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News Comments > BioWare's Dragon Age and Mass Effect Plans
59. Re: BioWare's Dragon Age and Mass Effect Plans Aug 4, 2018, 12:57 Beamer
 
Quinn wrote on Aug 4, 2018, 10:36:
Beamer wrote on Aug 4, 2018, 10:17:
DarkCntry wrote on Aug 4, 2018, 04:33:
Sepharo wrote on Aug 3, 2018, 23:05:
DarkCntry wrote on Aug 3, 2018, 21:29:
I'd just kill for a game where political correctness wasn't shoved into my face. If a protagonist is white, blue, green, male, female, or neither, I don't care...I just want the game to be done in a way that makes it feel natural and not some pre-planned agenda.

What would constitute the shoving if it's not simple existence?
Does this require knowing developer intent from outside the game sources?

An obvious inclusion of something for the sake of including it when it has no direct requirement of existing.

A subjective example would be something like the Ghostbusters remake.

Yup, and the Baywatch remake, and the Texas Chainsaw remake, and the Wickerman remake, and the Planet of the Apes remake, and the Psycho remake, and the Arthur remake, and the Mummy remake...

Wait, no, we've just discovered that cynical remakes with no reason for existing are bad, not that diversity is forced. If you remember, the initial rumors for the Ghostbusters remake wasn't all women, so it was happening regardless. Unless you think the Ghostbusters remake would have had a reason for existing with a male cast, in which case...

In which case what? Give me a label if I want Ghostbusters to stay true to its origins. Do it.

I also want the next James Bond to be a man. Come at me.

Maybe I make assumptions to quickly. Maybe I label you too quickly. But what you write gives me the impression you want to jump on people like DarkSentry because just saying you prefer a guy playing a role over a woman is controversial these days. Forgive me if I'm wrong. I am currenty down 3 IPAs


Would you have liked the new Ghostbusters more had they been men?

Why in the world would it matter? Also, you're what, in your 40s? Isn't it a bit old to feel ownership over a media property from the 80s?
 
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News Comments > BioWare's Dragon Age and Mass Effect Plans
53. Re: BioWare's Dragon Age and Mass Effect Plans Aug 4, 2018, 10:17 Beamer
 
DarkCntry wrote on Aug 4, 2018, 04:33:
Sepharo wrote on Aug 3, 2018, 23:05:
DarkCntry wrote on Aug 3, 2018, 21:29:
I'd just kill for a game where political correctness wasn't shoved into my face. If a protagonist is white, blue, green, male, female, or neither, I don't care...I just want the game to be done in a way that makes it feel natural and not some pre-planned agenda.

What would constitute the shoving if it's not simple existence?
Does this require knowing developer intent from outside the game sources?

An obvious inclusion of something for the sake of including it when it has no direct requirement of existing.

A subjective example would be something like the Ghostbusters remake.

Yup, and the Baywatch remake, and the Texas Chainsaw remake, and the Wickerman remake, and the Planet of the Apes remake, and the Psycho remake, and the Arthur remake, and the Mummy remake...

Wait, no, we've just discovered that cynical remakes with no reason for existing are bad, not that diversity is forced. If you remember, the initial rumors for the Ghostbusters remake wasn't all women, so it was happening regardless. Unless you think the Ghostbusters remake would have had a reason for existing with a male cast, in which case...
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Aug 3, 2018, 12:27 Beamer
 
Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the final 24 hours of the Steam sale at the lowest price, so you could get all the Flash sale pricing during that final day?

Flash sales got me coming back and checking more frequently, so they did take more money from me. At first. Then it just became exhausting, and checking the site repeatedly just led to me impulse buying something because it was $3 cheaper than if I'd waited. I was better off buying fewer games I'd actually play than more games that maybe, sort of, kind of, I'd eventually remember and play (I never did.)
 
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News Comments > BioWare's Dragon Age and Mass Effect Plans
35. Re: BioWare's Dragon Age and Mass Effect Plans Aug 3, 2018, 07:37 Beamer
 
Sepharo wrote on Aug 3, 2018, 07:23:
Quinn wrote on Aug 3, 2018, 07:20:
If I disagree with the concept of white privilege, the burden of proof is on you to show me I am against it because I am white.

What? It's not because you're white. It's because you're you... you're the fragile guy. Not the white race as a whole.
Getting tired of explaining that.

I'm white. I know I'm privileged. My parents told me very frequently when I was a kid, they called it "fortunate" though. I was fortunate my parents were together. I was fortunate I had food on the table. I was fortunate I had a roof over my head. I was fortunate I was born without deformity. I was fortunate my school was pretty decent. I was fortunate I was in the United States. I'm fortunate that I'm white.
That I don't get asked if I have any warrants when I'm pulled over by the police. That I'm not looked upon with suspicion. That my appearance doesn't frighten others. That I was given college, car, and home loans. That I wasn't harassed at school. That I wasn't harassed for moving into my neighborhood. That my coworkers don't make little racial jokes in my presence. That in almost every game (until recently) my skin color was the default.

