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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Director Departs
2. Re: Assassin's Creed Director Departs Jan 12, 2012, 13:41 Ruffiana
Yeah, this is pretty crazy. There are any number of publishers/developers who would just throw buckets of money at the creative director for that franchise.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
25. Re: Op Ed Jan 11, 2012, 14:48 Ruffiana
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 11, 2012, 11:15:
Higher income will solve piracy exactly as much as clean tap water eradicated the business of selling bottled water with inferior quality....

Piracy is not an issue of money. Its human nature to want everything, and if given the option and knowledge to get what you want for free instantly with 0 repercussions, humans will take that route.

From personal experience I can say this is not true. When I was younger, newly married, and had a lot more disposable income my wife and I spent a lot of money on purchasing DVDs. Now that we're older, more responsible, and have children I can't justify buying so many movies on a whim. If we had more income, I'd probably be looking to update my library of beloved films to Blu-Ray.

What I have not done, largely because I feel it's a matter of ethics, is turn toward piracy. I would rather go without a game or movie that I cannot currently afford than pirate it. It takes a lot of time and energy from real, living people to make movies, music, or games and it's an insult to the creative process to tell them their efforts are worth absolutely nothing to me.
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News Comments > Op Ed
23. Re: Op Ed Jan 11, 2012, 14:30 Ruffiana
Bodolza wrote on Jan 11, 2012, 12:47:
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Jan 11, 2012, 12:42:
they said that there is no way that if piracy was completely eliminated that sales would not increase as a result. And like it or not that is true

I'm sorry, but there is no evidence that this is true. It's also possible that sales would completely tank as people looked to either other sources of entertainment or free software.

How can you lose sales you never had in the first place? That arguement might hold water when talking about "used" game sales, but it's completely invalid for piracy.

Somehow magically eliminating all piracy would undoubtedly lead to some level of increased sales. It's just common sense. You can see a similiar effect by walking into a Gamestop and witnessing someone who really wants a game buy a full-priced retail copy or even a more expensive collector's edition of a game when the slightly less expensive "used copy" isn't available. It's the exact same mentality. If people want something, they're going to get the lowest cost possible but if that low-cost or free option isn't there then some of them are going to pony up and pay. The real kicker is, forcing pirates to become legitimate, paying customers would ultimately be a win for gamers. I understand and sympathize with the anti-DRM arguements, but piracy itself is a cancer in the age of digital media and don't understand why anyone would want to defend it.

The arguement about piracy is moot at this point. Gamers have already set the industry down a different path away from traditional sales of a 'product' with the undesirable compontent of a fundamental change in how games are financed, how they're designed to support monitization, and how they're controlled and secured.

Maybe it will be better, probably worse for at least a while, but unquestionably it will be different. The die has been cast.

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News Comments > Bethesda Buys Fallout MMOG Rights
41. Re: Bethesda Buys Fallout MMOG Rights Jan 10, 2012, 11:49 Ruffiana
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Jan 10, 2012, 08:52:
They continue to include mod tools because every game since Oblivion has been using the same 2006 edition of Gamebryo (despite the damned lie Todd Howard repeatedly told of Skyrim being an "all new in-house engine") and it's trivial for them to release them.

FYI, tools create data...that's all. It's entirely possible to have a completely different "engine" that utilizes the same asset data and thus works with the same mod tools.

Not saying that they are using a new engine, just that the ability to use existing mod tools from previous games doesn't necessarily prove they aren't.
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News Comments > Bethesda Buys Fallout MMOG Rights
26. Re: Bethesda Buys Fallout MMOG Rights Jan 9, 2012, 23:26 Ruffiana
Kastagir wrote on Jan 9, 2012, 21:06:
$2 million sounds like a bargain to insure that there isn't an MMO that can infringe upon what Fallout4 can be. I don't think this means that Bethesda has plans for a Fallout MMO - they don't seem to like multiplayer games. Maybe this is why I like their games so much...

But I have to acknowledge that it all comes down to how much they receive from MS to make a game for the XBOX. What did they receive from MS to make the first two Skyrim DLC XBOX-exclusive for 30 days?

Bethesda's been at work on a Fallout MMO for at least a year (that I know of)...undoubtedly longer.
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 6, 2012, 04:36 Ruffiana
Most intriguing use for this tech for me was full-screen coop gameplay using the shutter glasses.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Op Ed Dec 18, 2011, 14:06 Ruffiana
I like sexy women and boobies. As long as games continue to put both in them, I will enjoy them as part of the scenery. Plenty of games out there that have neither and everytime I see an article like this it just reeks of someone wanting the world to reflect how they want to see it.

