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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 19, 2014, 14:35 Beamer
 
BobBob wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 14:33:
Another wave of political correctness destroying our minds and culture. Plenty of High School sports teams have names that are based on ethnicity -- especially American Indians, or is it Native Americans, or is it Indians?

I have American Indian (Native American) DNA floating in my biology. Of course, who doesn't these days?. I also have European DNA. Am I proud of either? Not really. I don't really care. I consider myself your typical native California beach boy. Race, religion or politics matter not. Surf's up!

There's quite a difference between being based on ethnicity and being based on a slur.

I really fail to see why so many people struggle with this.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 19, 2014, 13:32 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 13:26:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 10:02:
Executives typically have contracts with huge pay outs if they are let go - so the incentive to work hard is very small....

I was going to say the same thing. The other thing is CEOs used to make 20x worker salary in the '60s and 30x the '70s. Today they make more than 300x worker salary. Meanwhile, average worker salary has not gone at all during the same period, despite massive gains in productivity. ALL the money has gone to C-class execs. Time to bring back the 90% tax bracket.

You sound like me.
But I disagree that the golden parachute is a disincentive to most CEOs. Most of them are fueled be ego, and getting fired, even if they make a huge amount of cash from it, doesn't support their ego.

Want proof? Read the article. It says that the CEOs perform worse over time. If the golden parachute was the incentive, they'd fail rapidly. The problem is, as the article says, they're fueled by ego, they think less critically about their decisions because of that ego (they think they're infallible), and over time they hire people that feed that ego by not questioning them.

Of course, it's also that ego that makes them think that the profits the company experiences are gained via their decisions, not the hard work of thousands of employees, and therefore they deserve huge bonuses while G&A remains flat.
 
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News Comments > It Came from E3 2014, Part 14
4. Re: It Came from E3 2014, Part 14 Jun 19, 2014, 13:12 Beamer
 
panbient wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 13:09:
Cutter wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 10:05:
Did they really need to build a full scale mockup of the Batmobile for Arkham Knight? I'd love to know what that cost.

But E3 is in LA. Why would they build a Batmobile when they could rent a movie prop?

Sure the average person probably can't rent anything more recent than the '89 Batmobile but I'm sure something could be arranged in the name of cross-promotion.

Because it's an entirely different model? If you show up at E3 with the Adam West Batmobile, and the Adam West Batmobile isn't in the game, some prick is going to write an article calling you worse than EA, say it's false advertising, and call it bait-and-switch, even if you're upfront that it's only there to celebrate the superhero, not the game itself.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
50. Re: Op Ed Jun 19, 2014, 12:56 Beamer
 
I also find it fascinating that the guy most angry at the wealthy for thinking they're better and deserve more income is also claiming that Stephen Hawking is more important than some poor, uneducated ditch digger.

Again, the issue I always see with these discussions is that some people are unable to see the world through eyes other than their own, and he's the worst as every single political opinion he has is about what is best for him and fuck anyone not him.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
4. Re: Redskins Jun 19, 2014, 12:49 Beamer
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 12:34:
Ugh, I'm almost ashamed to be an American over shit like this.. ACTUAL Native Americans don't give a fuck, so quit with the white man guilt trips (aka reverse racism). It's bullshit.

Oh, so you can speak for all ACTUAL Native Americans?
Because the ones I know find it very annoying. Anecdotal, but most of the "ACTUAL Native Americans..." is equally anecdotal.

And it isn't like they're being unreasonable. No one complains about the Seminoles or the Blackhawks, because those honor tradition. They complain about the Redskins. People love comparing it to Fighting Irish, but there's a huge difference between an Irish Catholic school with lots of Irish Catholic students naming their mascot after their Irish Catholic president and a White owned team whose fans are mostly White naming their team after Native Americans using a slur.

It's more akin to a Chinese university naming their team the Drunken Micks. I don't think that would go over well.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 19, 2014, 12:21 Beamer
 
mag wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 12:14:
Cutter wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 11:38:
So the Redskins lost their trademark. Wow. Wonder what they'll do now. They should probably just change the team name seeing how much pressure is on them from all sides. Hell, they don't even play in Washington. Why not call them the "Maryland Mauraders™"?


I saw someone suggest the "Washington Department of Football Services," which I think is the best and most terrifying professional sports name possible.

HAHAHAHAHAHA.
That's fantastic. But it needs an N. Department of Football N(something) Services. DeFNS.
 
