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News Comments > Op Ed
41. Re: Ships Ahoy - Watch Dogs; First Reviews Oct 2, 2014, 10:10 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 09:32:
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 05:40:
Quboid wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 12:32:
ELITE wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 10:31:
Click Bait - need some hits - get negative - that's how we do it these days...

So is any critical editorial is click-bait? Or does this only apply to editorials that you disagree with?

Everything on Polygon is unsubstantiated clickbait... a proper article would have asked "Does VR have a future?" With both sides of the argument given equal air time. What Polygon does here is agenda driven Op-ED drivel. Op-ED does give you the right to voice opinions I guess, but Polygon is a bullshit factory, so it might just as well be in their main news feed. Fits right in

It's an opinion piece, it is only supposed to be this author's opinion. Giving each side equal air time is false balance if he doesn't think it's a 50:50 issue and he evidently doesn't.

Click-bait exists but it is not an opinion you don't like, nor is it an article you didn't bother to read. Further more, if this genuinely was click-bait and you're taking a stand against it, you should not even be here. By commenting you are sending others to their site and by viewing these comments, you're telling Blue that click-bait is what we want and what gets him advertising revenue - and if you're so concerned about click-bait, you should be concerned that Blue is falling foul of this supposed disease too.

Thank you.
If one thing has come from gamergate, it's realizing how little most people understand the media. Between this and all the demands for journalism degrees...
 
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23. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 2, 2014, 00:35 Beamer
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 00:30:
Cutter wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 20:13:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 15:35:
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 15:22:
There is no professional requirement for a credentialed journalist to have a degree in journalism. This should be pretty common knowledge to anyone past the age of 14.

Sure there's no professional requirement, good luck getting hired on at any publication without one though.

SMA has delusions of grandeur that he's right about everything and everyone else is wrong. Nevermind he doesn't understand the difference between and a games reviewer and an actual, real journalist, he'll never let the facts get in the way of his idiotic rants. He'd be laughable if he wasn't so pathetic.

Dude, ever since I graduated high school over a decade ago, I've posted here on average about twice a month, generally making very short posts which fade into the background. You on the other hand have spent a good chunk of your adult life staking out a claim for yourself as the BluesNews resident crank. The fact that you are accusing me of delusions of grandeur and always claiming to be right, when in fact I barely even post here, merely reinforces my thesis that something has gone seriously wrong when it comes to Halsy's mental state.

It's fun to search both of your histories for "removed." He averages over one per month.
 
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22. Re: etc. Oct 2, 2014, 00:32 Beamer
 


Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 18:50:
Beamer wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 18:17:
You realize what you quoted is my point, not something I sourced.
The second source, which you vapidly complain is a survey, is reporting that under 40% of journalists surveyed had journalism degrees, so yes, a survey reporting the findings of a survey makes perfect sense.
Actually I trimmed it down so it wouldn't clutter the thread. You realize that said survey provides no empirical data right? That's a survey with no information on methodology or breakdown.

The first source is independent research which, again, would not have a source because it is it's own source. Someone taking the list of Pulitzer Prize winners and digging into their educational background isn't something that gets sourced. The author is the Washington Post journalist who broke the Hoover/FBI political spying story, so she likely knows a few things about journalism. As former head of a college journalism program, she probably also knows something about journalism education.

Do you even understand how sourcing works?
The first source is indeed independent research, or it appears to be. But again, it offers no data. In other words, there no source of how they conducted it, weighting, time frame, period, quality of substantive works, etc.

And apparently I've got a better idea of how sourcing works then you do. You're using a source, which has no sources in order to back up their information. In other words, your statement is made on their authoritative statements, which have no data.

The survey mentions its methodology just fine, and prove the first source wrong, then. Should be easy if it's made up.

You know nothing about sources. You provided no data of your own. And your knowledge of journalism showed you can't even Google before saying something. How much can your care if your can't be bothered to google to see if you aren't horrifically wrong before posting a judgment?
 
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20. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 2, 2014, 00:29 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 20:13:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 15:35:
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 15:22:
There is no professional requirement for a credentialed journalist to have a degree in journalism. This should be pretty common knowledge to anyone past the age of 14.

Sure there's no professional requirement, good luck getting hired on at any publication without one though.

SMA has delusions of grandeur that he's right about everything and everyone else is wrong. Nevermind he doesn't understand the difference between and a games reviewer and an actual, real journalist, he'll never let the facts get in the way of his idiotic rants. He'd be laughable if he wasn't so pathetic.

Cutter: Self declared almost always positive and least self aware person alive.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
6. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 1, 2014, 20:21 Beamer
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 20:17:
It stands for Queer or Questioning depending on who you ask. It's supposed to represent people who are still determining their orientation as I understand it. I work for an organisation that represents post-secondary unions so I've heard a lot about it. Additionally, there is I which stands for Intersex and 2S which stands for "two spirited", which I haven't gotten a concrete explanation on but apparently it has something to do with Native culture. It can become a very long acronym.

