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Signed On May 5, 2006, 20:54
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News Comments > Half-Life 2: Return to Ravenholm Screenshots
14. Re: Half-Life 2: Return to Ravenholm Screenshots Jan 15, 2013, 02:16 Draugr
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jan 15, 2013, 00:49:
A Steam Box isn't a console though... it's basically an HTPC. It runs PC games on Linux or Windows. It will probably have low-mid end standardized parts in it, but the warped mainstream definition of "next-gen" doesn't apply at all.

True. It's not going to be strictly a console but they are trying to compete in the same area (and they've talked about them being highly modular, so as to allow for upgrading, but that's totally off topic.) They aren't going to do anything to push their competitors devices. Even disregarding their hardware ambitions there would still really be no reason to think they'll be tying any news to Microsoft's and Sony's future announcements.

Developers have already shown off 'next gen' stuff. Waiting for them to officially announce new consoles isn't really something devs do, (unless there is some exclusivity tied to it.) so why would Valve? Especially when they really haven't been involved heavily in the console scene, and they will be releasing their own competing hardware soon.

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News Comments > Half-Life 2: Return to Ravenholm Screenshots
12. Re: Half-Life 2: Return to Ravenholm Screenshots Jan 15, 2013, 00:05 Draugr
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jan 14, 2013, 22:50:
I really don't think (or should I say, really hope) Valve is NOT basing their development timelines on the new consoles. The most obvious reason being they won't even catch up to current generation hardware, let alone contain anything from the next...

Seems a bit silly to me, especially if you consider they are trying to roll out a steam box. There would just be no reason to time it to some companies hardware like that, Epic and others have already begun to roll out videos of their new engines n stuff.

I'm sure when it comes to source2 they have their own reasons as to why they aren't talking about it yet. (Then again, when does valve discuss anything?)
 
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News Comments > Double Fine in THQ Mix
4. Re: Double Fine in THQ Mix Jan 11, 2013, 20:29 Draugr
 
The Half Elf wrote on Jan 11, 2013, 20:17:
How the fuck is Double Fine able to buy anything when they are doing a kickstarter?

With a loan, I suppose?
Keep in mind that the Kickstarter is an issue of not being able to secure funding for the game they want to make with no established IP.

Farting out a game based on an established IP is what the industry is all about, so I imagine getting money to acquire it, and then publisher support to release something, is easily accomplished. Comparatively speaking, investors are probably far less skittish about doing something the industry does all the time.

That's my 2 cents.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
32. Re: Op Ed Jan 5, 2013, 20:29 Draugr
 
RollinThundr wrote on Jan 5, 2013, 18:54:
Beamer wrote on Jan 5, 2013, 18:02:
It's stupid because you said "never."

The government can certainly dispose of the waste from my house better than anything else.
Same with highways.

Libertarian absolutes are almost always incorrect, because they're absolutes.

That's what the government is best at and really what they're there for, basic infrastructure. It shouldn't be on the government to provide a life for you. You can do that on your own.

Which is why when they implemented medicare back in the 1965 everyone was enraged because the great job the private sector was doing was obviously going unnoticed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Percapita_costs.png

Here we have a chart that shows us that with medicare, the government has done a better job at controlling costs than private insurers (or by people themselves, as you'd put it.)

I'm not trying to argue medicare here -- I bring up the first point, because the private sector was unwilling to accommodate people, that's why the government stepped in to begin with - If people even had the option it 'by themselves' they would have. Next, I bring up the chart, because you insist the government sucks at everything (which you later revised to 'sucks at everything but infrastructure') When there are plenty of examples of around us that demonstrate empirically that this is not so. I don't think anyone would argue against the fact that governments CAN be inefficient or wasteful, in a myriad of ways, but to pretend it is part of the definition of government is silly. If that were the case then it would apply to infrastructure too.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
13. Re: Op Ed Jan 4, 2013, 14:21 Draugr
 
avianflu wrote on Jan 4, 2013, 13:06:
I loved that list! though I would argue that the early USA and even Colonial America was largely owned and operated by the wealthy and well-positioned. I grew up in New England and you hear the real stories about the Revolution.

"Democracy" is in an even worse state these days I agree, but the early days circled around the 2% too.