Also, I love how Arkham City gets drug out as the posterboy for these types of articles. Everyone always conveniently forgets to mention that these are established characters and none of their designs are even remotely out of line with the source material. Maybe you'd like to see Catwoman parade around in modest pantsuit with tasteful glasses that draw attention to her eyes...but I'd think that would be a fucking travesty for the sake of political correcteness.
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News Comments > Enhanced Skyrim UI
5. Re: Enhanced Skyrim UI Dec 18, 2011, 13:52 Ruffiana
I was excited about this, but after downloading the archive from Nexus, there's too many other hoops to jump through to get it installed. I'm supposed to use the Nexus Mod tool, which requires an account with Skyrim Nexus and I need to install something called the Skyrim Script Extender.

I think I'll wait until the creation kit is released and we can have somethign that doesn't require 3rd-part software installs
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News Comments > Skyrim Ships 10M; "Fastest Selling Title in Steam's History"
17. Re: Skyrim Ships 10M; Dec 17, 2011, 00:10 Ruffiana
PHJF wrote on Dec 16, 2011, 23:15:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Dec 16, 2011, 21:56:
PHJF wrote on Dec 16, 2011, 20:53:

Protip: No-dash is also correct.





I don't expect random dumbasses on the internet to get hyphen usage correct. I expect a "Director of Business Development" to correctly use hyphens.

Your point would be so much easier to accept if you didn't make it in all caps, sans punctuation.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Morrigan Dragon Age Cosplay Dec 16, 2011, 13:29 Ruffiana
Hyatus wrote on Dec 16, 2011, 12:44:
Lame. I don't know how she plays Dragon Age, but MY Morrigan was definitely topless.

Pshah...she's adorably cute.
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News Comments > CD Projekt Versus File-Sharers?
39. Re: CD Projekt Versus File-Sharers? Dec 15, 2011, 12:57 Ruffiana
Cutter wrote on Dec 15, 2011, 01:47:
I lovw how they pull these arbitrary numbers out of their ass. When I was 12 or so I got caught stealing a chocolate bar. The cop made me pay for it, took me home and talked to my folks, my dad whupped my ass and that was the end of that. And I'm pretty sure that anyone going to court for petty theft/shoplifting these days doesn't get hit with these sorts of absurd damage claims so what makes digital media - which doesn't even result in any actual physical loss of an item - any different? Why aren't there police investigations to determine if a crime was actually commited before it heads to court? Shouldn't the prosecutors office only then determine if there are sufficient grounds to go to court? Where is the burden of proof? The onus is on the accuser. At least where due process is involved.

Of course there's punitive damages for stealing, otherwise there's no risk to anyone for stealing anything. If you get caught, you just return the item or pay for it? How would that be a deterrent?

This whole idea of digital media being different because there's no physical item involved is bullshit. It's the value of the item that matters. Intellectual property, formulas, copyright material, mechanical designs, virtual goods, there's a whole host of things with real, monetary value that you can't just dismiss as being okay for people to steal simply because it's not a widget in a box sitting on a store shelf.

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News Comments > CD Projekt Versus File-Sharers?
38. Re: CD Projekt Versus File-Sharers? Dec 15, 2011, 12:49 Ruffiana
Rattlehead wrote on Dec 14, 2011, 22:26:
Yea might as well let pirates get away consequence free

It's not the pirates, it's the people putting up games for pirates to download. I can't make any distinction between someone who does that and someone who physically copies a disc, sticks it in a box, and sells it for $20 over EBay. It's illegal duplication and distribution of copyrighted material, whether they're making a profit for doing it or not they should face the same consequences.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Dec 14, 2011, 17:16 Ruffiana
No arguement against piracy has ever been made because of an impact on executive salaries. The arguement has alwasy been that it 1) restricts innovation because of the perceived risk/reward and 2) can have an impact on the people who actually create the content because they're the first ones to get the axe when things fail to do as well as expected.

...even as it hires fewer workers than it did just a decade ago...

Add to the increasing number of sequels and/or formulaic movies being churned and I think that's fairly emperical evidence that the business of making movies has changed.

Anyone who's seen any news over the past year knows that rising executive salaries in the US isn't isolated to the film industry and really has very little to do with how successful a business is and more to do with how much of a greedy sociopath the executive is.
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News Comments > PC Alan Wake Plans?
14. Re: PC Alan Wake Plans? Dec 13, 2011, 12:12 Ruffiana
I think this game was eminently suited for the console because of the TV serial format. Were it not for some pretty terrible lip-syncing/facial animation issues and frustrating inconsistent difficulty, it would have been a really good game. As it was, I enjoyed it. Interesting premise, unique game mechanic, creepy atmosphere.  
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News Comments > MW3 Beats Avatar to $1B
34. Re: MW3 Beats Avatar to $1B Dec 12, 2011, 18:13 Ruffiana
Endo wrote on Dec 12, 2011, 13:53:
On a (very sarcastic) side note, clearly piracy is heavily impacting this industry. If it wasn't for all those damned pirates they would probably have eleventy-three billion in sales already!

