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News Comments > etc.
6. Re: etc. Mar 21, 2016, 17:58 Beamer
 
rudra wrote on Mar 21, 2016, 17:44:
jdreyer wrote on Mar 21, 2016, 16:17:
Oblivion was a groundbreaking RPG. Hard to believe it's been 10 years.

groundbreaking yeh, not innovative.. it was bethesdas first "mainstream" game - brought the masses into the fold

but Arena, Daggerfall, Morrowind... it was already pretty well established formula by the time Oblivion came along

Yup, but Oblivion did quite a bit better. It trimmed a lot in the process, which may be good and may be bad. It made it more streamlined and more widely appreciated without necessarily killing what it was. Plus, while we mocked it, Radiant AI was actually pretty cool for making the world feel populated.

I'm sure Arena, Daggefall, and Morrowind fans will be quick to point out the features it cut that made it far less enjoyable to them, kind of like how I can complain about some of the things Skyrim removed that irked me (dammit, Acrobatics actually made walking long distances less tedious!) but it was one of the first games to really feel like a world to me.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
4. Re: Op Ed Mar 21, 2016, 12:50 Beamer
 
Suppa7 wrote on Mar 21, 2016, 12:13:
Modern gaming is mostly flash little substance with a few gems here and there.


Were other generations really that different?
 
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News Comments > etc.
11. Re: etc. Mar 20, 2016, 13:16 Beamer
 
Shok wrote on Mar 20, 2016, 10:45:
This question in a recent interview with Rebecca Heinmein explains the economics of why the 3DO failed if you are interested.

Great interview! Goes into some depth about why consumers now expecting and demanding extremely low prices is bad for the industry all-around, and why Steam sales did major damage. The past Steam sales seemed mediocre, and I think we need to get used to that for the reasons she details.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 20, 2016, 13:15 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Mar 20, 2016, 09:45:
Sony sure doesn't want to see the all-male ghostbuster film outdoing the all-female one. Ensuring that doesn't happen.

The fun thing about Julio posts is you don't need to read the name to know it's a Julio post.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 18, 2016, 15:41 Beamer
 
KS wrote on Mar 18, 2016, 15:23:
Beamer wrote on Mar 18, 2016, 15:02:
Cutter wrote on Mar 18, 2016, 13:46:
At its core, cultural appropriation is treating cultures like a pick-and-mix grab bag of ideas for the dominant majority culture (almost always white)

That's that article in a nutshell. White liberal guilt hipster denounces Whitey as the source of all that's bad in the world. Gee, shocker. Rolleyes

This guy said it really well....

That's how cultural exchange works - you use bits and pieces from other groups of people and fuse it with other stuff. Sichuan cuisine, for example, exists because somebody brought hot peppers from the Americas over to China, where they were promptly assimilated and woven into the cuisine. Or think of fusion cuisine in general, like the food trucks that combine Korean and Mexican food around here.

It only feels like appropriation to me if you're actually claiming to be the original source of something. But I read a lot of broad accusations of it.

And this guy....

I've heard Mexican people saying they don't give a flying fuck if others want to celebrate Día de Muertos. And here we have Halloween parties, completely out of context.

I'm from Argentina. One of the latest winners of the Tango World Cup was a japanese couple. You won't hear ANYONE complain about japanese people "appropriating" our culture. On the contrary, people here are happy our stuff is known all over the world. Even Schwarzenegger doing random shit to the tune of Por una Cabeza in True Lies is only ever seen as funny. I don't think I know ANYONE who was offended by that.

Exactly. Man, this new bullshit PC era so needs to fucking die...yet again.

I can't believe I'm responding to you, but you picked the beginning sentences and ignored the rest.

Cultural appropriation is taking someone's culture and treating it like a costume or a gimmick. There's a stark difference between that and exchanging ideas, such as your sichuan example.

It is called borrowing an idea. It is one thing to make a racist portrayal, and quite another to borrow a colorful attire because it looks nice. Or cool. Or scary.

