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Real Name Cliff Hicks   
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Nickname Devinoch
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Description Host of Starlight Society Podcast - http://tinyurl.com/starlightsociety/
Former Product Manager - Zattikka Games.
Former Producer/Lead Designer - Fierce Wombat Games.
Former Associate Producer - Kabam.
Former Customer Service Manager - GameSpot.
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Homepage http://tinyurl.com/starlightsociety/
Signed On Aug 21, 2002, 17:08
Total Comments 196 (Novice)
User ID 13926
 
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News Comments > Supreme Ruler Trump Rising DLC Tomorrow
9. Re: I watched more DOOM videos (not all of them [TL;DW]), with a guy's commentaries, from YouTube... Jul 26, 2016, 01:45 Devinoch
 
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jul 26, 2016, 01:00:
Honestly though, I can't really stomach a Trump presidency. The guy is such a crook. Between his Trump University scam and the fact that he brags about walking away from Atlantic City with a ton of money, after screwing over all the small businesses that built his casino, I just don't want to give him the opportunity to fuck over the whole country now. Bastard has been trying to cozy up to Russia for decades too. He'll have no qualms about screwing the US over if it means more money for him.

Oh yeah, and where are those tax records that he said every candidate should release?? More lies...

I'll settle for asking this - who on earth thinks we should elect a guy saying he freely plans to attack innocent women and kids, who encourages his supporters to commit violence against people who disagree with them, and who offered to pay the legal bills for said people?

Trump isn't a candidate - he's a tin pot dictator who simply doesn't have an army yet.
 
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News Comments > Supreme Ruler Trump Rising DLC Tomorrow
8. Re: Supreme Ruler Trump Rising DLC Tomorrow Jul 26, 2016, 01:42 Devinoch
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 25, 2016, 21:30:
Now that the Dems have split over the whole 'Screw Bernie' fiasco - which everyone knew the fix was in from the start - I wouldn't be surprised to see a new democratic party in the vein of the Tea Party for the left. While they obviously won't support Trump it's doubtful they'll be supporting Hillary so that just made this contest a whole lot more interesting. Damn if Trump might actually pull this off yet. I don't know why so many are afraid of it. He's president, not emperor, he'll get nothing done, but it'll be goddamned entertaining. Jesus, I wish Hunter was still alive for this.

I don't think you understand Hunter as well as you think you do. This is the kind of situation that would have him on a clock tower with a rifle, probably pointed at himself. Alternately, he shot himself to avoid having to see... this.
 
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News Comments > etc.
16. Re: etc. Jul 18, 2016, 00:14 Devinoch
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Jul 17, 2016, 02:53:
the religious right for all intents and purposes has been pretty quiet for the last 20 years.

This is quite literally the most hilariously blind comment I've seen on this board.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
52. Re: Op Ed Jul 12, 2016, 01:06 Devinoch
 
Suppa7 wrote on Jul 11, 2016, 21:31:
Devinoch wrote on Jul 11, 2016, 14:44:
Speaking of missing the point completely... Because Valve wants to sell games doesn't mean it's beneficial to have as many positive reviews as possible.

You aren't old enough to know that those of us who watched PC gaming grow up, gabe is an enemy not a friend. Hes' a total dick that pushed the move behind the removal of dedicated servers. He hugely started the trend of confiscating game ownership and encouraging back end locked down games. Remember steam was shoved into half-life and counterstrike as drm which no one wanted.

Steam is still drm and gabe is still an asshole, more and more games will be increasingly impossible to preserve because game companies are producing games in underhanded ways that prevent gamer control of said game.

"Not old enough." You're hilarious, kid. I turn 40 this year. I played Duke Nukem 3D in my college dorms before the Quake demo hit, and we turned to that. I grew up on Zork. "Not old enough" my ENTIRE ass. You clearly don't remember any of the previous DRM that included disc locks, serial numbers, or even getting key words out of an instruction manual. None of that killed gaming either.

Steam was not the first centralized platform; it will not be the last. If you don't like Steam, you aren't forced into using it. And yet again, another person avoids the argument to make ad hominem attacks. It's awesome! It's like you people have never had to listen to anyone argue with you before. This is fun!
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
49. Re: Op Ed Jul 11, 2016, 14:44 Devinoch
 
Tachikoma wrote on Jul 11, 2016, 14:20:
Slick wrote on Jul 11, 2016, 11:41:
And come on, when has Valve actually made a game? They're a store. Making games is so back-burner for them it's a running joke. As if they'd have to worry about impartial reviews for their own products... HA! They don't exist!

