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News Comments > Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Demo
2. Re: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Demo Oct 24, 2014, 20:27 NKD
 
Demos? What year is it?  
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News Comments > World of Warcraft AU Servers Planned
3. Re: World of Warcraft AU Servers Planned Oct 24, 2014, 11:57 NKD
 
Wallshadows wrote on Oct 24, 2014, 11:41:
Even with a datacenter in Australia, wouldn't there still be latency issues when using anything cross-realm with US servers since they're not being region locked much in the same way the EU and US server?

Is the information only going as far as the Aussie server? Wouldn't there still need to be some data between the Aussie and US server? Should I buy a book about networking?

From the sounds of it, some cross-realm PvE stuff will have additional latency. I don't see how it couldn't, since there is data flowing between the US and Aus servers. But whether that latency is for the Aus players or the US players, I don't know how that's determined.

For PvP stuff it looks like it'll prefer to stick you with your own people unless it can't find any.

 
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88. Re: etc., etc. Oct 24, 2014, 11:51 NKD
 
Beamer wrote on Oct 24, 2014, 10:37:
Because absolutely no one really cares about that aspect,

I do. And a lot of other people do from what I've seen. You forget that this whole thing started over worries about conflict of interest in game reviews. It's long since been derailed, but that's the subject a lot of us were hoping we'd get back to. The bottom line is that if the conflict of interest was a non-sexual relation, like a blood relative or a business partner, the conversation would never have been derailed and we could have had a discussion about transparency when it comes to potential conflicts of interest.

It's odd, because I remember a time when Blue's News commenters were eager to point out funny business when it came to reviews and game coverage. I remember a time when we lamented the crapping-up of our hobby by "casuals" and "console gamers".

Now no one can even be fucked to post anything unless it's about the latest social media hipster bullshit.
 
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News Comments > World of Warcraft AU Servers Planned
1. Re: World of Warcraft AU Servers Planned Oct 24, 2014, 09:49 NKD
 
It's funny how long it took to make this happen. Australia is ridiculously unfriendly when it comes to datacenters. Fucking Telstra.  
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73. Re: etc., etc. Oct 24, 2014, 07:23 NKD
 
Julio wrote on Oct 24, 2014, 06:51:
#GG is still relevant as long as there is rampant corruption in game journalism.

How many of the articles linked to under the umbrella of GamerGate here are about game journalism, or even about games? I'm all for talking about corruption in game journalism.

But we don't seem to be getting articles about it, or discussions about it.
 
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70. Re: etc., etc. Oct 24, 2014, 06:41 NKD
 
Let's roll things back a bit and take this step by step. Harassment is wrong. I'm sure we can all agree on that.

Now what? We have something that we all agree is wrong. What's the next logical step? I haven't seen anyone put forth a potential solution to make people stop being assholes on the Internet. So, what do you do when you have a problem that cannot be solved? You work around it. You do your best to at least not make it worse.

Alright, so as we've seen from all the chaos and anger and bitterness, whatever we're doing now is making it worse. We give attention to the assholes. We let them sour the conversation. The discussion isn't even about games, or women, or feminism anymore. We're literally talking about the people who derailed the conversation in the first place. The jerks and harassers have made the conversation about them. That's exactly what they want.

So, harassment is bad. Oh look, we all agree that you shouldn't be harassing people. Debate over. Let's talk about something else.

Frankly, Blue is doing a disservice to our little community by continuing to link to GamerGate articles. It fosters toxicity and bitterness and never results in any kind of on-topic or productive discussion, just the same 3 people sniping at each other over, and over, and over, and over. There are good reasons the mainstream gaming subs on reddit have chosen to just blackout the entire clusterfuck: It's no longer about games. It's off-topic.

Aren't you guys sick of it? Am I alone in this?
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
17. Re: Evening Interviews Oct 24, 2014, 06:19 NKD
 
InBlack wrote on Oct 24, 2014, 06:09:
You are both missing the point. The point is responsibility. A CEO sets policy and strategy. He doesnt as you say get involved in the 'fine details' of the day to day business but he is the one who dictates what the company should focus on and how, and ultimatively this work ethic is filtered down through the ranks.

