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News Comments > Op Ed
16. Re: Op Ed Jun 11, 2014, 14:03 NewMaxx
jdreyer wrote on Jun 11, 2014, 12:52:
If a trailer has bewbs, he'll give a warning that it's NSFW. But if a trailer has exploding heads, he usually won't.

Historically, violence has always been a very public thing while sex has been a relatively private affair. Culturally most human societies have based both on tradition and that simply seeps through our daily affairs. If you want to understand more about the violent side of it, I suggest reading Keegan's A History of Warfare. He does a good job of describing how mock violence actually prevented deaths for primitive man. The idea that the Mongols had orgies regularly aside from the aftermath of violence is pretty ridiculous, I don't get why people equate the two.
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Close Combat - Gateway to Caen
5. Re: Ships Ahoy - Close Combat - Gateway to Caen Jun 6, 2014, 23:48 NewMaxx
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
9. Re: Evening Safety Dance Jun 6, 2014, 22:40 NewMaxx
[VG]Reagle wrote on Jun 6, 2014, 21:35:
Hard core right wing Americans? I hate to break it to you commies but the Red White and Blue still flys in the sky. And despite the fact that many or you think the constitution should be used as toilet paper. And despite the fact that the government has secret FISCA courts that rubber stamp 99% of all search and seizure. And despite the fact that the government has set up the biggest spy agency ever conceived, mostly to spy on our own people. The constitution is STILL the greatest document ever written. It says no unreasonable search and seizure. Some day when the commies and socialists complete their dream an army will rise up and smite the heathens with mighty blows. That army will restore the constitution to its rightful place and remove the traitors by force and restore peace to our native lands.

Not to directly add to your thoughts or counter them but, Empire of Liberty.

Couple things to note. First, the bill of rights was an afterthought because the authors assumed that anything not explicitly forbidden in the constitution was lawful. Second, the second amendment in full states, "a well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." People often quote the "right to bear arms" while taking it out of context. The amendment actually says we have the right to a militia, through which the rights of arms are implied. I pick that one out as an example because it illustrates how people try to move the goal posts.

Another classic is Benjamin Franklin, who actually stated that "those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety," something very often misquoted. Essential liberty for temporary safety. People today would be happy to suggest that the founding fathers meant this or that, without taking into consideration that they chose their exact words through fantastic deliberation (again, read the book), and knew exactly what they were saying with those words. To truncate or paraphrase when making arguments (my two examples bearing common witness) under an assumption of interpretation is nothing short of ridiculous.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
19. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 6, 2014, 13:31 NewMaxx
Dagnamit wrote on Jun 6, 2014, 13:00:
Snowden should probably be in jail. He broke the law. He'd have a much better time of it if he'd stayed here in the first place. Political pressure because of the popular backlash might have been enough to free him. Now he's just a coward that ran to China AND Russia of all the damn places.

No kidding. It's true that a real patriot would be willing to be a whistle-blower and perhaps even a refugee, but if China and Russia are the only countries you think are capable of sheltering you - countries known for their blatant human rights violations and oppressive governments - then it's tough not to come off looking like a hypocrite.

Did he try to affect change where he worked? It seems he did make people aware, but was reluctant to risk himself directly without a way to escape with evidence. Intelligence is a murky thing and the whistle-blower protections don't necessarily apply there. In other words, he probably did try proper channels and probably would have been silenced or at great risk, but as you say the popular backlash in the States (as opposed to other "patriots" in history who lived under oppressive regimes) likely would have been sufficient.

The problem with that sentiment is that people today in free countries are of the "democratic" opinion that everything should be easy, straightforward, and make sense at the maximum of one layer of depth. It's far more complicated than that. The average person tries to be an enlightened politico as if their knowledge is in any way sufficient to make a judgment. It's like people who supported Kim Dotcom because he "fought the man," or people who (as has been the case since the inception of the United States) feel lawyers and the law are overly complex while wanting 5000 explicit freedoms under it against their fellow man.

