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Signed On Feb 24, 2011, 19:58
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
15. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 22, 2014, 11:53 descender
 
This is all I can think about while reading your post.... Laugh2

http://youtu.be/K3JiE-yimpo?t=10m18s

Don't step in the darkness!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 22, 2014, 11:24 descender
 
Yeah, I don't know how that got in there... beer + football+ ranting on the interwebs doesn't mix.

It should say "90% of all people infected with the flu each year are 65 or older".

They mortality rate is roughly 12-15% rate, usually due to other complications the infection amplifies.

"LOL" is not a useful response for anyone though, try maybe coming up with the answer next time? Be useful to the conversation.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Rift Reaction Sep 21, 2014, 15:43 descender
 
The lion king one is one of my favorites, the songs make laugh to tears.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFtBjc1dz7w
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 21, 2014, 15:37 descender
 
So you are still avoiding the higher chance of dieing from the flu, instead of the incredibly smaller chance that you get GBS. The mortality rate for GBS with the population as a whole is something like 0.00008%, if you want to cite numbers that aren't honest.

Putting the word "unlikely" in parenthesis does not make it a smaller chance than the actual facts. You are still taking a higher risk of flu infection or transmittance than you are avoiding risk of GBS.

If someone very old catches the flu from me and dies, so be it. I've got more years left than they do.

Wow. So you basically don't care about anyone but yourself.

Again the purpose of pushing the flu shots is not to stop any individual person from getting infected with the flu, but to slow the spread of the most predictable strains each year. Lucky for you other people actually do get vaccinated, so you do actually have a lower chance of getting infected through no action of your own.

IMO... Anyone working in a public space should seriously consider the benefits of being vaccinated and checked on a regular basis.

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News Comments > Battleborn Co-op Video
3. Re: Battleborn Co-op Video Sep 21, 2014, 11:26 descender
 
I don't think MOBA minus PVP really describes this. It looks like it follows in the Sanctum/Dungeon Defenders vein of hands-on, co-op "defend our thing!" games... but with a bit more cohesion to the levels and story?

Tower defense minus towers. Arena defense? Something like that.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 21, 2014, 10:54 descender
 
This thread is a little light on facts, so let's have some shall we?

The H1N1 vaccine in the 70's, which every anti-vaxxer nut is actually pointing at when they bring up GBS, raised the infection rate by 1 in 100,000.

Of the 23 million people who received the H1N1 vaccine in 2009, 54 developed GBS within 6 weeks of the shot. This works out to be about 1.6 extra GBS cases for every 1 million people vaccinated.

2/3 of all GBS cases are cause by infection, flu or respiratory, and only 1/4 of the people diagnosed with GBS have received any sort of vaccination.

So... Having the flu or other similar infections causes GBS (and death regardless of GBS) at a much higher rate than the flu shots EVER did. Dying from the flu is still a considerably greater risk than the increased risk of GBS from the vaccination.

An interesting thought experiment I just read about this:
If every person in the US had gotten the H1N1 vaccination in 2009, an estimated 22 vaccine related deaths would have occurred.
If every person in the US had gotten the H1N1 flu, an estimated 12,500 people would have died.

One of these things is not like the other. Driving a car or simply walking down a busy city street poses a considerably higher risk to your health than vaccines do.

Are you as a young healthy person likely to die from the flu? No, of course not.
Are you likely to infect someone else with it if you have it? Yup.
If that person is over 65, are they likely to die from the flu? Yup, people 65 and over have something like a 90% mortality rate when infected with the flu. EDIT: "90% of all people infected with the flu each year are 65 or older"

This is why vaccines are important, to stop the spread of infections. Stop pretending like they need to be a 100% perfect and effective in order to be useful to society as a whole. You are not really getting the flu shot to save yourself from the flu, you are getting it to stop everyone you know from getting infected with the flu BY YOU.

Unless you hate old people... I suppose... then by all means continue to selfishly lower you miniscule risk of GBS by increasing their incredible risk of death from flu infection.

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News Comments > Op Ed
68. Re: Op Ed Sep 20, 2014, 17:14 descender
 
What is it with you guys, that you don't seem to understand that you haven't been talking to me this entire time. You did not ever address a single question I've asked, and continue to make baseless and broad assumptions about what I'm even referring to.

