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13. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jan 24, 2020, 15:41 Beamer
 
VaranDragon wrote on Jan 24, 2020, 15:29:
No, what Im saying is that Witcher's success and quality has more to do with it being a great adaptation of the book.

And it's also an adaptation of the game.
 



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News Comments > Out of the Blue

11. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 24, 2020, 14:59 Beamer
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jan 24, 2020, 14:48:
Beamer wrote on Jan 24, 2020, 14:13:
True Manning aficionados know the true greatest Manning (am I gatekeeping enough?) is Cooper!

Though Preston is a close third.

What the hell, OBJ is apparently a real goddamned athlete, even when it comes to catching M&M's thrown at you!

The OBJ of 2020 is nothing like the OBJ of 2015, sadly.
 



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News Comments > Evening Metaverse

6. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 24, 2020, 14:19 Beamer
 
Bodolza wrote on Jan 24, 2020, 13:53:
Lots of fans may be unhappy with the quality of the product KK is producing, but with the exception of Solo, she's still bringing in bucket loads of money. All the whining in the world won't make a difference if the money is still flowing.

I think Star Wars has been a pretty well acknowledged failure, though. It brought in buckets of money, but was expected to bring in twice as much. Its attempts to spin out and expand have somewhat fallen on their face. And, unlike with Marvel (though we'll see what happens now, with some of the best heroes no longer doing films and the big serialized event over), there's absolutely Star Wars fatigue. Disney did not buy Star Wars anticipating fatigue, at least not this quickly.

I still say it's because they made it so damn small. It's a big universe. Or galaxy. Or whatever. Instead of showing us new stories, it's showing us the past of existing stories. I am not a Star Wars fan, but I think I speak for the public when I say no one wants to see what made Han Solo the rogue that he is - you destroy the mystique. No one wants to see Obi One Kanobi taking a preteen Luke around. We don't need to see this stuff. It chips away from our heroes, rather than adding to them.

Give us new conflicts, new people to root for, and new things to capture our imagination, rather than stories that take away from our imagination. Marvel largely does this. We don't get a story about what Iron Man was like in middle school, instead we get an entirely new character doing something entirely new, that eventually overlaps with something new Iron Man is doing.
 



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News Comments > Out of the Blue

9. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 24, 2020, 14:13 Beamer
 
True Manning aficionados know the true greatest Manning (am I gatekeeping enough?) is Cooper!

Though Preston is a close third.
 



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News Comments > Get The Bridge for Free

16. Re: Get The Bridge for Free Jan 24, 2020, 13:42 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Jan 24, 2020, 13:21:
Beamer wrote on Jan 24, 2020, 10:20:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Jan 24, 2020, 09:58:
Prez wrote on Jan 24, 2020, 09:36:
You guys never get tired of jerking yourselves off.

No shame in self-love. Maybe seek the guidance of a therapist to deal with your puritanical self-loathing.

Who knew Prez was a pilgrim?!

Thanksgiving was invented for self-gratification. It's all clear now.

Per Tori Amos, that's Easter, actually.
 



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11. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jan 24, 2020, 10:24 Beamer
 
VaranDragon wrote on Jan 24, 2020, 10:18:
Beamer wrote on Jan 23, 2020, 14:21:
JTW wrote on Jan 23, 2020, 14:15:
ldonyo wrote on Jan 23, 2020, 11:09:
Since it's a book series-to-TV adaptation, no.

The article addressed that point. The show wasn't made because of how the books sold, it was made because the fan base from the game is huge.

They got the book license, not the game license, and yet everything they did stylistically, was inspired by the game. Cavil is a great match for the game Geralt, but looks very little like the book Geralt (who's actually pretty thin and lanky), the costumes, the sets, all of that are more reminiscent of the games than the book.

Even the music is very similar. Yes, someone can argue it's Polish-influenced, but the show's score is clearly heavily influenced by the game's.

I love all the "actually" people feeling technically correct, when the reality is what you said. The show happened because of the games, not because of the books, and are going after the look of the games, not the books. They licensed the books because that's how it had to be done, and they're using the source material, but let's be honest, the show is very much the game being brought to life.

