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News Comments > THQ Refocuses - Open Letter
48. Re: THQ Refocuses - Open Letter Jan 25, 2012, 17:45 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Prez wrote on Jan 25, 2012, 17:16:
Not to sound patronizing, but both Wowbagger and Matshock are right.

The rich have been demonized like nobody's business. It's classic class warfare drummed up by politician's who turn anger at the well-to-do people of society into votes for themselves. The problem is that CEO's of many companies become completely out of touch with reality (blinded by ambition or greed?) and end up making themselves fodder for such attacks.

It's easy to see both sides of the argument when on the one hand it's the "fat cats" who embark on business ventures that translate into jobs for the middle class, and on the other hand CEO's generally suffer the least out of anyone when a company tanks (and in fact can profit handsomely) when they are often the very ones responsible for the company's failure.

The reality is, however, Capitalism is the least vile of all the economic setups out there by a fair margin despite how it has been perverted by greedy, unethical corporate entities and equally greedy and equally unethical politicians. So, in my estimation, any solutions will be far from perfect. Sometimes so imperfect as to be more damaging than the problem it was developed to solve (see the current Administration's incompetence for recent examples).
Don't forget the previous administrations as well, which lead up to the 2008 collapse. Freeing companies like AIG and the banks from all those regulations over the last decade or so just let them go nuts with the risk with very little requirement to report any of it or to be remotely transparent about what they were doing. Then they just hold a gun to the head of the nation and demand that we not allow them to go broke. Nice. AIG was basically printing money for itself because thanks to "regulatory reform", they weren't required to maintain any capital reserve to cover all those CDOs they were insuring, nor did they even have to report any of it to anyone. So they could just keep raking in the fees without anyone being the wiser. At least until the housing market tanked and it blew up in their faces and we had to spend well over a hundred billion to bail them out, and that was just the direct bailout.

Of course the wealthy argued that you can't bail out the homeowners because that would create a moral hazard. If we were gonna spend a trillion or so anyway, might as well stop the first domino from falling, right? Then the CDOs wouldn't blow up, the banks wouldn't be failing, and the insurance wouldn't get hit. But no, they just wanted to bail out the guys at the top of the food chain. Funny how they didn't see the moral hazard problem with that.

Oh, and of course we continue to chug along with the most moronic regulatory infrastructure as well. Ratings agencies that are beholden to those that they're rating, and staffed by those who just weren't good enough to get jobs with the companies they're serving, and therefore not bright enough to figure out what they're up to. Regulatory agencies with similar staffing problems, lack of information thanks to the aforementioned "regulatory reform", and faced with political opposition serving as a barrier even to investigation much of the time.

These are the reasons we're so screwed.
 
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News Comments > THQ Refocuses - Open Letter
39. Re: THQ Refocuses - Open Letter Jan 25, 2012, 15:03 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Matshock wrote on Jan 25, 2012, 14:56:
Wowbagger_TIP:

1st paragraph: Beat that straw-man! I still won't pretend I don't know what people complaining about evil corporations mean when they say "we need change".

I hear "the rich are the problem" and "the rich need to pay their fair share in taxes" from a different person I know personally every week. I know where taxes go, I won't pretend that I don't.

Your second and third paragraphs just expounded on what you quoted from me. I agree with your criticisms of our times! REALLY!

But your equal opportunity utopia hasn't ever existed and probably never will. There have always been haves and have-nots and people that don't earn what they have.

If you come up with a new way to make it happen then I'm all ears. All the ways proposed to date have already failed.

Jesus teaches me how to live in spite of it all because his words go into my ears instead of come out of them. It won't matter what insanity follows.

That's enough for me today. Dibs on the top bunk in the FEMA camp!

So as near as I can tell, your only issue with my argument is that I don't subscribe to your apparent philosophy of, "If it's inevitable, just relax and enjoy it." Just because you believe it's inevitable, doesn't mean we should all just accept it. I don't believe we should, and I don't see anything wrong with trying to change things. It'll never be a utopia, but it could certainly be a lot better.
 
