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News Comments > Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Siege of Dragonspear Controversy
62. Re: Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Siege of Dragonspear Controversy Apr 6, 2016, 10:23 Beamer
 
Sorry, that Medium article is terrible and is clearly someone looking for a fight. Or else has never played an RPG in their life. The complaint they most put forward about the character is that it's an awkward dialogue.

Have you ever in your life had such an awkward conversation?

No. But I've never had any of the conversations in any RPG. Within 3 clicks of meeting any NPC in any RPG you know their life story and are being asked to complete a quest for them.

Have I ever had such an awkward conversation? No. But that's what video games require - you to find out someone's motivation immediately.
 
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News Comments > Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Siege of Dragonspear Controversy
56. Re: Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Siege of Dragonspear Controversy Apr 5, 2016, 23:29 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Apr 5, 2016, 23:05:
Blackhawk wrote on Apr 5, 2016, 16:03:
Are people so desperate for real issues to get upset about that one NPC shopkeeper becomes a 'controversy?'

You mean when someone decides to add garbage to beloved characters, and change characters because of their ideology it's not a problem? If they're that desperate for this stuff, let them write their own garbage. Don't use existing characters for your own soapbox, don't shoehorn stuff in either. But that's all just icing on the cake compared to how bad the game is in terms of bugs, broken MP, shit UI, did I mention bugs? First game I've ever gotten a refund on. That's how shitty it is.

Yes, we've read your posts here enough to know you hated the game for including as trans character. But changed a beloved character? Which?
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
7. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 5, 2016, 16:14 Beamer
 
HoSpanky wrote on Apr 5, 2016, 11:53:
The SLI article doesn't really go after the real issue much, it spends more time describing what a SLI is than what the issue is. Developers just don't care about it because all of their games are made to run on consoles, which are super weaksauce this generation. So two video cards usually aren't necessary.

What would help, immensely, is if the next console generation used two cheaper, cooler-running GPUs instead of one. Games would come with SLI support baked in for PC, and the consoles would have more muscle at a reasonable price.

In the old days, having the best graphics meant something, as there were noticeable differences between even UT and Q3. Having the best graphics made a difference.

Today? Meh. Damn near everything looks the same, especially when viewed either in a compressed YouTube video or small screenshots. There's no real advantage to coding for the best case scenario. I can't get to Steam Stats, but what, maybe 1% of your target audience runs multiple GPUs. How much time and effort do you want to spend to target 1% of your audience? Aren't there better places to put that engineering effort?

 
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News Comments > Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Siege of Dragonspear Controversy
41. Re: Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Siege of Dragonspear Controversy Apr 5, 2016, 16:08 Beamer
 
Primalchrome wrote on Apr 5, 2016, 12:13:
Luke = gay - Silly. There was plenty in the first movies that indicated he was het. Crush on the princess...plenty of scenes to back it up. Then you look at what *was* canon and was married to Mara Jade and had a kid(s). Gay boys in the US kiss girls in the middle school because they live in fundamentalist social structures and figure they're *supposed* to kiss girls.

I agree it's silly, but so is getting angry over it.

From what I gather, it was just Mark Hamill saying in an interview that it's certainly possible. And it is.

In the first movie, Luke is a whiny teenager. Like most whiny teenagers, he crushes on the princess. As he ages, all of his interest in women dies away. Yes, because of the mission and inner turmoil, but Han seems to be ok with all of it.

So, it's possible. Really little denying it. Silly? Sure. But why get so angry over an actor saying that there's nothing in the text (in this case, movies) to contradict it, so if you think so, great, if you don't, also great?

Yes, in books he isn't, but the books aren't canon, most people don't give a shit about them, and Mark Hamill certainly didn't know or care about them when he made his extremely unprovacative response:

Mark Hamill said:
“If you think Luke is gay, of course he is. You should not be ashamed of it. Judge Luke by his character, not by who he loves.”
 
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News Comments > Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Siege of Dragonspear Controversy
39. Re: Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Siege of Dragonspear Controversy Apr 5, 2016, 16:03 Beamer
 
El Pit wrote on Apr 5, 2016, 12:59:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Apr 5, 2016, 12:03:
Offtopic: Idris Elba has the potential to be a GREAT Roland. Roland's never been done before anyway in live action, right? So what's the issue? The general impression from the books is a man so weathered and leathery it hardly matters what race he is. If your impression of Roland is from the comics, well, for shame.

What? King describes him as someone who looks like Eastwood, and do you remember the racial tensions between Odetta and him? It seems it is you who should read the books!