Long story short, he lost all credibility, but the question about him being a traitor or not cannot be simply hand-waved away without deeper analysis.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
10. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 6, 2014, 11:10 NewMaxx
A textbook traitor would be Judas or Benedict both cases, they accepted or desired money for their actions. That's not to say I don't think Snowden is a traitor, I just wouldn't call it "textbook." That's a bit like calling Trotsky a "textbook traitor" - such allegations were based on propaganda. Propaganda isn't always false but it is usually exaggerated, so I'd say that Mr. A's statements are the only thing "textbook" here.  
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News Comments > Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel in October; Preorders; New Trailer
9. Re: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel in October; Preorders; New Trailer Jun 5, 2014, 16:29 NewMaxx
Creston wrote on Jun 5, 2014, 16:05:
It's just too bad that Gearbox, for whatever fucked up reason, decided that people should have to grind two thousand hours to get a decent weapon to drop.

Pretty much. Eventually I just cheated and gave myself infinite cash and keys and just got all the guns I wanted every few levels, but better actual drop design would be more fun...
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News Comments > Saturday Interviews
64. Re: there is no spoon Jun 1, 2014, 16:02 NewMaxx
I think what harlock is trying to say is that it's a bit like education in the US. We like to blame the parents, the teachers, the culture...what's on TV, what games our kids are playing, Facebook...computers, the Internet, the whatever the heck small facet we can pass the buck to this week in order to get back to our "normal" lives with an understanding nod that somehow makes it all better. Stick your head in the sand while pointing a finger, that's our motto.

People would rather go for the emotional appeal, that visceral response that is so predictable, rather than do the real legwork, the real digging that would reveal the root of the problem. That root, of course, would both mean exposing yourself as well as those who fund your "research" as being complicit, knowingly or not. Let's be honest, people would rather not be known for being part of the problem than not being known for part of the solution, and that's the anti-conflict mentality we breed today.
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News Comments > Saturday Interviews
27. Re: Saturday Interviews May 31, 2014, 20:10 NewMaxx
Agent.X7 wrote on May 31, 2014, 18:40:
The other issue is that ultra-feminist types claim to represent all women, but they really only represent other ultra-feminist types. I witnessed two women almost come to blows at a bar once.

I was perusing the female subreddit over at Reddit a few weeks ago because somebody's post made it up onto the front page somehow...and, well, that post itself was kind of amusing and I kept thinking to myself, this person must have deeper issues. So I went back and checked her post history, did a little stalking, and found evidence that she basically did what you say here (thought other women who dressed in such a fashion were skanks) and made it clear she felt that way. So I started digging some more...and eventually found reams of psychological comments about how she has trouble with body issues in the past, thinks how guys look at girls is unfair, things of that nature, etc.

I'm not going to point this person out but I just want to say...from the very first front page post I read of hers I could tell all of these things a mile away. It has nothing to do with me being has to do with me having common sense and enough experience to see someone who is full of shit and pointing fingers at other people for their own problems, ironically probably to draw attention to themselves to help them overcome self-confidence issues. Great, I'm sure your parents or society or some other traumatic event in your early life causes you to lash out, but don't start raining on my parade for it.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
7. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 30, 2014, 21:06 NewMaxx
Creston wrote on May 30, 2014, 12:14:
How much have you failed in life if you have to pay a hacker to get a fucking achievement for you?

I actually know a lot of people who run automated programs to generate Steam achievements (like SAM) so they can sell the resulting cards for real money, and a lot of these guys rely on Russian (and Chinese) sites for a lot of their apps and even some of their buying and not entirely surprising to see some of their data for sale. One only hopes it curbs such cheating.

As far as holograms go...pretty much our entire reality/consciousness is an illusion generated by our brain and senses. It won't be long before warfare is fought entirely beyond a HUD (and indeed it mostly is for vehicle operators already) where everything is abstracted into hologram-like simulations. The immortals of the future will look back on increasingly accurate histories through such devices without a second thought.

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Watch Dogs; First Reviews
59. Re: Ships Ahoy - Watch Dogs; First Reviews May 27, 2014, 19:24 NewMaxx
nin wrote on May 27, 2014, 19:14:

Nice, thanks for catching that. I was going for half-serious, half-joking, glad it transmitted.
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Watch Dogs; First Reviews
56. Re: Ships Ahoy - Watch Dogs; First Reviews May 27, 2014, 19:09 NewMaxx
Bundy wrote on May 27, 2014, 14:57:
You know, for months I've been hearing people hype DS2 and when it came out there was nothing else to get. So I got it. Honestly, you have to tell me, what am I missing? I've tried to play this game a dozen times. I just. Don't. Get. It.

