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News Comments > Who Controls Star Control?
43. Re: Who Controls Star Control? Dec 6, 2017, 07:18 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Dec 5, 2017, 01:05:
Beamer wrote on Dec 4, 2017, 13:50:
You're an opportunistic troll. 1 person here said the sexual harassment thing, and was corrected by 5.

Still you cry.
Troll = stuff you don't like because it hurts your feelings. Even more so when it's ideologically in your camp, and it's shitty people being shitty. And instead of actually dealing with that problem you'd rather not dispute that, rather it's all deflect, deflect, deflect.

Maybe you can go find some trendy cause to go virtue signal over and show you're a great ally.

I told him he was wrong, I don't have a camp, and it's hard to imagine anyone with less humanity than you.

What is shittier than no humanity? You can't even imagine empathy with others, hence your idiot MRA buzzwords like virtue signal. Are you so miserable with who you are?
 
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News Comments > Star Control Rights Follow-up
14. Re: Star Control Rights Follow-up Dec 5, 2017, 17:02 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 5, 2017, 15:35:
Beamer wrote on Dec 5, 2017, 13:43:
Mgshadow wrote on Dec 5, 2017, 13:04:
Im with you, Brad is being very careful with his wording and attitude. I feel he has done nothing wrong. No finger pointing or anything.

I don't think either has done anything wrong, though Brad is clearly much more savvy in these regards (which seems like a duh, given that he also retails.)

Until there's proof, Brad isn't doing anything wrong. But the lack of proof doesn't mean that Toys for Bob is wrong, either. But it does mean they're less actionable. Rights issues like this, where it isn't clear who has what, are fairly common.

What's your take on why they aren't providing the docs to Stardock? They don't have them, and they're trying to use social pressure to get Stardock to relinquish rights for free?

That they were probably crap at record keeping.

Even if they have the documents, they don't necessarily prove anything Atari could told each something different. I think both are acting in good faith, but think only one has been through this before and knows how to handle the situation, and both should be willing to make a reasonable deal.

Honestly, I'd like to see an arrangement where Stardock keeps the games up, both sides get the name with Stardock forced to use a longer title and not just Star Control (:Origins may work, or Star Control Legacy, or whatever), and both get some of the races but Toys for Bob gets the main storyline and main races whereas Stardock needs to branch out more and new.

Seems like that'd be fair to most. Frankly, I don't know how much real value there is in the races, anyway. What percentage of people who will buy this are very familiar with StarCon2?
 
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News Comments > Star Control Rights Follow-up
5. Re: Star Control Rights Follow-up Dec 5, 2017, 13:43 Beamer
 
Mgshadow wrote on Dec 5, 2017, 13:04:
Im with you, Brad is being very careful with his wording and attitude. I feel he has done nothing wrong. No finger pointing or anything.

I don't think either has done anything wrong, though Brad is clearly much more savvy in these regards (which seems like a duh, given that he also retails.)

Until there's proof, Brad isn't doing anything wrong. But the lack of proof doesn't mean that Toys for Bob is wrong, either. But it does mean they're less actionable. Rights issues like this, where it isn't clear who has what, are fairly common.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 5, 2017, 09:51 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 5, 2017, 01:23:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Dec 5, 2017, 01:13:
SimplyMonk wrote on Dec 4, 2017, 16:57:

I mean... Rey is probably a better role model than most other women portrayed in film or TV.
The character is a literal mary sue, that gains the ability to do super things without having to put in the effort to get there. It doesn't get any worse for a role model, in trying to teach any kid that you can become excellent if you simply suddenly gain some form of "specialness" You want good role models from the star wars universe? The exile is a good example.

There are far better role models in movies then Rey, far better in TV. Hell you'd be better off handing a young girl the "wheel of time" novels and letting them see how flawed characters, who through hard work can achieve great things even by trial and error.

Yeah, that movie is terrible, and her magical powers are a big part of that. I rewatched a couple of weeks ago since the new movie is coming out (and I have high hopes, b/c Rian Johnson is amazing) and I still hate it. "Oh, but the characters have chemistry and charisma!" Fuck that, the plot is derivative of the earlier movies, and the story is a series of unbelievable coincidences.

