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News Comments > etc.
5. Re: Adobe Oct 22, 2014, 12:02 Beamer
 
Elf Shot The Food wrote on Oct 22, 2014, 11:25:
Beamer wrote on Oct 22, 2014, 11:14:
Elf Shot The Food wrote on Oct 22, 2014, 11:07:
What's funny about that Adobe story is that someone who writes for the Ars Technica "liked" the pro-bullying tweets made by that Gawker idiot. And when someone in the comments section brought that up, no one responded.

Many are claiming Sam Biddle's comments were sarcastic and taken out of context. Well, if true, that's why you don't make unclear, context-free comments with only 144 characters. It's the same weak excuse that jackass made after threatening Steam.

Strange how that logic only applies to them and not to those they're attacking.

Have you not noticed that, if you try to apply what one person says to the whole, everything everyone says is hypocritical?

 
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30. Re: etc., etc. Oct 22, 2014, 11:18 Beamer
 
These issues, of discussing employees with other potential employers, do happen everywhere. Again, I don't find this some smoking gun that the chat room was evil and unethical.

Again, go into those journalist bars and you'll see editors sitting around and, yes, they'll be discussing problems with employees. Some may be stupid and use names.

Or go to GDC. There you'll find tons of developers from tons of different studios sitting together and discussing things like what you should and should not do in games. That's half the point of GDC panels. Yes, morality and plot devices come up repeatedly. Then go to one of the bars after the panels and see people discussing these same things.
This isn't at all unusual.

Lastly, can we stop pretending Kotaku discussing the perks in the next CoD is the same thing as CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, or the NYT having journalists embedded in Afghanistan or covering the riots in Ferguson? Stop equating this to actual journalists. Look instead at things like Fangoria or Teen Beat or Spin or Rolling Stone (well, the music coverage of Rolling Stone.) That's the proper analogy for the kinds of journalism we should expect. This isn't world news, this is telling you when video games will come out. You guys keep comparing McDonald's to The French Laundry. They're both "food," but things begin and end there.
 
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2. Re: Adobe Oct 22, 2014, 11:14 Beamer
 
Elf Shot The Food wrote on Oct 22, 2014, 11:07:
What's funny about that Adobe story is that someone who writes for the Ars Technica "liked" the pro-bullying tweets made by that Gawker idiot. And when someone in the comments section brought that up, no one responded.

Many are claiming Sam Biddle's comments were sarcastic and taken out of context. Well, if true, that's why you don't make unclear, context-free comments with only 144 characters. It's the same weak excuse that jackass made after threatening Steam.
 
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24. Re: etc., etc. Oct 22, 2014, 03:38 Beamer
 
Squirmer wrote on Oct 22, 2014, 00:52:
It's pretty naive to think that journalists in any field don't communicate with each other though. It's no different with games. Journalists don't care if their corporations are competing, they are still colleagues on an individual level. You don't think all those journalists who sit together at press conferences aren't getting drinks later on and discussing their work?

This naivety about how journalists actually do their jobs is probably one of the reasons why mainstream coverage of gamergate is dismissive of it.

There are a few journalist bars in NYC. After 5 its all newspaper reporters. Yes, they discuss work. The crews in Ferguson all meet for drinks near their hotels and do the same.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
12. Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 21, 2014, 23:15 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 22:20:
NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders.

While correlation isn't causation, I'd be surprised if the cultural perception of computers didn't have some influence. Might be small though.

Ok. Ok ok ok. I know people don't like this going back to Gamergate, but this is what some people were saying in the Gamers are Dead articles, right? That ads in the 80s created a "computer nerd" or a "gamer." Suddenly liking computers, and especially liking video games, was seen as something for pasty, sexless males. And it became an identity.

I don't think it's an awful hypothesis.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
21. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Oct 21, 2014, 20:26 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 20:24:
Beamer wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 17:00:
I agree that, were this to get to the SC, it would be struck down, but when they had the chance to strike it down they declined, but that was because they chose to discuss a different aspect.

