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Nickname Henry Dorsett
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Description Lead programmer and level designer for independent game developer Polymorphic Games.
Homepage http://www.progmanpro.com
Signed On Sep 28, 2012, 14:22
Total Comments 20 (Suspect)
User ID 57571
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Dec 10, 2014, 01:35 Henry Dorsett
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 9, 2014, 22:56:
Wow, just wow on that SCOTUS ruling! And the fucking plutocracy of America continues full steam ahead. Hopefully those poor bastards can get some restitution under state law. This, this is the kind of shit where you need strong union representation. Hell, this is what creates it. We're probably going to see a big swing back to unionization over the next 5-10 years as these abuses continue unchecked.
Well, SCOTUS exists to interpret existing laws and set precedent, not to create laws, and certainly not to protect any one group over another. They decided - rightly - that the law which was brought up in the case, which isn't even mentioned in the article posted here (good one, Reuters...), doesn't require employers to pay for end-of-day anti-theft screenings. If you want to read an article that isn't crap, I recommend the one by the NYTimes: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/1...

In a nutshell: No, you cannot sue your temp agency for money because the company they sent you to does security checks at the end of the day, and the temp agency isn't paying you for not working.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: Evening Metaverse Nov 13, 2014, 21:08 Henry Dorsett
 
You know, I think the most important part of this story about an "acclaimed sci-fi writer" is that you can become one with a novella and a bunch of short stories.

A novella. Not a novel. A fucking novella. Which, if you don't know, is a very small (almost-)novel.

I guess I just need to stop being a straight white male American and I can be a famous writer, too! God knows I've written, even if not published, more than she has. Or is it that I just have to be a more vile human being? It's so hard to tell what the literary judges want these days...

(NOTE: I'm afraid my sarcasm might be missed. Obviously, the best way to become an award-winning sci-fi author is to, first and foremost, get published. You have to do all the trolling and other such after publication.)
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Re: etc., etc. Oct 28, 2014, 20:00 Henry Dorsett
 
Why do people keep trying to redefine basic shit?

Gamer: "a person who plays games; especially : a person who regularly plays computer or video games" (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

I've stopped caring about Gamergate. I've stopped caring about Anita Sarkeesian's movement which has inspired so much hate-mongering and money-grubbing. But God damn it, people, stop trying to redefine words. It was bad enough that the idiots redefined irony to mean exactly the opposite of fucking irony.
 
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News Comments > etc.
13. Re: etc. Oct 18, 2014, 12:44 Henry Dorsett
 
sdgundamx wrote on Oct 18, 2014, 12:13:
But I think you're grossly underestimating what it takes to make a game, let alone get it sold somewhere (whether it be in a store or through Steam's broken Greenlight system). It's not a good analogy again because to write some Internet news all you need is an Internet connection and a word processor.
And all you need to make a game is GameMaker's free edition.

Disagree? I should hope so. It does take a lot more than to make a game that anyone is going to enjoy. But it also takes more than a word processor to write an article or an editorial. You have to be able to make a case and back it up with evidence (or, you know, you can write for any of the hack websites like Kotaku and Polygon). You have to either get it published on a site with a built-in readership, or cultivate a readership of your own.

So, yeah, anyone can make a game with shit programming, shit graphics, and no real plot to speak of, and then put it online and have nobody play it (Jim Sterling rants about this all the time). But to say that it is simple to get an article written and published in such a way as that people will notice it is kind of absurd, too, don't you think?

And, frankly, I'm all for a high bar in getting things published, whether they be games or news articles or editorials. We've seen what happens when shit gets given equal time. It's not pretty.
 
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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: etc. Oct 16, 2014, 11:46 Henry Dorsett
 
BitWraith wrote on Oct 16, 2014, 10:14:
I was under the impression GamerGate was about Quinn sleeping with journalists, and journalistic integrity overall? Did I miss something? When did it become about feminism?

It became about feminism when the feminists chose to make it about feminism. Or maybe when the anti-feminists did. At this point, it's hard to tell one screaming lunatic voice from another.

The Tumblr Attack Squad can't keep up the rhetoric and the storm of pure noise that they've started without incorporating every single thing they possibly can into their movement. I know it sounds borderline-conspiratorial, but it's actually a very logical way of looking at it, at this point. Here's my case:

Tumblr has been the viral (in the worst sense) breeding ground for the culture that tries to say that we're all special little snowflakes and each of us is important and valuable and wonderful... Unless you're straight, white, male, or Christian (or, in some cases, not clinically insane.... look up 'headmates,' I dare you). It's the idea that because you're part of what the world considers the norm, you can't possibly be a good person, and that if you're not part of those groups, you're entitled to anything your heart desires under the banner of fighting oppression.

