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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
16. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 26, 2014, 19:17 eRe4s3r
 
Beamer wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 22:44:
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 21:27:
Beamer wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 20:33:
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 20:23:
Beamer wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 19:40:
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 19:08:
Beamer wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 18:29:
It amazes me how often I find people whining about "nepotism."

I mean, yes, it does happen. But most of what people whine about isn't nepotism. What Cutter said may be. That's rare in true private industry, though. Usually you hire someone that knows someone, this is true. But that isn't nepotism. Nepotism is hiring someone underqualified due to their relations. What usually happens is hiring someone that is perfectly qualified because they know someone. Hiring is hard. Of course they tend to move forward with someone personally vouched for by a good employee. A good amount of the due diligence of hiring is already done.

I've never seen it complained about here, and Cutter's example is pretty bad. But if you ever talk to people from bad law schools unable to find legal work, they all whine about nepotism and cronyism. They blame that for not getting jobs while someone just got his friend hired at his firm. No, that's just how the world works. Of course you'd rather hire an entity known to be qualified than spend time and resources looking for someone that is probably going to be no more qualified.

Getting your friend hired over someone else when both have the same qualifications is EXACTLY what nepotism is What may be OK in your 5 employee sweat-shop, is corruption when we talk about unions or mega-corporations.

Nepotism
the practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs.

And how do you think you become executive or ceo at a big company or union? Not by having superior skills, but by being friends with the people that enable you to have that job who think by elevating you there they gain an advantage for THEMSELVES (at least believe so). That is the very definition of corruption. But for obvious reasons our oh so free western world doesn't like thinking or talking about this, because it would show you how corrupt capitalism is to the core. Because human nature coupled with the system in place will always gravitate towards nepotism, and nepotism will always end up fucking everyone else over.

And when we talk about Unions, then you have to ask yourself who is really represented by a leader that got put there by his friends. And not by the WORKERS he represents At least in Germany there are some Unions where members vote, but turnout is exceptionally low. Because many people do not understand what they are voting there. To them all the options are identical, so they vote not at all and let others decide.. it's how we ended up with a 3 unions for 1 company.

Remember, Unions are not to serve nepotism, they are to enable better work conditions and raising wages for it's members. And lots of Unions flat out do not do that anymore. And many work areas flat out prevent Unions from existing.

Mostly wrong.
For one, no one can hire their friends in a major corporation. Why? Two reasons:
1) The hiring process involves multiple people
2) You can rarely recommend someone that would be your direct report, and when you do, usually you are exempt from the interview

It isn't hiring someone that has the same qualifications, it's recommending someone that has the right qualifications. Again, job postings get hundreds of resumes, many of which are perfectly qualified. Sorting through them for someone that's qualified, serious about the position, and a good fit is extremely time consuming.
When someone can say "hey, I have my friend here who is qualified, wants to work here, and is perfect for the job," of course that gets listened to.

This is why every company offers thousands of dollars to recommend your friends. Not because of nepotism, but because it's proven to be the most effective way of hiring.

Here:
Nepotism - "I was just elected mayor, I'm going to assign my best friend to be dog catcher."
Not nepotism - "Hey, I see you have an opening for a marketing specialist. My old college roommate is a marketing specialist that's interested in moving here. He's got 6 years experience in the role, and currently works for XXX Corporation. Here's his resume, take a look, you'll see he fits your needs."

See the huge difference?

Both is nepotism according to it's actual definition. The difference is one of (your) morality

Ps.: I dunno if you are just arguing out of principle.. but may I direct you to read the post before the one you quoted? We talked about Unions too close to corporations, aside you literally nobody made Nepotism a main topic Cutter just gave an example for the corruption that some Unions have fallen for. But nobody was actually complaining about that being Nepotism, we talked about corruption, and what Cutter described is most definitely nepotism, and nepotism no matter in what form, is corruption when it comes down to it.

And aside that, I find it funny you bring up Nepotism in a thread that talks about the lie corporations spread that it doesn't find enough skilled workers Which is sometimes directly supported by Unions.

Aside from Cutters example, which isn't about nepotism but rather corruption... nobody made any remark or indeed "whined" about Nepotism

I'm well aware I made it the main thing. Like I said, it wasn't brought up here, it's just a pet peeve when people think that "you need to know someone / network to get hired" means nepotism. It doesn't. But even you are arguing this.


