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News Comments > Evening Previews
4. Re: Evening Previews Mar 31, 2015, 21:09 PropheT
The average Star Citizen backer has contributed $96.

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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Bug Warning
27. Re: Pillars of Eternity Bug Warning Mar 30, 2015, 23:42 PropheT
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Mar 30, 2015, 22:10:
The_Pink_Tiger wrote on Mar 30, 2015, 19:12:
A major bug in an Obsidian game? Whodathunkit?

Yeah it's not a major bug. A major bug would be "you can't get your stronghold" or "main quest fails to fire because xyz reason." This is a bug, and not a serious one at that. There's ways to avoid the bug entirely.

It completely removes all racial and permanent buffs from the character. That's game breaking on certain builds, especially if you do it after you've progressed a while, and at best it just completely removes any bonus you get from the race you chose.

You really can't dismiss it as not being a serious bug, and it's not like double-clicking something to equip it is strange to trigger considering practically every RPG with a graphical interface does that. It's easy to do even by accident, it's not always going to be noticed right away, and any saves after you do it are screwed.
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
11. Re: Morning Interviews Mar 27, 2015, 13:03 PropheT
Task wrote on Mar 27, 2015, 11:56:
For the original part of the topic thing in that article, the female armor, it only makes sense to have 'realistic' armor in realistic games. Like say if you're pitching a game to be "authentic history combat"-whatever game (Kingdom Come), women didn't have boobie plates in ancient history (a glancing blow would be fatal if it caught on the bulges of such armor), they did wear types of armor, same as men depending on the time period.

If it's a "realistic" historical game then women aren't fighting at all. There's no consensus on historical female armor because women didn't fight often enough for there to be one; or in cultures where they did fight more commonly, they didn't wear armor in the first place the same as their male counterparts.

As for the part about glancing blows to boob plate bulges... I see that in a lot of discussions lately, and it comes from one lady's blog post where she gathered information from another blog and Tumblr. A glancing blow shouldn't pierce armor, that's the whole point of wearing it.

Not that it matters, for games and fantasy it's just games and fantasy. The same as movies, sometimes it doesn't matter if it's perfectly accurate as long as it looks cool.
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
4. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Mar 26, 2015, 22:29 PropheT
Orogogus wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 19:56:
Evidently so.

Well... the first article just sort of mentions it and why it works and doesn't say anything bad about it other than it's a sort of annoying way to sell products on a conference floor.

The second says the same thing, but also says that "4 or 5 booths" had them last year. That's out of this rather long list of exhibitors.

The third just says that every now and then you get a creepy guy, otherwise it's a decent gig if you can get it. It doesn't say anything bad about it.

The last one he's actually talking about marketing folks who are just there to push the product and can't discuss anything of substance with the people they're trying to sell to... so it's a waste of his time.

Given all of that, I'd say it's hard to argue that it's a problem rather than they're doing it either as a PR move or because their clientele are sick of marketing schticks in an industry that can't do shit without someone who can talk shop.
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Released
23. Re: Pillars of Eternity Released Mar 26, 2015, 15:33 PropheT
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 14:05:
First hour of play: Leagues above Divinity:OS. And I enjoyed the hell out of that game. I think we've got a masterpiece on our hands.

Only an hour and you already have a character created?

I'm hopeless when it comes to choices, I have to try everything. I started with a Death Godlike/Paladin, but I'm thinking I'll try something else after work just because there seems to be so many choices that matter just in the first 20 minutes of actually playing.

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News Comments > Op Ed
19. Re: Op Ed Mar 24, 2015, 14:11 PropheT
jdreyer wrote on Mar 24, 2015, 12:52:
While it's a fantasy world, and the developers can do what they want, I think it's fine to call them out for this miss.

I haven't played DA:I so I can't speak to the structural issues with the way NPCs of color are portrayed.

If you'd played it you'd know it's not the miss she's saying it is, which is what some people here have been trying to point out.

Welcome to games, though, where people will be applauded for calling attention to social issues and for equality all before anyone actually bothers to check if what's being said is actually true or just sounds like it could be.

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News Comments > Op Ed
8. Re: Op Ed Mar 24, 2015, 11:52 PropheT
I don't even understand the point of the article, much less the assertions that she makes.

So if we know brown folks definitely existed in actual Medieval Europe, why are they absent from a made-up fantasy world only loosely inspired by Medieval Europe?

They aren't, but also... just because non-white people were in Europe doesn't mean they were common. Even today where populations are MUCH more diverse, France (Orlais) is 85% white. Only 3.5% is black. Modern France has no elves at all (0%).

Where are the brown folks in Dragon Age's Thedas?

Primarily in their countries of origin, exactly like in medieval times. Exactly like now. I'm sure as hell not going to waste the time to check, but I'd be willing to bet that there's more than that 3.5% in Inquisition.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
14. Re: Evening Metaverse Mar 6, 2015, 01:52 PropheT
Sepharo wrote on Mar 4, 2015, 23:18:
PropheT wrote on Mar 4, 2015, 22:04:
Err, what?

