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News Comments > Op Ed
10. Re: Op Ed Jan 4, 2014, 18:05 PropheT
 
Creston wrote on Jan 4, 2014, 15:17:
I'm amazed Polygon, of all places, has the actual courage to call EA out on this bullshit.

It's Ben Kuchera's first article there, isn't it?

Maybe they hired him to do this kind of thing and garner more credibility, and maybe they just need to get page views and generate buzz around his first article there or something. Kotaku does it every now and then to generate page views but it never really goes anywhere.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 3, 2014, 19:59 PropheT
 
Internet Explorer 11 is the fastest-growing version of Internet Explorer for many years, and perhaps of all time. It more than trebled its share in December, picking up 7.15 points. This kind of growth is familiar to Google and Mozilla, with Chrome and Firefox showing rapid take-up ever since their aggressive deployment policies were introduced.


And I'm sure that had nothing to do with Microsoft pushing it out through automatic updates around then...
 
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News Comments > Deadpool and Other Marvel Removals Confirmed
43. Re: Deadpool and Other Marvel Removals Confirmed Jan 2, 2014, 18:02 PropheT
 
Panickd wrote on Jan 2, 2014, 14:39:
You do realize that before long you won't be able to play any games at all if you insist on not buying via digital distribution, right? I can absolutely guarantee you that before the death of the PS4 and XBox One we will see the death of game discs sold at retail. Everything will be sold via Live or PSN for their respective consoles.

I'd take that bet.

There's way too many people with bad or no connections and far too many download caps out there for this to happen any time soon, not to mention the stake that retailers have in the business pretty much guarantees it won't happen within a few years.

Hell, I have a good connection and actually prefer buying digital and just plain can't because of the download caps my ISP institutes.
 
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News Comments > New Year's Consolidation
7. Re: New Year's Consolidation Jan 1, 2014, 17:46 PropheT
 
Eirikrautha wrote on Jan 1, 2014, 12:43:
Wow, who to choose? A developer who will obviously defend the product, or the NYT, a paper whose reporting only approaches reality a fraction of the time (and then only by accident)...

When will developers learn that you can't please the "cultural critics"? No matter what you put in your game the proponents of -isms will always find it wanting, because they are INVESTED in finding fault with it. It's what they do. It's how they define themselves. Just make your game and ignore the grievance industry and their whining. If your critics had any talent, they'd make games the "right" way... Except they don't (because they can't...partially because it's not possible).

I wish more gamers were saying this instead of just buying into the now constant stream of "I'm-offended-by-proxy" articles we get all the time anymore.

That said, I don't think he's necessarily wrong, either. The Last of Us is for better or worse the new high-water mark for game stories to reach for and it's full of the exact things he says it is. The real question is if that's as serious of a problem as he accuses it of being, since it only really stands out as a major issue if you're looking for a victim going into it (and he was, since like every other article like it in the last year he starts talking about Sarkeesian).

Game writing needs to be better, no doubt. What it needs to do is get away from the gruff generic guy lead character that infests 90% of the games out there. What it doesn't need to do is start focusing on demographics and diluting itself by inserting the modern sitcom formula token black guy, token tough girl, token asian guy and token redneck to prove we can make fun of white people too shtick.

I'm worried that the current trends in gaming journalism will have an effect on AAA games looking for 90+ review scores in a way that spreads around diversity on the surface of their games while removing the last shreds of honesty that game writers have been able to inject so far. Even as it is it's rare for American developers to take risks in their storytelling the way that other developers do, like in the Witcher, for example; It's unapologetic in its non-PC gritty approach in a way that very few games these days will even attempt, including the Last of Us.


Sorry, that was longer than I intended when I started ranting :p
 
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News Comments > New Year's Eve Consolidation
20. Re: New Year's Eve Consolidation Jan 1, 2014, 03:33 PropheT
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jan 1, 2014, 01:13:
Tomb Raider Definitive Edition is probably just the PC version, but with that "new and improved" Lara face texture.

It's a completely new model. There's screenshots floating around somewhere, but it does actually look fairly different. It looked like they fixed some of the wonkiness that TressFX had on PC, too, but that's always hard to tell without seeing any extended gameplay videos. It looks good, anyway.

Fletch wrote on Dec 31, 2013, 18:52:
Oh well, console players choose their respective gatekeepers when they choose a platform.

And as often as not anymore PC gamers choose one when they buy games, too. I'd personally rather deal with Steam than either MS or Sony's stores, but there's still similar sacrifices being made when you tie your game purchases to the service.
 