SCOTUS refused to deal with the case again (I thought Whorley had lost, but they never even bothered to take it) because (emphasis mine)

Dwight Whorley was convicted under 18 U.S.C. sec. 1466A for using a Virginia Employment Commission computer to receive "obscene Japanese anime cartoons that graphically depicted prepubescent female children being forced to engage in genital-genital and oral-genital intercourse with adult males".[5][6][7] He was also convicted of possessing child pornography involving real children. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison

Whether the anime he had was CP was irrelevant. He had ACTUAL child pornography, at which point he was going to rot in jail anyway.

Yup, and the time they heard it prior to that the primary issue was whether asking for child pornography was covered by the first amendment, not what constituted it.

So they've just avoided this topic, but I think that, if they had to, they'd kill the law. They had previously killed the 1996 one.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
34. Re: Evening Interviews Oct 21, 2014, 19:56 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 19:56:
Seventyfive wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 19:13:
Task wrote on Oct 20, 2014, 22:38:
Why is this on mass media now... why...

Because the Democratic party is a train wreck going into the elections and MSNBC is just a shill for the DNC. They need to fill time with something other than the fact that the Democrats are probably going to lose the senate.

6/10. Effort, but but spectacular.


Shit.
Hooked!
 
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5. Re: etc., etc. Oct 21, 2014, 19:39 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 19:23:
Curious about destructiod...

That One Angry Gamer link has some absolutely horrifying quotes by the Destructoid owner/founder about a former writer. I mean, even if what he's saying is true there's no way in hell he should be saying it.
 
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3. Re: etc., etc. Oct 21, 2014, 19:30 Beamer
 
The Half Elf wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 19:26:
Wow.. Mike is a dick.

Interesting to read the first few comments.
Sounds like a guy that really thought he was some kind of badass and not realizing that being a jerk can bite you in the ass.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 21, 2014, 19:27 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 19:21:
If CBS or any network/cable want to do this, imo they have to have their entire existance of content available (or almost all or very soon after release), then it becomes a deal. If I can have everything CBS ever done, $6 a month isn't bad.

Do the maths:
CBS/ABC/NBC/FOX = $6 each total $24
HBO = $12
ESPN = $15
Throw in a few more cable networks at $5 each.

$60'ish and have the entire catalog at my finger tips near commercial free. That saves me $40 today, less commericals and the entire catalog and not a schedule the build for me.


It depends, right?
At this point, Comcast gives me a pretty decent and growing back catalog.

To supplant that, I'd need:
HBO: I'm guessing $19.99
FX/Comedy Central/Cartoon Network/TBS/AMC: I'd guess $6.99
$55, before you even add in internet, which is probably another $50. $105, which isn't much less than I'm paying now, though now I have a billion more channels (which I never really watch.) I'm not convinced the economics will ever work out wonderfully for a la carte for me, personally. Hell, I'm already paying $120/month for internet and cable despite watching probably 4-7 hours of TV per week. What I do think, though, is it will be nice to get some pricing competition.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
32. Re: Evening Interviews Oct 21, 2014, 19:14 Beamer
 
Seventyfive wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 19:13:
Task wrote on Oct 20, 2014, 22:38:
Why is this on mass media now... why...

Because the Democratic party is a train wreck going into the elections and MSNBC is just a shill for the DNC. They need to fill time with something other than the fact that the Democrats are probably going to lose the senate.

If this were true, wouldn't they spend more time on the elections to try to get their viewerbase out to the polls?

Which isn't a defense of MSNBC, which is a terrible channel, but still likely better than CNN, which is a vapid channel, and Fox News, which somehow manages the difficult task of being a more biased and less informed channel.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
25. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 21, 2014, 18:57 Beamer
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 18:55:
NKD wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 17:19:
Can we get a dislike button for our comments section?

