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News Comments > Bethesda Announces BATTLECRY
27. Re: Bethesda Announces BATTLECRY May 28, 2014, 16:18 Beamer
 
I demand my games be 100% grounded in reality. If I'm not controlling a guy that gets winded after a few seconds of running, needs to sleep at least 4 out of ever 24 hours, and is out of action with anything more than a minor flesh wound then I'm instantly angry and uininstalling!  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
17. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 28, 2014, 16:06 Beamer
 
The problem with automated cars is drivers. Automated cars can communicate with each other perfectly and probably make traffic infinitely more efficient - no more driving down highways and hitting a wave that makes you slow to a crawl because some jackass miles up slammed on his brakes.

But throw one human driver in there and suddenly the entire system breaks.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue May 28, 2014, 12:52 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on May 28, 2014, 11:46:
March 35th. Okay.

Great editorial work there, CNN. And if that didn't give it away, the asteroid was nudged off course by Mars, and will take 27 years to hit the earth.

Average Mars-Earth distance is roughly 225 million kms, so the asteroid seems to be going at ~270ish meters per second. Not real sure that's going to kill the planet.

CNN: POST SHIT FIRST, WORRY ABOUT WHETHER IT'S TRUE LATER.

It was on their "citizen reported" page, which I think doesn't have much editorial oversight.

And is almost definitely a bad idea.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Walkthrough Trailer
7. Re: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Walkthrough Trailer May 28, 2014, 11:08 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on May 28, 2014, 05:48:
Rattlehead wrote on May 27, 2014, 21:22:
I wish this was built around next-gen hardware. I love Borderlands very much but man does this look played out already.

Same here... looks and plays like Borderlands.. not exactly what I hoped for ,/

They were pretty up-front about this being just a different team taking the same engine and making new content.
 
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News Comments > Steam Machines Delayed
7. Re: Steam Machines Delayed May 28, 2014, 11:04 Beamer
 
BIGtrouble77 wrote on May 28, 2014, 11:01:
I don't understand why people would not want a free OSS operating system to succeed if just for the added competition. Windows is a fucking abomination and it's a shame I had to buy a license just to play games.

I don't see myself moving to steam OS anytime soon, but I really hope it does well and gains some serious marketshare in the next few years to encourage devs to make their titles multi-platform.

I have a lot of faith in Valve after playing with the new streaming features which let me play my whole library on a macbook air using my insanely fast PC hardware. Valve is the only company with any influence that really cares about PC gaming and they are taking some exciting risks.

And if they don't make their games multiplatform, will you dual boot?
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
10. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 27, 2014, 17:49 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on May 27, 2014, 17:47:
Beamer wrote on May 27, 2014, 16:58:
Bill Borre wrote on May 27, 2014, 16:35:
I'm surprised FOX news hasn't brought up Elliot Rodger's World of Warcraft video gaming yet. I guess the "I hate women" angle is juicer, but maybe they'll get to it in the next few days?

Or, maybe it's just that one is valid and one isn't?

When did that ever stop Fox News?

Very true, but I'm shocked at how many people say this shooting wasn't about women, when his manifesto very clearly stated "these women aren't giving me the pleasure I deserve... therefore I will kill them."
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
8. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 27, 2014, 16:58 Beamer
 
Bill Borre wrote on May 27, 2014, 16:35:
I'm surprised FOX news hasn't brought up Elliot Rodger's World of Warcraft video gaming yet. I guess the "I hate women" angle is juicer, but maybe they'll get to it in the next few days?

Or, maybe it's just that one is valid and one isn't?
 
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News Comments >
2. Re: Risen 3 Early May 27, 2014, 12:25 Beamer
 
ERROR: Invalid posting ID

Secret topic!
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Watch Dogs; First Reviews
18. Re: Ships Ahoy - Watch Dogs; First Reviews May 27, 2014, 12:16 Beamer
 
Yakubs wrote on May 27, 2014, 10:14:
It's bad enough that every imagination-deficient American is naming their poor kid Aiden these days -- now imagination-deficient game developers are naming their characters Aiden too?

