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Signed On Feb 15, 2007, 19:09
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 5, 2015, 13:56 Flatline
 
jomisab wrote on Mar 5, 2015, 11:58:
Why would I want to pay $15/month for HBO streaming when I can pay Cablevision an extra $10/month, record stuff with my whole-house DVR, and get HBO GO capability as well? So basically, this is really only for the true cord-cutters.

Why would you pay for HBO Now when you already have HBOGo for free?

This is obviously for cable cutters.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 5, 2015, 13:55 Flatline
 
MajorD wrote on Mar 5, 2015, 11:40:
$15.00/Month.....really? That's pretty steep in comparison to Netflix at $7.99/month that has a broader selection; however, I guess it is priced to be in line with the cable package pricing.


I watch more HBOGo than Netflix actually. 15 is a little steep but I cord-cut years and years ago so between my Amazon Prime account and this (if I wasn't "borrowing" hboGo) I'd be pretty happy.
 
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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: etc. Feb 28, 2015, 23:34 Flatline
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 28, 2015, 20:24:
Am I the only one that read the game as "Fragrant Farts" the first time?


Nope.

I bought the game and played it for about an hour. It seemed kind of fun, and the story had some traction, but ultimately it seemed like I just held down the right arrow key for like 90% of the time and got bored with that.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
13. Re: etc., etc. Feb 28, 2015, 23:33 Flatline
 
The writing for NOLF was absolutely top-notch. Early on you got such great eavesdropping opportunities as listening to henchmen discuss the socio-economic impacts of criminals drinking beer more than the average person does, and I remember later on at one point you walked in on a tryst between a scientist and... a goat.

And of course in one of the first exchanges of the game...

"You look like you need a monkey!"

For a game that was basically ripping off Austin Powers the writing held up better for NOLF than AP.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
86. Re: Op Ed Feb 28, 2015, 15:48 Flatline
 
Beamer wrote on Feb 28, 2015, 12:28:
jimnms wrote on Feb 28, 2015, 10:19:
jdreyer wrote on Feb 27, 2015, 22:21:
- Animate female characters to move the way normal women, soldiers or athletes would move.

The reason most games have the same animations for women and men comes down to the cost and time it takes to create separate animations. But how exactly do women move any different to men? No two people move the same no matter what gender.

jdreyer wrote on Feb 27, 2015, 22:21:
- Have female characters of various body types
- Include more female characters of color.

What about various male body types and male characters of color? Why just females? Most games that I've played recently have two body types, male and female. Once again, this is a time, cost and performance issue of having several different body models. Now that consoles aren't as antique hardware wise, these things can be possible.

jdreyer wrote on Feb 27, 2015, 22:21:
- Include female enemies, but don't sexualize those enemies

Who gets to decide what is considered sexualized? Different people find different things sexual. Some guys women in uniform sexy, so should we not have female cops or soldiers as enemies in games because they can be sexualized?

On the first one, the complaint isn't that women move like men, but that they move like strippers.

I wonder how much of it is sexualized and how much of it is intentional "overacting".

Because in a weird way computer animation is a lot like theatrical acting. Small, subtle cues that make up 80% of our normal behavior and motion are lost in theater, and so you see the exaggeration of the actors on stage so that people way in the back can still see and get the emotion of what's going on. It's the same with puppetry. Subtlety is lost.

Now, we're getting better. There were moments in Dragon Age Inquistion (and Mass Effect 3 for that matter) where the model actually managed to jump the uncanny valley for a few moments and look completely real (Solas especially since... well... he had no hair). And in those moments they managed to get away with subtle acting and animation and it worked.

But by and large we aren't there yet.

Yeah, I'll admit there's oversexualization but a general accusation of unrealistic animation still strikes me as the fidelity of computer games and the natural action of video games precludes many small subtleties.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
36. Re: Op Ed Feb 27, 2015, 13:41 Flatline
 
Slick wrote on Feb 27, 2015, 12:51:
I'd still like to imagine a world where I can agree with some of what she says, and find the rest of what she says abhorrent and ignorant.