You miss the point completely. It`s not about Valve`s games getting preferential reviews but the fact that it`s in their interest to sell as many games as possible, hence to have as many positive reviews as possible. Rather simple.

Current system is just fine: if you don`t like lil` Johnny`s "dis game suXXXORZ" review, then move along and read another one. It`s the same with Metacritic. Anybody who has been around videogameing for a bit and has acquired some basic reading comprehension skills shouldn`t really have problem with recognising genuine reviews. Read a few of them and make a judgement based on averages. Usually works rather well.

The only REAL problem with these free-for-all reviews is astroturfing and hate/loved-in mass-spam campaigns. Quite easy to filter out though (my favourite template are the ones starting with "this is another dumbed down for console..."

Speaking of missing the point completely... Because Valve wants to sell games doesn't mean it's beneficial to have as many positive reviews as possible. It's beneficial for them to have as many positive reviews of products that deserve positive reviews as possible, because then people who purchase those products are satisfied with their purchases, rather than being pissed off that they bought a crappy game, thus making them less likely to buy games from Valve in the future.

I feel like I've had to explain the difference between platform holder and content maker so much in this thread that I should just have a cut'n'paste section.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
37. Re: Op Ed Jul 11, 2016, 02:13 Devinoch
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 11, 2016, 00:55:
I feel like to end this weird exchange, let's make 1 thing clear. Cliffski talks about impartial reviews. A store recommendation isn't a review. It's literally the opposite of impartial as well, worst case, a paid-for, best case an selective advertisement. Same for the book snippets and the Album "sponsored" nonsense on iTunes. Those are not reviews, those are ads. And at least in German iTunes, clearly marked as such.

What cliffski wants is STEAM employees writing impartial reviews.. for steam games. The "party" these reviews are employed by is the one making a profit with every sale. That is the OPPOSITE of impartial. If you don't see how that is unethical and hopefully also illegal then I am bedazzled.. but surely at the very least you see that these reviews are never impartial?? Do you not understand what the word impartial means here? How can a steam employed reviewer be impartial when reviewing games on Steam? And if he only reviewed the "more popular" games, he would not be creating reviews, he would be creating advertisement.

And we get to the crux of the matter. You don't actually understand what the word "advertising" means, or the word "impartial."

Advertising is something done on the behalf of someone who makes something to raise awareness about it. If Valve was only running ads for Counter-Strike, Dota, Half-Life and Team Fortress, you would have a valid argument. Sadly, that's not what anyone's talking about. In fact, it would be explicit they would NOT review products made by Valve. And so Valve has a vested interest in protecting the platform, not any one individual title. They could easily write harsh reviews, and it's expected they probably would, because actual critics (you know, people who STUDIED journalism) know their only currency is how much trust a reader puts in them. If they are only seen writing positive reviews, the reader dismisses that critic and the critic becomes meaningless.

This gets us to your lack of understanding of the word "impartial." As pointed out previously, Valve has an interest in Steam, not in any one particular game. In fact, it is detrimental to that business to allow themselves to be "bought" to shove a product that is defective or of low quality. You bandy around "Steam games" like you expect Valve is making each and every title on sale on Steam. Valve does not care about each and every title. They understand scope and scale, and they have an actual business in which they take a cut of every title that sells, regardless of quality.

Because of that, they have a vested interest in connecting people with quality titles, but they are NOT incentivized to remove all the chaff, because if someone wants to pay $20 for a piece of garbage, they are entitled to do so. Valve ensures things work, not that they're good or fun, which are wholly subjective things, which it is impossible to be "impartial" to. You can achieve a common consensus, but that isn't a "fact."

If you think it's unethical and illegal for someone to have an opinion, then you cannot understand the core tenets of this discussion, and you're welcome to have your opinion, one which you are completely unable to defend.

Good job!
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
31. Re: Op Ed Jul 10, 2016, 21:23 Devinoch
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 10, 2016, 20:35:
Devinoch wrote on Jul 10, 2016, 17:59:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 10, 2016, 15:16:
Good idea, also illegal as fuck.. store reviewing it's own sold products when that store also sells their VERY OWN products.. in what 3rd world country does the guy live where this is allowed and legal?

"Illegal." That's hilarious, dude. I mean, A+, amazing trolling here. Like, the level of ignorance on display is truly astounding. Double down next time.

