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News Comments > Out of the Blue
62. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 4, 2017, 03:13 Prez
 
Well I wasn't going to weigh in on this, because it somehow feels wrong doing so before the families of the dead have even buried their loved ones. But I keep reading here and everywhere else that if it wasn't for that dang NRA and those dag-blasted Politicians who can't or won't come up with a solution for the epidemic of mass shootings we'd have a solution already. I keep reading stories that liken it to the Civil Rights Movement, where change wasn't immediate but was a slow and steady progression until laws were passed ensuring equal treatment under the law for everyone (as it obviously should be). I look at these and I shake my head; you have one romantic fantasy and one a misleading apples-to-oranges comparison.

As for the theory that if the politicians would only "get serious" about gun control our mass shooting problem would greatly lessen (no one in their right mind believe they will ever be completely eradicated) - let's look at some facts. There are currently 350+ million firearms in the possession of American citizens at this moment, with literally thousands more sold every week. That's one gun for every person in America. Those guns are spread out over 55 million Americans with upwards of 50% of them owned by 3% of the population - the collectors and enthusiasts, or less affectionately known as the "gun nuts". 1 in 3 households in America contains a firearm within it. There is also a hidden variable that no one thinks about - Between 2005 and 2010, the Bureau of Justice reported that 1.24 million guns were stolen from owners, averaging roughly 250,000 a year. Only a small percentage of those are ever recovered and the majority of those only after they've been used in the commission of a crime. Which means there are millions of unaccounted for firearms throughout the US, all in the hands of criminals. Those are the tangible facts, but that ignores the culture of firearms in the US that is pretty unique to our nation. Consider that even people who don't own guns are welcoming of the fact that they could buy one if they ever felt they needed one, and indeed the largest growth segment of gun owners in America is people who have been victims of invasive crimes such as break-ins, muggings, robberies, home invasions, assaults, etc., or who live near victims of those crimes and fear that they too may become a victim. Then there is the future consideration of 3D printed guns (yes, that's actually a thing and no, it wasn't just an imaginary mechanic in Watch Dogs 2) , which as 3D printing becomes more mainstream becomes a virtually untrackable means of firearm production worldwide and in the US. Add into the mix that despite its size and economic power, according to the World Health Organization America ranks below half the countries of the world in mental health care for its citizens, meaning the likelihood of a person with an untreated and unmonitored mental affliction finding a gun is extremely high. Most notably it has been reported that Nancy Lanza, mother of Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza, had tried repeatedly to get treatment for her son's mental afflictions and was repeatedly let down by the system.

So what does all that mean? Well, it all adds up to the fact that America is facing a basically unfixable problem. The prevalence of firearms throughout America is so endemic and so widespread that there is virtually nothing any politician, no matter how well-meaning and anti-gun they are, can do that would have a tangible effect on gun violence in America. For good or for ill we're too far gone. Just pass legislation that bans all guns outright you say? Okay, let's go with that. Let's assume that Congress gets a two-thirds majority of anti-gun politicians in both houses in order to Amend the Constitution and remove the 2nd Amendment, the White House gets a President who would be willing to sign the ensuing legislation, and the Supreme Court gets 5 Justices willing to uphold it against the inevitable lawsuit that challenged it. Not likely, given that despite the common consensus that Republican = Pro-gun and Democrat = anti-gun, not every Democrat politician would be at all willing to change the Constitution so dramatically, but statistically possible. So what now? You just made 55 million Americans - over one-sixth of the population - de facto criminals. Of course there would be a grace period for owners to turn in their firearms, but there is no doubt that a large contingent of Americans would out-and-out refuse to hand their firearms over to the Federal Government - either because there is no detailed registry of who owns every gun in America and they would go unnoticed, or based on an almost religious ideological belief that their guns are theirs and you can have them "when you pry them from their cold dead hands".

Despite the media writing articles today about how strict gun control effectively banning private ownership was passed in Australia following a mass-shooting in 1996 and no mass shooting has occurred there since, the difference in the situations is so stark it's like comparing a small 17 year-old indie developer programming in his spare time and AAA Publishing juggernaut Activision. Australia at the time had 18 million people living in it, with only 5 guns per 100 people. The US has a population of 353 million, 55 million gun owners ( which works out to a staggering 75 guns per 100 citizens). Considering owners with multiple firearms in Australia, that equates to roughly 2% of the population owning firearms that were banned in 1996 while in the US it's roughly 17%. Also, consider that because of Australia's exceptionally low per capita crime rates, very high ratings on the United Nations' 2017 World Happiness rating (yes it's a thing - Google it), a detailed federal Registry of gun owners in Australia (no such thing exists in the US), and a distinct lack of gun culture even close to resembling that in the US all made acceptance and collection of banned firearms a relatively easy task for the Australian government. The undeniable fact is that a mass ban on firearms in America would create a dangerously adversarial relationship between the US Government and its citizens, which historically in every nation across the world (the US included) has inevitably ended badly.