*Ding, ding, ding*
You get the a gold star for hitting the nail on the head!
It's the nature of the beast.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
51. Re: Op Ed Dec 28, 2012, 00:01 Draugr
 
Slashman wrote on Dec 27, 2012, 18:28:
In my LAN party days, there were only about 3 women who would set up and play with the rest of the group. Of those 3, there was one who was really good at FPS games and she repeatedly kicked a lot of our butts in UT and Quake(including mine). At the end of the day though, as good as she was, she really wasn't that into gaming for itself, she just had a boyfriend who was hardcore into gaming and she picked it up from him. It was way more about doing something with her boyfriend than anything else.

Basically, I think that's your answer. While as a male, I'm going to respond to scantily clad women and similar attempts to appeal to my base male urges, in the end I'm going to respond way more to great gameplay and the challenge of pushing myself to overcome both human and AI opponents in a game. In general, women will respond way less to those things.

You're anecdote boils down to 'I don't think women really are into games because when I went to LAN parties I think one of the women only played because of her boyfriend, and the other two I don't consider good enough to be real gamers'...Strange how bad players at LAN parties who have penises aren't written off in such a fashion. No one questions them about being 'real gamers' they're just shitty players.

I think it's silly to take an anecdote as evidence alone, which you're basically doing. The very fact that your anecdote has 3 women in it kind of proves the point that there are women who play these kind of games. Certainly it is a male dominated hobby, but they aren't just conjured up or only there to play because of a man as you and others seem to imply. I mean there were three examples in your story, but you focused on the woman who was there because of her boyfriend, the only one of the three that reinforced your argument.
If I told a story about how there were no black people at the LAN parties I attended growing up, and therefore it leads me to believe that black people aren't into video games (or aren't into the same video games as white people,) I think you'd consider that pretty absurd. This is what you're asking us to do with your anecdote.

There are also probably more female players that play the kind of games you say they don't than you'd think. You play hundreds of faceless people when you play online, some of those people are going to be women. Obviously you'd be none the wiser unless you asked.

The reason I question articles like this is because the women in them seem to have such a narrow focus in gaming. Halo and CoD on XBox Live. Never anything else mentioned. What are they expecting to get from a bunch of immature, teenaged brats? Why even put yourself into that environment? I don't even want to go there as a male.

Because some people would prefer things to change, and do what they can to affect it instead of just keeping their head down. The consolation prize I guess, is people like yourself who don't want to play halo because of toxic environment can reap the benefits. As you said you don't play these games for the very reasons she is talking about them anyway, so if this is really where the focus is I don't see why you would be concerned.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
41. Re: Op Ed Dec 27, 2012, 15:30 Draugr
 
Julio wrote on Dec 27, 2012, 05:07:
If the feminazis want gaming their way, put their money where their mouths are and only buy games that show women as better than men, and they can virtually bobbitt all the men they want.

If you chant straw-man really loudly maybe a real man made of straw will appear!

Bludd wrote on Dec 27, 2012, 10:02:
Holy shit there's a lot of crap in this thread, and a lot of it proves TFA's point.

Which is what makes this thread so amusing.
In a depressing way. :S
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
24. Re: STOP THE MADNESS!!! Dec 26, 2012, 19:41 Draugr
 
Yosemite Sam wrote on Dec 26, 2012, 18:52:
Heh silly woman, you know the term 'rape' isnt what you think it is, of course if you were a real gamer you would know that...

Klassy!

I find it interesting that theres always the complaint about how women in games are always unrealistically depicted as these super sexy barbie types... because everyone knows all men are super muscular rock hard Mr universes right? The unrealistic over the top representation of people swings both ways sister, get over yourself.

This is what's known as a false equivalency. A Male power fantasy and a male sexual fantasy aren't really the same thing.
Certainly not all games are guilty of this of course, but it is common.

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
22. Re: Op Ed Dec 26, 2012, 19:09 Draugr
 
Kobalt wrote on Dec 26, 2012, 16:42:
Draugr wrote on Dec 26, 2012, 14:50:
For example, in fantasy settings racism or xenophobia is an often explored subject. I would say DA2, had it not been a total clusterfuck, would have fallen into this Category. Skyrim goes into this as well. Obviously we'd be foolish to leave out the Witcher 2. I think the first bioshock should also be on this list, though I would certainly put any themes it has into the 'clumsy' category.