Jesus Christ, OF COURSE the show happened because of the games. But there would be NO SHOW, and NO GAME if it weren't for the books, and as much as it is influenced heavily by the games in the visual and musical department, the actual script is basically the Last Wish and parts of the Blood of Elves.

For there to be a golden age of game to TV adaptations you actually need great source material, and games are NEVER great source material simply because great writers are very few and far between in this industry.

Yes, and no one is saying that there'd be a show without the books.
But people are saying this is an adaptation of the books, not the show. That's not entirely true.

So you're pretending I'm making an argument I'm not, while ignoring the argument I responded to.
 



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News Comments > Get The Bridge for Free

11. Re: Get The Bridge for Free Jan 24, 2020, 10:20 Beamer
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Jan 24, 2020, 09:58:
Prez wrote on Jan 24, 2020, 09:36:
You guys never get tired of jerking yourselves off.

No shame in self-love. Maybe seek the guidance of a therapist to deal with your puritanical self-loathing.

Who knew Prez was a pilgrim?!
 



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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs

2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jan 23, 2020, 21:00 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 23, 2020, 20:45:
Ghostery and uBlock do not like this site.

Yup. Verizon owned sites do a stealth pass through advertising.com. I've stopped reading them.
 



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8. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jan 23, 2020, 14:21 Beamer
 
JTW wrote on Jan 23, 2020, 14:15:
ldonyo wrote on Jan 23, 2020, 11:09:
Since it's a book series-to-TV adaptation, no.

The article addressed that point. The show wasn't made because of how the books sold, it was made because the fan base from the game is huge.

They got the book license, not the game license, and yet everything they did stylistically, was inspired by the game. Cavil is a great match for the game Geralt, but looks very little like the book Geralt (who's actually pretty thin and lanky), the costumes, the sets, all of that are more reminiscent of the games than the book.

Even the music is very similar. Yes, someone can argue it's Polish-influenced, but the show's score is clearly heavily influenced by the game's.

I love all the "actually" people feeling technically correct, when the reality is what you said. The show happened because of the games, not because of the books, and are going after the look of the games, not the books. They licensed the books because that's how it had to be done, and they're using the source material, but let's be honest, the show is very much the game being brought to life.
 



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News Comments > Riot Slams CA Lawsuit Claims

15. Re: Riot Slams CA Lawsuit Claims Jan 23, 2020, 13:40 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 23, 2020, 13:23:
chickenboo wrote on Jan 23, 2020, 12:15:
There shouldn't even be a settlement in the first place. Riot trying to buy its way out of the fire with a paltry $10M split among 1000 women where the settlement most likely affirms Riot refusing to admit any guilt.

No one is forcing them to take the settlement. They can pursue legal restitution however they see fit. It's supposed to be compensation, not winning the lottery. How many of those 1000 women were actually harassed? And then to what degree?

What if I pay you a compliment and it's completely innocuous but you interpret it as sexual harassment? How do I have any control over how you interpret what I say? Wars have started for less. And even if I was making a pass at you does that entitle you to a multimillion dollar payout? Get real. If that's the way the world worked we'd all just be sitting around suing each other all the live long day and nothing would get done.

Yeah, from the sounds of it there were definitely a few women who were really harassed. It actually sounds like most employees were harassed - sexually or otherwise - by bad management. So where are their payouts? For everyone who ever feels hard done by by a corporation, where are their payouts? Ever been fired without cause? Lots of people are all the time, where are their payouts? Why are they any less deserving? Yet legally speaking they are. That's real discrimination in my book.



1) It isn't about sexual harassment, it's about intentionally not promoting women and running a penis-ocracy instead of a meritocracy. Y'know, a gender discrimination lawsuit, as Blue mentioned

2) It's weird that you think people can interpret being farted on or fondled by someone multiple levels above them in the company, in a meeting, as anything other than offensive
 



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5. Re: etc. Jan 23, 2020, 13:15 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 23, 2020, 12:54:
Looking forward to the new hard-R full violence and nudity HBO ten-part series: PONG.

I think you mape a tydo, even though the p and d keys aren't near each other.
 