There is nothing wrong with that. It is a made up offense that people have to be "educated" to take offense at, and only then can you play an asinine guilt game with the "offenders" of the newly-educated "offendee".

It is a grotesquely racist concept.

If someone were to go trick-or-treating as a "video gamer," wearing baggy khaki cargo pants, white running shoes, a My Little Pony t-shirt, a trenchcoat, a fedora, and ran around going "Look at me, I'm a video gamer, I've never touched a girl!" a handful of people here would be offended.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 18, 2016, 15:02 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 18, 2016, 13:46:
At its core, cultural appropriation is treating cultures like a pick-and-mix grab bag of ideas for the dominant majority culture (almost always white)

That's that article in a nutshell. White liberal guilt hipster denounces Whitey as the source of all that's bad in the world. Gee, shocker. Rolleyes

This guy said it really well....

That's how cultural exchange works - you use bits and pieces from other groups of people and fuse it with other stuff. Sichuan cuisine, for example, exists because somebody brought hot peppers from the Americas over to China, where they were promptly assimilated and woven into the cuisine. Or think of fusion cuisine in general, like the food trucks that combine Korean and Mexican food around here.

It only feels like appropriation to me if you're actually claiming to be the original source of something. But I read a lot of broad accusations of it.

And this guy....

I've heard Mexican people saying they don't give a flying fuck if others want to celebrate Día de Muertos. And here we have Halloween parties, completely out of context.

I'm from Argentina. One of the latest winners of the Tango World Cup was a japanese couple. You won't hear ANYONE complain about japanese people "appropriating" our culture. On the contrary, people here are happy our stuff is known all over the world. Even Schwarzenegger doing random shit to the tune of Por una Cabeza in True Lies is only ever seen as funny. I don't think I know ANYONE who was offended by that.

Exactly. Man, this new bullshit PC era so needs to fucking die...yet again.

I can't believe I'm responding to you, but you picked the beginning sentences and ignored the rest.

Cultural appropriation is taking someone's culture and treating it like a costume or a gimmick. There's a stark difference between that and exchanging ideas, such as your sichuan example.
 
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News Comments > X-COM Creator Gollop Teases Tactical Combat Gamez
1. Re: X-COM Creator Gallop Teases Tactical Combat Game Mar 18, 2016, 10:23 Beamer
 
I backed his last game on Kickstarter, which came out and I believe is finished... and never even installed it.

Was it fun?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
19. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 18, 2016, 08:17 Beamer
 
Luke wrote on Mar 18, 2016, 07:04:
Beamer wrote on Mar 17, 2016, 17:52:

lots of ...wannabe


So just give in to it ? lay back and say ok i give up ?

Never dude

That isn't what I said, right?

I just said that thinking individual websites will do this on their own is ridiculous and not feasible. Ask Blue if he's happy he has these videos on his site. Ask him why he doesn't take a stand and just leave the ad networks.

It. Isn't. A. Possibility. A decade ago you had sites joining each other to sell ad space, or being acquired by a larger company that could include them in a portfolio, but even that's dead. Your advertiser works with an agency (or two or three), and those agencies work with a limited amount of ad networks that give the detailed information on where their money is going. No one has the time to, or the belief in, working with individual companies.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
16. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 17, 2016, 17:52 Beamer
 
NetHead wrote on Mar 17, 2016, 15:43:
Cutter wrote on Mar 17, 2016, 15:06:
It's really pretty simple. The various national Advertising Standards Councils need to come with a standard that's easily identifiable. Some logo with a 'This is a Safe Ad site....

And the Tooth Fairy will come get your tooth tonight, but only if you're sleeping.

Give me a break, never expected Cutter to make a naive doe-eyed post, with faith in not only humanity but even websites from all walks of life.



The current problem, a problem I don't see going away any time soon, goes hand in hand with the sites that moan about ad-blocking.

Letting third parties host and control the ads, it is the root of the major problems. It's a major way of tracking you across the web. It makes a juicy target to distribute malware. It means those sites don't really have control over the ad content.

