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News Comments > Op Ed
28. Re: Op Ed Dec 12, 2014, 12:39 Beamer
 
Flatline wrote on Dec 12, 2014, 12:20:
Beamer wrote on Dec 12, 2014, 12:07:
Misogyny isn't simply actively, openly hating wome. The OED defines it as hatred, dislike or prejudice. So all sexism against women is misogyny, because it's prejudice.

Funny, OED doesn't consider misogyny as a synonym with sexism. In fact, OED doesn't *have* a synonym for misogyny.

But you selectively edited your OED definition of misogyny. OED doesn't say it's just "prejudice", it says it's "ingrained prejudice". And OED defines "ingrained" as:

(Of a habit, belief, or attitude) firmly fixed or established; difficult to change:

So according to OED, misogyny is intentional, full of haterade, and firmly established and difficult to change.

Sexism is defined since we're throwing definitions around as:

Prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex.

I could drive a bus through the gap between those definitions. It's entirely possible to be sexist inadvertantly or without knowledge of it. I'd argue misogyny is intentional and self-aware.

Really, I see no mention of "ingrained."
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
23. Re: Op Ed Dec 12, 2014, 12:07 Beamer
 
Flatline wrote on Dec 12, 2014, 11:45:
What I want to know is since when did all sexism suddenly become misogyny?

If you'd argue that at times GTA5 can be sexist, then I'd agree with you, you'd get no argument from me. In fact, in a crime/lowlife simulator there is almost certainly going to be a negative light cast on many women. But I wouldn't immediately say "Oh the designers hate women and this game promotes hating women".

Misogyny isn't simply actively, openly hating wome. The OED defines it as hatred, dislike or prejudice. So all sexism against women is misogyny, because it's prejudice. Some will argue the difference is that misogyny is personal and dehumanizing, sexism is more broad.

In any case, if there was clear misogyny in GTAV I think it was in the Lindsey Lohan sidequest. But I think the problems with GTAVs plot go much deeper than just that. The whole plot, and every character, was at best childish and at worst painful. Saints Row does humor better, satire better, nuance better, and doesn't get so heavily stuck in being just gross.

Before anyone thinks otherwise, this means I don't agree with the guy at Polygon saying that being able to run over a sex worker is inherently worse than being able to run over anyone else.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
8. Re: Game Reviews Dec 11, 2014, 19:27 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Dec 11, 2014, 19:01:
Beamer wrote on Dec 11, 2014, 14:25:
My GOTY is absolutely the insanity of FC4. I have so many stories of weird, insane things that happened. Not scripted things, just insanity in the world.

Sadly, I also hit a progress-stopping bug the other day. 21.5 hours in. Do I begin again, or quit altogether? It's super damn annoying. If I had access to a faster computer I could probably fix it - the game world loads before the game loads, and the save spot it chose for me is underwater, so by the time the game actually loads it's killed me.

Holy fucking shit, that's some terrible design... Note to imbecile developers: THE GAME WORLD SHOULD NEVER AFFECT A PLAYER CONTROLLED CHARACTER UNTIL SAID PLAYER HAS ACTUALLY BEGUN CONTROLLING THE FUCKING CHARACTER. IDIOTS.


Btw, I have FC4 installed on an SSD, so if you want and the save file isn't too big, you can send it to me and I can try and see if I can get you out of that spot?

I have it on an SSD, too, haha.
I'll happily send it to you and you can see if it works. I literally just need to fast travel anywhere and it's done. I don't know if I'll be home tonight to try, but I appreciate the offer and will be in touch if I can't get anything working.

Ubi tech support say I'm the first with this issue and updating my video drivers may help (doubtful, cutting my resolution down to the minimum didn't, so it may be a CPU thing.)

The best part is that the death music begins playing before the game loads!
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
4. Re: Game Reviews Dec 11, 2014, 16:45 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Dec 11, 2014, 16:12:
Can you use a trainer to make you invulnerable until you get to land? I presume people still make those.

Possibly. I should look. Tech support told me to load an old save (but the game only keeps one save!) or to try to fast-travel (but I'm dead before it loads!)

