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Signed On Feb 15, 2007, 19:09
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News Comments > Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Expands
6. Re: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Expands Dec 16, 2014, 11:28 Flatline
 
Ah Torvin, the most boring part of the game.  
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News Comments > Warhammer Quest Announced
5. Re: Warhammer Quest Announced Dec 15, 2014, 17:56 Flatline
 
SimplyMonk wrote on Dec 15, 2014, 12:51:
Warhammer Quest though I think suffers from the same problem Space Hulk's video game incarnations do.

Well for the video game implementation they f*cking nickle and dime you to death.

The base app was like 5 bucks. Then each hero set was another 3. And each tile set where adventures took place was 3 bucks. And each set of monsters you wanted to fight was 3-5 bucks.

What would have been a perfectly fun playable game was killed IMHO by microtransaction greed.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
69. Re: Op Ed Dec 12, 2014, 18:05 Flatline
 
Squirmer wrote on Dec 12, 2014, 17:54:
Some reviewers did mention the game's sexism at the time, though, like Gamespot, and it led to thousands of abusive comments and a reworking of Gamespot's comments system.

But more than that, yes I'm sure there's a certain amount of groupthink here, and I'm sure many critics had a great time with the game and only later started complaining about sexism. Maybe that makes them hypocritical to some extent, but it's also entirely possible to enjoy a game while disliking certain aspects of it. I don't think anyone is saying GTA5 is a bad game because it has these problems, or that nobody should play it. They just want some specific problems addressed.

I don't think losing the ability to hire prostitutes would actually hurt the game in any way. Especially since you get nothing out of it nowadays anyway.

Hiring prostitutes isn't the problem. Killing them is.

And I'm tired of people splitting split hairs. Have some guts and call them on their bullshit. You know, it's entirely possible to identify with a point of view while still disliking certain aspects of it. Right?

And oh but if only it was liking a game but not liking certain other aspects of it. If *only* the author had the guts to admit that of his industry. But see, it's not *his* problem. He and his are intellectually matured and have no need to change their opinions. It's everyone else who doesn't agree with them who need to come around.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
63. Re: Op Ed Dec 12, 2014, 17:30 Flatline
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Dec 12, 2014, 16:26:
Beamer wrote on Dec 12, 2014, 15:54:
I just don't get this argument, though.
One guy wrote the review, an entirely different guy wrote the Op/Ed.
A year passed between them, which is a considerable amount of time for opinions to be re-evaluated, anyway.
And it's possible for a game to be incredibly fun to play yet also have some absolutely terrible plot points that make people cringe.

Does everyone writing for a site have to share the same opinion?
Can opinions not change over time?
And can something bad in an otherwise great game not necessarily make the game not worth playing?

According to SJW's yes. An entire group is guilty of the actions of a few individuals no matter what, even if there is no direct evidence--and if they work for them, the entire business/organization/etc is guilty of it. Notable examples from the last year: Mozilla, Gamergate.

So yep, Polygon has a serious misandry problem. I believe they need to take serious corrective steps to fix it.

Yeah, and to cut off the "vast majority of gamergate is about hating on women" argument, the vast (and I do mean vast) majority of gaming journalism collectively jizzed in their pants for GTA V (it's got a metacritic rating of like 95 or 97).

So now that they've had their misogynistic fun they get to tell us we're all bad people for enjoying the game that they spent considerable man-hours convincing us to buy and play and enjoy?

If that's not hypocrisy then I don't know what is.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
62. Re: Op Ed Dec 12, 2014, 17:25 Flatline
 
Beamer wrote on Dec 12, 2014, 15:54:
Flatline wrote on Dec 12, 2014, 15:40:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Dec 12, 2014, 15:37:
Oh...OH...OOOOOOH.

Where was polygon last year? That's right, giving it a 9.5/10. Fucking clickbait. Apparently Polygon has a serious misandry problem, what can Polygon do to correct this?

*fistbump* beat me to it.