Nah, my argument is that nepotism is "the practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends" I am not arguing whether that is needed to get hired in rank and file jobs, but it is a fact that is how the top tier (executive) jobs are assigned. They not running through the same processes as normal job interviews. And specially managers are not getting a job for their "skills" they are getting a job over their connections.

Your definition being so far apart from the actual meaning (where I come from) of nepotism that it made me argue my point.

Executives are rarely via nepotism, either. I've been on the teams for executive search for one of the largest retail chains in North America. We hire an outside recruiter, because you can't just post "General Manager / CEO - 600 store chain" on Monster.com. You go to a recruiter. The recruiter uses LinkedIn, "About Us" pages on similar companies, and her own network. She brings people in. It isn't tapping Bob who your current CEO has drinks with on the shoulder.

And yes, the new GM will probably bring in one or two of his own people, but at that point you probably have a team you want with you. I'm only middle management and I have a kid I'll lure anywhere I go with huge promotion incentives. It isn't that I'm friends with him, I never even hang out with him outside of work. It's that his skillset and personality work perfectly with mine, I know he's incredibly competent, and I know he trusts me.

To be fair, what you describe there isn't nepotism, that's just team coherence in a corporate structure. But believe me when I tell you that what you describe is not how it works in Germany for the big corporations... would be nice if that were true. Say, DB (Deutsche Bahn) you think the manager there is chosen via recruiters? You have to have political clout, connections and people in the upper echelons of power that vouch for you or you'd never get the job to lead a multi-billion corporation.

Maybe I have a different view on this because I was tingling around largely in public-private partnership kind of corporations, ie Universities and the like. Professors are not chosen for leadership positions for their skills or via recruiters... and neither are Union leaders or the big company managers. Politics have their claws in nearly everything big here.
 
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News Comments > Steam Autumn Sale
50. Re: Steam Autumn Sale Nov 26, 2014, 19:11 eRe4s3r
 
ItBurn wrote on Nov 26, 2014, 18:05:
Jivaro wrote on Nov 26, 2014, 18:04:
My backlog is, so far, winning the battle this year. Usually I buy stuff even though my backlog is ridiculously long. This year seems to be different for some reason. I have less time to play than in previous years, so that is probably part of it. I have some really well reviewed games in my backlog, which is probably a bigger part. I haven't played Dishonored yet, for example.

I don't have time to play games anymore... It's actually starting to affect my mood...

seems to me you are living your life for pretty much anyone, except yourself and if you notice it affects your mood you should act. You don't need to do anything drastic, but 1 hour a day for your hobby/hobbies is the minimum. Take that time and MAKE that time. A hobby you enjoy will help you counter stress.
 
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News Comments > Getaway Day Legal Briefs
3. Re: Getaway Day Legal Briefs Nov 26, 2014, 14:23 eRe4s3r
 
garrywong wrote on Nov 26, 2014, 13:15:
Wow, so America isn't the only one that thinks it can impose its own laws outside its borders?

And the best part is this is something the US courts in their infinite idiocy enabled. By saying that US companies operating in the EU have to abide to US laws even if those laws are something that is illegal in the EU has now a legal stand for that applying in reverse.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: Evening Metaverse Nov 26, 2014, 11:15 eRe4s3r
 
nin wrote on Nov 26, 2014, 10:48:
CrimsonPaw wrote on Nov 26, 2014, 10:45:
I would consider myself "christian" religious, but more from a spiritual side versus a specific denomination. Given that, there's very few things I find more annoying that people pushing their faith on others (though one I do find more annoying is political correctness). My faith is not a badge I wear for all to see, it's just something I use as a foundation for how I live my life. The more you preach from the bible, the less serious I'll take you and the more I'll question what skeletons are hiding behind your rhetoric.

Totally agree. I don't share my views with most folks as I feel like everyone should be allowed to have their own beliefs.


That's how intelligent human beings behave.. but as you both are well aware, there are those who do not accept different views on a subject and will do anything they can to change, or failing that, suppress an opinion.

