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News Comments > Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta Announced
5. Re: Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta Announced Jul 4, 2015, 15:16 Scud
 
I guess they forgot how awesome that whole Halo 2 Windows Vista exclusive thing worked out already.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
13. Re: Steam Top 10 Jun 7, 2015, 17:14 Scud
 
jimnms wrote on Jun 7, 2015, 12:48:
I'm also surprised to see Fallout 3 and New Vegas there. Those sales are pretty sucky compared to past sales. Both FO3 GotY and FNV UE were $5 several times before and people are now buying them for $12. They'll probably be $5 during the summer sale, unless Bethesda gets greedy and decides not to discount them anymore with Fallout 4 around the corner.
I picked up FO3 GotY for 12 bucks and honestly don't feel cheated in the least, even if it was on sale for 5 dollars at one point. I do find it funny when someone who declares they won't pay more than 5 dollars for anything and then proceeds to accuses Bethesda of being greedy.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 4, 2015, 22:59 Scud
 
Oh yeah, Thermaltake totally copied their, um, black box? Rolleyes  
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News Comments > etc.
15. Re: etc. Apr 25, 2015, 22:50 Scud
 
Silicon Avatar wrote on Apr 25, 2015, 18:41:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Apr 25, 2015, 18:07:
Silicon Avatar wrote on Apr 25, 2015, 17:55:

No, really.

Gaming could completely disappear and I could just as easily do something else. In a proper perspective, for people who have multiple hobbies and interests, this mod thing just does not matter.
It's obviously is a big deal, otherwise you wouldn't be commenting right? After all, who cares that someone is trying to make money off something that's been effectively free because "people enjoy doing it." In a proper perspective meaning modders like me, this is a clusterfuck.

NOTHING is stopping you from modding Skyrim right now. Nothing.

And indeed, who does care if people try to make money off something that was free before? It will either work because people are willing to pay or it won't because people are unwilling to pay.

I'm just here with popcorn dude. All the middle-finger ascii art and crap that's posting on steam right now shows me the maturity level of gamers. If you're a modder, why even tend them as an audience? They want something for nothing and now they're whining that it's gone. That's not a fan. That's a baby bird.

Oh please, you sound like a coke addict who goes around trash talking other addicts but proudly tells everyone how they're nothing like them and can quit whenever they want.
The reaction we are seeing was entirely predictable and pretty reasonable, it's the attitude that EVERYTHING has to be monetized that is unreasonable. Getting angry when someone tries to take something away from you is not whining, it's a normal human response. And while nothing is stopping anyone from modding Skyrim it will be interesting to see what happens when the next Elder Scrolls or more likely the next Fallout game comes out, will everything remain open as they are now or will they force you to only get your mods through the Steam Workshop?
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: etc., etc. Apr 16, 2015, 22:00 Scud
 
She also shares that list with the likes of Vladamir Putin and Kim Jong Un. Being on Time's 100 just means you made the news, not that you're a stellar human being or that you're right about everything.  
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News Comments > etc.
8. Re: etc. Apr 7, 2015, 23:08 Scud
 
ViRGE wrote on Apr 7, 2015, 15:33:
jdreyer wrote on Apr 7, 2015, 13:29:
I really don't understand what Koei is thinking by trying to preempt attempts at nudity mods. It's a game of scantily clad women fighting. There's a breast jiggle meter for chrissakes. It was going to happen no matter what they said, but asking people not to do it is just fanning the flames.
Presumably they are trying to maintain face as a moral and respectable game developer, if only so they don't get blamed. Someone writes nude mods? That's not Koei's fault, in fact they asked people not to do it.
I wonder if they can manage to keep a straight face when they ask people not to create nude mods. It's like Al Goldstein trying to pretend that he didn't publish smutty magazines. Better to come clean and admit to their shameless fan service.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
108. Re: Op Ed Mar 1, 2015, 21:23 Scud
 
beremot wrote on Mar 1, 2015, 04:16:
I sure as hell hope not. I'm a big admirer of big tits, hourglass figures and long legs--particularly in RL. But when it comes to female characters that my daughter, who is currently four years old, can emulate or admire, I want more than just the big tit, hourglass figure and long leg variety for her. My son has a multitude of male characters to select from in books, movies, and yes video games ... so why shouldn't she?
No reason at all, I have never had any problem with more versatile or nuanced female characters in video games (or anywhere else for that matter) I just think that the world is big enough for both that and tropes to exist in. I, like many others wonder what exactly is stopping women (or men) from making more female friendly games, put up a Kickstarter or something, worked pretty well for Anita after all.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
100. Re: Op Ed Mar 1, 2015, 04:04 Scud
 