It's worth a look, I suppose. I mean, I love the game and would have happily started again if it didn't have branching paths. If I do it again, I'd want to have done all of missions on one path so that I could trade them for new missions. Instead, I'm halfway down a path...
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
2. Re: Game Reviews Dec 11, 2014, 14:25 Beamer
 
My GOTY is absolutely the insanity of FC4. I have so many stories of weird, insane things that happened. Not scripted things, just insanity in the world.

Sadly, I also hit a progress-stopping bug the other day. 21.5 hours in. Do I begin again, or quit altogether? It's super damn annoying. If I had access to a faster computer I could probably fix it - the game world loads before the game loads, and the save spot it chose for me is underwater, so by the time the game actually loads it's killed me.
 
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News Comments > SimCity 2000 Free on Origin
18. Re: SimCity 2000 Free on Origin Dec 10, 2014, 15:50 Beamer
 
Crysis 3 for $7.50 will be a buy for me. I didn't bother with Crysis 3 since it wasn't on Steam and I didn't have Origin (mind you, this was about 6 months ago, not at release. I only did Crysis 2 in the early summer.)

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: BN's posters... Dec 10, 2014, 15:48 Beamer
 
Ant wrote on Dec 10, 2014, 15:27:
jdreyer wrote on Dec 10, 2014, 15:23:
Oh, 10,000 comments. Guess I'm a loudmouth.

Shut your mouth.

I only have 7696 (Guru)! I didn't even know Blue's News had rankings! Haha. Who has the most?

Without checking: nin.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Free Content Plans
88. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Free Content Plans Dec 10, 2014, 15:47 Beamer
 
It sounds like it's definitely a kind of bad port, at the very least mediocre or somewhat problematic, but not at all bad enough to ruin how much fun the game is for people looking for this kind of game.  
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Free Content Plans
75. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Free Content Plans Dec 10, 2014, 14:43 Beamer
 
Summing up this thread: DAI - Flawed but a lot of fun

Summing up Ubisoft ports: Flawed but often a lot of fun

Summing up PC gaming: Flawed but worthwhile
 
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News Comments > Alien: Isolation Now Easier (and Harder)
26. Re: Alien: Isolation Now Easier (and Harder) Dec 10, 2014, 13:18 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Dec 10, 2014, 11:15:
Beamer wrote on Dec 10, 2014, 11:08:
How is this new? Hitman and Splinter Cell have been trial and error games for over a decade.
Both of those games allows you to solve the game's puzzles in more than one way to complete the level. Kind of like DeusEx.
Does Alien Isolation plays out the same way? I don't own the game that is why I am wondering.

Haven't played Isolation, because I can tell I'd hate it based upon my experiences with games like Splinter Cell and Hitman.

I hate "true stealth" games. Deus Ex wasn't one of those. In Deus Ex, you wander around stealthily and, if you mess up, you rapidly improvise. I love it. That's also how I play Far Cry 4, as well. I try to be quiet and stealthy, but sometimes I'm detected and things go insane.

In games like Splinter Cell and Hitman, taking a page from old Sierra games, you need to read the minds of the level designer. There may be multiple paths, but they're multiple planned paths. Only certain doors will open. Only certain paths will lead you through. Only certain windows can be broken into. If you mess up, you die. If you turn a corner and there's a guard scripted to be there, you die until you do the exact thing (or maybe one of three things) the level designer intended you to be. There's no real improvisation. You do what the level designer intended you to do or you die.

It also reminds me of the first Commandos game. I played the demo and loved it, at first. It seemed like you had an infinite amount of ways to solve the puzzles. It quickly became apparent that you had about 3. The same three each and every time.
 
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News Comments > Alien: Isolation Now Easier (and Harder)
14. Re: Alien: Isolation Now Easier (and Harder) Dec 10, 2014, 11:08 Beamer
 
Yakubs wrote on Dec 10, 2014, 09:29:
InBlack wrote on Dec 10, 2014, 08:55:
From what little Ive seen of the game, the difficulty is mainly in figuring out how to get past certain set pieces. I have strong and mostly negative feelings about games that force you to trial and error your way through everything. A 'difficulty' level isnt going to fix design faults.

