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News Comments > Op Ed
335. Re: Op Ed Sep 5, 2014, 12:40 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 5, 2014, 05:53:
Beamer wrote on Sep 4, 2014, 12:22:
Jenn Frank, who wrote freelance for The Guardian, has quit writing on games. She's been harassed out. Her sin? She wrote The Guardian's 500 word blog covering #gamergate. She also donated money to Zoe Quinn a long time ago on Patreon and has met Quinn at least once.

She didn't review Quinn's products, and she didn't write something advertising them, she covered #gamergate in a blog (aka editorial.) The Guardian's legal staff reviewed it and recommended she not bother disclosing it.

Is this where we are now? Are our games "journalists" not allowed to personally meet developers nor donate to Kickstarters? What, exactly, do we expect from our game journalists? Do sports anchors not know athletes? Do our music reviewers not spend time backstage or go to awards shows?

They are allowed to do all that, if disclosed BEFORE WRITING AN OP-ED, not AFTER. And Patreon should be 100% forbidden for journalists, not just disclosed.

She actually did do it before, and legal told her to remove it.
Legal. The people that know this better than anyone.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
7. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 5, 2014, 12:39 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Sep 5, 2014, 08:38:
Dmitri_M wrote on Sep 5, 2014, 01:29:
Minimise two-way interaction with fans. There are always going to be a minority of kooks out there. If you make a blog with commenting enabled, or a twitter account that allows direct unfiltered discussion then you can expect some craziness.

20 years ago we had no direct contact with game devs. Now they're al signing up for services that essentially provide an open line into their lives. What do they expect? People are going to people. I say "people", not "gamers" because nasty behaviour is not isolated to our hobby as the gaming press would have us believe.

They want the best of both worlds, where they can advertise to you out the wazoo, but not hear anything negative back...


It's not about "negative feedback" it's about "if you nerf that weapon I'm going to come to your house and kill you" or "if you change that feature I'm going to email everyone you've ever met and make sure no one can ever employ you again."
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Sep 5, 2014, 11:08 Beamer
 
Elf Shot The Food wrote on Sep 5, 2014, 11:03:
nin wrote on Sep 5, 2014, 09:52:
It is rather telling they all trotted out the same line, all around the same time, in an attempt to circle the wagons...


It's because many of the sites who posted those articles are represented by the same PR firm, which by the way is also corrupt.

That sounds incredibly untrue, and "which by the way is also corrupt" sounds like a factual statement that can't be supported in the slightest.

Part of it is how much everyone misunderstands "gamers are over." So many people are like "Oh my god, I'm so insulted." What they mean by "gamers" is the notion that the only people playing video games are nerd virgins in their parents basement. It's the same stereotype we've all hated forever. When the general public thinks "gamer" they think that fat WoW guy from that episode of South Park.

And, in that light, gamers are indeed over, because, at this point, there's no such thing as a "gamer." Nearly every American plays games. It isn't some subculture anymore, and it isn't some nerdy virgin thing. It's everyone. It's time to move past that stereotype. But so many people seem to define themselves so strongly by that one hobby that they're lashing out and getting defensive.

Let it die. You game. Your neighbor games. Your mother games. We're all gamers. There's no longer one core "gamer" stereotypable as some nerd that's driving all the consumption in this industry.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
5. Re: Op Ed Sep 5, 2014, 11:05 Beamer
 
ldonyo wrote on Sep 5, 2014, 10:10:
Anything they can do to deflect readers from ReviewGate...

