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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 22, 2013, 16:22 Beamer
 
I'm sure we'll get the news item to comment on soon, but whoa - id is basically finished.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
33. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 21, 2013, 20:26 Beamer
 
PropheT wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 19:36:
Beamer wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 18:37:
First, how are we defining "fail?" Every product fails at some point.

Regardless, take a look at the reviews for the Remington Touch shaver on Amazon. Well over half the reviews indicate the product failed. You can argue that the only people writing reviews are ones who had the product fail, but when 100 of 127 reviews say the product failed, and most of the other 27 are people reviewing within a week of buying, and many of those 100 claim they had originally given a good review but had to change after a month, I'd say you can estimate that as being a higher failure rate.

But, in general, products that experience really high failure rates don't tend to get much attention because they're not high profile. Look at anything bought As Seen on TV - most probably won't work. Hell, I recently had someone try to sell my one of those extending hoses (not the exact seen on tv one) for 2% MRSP. Why? Because the failure rate was 100%.

I'd define fail the same way the companies would, in the number that needs warranty service or replacement in relation to how many I've put into the channel. If I put a million electronic ticklers into retail, and have 10,000 of them that I have to replace, that 1% failure rate is well within the realm of what I'd expect when selling them.

I don't think Amazon reviews are the best way to judge the failure rate of a particular device, due in no small part to that expected failure limit. The people who are most inclined to post are the ones who had one fail, and there's no way of knowing how many were sold. Hell, look at computer game ratings on Amazon; you'd think some of them made demons come screaming out of your computer to rain fire on your genitals, but most of them are pretty decent and work just fine.

I'd disagree that a high failure rate doesn't mean a high profile, especially when talking about electronics. A 5% failure rate in electronics can be enough to trigger a recall (the HDD company I mentioned that did the recall had about a 5% failure rate that triggered it). A 50%+ failure rate would probably trigger a fraud investigation in some states.


You're misunderstanding me all around.
So you're saying something fails only if it needs to be replaced. So if something has a 90 day warranty, and dies on day 91, it didn't fail in your definition?
What if something has a lifetime warranty and fails after 40 years? Does that count?

And I didn't say a high failure rate means it isn't high profile, I said that products that tend to fail a lot aren't high profile. That doesn't mean that they're low profile because they failed, that means idiotic stuff like COBY walkmen experienced incredibly high failure rates but no one really pays attention because it's a $10 walkman you buy at Walgreens.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
31. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 21, 2013, 19:24 Beamer
 
Yosemite Sam wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 18:43:
Beamer wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 16:01:
Yosemite Sam wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 14:56:
Hell I would bet there has been no electronic consumer product ever that comes anywhere near the original 360s fail rate, it's unprecedented.

EDIT and out of the box broken isnt what concerns me the most. Working consoles breaking after a month or more of usage will be the test.

Your edit is correct, but really? You're betting that no electronic consumer product has ever had a fail rate over 50%?

Seriously?


OK I did overly generalize in my statement, but if you consider it in the context of the conversation, yes. So let me put it in the context of the conversation. I would bet there has been no "name brand" "mass produced consumer electronic product" ever that comes anywhere near the original 360s fail rate, it's unprecedented.

... and I believe this is due to a culture in Microsoft. They are\were a software company and developed the culture of release now patch later. I think this mentality got into the 360 development, they wanted to beat Sony to the punch so put the product out with the idea that they could simply fix any problems with a software update. Sony on the other hand being a electronics company understood this and built their machine from a strictly electronics standpoint... which of course cost them on the software side.

Sony seemed to have learned their lesson this time and also took into account the people who make the software... and while it remains to be seen I would fully expect Microsoft to have learned their lesson that the electronics have to work out of the box.

Microsoft learned its lesson and kept the power brick out and put a giant fan there. Seriously, there's no chance the Xbone has more heat problems than the PS4 (which likely will also have no heat problems.)

