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Signed On Jun 16, 2002, 23:16
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News Comments > Diablo on, More Blizzard Classics to Follow
20. Re: Diablo on, More Blizzard Classics to Follow Mar 7, 2019, 19:41 Scottish Martial Arts
El Pit wrote on Mar 7, 2019, 10:56:
CJ_Parker wrote on Mar 7, 2019, 10:52:
You MUST grab fan patches to get some of the classic C&C games to run on modern systems.

This is why I'd prefer to buy them on GOG: they would be released to run on Win7/8/10 out of the box.

I own the Origin C&C collection - but I neither have the time nor the patience for patching and experimenting with the older games. This is why I would rather pay GOG some money to do it.

No need for experimenting and patches, just download, install, and play (to include multiplayer):
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 23, 2019, 19:55 Scottish Martial Arts
Sounds like the new James Bond film's writing team are fans of semi-obscure NES action platformers.  
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News Comments > Ubisoft Apologizes for Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC Misstep
37. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 17, 2019, 07:34 Scottish Martial Arts
Task wrote on Jan 16, 2019, 23:14:
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Jan 16, 2019, 21:47:
Historical Greece post

So are you saying that the game is no where really close to depicting the lives of ancient greeks and sex, and the game depicts sex acts through modern Human depiction?

Do you have a link to this information btw?

Without having played the game, my default assumption would be that they projected modern attitudes towards sexuality onto their ancient Greek characters.

The wikipedia article on the subject covers most of the same ground:
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News Comments > Ubisoft Apologizes for Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC Misstep
18. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 16, 2019, 21:47 Scottish Martial Arts
A few comments for those who are interested in the Ancient Greek historical and cultural context regarding sexuality:

- The Greeks did not think in terms of heterosexual/homosexual. They thought in terms of penetrator and penetrated.

- A sexual penetrator was in the dominant role and the sexually penetrated was in the submissive role.

- The propriety of a sexual act or relationship depended less on the gender of the participants, and more on the social status/role of the participants.

- It was appropriate for a high status person to be in the dominant/penetrator role, and for the low status person to be in the submissive/penetrated role.

- For example, it was entirely appropriate and considered praise worthy for a free man to fuck one of his slaves, regardless of the gender of the slave, because the slave is low status, and to be attracted to the beauty of the human form, whether male or female, was noble.

- Conversely, it was entirely inappropriate for an adult, free man to enjoy being anally penetrated or to go down orally on a partner: to be high status yet sexually submissive was unseemly.

- Likewise, a man penetrating a woman was normal and natural. But for a woman to use a strap on with a man (yes, they had strap ons and dildos), would have been looked at as inappropriate and shameful.

- Women faced slightly different sexual norms in that they could become pregnant and it was vital, from a husband's perspective, that her husband know the legitimacy of any children born of his wife.

- Consequently, while it was appropriate for a woman to be penetrated, being lower status than a man, it was never appropriate for a married, free woman to have sex with a man who wasn't her husband.

- But conversely, sexual encounters with female slaves or other married women was fine. Non vaginally penetrative sex with a low status man, i.e. a slave, was also appropriate.

- All free men and women were expected to have heterosexual marriages, period. Being a bachelor/unmarried woman was unheard of. So was marrying someone of the same gender.

- Sex outside of marriage however, was okay as long as it adhered to the aforementioned guidelines.

- Pederasty, particularly between a man in his twenties (men didn't get married until their late twenties early thirties) and a boy on the cusp of puberty was considered normal, particularly among the upper middle and upper classes.

- Note that a twelve year old boy is of lower status than a 25 year old man: it would be natural, in ancient Greek eyes, for the former to be sexually submissive to the latter, hence its social acceptability.

- Pederastic relationships would lose their sexual component once the younger partner aged into manhood, and therefore high social status, but it was considered normal for the two to remain life long friends, with the older partner often serving as a mentor and patron to the younger.

That about sums up the sexual mores of the ancient Greeks, and, for the most part, the ancient Mediterranean in general. Having same sex relationships in this game is entirely historical, but then so are having forced heterosexual marriages.
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News Comments > Street Fighter V Free Weekend
15. Re: Street Fighter V Free Weekend Dec 15, 2018, 19:45 Scottish Martial Arts
Strider83 wrote on Dec 14, 2018, 23:22:
I remember a time when this site and it's comment sections were about computers and computer games. Not a bunch of assholes pushing their political agenda or political opinions in every single thread. A bunch of politics, bitching, whining and complaining. Makes me sick. Been coming here over 15 years and no longer enjoy reading or participating in these sections because of this bullshit.