In the end, tolerance of such is a skill you have to learn, and some people have it. But as in all things, tolerance needs moderation. You can not be tolerant of everything without giving up what makes you human to begin with. (critical thinking and all that ,p)
 
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News Comments > Dead or Alive 5 Last Round for PC Revealed?
10. Re: Dead or Alive 5 Last Round for PC Revealed? Nov 25, 2014, 22:55 eRe4s3r
 
Stanly Manly wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 22:17:
I dunno about you, but that ESRB description should be rated R because it totally got me hard.

For some reason that made me think of pirates and wooden legs...
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
14. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 25, 2014, 21:27 eRe4s3r
 
Beamer wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 20:33:
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 20:23:
Beamer wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 19:40:
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 19:08:
Beamer wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 18:29:
It amazes me how often I find people whining about "nepotism."

I mean, yes, it does happen. But most of what people whine about isn't nepotism. What Cutter said may be. That's rare in true private industry, though. Usually you hire someone that knows someone, this is true. But that isn't nepotism. Nepotism is hiring someone underqualified due to their relations. What usually happens is hiring someone that is perfectly qualified because they know someone. Hiring is hard. Of course they tend to move forward with someone personally vouched for by a good employee. A good amount of the due diligence of hiring is already done.

I've never seen it complained about here, and Cutter's example is pretty bad. But if you ever talk to people from bad law schools unable to find legal work, they all whine about nepotism and cronyism. They blame that for not getting jobs while someone just got his friend hired at his firm. No, that's just how the world works. Of course you'd rather hire an entity known to be qualified than spend time and resources looking for someone that is probably going to be no more qualified.

Getting your friend hired over someone else when both have the same qualifications is EXACTLY what nepotism is What may be OK in your 5 employee sweat-shop, is corruption when we talk about unions or mega-corporations.

Nepotism
the practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs.

And how do you think you become executive or ceo at a big company or union? Not by having superior skills, but by being friends with the people that enable you to have that job who think by elevating you there they gain an advantage for THEMSELVES (at least believe so). That is the very definition of corruption. But for obvious reasons our oh so free western world doesn't like thinking or talking about this, because it would show you how corrupt capitalism is to the core. Because human nature coupled with the system in place will always gravitate towards nepotism, and nepotism will always end up fucking everyone else over.

And when we talk about Unions, then you have to ask yourself who is really represented by a leader that got put there by his friends. And not by the WORKERS he represents At least in Germany there are some Unions where members vote, but turnout is exceptionally low. Because many people do not understand what they are voting there. To them all the options are identical, so they vote not at all and let others decide.. it's how we ended up with a 3 unions for 1 company.

Remember, Unions are not to serve nepotism, they are to enable better work conditions and raising wages for it's members. And lots of Unions flat out do not do that anymore. And many work areas flat out prevent Unions from existing.

Mostly wrong.
For one, no one can hire their friends in a major corporation. Why? Two reasons:
1) The hiring process involves multiple people
2) You can rarely recommend someone that would be your direct report, and when you do, usually you are exempt from the interview

It isn't hiring someone that has the same qualifications, it's recommending someone that has the right qualifications. Again, job postings get hundreds of resumes, many of which are perfectly qualified. Sorting through them for someone that's qualified, serious about the position, and a good fit is extremely time consuming.
When someone can say "hey, I have my friend here who is qualified, wants to work here, and is perfect for the job," of course that gets listened to.

This is why every company offers thousands of dollars to recommend your friends. Not because of nepotism, but because it's proven to be the most effective way of hiring.

Here:
Nepotism - "I was just elected mayor, I'm going to assign my best friend to be dog catcher."
Not nepotism - "Hey, I see you have an opening for a marketing specialist. My old college roommate is a marketing specialist that's interested in moving here. He's got 6 years experience in the role, and currently works for XXX Corporation. Here's his resume, take a look, you'll see he fits your needs."

See the huge difference?

Both is nepotism according to it's actual definition. The difference is one of (your) morality

Ps.: I dunno if you are just arguing out of principle.. but may I direct you to read the post before the one you quoted? We talked about Unions too close to corporations, aside you literally nobody made Nepotism a main topic Cutter just gave an example for the corruption that some Unions have fallen for. But nobody was actually complaining about that being Nepotism, we talked about corruption, and what Cutter described is most definitely nepotism, and nepotism no matter in what form, is corruption when it comes down to it.

And aside that, I find it funny you bring up Nepotism in a thread that talks about the lie corporations spread that it doesn't find enough skilled workers Which is sometimes directly supported by Unions.