Considering she's rehasing what the industry, when it's stopped to self-examine, has been saying for years, I'd say it's totally reasonable to agree with some of her arguments.

I am at the point where I don't give a shit. The industry needs to grow up in a lot of ways. It's shoveling the lowest common denominator of shit wholesale at this point and it's not just related to gender.

Besides, isn't this whole gender/female/male thing like totally 2014? It's all about gender fluidity at this point with the 73 different kinds of gender on the slider? Why is Anita insisting on being part of the binary gender oppression by advocating for biological self-identifying females?

#BinaryIsBigoted

(yes, this is satire)
 
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News Comments > FCC Reinstates Net Neutrality; Unfetters Local Broadband
82. Re: FCC Reinstates Net Neutrality; Unfetters Local Broadband Feb 26, 2015, 22:52 Flatline
 
killer_roach wrote on Feb 26, 2015, 19:32:
I was advocating for some sort of "Minimum QoS" regulation along with a reform of the FCC's spectrum auction rules to allow for a more dynamic market in wireless broadband. (Fiber optic "backbone" infrastructure I'm not so concerned about the effects of Title II on, beyond possible issues with deployment to new geographic locations which will likely be an impending fight between telecom firms and the FCC should these regulations be upheld.)

Blame Verizon for that then. The FCC was moving in that direction and Verizon took them to court and the courts told the FCC "Title II or GTFO".

They bet big and lost hard.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
18. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 24, 2015, 11:12 Flatline
 
InBlack wrote on Feb 24, 2015, 04:30:
Flatline wrote on Feb 23, 2015, 13:32:

"I doubt you'd be raped and murdered in front of 2000 people" and she replied with "Well they're all white males" was... I can't imagine living with that kind of world view. It must be really depressing.



What world view? That's not a world view. That's racism. Imagine the uproar if a white woman had said that on record about black males.

Oh it's racist but it's also one of the most pessimistic views of people I've ever heard.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
17. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 24, 2015, 11:10 Flatline
 
Julio wrote on Feb 23, 2015, 18:33:
Flatline wrote on Feb 23, 2015, 18:28:
Julio wrote on Feb 23, 2015, 17:26:
I enjoyed what happened to Adria Richards.

I won't go so far as to enjoy what happened to her. She didn't learn anything and came away more bitter and really more paranoid. She didn't deserve the level of vitriol that was aimed at her and I think 2 years of being unemployed or whatever it was according to the article is paying for all your sins and then some. I agree that we all lose in that scenario.

Let me be more specific. I enjoyed the fact that she lost her job, which I felt was karma for causing someone else to lose theirs. I did not mean I thought the other over-the-top type attacks on her were a good thing.

Gotcha fair 'nuff. I admit there's a bit of schadenfreude to that extent.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
12. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 23, 2015, 18:28 Flatline
 
Julio wrote on Feb 23, 2015, 17:26:
I enjoyed what happened to Adria Richards. Clearly got what she deserved, learned nothing from her experience and probably will go the Patreon/Kickstarter route next.

Feel sorry for the guy who made a joke at the next table though. Clearly the victim of someone who has serious issues.

I won't go so far as to enjoy what happened to her. She didn't learn anything and came away more bitter and really more paranoid. She didn't deserve the level of vitriol that was aimed at her and I think 2 years of being unemployed or whatever it was according to the article is paying for all your sins and then some. I agree that we all lose in that scenario.

But in reading the comments in the article I linked to, there are people who argued, very passionately, that defusing the situation with a "dude not cool" and receiving an apology is "submissive" and "sexist". So resolving things in a non-confrontational manner is not a valid option for some people.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
19. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Feb 23, 2015, 13:55 Flatline
 
ASeven wrote on Feb 22, 2015, 15:41:
Surprised WotC survived D&D 4th Ed. That is by far the worst D&D in history. 5th Edition is having low sales now because people no longer trust them.