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News Comments > Phil Fish Baits YouTube; Becomes Twitter Quitter
31. Re: Phil Fish Baits YouTube; Becomes Twitter Quitter Jun 19, 2014, 12:18 Beamer
 
I see the argument that YouTube videos, some of which are seriously hours long and show an entire game, can stop some customers from buying. Especially for small indie games where you can kind of see everything in one of these. A lot of you are making arguments that playing a game and watching someone play the game aren't substitutes. I'll say that's not entirely right. When I had roommates, I'd watch them play games frequently. Sometimes I'd play as well. Othertimes I felt like I'd seen all there really was to see and didn't end up playing it at all. Take a game like Hotline Miami. I could probably watch someone play that for 20 minutes then decide there wasn't much to gain from actually playing it.

The flip side of this, though, is that for every person that ends up feeling this way there are probably a few dozen that were on the fence and decide they need to buy the game.
 
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News Comments > Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics Return to Steam
12. Re: Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics Return to Steam Jun 19, 2014, 01:27 Beamer
 
Yifes wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 00:20:
Mad Max RW wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 00:09:
Bethesda handled all of the QA for New Vegas. Instead of having Obsidian fix the major problems they pushed for an immediate release. We all remember how great that turned out. The 80 metacritic score bonus was designed to fail.


Exactly. New Vegas could have easily achieved the 85% requirement if Bethesda gave them a little more time and resource to polish the game. Basically Bethesda as the publisher did everything they could to take advantage of a small indie developer. New Vegas made Bethesda hundreds of millions of dollars, while Obsidian was rewarded with personnel layoffs. What makes this scenario even more bitter is that the developers they bullied were the creators of the Fallout franchise.

So yeah, fuck Bethesda. Good thing I was never a big fan of the Elder Scrolls games.

What was the agreed upon time. Yeah, Bethesda could have given them more time, but if they agreed to complete it in two years and needed 2.5, they still didn't deserve the bonus.
 
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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: etc. Jun 18, 2014, 20:41 Beamer
 
I can't get behind YouTube reviews. Yeah, I know, I get to see much more of the game. But it takes sooooo long, and almost all the "personalities" grate me so much. They all seem to try to do what Yahtzee does, only somehow worse.

And there's absolute piling on. Most of them get more hits the more brutal they are, so they skew heavily brutal.

Even when they're really good and honest reviewers, though, I just can't do it. Jaguar did his video review of Xenonauts and it was, what, 47 minutes? 27? One of those. Far too long for me. Had it been a transcript it would have taken me less than a minute to read and I'd have nearly as much information.
 
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News Comments > Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics Return to Steam
2. Re: Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics Return to Steam Jun 18, 2014, 20:06 Beamer
 
Oblivion 2006
FO3 2008
Skyrim 2011
FO4 ...

Given the pattern, it should either be out or come out this year. I'm guessing the next gen required a new engine, or significant engine tweaks to the Skyrim engine, and this is adding a year of dev time. Still, that'll be 4 years. 5 years sunk Irrational. 4 years is rough.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
29. Re: Op Ed Jun 18, 2014, 17:23 Beamer
 
The Half Elf wrote on Jun 18, 2014, 17:19:
Beamer wrote on Jun 18, 2014, 10:33:
SS wrote on Jun 18, 2014, 09:40:
Anita Sarkeesian is one cute little cupcake.

Proving the point.

Even the cracked article from yesterday's ootb pointed this issue out, and the worse issue that you can't mention it without games flipping their shit in ways more dramatic than anything else can. For some odd reason they view it as a personal attack and get super defensive, irrational, and say the worst misogynistic stuff to prove there's no issue.

Or, people like Cutter who get irate when companies screw him for a profit claim this is fine because companies do it for a profit.

Or maybe your just overreacting to a comment on the internet?
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/cupcake
a sexually attractive young woman.
a beloved girl or woman.


Really do we not have better shit to argue about?

Fuck it, both of you go outside without any sort of wifi/internet devices for 3 hours until you both can grow the fuck up.

Whoosh!
Your defense isn't a defense. Again, it's dismissing her by commenting on her appearance. By your own admission. This doesn't happen to men. Men don't constantly hear discussion on their looks.

If every time you made a comment no one responded to it, instead commenting on your sexuality, wouldn't it bug you?

Where's SMA when we need him?
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
27. Re: Op Ed Jun 18, 2014, 16:42 Beamer
 
As for men and women not being equal, women now outscore men in all standardized tests and subjects, they outnumber men in hard science degrees, and they represent about 58% of people in college.

Yet the video game industry is still almost entirely men. Hell, most attractive and well-paying fields are almost entirely men. Maybe not strip clubs, where Cutter apparently finds his girlfriends, but most corporate positions are all men. Even though women are getting more degrees. Even though women are coming out with better GPAs.

Women, at the moment, are smarter and more accomplished than men as they go into the workforce. But men are still getting the jobs, even at the entry level.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
26. Re: Op Ed Jun 18, 2014, 16:40 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 18, 2014, 16:29:
jdreyer wrote on Jun 18, 2014, 15:35:
I know, right? What were those uppity black folks back in the '60s THINKING? All those marches and rallies and riots did nothing to further their cause! If only they'd gently nudged.