Allowing these third party ads and their scripts to run on your PC is, insane. You may as well randomly execute things from the Google Play Store, Cnet, and BigBootyWarezzz. It's only a matter of time until something bad happens.

If these sites that moan about ad-blocking, actually hosted the content themselves, not only would it make it a vastly smaller target for malware, but also, by default, bypass most ad-blocking.

The sites moaning about this are in the boat of wanting to have their cake and eat it too. Rather than stepping up and addressing the problem they moan and cry, sometimes spewing vitriol and sometimes clickbait propaganda for the stupid or uninformed.

I will not allow third party scripts, I will not allow advertisers to run scripts, not for any site, not on Blue's News, not on BigBootyWarezzz.com because they would both be an equally stupid thing to do.

I have no sympathy left from today, the web can burn.

This isn't the way the internet works anymore. Blues is part of an ad network. Blues has been part of several ad networks.

Why?

  • No company wants to negotiate with individual websites. That would be exhausting. How many websites are out there. Do you really think that, to name a company I think I saw a video for here, Taco Bell, has time to negotiate that widely?


  • The value is in cross-site. Display ads, which is what most ads are, haven't really proven much effectiveness. In part, that's why people want them everywhere - the less effective they are the more you see them. Again, this means advertisers need to go wide, which means that they need a network to negotiate with, not individual webmasters.


  • Adding to that, the only web ads really proving effective are retargeting ads. This is why you go to Amazon and look at a horse mask then suddenly see ads for that horse mask on every site you go to. Again, wide networks are needed.


  • It's also nice to say ads should just be images, or shouldn't track. Great. There's no money to be made there. Think if you're an advertiser - how much would you pay for an ad? Now imagine you know exactly how many people saw that ad, how much would you pay? Now imagine you can target that ad to be seen only by people that are of the type that buy your product, how much more would you pay? Now imagine you can do all that, and also see what other ads you've placed that customer has seen, then see if that customer goes to your website or an eretailer and looks at your product, then see if that customer buys. Suddenly, you have the data to know how your ad is working. Suddenly, that ad is worth much, much more to you.


  • The issue is not, in any way, the individual sites. If they stopped working with ad networks then they'd get next to no ads. The problem is the networks. These are often small, so they work together, license out, etc. Bad actors get involved there. Even Google, the largest (for good reason) lets bad actors get in there.

    Consumers will never get free of tracking. There's no value to not being able to target by demographic, and no value to not being able to get data to determine ROI. You're going to be tracked. This occurs in exchange for you getting an enormous amount of content and services you do not pay for. What needs to stop is the malicious stuff. Ad networks can stop this. Advertisers may be able to, but the ones involved in malicious stuff are typically sketchy advertisers. Websites are basically powerless in this, as if Blue were to leave the ad network he'd likely get virtually no revenue, only what he can personally sell, and I'd wager the only thing that anyone would pay for on a site like this would be complete site takeovers.

    Networks need to clean themselves up and react quicker. Browsers need to get smarter to avoid malware (which the big red warning numerous of us got yesterday happens to be.)
     
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    News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
    2. Re: Evening Safety Dance Mar 17, 2016, 10:18 Beamer
     
    Julio wrote on Mar 17, 2016, 04:38:
    Not that RPS has any credibility, but other sites are also reporting Windows 10 self installing itself.

    Does that surprise anyone? Malware/adware/spyware tends to do that.

    Three sentences, each of which is fear mongering. I love it!
     
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    News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
    2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 17, 2016, 10:16 Beamer
     
    SpectralMeat wrote on Mar 17, 2016, 09:52:
    Logitech:
    "We are moving away from Cherry MX switches to introduce our own much improved Romer G switches which is way better than Cherry MX"

    6 months later

    "We are excited to introduce our new and improved keyboard with Cherry MX switches!!!"

