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Signed On May 24, 2003, 03:25
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News Comments > Op Ed
3. Re: Op Ed Sep 9, 2014, 10:05 Prez
 
Task wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 09:46:
I still laugh every time I see that word "Gamergate" as if its somehow anything 'like' Watergate. "One of these things is not like the other one."

Yeah, I hate that term. It just sounds so melodramatic.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
30. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 9, 2014, 09:58 Prez
 
Fair enough. I don't condone hitting a woman at all nor do I make excuses for anyone who does. But guy or girl, when someone is acting like a complete ass I don't feel sorry for them if something bad happens in any event. That's just how I am wired. If that makes me a rotten person to anyone I'm sure I'll still sleep okay at night. I'm just not sure why the expectation that everyone should keep their damn hands to themselves is such a foreign concept, as if rules only apply some of the time and only to certain people. I could add that I think Price is a bully and a thug, but isn't that inherently obvious?

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
28. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 9, 2014, 09:36 Prez
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 08:24:
Prez wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 02:40:
Her behavior was awful. That is undeniable. The fact that Rice's behavior was even more awful doesn't change that. Why that deserves the exclamation "wow" is beyond me.
I think a "wow" is justified for you saying you don't feel sorry for a woman who got a left cross to the face knocking her out by any man, let alone someone she was going to marry. Yeah, she was arguing with him, even slapped uselessly at him. You claim I am inferring, and you are not implying she had it coming. But I think most people reading your words would read them as I have. It is thinking like that which is part of the reason Ray Rice thought it was okay to do what he did. If she threw a punch with all her strength at Ray Rice's jaw the most likely thing to happen is she would break her hand.

If you honestly are not attempting to imply she had it coming, it is my belief you are failing. You need to choose your words more carefully.

I use the words I use and make no apologies for them. Also, you have a lot of gall to speak for everyone else, especially when you are the only person to get their panties in a twist over what I wrote. Again, I have no control over whatever bias you view my words with; that's on you. I suspect you desperately want me to mean what you claim I meant so you can have another opportunity to be noble and morally superior. A crusader is worthless without something to crusade against.

 
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News Comments > GOG.com Turns Six
20. Re: GOG.com Turns Six Sep 9, 2014, 03:25 Prez
 
I have a pretty big library of GOG games ( I am pretty proud of my "games shelf" on GOG displayed in my account library) but to be honest I haven't bought anything from GOG in quite a while. I just prefer Steam because of all of its added features. Still it's nice to know that if Steam ever turns evil and locks me out of my games I have a back-up!  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 9, 2014, 03:11 Prez
 
CairnBassetHound wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 02:40:

Nope. Violence as exercised to the extent it does enough to extricate a person out of a dangerous situation is not "wrong". However, I do agree that going beyond what is called for is wrong.

I completely agree. Which is why I added "with few exceptions" to my statement that I think all violence is wrong. Doing violence in a just war, say to extricate the poor people currently under the oppressive rule of ISIS in the Middle East would be another example.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
23. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 9, 2014, 03:07 Prez
 
Graham wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 01:34:
Prez wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 21:58:
Bungie Warns Destiny Day-One Reviews Might Not Tell the Whole Story.

Why not? As long as the review copies go out early enough and the reviewers spend enough time with the game to see all the content, they are as useful as any review. If the game is buggy and crashes a lot at release, that's not the reviewer's fault - ship a working product and it's a moot point. Easier said than done I know.

Because much of the game revolved around drop-in drop-out proximity co-op along with dynamic events that benefit from more players playing. From what I've seen of the reviewers streaming so far, they've got tunnel vision are are playing it like a single player game, much to the detriment of their own enjoyment and far different from how I played the Alpha.

You're really not grasping what Bungie has tried to create here. I'm not making the case for whether it's a good or bad game, but I can tell you from your comment that you've got the same blinders on as some of the reviewers right now.

Well if I had blinders on it is only because I hadn't been following the game much. Your explanation in bold has helped. Thanks!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 9, 2014, 03:03 Prez
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 02:53:
Glad I didn't stay up for the 2nd Monday night game - geez. Score indicates a boring game, as well as Fitzgerald not doing squat for me.

I only caught the box scores. Were the Lions that good or were the Giants that bad?
 
