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News Comments > Op Ed
19. Re: Op Ed Jun 1, 2018, 12:41 Beamer
 
YourNick wrote on Jun 1, 2018, 10:41:
Valve mentioned copyrighted material as one of the reasons, but never mentioned the sensitive subject of school shootings.
https://www.bluesnews.com/cgi-bin/board.pl?action=viewthread&boardid=1&threadid=190605&id=1181645

AFAIK a what if statement doesn't even constitute an argument, 'strawman' or otherwise.

No, Valve said that it came from a publisher that had previously been banned from the platform for, amongst other things, publishing copyrighted materials. Also review manipulation and customer abuse.

They did NOT say this game had copyrighted material. Hence why it's a strawman. No one ever once accused this game of using materials it wasn't allowed to.

The better question is what happens if a publisher not banned from the platform puts up the same game, or a similar one. Then Valve would have to piss off the "all censorship is bad" crowd and actually curate their platform. For some reason, people freak out when Valve chooses not to sell a game, but don't seem to mind when Walmart chooses to pull a t-shirt off of its webstore (which operates comparably to Valve.) Basically, video game nerds are often the worst...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 1, 2018, 12:38 Beamer
 
I find the difference in apologies entertaining.

Samantha Bee says she was wrong.
Roseanne keeps posting the same type of joke, and retweeting people saying she wasn't wrong.
Trump claims he never said what we have him on tape saying, or that it's what everyone says.

What Samantha Bee said was classless, but the apology hasn't been.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Op Ed Jun 1, 2018, 10:33 Beamer
 
YourNick wrote on Jun 1, 2018, 09:01:
So what if someone put up a similar game with original assets?

The assets weren't the reason anyone complained, nor the reason Valve removed. Which is why he said you were using a strawman argument - you're arguing against something no one has said.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
3. Re: Evening Interviews Jun 1, 2018, 08:32 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 1, 2018, 00:01:
Interesting read that, but it's not 300$ DLC for CK2, it's 710$. The article writer might have simply opened up the steam store page and looked, but I digress.

I just opened the store page, and it's $268 after a 15% discount if you want CK2 as well, or $277.74 for all the DLC.

So... maybe you're the one that needed to open up the Steam store page? Because the writer seemed accurate, rounding up, and you more than doubled it. Maybe you're operating under old information and they cut the price of much of the DLC, but it's kind of funny that you're accusing them of not doing their research when they're the ones that are correct. I always dig that irony.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: Evening Metaverse Jun 1, 2018, 07:19 Beamer
 
Steele Johnson wrote on May 31, 2018, 22:12:
Facebook finally starting to crumble.

Except that teens have preferred networks other than Facebook since at least 2012. That's the oldest article with the same headline on the first page of Google results. It may have been true earlier.

So this isnt anything starting, this is status quo.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 31, 2018, 16:50 Beamer
 
There's 0 chance it's worse. It's extremely likely to be as bad.

But given how insanely bad texting is, what car makers are doing (and Tesla is doing in the extreme) seems insanely bad. Form over function, form over safety. Many consumers seem to want to buy screens, too, even though they're infinitely less convenient.

edit - to clarify, I mean less bad on an individual basis. You're much more likely to get in an accident texting than you are turning down the A/C on one of these. At the same time, only a fraction of people text, but everyone needs to turn down the A/C, so if all cars have this, I can see it leading to more accidents overall, but a lower chance of an accident for each individual.

This comment was edited on May 31, 2018, 17:06.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
2. Re: Morning Safety Dance May 31, 2018, 15:37 Beamer
 
DangerDog wrote on May 31, 2018, 15:33:
The algorithm deleted 98% of the rap music from the system?

I can't tell which racism this is: the kind that believes 98% of rap music is bad, or the kind that whines about words that mean different things depending upon who says it.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 76 Revealed
43. Re: Fallout 76 Revealed May 31, 2018, 13:07 Beamer
 
Nullity wrote on May 31, 2018, 12:59:
Nucas wrote on May 31, 2018, 10:07:
now tell us how grand theft auto was better before 3. lets take this full gatekeeping hipster.
I will. The original top-down GTAs were much more fun than the newer 3rd-person games. I never could really get into the newer games, and I tried. They were fun for racing around like an idiot for a bit, but that's about it, IMO.

Someone gifted me a copy of GTA Online a while back and I tried playing that with some friends. The gameplay wasn't awful, but it would have been more fun if it didn't seem like it was coded by a handful of newborn chimps with broken keyboards. Insanely buggy and the longest netcode related load times I've ever seen (among other things).

All that said, I'm still not going to say that anyone who doesn't agree with me isn't a true GTA fan or real gamers. That's just silly.

I tried going back to GTA2 at some point fairly recently. I honestly can't remember how or when, but it failed for me. Miserably.