When someone brings that stuff up to me it doesn't make me mad. It makes a lot of sense. It's something society should improve upon.


This is the second post in as many weeks where Quinn speaks out about anti-white racism as if it's equal to other racism in this country. The whole "most people don't want to hear about diversity" thing is interesting, because who cares what "most" people want? The best changes in this country were usually unpopular to start. It's also odd to say "diversity is great, I just don't want to hear or think about it, ever, but I don't mind it." Sounds at odds with itself.

Your post is entirely true. For some reason, white people shut down when they hear the term "white privilege." To them, it means they were handed everything. It's a weird way to think about it, especially for gamers. If you cheat and give yourself a 10 in Perception, does it make the game easy? No. It's just one factor of many. In real life, there are thousands. But having a 10 in one category does make some things less hard.

Also, we have weirdly hit a point in this country where, as a Fox News commentator said earlier this week, being called "racist" is the worst thing that can happen in this country. Worse than doing something racist. Worse than being a victim of racism. Once race gets brought up, most white people seem utterly incapable of reflecting upon their own experiences and considering what life is for others. It becomes defensive, and "one time some black guy called me a cracker!"
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
5. Re: Morning Safety Dance Aug 2, 2018, 22:50 Beamer
 
Bard wrote on Aug 2, 2018, 17:46:
it was political corruption - sorry but don't have time to present an essay on the subject - read the DNC emails highlighted by various investigative journalists if you can find them on the subject.

Cheers


I didn't ask for an essay. A minor paragraph. One that explains the ethical violation. Bonus points if it's criminal.

If not, it's you whining about a party you don't even like making a decision that guaranteed your emperor god is in power. And it's you whining so you don't have to think too hard about what he's done, because you can excuse it all because, if you squint, someone else did something worse so why care?
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
2. Re: Morning Safety Dance Aug 2, 2018, 17:23 Beamer
 
Bard wrote on Aug 2, 2018, 16:39:
screw foreign...

how about interference from ANYONE?

the DNC have gotten away scott free - i think they did more to get trump elected than russia did.

I'd love for you to explain, in detail, what they did that was unethical.
They didn't give Bernie as much help as they should have? Well, he hates them, why would you support someone that hates you? They have no true obligation to do so. And it's their party, they are responsible to do what is best for it, and they felt they were.

It wasn't an ethical violation. Stupid and shortsighted? Maybe. But so are people comparing it to what Russia did. People doing that are desperate to point fingers and unwilling to admit something that benefitted them could possibly be bad. Or maybe even deliberately organized by the person that won.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 2, 2018, 10:57 Beamer
 
Killer Kane wrote on Aug 2, 2018, 10:35:
May Alex Jones be attacked by rabid porcupines...with AIDS

May the frogs turn him gay.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
6. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 2, 2018, 09:55 Beamer
 
WaltC wrote on Aug 2, 2018, 09:26:
MattyC wrote on Aug 2, 2018, 02:09:
I am not really sure when they stopped being banned. When I was in high school (yes, way way back in the Paleozoic) we were absolutely allowed to have phones, but if we took them out in the classroom they were taken away and the students parents had to come reclaim it.

Seemed to work well enough. You could use them as much as you wanted in the halls / at lunch, just not in class. Not sure what changed.

When I was in school (right after Moses crossed the Red Sea, or thereabouts) we weren't allowed to use even pocket calculators as it was considered cheating (and cell phones hadn't yet been invented)...;) Basically it was you, your brain, a pencil and a textbook--and that was it.

It's still the same in classrooms. No one is using their cellphone to answer math problems. It's more lunch time, in hallways, etc., plus kids finding ways to covertly play Fortnite in English class, much like I'm certain kids in your class found ways to read comic books or whatever in English class.
 
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News Comments > U.S. Sales Charts
3. Re: U.S. Sales Charts Aug 2, 2018, 08:27 Beamer
 
Nut wrote on Aug 2, 2018, 08:20:
(Retail and Digital)
*** No digital sales included in ranking.
digital sales (from participating publishers)

What the what now?

Can someone explain how NPD reporting a partial picture regarding digital sales is remotely helpful?

Their reporting appears to ignore "only part of" digital distribution channels and ruins the value of any retail-only results reporting.

Because digital sales aren't generally part of panels. It's the same in every industry. Do you think Amazon reports sales to any panel? Nope. Few e-commerce platforms do. And plenty of omnichannel retailers withhold their .com sales.


