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Signed On Jul 23, 2010, 17:26
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News Comments > Stardock Lawsuits Settled
23. Re: Stardock Lawsuits Settled Sep 24, 2013, 21:32 Jivaro
That's why I referred to the outcome as simply "interesting". It isn't like he didn't harass her (he basically admitted that), but it isn't like she didn't knowingly fuck over the entire company because of his behavior. The outcome is the result of the court telling both children to go to their room. At least that's how it appears to me. The apology is more for Stardock's benefit I would imagine. They probably want to hire women in the future without the shroud of having been complacent in sexual harassment hanging over them. I can't blame them for that.

Whether you put sexual harassment on the same level as deleting company files (or vice versa) is a totally different discussion...and now a largely irrelevant one.

This comment was edited on Sep 24, 2013, 21:41.
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News Comments > Stardock Lawsuits Settled
1. Re: Stardock Lawsuits Settled Sep 24, 2013, 17:07 Jivaro
Interesting ending to the tale.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
3. Re: Morning Safety Dance Sep 24, 2013, 13:21 Jivaro
When I was 12 I was playing "Castle Wolfenstein" on the Apple IIe. At least I think that is about right in terms of age/game. Not the color Wolfenstein everybody thinks of, this was monochrome obviously. You walked around and as a kid I remember knowing that I was trying to get out to the next level while killing as many nazis as possible.

The difference between games of that time and the games of today is the visual imagery. My 12 year old mind never visualized Castle Wolfenstein as anything other than a game. I think the 12 year olds (and younger) see these new games with their highly detailed graphics and process the information in a way my generation didn't even have the opportunity to think of.

So there it is, I think all of that. I am not really sure I could prove it, nor am I am really inclined to try. The bottom line is that as parents all that really means is that JUST LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE you need to be involved in what your kid is doing. Technology is convenient, but there is never going to be a time when it is so convenient that you can just leave the parenting to the technology.

That is what the parents (and politicians) that get upset about violent or mature video games are basically asking for. They want a product censored, banned, or forbidden so that they don't actually have to do the same thing my parents had to with books, movies, and magazines. My dad never asked for anyone to ban porno mags, my parents didn't vote for politicians that wanted to ban mature themed books or movies. They took it upon themselves to be the filter instead of asking the nanny state to do it for them.

People laugh when I tell them this but when I was 9 years old I found an Advanced Dungeons and Dragons monster manual on a bookshelf in my house. To this day my mom and dad have no idea how it got there as neither of them were players. My mom found me reading it, took a quick look, and decided that the violent imagery and topless women were a bit much for a nine year old. By the time I was thirteen my parents had divorced and we had moved three times. My mom pulled the book out of a box at some point and told me I was old enough to read it now.

Now really, was that all that hard? Do parents really forget what it is like to be a kid that easily? Do they really not want to be an involved parent that much? Do they really want a government, any level of government, raising their kid?

Sorry, I will get off my soapbox. I know this article isn't really that deep...but this shit just pisses me off. It is a tremendous waste of time and money and only contributes to this growing habit of modern parents that want the world to raise their kids for them.
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News Comments > Op Ed
7. Re: Op Ed Sep 24, 2013, 11:00 Jivaro
Verno wrote on Sep 24, 2013, 10:03:
I think Valve is pretty smart and usually ahead of their competitors on industry trends (F2P, DD, community features, etc) so if they see some value in attempting this then there is probably a market there. I don't like it but desktop gaming is very much a popular niche market these days and while I think it will always be around in some form they definitely need to adapt to thrive going forward.

The other day I actually sat down and took stock of what I use my desktop at home for and its usually web, gaming and little else that wouldn't be served on a different platform. Plus since this is for the living room it would just save me money on HTPC OS licenses there.

