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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 3, 2015, 10:58 Verno
 
Wallshadows wrote on Mar 3, 2015, 10:35:
It's my Birthday today, where is my headline and mountain of gifts?

It's like none of you really know me.

Happy Birthday man
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5 Will Add Party Storage; Mouselook
18. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5 Will Add Party Storage; Mouselook Mar 3, 2015, 10:06 Verno
 
Julio wrote on Mar 3, 2015, 05:50:
ItBurn wrote on Mar 3, 2015, 03:43:
f-ck the combat in this game. The tactical view is atrocious.

But this was "Game of the Year" by various supposedly reputable award shows? Maybe the game intro and credits were amazing and put them over the top if the combat didn't.

To be fair last year had a lot of disappointments.

The game itself has a lot of great stuff going on but unfortunately a lot of cruft holding it back. The UI on the PC was terrible. The combat was very poorly balanced. There was too much busywork and not enough of a focus on quality side material. It was like the team looked at Skyrim and picked the worst qualities of it to imitate. The story starts out weird, kind of picks up Steam then falters again at the end.

That being said its still better than DA2 and is an above average RPG with good production values. I had fun with it and it was worth the money, it's just not the classic that DA:O was to me.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield Hardline Premium Announced
39. Re: Battlefield Hardline Premium Announced Mar 3, 2015, 09:21 Verno
 
Too much money for what felt like a slickly produced mod in beta.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
16. Re: Into the Black Mar 3, 2015, 09:19 Verno
 
I have no problem with him ignoring canon when it was so poorly done.  
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News Comments > HTC's SteamVR Headset Revealed
69. Re: HTC's SteamVR Headset Revealed Mar 2, 2015, 15:16 Verno
 
VR interests me but I'm going to wait for the tech to mature before checking it out. I'd also like there to be some unique games that aren't just ports of existing stuff.  
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News Comments > etc.
9. Re: etc. Mar 2, 2015, 15:08 Verno
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 2, 2015, 13:27:
Julio wrote on Mar 2, 2015, 12:50:
I love the final quote in the #Gamergate article. Time for gamers to see where developers are going to stand.

Is it with the soon to be irrelevant anti-GG press or with those who buy games?

Regardless of whether or not one thinks game journalism needs to be "fixed," Mark Kern is certainly not who you want leading that call.

Why? I have no idea who Mark Kern is. I'm going to do my own research but I'm interested in your view on it.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 4 Announcement at E3?
24. Re: Fallout 4 Announcement at E3? Mar 2, 2015, 13:16 Verno
 
I just hope they've had time to revisit the engine, love the games but they are starting to get wonky in their age. Also I've never been impressed with the animation work in the prior games, that would be another area that could use improvement.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 2, 2015, 12:46 Verno
 
Jivaro wrote on Mar 2, 2015, 12:25:
I tend to look at driving from a self-preservation point of view. While the truck driver might be the "professional" in the scenario and thus held to a certain standard with regards to behavior and reactions, the woman was an idiot who is lucky she didn't get killed or worse...cause the death of others. I wish that there was a punishment for people who cause accidents or get sited for this kind of thing that forced them to ride in the cab of rig through commuter traffic, 2 lane roads, etc. I guarantee it would affect how they drive around those trucks for the rest of their lives. The extra 40ft you might get ahead in the flow of traffic isn't worth the risk of not giving these drivers and their trucks plenty of space and respect on the roads.

I agree totally but unfortunately there are many shitty drivers out there who see any empty space as an opportunity to get to their destination faster. I don't know why people find it so difficult to leave a little space between cars, it makes the drive much more pleasant and safe for everyone. I wish I could say its just people who haven't been ticketed or in accidents themselves but sadly many of them are repeat offenders. I think it's one of those things that is just a stupid person problem.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 4 Announcement at E3?
19. Re: Fallout 4 Announcement at E3? Mar 2, 2015, 12:04 Verno
 
My experience was different, vanilla Skyrim has all sorts of stability and scripting problems. I had issues until I started using the community patches and stuff like SKSE. Hell it's one of the few console games I've seen crash too.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
118. Re: Op Ed Mar 2, 2015, 10:54 Verno
 
Jerykk wrote on Mar 1, 2015, 23:09:
Advocating for improvement doesn't make you a SJW. Advocating for improvement by using dishonest or misleading methods makes you a SJW. For example, taking a gender-neutral feature, recording a video of that feature being used against female characters and then claiming that the feature was designed for the exploitation of women... that's what a SJW would do and it's what Sarkeesian does in many of her videos.

