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Real Name Jerod Christensen   
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Nickname atomicfro
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Signed On Jun 18, 2010, 06:05
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News Comments > Op Ed
50. Re: Op Ed Aug 25, 2014, 06:15 atomicfro
 
Here are some of my not so organized thoughts on the matter I thought might add to the discussion:

In the bigger picture, is sexism in video games a greater problem than say sexism in the general culture proper? Do more acts of sexism occur during a game of Grand Theft Auto than what occurs in your average American high school every day? Do more acts of sexism occur in World of Warcraft than what occurs in bars and pubs across the globe? Are there more sexists on a single Counter Strike server than in your average bowling alley? That's not to excuse acts of genuine sexism that occurs in out hobby, but why pick on us specifically?

The big question is do sexists represent a larger percentage of the gaming population than that of the general population "on" the internet. If Anita Sarkeesian is really "spending" 30k for one of those click bait videos with donation money, thats something she should research.

Everyone knows there is no such thing as gaming "journalism." I really think that aspect of all this is a non-issue. We all know they are all just advertiser mouth pieces. And the articles that aren't blatant advertising, really shouldn't be held to any high regard to that of some forgotten blog post lost in the vastness that is the internet. If we have a problem with that, then we need to start paying for things instead of letting advertisers pay for it for us.

Is sexism an issue in gaming? Sure it is. I wouldn't want my daughter playing an online game getting the harassment that can occur. That's a side effect of anonymity. The punks can get away with it without getting punched in the face. But, really, are they the majority or a very vocal minority, the bad apples that ruin it for the rest of us?

For the lot of us 30 somethings on this board, gaming isn't so much a hobby, I would say, than our chosen form of escape. And most of the time its a private, and its no one's business what we do behind closed doors as long as its not hurting anyone else. We don't need outsiders telling us our hobby is evil. What we do in a game is not indicative of our beliefs or actions in the real world.

These SJW types are completely using us. If you want to manipulate a bunch of white knights, where is there a more concentrated source than gaming? They are getting on their soap boxes telling us they feel oppressed and of course we want to help them. Once they have our attention, they have a large laundry list of reasons we should feel guilt, and then they plea to that guilt for money or favors. Once that dries up, they pull the victim card.

Zoe was called out and now she is done. But, in the big scheme of things, she was a no body. Sure she has a "game" on steam, I can't say I've ever accomplished such a feat, but its always going to be tainted by her social justice lies and manipulation, and the use of a public figure's suicide for advertising.

Her ousting is casting more scrutiny on other SJW, and really I think the best tactic is to ignore them and let this dark chapter in gaming come to a close. Stop giving them a soap box, stop talking about them. If you want to have a discussion about fixing some of the social issues that are part of gaming, go right ahead. But we don't need these people to make us feel guilty for wanting to save the princess (who just so happens to be in the next castle) and using that guilt as click bait.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
3. Re: etc., etc. Aug 22, 2014, 01:56 atomicfro
 
Can't even get through 1 paragraph without mentioning Robin Williams... disgusting.  
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News Comments > Blizzard Financials; WoW Down to 6.8M Subs
24. WOW's appeal Aug 6, 2014, 03:58 atomicfro
 
I'm going to try to explain WoWs appeal in the context of gaming at the time.

I started playing MMO's with Everquest around the release of Velious. For those gamers of the master race, that was what PC gaming was all about. Waiting 30 minutes to catch a 30 minute boat ride across an ocean was awe inspiring. Blowing yourself up at the forge trying to make a worthless item was orgasmic. Running around Antonica for better part of half an hour having to use different disguises and spells to run the Stein of Moggok quest was gleeful. This wasn't a game, it was a fantasy simulation. And you got to play with other people who enjoyed this crazy stuff just like you.

Of course one bad decision, a spell ending early, getting in a group with with an average IQ below 70, or just using the forge could very quickly make hours, days, weeks of grinding go down the tubes.
What attracted the master race to this game, also created burn out. But the social aspect of the game was what made it addictive. You suffered through the horror and reveled in the achievements with friends and enemies, making new ones along the way. But only those in the niche of the most masochistic pc gamers.