I just don't get this argument, though.
One guy wrote the review, an entirely different guy wrote the Op/Ed.
A year passed between them, which is a considerable amount of time for opinions to be re-evaluated, anyway.
And it's possible for a game to be incredibly fun to play yet also have some absolutely terrible plot points that make people cringe.

Does everyone writing for a site have to share the same opinion?
Can opinions not change over time?
And can something bad in an otherwise great game not necessarily make the game not worth playing?


If you're criticizing society for giving rockstar a pass, start with the place you work with.

No you don't have to share the same opinion, but you do have to be willing to call bullshit where it lies. And if you're standing it it and scream at someone else that they're standing in bullshit and how dare they, you look like a fucking tool.

Besides, there's a joke thread floating around. Here I'll link it:

http://tinyurl.com/kh38wmx

The screen-cap is a parody, but it shows that Polygon was on this misogyny kick back when it gave GTA V a glowing review.

I'm just saying if you're looking to make a change, but you're not willing to look at yourself and your own house, maybe you're not really looking to make a change that seriously.
 
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News Comments > FreeSpace Miniatures Kickstarter Gauges Interest in PC Game
14. Re: FreeSpace Miniatures Kickstarter Gauges Interest in PC Game Dec 12, 2014, 17:19 Flatline
 
Let's make FPS games of ALL THE THINGS!!!  
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News Comments > Op Ed
57. Re: Op Ed Dec 12, 2014, 15:40 Flatline
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Dec 12, 2014, 15:37:
Oh...OH...OOOOOOH.

Where was polygon last year? That's right, giving it a 9.5/10. Fucking clickbait. Apparently Polygon has a serious misandry problem, what can Polygon do to correct this?

*fistbump* beat me to it.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
55. Re: Op Ed Dec 12, 2014, 15:33 Flatline
 
Slick wrote on Dec 12, 2014, 13:39:
Flatline wrote on Dec 12, 2014, 11:45:
If you'd argue that at times GTA5 can be sexist, then I'd agree with you, you'd get no argument from me. In fact, in a crime/lowlife simulator there is almost certainly going to be a negative light cast on many women. But I wouldn't immediately say "Oh the designers hate women and this game promotes hating women".

okay, so perhaps i'm not as learn'ed as some who carry around a pocket OED but to me the definition of "sexism" should not inherently concern only one sex (just as racism and prejudice are also concerned, no race or sex is implied with these word).

I'm almost through the GTA V campaign, and i gotta say, as far as a "negative light being cast", i'd say that men take the center stage. well, psychopaths take the center stage, who happen to all be men.

So how exactly is GTA sexist? because there are occasionally women in it? i'm not trying to sound cute, i genuinely do not understand how this works, or the rules going on here.

Couple of things. The story with Lazlo/Michael's daughter was pretty sexist. You could argue that was the point of the character/story and I'd agree with you, but it's still sexist.

Being able to rub your hands on a stripper for 2 minutes and having her jump in the sack and date you is pretty sexist.

It's been like a year since I played the game so some details are fuzzy in my head. But they do exist.

Now as for Beamer suggesting that video games make society sexist, that's kind of bullshit and historically ignorant (It's also identical to the murder simulator BS Jack Thompson was famous for, just replace "murder" with "hates women" and you're done). There's been sexism for probably as long as there's been civilization. I think it's a better argument to suggest that sexism you see in media/video games arises as a reflection of our culture rather than a shaping force of it.

Also, Polygon is full of shit. I know this is an opinion piece, but let's start at home with criticism.

Polygon's review of GTA5 was a 9.5 out of 10. They fucking *loved* the game. But now it's trendy to be part of the internet rage machine.

Why not start with why your own publication loved the fucking game when it came out a year or more ago if you're going to shame society for liking a game that your own bosses told everyone to play?