You seriously didn't detect the sarcasm there?

Considering I don't recognize the person who posted it and a lot stupider shit gets posted here every day, I'm not entirely sure why I would.
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News Comments > Into the Black
8. Re: Into the Black Mar 4, 2015, 22:16 PropheT
jdreyer wrote on Mar 4, 2015, 21:08:
Really? You don't like Whedon's film?

I didn't care for it, but I wouldn't call it terrible either. I mostly just hate the Whedonisms that require every conversation to either end with a wink and a nod or a punchline.

As for the lineup, I think it's fine. Hawkeye and Black Widow, like them or not, are staple Avengers; BW works much better now than in the Avengers because The Winter Soldier was as much her movie as Cap's. Hawkeye is still goddamn useless and I think Renner sucks, but this stays true to the character in the comics who I also think is useless and sucks.

I'd have liked to see some of the other Avengers, or elements of the Mighty and New Avengers, but they're meant for other movies I suppose. Luke Cage would be cool, and Captain/Ms. Marvel would be nice.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse Mar 4, 2015, 22:04 PropheT
Yeahyeah Yeah wrote on Mar 4, 2015, 21:24:
So let me get this straight. A self-made woman who managed to fight hard and get herself elected and appointed to high political office based entirely on her accomplishments, with no outside help, turns out to also be a whiz with computer engineering - running her own private email system! - and the right-wing media like AP is -punishing- her for that?

It just goes to show what kind of misogyny women with tech interests have to put up with.

Err, what? It's a problem is because it's illegal to use private mail accounts for government business since records aren't maintained as necessary to meet the requirements of the laws that require retention of that data for government transparency reasons. There's no punishing someone for being smart, or any misogyny (fucking really? REALLY?)... I don't care what side of the party line you sit on, that's just plain pants on head crazy.

It's being brought up because Sarah Palin got lambasted and skewered for using her Yahoo address a few years back for official use, and there's nothing the jackholes in government like better than to turn a party's crusade against it later on down the road... and let's face it, they've been looking for something to slow down Clinton for years now.

Is it really as big of a deal as it's being made out to be? Probably not. Is it attacking her for being a woman or techie (as if she configured it all herself in the first place)? No, because like it or not the law's there for a reason.

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News Comments > Pay for WoW Game Time with Game Gold
25. Re: Pay for WoW Game Time with Game Gold Mar 2, 2015, 21:08 PropheT
Cutter wrote on Mar 2, 2015, 18:17:
How much gold can the average player reasonably farm in a month? I can't see them accepting anything less than that, so I doubt this system will work that well. Even for Chinese gold mills buying these you'd expect any profit would be razor thin.

If I focused just on making money I could do 3-4k a day without even really trying all that hard, so if the market is cornered by those with a more hardcore bent I'd say the price is likely to be fairly ridiculous. Boring as hell to do that, though, so I sure wouldn't want to maintain that play style for long.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 27, 2015, 12:19 PropheT
Agent.X7 wrote on Feb 27, 2015, 11:19:
I just think it's funny how big of a thing this turned into. Jesus people, nothing better to do?

I don't!

Wait...shit, I don't

It looks white and gold to me. It's weird how big this got (it was even on the local news today), but it is kind of fascinating in a way.
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News Comments > FCC Reinstates Net Neutrality; Unfetters Local Broadband
78. Re: FCC Reinstates Net Neutrality; Unfetters Local Broadband Feb 26, 2015, 22:12 PropheT
Zanthar wrote on Feb 26, 2015, 21:02:
Yeah, that was all Al Gore wasn't it? Read a book about how the internet was started some day. I've been on the Internet since I had to pay delphi $3/hr for 2400 baud access. I can assure you that the government had nothing to do with it's birth, and has only put up roadblocks in it's way ever since.

Ever heard of ARPANET?

The Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) was an early packet switching network and the first network to implement the protocol suite TCP/IP. Both technologies became the technical foundation of the Internet. ARPANET was initially funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA, later DARPA) within the U.S. Department of Defense for use by its projects at universities and research laboratories in the US.

Lots of the guys here (most probably) are old enough to have used 2400 baud modems, and most discovered Wikipedia along the way. You can find information about the 1991 High-Performance Computing and Communications Act or government funding for the NCSA that helped make it all happen at the very least when it did, if not the way it did. It's not an arguable fact that the government had a pretty decisive influence on both the creation and adoption of the internet.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 26, 2015, 11:03 PropheT
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 26, 2015, 09:40:
So while I was sleeping I seen game development has been rapidly sped up...

OR Contest:
Pitches are due by April 20, screenshots by April 27, videos by May 4 and the final build is due by May 11 at 9AM PT.

Could be like a Blizzard release schedule, it's just a bit misleading because they leave off what year after each date.
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
27. Re: Evening Tech Bits Feb 24, 2015, 14:40 PropheT
Beamer wrote on Feb 23, 2015, 21:48:
I generally find the larger the company the fewer the cliques. At least cliques with power. At some point, accountability takes over for cliques.

Not in IT.

