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XSReviews.co.uk - Ooh Shiny - Why DLC is treating gamers like idiots.
I have a problem with Downloadable Content. I've got to get it out there, it's one of my biggest bug bears. What once was a developer wanting to increase the life of it's hard worked on product, has now become a pursuit of another revenue stream, a way to milk more cash from already strapped gamers. Titbits and additives, another map, another hat, a prettier weapon, all things that are now charged for in what has become abbreviated and boiled down to one thing: DLC.

Bitmob - Don't be a dickwolf at PAX East next month.
My concern is that PAX East 2011 will be populated by Penny Arcade fans proudly flying the dickwolves' colors. I would not be surprised if we saw large congregations of Dickwolves Standard Bearers marching through the halls to defend their “right” to be insensitive unless someone tries to defuse this mess. And I have little doubt that the people who are against what they perceive those shirts to mean are going to have something to say about that.

World of Darkness News - Where have all the GM's gone?
Now the last few modern MMO's I played were Age of Conan & Star Trek Online. If this sampling is like all the other newish MMO's out there it's a sad state. Not only are live events (side note: If the setting of AoC does not warrant any live events then that indeed is not only short sighted but a sad state of affairs) non-existent on these games but clearly the hands off approach is not working. Seems developers think they can substitute a GM with repetitive scripted quests. So.. hows those sub numbers proving your theory Mr. Developer?

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8. Re: Op Ed Feb 8, 2011, 12:23 Jerykk
 
What do you do when you are well aware that the humor you are about to employ is most certainly going to have severe, even debilitating ramifications on some members of the audience you are about to share it with?

If people get offended by a T-shirt that says "Dickwolves," should their absurd sensibilities really be recognized? If somebody was offended by the color blue, should everyone avoid wearing blue?
 
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7. Re: Op Ed Feb 8, 2011, 11:19 space captain
 
Rotfl  
Go forth, and kill!
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6. Re: Op Ed Feb 8, 2011, 11:13 Prez
 
I can't believe people can be up in arms about a silly cartoon.

In the words of the immortal Sgt. Hulka: "Lighten up, Francis".
 
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Goodbye my Monte boy. May you rest in the peace you never knew in life.
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5. Re: Op Ed Feb 8, 2011, 11:05 nin
 

I think, at some point, we became a world so fixated with ourselves, that anything we don't agree with not only isn't tolerated, but needs to be silenced.

I'm looking at you, politics.

 
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4. Re: Op Ed Feb 8, 2011, 10:57 Ratty
 
Dickwolves: SNL had a great skit many years ago about some people at a small dinner party. Someone tells a joke and people laugh except one woman who is offended because "that happened to my mother." The guy apologizes and decides to defuse the situation by telling a completely different joke. Of course somebody else is offended because it was something they experienced personally in some way. On it goes, the jokes getting more and more absurd and peoples' offenses getting weirder and more surreal.

I love that skit. Wish I could find it online.
 
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3. Re: Op Ed Feb 8, 2011, 10:57 JaguarUSF
 
Re: DLC
Publishers make DLC because people buy it. Stop buying it. It used to be free until the pubs realized people would pay freakin' $15 for four maps.
 
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2. Re: Op Ed Feb 8, 2011, 10:36 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Maybe I'm siding with the dickwolves, but I just can't really believe that the world should be sanitized for the comfort of the most fragile among us. I think the world is a tough place, and you just have to learn to deal, even if you've had horrible experiences in the past. I really hope these folks don't watch TV, or read books, or surf the net. If a Dickwolves t-shirt is a trigger, I find it hard to understand how they can possibly go through a single day without running into several more.

edit: Didn't hear about the death threats. That's just fucked up, as were the calls to sexually assault that chick for wanting the shirts banned. WTF are people thinking?

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"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts." -- Bertrand Russell (I think...)
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1. Re: Op Ed Feb 8, 2011, 10:12 nin
 
Bitmob - Don't be a dickwolf at PAX East next month.

I'm really amazed this thing has blown up as much as it has. The announcement last week that death threats were being made was insane.
 
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