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News Comments > Ghost of a Tale Released
16. Re: Ghost of a Tale Released Mar 19, 2018, 15:15 Prez
 
HorrorScope wrote on Mar 19, 2018, 10:42:
Prez wrote on Mar 19, 2018, 09:21:
Unity is not the problem; the dickhead "developers" who want to make a quick buck with zero effort on Steam are the problem.

Sure there are some low efforts out there, but this whole zero effort thing is way overboard. It takes a lot to make a game in any system and if you don't have the best assets/talent, it is still work and there are many other parts of a game that are indeed work. I'd be more apt to say "Unity really can pull off great results if the talent is there to put it in", which I had no doubt. For example this game is being praised upfront by its animation, Unity tools allow it to be state of the art if the user is up to it, as good as models as you can make with all the tools for fine granularity to make it life like.

There's low effort, and then there's no effort. And yes, plenty of no effort games have been uploaded to Steam in the past couple of years. The biggest recent example was Silicon Echo (SidAlpha talked about them many times on his YouTube channel). They released around 200 games on Steam in a year's time (under several different company names so as to mask what they were doing). There is no way a development studio of 5 or 6 people could realistically achieve that output without buying game demo assets from Unity's Asset Store and uploading them without changing a single line of code or in-game model (which, it was discovered, is exactly what they were doing). Even John Ricotello, the current CEO of Unity, acknowledges that this happens all the time. He just doesn't feel it's his company's job to police that sort of thing. Silicon Echo is nowhere near the only ones who have done this. UnitZ (a survival/crafting game demo map with zombies that is sold on Unity's Asset store) was submitted to Steam wholesale back in the Steam Greenlight days at least a dozen times. They took what was supposed to have been a starting point for a game off of the Asset Store and submitted it as their own game. That's zero effort.
 
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News Comments > HTC VIVE Pro Preorders
2. Re: HTC VIVE Pro Preorders Mar 19, 2018, 10:17 Prez
 
$800 without controllers? Jesus - privilege goggles indeed.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
16. Re: Steam Top 10 Mar 19, 2018, 09:28 Prez
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Mar 18, 2018, 18:53:
Who the hell is still buying PUBG at this point, or is it all banned people getting new accounts?

He'll before PUBG Valve' s own Counterstrike GO was high on the list for like 8 years. I used to joke to my Steam buddies that once everyone on Planet Earth had bought it Valve began selling it on other planets.
 
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News Comments > Ghost of a Tale Released
12. Re: Ghost of a Tale Released Mar 19, 2018, 09:21 Prez
 
I watched a let's play of an alpha build of this game several months ago and afterwards I bought the Early Access version instantly. It was immediately evident how much love and care went into the creation of this from the very beginning. If this game doesn't charm the pants off of you in the first 5 minutes then you are a jaded crotchety soul who needs to get therapy. And the next time someone tells you that Unity is a garbage engine, show them this game. Unity is not the problem; the dickhead "developers" who want to make a quick buck with zero effort on Steam are the problem.  
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News Comments > Star Wars Battlefront II Progression Changes Next Week
26. Re: Star Wars Battlefront II Progression Changes Next Week Mar 17, 2018, 06:52 Prez
 
Jesus Slick the extent to which you take your EA apologist role makes me sincerely hope you are an EA employee. At least that would make it understandable. If you aren't it really makes me sorry for you. To expect people to be grateful to EA for making their Star Wars game closer to something not a cynical predatory gambling simulator months after release is just utterly baffling.  
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News Comments > PAYDAY 2 VR Released
2. Re: PAYDAY 2 VR Released Mar 17, 2018, 06:45 Prez
 
Awesome - i can't wait to see how far I can get before vomiting!  
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News Comments > Star Wars Battlefront II Progression Changes Next Week
6. Re: Star Wars Battlefront II Progression Changes Next Week Mar 16, 2018, 12:30 Prez
 
No purchaseable loot boxes... for now. C'mon this is EA.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
48. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 16, 2018, 10:22 Prez
 
Well having no small children in my house means the only safety I need is between by ears.  
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News Comments > ECHOPLEX Released
1. Re: ECHOPLEX Released Mar 15, 2018, 16:21 Prez
 
I kind of love that FMV is popping up here and there in thr occasional new game today. The heyday of FMV brought us some wonderfully cornball entertainment that I always found quite charming. And who didn't love the FMV cutscenes in the Red Alert games?  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
45. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 15, 2018, 09:40 Prez
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 14, 2018, 20:13:
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 14, 2018, 19:07:
SCHOOLS
Now Safer Than Ever!
Teacher’s Gun Is Accidentally Fired During Public Safety Class, Injuring 3 STUDENTS.

More guns will fix that.


