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News Comments > Op Ed
16. Re: Op Ed Oct 19, 2017, 10:22 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Oct 19, 2017, 10:00:
I love how gamesindustry.biz (aka publishersmarketingmouthpiece.biz) realllly quickly turns the word loot boxes into microtransactions.

Microtransactions are already bad enough, but at least it's a direct sale. You want that weapon, you pay 2 dollars for it. With loot boxes, you want that weapon? Buy 7000 loot boxes, and hope RNG will give it to you.

A loot box is a microtransaction (MT) with a big fucking middle finger to you, the customer.

In any case, the very existence of MTs, and even worse, loot boxes, encourages dev to turn their game into a mindless, monotonous grind. If there were no MTs, then weapons would be attainable through normal gameplay without too much difficulty. After all, they spent time on developing and implementing it, they're gonna want you to get it and play with it. (Unless the dev in question is Gearbox, then they make sure that you never see 99% of all the coolest weapons in their game. I wish a bookie would take money on Borderlands 3 having loot boxes out the ass.)

With MTs, they're going to make sure that it's NOT easy to get that weapon, because if there's no enticement, then people will not spend money. So no matter how much the fucking publishers bleat that it's "optional", the entire game will have been skewed towards it, even if only ever-so-slightly.


Gearbox loot boxes didn't piss me off thaaat much. I didn't feel like I was earning them, I didn't feel compulsion to open them, and getting keys was fairly easy, but even then I rarely felt worth the effort. I agree, that'll likely change.

I generally am ok with the idea of lootboxes until you give them as rewards and monetize the keys. That, to me, is a huge fuck you. CONGRATULATIONS, YOU EARNED THE OPPORTUNITY TO PAY US $3 FOR A WEAPON SKIN WORTH $0.35!

Fuck that. It makes me really, really angry. But if I can earn the box and the key, I'm ok with it. Maybe I have 3 boxes in my inventory and I'm waiting on keys, I'm ok with that (any more than 3 and I probably stop being ok with it.) If people need it immediately let them buy a key, or let them buy a box. Just give me a chance to participate without paying.

It's really the earning the opportunity to pay that pisses me off.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Op Ed Oct 19, 2017, 10:18 Beamer
 
We've been hearing this forever. No. It isn't dying. I'd say that the utter failure of several multiplayer only/mostly games prove that multiplayer isn't surefire.

Multiplayer leads to bigger rewards, as I'm sure Overwatch and the CoD:MW games outearned any single player only game, but those games still have singleplayer, and many singleplayer only games still do very, very well.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
32. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 19, 2017, 07:14 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Oct 19, 2017, 00:05:
The Half Elf wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 23:17:
NKD wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 18:16:
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 18:11:
Just as I thought, nothing. But thanks for verifying that for me.
You did leave an out by using the word routinely so it's perfectly ok to admit that you can't find anything to back up your statement.

So what I'm getting here is that you want me to ask you for citations for every single claim you make in every post you make until the end of time? And then when you waste your time posting links, I can say they aren't good enough? Do you want me to do this retroactively, or just from now on?

I'm not clear on when we switched to only being able to say things that were literal quotes from a peer reviewed journal. You sure as fuck don't post by those rules.

If it wasn't related to death/suicide then cite whatever you want. But if you are going to make such a bold claim about the subject matter, then YES PLEASE, do cite reliable factual studies to back them up.

I wasn't aware that teenagers killing themselves over relationship drama was a bold claim.


But that wasn't your claim. You said teenage boys kill themselves because teenage girls are cruel. That's a much more specific claim, with much more pointed blame, than "teenagers kill themselves over relationship drama."
 
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News Comments > Dead Space 2 Selling 4M "Wasn't Enough"
24. Re: Dead Space 2 Selling 4M Oct 18, 2017, 18:01 Beamer
 
Slashman wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 17:42:
christheshitter wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 14:26:
I find it hilarious that everyone praise Witcher 3 again and again. I can't repeat it enough, that game has a shit combat system where all you do is spamming a button to auto attack just like the Batman Arkham games or like every consolegame out there.

I find it equally hilarious that you just don't get that the combat system in W3 was just fine and button mashing was only possible on the lower and default difficulty levels. Those levels were made because everyone complained about how Witcher 2 had combat that was too hard.