    Make up your mind Logitech and throw in a freakin wrist rest with your keyboards.
    I still don't see any compelling reason to replace my G710+

    Romer-G was introduced in 2014, and is still in their top of the line keyboards. Cherry MX has remained in their mid-tier ones. They never left, and the idea was always that it would take a while for Romer-G to trickle down, and for consumers to fully accept them (if they are truly better.) I use a Razer BW Ultimate, which has their own mechanical switches, which I like quite a bit.

    As for Logitech, I recently purchased their top of the line wireless keyboard, just since I finally have a PC close to the TV and figured I can run a long HDMI from time to time. Turns out about 15% of the keystrokes are either lost or delayed. I've tried using it twice, and although I'm only 10 feet from the PC, with a direct line of sight to the USB, it didn't work the first time and didn't work the first few minutes of the second time, then gave me a solid 30 minutes of flawless performance, then started lagging/losing again.
     
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    20. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 16, 2016, 18:03 Beamer
     
    Sepharo wrote on Mar 16, 2016, 17:16:
    Kxmode wrote on Mar 16, 2016, 17:10:
    Beamer wrote on Mar 16, 2016, 16:17:
    Just got an interesting message from Chrome here:
    The site ahead contains malware

    Attackers currently on www.imressionstracker.com might attempt to install dangerous programs on your computer that steal or delete your information (for example, photos, passwords, messages, and credit cards).

    Did you try impressionstracker.com? imressionstracker sounds like a domain hackers would use to fool people.

    I assume RedEye and Beamer are saying they're getting this message while visiting Blue's.
    I don't think they're trying to go to imressionstracker or impressionstracker

    Yeah, I'm assuming it's an affiliate somewhere in the affiliate network (for the love of god, please be tied to the videos, which earlier today were condom ads, great for work!)

    Happened again. It seems to happen on tabs I leave open for a bit, though I try not to leave BN tabs open while autoplay videos are autorepeating.
     
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    12. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 16, 2016, 16:17 Beamer
     
    Just got an interesting message from Chrome here:
    The site ahead contains malware

    Attackers currently on www.imressionstracker.com might attempt to install dangerous programs on your computer that steal or delete your information (for example, photos, passwords, messages, and credit cards).
     
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    News Comments > Tyranny Announced
    28. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 16, 2016, 15:05 Beamer
     
    jdreyer wrote on Mar 16, 2016, 14:36:
    Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Mar 16, 2016, 12:03:
    Zanthar wrote on Mar 16, 2016, 09:32:
    Beamer wrote on Mar 16, 2016, 09:16:
    Cutter wrote on Mar 16, 2016, 03:31:
    jacobvandy wrote on Mar 16, 2016, 02:06:
    Cutter wrote on Mar 15, 2016, 23:56:
    Hahaha! It looks like TRANNYGAME. Yeah, a CRPG about trap queens!

    That's not what trap queen means, but otherwise you do have a fair point.

    Uh yeah it fuckin does. Not every tranny is a trap queen but a trap queen is a tranny,



    I mean, do we bother correcting him, or let him continue living making up his own (offensive) slang, which he uses with other offensive slang, while completely ignoring that it's a well established term that has nothing to do with what he's saying?

    Don't bother. Cutter like to double down on his stupidity to become twice as stupid.

    It's times like these that I wish I kept the bedraggled and overweight photo he posted of himself back during the first Bush administration, a photo in which he insisted he looked like James Bond because he was wearing a tuxedo. Then whenever crap like this gets posted we could drag it out and comment "Before responding, remember that you are talking to this man, but with another decade and a half of beer in his gut."

    The dude lives in a world completely of his own making: best to let him be.

    Huh, that should be online SOMEwhere.

    Even if he provided it himself, lives off Blues should stay off Blues. No need to know who or what Cutter is or is not, beyond what he provides here.

    And, for that reason, I was hoping that SMA would appear here, I just disagree with him about bringing Cutter's photo into this.
     
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    News Comments > Tyranny Announced
    27. Re: Tyranny Announced Mar 16, 2016, 15:04 Beamer
     
    Cutter wrote on Mar 16, 2016, 14:35:
    Fuck you clowns are just a waste of space and resources.