Aside from Cutters example, which isn't about nepotism but rather corruption... nobody made any remark or indeed "whined" about Nepotism

I'm well aware I made it the main thing. Like I said, it wasn't brought up here, it's just a pet peeve when people think that "you need to know someone / network to get hired" means nepotism. It doesn't. But even you are arguing this.


Nah, my argument is that nepotism is "the practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends" I am not arguing whether that is needed to get hired in rank and file jobs, but it is a fact that is how the top tier (executive) jobs are assigned. They not running through the same processes as normal job interviews. And specially managers are not getting a job for their "skills" they are getting a job over their connections.

Your definition being so far apart from the actual meaning (where I come from) of nepotism that it made me argue my point.
 
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12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 25, 2014, 20:23 eRe4s3r
 
Beamer wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 19:40:
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 19:08:
Beamer wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 18:29:
It amazes me how often I find people whining about "nepotism."

I mean, yes, it does happen. But most of what people whine about isn't nepotism. What Cutter said may be. That's rare in true private industry, though. Usually you hire someone that knows someone, this is true. But that isn't nepotism. Nepotism is hiring someone underqualified due to their relations. What usually happens is hiring someone that is perfectly qualified because they know someone. Hiring is hard. Of course they tend to move forward with someone personally vouched for by a good employee. A good amount of the due diligence of hiring is already done.

I've never seen it complained about here, and Cutter's example is pretty bad. But if you ever talk to people from bad law schools unable to find legal work, they all whine about nepotism and cronyism. They blame that for not getting jobs while someone just got his friend hired at his firm. No, that's just how the world works. Of course you'd rather hire an entity known to be qualified than spend time and resources looking for someone that is probably going to be no more qualified.

Getting your friend hired over someone else when both have the same qualifications is EXACTLY what nepotism is What may be OK in your 5 employee sweat-shop, is corruption when we talk about unions or mega-corporations.

Nepotism
the practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs.

And how do you think you become executive or ceo at a big company or union? Not by having superior skills, but by being friends with the people that enable you to have that job who think by elevating you there they gain an advantage for THEMSELVES (at least believe so). That is the very definition of corruption. But for obvious reasons our oh so free western world doesn't like thinking or talking about this, because it would show you how corrupt capitalism is to the core. Because human nature coupled with the system in place will always gravitate towards nepotism, and nepotism will always end up fucking everyone else over.

And when we talk about Unions, then you have to ask yourself who is really represented by a leader that got put there by his friends. And not by the WORKERS he represents At least in Germany there are some Unions where members vote, but turnout is exceptionally low. Because many people do not understand what they are voting there. To them all the options are identical, so they vote not at all and let others decide.. it's how we ended up with a 3 unions for 1 company.

Remember, Unions are not to serve nepotism, they are to enable better work conditions and raising wages for it's members. And lots of Unions flat out do not do that anymore. And many work areas flat out prevent Unions from existing.

Mostly wrong.
For one, no one can hire their friends in a major corporation. Why? Two reasons:
1) The hiring process involves multiple people
2) You can rarely recommend someone that would be your direct report, and when you do, usually you are exempt from the interview

It isn't hiring someone that has the same qualifications, it's recommending someone that has the right qualifications. Again, job postings get hundreds of resumes, many of which are perfectly qualified. Sorting through them for someone that's qualified, serious about the position, and a good fit is extremely time consuming.
When someone can say "hey, I have my friend here who is qualified, wants to work here, and is perfect for the job," of course that gets listened to.

This is why every company offers thousands of dollars to recommend your friends. Not because of nepotism, but because it's proven to be the most effective way of hiring.

Here:
Nepotism - "I was just elected mayor, I'm going to assign my best friend to be dog catcher."
Not nepotism - "Hey, I see you have an opening for a marketing specialist. My old college roommate is a marketing specialist that's interested in moving here. He's got 6 years experience in the role, and currently works for XXX Corporation. Here's his resume, take a look, you'll see he fits your needs."

See the huge difference?