Okay. So what's the point we're missing? I don't debate that the CEO takes responsibility for the general direction of a company. In fact I said as much.

He claims because Riccitiello had what he considers a consumer-unfriendly strategy for running EA, that somehow he's going to try crowbarring a completely incompatible business strategy into a very different company. I claim that because he's run diverse companies in the past, there's not much reason to suspect he can't continue to do so in the future.

Am I wrong? I'm not sure what you're trying to get at exactly.
 
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15. Re: Evening Interviews Oct 24, 2014, 04:42 NKD
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 24, 2014, 02:55:

1. EA won "Worst Company in the World" under Ricci's leadership. TWICE. He set the culture there of treating customers like shit in order to maximize profits. Let's see how that works out for Unity. Game players will put up with shit when they've only got to pay $50. When dev houses are paying $10000s for an engine, they'll look elsewhere if you try and screw them. Lots of companies are now doing the "free" or low-cost game engine thing, like Unreal. There's no room to fuck with devs, who also happen to be among the more intelligent consumers. You say it's apples and oranges, but so far all I've ever seen Ricci cook was apple pie. Can't make that with oranges.

2. I'm sure he had lots of discussions about game engines, their capabilities, their cost, etc. etc. while at EA. His experience there is much more relevant than at Sara Lee.

See this is exactly the kind of shallow reasoning that I'm referring to when I say gamers don't know fuck all about what a CEO actually does. First off, the CEO of EA probably does not make decisions about game engines. It would be incredibly unusual for a CEO of a company that size getting involved in that kind of minutiae. Even when they look to buy out a company to get their tech, that's an idea that generally comes from other C-level execs and they rely heavily on the technical knowledge of those below them to come to the decision.

But more to the point, what works for EA won't necessarily work for Unity. They are very different companies with very different business models. They are not a consumer-facing company for the most part. The only thing consumers know about Unity is what other developers do with it. You seem to be under the impression that John Riccitiello is literally some kind of retarded automaton who doesn't have the ability, despite his extensive business education, to understand that the best approaches for two different companies are as different as the companies themselves.

We're talking about a guy who has been CEO of a company that makes jock straps, a company that makes cakes, and a company that makes games. I'm pretty sure he's got a fairly diverse perspective.

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62. Re: etc., etc. Oct 24, 2014, 02:55 NKD
 
beremot wrote on Oct 24, 2014, 01:08:
This guy can write something as bat shit fucking CRAZY as this, and only ONE person here is willing to straight up call him out on it? Really?

No offense guy, but Mad Monkey has been throwing that feces around for YEARS on here. This is nothing new. That's why we don't tend to call him out on it. He's a full-on right wing nutjob and can link literally everything wrong in the world with some vast conspiracy to take away his guns and force him to have mandatory gay atheist abortions.

Arguing with tinfoil hatters is a losing proposition. You have to use reality, they don't.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 23, 2014, 22:51 NKD
 
Map seems inaccurate. Patriots area is bigger than downtown Boston? Bullshit.  
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30. Re: etc., etc. Oct 23, 2014, 22:38 NKD
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Oct 23, 2014, 22:15:

Look, Max, if your movement is no longer the movement you joined, you need to wake up and realize it's time to leave and/or make a new movement.

And what prevents those same few assholes from ruining the next one, and the next one, and the next one? What you're saying here is that you can never have a movement to do anything, because every movement has extreme stupid outliers.

Contrary to popular belief around here, it's not the responsibility of a movement to get rid of those outliers. There's nothing an open movement can do about it. Anyone can claim to be a member of anything. It's the responsibility of everyone else to realize this, and not stoop to the intellectually dishonest attitude of pretending they represent the whole. Some feminists believe all penis in vagina sex is inherently rape and victimizes and marginalizes women by its very nature. Some Muslims believe it's okay to explode the fuck out of you. Some students believe it's okay to cheat on their tests. Some husbands believe it's okay to cheat on their wives.

