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News Comments > Does Watch Dogs 2 Include a Sneaky Game Reveal?
10. Re: Does Watch Dogs 2 Include a Sneaky Game Reveal? Nov 14, 2016, 15:55 Beamer
Quboid wrote on Nov 14, 2016, 15:26:
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 14, 2016, 13:32:
NKD wrote on Nov 14, 2016, 12:19:

Unsurprisingly Polygon found the presence of guns and the ability to do bad things incredibly 'problematic' and 'gross'.

Which for any other game would be laughable, but read up on the basic story premise and you'll understand why it's not just problematic, but completely insane in the context of the story.

Crime AI flags someone with 86% probability to be the next jerkface 2.0
jerkface 2.0 fights this because he feels it's not right
jerkface 2.0 becomes a murdering terrorist to prove he is not a murdering terrorist???
Crime AI correctly flagged jerkface 2.0

Which makes for an extremely questionable "moral of the story" if you were being flippant, you could even construct that Ubisoft promotes terrorism, well, depending on how the story ends.

This was a big problem with WD1, the protagonist was supposed to be a good guy but the writing was so bad and the gameplay so unimaginative, there was a massive disconnect between what we saw/did and what we were told to think. Polygon can get rather hand-wringy but this just looks like they have standards for story telling.

I can't read the review, but most of the comments I saw on reddit tended to either go "Polygon is the worst, I don't even need to read this to know that" or "Polygon has a point, there are some issues with this story, and they still gave it an 8/10 so it isn't like they did some huge injustice to it."

Open world games will often have this issue - it's really hard to give us someone taking a moral high ground when we spend so much of our free time in the game mercilessly and pointlessly killing civilians and police officers. Some games will try to draw the line that all the police officers are bad, and Saints Row goes hypercartoonish and creates a world where these kinds of people are celebrated and the size of the bodycount is directly proportionate to the celebrity status and the endorsement offers.

But otherwise? It's hard to be serious, and take moral high ground, and encourage us to go on senseless killing sprees by making it fun as hell. This doesn't make a good game bad, but it make any game feel a bit weird at times.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
49. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 14, 2016, 15:50 Beamer
jdreyer wrote on Nov 14, 2016, 14:55:
Dacote wrote on Nov 14, 2016, 11:29:
BobBob wrote on Nov 14, 2016, 10:22:
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Nov 14, 2016, 09:37:
Further, we have suggested that perhaps your credulity stems in some small part from the fact that as a middle-aged straight white dude.

Interesting, I share the same demographic, yet I am horrified by the prospects.

However ...

I also have 3 college degrees and live on the West Coast.
There is a key word missing from middle-aged straight white dude, uneducated.

If you're calling Bats uneducated that's both incorrect and uncalled for.

College educated white males skewed Trump, too, right? I'm not even going to be a jerk and do the "college educated" thing. Or even "college" educated. The bottom line is this transcended college. Trump may have overwhelmingly gotten the uneducated, but that doesn't mean he didn't get the educated.

And Bats, as a cop, is probably college educated, and at the very least has a long history here of not being unintelligent (and even that is a disservice to him.)
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
42. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 14, 2016, 09:50 Beamer
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Nov 14, 2016, 09:37:
Retired wrote on Nov 14, 2016, 07:35:
If you only knew how wrong you are.....

I haven't said one hateful thing, yet because of my political affiliation, it is assumed I hate several groups.....tell me, oh party of "tolerance" that is ripping this nation apart with hate - please educate me on my evil ways.

Look Bats, neither Beamer nor I have accused you of being a bigot. We have accused Trump of being a bigot. Given the easily accessed record of Trump's own words during the campaign the only defense for Trump against that charge is "well, maybe he didn't mean it?" To the extent that we have accused you personally of anything, it's that we think you're too credulous in assuming that Trump doesn't mean what he says or won't follow through on it. Further, we have suggested that perhaps your credulity stems in some small part from the fact that as a middle-aged straight white dude who used to be a cop, you're not on the list of people to be harmed should it turn out that Trump did in fact mean what he repeatedly said. We're not saying you're a bigot, we're saying that perhaps your identity insulates you from how real the fear of Trump genuinely is among those who would be most hurt should he execute his campaign promises.