Almost all of the anti-GG death-threat hate (that is, the people threatening GG supporters, as opposed to the people threatening Sarkeesian et al.) has come from Tumblr or Twitter; while the supporters of GG use 4chan, the other side uses Tumblr. Tumblr has the well-known MO of causing a shit storm about something, getting it a lot of attention, and then moving on to the next thing when people stop paying attention. It's their perpetual fight for relevance in and dominance of the broader cultural conversation as to how we, as a society, should view those who do not fall in what is perceived to be positions of inherent power.

When you look at GG from the perspective of two warring factions of very vocal psychopaths, it's clear how it has escalated into this level of shit storm. It's no longer about journalistic ethics in the same way that the public discourse of Anita Sarkeesian's videos is no longer about the admittedly poor representation of women in a lot of video games (the problem exists, even setting aside the fact that her evidence is largely either from games that haven't been culturally relevant for decades, or is situational and misleading at best and intellectually dishonest at worst). One set of raving lunatics have co-opted yet another news story, and the other set has pushed back.

Welcome to a world where everyone has been given the power of their every thought being heard, but nobody took the time to teach them to think.

EDIT: The quote at the top didn't end up in there at first.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 25, 2014, 12:44 Henry Dorsett
 
Huh. I'd always thought of Seagate as being the reliable one. Of all the Seagate drives I've owned over the years, I've had one fail on me, and that was after a move. And Western Digital? I've owned four, spaced out over a decade or so, and they've all died within the year that I purchased them. Normal operating conditions in a desktop and everything. Looks like I'll be giving them another shot, though.  
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
8. Re: Morning Interviews Sep 25, 2014, 12:34 Henry Dorsett
 
To people like me, GamerGate (and I LOATHE any term where some schmuck adds the suffix of 'Gate' to any controversy) is about three things: The vast majority of AAA games are at best mediocre, and at worst, they're pure shit; games 'journalists' are commentators who are getting paid off by the companies whose works they're supposed to be examining, leading to a lot of bullshit reviews; and, unfortunately, how FUCKING RIDICULOUS the reactions from both sides have become to this shit show.

I hate that AAA games have basically become garbage. You used to be able to rely on finding a small group of studios you liked (Blizzard, Westwood, id, New World Computing / 3DO, etc.) and going through their games as they came out. You knew the product would be good because the company had a track record of quality. But now? Now you have be on constant vigil and to hope an indie game comes along that's looks interesting, gets finished, and ends up how they said it would be.

And this is compounded by the fact that we can't trust the people who are supposed to be telling us whether or not a game is worth playing. It means that we have to do the work ourselves, with whatever time we can spare and without the resources to actually do the job properly. Now, the closest we can get to a fair review is watching someone play it on YouTube or Twitch, because we can at least see the game being played that way.

Then, when we finally get pissed off, a bunch of fucking idiots ruin the righteous indignation that the community had built up by attacking people WHO WERE KNOWN TO CONTORT EVERYTHING INTO BOTH A PERSONAL ATTACK AND AN ATTACK ON THEIR ENTIRE GOD DAMN GENDER. Seriously, who the fuck thought going after the fucking Tumblr Attack Squad was a good idea? You can't get rid of these people by attacking them OR the people they've attached themselves to. You have to discredit their leaders and their movement en masse.

Oh, wait, I forgot, they're in bed with the journalists.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
1. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Sep 24, 2014, 10:26 Henry Dorsett
 
Once again, Riot dodges the real issue: Their ranking system is shit. No matter how well you do, if your team loses, your ranking score drops. You can have 100 kills and no deaths and your team can still lose, so you'll still suffer. Which means, unless you can reliably win every game with zero help from anyone, there's no reliable way to advance in solo-queue ranked play.  
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Jun 3, 2014, 13:01 Henry Dorsett
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jun 3, 2014, 10:16:
It's possible to beat Dark Souls II in 20 minutes…

I don't consider exploits a legit playthrough.....
Well, that's you. The organization which governs these things does. Hell, almost the entire speedrun community recognizes them as valid strategies. But there are also generally what is called a 'glitchless' speedrun, which is, as the name suggests, a run using no glitches. It's all about beating the game how you want to beat it.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
14. Re: Op Ed May 22, 2014, 12:25 Henry Dorsett
 
Beamer, I think I speak for most of us when I say that you really need to screw off. Nobody cares. The Japanese make mostly Japanese characters because, SURPRISE, they're in a culture which is almost entirely Japanese. If you have a problem with that, why not fly over there and picket outside Nintendo's home office? Surely that would make them aware that there are other cultures better than arguing with the rest of us.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse May 19, 2014, 12:36 Henry Dorsett
 
Well, Google can't possibly run Twitch any worse than Twitch does currently.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
9. Re: Evening Metaverse May 10, 2014, 10:54 Henry Dorsett
 
Umbragen wrote on May 10, 2014, 09:18:
LittleMe wrote on May 10, 2014, 01:23:
Yes I certainly agree with Neocities' right to limit traffic to whomever they want. That's what NN would outlaw which if you think about it is wrong for the government to outlaw how Neocities' right to manage their traffic flow how they want to.

