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News Comments > Into the Black
3. Re: Into the Black Aug 24, 2015, 20:35 yonder
I'm SHOCKED that Polygon would resort to a hyperbolic complaint.

But seriously... it's evident that someone hasn't seen Battlefield Earth.
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News Comments > Some Star Citizen Refunds
63. Re: Some Star Citizen Refunds Aug 21, 2015, 18:41 yonder
Kxmode wrote on Aug 21, 2015, 18:31:
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 21, 2015, 18:15:
Forbes in going to report in US dollars. Here is a blurb from;
Taken in those terms, The Witcher III is cheaper than those big titles, even when you remove the incorrect budget numbers in the image. According to Polish daily newspaper Puls Biznesu (Business' Pulse) in 2013, CDPR CEO Adam Kiciski estimated the game's total budget at over 110 million zl(Polish Zloty, $30 million). Of that total, 45 million zl($12.2 million) was production budget, while another $25 million was going straight to marketing. A story published yesterday at put the final production budget a bit higher: over 120 million z;($32.4 million). In addition, $35 million was spent just for marketing, making the final total roughly $67.4 million.

Awesome. Then I stand corrected. Thanks RedEye9 and Ceribaen.

Wait... in what world does that clarify ANYTHING?

He's the budget numbers given:

Statement 1: Total budget of the Polish equivalent of $30 million, broken down into $12.2 million Production and $25 million marketing.

Statement 2: Total budget of the Polish equivalent of $32.4 million, which you'll notice is correct within a respectable margin of error to the CORRECT total of $12.2 million plus $25 million. Plus $35 million for a total of $57 million.

So the first number was wrong by about 50%?! And the 2nd # just *happened* to look like the $32.4 million was a correction of the incorrect $30 million?

... yeah okay.
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News Comments > Some Star Citizen Refunds
61. Re: Some Star Citizen Refunds Aug 21, 2015, 18:36 yonder
LurkerLito wrote on Aug 21, 2015, 11:37:
harlock wrote on Aug 21, 2015, 11:13:
I would still be comfortable saying they are still $200m short to be on the safe side of being able to complete this game with the current promises.

So you think that stating that they require DOUBLE the Dev Budget of GTA5 is "being on the safe side"?

... yeah okay.

And I'm budgeting seven hundred dollars next week for groceries... just to be on the safe side.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Evening Metaverse Aug 21, 2015, 17:49 yonder
A list of "The Five Biggest Problems with *.*" that links to Kotaku. Oh, that's rich.

And most of the problems are problems with the internet in general? Oh, streaming delays and bigots in chatrooms and better treatment for official partners? Oh yeah, that's specific to Twitch.

And I know Kotaku is trying to appeal to the lowest common denominator and the youngest possible demographic (because they've got the least experience with which to call out Kotaku's BS), but "They were shaking off their roots. Never heard of I donít blame you"

... Really? shut down LAST YEAR. That's barely a step away from pretending that people shouldn't know what Flash is.

Don't get me wrong, it's better than typical pandering crap from Kotaku, but it's still depressingly laughable.
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News Comments > Op Ed
26. Re: Op Ed Aug 20, 2015, 14:14 yonder
panbient wrote on Aug 20, 2015, 10:38:
So was the first video game industry crash in the mid 80s also due to piracy or over saturation of the market? Or does it not count because it was consoles?

Also PC market and PC Game market are not at all the same thing.

I also seem to remember most of my peers (all of us taking game design in college in the late 90s) starting with PCs but ending with consoles like the Dreamcast / PS2 / N64 etc. because aside from FPS and RTS games (which were becoming oversaturated - why does that sound familiar) gaming was prettier and more fun on a console. Hell, Soul Calibur on Dreamcast looked nicer on a home TV than the actual arcade version.

That's not too say a top end PC couldn't push nicer graphics, but you needed to pay at least 4 times more money than a console and hope the game supported all the bells and whistles.

People leave PC gaming because it's still a parasitic industry. That's not to say harassment isn't an issue but it is absolutely not the root cause. You're bled of your talent and time and if you don't like it no one cares because there are always more and more young people fresh out of school willing to do it for a notch above minimum wage because they still think making video games all day must be as awesome as playing video games all day. It's not.

