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Signed On Apr 30, 2005, 21:54
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
13. Re: Saturday Consolidation Jan 25, 2015, 04:10 saluk
Cutter wrote on Jan 24, 2015, 17:42:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jan 24, 2015, 16:15:
From the whining on blues lately you'd think straight white males were the victims.

How dare anybody complain about rape/death threats, or discuss their viewpoint on a video game!?!

A) We are the victims because we're all lumped in as everything that's wrong in the world when it's absolutely untrue. In spite of the fact that we're the ones who actually make the world a better place to live. And we have to deal with racism in the form of Affirmative Action, etc.

B) Faking rape/death threats for fun and profit is disgusting. If you actually believe for a second they're real I have a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you cheap.

This breakdown shows Anita is a pretty good scam artist. That doesn't make most white males "victims". If I'm a victim, hooray. I make a lot of money, don't work very hard, and have a plethora of media aimed squarely at me to take the edge off. It's the life. I reeeeeally don't deserve to have it so easy. Should I feel bad or ashamed to have it so easy? No, that's not right either. But I know where I am. And I'm freaking secure enough in my own self worth not to get all huffy if people point out what a nice tower I am sitting atop. I mean, what can they say? I'm sitting in a tower! A tower that, for the most part, I was born into.

As for the fake death threats, I'll just assume you are implying that the threats actually occurred, but the people giving them were never intending to carry through. But I've heard people claim she made them up. With the amount of hate that is aimed at her, I would be extremely surprised if she had not received any threats. Perhaps she blew it out of proportion - but how can you tell the difference between a real threat and a fake one? In a world where people send SWAT into peoples homes just because it's funny, and hack and post private information about people they want to silence, you have to be careful.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
16. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 23, 2015, 21:14 saluk
Always good advice Molyneux!  
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News Comments > More Star Wars on
3. Re: More Star Wars on Jan 23, 2015, 21:07 saluk
TangledThorns wrote on Jan 23, 2015, 19:53:
After seeing the dated graphics the sense of nostalgia dies pretty quick. It'd be nice if they were re-released with updated HD graphics. Look at Resident Evil for example, they can do the same here.

Pah. Give me the originals. Most of the time people try to "update" things it makes them worse. I like GoG because for the most part that's what you get - the games you used to like (or the games you wanted to like but missed) - without trying to pretty them up and make them palatable to a modern audience - and in a playable state on modern computers.
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News Comments > Cross-Platform Windows 10 Fable Legends Announced
18. Re: Cross-Platform Windows 10 Fable Legends Announced Jan 22, 2015, 04:09 saluk
Wow, what a press release. It's almost like it was sarcastically written by one of us.

It's games for windows and shadowrun all over again. Come on guys.
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News Comments > Star Citizen Public Test Universe for All Backers
26. Re: Star Citizen Public Test Universe for All Backers Jan 21, 2015, 15:47 saluk
Public test "universe", nice.  
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News Comments > Technomancer Revealed
4. Re: Technomancer Revealed Jan 21, 2015, 15:43 saluk
Yeah their games have been pretty good efforts, but kind of fall in the weird category that's not quite good enough to be AAA and not unique or cute enough to be indie.  
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity in March
20. Re: Pillars of Eternity in March Jan 15, 2015, 05:20 saluk
Flatline wrote on Jan 14, 2015, 18:07:
yuastnav wrote on Jan 14, 2015, 15:21:

Somehow I didn't expect it so soon.

Why is this and GTA V going to be released in the same month as a conference I have to go to? :/

I guess I'm the only one who found GTA 5 to be not great? I mean, some of the heists were cool and you didn't have to haul your cousin to titty bars every 15 minutes of gameplay but 5 overall kind of went over lukewarm for me.

I already paid 60 bucks for it when it came out last generation. Even with a technical overhaul, it's the same story and the same old shit.

There are a few of us who haven't played it yet.
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News Comments > PC Grand Theft Auto V Delayed to March; Specs Revealed
63. Re: PC Grand Theft Auto V Delayed to March; Specs Revealed Jan 13, 2015, 19:24 saluk
There are two things that happened here:

1. They are delaying it because it's not ready
2. They weren't ready.

Hooray for fact #1.

Rockstar you really royally suck for fact #2.

That is all. There is no excuse for making PC gamers wait through 2 complete and on time console launches and STILL not having the game come out on PC when you actually said it would. The only explanation is that you just don't care about PC gamers. That's the only take-away here. If you can coordinate a launch on two separate systems and be so successful with those launches twice in a row, how can you not coordinate an on-time launch on one other system?

And it feels pretty crappy.