Now perhaps you're right, perhaps Trump didn't mean anything he said and people are upset unnecessarily. I certainly hope that's the case. But the fact is that no one knows, and Trump isn't taking action to assuage that uncertainty. That's why people are upset and in the streets: it's not hate, it's genuine fear at a very scary unknown.

Finally, if you do not believe that the fear of minority groups is genuine or justified, I would again recommend reading Thucydides. Not because it explains minority fears, but because it shows how fully capable democracies are of tearing themselves apart once basic norms are disregarded and the wrong leaders are in power. I think you are wrong to trust that "the system will prevent it" when we have elected a candidate who campaigned on the promise to blow up that system. In the end, a political system depends upon people abiding by its norms and being committed to its ideals and its defense. Take that away, just like Trump took away the norms of campaigning, and history has shown that very, very bad things tend to result.

I have nothing more to add to this. You said it perfectly. I am absolutely not caling Bats a bigot, just saying that he's being unfair to those harmed, or who have loved ones harmed, by Trump's rhetoric and what it means that he won..
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
38. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 14, 2016, 07:20 Beamer
Retired wrote on Nov 14, 2016, 01:06:
*sigh. Like talking to an apple.

Anyway, had an interesting discussion at supper. We are at the point where no one is going to change anyones mind yet neither side wants to work together, they just do what you are doing here. Finger pointing, name calling, blame game. No solutions what so ever, just "rawr they suck amd hateful words".

At some point the yelling will have to stop and we will have to try and find solutions.

"Like talking to an apple?"

Listen to yourself, Bats. Look at the shit you're saying. Do you have any married gay friends? Do you have any female friends who get their health care from Planned Parenthood or, perhaps, have had an abortion? Do you have any Muslim friends? Do you have any friends who are both brown and recent immigrants?

If you do, then you have friends who just received a very loud message from America that they should be afraid. Even if you want to pretend Donald Trump didn't run on a campaign of rhetoric against those people I just listed, or pretend he hasn't come out again and said he plans to make all Muslims register for a list, or if Mike Pence hasn't come out and said he's going to defund Planned Parenthood and make certain the next SC judge overturns Roe v Wade, even if you want to stick your head in the sand for all of this...

You're acting as if these are political things. And this is what is angering people here about your posts.

"You guys just need to get over politics. We need to find a way to work together!"

Sorry, Bats. For one thing, it's not even a week. Not even a week! You're angry that people aren't "working together" immediately?

For another, it's hard to work with people that want to put you on a national registry, or annul your marriage, or take away your basic right to your own body. These aren't political things, these are civil rights. "Work together" against people that want to remove civil rights.

The time to "work together" will come. But, in the meantime, it's time to let people know that, if someone does try to take away civil rights, the streets will be messy. Listen, I know you're a white guy. Who is straight. Who had a well paid position as an authority figure. It's easy for you, or me, or most here, to say "we need to work together." But no one has every threatened to take away our rights. Donald Trump did for a significant chunk of America.

Like talking to a robot. "We can't finger point, first thing the day after an election, we need to find solutions!" Do you understand how tone deaf this is? How impossible that is at this moment?

Of course not. You're just going to read this post and go "he's angry at me for being a straight white man who was once a cop" rather than understanding why that position makes it very difficult to understand what other people in this country are going through and why they feel unsafe or uncomfortable in their own country after the Trump election. It's really easy to say "everything is going to be ok," or "his power is limited, we're fine," or "you morons are like talking to apples, I'm the only smart one here, we need to find a way to work together" when the person elected President wasn't elected on the back of talking about how the way you were born is why the country is shitty.
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
3. Re: Sunday Mobilization Nov 14, 2016, 07:11 Beamer
osage no onna wrote on Nov 14, 2016, 06:34:
What benefit does the curving give? Are we just expected to be excited because it's something (anything) "new"?

Curves allow you to do away with the bezel.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
36. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 13, 2016, 22:16 Beamer
Retired wrote on Nov 13, 2016, 20:38:
At the end of the day the hateful rhetoric must stop. All that crap you guys think Trump will do wont happen. Our system doesnt allow it. So lets get past the fear mongering and figure out how we can get along. There is an equal amount of hateful acts happening on both sides.