No matter how you slice the population up. Groups you were born into, groups you chose to join. Casual groups, serious groups. Religious groups, political groups. They all have loudmouth extremists, trolls, and general assholes. It's up to us to not let them sidetrack the conversation. Sadly it's too late for that for this GamerGate thing. There will always be assholes, they cannot be prevented. What we CAN prevent is using those assholes as cheap ammunition to support our point of view.

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News Comments > NCSOFT Layoffs; Carbine Reportedly Loses 60+
7. Re: NCSOFT Layoffs; Carbine Reportedly Loses 60+ Oct 23, 2014, 21:21 NKD
 
ColoradoHoudini wrote on Oct 23, 2014, 20:45:
I am going to bet that EQ Next learns a HUGE lesson here, and doesnt make their next title nearly as exclusive to people.

EQ Next has been marketed as a fairly accessible player-driven sandbox title from it's announcement. As far as we know, it has basically zero focus on the traditional style of content. It's already the polar opposite of Wildstar.

Wildstar could have carved out a niche for itself as a raiding game, but they decided to gate their raids behind a lot of stupidity. There was an enormous brick wall at the end. A huge difficulty spike going from Adventures to Dungeons. Not to mention the timesink attunement process that was far more frustrating than anything WoW ever had.

People crave that difficult content, but they don't have 16 hours a day to play. Get rid of the grinds, keep the difficulty tuning. But it's too late for Wildstar at this point.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
11. Re: Evening Interviews Oct 23, 2014, 21:08 NKD
 
Creston wrote on Oct 23, 2014, 20:49:
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John probably saved EA as COO, and then later on as CEO he was really good for the company.

He was also instrumental in really starting the "Let's bleed gamers for EVERY.FUCKING.DIME.THEY.OWN" mentality that now practically ruins the industry, so yeah, it'll be great to see that pop up in Unity too.

Edit : Several people already made that comment before me. Ninja'd.

Certainly there's reasons for gamers to dislike the guys vision for EA's business model. Not that gamers ever seem to have the balls to stop buying EA games (see my sig) but I digress... but there's no real grounds to say he's a bad choice for a CEO.

Secondly, as I'm sure everyone here is aware, the business models for gaming software and gaming engines are very different. In fact there isn't really a standard model for engines at all. Plus you aren't selling to braindead consumers. You can't dazzle developers with a bullshit trailer or some cinematics. It's apples and oranges. His work as CEO of Unity will be about as relevant to his work at EA as his work at Sara Lee was.

Frankly EA's business model has more in common with Sara Lee than with Unity: selling empty calories to people who don't have the willpower to put down the cupcakes.

 
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10. Re: etc., etc. Oct 23, 2014, 20:49 NKD
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 23, 2014, 20:15:
I'd think that Felicia, 34 years old, would have realized this? Maybe it really happened this way. Maybe she's fearful of men she wouldn't have been a couple of months ago. It just seems unlikely for a woman that has been so involved in gaming for so long with so many fantastic experiences to suddenly do a 180.

It does seem a shame that a person with her long experience with gaming and geek culture would fall into the trap of judging an entire group by the acts of a few. You'd think she'd be above that kind of generalizing.

Never figured her for a "cross the street to avoid the urban looking black man" type. It's exactly the same kind of irrational, repugnant fear.
 
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3. Re: Evening Interviews Oct 23, 2014, 19:06 NKD
 
DangerDog wrote on Oct 23, 2014, 19:01:
I'd love full disclosure on how much he's making as their new CEO.

I'd be curious to know too. It has to be a significant pay cut. Maybe he just really likes the idea of the company or something? I don't know. I can't see Unity having the cash to pay him what another company would.
 