What the fuck are you talking about? 15 years ago we were yelling at each other about the Iraq War, Fahrenheit 9/11, and Bush vs Kerry. Check my comment history if you don't believe me (or don't because I was wrong about an awful lot).
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 13, 2018, 22:41 Scottish Martial Arts
jdreyer wrote on Nov 13, 2018, 19:56:

Top 3 favorite movies?

I'm not sure I could narrow it down to a definitive three but some stuff that came to mind include: Eraserhead, Paths of Glory, Pulp Fiction, A Serious Man, Zodiac, Aliens, Taxi Driver, Blade Runner 2049, Ben-hur, and Tarkovsky's Stalker.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 13, 2018, 19:01 Scottish Martial Arts
Burrito of Peace wrote on Nov 13, 2018, 13:03:
I feel like the odd man out. Comics never really did it for me growing up. While my peers were sometimes enthusing about Batman or Spiderman, I was reading Howard, Heinlein, Asimov, Varley, Smith (both of them), and other books. My whole family are "readers" so that probably helped canalize my literature habits from an early age.

I was never a fan of comic books either. I vaguely recall liking the X-men cartoon that aired on weekday afternoons in the early 90s, but I certainly didn't develop any lasting bonds of childhood nostalgia for it like I did for Duck Tales, Rescue Rangers, and Animaniacs. Likewise, the Marvel Cinematic Universe does nothing for me. The films are generally watchable and inoffensive, but I could go my entire life without seeing any of them and don't think my life would be any poorer for it. Given the apparent overlap between video game and comic book fandom, I must admit that I'm left scratching my head anytime the latter intrudes upon the former.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 31, 2018, 11:28 Scottish Martial Arts
ldonyo wrote on Oct 30, 2018, 13:33:

Google employees will probably be replaced by other employees, who can then have a walkout of their own in a few years for the same reason.

Nah, our product area VP even rescheduled an all hands meeting to give people a chance to participate in the walk out if they were interested.
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News Comments > Is Baldur's Gate 3 a Thing?
25. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 7, 2018, 11:14 Scottish Martial Arts
Zarkonis wrote on Oct 6, 2018, 10:20:
And those of you saying "I won't be bothering", then why bother posting?

What else are we supposed to discuss in a teaser thread aside from whether or not we are actually looking forward to the thing teased? If you only want to hear from people who agree with you, why bother having a discussion thread at all?
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News Comments > Is Baldur's Gate 3 a Thing?
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 5, 2018, 20:09 Scottish Martial Arts

While the Baldur's Gate series is and was a great RPG series, there's nothing about them that demands another sequel. Does anyone really care what Minsc and Imoen are up to these days? Do we really need to explore the Sword Coast yet again? Baldur's Gate didn't do a whole lot to set itself apart from its Forgotten Realms setting, and there hasn't exactly been a shortage of Forgotten Realms games over the years. I just don't see the point aside from appealing to fond memories of what are now quite old games.
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News Comments > Battlefield V Beta Opens
26. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 7, 2018, 08:18 Scottish Martial Arts
Slick wrote on Sep 7, 2018, 06:19:
You're joking right? "Its hard to know who to shoot at cause of the skins"??

It's happened to me once or twice. In most cases, you're absolutely right that the class icon makes it clear who is on whose team. Occasionally though you have to make a snap reaction in areas with blind spots and the fact that there is no consistent color or outline differences between the teams makes instinctual recognition harder. This generally just means you waste a few rounds on an unharmable teammate however.
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News Comments > Battlefield V Beta Opens
25. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 7, 2018, 08:09 Scottish Martial Arts
Osc8r wrote on Sep 7, 2018, 04:27:
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 6, 2018, 19:10:
Thanks mate, appreciate it. I hated BF1, loved BF4... so this will be a hard pass. Don't think I can even be assed to try the Beta at this point.

You may as well give the beta a shot since it will probably be the only opportunity to try it for free, at least while there is still an active player base. No guarantees you'll like it, as it is very similar in feel to BF1 though.
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News Comments > Battlefield V Beta Opens
15. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 6, 2018, 18:38 Scottish Martial Arts
I've played a couple of rounds and I'd agree that this is basically Battlefield 1 with a WW2 reskin. However, in my case, I really enjoyed Battlefield 1 so I'm basically happy with the gameplay.