And even those who have a realistic view of development will likely have to accept predatory contracts for the sake of gaining experience because the only other option is to go indie and unless you've got some killer IP or come from a rich family or some sort of venture capital backing you up, you're going to need a '2nd' (real) job to pay the bills.

Um, yes.. over saturation most certainly WAS one of the main causes of the major crash of the early 80s. It was kind of THE main cause.

Absolutely NO quality control. WAAAAY more games being made than people were buying BEFORE the crash.

Video games in the early 80s is a PERFECT example of an industry destroying itself.

Just imagine if half the games you bought were the PC version of Arkham Knight. How long til you switch hobbies?
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 20, 2015, 10:27 yonder
Creston wrote on Aug 20, 2015, 10:13:
Hot DAMN, "The Martian" looks good!

Was it the quick cuts, the Inception "BWAH!" sounds, or the heavy reliance on 60s counter-culture rock to force a mood setting?

Maybe I'm the only one that remembers Mission To Mars/Red Planet from 15 years ago and how much they sucked (tho, to be fair, it was the execution of a really great promise that made them suck), but... I'm going to have to wait to hear from people who are more willing to risk their movie-going dollars before I even *really* consider this.

For now, it looks insanely generic outside of a handful of concepts.

Yes... I *HOPE* it's awesome. And I'm not predicting it'll be incredibly lame like Mission To Mars/Red Planet... but the trailer does absolutely nothing to give me hope. 20 seconds into the trailer part of my brain was asking "is this a joke trailer" because it was so obscenely generic.

People *SERIOUSLY* still use the Inception *BWAH* in trailers? In what world is that not a red flag?


I'm old... bitter... and uber-pessimistic. I'll let the optimists have their fun. May they never be taught better!
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 19, 2015, 22:15 yonder
A few years ago, I made a huge grocery run in the dead of winter. I thought I'd gotten all of the food, but I had overlooked the huge bag of potatoes of the back seat floorboard. I will credit the below zero weather for my laziness in being not terribly thorough in checking the car.

Being utterly frozen, the potatoes didn't produce any smell when I was driving around town. Come the spring thaw, and I ended being sick for a few weeks and didn't drive.

So... one day I finally felt week enough to drive, got in the car, and my nose instantly discovered the potatoes that had been frozen for nearly a month and then in a hot-ass car for nearly a month (or was a late freeze and early heart wave). My God, you've rarely smelled anything that bad!

They had started fermenting. I called the cat a "vodkamobile" during the two week period that it took to air out!
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Expansion This Month
14. Re: Pillars of Eternity Expansion This Month Aug 5, 2015, 13:58 yonder
"The expansion offers a higher level cap, artifacts, new companions, new abilities, and a new realm to explore along with an expertly crafted story from Carrie Patel, author of the Recoletta series and writer on the original Pillars of Eternity, and Eric Fenstermaker, lead writer on Pillars of Eternity and one of the co-writers of South Park: The Stick of Truth alongside show creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone."

That's since serious sentence overkill there.

But guys... it's an Obsidian game. Of course it needs massive post-release work. For what it's worth, the final third is the best, including equipment. The characters START to all have personality, and the story finally gets significant weight.

As for waiting for the SECOND DLC... that's perfectly legit when the first is "Part 1"

What I want to know is whether or not your end-game will affect the DLC.
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News Comments > FINAL FANTASY XIV OS X Pulled, Refunds Offered
14. Re: FINAL FANTASY XIV OS X Pulled, Refunds Offered Jul 5, 2015, 20:19 yonder
RedEye9 wrote on Jul 5, 2015, 18:57:
How many major game developers ever issued refunds before this new Steam refund policy. I can't think of a prior one off hand.

You obviously weren't screwed by Sony with SWG. Of course the lawsuit may have had a thing or two to do with it.

I'll never let that go.

But yeah, this is a nice change. Still... kudos to Squeenix.
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News Comments > Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta Announced
28. Re: Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta Announced Jul 4, 2015, 22:50 yonder
harlock wrote on Jul 4, 2015, 16:44:
Fantaz wrote on Jul 4, 2015, 16:22:
MS wants to release Win10 this month but I've been working with the latest builds of it every day and it's still a horribly buggy mess right now... there's also serious bugs that MS said to us that they are not planning on fixing until Fall/Nov 2015! there's no way I'm going to switch from WinBlue (8.1) until at least Win10 SP1 comes out, or only when they start seriously fixing the bugs. the DX12 exclusive games will have to wait before i play them.

if you use win8.1 willingly, there is no reason to listen to anything coming out of your mouth

better idea would be to ignore everything you say from now on

Damn. Troll much?
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News Comments > AntharioN This Month
1. Re: AntharioN This Month Jul 4, 2015, 02:59 yonder
The grammar of the announcements, the lack of Kickstarter communicating, and the weirdness of announcing pre-orders 2 weeks before the launch all add up to too many question marks and mild red flags... but the game looks charming.