    I'm going to assume the comma goes after the "you," and therefore you're announcing to the world that clowns are a waste of space.

    Emmett Kelly, Red Skelton, and Willard Scott may disagree!
     
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    News Comments > Tyranny Announced
    14. Re: Tyranny Announced Mar 16, 2016, 09:16 Beamer
     
    Cutter wrote on Mar 16, 2016, 03:31:
    jacobvandy wrote on Mar 16, 2016, 02:06:
    Cutter wrote on Mar 15, 2016, 23:56:
    Hahaha! It looks like TRANNYGAME. Yeah, a CRPG about trap queens!

    That's not what trap queen means, but otherwise you do have a fair point.

    Uh yeah it fuckin does. Not every tranny is a trap queen but a trap queen is a tranny,

    I mean, do we bother correcting him, or let him continue living making up his own (offensive) slang, which he uses with other offensive slang, while completely ignoring that it's a well established term that has nothing to do with what he's saying?
     
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    20. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 11, 2016, 07:08 Beamer
     
    Kxmode wrote on Mar 11, 2016, 02:57:
    BobBob wrote on Mar 10, 2016, 16:31:
    Kxmode wrote on Mar 10, 2016, 16:20:
    Tolwyn wrote on Mar 10, 2016, 10:44:
    Be careful linking to Liveleak. Most assuradely NSFW.

    Also, please don't link to videosift re-aggregation videos... just link to the origianl Youtube video. Tired of all the ads.

    You surf the web with ads? Have you ever heard of AdBlock? (Be sure to disable it on this fine website)

    Won't that hurt Blue's revenue or does it not matter? I thought I was doing my part by allowing ads. Now I'm confused.

    Perhaps you missed that part where I wrote "Be sure to disable it on this fine website". "It" being AdBlock and "this fine website" being Blues News.

    And yet, this is the only website I 100% need it.

    I don't use it, but I probably will. I've mentioned it many times, but those autoplay videos utterly destroy my system. They did it to my old system, then built a brand new one and it still happens. At this point, it has to be my Razer mechanical keyboard, but on Blues, since those videos appeared, I can't guarantee every letter I type actually appears in the text box.

    Those autoplay videos are a menace.
     
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    News Comments > Morning Consolidation
    2. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 9, 2016, 10:09 Beamer
     
    Dev wrote on Mar 9, 2016, 09:56:
    re: Forza

    "no, it is a curated experience designed for Windows 10"
    WTF does that even mean? Does that mean they nerf the windows 10 store versions so much (things beyond exclusive full screen) th
    at it's not even possible to cross platform play?

    Typically it just means that differences between platforms can create unfair advantages, differences between culture can create different expectations and different ways players interact, and combining things can lead to people being very angry and clannish.
     
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    25. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 9, 2016, 08:07 Beamer
     
    jdreyer wrote on Mar 9, 2016, 04:12:
    Julio wrote on Mar 8, 2016, 18:08:
    Do we get a Happy International Men's Day call out when it happens too?

    I guess that depends on how much you want to see shirtless pictures of Fabio everywhere.

    I saw today titled somewhere as International "Do We Get a Men's Day, Too?"
     
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    News Comments > Sniper Elite 4 Announced
    5. Re: Sniper Elite 4 Announced Mar 8, 2016, 10:12 Beamer
     
    maddog wrote on Mar 8, 2016, 10:08:
    I liked SE2, played a little of SE3 but the gameplay just felt repetitive.

    I bought SE3 based upon the love it got here.

    I did the tutorial, which felt kind of on rails to me. I mean, it's a tutorial, but it really felt like I was following a path and not sneaking around doing my thing, followed by a whack-a-mole end.

    So I did the first mission, and it was... exactly the same thing. I felt I'd seen all there was to see and stopped.

    Incidentally, that was my Assassin's Creed 1 experience, as well. Did the tutorial, had a bit of fun but not a lot, then saw the entire game was repeating it (except the AC tutorial showcased all the powers that then were taken away and you had to spend the game requiring, meaning it was actually more fun than most of the game.)
     
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