That said, I just can't get my head around the mix and max uniforms and the "diverse" player models. What were they going for exactly? Because the German female soldier showcased on one of the loading screen, with her fitted field jacket and oh so stylish feldwebel's soft cap, looks and feels like some sort of Nazi cosplay. It was equally bizarre to realize a sniper squadmate participating in the UK's ill-fated Norwegian Expedition in early 1940 was an... Asian woman? Dressed like Zefram Cochran? I'm not opposed in the least for representative player model's in a modern shooter setting, but at least as implemented here, it comes off as very strange and jarring in a WW2 setting, particularly with player clothing that look more like costumes than uniforms. The result is a player character design that I don't grok and actively have to ignore while playing.
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News Comments > Riot Commits to Change
14. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 29, 2018, 19:40 Scottish Martial Arts
Sepharo wrote on Aug 29, 2018, 19:31:
Striving for a workplace free from sexism and harassment... a bad thing according to many posters here.
Glad I don't work with y'all.

Seriously. It makes me wonder how many of them have ever held a professional, white-collar job, which game development most definitely is even if the uniform is less suit and tie and more hoodie and cargo shorts.
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News Comments > Riot Commits to Change
13. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 29, 2018, 19:37 Scottish Martial Arts
dubfanatic wrote on Aug 29, 2018, 19:21:
What you're describing is already illegal, or if not strictly illegal is a legitimate firing offense. But instead of punishing the offender they bring in catlady scolds to police every social interaction. It's the equivalent of bringing in a hazmat team to respond to a broken fluorescent light. But that's the point. SJWism is a totalitarian ideology.

Maybe that would work if we were talking about a single, isolated incident. But when we're talking about a broader company culture that tolerates such behavior as normal, and treats attempts to change it as being a killjoy or bad culture fit, then I'm not sure an occasional sacrificial firing would work to clean the company, and its reputation, up. All I have to go on is the reporting of the last few months, but based upon that Riot sounds like a fucking gross workplace that I would never, ever, respond to a recruiter for. Riot's reputation has taken a huge hit in recent months, and if they don't want their talent pipeline to dry up they have to do something, and probably something major, to rehabilitate their image.
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News Comments > Riot Commits to Change
5. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 29, 2018, 19:14 Scottish Martial Arts
Cutter wrote on Aug 29, 2018, 19:08:
And what's wrong with that? It's a joke. Lighten the fuck up already. People losing their jobs simply because they say something that someone else finds offensive? That's fucking insane! That's PC bullshit out of control. That's downright Orwellian. What next? Re-education camps and torture until people think "correctly"? Doubleplus good, comrade!

So you'd be cool if your boss started hitting on your girlfriend "as a joke"? I mean its just a joke right? Can't you take a joke? Loosen up, man. I'd hate for your lack of humor and poor culture fit to have to come up in your next performance review.

(This response is based upon one of the incidents described in the articles on Riot's work culture. If you guys would want to work in such an environment, be my guest, but I sure as fuck wouldn't.)
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News Comments > NVIDIA RTX 20-series Next Month
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 20, 2018, 14:31 Scottish Martial Arts
This may qualify as a fit of temporary insanity, but I just preordered the 2080 Ti. Yay!  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 12, 2018, 16:38 Scottish Martial Arts
Cutter wrote on Aug 12, 2018, 14:36:
He would have been a great Bond but he's too old for it now. Craig is too old for it now too. I think the 30's is the right age for Bond, 35'ish +/-.

I actually agree with Cutter on something.

I'd still be willing to give Idris Elba a shot as Bond, but the greying of his beard makes him look every one of his 45 years. I think he could at least do two films before completely aging out of the role, possibly one or two more. And given what he could bring to the role, that might be worth it.

The Bond character has traditionally been a product of a "posh" upbringing, and while that made sense in 1950s Britain, a Bond type government agent of the 2010s or 2020s would not have had such a background. Instead, the type of British men who have had the life experience to fulfill the role of Her Majesty's foremost assassin today would be veterans of the SAS and SBS, most of whom come from lower and working class backgrounds. Elba has that working class background, and is capable of the requisite hardness you'd expect of an SAS sergeant, yet he still exudes an acquired elegance and polish. In other words, he'd be perfect for the role, especially 10 years ago.
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News Comments > Bethesda Blocks Used Game Sale
66. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 12, 2018, 14:33 Scottish Martial Arts
Wraith wrote on Aug 12, 2018, 13:14:
Apparently it is to you, because you completely failed to grasp the point.

No, I understand your argument just fine. But given your response to my remarks, and your confusion of "Moral Hazard" with "Negative Externality" in a previous post, I do question how much you understand what you read.

The media is the mechanism for delivery. What you're actually purchasing is the experience.

Good I'm glad we're in agreement and I thank you for recapitulating what I just said.

The only people who should - in both a moral and an economic sense - have the opportunity to sell that experience are those who invested the resources to create it.