What's embarrassing is your defense of his hateful rhetoric. "Our system won't allow it."

Hardly matters. What matters is our people elected a man that promised it. That he likely can't do it doesn't change the fact that he was elected on the promises to.

Had he been making promises of dismantling police forces and deporting the police, you'd be furious that half of America found this to either be a worthy cause, or not a big enough deal to be concerned over.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
30. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 13, 2016, 10:28 Beamer
jdreyer wrote on Nov 13, 2016, 02:52:
Mr. Tact wrote on Nov 12, 2016, 22:06:
Retired wrote on Nov 12, 2016, 20:37:
I read an interesting article today that said the MLB is taking the World Series from Chicago and giving it to Cleveland because Indians fans are protesting.

/snowflake logic
LOL. I dislike Trump, but what's done is done. He is the president-elect. To all those protesters I would quote Don Henley, "Get over it."

Usually protesting has an end goal, like ending the Vietnam war, or ending Jim Crow laws across the south. I get how these people are feeling, but I'm not sure what their protests are supposed to accomplish.

Also, a lot of the protesters are minorities, one of the big groups that didn't turn out for HRC. Maybe instead of taking to the streets, you should go visit some of your friends and family and ask them WTF they were thinking.

The protestors are about sending two messages:

1) To their friends, family, and loved ones that Trump's rhetoric impacted, that they are still Americans and still have a place in this country. Trump and Pence discussed overturning Roe v Wade, overturning gay marriage, deporting immigrants, creating government lists based upon religion, etc. All the protestors have friends terrified due to these things. Terrified about the rhetoric, terrible that most voters probably overlooked it and didn't get why it was terrifying, and terrified that some were enamored with it. This is a message to those people that they're still Americans, and not all of America feels that way.

2) A message to Trump, that if he tries to do anything to take away civil rights that people spent decades fighting for, it won't go easily.
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News Comments > Gone Home for Free
18. Re: Gone Home for Free Nov 12, 2016, 15:47 Beamer
The Half Elf wrote on Nov 12, 2016, 15:43:
RedEye9 wrote on Nov 12, 2016, 12:47:
Retired wrote on Nov 12, 2016, 12:27:
Dacote wrote on Nov 12, 2016, 11:07:
"For people that need something about hope and love right now"
Well that could not have come at a better time.

Very dangerous rhetoric.
Go stare at your 401k and think about the nursing home your kids are going to put you in.

RedEye9, you have no fucking clue who your talking to or what your talking about. So kindly shut the fuck up.

This is likely true. But it's weird to say that hope and love are "dangerous rhetoric," no?
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
9. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 11, 2016, 16:15 Beamer
I don't think you know what entrapment is. Manufacturing drugs and selling them to a junkie, then arresting the junkie, is not entrapment.

Going door to door to find a guy who is behind on his mortgage, then repeatedly telling him the best way to make money quickly is to manufacture drugs until he stops saying "that's a terrible idea" and listens, then telling him you have hookups for the chemicals and selling them to him when he finally says "ok, whatever" to shut you up, then teaching him how to make the drugs, then making them with him, then bringing some junkies to his house to buy the drugs, then arresting him... now that's entrapment.

Entrapment involves the person being unlikely to commit the crime without police intervention. The people going to these FTP sites were seeking out child porn.

I mean, Google, man, Google. If you're not 100% certain of a term, just Google it.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
173. Re: I watched more DOOM videos (not all of them [TL;DW]), with a guy's commentaries, from YouTube... Nov 11, 2016, 08:47 Beamer
Mad Max RW wrote on Nov 11, 2016, 08:06:
The tears are so fucking delicious. Is Beamer on suicide watch?

This is what you crawl out from under a rock for?
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
162. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 10, 2016, 18:10 Beamer
Did someone just brag by saying "whitelashed?"

Did someone just imply "real America" is white? Unironically?

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
17. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 10, 2016, 15:27 Beamer
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Nov 10, 2016, 15:03:
Do we know it's a one-off though? I mean, why wouldn't they make, for example, an NES Classic Action Edition, SNES Classic Edition, SNES Classic RPG Edition, etc.? Granted there's redundancy in having multiple physical devices, but when those devices are only $60 and literally fit in the palm of your hand, the idea of having several of the things, while not my first choice, isn't unappealing either. I guess I'm enthused enough about getting one of these things, that I'm willing to overlook the shortcomings, and am looking forward to more.