Illegal in the EU at least, for sure, unethical as fuck everywhere else. Collusion and danger of bribery and corruption.. and for what? So that 1 fair review per game gets showcases SOMEWHERE on steam?

Anyway, no point to reply to you beyond that~

I just think this would destroy walls that should not be destroyed. Steam is a store, it's bad enough that with VR funding and hardware sales it's a muddy as hell affair already, it is not the place you go to to cry when user reviews beat your game up.

What Steam needs is MORE distance from reviews, not less. A better rating system for user reviews and a better rating and report system to use ON user reviews....

Cool - you doubled down! You clearly misunderstand the difference between platform holder and publisher, or from media outlet and store. A store/platform holder has every right to have opinions about the products they sell. If you think it's illegal in the EU, you should maybe consider whether iTunes has album reviews on some of their albums. What? They do? You should tell the EU that Apple's violating the law. Bookstores having "recommended by staff" cards anywhere in the EU? Illegal! Bust'em!

Or, you know, you could understand that people who own a retail establishment and deal in volume have the rights to have opinions about what they sell, to offer what they consider "recommended" products, and that in doing so, they aren't doing anything unethical at all. Because if, say, a reviewer tells you something is great then it isn't, you will ignore their reviews, as you have every right to do so.

Your argument is so far beyond the pale as to be utterly entertaining, because according to your argument, you can't even ask a waiter "what's good here?" at a restaurant because if the waiter has an opinion, they're "illegal" or "unethical."

Steam/Valve do not benefit from any one singular product doing well - they benefit from their platform doing well. Being bribed would actually HARM the strength of their platform. And no one's saying that other reviews would go away - they would simply have reviewers on staff, who THEY would track performance of (and yes, bad products probably wouldn't get official Valve reviews, and THAT would be telling in and of itself) and users would still be free to read as many reviews as they want. But Valve's business would have a staff of people they trust cultivating the garden, instead of letting it be noise.

And if you don't like it? Don't use Steam. Don't read their reviews. Or pay it as little attention as you did your argument.

This message brought to you by the Council for Basic Human Understanding.

*The More You Know*

Swoosh.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
19. Re: Op Ed Jul 10, 2016, 18:02 Devinoch
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 10, 2016, 17:17:
Writers are a dime a dozen, try free games to review and people would beat down the doors to do it. Hell, a lot of those reviews are paid for in just that manner. I see no shortage of people providing disclaimers that they got a copy for a review.

And you get exactly what you pay for - a lot of "this game suXX0rs" and you wonder why you have to spend a few hours trying to find a single review with anything meaningful, positive or negative, to say. This whole "we don't need to pay content creators" movement explains so much about why the games industry is in one long downward spiral. Who needs to eat, right? Spend 40 hours playing a game to give me your opinion on it and I don't need to pay you anything, because I deserve it...

Oh wait, it's Cutter. Nevermind. "Old man shouts at cloud." Got it.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
18. Re: Op Ed Jul 10, 2016, 17:59 Devinoch
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 10, 2016, 15:16:
Good idea, also illegal as fuck.. store reviewing it's own sold products when that store also sells their VERY OWN products.. in what 3rd world country does the guy live where this is allowed and legal?

"Illegal." That's hilarious, dude. I mean, A+, amazing trolling here. Like, the level of ignorance on display is truly astounding. Double down next time.
 
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News Comments > Godus Dead?
12. Re: Is Godus Dead? Jun 29, 2016, 14:07 Devinoch
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 29, 2016, 07:31:
Tachikoma wrote on Jun 29, 2016, 02:32:
Molyneux should stay away from video games, go to a rehab, take up painting or something. He`s just cursed.

He is not so much cursed, as he is a tremendous danger to any development if you don't physically chain him to a competent lead designer... you know, a guy who can actually judge an idea based on whether it's possible to pull off within the budget or not.

Also a producer who just has a giant posterboard on his desk with the word NO written on it that he's willing to raise over his head a dozen times a day...
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
15. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 22, 2016, 03:34 Devinoch
 
eDave wrote on Jun 21, 2016, 16:21:
Show list is back up for me. Listed in order of gig date through September. Looks like I lost 3 vouchers from last time I was able to load it. My shows are:

- G-Eazy & Logic: The Endless Summer Tour
- Brantley Gilbert: Take It Outside Tour 2016
- Def Leppard
- Black Sabbath
- Darius Rucker
- Rascal Flats
- Rob Zombie and Korn
- Weezer and Panic At The Disco
- Slipnot
- MERRY JANE Presents Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa: The High Road Tour
- Heart with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Cheap Trick
- Prophets of Rage - Make America Rage Again Tour
- Counting Crows & Rob Thomas
- Daryl Hall & John Oates
- Blink 182
- Mumford & Sons

All at the same arena. I'll take advantage of some of them.

