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Signed On Feb 15, 2007, 19:09
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
10. Re: etc. Sep 18, 2017, 11:57 Flatline
 
Creston wrote on Sep 18, 2017, 09:21:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 18, 2017, 05:00:
1. Our election may have been tilted toward one candidate by our arch enemy, and we should just drop it?

I think it's actually pretty hilarious how worked up everyone is getting over it. The US has been interfering in foreign elections for 50+ years. We interfered in the Ukrainian election, directly influencing its relationship with Russia.

Now Russia did it to us, and everyone is all "OMG THATS SO UNFAIR."

What's good for the goose is good for the gander. :-shrug-:

(Of course, the result was terrible, but eh, do onto others etc.)


So.... your suggestion is to just lay back, close your eyes, and think of Ukraine?
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
8. Re: etc. Sep 18, 2017, 11:55 Flatline
 
deqer wrote on Sep 17, 2017, 16:09:
"Facebook hands Russia-backed ads to election investigators."

Really? ... Are we really pursuing this? My god, Hillary... just drop it. You lost; fair and square.

Yes. We are pursuing this and we should pursue this.

Let me put it this way. There's nothing that promises that Russia will back Trump in 2020. Russia wants chaos.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
5. Re: Evening Safety Dance Sep 15, 2017, 22:27 Flatline
 
Creston wrote on Sep 15, 2017, 22:00:
So, here are some fun "what ifs" musings.

Say every American freezes their credit report. How do Equifax, Experian and Transunion make money? They basically can't anymore, right? They charge for credit reports, which they literally won't be able to give out anymore, right?

God, this needs to happen.

When you need credit you need to suspend your credit freeze so you can get a credit report.

It'll just slow things down at best, and at worst, they bang you for 10 bucks every time you want to apply for credit.
 
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News Comments > Overwatch Toxicity Slowing Game Development
17. Re: Overwatch Toxicity Slowing Game Development Sep 14, 2017, 16:04 Flatline
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 14, 2017, 16:00:
theglaze wrote on Sep 14, 2017, 13:30:
Some Overwatch players don't care about the game, they just want to watch their teammates burn.

IMO, there's no amount of incentive or disinpline to curve the behaviour. Those players get such a kick out of trolling and abusing other players in the game, it's likely the only reason they bother launching it..

It's nothing new, it's traditionally been called "being a dick", and such personalities will always be drawn to digital outlets that extend the reach of their asshole behaviour.

Here's my idea: promote the reporting of GOOD teammates. Make it easier for the Overwatch players that want to build and support the community, by allowing them to provide positive feedback to players they encounter.

There's 8 categories to report a players poor behaviour, and 0 ways to compliment it.

A proper "Friendliness" rating (hidden to the gamer) with influence the match making process, because trolls actually like being with other trolls. They feed each other. And positive, friendly gamers want to work together and win. This allows players that are super fun to play with to rise ABOVE not such the jerks out there, but even the average player.
Yeah. Put trolls with other trolls. And people who want to play right with like players. I think there's another game that does this.

I am completely down with positive reinforcement loops on community reports.

Kinda sad too. When I first started playing overwatch I sucked, because I suck these days at multiplayer shooters, but I played healer and even though I blew I got compliments from my teammates for always trying to be there for the team.

I never played enough to get to ranked matches. Come to think of it it's literally been a year since I last played.

Edit: One of the reasons I burn out is that none of my friends play when I play. If anyone wants to add me I'll actually play some, and I don't scream racial slurs. TheFlatline#1750 if anyone wants an add.
 
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News Comments > $45K Star Citizen Refund?
35. Re: $45K Star Citizen Refund Sep 14, 2017, 13:09 Flatline
 
VoodooV wrote on Sep 14, 2017, 12:38:
Freelancer

That's some funny shit right there considering that Microsoft basically fired CR because he tried to pull a Star Citizen with Freelancer and the game was over budget and never going to be finished
 
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News Comments > $45K Star Citizen Refund?
16. Re: $45K Star Citizen Refund? Sep 14, 2017, 11:39 Flatline
 
RedEye9 wrote on Sep 14, 2017, 11:17:

BIGtrouble77 wrote on Sep 14, 2017, 11:16:
The tone definitely does make me skeptical... If I was refunded $45k I think I would have refrained from the cheap shots even if I felt that way.
Exactly, I would have included a non-disclosure clause.
You bunch of bitches want your 45k back, then keep your mouth shut.

If someone demanded I sign an NDA in exchange for a 45k refund, I'd fucking lawyer up and take it to court.

And Chris Roberts does *not* want that, because discovery and shit comes into play there and the publicity would suck.
 
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News Comments > BlizzCon Virtual Tickets
5. Re: BlizzCon Virtual Tickets Sep 14, 2017, 11:37 Flatline
 
I guess I can understand going to the actual blizzcon. I have friends who do it. I think it's silly though, especially since Blizzard doesn't exactly put out much product these days.

But yeah, I always thought paying 40 bucks to watch it streaming was pants-on-head retarded. I remember when I originally commented on how stupid it was years ago on this site a lot of people chastised me for it.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
1. Re: Game Reviews Sep 13, 2017, 14:14 Flatline
 
So War of the Chosen... Holy shit.

I finally killed the Assassin Chosen a couple missions back and researched her weapons.

