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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 17, 2017, 07:23 Beamer
 
Muscular Beaver wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 06:45:
This politicization of even the gaming sector now... wow...
Ive called people "fags" and whatnot if I was angry getting killed all the time in a game. So what? That doesnt mean I hate gay people or actually would want to smash that guys head in.

It says a lot about you that it's the word you go to, and whether you mean it or not doesn't matter, because how does anyone on the receiving end know how you intend it?
 
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News Comments > Another Star Citizen: Squadron 42 Delay?
46. Re: Another Star Citizen: Squadron 42 Delay? Oct 16, 2017, 18:13 Beamer
 
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 17:49:
I love reading the Blues comments on this game, then going over to youtube and reading the most upvoted comment there:

"Love it. Great transparency with the team and work. Thank you for taking the time to build an excellent game rather than rushing and releasing it unfinished.&#65279; 86 upvotes"

Traditionally, this site had been more pessimistic than others. However, I think that's far less true of late. I think it's a combination of this game sucking up all the pessimism so people are more optimistic elsewhere, and CJ being so pessimistic everyone else feels the need to overcompensate by looking on the bright side of things.
 
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News Comments > Call of Duty: WWII Live-Action Trailer
7. Re: Call of Duty: WWII Live-Action Trailer Oct 16, 2017, 15:44 Beamer
 
DangerDog wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 14:52:
This time the homophobic slurs over in game chat are all true.

Wait, what?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 16, 2017, 15:19 Beamer
 
Just imagine that in the voice of Alex Jones.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
21. Re: Op Ed Oct 16, 2017, 14:32 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 14:28:
Getting back to loot boxes, for anyone thinking its innocuous I would just point them to their mobile store or hell, past publisher behavior. As a concept this has nowhere to go but sleaze. Maybe that's good though, let them push it to an extreme until the market won't bear it anymore. My biggest fear is how these things will influence design in the future because with profit as your motivator, you can justify anything.

It's mobile design creeping in to AAA games. I still blame Valve above all, and still blame loot boxes for why I stopped CS:Go.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
19. Re: Op Ed Oct 16, 2017, 14:23 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 14:18:
Verno wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 14:16:
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 14:14:
Verno wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 11:55:
Oh you would be surprised. People will defend anything.
So true, people will even defend orange jesus and the republican party.

Some people will defend the election campaign of HRC so yeah, right there with ya
What's to defend, she won the popular vote.

It's hard to say she ran a smart campaign, or a good one against Trump. She may have been the better candidate all around, but she ran a pretty poor campaign and let Trump lead the conversation, and her, every step of the way.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Op Ed Oct 16, 2017, 14:17 Beamer
 
Ozmodan wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 14:04:
This nonsense that they are not making money leads them to include loot boxes is ridiculous. Far more people are buying their games. Secondly many of these titles are just upgrades from prior versions hence much of their prior work makes it much easier to code the game, they are certainly not starting out from scratch on most of these titles.

I have plenty of games to play so if you put in RNG loot boxes you won't see a dime from me.

For those that don't think this is gambling, I have a bridge in Brooklyn for sale...

1) The price of games has not kept up with inflation. We were paying $50 per game then, we're paying $50 per game now. At most. Console games are actually cheaper now than then, even ignoring inflation

2) Dev team sizes have gone up exponentially. Revenues have not. Doom had 23 names in the credits (including repeats, more like 16 without.) Doom 3 had about 120. Doom 2016 was over 600

3) These are no longer small devs working in small teams. They're multinational corporations that are, or are part of, publicly traded companies. There are now institutional shareholders demanding profit growth

We're getting more for less, but there's pressure on the devs to keep up these massive sizes, and to show growth because Wall St. investors can sometimes be incredibly irrational.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 16, 2017, 13:28 Beamer
 
Blue wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 13:24:
Pigeon wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 13:13:
Sucks for Rodgers coming from what is apparently a 'legal' late hit. I understand they don't want to discourage defenders from pursuing the QB, but I see that kind of hit a lot, and I know it's meant to intimidate QB's and physically shake them.

I dunno, I didn't like that at all. It seemed there was a clear beat after the ball left his hand, and the defender definitely made an effort to fall on Rodgers with his full weight. I've seen flags dropped on far cleaner hits than that. I'd be beside myself if I was a Packers fan.

Agreed. He hadn't committed to the tackle when the ball left his hand. Yeah, it's easier for me to discuss this and criticize it from the couch, but it seemed clear he'd never hit Rodgers when the ball was in his hand. I'm all for knocking the QB down, it's how the Giants beat the Patriots, but this seemed a split second too late to be defensible.