And yet, oddly, King was the one that broke the news, as he was excited about the casting, and then said "To me, the color of the gunslinger doesn't matter. What I care about is how fast he can draw...and that he takes care of the ka-tet," I'm going to go with him over you.
 
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News Comments > Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Siege of Dragonspear Controversy
11. Re: Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Siege of Dragonspear Controversy Apr 5, 2016, 11:51 Beamer
 
El Pit wrote on Apr 5, 2016, 11:33:
So, these are new characters they introduced? Then I don't see the problem. New characters can be gay, transgender, hetero - I don't care. What I really, REALLY hate, though, is if they change wellknown characters. Idris Elba is play Roland in the The Dark Tower adaption that is in preproduction right now. IDRIS ELBA IS ROLAND?! WTF?! Then there were rumors about Luke Skywalker being gay?! WHAT?! The guy who kissed a girl (his sister which he did not know back then - wicked George Lucas!) and enjoyed it a lot and obviously was very interested in her until he found out about her being his sister could be turned into a gay character now. For f***'s sake, introduce NEW characters that are gay and I'm alright with it, but this retconning is a pestilence. They don't honor the original material in Hollywood anymore because of what they think is politically correct and shoehorn their ideas into wellknown stories and characters. WRITE SOMETHING NEW AND ORIGINAL, and then you got every right to include a love affair between e.g. Poe Dameron and Finn, or Rey and Maz Kanata. But don't turn Gandalf into a former lover of Saruman, please. Thank you. Nerd rage set to [OFF].

Gay guys have never kissed girls, particularly in their late teens and early 20s, and enjoyed it? Mark Hamill said that, in the films, there's nothing to indicate the sexuality of Luke, so he could be gay. And this is true. He's not involved in any real love plots. His sexuality isn't part of his character, so it could be anything.

Idris Elba, who cares? He's a great actor. While we'll see how they update Susannah, for whom race was a key part of the character, race was never an important part of Roland's, and only came into play with what Susannah saw in him.

Did you get this angry when the Prince of Persia was white?
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 4, 2016, 13:43 Beamer
 
I'm basically running your "other machine," only with 12GB. I just built it, and went with the older processor because I had the 12GB sitting around. Also had the case and power supply. Unfortunately, the 970 I chose fit neither of those, so all I repurposed in the system was the RAM and drives (and, even then, I bought a 500GB SSD and put the old 120GB SSD in it as solely for game installs.)  
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News Comments > DOOM Cinematic
15. Re: DOOM Cinematic Apr 2, 2016, 00:10 Beamer
 
born2expire wrote on Apr 1, 2016, 22:41:
Flo wrote on Apr 1, 2016, 16:44:
Refused - New Noise. Awesome!

Yay! Their sellout song!

But also their last good one. Everything after...
 
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News Comments > etc.
7. Re: etc. Mar 31, 2016, 16:23 Beamer
 
Tumbler wrote on Mar 31, 2016, 14:09:
It was literally a month(s) long campaign to make sure everyone around her knew she was a pedophile who was responsible for products consumed by children.

I keep hearing people say that but what exactly happened during those months? Tweets?

(Googling)

Interesting, I google "online hate campaign alison rapp" and I get a ton of recent stories about her being fired because of this campaign but nothing from when it's actually happening.

On Page 3 I found this

Blog about Alison Rapp hate campaign

(Technically I found a reddit thread that was discussing this article)

It breaks down what exactly this hate campaign appeared to be in Feb.

I think my favorite part is where she's editing quotes to make them look worse and the blogger shows her version and reality.

Do you think "online hate campaign" is the best thing to search?

Here's where people first noticed her.

And here's a link to dozens of posts about her, most calling her a pedo.


Which isn't to say she's at all blameless, or a good person, or should have stayed at Nintendo. Just that people were obsessed with her. Thousands of posts about her in those links. Thousands. Here's some idiot on Twitter. Here's another Not that idiots on Twitter saying anything are hard to find, but there's two calling for her to be fired.
 
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Mar 31, 2016, 11:05 Beamer
 
I don't get why so many people spent a month telling all who would listen that she was a pedophile that shouldn't be at Nintendo are now running back and saying they had nothing to do with her firing and people need to stop claiming they did.

It was literally a month(s) long campaign to make sure everyone around her knew she was a pedophile who was responsible for products consumed by children.

And, if that's true, then no, she shouldn't have had a job at Nintendo, as she was a PR disaster waiting to happen. And it did happen.
 