And did they just say "interactive world"? Isn't that as bad as "multimedia experience" these days?

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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Op Ed Jun 8, 2015, 12:55 yonder
descender wrote on Jun 8, 2015, 12:41:
This entire article is really stupid. There are literally thousands of SteamOS compatible games on Steam right now. Of the 10 "most played" games on Steam, 7 of them are SteamOS compatible.

What console has a library of over a thousand games that is still constantly being expanded and updated?
What console has the ability to install 3rd party games?
What console has the ability to be upgraded in the event that they are not powerful enough to run SteamVR hardware?
What console lets you easily share your library with your friends/family without losing control of your physical copies of games?

Only the SteamBox.

Does it have flaws? Sure. Is version 1 of the SteamBox going to win the console war? of course not. Is it the best/only possibility we have for breaking down the walled-gardens of Sony and Microsoft and ending the disparity between PC and console games? Yes, absolutely. if only for that last reason alone people should be championing and hoping for the success of this venture.

This entire comment is really stupid.

What console has a library of over a thousand games that is... - Since you're counting EVERYTHING, you have to count PSN and XBL games. Trust me, the PS3 and Xbox360 have well over a thousand games.
What console has the ability to install 3rd party games? Um... the 360 and PS3 have that ability, unless you have your own personal definition of "3rd party games"
Upgrading? The 360 can be upgraded. Not much, but still...


I get your point, but your arguments are idiotic. Stop that.
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Free Powerplay Update
16. Re: Elite: Dangerous Free Powerplay Update Jun 6, 2015, 10:14 yonder
Stormsinger wrote on Jun 5, 2015, 22:29:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jun 5, 2015, 18:54:
Vall Forran wrote on Jun 5, 2015, 17:49:
Actually (and it just launched so this might not matter in a few hours), the federation lady that looks like the platinum haired girl from the Matrix is in the lead, followed by the other fed guy who looks like Bryan Cranston.

Bryan Cranston? That's clearly a well aged Robert Patrick!

So is this the major content patch that means it's time to get in to Elite:Dangerous, or should people on the fence keep...sitting on the fence?

Personally, I'd wait until it's about $5 or so. I wish I had, then I wouldn't feel so taken. It's boring as hell, both spaceflight and combat, with the most interesting part being trying to outguess the autopilot to avoid overshooting your destination. No "strategic" layer on top of that is going to help.

I'm curious what made you buy it in the first place. ED never pretended to be anything it isn't, at least as far as I'm concerned. It's a trading game with combat and stuff on top of it.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 5, 2015, 09:03 yonder
"need to the height of my coffee table"

Forget the word know?
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News Comments > Steam Launches Paid Mod Support
45. Re: Steam Launches Paid Mod Support Apr 23, 2015, 17:18 yonder
Wait, what? Idiots are overreacting without investigating things or thinking things through?!

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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Patch to Fix Stats
32. Re: Pillars of Eternity Patch to Fix Stats Apr 2, 2015, 01:56 yonder
Obsidian makes GREAT games and I often buy them 6-9 months after release. You know, when they're actually finished.

And if you understand the way their "mercenary" contracts worked, I tend to put a bit more blame on the publishers in the past for their horrible track record... but Obsidian is FAR from blameless.

I'm honestly curious as to your history with QA and software development cuz... well... yes. Yes it IS that bad. This should have never made it anywhere near release. But nothing will ever touch Pool of Radiance and their "uninstalling this game may erase your OS" bug. NOTHING will touch that.

Quinn wrote on Apr 1, 2015, 14:04:
Well, yonder, it's not *that* bad. Plus I seriously loved Alpha Protocol.