Shitty stupid NPC's pathfinding which constantly walking into things. Robbing from NPC's and they don't react. Hell damn even Risen or the Gothic-series had smarter NPC's.

If this is the sum total of your complaints about one of, if not the best, CRPGs in more than a decade, then you are a kid who wouldn't appreciate a good RPG if it walked up to you and punched you in the gut.

Is combat even that important in a CRPG?
I will agree, I got a bit tired of the combat towards the end. It certainly wasn't Dark Souls (so I assume, I've never played, I just know it's similarly 3rd person combat and very routinely praised.) But I also loved Uncharted, and the combat in that serious got outright tedious halfway through whereas I made it nearly all the way through TW3 and the 2 expansions before I started getting "a bit tired."

Some games are more than just their combat.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
25. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 18, 2017, 17:59 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 17:12:
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 17:05:
NKD wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 17:02:
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 16:57:
NKD wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 16:51:
teenage girls ...routinely drive boys to suicide.
SOURCE?

You're a literate human being unlike some folks around here, so I'm sure you can Google some research on teenage suicides, and how common it is for some girl-based drama to be the reason some guy tries to kill himself.
Just as i thought.

You really want me to hold your hand for you? Okay. Here are some links about why teens kill themselves.

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Three

And here are some statistics.

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Let me know if you need the audiobook version or the special "Cutter Edition" which boils it down to just the headers.

In fairness, none of those links say teenage girls are notoriously cruel and routinely drive teenage boys to suicide. Teenagers do tend to commit suicide due to relationship concerns, but I'd wager less of it is due to someone being cruel and more of it is due to someone being fragile. The ones committing suicide aren't being treated poorly, the concern is they aren't being noticed at all.

However, I'd also agree teenage girls tend to commit suicide due to treatment by teenage girls. Teenager cruelty and bullying doesn't cross gender all that much, relatively.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
19. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 18, 2017, 16:44 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 16:13:
jacobvandy wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 16:03:
Verno wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 15:47:
That would be rape.

But if a woman does it HUBBAHUBBA GOTTA UNWRAP MY DONGHOSE FROM MY SHOULDER AND GET ME DAT ASS. Or something.

Yeah, it's a double-standard, but that's just how it is. Teenage boys are animals, all but humping the air as they walk around like an un-snipped dog. Plus, most are already physically as large as or even towering over the teaching staff in high school... If there's an affair with Ms. Krabapple, you can be pretty sure it was by his choice.
Studies show that women are just as horny as men, but culturally, socially, and physically they have a lot more to lose.

Also, it's always the adult's choice.

I always find it amazing how many people don't realize women are just as into sex as men. I'm not talking about a single poster in this thread, but it's fun going to the occasional reddit thread and seeing some guy discussing how unfair his love life is and see the main misunderstanding he has is that women don't like sex and men have to pursue it. Women like sex. Women want sex. Sex is fun for everyone!

But yes, when it's a child and a teacher it's rape and it's the adult responsible.
 
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News Comments > Activision Patents Driving Microtransactions Through Matchmaking
45. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 18, 2017, 16:42 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 15:22:
Beamer wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 15:15:
I mean, the thing is, if they've patented this no one else can do it. And if they try to do it it will likely backfire, unless many other comparable publishers are doing it. And they won't, because they can't, because patent.

So... this is a really good thing they did for us, even if they did it for the wrong reasons.
It's a good thing patents can't be bought, sold or licensed.

Between competitors in industries like this, it's usually under duress. Get sued, settle and cut a licensing deal.
 
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News Comments > Activision Patents Driving Microtransactions Through Matchmaking
38. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 18, 2017, 15:15 Beamer
 
I mean, the thing is, if they've patented this no one else can do it. And if they try to do it it will likely backfire, unless many other comparable publishers are doing it. And they won't, because they can't, because patent.

So... this is a really good thing they did for us, even if they did it for the wrong reasons.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
7. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 18, 2017, 14:50 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 13:34:
NKD wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 12:52:
Man I would have loved to bag a teacher in high school. As long as she wasn't trying to blackmail me with bad grades or some shit. Then I'd have to report the bitch.

Dude, ew.

