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News Comments > etc., etc.
14. Re: etc., etc. Oct 21, 2014, 23:27 Flatline
 
NKD wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 20:04:
Anyway, bottom line is Mr. Pinsof got fired and it appears that Dale North, Destructoid Editor-in-chief, may well have acted illegally when suggesting on the Game Journo Pros mailing list that other employers not hire Mr. Pinsof. There are laws in many states that make it illegal to "blacklist" potential employees in this way, and you open yourself up to huge liability.


Yeah, the idea that he was fishing for advice from other professionals goes out the window when he namedrops and the pack starts making fun of the employee. It's basically a smoking gun. After the fact when the guy got on the list and encouraged other people not to hire him, well... that's even worse.

Threatening to replace the byline on all previous work still on destructoid with "worst employee ever do not hire" just digs you deeper and deeper.

Any competent lawyer should be able to squeeze Destructoid for quite a bit of money in a nice settlement.

It also kind of shoots the idea that gamejournopros isn't a list that occasionally embarks on collusion in the foot.

It was also the point where I found myself thinking that the entire fucking industry is full of toxic egotistical assholes that have axes to grind that I wouldn't get involved with for any amount of money or privilege.

Edit- And this is why, after reading the blog entry, why you turn this shit over to HR. It's their responsibility to handle this shit with any kind of finesse.

This comment was edited on Oct 21, 2014, 23:44.
 
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News Comments > Metallica to Close BlizzCon
29. Re: Metallica to Close BlizzCon Oct 21, 2014, 23:06 Flatline
 
panbient wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 18:47:
Prez wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 16:58:
Off topic but Death Magnetic was far and away the best thing they had put out since ...And Justice For All. Had they actually made the guitars sound less like they were played through a $75 Gorilla amp, it would have almost been on the level with their epic 3...

Did you happen to download the uncompressed version of the album from Guitar Hero? I know it seems ridiculous but it sounds substantially better than the actual disc released for commercial sale.

Death Magnetic was such a horribly mixed album that the sound engineer apologized and disassociated himself from it. It was part of the "louder is better" movement for a while there and when you look at the sound graph of the CD vs the Guitar Hero mix, it's insane how much of a difference there is.

Metallica however still sucks. The old Metallica that was good is... dated. It didn't age very well. Everything post Black Album was too commercial to be relevant.
 
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News Comments > Play Civilization V Free This Week
17. Re: Bah! Oct 21, 2014, 11:23 Flatline
 
GMG just sent me my Beyond Earth key. I figured it was worth it at like 25% off. I"ll get my money's worth.

AC was my favorite game of the series so I'm interested in seeing where this goes.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
18. Re: Morning Interviews Oct 20, 2014, 16:10 Flatline
 
MDB wrote on Oct 20, 2014, 15:21:
Flatline wrote on Oct 20, 2014, 13:01:
Not only is disparaging someone for not being a true gamer because they started when Halo came out a No True Scotsman fallacy, but it's especially lazy because as it turns out, Halo is pretty fucking old. You might as well push the threshold back into the 70's with THAC0, or even into the late 60's with the Grognard/wargame crowd that probably first popularized the term "gamer" in a social context outside of gambling.

Point taken -- bad choice of words on my part. (Maybe I should have said Farmville instead?)

To clarify, I was commenting on the way the "controversy", such as it is, has entered the consciousness of people who aren't involved in it, have nothing to do with it, aren't affected by it at all, and probably have more important things to worry about. Especially when said controversy is ultimately just a bunch of (presumably young and unwise) people typing stuff on their keyboards -- it's alternately silly and sad.

No worries. If we're going for the horror factor we could always point at the Kim Kardashian You Wish You Were Me game or whatever it's called.

Also, 'grats all around on the extreme civility of the thread.

Cheers!
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
12. Re: Morning Interviews Oct 20, 2014, 13:31 Flatline
 
UHD wrote on Oct 20, 2014, 13:24:
Flatline wrote on Oct 20, 2014, 13:01:
UHD wrote on Oct 20, 2014, 12:12:
Flatline wrote on Oct 20, 2014, 12:07:
I'm only vaguely inclined to let someone who can still calculate THAC0 in their head for a level 7 rogue call themselves a "gamer".

