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News Comments > Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Recommended Specs
6. Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Recommended Specs Oct 23, 2014, 11:48 NKD
 
Not gonna lie, the gameplay footage looks a lot more fun than typical Colladoody snail duels.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 23, 2014, 11:13 NKD
 
Necrophob wrote on Oct 23, 2014, 10:25:
Bale should do a good Jobs. Both are/were egotistical megalomaniacs.

Plus Bale is a super dedicated actor. Guy doesn't fuck around when it comes to prepping for a role.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
3. Re: Morning Interviews Oct 23, 2014, 10:52 NKD
 
I've been receiving death threats from dickless shits on the Internet since at least 1999. I even got SWAT'd once (before it was called that, and before my town actually HAD a SWAT team) It was fairly peaceful before then. Where's the article about me?

In all seriousness though, I'm far more disturbed by the uptick in SWATing incidents than these death threats, which are actually status quo for the Internet. Having a bunch of dudes with itchy trigger fingers and automatic weapons busting into your house is no joke. You can't just ignore that shit. It puts your life in real and immediate danger, given the tendency of SWAT teams these days to shoot first and ask questions later. I'm surprised no one's gotten killed by these SWAT pranks already.

But since it's largely a male-on-male issue, it doesn't get nearly as much press or sympathy as these toothless threats.

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News Comments > New GeForce Drivers
11. Re: New GeForce Drivers Oct 23, 2014, 01:14 NKD
 
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?

I use a 3x1440p surround setup instead of a 4k monitor. That's more pixels than a 4k display, and a hell of a lot more workspace. While they are high pixel density, they aren't nearly the density of a smaller 4k display so I don't run into the kind of scaling issues that make fonts unreadable except once in a blue moon.

While the surround setup is primarily for the increased workspace rather than games, I do pretty frequently run games in surround.

But for games that don't benefit from surround or just don't run well enough at that resolution, I like to play them on a single 1440 screen. Supersampling works on the entire screen, unlike multisampling, and doesn't make everything blurry like FXAA. Yes, it's computationally expensive but I have the horsepower for it.

Support for arbitrary render resolutions is good stuff. I haven't used Nvidia's implementation yet, but I've used other tools to do the same thing and it can be incredibly useful for games that just don't play nice with "smart" anti-aliasing methods, or shitty ports. Final Fantasy 13 comes to mind. I used a tool to render that mofo at 4k downsampled to 1440p and it was gorgeous.

It's like a brute force AA for people who have the GPU power to spare.
 
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News Comments > ArcheAge "Illicit Gains" Revoked
13. Re: ArcheAge Oct 22, 2014, 23:48 NKD
 
Wallshadows wrote on Oct 22, 2014, 23:11:
NKD wrote on Oct 22, 2014, 21:23:
Yeah, WoW has botters. But the level of trust ArcheAge places in the client software is insane.

You mean to tell me ArcheAge is about as legit as open Battle.net was in Diablo 2?

Alright, I concede my comparison.

Well to be fair I haven't heard of people arbitrarily giving themselves awesome gear or loot right into their inventory. So there's that at least.
 
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News Comments > ArcheAge "Illicit Gains" Revoked
8. Re: ArcheAge Oct 22, 2014, 21:23 NKD
 
Wallshadows wrote on Oct 22, 2014, 21:05:
Warcraft still has rampant duping and botting methods and it's almost ten years old.

Comparing ArcheAge, or any other recent MMO, to WoW is kind of silly. WoW doesn't have anywhere near the level of exploits and problems that ArcheAge has. In fact, I can't remember a time it ever did. Even at launch the types of cheaters you saw were run of the mill speed/teleport hacks. Yeah, WoW has botters. But the level of trust ArcheAge places in the client software is insane.