beremot wrote on Feb 28, 2015, 14:06:
eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 28, 2015, 02:52:
There was a time in the U.S. where caricatures of black people--huge lips, bugged out eyes, arms full of watermelon--were considered perfectly acceptable. Not only were they considered perfectly acceptable, the very idea that there was something discriminatory about them would have itself been considered an affront to white society.

Same thing with other routinely targeted groups like homosexuals. In the 1970s mainstream movies frequently depicted gay men as effeminate, limp-wristed, lisping fops. Not only was this routinely accepted, if you questioned it, then you were the one violating acceptable social norms, and you could expect to be treated accordingly.

It's the same thing with the way women are frequently depicted in some forms of popular culture today. Not as human beings, not as individuals, but as a collection of exaggerated sexual characteristics walking about in the form of a human being. The very idea that there could be something wrong with this, that maybe it should be changed, still strikes a lot of men (and yes, some women) as ridiculous--an affront to the established social order, to the way things just "naturally are."

We still have racism and homophobia in our society today, but the type of caricatures that would have been considered perfectly acceptable not that long ago, are now viewed by most decent people, as inherently wrong.

This didn't happen because the "government" banned such caricatures or punished people for creating them--it happened because blacks and gays fought back against them, often in the face of extremely hostile resistance, and the general culture eventually evolved.

Women will get there someday.
That's pretty good, but I don't think the comparisons quite match up.
The caricatures of blacks you describe were probably created by and for the amusement of racists while also denigrating blacks, and your homosexual example is more of a stereotype than a caricature. And there are some similarities but most of the physical exaggeration when depicting certain female attributes is more about sexual fantasy than a deliberate attack on women. Most men dream about sex, this comes naturally but imaging racist caricatures is probably much less common and so it went away. So big tits, hourglass figures, and long legs are probably not going anywhere anytime soon.
 
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News Comments > etc.
40. Re: etc. Feb 25, 2015, 05:31 Scud
 
Beamer wrote on Feb 25, 2015, 01:46:
It isn't cherry picking! She is showing a series of tropes, and tropes either exist or do not. Showing that they exist isn't cherry picking. She doesn't need to put the context in because she isn't judging or condemning individual games, just showing the prevalence of tropes.

I can't fathom how you do that without "cherry picking." Do you show a random clip from a game and say whether or not the trope is in that clip?
How do you propose doing this without "cherry picking?"

Perhaps by "Cherry Picking" I mean that she focuses on one part of a game, namely violence against and the sexual objectification of women while ignoring things that might weaken her assertion that women are the primary targets in games. For instance, she complains that women are often nothing more than objects to be acted on by the player, ignoring the fact that games like GTA and Watch Dogs are almost made up entirely of disposable NPC's whose only purpose is to fill out scenes or react to or become victims of player generated mayhem.
She is also drawing her own conclusions about how these tropes affect the real world or at least leading the viewer to certain conclusions. There is a whole section in her last video that discusses real world rape statistics and accuses games that employ such themes as "Normalizing and trivializing their experiences" this is more than just artistic critique.
 
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News Comments > etc.
36. Re: etc. Feb 25, 2015, 01:04 Scud
 
Beamer wrote on Feb 24, 2015, 23:21:
Can we atop with the non-gamer nonsense? She isn't an outsider invading your turf. You're taking an out of context quote from a video you didn't watch or read a transcript of.
I think what people really mean when they accuse her of being a non-gamer is that she's just using the fact that video games are the current moral panic du-jour as a vehicle for fame and career advancement. And yes she does cherry pick, she puts together a violence against women supercut knowing it will hit all the right emotional buttons in some people. She takes instances of bad things happening to women and removes them from any surrounding context to make it appear as though it's a representation of that game as a whole. She even goes so far as to claim that the mutilated corpses in Bioshock 2 were purposely arranged in an erotic fashion, because corpses are just so hot you know.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
11. Re: Evening Interviews Feb 18, 2015, 04:42 Scud
 