But for brick and mortar, nearly every major retailer is part of a panel. Companies like Nielsen and IRI know how big the market is because they get all that data. Somehow, e-commerce created a locked box of secrecy that you can only get through if the brand tells you how much they sold. So, for Nintendo, clearly they're not giving those numbers. We can tell how much they sold in stores due to panel data, but online we have no clue.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 1, 2018, 18:06 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Aug 1, 2018, 17:12:
MacLeod wrote on Aug 1, 2018, 11:11:
This is why I never subscribed... they always seemed shady as fuck.

I don't think they were really shady, I just never understood how this business was supposed to make any money. Yeah, they had these grandiose plans on how theaters were going to share concessions revenue with them... Uh-huh. Rolleyes

Just more of this horseshit Silicon Valley 'inventing' something, and it basically running of idiot venture capitalist money for a few years until it croaks.

Like anything, data. Right now, data on who is seeing what movies when is spotty. With Moviepass, a lot of data would flow through. Demographic information, if not already then ratings. Some of that could be very, very powerful.

But for it to matter, someone would need to pay for the data and the analysis.

Beyond this, it hoped to rise large enough and powerful enough to get preferred pricing. If you're AMC, would you rather have a partnership with Moviepass where you are getting maybe 50% of the ticket price, but millions of people will come to you, or let those millions go to Lowe's? It never materialized like that, though. They never got the bargaining power, never did anything with the data, etc.
 
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News Comments > Shortest Trip to Earth Announced
3. Re: Shortest Trip to Earth Announced Aug 1, 2018, 16:50 Beamer
 
I have 400+ hours in FTL. Not really feeling that this is that similar.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
6. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 31, 2018, 17:32 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 31, 2018, 17:01:
Beamer wrote on Jul 31, 2018, 15:48:
Quboid wrote on Jul 31, 2018, 15:41:
ForgedReality wrote on Jul 31, 2018, 15:27:
Samsung: STOP WITH THE FUCKING CURVED EDGES!!! Nobody wants them. It's a main reason I've stuck with my Note 4 this long. >:/

(That and my 6500mAh battery. )

I do, they have the best screen:body size ratio. The Edge features are useless gimmicks but the larger screen isn't.

Agreed. I do use the Edge quicklaunch feature for Clock and Calendar, but could probably put those anywhere. I don't put anything else on them.

I like having as few icons on my screen, so it's usually two clicks to launch anything other than the small handful of apps I use regularly (basically Uber, Instagram, Maps, Chrome & Textra.)

Beam, do you even own a car at this point, or do you just take public and Uber when you need to get around the city?

Getting rid of my car was one of the happiest moments of my life. Stupidly, I did it the day before I was on a plane, but man, did it feel good.

I actually don't Uber much. I walk to work, so I'd say out of a 30 day month, my only way of getting around is walking 24 of them. I'll cab 2, Uber 1, and use public transportation the remaining 3. Cabs are generally more convenient than Ubers in Manhattan, and public transportation is often faster and always cheaper.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 31, 2018, 17:24 Beamer
 
I still say Twitter has its purpose. Are you a brand? There's no better way to engage with consumers and build your brand online. It's quick and it's easy. I've definitely had customer service handled much, much faster by reaching out via Twitter than anywhere else.

But if you're a human trying to build your brand, you need to think about how permanent it is and how your brand may evolve over time. Much like talking to the media, controversy is probably bad. There are people who have valid reasons to use Twitter, but they need to be smarter. For a ton, Instagram is smarter. It's visual, and it doesn't converse much, so the odds of putting up something that bothers anyone is way diminished, though I'll agree some people need to be verbal, not visual, for their careers.

Are you a regular person? There's little Twitter is good for, other than maybe information and definitely complaining to a brand when they screw up. But building yourself up? It's a shitty medium for conversation, and odds are you have nothing interesting to say in that space and no one is listening right now, anyway. Unless you know for a fact 10,000+ people are interested in what you have to say, there are a billion better and less public places to say it.

Anyway, those use cases are so narrow I just don't get why people go there. I have an account, post nothing, follow no one. It's just for when my flight gets canceled and I need Delta to rebook me immediately (seriously, I've twice gotten airlines to call me directly when their own call line had an hour+ wait.)
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 31, 2018, 15:48 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Jul 31, 2018, 15:41:
ForgedReality wrote on Jul 31, 2018, 15:27:
Samsung: STOP WITH THE FUCKING CURVED EDGES!!! Nobody wants them. It's a main reason I've stuck with my Note 4 this long. >:/

(That and my 6500mAh battery. )

I do, they have the best screen:body size ratio. The Edge features are useless gimmicks but the larger screen isn't.

