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Signed On Jul 4, 2007, 21:44
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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.

This comment was edited on Oct 18, 2014, 11:54.
 
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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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News Comments > Steam Top 10
19. Re: Steam Top 10 Oct 12, 2014, 21:42 NewMaxx
 
Quinn wrote on Oct 12, 2014, 18:21:
Glad to see Styx in the list. I'm surprised by how good it is and it made me realize how consolized about every game is these days. Styx brings back the honest manual jumping and manual saves without those dumb checkpoints. It's fun and it doesn't take itself too serious. Styx' model is very nice. The AI isn't special but not flawed either. All in all, if you want the oldschool year 2000 third person stealth feel back, get yer hands on Styx. The game, that is. The goblin will cut you open.

Have to agree...only just started it but it makes me think of Thief 2 a lot in execution. Not that it's like Thief but I mean it "feels" like an old school stealth game.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
1. Re: Into the Black Oct 11, 2014, 11:59 NewMaxx
 
Small magnets will, for the most part, do no harm to electronic components. I couldn't tell you how often I get the stare and questioning from people who see that I have magnets on the side of my computer case. Trust me when I say you need rather strong magnets to do any harm these days (the magnet inside a standard mechanical hard drive is orders of magnitude stronger than your fridge magnet), but it's one of those things that dies hard. Now, near a MRI is a different story...  
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News Comments > The Evil Within > 30 FPS "Not Supported"
80. Re: The Evil Within > 30 FPS Oct 9, 2014, 18:00 NewMaxx
 
UHD wrote on Oct 9, 2014, 17:26:
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Oct 9, 2014, 17:09:
As for movies, the technology didn't exist for higher refresh rates...

The tech existed - Thomas Edison recorded his first motion pictures at 40 fps - but it was deemed too costly. 24 fps is a compromise, and as far as I know the actual framerate chosen was arbitrary.

There is a full explanation of this in this Reddit post (read through the top comments). It's pretty interesting but I didn't bother explaining it in my comments in this thread...sorry I posted at all to be honest.
 
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News Comments > The Evil Within > 30 FPS "Not Supported"
69. Re: The Evil Within > 30 FPS Oct 9, 2014, 16:18 NewMaxx
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Oct 9, 2014, 16:03:
NewMaxx wrote on Oct 9, 2014, 15:50:
Exactly. He probably feels 30 FPS is more "cinematic." Hey, many if not most people prefer movies at 24 FPS over 48 FPS. It's not at all unreasonable to suggest the guy actually feels a lower frame-rate helps set the atmosphere.

In the case of movies, there's a reason. At 48FPS the glaring issues with the CGI start showing up very easily, if you saw the first two hobbit movies in the theater you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. It wasn't a case of "how things looked" it was a case of "things looked unrealistic" because of how they were rendered. In the case of games, the lower your fps look the more unrealistic they look. Remember all those games that used motion blur to cover up the fps problem and make it look smoother.

Allow me to refer you to this article on AC: Unity's decision.

Alex Amancio, the game's Creative Director, reiterated this point: "30 was our goal, it feels more cinematic" and "you don't gain that much from 60 fps and it doesn't look like the real thing. It's a bit like The Hobbit movie, it looked really weird."

So I stand by my original point that the designer very well might have decided on 30 FPS for that artistic reason.
 
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News Comments > The Evil Within > 30 FPS "Not Supported"
66. Re: The Evil Within > 30 FPS Oct 9, 2014, 15:50 NewMaxx
 
NKD wrote on Oct 9, 2014, 13:34:
It's what I said earlier, it's the designer. People are under-estimating what a fucking diva Shinji Mikami is. Seriously. The guy is one of those poseur "artistes" who think they know best for everyone and wants to micromanage every aspect of their creation. The 30fps thing is the same as the aspect ratio thing, some misguided creative choice rather than some inexplicable technical limitation that more graphically intense games on the same engine don't seem to have.

Exactly. He probably feels 30 FPS is more "cinematic." Hey, many if not most people prefer movies at 24 FPS over 48 FPS. It's not at all unreasonable to suggest the guy actually feels a lower frame-rate helps set the atmosphere.
 
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News Comments > Shadow of Mordor Review Pressure Allegations
11. Re: Shadow of Mordor Review Pressure Allegations Oct 7, 2014, 19:48 NewMaxx
 
Slashman wrote on Oct 7, 2014, 19:46:
Cutter wrote on Oct 7, 2014, 19:34:
The Half Elf wrote on Oct 7, 2014, 18:54:
Wow, rather surprised WB would go this route, as the game is pretty solid on it's own and with Batman Arkham Knights right around the corner.

Why surprised? Arkham City was a cluster fuck, so they obviously want micromanagement all over this in the event it was more of the same.

I don't have a problem with demanding this sort of thing...so long as every reviewer makes it known - in very clear terms like the summation here - what it is that's being asked of them. Then people don't have to waste their time and go see real reviews somewhere else.

Think you mean Arkham Origins.

...BAZINGA!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 7, 2014, 11:25 NewMaxx
 
InBlack wrote on Oct 7, 2014, 10:39:
Sorry but wireless mice are not really mice.

I hate wireless mice as a rule but I eventually got tired of gaming with the wire issue so I picked up the Perixx MX-3200 on sale for like $45. It's an excellent mouse for that price...but only if you have the right sort of grip (if you like the Abyssus, you will be right at home). I also have Razer mice (Deathadder, Abyssus, etc.) and Logitech (MX310, MX325, etc.), Microsoft and Lenovo, so I tend to try everything.

Mouse skipping around the screen is almost always a hardware issue (although if it's not the mouse but an I/O latency issue, it could be new software...I use LatencyMon to check for this)...could be the cord like someone else said, most times I just replace the damn thing before I go insane over it.
 
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News Comments > Door Kickers This Month
12. Re: Door Kickers This Month Oct 6, 2014, 18:12 NewMaxx
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Oct 6, 2014, 12:33:
There are already games on the market - this is a clone.

I figure you mean Breach & Clear which is, IMHO, a better game, although I wouldn't call this one a clone.
 
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