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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
22. Re: Morning Safety Dance Nov 14, 2014, 17:48 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 17:43:
Yeahyeah Yeah wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 16:24:
Quboid wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 16:13:
Yeahyeah Yeah wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 14:48:
I just was alluding to the habit of treating criticism of a woman's choice of dress as off-limits or an extremely fake-touchy issue normally... but for female characters in video games it's all bets are off.

The key is "a woman's choice". A female character in a video game designed predominantly by men for men isn't an actual woman's choice and is more open to accusations of objectification - which isn't to say that the accusations are true.

I objectify absolutely every character in every game I play. I assume all sane people do, since those characters are literally objects - not people.

And if that's abstracted away - if the response is 'well, okay, it's not a REAL person, but that sort of attire still indicates such and such about whoever chose it' - then there's an implicit real-world judgment about real-world female attire that comes with that abstraction.

I should have said sexually objectify. Although I think I get into most games enough to see the character beyond the object but that's beside the point.

I don't much care about this stuff to be honest. Nipple armour looks stupid and detracts from my enjoyment of a game but I don't have a problem with a lot of the supposedly sexist stuff. Sexuality, even in a character written by the other sex, is not inherently sexist. The main reason why I felt I should point out that these accusations aren't necessarily true is because I didn't want to imply that a game designed by men for men is automatically sexist - that assertion would be sexist.

Most people don't have a problem with the supposedly sexist stuff individually, with few exceptions (sorry, some of GTAV was really, really just unnecessary.)

It's the quantity that becomes bothersome. In aggregate. Or, if you will, the lack of options.

As others pointed out, though, unless Sweden does this for every media, don't do it for any media.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
17. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 14, 2014, 13:31 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 13:28:
Wait a minute. Spotify paid her label 6 mil, and she only made 500k. So it seems the problem here isn't Spotify, is it? And fuck these so-called artists and their work once get paid forever bullshit. That needs to end.

No.
Spotify paid her label $500,000. Read closer, dude. "We paid her on track to earn $6 million." That means that, at the time she pulled her music, they were paying her at a rate that, stretched across a year, would be $6 million dollars.
But it wasn't actually $6 million.

Also in that, her label is discussing domestic sales, whereas Spotify is discussing international sales. So the true number is somewhere between $6 million and $500,000. But probably not much more than $500,000, as I'd guess that the bulk of Taylor Swift dollars come from the US.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
16. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 14, 2014, 13:28 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 12:33:
Doesn't licensing eat up all of that money? I think that streaming music is a great way for fans to find new bands and artists - I spend a lot of time shopping for mp3's and in a great many user reviews that I read a recurring theme is "I heard this band on Rhapsody/Pandora/Spotify/etc and came here immediately to buy the album..." It's hard to put a dollar value on that. Granted Taylor Swift doesn't need that kind of exposure, so it holds little value for her, but for hard rock and metal bands that get virtually no radio play it is great exposure. I found my new favorite metal band, Allegaeon that way. Most exciting metal band in years.

The old thinking was that piracy was fine, because it gave exposure. Radio abandoned interesting and diverse playlists years ago, and it's now 100% Clearchannel playing Nickelback or Taylor Swift.
So bands figured piracy meant exposure which meant more people at shows which meant merch sales.

But now companies like Spotify are making money, so it isn't even just piracy, and bands aren't making it. Plus, many bands argue that, while their albums were pirated like crazy, shows weren't really growing in proportion.

That, and Spotify really is a music-purchase substitute. I don't think many people listen on Spotify then buy a CD. They listen on Spotify instead of buying a CD.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
12. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 14, 2014, 12:12 Beamer
 
I stand corrected: the new Old Man Gloom hit Spotify today.  
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News Comments > Warlords of Draenor DDoSed
9. Re: Warlords of Draenor DDoSed Nov 14, 2014, 12:08 Beamer
 
Techie714 wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 11:52:
Thontor wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 11:18:
BitWraith wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 10:19:
I think this is a lie. I think it's a PR move to try and make people less pissed off.

This image from map.ipviking.com, a service completely independent from Blizzard, shows a massive attack

http://i.imgur.com/lwFmvZV.jpg

I was just going to post something similar, thank you. China was hitting the U.S. hard!

Likewise.
Something like this is hard to lie about and not get caught.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
19. Re: Evening Metaverse Nov 14, 2014, 12:07 Beamer
 
Ratty wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 11:23:
Beamer wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 23:33:
Uh.
She's nominated for the John Campbell. That counts as acclaim. That's the very technical definition of acclaim.