5th ed last I heard is so fucked up it doesn't have much of a print run schedule.

Also I'll argue that WOTC did well by D&D with 3rd edition. Mike Mearls is the plague on the IP. How he survives the yearly Wizards Christmas Firing ritual (seriously, they can people every Christmas) is beyond me. He's responsible for the cluster-fuck of errata and then de-errata and then re-errata that 4th ed became and somehow managed to stay in charge of the line.

Shit with A Game of Thrones being more popular that breathing for the last 4 years you'd think D&D would be tearing it up. Instead it's kind of a stinking pile of shit.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 23, 2015, 13:32 Flatline
 
Creston wrote on Feb 23, 2015, 11:57:
Flatline wrote on Feb 23, 2015, 11:27:
Interesting link in the comment section in relation to that Adria Richards thing:

https://amandablumwords.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/3/

Apparently, getting offended, not telling anyone, and causing a huge shitstorm on the internet is her MO.

Adria Richards, judging by this article, is truly just a miserable piece of shit out to hurt other people. She didn't give a shit about the guy getting fired because he made a stupid joke to his buddy (Here's a fucking hint Internet, just because you heard a joke DOESN'T MEAN IT WAS FUCKING AIMED AT YOU.) but then when the tables are turned and SHE gets fired, omg, worst thing in the world, and it was the guy's fault. Her "I felt they were going to kill me or rape me" bullshit was just worthy of the world's biggest fucking eyeroll. Yeah, they're going to jump up and rape you RIGHT THERE in the midst of 2000 other white guys, all of whom are just going to stand around and be like "Hahahaha RAPE THAT BITCH!" Rolleyes


As for Lindsay Stone, I found that picture pretty damn offensive (No, you're not just being a douchebag in front of a sign. That sign means something. In essence, you're saying "Fuck everyone who died in military service.") Not everything can be turned into a joke. These are men and women who **died** in service to their country. They deserve respect, not to be turned into a fucking joke on your goddamn facebook page so you can get a few likes from the clowns who like your written diarrhea.

But she didn't deserve to get fired over it, nor have her life tarnished because of it.

Interesting article. The gist of it really is: Don't be on fucking Twitter, and don't post stupid bullshit on your Facebook page.

Yeah the Lindsay Stone thing was really crass and tasteless and offensive and I agree that she didn't deserve to be eviscerated.

It'd be enough to win "worst person in the world" for one day and then move on.

As for the Adria Richards thing, apparently even her supporters default to "she's a black, Jewish, woman so naturally she's the victim here". It's... really weird. The point in the article where the author pointed out "I doubt you'd be raped and murdered in front of 2000 people" and she replied with "Well they're all white males" was... I can't imagine living with that kind of world view. It must be really depressing.

And yes, I agree. Twitter is a fucking plague on humanity. I mean, I remember the night that the Iranian uprising happened and we were trying to put up twitter mirrors so that the students could coordinate without the Iranian government shutting the effort down, and that was a trip to behold.

Aside from that and a few other edge uses? It seems like a terrible idea to me. People have been bemoaning the 30 second sound bite for decades, and now the new social way to communicate is the 4 second sound bite? What could possibly go wrong with that?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 23, 2015, 11:27 Flatline
 
Interesting link in the comment section in relation to that Adria Richards thing:

https://amandablumwords.wordpress.com/2013/03/21/3/

Apparently, getting offended, not telling anyone, and causing a huge shitstorm on the internet is her MO.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen at $73M; Rental Equipment Credits Controversy
55. Re: Star Citizen at $73M; Rental Equipment Credits Controversy Feb 21, 2015, 22:42 Flatline
 
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 21, 2015, 21:17:
Julio wrote on Feb 21, 2015, 20:38:
{PH}88fingers wrote on Feb 21, 2015, 20:07:
yet everyone here is saying it is pay to win... ???

Although we've beaten the pay-to-win discussion to death, I'm interested in how buying a $1200 ship isn't paying to win. That ship will give an advantage to some players over others. Let's hear how it doesn't.