I understand that Disney is so high on the upcoming movie that they're letting Johnson pen a brand new trilogy from scratch. High praise indeed, and I hope their trust is well-placed.

Don't encourage him. He just wants to use the word "Mary Sue." If Rey was a male he'd be ok with it.
 
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News Comments > Who Controls Star Control?
35. Re: Who Controls Star Control? Dec 4, 2017, 15:57 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 4, 2017, 15:36:
Numinar wrote on Dec 4, 2017, 08:12:
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Dec 4, 2017, 06:47:
It's worth noting that Brad Wardell is famous for sexually harassing a female employee, sending her a 'sexual purity test', making unwanted sexual contact, telling sexist and vulgar jokes and violating her private life. When she filed a lawsuit he then manufactured a counter-suit to destroy her credibility. It ended with a behind the scenes settlement that involved the woman publicly apologising but it's pretty obvious he paid her off.

Unsurprisingly for someone obsessed with sexual purity he is also a devout conservative famous for boycotting UPS after they withdrew advertising from Fox News due to Glenn Beck making racist and derogatory remarks about Obama.

Put simply he's a bit of an arsehole and it wouldn't surprise me one bit if the allegations made by the original developers are entirely true.

It fucking sucks. These women stay quiet as making a complaint no matter how vaild makes you poisonous to litigation phobic corporations who find it easier to keep the lecherous creeps they employ or answer to happy than handle complaints properly. You take the money because your chances of getting another job are greatly reduced so unless you are independently wealthy there is no profit in sticking to your guns.

Though who knows, maybe she was gold digging through litigation and he in an innocent conservative wanker? Seems less likely and certainly not profitable long term.


If women had just stayed in the home, none of this would have happened.

/S

Nicely, the whole idea of women staying quiet to avoid being blacklisted (which was absolutely a real thing) is rapidly draining away.

And while I feel women deserve the benefit of the doubt, and very few make it up, it does seem like there's some evidence that this woman made it up to cover for having been caught with other wrong-doings. I'm not saying I'm fully convinced and therefore ok smearing her (predominantly because I haven't looked into it particularly hard), but I'm also ok saying Brad shouldn't have this held against him. The circumstances are about as clear as they can possibly be in his case. If this doesn't clear a name, not much can.
 
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News Comments > Who Controls Star Control?
28. Re: Who Controls Star Control? Dec 4, 2017, 13:50 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Dec 4, 2017, 13:28:
Creston wrote on Dec 4, 2017, 11:10:

That case was dismissed with prejudice. Iow, it's 99.9999% likely that she made all that shit up in an effort to extort money from her previous employer.

If you base all your decisions regarding stardock on that, you have a supremely sad world view. Let's hope for your sake nobody ever makes a false sexual harassment claim against Chris Roberts, hmm?
It's funny just how much the lie that Wardell sexually harassed someone is still making the rounds. The thing you forgot was: Not only was it dismissed with prejudice against the complainant, but she stole and destroyed corporate information belonging to Stardock. And the judge required her to write a public apology for the false claim. She's lucky she wasn't criminally prosecuted for that stunt and for the destruction of property. I believe Wardell's own words were something close to "the sooner she's out of the lives of our employees the better we'll all be."

It wasin't 99.9999% that she made it up. She 100% made it up. Ordering a claimant to publicly apologize is almost unheard of, and is considered a "confession of guilt." Meaning Wardell could have filed civil and criminally against her, and she'd be 100% screwed.

But it's the same old bullshit, "what about those special snowflake women who need all that protection!" You mean like the female developer who along with her husband were effectively run out of every "help girls get into tech" program because they refused to bow to feminist dogma, and that same group then started spreading lies in order to ruin her reputation. Oh and for some of the reasons they wanted to all "boys who need help or wanted to learn to code" into the programs, along with socially disadvantaged people. The group FYI was and is backed by google. Enjoy the next lawsuit on thins because it's gonna be really good fun.

Oh, and to the various people who said hur-dur-dur that list a few weeks back was bullshit. Are you enjoying it now? Because there's more to come. I'd also suggest some of you avoid looking at your childhood idols when the next group drops.