Considering all guns have safeties and the first thing you learn is never to disable it unless you mean to shoot, I am pretty sure that was no accident

Not trying to refute anyone's point as I find the irony of someone being injured by the instructor's firearm in a firearm safety class he was teaching positively delicious, I just wanted to point out that actually not all guns have safeties. I have two Glock pistols that don't. At least not in the sense most people think about. There is no specific switch mechanism that will engage to preclude the gun from firing.

1badmf wrote on Mar 14, 2018, 23:34:

this is the part that the gun lobby knows and have been trying to bury for decades - the mere presence of guns increases the likelihood of a gun related incident something like 10 fold regardless of training. arming teachers will only do in schools what guns in the general population have done - a handful of justified uses that's completely buried by a mountain of accidents and incidents from people who should've never had access.

Again not trying to make a point just correct an inaccuracy. Believe me I am no fan of the gun lobby but gun safety is high on their list because they are aware of the added danger of the prevalence of firearms. It's kind of self-evident really - does anyone really need a statistical representation or a study to tell them that the addition of a dangerous thing into the mix makes the overall situation more dangerous? That's kind of like someone doing a study that proves that you are 1000% more likely to be in a car accident on the interstate than you are in your living room. Kind of obvious.

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News Comments > Op Ed
52. Re: Op Ed Mar 15, 2018, 09:33 Prez
 
Well respect to you for reading my stance. Suffice it to say that while there is still a pretty wide chasm between my actual stance and your understanding of it, I chalk that up to a lack of ability to convey in words properly on my part rather than a lack of comprehension on yours. This whole discussion arose out of (what I considered to be at the time anyway) an innocuous comment as to why I never align myself with causes and movements. And indeed I never will. Ever. I instead choose to be the change I wish to see in the world. I find that I can make much more of a difference. I will leave the (pointless ) activism to others.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
50. Re: Op Ed Mar 14, 2018, 22:54 Prez
 
Sepharo wrote on Mar 14, 2018, 22:03:
frequent examples that people tend to use to refute the assertion when analyzed more closely do nothing to disprove it when one realizes that what accomplishes historical change happens alongside activism but certainly not because of it.

Okay do your magic trick then, explain to me how the activism of the (50s and 60s) Civil Rights movement did not help to bring about the Civil Rights Acts of 1957, 1960, 1964, and 1968.

Okay. Rosa Parks. Made a stand against 50's American society's repression of black people by actively refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man. One simple heroic act. She didn't stand on a street corner with a sign no one would read as they drove by and rolled their eyes. She eschewed the safe and put herself at risk. History refers to an activist but what she did beyond that is what ignited the civil rights movement almost single-handedly. This did more than a thousand, ten thousand people standing on a corner or gathering in a park. Martin Luther King used his great leadership and powerful voice to unite and motivate an entire race. He didn't do this in his spare time - he dedicated himself fully to making things happen. He DID something. Were he just an activist he would have had no more effect in advancing civil rights in America than useless, cynical, opportunistic race baiters like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have. They are the picture of pure activism. Not only have they accomplished nothing in the way of civil rights advancement, they have actively hurt the cause and furthered the divide between races. People say they "raise awareness" and "fight for justice". I say they insinuate themselves into situations where they see an opportunity whether or not race is at the heart of the issue, throw themselves at the cameras, and increase racial tension while trying to build their legacy. Activism at its finest. Jackson and Sharpton did to the civil rights movement what happens to every single movement that lacks a powerful, moral leader of decisive action (or in the case of the civil rights movement, loses said leader) - they co-opted it for their own ends, twisted it into something it was never intended to be, and derailed the ongoing efforts set into motion by true leaders and heroes.

And civil rights is just one example. Remember the Tea Party movement? Co-opted by Islamophobes and right wing extremists. Occupy Wall Street? Co-opted by Communism-seekers and anarchists. Activism from left wing extremist groups gave us Trump in the White House. Activism from frustrated conservative simpletons gave us clowns like Ted Cruz and Paul Ryan in powerful legislative positions. Activism by the extreme fringe lefties is why the NRA is as powerful a lobby as it is. Activism by man-haters and feminist snowflakes is currently killing the #metoo movement in its cradle. Anecdotally speaking every single guy I know rolls his eyes at the very mention of it. Or was that the kind of "awareness" they were going for? I applaud the women who shed light on the abhorrent behavior of that pig Harvey Weinstein. That took some real guts. The rest of those opportunistic bandwagoners (activists) can piss off.