Should really take a second and think about what you're saying here.
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
9. Re: Morning Safety Dance Dec 12, 2011, 15:33 Ruffiana
Quboid wrote on Dec 12, 2011, 15:07:
My parents never had any "you know this stuff isn't real" chat with me with computer games.

But you probably weren't playing video games in secrecy without your parent's knowledge. I can't speak for your parents, but I know what my kids play and watch (at least for now) and I have a pretty clear sense that they understand the difference between fantasy and reality for those particular things. They're still young, but I plan to one day sit them down and explain pornography and real sex to them because I want them to be absolutely clear on the difference between them.

Anyway, porn isn't degrading. Degrading porn is degrading, but that can be applied to pretty much anything.

The vast majority of professionally produced porn is degrading to some degree, and I think it's a testamant to how deceptive it can be that you don't see that.

Don't mistake what I'm saying for being in agreement with the article.
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
7. Re: Morning Safety Dance Dec 12, 2011, 14:50 Ruffiana
CommunistHamster wrote on Dec 12, 2011, 13:03:
pornography is presented as a realistic representation of human sexuality

no it isn't

Porn in general could be of much higher quality though. Something that isn't demeaning to the men and women involved, because lets face it, the men don't look too great either.

I think to a child it is. Hell, some adults don't realize how much artifice and fantasy is involved in pornography and blunder about through life thinking all women are bisexual nymphos who get off on being degraded.

Even mainstream movies tend to over-fantasize sexuality and human relationships and that stuff is much harder to pick out as being as imaginary and made-up as the decapitations and special-effects monsters.

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News Comments > Skyrim is Spike's 2011 GotY
35. Re: Skyrim is Spike's 2011 GotY Dec 12, 2011, 13:20 Ruffiana
Dirwulf wrote on Dec 11, 2011, 17:59:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Dec 11, 2011, 17:53:
Dirwulf wrote on Dec 11, 2011, 17:46:
Arkham City is better. Skyrim may be huge, but its the same thing over and over and over and over.
Arkham city is a steaming pile of roasted shit next to Skyrim. Considering that it took me 10hrs to beat it, and it took me 137hrs to beat the main quest in skyrim, it's pretty easy which of the two was worth the money.

10 hours? LOL. You obviously did none of the side quests, none of the Riddler puzzles, none of the trophies, none of the challenges. You probably played it on easy as well. You didn't even play the game, you rushed through the quest line and then pronounced your incorrect, lame judgement.

I'm amused that you blasted Skyrim for being the same thing over and over and over, but then tout Arkham City's trophies and challenges as part of the real content.
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
4. Re: Morning Safety Dance Dec 12, 2011, 12:50 Ruffiana
Normally, I don't buy into the whole myth of media causing behavior...however, in the case of pornography, I do make something of an exception. Unlike film, books, comics, games, etc...pornography is presented as a realistic representation of human sexuality. Further, the subject of sex and pornography is taboo in our culture, so while you might be able to talk to you child about how "you know video games are make-believe, right?" people don't tend to have those same conversations with children about porn.

Even mainstream movies do a pretty shoddy job of presenting normal, healthy sexual relationships...full-blown pornography tends to be incredibly demeaning of women and degrade them as purely sexual objects. It celebrates promiscuity and casual sex without mention of the very real emotional baggage or health risks associated with that kind of behavior. Kids secret this stuff out, see porn, don't talk to their parents about what they've seen, and grow up thinking that his must be what sex is really all about. And there's some pretty messed up shit out there that's as easy to find as anything else.

Do I believe porn or "dirty" video games cause rape? No, that's a pretty ludicrous conclussion to draw...but I do believe it fuels inherent sexual urges and can lead to higher instances of sexual experimentation for kids who are not mentally or emotionally prepared for it.
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News Comments > BioWare Developing C&C Generals 2 for 2013
40. Re: BioWare Developing C&C Generals 2 for 2013 Dec 12, 2011, 02:52 Ruffiana
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Dec 11, 2011, 16:43:
All studios are now Bioware!

To be perfectly honest, this could be good. It could be terrible. I seem to remember the last few C&C games to be so freaking bad I wish I could burn the memory from my brain.

Victory Games Latest EA Studio To Be Renamed 'BioWare'

Shameful what they're doing with Bioware's good name.
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