You are so up in arms obsessed with this topic that you can't even keep straight who is defending what position.

Great talking to you. Keep fighting... whoever it is you think you're fighting.

I love the threat of not replying to me anymore. PLEASE do me that favor, you are obviously not even reading my posts in the first place.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
2. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Sep 20, 2014, 15:33 descender
 
Somehow that article doesn't mention anywhere what CRTC actually stands for. Those damn letters! I had a good guess, but still had to go look it up.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
65. Re: Op Ed Sep 20, 2014, 15:26 descender
 
Typical response. It seems all anyone seems to want to give on this topic is an evasive answer.

What? You have a question? YOU MUST BE A SJW!$%#%$^ Your suppression tactics are old hat.

Seriously, you need to calm down, stop drooling on yourself... and realize that not everyone is "out to get you". Copying someone else's evasive answer gets bonus points for creativity though.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
58. Re: Op Ed Sep 20, 2014, 12:01 descender
 
acting like moral police from your high horses

I only see one group of people acting like the moral authority around here... and it's not who you seem to think it is.

Thou shall not question or discuss any part of gamergate!

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
11. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 19, 2014, 16:42 descender
 
Matchmaking eliminates the need to reach out and actually meet new people, instead forcing you to play together. This probably increases the levels of vitriol when one or more members are shown to be lacking in the skills or communication department.. I can understand an MMO not wanting that, the more automated things get the less personal and "fun" they can be IMO.

LFG-type boards always seemed to be a smarter way to go about that. At least you can attempt to vet the people you are playing with before being forced to start doing so.

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News Comments > Op Ed
49. Re: Op Ed Sep 19, 2014, 16:34 descender
 
A) I actually drew that line on people championing the gamergate scandal as MUST SEE TV, not people championing equality. Straw Man.
B) I don't need to cite people being dismissive and uncivil, you are doing it.
C) At no point have I ever stated that the people involved in gamergate don't deserve to be punished. More straw man.

Isn't it great about how you stump for people to get ignored, then obviously read everything they say and respond to it anyway? Please, continue to be uncivil and dismissive and not address any of the questions I've raised. It's definitely proving... something...

What we're sick of is hypocrisy and being attacked for daring to point it out or disagree with people whose intentions are far from good.

Your (hilariously ironic) words.

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News Comments > Op Ed
47. Re: Op Ed Sep 19, 2014, 16:22 descender
 
What is this "other perspective" that you seem to think exists or that I'm even talking about? I'm not defending the idiot journalists or the idiot woman in any way at all. It's quite apparent that you are not making any attempt to understand what I'm talking about here, but you can't wait to respond saying so.

Easier to just speak AT me and dismiss me than have a discussion about it though, amirite?
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
45. Re: Op Ed Sep 19, 2014, 15:51 descender
 
I've yet to really get a response though, without being told I shouldn't be even talking about it by you and a few others (even being dismissed as dishonest the other day). On the scale of scandals one should be concerned with, this seems like such a teeny-weeny baby of a scandal. What is the end result to be searched for here, the one that results in something positive? Much like my question about "who could have bought mojang that anyone would have been happy about"... I get no answer, just negative feedback.

I'm looking for answers and I will I probably continue to ask questions until I actually get some. "it matters to people" doesn't really help me understand why. Obviously it matters to them for some reason, or I wouldn't be asking.

If the end result of all of this is the same basic lack of faith in the credibility of game reviewers that already existed before it... what has actually been accomplished?

edit: Please, stop trying to suggest that I'm trying to derail or downplay things, you couldn't be farther from the truth. The most truly "scandalous" things I can even work out of all of these "revelations" are that a bunch of guys ganged up and harassed a woman, a woman slept with someone (or a few someone's) in a failed attempt to get ahead in the world, and that people take money in exchange for voicing a certain "opinion". Hardly the first or last time any of those stories will be told.

I'm not "failing to see the other side" because I'm not defending any position you are seemingly against. It seems to be just a little over the top for what's really gone on.

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News Comments > Op Ed
43. Re: Op Ed Sep 19, 2014, 15:27 descender
 
Talking about things like "smokin guns" and the flagrantly abrasive response by some people around here (and not just around here, gaming communities in general) to anyone that even question a part of the narrative, or asks a tangential question may blowing things a bit out of proportion though.