Steady continuous income from a game was appealing, and a lot of companies thought they could improve on EQs formula to either get a different niche (pvp) or create a better ui to attract a larger chunk of players. I was able to get my girlfriend at the time to play DAOC with me on occasion and enjoy it, and she wasn't a pc gamer in any sense of the word.

Blizzard got the formula right. Some how the mix of cartoony 3d graphics, large open world, instanced dungeons, arena pvp, just enough danger and difficulty to make people feel like they've achieved something, animated emotes, and not to forget the floating (!) all resonated with a huge audience. Not only did gamers want to play, but people who weren't even gamers by any stretch of the word were also subbing in droves.

My girlfriend had seen quite a few of my LAN parties, after this game released she started organizing her own. She used trial accounts to let her friends come over and play the game. I had 3 pcs that could run the game, some brought their own. Here was a bunch of young women who thought video games and Nintendo were synonyms, and who didn't know the difference between a USB or Ethernet jack having LAN parties to play a MMO. And they were subbing and continuing to play on their own!

But, for the masochists, it was watered down tripe. For the not so extreme masochist, it was fun until they got bored or until they personally felt Blizzard jumped the shark. For all the others it was a way to socialize until a change of life event took them out or enough of their friends left that it wasn't fun anymore. I have no idea who the people who play the game now are. My guess mostly new blood who having gotten bored yet.
 
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Company of Heroes 2 - The Western Front Armies
9. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Company of Heroes 2 - The Western Front Armies Jun 24, 2014, 00:13 atomicfro
 
JAGUART wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 21:57:
PropheT wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 20:02:
Something about CoH 2 didn't click with me, but I love and still play CoH 1. I'm hoping these new armies add back in part of what I was missing and makes it all gel a bit more.

Something about selling you The Alphabet, and then wanting to sell you a dictionary, word by F%$*ing word.

"The only thing I'd rather own than Windows is English, because then I could charge you $249 for the right to speak it, and I could charge you an upgrade fee when I add new letters." - Scott McNealy
 
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News Comments > Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup
2. Re: Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup Jun 1, 2014, 18:26 atomicfro
 
He did a good job at impressing me, but you are right. The more I read the more it felt like he was using nostalgia to fund his retirement using money from parents who grew up watching his PBS show.

Though, if I had $400 to burn, I would give it to him for the voicemail message.
 
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News Comments > Mythic Entertainment Closed
6. Re: Mythic Entertainment Closed May 29, 2014, 19:20 atomicfro
 
My friends and I loved Warhammer Online. They did a really great job with it. Guess it just wasn't most people's cup of tea.  
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News Comments > EVE Online Kronos Next Month
4. Re: EVE Online Kronos Next Month May 3, 2014, 14:12 atomicfro
 
timesten wrote on May 3, 2014, 13:25:
I never got into PI and I have a fundamental problem with mining, but every time I see a new update, I want to start up my sub again. I have a very old account that doesnt have nearly the skills that people think it should. When I look for a corp, they see my start date and start salivating, then I tell them my skills and they wander off disappointed.

Im not sure what I actually like about the game, the scope I guess, because after I resub, Im left wondering why I did and what I think im actually going to do.

I sometimes think i should go pirate and see how that suits me, but Im not evil...

You took the words right out of my mouth. I'm totally attracted to the romance of this kinda game including those similar like the X series, Evochron, etc. But after about an hour or two into them, Ithink WTF? Perhaps it speaks to my personal lack of ambition more than anything. Of course, if I had more ambition I wouldn't have time for games like this anyway.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
1. Re: On Sale Apr 24, 2014, 19:00 atomicfro
 
Wow, loved Warrior Kings back when it came out. Still have the box/cd. Surprised to see its on steam, deserves to be on GOG.com  
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
1. Re: Saturday Mobilization Mar 15, 2014, 15:42 atomicfro
 
iPhone Owners Complain that iOS 7.1 Update Causes the Battery to Drain Faster.

Or maybe they've been using their phone long enough the battery is dying...
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
13. Re: Op Ed Mar 1, 2014, 20:40 atomicfro
 
Tracking you on a cell is useless because you can disable GPS and location caching. And a phone is usually in a pocket or on a table so the camera and mic don't do you much good

I don't know if I really believe this. I saw an interview with Steve Jobs where they ask him his take on privacy and he responds by telling the interviewer that Apple takes privacy very seriously. He tells a story about how Apple is worried that a 14 year old girl could be stalked and something terrible could happen because of their phone. He then gives a little insight in how geolocation on their platform works. He describes a system where apps get the geolocation data from Apple's servers, not from the phone itself.