I do agree entirely that having an HDMI issue out of the box is far less problematic than having a system die after 3 months to 4 years. That's traumatic. The HDMI issue is just frustrating.
 
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News Comments > Black Mesa Goes Commercial
70. Re: Black Mesa Goes Commercial Nov 21, 2013, 18:43 Beamer
 
Wesp5 wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 16:50:
Beamer wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 16:07:
That only games created by original Valve employees are Valve games?

I don't think you want to understand me. In my eyes all these commercialized mods are just diversions from the HL series, which is what I really care about! I don't think Valve has time forever to finish HL3 and the time they spend on other things like DOTA2 is lost for the HL series. And of course all of this is much easier than actually creating a completely new game that blows everyone away!

Find me the link where Newell says that HL2 was delayed solely due to Steam.

Not solely, but a big part surely was that Newell concentrated on Steam. Google produced http://www.gamespot.com/articles/the-final-hours-of-half-life-2/1100-6112889/ in which it says: "But in early 2002 Newell let the rest of the team take the lead on the development of the game...Instead, he began working on other projects, like Steam..." I wouldn't be surprised if the same thing happened to HL3: Newell is busy planning to take the living room with the Steamboxes, while the rest of Valve spends their time commercialising mods and working on HL3 on the side. By the time HL3 will be released gamers may either have forgotten it or have so high expectations, that they can't ever be satisfied. I want HL3 to be great, but I fear for the worst!

Gabe spending less time isn't a huge deal. He let the rest of the team take the lead. It isn't like he was still the decision maker and drawing out decisions.

As for your argument that few people care about HL3 anymore, you're mostly right, but that isn't because it's taken too long. People didn't stop caring about Duke Nukem Forever because it took too long. People stopped caring about Duke because he was a remnant from another time that hadn't aged well. The character hadn't aged well, the design hadn't aged well, and the game itself sucked.

Half Life hasn't particularly aged well, either. It's still fun, nostalgically, but it's a fairly shallow game. Popular first person games these days tend to have either RPG elements, team elements, or both. HL didn't have either.

Can you name a single first person game similar to Half Life that's done well recently?
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
29. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 21, 2013, 18:37 Beamer
 
PropheT wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 17:03:
Beamer wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 16:01:
Your edit is correct, but really? You're betting that no electronic consumer product has ever had a fail rate over 50%?

Seriously?


I worked for a company about 10 years ago that had a device that was very, very well known for its failure rate. Everyone knew it, the company wouldn't admit to it and never issued a recall. Their actual failure rate wasn't as high as the original 360's going by Gamestop's guesses being around the 30%+ range.

I worked for hard drive manufacturer about 15 years ago that DID have a recall for one of their drives, and its failure rate was less than half the 360's.

I don't know of an electronic device with a failure rate over 50%. I've never heard of one with that catastrophic of a problem before. Do you have any examples?

First, how are we defining "fail?" Every product fails at some point.

Regardless, take a look at the reviews for the Remington Touch shaver on Amazon. Well over half the reviews indicate the product failed. You can argue that the only people writing reviews are ones who had the product fail, but when 100 of 127 reviews say the product failed, and most of the other 27 are people reviewing within a week of buying, and many of those 100 claim they had originally given a good review but had to change after a month, I'd say you can estimate that as being a higher failure rate.

But, in general, products that experience really high failure rates don't tend to get much attention because they're not high profile. Look at anything bought As Seen on TV - most probably won't work. Hell, I recently had someone try to sell my one of those extending hoses (not the exact seen on tv one) for 2% MRSP. Why? Because the failure rate was 100%.
 
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News Comments > Black Mesa Goes Commercial
66. Re: Black Mesa Goes Commercial Nov 21, 2013, 16:07 Beamer
 
Wesp5 wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 14:46:
Beamer wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 13:53:
Hey, remind me again what the wait in time between HL and HL2 was?
6 years you say?

Wow! And it's been 6 years since HL:E2?
Clearly Valve has changed and is no longer developing games!