Right now I have a second machine setup with Linux specifically for gaming. It basically uses Steam and DOSBOX (or something similar) for everything "gaming" I want to do. A month or so ago my primary gaming rig was offline for about a week for some repairs/upgrades. I don't remember there ever being a moment during that week where I thought to myself "damn, I wish I was on the other rig right now" when it came to using my browser, office productivity software, checking my email, etc. The Linux box was more than capable of doing those menial tasks, and it was keeping up with my gaming as well. (aside from the titles that don't offer Linux versions)

The week without Windows taught me that my whole Linux experiment, which is how I refer to the second box since previous to it's being built I had never used a Linux OS, has been very much a success. If it weren't for gaming I would probably not use Windows again as I have no reason too. More importantly, my family is on-board. Linux wasn't too complicated (which is the mainstream perception of it) and they didn't run into limitations that affected them.

I am not even looking for a reason to get rid of my consoles, which is how I think a lot of people are approaching the concept of SteamOS. I have always owned at least one console per generation, if not more. I am looking at it from the angle of getting rid of my Windows based PC eventually. The whole thing could fall flat, but I am personally really jazzed to give it a go and see how things progress. My own personal opinion is that Valve has been awesome for PC gaming over the last decade+ and if they think this an avenue worth cruising, I am willing to give it a shot and see what exactly they see in it. Microsoft in my opinion has been absolutely crappy for gaming, particularly PC gaming, and as such I am less motivated to continue to give them money or use their solutions.
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News Comments > SteamOS Announced
71. Re: SteamOS Announced Sep 23, 2013, 17:00 Jivaro
RaZ0r! wrote on Sep 23, 2013, 16:55:
This is a great day in PC Gaming. To clear up some confusions:

1. Valve doesn't need a desktop Linux. There are plenty of those, and the current Steam client works fine on all of the Linux distros should you chose one. Also, their clients for Windows and Mac OS X are not going away.

2. SteamOS (which remember is Linux) will run NATIVE games, just as the current Steam client runs NATIVE games on Linux, Windows, and Mac. They don't need DirectX ported anywhere.

3. Valve has gotten many developers to already fast track releases to Linux. In just a little over a year I have 80 games out of my Steam library available for Linux. In the announcement: "Hundreds of great games are already running natively on SteamOS. Watch for announcements in the coming weeks about all the AAA titles coming natively to SteamOS in 2014." This means Valve has big publishers on board.

4. Also announced: "Access the full Steam catalog of nearly 3000 games and desktop software titles via in-home streaming." This allows you to stream any game from any Mac or Windows PC running the normal Steam client in your home to your living room PC running SteamOS. This will allow you to play what non Linux native games you might have in the living room on SteamOS.

5. The biggest thing is this shows Microsoft (and all platforms really) that gaming can be moved off their platform. I think you might see a real reinvestment in gaming from Microsoft if they are interested in keeping Windows relevant to gamers, or they may just let it go because they are too busy chasing the iPad or phones or something.

Don't come in here with your logic and facts and stuff. I see right through you...trying to push your agenda on us. So...uh...yeah...stop it.

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News Comments > SteamOS Announced
7. Re: SteamOS Announced Sep 23, 2013, 13:34 Jivaro
Redmask wrote on Sep 23, 2013, 13:33:
Holy shit, I guess go big or go home.

My thoughts exactly. Very curious and somewhat excited to see where this goes.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
40. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 23, 2013, 10:26 Jivaro
I think the 49ers are having a bit of a reality check. Winning in the NFL, even against the worst teams, is hard. With V. Davis out and the running game not really producing I imagine it is REALLY hard. In the last two games the defense has basically said "Run CK, I dare ya." and he hasn't been making them pay.

I think they will get it together but I think the Seahawks are showing a hell of a lot more heart, determination, and preparation then the 49ers right now. As a 49er fan, that really hurts to
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
18. Re: Steam Top 10 Sep 22, 2013, 22:40 Jivaro
cronik wrote on Sep 22, 2013, 21:42:
State of Decay is amazing, baby!