QUILTBAG
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 1, 2014, 20:17 Beamer
 
Slick wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 20:12:
what the hell is "Q"? Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans.... Queen?

R, not N.

edit - and if you're wondering the difference, "queer" often refers to undefined or questioning. An L, G, B and T are all more specific.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 1, 2014, 20:16 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 20:05:
mag wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 19:48:
[VG]Reagle wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 19:35:
What the f$#k happened to Windows 9? I guess Microsux doesnt know about the even number curse?

Apparently the whole decision was as simple as the fact that there are a lot of programs that look for something as stupid as

// Checks if Windows 95 or Windows 98
if (windowsVersion starts with 9){
do stuff
}

If that's true (and I have no reason to doubt you), that's a fucking riot!

It's a rumor that came from someone claiming to work for Microsoft on Reddit, which is slightly sketchy, and he says it was the internal rumor, and let me say that when working at a company that large internal rumors are often total fabrications.

But then there's this:
Over 4000 hits
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
36. Re: Op Ed Oct 1, 2014, 19:45 Beamer
 
harlock wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 19:16:
one retarded polygon article deserves another:

Kissing vs. killing: How Shadow of Mordor fails at explaining the difference

just.. mind.. numbingly.. fucking ... ree ree

Worth pointing out that an actual game developer wrote that, not a journalist (sorry, "journalist,"), and his point isn't awful. I haven't played the game, but it sounds very much like a somewhat clever game moment. But if games keep trying to be more than games, game moments sometimes get in the way. Something that's clever in a pure game, such as Mario, can be a bit tonally awkward in something more mature and deeper.
 
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News Comments > etc.
15. Re: etc. Oct 1, 2014, 18:17 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 17:52:
Beamer wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 15:47:

Journalism degrees neither make you more likely to be a journalist nor better at being a journalist.
Your first source doesn't offer any sources. The second is an opinion survey, brilliant.

Ug.
You realize what you quoted is my point, not something I sourced.
The second source, which you vapidly complain is a survey, is reporting that under 40% of journalists surveyed had journalism degrees, so yes, a survey reporting the findings of a survey makes perfect sense.

The first source is independent research which, again, would not have a source because it is it's own source. Someone taking the list of Pulitzer Prize winners and digging into their educational background isn't something that gets sourced. The author is the Washington Post journalist who broke the Hoover/FBI political spying story, so she likely knows a few things about journalism. As former head of a college journalism program, she probably also knows something about journalism education.


Do you even understand how sourcing works?
 
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News Comments > etc.
13. Re: etc. Oct 1, 2014, 15:49 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 15:37:
It sounds like no one actually read Dan's statement:

Why? I simply received a great opportunity and offer, and it made me realize that this is as good a time as any in my life to make such a big change. Iíve been doing gaming journalism for 18-and-a-half years now, and Iíve been hovering around the same position (editor-in-chief or editorial director) for 13 of them. So I hope you donít blame me for seeking new challenges. I want to grow and learn new things in the industry that I love, and this new company is offering me a chance to experience ďthe other side.Ē I canít, however, reveal what Iím doing at this point ó the company for whom Iíll be working has its own plans for announcing my hire.

(Now, before this gets turned into something completely stupid, this has nothing to do with the anti-journalist movement known as #GamerGate. Even though I havenít been dragged into that drama in a negative way, it is certainly at the top of the list of ďThings I Canít Wait to Leave Behind.Ē)
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What's interesting is that where he's going is a potential conflict of interest for his current employer, meaning that it's almost definitely a game company, and that he's created a board game with game devs he's friendly with.

Because, in this industry, where there's really no investigative journalism to be done, people are all friendly regardless of job function.
 
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11. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 1, 2014, 15:47 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 15:35:
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 15:22:
There is no professional requirement for a credentialed journalist to have a degree in journalism. This should be pretty common knowledge to anyone past the age of 14.

Sure there's no professional requirement, good luck getting hired on at any publication without one though.

Also idiotic.

59 percent of print journalists who won Pulitzer Prizes never studied journalism;

75 percent of broadcast journalists who won DuPont Awards never studied journalism;

58 percent of journalists awarded Nieman Fellowships never studied journalism, and;

51 percent of journalists awarded Knight Fellowships at Stanford University never studied journalism.

Source.

Journalists are more likely to have at least a bachelorís degree. About 92 percent of all full-time U.S. journalists have at least a bachelorís degree, but slightly fewer proportionately are journalism majors (37.4 percent).
Source.

Journalism degrees neither make you more likely to be a journalist nor better at being a journalist.
 
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6. Re: etc. Oct 1, 2014, 15:10 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 15:06:
How odd. Dan's LI profile for education says....

University of Michigan
Statistics
1989 Ė 1994

That's so weird. I thought you had to go to J school to be an actual real journalist. Huh, so we can just make shit up and call ourselves what we like eh? Ok, in that case you may all address me as Dr. Cutter because I'm now a physician - even though I never went to school for it.