The last place I worked is large, a major well-known institution. It has a pretty big IT department, and each individual department within it had its own clique, but the common thread throughout was that as you started going up in leadership you could easily trace the personal ties.

When I started there, my manager advanced out a few months later. His friend came in as manager of the department, and when that guy moved out his close friend from another department came in and became manager. A guy I worked with moved up into management, and then into a department head position, despite not having the required degree or experience, because he did what he could to get close to the guy that had advanced first. Down the hall, you weren't getting fucking anywhere unless you were a friend of the Chads. In web dev it was Suresh, because after three years of him being in charge everything HAD to go through him because nobody else on his team spoke english anymore. He'd guaranteed an easy ride and job security by doing it (pretty sure his job was drinking coffee when I left).

The only thing that would get in the way was diversity. My immediate supervisor was advanced because she was a woman, and proceeded to fuck things up to a degree that I've never (and hopefully never will again) worked anywhere with people so bitter and on edge. She was inept, just absolutely useless, and completely untouchable because of how she was hired... and she'd repeatedly complain that she couldn't advance because she was a woman, when in reality it was just because Mike and his cronies hated her like the rest of us.

We had some absolutely brilliant women who worked with us, though, a few I'm really glad I know. They're awesome, and I hope they get a good job somewhere else... they'll never advance, because they aren't close to the right people, or they're smart enough that they pose a risk to the status quo.

And really, that's what it's all about. In the larger corporations (I've worked for three in the last 15-16 years), once that cronyism takes hold it'll do anything it takes to protect itself and hold its position.
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
12. Re: Evening Tech Bits Feb 23, 2015, 20:34 PropheT
jdreyer wrote on Feb 23, 2015, 19:09:
Look, I work at a tech firm that has a higher than average number of both women and minorities, and half of our VPs are women. Still, our positive experiences doesn't mean the problem doesn't exist.

It does exist, sure. The problem is that the examples given in this article happen to men, too. I'm not convinced that what she's describing or that her examples are the result of sexism, since from my experience in the tech field it's not discrimination that causes these problems but cronyism.

Cronyism in tech is fucking rampant. Everywhere I've worked it's an issue, everywhere, and every job's advancement was dependent on it. Leadership was always (ALWAYS) chosen by it. I've seen discrimination, too, but that was usually because it was up to the personal whims of the clique in charge using whatever tools necessary to keep outsiders out. Sexism was just a means to and end, it was racism for others, or just favoritism to keep people out who didn't fit into a check box.

The larger the company, the more cliques you'll find. Some were controlled by women, who only hired women. Some were only Indian (pretty common on some of our dev teams), and only hired Indian, but the one constant among all of those is that cronyism was a factor in how people were hired, fired, assigned work, and advanced. We'll just call it "networking" to make it PC, and then it's ok.

"Men need to be the ones that are advocating and pushing for women to rise up, and not just rely on the 1% of women who are already at the top to do it," Sieber said.

It's statements like that that make me think it's not going to get better, either, because nobody seems to recognize the real issue. My last workplace was already hiring underqualified people to fill a demographic and it was makings things worse, not better, as the boys circled the wagons to keep their people close.

Maybe there's tech places out there that haven't dealt with this, but I really doubt it. I'm betting anyone who's worked in the industry could name an example of this right off the top of their head.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 23, 2015, 13:04 PropheT
Creston wrote on Feb 23, 2015, 11:57:
Interesting article. The gist of it really is: Don't be on fucking Twitter, and don't post stupid bullshit on your Facebook page.

And do your best to not wind up on someone else's, which is a lot harder.

I think what struck me about that article is that everyone but Adria admitted they'd done something wrong.
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
9. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Feb 22, 2015, 20:01 PropheT
ASeven wrote on Feb 22, 2015, 15:41:
Surprised WotC survived D&D 4th Ed. That is by far the worst D&D in history. 5th Edition is having low sales now because people no longer trust them.

I was going to comment on this and say that it was a shame since 5th ed is outstanding, but when I went to find out information about the sales I couldn't find anything that suggested that they were having low sales. Most of what I saw actually says the opposite.
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
5. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Feb 21, 2015, 19:10 PropheT
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 21, 2015, 17:04:
I wasn't aware XP was still getting security updates, I thought this was for more user support. My really big company changed to 7 a good while back now.

My last job was for a medical institution that still has XP in use for certain devices, instruments, and systems for various reasons. It's much, much more rare than it was even a couple of years ago but it's still out there in a lot of non-standard non-workstation configs.
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News Comments > etc.
19. Re: etc. Feb 20, 2015, 17:35 PropheT
jdreyer wrote on Feb 20, 2015, 13:17:
It's funny this comment is coming from Duncan Jones. His Moon was a sci fi movie that used a lot of practical effects enhanced with CGI (as opposed to being all CGI for the effects shots). Here's an article.

Why is it funny it came from him? His past work isn't at odds with what he said, and he even specifically mentions enhancing practical effects with CGI in the article.

Unless I missed something, he says the exact same things in the link as what everyone here is.

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