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1. Re: etc., etc. Oct 23, 2014, 19:03 NKD
 
So I'm thinking Star Citizen will be the BEST/WORST (circle one) game of all time. Chris Roberts is a GREAT DEVELOPER/SCAM ARTIST (circle one) and will surely find SUCCESS/GREAT SHAME (circle one) by the time this project completes.

Also is anyone psyched for the Constantine premiere?
 
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3. Re: NCSOFT Layoffs; Carbine Reportedly Loses 60+ Oct 23, 2014, 18:50 NKD
 
They let go of some key very public-facing guys, like their Lead Client Developer, a couple Senior Art Director type guys, and I think one of their main Dungeon/Raid design guys.

It's not a good sign at all. It's not just a routine downscaling of customer service and extra hands.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
1. Re: Evening Interviews Oct 23, 2014, 18:46 NKD
 
Honestly the negative attitudes about John Riccitiello largely come from gamers who know basically zero about business or what a CEO even does. Some game ends up sucking or having questionable design decisions, and somehow that's the CEOs fault. That might be true at some tiny ass developer, but at a large company the CEO is largely concerned with the big picture, not what map size is appropriate for fucking SimCity.

John probably saved EA as COO, and then later on as CEO he was really good for the company. He had a bad year at the end, but still. Unless the dude is bringing the entirety of EA management and development with him, the shortcomings of some EA titles are irrelevant to what he might do at Unity.

 
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1. Re: Assassin's Creed Unity Specs; Trailer Oct 23, 2014, 18:35 NKD
 
Minimum and recommended are super close together. Strange.  
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7. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 23, 2014, 16:01 NKD
 
garrywong wrote on Oct 23, 2014, 13:57:
Is 14 years excessive? Not much harm was done in that case, but what if it had caused the helicopter to crash? The pilot, the sick kid, and any other passengers would have likely died. When you think about it that way, 14 years for an action that could have caused the death of people isn't any harsher than you'd get for an attempted murder, is it? Even more lenient, actually.

Attempted murder requires intent to kill. The level of education in the public regarding these lasers is woefully lacking. People are legitimately ignorant of the danger they pose because it requires a bit of technical knowledge regarding the device itself. All most people know about lasers is don't point them directly into an eyeball.

Very few people know that the lasers you can buy today, even very cheap models, can be powerful enough to cause significant distraction to an aircraft. Even in your post you seem to claim that only expensive specialty lasers pose a threat (sorry if I'm misinterpreting), and you are presumably more informed than the general public.

With that in mind, 14 years is rather nuts. Let's use drunk driving as an example. Even after decades of education and increasing penalties, people still don't get 14 years for a DUI. Even in DUIs where someone actually gets killed, people usually get under 15 years. Everyone knows driving drunk hugely increases the risk of an accident or fatality. People can be expected to know better. Drunk driving = bad is something beaten into our skulls from a young age. (Yet people still do it...)

I feel like you have to let people know what they are doing is dangerous before you can justify harshly punishing them for doing it. Jail time as a deterrent is useful, but only if its accompanied by actual education. Slapping someone in jail doesn't deter anyone if no one else knows it's illegal. Some guy going to jail is a tiny blip on the media radar. A couple articles, and then it's forgotten 2 days later. You need a reasonable sized media campaign to raise awareness over a prolonged period of time.

This laser crap is a result of public ignorance. It's simply a matter of people not knowing what they are doing is dangerous. They need to be told. If they don't listen, then throw 'em in jail.

Creston wrote on Oct 23, 2014, 15:38:

It's typical Ars comparing apples to oranges again too. The guy who got 14 years had a warrant out for his arrest, and had prior convictions. He didn't just get 14 years for shining a laser into a medical helicopter.

The judge took his criminal history into account (none of which involved lasers) but all 14 years of his sentence was from the laser incident. There were no other charges in the case. To clarify, I think it's fair that someone with a criminal history gets a stiffer sentence, but the difference between the 2 years his girlfriend got and the 14 he got for the same crime is a bit too much.

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