I'm probably wrong and cherry picking.
 
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News Comments > CD Projekt RED on Cyberpunk 2077 Progress and Employee Dissent
7. Re: CD Projekt RED on Cyberpunk 2077 Progress and Employee Dissent Oct 16, 2017, 12:33 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 12:27:
Yeah, it's a massively different sort of game, will need a different style of gameplay, and of course they haven't done themselves any favors by claiming that Cyberpunk will be "massively bigger" than the Witcher 3.

Witcher 3 is already kind of TOO big. Every time I play through it, I make up my mind that THIS TIME I'm going to do everything, and I never do. It's just too much. I'm kind of dreading a game that's even bigger. Their writing staff nearly killed themselves trying to come up with good quests for a game that large, so they probably aren't over-enthused by the prospect of having to create even MORE.

But all that said, these guys know what they're doing. They've made three games in ten years, and every single time, the quality made a humongous leap. Witcher 1 is a good, but flawed game. Witcher 2 is a great game. Witcher 3 is an all-time classic.

If they keep going like that, Cyberpunk 2077 will be the game that ends the game industry, since everyone will just play that forever and ever, amen.

I can't believe you've played through multiple times. Sounds daunting. I extremely rarely revisit a game that takes longer than, say, the original Deus Ex.

But yeah, Cyberpunk sounds like they want to vary it enough to be endlessly replayable. I don't know if that's great - I like more tailored experiences, but at the same time The Witcher 3 somehow did the near-impossible and made it so you could play as an asshole or a saint and only rarely did dialogue around you seem slightly broken, and it still built a great character. Compare to Skyrim, where you don't really play a character, and where you're always annoyed that you're known by sight as the best warrior ever but morons keep talking down to you and challenging you to fights. Somehow I never felt like The Witcher 3 had this issue, even if I was still world renowned...
 
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News Comments > CD Projekt RED on Cyberpunk 2077 Progress and Employee Dissent
5. Re: CD Projekt RED on Cyberpunk 2077 Progress and Employee Dissent Oct 16, 2017, 11:48 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Oct 16, 2017, 11:03:
I've watched that entire (absolutely excellent) documentary about them, and it's become very clear that they absolutely know what they are doing. Yes, they take risks, but so far all those risks have born out, and have led to what a lot of people call the best game of all time.

Whatever they're doing or trying for Cyberpunk 2077, they have more than earned the benefit of whatever doubt someone might have.

I'm just hoping it'll come out before 2077

"The Witcher with Guns" sounds like an idea that's amazing in your head but much, much harder to figure out how to work when you start thinking about the actual details. I'd guess that that, combined with having to outdo TW3, is leading to a lot of internal development issues.

I still trust it'll be a great game, but I think they're tackling something very difficult at a very difficult point. I'm not envious, but I'm very excited to see what they do next.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
34. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 16, 2017, 10:23 Beamer
 
I still don't see how having 1 guy in a group of 8 being a minority is racist.

There can't be a such thing as colorblind in today's society. It's a nice goal, but doing so today isn't feasible.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
8. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Oct 15, 2017, 20:06 Beamer
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Oct 15, 2017, 09:22:
jdreyer wrote on Oct 14, 2017, 16:51:
Or be allowed to hire H1-Bs out the ass at half salary.

I strongly doubt either Apple or Google do that. They surely both hire H1-Bs but not at half salary. Unlike Disney, or Bell Edison, or any of the other myriad companies that have famously axed their technical staff in favor of H1-B-based outsourcing firms, both Apple and Google view engineering as major profit centers, not cost centers. Likewise, both companies have an essentially infinite talent pool to draw on -- every software engineer on the planet would like to work there -- and the more they invest in engineering the more money they earn. In other words, their incentive structure is to find the best engineers on the planet, and then pay them lavishly to get them to join and to stay and to make the company money. Anecdotally, two of the engineers on my team have Chinese passports, and while I don't know their immigration status (H1-B vs. greencard) I can say for certain that they both make substantially more money than I do.

The H1-Bs at my old company made as much as I did for their level and experience. This was in MBA positions, not engineering, but still a lot of H1-Bs. As you said, for a wider talent pool, not a cheaper one.
 
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News Comments > BAFL - Brakes Are For Losers Demo
6. Re: BAFL - Brakes Are For Losers Demo Oct 15, 2017, 11:23 Beamer
 
Did you just say "anyone who knows anything about driving cars" in a topic about a game called Brakes Are For Losers?