Racism is probably one of the worst things done in video games. Sure you might have the odd fantasy game have something about racism is bad it is 100% nullified by the fact that..in these game there are races that are bad stereotypes. Blood thirsty savages that can never be smart as the hero. A cowardly gold hoarding race. Sound familiar to anyone? They are in most fantasy games. Perfectly ok in the video game world.


Well yes, it's not always explored in a meaningful way, or at all. But some try and succeed. Video games still suffer from bad writing as a general rule.
I agree, I *think* it's fair to say that some of the traditional fantasy tropes may have been influenced by racism. Though obviously there are those that would disagree just as there are those that would disagree with the current subject of discussion even being a real issue.

I for one think racism as a theme in the Witcher is handled very well, but as I said it's more the exception.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
15. Re: Op Ed Dec 26, 2012, 16:10 Draugr
 
FloorPie wrote on Dec 26, 2012, 15:48:
I demand more romance novels that cater to men! Enough with these bodice rippers with muscled dudes on the cover and 50 shades of grey! I want a romance story showing off Lara Croft's juggs on the cover! No, not porn, I want an actual story dammit!

What do you mean there is no market for that? Sexism!

If you don't think that kind of material doesn't exist, you need to get out more. Or, maybe you need to stay in more. Penthouse had, or has a whole section of their magazine devoted to erotic stories.

It's not surprising to see Romance novels be bigger business with women than with men, Promiscuity among women is certainly a greater social stigma for women than it is for men, (Though obviously not as bad as it once was.) romance novels allows an indulgence of these behaviors to an extent without actually physically participating in them. A lot of the excitement without any of the risk.
I'm not trying to say this is WHY it's this way, this is just speculation on my part.

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News Comments > Op Ed
8. Re: Op Ed Dec 26, 2012, 14:52 Draugr
 
RollinThundr wrote on Dec 26, 2012, 14:22:
They're video games, they're not meant to be sociological reform platforms.

Certainly not, but just like other forms of media and art it can be used to provoke discussion of social issues. Some people may not catch onto themes like these but they are there in a lot of the media we consume, Regardless of whether the author put them consciously or not.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
7. Re: Op Ed Dec 26, 2012, 14:50 Draugr
 
Overon wrote on Dec 26, 2012, 13:06:
Game makers can do what they want, but if they want to appeal to women, half the population, then they can do far better than they are doing now.

Games are misogynistic overall. They perpetuate stereotypes more often than not, and don't challenge people's fixed beliefs in general. Games can be more than what they are now. Books can be controversial, they can challenge people's fixed beliefs and so far, games have not been generally able to do this.

I want to make it clear before I'm attacked, that I don't think we should pass laws to make games a certain way. Developers can do what they want, I just prefer if what they did was less what they do now and more of what some written books do, challenging people's fixes beliefs.

Sure, I don't think anyone is advocating restricting free speech.

I disagree to an extent with regards to social commentary in games. I think it's there, but generally speaking its not very flushed out, or wasn't necessarily put in on purpose. For example, in fantasy settings racism or xenophobia is an often explored subject. I would say DA2, had it not been a total clusterfuck, would have fallen into this Category. Skyrim goes into this as well. Obviously we'd be foolish to leave out the Witcher 2. I think the first bioshock should also be on this list, though I would certainly put any themes it has into the 'clumsy' category.

The list doesnt have to stop there, but I'm trying to show examples.
 
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News Comments > MechWarrior Online Patched
8. Re: MechWarrior Online Patched Dec 19, 2012, 05:20 Draugr
 
Keith wrote on Dec 19, 2012, 04:05:
It is functional, but not one single iota more.


Seems like that's just an issue with UI in general when it comes to this game, at least when outside of combat. The combat UI is just fine, with the exception of weapon grouping, (which shouldn't be done during combat anyway.)

Outside of combat the UI leaves a lot to be desired. I can say it's a beta, so hopefully it gets some work put into it, but I'm not holding my breath.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Dec 12, 2012, 16:00 Draugr
 
mag wrote on Dec 11, 2012, 22:59:
How To Build A PC For Crysis 3

Wait until Crysis 3 comes out.

Buy mid-range parts.

Done!

Nailed it!


Why are do people insist on pretending. that Crysis 2 and 3 is Crysis 1?