Because that's an idiotic name:
1) Can you point out one tainted review? I can: Kane & Lynch on Gamespot, which blew over much quicker than this did. I can't name another
2) Because no one is really talking about games journalism. Some do, but use it to quickly start harassing some female blogger on Twitter
3) Because there's something very funny about how many people are convinced Zoe Quinn proves games journalism is biased and has no professionalism that have turned instead to anonymous YouTube videos that are extremely biased and unprofessional
4) Because no one ever thought "games journalism" was a big deal, anyway. Like Music Journalism, it's solely dedicated to a consumer product. There's never real news in consumer products, and less in games than music because, unlike with musicians, no one gives a shit about who devs are as people. So game journalism is regurgitating PR and posting editorials. Now, suddenly, everyone is angry at that and wants "real journalism." What do you expect when discussing consumer products?
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
3. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 5, 2014, 00:48 Beamer
 
It's not for things happening in-game, it's specifically for people sending death threats to developers. Adam Orth is mentioned. No one liked him, for good reason with that jackass post, but he moved his family to a hotel for a few nights after getting death threats.

Seriously. Death threats. He didn't deserve those.
 
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News Comments > SEGA's Aliens: Colonial Marines Lawsuit Response
37. Re: SEGA's Aliens: Colonial Marines Lawsuit Response Sep 4, 2014, 21:31 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 4, 2014, 19:30:
Beamer wrote on Sep 4, 2014, 16:07:

But I still don't think that's done to make a game look better. It's done because it's just much more feasible.

You could be right. And the government is only using the tenets of the Patriot Act to go after terrorists. They'd never take advantage of any ancillary benefits the law provided.

Oh, wait...

Eh, when you get down to it, these decisions are usually not made by some "marketing drone," they're made by some combination of the dev team and the producer, none of whom I think are sophisticated enough to try to pull the wool over consumer's eyes, and by the studio PR manager, who usually is more concerned with having to deal with fallout to want to mislead.
 
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News Comments > SEGA's Aliens: Colonial Marines Lawsuit Response
35. Re: SEGA's Aliens: Colonial Marines Lawsuit Response Sep 4, 2014, 16:07 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Sep 4, 2014, 16:04:
Dude, please. The game runs straight up on the PC's ludicrously more powerful hardware. If you seriously believe they have it running in a fucking emulated Xbone environment, I have an emulated copy of the Golden Gate bridge to sell you.

All the Xbone games shown at the very first E3 were ALL straight up running on high-end PCs, not on the shitty Xbone hardware.



But I still don't think that's done to make a game look better. It's done because it's just much more feasible.
 
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News Comments > SEGA's Aliens: Colonial Marines Lawsuit Response
33. Re: SEGA's Aliens: Colonial Marines Lawsuit Response Sep 4, 2014, 16:00 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Sep 4, 2014, 15:46:
Beamer wrote on Sep 4, 2014, 13:37:
The games are often running in an Xbox environment on the PC.

Yeah, and my dick is 12 inches too.

Why?
The development is all done on the PC, and often, that early in the game's development, it hasn't really been compiled onto the console without bugs popping up, making a demo harder to control.
Beyond that, they have a choice of either bringing very expensive devkits with them, which can be a risk and also takes the devkit out of the studio where others would be working on it, or they could burn a disc, which requires getting the game functional enough to load from a disc and risks the disc being stolen. Not to mention that a regular console can't run any old burned disc. It would pretty much need to be one of those devkits brought with them.
 
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News Comments > SEGA's Aliens: Colonial Marines Lawsuit Response
32. Re: SEGA's Aliens: Colonial Marines Lawsuit Response Sep 4, 2014, 15:58 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Sep 4, 2014, 15:06:
Fantaz wrote on Sep 4, 2014, 14:15:
i'm pretty sure they never do this at the official Microsoft booths, if ever only from the independent developer booths at expos.

I'm pretty sure its happened several times before but I don't care enough to go hunt down links about it.

I think you're right, but also don't care enough to find links, since it doesn't seem obviously googleable.
 
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News Comments > SEGA's Aliens: Colonial Marines Lawsuit Response
26. Re: SEGA's Aliens: Colonial Marines Lawsuit Response Sep 4, 2014, 13:37 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 4, 2014, 13:25:
Verno wrote on Sep 4, 2014, 09:12:
DangerDog wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 22:24:
Developers and Publishers still are showing off games at trade shows that aren't fair representations of the game, look at how many console games are shown off using PC hardware.