And look at all the violence that ensued during that period. That's precisely my point. The government had to call out the fucking national guard in several states just to keep order. That's the end result of trying to force people into things they don't agree with. And what do you have today? Still a heavily fractured melting pot that doesn't melt. Multiculturalism doesn't work. And men and women are not equals. That doesn't mean one is inherently better than the other, it just means they're not equals. All the feel good PC liberalism is just so much Disneyfied bullshit. Walt Disney knew it was all bullshit, but it would sell. Do you honestly believe the ditch diggers of the world are just as important to humanity as someone like Stephen Hawking?

Ho
Ly
Shit.

The guy that last week said that the war against the Nazis was unnecessary is now saying that the 1960s civil rights movement was stupid because people were being forced to think a way?

No, Cliven Bundy! It isn't about forcing people to think, it's about forcing society to act. No one gives two shits if you're a racist Canadian redneck, people care that you can't fire someone for being the wrong color or the wrong gender.

That's what the Civil Rights movement got us.

And, with video games, no one gives a shit that Batman is a dude, despite you repeatedly saying it. What people care about is that video games star, almost exclusively, straight white males. Non-straight, non-white or non-males tend to be minor roles, often underclothed and in distress.

Why? In part because video games are simply escapism for lonely straight white males that don't like who they are. They want to be the big shot hero. This is the same vocal minority that wear fedoras, kill sorority girls that turn them down, and create fake Twitter accounts claiming to be females of color to post ridiculous feminist stuff to discredit any move to equality.

Hollywood isn't like this. The Hunger Games is about a strong female who's clothed. Even comic book movies now - Natalie Portman is Thor's clothed love interest. Scarlett Johansson is Captain America's clothed partner who saves his ass.
In video games? No. This doesn't happen often. People don't care much that many video games are trite, whitewashed male bullshit. People care that it's almost exclusive.

And the reason it becomes a bigger deal is that the vocal majority of video gamers are straight white men (boys, when it comes to this) that are wholly incapable of empathy or seeing another point of view. When they're told their hobby has flaws they lash out like children, giving the same super-angry responses. They can't even think for a second what this would be like if they were a woman. No surprise, the same group tends to completely deny that they have any kind of privilege in this world, even when being able to find an infinite amount of games depicting exactly what they want is something only their class is capable of, a privilege right there.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
24. Re: Op Ed Jun 18, 2014, 16:27 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 18, 2014, 15:35:
Cutter wrote on Jun 18, 2014, 11:49:
Holy blue flaming Jesus on a pogo stick! This PC bullshit has to cease because all it's doing is creating a reactionary backlash. It's one thing to politely nudge people along to a better world. It's another thing to get all hardcore militant, insult people and pick fights with them simply because they don't share your point of view.
You catch more flies with honey, as the old adage goes.

I know, right? What were those uppity black folks back in the '60s THINKING? All those marches and rallies and riots did nothing to further their cause! If only they'd gently nudged.


Replace "men" in his rant with "rich people and corporations." Typical, though. If its something where Cutter is being screwed it's evil and needs to be mentioned everywhere. If it's something where he's the one benefitting then everyone needs to shut the hell up.

That's this whole place, though. Derek Smart calls buyers freeloaders? Moral outrage. Thief not as good as the original? Lets burn something. Games are overly whitewashed and male? Shut up you whiner, this isn't a real problem!
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
13. Re: Op Ed Jun 18, 2014, 11:36 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Jun 18, 2014, 11:25:
Cutter wrote on Jun 18, 2014, 11:23:
Do you yourself a favor and put Beamer on ignore. He's nothing but a troll. Haven't you noticed by now that all he does is play the contrarian to get a rise out of people?

Uh that's mostly what you do actually.

Ignoring the usual gender debate, the other article makes some good points about what was lost in the transition from couch play to online. Outside of Nintendo consoles it seems to not really be a priority for companies anymore.

The problem with the couch is simply that it's difficult. When I was a student, which I seem to have been for about 40 years, it was easy. I had roommates, or I had people across the hall. Hell, in business school we brought a second TV over a few times and did 8 player couch Halo.

Now, as an adult, I don't even know enough people that like to game that live in my city, let alone have the ability to organize them. It's 100% true that gaming on the couch is infinitely more fun, just much more difficult.

As for Cutter, I don't think he trolls. I think he's just a horrible, miserable human being. Who somehow thinks he's "mostly positive." I can't imagine this place would suffer much without his posts, which tend to be: everywhere; dismissively negative; or just a one-liner with no relevance to the topic, other than commenting on maybe one word in the title. But I know a few here (you, for one), feel that way about me, so no issue.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
12. Re: Op Ed Jun 18, 2014, 11:33 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Jun 18, 2014, 11:10:
Beamer wrote on Jun 18, 2014, 10:33:
SS wrote on Jun 18, 2014, 09:40:
Anita Sarkeesian is one cute little cupcake.

