe that, do you?

Most of what is on 8chan may not be "legally" child porn, but 8chan has several forums much, much older than "anti-gamergate" dedicated to posting suggestive photos of 8 year old girls and discussing the various ways they'd molest them.

You can debate whether 8chan is actually even a part of gamergate, but there really isn't much debate over whether it's a pretty big site for pedophilia.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 15, 2015, 20:08 Beamer
 
Silicon Avatar wrote on Jan 15, 2015, 19:27:
RadioShack probably would have done okay if it had gone back to its roots as as electronics hobbyist store instead of trying to be an overpriced cabling, outdated crapola, and junky cell phone store.


How many electronic hobbyists exist these days? Hobby stores of any kind struggle, but electronic? Far fewer people do that these days than the late 70s, because most of what people were building then has been replaced by the phone. As already mentioned, too, the few hobbyists out there do all their purchasing online.
 
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News Comments > Hotline Miami 2 Refused Classification in AU
10. Re: Hotline Miami 2 Refused Classification in AU Jan 15, 2015, 16:33 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Jan 15, 2015, 16:22:
I am not saying there aren't great games that uses that graphics style, but it just seemed like for a while every single indie game that was coming out had the 8-bit graphics.
I didn't spend hundreds on graphics card to look at 8-bit graphics from 1985 lol

Because it's very cheap and easy to make something that looks good and stylized in 8 bit, relative to nearly any other style. Indie games have limited budgets and often very limited art skills, so it makes sense.

I don't get why people autoignore it. A good game is a good game. FTL is basically 8 bit, maybe 16 bit, and it's ridiculously good.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Birdman Jan 15, 2015, 15:05 Beamer
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Jan 15, 2015, 14:51:
I just finished watching Birdman about 30 minutes ago.

I'm left with the impression that this movie was done either on a dare or because Keaton, Norton, and Stone lost a bet. It's actively abysmal.

Just...ugh. It's not even depressing-but-good-and-insightful.

The acting was fantastic, and it was a great movie when it stayed grounded in reality. It was less good when it moved into the fleeting sanity of the character.
 
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News Comments > Hotline Miami 2 Refused Classification in AU
6. Re: Hotline Miami 2 Refused Classification in AU Jan 15, 2015, 13:27 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 15, 2015, 13:22:
Mass murder = okay.
Rape = banned

Western society in a nutshell.

Also, "implicit?" From the description it sounded pretty explicit, occurring right in the middle of the screen. Maybe it's "implicit" b/c 8 bit graphics.

I think implicit because of the twist, but the viewer doesn't know that twist at the time so I don't think that necessarily matters when rating it (even though so many seem to disagree.)

Still, you have R18+, this is R18+.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 15, 2015, 12:56 Beamer
 
Does anyone even talk about Avatar anymore?
Or did anyone really talk about it after seeing it?


The tech was cool, though after 15 minutes you forgot it was in 3D, but the plot was so forgettable you stopped thinking about the film before the credits finished rolling.
 
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News Comments > Hotline Miami 2 Refused Classification in AU
4. Re: Hotline Miami 2 Refused Classification in AU Jan 15, 2015, 12:20 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jan 15, 2015, 11:39:
The government knows what's best for you. Listen to your government. The government knows what's best for you. Listen to your government. The government knows what's best for you. Listen to your government. The gover... zzzzz

Watching the scene, I can see why they classified it high. There's a twist at the end of the scene, but it's played for maximum impact and it's sexual violence, which they don't like there.

But a complete ban, rather than a high rating, is just confusing as hell. They created R18+, let it be R18+.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 14, 2015, 19:43 Beamer
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jan 14, 2015, 19:34:
Well my friends, I have reached Whiskey snob hood. When I am paying 32.00 for a 375ml of Rye Whiskey.......I don't know what to say.... http://www.11wells.com/#!spirits/cihc

On top of that, I have called every Liquor store in Minneapolis and have acquired the current stock of the product....other than the distillery itself, I am now probably the current private household record holder for 11 Wells Prototype Rye Whiskey.....just sayin......it is a sickness.....

Do they actually distill it themselves? Too many of these small startup distilleries are buying the exact same whiskey from the exact same Indiana distillery and charging an arm and a leg for it while they slowly distill their own. Rather than wait 5 years, which makes some sense, they buy what's out there and just mix it. Sadly, that stupid Indiana distillery is where everyone buys it from. Even Bulleit now.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 13, 2015, 20:23 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Jan 13, 2015, 19:51:
jdreyer wrote on Jan 13, 2015, 19:49:
In his defense, when Annie Hall was written, TV was trash. The Love Boat, Brady Bunch, Happy Days, Three's Company, etc.

Maybe he can do a show about molesting children!


Can Roman Polanski co-create?
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Escape from Durgesh Prison DLC Released
7. Re: Far Cry 4 Escape from Durgesh Prison DLC Released Jan 13, 2015, 18:20 Beamer
 
Jackplug wrote on Jan 13, 2015, 18:18:
After I played this at a friends house, I wont be buying it as its just a modded fc3.

It's also my GOTY for 2014. It hits all my buttons.