PS: 18

I am sure they are disappointed you're only vaguely inclined to let them into the gamer clique.

Er... that was a joke. Considering that arguably modern "gaming" as we consider it is around 30-35 years old tops (Depending on if you hitch the modern gamer tag to the old Atari/coleco/pong consoles or if you go with the NES/PC/Apple II era, and I'm more inclined to hitch it to the latter than the former) then bitching that someone who got their gaming start with Halo is a little bit disingenuous, since Halo came out nearly 13 years ago (November 11th, 2001).

To put it another way, in like 3-4 years, someone who started gaming when Halo came out will have been playing video games for the majority of the time that video games have been a cultural thing.

Not only is disparaging someone for not being a true gamer because they started when Halo came out a No True Scotsman fallacy, but it's especially lazy because as it turns out, Halo is pretty fucking old. You might as well push the threshold back into the 70's with THAC0, or even into the late 60's with the Grognard/wargame crowd that probably first popularized the term "gamer" in a social context outside of gambling.

Eh, it was tongue in cheek; some people actually think 'gamer' is some kind of badge of honor. Those people are silly. Apologies.

Gotcha. No apologies needed! My own post was intentionally pompous and probably could have been elaborated. Poe's law right?
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
8. Re: Morning Interviews Oct 20, 2014, 13:01 Flatline
 
UHD wrote on Oct 20, 2014, 12:12:
Flatline wrote on Oct 20, 2014, 12:07:
I'm only vaguely inclined to let someone who can still calculate THAC0 in their head for a level 7 rogue call themselves a "gamer".

PS: 18

I am sure they are disappointed you're only vaguely inclined to let them into the gamer clique.


Er... that was a joke. Considering that arguably modern "gaming" as we consider it is around 30-35 years old tops (Depending on if you hitch the modern gamer tag to the old Atari/coleco/pong consoles or if you go with the NES/PC/Apple II era, and I'm more inclined to hitch it to the latter than the former) then bitching that someone who got their gaming start with Halo is a little bit disingenuous, since Halo came out nearly 13 years ago (November 11th, 2001).

To put it another way, in like 3-4 years, someone who started gaming when Halo came out will have been playing video games for the majority of the time that video games have been a cultural thing.

Not only is disparaging someone for not being a true gamer because they started when Halo came out a No True Scotsman fallacy, but it's especially lazy because as it turns out, Halo is pretty fucking old. You might as well push the threshold back into the 70's with THAC0, or even into the late 60's with the Grognard/wargame crowd that probably first popularized the term "gamer" in a social context outside of gambling.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
6. Re: Morning Interviews Oct 20, 2014, 12:07 Flatline
 
MDB wrote on Oct 20, 2014, 12:03:
More maddening than anything else is the way it's moved into the mainstream, as if it's somehow bigger than a bunch of nerds circle jerking on their internet drama. I'm seeing posts in my Facebook feed from people whose gaming experience probably started with Halo saying things like, "I'm a gamer and I'm shocked and ashamed by all this. ASHAMED."

This kid who probably never had a breakup before? Sarkeesian? (Why is she even involved in this in the first place??) In the larger picture of the industry? NONE OF THESE PEOPLE MATTER.

I'm only vaguely inclined to let someone who can still calculate THAC0 in their head for a level 7 rogue call themselves a "gamer".

PS: 18
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
4. Re: 'Hatred' Developer Creative Destruction Denies Accusations That Some Studio Members Are 'Neo Na Oct 20, 2014, 11:33 Flatline
 
I like how in the middle of the article of the interview with the guy who started all this (I'm more convinced than ever that he may be aspie) there's a picture of Anita Sarkeesian. She's never actually *mentioned* in the article, but just had to make sure she's in there.

Shit.
Journalism.

 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
1. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 20, 2014, 11:27 Flatline
 
Rock Band as a thing came and went years ago.

It was fun while it lasted, and I have some great rock band party memories that were hilarious and awesome, but it's time to move on.