So how many other games did Valve itself create between HL and HL2? And didn't Newell himself admit that HL2 was delayed completely out of proportion because he only cared about Steam? I fear things are repeating itself, but maybe Valve will indeed use HL3 to push the Steamboxes, so let's stop here, but take a look at this ;): http://i.imgur.com/35Uc3.jpg

This whole "create itself" argument is so far beyond asinine. Are you saying Team Fortress 2 isn't created by Valve? That Robin Walker isn't a member of Valve? That only games created by original Valve employees are Valve games? That TF2 is an obvious evolution of TF1?

Find me the link where Newell says that HL2 was delayed solely due to Steam. There's plenty out there accusing him of lying about the delay, but hey, maybe all those articles about how much he sucked because HL2 took too long from announce to release are why no one ever mentions HL3 anymore.

Game fans tend to be the most entitled group of "fans" outside of 18 year old music fans, often with the same arguments (e.g., "they were better before they sold out" or "the first release was so much better" or "you don't actually like XYZ, you just say that to be cool"), with the exception that game fans tend to be middle aged men making the arguments 16 year old boys make about music.

Regardless, you're demonstrating such weird entitlement here. "Valve owes me real games they totally made themselves. None of this licensing the Q2 engine, using their code and making a game very similar to one id made, I want something wholly original otherwise it doesn't count!"
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
25. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 21, 2013, 16:01 Beamer
 
Yosemite Sam wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 14:56:
Hell I would bet there has been no electronic consumer product ever that comes anywhere near the original 360s fail rate, it's unprecedented.

EDIT and out of the box broken isnt what concerns me the most. Working consoles breaking after a month or more of usage will be the test.

Your edit is correct, but really? You're betting that no electronic consumer product has ever had a fail rate over 50%?

Seriously?

 
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News Comments > Black Mesa Goes Commercial
62. Re: Black Mesa Goes Commercial Nov 21, 2013, 13:53 Beamer
 
Wesp5 wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 13:41:
Beamer wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 12:39:
And they do. Not quick enough for your liking, but then you also whine about Battlefield games coming out every other week.

1. I didn't complain about BF or CoD games coming out each year. Only about their short singleplayer campaign lengths :)!

2. Valve wanted to release episodes to get out content faster. The last HL2 episode was released 6 years ago. You find this a reasonable time? I don't! Most other companies have released several AAA titles in the meantime. Valve keeps releasing small riddle games and MP mods!

3. Maybe all of you are MP people who can play the same game over and over for years and are happy if you get a new renderer or a new hat once in a while ;). But I loved Valve for their singleplayer games which were among the best games ever! Now they just don't do them anymore. Don't tell me they couldn't have finished HL2:EP3 in the time they did P, P2, L4D, L4D2, TF2 and DOTA2. Why are they stalling? I guess because it's easier for them to make money that way...

Hey, remind me again what the wait in time between HL and HL2 was?
6 years you say?

Wow! And it's been 6 years since HL:E2?
Clearly Valve has changed and is no longer developing games!
 
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News Comments > Black Mesa Goes Commercial
57. Re: Black Mesa Goes Commercial Nov 21, 2013, 12:39 Beamer
 
Wesp5 wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 11:56:
Sadly, in my opinion they don't concentrate on developing games anymore, rather on becoming the biggest PC-centric publisher everywhere and in the living room, with Steam, SteamWorks, GreenLight, FirstAcess and the SteamBoxes!

Whether or not they concentrate on games isn't a matter of your opinion, it's a factual statement.

And they do. Not quick enough for your liking, but then you also whine about Battlefield games coming out every other week. I'm sorry that not enough studios fit the exact length of time between titles that you specifically demand. All studios should do exactly what this guy on Bluesnews wants, otherwise he'll complain and accuse them of stealing games form the community and not making their own games, even though their staff is significantly larger on the game dev side than on the Steam side.
 