But $10 for a 30 minute piece of DLC hits none.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Escape from Durgesh Prison DLC Released
4. Re: Far Cry 4 Escape from Durgesh Prison DLC Released Jan 13, 2015, 12:43 Beamer
 
Frijoles wrote on Jan 13, 2015, 11:02:
Things I don't want in a Far Cry 4 DLC: Timed shit, multiplayer shit, no guns.

Things I DO want in a Far Cry 4 DLC: New fortress to assault, one that actually is hard. And huge. We're talking a massive mountain base where I can't just snipe people off one by one from a mile away until I win.

"Be careful, Ajay! You're near a fortress and may require help!" Clearly the Golden Path is full of imbeciles who can't shoot straight.

Whelp, there's really no reason for me to post here because you captured it.

Things I haven't enjoyed in FC4: any time trials, anything that tries to make me compete against scores of people online I will never interact with, Hurk's first mission which felt too long, Hurk's second mission which felt too short and unoriginal (despite Hurk. Freeing him was just really uninspired.)

Things I want more of:
1) More stuff to storm


The Noore fortress I didn't snipe from a mile away. And I did it undetected (I know some people manage both sniping from a mile away and undetected, but I rarely do.) Incidentally, I loved the Noore fortress. The first time I did it I screwed up and barely survived the waves of new attackers. The second time I learned from that mistake.
The de Pleur fortress I took undetected the first time. I swear someone saw me at the end, but it never registered - he died too soon I suppose. It would have been totally undetected but I didn't realize one guy I took out would explode when I shot him in the back of a head with a silenced gun. Oops.
Second time through I took the snipers out with my sniper, ran to where one was, took a few more guys out with the sniper, then got noticed. Not the best plan. I took some out with the mortar but was too exposed. Endless helicopters came in. Again, barely survived, and only because I had the grenade launcher.
Still a ton of fun. Can't wait to finally get into the north for more than 30 seconds to take more forts.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 12, 2015, 20:07 Beamer
 
I just went to YouTube to look at some videos showing some of these advanced Far Cry 4 features, such as godrays.

People are playing very, very different games than I am on my 2010 PC.
 
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News Comments > Writer's Guild Videogame Writing Award Nominees
8. Re: Writer's Guild Videogame Writing Award Nominees Jan 12, 2015, 20:00 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 12, 2015, 18:53:
I'm guessing it's just open to guild members.

How many guilds or clubs in any line of work give awards to non-members?
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Status Report
62. Re: Star Citizen Status Report Jan 12, 2015, 18:04 Beamer
 
Zor wrote on Jan 12, 2015, 18:01:
nin wrote on Jan 12, 2015, 17:51:
Also, sea lioning.


lol are you suggesting that I take a different social approach to discussing this?

At some point I think you need to accept that the only thing that will change people's minds is a final product.

I get that seeing the same people say "this is a scam" or some variation in every thread can be annoying, but you won't change their minds and they won't change yours. Until there's a final product no one is right. The main competitor, ED, received similar complaints and, while it didn't shut everyone up, it made those eagerly awaiting it very happy.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Safety Dance
6. Re: Sunday Safety Dance Jan 12, 2015, 11:27 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Jan 12, 2015, 11:21:
There are lots of ways people in power use tragedy (even if it's false, created, or perceived tragedy) for political gain - ask Obama, he's the best at it.


I think the answer you're looking for is "Rudy Guilani"
 
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News Comments > GDC Award Nominees; Baer Honored by AIAS
19. Re: GDC Award Nominees; Baer Honored by AIAS Jan 10, 2015, 15:12 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 9, 2015, 14:14:
The ones that got nominated, obviously.

Dear god I walked right into that one, haha.
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Destocking Fuels F2P Theories
28. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Destocking Fuels F2P Theories Jan 10, 2015, 08:26 Beamer
 
harlock wrote on Jan 10, 2015, 07:19:
Beamer wrote on Jan 9, 2015, 23:18:
harlock wrote on Jan 9, 2015, 18:26:
it was a total waste of time, when they could have been working on SkyFalloutRim

fucking dumbasses

Nope. Two totally different studios. Next to no one from skyrim made this.

did bethesda spend any money making ESO? did they spend any time making ESO?

IT WAS A FUCKING WASTE OF IT

doesnt matter how many teams they have, who gives a shit? you have trouble with the most simple concepts, its pretty surprising you are still alive at this point

Your point wasn't they wasted time and money but they could have done the next major sp game.

My point is that beth is so large that this took absolutely no time or money away from their next major release. They're a very wealthy studio and they have two entirely separate teams.

This game had no impact on the status or release date of the next fallout scrolls games.
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Destocking Fuels F2P Theories
25. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Destocking Fuels F2P Theories Jan 10, 2015, 01:43 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Jan 9, 2015, 23:47:
Beamer wrote on Jan 9, 2015, 23:18:
harlock wrote on Jan 9, 2015, 18:26:
it was a total waste of time, when they could have been working on SkyFalloutRim

fucking dumbasses

Nope. Two totally different studios. Next to no one from skyrim made this.
It is always hard to tell with Harlock, but I think he was being sardonic.

It tends to be a pretty common complaint, though. A lot of people can't wrap their heads around one company having different teams working on different things in different offices with no overlap other than the very top people that aren't really the doers, anyway.

 
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