You're an opportunistic troll. 1 person here said the sexual harassment thing, and was corrected by 5.

Still you cry.
 
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News Comments > Who Controls Star Control?
19. Re: Evening Mobilization Dec 4, 2017, 10:25 Beamer
 
Yeah, I think Brad is an somewhat awful person, but I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt on that case.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
21. Re: Evening Metaverse Dec 3, 2017, 09:25 Beamer
 
Ben Shapiro is wrong, and trying to manipulate you. You're falling for it.

Do you know any Muslims? Have you spent any time at all in a Muslim country, other than as a military presence?

I doubt it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
58. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 1, 2017, 21:03 Beamer
 
Blue wrote on Dec 1, 2017, 20:06:
Beamer wrote on Dec 1, 2017, 18:40:
I put Rodgers and Favre above Starr.

The formatting was messed up, but that was you, right? Anyway, whoever said it, I still disagree. Rodgers is probably the best *passer* I've ever seen, but here's a little from Wikipedia about Bart Starr, the only QB in the playoff era to three-peat, who played during a time when QBs called their own plays and the passing game was impeded by the rights of defensive backs to mug receivers all over the field:

Starr was the only quarterback in history to lead a team to five league championships (1961Ė62, 1965Ė67), before Tom Brady tied the record during the 2016 season. Starr led his team to victories in two Super Bowls: I and II. As the Packers' head coach, he was less successful, compiling a 52Ė76Ė3 (.408) record from 1975 through 1983.

Starr was named the Most Valuable Player of the first two Super Bowls and earned four Pro Bowl selections. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Packers Hall of Fame in 1977. He won the league MVP award in 1966.[1]

Starr has the highest postseason passer rating (104.8)[2] of any quarterback in NFL history and a postseason record of 9Ė1. His career completion percentage of 57.4 was an NFL best when he retired in 1972.[3] Starr also held the Packers' franchise record for games played (196) for 32 years, through the 2003 season.[3]

IMO, that final paragraph should be enough to win this debate.

I'll openly admit I am not the best person to be grading Green Bay QBs, particularly ones I never saw personally.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
56. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 1, 2017, 18:40 Beamer
 
Blue wrote on Dec 1, 2017, 17:54:
Creston wrote on Dec 1, 2017, 16:18:
Cutter wrote on Nov 30, 2017, 17:32:
Rodgers is arguably the best QB of all time.

Ooooh errrr missus.

I mean, come on. It's not as if Tom Brady is not even playing anymore. That said, Aaron Rodgers is definitely better than Eli Manning. I think Aaron Rodgers is probably better than Peyton Manning.


I put Rodgers and Favre above Starr.

Marino above them all, and he never won anything! Which excludes him from being best ever, but man, what makes him so fascinating to me is how far he always was from winning.
Rodgers isn't even the best QB in the history of the Packers. That would be Bart Starr.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 1, 2017, 14:38 Beamer
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Dec 1, 2017, 13:43:
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 1, 2017, 12:22:
30 is the new 60
PUBG Will Run At 30 FPS On All Xbox One Devices, PlayerUnknown Clarifies

Would it really make any sense to make the playing field uneven by having people with a 60fps advantage over the "basic version" peasantry? I could see why they would want to have parity here. Resolution is not as big a deal, but double the framerate is massive, even on the consoles with their less-precise gamepad controls.

Y'know, I would love for someone to do a test, pitting people on consoles running at 60fps to ones running at 30fps, swapping them a few times, to actually see the impact. I don't know if I agree that, on a TV far away and a game not super quick, it'd make a monstrous difference.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
39. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 30, 2017, 23:29 Beamer
 
I read an article today that said Eli was the best B-tier QB ever. I agree with that. He wasn't a superstar, franchise QB. He was a dependable QB. The best dependable QB. A guy who could come up huge when he needed to, and be frustrating nearly every other time. You could rarely count on Eli to pick a game on his shoulders and simply will victory the way Rodgers, or Peyton, or Brady, or Elway, or Marino, or Montana. Except in the playoffs. Especially the Superbowl.