You forgot Hayden and Braden and Jayden and whatever other names rhyming with Aiden end up in the top 10 for boys and girls both.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue May 27, 2014, 12:15 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on May 27, 2014, 12:06:
descender wrote on May 27, 2014, 11:18:
Why? Is avoiding something full of carcinogens meaningless unless you avoid every single substance that's bad for you? No, of course not.
It is meaningless if you are eating other processed foods. I guarantee if that bothers you, there is no processed food that doesn't have a step which you would find unacceptable.

Wait, so doing something is meaningless unless you do it cold turkey? So a smoker that cuts from a pack a day to a cigarette a day is doing something meaningless?

There's absolutely benefit to cutting back on processed foods, even if you don't cut back on all processed foods because it's nearly impossible to.

I get that his logic of "only an idiot drinks soda" is flawed, but yours is even more dangerously flawed. "Why bother doing something unless you do it absolutely?"
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue May 27, 2014, 00:58 Beamer
 
jacobvandy wrote on May 27, 2014, 00:56:
Chrome will automatically format text for you on any website, I doubt any sort of investment like that will be worth it for this one.

So does the WP8 version of IE. I have zero problems reading this site, other than the "Send News" header flickers between two text sizes as the page first loads.
 
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News Comments > Memorial Tech Bits
3. Re: Memorial Tech Bits May 26, 2014, 22:05 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on May 26, 2014, 21:22:

This is getting ridiculous. In about 3 days you guys will be saying it looks like Super Mario Bros.

It's done about every AAA title here. "This looks like Doom!"
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
53. Re: Op Ed May 23, 2014, 01:56 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on May 22, 2014, 22:44:
Beamer wrote on May 22, 2014, 19:04:
They can do better. We should expect our companies to do better. But, for whatever reason, while this board is very quick to make all kinds of demands that corporations do everything better, those same people are equally quick to defend them whenever it turns to race, gender or sexuality.

Yeah, I'm going to put "NINTENDO ONLY HAS 'WHITE' CHARACTERS IN THEIR GAMES!" as approximately #93,478 on the list of "Shit corporations have to improve."

But hey, keep fighting the good fight. I'm going to focus more on US corporations trying to fucking rape the internet into oblivion.

Just because something isn't terribly significant and is low hanging fruit means we need 60 posts about how stupid it is?

Creston, you're a smart guy. You see what happens whenever race and gender come up in this forum as well as I do. You can really deny that games have an issue? It sets many here absolutely frothing at the mouth in ways that Jack Thompson always failed to do.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
48. Re: Op Ed May 22, 2014, 20:40 Beamer
 
Suppa7 wrote on May 22, 2014, 20:27:
Beamer wrote on May 22, 2014, 19:04:
They can do better. We should expect our companies to do better. But, for whatever reason, while this board is very quick to make all kinds of demands that corporations do everything better, those same people are equally quick to defend them whenever it turns to race, gender or sexuality.

That's because we're talking about escapism here, we're not talking about some little old lady being pushed out of her apartment or being discriminated against. We're talking about FUCKING FICTIONAL CHARACTERS IN FICTIONAL WORLDS. Yes having more white/brown/asian/whatever models is going to change the world... Not.

People like you need to get a fucking clue, 99% of people of all colors and creeds give not one fuck about sex/race/gender in videogames. That tells you all you need to know about the race/sex/gender weirdo's on the internet broadcasting their extreme minority opinion.

"It's just fiction" is a funny argument to make. Is fiction not a reflection of society? If America is 12.5% black, and even more Asian and Hispanic, yet TV is 90% white, should we say "it's just fiction?"

No. That's lunacy. And it's you defending racism.
Sorry, integration matters, even in fiction. Yes, it's true that white people are far less likely to watch black people than vice versa, so what makes business sense is to stick with wealthy, affluent white people in sitcoms. But that just enforces the status quo. People need to adjust to things, and you want your entertainment to help lead that.

"People like you" is also funny. And arguing "it's just videogames" is also funny. But, looking at your posting history, it's full of removed posts, weasel words, and a weird superiority where you constantly call everyone else, and everything else, "stupid."
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
46. Re: Op Ed May 22, 2014, 19:04 Beamer
 
I'm sorry, I still find it odd to cop out to "but it'd be a token character!"