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News Comments > New Year's Eve Consolidation
10. Re: New Year's Eve Consolidation Dec 31, 2013, 18:11 PropheT
 
Creston wrote on Dec 31, 2013, 12:02:
Winner: Sony.

I'd say so. Borderlands 2 for free with PS+, then Bioshock Infinite, and their competitor puts up two games that were free on PS+ about a year ago or so.

It seems like MS needs to step up their game a little bit to me, but reading around a little it doesn't seem like most Xbox fans seem to care very much... and I'm not sure why.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
27. Re: Steam Top 10 Dec 29, 2013, 23:28 PropheT
 
LittleMe wrote on Dec 29, 2013, 22:17:
Dirwulf wrote on Dec 29, 2013, 21:11:
At the top of the article it states the source.

Statistic Verification
Source: Bethesda Game Studios, Steam, Zenimax
Research Date: 12.19.2013

I don't believe them.


I wouldn't either. Valve doesn't release sales numbers, so they're probably basing it off of concurrent connections and as far as I know they didn't even hit their peak until a month or more after the game released. Combine that with it being the fastest selling Steam title ever in the month that it did release and that is hasn't really left the best seller list since then there's no way it's only 1.5 million.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
6. Re: Saturday Metaverse Dec 28, 2013, 13:57 PropheT
 
Beamer wrote on Dec 28, 2013, 12:29:
God, it amazes me the people that think this is some revolution when it's just people looking for a place to post pictures of themselves drinking without their parents seeing.

I think this is what is keeping people away, or forcing them away, more than anything and I'd be surprised if it's just teenagers.

When potential employers and everyone else starts scanning your Facebook page prior to hiring you, it's time to just delete the account before it becomes detrimental to even have one.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Op Ed Dec 28, 2013, 13:54 PropheT
 
I think it's kind of reasonable to assume that you're shooting everything and there's so much combat simply because a video game with no gameplay becomes pretty damn boring pretty damn quickly.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
22. Re: On Sale Dec 26, 2013, 20:24 PropheT
 
Creston wrote on Dec 26, 2013, 13:58:
Most of those Origin deals are pretty pathetic, but if you've never played it, getting the entire Mass Effect trilogy for 24 bucks is incredible value.

Mass Effect 3 is only $7 on Amazon right now, and the trilogy is $9.

The Origin sale is pretty terrible :p

Mass Effect 3 on Amazon for $7

The whole trilogy for $9.99
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
26. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Dec 18, 2013, 19:55 PropheT
 
The Half Elf wrote on Dec 18, 2013, 17:24:
How about they just call it 'If we can do ANYTHING to help you while your here, stop here!' Center?

And digging deeper into it, beyond the gay thing, I really think it has merit, but how it's being described is rather strange. It's a lounge for the people visiting, but also a seperate venue/area for people with booths as well?

That sounds probably more appropriate, but yeah that's basically it.

From the Indie Statik site that Kotaku refers to:

The lounges, detailed as a separate space within the convention itself, have their own booths, tables, speakers and panel tracks, each with a focus on a company that serves a diverse community or is run by a diverse individual (or in the case of the panels, diversity issues and what Iím going to assume are issues of inclusivity in gaming).
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
24. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Dec 18, 2013, 17:10 PropheT
 
The Half Elf wrote on Dec 18, 2013, 16:50:
Um... how the fuck is this gonna help anyone?

Either 'man up' on your harrasement policy, or flat out tell everyone, if your a fucking asshole you WILL be removed from the event, no questions asked.

As for the content of this lounge... seriously? Why seperate it from the rest of the event? If it's to keep the flaming gay guys who constantly ask 'OMG Did you watch The Voice/American Idol/Some other stupid fucking program' out of the general population I'm all for it.

I'm not sure I understand this response or the ones like it.

This isn't a response to harassment at the show or racism and people not being treated fairly. It's not separating gay and lesbian people or anyone else into particular parts of the show where they can do their thing and not be molested or whatever it is people think happens. It's not some replacement for behavioral enforcement among attendees.

They had shows at PAX like Achieving Gender Diversity in Gaming and Gays in Love with their RPG's and so on, so it's not like it's some non-inclusive place where people were being persecuted so they set up a petting zoo for the next show. This is because people on the internet flip their shit over everything and blow it up into as big of a shitstorm as they can until their targets are forced to compensate.

How do you NOT separate it from the rest of the event? Set up diversity enforcers in every booth so they're everywhere in the show? Have harassment checkpoints at each intersection on the convention floor?