Proving the point.


I have to ask, how exactly? I just don't see how calling a cute girl a "cute little cupcake" in a forum is in any way demeaning, much less misogynist. And please don't answer "that's because you aren't a woman" which is both inherently obvious and a copout.

And the misogynist things people say in respone to stuff like this is largely to simply get a rise out of people like yourself; very few people if any actually mean it. It's called "joking".

Woman says something she finds insightful.
Man responds by commenting on her body.

You don't see this happening often? And to defend it as "it's a joke," doesn't really mean much when he was still trying to dismiss her. That part wasn't a joke.

Don't you guys remember being, say, 12, and trying to sit at the adult table at a holiday, and every time you said something you were treated like a child, as if what you said had no meaning because of your age? You don't see women going through that fairly regularly? Hell, even when Jenny McCarthy, the biggest idiot in the world, gets dismissed it's rarely about her content and more often people mentioning her physical appearance. Seriously, go read the comments on an article about her and count how many mention that she's a woman or use gender-specific words. Then go read one on someone like Ted Cruz and compare how differently he gets dismissed.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Op Ed Jun 18, 2014, 10:33 Beamer
 
SS wrote on Jun 18, 2014, 09:40:
Anita Sarkeesian is one cute little cupcake.

Proving the point.

Even the cracked article from yesterday's ootb pointed this issue out, and the worse issue that you can't mention it without games flipping their shit in ways more dramatic than anything else can. For some odd reason they view it as a personal attack and get super defensive, irrational, and say the worst misogynistic stuff to prove there's no issue.

Or, people like Cutter who get irate when companies screw him for a profit claim this is fine because companies do it for a profit.
 
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News Comments > New Deus Ex Details?
26. Re: New Deus Ex Details? Jun 17, 2014, 19:21 Beamer
 
Squirmer wrote on Jun 17, 2014, 19:17:
Beamer wrote on Jun 17, 2014, 14:21:
Wildone wrote on Jun 17, 2014, 14:10:
Guess you never played the original, or played PC games before the year 2003

siapnar wrote on Jun 17, 2014, 13:03:
Deus Ex: HR kicked so much ass. Dunno what the hell people are complaining about.

Pumped for a next iteration

How's it feel to live in the past?
Well the games are better at least.

I don't get your point. It's pretty widely thought that the original Deus Ex is a better game than HR, so why would you criticise someone who wants a return to the original's quality?

That wasn't what he said. He said, essentially, that games haven't been good since 2003.

Sorry, if you think your favorite hobby has sucked for 11 years, why bother dedicating so much time to it? There are other ways you can spend your time. Ones that likely won't aggravate you as much as you constantly whine that things used to be so much better.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
10. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 17, 2014, 19:01 Beamer
 
descender wrote on Jun 17, 2014, 17:52:
The cost only drops if you were the guy buying that $2000 option in the first place. If enough people were doing that, they probably wouldn't be going after cell phone GPS's. If it is made mandatory then every car sold costs maybe a few hundred dollars more? The cost of the average car certainly will not decrease as you suggested earlier.

In 2018 or whatever year it ends up being, every car in America will cost $150-$300 more to manufacture (and more than that for the consumer because... profits) because of the now mandatory back-up cameras. How is that reducing the cost of anything, other than buying an after-market back-up camera??

I didn't say the cost of the car decreased, I said the cost of the option decreases. Price is extremely, extremely important to car manufacturers. The cost wouldn't rise by even a few hundred, because they'd lose customers. Cars come standard with airbags everywhere, but the costs haven't increased. Backup cameras also won't increase the price. I don't think you exactly understand how car companies tend to do their pricing - it's often done before the car is designed. The engineers are tasked with building a car that can be sold at that cost. Prices don't rise. What will happen is the high margin option disappears, which happens from time to time.

As for your theory that "they wouldn't be going after cell phone GPSs," well, you're using your hypothesis to prove your argument. My whole point is THEY AREN'T! This is legitimately a company that thinks that people driving with their cellphone in their hand are causing accidents. This is not an auto lobbying group.

1.8 million cars were sold with in-dash GPS in 2009. 3 million were sold in 2012. An expected 13 million will be sold in 2019. Here's the thing: The people that tend to buy a $2,000 in-dash option aren't the people that want to hold their phone in their hands while driving. The cannibalization you are claiming hasn't shown to be true. In large part this is because, as I said, the nav systems tend to be upgrades that include new controls, better phone connectivity, etc. People buy them for far more than just the GPS.
 
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