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News Comments > Game Reviews
12. Re: Game Reviews Feb 10, 2015, 20:08 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Feb 10, 2015, 19:53:
Creston wrote on Feb 10, 2015, 15:18:
Brym wrote on Feb 10, 2015, 13:09:
Eurogamer is "dropping review scores" only in the sense that they are no longer assigning numbers.

Except on Google, where their reviews still get 1 to 5 stars.

I thought this was funny: How should we score an excellent game with severe networking issues? A flawlessly polished game with a hackneyed design? A brilliantly tuned multiplayer experience with dreadful storytelling?

Well, the same way the games media always does it: Based off the size of the publisher's check.

How many big budget games do you think get paid-for positive reviews on major gaming sites like Eurogamer, IGN or Gamespot? The implication from you and from others is that this is virtually ubiquitous, is this what you believe?

I'd wager the big sites never explicitly get paid for good coverage.
Ever.

Those sites actually have legal departments, as do the publishers that wouldn't be involved in that.

There are other ways to pressure, but that pressure is avoidable. I think the PCG Doom 3 review was the absolute worst example of this. I'd speculate, and speculated here many times, that PCG was given an option to have an exclusive so long as it was X pages and above a Y%. PCG likely thought this was a safe deal as the game looked solid prior to release, it was a new id game which should have made it great, and that would sell issues regardless.
But, hell, Doom 3 has an 87 on Metacritic, so it wasn't even that far above the consensus. But I'd give the game more a 65, personally.

In general, though, I don't think even things that explicit happen often.
 
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103. Re: etc., etc. Feb 10, 2015, 20:03 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 10, 2015, 19:54:
beremot wrote on Feb 9, 2015, 18:37:
Beamer wrote on Feb 9, 2015, 17:52:
Do games really get disproportionately criticized? Movies, TV and music have these discussions daily. Games really only has one prominent critic, and she only gets attention because, unlike movies, tv and music, people fight against her so hard.

No, they do not. If anything, they've gotten comparatively little scrutiny until very recently, because they've been treated as if they weren't actually an adult art form, just something for kids, nothing more.


Movies and TV even have their own way of measuring the treatment of women in the media: the Bechdel Test. It was postulated 30 years ago, and is still used in discussions of movies today (flawed though it might be). On the movie sites and podcasts I listen too, it comes up many times a year.

Certainly sexism and the treatment of women in movies and TV are ongoing topics. Look at how GoT and other HBO shows have been criticized for sexposition and gratuitous nudity. Michael Bay is routinely criticized for his portrayals of women in his movies.

I feel like we're at the point with both violence and sexism in gaming where we were with violence and sexism in TV a couple of decades ago. Back then, TV was blamed for everything from teen pregnancy to the crime rate to the crack epidemic, and on and on. Today it's still discussed, but not nearly with the same hysteria. Gaming is slowly improving and will reach an equilibrium where there will still be your GTAs but overall the treatment of women will be mostly fair and balanced. In a couple of decades we'll look back at this hysteria like we do at the hysteria surrounding TV 20 years ago.

The hysteria isn't there because people listen and don't just outright flee from conversation. And people are willing to accept that TV not only reflects society but reinforces society.

The Bechdel Test is another thing routinely misunderstood. It isn't about saying if a movie is sexist or not, it's solely about patterns of female representation in film. A movie can fail the Bechdel Test and be a great movie for women (see: Gravity) or it can succeed and be a terrible movie for women (see: The Bikini Carwash Company. Or don't. 14 year old me rented it on VHS. If you're 14, see it.)

People often think it's about particular movies, but that just isn't what it's meant to do. Just like they think Tropes Against Women is about condemning individual games but that isn't its point, either.
 
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16. Re: Ship Ahoy - Evolve Feb 10, 2015, 14:24 Beamer
 
There was a commercial for this during Archer last week and it was hands-down the worst TV spot I've seen for a game. It hardly revealed that it was a game at all.  
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6. Re: Morning Safety Dance Feb 10, 2015, 13:00 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 10, 2015, 11:45:
Merkel has mastered the art governing a nation without actually governing it. And for some absurd fucked up reason people love that here.

Because of the economy. People love leaders that their country flourishes under, regardless of the amount of impact that leader has.

I am not judging Merkel here as I do not know how much impact she's had on the economy. I recall articles saying quite a bit, but did not read them so I can't judge how accurate I feel they are.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
4. Re: Morning Consolidation Feb 10, 2015, 12:41 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Feb 10, 2015, 10:39:
With the PS4 something like 8 million ahead in sales and growing its kind of no brainer for Titanfall 2 to be on the PS4.

Many of those 8 million sales are in regions that will ignore Titanfall regardless. Still makes absolute sense to get it on more platforms.

Also, it isn't 8 million. The PS4 was at 13.5 million in October. The Xbone was at 10 million in November. The Xbone outsold the PS4 in November and I've heard rumors that it was about 4:5 in favor of the PS4 in November.