Case in point most of the Xbone demos were running on PCs at recent tradeshows again.

Now THAT is blatant misrepresentation. Someone could rightfully sue over that.

But it's always that way because the games are developed on the PC. It's part of the devkit. The games are often running in an Xbox environment on the PC.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
70. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Sep 4, 2014, 13:23 Beamer
 
BobBob wrote on Sep 4, 2014, 13:16:
InBlack wrote on Sep 4, 2014, 08:02:
Really? Ive never got the appeal of sexting. Although Ive admitedly never tried it. As a matter of curiosity do you send her nude pictures of yourself back?

Do you really want that in your imagination? Confused

I've tried to avoid specifics. But, on the plus side, it's hard to imagine too much about someone that is just bunch of text on the internet, haha.
 
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News Comments > SEGA's Aliens: Colonial Marines Lawsuit Response
24. Re: SEGA's Aliens: Colonial Marines Lawsuit Response Sep 4, 2014, 13:00 Beamer
 
It really, really bothers me that people are trying to create a legal precedent for E3 trailers. Games get changed drastically during development, and what you see at E3 is alpha. Features may disappear, entire visual styles may change, etc.

I have no issue if we hold them to their advertisements at launch, but E3 trailers? All that does is stop companies from showing any of their alpha to us.
 
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News Comments > SEGA's Aliens: Colonial Marines Lawsuit Response
23. Re: SEGA's Aliens: Colonial Marines Lawsuit Response Sep 4, 2014, 12:51 Beamer
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 22:06:
It's great how every time discussion about the lawsuit flares up on the Gearbox forums there's a new round of mass bans. The only "fanboys" left are the overzealous moderators making new rules as they go and a couple delusional white knights baiting people into another ban. They should just close the whole damn thing.

There may be legal reasons for that - in general, you don't want people discussing a lawsuit you're in on your site.


 
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News Comments > Op Ed
333. Re: Op Ed Sep 4, 2014, 12:24 Beamer
 
Mattie Brice has also been harassed into resigning, though I don't know why.
These two were primarily bloggers, nothing more.

It's hard to believe this is about journalism corruption when two insignificant female bloggers are the ones getting so much heat.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
332. Re: Op Ed Sep 4, 2014, 12:22 Beamer
 
Jenn Frank, who wrote freelance for The Guardian, has quit writing on games. She's been harassed out. Her sin? She wrote The Guardian's 500 word blog covering #gamergate. She also donated money to Zoe Quinn a long time ago on Patreon and has met Quinn at least once.

She didn't review Quinn's products, and she didn't write something advertising them, she covered #gamergate in a blog (aka editorial.) The Guardian's legal staff reviewed it and recommended she not bother disclosing it.

Is this where we are now? Are our games "journalists" not allowed to personally meet developers nor donate to Kickstarters? What, exactly, do we expect from our game journalists? Do sports anchors not know athletes? Do our music reviewers not spend time backstage or go to awards shows?
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
68. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Sep 4, 2014, 11:11 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Sep 4, 2014, 08:02:
Beamer wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 15:42:

I enjoy when my girlfriend sends me naked photos.

Really? Ive never got the appeal of sexting. Although Ive admitedly never tried it. As a matter of curiosity do you send her nude pictures of yourself back?

No, but I've done facetiming.

It isn't "sexting." It isn't like anyone is masturbating while texting. It's more that one of us is traveling, or when I moved states I strung that relationship a few extra months so we weren't in the same place. Facetime/Skype comes very much in handy for that. Why watch porn when you have someone willing to make it for you on-demand?

More recently, I had a girlfriend that really enjoyed taking pictures of herself when she was home, then waiting for me to be at work. I'd make the mistake of telling her when I had a huge meeting, and she'd like teasing me by sending a dirty and sometimes vulgar photo of herself to me while I was in the meeting, hoping I'd accidentally open the text and have to quickly hide my phone.
It was cute and entertaining.
 