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News Comments > DOOM Beta Keys
10. Re: DOOM Beta Keys Mar 29, 2016, 22:16 Beamer
 
Got my key today, as I'd purchased Wolfenstein (though not a preorder.)

Purchased for a 360, key is for an Xbone. I do not own an Xbone. Oh, well. Though, given that I could get one for $200 by turning in my 360 or PS3, I'm tempted.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
65. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 29, 2016, 22:11 Beamer
 
"A slight dozen digits more" is confusing.

A dozen digits more than two ($15) would be 14 digits. I don't think you're earning 10 trillion dollars an hour, right? If so, we have more serious issues, haha.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
15. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 29, 2016, 19:21 Beamer
 
descender wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 19:17:
It knows which company I work at

Of course it does, how could it NOT know? Every company in that building is probably running it's own wifi network with an IP tied directly to their corporate address. Even if you aren't connected to it the phone knows it's available to connect to and stronger than the others. Go there 5 or 6 times and it's a pretty reasonable guess that the 7th time you go there you weren't visiting a different floor. Metadata collection is getting crazy and it doesn't even have to include anything that would be considered "dangerous personal information" to identify you anymore.

I'm not arguing with you, try not to read every post that way.

The reason I posted is that you seem to think that just because MS doesn't already have this app that they aren't building it. MS simply hasn't finished theirs yet. Cortana is basically MS's Google Now/Siri competitor and it already does quite a bit of the metadata collection the way GNow does (if you ever turn it on in W10, don't).

I wouldn't underestimate the data-collection capabilities of the company that hosts 50million+ paid corporate O365 subs and uncountable free school/trials/etc subs, Plus Hotmail/Outlook.com/Azure/etc.

MS is and never has been lacking for data collection abilities, they simply never had to to monetize it until now (and we are really only assuming they are actually doing that with W10).


I know you're not arguing with me, but you're telling me what I already know and already said.

And while MS has never lacked for data collection, they're behind Google. And, as you mentioned, they've never monetized it, or monetized it well, unlike Google.

So, given that the original statement starting this was that Google and Apple were evil before Microsoft was, this is the evidence I'm using to confirm what that person said. Google collects more data, and uses more with it, including an enormous amount of selling it. Microsoft has access to the same data points, but is behind Google and not doing anything with it, including selling it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
54. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 29, 2016, 18:22 Beamer
 
In fairness to Walmart, JD, that was gross profit. Operating Income was much lower... still $24 billion.

And yes, they're very responsible for the low wages and for how much upward mobility has diminished in much of the country.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
45. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 29, 2016, 16:59 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 14:00:
I can see there is passion for and against this. I'm glad we had this discussion. It's been bothering me and I needed to vent a little. Even though I may not agree your reasoning I do respect your point of view.

I get where you're coming from, with "I worked hard to get where I am, why should they just be lifted there? It diminishes both my sacrifices then and my experience and abilities now." It's like the guy in Seattle who increased every employee to $70k. He lost some good employees because now they were making comparable to the janitor. In some ways, he could have avoided this by raising everyone something. In other ways, he'll replace some of those good employees with other good employees, while having something he's more proud of.

The thing is, I still feel you're looking at it wrong. You are looking at the people behind you and annoyed that, despite all your hard work, they're not as far behind as you feel they should be. They're having a better chance at living a better life. Instead, be annoyed at the people above you. It's their decisions, as they're the ones setting the market, that decide how much you get paid. Be annoyed at them that, despite your sacrifice and hard work, you're not earning more, putting more distance between yourself and a living wage.
 
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News Comments > etc.
13. Re: etc. Mar 29, 2016, 16:55 Beamer
 
DarkCntry wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 16:36:
Beamer wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 15:46:
Per Blizzard, they didn't like it.

And, since they didn't, they're now up against an entirely different, but much louder and more focused, online hate mob, eh?

You know, I would've given Blizzard the benefit of the doubt with the change, but considering their history of releasing only when they want the quality to be just right, the idea that they'd push something that they deemed low-quality out, even in a beta state, is suspect.

It just seems coincidental that something suddenly gets reversed right after there is a huge outcry from a handful of people and somehow we're supposed to believe that it was Blizzard's idea to remove it all along? Hell, it is not like these things are done and immediately implemented right after completion or else I could see the point of view.

I guarantee plenty of art changes from beta to full release.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 29, 2016, 15:50 Beamer
 
descender wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 15:13:
You are carrying around a fucking GPS tracking device... why on Earth would you have to tell it where you've been? All of those features are from Google Now and work off of your location history. You can disable it if you choose to.