Agreed. I do use the Edge quicklaunch feature for Clock and Calendar, but could probably put those anywhere. I don't put anything else on them.

I like having as few icons on my screen, so it's usually two clicks to launch anything other than the small handful of apps I use regularly (basically Uber, Instagram, Maps, Chrome & Textra.)
 
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News Comments > Abstractism Yoinked
5. Re: Abstractism Yoinked Jul 31, 2018, 14:00 Beamer
 
Frijoles wrote on Jul 31, 2018, 12:20:
I'd like to see Valve release a Steam Premier which is basically a curated form of their store. Leave Steam up with all the shit that goes with it for people who like to live dangerously. Steam Premier could be like old Steam. Same app, just a different section of it.

So a walled garden, with a gate in the back that you can cross into if you feel like it, though few probably would?
 
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News Comments > Chasm Opens Up
4. Re: Chasm Opens Up Jul 31, 2018, 12:36 Beamer
 
|RaptoR| wrote on Jul 31, 2018, 12:25:
Beamer wrote on Jul 31, 2018, 11:57:
If I can't cut off arms with circular saw blades I'm not playing. Pfft, "Chasm."

Anyway, Darks, people here frequently post that misleading image trying to show that FPS level design in the 1990s was superior to now. I think lots of people want a more simple game sometimes. And there's a lot of depth and cool mechanics you can add to a platformer now that you couldn't back then.

When I first saw this, that was the Chasm that came to mind. Played the hell out of it back in the day. Wonder if it's on GOG?

Nope. I doubt it aged well, and think it's kind of totally lost. None of the entities responsible are around, making it tough (but not impossible.)
 
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News Comments > Chasm Opens Up
2. Re: Chasm Opens Up Jul 31, 2018, 11:57 Beamer
 
If I can't cut off arms with circular saw blades I'm not playing. Pfft, "Chasm."

Anyway, Darks, people here frequently post that misleading image trying to show that FPS level design in the 1990s was superior to now. I think lots of people want a more simple game sometimes. And there's a lot of depth and cool mechanics you can add to a platformer now that you couldn't back then.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 31, 2018, 11:48 Beamer
 
I just put a product I know has all legitimate reviews into Fakespot and it gave it... an F.

Crazy. The product has a 2.9 rating, but gets dinged for them being "too positive." And the product has almost exclusively Vine reviews, which are impossible to fake.

Needs more validation from me, but I'd consider it a questionable tool. Also, I give plenty of 5 star reviews. I really enjoy a lot of things.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
12. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jul 30, 2018, 11:23 Beamer
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jul 30, 2018, 10:37:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 29, 2018, 21:09:
recall2000 wrote on Jul 29, 2018, 16:08:
http://www.wcvb.com/article/teen-injured-in-viral-hot-water-challenge/22578627
Seriously? Today's kids are f*cking retarded. I know he didn't do it himself; his "friend" poured boiling water on him whilew he was asleep. I mean...WTF? How they must have laughed..after his week in hospital that is. The fact that parents have to get on the internet to tell people it's a bad idea as well. Humanity is doomed if this is the standard of the next generation.

Part of me really wants to believe this is Trump's Fake News in action.

There. Sunday rant over

We were also retarded, there just wasn't an internet for things to go viral on. We planted explosives in school, shot each other with BB guns, shot bottle rockets and m-80s at each other, jumped off roofs, rode our bikes off cliffs, stole alcohol from our parents, shot cars with BB guns and snowballs, and on and on. I'm lucky to have all of my limbs and to be alive and to have avoided juvy or jail.

Also, like no one died to lawn darts...

Some people are just dumb. Nothing new here...

Lawn darts were an adult mistake - someone made them and marketed them, and adults bought them. Kids trusted adults there.

I'd point out something like Chicken being a stupid thing kids did in the 50s. If Hollywood is correct, teens back then loved either seeing who would floor it closer to a cliff, or drive straight at each other! Hollywood doesn't lie!
 
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News Comments > Starsiege Tribes Anniversary Plans
12. Re: Starsiege Tribes Anniversary Plans Jul 30, 2018, 09:26 Beamer
 
Prior to this coming out, Sierra sent out free copies to people willing to host servers. It was how I got my copy, which I was super excited about (although I feel as if the previews mentioned quite a bit that never made it to the game.)

However, this officially launched a week after Half Life (pretty sure it was in my hands in August due to the willingness to host.) While I kept running a server until my loose agreement was finalized, I stopped Tribes cold turkey for Half Life. Standard and team DM was more my speed, and Half Life was a very, very easy game to be absolutely dominant in. I could be a team of 1 and still end up in the top 3, against teams of 5+. Starsiege was more about actually playing as a team, and even today, games with that appeal to me far less because I don't have a physical team to play with.
 
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