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News Comments > etc., etc.
20. Re: etc., etc. Oct 23, 2014, 22:02 NewMaxx
 
There has been speculation of "false flag" incidents related to anti-GG rhetoric but no solid evidence as of yet. I mention that because people are happy to jump on the bandwagon of conspiracy theories (JFK, Truthers, Illuminati, British bankers, Google, take your pick) but for some reason people are taking these things at face value. Honestly, when you open yourself up to exposure on social media - and yes, that means merely venting an opinion, but especially if you are "famous" because of it - then I find it difficult to have sympathy. If I went on Facebook tomorrow and posted, "hurr durr, women against GG should be killed, hurr durr," I would EXPECT backlash. So excuse me if I see half of this issue as, on one side, people giving their opinion for attention and their agenda, while the other side is basically trolling. None of it is dealing with worthwhile issues and the entire thing needs to be dropped.

As for the entire "gamers are male misogynists" thing...most gamers are female, a minority of the male gamers are misogynists, and even if the gender divide was true, so what? Take a look at the gender job gap sometime and you'll see great disparities. Now, I understand that the real issue is "tropes in gaming," that's great...what about tropes in movies? Right, Hollywood is liberal, nevermind. What about rap music that is generally greatly misogynistic? Oh right, African-Americans, that would be racist. Hypocrisy knows no bounds. Inherently anything that generalizes a group as a "culture" is designed to have an agenda because it is creating a target. That's a real problem here.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 23, 2014, 14:12 NewMaxx
 
I had issues installing the drivers, too. Pain in the ass. Eventually I manually updated the drivers through device manager, which failed and had me down to the default (low) resolution, but a reboot let Windows reinstall a rolled-back driver from which I was able to upgrade using the new driver set. Keep in mind I run a custom install with all 3D options and Experience unchecked (set DSR through global 3D settings).

As I am playing through Dreamfall before starting the Chapters, I tried DSR @ 4k with that title. Worked fine!
 
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News Comments > New GeForce Drivers
10. Re: New GeForce Drivers Oct 23, 2014, 00:02 NewMaxx
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Oct 22, 2014, 23:57:
PHJF wrote on Oct 22, 2014, 23:25:
The real question is, why would anyone with the money to be able to run games at 4K not be using a 4K monitor?

Poor scaling, limited choice of displays compared to 1080p or 1440p, high prices. Just off the top of my head.

I personally prefer smaller, high-quality monitors that have high pixel density and excellent clarity and refresh rates, all while being significantly cheaper...I'd rather put my money into the GPU. The reality is there are many games like Shadow of Mordor I can only run at 1440p and others like Alien: Isolation I can manage 4k (keeping in mind I mean at maximum quality at a sustainable 60+ FPS). If I could get a great 4k monitor and have 60+ FPS on all new titles with $1000+ sunk into GPUs on top of that, I would, but I can spend FAR less and have a fantastic 1080p monitor and cards that can run anything @ 1080p+ @ 120 FPS while being able to down-sample most of them (mostly 1440p, but many will do 4k).

I understand that a lot of gamers hold a very different view than that, each to his own, but to me having a shitty 4k monitor and not being able to run most games at 60+ FPS with my hardware on it is kind of like - why bother? I prefer a quality experience to gigantic screens and resolutions. If I can run a game at 4k then I can just down-sample and still get a considerable benefit without having to worry about issues with non-native resolutions on more demanding games with a 4k monitor.

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News Comments > New GeForce Drivers
8. Re: New GeForce Drivers Oct 22, 2014, 23:51 NewMaxx
 
I've been running games at 1440p on my 1080p monitor for over a year now simply using a custom resolution. I specifically started using it with Planetside 2 with excellent results. That is down-sampling, which is the same thing as super-sampling. There were tools out to help with that like GeDoSaTo. Now there's official driver support with supposedly better results through using a specific filter for it and potentially fixing UI scaling issues on specific games/engines. All of this is easily discoverable through some simple Google searches.  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
29. Re: etc., etc. Oct 22, 2014, 07:38 NewMaxx
 
NKD wrote on Oct 22, 2014, 04:42:
As Squirmer was saying, people in industries talk to each other, but they aren't sitting there sending it over mailing lists that virtually every employer in the industry is reading, and proceeding to drop names. They aren't that foolish.

Haha, exactly. I mean consider for a moment that these are "journalists," people whose job it is to inform other people. Yeah, let's air out our dirty laundry in a semi-public forum with these guys! It's really nuts that our society embraces whistle-blowers of any color unless it even remotely involves a social issue like gender. Once again, I state that this reminds me of the drama I've seen in most raid guilds in MMOs...small potatoes shit with people who are self-important, letting even a miniscule amount of fame or power get to their heads.