When things start trending on twitter, I'd say arms are being all 'up' in themselves. :p
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
41. Re: Op Ed Sep 19, 2014, 15:07 descender
 
I completely agree that they should be held to a standard, a higher standard than almost any other profession as it is supposedly their duty to inform the public. But then you are really talking about "journalists", and these writers do not qualify in any way as such.

These people write consumer product reviews, that is their job. They editorialize on the side. They simply take advantage of a platform they were provided to do something else with. If you choose to read or believe anything they say about things they are not qualified to understand, that's probably at least partially your own fault.

Study requires distance, and a bunch of people that need sources and exclusive information from other people in game industry to do their jobs are probably not a good source of information about the unflattering things that go on within it.

People can barely be bothered to raise a stink about actual journalists who misreport the actual news that affects actual people's lives. To be so outraged about this, as if it matters or is in any way a good use of activistic energy in the slightest just seems to be dishonest and piling into the same agenda-driving train they are simultaneously railing against.

The shaky-fist "ooooh they're gonna get it now" rah-rah going on makes no sense to me. At best what "they" are gonna get is fired (deservedly so), and then instantly replaced by... another random person with a different set of weaknesses, biases and opinions. Then what has really been accomplished by focusing so much on tearing down these particular idiot writers?


Note: None of the pronouns in this rant are aimed directly at you jdreyer. Just want to make that clear :p

edit: verno, that's not really what I mean when I say "who cares". It's more about the "why does this particular example of corruption in journalism matter so much to you" that I describe in the rest of my post that you seem to be missing, or purposely glossing over... I don't know. aseven refers to this guy below as "another big name SJW"... Is he really?I did not know that was even possible with 80 twitter followers.

I'm all for "bringing things to light" but not losing focus on the bigger picture while beating said things into the ground.

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
6. Re: 500 million dollars Sep 19, 2014, 13:19 descender
 
I wonder how many "gaming journalists" immediately offered up a "lowered score" to Activision for payment when that contract leaked. /s(?)

#thegamergateiscomingfrominsidethehouse
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
36. Re: Op Ed Sep 19, 2014, 12:59 descender
 
So help me understand something here... forgive me for phrasing this so poorly the last time I said this but... who actually give rats ass what "Andrew Ross Atkinson" thinks? Some random person in Arkansas is not relevant to my life or yours in any way that I can understand.

This may be a great lesson to the twitter generation (I hereby propose anyone born after ~1995 as generation-twit). There are 82 people "following" that guy, and his feed is filled with photoshopped GoT pics and cat pictures and a bunch of nonsense. Why is his opinion relevant on ANY topic, let alone this one?

Is it such a shock to find out that there are cruel and inhumane assholes in the world? People that are more than willing to voice their ignorant and bigoted opinions? Or that "journalism" in general might not actually be free from the corruptions that permeate the entirety of society?

Is this whole #gamergate thing really the digital generation's version of finding out santa claus isn't real?

I doubt anyone over 30 is actually shocked at a single "revelation" going on in this entire #gamergate story. "There are bigots and stupid people in the world" is not really new news, and "Money corrupts" is a story only being told since... the invention of money... Professionals in similar professions conspire to influence, control and amplify their grasp on their tiny slice of the world? Duh?

Will some eventually good come of all of this? Maybe, but it can't simply be tearing down these people. That's not enough. Someone needs to pick up their failed banner and lead it the right way. Pointing fingers at people has never solved anything.

Twitter itself has become a vile, unfiltered reality check for society as a whole.

At the very least I hope that this brings a healthy dose of skepticism about "journalism" as a whole to those so drastically offended by this scandal. Maybe the next time their TV feeds them their daily echo-chamber of (anti)government propaganda and ideology, they won't sheepishly follow along.

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News Comments > Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Trailer & Skill Trees
23. Re: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Trailer & Skill Trees Sep 18, 2014, 13:27 descender
 
Did they rip that hover jet straight out of UT2k4? With the squash drop move and everything...

Maybe someday there will be 2 skill buttons. Until then, bargain bin!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 18, 2014, 13:20 descender
 
I feel your pain, I'm still working on games I bought 2 or 3 summer sales ago :/  
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