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News Comments > Tencent Makes Funcom Bid; Dune Scope May Expand

41. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Jan 23, 2020, 12:58 Beamer
 
Choobeastia wrote on Jan 23, 2020, 12:49:
Beamer wrote on Jan 23, 2020, 09:38:
As annoying as the China censor-creep into Hollywood is, it's far less that the sinister Chinese government is forcing anything or funding anything, and far more that the Chinese box office for blockbusters is generally 50%-150% of the US box office.

If you're a cynical, publicly traded company producing cynical products designed to appeal to the widest audience possible, this means having to enter China. A $200MM movie will make its money back faster if it doesn't ignore 30% of the global market.

So they avoid anything the Chinese censors will dislike, and often add something the Chinese audience will. Not doing so means missing hundreds of millions of dollars. And it isn't as if we have many movies being made for art or creative purposes anymore. There isn't a whole lot left out there other than giant blockbusters carefully crafted to appeal to literally every single human being on the planet. It's why I find TV much more satisfying (also, it's why network television blows.)

What you just described it how they "force" and "fund" ideas. Their market has money to spend that outside companies want. Let's call that market square. The Chinese Government keeps their market square through censorship of media inside of China. They don't impose anything outside of China, but they do have a lot of money available inside of China.

The outside companies are from markets that are round and can accept many shapes of media. Luckily for the companies, that round market can ALSO fit square media. Square media sells well in China, and there is lots of money to earn in China. So they produce square media.

As a result, the Chinese censorship expands beyond the borders of China, not through force, but through coercive money, and our round markets start seeing a big uptick in square media, and square ideas, and a downswing in media and ideas that won't fit the square market.

Yes, but it isn't direct. Someone here said they fund the films. That would mean they're literally providing the upfront funding and are involved in planning. And yes, they do have companies that invest in film. But that's not the bulk of what's happening. What's happening isn't China demanding these changes, it's people choosing to make these changes to appeal to China.

It's no different than Fox deciding that Die Hard would sell more tickets by being PG-13 than R. No one forced Fox to do it, Fox just decided to do it themselves.

Yes, it leads to really bad movies, but to say it's actively China mandating this is wrong. Hollywood can, and occasionally does, ignore what China wants. They then don't count on that revenue. We should point the fingers at people unwilling to make movies without considering China.

It isn't as if foreign producers don't frequently reduce the sexual content of their films in order to sell more tickets in the US.
 



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News Comments > Riot Slams CA Lawsuit Claims

6. Re: Riot Slams CA Lawsuit Claims Jan 23, 2020, 10:57 Beamer
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jan 23, 2020, 10:52:
Primalchrome wrote on Jan 23, 2020, 10:41:
Because them libtards should be thankful for their betters fumigating their wisdom! If it weren't fer their betters, they wouldn't have jobs! Trickle down economics work, regardless of what economists say! All hail capitalizm!

I'm sure hoping this is a sarcastic tongue in cheek comment.

But.. Capitalism does work and it's the reason we have crazy forefront of technology and industry.

It depends upon your definition of capitalism.

The US's biggest period of economic windfall came after World War II and into the 1960s. We were a much more socialist company then than we are now.

And much of the technology and industry that we celebrate came from either government labs, or government investment. That's a fairly socialist idea.

The needle has ticked way too far towards pure capitalism, and too far away from the mix we had back in the 50s and 60s.
 



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News Comments > Riot Slams CA Lawsuit Claims

2. Re: Riot Slams CA Lawsuit Claims Jan 23, 2020, 10:31 Beamer
 
How are so many people in support of a company whose senior executives fondle and fart on lower employees during meetings?  



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News Comments > Tencent Makes Funcom Bid; Dune Scope May Expand

39. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 23, 2020, 10:19 Beamer
 
An edit on my post - the reason why Hollywood sucks isn't Communism (of which China only kind of is), but Capitalism.  



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News Comments > Tencent Makes Funcom Bid; Dune Scope May Expand

37. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Jan 23, 2020, 09:38 Beamer
 
As annoying as the China censor-creep into Hollywood is, it's far less that the sinister Chinese government is forcing anything or funding anything, and far more that the Chinese box office for blockbusters is generally 50%-150% of the US box office.

If you're a cynical, publicly traded company producing cynical products designed to appeal to the widest audience possible, this means having to enter China. A $200MM movie will make its money back faster if it doesn't ignore 30% of the global market.