My GF in HS was so much hotter than any teacher I knew. Most of the girls were. And that's not even getting into the power dynamic/teacher mental state/interest difference/life stage, etc.

My girlfriend was shocked when I said we never had fantasies about our teachers. Not sure why we would. When you're 14 or 16, a teacher seems ancient, plus the points you brought up.
 
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News Comments > Dead Space 2 Selling 4M "Wasn't Enough"
9. Re: Dead Space 2 Selling 4M Oct 18, 2017, 12:12 Beamer
 
Primalchrome wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 11:40:
Verno wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 10:09:
I still see plenty of room there for profit.

With revenue of 240M and fixed costs of 60M, you only have to cover your variable unit costs and variable marketing. I find it hard to believe it was 120M in variable costs alone.
....not sure where you're getting $240M. They sold 4 million copies total. It released at ~$60...and later went on sale. The game probably generated $180M at best. So after 30% for retail/distro/steam you're at about $125M. Zach estimates $60M in marketing....so you're down to $66M. Development was $60M.....so now you're looking at $6M in profit at best... With unexpected costs beyond that it probably only brought in a few mil in profit.

A 2% return isn't really all that impressive.....but its still in the black and has franchise IP that has value.

I mostly agree. When other projects make back significantly higher ROI, it's hard to justify putting ~$120M into a project that brings back 2%.

Like Hollywood, it's very much become feast-or-famine, with companies betting huge and smaller, mid-level projects somewhat disappearing. It's either enormous low budget wins or giant projects that swing for the fences. Basically, AAA entertainment is Aaron Judge.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 18, 2017, 09:40 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 08:44:
Beamer wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 07:37:
It's horrible and tragic. At the same time, it's also kind of funny because the alt-right, MRA, GGer, T_D types love calling everyone leftist pedophiles, so it's a bit fun to see them distance themselves from a guy who used to be influential to them and uses the exact rhetoric they do.

The hypocrisy they exhibit while doing so is pretty astonishing. They cry about Antifa and #PunchANazi saying "It could cause violence! Someones going to get hurt!" but do nothing to acknowledge their own hateful rhetoric's impact on society.

It's no different than some mosque filling young Muslims hungry for meaning in their life with a bunch of hateful garbage. The right wing loves to bitch about that, and then spend their time doing the same thing.

People armed with lies, hate, and bad incentives are very dangerous, regardless of the source of those things.

So far, the anti-SJWs shot a guy in Seattle, ran over a girl in Charlottesville, and stormed into a pizza parlor armed to the teeth intending to start firing. Oh, yeah, they also maced themselves. And now killed a father.

So far, the #punchanazi crowd hasn't done any of this.

I'm not saying people deserve to be lumped in with someone simply because they hold similar political views, but the rhetoric is identical and the rhetoric was the unifying theme behind all that violence. There are people here that dislike liberals and/or "SJWs." I wouldn't lump them in with the violence, not even close to it. But if they start discussing pizza parlors full of pedophiles, or start complaining about how Wolfenstein is a personal attack on them, I do start to wonder.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 18, 2017, 07:42 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 22:24:
NKD wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 18:11:
Beamer wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 17:48:

Rant over.

I've done similar rants. It puzzles me how anyone other than the very wealthy can get behind what passes for right wing economics in this country.

I guess it's simply a matter of distracting people by pointing to the people below them on the economic ladder. If you tell some conservative making $50,000 a year that people making $20,000 a year are going to be getting benefits paid for by his taxes, he's going to get upset.

"I don't want my money going to people who didn't earn it!"

So he supports lowering taxes on the rich because he thinks "Well I sure don't want my money going to the poors, I can't blame them for not wanting to do it either." Of course he says this not realizing he is one of the poors to them, and his quality of life is largely possible due to the tax burden that the wealthy carry.