Still at work, and not looking forward to playing PoEt anymore. With all the complaining about PoEt that finally and rightfully awakened in this thread, I realize it's not the bugs or combat system that make me feel this way. It really is chapter 2 (that fuuucking boooring city) and now the knowledge that chapter 3 will have a goddamn city too -- with even longer loading times! In short: I lost interest in the story and main campaign. Too little interesting development in it after too much time.

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News Comments > etc., etc.
32. Re: etc., etc. Apr 1, 2015, 13:42 yonder
sdgundamx wrote on Apr 1, 2015, 11:32:
harlock wrote on Apr 1, 2015, 08:39:
sdgundamx wrote on Apr 1, 2015, 03:40:
Just because it's everyday language doeesn't mean it's not racist, now, does it? The same applies to sexist language--or homophobic language for that matter.

First of all, you fail utterly by comparing "honey" to "n*gger". You do realized that's utterly idiotic, right?

Gay is much better as a comparison.

But the point is, no... just because it's everyday language doesn't mean it's not racist. But just because it SOMETIMES IS SEXIST LANGUAGE DOES NOT MEAN IT ALWAYS AUTOMATICALLY IS.

Implying that "honey" when said to a woman is always sexist is effing stupid. So incredibly stupid that I'm defending Cutter. Think about that.

I just called my mom Honey literally 15 minutes ago. Does that mean I was being sexist to her? No, because that's effing stupid.

I call guys bitches all the time. I call dudes chick all the time. I'm all over the places.

What *MATTERS* is specific context and, holy balls, *INTENT*.

Ignore that and there's absolutely no reason to respect your opinion on what words mean.

(On a sidenote, San Antonio is my hometown and I've got NO problem believing your SL tales. There's a lot I love about my home state. A *LOT* that disgusts me. But it sure as hell isn't just in the south (and don't get me started about how Texas isn't part of the "Deep South", but that's a whole other discussion)
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Patch to Fix Stats
19. Re: Pillars of Eternity Patch to Fix Stats Apr 1, 2015, 13:34 yonder
I will never understand people without basic pattern recognition skills.

A lot of Obsidian's history is full of mercenary game dev contracts that, understandably, resulted in horrifically buggy games.

Virtually *ALL OF THEM*.

I'm really looking forward to playing this game in 6 months... when it's done. I have no desire to play another buggy-as-all-get-out-on-Day-1 Obsidian game.


The endless evidence of Obsidian's incredibly lacking Quality Control Process is there for anyone to see. Peter Molyneaux's track record of pushing the line of what a "con man" is is there for anyone to see. Tim Shaffer's genius that *REQUIRES* a moneyman to say "Dude, no... friggin do the game, jerk." is out there for everyone to see. What happens to studios that are purchased and looted by EA is, well... SERIOUSLY PEOPLE.

The heck is wrong with people?

Again, Obsidian is by far the best of these examples, but WHAT.DID.YOU.EXPECT?

I *WILL* buy this in 6 months, assuming it's finished. If gamers NEVER properly hold developers (remember the difference between a dev and a publisher, for goodness' sake!) responsible AT ALL, they will never have any reason to learn.
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News Comments > etc., etc.
19. Re: etc., etc. Apr 1, 2015, 05:32 yonder
Sorry no. One of the main horrible issues with Sarkeesian is that her ENTIRE MO revolves around taking what happens far too often and applying it to LITERALLY every situation. It undermines a very legitimate point and does a disservice to humanity. And you're doing the same.

Cutter is a dick. Don't get me wrong. But the ACTUAL WORDS HE USED were not sexist. And, honestly, your INSISTENCE On the right to add connotation to 100% of statements in 100% of situations is more offensive than Cutter's horrible, horrible existence.

Get some damned perspective and learn that your's isn't 100% flawless 100% of the time. If you actually expanded your horizons where "honey" isn't a torches-and-pitchfork word, you might enjoy life better.

I dunno, I don't pretend to know you beyond the horrible and close minded arrogance you show in this thread.

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sdgundamx wrote on Apr 1, 2015, 03:40:
InBlack wrote on Apr 1, 2015, 03:02:
Beamer, I realize that Cutter posted a disparaging and probably offensive comment directed at Sarkeesian. There is very little (if any) sexual context attached to the comment as I see it, so how is it sexist? He is basically telling someone off. Someone who is female, which is why he used a female pronoun. Is it because he called her honey? I honestly want to know, Im not trying to bait you or anything.
Where did he riff on her sexuality?