With the success, I guarantee a V2 that fixes most of these flaws. And, of course, angers early adopters.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
136. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 10, 2016, 10:53 Beamer
Verno wrote on Nov 10, 2016, 10:11:
That they are willing to overlook that he's an utterly vile human being, as I explained in my previous post, just because he's making crazy promises, and for many because he hates the same people they hate, makes Trump voters look like a combination of fools and vile human beings themselves.

Maybe but that's what people wanted, the chance of it happening. Certainly wasn't going to be possible under Clinton from their perspective. Trump will get a chance to make good on his promises and if he doesn't then he will be held accountable in the next election. In the meantime rather than blaming Trump voters I think there's a fair amount of blame to go around in the Democratic party.

You guys had a real shot with Sanders, not sure why the signs were continually ignored. Hell I would've voted for Sanders and I'm fairly right of center.

Bernie would have burned some of it down, and a lot of people weren't ready for that (particularly the Democratic Party, who he joined months before his candidacy and did not have a good relationship with.)

Plus, he had the stigma of "socialist," which would have resonated strongly in the midwest, particularly as much of Obama's policies they rallied against were ones framed as just that.

That said, I loved Bernie. Only politician I loved in this whole thing. Would have been super excited for him. I'm not as convinced as anyone else he would have won, because I think he would have drawn in the anti-establishment Trump fans while pushing some of the others, and some Hillary fans, away with his "socialist" rhetoric.

Also, in retrospect, he seems far more willing to play nicely with the Democratic Party than anyone expected.

None of this is excusing the choice to put someone so hated up, but I kind of get it.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 10, 2016, 10:43 Beamer
Verno wrote on Nov 10, 2016, 10:26:
The 3 foot controller cord and bullshit with needing to get up to hit the reset button to do anything kills the classic NES for me. I would literally need to camp out in front of a 60" TV. 3 feet in this day and age of wireless controllers is crazyland. Want a wireless one? Spend $20 more and still need to get up and hit the reset button to do ANYTHING. Even the old school NES had an 8 foot cord, Nintendo with their weird fucking hardware decisions as usual.

It also has no online capability so those 30 games are it for life. I predict this thing will be in closets within 3 months.

100%. That, and not being able to add new games.

Growing up, I was fortunate. When it was all said and done, I had 150 games (more than half acquired cheaply at a garage sale in like 1998.) I still have those cartridges, and the original NES, at my parents house. It's been in their garage for about 20 years.

I've done emulation, and learned most of those games simply aren't fun anymore. I get about 5 minutes of joy from them. There are some I'd like to go back to, and many aren't in this collection (seriously missing on the Castlevanias, though those have all been done better on the GBA.)

I feel like I'd be better off, and not feel awful, downloading an emulator and streaming to my TV from my desktop, and playing with the more comfortable Xbox 360 controller (which, I suppose, may be awful for some of these, with its terrible dpad.)

I could save anywhere, I could change games more easily, and I could play every game I own. This thing is kind of inspiring me to do just that. But, had it had wireless controllers, more ergonomic controllers, quicksave and reload, the ability to change games from the controller, and the ability to add more games... maybe a really long list of requested features, but I'd have bought the device and additional games (or game packs) for a good chunk more.

I expect a V2.
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
9. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 9, 2016, 22:42 Beamer
Muscular Beaver wrote on Nov 9, 2016, 21:53:
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Nov 9, 2016, 21:37:
Muscular Beaver wrote on Nov 9, 2016, 20:53:
jdreyer wrote on Nov 9, 2016, 19:40:
Russian Hackers Will Try to Impact More Elections After Trump's Win.

Haha, yeah, since its the bad Russians who are to blame, instead of the people exposed in those hacks.
If we, as so called democratic and free countries, need god damn Russians (!!!) to get the truth to the public, the problem is our system.

Killing the messenger has become trend again lately. Also shows where were really headed.