There are certainly plenty of valid examples of sexism in gaming (and popular culture in general). Dead or Alive, Mortal Kombat, Killer is Dead, Japanese games in general... there's really no need to resort to misrepresentation. However, the more "examples" Sarkeesian can present, the more widespread she can make the issue appear. She does occasionally point out a few games that have balanced representations of women but these examples are almost always obscure indie games. She ignores high-profile games like The Last of Us, Bioshock, Walking Dead, Mass Effect, Tomb Raider, etc, or nitpicks them to find examples of poor representation while ignoring the obvious examples of good representation.

If her videos offered a much more balanced analysis of gender representation in gaming instead of focusing exclusively on the bad (often relying on misleading examples in the process), she wouldn't be getting such hostile reactions. Then again, those reactions have gained her a lot of press and media attention that she otherwise wouldn't have had. The other reason why people hate her is because she refuses to actually debate the topic. There are countless people with whom she could have an intelligent and civil debate yet she refuses. She no doubt realizes that her examples would be picked apart easily, therefore undermining her arguments as a whole.

Exactly she poisons the well with outright false or cherry picked examples and doesn't actually engage on any of the issues. Her few defenders here don't engage on them either, if you bring up a false trope or don't agree with her take on something then it is always your fault for not correctly understanding her. I think I've seen one person admit she was wrong about something and even that came with a big thing about how her message redeems her mistakes. This shit isn't helping anyone so she should really rethink her approach unless the goal is personal gain which is what many of us suspect.

If you want actual change you have to work with people to convince them and perhaps accept the possibility that your view on change needs to be malleable as well. Just nitpicking for press play and telling people "this is wrong" constantly doesn't endear people to change. Her defenders here like to claim that she doesn't say anything is wrong with a disclaimer at the beginning (is that sort of like not trying to change anyones games?) but by putting people on the opposite side of a gender issue you're essentially doing the same thing.

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News Comments > Op Ed
25. Re: Op Ed Feb 27, 2015, 12:33 Verno
 
ledhead1969 wrote on Feb 27, 2015, 12:28:
This thread makes me feel unsafe and has been reported to the FCC.

*TRIGGER WARNING* VIOLENT LANGUAGE: I don't agree with Anita Sarkeesian.

I seem to remember the various Anita-defenders around here asserting that she didn't want to change video games, just change the way people thought about the contents of them and how they made them. She didn't want to stop people from making the games they wanted to, just encourage people to make other kinds of games as well. Now she's demanding changes. Pretty soon, she'll be advocating forced changes. It's the inevitable progress of any argument with a "do-gooder." It quickly goes from "You should" to "You must..."

I don't expect any of them to own it and if they did it would be with a bunch of prevarication at how people just aren't parsing her correctly.
 
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News Comments > FCC Reinstates Net Neutrality; Unfetters Local Broadband
131. Re: FCC Reinstates Net Neutrality; Unfetters Local Broadband Feb 27, 2015, 12:13 Verno
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 27, 2015, 12:06:
You are correct, sir. Yet the Dems are very much the less of two evils as evidenced once again by this action. Jesus, it's not rocket science. Well, for those on the right of the aisle it is.

No, they are really not the lesser of two evils, you really have no idea how corrupt Washington is if you believe that. Warring corporate interests have a lot more to do with this victory than anything else. Microsoft, Google and other companies helped buy and pay for this as much as "consumers" demanded it.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
18. Re: Op Ed Feb 27, 2015, 11:38 Verno
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 27, 2015, 11:28:
Yep, media can certainly do that. It's also the best platform available for grifters like Anita to tap into sympathetic people and com them out of their money. You just have to love the comments from the perpetually offended SJWs. Christ what would these people do if they didn't have something to be upset over. Here's a perfect example from someone aptly named 'RantKid'

Are we implying that this isn't a change needed for males as well? Can we stop pretending that many of these issues solely victimize one group? Cultural distortions victimize everybody.

Take porn for instance. Sure, most porn blatantly objectifies women, but we have to remember that it's the viewers (namely, young men) who are going to come out of it with poor judgment and distorted values. The sooner we stop marginalizing groups of people, the more honest the discussion can be. "Discussions" like these are not honest nor productive. It's finger-pointing.