The "Internet" wasn't designed or ever intended to be 'neutral' but rather free for parties to connect *independent* networks. Independent means a network (or ISP) can manage their network as they see fit. The problem of course is if a network has a government-backed monopoly then of course that is the problem right there.

I doubt Net Neutrality won't change much besides embolden the status quo duopoly. The article makes NN seem like the people's savior but it's not. Typical socialist rhetoric that misses the mark in failing to identify the real cause: a widespread lack of competition.


Next time put the "Typical socialist rhetoric" line at the top of your screed, then I can ignore your post completely.

Pretty sure you mean "Typical conservative thetoric" there, bud. The socialists are the ones who think it should be free and available to everyone.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 21, 2014, 10:35 Henry Dorsett
 
So, really, it's "50 Versions of Linux to Replace Windows XP." Personally, I'd change it to two: Mint, for the more standard desktop computer feel, and CrunchBang, for people who want something different, but not too different.

And fuck Ubuntu and all of its near-infinite sub-distros.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
2. Re: Morning Safety Dance Apr 14, 2014, 14:18 Henry Dorsett
 
My biggest problems with the MSE article are that, one, they argue for bloated software that is not nearly so effective for anyone who is tech-savvy enough to understand the arguments he's making, and two,the ratings he uses are skewed into looking like MSE has almost no functional use as all of the rankings are in relation to the effectiveness of MSE. No, MSE isn't the most updated antivirus out there, but any informed user knows to avoid anything suspicious, and Chrome, for one example, includes a number of secutity features that further help protect users. Add on any of the number of reputable, quality ad blockers, and you should be at such a minimal risk for infection that you won'tneeda slow, bloated, naggy antivirus.  
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
5. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Feb 19, 2014, 15:13 Henry Dorsett
 
It's important to note that the article doesn't say that women don't play MOBAs, just that they don't go to competitions. While the article (written by someone whose work I have learned to avoid at all costs) draws some conclusions, I like to think that it's because most women have better sense than overly-aggressive twenty-somethings with no hopes or aspirations outside of being an Internet celebrity. Silver lining, and all that.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Op Ed Jan 20, 2014, 15:33 Henry Dorsett
 
Well, we are dealing with an Ars article, Cutter. And I thought the point of video games was entertainment and/or artistic expression. Well, looks like I've been doing it wrong.  
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News Comments > John Carmack Leaves id Software
41. Re: John Carmack Leaves id Software Nov 23, 2013, 00:45 Henry Dorsett
 
I'd be willing to bet that the next time we see Carmack releasing a game, it's going to be based around something called Sparse Voxel Octrees, which are basically real-time ray-traced cubes generated by recursive subdivision. NVIDIA is currently working on it, and I do believe that Carmack has expressed a great deal of interest in the technology. Talking about him being a 3D tech pioneer... Well, this is the next frontier. Maybe not in a year or even two, but it's somewhere down the line.  
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News Comments > Black Mesa Goes Commercial
44. Re: Black Mesa Goes Commercial Nov 21, 2013, 00:42 Henry Dorsett
 
You know, as someone who works in the game industry largely because of the level design of the original Half-Life (and Duke3D, but that's another story), I just can't play Black Mesa Source. It just feels wrong. Say what you will about the quality of the game overall, but BMS feels like a violation of a game that I, personally, consider one of the most important video games of all time. And, really, most everything in the game is really good, it's just those levels...

But I am happy to hear that they're planning on open-sourcing their maps and resources to modders. It'll be interesting to see what comes of that.
 
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News Comments > Quoteworthy - Infinity Ward: Many COD Players "Aren't Gamers"
13. Re: Quoteworthy - Infinity Ward: Many COD Players Oct 28, 2013, 13:05 Henry Dorsett
 
In other news, water is discovered to be wet, and it has been revealed that lead is heavy. Researchers say the next project they plan to tackle is on whether or not this COD shit does, in fact, stink.

Newsflash, Mark: Gamers have the bad reputation they have because of Call of Duty. Maybe if you stopped making games for violent, racist, sexist, teenage morons, then violent, racist, sexist, teenage morons would stop playing games.
 
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News Comments > Activision Publishing Suing Worlds Online
16. Re: Activision Publishing Suing Worlds Online Oct 6, 2013, 12:54 Henry Dorsett
 
One thing that I think is going to be very important in this case is the concept of "Prior Art", which is, as I understand it, a way of invalidating a patent by proving that something had been done before. If one side or another can prove that one or both of the things covered in those two patents had been done more than a year before the patent was filed for, then there may be a way of getting rid of those two wholly-obvious patents.

Heck, I wonder if they could use the idea of a real-world ladder to argue prior art, or if transferring something to another medium (physical to virtual) is enough to warrant a patent.
 
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