I'd guess it's about 4-5 million difference.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
12. Re: Evening Mobilization Feb 9, 2015, 20:34 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Feb 9, 2015, 20:27:
Beamer wrote on Feb 9, 2015, 19:10:
Because that never happens with cab drivers.

While there are issues with Uber, such as the lesser background check and the whole "who is liable" issue that really bugs me, I wouldn't say that the background checks cab drivers go through are really significantly better at stopping creeps.

Cab drivers have more background checks than Uber drivers. So it does make a significant difference.

Yes, I mentioned the background checks, but that requires someone to be a prior offender.
 
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News Comments > Interstellar Marines Free Weekend
3. Re: Interstellar Marines Free Weekend Feb 9, 2015, 19:44 Beamer
 
We're closing in on 10 years for this one.  
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99. Re: etc., etc. Feb 9, 2015, 19:11 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Feb 9, 2015, 19:09:
Beamer wrote on Feb 9, 2015, 17:52:
Do games really get disproportionately criticized? Movies, TV and music have these discussions daily. Games really only has one prominent critic, and she only gets attention because, unlike movies, tv and music, people fight against her so hard.

It seems that way to me but of course there is massive sampling bias on my behalf - and yes, there is a certain irony that the only reason I remember her name is because of people criticising her for wanting attention. The impression I get is that other media has discussions on topics like feminism, whereas gaming has arguments and lectures.

Gaming has long been criticised as the demon that will rot this generation and Sarkeesian is seen as another in a long line of people who want to take our games away. She's not, but the Internet isn't good at nuance and only entirely-for or entirely-against stances seems to register to some people.

Internet is extremely bad at nuance. The claims I see that people think Anita makes are so far off from any actual content in her videos. She even begins every video explaining that liking the games she mentions is ok and that they're often good games.

People still see that as demonizing.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
7. Re: Evening Mobilization Feb 9, 2015, 19:10 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Feb 9, 2015, 19:03:
walrus1 wrote on Feb 9, 2015, 18:37:
Given some of the really scary shit Uber drivers have pulled I'm surprised they haven't done this in the states.

You take your chances with Uber. Is this the time it saves you money, or you get raped on the way to your destination...

Because that never happens with cab drivers.

While there are issues with Uber, such as the lesser background check and the whole "who is liable" issue that really bugs me, I wouldn't say that the background checks cab drivers go through are really significantly better at stopping creeps.
 
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97. Re: etc., etc. Feb 9, 2015, 18:59 Beamer
 
Seriously, though, nearly every college with a liberal arts school has a course about feminism and film. You can read parts of MITs via their OpenCourse thing.

How is one person criticizing games disproportionate when film has hundreds of college courses?
 
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94. Re: etc., etc. Feb 9, 2015, 17:52 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Feb 9, 2015, 17:49:
Verno wrote on Feb 9, 2015, 12:35:
Understand when I say attention "whore" I by no means using that term as slander against her gender; I view her as an attention whore as I am a New York Pizza whore.

Absolutely and there's nothing wrong with that. I don't think anyone is really having a debate over these things either, its just causing polarization and conflict. What frustrates me is how one sided it is, people don't give the industry any credit. The gaming industry is still young but despite that has grown significantly in terms of gender specific offerings and representation over the past 10 years.

People also seem to ignore other forms of media and marketing where gender tropes are even worse, many of those industries where women are in positions of power now even. Like movies and television, gaming is a business first and foremost so companies are giving the consumer what they desire. That doesn't mean the industry or its audience are flawed, people often seek out unrealistic and exaggerated entertainment, women are no strangers to that either.

Agreed, gaming seems to get disproportionately criticised in this regard. I agree with much of the criticism but the volume and imbalance makes it tiresome much like the tropes that they criticise.

I assumed you meant Beamer too, reading between those lines wasn't hard. Perhaps I'm another alt account. Perhaps we actually are all one person but I/we don't know, pseudo-schizophrenia style!

Do games really get disproportionately criticized? Movies, TV and music have these discussions daily. Games really only has one prominent critic, and she only gets attention because, unlike movies, tv and music, people fight against her so hard.
 
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90. Re: etc., etc. Feb 9, 2015, 12:34 Beamer
 
Not really sure how serious he is, but again, I have no reputation here to protect, and am we're not really even in the same discussions in this thread, so I don't know why it would make sense for either of us to be a fake.

Fakes are usually for one of those uses - saying things you wouldn't say with your "real" name or gaining support for an unpopular argument to make it seem less unpopular.
 
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News Comments > D.I.C.E. Award Winners
30. Re: D.I.C.E. Award Winners Feb 7, 2015, 12:16 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Feb 6, 2015, 20:15:
Another award show likely determined by bribes or blowjobs.

This is such a naive gg thing to say. How do you think Oscars are won? Merit? The voters are the actors, the producers, the studio execs and the crews.

What awards aren't partly who you know?
 
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79. Re: etc., etc. Feb 6, 2015, 18:57 Beamer
 
It isn't as if I have a reputation to protect.  
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8. Re: etc. Feb 6, 2015, 11:29 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Feb 6, 2015, 09:42:
2 hours to learn a game isn't much of a time investment and it really depends on the genre. It is really hard to make a game with depth if any user can "learn" it in 20 minutes. The best games are smart about how they unfold mechanics gradually over time.