When a Crysis game comes out as a PC exclusive (or was clearly the lead development platform) THEN I'll worry about if I have the power to handle it.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
24. Re: Op Ed Dec 12, 2012, 15:24 Draugr
 
Fletch wrote on Dec 12, 2012, 02:54:
briktal wrote on Dec 12, 2012, 00:27:
D3 isn't "balanced around the AH", it just plain has too many bad items and too few good items. It's just plain bad itemization. If the game were balanced around the AH, you'd get good items, but they'd be for other classes, encouraging you to sell them and buy the good items for your class other people found. Instead you just find crap.

Blizzard takes 15% of AH sales, right? Then why would they increase drops of good items for other classes, knowing the player would just list said useless items in the AH? The AH would be deluged with those now more commonly-dropped, other-class good items and drive prices down -> Blizzard's makes less money. They limit drops of good items so they are rare and more expensive in the AH -> Blizzard makes more money.

Fuck you, Blizzard.

Yeah, it's 30% if you want to see any actual money. Otherwise Blizzard's cut is 15% and then the rest of the money sits in your blizzard/monopoly money account. which basically costs blizzard nothing to give you their own stuff, especially if its a digital item.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
5. Re: Steam Top 10 Dec 9, 2012, 17:02 Draugr
 
nin wrote on Dec 9, 2012, 15:52:
Draugr wrote on Dec 9, 2012, 15:50:
Fion wrote on Dec 9, 2012, 15:45:
Far Cry 3 isn't all its cracked up to be either Tech. It's not bad, just not all that good IMHO. However there is good news. Dishonored is fantastic.

For 3 hours.

If you insist on playing it like quake 3.

Otherwise, no. I explored everything and had 20+ hours.



Well, I was being hyperbolic. I can't recall how long it took me, but I recall it being a short affair, I'm shocked to hear you could 20 hours out of that game, Id hardly consider myself one who rushes through games either.

It's a good game just not worth the current price tag, imo.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
3. Re: Steam Top 10 Dec 9, 2012, 15:50 Draugr
 
Fion wrote on Dec 9, 2012, 15:45:
Far Cry 3 isn't all its cracked up to be either Tech. It's not bad, just not all that good IMHO. However there is good news. Dishonored is fantastic.

For 3 hours.
 
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News Comments > Spike VGAs
17. Re: Spike VGAs Dec 9, 2012, 01:39 Draugr
 
nin wrote on Dec 9, 2012, 00:30:
Fantaz wrote on Dec 8, 2012, 22:18:
Draugr wrote on Dec 8, 2012, 21:23:
Fantaz wrote on Dec 8, 2012, 20:16:
What the hell was that game, The Phantom Pain, about? I'm very surprised European developers are somehow managing to get their new IPs shown on this show now. Will we see be seeing Painkiller next? lol

The phantom pain is rumored to be a new metal gear title, so if that is true, it's far from a new IP

Who says that? I doubt it is a new MGS game... didn't look that good.


Check out the lettering in the gif at the bottom:
http://kotaku.com/5966803


Yeah, that was one of the things that lead people to believe its a new MGS game, and the guy at the end kinda looks like solid snake. People might just want to be seeing what they want to see, of course. People who care way more than I have started writing things up about it.
 
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News Comments > Spike VGAs
10. Re: Spike VGAs Dec 8, 2012, 21:23 Draugr
 
Fantaz wrote on Dec 8, 2012, 20:16:
What the hell was that game, The Phantom Pain, about? I'm very surprised European developers are somehow managing to get their new IPs shown on this show now. Will we see be seeing Painkiller next? lol

The phantom pain is rumored to be a new metal gear title, so if that is true, it's far from a new IP
 
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News Comments > BioShock Infinite Delayed
26. Re: BioShock Infinite Delayed Dec 7, 2012, 15:51 Draugr
 
Verno wrote on Dec 7, 2012, 15:47:
You know what though? We're a little too down on scripting sometimes. Scripted can be good, many of my favorite games were linear, scripted affairs. Bioshock had a lot of memorable scripted moments even. I'll give this a fair shake when it comes out but I won't be preordering.


Certainly they are part of games, I don't mean to imply that scripting means it's a dealbreaker for me, as you pointed out Bioshock had plenty of scripted events. It's just all the promotional material I have seen (in-game) has basically been nothing but scripted events playing out. I wanna know what the game is like in between that stuff beofre I make a call.
 
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