This does not follow.

An author does not stand on a street corner selling photocopied manuscripts of his own book. He sells the publication rights to his work to a publisher, and collects a royalty based upon copies sold. The publisher in turn contracts a printer to actually physically print the books, and a distributor to get them to store shelves. A store in turn actually merchandises and sells the book to an end consumer. At each step along the way, people who are not the author make money on the production, distribution, and sale of an experience they had no hand in creating. This bears repeating: only the author created the experience contained within the book (with maybe an assist from an editor at the publisher) but many, many other people make money off of the sale of that experience.

Additionally, in the United States at least, copyright law has evolved such that the aforementioned chain of companies and individuals are only entitled to the proceeds of the first sale of the media which contains the copyrighted experience. In other words, our hypothetical author can and should enforce his copyright and the requirement that he be paid what he is contractually due, up until the point that a copy of his book is sold to a customer. Thereafter, the customer can lend that copy of the book to friends and family, donate it to a library, or sell it on the used book market, and copyright law (in the US) makes clear that the author cannot claim any money that results from that secondary sale.

Without enforcing that restriction, creators don't get paid.

Yes, they do. They get paid whatever they are contractually obligated to be paid when they negotiated their publication agreement. Typically, more well known and popular creators can command higher leverage, and therefore higher advances, royalties, etc., when negotiating such contracts. Very, very few creators earn 100% of the proceeds of their creation, and yet the developed world has been able to provide a livelihood for successful creators since the advent of the printing press.

You are confusing other parties having a claim on the proceeds of a sale (whether first sale or on the secondary used market) with the author or creator not being paid at all. The former is the reality, the latter is your fantasy. It would be nice from a creator's perspective if he were the only one to realize the proceeds of a sale, but it is neither necessary for him to make a living, nor how it works in practice.

And when creators don't get paid, they go broke and stop creating. Does some light begin to dawn? Please tell me I don't have to break it down further.

But, creators do get paid. In the case of the copy of the Bethesda game in the OP, the secondary seller bought a new copy of the game at retail for the full retail price. Whatever royalty the developers are contractually obligated to receive for that sale, they will receive (unless their publisher tries to cheat them of royalty payments, but that's another issue entirely). By doctrine of first sale, the owner of that copy of the game can then legally sell the game on the secondary market.

Conceivably, a purchase on the secondary market could be considered a lost sale for the developer, but a secondary sale is only comparable to a first sale if they were to cost the same price. But games, and other media, on the secondary market always go for less than a sealed, new copy purchased at retail. That means the buyer in the secondary sale WAS NOT WILLING TO PAY FULL PRICE, and therefore cannot be considered a lost sale to the developer, at least not until time has passed and the game has been marked down at retail.

The regime which you are advocating, in which developers/creators can veto secondary sales of their work does not exist (at least in the US). Nor are creators cheated of what they are legally due by secondary sales: secondary sales can only occur after the first sale has occurred, and creators are only entitled to the proceeds of the first sale. Now, you can argue that creators deserve a bigger share of the proceeds of their sales, and I would probably agree with you. But it is absurd to argue that creators are the only ones that deserve any share: a lot of work that isn't creation goes into selling a created experience to a buyer, and that work has to be compensated too. And it is further absurd to argue that creators cannot make a living without receiving 100% of the proceeds of their sales, because the system you rail against is the one we've had for centuries, and yet a great many creators have made a living under it.
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News Comments > Bethesda Blocks Used Game Sale
52. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 12, 2018, 11:29 Scottish Martial Arts
Wraith wrote on Aug 11, 2018, 16:52:
Used games are a moral hazard which explicitly steals from development teams. Comprehending the nuances requires a brain, a set of ethics and long term vision.

Dude, get over yourself: your argument isn't that fucking complicated or nuanced. Your argument just comes down to whether the purchase of media is the purchase of the media itself or the purchase of the contents of that media, i.e. the experience and/or ideas, and what that implies for reselling.

To my mind, the purchase of media is primarily about the purchase of what the media contains, and this holds for "legacy" media like books and DVDs, just as much as it holds for video games. The fact that you can purchase digital copies of the former just as easily as of the latter implies as much. Yes, collectors can seek out pieces of media for the pleasure of possessing the physical artifact, but that is just as true of video games as it is of any other media: haven't you ever heard of a collector's edition for a video game? Given that first-sale doctrine applies to the resale of media, and given that video games aren't appreciably different from any other media in this regard, then there is no particular reason to hold used games sales to a different standard than the sale of any other media.

The issue with your argument isn't that it's too nuanced: it's that it tries to make an unjustified distinction.
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