All Americans think they'll be rich someday. It's the same reason lots of Americans support killing the estate tax. They think they'll have more than $5M that they'll need to pass on to their kids.
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“Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”

&#8213; Ronald Wright, A Short History of Progress

“America is the wealthiest nation on Earth, but its people are mainly poor, and poor Americans are urged to hate themselves. To quote the American humorist Kin Hubbard, 'It ain’t no disgrace to be poor, but it might as well be.' It is in fact a crime for an American to be poor, even though America is a nation of poor. Every other nation has folk traditions of men who were poor but extremely wise and virtuous, and therefore more estimable than anyone with power and gold. No such tales are told by the American poor. They mock themselves and glorify their betters. The meanest eating or drinking establishment, owned by a man who is himself poor, is very likely to have a sign on its wall asking this cruel question: 'if you’re so smart, why ain’t you rich?' There will also be an American flag no larger than a child’s hand – glued to a lollipop stick and flying from the cash register.

Americans, like human beings everywhere, believe many things that are obviously untrue. Their most destructive untruth is that it is very easy for any American to make money. They will not acknowledge how in fact hard money is to come by, and, therefore, those who have no money blame and blame and blame themselves. This inward blame has been a treasure for the rich and powerful, who have had to do less for their poor, publicly and privately, than any other ruling class since, say Napoleonic times. Many novelties have come from America. The most startling of these, a thing without precedent, is a mass of undignified poor. They do not love one another because they do not love themselves.”

&#8213; Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Slaughterhouse-Five

As for the estate tax, I think most just don't realize the ~$5M cap. I see it being a huge talking point, particularly for libertarians, and I keep asking them why the hell they bring something up so frequently that impacts well less than 1% of Americans. Libertarians think they'll be rich.

My dad is 80, and knows he won't be, and he brought it up repeatedly during the election. I'd point out that it $5M. Each time this was new information to him, because talk radio and Fox News never gives him that information. So he'd then complain about the state estate tax. Fine, I'd say, vote out your governor, but what does that have to do with the presidential election and why do you keep trusting ranting talking heads with far more than $5M in assets that keep telling you to care about this without giving you all the information?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 18, 2017, 07:37 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 01:17:
Oh speaking of Trump, one of Mashiki's homeboys over at T_D and KotakuInAction lost his shit and called his father a "leftist pedophile" before murdering him in cold blood.

Went by the username /u/seattle4truth and was also on staff the alt reich/MRA/Gamergate website Ralph Retort.

It's horrible and tragic. At the same time, it's also kind of funny because the alt-right, MRA, GGer, T_D types love calling everyone leftist pedophiles, so it's a bit fun to see them distance themselves from a guy who used to be influential to them and uses the exact rhetoric they do.
 
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News Comments > Visceral Closing; Star Wars Game Changing Direction
29. Re: Visceral Closing; Star Wars Game Changing Direction Oct 18, 2017, 07:34 Beamer
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 22:26:
Yet another studio gets gobbled up and torn apart.

Visceral was always an EA studio, so it wasn't gobbled up, it was birthed. It existed for 19 years, in which it made 2 good games.

It sucks for people losing their jobs, but let's not make this out like EA bought some darling and killed it. It made Visceral, Visceral made not much great, it killed Visceral.
 
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News Comments > Another Star Citizen: Squadron 42 Delay?
79. Re: Another Star Citizen: Squadron 42 Delay? Oct 17, 2017, 20:17 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 14:46:
jdreyer wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 01:58:
Can it being trolling if the poster believes it to be true? KXMode is a great guy, but when science contradicts the Bible, he tends to go off the deep end.

Science explains a lot, but it is not the be-all and end-all for everything. Hebrews 11:1 says "faith is the assured expectation of things hoped for." In other words, it is somewhat nihilistic and arrogant to put a great deal of faith into believing people who, with average lifespans of 70 years, say the sun will turn into a red giant and destroy the earth in 5 billion years. In contrast, I choose the Bible's positive message of a future where our planet remains forever powered by the indefinitely lasting power of the sun.

You can't use the Bible to prove the Bible.

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 17, 2017, 17:48 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 16:42:
The Half Elf wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 12:04:
I can't blame them. Going from my old Amazon building to the brand new biggest sort center ever, it's night and day the level of tech and engineering that goes into a place. Once they get driver-less vehicles, and robots that can load and unload trucks, Amazon will be vastly automated.

Well, you CAN blame them, it's just that they don't give a shit. Once their revenue streams dry up, I'm sure corporations will blame all those "damn unemployed people who don't buy anything!" too.

