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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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News Comments > etc.
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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News Comments > etc.
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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News Comments > Op Ed
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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News Comments > The Evil Within Trailer
10. Re: The Evil Within Trailer Sep 30, 2014, 14:20 Beamer
 
Due to a Comcast glitch I had to watch the newest episode of The Strain in SD last night (that show is awful, so it hardly mattered.) I saw a commercial for this and thought, wow, who advertises such dated graphics? Then I remembered it was in SD, hence why it looked terrible.

It still doesn't look very good. Some of those textures are awful for current 360/PS3 standards.

And it looks like RE4, where you're fighting the control scheme as much as the enemies. I know some people loved RE4, but I really felt like more than half my deaths were due to shitty controls.
 
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News Comments > Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Released
22. Re: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Released Sep 30, 2014, 13:02 Beamer
 
Has anyone heard anything about how it runs on the 360 or PS3?

 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
6. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 29, 2014, 13:55 Beamer
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Sep 29, 2014, 13:51:
Also, Nathan Drake now looks just like Nolan North. Can we please have Nolan play him in the live action now?

Too old for the first three games, but looks like he's old in this one.
No lie - I loved the first 3, only reason I bought a PS3, but I have zero interest in the next one after all the turmoil on that franchise. And while I enjoyed Last of Us, it simply wasn't as much fun as Uncharted. It didn't try to be, that wasn't the point of the game, but I just enjoyed Uncharted so much more.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
7. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 29, 2014, 13:18 Beamer
 
Rigs wrote on Sep 29, 2014, 13:16:
Also, is there an MS in every country now? Are they like ambassadors? Like VP's that don't make their quarterly earnings projections get sent to Microsoft Mongolia, where it's just an IBM 5150, a desk lamp without a bulb, a hay bale and a goat?


=-Rigs-=

You don't entirely get how global corporations work, eh?
You should talk to the guys here complaining about how expensive their games are in Australia - they can tell you all about it.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
3. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Sep 28, 2014, 18:11 Beamer
 
Silicon Avatar wrote on Sep 28, 2014, 14:40:
I've met more than one highly intelligent person with very advanced degrees who are unable to find work in their field at at a decent pay rate. People become so specialized with PhDs that they all end up competing for the same 20 or 30 jobs. When there's a glut of PhDs it causing degree hiring inflation, which is even worse.

As an aside, I wish people would recognize that having a HS diploma is the same has having no diploma and fund free public education through to the level of at least an associate's or trade school education. Also, the stigma on trade work needs to be erased. There is nothing great about any white collar worker that sets him above a good plumber or welder.


A big part of it is that companies are no longer willing to train. They expect you to start able to do something. If you're a PhD, you probably can't do anything yet. Most, but not all, PhDs focus on theory, not application. Someone comes out, damn near brilliant in theory, but can't yet apply it.

Companies don't want to touch that with a 10 foot pole. That person demands a high salary but it will be some time before they're actually able to do anything worth it.

Short-sighted? Yes. It leads to ruts and stagnation, because they're not bringing in the bright-eyed people with fresh thought untainted by the corporate world.
But it's what they're doing. We're at a point worse than ever of being unable to get a job without experience, yet unable to get experience without a job. Corporations have basically ended any kind of formal training, and avoid as much as possible informal training. Have you proven you can do the job being asked? No. Then get fucked.

Like customer service, training was an easy thing to cut to reduce costs without it having an immediate impact on revenue. Again, short-sighted.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Trailer
3. Re: Far Cry 4 Trailer Sep 27, 2014, 14:07 Beamer
 
Yeah, this looks like it could be even more fun than FC3, and I really enjoyed FC3.  
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
68. Re: Morning Interviews Sep 26, 2014, 20:16 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Sep 26, 2014, 16:59:
This is what everyone complaining about "SJWs" is fighting against - a couple more heroines, a few unusual gaming scenarios, and some better realized secondary characters.

The horror!

Actually, no it's not. Like, at all. If that's all you guys wanted you'd be quiet now, because you already have all that in spades. One has to look no further than yesterday's "On Sale" listing. A quick perusal of Steam or Desura yields dozens more such examples, if not hundreds. SJW's want that to be perceived as our platform because it is easily assailable. Alas, it isnt, nor was it ever.

And none of those are AAA games.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
65. Re: Morning Interviews Sep 26, 2014, 14:31 Beamer
 
harlock wrote on Sep 26, 2014, 14:30:
*place standard bullshit reply HERE*

* place standard cop out because you have no real response HERE *
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
63. Re: Morning Interviews Sep 26, 2014, 12:50 Beamer
 
harlock wrote on Sep 26, 2014, 12:40:
Beamer wrote on Sep 26, 2014, 12:19:
I think this is really the best quote in the article"
When I look at the hate thrown at SJW (and indeed the hate thrown back, since I certainly wouldn't suggest that it goes all one way) I wonder what the hell it's all about. What do gamers think SJWs can actually do when it comes to games? Developers already have hundreds of clamoring voices, many of whom pay their wages, to listen to before internet critics. From a developer's point of view it's maybe getting a team to put a bit more thought into their female characters, from what they look like to who they are and how they relate to the game world (something I push for anyway.) We might get another couple of heroines, a few unusual gaming scenarios and some better realized female secondary characters. That's really it. And is that so bad?

This is what everyone complaining about "SJWs" is fighting against - a couple more heroines, a few unusual gaming scenarios, and some better realized secondary characters.

The horror!

oh, yeh? i thought they were complaining about the ridiculously overblown claims of harassment, exploitation, degradation, and all the other whiny "poor me" and prepube "i hate you!!" articles, videos, rants, etc.

you dont see that? HOW SHOCKING

The complaints about harassment came from people responding with "YOU'RE TRYING TO CENSOR MY GAMES YOU PSYCHO BITCH!"

The rest? You really haven't watched the Tropes, have you? It isn't saying "here are a bunch of games that are bad and need to never be made." It's saying "here are a bunch of trends that an enormous amount of popular games do that it would be nice if fewer games did."

That isn't censorship, that's asking for more thought and more strong female characters.

I'm sorry if the guy that has said, multiple times, that people supporting this are "bitches" or "psycho bitches" doesn't get the nuances of a gender discussion.
 
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