You guys are right about the legality issues. It's true even in relationships that are merely related to business, such as those in Hollywood (for the most part) - there's no "kiss and tell."
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
9. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 22, 2014, 06:58 NewMaxx
 
Beamer wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 19:27:
I'm not convinced the economics will ever work out wonderfully for a la carte for me, personally. Hell, I'm already paying $120/month for internet and cable despite watching probably 4-7 hours of TV per week. What I do think, though, is it will be nice to get some pricing competition.

I've heard people clamoring to have "a la carte" for years now and whenever I've worked out the economics, it always ends up being more expensive. The poorer shows and channels really do help subsidize the better ones. It's important to keep advertisements in mind, too; you're not only paying for cable, you're "paying" through watching commercials (well, the average person is).

That being said, competition would drive down prices as you suggest, but it would also greatly reduce the number of channels and shows that could afford it. Would we have AMC's "Breaking Bad" or "Mad Men" in such a risky universe? People assume such changes would exist in a vacuum but it would fundamentally change the landscape, and something like the Comcast-NBC merger would expand dramatically.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer
14. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer Oct 21, 2014, 22:43 NewMaxx
 
Cpmartins wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 22:37:
You can, indeed, bang the bull. The bad boy is bi!
http://i.imgur.com/Ggf14ua.jpg

Let me get this straight...as a heterosexual male I have only two choices in the game and that is only 1/3 of female characters available, only one of which is not bisexual. Wow...talk about needing a SJW.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer
10. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Trailer Oct 21, 2014, 21:48 NewMaxx
 
Looks like the removal of healing outside of potions (yet another idea DA has borrowed from the Drakensang titles) has indeed had the anticipated effect: less healing means less tanking (damage sponge), which puts the emphasis on DPS and crowd control. This usually means shorter battles and it may reduce the learning part of tactical engagements (compared to, say, BG2). It's still "wait and see" but as someone who appreciates the extra dimension of healing in battles, and as someone who also appreciates the slow burn of Drakensang even without full healing elements, my expectation is this will neither have the first nor be the latter.  
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News Comments > Jade Raymond Leaving Ubisoft
55. Re: Jade Raymond Leaving Ubisoft Oct 20, 2014, 21:03 NewMaxx
 
beremot wrote on Oct 20, 2014, 19:49:
Yeah, that Jade cartoon is hilarious! Look, she's giving blow jobs! She's attractive, so she deserves to be depicted that way! Haw haw!

I don't get it. I really don't.

The cartoon is offensive and inappropriate on pretty much every level, however you need to keep it within the context. At the time she was a producer on Assassin's Creed (the original) and made a lot of public spectacle over how great the game was going to be, had several appearances on sites/videos, etc. The game then came out and was very underwhelming. Do we lampoon Molyneux when he talks up a game that ends up falling flat? Yes. Is it fair to sexualize her but not him? Not really, but keep in mind that using attractive women to sell products is hardly anything new. There's no evidence that was actually a factor here but the comic was mocking the insinuation.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Interviews
38. Re: Sunday Interviews Oct 19, 2014, 19:54 NewMaxx
 
Elf Shot The Food wrote on Oct 19, 2014, 19:53:
And yet publishers have her "consulting" on games like Mirror's Edge 2.

Read about the community manager for The Mighty No. 9 and check through its saga...reminds me of that.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Interviews
35. Re: Sunday Interviews Oct 19, 2014, 19:48 NewMaxx
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Oct 19, 2014, 19:42:
What's funny is every time GG ignores her, she comes back trying to re-inject herself doing something that screams "LOOK AT ME!!!!!" And she gets ignored again, and comes back with something else.

Not atypical in the psychology of a person like this. It's especially common in the entertainment business and among women, who consistently keep themselves relevant. Don't get me wrong, men do it too (equally as much, actually), it's just that the audience (average American) tends to focus more on the women (and thus it is more effective). In any case it is a symptom of fame and how it either emphasizes a person's personality or creates new flaws within it.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Interviews
33. Re: Sunday Interviews Oct 19, 2014, 19:42 NewMaxx
 
NKD wrote on Oct 19, 2014, 17:46:
The haters get to vent their frustrations, and the supporters get the self-validation that comes with sticking up for someone you perceive to be a victim. She channels all this into her own popularity. This can and will benefit her greatly, but not really at anyone's expense. It's a pretty fair quid pro quo all around.

Precisely - it's the new age of social media pseudo-celebrities (I keep using that term because it's the most accurate). Their entire "shtick" is based on what you describe. The reason this particular one involves gaming is because it has become a large target (gaming is no longer a sub-culture), the reason it involves feminism is because the gaming audience has traditionally been seen as misogynistic (whether it is the jock/frat Halo players, or the anime-loving geeksters), and the reason one of the real issues (journalist ethics) is virtually ignored is because the people covering it are the same people who are most vulnerable to that exposure.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Interviews
23. Re: Sunday Interviews Oct 19, 2014, 17:42 NewMaxx
 
ASeven wrote on Oct 19, 2014, 16:40:
criticism is not harassment

If the line is thin and contentious, people will argue on both sides of it. We have people in (U.S.) government who have no issue targeting persons of certain political persuasions because their own agenda is "valid and true," completely ignoring the fact that it's not playing fair or by the rules. That's the problem with self-righteous people, whether Left or Right - the rules don't apply to them. These social media pseudo-celebrities feel empowered and like any other sort of power, it corrupts, and that's assuming these people were honest at the start.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Interviews
22. Re: Sunday Interviews Oct 19, 2014, 17:37 NewMaxx
 
NKD wrote on Oct 19, 2014, 15:25:
Gotta give her credit where it's due, this is a masterfully played scam.