Par for the course for this new breed of "narrative" games. I sort of applaud them for making this type of game with some sort of actual gameplay, as bad as it may be. Compare this to some of the other ones where you literally just walk through the game and watch cutscenes/listen to dialog...

How is this new? Hitman and Splinter Cell have been trial and error games for over a decade. And prior to that, King's Quest was a trial and error narrative game.

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
14. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 10, 2014, 11:07 Beamer
 
Is everyone really ignoring my post about how they did this with Office and no one got conned into doing anything they didn't want to do, and that at a certain number of computers it's actually much cheaper to look at it as a service, but it's really aimed just at businesses?  
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Free Content Plans
48. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Free Content Plans Dec 9, 2014, 16:55 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Dec 9, 2014, 16:03:
Yeah screw this, I'm gonna play Far Cry 4 for a few days while they sort this out.

The Bioware forums are hilarious right now though, they're in an uproar over the complexion bugs because "Scout Harding doesnt have freckles anymore!". Way to focus on whats important guys hahah.

Check out the before and after on this shit, wow! (On the link, click on the Spoiler hide/show button to see the image)

Edit - LOL at this guys zinger:

Loaded game again after trying more things to fix this mess of a PC Patch. None worked BTW.

Shiny hair.
Complexion changes.
Scars gone.
Environmental effects horrible.
Ground textures terrible.

If I wanted to play an ugly game, I'd have a console.

Oh my god that before and after description. "Like a box of dry raisins!"
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 9, 2014, 16:53 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Dec 9, 2014, 16:49:
Sounds basically like the difference between walking through a city as a woman, where every single creep bothers you and it becomes extremely frustrating and limiting, versus being a man, when it's rare and often coming from something you're interested in and therefore a happy surprise.

How many times have you walked through a city as a woman exactly?

This is a kind of personal question, no?
Haha!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 9, 2014, 16:17 Beamer
 
Also, that Ferrari article reminds me so much of that video of the woman walking around Manhattan getting catcalled.

To paraphrase:
When I drove the Ferrari everyone said things to me, everyone stopped me, everyone asked for photos, everyone wanted my time. I just wanted to take a Sunday drive but every hundred feet someone wanted my attention and to say something to me. These weren't people I had anything in common with or wanted to talk to, just people that liked the way my car looked. It was so exhausting that, many days, I'd just stay home and drive the Ferrari in Forza instead.

Contrast that to when I had my BMW M Wagon, and I loved being stopped, because it happened very rarely and it was almost guaranteed to be someone I had common interests with in order for them to care about that car enough to stop me.


Sounds basically like the difference between walking through a city as a woman, where every single creep bothers you and it becomes extremely frustrating and limiting, versus being a man, when it's rare and often coming from something you're interested in and therefore a happy surprise.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 9, 2014, 16:12 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 9, 2014, 16:08:
Prez wrote on Dec 9, 2014, 15:49:
I think the tin-foil hatters were going to be against vaccinations regardless of whether this study was published or not. There's no evidence that there is a cure for cancer but it's being witheld to keep the cancer treatment revenue flooding in, or that the U.S. Government created AIDS to purge the world of gays and blacks but the hatters still believe these things in droves.

Sort of like the government spying on you was just for the hatters too, eh? I have no idea why Autism is on the rise but something is causing it. And cancer goes the other way. Harvard Medical School came to the conclusion years ago that cancer is simply uncurable in our lifetime - probably more like a century and only then with really advanced science. So the real scam is the industry revolving around it.

And AIDS I certainly wouldn't put it past a government, or rather certain rich, powerful, right-wing groups to introduce something like that. Culls the masses, but particularly the poor and minorities. That's a dream come true to lots of those kind of people out there. I really doubt a disease that complex started because of a monkey. And it's not like governments around the world haven't experimented on plenty of people including their own. The CIA has done lots of that right in the good ol' USA. Of course, even though it's a matter of public record now a lot of people would say that's hatter stuff.

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you.


