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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 31, 2014, 02:20 jdreyer
 
Redmask wrote on Aug 31, 2014, 00:13:
Anand is retiring

Wow, I had no idea he was so young. I've been reading that site for 15 years. I always, always go there to read up when I'm going to buy some hardware. Well, good on him for getting out and trying something new.
 
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News Comments > Titanfall Adding Titan-less Mode
33. Re: Titanfall Adding Titan-less Mode Aug 30, 2014, 22:23 jdreyer
 
Slick wrote on Aug 29, 2014, 04:43:
you sir, are clearly the devil.

and who said that it wasn't a complete game??? battlefield was always MP-only, then they added SP and people facepalm'd because it has no place in an MP game like that. Titanfall just sticks with MP-only, and now they don't have a complete game???

Even though the BF series was always multiplayer, there was always the option to play offline with bots or coop against bots until BFBC2 came out.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 30, 2014, 22:20 jdreyer
 
BobBob wrote on Aug 30, 2014, 13:17:
Celebrating the end of tourist season here. Finally, I can go to the beach and not see other people.

There are always tourists at the beaches here, but there it's also always 75 degrees, so I don't give a fuck.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 30, 2014, 19:55 jdreyer
 
I thought this article over at IO9 was funny. It's written as if Alien (the original) just came out as a sequel to Prometheus. I recently watched the original and was surprised at how well it held up. Score another for practical effects and Ridley Scott, who really knows how to make sci fi that still looks sci fi 30 years later (also, too: Blade Runner).

Tonight we went to Alamo Drafthouse to see this new Ridley Scott film, Alien. It is a a sequel to his 2012 film Prometheus but more in a loose sense. Spoilers below.

I say it is a sequel but there are a lot of differences with only some reoccurring plot elements like the Engineer ship, and the design of the alien has some familiar elements. But they went with a completely new cast! I guess we will have to wait for the next movie to see the adventures of Elizabeth Shaw.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
203. Re: Op Ed Aug 30, 2014, 19:47 jdreyer
 
ASeven wrote on Aug 30, 2014, 18:55:
Interesting article written by a feminist about this past week.

Works like this:

Saint's Row Director responds to being criticized by Sarkeesian and having Saint's Row included in her video:

"This something we all should be better at. Yes the orignial saints row is listed here. Yes it should be."
“I think that we shouldn’t be portraying senseless abused women and I think that if I could go back and hop in a time machine I would have done things differently.”

“I think it’s fair to be called out on your shit. I think that it’s a sad man that can never be self-reflective. I think that we tried to go and carry ourselves with respect, and try to respect sexuality and respect gender as much as we can, and sometimes we fail but hopefully we’ll do better and continue to get better.”

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
202. Re: Op Ed Aug 30, 2014, 19:39 jdreyer
 
ASeven wrote on Aug 30, 2014, 18:55:
Interesting article written by a feminist about this past week.

You should really cut the paragraph or a couple of sentences that you feel must succinctly summarizes the post and quote it. Most people aren't going to click through. TL;DR is a real thing. Also, too: troll links that infect your machine with malware disincentivizing people to click.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
199. Re: Op Ed Aug 30, 2014, 19:30 jdreyer
 
Loopy wrote on Aug 30, 2014, 19:17:
Can Star Citizen make $60 million and announce their next stretch goal of producing schematics for working, life-size 3D-printed starships so we can whine about something else? Gawd!

Not until this thread gets to 300 comments.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
198. Re: Op Ed Aug 30, 2014, 19:29 jdreyer
 
Slashman wrote on Aug 30, 2014, 18:40:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 30, 2014, 16:33:
Right, it's a good point, and a further argument for more women in gaming. The women in Uncharted were well-written, and surprise! it was written by a woman. Also note how having strong, well-written female characters didn't affect sales at all.

I don't think anyone would argue that better written female characters would affect sales negatively.

The question is: 'Would better written female characters significantly increase sales or even significantly increase sales to women?'

That's a different kettle of fish. Would having better written female characters make women flock to play the GTA series? I highly doubt it. Most women I have ever talked to about violent games are turned off by the violence period.

An old girlfriend of mine once said something to me like: 'You play computer games right? Think you could get me some to play?'

My brief period of elation ended when she followed that up with: 'None of that violent shit either!' She didn't say 'none with violence to women' or 'no damsel in distress stories.'

It's interesting, while I've never been able to get GFs/wife to play any FPSs, they have all loved Diablo (well, 1 & 2) which is pretty violent. Maybe it's the loot? Also, I've heard lots of women enjoy playing The Walking Dead, which (although I have yet to play) I understand has violence as part of a larger narrative. So maybe it's okay for a lot of women as long as it's contextualized?
 
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News Comments > Saturday Previews
10. Re: Saturday Previews Aug 30, 2014, 19:20 jdreyer
 
Weathering in space just feels outright wrong. Why are so many space games so flawed?