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News Comments > Sims 4 Pirate Copies Pixelated
5. Re: Sims 4 Pirate Copies Pixelated Sep 4, 2014, 11:06 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Sep 4, 2014, 10:50:
I've looked at some of the "let's play" videos on the tube and about 2 minutes into the character creation mode I was so bored I was sitting there thinking why the fuck am I wasting my time watching this shit.
Never played any of the previous sims games, is this any good? Does it get any more interesting later on ?
From what I've seen it looked like a facebook game

Imagine all the time you spend posting on Bluesnews.
Now, imagine if, instead of posting on Bluesnews, you were watching a tiny little guy in your computer post on Bluesnews. For hours.

That's The Sims. Someone here called it a Dollhouse the other day, but I disagree. Minecraft is a dollhouse, because there's enormous room for imagination. The Sims is like a fishtank, but more work and less interesting.

Note: I haven't played it since the original, and only played that for about 2 hours (which was long enough to have the two neighbor women fall in love with my Sim in the hot tub), and really, it's just watching some virtual guy do all the mundane shit you don't want to do. Hey, he's cleaning the oven, awesome!
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
65. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Sep 3, 2014, 23:00 Beamer
 
Jerykk wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 22:57:
Beamer wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 15:42:
Creston wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 15:08:
Jerykk wrote on Sep 2, 2014, 12:29:
I'll never understand the logic of people who takes pictures and/or videos of themselves nude or during sex.

Narcissism.

I enjoy when my girlfriend sends me naked photos.
Which of us is the narcissist there?

I think "careless" might be the more appropriate word here. If you and your girlfriend were to ever have a nasty breakup, you'd have material that could be used to humiliate her.

Isn't that true of any relationship, even marriage?
Trust is an important thing. Without it, there's a lot of fun that can't be had.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
324. Re: Op Ed Sep 3, 2014, 19:05 Beamer
 
ASeven wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 16:25:
This got huge right now. AlJazeera has posted an article on this. A major news network now has the focus on #Gamergate.

"Criticism of video games and gaming culture, for misogyny and other issues, is commonplace. But a counter trend alleging corruption and condescension in gaming media is now spreading through the hashtag #GamerGate (link is external). The hashtag has been used (link is external) more than 189,000 times, as members of the gaming community debate what they call snobby attitudes of gaming journalists towards players."

GamerHeadlines also posts about the #Imnotyourshield, a new campaign that shows women and minorities saying they want no part of the SJW movement.

"While nothing of note has happened on the gaming media side of events, it looks like the gaming community is once again trying to be heard. And this time, the voices come from a multitude of diverse sources. #NotYourShield is a recent trend that has cropped up on Twitter, coming from several ‘minority’ groups, including women and people of different races, claiming that they are being ignored in the conversation regarding #GamerGate."

I'm really confused as to why some in the comments section are convinced that Al Jazeera article is "showing its bias." It seems to basically throw out the high level facts, using "alleged" and "reported" rather than treating much of anything as having factually occurred. It's shallow and brief, but it's just sticking its toes into these waters.
Al Jazeera US is typically the only major news station that really shows any interest in news.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
321. Re: Op Ed Sep 3, 2014, 15:57 Beamer
 
ASeven wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 14:46:
Seems there are some consequences for lack of ethics and attacking your own customers that feed you. Traffic in many of the sites associated to the gamer's death debacle is sharply down.

Also, a gamasutra article may have lead to the downgrade of the author of it. People are trying to find more details.

What's interesting is that Alexa shows those sites started dipping on 8/1. Which is weeks before this whole thing started. Gamasutra didn't jump into this until last week, yet shows a steep dive all during August. Rockpapershotgun seems to level off their fall when this all hit. Joystiq, a site I don't think has weighed in on this much, shows the exact same steep decline. TheVerge, which has been extremely active in this, shows a very steep rise.

Perhaps something else is leading to this?

Comscore shows Gamasutra down 60% YoY for July (August numbers aren't out yet.) It shows Kotaku down 21%. IGN is down 22%. Rockpapershotgun was down 20%.
 
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