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Real Name Lazarus Long   
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Nickname Burrito of Peace
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Signed On Jul 8, 2004, 17:03
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News Comments > Sierra Entertainment Revival
16. Re: Sierra Entertainment Revival Aug 8, 2014, 13:25 Burrito of Peace
Oh, Sierra, how I fondly remember you. Thanks in part to Sierra, I had a thriving piracy business as a kid. Ziplock baggies with floppies, Xeroxed manuals and functional copies of those code wheels they went to.  
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News Comments > Colin McRae Rally Steam Refunds
26. Re: Colin McRae Rally Steam Refunds Aug 6, 2014, 21:05 Burrito of Peace
Watching a YouTube video is the dumbest way to judge if a game feels "right" to you or will work in your environment. It's like saying "Don't go test drive a car, just watch some random asshole on YouTube, who may or may not be an absolute shill, drive it and then decide if you want to stroll in to a dealership and write a check."

Sorry, no, and I have zero moral qualms about making sure that I don't get fucked as a consumer. Also, I frankly don't give a fuck about what is believed about my buying habits. I pirated Assassin's Creed: Black Flag and played it for about four hours before I realized that much time had passed. Absolutely loved being a pirate and the story. Bought it and every other Assassin's Creed game I could find on Steam. So, for Ubisoft, me pirating it led to me spending about $100 bucks on their products when otherwise I probably would not have spent any at all. What other people do with the material they pirate is not my concern nor will I accept the attempts of others to make it my concern. As I have already said, the games I like...I buy, if only out of self-interest in wanting to see more of those games. It's never in my best interest to not purchase games I like.
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News Comments > Colin McRae Rally Steam Refunds
20. Re: Colin McRae Rally Steam Refunds Aug 6, 2014, 19:08 Burrito of Peace
Julio wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 18:45:
There's no need for piracy to know if a game is crap. But it's a nice attempt to justify piracy.

Bullshit. Keep fucking that high horse you're on.
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News Comments > Colin McRae Rally Steam Refunds
17. Re: Colin McRae Rally Steam Refunds Aug 6, 2014, 18:12 Burrito of Peace
And this is why I torrent games first. I do not trust reviews* to be independent and honest, demos are like finding hen's teeth and word of mouth isn't trustworthy, either. My criteria is simple; if I play it more than two hours and get enjoyment out of those two hours, I feel that I am morally obligated to purchase the game. Otherwise, I'll never see a continuation of the types of games I like. It's in my best interest to support studios that put out those kinds of games.

*There are exceptions, such as Out of Eight and Space Sim Central
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
21. Re: Saturday Metaverse Aug 3, 2014, 01:22 Burrito of Peace
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 2, 2014, 19:25:
Because it's the job of a society to protect the weakest... what kind of argument is "then don't use it" .. that can only come from someone with ZERO understanding of children. If that kinda logic would work on them the world would be a better place indeed....

Given that logic, we should outright ban all forms and places of communication because they have the potential to be used by a small group of people to harass other people.

You could say "But, Burrito, the very nature of being anonymous makes it more likely to be used to harass children than a different medium". With a small amount of planning and effort, ANY type of communication transmission device can be used anonymously. Christ, the kids that I mentor know about anonymizing proxies, Tor and Tails and they're 14 year old freshmen!
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
12. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Aug 2, 2014, 23:25 Burrito of Peace
Beamer wrote on Aug 2, 2014, 19:27:
How many people do you know that are "electronics hobbyists?"

Every electrical and mechanical engineer I've ever met, for starters. Everyone I've spoken to has either a Pi, Arduino or Beagle board that they have either one or more projects cooking on. Since there's only a few million of us in North America alone, yeah...that marketplace sure shrunk down to nothing God damned near overnight.

Yet, despite your fallacious assertions to the contrary, companies like Allied and Delta are still heavily investing in their core business and making money hand over fist.

Judging by the success of their competitors in their original market and RadioShack's very obvious demise, I'd say it's very defensible to say that RS' execs ARE fuckwits who did nothing but just chase trends for the sake of the short term bottom line.
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
2. Re: Saturday Metaverse Aug 2, 2014, 19:00 Burrito of Peace
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 2, 2014, 18:46:
Bullshit like Secret or Fourspring should just be banned outright. Problem solved.