In an imaginary world where I had an imaginary wand that I could wave and make all firearms in America disappear you better believe I'd be waving the shit out of that thing. But we don't live in that world and no such wand exists. I own multiple guns, a couple of the dreaded "assault rifles" even, but if I could trade them in to guarantee no future mass shootings in America I would do it in a heartbeat. But sadly it wouldn't do a thing except take away one of things one person in America likes to do in his spare time.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
49. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 3, 2017, 15:35 Prez
 
Gotta agree with Verno. If something as sensible and logical as enhancing background checks (I mean seriously - who would oppose something like that?) could meet such vehement resistance as it did in the Obama era, there's literally no hope for greater gun control in the US. Is not sensible, however, to blame someone who realizes this and accepts it for the deaths in Mass shootings.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
38. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 3, 2017, 09:12 Prez
 
After reading the thread I only wanted to make a correction: automatic weapons are not for sale anywhere in the US to the average citizen. "Automatic" specifically meaning multiple round discharge for one trigger pull. The shooter allegedly illegally altered his rifle to automatic firing according to one of the reports I read. Other than that tidbit I have nothing to add.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
18. Re: Op Ed Sep 29, 2017, 17:36 Prez
 
HoSpanky wrote on Sep 29, 2017, 11:45:
Creston wrote on Sep 29, 2017, 11:36:
Everyone who keeps buying loot boxes is contributing to this BS. And there's a ton of these mouthbreathers, so it's not going to go away.

Do adults actually buy this crap, or is it kids who are far more concerned by what a non-gameplay-affecting avatar looks like?

A ton of people care about what they look like in game. It seems people who are focused on mechanics scratch their heads in confusion about how this sort of thing catches on. But as someone who is normally indifferent to such things I came to realize how insidious and almost predatory these types of "quasi-gambling" boxes are in Overwatch.

"OMFG that Lucio skin is so cool! Wait it's only around until the timed event ends tomorrow? But I probably won't level up again before then. And even if I do, the chance of me getting that particular skin is tiny! DAMN YOU BLIZZARD!!!"

The whole mechanic of loot crates is based on people's predilection to winning in a game of chance. It's why casinos are so popular, and why youtubers have gotten rich off of streaming gambling for CSGO skins. And why gambling addiction is a thing. Publishers know that loot boxes make them way more money than just selling skins outright because of this. Worse, because the legal definition of gambling does not extend to this sort of thing there is zero regulation. And of course, since it's not regulated - because it's not gambling (even though colloquially it obviously is) - there is nothing to say that publishers don't rig it so it takes far more tries to get the rare and desireable items they know that people really want instead of all the drek the boxes are mostly full of.

It's a disgusting and abhorrent practice; probably the worst practice yet in gaming to date, and that's saying something.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
11. Re: Morning Interviews Sep 26, 2017, 04:48 Prez
 
Oh fuck off Bluehole. You sound like you're just mad that you're going to have competition from what looks to be a better and more feature-rich experience.  
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News Comments > Attack on Titan 2 Announced
3. Re: Attack on Titan 2 Announced Sep 26, 2017, 04:46 Prez
 
Once you get past the fact that the Titans are creepy naked dudes, it's great entertainment.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 26, 2017, 04:45 Prez
 
I still can't get over that Carlos Danger, sexting extraordinaire, is named Weiner. Some jokes just write themselves, amirite?  
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News Comments > Tentative SAG-AFTRA Deal
5. Re: Tentative SAG-AFTRA Deal Sep 26, 2017, 04:42 Prez
 
I knew they weren't going to get royalties; no way publishers were going to give on that issue. I'm surprised the issue of vocal stress is still unresolved - it's easily the most sensible request by the voice actors union.  
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News Comments > PUBG vs Fortnite
34. Re: New AMD Drivers Support Dual Vega GPUs Sep 23, 2017, 01:26 Prez
 
Kinda sounds like LoL vs DOTA all over again. As far as the two games, if I was forced to choose one, I'd go with Fortnite myself. It just looks WAY better aesthetically and mechanically. I was able to watch 3 20-minute dev streams of the PvP mode and liked them. Conversely, watching PUBG is boring as hell. I haven't played either, or any battle royale-style game, but to me Fortnite looks like the better game.

On the subject of the ominous "contemplating further action" line in the Player Unknown press release, it would definitely be interesting to see if it got litigious, but I really hope it doesn't. That's a big ole can of smelly rotten worms that really doesn't need to be opened. The precedent set by any court decision could be pretty far reaching.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
3. Re: etc., etc. Sep 22, 2017, 10:04 Prez
 
If I remember correctly wasn't this project code-named Van Buren?
 