I've seen people summoning weird Korean-named NPCs out of thin air in the middle of the capital city place. People using their boats as spinning griefing death pinwheels. People erasing debuffs from themselves, even that bot detection debuff.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
1. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Oct 22, 2014, 21:10 NKD
 
The key quote on the EA thing:

"a non-actionable vague expression of corporate optimism and puffery upon which no reasonable investor would rely."

It's been legal forever for companies to use "marketing speak" regarding their products. As long as they aren't saying something that can be objectively proven to be untrue, then it's not fraudulent behavior. The main reason is that these vague descriptive terms are impossible to define to a standard that would be acceptable in a court of law.

If they had claimed "This game will have no major bugs or problems at launch." then they'd have probably been able to move forward with the lawsuit.
 
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News Comments > ArcheAge "Illicit Gains" Revoked
3. Re: ArcheAge Oct 22, 2014, 20:41 NKD
 
Maybe they could actually fix some of the exploits instead of just banning people weeks after the fact.

Oh wait, they can't, because they are dependent on code drops from the mothership in Korea and are like months behind the Korean versions codebase.
 
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News Comments > John Riccitiello New Unity CEO
11. Re: John Riccitiello New Unity CEO Oct 22, 2014, 19:27 NKD
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 22, 2014, 16:22:
The first step in EA acquiring Unity.

Also, how can Unity afford this guy? Maybe he's taking a massive pay cut because it's a passion project for him? Something doesn't add up here.

John used to be CEO of Sara Lee, you know, the people who make those desserts. Maybe Sara Lee is going to buy Unity. CONSPIRACCYYY!!!!
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
28. Re: etc., etc. Oct 22, 2014, 04:42 NKD
 
Prez wrote on Oct 22, 2014, 03:59:
Well yeah, but I don't know if you're characterizing the Pinsof thing accurately there...

Neither do I but it sure smells fishy. I am not sure a court would look on what he did very lightly at all.

You don't really have to do much to run astray of one of these laws. Especially in California. No legal department worth a damn will let you say anything about an employee except to confirm they were an employee. If your company still gives actual recommendations or talks about your employment, they probably won't for very long. My understanding is that this practice of "Say as little as possible" is becoming standard.

A lot of times companies get away with it because how the hell do you know if you got a bad recommendation? Your potential employer isn't going to say anything, they'll just move on and hire someone else. But in this case these dumbasses had a big pow-wow in a mailing list and everything they said about the employee back and forth is written down and was witnessed by dozens of people. 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.

Even if it turns out it's not quite enough to break the law, they were incredibly stupid for bringing their internal employment matters into a mailing list with a bunch of companies. That is some seriously amateur level stupidity. They could still be on the hook for a defamation lawsuit.

But this is all speculation, it's by no means a sure thing.
 
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22. Re: etc., etc. Oct 22, 2014, 01:32 NKD
 
Prez wrote on Oct 22, 2014, 00:59:
If it were found that journos from USAToday, CNN, MSNBC, and other mainstream media outlest were colluding about which stories to run and which to ignore, as well as which journos to not hire, it would be a big scandal, worthy of lead stories for quite a while. It may or may not actually be going on but outing it would be HUGE. Colluding to deceive and colluding to blacklist people is not sitting down to drinks after work.

Exactly. Now, conspiracy nuts have been telling us the mainstream media all colludes together forever, but there has been no solid proof and frankly I'm skeptical that would even be possible. But that's another debate for another time. But mainstream media and games media are not even close to being on the same scale. And their fundamental power structures are different.

Mainstream media runs on money and political favor currying. Contrary to popular belief, gaming journalism is not big dollars. Even the big fish like IGN and Gamespot are relatively small players. Their parent companies (j2 and CBS respectively) could shut down those sites entirely and never feel the sting. Smaller players like Destructoid? Probably barely covering their bills, and relying heavily on unpaid volunteers. And as far as politics go? They have zero political influence.

In short, these Game Journo Pros guys are big fish in a small pond. And a small pond is a lot easier to control. Smaller acts of collusion and corruption have much larger effects and are harder to counter. And as I said before, there's no inherent competition to provide any incentive to not play ball.
 