That's why I always argue against conservative economics. You're doing so in an extreme here, and maybe you already agree with me, but for the sake of the larger discussion I'm going to off-topic rant, haha.

Conservatives always think cutting taxes on the super wealthy will give them more money, which will lead to them giving those below them more money. Historically, this hasn't proven accurate. In the late 70s we cut the top tax bracket down from > 76% (it had been 91% for a long while, too), and then Reagan cut it even more. Under those high tax brackets, the middle class flourished. After the cuts, it shrunk while CEO pay didn't just flourish but exploded. Everyone thinks they work their asses off and deserve all they earn, so when you tell a business owner or decision maker that he's earning more money, he's likely to feel he's very much responsible and therefore take more money home. Some may trickle down, but not much and not far. $100,000 in the early 80s is $300,000 now. I feel like "making six figures" was a big deal in the 80s, but making six figures now is the equivalent of $33,000 in 1980 dollars. So if you think you're great for making six figures, in 1980s dollars it's nothing. I feel like far more people made six figures in 1980s bucks in the 1980s than now. Trickle down.

To your point, this means there's less in the economy. A guy making $20M per year can't spend it. Giving 1 man $20M means that there's maybe $5M in the economy. Giving 20M people $1 each and probably $15M gets spent, if not more. The economy runs on spending, so you're always better off spreading money amongst more targets. Reagan tax cuts have strangled the economy by consolidating money in the accounts of people who are earning far faster than they can spend.

Rant over.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
10. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 17, 2017, 17:40 Beamer
 
Muscular Beaver wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 10:01:
Beamer wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 09:44:
Muscular Beaver wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 07:49:
Beamer wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 07:23:
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?
Because its just a word and you try to press a meaning into it. There was a nice South Park episode about that very word too, which you obviously havent watched.
When someone is mad about something, many things exit their mouths which they actually dont mean.
You as an experienced human with more than 30 years of life should know that. But you dont. That actually means that something is wrong with you.

I mean thoughts like yours are becoming a real epidemic.
Yesterday I played a game and "insulted" someone as a "fucking hippie", actually followed by a laugh, because he just escaped me and had an in game character that is modeled as a hippie from the 70s. He completely ticked out, insulted me and threatened me, tried to push me into a political corner, because he thought I meant it personally. But I was just playing my character.
So you think thats normal behavior?

I have watched it. I actually reference it frequently around my girlfriend, who doesn't think Harleys are the worst thing ever.

Hardly matters what it means to you, or the straight guys on South Park. Matters why you use it when there are so many other words, and the damage you're clearly trying to do with it. Sorry, I don't think people say things they don't mean when they're angry. If that's the case, maybe Mel Gibson isn't antisemitic, despite having numerous, repeated angry outburst of such. It's the first word that comes to your mind, and that does mean something.

No, I don't your anecdote is normal, in that I also don't think it happens often. Nor do I think you can compare "fucking hippie," which someone choses to be, with "fag," which someone doesn't and people are still constantly persecuted, in this country, for, which the President jokes the Vice President wants to lynch, which the Vice President openly considers a medical disease that should be cured, which a still significant chunk of America feels should have fewer freedoms.

Part of the problem with the gaming community is how often people want to throw these terms out to deliberately do damage to someone else, then claim it doesn't make them bad because they didn't truly mean it. You truly meant to hurt that person verbally. You chose that word. You are not a bad person overall, but you absolutely did something really shitty, and you're laughing about it as if it's not a big deal, but you chose something intentionally to hurt someone that actually hurts many people beyond that one person.

Yet you still havent grasped what it was about.
I havent done any damage with it. Thats the point. And you fell for it. I have never called anyone a fag in their face or via chat or voice chat. I have called them that just like Pewdiepie did (minus the audience). And you go ballistic over it, because you havent grasped the topic.

You just proved exactly what I was talking about. You cause problems where there are none.
Also when I vent I prevent damage to myself. Not everyone can swallow and swallow and swallow without ever letting it out. Thats simple psychology, which I actually get explained every day by [b]my[/b] girlfriend.
Some people let it out into the face of others. So what? I can deal with an angry gamer going ballistic over BS. Who cant? Only people who are very insecure, which is a problem in their whole life and they should get professional help to get it fixed or they will have far more serious problems outside of games.