Both is nepotism according to it's actual definition. The difference is one of (your) morality

Ps.: I dunno if you are just arguing out of principle.. but may I direct you to read the post before the one you quoted? We talked about Unions too close to corporations, aside you literally nobody made Nepotism a main topic Cutter just gave an example for the corruption that some Unions have fallen for. But nobody was actually complaining about that being Nepotism, we talked about corruption, and what Cutter described is most definitely nepotism, and nepotism no matter in what form, is corruption when it comes down to it.

And aside that, I find it funny you bring up Nepotism in a thread that talks about the lie corporations spread that it doesn't find enough skilled workers Which is sometimes directly supported by Unions.

Aside from Cutters example, which isn't about nepotism but rather corruption... nobody made any remark or indeed "whined" about Nepotism
 
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10. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 25, 2014, 19:08 eRe4s3r
 
Beamer wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 18:29:
It amazes me how often I find people whining about "nepotism."

I mean, yes, it does happen. But most of what people whine about isn't nepotism. What Cutter said may be. That's rare in true private industry, though. Usually you hire someone that knows someone, this is true. But that isn't nepotism. Nepotism is hiring someone underqualified due to their relations. What usually happens is hiring someone that is perfectly qualified because they know someone. Hiring is hard. Of course they tend to move forward with someone personally vouched for by a good employee. A good amount of the due diligence of hiring is already done.

I've never seen it complained about here, and Cutter's example is pretty bad. But if you ever talk to people from bad law schools unable to find legal work, they all whine about nepotism and cronyism. They blame that for not getting jobs while someone just got his friend hired at his firm. No, that's just how the world works. Of course you'd rather hire an entity known to be qualified than spend time and resources looking for someone that is probably going to be no more qualified.

Getting your friend hired over someone else when both have the same qualifications is EXACTLY what nepotism is What may be OK in your 5 employee sweat-shop, is corruption when we talk about unions or mega-corporations.

Nepotism
the practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs.

And how do you think you become executive or ceo at a big company or union? Not by having superior skills, but by being friends with the people that enable you to have that job who think by elevating you there they gain an advantage for THEMSELVES (at least believe so). That is the very definition of corruption. But for obvious reasons our oh so free western world doesn't like thinking or talking about this, because it would show you how corrupt capitalism is to the core. Because human nature coupled with the system in place will always gravitate towards nepotism, and nepotism will always end up fucking everyone else over.

And when we talk about Unions, then you have to ask yourself who is really represented by a leader that got put there by his friends. And not by the WORKERS he represents At least in Germany there are some Unions where members vote, but turnout is exceptionally low. Because many people do not understand what they are voting there. To them all the options are identical, so they vote not at all and let others decide.. it's how we ended up with a 3 unions for 1 company.

Remember, Unions are not to serve nepotism, they are to enable better work conditions and raising wages for it's members. And lots of Unions flat out do not do that anymore. And many work areas flat out prevent Unions from existing.
 
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16. Re: Steam Gift Trade Policy Changes Nov 25, 2014, 18:18 eRe4s3r
 
jacobvandy wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 18:15:
I know that, but it's another example of policy changing to affect us all, in response to a minority abusing the system.

Seems more like an payment system issue that is abused by a minority that the 3rd party (the shops) are now scrambling to fix. Because the 1st party, the payment providers, are too stupid, lazy, or greedy, to properly secure their payment processes.
 
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144. Re: Ships Ahoy - Dragon Age: Inquisition Nov 25, 2014, 17:53 eRe4s3r
 
Creston wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 14:49:
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 13:49:
it's also that certain skills are so EXTREMELY short-lived that using them is nearly always entirely pointless

Nah, not really, but they're meant to be used at tactical moments. If you think these are terrible, you should never play GW2. Every skill there last 2 or 3 seconds. There aren't any "cast now and forget for 20 minutes" spells in DA:I though, no.


and I never believe I'd say that, but the lack of a dedicated healing path is annoying as FUCK. It basically forces you to stop exploring and get new potions.. another "wtf is the point of that" moment..

You need to play differently. I explore for hours before needing a single potion, and usually it's because I can't be bothered to walk around a mountain and just jump down. (though now that I've gone Knight Enchanter, my idiot party runs into the thick of battle continuously and dies. I just let them die now, and just solo everything.)

Damage mitigation is king. Barrier and Guard are the life of DA:I combat. Bring 2 mages and Cassandra/Blackwell fully specced for sword&board Guard, and most battles you get through without ever getting damaged. My 2 mages keep up barrier 60/70% of the time, and my warrior will have full guard while barriers regenerate.