So did that Retro City Rampage game. Something about the controls of both no longer feel acceptable to me, personally, and immediately pushed me away.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Op Ed May 31, 2018, 12:53 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on May 31, 2018, 12:49:
Prez wrote on May 31, 2018, 10:55:
I believe that games like "Active Shooter" and "Gay World" have a fundamental right to exist. What I dont believe is that Valve should be hosting them on their storefront. Curation and standards are not censorship, they are mandatory in a professional storefront.

Steam isn't a professional storefront ever since they removed any oversight over releases aside from a 100$ entry fee. Not a single human looks at a release before it goes live.

The same is true about Amazon.com, Walmart.com, eBay.com, Sears.com, etc.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 76 Revealed
34. Re: Fallout 76 Revealed May 31, 2018, 09:40 Beamer
 
VaranDragon wrote on May 31, 2018, 09:28:
Beamer wrote on May 31, 2018, 08:41:

Fallout fans that aren't Fallout 4 fans aren't video game fans, they're fans of living in the past and constantly complaining that life has passed them by.

Fuck you too asshole. Im a huge Fallout fan, but I don't include either 3 or 4 on that list for very good reasons, and not because of any of that shit you wrote in that bullshit post. Not a video game fan. Christ.

F:NV on the other hand was very, very good and I felt recaptured that spirit very well indeed and Im happy to say that I thought it was a very good game indeed.

I'm turning his gatekeeping back on him to demonstrate how stupid it is, not making an actual judgment. I've never even played Fallout 4, and know nothing about it other than it having a pretty robust character editor and it lets you choose a name some robot calls you.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 76 Revealed
29. Re: Fallout 76 Revealed May 31, 2018, 08:41 Beamer
 
MeanJim wrote on May 31, 2018, 08:17:
Pigeon wrote on May 30, 2018, 21:56:
ventry wrote on May 30, 2018, 20:26:
fawker wrote on May 30, 2018, 19:56:
Base building was the weakest part of fallout 4 for me.

For me it was the star of the show.
If it wasn't for settlement building I would not have spent half the hours in Fallout 4.
Not playing ATM but, 1500 Hrs to date.
Would have been double if the settler navigation wasn't so busted arse broken.

Same, I wish that part had actually been refined a bit more. To me the game fell apart with the main story and the annoying factions. The brotherhood of dickheads, the social justice androids, and the institute of daddy issues. I was happiest just doing all the side missions from the random shit you run across. Far Harbor was pretty good IMO.

Fallout 4 fans aren't Fallout fans, they're fans of whatever the fuck mixed genre Fallout 4 is. Fallout fans want another Fallout RPG, not a hybrid of Minecraft + Stardew Valley + First Person Shooter.

Fallout fans that aren't Fallout 4 fans aren't video game fans, they're fans of living in the past and constantly complaining that life has passed them by.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 76 Revealed
26. Re: Fallout 76 Revealed May 31, 2018, 07:03 Beamer
 
I don't see the issue here. So we're getting an off-shoot.

They're saying it's an online survival RPG. I feel as if the world of Fallout lends itself to such a game really, really well. If they do some innovations and add some permanency to that concept, this could be something that fits really well.

It isn't like we're getting this instead of another TES or Fallout 5. This isn't a substitute, it's a compliment.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
6. Re: Evening Metaverse May 30, 2018, 08:42 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on May 29, 2018, 21:59:
Cue the SJW self-entitlement waterworks. Oh it's all so terribly unfair! Boo hoo hoo! Bawling

Again, if an issue impacts Cutter those involved are evil. If it does not, those complaining are bawling.
 
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News Comments > PUBG vs Fortnite Lawsuit
39. Re: PUBG vs Fortnite Lawsuit May 29, 2018, 19:19 Beamer
 
Sepharo wrote on May 29, 2018, 17:16:
Not a single person in here has touched on the specific "copied" aspects that are likely to come up in the case.

Beyond the 100 player, large map, random looting, last-man-standing, BR genre...

-map displaying upcoming in-bounds "circle" and shrinking out-of-bounds circle
PUBG: https://i.imgur.com/7kUEMW6.jpg
Fortnite: https://i.imgur.com/T90ALL2.jpg
when in the out of bounds circle the player takes increasing damage depending on the game phase

-players are flown over the map in a randomized straight line on a plane (flying bus in Fortnite), they then parachute out and guide themselves to the ground
PUBG: https://i.imgur.com/Am6pLm9.png
Fortnite: https://i.imgur.com/bgz3Ex6.jpg
PUBG: https://i.imgur.com/1CCcGZi.jpg
Fortnite: https://i.imgur.com/ruZwMIm.jpg

I'm not saying any of these are strong enough to build a case on... but that y'all are missing the mark on "you can't copyright a last-man-standing DM" or talking about art assets and other such things.
There are very specific mechanics that PUBG can make a reasonable claim to seeing as how they hired the creator who first brought about these mechanics in the ARMA 2 mod-of-a-mod DayZ: Battle Royale, and then licensed those ideas to H1Z1 for their King of the Hill product. Case has a lot of parallels to the Valve-hired DOTA mod makers vs LoL etc. etc. situation that went down.