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19. Re: etc., etc. Oct 22, 2014, 00:31 NKD
 
Creston wrote on Oct 22, 2014, 00:19:
NKD wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 20:04:
Mr. Pinsof decided that exposing the scam was more important than keeping the trans persons identity a secret.

I take it you don't feel that way? You'd have kept the person's identity a secret, even though he/she was 100% flat-out lying, and was scamming people out of their money?

I'm not sure that the decision to perpetrate a crime somehow should still afford you the right to remain anonymous.

Nah, I agree with Pinsof's original action. You shouldn't be able to use your gender status to shield your criminal acts or guilt people into not reporting your wrongdoings.

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16. Re: etc., etc. Oct 21, 2014, 23:55 NKD
 
Flatline wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 23:27:

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

It's pretty clear that the Game Journo Pros list which some people here have defended as being innocuous is, in reality, a bad idea, both ethically and from a legal liability standpoint.

What's the value in having multiple voices to listen to, if they are all colluding to say the same thing? Even without intentional collusion, this kind of mailing list slowly, passively reinforces a kind of hivemind that colors peoples behavior.

In the real world, take a couple different outlets, like MSNBC and CNN. They have no reason to collude because they are effectively competitors. They have to fight for the attention of viewers. But in the games journalism world, people visit dozens of sources for news and opinions. There's no competition. If I post a clickbait story with a questionable premise, I'm not taking viewers away from anyone, I'm just adding them to my own. So... doesn't it sound like a cool idea for all those game journalists to work together to push controversial stories that benefit all of them? The extra signal boost provided by pushing the same story at the same time benefits them all, and helps keep the story in the headlines.

It's never a good thing to have the illusion of competition when there isn't actually any competition. People believe that "If all these competing voices agree, they must be right." When in reality, there's only one voice there.
 
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7. Re: etc., etc. Oct 21, 2014, 20:04 NKD
 
That whole Destructoid thing is a clusterfuck. I had a hard time parsing what was going on. Here's the summary as best I can tell:

Basically a dude named Allistair Pinsof who wrote for Destructoid fucked up last year while exposing an IndieGogo scam. Some person was running an IndieGogo for some game and to get life-saving surgery to remove some chunk of metal. Turns out it was a trans person just running a big scam to get money for sexual reassignment surgery. Mr. Pinsof decided that exposing the scam was more important than keeping the trans persons identity a secret. Outing this trans person got Destructoid a lot of heat, and some confusing shit ensued. Note that Mr. Pinsof is, to my understanding, an outspoken SJW, not some trans-phobic monster looking to destroy peoples lives.

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.

This is why many employers will not give references. They will merely confirm you were an employee and that's it. Anything else is open to legal problems down the line. They certainly don't ask your potential future employers whether they should fire you or not, nor suggest, en masse via mailing list, that they do not hire you.

So now that this issue is getting public exposition, Dale's gotta go.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
21. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 21, 2014, 17:19 NKD
 
Can we get a dislike button for our comments section?  
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News Comments > Metallica to Close BlizzCon
24. Re: Metallica to Close BlizzCon Oct 21, 2014, 16:33 NKD
 
Couldn't Blizzard afford someone relevant?  
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News Comments > Jade Raymond Leaving Ubisoft
77. Re: Jade Raymond Leaving Ubisoft Oct 21, 2014, 05:39 NKD
 
Dirwulf wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 02:59:

I'm pretty sure Cutter blocked me as well, and I have no idea why. Anyway, I think the person behind the keyboard is really just role playing, is an excellent troll, and everyone falls for it every time.

Don't sweat it. Cutter blocks anyone who disagrees with him. But it's of little consequence because he is a hit-and-run poster. Even if he doesn't have you blocked, he has zero interest in discussion. He will post a top level comment, or sometimes reply to a comment, but only if it isn't directed at him. If you try to engage him in a discussion, you will get no response. If you outright refute or disagree with him, you'll find he never replies to one of your posts again, presumably because you've been blocked.