It looks like everyone is getting the same thing basically if that tour is coming through your city. Touring artists under contract with Live Nation and in Live Nation venues. In AZ, it is a large outdoor venue.

Yeah, it's Shoreline (the large outdoor arena in Mountain View, CA) here in the Bay. And that looks about like the same list. Shame, I'd bought tickets to Prophets of Rage just a week or two ago... Of course, the vouchers are good for almost 4 years, so I'll dole them out as I see shows listed that I'm interested in...
 
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News Comments > Watch Dogs 2 Trailers
8. Re: Watch Dogs 2 Trailers Jun 14, 2016, 14:02 Devinoch
 
MUGWUMP wrote on Jun 13, 2016, 23:48:
The Half Elf wrote on Jun 13, 2016, 20:31:
How the fuck do you hack a VW Bus or old Camero?

Agreed. I get the whole suspension of disbelief thing, but a game that "looks" like something that could happen in the near future needs to comply to certain rules.

I can see a new tesla car just starting up and moving, but a 50 YO VW bus?

GTFO

In the fight of fun vs. realism, fun should always win.
 
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News Comments > Heroes of the Storm Turning One
3. Re: Heroes of the Storm Turning One May 27, 2016, 21:14 Devinoch
 
"For our one year anniversary, we're not giving away any free content, but there will be some sales!"

Man, how times have changed since the WoW anniversary occasions...
 
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News Comments > KingsIsle Layoffs
1. Re: KingsIsle Layoffs May 12, 2016, 23:03 Devinoch
 
Another day another massive layoff.

I hate this industry.
 
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News Comments > MS Rebuffed Lionhead Buyers?
17. Re: MS Rebuffed Lionhead Buyers? May 12, 2016, 05:12 Devinoch
 
Slick wrote on May 11, 2016, 10:57:
They're finally free, they can all use the clout gained at working at one of the more prestigious game studios out there, and pursue whatever shit they want. Trust me, I bet there's sharks trying to pick up talent from them left, right, and center.

There's companies hiring in the games industry right now? That's news to, well, the massive flood of people who can't get work again.
 
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News Comments > Disney Leaving Game Publishing
17. Re: Disney Leaving Game Publishing May 11, 2016, 04:15 Devinoch
 
Another day, another couple hundred employees being cut loose in the game development ecosystem. Anymore, it seems like nobody's employed.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
51. Re: Op Ed May 8, 2016, 17:14 Devinoch
 
yonder wrote on May 8, 2016, 10:54:
Devinoch wrote on May 8, 2016, 02:50:
Warskull wrote on May 7, 2016, 20:36:
The establishment see Steam reviews as a threat because they are actually good and cutting them out of the loop.

"The establishment." That's hilarious. Tell that to some indie developer struggling to eat because he's dared to have a non-backwater social philosophy (completely unreflected in his game) and someone's waterboarded the reviews section because of it.

But you go on and tell yourself you're doing The Lord's work. He certainly didn't say "love thy neighbor." Wait, hang on a minute...

That's some QUALITY strawman you got there. Highly entertaining! Don't stop,please!

Oh look, ad hominem! DO go on...
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
38. Re: Op Ed May 8, 2016, 02:50 Devinoch
 
Warskull wrote on May 7, 2016, 20:36:
The establishment see Steam reviews as a threat because they are actually good and cutting them out of the loop.

"The establishment." That's hilarious. Tell that to some indie developer struggling to eat because he's dared to have a non-backwater social philosophy (completely unreflected in his game) and someone's waterboarded the reviews section because of it.

But you go on and tell yourself you're doing The Lord's work. He certainly didn't say "love thy neighbor." Wait, hang on a minute...
 
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News Comments > Lionhead Closed
13. Re: Lionhead Closed Apr 29, 2016, 14:57 Devinoch
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY0WxgSXdEE

Another one bites the dust. Man, the entire industry's a wasteland at this point...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 23, 2016, 21:15 Devinoch
 
I'm just hoping he gets all the support he needs to help him cope with this. He's talked pretty openly about battling with depression before, and if there's ever something that would flare that up mercilessly, this would be it. I wish we could all help.  
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