I'll have someone buy this for me in the next Christmas sale or something, because at this point I might as well just wait and spend my money on other things.
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News Comments > GDC Award Nominees; Baer Honored by AIAS
5. Re: GDC Award Nominees; Baer Honored by AIAS Jan 9, 2015, 14:14 saluk
I appreciate the runners-up in almost every category more than the nominees. I love the "best tech" awards going to games using the same tech they used 2 years ago lol.  
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News Comments > Star Citizen at $69M
41. Re: Star Citizen at $69M Jan 8, 2015, 18:55 saluk
InBlack wrote on Jan 8, 2015, 13:11:
Verno wrote on Jan 8, 2015, 11:39:

That being said, the people who did back it seem pretty happy for the most part. I'm mainly curious more than anything else, I hope it turns out well for people. When there is an official "1.0" type milestone for the aggregate product I will probably check it out.

From what Ive seen, most of the people who dug deep into their pockets for this claim that they are getting as much enjoyment from the development of Starcitizen itself as from any game, they dont even care that it might go south at some point. Madness.

I gotta give it to Chris Roberts, either the guy is lucky as fuck or there is some serious genius going on inside his head...

Yeah I don't get people just dumping money into this game. On the other hand, for a small buy-in there is a certain appeal now. The pvp has reached a decent level of activity, and where-else in the market do you see a competitive arena space-sim with a huge community like this?
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News Comments > Loading Human VR Video
6. Re: Loading Human VR Video Jan 6, 2015, 19:10 saluk
Most amazing use of VR I've ever seen! The future is now!  
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News Comments > Big Bad Wolf Boasts RPG Vets
3. Re: Big Bad Wolf Boasts RPG Vets Jan 5, 2015, 20:06 saluk
If I were them I would have left the resume blank and acted like a brand new thing.  
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News Comments > Steam Beta Adds FPS Counter
6. Re: Steam Beta Adds FPS Counter Jan 5, 2015, 16:56 saluk
Yeah I've given up on the steam client and use my own custom launcher. When you own >1000 games you need a lot more.

I have problems...
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News Comments > Game Reviews
4. Re: Game Reviews Dec 21, 2014, 01:24 saluk
Yeah the ODRM kinda sucks and doesn't seem all that necessary. I do like the feeling of being in a world other people are doing stuff in, even if I run into them rarely and can't see how their actions are affecting me. But I'm not really into mmo's anymore, and I think I would play more if I knew the world was exactly as I left it every time I come back in. When I am out for a few days and other players are doing stuff, it just makes me want to log in even less, because I have already missed the "party" so to speak.

They made a poor decision, unfortunately they made that poor decision too long ago when they started building the server infrastructure - and likely didn't realize the ramifications of the path they were heading down. It's the kind of decision in programming that becomes a huge project to take back and go in a different direction. I'm guessing their server - like most servers I've seen - is put together with numerous interlocking components with various licensing agreements, a lot of esoteric black magic and configuration settings, and copious amounts of duct tape.

Still having fun with it though. It's my type of game, and I'll probably be playing it off and on for a while between other stuff.
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News Comments > Outcast 1.1 Released
11. Re: Outcast 1.1 Released Dec 21, 2014, 00:55 saluk
What a great game, and quite good looking for it's time. It outpaced polygon games for at least 3 years. I would say it's almost on par with ICO, and not quite to Shadow of the Colossus. Sure the protagonist is a bit stiff, but he's a good cipher for entering this weird alien world with all of its customs and cultures. The npcs are really entertaining without being overdeveloped or outstaying their welcome. The AI is pretty decent too, and the way the gameplay and story intersect is seamless in a way rarely seen. Looking forward to a replay... though my backlog is much fuller than it was in 1999 lol.  
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News Comments > Ship Ahoy - 4K PC Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
9. Re: Ship Ahoy - 4K PC Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Dec 19, 2014, 16:52 saluk
I liked the first 2 games. And if you've played through those, you have a framework to fit all the crazy into. If you haven't, they don't do a lot to ground you in the later games.

It's essentially a Shonen-style story, with facing off against weirder and weirder enemies on the way to big boss.
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News Comments > Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series Announced
21. Re: Minecraft: Story Mode - A Telltale Games Series Announced Dec 19, 2014, 16:48 saluk
Wolf was much better than Walking Dead. They should cancel everything and do more wolf. But I guess they would rather make money or something.  
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News Comments > Steam Holiday Sale Begins
19. Re: Steam Holiday Sale Begins Dec 18, 2014, 15:18 saluk
Haha it's not going to hit steam. EA games have been gone from steam since dragon age 2 (which isn't there either fyi)

I picked up DA2 for 10$ during one of the origin sales, but I don't know how much DAI will be discounted. I think last year I snagged ME3 for about a tenner too, so who knows. I've taken the other approach of making sure someone buys DA:I for me for christmas, since it's one of the few games I want that is actually available in hard copy.
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News Comments > Valve Apologizes as Hatred Greenlight Campaign Returns
129. Re: Valve Apologizes as Hatred Greenlight Campaign Returns Dec 17, 2014, 20:39 saluk
eRe4s3r wrote on Dec 17, 2014, 17:54:
Timmeh wrote on Dec 17, 2014, 17:30:
just watched the trailer.