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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
5. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Aug 2, 2014, 18:39 Burrito of Peace
Shok wrote on Aug 2, 2014, 17:42:
You would think an electronics store would have all kinds of hobbyist stuff like that.

The sad thing is that, at one time, they were THE place to go for electronics hobbyist stuff. I built my very first amplifier from parts that I picked up at Radio Shack, for example. More than that, the people who worked there were also hobbyists themselves and often had really great advice and suggestions to help you fix something or to improve whatever project you were building. My very first soldering station and breadboard came from RadioShack as well.

Then they decided to be a computer store, as they were Tandy, to compete with Gateway, eMachines, Computer City and the like. That failed miserably. Near the end of that foray, they then decided to try and be a high end A/V store to compete with companies and then that failed miserably as well. The one small thing they did right at the time was to convert their house brand from "Realistic" to "Optimus" and have Pioneer rebadge their amps and contracted JBL to make their speakers. You could get a really great sounding system for less than half the cost.

Since no one thought of RadioShack as the place to go for that kind of gear, they decided to enter the cell phone market. Which is kinda where we stand today.

It's kind of sad because unless you order from sites like Allied and Monoprice, there's no longer a place that specializes in electronics components.

Like every large corporation that failed, RadioShack forgot what made them the giant they became and decided to fall down the rabbit hole chasing trends that they just weren't positioned to compete for competitively.
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News Comments > PC No Man's Sky Confirmed?
5. Re: PC No Man's Sky Confirmed? Aug 1, 2014, 11:49 Burrito of Peace
Cutter wrote on Aug 1, 2014, 11:12:
Yeah, exiting as it first was, the more I see and hear, the less excited I become. I have a feeling this might end up as kind of a bust.

I think it is going to be a complete disappointment. First we were told "it's all procedurally generated!" Then, we heard "Well, ok, maybe not all of it. Animals are pre-existing assets." The last I heard was "So the systems are procedurally generated. Really, we mean it."

Seeing the screenshots in high res makes the game look fuzzy, washed out and extremely angular with mediocre graphics and I haven't seen any new shots released that change that.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
14. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 31, 2014, 16:29 Burrito of Peace
Creston wrote on Jul 31, 2014, 16:07:
I'm actually more surprised why they allowed apparently pornographic pictures on their site, but then again, it IS FB. They'd happily show live beheadings of children if they thought it'd make them a buck.

I'd buy that for a dollar!
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
3. Which Mac should I buy? Jul 27, 2014, 09:58 Burrito of Peace
The one that you can flash as much as possible to let everyone around you know exactly the kind of pretentious douchebag you are.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
3. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jul 24, 2014, 10:11 Burrito of Peace
I will never understand why people who are concerned about privacy don't user services like Spideroak instead of Dropbox.  
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News Comments > 2K's BioShock Tease?
5. Re: 2K's BioShock Tease? Jul 24, 2014, 10:09 Burrito of Peace
I would wager that it's a mobile/tablet game.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
31. Re: Op Ed Jul 24, 2014, 09:08 Burrito of Peace
The back and forth between PC gamers and console gamers is almost pleasant compared to the things I've seen in the Linux community. Debian vs RedHat, Arch users vs Ubuntu users, KDE vs Gnome vs Cinnamon vs LXDE, FOSS versus non-free...those conversations get extremely ugly.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
79. Re: Op Ed Jul 24, 2014, 08:17 Burrito of Peace
jdreyer wrote on Jul 24, 2014, 02:15:
Here's what I'm hearing:

"I worked in the game industry, and I never saw this."

Good for you. You got lucky. That hardly means this isn't an issue. I don't even go looking for stories like this, yet come across them on a monthly basis. It's an issue, it exists, and the gaming industry is poorer for it. Tired of CoD clones? More women in the industry can help fix that.

As I am the only one who posted with my relevant experience within the industry, I can only surmise that this was personally directed at me. However, at no point did I say "I never saw this". In point of fact, I stated that I had seen it but in very small percentage of the population. You aren't "lucky" when the claimed rate of incidents doesn't match more than two decades worth of actual, direct experience. What I questioned was the veracity of the rate of incidents claimed. It stinks of hyperbole with the most vile of intent.