Was Brock in Pokemon a token character?
Was Barrett in FF7?
Anthy in RGU?

I don't think anyone is asking for a token character. People are asking that there just be some diversity. It seems that many here think that "darker skin" inherently means "token character," which itself should kind of show some of the problem of having so many white-washed characters, no? An entire group of gamers on this board seem to struggle to conceive a way Nintendo could create a darker skinned character that isn't a token.
Everyone gets that Japan is almost exclusively Japanese, but Nintendo games aren't exclusively sold in Japan, and the whole "we're reflecting our own culture, solely" excuse doesn't fly very well in 2014. It may for a small company that doesn't know any other culture, but, again, Nintendo is one of the largest, broadest companies in this industry.

They can do better. We should expect our companies to do better. But, for whatever reason, while this board is very quick to make all kinds of demands that corporations do everything better, those same people are equally quick to defend them whenever it turns to race, gender or sexuality.
 
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News Comments > Gooseman Outs Half-Life 3 and L4D3 Development?
3. Re: Gooseman Outs Half-Life 3 and L4D3 Development? May 22, 2014, 17:08 Beamer
 
jacobvandy wrote on May 22, 2014, 16:58:
He's right, it isn't news. We've had much more informative leaks in the past several years...

Gooseman left Valve in, what, 2006?
With Valve, it's impossible to tell if he has current contacts or is just remembering work nearing a decade old, haha.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
26. Re: Op Ed May 22, 2014, 13:39 Beamer
 
scarlet wrote on May 22, 2014, 13:36:
one-sided opinions on the global warming/climate change/[new meme] climate disruption front for a long time)

http://i.imgur.com/8YbZ8cv.jpg
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
24. Re: Op Ed May 22, 2014, 13:23 Beamer
 
I'm going to bow out, as no one really cares what I have to say, I'll just continue to point out how weird I find it that people get so defensive when an improvement is brought up that involves something not exactly what they are.

Just ask yourselves if something is an improvement. You don't need to be defensive. Just ask yourself if things can be improved. If yes, why do you get so angry when people suggest these improvements?
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
18. Re: Op Ed May 22, 2014, 12:58 Beamer
 
descender wrote on May 22, 2014, 12:56:
Which of these franchise characters have been created since "diversity" awareness even became a public issue? None of them?

How many other companies are making games with minority protagonists for Nintendo to include in their brawl mash-ups? *crickets*

You know, I could see how this could be improved...

Oh wait, Nintendo actually already provided this improvement by adding "mii's" that you can design to look however you want, and play with them!

If an african video game company started releasing games with all-black casts... would that be more or less racist? Would Nintendo be obligated to include their characters in their games simply because they exist?


EDIT:
Dear Ars,

Fuck off.

Signed.

I knew someone would bring up the whole "if an African video game company..." argument. Because, you know, comparing a long-established global, multinational, hundreds-of-billions-of-dollar video game empire to a small African company is perfectly valid. You should have the same expectations between them.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Op Ed May 22, 2014, 12:57 Beamer
 
Henry Dorsett wrote on May 22, 2014, 12:25:
Beamer, I think I speak for most of us when I say that you really need to screw off. Nobody cares. The Japanese make mostly Japanese characters because, SURPRISE, they're in a culture which is almost entirely Japanese. If you have a problem with that, why not fly over there and picket outside Nintendo's home office? Surely that would make them aware that there are other cultures better than arguing with the rest of us.

Again, this is just a defense of status quo. You're even annoyed that I'm telling you there may be a problem.

And I'm not trying to get much from you. Would Nintendo be more inclusive if they had even one minority character?
Yes.
Is being more inclusive a good thing, especially from an 800lb gorilla in the industry?
Yes.

So I can't understand why white males, and it's almost always white males, get so uppity whenever someone says "you know, they really should take some steps towards being more inclusive. It'd probably better round them out, help them appeal to more people, and just help progress society a bit more away from the whole 'white=good' thing we've got going on."
 
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