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
48. Re: Op Ed Mar 14, 2018, 19:52 Prez
 
Again, you claiming something is absurd does not make it so and certainly doesn't phase me in the least. I like and respect you but I recognize you are one of those people who only sees thing through their own prism. I don't claim anything as solely opinion without supporting it with examples and extensive explanation. Whether or not any of it penetrates your aforementioned prism is irrelevant to me. And while this isn't the most liberal site on the internet by far, it is clearly liberal-dominant and has been since I've been a member (2003 if I remember correctly). That doesn't bother me as I share much of the ideology of many here; it is in the methodology used (for example activism that accomplishes nothing) where I sharply diverge. We could keep going but what is the point? You've done nothing to convince me that my assertion of the pointlessness of activism is wrong and clearly don't intend to. Blanket statements that my assertion runs counter to history doesn't cut it - frequent examples that people tend to use to refute the assertion when analyzed more closely do nothing to disprove it when one realizes that what accomplishes historical change happens alongside activism but certainly not because of it. I've got a laundry list of historical examples but clearly I'd be wasting my time. And yes that's my opinion. It's absurd to you. Okay. Now move along.

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 14, 2018, 12:47 Prez
 
Meh, Isaac Asimov already came up with that with his 3 Laws of AI.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 14, 2018, 12:30 Prez
 
As a huge admirer and somewhat of a hobbyist student of his life and theories, I can say that Hawking's view on the possibility of time traveling backwards (his stated theories and writings on the subject always inferred that in a such a case a human wouldn't be traveling, time would be) shifted during his life. At one conference he mused that if the universe ever ceased to expand and began contracting, time would travel backwards. Later in his life when the topic came up again and he was asked to reiterate that theory he said he had changed his mind about that. One of the biggest reasons I have always admired him is that despite his brain operating on a level that few humans could ever comprehend, he always remained humble, kept an open mind, and never was satisfied with what he knew but instead always pursued more knowledge. We mere mortals can learn a lot from his example.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 14, 2018, 10:46 Prez
 
Sad to hear about Hawking; the world doesn't have nearly enough geniuses of his caliber.  
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News Comments > Antigraviator Beta Signups
1. Re: Antigraviator Beta Signups Mar 14, 2018, 10:41 Prez
 
This generation's F-Zero or Wipeout? Probably not, but one can hope. Then again Redout is awesome so maybe we already those.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
45. Re: Op Ed Mar 14, 2018, 09:37 Prez
 
Sepharo wrote on Mar 13, 2018, 15:55:
Sorry I have to agree to some degree...
You made an absurd claim, that while couched as merely your opinion, doesn't change that it's so absurd that anyone engaging with you should seriously consider whether it's worth it.

Edit: Maybe some clarification is incoming... but to clear up from my end:
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Activism
You think none of that has/had value?

Call it what you like - but I stand by my "claim" that activism is utterly pointless, self-serving, and in some cases, destructive and counter-productive. Cite all the examples you like; there are reasons why each of those endeavors succeeded that go beyond basic activism. That mine is not a popular opinion on a very liberal-heavy site is hardly a surprise. But I don't consider that a bad thing - liberals are all too often ruled predominantly by their emotions and see value solely in "doing something" and "raising awareness" without stopping to consider the value of what it is they are doing and whether the result they desire is obtainable through their given methods. Worse, without considering results they remain painfully oblivious to the fact that their misdirected "actions" are often making their opposition stronger and hurting their own cause. They'd rather just "do something" (with the cozy little side bonus of feeling better about themselves for "doing something"). Feel free - I am not one to tell you how to live your life. You do you. But taking offense because someone points out the pointlessness of your efforts (not even in a pointed condemnation but simply in a stated incidental opinion) is about as productive as putting your little hashtag in front of whatever word is triggering you this week or lying down in a public place in front of a local news station camera. That I endeavor to accomplish things that are important to me through actual meaningful and considered action is a source of pride regardless how many over-emotional adult males tell me that my viewpoint is absurd.

EDITED for spelling because while I am perfectly fine being viewed as a loon by my friends here on Blues, I'd hate to be viewed as an uneducated loon.

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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: etc. Mar 13, 2018, 14:57 Prez
 
Beamer wrote on Mar 13, 2018, 14:37:
Almost all of that footage was out of context. Except for the Sniper games, those were totally in context, and the violence was really the only reason to play those games. At least for me. I tried the 3rd, hated it (for reasons I've mentioned here often enough), but did find the Romeo Must Die style kills kind of amusingly novel.

Moreover the majority of the clips were taken from cutscenes, scenes in which the player is only spectating. At which point they are not training players to be killers any more than watching movies does. Which is to say not at all. The one major exception is the civilian mass murder scene from Modern Warfare 2 where you are the active shooter. Which I still find to be in poor taste but contextually it had purpose in the game. But then again I found Hatred to be in even worse taste with zero context beyond "I hate the world and I'm so edgy!!" but that didn't stop me from playing it and even enjoying it slightly so....

I never went out and knifed innocent bystanders in the skull though.
 
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2. Re: etc. Mar 13, 2018, 13:16 Prez
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LnsmSCkWUk&app=desktop

Jim Sterling's response.
 
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