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News Comments > Black Mesa Goes Commercial
51. Re: Black Mesa Goes Commercial Nov 21, 2013, 10:52 Beamer
 
Wesp5 wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 08:36:
Redmask wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 07:27:
It isn't realistic or fair to argue that Valve did not contribute significant value...

I never argued that Valve didn't contribute significant value, of course Portal is a much better and polished game than Nabarcular Drop. But in the end Valve relies on outside projects almost completely right now! They don't do anything on their own that hasn't been tested and found successful by some community already. And all of them are rather small projects too, nothing over 5 hours playtime since HL2. For me this is playing it completely on the safe side while living from Steam alone. Almost as if they fear that HL:EP3 would fail for expectations like DNF did...

Oh, and like the first commenter here, I am so angry at Valve because I want HL:EP3 :)!

Well, ignoring that everything outside the original Portal is well over 5 hours of gameplay, and ignoring that Nabarcular Drop and Portal have very little in common, with one being an ugly game that didn't have many puzzles and the other being a classic that instantly gave us The Cake is a Lie, Still Alive, and GladOS, all of whom are referenced to this day, and ignoring that Valve is by far the largest PC-centric independent developer and that those game developers are most likely doing something despite what many people here keep claiming, it just shows a complete lack of understanding into how games are designed and how really any business works, period.

Here, let me apply your argument to other industries:
  • I don't get why Google gets so much credit for Android. Android Inc. made Android, Google just bought it! Sure, they fixed it and made it a modern OS, but still, Google stole that idea from the community using a lot of money and hiring the brains behind it and putting them in leadership roles!

  • I don't get why people say the Red Sox won the World Series. David Ortiz is what made them win, and he wasn't even drafted by the Red Sox! The Twins drafted him! They did all the work! Sure, they let him go, and it wasn't until he became a Red Sock that he started playing like a superstar, but still, the Sox are just taking credit for what the Twins did!]*

    Silly, no?
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    News Comments > Morning Consolidation
    43. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 21, 2013, 10:28 Beamer
     
    gray wrote on Nov 21, 2013, 07:58:
    4K panels are already here, you can game in 4K on a PC right now.

    http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-PQ321Q-31-5-Inch-4K-Monitor/dp/B00DJ4BIKA

    SteamBox is going to absolutely murder Microsoft and Sony. They are just so short sighted, this gen can barely do 1080p let alone 4k. It definitely can't do VR, yet they're still expecting a 7-10 year lifecycle on these products.

    Re; Ryse. They should have put out something more like this;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-WTtPqpppg


    stop. 4k is basically more shitty "buy new tvs, we beg you!" like 3d was. Its better, and fantastic for pcs, but you basically need your nose against the screen to see the difference. Most people sit too far from their tv for it to much matter. But feel free to think you need a $5000 40" tv because Sony tells you you do.
     
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    News Comments > Morning Consolidation
    35. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 21, 2013, 00:41 Beamer
     
    Redmask wrote on Nov 20, 2013, 23:01:
    It's impossible to take reviews seriously these days with so much turfing from competitors. You can't even trust the "verified Amazon purchase" anymore since companies wised up to that. They sold over a million PS4s in a day, I think the few I've heard of being broken is a pretty acceptable number by comparison. If they all start kicking the bucket like the 360 in a year then it will be a big deal, otherwise no one will remember this in a few months.

    It sounds like more than a few. One board I post on has 2 people with dead units, and it isn't a big board.

    But this isn't a RROD disaster. Early units have a hardware issue that's immediate apparent. Everyone will have a replacement by January, so it's annoying but within warranty. It isn't like a system with all your saved stuff dying after or around the warranty is up. This is a major inconvenience, that was an absolute nightmare and a ticking timebomb all early (and not so early) adopters had to fear.
     