This is what happens when you have pseudo-celebrities that are borne of social media. There are plenty of other examples where the victim/target ended up covering their tracks (deleting tweets and whatnot), posting denials, having critics silenced, etc. I'm not at all involved in this, don't even follow it, yet even I have seen it done several times in the last few months. I don't know that I'd go so far as to call it a "scam," what I'd call it is closer to the "drama" I knew and loved when playing at a high raiding level in MMOs. These are people who are seeking some sort of validation that in the old days would get kicked to the curb, but now have the tools and fools at their disposal to wield "agendas."
 
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News Comments > Star Trek Online Expands
6. Re: Star Trek Online Expands Oct 18, 2014, 11:49 NewMaxx
 
I was in on the ground floor with this one (Limited Edition pre-order) and I have to say it has improved a lot since then. User scores have generally gone from the mid-60s to the mid-70s, keeping in mind there's a curve due to Star Trek fans being forgiving. It's decidedly average but if you like the universe and want to waste some hours on the cheap, it fits the bill.

I personally bought it with a friend and geared myself towards that (went with engineer-cruiser tank to his tactical-escort DPS) although my main was science support. I didn't have much fun on my own with that main, but the money and crafting on it enabled me to make an escort alt that, combined with my knowledge of how the game works (it's far from simple), destroyed everything in its way, which I must admit was a lot of fun.

In other words...be a Star Trek fan, have a friend, and/or have enough time to kill that you can twink.

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News Comments > etc.
18. Re: etc. Oct 15, 2014, 14:22 NewMaxx
 
Yeahyeah Yeah wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 13:55:
"The media" doesn't always pay attention to the extremists. They pay attention to the extremists on the side that they disfavor. For sides they favor, extremists are written off as isolated nuts who aren't even worth paying attention to, and "moderate" (nice sounding) voices are sought out.

I always tell my friends about bias in the media and they, more often than not, claim there isn't any. I then casually pick an article and tell them to seek the 3 As: agenda, audience, and attitude. Every article exposes an agenda if you look deeply enough; every article has an audience it is trying to attract or appease; every article has an attitude (an opinion) towards the agenda with a bias towards the audience. These same friends of course laugh about Fox News being biased, not realizing Fox News was designed specifically to target an audience that was being missed by the other news outlets that do the same thing.

Gamergate is interesting because it involves politics that exist in so many other places. The best example I have from personal experience is academia. In academia (I'm talking professorship at colleges and universities) you have the rules of seniority, you have nepotism, you have money and research manipulations, and you especially have "groups" of people who convene together to talk about the "issues," much like this unethical dealing with gaming journalists. This is grade school stuff compared to some of the things that go on at Ivy League schools, the fact it has exploded so much pretty much tells you that the three As are at play.
 
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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: etc. Oct 15, 2014, 10:55 NewMaxx
 
InBlack wrote on Oct 15, 2014, 10:18:
Mainstream media is apparently just as guilty of unprofessionalism as the gaming rags.

And here I had thought it was the other way around!
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
6. Re: Morning Safety Dance Oct 14, 2014, 14:22 NewMaxx
 
{PH}88fingers wrote on Oct 14, 2014, 13:33:
This one is pretty good: Spider Oak

https://spideroak.com/

SpiderOak is also very good, yep!
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
4. Re: Morning Safety Dance Oct 14, 2014, 13:05 NewMaxx
 
Ratty wrote on Oct 14, 2014, 12:31:
Didn't Edward Snowden save his worst scorn for Dropbox just a couple of days ago?

Yes, but not for this reason. He stated that Dropbox would basically give your data out to anyone who asked (government). This particular "leak" is no different than the gmail leak that happened a bit ago (I was on that list, I should know).

I deal a lot with a cloud, so here's my advice. If you're going to have something that automatically uploads from your phone and such (as with what happened with the iCloud fiasco), use a service that's client-side encrypted where your account information never touches their servers. For this I use Wuala, which works very well. If you also need a service for backing up files, either manually encrypt the files yourself or, if you want some automation, combine your cloud service with something like Boxcryptor (that, again, doesn't keep your password). I use that with Microsoft's OneDrive (it's simple to get 30GB free with this service and it's relatively fast) and it works great.
 
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News Comments > New U.K. Sales Charts
2. Re: New U.K. Sales Charts Oct 13, 2014, 21:50 NewMaxx
 
Styx is great, haven't had so much fun since Thief 2.  
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