We all like to believe we can turn this stuff off, and point to the settings manager where we have the option. I'm not sure that we can, especially on idevices. On my iphone I have geolocation services turned off, and turned off for every app that shows up in the manager. Yet I see the geolocation arrow display quite often. While reading a text. While using Safari. When Facebook starts up. When I pull down the notification panel.

This tells me Apple's servers are grabbing my geolocation data whether I want them too or not. Steve may have been telling the truth and they aren't passing the data on to apps, but Apple is still gathering it. The recent disclosure that the NSA can own any idevice suggests to me that they most likely have an exploit on Apple's servers and that is how they are are able to gather data. And despite how seriously they may or may not take the privacy of that 14 year old girl, Apple is still collecting the data regardless of our wishes and its sitting there on Apple's servers for governments to see.

This is all speculation, and hopefully the situation is very different on other platforms. But even without gps data, the government is getting data wholesale from the telcos and can track our movements from tower to tower, and quite possibly from wireless access point to wireless access point.
 
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News Comments > Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition Patch & Sale
11. Re: Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition Patch & Sale Jan 29, 2014, 02:21 atomicfro
 
I remember playing this on mplayer back in the day, and it was laggy as shit back then too.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
1. Voltaire Dec 19, 2013, 21:18 atomicfro
 
Former CIA chief: Snowden should be “hanged by the neck until dead”.

"I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." - Voltaire


 
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News Comments > YouTube on YouTube Game Takedowns
8. Re: YouTube on YouTube Game Takedowns Dec 17, 2013, 21:58 atomicfro
 
Just place the servers in Antigua, and you can legally give copyright the finger.  
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
8. Re: Evening Safety Dance Dec 13, 2013, 02:06 atomicfro
 
Creston wrote on Dec 12, 2013, 23:22:
... Let every state handle its own business, and we all just pay a defense tax to pay for the army.

Having a standing army is also verboten in the constitution, though having a navy is ok.
 
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News Comments > Activision Blocking Linux Gabriel Knight Re-release
1. Re: Activision Blocking Linux Gabriel Knight Re-release Dec 12, 2013, 00:49 atomicfro
 
Some deal with Microsoft?  
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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: On Sale Dec 11, 2013, 01:20 atomicfro
 
LOL, from the DA page on steam:

Key Features:
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* A tremendous $114 value at one low price.

Though I have the release version on disc, I might pick this up for the DLC. This is probably the last and pinnacle of the cRPG of its type until indies catch up.
 
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News Comments > DICE Pauses All Future Projects for BF4 Repairs
17. Re: DICE Pauses All Future Projects for BF4 Repairs Dec 4, 2013, 21:40 atomicfro
 

Classic Dice. Ugh. I've been hesitant at their games since BF2. What a fucking horror show that was.

I really loved BF2. BF:Vietnam, to me that was a horror show. Didn't have a great internet connection at the time, so me and my friends would attempt to LAN it with bots. The bots would run as quickly as possible to grab all the helicopters, but AI was incapable of flying them. And they could shoot you through the foliage like it was completely transparent. I always thought the game would be pretty fun online with real players, but now that I think about it the experience would probably be the same.
 
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News Comments > More Battlefield 4 Issues
20. Re: More Battlefield 4 Issues Dec 4, 2013, 17:31 atomicfro
 
I don't think they ever fixed the upside down hit box on the Blackhawk in bf2. I don't expect them to fix anything  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
3. Re: Evening Consolidation Nov 7, 2013, 21:27 atomicfro
 
No kidding. Even Battlefield 2 supported 64 players at launch.
Why can't we have nice things anymore?
 
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News Comments > Warhammer Online Ends in December
2. Re: Warhammer Online Ends in December Sep 18, 2013, 22:08 atomicfro
 
I really loved that game. First two months of release was the best open world role play pvp I've ever experienced. Unfortunately, no one resubbed and the game languished.  
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