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    News Comments > Black Mesa Goes Commercial
    32. Re: Black Mesa Goes Commercial Nov 20, 2013, 16:32 Beamer
     
    Wesp5 wrote on Nov 20, 2013, 15:50:
    BicycleRepairMan wrote on Nov 20, 2013, 13:24:
    Yeah, thanks nothing (except making the original game, it's sequel, TFC, TF2, L4D, DOTA 2, DoD Source, Portal, CS

    Yeah, check all these "Valve games" out. Except for HL and HL2 they are all only well known mods or university projects gone commercial!

    How to tell someone isn't thinking: they make this argument.
     
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    News Comments > Morning Consolidation
    5. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 20, 2013, 11:18 Beamer
     
    Lord Tea wrote on Nov 20, 2013, 10:57:
    InBlack wrote on Nov 20, 2013, 10:35:
    Clicked on three random links for the XBone. All promise that wonderful magic and dancing unicorns will populate your endorphin centers if you purchase this console. Needless to say, Im not impressed.

    Surprise, surprise! American sites promote an American product (that MUST beat the Japanese competitor). Surprise, surprise!

    Nah, they did the same thing for the PS4. Stop with your stupid conspiracies.

    The Xbox One undeniably does more out of the box, supports all games out of the box (unlike the PS4, which comes with a game loaded that requires a camera purchase), and has better launch titles.

    The Verge seems about right in their review - all of that buys 0.1 extra points, for another $100. It's better right now, because it does more and has slightly better games. But it doesn't do any of that well enough to really say it's worth the $100, and in 6 months none of these launch titles will matter. In a vacuum, right now, it's the better console, but not necessarily the better value. Polygon gave it 0.5 extra rating points, which seems the best you could argue. Sounds too high, to me. The extra $100 for two features that right now have some use but not $100.

    It sounds like the TV functionality is kind of cool but, like many pointed out to them ahead of time, no different than Google TV, really, which makes it flawed. Things like not going automatically to TV sounds annoying. And, though I don't have DVR at the moment (somehow Comcast never asked if I wanted it, I assumed I was getting it, and I never bothered calling because I don't know if I watch enough TV for $15 per month), not being able to access the DVR functionality or the on-demand is stupid. 99% of what I watch is Comcast's on-demand (as opposed to DVR.) I'm guessing most people savvy enough to want a Xbox are also people savvy enough to watch most of their television on their time schedule, not the networks. So not doing any kind of DVR functionality means that the TV settings are somewhat worthless, even if they get ironed out.
     
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    News Comments > Op Ed
    26. Re: Op Ed Nov 19, 2013, 21:47 Beamer
     
    Overon wrote on Nov 19, 2013, 21:24:
    Cabezone wrote on Nov 19, 2013, 17:28:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcPIu3sDkEw

    The relevant part is roughly 60 seconds in.

    Well then if she did give that speech before the kickstarter in which she claimed she has been playing video game since she was little, then that is deceptive and she misrepresented herself in the kickstarter. However before I go as far as that, I would love to see if she ever responded to this charge. I wonder if there is a more innocent explanation.

    And I don't entirely see how when she became interested in games alters her analysis of the current video game industry.

    I'm sure plenty of people here work in industries they weren't interested in long ago, does that make their work less valid? She may have lied, or fudged the truth, but not about anything relevant to what she's saying.

    But, hey, it isn't like gamers have a history of attacking girls on things that aren't relevant to what they're saying.
     
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    News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
    2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Nov 19, 2013, 19:17 Beamer
     
    HorrorScope wrote on Nov 19, 2013, 19:11:
    50" TV for $229, not too shabby.

    Eh, the larger the TV the more noticeable a shitty one is. My friend had a pretty good Samsung that had to be replaced quickly by a much cheaper LG. The reduction in picture quality was mind-blowing.

    A $230 50" by Element is probably like watching a superior TV if the screen was covered in Vaseline.
     
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    18. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 19, 2013, 18:51 Beamer
     
    Yosemite Sam wrote on Nov 19, 2013, 16:21:
    Well, well, well... Beach Bum Pack has hit GTA and the 1.6 patch is a motherload.