The fact that this even needs explaining shows how far a lot gamers (particularly certain frequent posters on Blues) need to go in getting in touch with the real world.

When a male refers to an adult female who he doesn't know and has no personal relationship with as "honey," "sweetie," "sugar," "cupcake," or any other term that implies females aren't human but instead a tasty treat awaiting consumption, it is called "casual sexism." They are throwaway labels designed to reinforce the dominant power relationship of men over women by implying that women should be "nice girls" while guys have the prerogative to be asshats.

In the real world, if I were to refer to a female co-worker by any of those terms, the least I could expect would be an icy stare. Worst case scenario, I'd be called up to the boss for a talking-to and likely be required to take one of those god-awful online sexual harassment seminars.

In short, calling a female you've never met "honey" is sexist and offensive. I have no doubt Cutter intended his comment that way.

Did that clarify things for you?

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News Comments > Op Ed
88. Re: Op Ed Feb 28, 2015, 16:18 yonder
Eirikrautha wrote on Feb 28, 2015, 10:52:
You know, it's pretty simple. Sarkeesian is directing her argument to the wrong entity. She's attacking video game producers when her real complaint is with nature and reality.

See, Sarkessian is on record as saying that all differences between men and women are the product of societal conditioning. Not "some." Not "most." All. This is the kind of delusion that engenders the vociferous and angry invective that she and her supporters are known for. It's why you have bogus terms like "the patriarchy" and "misogynists" as a staple of her argument. Because, in the end, she's fighting reality... and it angers her.

Let me be perfectly clear in what I mean. Men and women are not the same. There are over 528 biological differences between them, differences that evolved over millennia, to better suit men and women for the primitive roles they played before civilization. Go back 5000 years and look at gender roles. You will find that they weren't "invented" to keep women down; they were based on the very real living conditions of the time. With a life-expectancy of 30 years and a 50% child-mortality rate, human life was tough. There were no social safety nets for the elderly, meaning that those people lucky enough to make it to old age would be dependent on their children for their support. That means most women would have had to stay pregnant constantly, simply to produce enough children that the half that survived could support them. Men evolved better spacial awareness and more muscular frames to assist in their roles as hunters. These are all well established biological facts.

Now, as societies have become more productive, as standards of living have risen, men and women no longer need to obey their biological roles in order to survive. This is a good thing. In fact, our societies in the West have advanced technologically to the point where we can easily say that men and women should have the same societal responsibilities and privileges (voting, legal standing, pay, etc.). But evolution does not work as fast as society changes. And men and women still carry the biological differences of their primitive ancestors.

These have real world consequences. Look at Sarkeesian's complaint about the animation for walking. Women's hips are constructed differently than men's (on average). Were you to motion capture an average woman walking and a man walking, you would instantly be able to spot the stick-figure that was female, just from her gait. So complaining about this in a video game (even when exaggerated) is ridiculous, especially when what qualifies as "exaggerated" is not an objective standard in the first place.

Likewise, when it comes to representations of female as, say, warriors, once again reality intervenes. Even modern militaries (whose inclusiveness has more to do with politics than capabilities) have a difficult time with female front-line troops (the ones that do use them tend to be the small nations facing existential threats, like Israel, or the nations that don't fight anyone, anyway... see Scandinavian militaries). The US Army has had to develop a training course to prepare women for the Ranger training, because they are so desperate to get a female through the course. Think about that! They have to train the women extensively just so they can have a chance to not wash out on the first day (which none have managed to avoid so far). This is totally a product of the biological differences between a peak-performing male and a peak-performing female. It's why we have an NBA and a WNBA.

Such biological differences aren't all in the males' favor, though. Most courts still give women preference in child custody cases, for real biological reasons. But to deny that women's bodies and minds are built differently (talk to any college or professional-level trainer about men's and women's knees, for example) is a direct contradiction of reality.

So what Sarkeesian wants is an unrealistic portrayal of men and women, based on her own personal biases. And she wants this enforced across video games, so that she doesn't have to see the reality of biology thrown in her face over and over again. That's why so many people have a visceral reaction against her. It'd be like having a person tell you that you had to agree the sky was green, or you'd lose your job (just as people have lost their jobs for "offending" the sensibilities of the SJWs). That's the level of stupid this woman represents.

... I think I'm in love...
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