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News Comments > THQ Refocuses - Open Letter
37. Re: THQ Refocuses - Open Letter Jan 25, 2012, 14:28 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Matshock wrote on Jan 25, 2012, 13:31:
The generic term "change" is almost always used to describe some form of increased government control re: corporate management today. I'm not going to pretend this isn't the case to satisfy people playing obvious semantic games who are ignorant enough to think they're being coy.

The problem is not capitalism, if it were capitalism then you'd be working 90 hours a week and living in a company dorm like they do in China. Your quality of life would also be slowly improving instead of decaying.

I know most of you aren't doing that because the Frisbee golf course near my house is heavily populated by 20-30 somethings all day every day who are collecting 99+ weeks of unemployment checks.
Spoken like a true ideologue. As if you actually know the situation of all those people. You simply assume whatever suits your argument. You may be right for some, but you really don't know or care to find out.

Matshock wrote on Jan 25, 2012, 13:31:
The unvarnished truth is:

What you're suffering under now is fascism- the real meaning of the term is federally controlled capitalism as coined by Mussolini. Corporations and .gov are working together to screw you over.

The tall wall of separation many people see between their favorite politician and the corporation they hate doesn't exist. The Emperor Has No Clothes.
What arguments have you been listening to? Who, exactly, thinks there's any wall between corporations and government? It's a revolving door! The reason the most wealthy in America have been doing just fantastic while wages and services for everyone else have been stagnant or dropping is that they have lobbyists and a direct line to the legislators. The rest of the population has neither, and has been cleverly distracted from what's really going on by all the bullshit hot-button issues that the legislators pretend to give a shit about. You think Gingrich really cares about the sanctity of marriage? Really?


Matshock wrote on Jan 25, 2012, 13:31:
Now if accountability (punishment) is what you want- either full blown capitalism or communism will do equally well, either way a small group of the most ruthless will eliminate their competitors, they still won't give a damn about workers but you'll get to see plenty of suffering at high levels.

Don't ask me how to really fix it unless you want a bunch of Jesus.
I have no idea what "a bunch of Jesus" would do for us. We've got Jesus coming out our ears in this country, and everyone still does whatever the hell they want and just rationalizes it anyway. What I want is not full-blown capitalism or communism. We aren't shooting for Lord of the Flies here. We're trying to create something that allows everyone to have opportunity to succeed and be comfortable in their life, but not one that just hands you whatever you want. The problem is that the system has been massively rigged by those with the influence (read: money) to do so. This needs to be rectified, but it probably won't be unless people stop bullshitting themselves that the current system is even remotely fair, and stop focusing on the shiny issues they hold up to keep everyone distracted as the wealth of the country flows steadily to the handful at the top.
 
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News Comments > THQ Refocuses - Open Letter
25. Re: THQ Refocuses - Open Letter Jan 25, 2012, 11:39 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Matshock wrote on Jan 25, 2012, 11:13:
BTW if THQ was nationalized in the interest of "economic justice" then they would still have screwed up. The difference is that that a nationalized company would be bailed out using money you're on the hook for. They would also never get better because there are no incentives to.
While I didn't see any mention of nationalization as an option in the post you were responding to, I think you put your finger on the issue here. One that's all too common in many businesses today. The top management is so ridiculously overpaid, and their pay is so disconnected from performance, that there is no effective accountability for failure, and therefore little incentive to get things right. They usually make out like bandits either way, and just blame other factors for the failure. A CEO can nosedive a company straight into the ground and still walk away with tens of millions in compensation.