I love how Facebook thinks "dislike" would be too negative. Do they ever read any of the comments people post? Hitting dislike and moving on would be kinder in most cases.
There's actually a fairly long body of research that downvoting doesn't make anything better. On one hand, it can nuke posts to oblivion, but rather than encourage people to be more thoughtful it often encourages them to feel like a pariah and act out more. And rather than have people engage the person and tell them they're wrong it has them just downvote and move on, leading the person to sometimes not realize how unaccepted his behavior is.
 
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Requires 6GB of RAM
69. Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Requires 6GB of RAM Oct 21, 2014, 17:53 Beamer
 
shihonage wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 17:11:
Suppa7 wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 16:35:
shihonage wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 13:29:
The whole "Titanfall on dual core machines" scenario is hilarious. Titanfall runs like shit on anything but very modern hardware.

You do know, you computer illiterate that Titanfall was released for the Xbox 360 which is beneath a Core 2 duo E6600 and 8800 GTX in horsepower, don't you? Your post is so full of lies and fail I'm laughing at just how much bullshit you bullshitters are spewing.

I was talking about the PC version. I know nothing about the console version nor do I care.

Optimizations which go into console versions are vastly different in nature, because they have more direct access to fixed, predictable set of hardware which is increasingly mastered and used more efficiently as it approaches the end of its life.

That's how they managed to squeeze Quake 2 onto the PS1.


The guy you're responding to doesn't seem to understand how consoles work. It's actually kind of frightening how many people post authoritative opinions on development without ever having worked for a developer and understand the processes software goes through as it's developed, how it changes over time, and how consoles manage significantly more out of less hardware than PCs do.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
19. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Oct 21, 2014, 17:00 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 16:56:
Beamer wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 14:45:
Creston wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 14:39:
Thoughtcrime at its finest. Good old UK.

Please, british citizens, come complain about what a shithole the US is again while ignoring the ridiculous government you live under. How's that porn filter working out for you guys?


As mentioned, this is illegal in the us, too. Also Australia.

The wikipedia page shows that most cases prosecuted for animated CP also had real CP. The Maine case was only animated CP and was dropped, probably due to the invalidation in the Handley case of animated images being covered under the PROTECT act. The MO case was cartoons only, but the guy plead instead of going to trial, so who knows how that would have turned out. My feeling is that if someone is charged and it goes to court, they'll be protected by the first amendment. That being said, someone with interest in this kind of material is quite likely to own the real stuff too and will be going to jail regardless.

I agree that, were this to get to the SC, it would be struck down, but when they had the chance to strike it down they declined, but that was because they chose to discuss a different aspect.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
15. Re: UK convicts man Oct 21, 2014, 14:45 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 14:35:
Beamer wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 14:28:
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 14:21:
Beamer wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 11:33:
gray wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 08:00:
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 02:34:
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Currently I do not even understand how the book "Lolita" does not fall under this or any written fantasy. (or even Game of Thrones)

Or any comprehensive history book for that matter.

Written != image.

What about ascii art?

Also I meant the GoT tv show, the sex scene with drogo and khalesi.. well you do realize she was depicting a underage teen in that right? In the book, it was 11 or 12 years afaik.

Either way the only thing obscene is this judgment.

In the book she's 11 or 12, but the show bumped their ages up considerably.
And the actress is not underage.

There are plenty of slippery slope arguments here, which Scalia obnoxiously brushes away with "but those circumstances wouldn't be prosecuted or would just be thrown out by a judge," however this isn't one of them. This is one of them.

I slightly get what legislatures are trying to do here, but it seems really stretching. However, being the politician that stands up for child pornography is a way to get a career ruined, even if this probably shouldn't meet that definition.

Did he actually go to jail for that? Because if yes then wow, Simpsons art style is not far above stick figures, they certainly do not even look HUMAN. So if that is true then there is only 1 way, and that's to ignore the law and always encrypt your folders...

Also.. a big LMAO to asking a JURY what is obscene or not. Yeah, because laws are supposed to be... subjective... ?