I've said this before, but he isn't knowledgeable or articulate enough to defend his position on anything, so to save face he doesn't even try. Of course that didn't work out so well for him here on Blues. We have a small enough posting user base that you're going to get caught being a chickenshit pretty quickly.

Really the best thing is to just ignore the guy. I sometimes reply to his posts for the benefit of other people who might read it, even though I know full well he has had me blocked for years. But in general it's just a good idea to recognize that Cutter is a joke and laugh at him accordingly. It's kind of like with Reagle. That guy is even more obviously mentally ill, but he's good for a laugh.

You literally have to advocate genocide to get banned from Blues, so I don't see him going away any time soon.

 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Season Pass Announced
17. Re: Far Cry 4 Season Pass Announced Oct 21, 2014, 05:17 NKD
 
A season pass is little more than a preorder for DLC. Take the same approach you'd take with a preorder for the base game. I.e. if you're smart, wait for reviews.

Some DLC is good value for money, some DLC is not. Buying a season pass is basically a gamble. It pays off if you want every DLC and want to play them all when they are new and they all turn out good, but otherwise you're just wasting dollars.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
16. Re: Evening Interviews Oct 21, 2014, 00:25 NKD
 
sdgundamx wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 00:10:

I haven't seen Gotham or Arrow, but my officemate says Arrow is kind of one those "guilty pleasure"-type shows: not great but reasonably enjoyable if you're willing to just kinda go with it.

What about The Walking Dead or Sons of Anarchy? I felt the first two episodes of the new season of The Walking Dead were reasonably good and getting back to what made the series interesting in the first place (i.e. exploring what is "moral" in a world of anarchy). SoA was a bit of a disappointment at first, but it started to get better around the 4th and 5th episodes.

Arrow is really just a great comic book TV show. It's not like Gotham where they are mixing a comic book show with a cop show. If you didn't know about Batman there's nothing in Gotham that would really giveaway the fact that it was based on a comic.

Arrow can be a bit campy, but so are most comics. Not sure I'd go so far as to call it a guilty pleasure. It's definitely a fun show. Good mix of humor and serious moments. It tries to keep the superpowers to a minimum to keep it a little more grounded. But it doesn't go full super-serious mode like the Nolan Batman movies. Good pace of character development too. Fast enough that you don't get bored waiting for a payoff, but not so fast that you can't keep track of it. Only weak link in the show IMHO is Laurel. The rest of the supporting characters are fantastic.

The Walking Dead is really getting back on its feet IMHO. That time they spent a whole season looking for Sophia was the worst part of the series, then it improved a bit, but went downhill again with the Governor and that whole lame and frustrating plot. But this season has started off pretty good. They didn't linger in Terminus for half a season like I expected, so I'm super happy with that.

As far as Sons of Anarchy, jesus, I don't even know whats going on. It's the final season so everything has gone nuts. A lot of plot movement in every episode. I'm liking it, but I wish it had one more season to sort of slow down this pacing.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
14. Re: Evening Interviews Oct 21, 2014, 00:09 NKD
 
Squirmer wrote on Oct 20, 2014, 23:32:
I don't know why you'd want to watch a Batman show with no Batman.

Frankly the lack of Batman is the best part about it. We just had a Batman trilogy. Batman is appearing yet again in the upcoming Superman movie. There's always some Batman animated series going on. Batman games come out like once a year. We have enough Batman.

In Gotham there's little distraction from exploring the other interesting characters. They don't spend a lot of time on the young Bruce Wayne. Gordon and Bullock make one of the most compelling detective teams I've seen in a police show.

The weak point of the show isn't the lack of Batman, but probably Jada Pinkett's Fish Mooney. She's a new character and they aren't making me give a shit about her in the least.
 
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