Are you the guy that complained that anyone who knows anything about hand to hand combat knows that pulling a guy's spine out isn't the best way to win in a Mortal Kombat topic?
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
10. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 14, 2017, 15:12 Beamer
 
Blue wrote on Oct 14, 2017, 12:47:
Choobeastia wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 21:27:
Why would anyone against online harassment be on Twitter in the first place?

That's a very victim blaming sentiment.

Why would someone afraid of heights ride a roller coaster.

Oops, there I go blaming the victim again.

Roller coasters have one purpose. Twitter ostensibly has one other than harassing people. Or arguing with people. Or debating.

I don't think it's very good at that purpose anymore. I don't think it's good for communication, or ever was, nor for brand building. It's really only good for throwing mud. There remains a few people for whom it serves a professional or personal purpose, but man, let it go. Other social media lets that happen better. Yeah, you can reach a wider audience on Twitter, but it's no longer the audience looking for what you want. Twitter let that boat sale.

So I don't think your comparison is 100% perfect, but each day it gets closer to that.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
32. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 14, 2017, 09:44 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 20:49:
Beamer wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 19:31:
What's conflicting? His post doesn't spell it out, and his posting history is full of white panic. The fact remains that being black in America leads to drastically different experiences. Is that right? No. Is it true? Yes. And if your company needs the perspective of black people, being all white won't help. Period.

I said we would pretend, don't push your luck. Your comments here were disturbing, you don't even seem to grasp your own internal racism. Hire a black man, they know how to relate to all those other black men! No black person would've allowed this commercial to happen.

It is no wonder you constantly lash out at others for their beliefs when you can't even seem to make peace with your own. Period, end of sentence the fact of the matter at the end day. Yes that's the wave off you deserve. Thanks for the laughs.

What can't I make peace with? I gave one example, trying to simplify it, but you guys seem really creeped out. You really don't think there are reasons why having one black person in a group of 8 white people can be more advantageous than having another white person?

Taking a step back, what makes a good board member? Is there a limited quantity of them? Even for something as prestigious as a board member of Facebook, no, it's not difficult to find someone qualified that will do a good job and wants the job. So what are you looking for out of them? In this case, someone that users and employees relate to.

I don't think it's Stormfrontish at all to say black employees and black people relate more to black people than white people. Nor do I think it is to say that being black in America is a unique thing, as society treats all black people differently than white people, so black people understand other black people better than white people understand black people. Did I use the word "all" there? No.

This isn't internalized racism, this is just what society is. White society treats black people differently. This isn't controversial. And people concerned when a company commits to diversity are usually people stupid enough to think there's one candidate clearly better than any other, as if such a thing exists and as if people are always hiring for the same thing. You're not stupid, which is why you coming so hard on the side of "protect the white people or you're racist" is so weird. You get that the other guy and Cutter are agreeing with you, right? That's a bad sign.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
31. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 14, 2017, 09:39 Beamer
 
Eirikrautha wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 20:01:
Beamer wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 19:31:
Redmask wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 18:56:
Beamer wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 16:31:

There are times that race matters. Being "color blind" is as bad as being racist, as it just enforces the status quo. Yeah, I know, you're saying I'm as bad as the racists and I'm saying you're as bad as the racists and it comes across as me echoing you, but I've seen your posting history here and, honestly, I'm pretty certain you prefer white people, so I'm done even talking to you and your horrible, unrealistic ideas that probably often strike you as "real" due to it being "race realism." At the very least you feel white people are the most persecuted in America and have it the hardest.

Sure why actually confront your own conflicting statements when you can vaguely dismiss him. We'll just all pretend you weren't a massive hypocrite.

What's conflicting? His post doesn't spell it out, and his posting history is full of white panic. The fact remains that being black in America leads to drastically different experiences. Is that right? No. Is it true? Yes. And if your company needs the perspective of black people, being all white won't help. Period.

Ironic ad hominem (a sure sign of defeat), coming from someone whose posting history is full of collectivist racialism. Dodge all you want, the only difference between your ideas and Stormfront is that they admit they are being racist. Your fart-sniffing airs of noblesse oblige just mask your internal certainty that the poor POCs out there need your protection. See how easy it is to assign motives to those you disagree with (the difference is that mine almost certainly hits closer to the mark)?

If you want to pursue cultural and/or experiencial diversity, then I'm all for it. When you simplistically (and racistly) assert that such diversity is simply a matter of skin color, then you have gone beyond the pale. Asians can't experience poverty? Hispanics can't experience urban blight and discrimination? White people can't know what it's like to be visible minorities? That's what you are asserting when you limit your hiring to black applicants based on your logic. If you are looking for bigotry, I'm sure there's a mirror nearby...