Sorry, couldn't resist.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 30, 2014, 17:30 jdreyer
 
I have an order I'll be placing soon, but one of the things is backlogged, so won't ship for 3 weeks. I wonder if that means it won't show up in your queue Blue? I wonder, does it only show up once it ships?  
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News Comments > Op Ed
188. Re: Op Ed Aug 30, 2014, 16:33 jdreyer
 
Slashman wrote on Aug 30, 2014, 13:39:

I'll also add that there is a lot of poor writing in games both today and in the past. I have to to stop and ask myself though, if a gamer writer creates a poorly represented female character, is he being sexist or a misogynist or just poorly writing a female character because he has trouble relating to how a female might actually act in a given situation? That same poor writer is also likely to poorly write male characters but his portrayal of male characters will likely be OK by the standards of male gamers.

Now if Sarkeesian wants better writing in games across the board, I can get behind that. I do have more trouble getting behind the idea that women in games are the only or more urgent victims of bad writing.


Right, it's a good point, and a further argument for more women in gaming. The women in Uncharted were well-written, and surprise! it was written by a woman. Also note how having strong, well-written female characters didn't affect sales at all.
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Aug 30, 2014, 15:07 jdreyer
 
A few things odd about those numbers.

1. 6 terawatts of electricity for 100M people? The USA has about 1 terawatt for more than 300M people, and we're one of the largest per capita users of electricity in the world. For example, we use twice as much as Japan per person.

2. Only 2000 public schools for 100M? Thos must be some big schools. The USA has more than 90,000.

Also, a city of that size would have a humongous heat island effect (too bad Simcity doesn't model that). You would not want a city like that to be built anywhere south of say Toronto.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
165. Re: Op Ed Aug 30, 2014, 04:17 jdreyer
 
I don't think even Star Citizen threads were ever this long.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 30, 2014, 04:14 jdreyer
 
Scare tactics: See how big ISPs demonize city-owned broadband.

Fucking ISPs trying to maintain their monopolies.

How do you like your free market now, wingnuts?
 
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News Comments > On Sale
4. Re: On Sale Aug 30, 2014, 04:10 jdreyer
 
"Gang Beasts"


Hmm, didn't I see that over on Pornhub?
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
162. Re: Op Ed Aug 30, 2014, 04:03 jdreyer
 
Jensen wrote on Aug 29, 2014, 23:50:
How does a woman make a video series to draw attention to sexism in video games without drawing attention to herself? Is there a different way she could have done it?

How about the guys that make videos like the "Five Guys" video? Are their videos not just attempts at self promotion?

Actually, yeah, her videos would probably be more focused if she wasn't in them. It draws attention to her and away from the subject matter. And it opens her up to charges of self-promotion, regardless of her intent. When someone appears in a youtube video, it's almost always for self-promotion, so there's precedent there.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
160. Re: Op Ed Aug 30, 2014, 03:50 jdreyer
 
JohnnyRotten wrote on Aug 29, 2014, 20:45:
He's not a lawyer. He's claimed to be about a dozen things to position himself as the subject matter expert de facto on everything until I called him out on it years ago on the old forum. Then he just stuck with his last lie.

That's all you need to know about his credibility on any subject.

Links, or you're just blowing gas your your ass.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
151. Re: Op Ed Aug 29, 2014, 23:55 jdreyer
 
Julio wrote on Aug 29, 2014, 17:46:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 29, 2014, 16:54:
Even if this particular case was made up, Sarkeesian has received much more hate and death threats than she deserves.

I believe she (or her SJW groupies) are sending 'hate and death threats' to themselves. I don't hate her, she's just someone who figured out how to scam people for 'donations' for her 'work'. What causes her to make more videos is people making 'donations'. If scams work, they keep doing them.

The real story here is about journalists who bury the truth and refuse to investigate this. Sex and corruption should be good news. Blue's is one of the few sites not burying this, which I give him tremendous credit for.

C'mon dude, really? Even if some the attacks were sockpuppets, Occam's razor: The vast majority of attacks are from brogamers who don't like that she's attacking the hobby and games they love. You think SWJ warriors made this game? Or posted this? There's so much hate out there for her, it's obvious most of it is genuine.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
149. Re: Op Ed Aug 29, 2014, 23:38 jdreyer
 
Here's a thoughtful female dev critiquing Sarkeesian. Well written, with valid points:

The biggest issue I have, however, comes when Sarkeesian suggests that violence against women is “encouraged” – which I don’t buy. When the game does encourage violence against NPSOs, she’s right, but simply because a player is able to do something, does not in fact mean that the game is actively encouraging it. To come back to Dishonored, the fact that the player has the choice of whether to kill or not kill anyone in the game (NPCs and NPSOs), including the primary targets, does not in fact mean that players are encouraged to kill them.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
136. Re: Op Ed Aug 29, 2014, 21:24 jdreyer
 
Dmitri_M wrote on Aug 29, 2014, 17:42:
The individuals sending her death threats are playing right into her hands. They're giving her coverage. I'd prefer it if she was ignored.

Exactly. It's funny that they think they're pissing on the fire, when in fact they're pouring on gasoline.
 
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