I would response but it would be a waste of my time. Suffice to say I think you are absurd. On multiple levels. Feel free to call me a sheeple, or whatever the preferred tagline is for people who aren't moronic enough to take RT at face value.
What does that have to do with RT? Are you blaming them now for the leaks? Are you denying facts, just because they involve Russians in one way or the other? "Its all Russian, so they must be all in it"? Are you seriously dodging a discussion because you, for whatever reason, think I watch RT all day long, believe everything they say and call everyone sheeple and whatever else your messed up stereotyping holds? I think you should look in a mirror before you attack other people. But thanks for exposing your massive hypocrisy. That indeed makes a discussion completely pointless.

I think his point is that, if it's on RT, it's almost definitely not facts, maybe "facts," and some here seem to cite RT as a source.
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News Comments > Dishonored 2 Launch Trailer
12. Re: Dishonored 2 Launch Trailer Nov 9, 2016, 17:57 Beamer
Quinn wrote on Nov 9, 2016, 15:32:
Tried to replay Dishonored 1 because I wanna get excited about Dishonored 2. I used that beating heart to analyze every opponent's true heart. Evil guys (like "He will end 2 more lives before going to bed tonight") I killed. Others (like "He works two shifts only so he can feed his family") I knocked out or ignored. Playing 100% non-lethal was boring as hell!!!

I hope D2 will have more cool non-lethal abilities.

Either way, I really had to put effort into liking D1. Not sure if my interests are changing or that the game simply was unimpressive. Reading many people say they got bored halfway through kinda answers that question.

My first time through I used the heart a lot. I've become a much less patient gamer, though, and it adds nothing but some color, so I grew quickly tired of it in the second playthrough.

I did try to go mostly nonlethal and ghost in my second playthrough. I killed at most 3 or 4 people in each of the levels other than the first - killing none in most. Unfortunately, in the first (maybe it was the second but I think the first) I killed like 40 people covering for a mistake I didn't want to quickload over. So I still got the bad ending. I'm not kidding, it was about 40 people due to one mistake.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
36. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 9, 2016, 14:27 Beamer
Did someone just say they expect less war under Trump, a guy who has basically been fighting never-ending Twitter wars on all fronts since the day Twitter launched? A guy whose feathers get ruffled and can't take criticism? A guy who, when asked, talks about how weak the leaders of our closest allies are and cites dictators as good, strong leaders?  
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News Comments > Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon for Free
7. Re: Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon for Free Nov 9, 2016, 14:23 Beamer
NegaDeath wrote on Nov 9, 2016, 12:21:
IMO way better than the base game it spawned from. Always found modern Far Cry games to have way too much padding. Blood Dragon shrinks it down to a more enjoyable ratio. And adds a bunch of neon and giant lizards with frikkin laser beams attached to their heads.

Mark IV style motherfucker!

Couldn't disagree more. I felt like they took out the good from the game and left bare bones that were really, really bare. On top of it, the plot felt less throwback and more generic, and the decision to go with an eye-searing red sky with pink and purple details wasn't fun. That was usually 5 minutes in an 80s movie, not a full 5 hours.

I adore FC3/FC4. Found this to be mostly just boring.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
102. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 9, 2016, 09:52 Beamer
I get the anger at the "Establishment," but this is just a bad idea all around.

In 1980 we elected Reagan. Reagan was a former celebrity whose biggest bit of policy was a drastic tax cut on the super wealthy. This freed up the unofficial salary cap on the super wealthy, who exploited this by stagnating wages for everyone else, offshoring jobs to give themselves higher bonuses and stock prices, etc. This resulted in a huge wealth inequality and left the middle class, in particular the blue collar worker, decimated.

So, to teach the establishment a lesson, we elected another celebrity who became a Republican whose biggest policy is to cut the taxes on the super wealthy.

I'm sure, this time around, it will be different. Hey, at least we did it out of anger this time.
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News Comments > Win10 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Refund Over Player Counts?
18. Re: Win10 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Refund Over Player Counts? Nov 8, 2016, 15:12 Beamer
Creston wrote on Nov 8, 2016, 14:38:
Beamer wrote on Nov 8, 2016, 14:18:
So... I think it's safe to say at least 5 people bought it and have since been refunded! Maybe even 6!

I stand humbly corrected!

Rereading what I typed, I think it's probably easy to misconstrue my post as a total defense of this debacle, saying only 5 or 6 people have been refunded.

I'm happy you picked up on what I actually meant, haha.
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