I read that in Dick Vitale's voice.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue< Sep 21, 2013, 17:23 Jivaro
Holy hell...what I would do to have a new rig boot up and the biggest problem be activating Windows. Nearly 25 years of building machines and I always manage to do something stupid that takes me half a day to figure out how to remedy. (Which is why I later went in to selling hardware as a profession and not building hardware!)  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
61. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 21, 2013, 16:19 Jivaro
Totally onboard with that.

edit: I should note that I haven't tried the sequel to Amnesia yet, which is why I didn't really comment on those games. I promised myself I wouldn't buy it until I completely finished the first game...something I haven't quite done yet. (embarrassingly enough)

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
58. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 21, 2013, 15:23 Jivaro
Edit: I hear ya Sepharo, but follow me on this. This post got much longer then I intended...I promise there is a point

I think Quantic Dream is trying to use the video game medium in a way that is unique to the industry. It only works when the story is REALLY good, but so far that has been the case. I certainly wouldn't want all of my games to play the way their games do, but as long as they keep up the quality of their stories I am going to keep buying them.

As an example: Heavy Rain using the PlayStation Move was more than an interesting experiment, it was one of the most unique gaming experiences of the past console generation. This wasn't a game targeted at the stereotypical console gamer. This was a story using the unique attributes of the console platform to convey a story that is meant to be every bit as enveloping as a movie or book, perhaps more so because of the interactivity. As such, streamlining the controls so that their audience doesn't have to take their attention away from the story to control the game is essential. In a sense they are willfully saying "story first, the gameplay is something you shouldn't even think about". I am personally interested to see where they take that theory next, but not just because I liked Heavy Rain. I will come back to this in a minute.

Someone else on the same platform who has had a lot of critical acclaim for great storytelling is Naughty Dog, but they do it a bit differently. They have great stories, but they will make story concessions for the sake of gameplay in the same way that Hollywood will compromise on details for the sake of a flashy explosion. Naughty Dog has found a balance that really works for their target audience. That is a great thing. I have loved their last 4 games. But...

Here comes the "personal interest bit". My wife isn't a gamer and she has fibromyalgia. She doesn't game because every game she has tried that didn't set off her condition was just not interesting. She doesn't want to play games aimed at a 10 year old and she has about as much interest in the Sims as I do. (none) A Naughty Dog game sounds great to her, but using their current design approach it will never be something she can enjoy no matter how cool the premise sounds to her because of her condition. What Quantic Dream managed to do with Heavy Rain was connect with a non-gamer through a great story and despite her physical limitations she was able to fully enjoy the game as a whole. The controls, using the gamepad or the Move, were not something she ever had to even think about. (after the first hour of course) I don't think all video games need to do this, or even most of them, but I do think that it a great thing that someone has and that more someones probably will.

My point is that we can use words like "simplification", and I have in the past, but the developers have to recognize who their target audience is and decide what that audience wants from the control scheme. If the story is meant to be the draw the controls can't be a limitation, they have to be part of the experience in a way that you almost forget they are there. For all the jokes we long time gamers make about console gaming *dumbing* things down, the Wii using motion gaming as a gimmick, Bioware deciding that no one should be able to jump, etc....there are some very real success stories that came out of this past generation and many of them have everything to do with making gaming more attractive to more people and doing it in ways that actually improve the experience. If they actually improve the quality of the storytelling while making the games more inclusive, I just can't look at that with any kind of negative slant.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
56. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 21, 2013, 14:06 Jivaro
nin wrote on Sep 21, 2013, 03:35:

Congrats on the house! That's no small feat, especially in this day and age.

Thanks man

I am very much looking forward to Two Souls. I have always been a huge fan of Quantic Dream. I own and enjoyed all of their previous games...even The Indigo Prophecy.
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
4. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 21, 2013, 02:36 Jivaro
I actually believe that they do tend to turn them away, but I also believe that everyone should base all of their actions and buying decisions on the assumption that they turn it all over. If that makes any sense.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
52. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 21, 2013, 02:32 Jivaro
I am really jealous of you Nin. I wanted to pre-order a PS4...actually I did pre-order one. Had to cancel it. Buying a house+upcoming holidays+daughter in college has effectively frozen my game spending for at least the next 5 months.