I respected a lot about him, but the parts I respected were usually not the things I valued most. He was a loyal, respectable company man, with zero personality. He stuck by his teammates, he took blame and rarely assigned it, and his cool head almost definitely kept the hotter flames on the team in check. But good god was he a boring lump of mud that you could only rely on when you absolutely needed to rely on him.

Everyone points out he wouldn't be in HoF discussion if not for being on a big team, but he was, including the additional pressure that comes with that. And he wouldn't be if he didn't make two key drives to bring him two rings. But he did. Best B-tier QB ever. I'd argue he's the worst multiple-ring QBs of at least my lifetime, but that's not a bad thing. Not at all. And man, he won two of the best Superbowls of all time.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
26. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 30, 2017, 18:37 Beamer
 
Blue wrote on Nov 30, 2017, 17:04:
Beamer wrote on Nov 30, 2017, 16:05:
And he'll probably get traded away with Eli, and next season will be Geno with some top 5 pick rookie behind him, moments away from passing him in the depth chart.

Eli has two years left on a contract with a no-trade clause. I'd put it at about 50/50 that he gets released as a thank you for his service that allows him to find his own landing spot.

Maybe, but with the $5M bonus coming to him in March, we'll see. I don't know if he gets more than he's making on the open market, so it may be worth his while to allow a trade. In any case, we'll know by early March at the latest.

I would say there's, at best, a 20% chance he's on the team next year. Reese and McAdoo are gone, but I can't imagine it's worthwhile for Eli to stay or the Giants to keep him.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 30, 2017, 16:05 Beamer
 
As an aside, it's worth mentioning that Davis Webb was considered by many to be a first round talent, and the Giants took him in the 3rd. The knock against him was that he was rough. He came from air raid offenses, and needed a lot of polish. He's got incredible raw talent and a great throwing arm, but his footwork needs some work.

Part of why the Giants took him is that Eli wasn't supposed to go anywhere for a few seasons, so Webb had time to get that polish. Instead, he got 2/3 of a season. He's almost definitely not ready (but maybe), and he's probably being set up for failure. He's a guy whose rookie year should be at 24 or 25, not 22. But he's a ball of potential.

And he'll probably get traded away with Eli, and next season will be Geno with some top 5 pick rookie behind him, moments away from passing him in the depth chart.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 30, 2017, 15:58 Beamer
 
Pigeon wrote on Nov 30, 2017, 14:37:
In a league that appears to be suffering from a lack of QB talent benching Eli seems like a horrible decision. Iím sure there are a lot of teams that would jump at the chance of having a tried and tested QB over, especially over a QB who hasnít done anything of note. As someone who has watched his Texans go through the revolving door of QBs, the Giants are going to be in for a world of disappointment if they think this is actually going to accomplish anything. I will say while Watson was fantastic, a QB that has to scramble almost every play is a QB thatís going to get knocked out for most or all the season. That is the fault of coaching, relying solely on the talents of one player to pull the rest of the team out of a hole.

They don't think it's going to accomplish anything this season. God could come down from Mount Whatever himself and suit up and the Giants would still miss the postseason.

This is about 6 things:

1) Eli is 37, and has maybe 3 seasons of declining talent left in him.

2) The Giants are DOA. This season is over. Next season is over. The season after that is probably over. That's the bulk of, if not all of, Eli's remaining career

3) Therefore, Eli is better off elsewhere. He is more valuable to someone else than he is to the Giants. To the Giants, he's a legacy, but the past. To another team, he can be the present. How would Buffalo be with Eli? Or Minnesota? These are teams that could really use Eli to make the playoffs. This would probably be better for Eli, too, rather than wasting away on teams that can't do anything for him. He'd probably stick around longer

4) If Eli gets hurt, they can't trade him, which is bad (but they may not be able to trade him, anyway)

5) If Eli actually manages to win games, they fall further in the draft. Darnold or Rosen may look pretty good in a Giants uniform. They can rebuild around a new franchise QB. They can't do that with Eli. Making moves based around Eli's style is a fool's errand when he'll be retiring before the team is a true threat

6) Someone, somewhere, decided they can't draft a QB with two youngish QBs on the roster. Geno Smith is a disaster, but some in the NY media weirdly proclaim him as an untapped Drew Brees-esque talent. Davis Webb is only 22 and threw over 4,000 yards his senior year. Someone decided that seeing them in action would avoid a media firestorm if they draft someone to slot ahead of them (and maybe, just maybe, thought one of them could have potential, but that seems like a 10% chance in most minds)