I've been hearing a lot lately that suggests that 16 is far from "Nearly Done" in brain development, it's more like 25. While lack of brain development is an acceptable explanation it is not an acceptable excuse.
Short story on brain development
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=141164708

1badmf wrote on Feb 18, 2015, 03:57:
with any other hehavioral problem i would agree with you, but there's a saying in psychology - you can't grow a conscience. sociopaths are born, and to a much lesser extent bred. at 16 his brain development should be 'nearly done', as should his sense of morality. we're not talking about a little boy here, but a young adult.

to make matters worse, it seems he's still at the extremely low end of the empathy spectrum. at several points it's clear he has no clue about the negative effects of his actions on others, just that they amuse him. if at 16 he doesn't realize that swatting and doxxing are cruel actions, i doubt he ever will. source - i asked my friend about this, who's getting her ph.D in child psychology from harvard.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Safety Dance
2. Re: Sunday Safety Dance Feb 1, 2015, 17:26 Scud
 
The motives are the same, the audience is just smaller. Being harassed and humiliated on a smaller scale can be just if not more devastating than in front of a national audience.  
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
10. Re: Saturday Consolidation Jan 24, 2015, 21:31 Scud
 
I thought I heard somewhere that they found the threats to be not credible but I couldn't find the source. Personally I doubt most of these threats amount to much, the anonymity of the internet and the promise of a world wide audience is too much of a temptation for many a socially maladjusted fuckwit.  
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
4. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Jan 12, 2015, 12:16 Scud
 
I don't recall ever getting a special plugin for it but I use Firefox and it always shows me the URL when I hover over the link. And yes, very handy for avoiding bullshit sites.  
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
3. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jan 10, 2015, 19:57 Scud
 
My Droid Razer HD has 32gigs onboard and I've got a 32gig SD card in it as well. I use the card to store my music as it would otherwise eat up most of the phone's onboard memory. Anything with less then 32gigs is useless to me.

ColoradoHoudini wrote on Jan 10, 2015, 19:47:
One thing I saw recently regarding a phone was it came with 16gigs of RAM. However, I don't know a single person who uses their phone to the extent where 16gigs of RAM is needed.. hell, not even 8?

It seems to me that phones are reaching a tipping point where I don't know what they can add that I need or want next? Heck, I have a 3+ yr old phone and it runs everything I do pefectly.. and I'm a "power user".

I don't know what phone tech is next, but it has to be a "must need" for me.. else, I'm fine for a while.
 
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News Comments > Razer Unveils OSVR Headset
7. Re: Razer Unveils OSVR Headset Jan 6, 2015, 15:02 Scud
 
Of course most of the features won't work unless you're running Synapse.  
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Dec 25, 2014, 22:37 Scud
 
Might as well just go one step further and use the save game editor to give yourself anything you want.  
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Dec 13, 2014, 04:43 Scud
 
Nehrim was awesome, I hope this doesn't take too long, hopefully they held off on announcing it until they were close to finished. Nehrim did however have a few cities that sent my framerate into the basement, I wonder if this one will be the same.  
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
18. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Dec 2, 2014, 22:43 Scud
 
InBlack wrote on Dec 2, 2014, 08:05:
You just took the biggest giant dump on 99% of the people on the planet. Not that I disagree with you, but that's just the way it is. People love to flounder their social status and wealth, we are programmed at a genetic level to do so. It's not limited to jewlery. How else to explain the trophy wives/mistresses, the lavish lifestyles of the rich and famous, the MTV videos jammed with Bling, the hundred billion dollar yachts of the oligarchs, etc. etc. etc.

Just because it's human nature doesn't mean you can't name it for what it is, the pursuit of status is probably the greatest source human misery in history, and we're all guilty to one degree or another. And I'm sure the oligarchs and billionaires will be mortified when they find out one of the peasantry dissed them.
 
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
16. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Dec 1, 2014, 23:44 Scud
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 1, 2014, 16:09:
Personally I've never understood the attraction of jewellery and have never worn any. And that status hasn't changed. It's just that dumb people get it wrong and believe it's about ostentatious displays of wealth, when it's not.

I totally agree, unfortunately the world is teeming with dumb people who think ostentatious displays of wealth actually make them special.
 
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