Prior John Campbell winners and nominees:
George RR Martin, Orson Scott Card, Carl Sagan, Cory Doctorow, Lev Grossman, Brad R. Torgersen, etc.
It isn't a little honor. It's a fairly big one in the world of sci fi literature.
Nominee for Best New Writer (along with 4 or 5 others), not for best SF novel. Nominee only, didn't win. I wouldn't really call that "acclaimed", just a cut above the usual Star Wars and Star Trek pulp novels they churn out. This seems like a tiny little internet tempest in a teapot of Great Importance to certain people but meaningless to the vast majority of SF fans. Is it an issue only because the participants are "underrepresented writers?"

I saw the "acclaimed writer" part in the headline and only checked out the article to see what assholery Orson Scott Card was up to now. I was disappointed.

Didn't win because she was nominated in 2014, and the winner isn't yet announced.
But she won't win.

Regardless, I'd say being nominated for a fairly prestigious award in your field counts as "acclaim."
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
1. Re: Game Reviews Nov 14, 2014, 11:21 Beamer
 
FC4 embargo broke, too.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 14, 2014, 11:15 Beamer
 
1badmf wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 10:25:
there are still people in the 30fps camp?!? man i used to be one of them, like, 15 years ago. that was my first real taste of bumping up against my own ego, when my friend showed me a quake game side by side, rendered in 30 and 60 fps. clear difference. that was the first time i can remember being unequivocally wrong in my adult life, and i'm glad i chose the path of truth where a lot of people would just argue endlessly because they con't actually care about the truth and just cant suffer the embarrassment to their ego of being wrong. just thought i'd share that interesting tidbit in my evolution as a person =D

I've never heard anyone make any of the claims in that article. Or, at least, not in years and years.

What you hear instead is:
1) "I can't really notice the difference unless it's side-by-side, and I don't play side-by-side, so I won't let it bother me"
2) "If you didn't tell me it was 30fps I never would have noticed on my own"
3) "There are trade-offs, and we get fewer frames for more graphic fidelity. Since this isn't a twitchy action game, that is fine by me"
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
9. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 14, 2014, 11:13 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 11:02:
Verno wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 10:54:
Prez wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 10:24:
Taylor swift has made "Less than $500,000 across hundreds of millions of plays."

The poor thing. She's probably starving. Maybe we should start a fundraiser.

If shes that poorly compensated, how well can anyone else be doing? I don't know shit about Taylor Swift other than she seems to mega popular but it seems like these companies aren't being fair about how revenue is split.

If what I've heard about the streaming audio business is true if they paid anybody any more than what they are currently they would basically be paying to stay in business. It doesn't seem to be a very sustainable business model unless Spotify is somehow different.

It's not particularly sustainable, but if you aren't Taylor Swift, it's getting fractions of a fraction of a penny per play or nothing at all.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
15. Re: Evening Metaverse Nov 14, 2014, 11:12 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 07:33:
Is this the social justice troll with the fake lesbian persona? Reading more yep I guess so, I read about this person last week. Someone was trying to silence others and ruin reputations under the umbrella of 'social justice', often displaying massively hypocritical stances and tirades. Didn't like the same author or book? You were a 'woman hater who needs to have acid thrown in their face'. They would then delete them later to erase evidence. Reminds me of someone else.

Uh... she was the one fighting against social justice, not the other way around.

Reminds me of someone else.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
14. Re: Evening Consolidation Nov 14, 2014, 10:40 Beamer
 
jacobvandy wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 08:11:
Agent.X7 wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 23:52:
jdreyer wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 23:37:
TriForce releasing replica Halo plasma rifles at $600 a pop.

So, does it shoot actual plasma? For that price it had better.

Yeah, for that price you can buy any number of real guns. You know, that work. Instead of a piece of plastic with LEDs. That weighs about 3 times what a real, working weapon weighs. (? Why?)

The future is heavy.

There's that word again!
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 14, 2014, 10:39 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 09:44:
You can get one from other countries without issue it seems. Looks like they just didn't make that many of them.

At a higher price.

I won't fault ms as much as you guys. For one thing, it's nice that something called limited is limited. For another, this was probably ordered months before they decided to cut the price $50. Without that price cut this would be sitting on shelves unsold.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 14, 2014, 10:36 Beamer
 
ldonyo wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 10:22:
Someone needs to explain how terrestrial radio works to Taylor Swift...

Or maybe someone needs to explain to you how Spotify works.


There's no comparison. Spotify is on demand, radio is not. Pandora is a substitute for radio. Spotify is a substitute for buying cds

Prez, maybe she would have made a few hundred thousand via Spotify, but she probably made ten times that without it.

She's the single biggest singer in the country. She doesn't need Spotify and its parts of a penny per play - people actually buy her cds. Spotify, though, needs her. She's probably one of maybe ten acts, if even, that can say that.

Meanwhile, the new old man gloom also came out this week and also skipped Spotify. Jerks.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
12. Re: Benjanun Sriduangkaew Nov 14, 2014, 05:29 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 01:12:
Beamer wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 20:37:
Nor have I. But she is apparently a Thai lesbian, meaning both female, gay, and a person of color.
Who has that on the BINGO board?