Now, whether that is actually a BETTER style of gameplay than having a heal, I'll leave in the middle. As opposed to the DA:O style of "you NEED a spirit healer!" you now have the DA:I style of "You need a barrier mage and a guard warrior."

I'm not really sure that we gained all that much. I agreed with their principal design behind the decision, but in reality it's changed really very little. Instead of watching health go down and then casting a spell to bring it back up, you now cast a spell to bring health up and then watch it go down. In its purest essence, it's made virtually zero difference to gameplay.

And you think the CC is bare-bones? This is the most ridiculously advanced CC I've ever seen? The range of stuff you can make is staggering, as opposed to, for example, Mass Effect 3, where every character looks pretty much the same because the underlying structure is the same.

And I love the British female VA, but I also really enjoyed her when she did the voice of Samantha Traynor.



I know Barrier is king.. I played the entire game with Cassandra re-skilled to tank (she gains armor from being HIT and gets armor from hitting with sword) she literally never has no armor.... but maybe it's just my bad luck with choosing what I choose for my Rogue as special, I picked Tempest which has only 4 actual skills, all of which barely last 5 seconds and only 1 of which is actually any good for a ranged character (the focus ability of that is complete bullshit for an archer, I dare you to try it "Hit the enemy 32 times" yeah.. if you like standing right in front of a dragons breath attack, that's the ability to pick!, literally. This is a problem, because the interesting potion (flame potion) gives you "no stamina cost for actions" but enemies (especially dragons) can still disrupt your attack but you can't disrupt your own attack animations. Meaning the entire combat as ranger/rogue is hitting 2 for flame potion and hitting 1 for that back-flip scatter shot as long as it's in any way possible....

Sure I do what, 3000 dmg with crit hits sometimes and I have 50% crit chance.. (funnily this is as imbalanced as in any other game where you can affect crit dmg and crit chance.... but that is imo no fun.

As for HP and thus, yeah I know I can just ride around everything.. but you don't see the "pulse" signal on a horse... I dunno but I much prefered the DA:O way of doings things, yeah if you get beaten down you get injuries, and those injuries you can only heal when resting, that makes sense. But potions? 12 potions are simply not enough for babysitting the dumb AI against a level 20+ dragon. ;p And Soloing a dragon as melee char is... probably possible, but sure as hell not when you play Rogue ;p Rogue got zero damage mitigation until very late game. Problem, your big crits... they draw agro from every single enemy on the field, and later on the game loves throwing 8+ enemies at you, often 4 or 6 of them archers which your warriors can no longer taunt, and 2 these shield guys that you always need magical support to kill. So you always end up either choosing barrier re-cast (Have it on preferred) or damage dealing. But there is no way to tell the game specifics like you could in DA:O. When I am fully armored I *Really* do not need that both my mages waste their barrier on me (happened 50+ times) when they could have blasted the enemy to crispy and frozen pieces.

As for CC...
I dunno, but did you check the elf character creation? I love what you can do with dwarfs and Qunari, but elves are.. seriously, I can't make my female eleven archer look like a women. All the faces look like men :/ Fuck I need a beauty mod for my elves. Skyrim delivered that ;p

You know, Skyrim? that age old game?
This is how elves supposed to look

The CC in DA:I makes them all look like this http://dragonage.wikia.com/wiki/Sera?file=Sera.jpg

I mean wtf is that? An alien with a lip operation? That ain't a "pretty elf"

Yes, I am stuck on that. I can agree to all your points, but not that CC doesn't suck. Make my elf look like the first screenshot, and not like the second please! (And yeah, even with ALL sliders, Nothing I did made that any less UGLY ,p)

PPs.: And It doesn't help that i REALLY disliked Sera's character. I dunno if that was just my playstyle or what, but she seriously was the only char that really pissed me off, except Blackwall, now HE really pissed me off. Let him ROT I picked, with not a single thought wasted.

So basically at the end of the game I was playing without sera or blackwell and without Sola's because he reminds me of a character I absolutely despised in NWN2

PPPs.: Btw.. the small storage also creates an issue where you can no longer adapt to specific fights properly, I tried to have 4 belts with 30% protection for each element. But if you do the math that's 12 inventory slots used just for *belts* and you can not know what element a dragon is until you actually fight it, die and then reload to before... tactical that is not

In DA:O you could have your resistances boosted via magic and I am kinda missing that option...