I had a rant post about DS recently on here, can check my history if you want to get the lowdown, but essentially it's overhyped by a large portion of its player base who are sexually aroused by game-trolling (some of them want to troll you, some of them want to be trolled by you), whether by other players or the game itself. The game in terms of style, and for what it is, is done pretty well, bringing back some nice memories of hardcore games in the past with a nice, dark twist with it (although honestly I'm not big on that aspect, either). I digress, though...

Watch Dogs. Not sure whether to get this or not. Going to wait a while and see if patches fix the issues people have the most problems with, especially performance...although I know SLI works, and that's important to me.

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News Comments > AMD Calls Out NVIDIA; Former NVIDIA Dev Calls BS
20. Re: AMD Calls Out NVIDIA; Former NVIDIA Dev Calls BS May 27, 2014, 15:50 NewMaxx
The FX5600 was deprecated after 10/17/2006, the date of its final driver, which worked with Vista and likely with Windows 7 (without Aero; I can't speak for Windows 8 compatibility).

AMD is fighting a losing battle. Intel and Nvidia are both more aggressive in the market and it shows. If you look at the 7xxx series up to the current and compare it to Nvidia, you regularly see Nvidia offering cards that offer poorer performance for the $ and yet they continue to out-sell AMD. Part of this is because of drivers (especially before they fixed Crossfire FPS) and a lot of it is from the bitcoin inflation. The latter doesn't matter for the gamer - he just wants a card that can play the latest and greatest at an acceptable rate for a reasonable price.

Does Nvidia's strategy play into that? Absolutely. Is it an unfair business practice? certainly doesn't endear them to me, but on the other hand AMD grabbed the console market by the throat. Thin margins, but if you don't think AMD lobbied the console makers against each other - design specs were completely behind closed doors - then you are quite naive. AMD uses similarly underhanded tactics but has the goodwill of the open source community which is why Nvidia gets painted as the bad guy, despite the fact they are far more interested in the server market.

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Watch Dogs; First Reviews
27. Re: Ships Ahoy - Watch Dogs; First Reviews May 27, 2014, 13:33 NewMaxx
Beamer wrote on May 27, 2014, 12:16:
You forgot Hayden and Braden and Jayden and whatever other names rhyming with Aiden end up in the top 10 for boys and girls both.

Jayden is usually higher up than Aiden, yeah, but pretty much all of the top 10 (or 20) names are ridiculous.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue May 27, 2014, 13:06 NewMaxx
I used to drink a crazy amount of soda and I have to say, I'm a lot better off for moving away from HFCS. Certainly a lot healthier...although it was just one thing of many. Now and then I do enjoy a real-sugar soda, though, one of life's guilty pleasures.

As far as BJ's and these other warehouse clubs go, I grew up in a rural area and only recently moved closer to a major city. I went to check out a Costco here a few months back and, wow, you couldn't PAY me to step foot within a mile radius of that place. It was a bit of an eye-opener realizing how urbanites and even suburbanites get their goods...I'm used to local Mom & Pop stuff, Amish goods, that sort of thing, which was actually cheaper and better all-around. Let's just say since I've moved here I've put in about 40 trees (including limes, oranges, tomatoes). I've found myself moving away even more from processed stuff and especially meats, amazing what one experience will do to you.
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News Comments > Watch Dogs NVIDIA Drivers & Tweak Guide
25. Re: Watch Dogs NVIDIA Drivers & Tweak Guide May 26, 2014, 17:26 NewMaxx
NKD wrote on May 26, 2014, 15:07:
nearly every game is some huge disappointment and is a $10 Steam special to be purchased a year after everyone else has stopped playing.

Entertainment is, and always has been, a social enterprise. The gaming industry has matured to the point - thanks largely to technology, like cell phones - that you have AAA hype machines that pass/fail along with a smattering of indies that surprise. The difference between the two is that the former tends to rely on old IP while the latter is almost always new (or a re-imagining rather than a reboot of the old).