The game needs to come through with it's one promise. Player run servers. If it does P2W will mean nothing on them.

I don't see how player run servers are even feasible at this point.

Maybe if you have a server cluster it's doable, as in you rent some MS Azure or AWS servers and spin them up, but I have trouble imagining one consumer-grade computer running a full universe simulation, unknown planetary-side simulations, AND run FPS simulations- simultaneously.

I can see a minimum of one server for each along with maybe a master server that coordinates everything, with additional server spinning up for every X number of players. Not to mention the bandwidth required for that kind of server hosting- it'd be kind of a nightmare.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen at $73M; Rental Equipment Credits Controversy
54. Re: Star Citizen at $73M; Rental Equipment Credits Controversy Feb 21, 2015, 22:35 Flatline
 
StealthR6 wrote on Feb 21, 2015, 14:27:
I play AC every night and its the best space shooter out now, just like Freelancer was the best one 15 years ago and the Wing Commander/Privateer was the best in the early 90s.

Freespace 2 beat the *shit* out of Freelancer, which wasn't even particularly a space sim in the traditional sense.

Shit, go download the Freespace Open Source Project and plunk 5 bucks down on GOG.com for Freespace 2. It still holds up aside from some shitty missions in the nebula.

Then if you're feeling really interested, download diaspora, which does what SC wanted really bad to do with it's flight model, only for Battlestar Galactica, and see what a 15 year old engine with a few basic modifications is still capable of producing graphically.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Microtransactions Coming to Asia
9. Re: Diablo III Microtransactions Coming to Asia Feb 20, 2015, 22:54 Flatline
 
nin wrote on Feb 20, 2015, 20:52:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Feb 20, 2015, 19:35:
Well that's it then. That's kind of a relief, actually.

I was holding out hope that D3 could be salvaged some day; now we can just uninstall.

It's frustrating that they can't seem to decide what they want to do with it...between this and overwatch, it feels like they've gone from a company with great ideas to a company that just chases the latest trend.


Well... they fired or let go all the employees that had good ideas. Is it surprising?
 
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News Comments > WARMACHINE: Tactics Demo & DLC
4. Re: WARMACHINE: Tactics Demo & DLC Feb 20, 2015, 19:07 Flatline
 
panbient wrote on Feb 20, 2015, 14:35:
... and it's only a 26 GB download...

what the actual shit?

Hey Star Citizen is like 30+ gigs for like one or two levels
 
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
6. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Feb 20, 2015, 18:35 Flatline
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 20, 2015, 13:08:
They didn't make any 10K reward levels, so even though they didn't have the largest in terms of $$$, all of their donations were small so they needed a lot of people to jump on it. Kind of got out of control though. I wonder if people are looking at this as a collectors item and we'll see these decks on Ebay for $500 or something.

Possibly that and just the artwork. The cardgame itself sounds... boring as dirt.
 
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News Comments > SPINTIRES Rolling Again; DLC & Sequel Plans
9. Re: SPINTIRES Rolling Again; DLC & Sequel Plans Feb 20, 2015, 18:20 Flatline
 
I can't stop reading that title as SPINRITE, which is a good product.  
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News Comments > Homeworld Remastered Trailer
8. Re: Homeworld Remastered Trailer Feb 19, 2015, 13:07 Flatline
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 19, 2015, 12:43:
Higara. Home. Goddamn it's looking good. This game just oozes style. This is probably my favourite futuristic/modular style of ship design of any space game. It's how I envision spaceships too.

I remember that mission now, it was a motherfucker. I seem to recall rage-quitting on it more than once.
Steamingmad

I remember playing this back in our LAN party days. The guy who threw the lan party was part of the beta. Great RTS player for his day but he *couldn't* get the 3d part of Homeworld. He'd break down if I fought off of the "map plane" and took it to the Z axis. There was a lot of Wrath of Khan and Ender's Game references in my smack talk back then.
 
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