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7. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 25, 2014, 17:38 eRe4s3r
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 15:58:
The undermining of the unions corresponds directly with the stagnation of American wages. Unions aren't perfect by any means, but the lack of unions in most industries these days is a big reason for lower salaries and wages.

A union that is too close to the corporation whose workers it's supposed to represent is just as bad, and most probably worse for the workers

Unions don't solve problems, it's the people in charge, the people in Unions that have to defend their rights. And that is something corporations are trying to eradicate.

Man you can't believe the bullshit that happens in Germany when it comes to skilled workers "Too few, oh my god, no workers" is something you hear from the fuckers that are supposed to represent the workers nearly daily.

No, skilled workers are not the problem, the problem is that corporations don't want to train their own fucking workers anymore.. they only want free infinite supplies of cheap labor.
 
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12. Re: Steam Gift Trade Policy Changes Nov 25, 2014, 14:00 eRe4s3r
 
DangerDog wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 13:37:
or is it to stop buying games from people in parts of the world where games are sold at much lower prices?

eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 13:34:
Not to mention that no key-reseller EVER sells gifts, they sell steam keys which are very much unlike steam gifts

Steam gifts are what you get from Humblebundle lately. You link account and games are "gifted"

maybe not key-resellers but I have seen people asking for "gifting" from other parts of the world.

I know, there are gift trade-sites mostly where I would have huge trust issues related to the gifts being actually valid purchases and not "stolen" with fraudulent payment

It's a good thing Steam does this
 
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4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 25, 2014, 13:58 eRe4s3r
 
I would hope nobody believes that lie from corporations (and the gov). When a corporation says it "can't find skilled workers" then what that really means is that a corporation doesn't want to pay proper wages. And with more people looking for a job, they can take the best ones and pay them shitty wages to boot. It's just one of the many things totally fucked thanks to Capitalism

Not to mention that it makes these workers extremely easily to replace for even the tiniest infraction (or attempt to get better wages).
 
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142. Re: Ships Ahoy - Dragon Age: Inquisition Nov 25, 2014, 13:49 eRe4s3r
 
Another stupid design choice is imo the "tablets" and "bottles" collectible stuff. With now way to know where those friggin things even *are* this is literally one of the these absurd meta quests that you need a guide for to complete (unlike the shards).

I get that there is a POINT to this kind of stuff in very local focused maps, like in DA:O and DA2 where you could explore a "map" and be sure you really found everything. But in Inquisition exploring the "map" completely is impossible, since often collectibles are hidden WAY out of the way and I mean *way* Because it's open world and the game doesn't properly display secrets unless you CONSTANTLY ping the search there is literally no way you will ever find all the bottles and tablets yourself. NONE

I mean wtf was the idea behind that please?

Aside that, holly meat-balls but this game has a big wtf ending If you read the lore of the game the ending comes like a nuclear explosion. Heck, I'd call it sequel bait. Likely more like DLC bait.. but meh

And yeah, combat is imo the weakest part of this game. It's not just the retarded AI, which really.. just makes you cry sometimes, it's also that certain skills are so EXTREMELY short-lived that using them is nearly always entirely pointless and I never believe I'd say that, but the lack of a dedicated healing path is annoying as FUCK. It basically forces you to stop exploring and get new potions.. another "wtf is the point of that" moment..

Well, but it is a great game besides that. Absolutely loved it.. 84 hours to the end.. and not 100% complete end. But I guess it's the Bioware illness so many great things, and some REALLY stupid design choices

Also a personal nitpick. There is no female elf in the game that is in ANY WAY likable. And they managed to make elves look really really weird somehow. DA2 had weird as hell looking elves sure, but if you got over that they were acceptable, but in Inquisition elves have faces that look like you took a dude and transplanted a womens body on em. I could literally not find any slider position to make my female elf actually look female

Anyhow... one of the best RPG's ever made, graphically it's is absolutely mindblowing. The detail on the faces, sub-surface scattering, the eye reflections and the clothes and armor, everything looks absolutely stunning. Aside from the elves

And while I am harping about elves, the character creation in particular is very very bare-bones. I'd have wished for a better female and male VA as well.... It ain't Shephard and FemShep kind of quality that's for sure.
 