Is this bad form? Yeah. The way they did it is idiotic. But the fact remains that Eli can't be a Giant next season. He can't. For his good and for the team's. Keeping him around would be only for nostalgia's sake, which would make everyone involved miserable. Eli would be treated to more 2-5 win seasons. He'd never make the playoffs again. Giants fans would sit around in misery as the team won't commit to a rebuild and instead wallows in mediocrity (which NY fans are used to, given that the Rangers did this from 1997-2010.)

None of this is "Eli isn't a good quarterback" or "Eli is why we're losing," but instead it's "Eli is just too old to be part of our future, given that we need to be planning 5 years out."
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 30, 2017, 11:22 Beamer
 
I don't think it's blaming anything on him. I think it's just acknowledging he isn't in their future plans. And he shouldn't be, nor should the be in his. The Giants need to be, and will be, nuked from orbit. They need to be completely rebuilt. You can't rebuild around a 37 year old QB.

Getting a look at the other QBs seems... iffy. I mean, they know what they have, for the most part, and could have done better by Eli, but I think Reese and McAdoo are desperate (their off-season two years ago was absolutely desperate), and want to be able to go to Mara and say "don't fire us, here's our plan for next season, and proof of why it'll work, see how the QB did in limited time last season!"

But this could also be to make certain Eli remains healthy. Because there's no way he's a Giant next season. So many teams need a decent QB, which Eli is, to help them win more games. John Elway in his prime wouldn't help the Giants win more now, and next season will be much the same.
 
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News Comments > EA Says Visceral's Cancelled Star Wars Game Was Too Linear
24. Re: EA Says Visceral's Cancelled Star Wars Game Was Too Linear Nov 30, 2017, 07:54 Beamer
 
Wesp5 wrote on Nov 30, 2017, 06:29:
So no one wants a linear single-player game anymore? Does anyone have numbers on how well the Doom and Wolfenstein remakes did? Because they were classical linear single-player shooters!

I feel like I'm regularly arguing with people here that claim linear games are awful. Where are they now? As soon as EA agrees with them suddenly they see the light?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 29, 2017, 11:18 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Nov 29, 2017, 10:54:
The Andy Rubin thing was apparently a good old fashioned office romance with an underling, not a sexual assault or some crazy pedo shit.

Which means he'll almost definitely be back at Essential rather quickly.
 
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News Comments > EA Still Wants Microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront II
9. Re: EA Still Wants Microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront II Nov 29, 2017, 11:16 Beamer
 
Arithon wrote on Nov 29, 2017, 11:04:
You'd think $3BN being wiped off their shares would teach them SOMETHING, but apparently not..


The $3B wasn't because consumers were angry at Star Wars, it was because they were angry at the business model. The EA valuation was based on the profit they'd be earning from that business model. If consumers reject the business model, they will not earn those profits, and the stock falls. If EA can convince consumers to come back to the business model, it will return.

You guys think investors give a shit how happy consumers are. They don't. They give a shit how much more profit EA will earn than last year, and how much they'll earn in the future. Anyone that saw the drop as some kind of message to EA that they need to not do microtransactions, and that analysts side with gamers, is missing the point.

The point is Wall Street really, really wants them doing many, many microtransactions. And Wall Street is the one that took that $3B from them. So who do you think EA is more concerned about making happy?
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
8. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 28, 2017, 17:00 Beamer
 
dubfanatic wrote on Nov 28, 2017, 16:46:
Important quote from the article:

Geographically, itís all still focused on the western United States

And by "Western United States" they mean California, on either private tracks or open rural or suburban roads. Up here in Washington it's been pouring rain and blowing wind for the last two weeks almost non-stop. Let me know when self-driving cars are logging miles in downtown Seattle in the middle of a November storm, then I might be interested.

There are already. BMW and Mighty AI have their primary automated driving offices in Seattle for a reason. They may be out there on a very limited basis, but it's weird that people expect it to be a billion of them on day 1.
 
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