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News Comments > FreeSpace Miniatures Kickstarter Gauges Interest in PC Game
11. Re: FreeSpace Miniatures Kickstarter Gauges Interest in PC Game Dec 12, 2014, 14:15 Flatline
 
Creston wrote on Dec 12, 2014, 14:06:
InBlack wrote on Dec 12, 2014, 09:18:
Why isnt anyone actively pursuing a sequel to "Freespace2"? With the recent resurgence of interest in space games in general, especially space flight sims, and with everyone concentrating of open world games, or MMOs (CR gimme Foundry42 and the rest be dammned goddamnit) I would be eager to see Volition going back to their roots and doing one. Who owns the licence for this IP?

The IP wouldn't even matter. Freespace had the most generic "Aliens come to attack duuuurrrrr!" storyline ever. You could easily make a new story in ~ 10 minutes.

Freespace 2 sold terribly, however. Just awfully. So everyone decided there was no interest in games like that.

Star Citizen and E:D should probably prove that wrong, but otoh, would there be that much demand for Freespace 2 right now, as we're in the midst of a space game renaissance?

FS2 is a completely different flight engine and experience compared to current space sim games. Freespace 2's flight model was more traditional/xwing-ish to start with (and SC was supposed to be *grumble*) while the combat was based off of WW2 pacific theater combat with large cap ships and AA flak and dozens of fighters swarming around in the chaos.

If you go download the updated engine files for the open sourced FS2 and play the game again, the actual game mechanics and game experience still hold up extremely well (except for the shitty nebula missions nobody liked those).
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
38. Re: Op Ed Dec 12, 2014, 13:31 Flatline
 
Beamer wrote on Dec 12, 2014, 12:39:
Really, I see no mention of "ingrained."

All I see is "subscription wanted".

I guess subscribing to something means you hate women?

Edit: Since the ODE is behind a subscriber wall I ended up using the ODO apparently.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
25. Re: Op Ed Dec 12, 2014, 12:20 Flatline
 
Beamer wrote on Dec 12, 2014, 12:07:
Misogyny isn't simply actively, openly hating wome. The OED defines it as hatred, dislike or prejudice. So all sexism against women is misogyny, because it's prejudice.

Funny, OED doesn't consider misogyny as a synonym with sexism. In fact, OED doesn't *have* a synonym for misogyny.

But you selectively edited your OED definition of misogyny. OED doesn't say it's just "prejudice", it says it's "ingrained prejudice". And OED defines "ingrained" as:

(Of a habit, belief, or attitude) firmly fixed or established; difficult to change:

So according to OED, misogyny is intentional, full of haterade, and firmly established and difficult to change.

Sexism is defined since we're throwing definitions around as:

Prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex.

I could drive a bus through the gap between those definitions. It's entirely possible to be sexist inadvertantly or without knowledge of it. I'd argue misogyny is intentional and self-aware.
 
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News Comments > FreeSpace Miniatures Kickstarter Gauges Interest in PC Game
8. Re: FreeSpace Miniatures Kickstarter Gauges Interest in PC Game Dec 12, 2014, 12:03 Flatline
 
Board games generally do better at kickstarter than video games, but that being said I'm very reluctant to suggest backing this game.

1. FFG will pursue them if it's too close to X-wing. And it seems basically like x-wing.

2. Only CG renders of... well.. just about anything. They have two 3dprinted "prototype" models that look about as low-res as you can imagine. I could push those out for like 10 bucks on shapeways. Probably using original FS2 meshes.

3. Shitty artwork. Sure it's too early to have final art, but there's like no graphical design at work here.

Pass. Seriously pass. And I'm a diehard FS2 fanatic.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
21. Re: Op Ed Dec 12, 2014, 11:45 Flatline
 
What I want to know is since when did all sexism suddenly become misogyny?