That being said, Rock Band probably went on too long. It was at it's best when it was playing old songs that everyone knew, by heart, even if they didn't *like* the songs particularly. Nothing brought a rock band session or even a social gathering to a screeching halt like the one asshole who insists on playing his hipster-obscure DLC track (it only takes one if it's bad enough) that nobody has even heard of before but the douche "Just has to play it, you'll love it!". Nobody knows the music, the lyrics, or even the band for that matter, and while the hipster douche is loving life everyone else suddenly is reminded that they're playing musical Simon and the moment is spoiled.
 
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Requires 6GB of RAM
24. Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Requires 6GB of RAM Oct 20, 2014, 11:24 Flatline
 
Quinn wrote on Oct 20, 2014, 10:28:
I stopped giving a shit about these speclists since after I played Shadow of Mordor at a constant 70+ fps with everything on ULTRA (ofc no multisampling stuff, just the normal, great looking AA setting) with my 2GB VRAM GPU though they recommended a 4GB+ VRAM GPU.

This game will run perfectly fine.

Yeah that was weird. For shits & giggles I punched SoM up to ultra to see how bad performance was and I was averaging 70+FPS (without the pack I was averaging over 90 on ultra). Granted, I had a 4 gig card, but for the ultra pack they were telling you to get a 6 gig card.
 
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News Comments > The Evil Within Released
27. Re: The Evil Within Released Oct 15, 2014, 13:53 Flatline
 
saluk wrote on Oct 14, 2014, 21:58:
Game has been getting really good reviews... just a bad port. I might pick it up on sale, after the community makes it not suck.

My head has practically exploded from how many times people say that Resident Evil was a fantastic game.

Granted I never got around to it until the gamecube remake, but it was *terrible* b-movie bad.

My question about this would be "is the control still shit like it is in every single survival horror game ever?"

Also, Silent Hill 2 still holds for the best survival horror game of all time for me.
 
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News Comments > GOG.com Offers Free Aliens vs Predator Classic 2000
23. Re: GOG.com Offers Free Aliens vs Predator Classic 2000 Oct 15, 2014, 13:42 Flatline
 
1badmf wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 11:20:
Elf Shot The Food wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 10:25:
Icewind wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 10:23:
InBlack wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 09:48:
Elf Shot The Food wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 09:20:
One thing I did find amusing is how fast the Marine runs. I think he could outpace the Quake guy.

You say that like its a bad thing...

Also really? This is the first game you played with acceleration?? That's kind of weird, by this time the Voodoo 3 was ruling supreme and Nvidia's TNT cards were quickly catching up, also Unreal was pretty much king of graphics and most games supported Glide or OpenGL. DirectX kind of sucked back then....

My first 3D card was a Voodoo2 back in.....1997, not sure when, probably late. I know the very first game I played it with was Dark Forces 2: Jedi Knight. Back then you were hot **** if you had a Voodoo card. Gaming elite.

I remember going to Software etc. and just bragging about it to all the other store regulars, who were all hardcore PC gamers. Boy, those were the days.

Dark Forces II was the first game I played with 3D acceleration too, after months and months of playing it in software mode. I was blown away by how good it looked and how fast it ran.


pffft, nubs. my first 3d card was a diamond monster 3d that i played quake 1 on. that was the card that launched our little discreet video card renderer industry.

That was my first 3d card as well I think. Either that or the fusion I think. It was kind of a big deal because it could render in either OpenGL/Glide AND this thing called "directX" (DirectX always as a rule looked shittier).
 
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News Comments > GOG.com Offers Free Aliens vs Predator Classic 2000
22. Re: GOG.com Offers Free Aliens vs Predator Classic 2000 Oct 15, 2014, 13:40 Flatline
 
Elf Shot The Food wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 10:23:
I wasn't implying that it was a bad thing. Just that compared to lots of newer shooters, the Marine in AvP is *really* fast.

You'd be running like a bat out of hell too if you were that scared and vulnerable.
 
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News Comments > BATTLELINE: STEEL WARFARE Announced
7. Re: BATTLELINE: STEEL WARFARE Announced Oct 14, 2014, 19:07 Flatline
 
WE ONLY USE ALL CAPS BECAUSE WE ARE EXTREME!