Any culture that allows that to be made and published is destined for pain. It is also a complete travesty that there are so many people excited about playing this garbage.

Who will be responsible when someone gets inspired and acts this out in a community or school? Because it will happen. The more we normalize violence like this the more these kinds of choices will have a lasting and horrific effect on our culture and youth.

People can cry freedom all they want. There is no escape from the outcomes of choices we make that affect our minds as a people.

That is utter complete bullshit, any medium with the goal to be art has the right to offend you so badly that you run crying out of the digital room. And it should.

Fucks sake... literature that offends you shouldn't exist? Movies that offend you shouldn't exist? Games that offend you shouldn't exist? When will people like you learn that the first and highest goal of any artwork is to inspire emotions. It does not define what emotions, inspiring ANY emotion is what puts ART above TRASH

I don't want to live in a world filled with trash, rather I want to have access to media that insults me, that shocks me, that makes me think, that stirs my emotions and inspires me to be a better person than be peddled the same mindless dumbed down shit you seem to love.

Any form of art has a right to exist. To deny it's existence is akin to censorship of the purest and most evil kind. That of thoughts.

Do we have to include all of the "trash" alongside peggle and the like? Though that is probably a flaw in the steam storefront more than anything else. Appealing to art always leaves me a bit cold. Not every art gallery shows the same pieces. The gallery itself tends to collect like-minded art together in groups, and the person who wants to avoid offense will usually be warned if a showing has very graphic, controversial, or offensive works.

Moreover, if art can have real power or impact, than surely it can affect a persons actions. You cannot say both "a game cannot incite a person to commit a crime" and "a game is an art form that can evoke an emotional response in a person. I would never argue that a single game is going to turn a good kid into a mass murderer - but a culture of violence that is then reflected in what people find "fun" is a culture that I see continuing to encourage and produce malcontents. It's a wide ranging issue with many variables and we can never hope to make people not be violent, lol. And I've played some depraved games in my time and enjoyed them, especially as an angsty teen.

But I take issue with the idea that it's "just a game". And I take issue with the idea that valve pretends to both have control over their store and then tries to say it's a free place. Indie developers have to fight tooth and nail to get their games listed. Some really idiotic murder simulator comes along, valve pretends to play the storefront card; but oh no, it's probably going to make money and hurt their bottom line. So then they pretend its an open market.

I would much rather the market were actually open. Let's get those hentai games on steam!

In other news, Sony has pulled the Interview from theaters because of hackers and bomb threats. Another case of a stupid movie whose sole purpose is to rile people up. If that is your purpose, do not be surprised when it works!
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News Comments > Valve Apologizes as Hatred Greenlight Campaign Returns
76. Re: Valve Apologizes as Hatred Greenlight Campaign Returns Dec 17, 2014, 14:07 saluk
Cutter wrote on Dec 17, 2014, 13:44:
ItBurn wrote on Dec 17, 2014, 09:59:
Good decision. You may not like the game, but freedom of speech should prevail.

What freedom of speech? In the US you have protected speech. That is not carte blanche to say or do anything you like. Same as every other civilized nation. We have limits precisely for these reasons. Reasons because people like you who don't understand what's reasonable and what's offensive to the majority.

So we should all be completely free, right? Free to rape kids, commit mass murder, acts of terror, etc. That's what you're arguing for? Really? Because it's an all or nothing deal. So which way should we go here?

Totally agree. Those who argue on principles alone are missing half the picture. You either have complete anarchy, or you have laws. The debate should be about where the boundaries are, not whether there should be any boundaries at all. The forum rules on bluesnews prohibits ethnic slurs and homphobic language. Personally I find this game to be in poor enough taste that I find it on that level, just in the violence aspect rather than racism or discrimination. We have to face the news of violent mass killings often enough IRL that I don't care to see it when I am browsing through the store looking for something to take my mind off of how horrid the real world can be.

In this case, steam is within their rights to allow the game. They were also within their rights to pull it. The best thing valve could have done is let the game languish in greenlight like so many other games they don't publish, though most of those don't have votes. But this whole "hey, we allow anyone to do anything" is totally disingenuous.

Can't wait to see Super Columbine Massacre on steam! And even that game at least was trying (poorly) to say something.
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