    Unfortunately they caved on the 'bad sport' crying so I fully expect the public free roam sessions to be a clusterfuck. Try to enjoy yourself now as the money glitchers who own tanks rain death to everyone and camp residences, guess I'll be doing the crew only sessions even more now. Oh and if you did races or parachuting instead of glitching for your money, hope you got your money cause the payouts have been nuked big time. Gotta get the people to buy those GTA dollars, can't have them earning enough by just playing.

    On a positive note however, they have removed all vehicles from garages that aren't supposed to be there and eliminated the glitches that allowed it... heh for now anyway as I'm sure the kiddies will find another way. Should be interesting at least, I'll have to log on to see how it's panned out.

    There's no way to keep a vehicle in this game, right, other than always returning it to a garage?
    You get the 5 vehicles your main characters keep driving (1 for Trevor, 2 for Michael, alternating, 2 for Franklin), and... that's it?

    I took too long to realize I should upgrade those vehicles, instead constantly grabbing a Super I saw driving around, but in general modding seems pointless. Hell, Trever found a Bugatti early on and... never drove it. If I drive it and abandon it, which you often inadvertently do in missions, it's gone, right? Why would I ever spend $1mm for one (well, I guess when I'm a billionaire) and then mod it if I may end up driving it for less than 5 minutes?

    The SR system seems so much better. I had every car, some with multiple versions since you could mod them fairly differently (and that's where games should go - letting you specialize rather than merely upgrade), and varied which one I drove depending on mood, with no concerns about thrashing it or leaving it in the middle of the road.

    On that note, even clothing felt somewhat pointless. Aside from some items only working with some other items, Michael in particular kept changing out of his suit, and Trevor did it half the time, meaning that dressing them often took longer than they'd wear the outfit. Yet Franklin spent half the game in a parachute harness for me. Go figure.
     
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    News Comments > Signal Ops on Steam & Linux
    2. Re: 2013-11-19 02:16:13 Nov 19, 2013, 18:37 Beamer
     
    It's a code! Blue has officially gone ARG!  
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    News Comments > Morning Consolidation
    41. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 19, 2013, 18:12 Beamer
     
    Tumbler wrote on Nov 19, 2013, 15:32:
    I guess I'm going to be charging it on my phone chargers anyway but it would be nice if I didn't need to plug a cord into the front of the PS4 to charge that controller.

    It's saddening to realize how long I spent on the edge of my couch, about 6 inches pushed too forward, before I realized that my 360 controller could be charged using a phone charger instead of being plugged into the 360.

    Really sad.
     
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    News Comments > Op Ed
    9. Re: Op Ed Nov 19, 2013, 11:01 Beamer
     
    InBlack wrote on Nov 19, 2013, 10:55:
    Ratty wrote on Nov 19, 2013, 10:52:
    Blue's News on average has a much higher comment quality than most gaming sites, but boy, do these threads bring out ugly sides in the personalities of even some seasoned regulars.
    They sure do. And race as well. I remember years ago here there was an article about black gamers and boy did they ever come out of the woodwork. The thread had hundreds of mostly rabid posts. Not racist posts for the most part, but people upset that someone even dared raise the issue. What is it about these topics that instill rage in certain people? Indifference I can see - I'm mostly indifferent to these topics - but why the rage? It's like a reverse victim mentality. Whites are so victimized, men are so victimized.

    Yeah I too love to ride my high horse and spit all over the people who dare to have an opinion, one way or the other.

    Opinions can be wrong.
    Opinions can be ignorant.
    Opinions can be na´ve.
    Opinions can be insensitive.

    When it comes to discussions about non-white-cismales around here, all of the above tends to come out. It isn't worth getting into, for the most part, because some people have their minds made up that men are superior and just better at things like running companies, writing code, and playing video games, even though women are now outscoring men significantly in math and science, and totally ignoring any kind of societal issues that make this more true than biological ones.

    Don't get used to what we've got, guys. In 20 years, when all the female math and science majors are becoming executives, this dominance in these areas will start rapidly withdrawing.
     
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