This is beyond idiotic.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Op Ed Oct 1, 2014, 13:25 Beamer
 
Fion wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 13:19:
It's click-bait, I didn't even read it.

wait...

Damn you Cutter and your bedeviling influence!

If it's worth anything, the combo of Cutter and Pachter being such downers is making me think that this will be a runaway success unlike anything man has seen since fire.
 
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15. Re: Op Ed Oct 1, 2014, 13:15 Beamer
 
Fion wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 13:12:
This guys a moron who clearly hasn't tried the Rift.

See, this is kind of Cutter-level not reading the article but commenting on it. Right in the middle there's a video of the author using Rift. You don't even need to take his word for it because you can watch him strap it on and play with it.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
19. Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 1, 2014, 11:55 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 11:10:
Creston wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 11:08:
I'm surprised they didn't call it Windows One.


Considering their push to get people to use the same OS across multiple devices, now that you mention it, it is rather stunning they missed that.


They referenced this at the event, showing a picture of Bill Gates at, like, 12, holding a Windows 1.0 floppy.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 1, 2014, 11:53 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Oct 1, 2014, 11:12:
It's a good game but there just needs to be more of everything.

Yeah, like I keep saying, I felt like it was a great game saddled with horrible MMO mechanics in the beta. From the reviews, it sounds like it goes a bit beyond that and it's a great game that has some MMO mechanics that could work but it just needs content.

They created a framework more than a fully realized game. Which happens sometimes. That's usually when you know a sequel will be great.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
15. Re: Evening Mobilization Oct 1, 2014, 00:29 Beamer
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Sep 30, 2014, 23:34:
Beamer wrote on Sep 30, 2014, 19:09:
Quboid wrote on Sep 30, 2014, 18:51:
I'm not sure the guy who thinks Apple will replace it is in luck but I don't know. Apart from him, I see their point. The numbers don't point to this being a particularly big issue (but I'm pretty sure it's more than 9, Apple) and the description this guy gives doesn't make it sound especially weak. Every phone bends if you have sufficient willpower.

The chances of me buying anything from Apple, including the iPhone 6+, are zero but this wouldn't put me off.

I'm pretty sure that's a criminal act, but never mind. It was research.

Yup, Consumer Reports tested it, found it's about average. Most people bending them on videos are putting serious pressure on them in very small areas. That isn't normal usage.

And yet multiple attempts to bend and Galaxy Note 3 with as much or more force results in it basically not bending at all. Funny what happens when your device is built on function first instead of fashion.

The iPhone 5 was infinitely better looking than the Galaxy Note 3 and yet held up about as well in testing.

I think it's a bit wrong to say Samsung builds on function. They build on cheapness. Plastic is cheap, so they use a lot of it. It still takes significant force to bend these phones, and people are piling on for the sake of piling on.

Which doesn't make iPhone fans much better. I keep hearing "what kind of moron buys a $799 computer and puts it in his pocket?" Better question is what kind of moron designs and markets a $799 computer that can't hold up to being in a pocket despite knowing that's where most buyers put it?

But, from the way it looks, the iPhone holds up quite well in the pocket.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
4. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 30, 2014, 21:43 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 30, 2014, 21:28:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 30, 2014, 17:29:
Threaten someone that specifically, and expect to go to jail. Am I missing something here? Not sure the first amendment would apply if this were in the USA.

I don't see where he broke the law from the example they gave. A threat is personal. 'You better watch it or I'm going to kill you' vs. 'You better watch it or someone will kill you' is different in the eyes of the law - the first being illegal and the second being legal because it's indirect.

I hate these half-stories. Give us more examples. Why the hell was he doing it in the first place?

You really are the world's worst lawyer. You cannot just walk around saying "you'd better watch out or someone will kill you." That isn't some kind of legal loophole that lets you make threats. People are aware that often you distinctly mean that the "someone" is you.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
8. Re: Evening Mobilization Sep 30, 2014, 19:09 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Sep 30, 2014, 18:51:
I'm not sure the guy who thinks Apple will replace it is in luck but I don't know. Apart from him, I see their point. The numbers don't point to this being a particularly big issue (but I'm pretty sure it's more than 9, Apple) and the description this guy gives doesn't make it sound especially weak. Every phone bends if you have sufficient willpower.

The chances of me buying anything from Apple, including the iPhone 6+, are zero but this wouldn't put me off.

I'm pretty sure that's a criminal act, but never mind. It was research.

Yup, Consumer Reports tested it, found it's about average. Most people bending them on videos are putting serious pressure on them in very small areas. That isn't normal usage.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 30, 2014, 17:38 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 30, 2014, 17:29:
Threaten someone that specifically, and expect to go to jail. Am I missing something here? Not sure the first amendment would apply if this were in the USA.

It wouldn't apply. The first amendment is frequently referenced by trolls but none of them understand it.
 
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