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Signed On May 24, 2003, 03:25
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 13, 2018, 11:43 Prez
 
That's sad about Ruby Rose. I think she is a good fit. She's beautiful, charismatic, and from what little I've seen her on screen, a decent actress. Admittedly she played a mute in John Wick 2, but was suitably bad ass.  
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
1. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Aug 13, 2018, 11:40 Prez
 
That's 3 times this kid has been a douche. In my book that's 3 strikes, now he should be out. Ban his account permanently.  
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News Comments > Bethesda Blocked Game Sale Because of "New" Designation
37. Re: Bethesda Blocked Game Sale Because of Aug 13, 2018, 08:52 Prez
 
I watched a video by Yongyea who reported on the law firm Bethesda is using. It turns out that they specialize in finding ways to circumvent First Sale doctrine to help publishers to stamp out used game sales without violating it. Nice.

As to the first sale doctrine being outdated, it is a point worth mentioning that as recently as 2013 the US Supreme Court not only upheld the right of first sale, but actually expanded its protection.
https://www.legalzoom.com/articles/copyright-laws-first-sale-doctrine
 
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News Comments > Bethesda Blocks Used Game Sale
72. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 12, 2018, 22:57 Prez
 
Wraith wrote on Aug 12, 2018, 19:23:
Prez wrote on Aug 12, 2018, 15:12:
Leave it to SMA to take the time to pen out a point-for-point rebuttal that systematically obliterates every fallacy in an argument. Bravo!
This tells me you don't really understand what a fallacy is.
Well simply put, the basis of your entire argument is a perfect illustration.
 
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News Comments > Bethesda Blocks Used Game Sale
67. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 12, 2018, 15:12 Prez
 
Leave it to SMA to take the time to pen out a point-for-point rebuttal that systematically obliterates every fallacy in an argument. Bravo!  
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News Comments > Bethesda Blocks Used Game Sale
51. Re: Bethesda Blocks Used Game Sale Aug 12, 2018, 11:19 Prez
 
I'm wondering why Bethesda didn't go after Green Man Gaming. They are a digital key reseller, so aren't the keys considered "used" in the same way that a wrapped copy of a game obtained by a person is "used" in Bethesda's view?  
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News Comments > Quake Champions Goes Free-to-Play
8. Re: Quake Champions Goes Free-to-Play Aug 11, 2018, 08:17 Prez
 
Kind of ballsy to go with unlockable heroes.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
6. Re: Morning Safety Dance Aug 10, 2018, 14:46 Prez
 
It's amazing to me how many people are calling this censorship. Did the definition change in the last few years and I just missed it? Anyway, if we're calling this censorship, then I guess I'm pro-censorship now. Alex Jones is absolute cancer and any organization private or public would be crazy not to distance themselves from him.  
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News Comments > MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD's Monster Sales
5. Re: MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD's Monster Sales Aug 10, 2018, 14:38 Prez
 
Quinn wrote on Aug 10, 2018, 13:46:
Running around killing big monsters so you gain loot to kill other big monsters. I am honestly so confused about why this is such a success. I need a new game... so I'd love to try this... but... but... it just seems so fucking shallow? :\

That's the gameplay loop of virtually every Action RPG in existence. It's got a lot of fans, me included.
 
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Aug 10, 2018, 13:33 Prez
 
Blue just said we're old.  
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News Comments > MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD's Monster Sales
2. Re: MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD's Monster Sales Aug 10, 2018, 13:31 Prez
 
That's pretty awesome news. Japanese publishers are taking note of the PC market and being rewarded for their efforts, which is great.  
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News Comments > Destiny 2: Forsaken - Combat Reveal Livestream Today
2. Re: Destiny 2: Forsaken - Combat Reveal Livestream Today Aug 7, 2018, 13:33 Prez
 
The combat was never the problem imo; it is visceral, impactful, and satisfying. Why change it? The issue is and always was the neglect of meaninful end game content in favor of excessive monetization.  
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News Comments > Remastered The Bard's Tale Trilogy Kicks Off Next Week
2. Re: Remastered The Bard's Tale Trilogy Kicks Off Next Week Aug 7, 2018, 10:28 Prez
 
This isn't the first time the Bard's Tale has been resurrected. I know I played reboot around the early 2000's.  
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News Comments > BioWare's Dragon Age and Mass Effect Plans
112. Re: BioWare's Dragon Age and Mass Effect Plans Aug 7, 2018, 08:40 Prez
 