1) But there is NO evidence that autism comes from vaccines. There are a billion other things you could blame, right down to all the random chemicals seeping into our drinking water. Vaccines came from one study that has been proven falsified. Clinging to it makes absolutely no sense at all

2) Why would rich people want to "cull the masses?" They require the masses to profit off of, do they not? Who else will toil in their fast food joints? Who else will eat that fast food? Who else will be so plentiful that so many people will be competing for the fast food jobs so that there's no incentive to raise wages?
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 9, 2014, 11:57 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Dec 9, 2014, 11:48:
I wish Valve would get its act together on SteamOS, I really have no desire to continue using Windows if subscription shit is the future.

Almost definitely enterprise only.
Office moved to subscription, but the model only makes sense for people with more than 5 computers. In other words, businesses. Everyone else stuck with the regular boxed version. They don't get perpetual feature updates, but they get everything else.

With Windows, it'll be the same thing. You can subscribe, and get constant feature updates (meaning Windows 11, Windows 12, Windows Whatever), or you can just buy the box and get the standard Windows X, Windows X.1, Windows X.1SP2, etc.

Microsoft doesn't make a huge amount of money from home users. That isn't who it's looking to move to subscriptions.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands Online Announced for China
3. Re: Borderlands Online Announced for China Dec 8, 2014, 12:26 Beamer
 
Gadzooks wrote on Dec 8, 2014, 12:21:
And all hope is lost....

/facepalm

I hope one of the aliens from colonial marines has one of their spasm dances on the beds of the people who made this decision. They dont deserve any sleep after this.

You know nothing about the Chinese game market, eh?

Plus, this is a licensed game. Shanda bought a license to Borderlands and is making a China Mainland specific f2p MMO.
Seems all positive for Gearbox. It doesn't damage the IP in their core region any more than the Counterstrike Arcade Game did, and it gives them an additional revenue stream.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
9. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Dec 8, 2014, 12:12 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Dec 8, 2014, 12:04:
Beamer wrote on Dec 8, 2014, 11:47:
Posner is actually one of the best judges in the country.

Yeah, any guy who says that we'd be better off selling and buying children on the free market as opposed to the 'system' we have now, and that "the rule of law is an accidental and dispensable element of legal ideology," is a fucking FANTASTIC judge. He's a judge who actually doesn't give a shit about the actual LAW, he just likes debating ideological 'what-if' scenarios and how they could be handled.

He identifies as conservative but gets most decisions "right," meaning that he's pro abortion, pro same sex marriage, anti "war on drugs," etc.

And also thinks that animal cruelty really isn't that big of a deal (despite claiming that he's a cat person), and he "supported the creation of a law barring hyperlinks or paraphrasing of copyrighted material"

But his "obviously I'm exaggerating, but people who are concerned about privacy tend to be people with something to hide" seems to go the wrong way.

Oh what the fuck ever. "Obviously he's exaggerating", MY ASS. He has a history of saying the same fucking thing over and over and over again. To him, people are fucking subjects of the government, and the government should be able to do whatever the hell it pleases. Yeah, no, that's a GREAT fucking judge.

In any case, we'll see how he feels about snooping when Anonymous doxes him and releases all his information on the internet. Hearing him bleat about how his privacy has been violated will be extremely entertaining.


I'm not defending most of his decisions. By "best," I'm not saying he gets everything right.

And I'm certainly not defending this.

But he's written an enormous amount of "important" legal books for a reason. He's brilliant. He's approachable. And he's all over the place because, yes, he believes in doing what is right. Voter ID laws trashed by a guy that identifies as Republican. He hates copyright and patents on software. And he thinks animal cruelty is a big deal, he just thinks we need to be willing to test drugs on animals, claiming to be willing to sacrifice pigs and chimpanzees to save human lives from disease.

I am not saying I agree with him, just that the "he should never be near a courtroom again!" seems overkill on one issue for a man considered the most influential non-USSC judge of the 20th century.
 
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News Comments > Game Awards 2014 Winners
52. Re: Game Awards 2014 Winners Dec 8, 2014, 11:49 Beamer
 
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Dec 7, 2014, 02:32:
So "Best Remaster" is a category worth mentioning but "Best Strategy/Simulation" isn't? Wtf is a Remaster anyway? Is that the new word for port?

Of course not. We've had numerous remasters of late. Everything from GTAV, which is clearly not just a port, to many LucasArts games, which have entirely new engines.
 
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