Let me reiterate this again, so it sticks out to you; I did not say that such behavior does not exist. In fact, I said quite the opposite. Got that clear in your head?

Do you know why you come across articles like this on a "monthly basis"? Because it generates clicks, targets a demographic for advertising and makes for eye grabbing headlines within that demographic. Call me cynical if you wish, but the first priority of any business is to generate profit and websites like Polygon aren't run on good wishes and happy thoughts.

As for your comment about "CoD clones", I know how to fix it for myself and it has nothing to do with gender. I simply do not purchase the games that do not interest me. However, there is very clearly an incredibly significant portion of the gaming population who disagrees with me and purchases those games to the tune of billions of dollars annually. White knighting this issue isn't going to change their tastes.

Further, we are seeing a more varied gaming ecosystem right now. With Kickstarter, Steam Greenlight and other platforms, plus easily available engines and assets like Unity and UDK, literally anyone can make any game they wish. Whether it is successful or not is another matter entirely but the option and availability are there. For good or ill, games like Elite, Star Citizen, Kerbal Space Program, Braid, and many others have proven that beyond a shadow of a doubt. I bet EA and ActiBlizzard would have loved to have their development costs offset so spectacularly as Star Citizen has.
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News Comments > Op Ed
58. Re: Op Ed Jul 23, 2014, 21:16 Burrito of Peace
I guess I'm just too old and have been around the block too many times to give a damn about this "issue".

Someone once said to me that "Humans never solve any problem until it becomes an absolute crisis from which they cannot escape." That's proved true on every major social, financial, industrial, national and global problem I've seen in my life and those I've read of historically. Unless and until it directly impacts a significant amount of a total population, no effort will be made to rectify it. Specifically on this issue, I'd be generally surprised if it effected any more than 3% of the population globally and 15% of the population nationally within the US. I'm sure the national percentage will skew up or down dependent on the total volume of population within any other country.

I worked in the MMO industry for a very long time, since its birth really. I used to have a joke within the office that was adopted broadly because it was universally true about online service users. That joke was "It's not a good day on the internet until my race, sexuality, gender, and alleged promiscuity have been called in to question." Quite frankly, it was laughable to see complete strangers get worked up in to a frothing rage over things that were undeniably trivial and it was hilarious to read the creativity they'd use to try and insult me based upon the criteria mentioned above.

Looking at the article, the amount of bias is extremely evident and that bias is intentionally preserved by the disabling of comments. Partly, I am sure, to prevent those whom would call bullshit on it and refute it. I grant, however, that it is also partially to prevent the trolls from flaming for kicks.

In my time within the game industry, I worked with a lot of women. Just like their male counterparts; some were brilliant, some did their job and went home and some were horrible and didn't last long. There was zero harassment from within as it flatout wasn't tolerated. Before going in to content creation, I started on the support side as most hopefuls tend to do. In total, I would estimate that we had roughly fifty women between account, technical, and game support. Yes, undeniably, there were cretins who would harass our female employees because of their gender. Those cretins, however, made up about 1% of the total customer base. One percent. 99% of the customer base did not attack them based on their gender. The alleged "widespread harassment" as claimed by the article did not materialize within the five companies or from its customers I worked for over more than twenty years. I also understand this is anecdotal and the plural of "anecdote" is not "data".

I firmly believe that this is a case of "the lady doth protest too much".
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News Comments > The Evil Within a Week Early
4. Re: The Evil Within One-Week Early Jul 18, 2014, 13:01 Burrito of Peace
"The Evil Within"? That perfectly describes my ex.  
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News Comments > Transcendence Patch and Soundtrack
1. Re: Transcendence Patch and Soundtrack Jul 17, 2014, 09:12 Burrito of Peace
Has anyone played this game? If so, how good is it?  
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News Comments > Gearbox Announces "Hero Shooter" Battleborn
6. Re: Gearbox Announces Jul 8, 2014, 13:21 Burrito of Peace
Thank you, Blue.  
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News Comments > Gearbox Announces "Hero Shooter" Battleborn
4. Re: Gearbox Announces Jul 8, 2014, 13:15 Burrito of Peace
Please, for the love of all that is holy (and for those of us on mobile devices), can we NOT make the videos embedded in the main page?  
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