One of the very common things in discussions of late is the argument that something is alright because a person of that type did it (e.g., blah blah blah isn't sexist because a woman is ok with it, isn't racist because a black man said it, isn't homophobic because a transgendered individual said it, etc.)

Here was a a Thai lesbian engaging in racist, homophobic and sexist behavior.


This whole thing seems hard to follow as she was doing some seriously weird things.

The whole thing is very strange. I'm not even convinced this person exists as she claims to exist. Given the number of pseudonyms that she's written under, it's just as likely that this is yet another persona. And her hateful trolling goes back to 2003, but her first story was published in 2012? Writers I know have an unquenchable need to put there stuff out there, certainly some of her work previous to 2012 must exist somewhere out there, but there's no mention of it. Perhaps this is a psuedonymous series by someone already famous, a la Venus on the Half Shell?

From what I gather the photos are real but everything wrist could be persona.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
24. Re: Op Ed Nov 13, 2014, 23:34 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 22:36:
In Civilization V, the United Nations wonder and diplomatic victory were really shallow and stood out as step back over Civ IV (although some would say they weren't alone). Sure enough it was revamped in DLC and it's really tough to believe that Civ V vanilla would have been so weak in this regard if they hadn't planned to rework it.

Then again, it probably wouldn't have been as deep as Brave New World's implementation, which goes well beyond Civ IV. It makes sense to not re-implement something like Civ IV's system only to gut it later but the basic product suffered for it. I hope they spent the resources that would have gone to the temporary diplomacy victory system on other things that have lasted.

I don't see why it's tough to believe. It's an entirely new game on an entirely new engine. As mentioned elsewhere, new games with new engines often miss on features. Usually it's another new game that adds the polish.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
7. Re: Evening Metaverse Nov 13, 2014, 23:33 Beamer
 
Uh.
She's nominated for the John Campbell. That counts as acclaim. That's the very technical definition of acclaim.

Prior John Campbell winners and nominees:
George RR Martin, Orson Scott Card, Carl Sagan, Cory Doctorow, Lev Grossman, Brad R. Torgersen, etc.
It isn't a little honor. It's a fairly big one in the world of sci fi literature.

You guys can downplay it all you want because you don't like the "SJWs" attacking her, but her story was pretty damn well acclaimed.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Benjanun Sriduangkaew Nov 13, 2014, 20:37 Beamer
 
Nor have I. But she is apparently a Thai lesbian, meaning both female, gay, and a person of color.
Who has that on the BINGO board?

One of the very common things in discussions of late is the argument that something is alright because a person of that type did it (e.g., blah blah blah isn't sexist because a woman is ok with it, isn't racist because a black man said it, isn't homophobic because a transgendered individual said it, etc.)

Here was a a Thai lesbian engaging in racist, homophobic and sexist behavior.


This whole thing seems hard to follow as she was doing some seriously weird things.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
6. Re: Evening Consolidation Nov 13, 2014, 20:11 Beamer
 
Pretty certain the 13.5 million Sony quotes is shipped, too. I see it listed as both, depending on the site.

All 3 systems are easy to find, but that stupid white Xbone sold out pretty much immediately.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
3. Re: Op Ed Nov 13, 2014, 19:40 Beamer
 
Flatline wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 19:35:
Cutter wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 19:06:
Game journalism...sounds so professional doesn't it? And all it is is paid advertising. Lulz.
Laugh2

And it's questionable how much bang for the buck publishers are getting.

How so?
Journalists let you know games are in the works, tell you release dates, serve you trailers, write you previews, and ultimately tell you whether or not to buy the game.

What percentage of gamers do you think hang out on messageboards like this? GTAV sold, what, 22 million copies? Kotaku, a standard games journalist, has 17 million unique visitors per month. Blues has, what, a few hundred regular posters?

We're the minority.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
20. Re: Op Ed Nov 13, 2014, 18:07 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 17:51:
Beamer wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 12:41:
As for paywall DLC, can you tell me which DLC you mean? We've had the discussion many times, and no one has really named a game that felt incomplete without DLC. Hell, I said Fallout 3 and some people got angry at me for that.

I don't think it was really incomplete without it, but From Ashes (I think that's what it was called) for ME3 did add some pretty fucking startling revelations throughout the game that massively changed the entire way large chunks of the lore were viewed. Putting it in DLC (even if it was included with the new game) was fucking ridiculous, no matter how much Gaider keeps claiming there were reasons for it.

I thought someone had mentioned ME3 but couldn't find it in the search and never played it.
I still say FO3 was the most egregious. While the ending mostly felt fine to me (except not being able to send the mutant in), the DLC added not only a much better ending but let you keep playing.

Also: Chekhov's robot! (Patriot One was it?)
 
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