Surely Beamer and Sepharo, you guys can at least relate - when I discuss something with you I start out the discussion respectfully and it continues in kind. We don't always agree but we manage to state our viewpoints without flinging our shit at the walls so to speak. Conversely, having discussions on the same topics with people who insist on calling you "SJW's", "White Knights", "Delicate little snowflakes", and the like ... without fail they end up contentious and devolve quickly at the very least into passive aggression if not outright downright belligerence. As a time-killing internet exercise that's fine, but I get the feeling that guys of your intelligence are not seeking that. By the same token mentioning "white fragility" is belittling, dismissive, and reductive. It's a clear indicator that you have no interest in hearing what the individual is saying but rather lumping them into a group you already have a negative view of and for which you have preconceived arguments at the ready. If your goal is to educate someone on your viewpoint, which is always the first step to changing hearts and minds as the saying goes, nothing is more counterproductive. I get that an interent forum is hardly the ideal place for deep meaningful discussion given the nature of it - hit-and-run jingoistic angry posts easily derail such things, but Quinn obviously doesn't fall into that category.

I remember when there was a lot of construction going on in my neighborhood as new homes all around me were being built, and I walked over to talk to the foreman about some damage one of his workers had done to my yard driving over it with his Bobcat. He was understanding and promised to fix it, but during the conversation the term "Goddamn Mexicans" came out of his mouth. It got awkward after that so I quickly thanked him and went back home. Later on he came to my door and filled me in on how the repair would be done over the weekend, and I casually started a conversation by mentioning he didn't seem to be too keen on his crew. (The entirety of which was Hispanic; he was the only white guy on the jobsite that I could see). I didn't call him a racist or accuse him of being racially insensitive and managed to get ouy of him that he had two sons who worked construction sitting at home without a job because the Contractor Manager liked hiring the Hispanics for several reasons. Bottom line there was a context to his anger that I wouldn't have found had I responded to his tirade with accusations.

Okay now that story time is over, I have to mention that while I didn't take the opprtunity to present an alternative viewpoint to him (that of the "Goddamn Mexicans) because his crew was coming back from their lunch break, the opportunity was there. Maybe I could have gotten somewhere and maybe I couldn't have, but a chance is better than no chance. Do i consider him a racist? No, because that would require in depth knowledge of his character that I had no way of knowing. Yes he made a gross racist comment in anget, but in my book that alone does not a racist make. There was room for discussion there. Again, this often can't happen on the internets, but it sometimes might bear unlikely fruit. Who knows?
 
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News Comments > BioWare's Dragon Age and Mass Effect Plans
99. Re: BioWare's Dragon Age and Mass Effect Plans Aug 6, 2018, 16:24 Prez
 
Normally I'd agree with you Beamer - arguing what things are called is basically semantics most of the time. But when it comes to this topic specifically, an already contentious one for many people, what gets called what to be passed off as simple identifiers is important. Words like 'racism' and 'white privilege' are, in my opinion, very intentionally used as igniter words to evoke strong feelings. The problem is, these words often derail any chance of intelligeny discourse because of how they are intended to make non-minorities feel. Ashamed. Guilty. Possibly even partial perpetrators of the injustice. I know that I am none of these things, and the labels I take at face value. But as evidenced by how these discussions are always so contentious - here and pretty much everywhere else - what would noramlly be simple semantics becomes a huge sticking point that precludes civil discourse. I'm willing to bet that half of the people who tune you out and get mad and defensive are just tired of being (what they perceive to be anyway) lambasted for being born into a middle class white family (something they have no more control over than someone born into a lower class Hispanic or African American family). Yes there is indifference on the part of many, but I suspect the majority of people who get called privileged white dudes really do care about fixing the system that tends to bury the less fortunate under a mountain of disadvatages and the culture of beligerence adopted by minorities that breeds adversarial relationships with law enforcement, authority, and people more fortunate. But it's a complicated issue with many, many facets, and even us privileged middle class white guys have stressful, busy lives rife with problems that need to be managed. There's only so much energy and attention one has to go around, and most of it naturally gets dedicated to keeping ourselves afloat. Lack of action is not indicative of a lack of empathy.  
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News Comments > BioWare's Dragon Age and Mass Effect Plans
89. Re: BioWare's Dragon Age and Mass Effect Plans Aug 6, 2018, 09:03 Prez
 
I was specifically talking about ethnic and financial status cultures. A quick synopsis - The way our social, political, and economic system has evolved over time has unfortuantely led to a self-propagating downslide for the poor and minorities that locks them into a cultural cycle that puts them at a huge disadvantage that's often too hard to overcome. It's an extremely complicated and long-winded discussion so I'm not sure going into much depth is feasible here. Instead a quick metaphor - one can point to the NFL and say that there's a dearth of Asians and physically handicapped players, thus the NFL is inherently bigoted towards those groups. I would say that that is indicative of a system that was set up without malice and devoid of agenda that is naturally predisposed towards exclusion of those groups. Not the best example I know, as the NFL is an elite organization and society encompasses everyone, but it works as an example of what I'm getting at.