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News Comments > Another Diablo III Season Exploit
3. Re: Another Diablo III Season Exploit Sep 9, 2014, 03:01 Prez
 
I'm confused by the term "Season". I don't play Diablo 3 and reading the Battlenet forums is not enlightening me, so out of curiosity I have to ask: What exactly is going on during this "Season" in Diablo 3? Is it simply a competition to see who can gain the most experience in a certain period of time? If so, I can see the problem with using exploits and cheats to level up faster.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 9, 2014, 02:40 Prez
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 22:37:
Really Prez? Wow.

Ray Rice's reaction says it all, knocks out a woman with a punch, and doesn't react at all. Just stands there and looks at her body. I'm guessing it wasn't the first time.

Her behavior was awful. That is undeniable. The fact that Rice's behavior was even more awful doesn't change that. Why that deserves the exclamation "wow" is beyond me. Rice's punishment for his action is just, but nothing being said about her violence towards him sends the wrong message. When the only take-away from this is that hitting women is bad (which it is obviously, but I fall in the category of thinking all violence with few exceptions is bad), I feel the need to point out the bad behavior that goes unnoticed for a little balance I guess. Hitting anyone out of anger is bad, but apparently she gets a pass for continuously hitting him simply because she happens to lack the ability to cause him serious harm. If you get "She deserved it!" out of that it is because of you interpreting what I said through your own personal bias, not because it is true. I don't believe that at all. I would just like people to be consistent - violence is wrong regardless of who the perpetrator of it is.

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News Comments > Op Ed
18. Re: Op Ed Sep 9, 2014, 02:16 Prez
 
Squirmer wrote on Sep 9, 2014, 01:53:
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But there's a flipside to that: if you consider yourself part of a community/culture, you must concede that you help to shape it in some small way. And that supports Alexander's argument that people have a responsibility to address problems. In the end, the only people that really have a right to complain are those who genuinely believe there are no problems in gaming culture.

You are right. One has to consider, however, that the reason sexism has become as large an issue as it currently is in gaming has far less to do with how rampant it is and far more to do with extremely wrong-headed arguments by crusading activists and extremlely disingenuous reporting on the part of the media. In short, the media that is complaining that the gaming community isn't taking sexism seriously and is calling the community sexist and misogynist has created the issue themselves!

Ana Sarkeesian uses woefully inadequate examples of supposed sexism and is not only is not called out for the factual errors, but is heralded as a champion. Those who question her point's veracity are ridiculed and silenced. Zoe Quin brings forth trumped up charges of sexism and harassment that didn't happen and nothing she says is vetted by the media, no explanation by the accused is ever sought and an innocent entity is slandered in the process. Antagonistically insulting and moralizing editorials are written by a press with zero moral authority, gaining the community's ire. The media sensationalizes every example of the random jerk leaving a hateful message to make it sound like much more than the vocal minority. No, that sexism and misogyny are the face of the gaming culture is the fault of the gaming press, not the gaming culture itself. THIS is why many of us despise the gaming press - they have the gall to attack us for an issue they created.

So yes you are right, it is the gaming community's responsibility to fix its own issues. However, the issue the gaming community is trying to fix is not the one the gaming press keeps harping about - the gaming community is trying to fix the shamefully corrupt and woefully inadequate gaming media.


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News Comments > Op Ed
15. Re: Op Ed Sep 9, 2014, 01:30 Prez
 
Well said PropheT!

Leigh Alexander's piece wasn't the worst thing I've read, but it was ill-advised (the title alone was especially provactive). As PropheT said, it helped foster the 'Us vs. Them' mentality of gaming journalism. It helped nothing and only fanned the flames. Being hyper-moralistic and acting superior to the community as if you are above it rather than part of it is going to piss off a huge segment of that community 100 times out of 100. Pretending that people only didn't like it because they are sexist neandrathals or indifferent to sexism is disingenuous to say the least.

 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
21. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 8, 2014, 21:58 Prez
 
Bungie Warns Destiny Day-One Reviews Might Not Tell the Whole Story.

Why not? As long as the review copies go out early enough and the reviewers spend enough time with the game to see all the content, they are as useful as any review. If the game is buggy and crashes a lot at release, that's not the reviewer's fault - ship a working product and it's a moot point. Easier said than done I know.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
1. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 8, 2014, 21:55 Prez
 
Facebook-surfing driver rear-ends car at 85 mph, kills elderly woman.

