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Signed On May 24, 2003, 03:25
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News Comments > Op Ed
22. Re: Op Ed May 8, 2017, 21:09 Prez
 
I guess it would help if there was a somewhat standardized definition of what "Lovecraftian" actually means. I'd agree that several games that claim to be such don't give me that feeling. Except one kind of obscure title from the nineties, but I can't remember what it was called.  
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News Comments > Activision Blizzard Financials
2. Re: Activision Blizzard Financials May 4, 2017, 20:37 Prez
 
Blizzard definitely hit a gold mine with Overwatch. It will probably be a moneymaker for years to come.  
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Turns 15
23. Re: The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Turns 15 May 2, 2017, 19:40 Prez
 
Fond memories of Morrowind. Not too long ago I thought I'd reinstall it and maybe run through it again. I guess I've been spoiled by the more accessible more recent Elder Scrolls because the mechanics felt archaic to me. When I'm clearly hitting the person or monster I'm swinging at and the game keeps telling me I missed it made me so angry! It was never a problem for me back when Morrowind was new but I guess I've grown out of it.  
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News Comments > Diablo III Necromancer Q&A Wednesday
16. Re: Diablo III Necromancer Q&A Wednesday May 1, 2017, 22:36 Prez
 
If you kill an important or loved character you should stand behind it and keep them dead.

I would agree, but I never got over how badly Leah got screwed over in D3. By her own mom for chrissake. I'd like to see her make a comeback. Somehow.
 
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News Comments > Uncut Half-Life in Germany
24. Re: Uncut Half-Life in Germany Apr 28, 2017, 21:06 Prez
 
While I thought Unreal was amazing, it still felt like a game, albeit an engrossing one. Half-Life though - with the incredible cohesiveness of the narrative experienced through the gripping gameplay felt like an adventure. A wonderful experience. I couldn't really tell you anything about Unreal other than it was amazing-looking (at the time obviously) and tons of fun. But I can remember almost every detail of Black Mesa, the genius encounters, and Xen to this day.  
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News Comments > Prey System Specs
4. Re: Prey System Specs Apr 27, 2017, 23:00 Prez
 
The head-scratching decision to call this game "Prey" aside, it looks like it has the potential to be good. Waiting for reviews/Let's Plays.  
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
7. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Apr 21, 2017, 17:05 Prez
 
Again, the main problem is not selling cheap games - lots of sites do that. It's that without the proper safeguards that G2A lacks anything bought through G2A with a stolen credit card or hacked account will end up in a charge back that the developer is responsible for. This can and purportedly has resulted in developers having to pay quite a bit of money in charge back fees. That should be guarded against and G2A doesn't .  
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
8. Re: Morning Interviews Apr 20, 2017, 22:10 Prez
 
Without getting into a pissing contest, I find the arguments in favor of G2A posted here pretty piss-poor and unconvincing. I like cheap games as much as the next guy (probably more, since the net value of my 2000+ games Steam library is over $15000 but I've paid less than a third of that) but I like the idea of developers getting fairly compensated better.

As to the eBay comparison that keeps coming up, I think it's a point worth mentioning that eBay and Amazon do not allow the reselling of digital goods for the very reason that G2A is under fire for: the reselling of keys bought through illegal means like credit card fraud.
 
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News Comments > On Overwatch Smurfing and Loss Streaks
2. Re: On Overwatch Smurfing and Loss Streaks Apr 12, 2017, 10:17 Prez
 
I've lost the last 6 competitive games I've played. In one of those I played horribly, but for the rest I was getting gold objective time, damage, and eliminations with a 3-1 to 4-1 kdr. When I was healing I would rarely die, rezzed dozens of teammates, and had close to 15000 pts of healing. I keep getting put on terrible teams who think this is team deathmatch or a big free-for-all. It kind of sucks being punished for things completely out of my control.  
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News Comments > Star Wars Battlefront II Commercial Leaks
3. Re: Star Wars Battlefront II Commercial Leaks Apr 12, 2017, 10:03 Prez
 
Is anyone excited for this game? Considering how EA screwed up the first with their $60 initial release that had maybe $15 worth of content and their grossly overpriced season pass garbage that added in what should have been included in the main game, I'd be surprised if even diehard Star Wars fans were not going into this one with at least a bit of skepticism.  
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Apr 12, 2017, 09:56 Prez
 
No it was not a "horrific" incident. A case where things spiraled out of control and we're handled poorly, sure. But to say it was "horrific" is just diluting the meaning of the word. Seeing a man in Syria holding two dead babies who were murdered by their own government - THAT is horrific.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 11, 2017, 11:03 Prez
 
I am a huge animal protection advocate with thousands of hours (and dollars) invested in animal rescue. I don't have a problem with breeders in general. When I start to have a problem is when they dump "unsellable" animals to die after months of neglect. I cannot begin to tell you how many animals I come across who are on deaths door and cost tons of money to vet and rehabilitate. The other problem is breeders who breed already overbred breeds like pit bulls. Dozens of pit bulls are euthanized every week at my local animal control here in Memphis alone because of how many there are. I can't begin to explain what it's like walking down a row of cages all filled with animals scheduled to die and having to pick two or three out of all of them because that's all you have the resources for. Those faces haunt you.  
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News Comments > G2A Responds to Gearbox
13. Re: G2A Responds to Gearbox Apr 11, 2017, 10:43 Prez
 
I don't understand why people bother with insurance. That's what credit cards are for. Paypal will always issue a chargeback if there's a problem and refund your money.