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10. Re: Steam Gift Trade Policy Changes Nov 25, 2014, 13:34 eRe4s3r
 
Dev wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 12:52:
Blue,
I don't believe this is anything to do with key resellers since key numbers are not steam tradable. The announcement also doesn't mention it. Here's text of announcement:

All new games purchased as a gift and placed in the purchaser's inventory will be untradable for 30 days. The gift may still be gifted at any time. The only change is to trading.

We've made this change to make trading gifts a better experience for those receiving the gifts. We're hoping this lowers the number of people who trade for a game only to have the game revoked later due to issues with the purchaser's payment method.

Not to mention that no key-reseller EVER sells gifts, they sell steam keys which are very much unlike steam gifts

Steam gifts are what you get from Humblebundle lately. You link account and games are "gifted"
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Dragon Age: Inquisition
130. Re: Ships Ahoy - Dragon Age: Inquisition Nov 21, 2014, 16:10 eRe4s3r
 
Creston wrote on Nov 21, 2014, 15:18:
Verno wrote on Nov 21, 2014, 15:14:
Yeah exactly, people really shouldn't get hung up on completing every single thing they come across. A lot of it isn't even intended to be completed right away.

I came SOOOOO fucking close to killing the level 12 rift with my level 6 party...

Pfft... I attacked the level 12 gruffalo way before I even found the rift... and figured if that's how the game rolls it's time to hike elsewhere

Game ain't called Dragon Age: Inquisition of the Hinterlands, after all.

Loving it still ;p

Just exploring and seeing all those areas is great, and the story quests are so diverse too.
 
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125. Re: Ships Ahoy - Dragon Age: Inquisition Nov 21, 2014, 10:06 eRe4s3r
 
Well I love the open world aspect of it.. and I am 40 hours in and feel I am barely 40% done. That said I am perfectionist and the Shard temple has me hooked, I want to know what's behind the big door ;p

And I also got me the mysterious chest.. which is by the way one of the most hilarious side-quests in the entire game Bioware by now really defines an own genre.. I am so glad we get to see such games. And MP seems interesting at least, but I haven't yet played more than 1 test round. Only once I have everything done in SP

Anyhow.. even after 40 hours I am not yet ready to give any verdict.. game is insanely .. insanely... deep. There is SO much stuff to do read and listen, and then there are the great songs from the minstrel...

And I also kinda like that you can give your inquisition some stuff to do while you are not playing. For some reason that's one of the things that always bothered me before, and now that DA:I did it I want it always to be there...
 
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3. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 21, 2014, 10:01 eRe4s3r
 
Happy birthday blue.. let's hope a few more decades are ahead of you and that you may not grow tired of our infinite ramblings and sometimes silly comments  
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5. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Merchants of Kaidan Nov 20, 2014, 19:43 eRe4s3r
 
JaguarUSF wrote on Nov 19, 2014, 05:49:
If anybody is checking back this far in the news, my video review is up.

I do
 
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116. Re: Ships Ahoy - Dragon Age: Inquisition Nov 20, 2014, 19:30 eRe4s3r
 
Verno wrote on Nov 20, 2014, 13:15:
Archer is pretty fun and very viable damage wise. It doesn't do the single target damage of DW Rogue but it also doesn't have the risks of sitting in crazy AoEs and having weird positional hang ups. You also get elevation bonuses and you can pick up a lot of cool subterfuge talents to supplement. It feels a lot stronger and more fun than DA:O for sure. Not having to deal with the fucking tiny ass melee engagement ranges is a big bonus too. Plus it sorta makes up for tactical camera shortcomings, I can pick out ranged threats and deal with them while the melee is busy up front.

im also rolling a archer and find that the most fun so far Combat gets alot tougher though in later levels.... (16+) and with tougher I mean, you are gonna want to over-ride some AI fuckups at that point

Just killed my first dragon (the one in the Hinterlands) and that was one hell of a fight that battle lasted a good 20 minutes with dodging and trying not to get overwhelmed. Also I have to say, this game is graphically the most impressive RPG I've seen so far.

Combat will need a ton of mods, assuming there is any possibly to mod anything. Game has a console so it must use scripts of some kind, just needs accessing.
 
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