Us old, cynical gamers remember a time when games were made cheaply and there was a wide variance in quality. I liken it to baseball, where all the greats in history came during a time when there were fewer regulations, a lot less money, and a lot more variance in ability. Over time, statistically, baseball players became closer and closer in ability and then there were rule changes to keep the games interesting, and eventually the average player had millions of dollars behind him.

Long story short, these games make the bulk of their money in initial sales by banking on the social "now" aspect of it. The long-tail is just a bonus and barely factors in most of the time. Quality tends to blend together and there's less risk taken with new IP at that level. Those of us who play to play, who came from an era where it was a social niche, have the ability to wait until the price is right since for us the premium cost offers us very little.

(to maintain the baseball analogy, those who really love the game are likely to enjoy collegiate and little league baseball rather than just MLB playoffs)

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News Comments > Memorial Legal Briefs
6. Re: Memorial Legal Briefs May 26, 2014, 14:33 NewMaxx
As much as I generally detest Apple, Samsung has been doing some shady shit lately and they've been taking every opportunity available to make life hard for the iPhone. The world of mobile phones is often one of blatant copying, yes it's one of those "everybody does it" scenarios, and while it's true Apple started the litigation push (and it is nice to see that backfire), supporting Samsung for pulling the same shit only makes you a hypocrite. I'd go so far as to say it's another excellent example of the patent and legal systems failing to stay ahead of technology.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
11. Re: Steam Top 10 May 25, 2014, 19:31 NewMaxx
It's pretty simple. If picking something up takes you over your normal maximum (whether health, armor, or ammo), you have to do it manually. Everything else is automatic. Having to pick up everything detracts from the experience, IMHO.  
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Cralorn Launches
5. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Cralorn Launches May 23, 2014, 16:54 NewMaxx
Rolled through Craglorn last night in a PUG 4-man (I'm a healer), was fun and more challenging than the previous stuff. We actually managed with a VR5 DPS and got quite a bit done, so far it's been a blast!  
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News Comments > Crytek Announces Arena of Fate
20. Re: Crytek Announces Arena of Fate May 22, 2014, 14:30 NewMaxx
I have no problem with MOBAs as a whole, but I do find a lot of the players annoying. Especially the ones who try to convince me a given game is great because it requires "tactics" and "adaptation" because of the "one million options" available to the player. Yet if you ask if that affects balance at all, they immediately do some hand-waving as if it's possible for a universe to exist that's both balanced and unpredictable. Ultimately, the best players have flavor of the months, the middle-echelon players (who actually drive the game) memorize general counters through massive repetition, while the lowly newbs take their place as the reason "my team lost." In other words, a social clique like I suggested earlier.  
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News Comments > Crytek Announces Arena of Fate
15. Re: Crytek Announces Arena of Fate May 22, 2014, 13:05 NewMaxx
The MOBA genre is the Facebook of games. As to why Crytek is getting involved, it's not too far different than why Google made Google+, or why Microsoft embedded Skype with Live, or why your cellular phone company holds you to 2-year contracts, or why your credit card gives you reward points.

The modern theory of consumer economics is based entirely on the user base and, specifically, contracts. A regular income is worth far more to the market than a one-time payment, which is why retailers (point-of-sale) have razer-thin margins and push things like reward programs and their own credit cards.

This concept (credit) has been around for centuries, yes, of course. What is new is "social credit," like you see with things like (again) Facebook, Xbox Live, etc. MOBAs happen to be incredibly popular - people even talk about them around watercoolers - and this, like WoW, presents an opportunity to bank social credit. Crytek wants in on that because all the big movers in the industry (EA, Ubisoft, Activision-Blizzard, etc.) are staking their claims.

Is Steam the exception? Not at all. Steam is a neutral player, actually, which gives it special status. Steam doesn't have to worry about branding like those other names do, like Crytek must do if it wants to remain relevant. It's as simple as that. Naturally gamers like us rally against it because it seems like a dilution of what made the originals so great, but we eventually accept this Costco of gaming for what it is.
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