So they avoid anything the Chinese censors will dislike, and often add something the Chinese audience will. Not doing so means missing hundreds of millions of dollars. And it isn't as if we have many movies being made for art or creative purposes anymore. There isn't a whole lot left out there other than giant blockbusters carefully crafted to appeal to literally every single human being on the planet. It's why I find TV much more satisfying (also, it's why network television blows.)
 



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News Comments > California Intervenes in Riot Games Gender Discrimination Suit

26. Re: California Intervenes in Riot Games Gender Discrimination Suit Jan 22, 2020, 22:57 Beamer
 
bigspender wrote on Jan 22, 2020, 22:32:
jacobvandy wrote on Jan 22, 2020, 22:16:
bigspender wrote on Jan 22, 2020, 21:48:
I understand that they want to use financial means to deter sexist behaviour, and a high sum is required in order to give enough incentive to change for a company, but why charge "the company / business" at at all? The "company" didn't do anything wrong, it was the individuals working in that company right? So target them, and their wages with fines or whatever the appropriate punishment is. It was individuals who did sexist things, and individuals that covered it up, and individuals that allowed the behaviour to perpeptuate.

It kind of feels like a weird palm off to not recognise that individuals are behind it, and blame a large entity instead. Isn't a bit like trying to sue Hollywood for what Weinstein or Cosby did?

It's all a bit weird to me.


Really, it seems weird to you for a company to be sued over what went on in their offices, during work hours, involving other employees and/or supervisors? The company hired those people, and allowed them to behave the way they did, breaking employment laws in the process. The "company" is not some nebulous entity, disconnected from what goes on within its walls; it is composed of the individuals who control and operate it, some of whom were among the accused. Hollywood is a place.

The company didn't hire anyone though, a manager did, HR did, a CEO did. It was people who let it happen, who didn't change it etc. A company isn't sentient.

Don't get me wrong, if this is how it works to make change, then sure do that, but all I'm saying is it feels weird that the individuals in question aren't really being personally punished.

You need to read up on agency. The legal term.
If a McDonald's employee poisons the burger you ordered, would you hold McDonald's accountable?
 



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News Comments > Morning Previews

5. Re: Morning Previews Jan 22, 2020, 17:36 Beamer
 
MDB wrote on Jan 22, 2020, 11:55:
I'm amazed by the amount of positive press this is getting. I loved the 2016 Doom and this might be my first pre-order in a very long time.

I preordered it over a year ago. Amazon was doing 25% off. Seemed like a worthy way to go. I can technically still cancel and get my money back, but even if this was just more of the same, it would be worth the price (plus 25% off!)
 



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News Comments > California Intervenes in Riot Games Gender Discrimination Suit

17. Re: California Intervenes in Riot Games Gender Discrimination Suit Jan 22, 2020, 15:58 Beamer
 
mxmissile wrote on Jan 22, 2020, 15:47:
The only lesson that should be learned from all this BS is NEVER start or run your business in California. The socialists and SJWs running the failing economy and government (look at broken ass infrastructure if you dont believe me) are destroying way of life there.

Sure you aren't thinking Mississippi, or Alabama, or any of the negative-federal-contribution states?
And sorry that the CA government won't let you fondle and fart on your employees. How unreasonable!
 



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News Comments > Google Stadia Exclusive Game Plans

21. Re: Google Stadia Exclusive Game Plans Jan 22, 2020, 14:48 Beamer
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jan 22, 2020, 14:28:
Beamer wrote on Jan 22, 2020, 13:49:

Partially here

Interesting, but I'm guessing most of the leadership who decided to do microtransactions etc. in OMDU are still around, making terrible decisions such as selling out to Stadia.

Oh well, I'm not going to say I'm not interested in how it turns out, because I did love OMD and OMD2. Hopefully the exclusivity period isn't too long, and OMD3 ends up being good/great.

Personally I'm trying to avoid buying anything these days except on Gog. Too much anti-consumer nonsense out there now.


I'm not sure selling out to Stadia is a terrible decision. If your choice is basically making a small game few people will like, or making the larger game many people will like, though it needs to be funded by Google with a time-based exclusivity, which would you do?

I'm making the game I want, not the game I have resources for.
 



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