If you'd argue that at times GTA5 can be sexist, then I'd agree with you, you'd get no argument from me. In fact, in a crime/lowlife simulator there is almost certainly going to be a negative light cast on many women. But I wouldn't immediately say "Oh the designers hate women and this game promotes hating women".
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 10, 2014, 18:03 Flatline
 
Bill Borre wrote on Dec 10, 2014, 18:00:
I dunno. Everything I've read about about both Tom Cruise and Steve Jobs would seem to indicate that they're two-of-a-kind personality-wise.

Tom Cruise is a manic depressive off his meds because he believes he has exercised all the alien souls out of his body.

Steve Jobs was probably a high-operating psychopath.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 10, 2014, 16:31 Flatline
 
Thus confirming that Aaron Sorkin is a complete idiot. Further proof is the last few episodes of The Newsroom.  
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News Comments > Alien: Isolation Now Easier (and Harder)
28. Re: Alien: Isolation Now Easier (and Harder) Dec 10, 2014, 13:33 Flatline
 
Elf Shot The Food wrote on Dec 10, 2014, 09:34:
I'm Hudson, sir. He's Hicks.

Came for this quote.

Leaving satisfied.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic - Shadow of Revan Released
4. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic - Shadow of Revan Released Dec 9, 2014, 22:22 Flatline
 
JohnBirshire wrote on Dec 9, 2014, 20:37:
I've had a bug that makes me unable to progress, after numerous open tickets, I am unsubbing in 3 days.

It wants me to finish a mission I've already finished, and won't let me finish it.

Yeah, as ridiculous as it sounds.

Yeah I heard about that. It's been known since the early launch last week. Pretty bad.

Which sucks. I just jumped back in after being gone since the original subscription and was sort of enjoying myself. I'll still play through the free stuff, and may sub for a month to get the hutt cartel thing, but yeah... crappy.
 
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News Comments > The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Delayed Again
39. Re: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Delayed Again Dec 9, 2014, 11:08 Flatline
 
Darks wrote on Dec 8, 2014, 20:40:
Taking a guess at this, but I get the feeling they are delaying because they saw DAI and saw some things that peeked their interest and feel that now they need to make some changes to make their game better.

Nah. They're pushing this game from 3 months out to 6 months out. They should be largely feature locked.

Plus, it's their MO to release a director's edition/uber patch that introduces stuff like that a year after the game ships.

They should be polishing right now like a motherf*cker.
 
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News Comments > Another RPG Revival Planned by inXile
27. Re: Another RPG Revival Planned by inXile Dec 5, 2014, 16:26 Flatline
 
Creston wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 14:05:
eRe4s3r wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 13:27:
bobbyric wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 13:13:
D&D franchise would just be a nightmare (why do you figure Bioware stopped working with wizards of the coast)

Yeah I wish someone in the "know" would talk about the why and how concerning this... is there any known reason why absolutely NO DEV AT ALL touches DnD 4.0 rulesets for games ?

Because WotC are beyond fucking terrible to work with.

This. They also are quite literally not sure how to approach the concept of computers and the net.

Remember when 4th ed came out and they initially promised a gargantuan suite of apps? Remember when all we got was a rather robust player character editor? And remember how as time went on that got nerfed into something that was barely useable, and you had to subscribe to use it?

They're doing it again with 5th edition. Originally they were going to have this gargantuan software suite called Dungeonscape. They recently shit-canned it because it was more ambitious than 5th ed was in totality.

Here's an article on the situation that was interesting to me:

http://www.madadventurers.com/dungeonscape-the-fellowship-of-the-thing/

Mearls is probably the worst thing to happen to D&D in the last 20 years.
 
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News Comments > Another RPG Revival Planned by inXile
26. Re: Another RPG Revival Planned by inXile Dec 5, 2014, 16:22 Flatline
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 10:43:
Unlike PoE there is still room for more rpg's with the new DnD ruleset (exactly zero games use 4.0)

Correction, the new ruleset is 5e now. Not 4. WOTC abandoned 4th edition completely about 18-24 months ago.

Besides, every WoW clone and WoW MMO basically has the same ability engine that 4th edition had.
 
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