Depends for me on how intuitive it is. Learning a game isnthenfun part if I get it. Then there are some like ck2 that are too time consuming to learn. I can spend two hours helplessly fumbling there or I can play a game.
 
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73. Re: etc., etc. Feb 6, 2015, 09:29 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Feb 6, 2015, 09:09:
The line break after every sentence and overall syntax look awfully similar to a user already on my ignore list.

That wouldn't be worthwhile.
 
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37. Re: etc., etc. Feb 5, 2015, 01:06 Beamer
 
Feminism is indeed better for women, but what you're describing is in part the fact that females have been behind males for so long that there's some significant catching up to do.

Making everything 100% equal today won't make things 100% equal. Much like how suddenly paying everyone fairly won't end the wealth inequality in the US - the people with 90% of the wealth will still have it even if we start paying someone 100% equally (which I'd never advocate, just taking to an extreme.)
 
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22. Re: etc., etc. Feb 4, 2015, 22:03 Beamer
 
PropheT wrote on Feb 4, 2015, 21:34:
Beamer wrote on Feb 4, 2015, 20:40:
She doesn't ask to ban games, she just points out common themes that are against women.
Incidentally, she just announced doing a similar series about men.

She wants games to be more inclusive and better written. Sounds like something we can all get behind, no?

No? Not like that, not by her, and not for that reason.

Harvard's a business school, and she's managed to market being a victim and turn moral outrage and into a cash enterprise.

Frankly, I think it takes a fairly incredible level of gullibility to think that she's doing any of what she does to improve anything. She doesn't give a fuck about gaming, and what she's doing isn't making things better.

And besides all of that, you don't make writing better by forcing it to be inclusive. It waters things down, makes the writing disingenuous, and forces writers to avoid taking issues head-on and forcing a reader or player to relate and really consider the effects of the situation. You don't make things better by telling people what or how to think, you just force people into their trenches and make them fight...which should be pretty goddamn obvious by now you'd think, but apparently isn't.


Your "cash enterprise" argument is what GGers call "mental Olympics." Harvard has a business school. Harvard is not a business school. It has a law school and is not a law school. It has a dental school and is not a dental school. It has 21,000 students, 2,000 of which are in HBS, likely none of which have anything to do with this award.

But she is improving things. She is forcing a conversation. Volition, in particular, has stated she has changed how they approach writing their characters.

And no, it does not water things down. Think about HL2. Remember Eli Vance? Now, HL had, what, 4 or 5 scientists faces. Why did they make Eli the black one? Why did they then make Alyx mixed race? Did it water anything down? No. Did it avoid taking issues head on? No. All it did was give 13% of the population a character that could easily have been any ethnicity one that they relate to most.

Why is this bad?
Why can't more devs do this? In FC4, the protagonist isn't white, for the first time in FC history. Did it water down the game? If the main villain in a Tomb Raider game was Hispanic instead of white, would it force writers to avoid taking issues head-on?

Frankly, I'm not even sure what "forcing writers to avoid taking issues head-on" means.
 
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15. Re: etc., etc. Feb 4, 2015, 20:40 Beamer
 
Ozmodan wrote on Feb 4, 2015, 20:33:
beremot wrote on Feb 4, 2015, 20:29:
eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 4, 2015, 20:19:
Asmo wrote on Feb 4, 2015, 18:41:
jdreyer wrote on Feb 4, 2015, 17:51:
Anita Sarkeesian Named 'Harvard Humanist of the Year 2014'

Popcorn

I felt a great disturbance in the net...

Especially because humanism is the opposite of feminism.

Humanism is a philosophical and ethical stance that emphasizes the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and generally prefers critical thinking and evidence over established doctrine or faith

Which is quite hilarious when you give that award to a person that runs "Feminist Frequency" Which is anything but a bastion for critical thinking.

That said, I did not read the article Maybe they have a good reason

Someone knows how to cut and paste from wikipedia.

Let me ask you this. When it comes to Sarkeesian, and her Gator "fans" ... which side do you think is best able to think critically?


I have nothing against feminism, but she way over the top. She is so left wing, she makes the ultra liberals look conservative. I guess the harvardites think that is good lol.

Can you tell me how?

I generally find people saying this to not understand what she's saying because they don't watch a video or read a transcript, they just listen to what other people are saying.

She doesn't ask to ban games, she just points out common themes that are against women.
Incidentally, she just announced doing a similar series about men.

She wants games to be more inclusive and better written. Sounds like something we can all get behind, no?
 
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13. Re: etc., etc. Feb 4, 2015, 20:39 Beamer
 
I suppose the correct post was:

Cutter wrote on Feb 4, 2015, 19:10:
The only thing this demonstrates is what a liberal bastion Harvard is, and how dumb they are. Hey Harvard, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I'd love to sell you cheap.

Cutter wrote on Feb 4, 2015, 11:49:
Well, prison is full of clowns who thought they were smarter than everyone else.
 
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