Matshock wrote on Jan 25, 2012, 11:13:
PS if you ever lose your job because you screwed up can we take away all your property in order to punish you?
No, but I can't live off of my annual salary for the rest of my life either. I could easily do so with what one of these CEOs makes, even if I didn't feel like ever working again. Hell, I'll run your company into the ground for half of what you'd pay one of those fancy CEOs!
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
5. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Jan 22, 2012, 22:49 Wowbagger_TIP
 
OK. I understand the the outrage, but couldn't you also call for investigations into any/all industries that donate financially to members of Congress and the Senate for alleged bribery?
You can investigate, but you generally come up with no clear evidence. Most of those industries aren't dumb enough to get up and publicly say what Dodd said, making it a clear quid pro quo.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
10. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 20, 2012, 14:14 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Hey, if we do one thing wrong we may as well do everything wrong, right? Right?
No, it's more about how we seem to let the wrongs slide when they're committed by extremely wealthy, powerful, connected people. Everyone else gets the full weight of the law crashing down on their head. Media companies can win verdicts against teenagers for millions, but nobody goes to jail, and most still get fat bonuses, after all the bullshit that the banks were pulling?
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect Demo for Valentine's
28. Re: Mass Effect Demo for Valentine's Jan 19, 2012, 15:39 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Bhruic wrote on Jan 19, 2012, 12:09:

Now that I agree with. EA has a lot of resources behind it, and they could have made Origin a lot better than it is. Had they tried to compete with Steam on features, rather than simply locking their games to it, I think they could have done so - Steam falls down in quite a few areas. Unfortunately, they haven't chosen to do so.

Although, really, comparing it to other DDs, I'm not sure it's really that much worse. I haven't used Impulse recently, but last time I did, it was pretty poor too. Steam certainly is far from perfect, but they're still head-and-shoulders above most of them.
Whatever Steam's issues are, I can't imagine EA producing anything better... ever. They just have a much more reptilian mindset about their business than Valve.
 
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News Comments > Elemental Website Re-Launches; Fallen Enchantress Beta for War of Magic Owners Tomorrow
5. Re: Elemental Website Re-Launches; Fallen Enchantress Beta for War of Magic Owners Tomorrow Jan 19, 2012, 09:50 Wowbagger_TIP
 
I bought the original on Impulse, so I'm supposed to get this for free. I hope it's the game we were originally wanting. Really, we basically just wanted a MoM clone. Not sure how they managed to screw it up so badly. Only downside is that I feel kinda dirty just seeing the GameStop logo on Impulse now. Wish I could get that off my system.  
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News Comments > Mass Effect Demo for Valentine's
8. Re: Mass Effect Demo for Valentine's Jan 18, 2012, 23:36 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Sepharo wrote on Jan 18, 2012, 22:04:
As an owner of BF3, SWTOR, and Arkham City (before Steam holiday ) I already begrudgingly use Origin. I'm just not buying ME3 because I couldn't bring myself to play ME2 any further after I saw the rails and waist high walls. But worst of all zero incentive to explore (hack, etc).
Exactly. It's basically a series of cool cutscenes with a lot of boring, tedious shit in between. If BF3 didn't entice me to use Origin, then ME3 sure as hell isn't going to either.
 
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News Comments > Max Payne 3 Trailer
6. Re: Max Payne 3 Trailer Jan 18, 2012, 23:22 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Game looks really good, but I share the concerns about a half-ass PC port. I really hope they don't fuck it up yet again.  
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News Comments > No PC Syndicate Remake Demo; Original on GOG.com Thursday
24. Re: No PC Syndicate Remake Demo; Original on GOG.com Thursday Jan 17, 2012, 18:14 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Mist wrote on Jan 17, 2012, 15:50:
Syndicate gameplay trailers look awesome, I dunno what you guys are talking about. Definitely looked like a buy to me.
What are you talking about? Looked scripted and gimmicky when they were trying to incorporate Syndicate-y stuff, and otherwise just another shooter.
 