Y'know, LittleMe also said an adhom is a sure sign of defeat, but it isn't. It's a sure sign I have no interest in dealing with people like you, him, and MA. You three are more or less the same. You're all super right wing and not worth talking to.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
27. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 13, 2017, 19:31 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 18:56:
Beamer wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 16:31:

There are times that race matters. Being "color blind" is as bad as being racist, as it just enforces the status quo. Yeah, I know, you're saying I'm as bad as the racists and I'm saying you're as bad as the racists and it comes across as me echoing you, but I've seen your posting history here and, honestly, I'm pretty certain you prefer white people, so I'm done even talking to you and your horrible, unrealistic ideas that probably often strike you as "real" due to it being "race realism." At the very least you feel white people are the most persecuted in America and have it the hardest.

Sure why actually confront your own conflicting statements when you can vaguely dismiss him. We'll just all pretend you weren't a massive hypocrite.

What's conflicting? His post doesn't spell it out, and his posting history is full of white panic. The fact remains that being black in America leads to drastically different experiences. Is that right? No. Is it true? Yes. And if your company needs the perspective of black people, being all white won't help. Period.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
24. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 13, 2017, 17:58 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 17:38:
jdreyer wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 14:36:
Timmeh wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 10:54:
yeah I see your point, but they have a diverse clientele.

a normal black professional would be a wise addition.

Good point. Here's what can happen when you don't have blacks working in leadership at your corporation:

A Dove ad showed a black woman turning herself white. The backlash is growing.

That has nothing to do with the racial or gender makeup of your company and everything to do with just being scummy for a buck. It's Unilever. You know, the same assholes that own the Axe brand whose ads do nothing but show females as stupid sluts. You hire who's best qualified for the job and who your most comfortable with. And most people are only really comfortable with their own kind. The hardcore lefies out there can wail and wring their hands over the unfairness of it all but that's basic human nature in a nutshell. We are tribal by nature. And anything that isn't part of our tribe is a potential threat. That's 2 million years of evolution telling you it doesn't give a shit about these sorts of politics.

Race Realism Lite.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
21. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 13, 2017, 16:31 Beamer
 
Eirikrautha wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 15:55:
Beamer wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 15:31:
Yes, in general, being black makes you more likely to know how to appeal to black people and more likely to appeal to black people.

Beamer:

"So you see, folks, your skin color defines you. It determines your culture, your tastes, your interests, and your ability to communicate and empathize. No white person could ever understand a black person's concerns. No black person could ever truly be the same as a white person."

Reading your mental gymnastics is like watching a confused medium channel a Klan member. It's not just stupid, it borders on evil.

Either we are individuals, or we aren't. Either our differences are due (partly or wholly) to our race, or they aren't. If race is just the color of our skin, then culture and social influences explain our differences, and, consequentially, we can ALL understand each other, because our differences are the product of experience, not kind. That's where I stand.

Your statements above would be agreed with by any racial supremacist out there. It posits that racial divisions are uncrossable and unbridgeable, because they are the product of race itself. Otherwise color wouldn't matter, just lived experience. That's a pernicious idea, and one you should not be comfortable holding...

I love the black and white "either we're this or we're that."

There are times that race matters. Being "color blind" is as bad as being racist, as it just enforces the status quo. Yeah, I know, you're saying I'm as bad as the racists and I'm saying you're as bad as the racists and it comes across as me echoing you, but I've seen your posting history here and, honestly, I'm pretty certain you prefer white people, so I'm done even talking to you and your horrible, unrealistic ideas that probably often strike you as "real" due to it being "race realism." At the very least you feel white people are the most persecuted in America and have it the hardest.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
19. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 13, 2017, 15:31 Beamer
 
Red wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 15:25:
Beamer wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 11:41:
I'm suggesting there is in experiences, shared culture, and taste.
Do you think you could create a marketing plan that would appeal to urban youths without offending them as well as, y'know, someone with that background?
So being black qualifies some one to make a marketing plan aimed at urban youths? Because all black people started out there? Weíre talking about a board member here, the whitest people on Earth regardless of actual skin color. I wonít deny that, on the surface, hiring a black person would likely resonate better with some audience members. But I do hope they make a deeper effort than that to truly find someone that helps diversity. Because seeking some rich dude/tte that is conveniently black isnít trying very hard. Thatís just appeasing idiots with a token role.

Yes, in general, being black makes you more likely to know how to appeal to black people and more likely to appeal to black people.

It's so weird how that works.

Stop with the tokenism. You come across as really frightened some black guy will get a job over you because he's black. The odds are infinitely higher that you got a job over some black guy because you're white.
 
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