I haven't even played The Last of Us or Injustice or Ni No Kuni yet...and Beyond: Two Souls is coming on the 8th.....

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News Comments > Op Ed
36. Re: Op Ed Sep 20, 2013, 22:30 Jivaro
I find it interesting that people are of the opinion that sites that make their money on the gaming industry and it's consumers should not comment or have an opinion about topics that in very real ways affect the gaming industry and it's consumers. I can't say I agree with that viewpoint. Then again, one of my favorite gaming sites was VE3D and from Billy to Robert to Andrew to Ohm to...well all of them spouted off on whatever they felt like. A few people use to complain about that too and I didn't understand it then either.

I recognize that quite a few of you believe that RPS is simply click-hunting, and that might even be true. It doesn't change my overall stance which is that I need sites like RPS to counterbalance sites like IGN.
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News Comments > SimCity Cities of Tomorrow Announced
25. Re: SimCity Cities of Tomorrow Announced Sep 20, 2013, 18:42 Jivaro
Creston wrote on Sep 20, 2013, 11:13:
Optional nickname wrote on Sep 20, 2013, 11:04:
I need to simply buy ANNO 2070 from Ubisoft.

Yes. It's an incredibly awesome game. You can build such beautiful, beautiful cities. One warning though, the building options in just the default game are a bit sparse. It's well worth waiting for a sale so you can pick up all the DLC, because it adds TONS of customizing stuff.

But you can build truly gorgeous cities in it, and it's just fun to design them.

The Complete Edition is on sale through the Uplay store right now I believe.
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News Comments > More on Steam Living Room Plans Next Week
8. Re: More on Steam Living Room Plans Next Week Sep 20, 2013, 15:14 Jivaro
Cutter wrote on Sep 20, 2013, 14:21:
Is anyone actually using Big Picture? Regularly? Semi? At all? I haven't touched it.

Yep. Gaming PC in the living room uses it. Works great and has made gaming in my living room tremendously easier overall.
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
5. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 19, 2013, 23:41 Jivaro
Yeah, it doesn't really count as an apology when the only thing you are sorry about is that you didn't win. It is pretty obvious that he still thinks he was in the right, the rest of the world is just wrong.

His website is a whole other thing. Pretty sure that will blow up in his face as well...but I think that is probably his intention.

Too bad people will probably keep giving him attention, even if it is negative, because I think now that he has tasted his 15 minutes of fame he will continue to find ways to be an asshole so he can somehow keep tasting it.

Longswd wrote on Sep 19, 2013, 22:43:
Don't even get me started on his laughably transparent Buddhist hypocrisy.

Yeah, I thought he was attempting humor when I first read it...
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News Comments > SOE: Twitter Abusers Can Be Banned from Games
25. Re: SOE: Twitter Abusers Can Be Banned from Games Sep 19, 2013, 17:53 Jivaro
Good for Sony. It is doomed to have some negative consequences unfortunately, but if gaming communities were better at self-policing there wouldn't be a need in the first place. Unfortunately, just like "real life", communities are terrible at that...particularly if the asshole happens to be the best tank/healer/etc. People let it pass or they even join in.

Slippery slope or not, it is a slope that must be navigated. This is just another example of the digital world evolving and it's participants having to adapt as well. Maybe in a year Sony decides they can't possibly approach this situation in this way. Doesn't matter. I am just glad that they are at least addressing it instead of putting their head in the sand.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
32. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 19, 2013, 16:15 Jivaro
The new Humble Bundle is pretty swank...All of the X games for 6 bucks or more. I only had X3 Reunion, so this is pretty cool.

Everything is done in two codes, so it is pretty much all or nothing. Just an FYI. Each game doesn't get a separate Steam code.

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