Rolleyes

Yes, because anything that doesn't portray anyone in a positive light must obviously be a distortion. Why the fuck are these assholes even playing games, or at least games targeted to white males to begin with? I don't watch soap operas, do you hear me bitching about they exclude men as a target audience? And women in porn are victims? They control the fucking industry! And at the end of the day it's fantasy. It's all just pretend. Only really stupid people don't grasp that simple fact. It's the reason we don't go around dropping anvils on people after watching Bugs Bunny cartoons. If you can't differentiate fantasy versus reality then the medium and its content aren't the problem.

And lastly, who the fuck is she to dictate terms? If this is so viable and there's such a market for it then shut up and prove it. Go make these social-justice games and see how well they do. Stop whining about it and prove it. These are the worst sorts of assholes. As much as they go on about equality and freedom, and yada yada yada, they're the ones engaging in discrimination, censorship, etc. They're the biggest fucking hypocrites there are. Freedom doesn't mean being free from being offended. That's what a tolerant society is, you don't have to like it, but you do have to tolerate it.

Well said Cutter, could not agree more.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 27, 2015, 11:00 Verno
 
Not sure how I feel about a Blade Runner sequel, I will have to rewatch it as its been awhile.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
3. Re: Op Ed Feb 27, 2015, 09:35 Verno
 
I don't care what she wants, shes shown herself to be full of crap on several occasions and I don't think she has a clue about gaming or its influence on anyone. Gaming as a hobby is becoming very progressive all on its own, she and her weird little cult aren't going to make that process go any faster, all they do is cause problems.  
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News Comments > FCC Reinstates Net Neutrality; Unfetters Local Broadband
122. Re: FCC Reinstates Net Neutrality; Unfetters Local Broadband Feb 27, 2015, 08:57 Verno
 
I have to laugh at all of the uninformed comments about republicans here. We don't all take our cues from Fox News folks, just like Dems don't all sit around lapping up CNNs bullshit. I vote republican quite often depending on the issues and I fully support net neutrality. Some corporations will try to make it a partisan issue but that's just a smoke screen for their goals. We're not fooled. A level playing field is just going to lead to more innovation and a better economy in the long run.  
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News Comments > Game Reviews
12. Re: Game Reviews Feb 26, 2015, 16:09 Verno
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 26, 2015, 15:28:
Cyanotetyphas wrote on Feb 26, 2015, 15:15:
TF2 just has so much meaningful variety. I've been playing these classes since Half Life 1 was released in nineteen dickety two when we used to wear onions on our belts, as that was the style at the time.

I don't understand why they've been leaning so hard towards small team multiplayer games lately.

Easier to get 4-5 people you know together, vs. 24 people?

You've obviously never played Evolve Matches take forever, hell just getting the game started takes forever. It is an extremely annoying process. It is one of the slowest multiplayer experiences I've had in terms of trying to actually play vs time spent waiting/loading.

I think the small player counts in games today are more related to performance issues on consoles since they're often the lead platform.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
31. Re: Morning Consolidation Feb 26, 2015, 15:21 Verno
 
I just pulled up my budgeting app for shits and giggles. I pay on average $41 for PC games, $54 for console games. Those figures include a number of discounts and various indie games which skew things. Given the sheer amount of games I buy in a year (usually 10-20), it looks like console gaming is in fact more expensive even including an optional PC hardware upgrade during a life cycle.

It's pretty close once you factor initial buy-in and all that stuff so /shrug
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
28. Re: Morning Consolidation Feb 26, 2015, 15:09 Verno
 
Like I said you have better experience on the PC and much more options but I think if you sit down and crunch the numbers you'll be spending more on your pc.
Games do cost $10 more on the consoles, I don't want to get into the whole buying games on sale stuff because you can buy used games for the console or even new ones off craig's list or whatever, so in general if you add $10 to the pc game prices you get an average.

The problem is the hardware upgrades for the pc. If you look at a 7 years life span for a console you don't have to upgrade the hardware at all. Within 7 years I usually go through a few video cards to keep the PC Master Race status

I don't know, I think it evens out once you factor in paying $50 a year for PSN/XBL and the cost of peripherals. Also the potential cost of replacing broken consoles, not an insignificant factor last gen. You don't need to upgrade your PC either, most people just choose to. I coasted an 8800GTX for eons and the worst thing I had to do was drop a few detail toggles. At 1080p most people buying a midrange card now won't need to upgrade unless they actually want to do so.

I've always had at least one console and my gaming PCs, the costs usually even out in my experience.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
7. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Feb 26, 2015, 14:23 Verno
 
In other words you're just gurgling stuff that has nothing to do with the article, ok thanks Rolleyes

How you remain unbanned is a fucking mystery for the ages.
 
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