My workplace has a diversity council, that has its own events and so on. It's a big place, with lots of employees, and they do it to foster an environment of inclusion and to work on making sure that across the field people are treated fairly. That's all they're doing that at PAX, to have a place dedicated at the show to exploring those issues in the gaming community and so they can make a public showing of doing something about the problem that they get constantly accused of being the creators of.

They've already had panels talking about these issues, now they're giving it dedicated floor space and making it a featured part of the show like any other booth at a convention. That's pretty much it.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
13. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Dec 18, 2013, 11:58 PropheT
 
aldo_14 wrote on Dec 18, 2013, 11:23:
Surely isolating educational booths, etc, on diversity issues defeats the purpose entirely?

Not exactly, everything at the entire con has its own booth. They're just having a booth for this now, too.

I don't think it'll do any good, personally, people who want to hate on them are still going to do it and people that want to be offended are still going to find a reason to be anyway. They can't win if they do nothing, if they try something it'll always be wrong, and so on ad nauseum.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
1. Re: Evening Consolidation Dec 17, 2013, 20:35 PropheT
 
He makes an interesting point in the PS4 article:

"There is a similar parallel question that says that packaged media will go away and all games will be digitally distributed. But we are already seeing, even on the early launch line-up on PS4, massively bigger games that, for many people, are just more conveniently purchased in the form of physical media."

I'd normally prefer the digital games at this point, but having run within a few gigs of my bandwidth cap last month because of the PS4 launch I can't see doing it regularly going forward. I'd never come within 100gb of it before, but after just a few game downloads over the course of the month I'll be buying on discs now.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
6. Re: Evening Safety Dance Dec 12, 2013, 23:14 PropheT
 
It's not like they can just not collect data. Their entire organization is built around the idea of monitoring people, so they have to have something to do or else they'd all be sitting around playing World of Warcraft or...something...

Wait, nevermind.
 
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News Comments > Al Lowe Leaves Replay: Sex Actually Involved
12. Re: Al Lowe Leaves Replay: Sex Actually Involved Dec 12, 2013, 23:06 PropheT
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 12, 2013, 22:54:
I still don't understand why what Trowe did would affect Lowe staying at the company. That part has me baffled. If one of my coworkers did something illegal, why would I lose my job or be forced to resign?

I think it's the nature of what happened. Especially when you're making something like Leisure Suit Larry games that are based around sex, and that anything involved is going to come back to Al to answer about at some point anyway, I sure wouldn't blame him for distancing himself from it all.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
17. Re: Morning Interviews Dec 10, 2013, 18:17 PropheT
 
I bought into the Kickstarter, and then when they dumped the game out to the Humble store I get a key that doesn't work that no one would do anything about. Finally comes to Steam, and I can't get a key for that version to use it instead.

Pretty much just accepted that I lost the money and I don't think I'll give them more.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: etc., etc. Dec 9, 2013, 20:57 PropheT
 
I think you need to read the report and what it's about before flipping out about that one. It's actually kind of nice to see EA getting good press for something, imo.

I'm a little surprised that the company I work for is only at an 85 on their list, they seem lightyears ahead on the progressive scale than anywhere else around the area.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
4. Re: Evening Tech Bits Dec 9, 2013, 20:47 PropheT
 
Julio wrote on Dec 9, 2013, 20:15:
Time to move onto Windows 9, build it off Windows 7.

Win8 is much better to build off of, just not in the UI department...there's no reason at all to build off of 7 instead for their next OS. The Metro stuff should be a side-app, and it really is if you set 8.1 to boot to desktop mode anyway. Once you get rid of the terrible touch interface on a computer that's 99% likely not using it there's nothing really wrong with 8 and it's a much upgraded and better backend platform to build 9 off of than 7 is.

As long as they don't make the same stupid, forced mistakes they did with the UI again.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
7. Re: Sunday Consolidation Dec 9, 2013, 02:24 PropheT
 
DangerDog wrote on Dec 8, 2013, 17:44:
Video game boob physics at it's absolute worst.

I hate the hand-wringing PC at any cost thing a hell of a lot more. Nobody said much about any of this shit until someone decided everyone was supposed to be offended by it all of a sudden, and now these articles pop up all the time.

Because really, who says this:

"I think it was a bad decision to have her in those clothes," says Clubb finally. "This is supposed to be a moment of emotional gravity. Just dress the character."

...about Game of Thrones? Pretty much no one, have another Emmy for being edgy. People talk about 50 Shades of Grey and the sex in Game of Thrones and this and that constantly, but when it comes times for games it's all of a sudden a taboo subject just meant to titillate adolescents because every goddamn video games beat writer needs an easy bandwagon cause that legitimizes them as a journalist. Screw that and screw them.
 
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