MS is just as capable of finding this out from a MS phone's GPS history too... but they don't really have an equivalent to "Google Now" yet that combines your metadata in useful ways.

Google Now goes beyond just GPS. It knows which company I work at. There are numerous companies in this building. Using the other information it has about me, it can piece together which one, specifically, it is. Without asking questions.

When I go to a mall, or two stores close to each other, it knows where I am, to a degree beyond the ability of Verizon's GPS to narrow down where I am. It's that specific.

And yes, MS can do this. As I mentioned. But they don't. Google is the one tracking this. You can turn it off, but I'd wager Google is still paying attention to where you go, just like your provider 100% is.

But the point is Google is more capable of evil than MSFT right now because it has the data. And is using the data. And it exists as a data company to monetize that data. Microsoft would love to do this, but data isn't their main product so they're far behind.

All of which I'd said... right?
 
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News Comments > etc.
11. Re: etc. Mar 29, 2016, 15:46 Beamer
 
Tumbler wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 14:51:
That blizzard thing is surreal to watch. It felt like they ran from that criticism screaming and I can only assume that on the inside of game development they are terrified of being the target of an online hate mob. (SJW's)

To the consumer that mob looks like a bunch of crybabies complaining about everything but I guess companies that put millions of dollars into ideas like this they feel like these twitter campaigns can shape the future of their game?

That's pathetic. Am I too believe that if this criticism had gone viral and the SJW's descended on twitter screaming misogyny, rape, death threats, all the good stuff, then the public at large would have bought it and turned their nose up at Overwatch?!

Blizzard is practically immune from that kind of criticism. If anyone should be able to just ignore it and move on I'd expect it to be them.

The fuck is going on over there?

Per Blizzard, they didn't like it.

And, since they didn't, they're now up against an entirely different, but much louder and more focused, online hate mob, eh?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 29, 2016, 13:20 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 13:17:
Beamer wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 13:10:
You're looking at this wrong. Don't blame them. Blame the people not paying you enough.

Pretty sure you missed the part where I wrote "I feel this is very unfair to those of us who worked at minimum wage jobs but decided to better ourselves by learning a skill and now we have good paying jobs". I have a good paying job. It's a job that requires a certain type of skill not everyone can do. I don't want to be on the same financial level as a burger flipper and lettuce stuffer. It's incredibly insulting. Minimum wage needs to remain minimum wage so people can take a hint and go learn some marketable skills.

1) How do you know they're not also working to get better?

2) Yes, we get it, you don't want to be on the same financial level as people you feel are inferior to you. Why is this their problem and not the problem of the guy deciding what you make? Why are you trying to give them a ceiling and not annoyed about your own floor?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Way to go California. Mar 29, 2016, 13:19 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 13:15:
Beamer wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 13:13:
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 13:09:
Kxmode wrote on Mar 29, 2016, 11:49:
California raises minimum wage to $15 an hour.

That's awesome, more states need to raise the minimum wage. It can only benefit everyone!

Indeed. The economy runs on money being spent. When more people have money to spend, the economy is healthier and we all make more money.

The problem with a superrich class leaving everyone behind is that they earn more money than they can ever spend. Someone earned $850MM last year. 1 guy, in 1 year, earned more than he can ever spend. If you give 1 guy $850MM he'll spend, what, maybe 20 million of it?

If you give, say, 400 guys $2MM they'll probably spend at least $200MM of it. Probably more. That's a lot more money in the economy, fueling growth, fueling businesses.

That $850MM is the equivalent of 27,500 minimum wage jobs at $15/hr. If you split it that way, you'd probably have $700MM in the economy. Businesses would thrive.
It's just simple economics and it's about time.

Yup, but so few can think that way. They think about the salary on their contract as money they have a right to, and get angry at anything being taken. They rail against tax increases even when those increases are usually aimed at people making more than them.

And, in reality, a good tax plan would increase taxes on all of us, but increase it so much on the top that incomes spread around, so the average American may end up paying 10% more in taxes, but if they're earning 30% more (picking numbers out of a hat) they're actually keeping more at the end of the year.

Honestly, if I had to do it, I'd consider cutting income tax to next to nothing (capital gains would be there) and instead tax the corporations. Someone signs a $40,000 contract, they get to keep all $40,000, but the corporation is paying $20,000 to the government for that employee. Again, picking numbers out of a hat.
 
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