And for the record, I disagree with the author whose writing you posted. The term institutionalized racism implies that the system itself is racist. This not true, nor even possible in my opinion.
 
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News Comments > BioWare's Dragon Age and Mass Effect Plans
85. Re: BioWare's Dragon Age and Mass Effect Plans Aug 6, 2018, 08:42 Prez
 
People will often cite the same instances of what they call institutionalized racism. Our incarceration rate which is heavily slanted towards minorities, banks giving loans in far greater percentages to non-minorities, and police shootings to name a few. While all of these are very serious problems that need addressing, I disagree that these are in and of themselves are evidence of institutionalized racism; rather, I believe they are symptomatic of serious cultural issues in the U.S. that unfortunately hurt minorities specifically. A single racist cop shooting an unarmed black man is not necessarily an indication of widespread racism throughout law enforcement, nor is a single racist judge giving a harsher sentence to a minority than a white guy for similar offenses. These are problems yes, as there are dangerous people in positions of power that need to be dealt with, but by and large tend to be isolated incidents that receive massive amplification from media outlets stirring the pot for views that such coverage will garner. Divisiveness is good for business in the media world.  
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News Comments > BioWare's Dragon Age and Mass Effect Plans
75. Re: BioWare's Dragon Age and Mass Effect Plans Aug 5, 2018, 09:38 Prez
 
I only snipped and disagreed with one point you made.  
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News Comments > BioWare's Dragon Age and Mass Effect Plans
71. Re: BioWare's Dragon Age and Mass Effect Plans Aug 4, 2018, 21:07 Prez
 
Quinn wrote on Aug 3, 2018, 02:32:
Sepharo wrote on Aug 3, 2018, 02:03:
That image is hilarious.
It deserves to be the centerpiece of the white fragility museum.
... somebody spent time making that

This is what some white male gamer somewhere considers racism... the desire for more representation in video game characters.
God what a tough life.


...What you don't seem to understand is that the majority of gamers don't give a fuck about diversity in their games ...

See I have to disagree there. I want diversity - when it is natural and fits the game's theme and isn't ham-fistedly shoehorned in to tick a box on someone's politically correct checklist. The developer of 'Kingdom Come - Deliverance' took flack from a vocal minority of 'diversity or else!' internet activists when it became apparent that his Medieval RPG set in Europe circa 1200 AD only had white people. As in historically accurate. This was incredibly stupid and showed a distinct lack of logical critical thinking - people just wanted to be mad. On the flip-side I was rolling my eyes heavily when a vocal minority of 'No women, minorities, or gays in my vidyagames!' internet activists railed against the quirky but interesting game 'Virginia' because the lead was a black female FBI agent. That was just as stupid and proves that there are idiots on both sides. Her inclusion was natural, well-done, and important. 'Her Story' was another one. "OMG - there's a woman lead in a game! ARGHHHH!!!!!" Never mind that her performance was brilliant in that game.

The problem specifically with Bioware games' romance choices is that they are virtually the definition of "ham-fistedly shoehorned in to tick a box on someone's politically correct checklist". That goes for the gay and straight options - it's so predictable that there will be two hot women and 2 hot guys (I guess - not into that sort of thing myself) in your party and if you chose the nicey-nice dialog option often enough with a certain one you can get a little video of some noogie. And the completely out-of-place comment of Hainley mentioning having a dick out of the blue in Andromeda was so awkward that it was almost painful. Bioware sucks at this to be honest. Want to have a transgender character in your game? Have at it - doesn't bother me. Just write it in a natural, sensible way that doesn't feel like Bioware screaming "Look transgender community - we threw you a bone!" It's so jarring that it detracts from the game - not because diversity is bad, but because the writing is so often terrible when it pertains to alternative lifestyles. I just generally stay quiet on the subject lest I get lumped in with those being accused of being racist, homophobic, over-privileged white dudes. Labels are all-too-easily thrown around when the discussion comes up.
 
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News Comments > On Star Citizen Economics
4. Re: On Star Citizen Economics Aug 4, 2018, 15:40 Prez
 
If you can get an advantage over other players by paying for stuff then that's pay to win. They can try to be coy all they like; they know damn well what P2W means.  
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