Yeah, he pled and served 15 months.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
14. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Oct 21, 2014, 14:45 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 14:39:
Thoughtcrime at its finest. Good old UK.

Please, british citizens, come complain about what a shithole the US is again while ignoring the ridiculous government you live under. How's that porn filter working out for you guys?


As mentioned, this is illegal in the us, too. Also Australia.
 
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10. Re: UK convicts man Oct 21, 2014, 14:28 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 14:21:
Beamer wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 11:33:
gray wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 08:00:
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 02:34:
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Currently I do not even understand how the book "Lolita" does not fall under this or any written fantasy. (or even Game of Thrones)

Or any comprehensive history book for that matter.

Written != image.

What about ascii art?

Also I meant the GoT tv show, the sex scene with drogo and khalesi.. well you do realize she was depicting a underage teen in that right? In the book, it was 11 or 12 years afaik.

Either way the only thing obscene is this judgment.

In the book she's 11 or 12, but the show bumped their ages up considerably.
And the actress is not underage.

There are plenty of slippery slope arguments here, which Scalia obnoxiously brushes away with "but those circumstances wouldn't be prosecuted or would just be thrown out by a judge," however this isn't one of them. This is one of them.

I slightly get what legislatures are trying to do here, but it seems really stretching. However, being the politician that stands up for child pornography is a way to get a career ruined, even if this probably shouldn't meet that definition.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 21, 2014, 14:15 Beamer
 
Pete wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 14:11:
So it's Microsoft's fault? I don't remember Steve Jobs saying that.

No one remembers Bill Gates saying it, either.
 
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News Comments > Hatred Announced
60. Re: Hatred Announced Oct 21, 2014, 13:59 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 13:48:
@Prez,

You ask a lot of good questions. No one has called for this game to not allowed to be made (one person almost wished for that, but didn't take it that far). So no one is trying to censor.

GTA is a sandbox. There are lots and lots of different things to do. The gameplay isn't solely built around killing people, or it wouldn't have sold millions of copies. Killing for the sake of killing gets boring pretty quickly.

Yes, I think context does matter. Imagine a game in which you are shooting vicious attack dogs trying to rip your throat out. Now imagine a second game in which you are running amok in a kennel. You kill dogs by graphically disemboweling them, by putting a pistol in their mouths and blowing out the backs of their heads, by mowing them down indiscriminately with a full auto AK. In both games you're killing dogs. However, your average person is probably going to find the first game okay, but the second game reprehensible.

And I think you do run the risk of being labeled a sociopath for enjoying the second game. Choices like this shouldn't be restricted on the one hand, but aren't consequence-free on the other.

Yup, like other topics here, no one is trying to force anything not to be made, they're just questioning judgment.

GTA, as you mentioned, not only has more to do but more to say. There's a plot. Characters have motivation. There's an element of parody and satire at work. Honestly, I think the entire plot and basically every line of GTAV is terrible, unfunny trash (Trevor had his moments, but everyone else was so terrible), but it was clearly doing more than telling you to kill everyone.
 
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13. Re: Metallica to Close BlizzCon Oct 21, 2014, 13:56 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 13:43:
Hyatus wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 12:39:
Kill 'em All and be done with it.

I hear ya. Metallica turned to complete shit after they gave Jason 'the ultimatum'. Nothing against Trujilo, he is a great bass player and its not his fault but Metallica turned into crybaby pussies who have somehow managed to lose the muse so completely its fucking ridiculous. Last time I watched them they sucked donkey balls. I dont think they even practice anymore.

I'm going to go with the "they sucked when they lost Cliff" argument. Yeah, And Justice is a good album, if kind of Master Lite, but Cliff got just as much writing credit on that album as Jason did, and the bass is hardly noticeable on the album, anyway.

I wouldn't blame Jason for all the next albums sucking, it was success, and realizing they could be successful, that did it, but they definitely went from a metal band to a rock band on The Black Album and beyond.
 
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