Ugh - that's awful. I bet that driver doesn't find Facebook all that important any more in light of the guilt they must be feeling.
 
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15. Re: etc. Sep 8, 2014, 21:52 Prez
 
In a way I am really glad this whole goofy 'Gamergate' thing came about. It's funny as hell seeing the SJW's get mad and type some really face-palm stupid stuff out of frustration - endless entertainment!  
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
7. Re: Morning Interviews Sep 8, 2014, 21:44 Prez
 
Romero is such an eminently unlikeable guy it's easy to forget he developed some of the best FPS levels in gaming history.  
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale Sep 8, 2014, 21:41 Prez
 
Very cool sale/promotion. I really want Kerbal Space Program but I am waiting for the full release.  
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
1. Re: Evening Mobilization Sep 8, 2014, 20:41 Prez
 
Well, I would prefer an Android phone, but with a free year of Prime it feels like Amazon is paying me 100 bucks to take their phone. So, I might get one, but being a smartphone newb, I need to know - can Google Play apps be sideloaded onto the device?  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: etc., etc. Sep 8, 2014, 20:32 Prez
 
Maxis on the future of Sims: "If Sims 4 isn't successful, there won't be a Sims 5"

Makes me feel like I am accomplishing something positive by ignoring Sims 4 and its inevitable cavalcade of downloadable content!
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Op Ed Sep 8, 2014, 20:16 Prez
 
The Escapist article is a good one, and though I take issue with a few points, I actually applaud them for it. It doesn't, however, make up for the fact that they themselves were instrumental in creating this whole shitstorm with their heretofore glaring lack of any journalism standards.
Our editor-in-chief, Greg Tito, having reviewed the facts at hand, concluded we ourselves have been imperfect in maintaining journalistic standards. A particularly problematic article, the one which generated his review, was about the alleged harassment of an indie developer by a forum community which denied the allegations but was itself victimized as a result of them. The article failed to cite the harassment as alleged, failed to give the forum community an opportunity present its point of view, and did not verify the claims or secure other sources. Mr. Tito has personally updated the article and spoken to all our editors about the importance of adhering to standards that will prevent such bad incidents from happening again. We, as a team, apologize for this error, both to our readers and to the forum community that suffered as a result. I, personally, apologize for this error, as well.

What they don't acknowledge is the obvious - that the lack of disclosure of these points was calculated and deliberate because they had an agenda. A simple oversight is forgivable; intentionally neglecting to point out very important facts that could serve to weaken your agenda is just slimy.

They want to be journalists? They want the gaming community to consider them journalists? It's going to take more than a fancy editorial and a listing of standards that should have gone without saying in the first place - it's going to take a basic understanding of what journalism means and an ongoing dedication to maintaining the standards involved therein. On a basic level, they need to understand that journalism and activism are two separate things. They can't be both - a journalist presents information as it exists in its entirety before giving their opinion (which is always ancillary to the facts if it is given at all) while an activist advances an agenda through a distinct bias towards what it is they are championing. I personally detest this retarded quest Ana Sarkeesian has undertaken for whatever deranged reason she has, but at least it has been obvious all along that she was a crusading activist. Up until now on the the gaming press, especially The Escapist, has been proclaiming themselves to be journalists while engaging in every bit as much activism as Quinn and Sarkeesian - and fooling many along the way - making them sleazy as well as wrong.

One nice editorial is not worth much to me.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 8, 2014, 17:50 Prez
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 8, 2014, 17:38:
Yeah, well his gold digging wife obviously doesn't seem to mind a shot to the chops. Now that's he unemployed I'm sure she'll be leaving in short order. And let's not forget, that broad was shoving and hitting him. No, it doesn't mean it's right for him to knock her out, just that no one should be hitting anyone to begin with. She's screaming at him and hitting him outside the elevator, then carries on in a confined space...not very good idea at the best of times, nevermind that your fiance is likely a 'roid monkey to boot. Sooner or later something's going to give.


Everyone always forgets the simple fact that women don't always act like the delicate little flowers the crusaders make them out to be. Dude went way too far by punching a woman he could have subdued easily, but damn, that women was being a total moron - it's really hard for me to feel that sorry for her.
 
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