The bus always felt derivative to me, though it also makes sense.
The thinning bullseye didn't. Isn't that in The Hunger Games?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue May 29, 2018, 15:51 Beamer
 
2 things:

1) Most people cook the shit out of their chicken. You can have it get to 165 and still be pink inside. Overcooked chicken is awful, but chicken that just barely hits 165 and probably about perfect. I have too many memories of my dad making stringy bbq chicken because of those concerns (he is an amazing chef, but not so much an amazing BBQer - he just cooks the shit out of it all)

2) Per the USDA, 163 degrees is more or less the instant pasteurization point for chicken of any fattiness. But that's instant. You can, and I recommend, cooking chicken longer less. If you get the chicken to 140 degrees for 28 minutes, it's as safe as 165. It's a function of both time and temperature. Which is why sous vide is so delicious. This site compares chicken at 140-165. 145 is my choice.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
41. Re: Into the Black May 29, 2018, 14:56 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on May 29, 2018, 14:50:
Beamer wrote on May 29, 2018, 08:48:
Verno wrote on May 29, 2018, 08:40:
Haha some of those tweets are so crazy it just boggles the mind.
"TotalBiscuit was responsible for the murder of trans people" yeah wow. People go on about the alt-right but god damn, the far left radical ideologues are absolutely bonkers and scare me way more.

Both sides managed to spend time tweeting about how awful he was. Places like Kotakuinaction had plenty decrying him.

Difference is, the ones listed here are people in the industry, supposed to be adults, whereas the alt-right ones are probably often HS kids to be that immature about this. The devs doing it are just so much worse.

Worse? I think both sides are equally disgusting, the difference is one has their "progressive" ideology pushed by EA and the other does not. Guess which one.

And for the record, that's exactly why I am GLAD to have downvoted the BF5 trailer. Yeah it's a stupid sign of resistance but EA is doing another Andromeda with BF5.

I don't fully understand:

1) What is "progressive" being "pushed" by EA? That there's a girl in BFV? You know some women killed Nazis, right? And you know that BFV were never about realism, and this one is very clearly about fun over authenticity, right? And you know that we know nothing beyond a crappy teaser trailer, giving us zero about actual gameplay or plot, right? Was Inglourious Basterds "progressive ideology pushed" on you by Quintin Tarantino?

2) So, because some guy was a jackass in one studio, you're happy to downvote stuff from a wholly unconnected dev?

3) Progressive isn't about tolerating intolerance. If you feel that someone was an intolerant asshole, you don't need to feel sorry he is no longer with us. No one mourned Hitler.

Now, this guy wasn't Hitler, and while he said some really fucking stupid things, he was never trying to hurt people and he always seemed to be maneuvering to come up with a viewpoint he felt was best. I didn't follow him much, but he seemed to change often, and be evaluating everything. Hardly seems a monster. That some devs are calling him so makes them worse, because they should be professional in a situation like this.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield V System Specs
8. Re: Battlefield V System Specs May 29, 2018, 14:05 Beamer
 
DangerDog wrote on May 29, 2018, 12:17:
User Requirements:

A heavy dose of amnesia over what you learned in history class about WWII.

I'm sure you were furious when the final boss of Wolfenstein was MechaHitler, too. I
 
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News Comments > PUBG vs Fortnite Lawsuit
12. Re: PUBG vs Fortnite Lawsuit May 29, 2018, 12:32 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on May 29, 2018, 11:59:
I don't know, Epic has a history of riffing on partner's games which is kinda shitty behavior given their unique position in providing the engine and tools. I'm surprised companies haven't insisted on a non-compete or something but UE is huge in the industry so it would take a collective effort.

Who, other than Silicon Knights, who lost their case because they were really far in the wrong, has made this accusation?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue May 29, 2018, 11:42 Beamer
 
My general bug theory, with the exception of ones either huge or roach (living in NYC, you're going to get roaches. In 4 years I've seen 3 in my apt), is ignore. On the 5th floor, I don't get many, either (miss my 17th floor Seattle apartment! Though the 31st floor one I stayed in for a month had so many spiders on the outside of the windows that came out at sunset), but when I do see a bug, I mostly look away. Odds are, within a few minutes, it's gone, back into the wall where it will eat other bugs.

Drives my gf insane. Drove another gf insane, because she had a bug bloodlust, and no qualms. On vacation, once, she smashed a spider above the bed. Smeared it. A nice, long, brown guts smear there the rest of the trip. Among numerous reasons we didn't last...
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
10. Re: Evening Tech Bits May 29, 2018, 11:33 Beamer
 
Yeah, Megatextures have since become virtual textures, or sparse virtual textures.  
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