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News Comments > Overwatch Competitive Bans Coming
5. Re: etc. Sep 21, 2017, 17:45 Prez
 
Blizzard happily lets the idiots buy 2nd, 3rd, etc accounts. Assholes will always be assholes so they'll just get banned again. That's just a repeating cycle of extra money for Blizzard.  
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News Comments > Vampyr Delayd
3. Re: Vampyr Delayd Sep 20, 2017, 22:40 Prez
 
As long as it's good, I'll wait.  
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
2. Re: Evening Interviews Sep 20, 2017, 22:37 Prez
 
Everybody "borrows" from everybody. How many FPS's are there? How many Action RPG's? How many rogue-likes? How many open world gangsta sims? Hero Shooters? Those all copied what was popular and ran with them. It's ironic that Ubsioft's best title in years (Watch Dogs 2) borrowed liberally from GTA.  
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News Comments > Fallout 4 Review Fallout
33. Re: Fallout 4 Review Fallout Sep 20, 2017, 19:02 Prez
 
Creston wrote on Sep 20, 2017, 18:08:

Prez wrote:
It's pretty harmless; and definitely seems better to me than aligning yourself with dubious groups like Gamersgate or getting involved with a toothless class action lawsuit that invariably goes nowhere.

It seems to me that dubious groups are the ones that often organize review bombs when there's a political slant, like that Baldur's Gate thing with the trans character.

That may be true in some cases, but in the case of Take 2's cease and desist against ModIV and Gearbox's slimy intervention with We Happy Few, it's just good ole fashion gamer rage. And it doesn't involve harassing people, misogyny, or doxxing.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 4 Review Fallout
29. Re: Fallout 4 Review Fallout Sep 20, 2017, 18:36 Prez
 
I have to admit the concept of review bombing tickles me. Of course it doesn't help the average consumer who is just interested in the game and indeed it could mislead them, but I think the gamers with at least a modicum of wisdom know to take user reviews with a grain of salt anyway. The reason I'm not disgusted with review bombing because it's a way for the gaming community to en masse send a clear message to vile publishers like Gearbox, Take 2, Bethesda, Warner Bro.s Inc, etc. that they are getting tired of their shit. It's pretty harmless; and definitely seems better to me than aligning yourself with dubious groups like Gamersgate or getting involved with a toothless class action lawsuit that invariably goes nowhere.  
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News Comments > Battleborn Content Updates Ending
1. Re: Battleborn Content Updates Ending Sep 17, 2017, 17:39 Prez
 
Such a shame - Battleborn was a really well-designed and fun game. Too bad they made every conceivable mistake one could make along the road (not too mention being attached to Randy Pitchford who is a lying fuckwit). Had it launched free to play before Overwatch things may very well have gone very differently.  
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News Comments > $45K Star Citizen Refund?
73. Re: Re: $45K Star Citizen Refund? Sep 16, 2017, 01:50 Prez
 
Sure looks great though.  
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News Comments > $45K Star Citizen Refund?
66. Re: Re: $45K Star Citizen Refund? Sep 15, 2017, 02:50 Prez
 
In all likelihood this project is going to implode when all the money dries up. BUT...

What if? What if it actually makes it out someday and is awesome? I still kind of hope that something wonderful comes out of this eventually. If it does end up failing miles before the finish line as virtually everyone here predicts I lose nothing and gained a whole lot of entertainment along the way. But I still have the tiniest hope it will see the light of day - the pre-Alpha footage has looked incredible thus far.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
21. Re: Op Ed Sep 15, 2017, 02:36 Prez
 
Beamer wrote on Sep 14, 2017, 22:43:

Just don't get how libertarians and GamerGaters argue this.

GamerGaters? Is that still a thing?
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
21. Re: Morning Interviews Sep 14, 2017, 21:52 Prez
 
Personally, I admire and dislike Bleszinski in equal measure, but I don't take into account a producer's personality or shortcomings when I'm looking for a game to play. I kind of suspect that the majority of PC gamers are similar in that for most of them who develops what is irrelevant. But Lawbreakers certainly has a lot going against it. It looks pretty bad-ass in motion, and suitably chaotic and fluid, but the whole art direction is kind of 'meh'. Contrasted with Overwatch it just looks utterly bland. It has lots of competition in the FPS competitive shooter genre and it doesn't seem to do anything in particular to set itself apart.

In my specific case, I know I got turned off from Lawbreakers almost immediately with all the talk of how skill-based it is. Reading stories about how it's a "respawn and die" simulator for all but the highest skill veterans of old fashioned first person shooters flat out scared me away from it. I wasn't even that good at twitch shooters in my prime. Now that I'm approaching 50 it's of no interest at all to me. I'm open to playing another multiplayer game besides Overwatch, but I'd like to know going in that I'll be able to contribute in a way other than padding the opposing team's kill count. In Overwatch and Paladins, I always feel I can be of help to the team, even when playing against players with much higher skill levels.
 
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