That's the problem. Developers are being hit with charge backs and losing tons of money. At least one indie dev has been forced to close because of it, but there are multiple reports of it happening by many developers. They are responsible for the chargebacks, not the credit card company or PayPal.
 
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News Comments > G2A Responds to Gearbox
10. Re: G2A Responds to Gearbox Apr 11, 2017, 09:06 Prez
 
Blackhawk wrote on Apr 10, 2017, 21:50:
This one isn't complicated. One of the demands is that they stop charging for 'insurance' that their games are legitimate.

They still charge for the insurance.

Yes. And good luck de-activating their garbage "G2A Shield" subscription where they charge you per month for the protection that every other legitimate online seller provides for free, as they should. I spent a month with their non-functional deactivation process and useless support system before giving up and just telling my bank to block all further charges by G2A.
 
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News Comments > BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character
74. Re: BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character Apr 8, 2017, 10:02 Prez
 
JohnQP wrote on Apr 8, 2017, 08:28:
So you don't understand the difference between theory and reality?

I understand the difference between theory and reality, yes.

Do you understand the difference between earnestness and sarcasm? Reality and parody?

Yes. Maybe I'm being dense. Could you explain what your point is?
 
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News Comments > Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Released
5. Re: Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Released Apr 7, 2017, 22:14 Prez
 
Yeah, I'm not interested in this at full price either. I can only assume the only people who are never bought the original.  
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News Comments > BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character
72. Re: BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character Apr 7, 2017, 19:34 Prez
 
Quinn wrote on Apr 7, 2017, 18:26:

You forget one important aspect: ME is far into the future, and it's quite safe to say that in that future the human race has achieved true equality.

That is a valid point, but this far-future game is still&#8203; being experienced in our current time, which makes it beholden to current societal norms in most peoples' eyes I think. I always use the example of All in the Family and M.A.S.H., both popular shows of the '70's. The former was laden with jokes about black people (Meathead's black friend and the Bunkers' black neighbors used as catalysts for the jokes), while the latter literally had an early character whose nickname was "Spearchucker" (who got named so because he was black). Shows like this really wouldn't fly in today's more sensitive climate (and I'm not being derogatory with the use of the word sensitive in this case.)

Also, the problem with bringing in a black person for a black person's insight can be tricky, because today we see many black people think things happen in their life because they are black... but there's absolutely zero evidence for their skincolor being the reason for it. Easy example: getting turned down for a job.

True enough. Which is why I always accentuate cultural differences. A perfect example is two white guys, one from rural Mississippi and one from Bronx New York. Skin color is the same, but still these two men could not be more different. I am a New Yorker who transplanted to the Midsouth, and it is often funny as can be not only to see how different these two classes of white Americans are from each other, but also how incorrectly they perceive one another. Basically, most northern city folk believe that Duck Dynasty is an accurate portrayal of all "Rednecks", while the southern people believe what they watched on "Jersey Shore" is how all "Yankees" act. It's fascinating really. You need to understand one's culture to portray them accurately in any media, be it TV, books, movies, or games.

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News Comments > BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character
70. Re: BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character Apr 7, 2017, 17:25 Prez
 
JohnQP wrote on Apr 7, 2017, 15:51:
In theory, I would agree with you.

*facepalm*

So you don't understand the difference between theory and reality?
 
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News Comments > BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character
68. Re: BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character Apr 7, 2017, 10:24 Prez
 

If you don't intimately understand the lifestyle and perspective of a type of person, you'll probably do a bad job at it. By the same token, if you have an all white male team maybe it's best you didn't include a black female character just because you feel you have to in the name of "diversity". Unless you have access to an actual black female who can give you detailed insight into her specific cultural and gender interests and challenges your depiction of her will likely come across as ham-fisted and can insult the cross section of people you were trying to make feel included.

Yeah but aren't we all exactly the same, except for skin color/sexual orientation? And shouldn't writing characters with different skin color/sexual orientation therefore be no different, but for one or two insignificant exceptions?

In theory, I would agree with you. But the reality is quite different. Growing up in NYC in the '70s gave me a lot of insight to the magnitude that culture, perspective, and environmental conditioning can differ between different races, ethnicities, and lifestyles.

Look at it this way - someone who lacks the understanding of the intricacies of living a transgender existence is likely to portray a transgender character in exactly the awkward way that Bioware did in Andromeda. Compare that to the way a similar character is portrayed in Watch Dogs 2 - realistically and effectively - and the difference between doing it the right way and the wrong way should become clear.
 
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News Comments > BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character
1. Re: BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character Apr 6, 2017, 10:36 Prez
 
This is why I've been saying that it's better not to include alternative lifestyle characters in games just for the sake of it. If you don't intimately understand the lifestyle and perspective of a type of person, you'll probably do a bad job at it. By the same token, if you have an all white male team maybe it's best you didn't include a black female character just because you feel you have to in the name of "diversity". Unless you have access to an actual black female who can give you detailed insight into her specific cultural and gender interests and challenges your depiction of her will likely come across as ham-fisted and can insult the cross section of people you were trying to make feel included.  
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