Oie... I thought that the all caps thing went away a long time ago.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
5. Re: Sunday Metaverse Oct 12, 2014, 23:37 Flatline
 
Axis wrote on Oct 12, 2014, 20:09:
Saboth wrote on Oct 12, 2014, 19:54:
Heh, just as predicted. Comcast and Verizon reams Netflix, and Netflix turns around and reams its customers. Then Comcast and Verizon likely ream the customers too, with another arbitrary price increase for service. It's like Americans are being double charged for internet service. I remember one one Comcast raised my rates twice in a year. Then another, they raised rates, then started charging for "free" converter boxes. And people are actually considering letting them buy up more competitors.

Netflix is worth having for 3x the cost. Comcast/verizon/directtv/etc are your reamers. Netflix is more than fair.

Is their content any better than about a year ago?

I cancelled my netflix because the content was atrocious. I found myself watching *maybe* 1-2 movies a month, and the TV shows I was watching were available on Amazon prime anyway (and I get free shipping and other stuff from the mothership for that).
 
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News Comments > Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup
7. Re: Saturday Crowdfunding Roundup Oct 11, 2014, 22:33 Flatline
 
It's obvious why Kickstarter is over. Star Citizen's 60 million dollar stretch goal is to replicate all projects on kickstarter, ever.  
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Specs
13. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Specs Oct 10, 2014, 17:29 Flatline
 
mag wrote on Oct 10, 2014, 17:27:
Flatline wrote on Oct 10, 2014, 17:11:
*Six* cores recommended?

That's only a 600 dollar CPU.

Edit: Oh I see. That's for AMD. Still, that's one fuck of a big difference between the AMD & Intel CPU.

Keep in mind that post-Phenom II AMD six- and eight-core processors are more like three- and four-core Intel processors with hyptherthreading, not even getting into the massive per-clock performance advantage that Intel has.

Yeah I forgot about the hyperthreading and all the other nifty stuff Intel has.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Specs
7. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Specs Oct 10, 2014, 17:11 Flatline
 
*Six* cores recommended?

That's only a 600 dollar CPU.

Edit: Oh I see. That's for AMD. Still, that's one fuck of a big difference between the AMD & Intel CPU.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen at $56M; CitizenCon Friday
78. Re: Star Citizen at $56M; CitizenCon Friday Oct 9, 2014, 12:12 Flatline
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Oct 9, 2014, 11:46:
Flatline wrote on Oct 9, 2014, 11:38:
the "advanced dogfighting" tutorial schooled my ass. I suck. I figured out pretty quickly that lower velocity = tighter turn radius but I still seem to manuever like a drunken whale and have trouble even getting the enemy into my sights.
It will take a bit to learn and master the flight controls.
I have a button on my joystick mapped to turn off flight assist for example and I usually start the turn then shut off flight assist as my ship drifts in one direction and it is spinning around at the same time than flip back flight assist to regain control and go after the baddies.
I use that technique in this video

Just give it time, everyone has to go through that learning process, but trust me ones you get it, dogfighting will be by far the most entertaining part of this game.
You can literally re live dogfighting scenes from movies like Star Wars. Hiding behind asteroids to break visual contact, etc.
Tons of fun.

Nice! I didn't realize flight assist did that.

That's an old hat from my days playing Tachyon: The Fringe (A severely under-rated space combat sim IMHO, and one of the most awesome multiplayer game modes I've ever seen.). I think they called it slipping or something like that in Tachyon.
 
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News Comments > The Evil Within > 30 FPS "Not Supported"
21. Re: The Evil Within > 30 FPS Oct 9, 2014, 11:41 Flatline
 
Deathman29 wrote on Oct 9, 2014, 10:12:
Oh we can run at 4k or greater... but we don't give a crap about anything more than 30FPS. Really? Pathetic

If you design a damn engine, give it flexibility. If you want FPS locks for certain things like say a console at 30FPS, then have a switch for it. Don't hardcode it only one way. Damn n00bs

I don't even want to know how much VRAM is required to run at 4k.
 
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