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News Comments > No PC Syndicate Remake Demo; Original on GOG.com Thursday
19. Re: No PC Syndicate Remake Demo; Original on GOG.com Thursday Jan 17, 2012, 15:36 Wowbagger_TIP
 
I just want a modern remake of the original. Hopefully Cartel turns out to be that. I loved the original and played it and the expansion for a long time. I couldn't get into Syndicate Wars though. It just felt different and wrong, but I don't even remember why anymore.  
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News Comments > World of Darkness Details
15. Re: World of Darkness Details Jan 17, 2012, 13:32 Wowbagger_TIP
 
I can't even imagine wanting to play Eve, especially with all the douchey things that CCP has done and things they let their employees and friends get away with. Why would anyone want to pay to deal with that? If I want to do something tedious for hours at a time, I'll just stay in the office.  
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News Comments > No Mass Effect 3 on Steam; Requires Origin
145. Re: No Mass Effect 3 on Steam; Requires Origin Jan 16, 2012, 17:42 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Meh. I'm not installing Origin. At least not until it's at least as bug-free and unobtrusive as Steam, and right now it's not even in the same hemisphere. It's tempting just for BF3, but really not worth it. There's plenty of other games out there and I don't have time for many of them anyway. As for ME3, I'll watch the cutscenes on Youtube and spare myself all the planet-scanning and repetitive chest-high-wall fights. That shit is just tedious.  
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News Comments > Might & Magic Heroes VI Patch
3. Re: Might & Magic Heroes VI Patch Jan 14, 2012, 02:23 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Screw them. Maybe I'll get it if it's cheap and they remove the drm.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
32. Re: Op Ed Jan 3, 2012, 01:30 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Prez wrote on Jan 2, 2012, 14:36:
Do the games I bought as gifts for others show up on my list? If not, that list should be twice as long or longer. Thank God and Superman that my wife doesn't pay close attention to the bank account that we make online purchases with.
Lucky you! I had to explain to my wife that my purchase of the latest Humble Indie Bundle was done out of pure, unadulterated altruism. It's for the children, really!! Ok, not entirely, but I did pay $25 for it, and that was before they added more stuff to it too. Oh, and I had a couple of the games already.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
8. Re: On Sale Jan 1, 2012, 19:47 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Anyone want to trade me a piece of coal for a game? Can get me the trade achievement and maybe a game that i don't already have. I have a few things available to trade:

Oddworld: Munch's Odyssey
Dwarfs!? 50% off coupon
Valve 33% off coupon
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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Op Ed Dec 31, 2011, 15:14 Wowbagger_TIP
 
That article is so wrong it hurts. Let's all blame Mike for doing what any halfway decent person would have done in that position.  
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News Comments > etc.
23. Re: etc. Dec 28, 2011, 04:09 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Holy shit, this is just bizarre. The guy is like some parody of a jock turned PR guy. Why not just hire one of the morons from Jersey Shore to represent you? Seriously, how does this guy even have a job? Blackmail is the only thing I can come up with.

 
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News Comments > EA Won't Appeal AU Syndicate Ruling
5. Re: EA Won't Appeal AU Syndicate Ruling Dec 24, 2011, 02:31 Wowbagger_TIP
 
entr0py wrote on Dec 24, 2011, 01:33:
Tehol wrote on Dec 24, 2011, 01:10:
what is this adult content?it 's a shooter not rpg.
are they talking about gory scenes?

Yep. From Gamestop:

UPDATE: The Classification Board has now released its decision report into Syndicate, which states that the game was indeed refused classification because of its high impact violence.

In its report, the Board cited several examples of high impact violence, including the fact that "combatants can take locational damage an can be explicitly dismembered, decapitated, or bisected by the force of the gunfire. The depictions are accompanied by copious bloodspray and injuries are shown realistically and with detail. Flesh and bone are often exposed while arterial sprays of blood continue to spurt from wounds at regular intervals."

"The game also allows a player to repeatedly damage enemy combatants' corpses. For example, it is possible for a player to decapitate a corpse with a headshot before individually blowing off each of its limbs."
Awesome deal for EA. The Classification Board just wrote their marketing material for them!
 
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