I am talking about the general problem that people take things like those far too seriously, yet you just care about attacking me and blowing it out of proportions (using a totally irrelevant example to this topic) and just got served.
And yes, it happens just like that very often. I just explained why. But if they want to make that normal and former normal people their enemy, an enemy of the society, then that goes too far. Just because someone else is too weak, we should make everyone who might slip out an insult, a Nazi, homophobe, racist, whatever? WTF?
I could go out of topic now too and make your hypocrisy obvious, but that would be just that: Off topic.
People who know what you said before about a similar topic have seen your hypocrisy now.

How do you know you haven't done damage? And, frankly, normalizing something is damaging, but you'd never agree.

Also, if your daily life fills you with so much rage that you need to call people "fags" online to balance yourself... that's a bit frightening, no? Does that sound normal or well balanced to you? To "prevent damage to [yourself]?" Do you mean suicide? Cutting? There are certainly less destructive, and more productive, methods to channel yourself. I'm not insulting you here, but do you have anyone to talk to? Yeah, calling people "fags" online is cheaper, unless you frequently get banned, but why pass that anger and rage on to others? You're just making someone else's day suck so that yours is better. Why do they deserve that?
 
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9. Re: Evening Metaverse Oct 17, 2017, 17:39 Beamer
 
Bodolza wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 17:08:
Muscular Beaver wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 10:01:
Some people let it out into the face of others. So what? I can deal with an angry gamer going ballistic over BS. Who cant?
Judging by this rant, I'd say you can't.

Only people who are very insecure, which is a problem in their whole life and they should get professional help to get it fixed or they will have far more serious problems outside of games.
Agreed, professional help sounds like a good idea.

Here's a simple idea that will solve this for everyone involved: Don't be a dick

It's not hard to not be a dick. There are plenty of other words available to you to express your frustration which are not epithets. Why not use one of those words instead? It will make others happier if you do, and it's so easy.

Exactly. If you're going to be angry at how you're judged for using certain words, don't use those words. Be a better person. Like we both said, there are so many other insults, and online you never know who you're playing against and how it may impact them, even if they're not the target of the insult.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 17, 2017, 11:51 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 10:08:
I'm fairly sure that's not just an American thing. I doubt people in Europe go "Yeah, a robot took my job, it's fucking AWESOME!"

In any case, automation is going to WRECK the amount of jobs available, especially low-mid level blue collar jobs. Anyone who sits there tut-tutting it is a moron.

Low level jobs, yeah. McDonald's already has touch screens you can order from in some Manhattan locations. Shake Shack let's you order via app. Someone actually taking your order at a fast food location is pointless, as it's less efficient and those people being people adds no real value - when have you ever asked a question about something at McDonald's. But how long until a robot can also cook the order? There's no art to making a fast food burger, meaning it's easy to program. It would even lead to improved consistency, which is valued at these places.

I strongly believe that AI will take away office jobs, too. Already you're seeing traders disappearing to AI. Brokers started disappearing years ago to websites that used rudimentary AI to offer insights to people then allowed them to make the trades themselves. If you're someone in marketing doing programmatic then an algorithm will likely be able to replace you. Finance is full of places to replace with AI. Basically, any area dedicated to making decisions based on numbers can be replaced.

The NYT had a great article about a bearing factory being sent to Mexico over the weekend, and I highly recommend it. Great insights all around, from when the woman being laid off realized she could buy a $19 dress because some other American lost their job, to the Mexican replacement worker realizing the woman he'd been befriending and trained by for the past few weeks wasn't voluntarily leaving her job but he was actually "stealing it."
One of the strong insights was about how traditionally female jobs are harder to replace. A blue-collarish job like a hospital tech, or even nurse, is very hard to automate out and probably impossible to offshore (though lowered paid techs have absolutely started taking roles and responsibilities from higher paid nurses.) But the equivalent male jobs have been mostly ones easy to either automate or offshore.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
5. Re: Into the Black Oct 17, 2017, 11:43 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 11:34:
Maybe I'm missing something but what's so terrible about these fidget spinner things? Just looks like any other toy to me. Do they make horrific sounds?

No, they're basically the slap bracelets of today, only quieter and less disruptive. But still basically exactly what slap bracelets were.
 
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