ZOMG they are insane. Her shotgun gets like a 15% bonus to hit and a respectable chance that the shot will be a free action. I took it first on a Lost mission where it was infinite spawn of Lost and I had to escort people back. My ranger basically did the mission by herself. One turn seriously had her kill like 20 lost by herself *and* get a movement in. She gets first crack at spec ops missions that improve mobility so her blue zone mobility is now comparable to most people's double move. Plus she doesn't trigger overwatch attacks.
 
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News Comments > Play The Division Free This Weekend
2. Re: Play The Division Free This Weekend Sep 12, 2017, 22:12 Flatline
 
You could grind through the single player game in a weekend.

SP was a lot of fun. I ended up burning out around 70 hours into the game, so I got my money's worth.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
49. Re: Op Ed Sep 12, 2017, 22:11 Flatline
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Sep 12, 2017, 21:54:
He obviously did something very stupid for someone in his position, but I don't think it's as simple as blanket "racism".

You know how many times I just casually drop the n-bomb when I'm frustrated?

Zero.

It's part of a growing trend of evidence that shows that he's pretty casual about some really terrible, violent, racist, sexist ideas.

I mean, it's not a *huge* surprise, but the guy does make a living off of being a public figure, and thus is opening himself up to public approval or disapproval. When it's public approval it's fine, when it's disapproval suddenly there's an issue.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
16. Re: Op Ed Sep 12, 2017, 13:01 Flatline
 
MT Silver wrote on Sep 12, 2017, 12:04:
He makes people laugh. Obviously not you but certainly millions of others. Whether you like it or not, he's beloved.
I'd go as far as to say that he's this generation's equivalent of Elvis Presley. Just like Elvis and other youth icons, PDP is attacked by older members of society who don't understand or appreciate his contribution to culture.
Personally I don't enjoy his content either but part of being an adult is accepting that not everything in the world is meant for you.

LMFAO he's this generation's Elvis? So in 60+ years significant numbers of people will still watch his streams and find them relevant and talented? Please. That has to be the silliest thing I've seen in a long time.

And I know that not everything in the world is meant for me dude so you can take your sanctimonious judgement and shove it. But there's tons of other people out there who make people laugh through talent and hard work way more than some dude playing videogames while talking shit and they aren't pulling down 15 million a year. It's not the individual that doesn't make sense to me, it's the market model. I seriously question if advertisers are getting their money's worth.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
14. Re: Op Ed Sep 12, 2017, 12:55 Flatline
 
Creston wrote on Sep 12, 2017, 12:25:
Just because I constantly make racist comments on video does not mean I make racist comments off-camera. I am able to stop being racist once the live stream is over.

I'll take "Bullshit" for $500, Alex.

How about you say "fucker" or "shithead" or "asshole" or "dickwaffle" instead of something racist?

Someone missed that McSweeney's is satire.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
7. Re: Op Ed Sep 12, 2017, 11:48 Flatline
 
The Half Elf wrote on Sep 12, 2017, 11:38:
Slashman wrote on Sep 12, 2017, 11:35:
Sure we could just leave him alone, but then he's teaching a generation of kids how to be assholes.

Then we'll end up complaining about how kids these days are total assholes. Who taught them that...?

So like Radio, Elvis, Dungeons and Dragons, Video Games, Bevis and Butthead, First Person Shooters, we are now going to pin everything on him for this generation?

Nah. I'm a pretty big free speech guy but I do find it interesting in the discrepancy between broadcasting over the internet and broadcasting over terrestrial airwaves in the US. I get that it's basically the difference between network and cable but still it is an interesting difference.

I don't get what he does makes him worth 15 million a year. But then again a lot of today's internet celebrities make zero sense to me.
 
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News Comments > etc.
15. Re: etc. Sep 10, 2017, 20:05 Flatline
 
Jivaro wrote on Sep 9, 2017, 17:06:
Alpha Protocol, at the time, looked great on paper and seemed like it was right in my wheelhouse. I didn't get around to buying it until it was 15 bucks or so, which I thought was a deal. I was so bored after just 2 hours or so that I turned it off and never returned. Most of the glitches and problems people talk about I don't know anything about because it put me to sleep so fast.

The beginning of Alpha Protocol sucks. Partially because the pacing is terrible, partially because there's a bajillion little things interacting and you don't quite know how. Once you get to the safe houses and start leveling up, it gets to be a *lot* of fun. By the end of the game it's really almost bullshit how powerful you become but that's okay because it's supposed to be a power trip.

I enjoyed it enough to play through it a few times.
 
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News Comments > Animal Farm Game Announced
22. Re: Animal Farm Game Announced Sep 7, 2017, 13:49 Flatline
 
JoatrashFX wrote on Sep 7, 2017, 03:45:
I still can't believe they had us read Animal Farm in middle school! (I'm glad they did, but I wonder if they still do?)

Could be interesting as a game if they manage to make a strategy/management game that has good options and consequences that change the outcome and not just relay the book in a linear fashion.

Eh. I"d be more interested in a black comedy/satire adventure game. Or even something really out there like This War of Mine or even Papers, Please.
 
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News Comments > Animal Farm Game Announced
21. Re: Animal Farm Game Announced Sep 7, 2017, 13:47 Flatline
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 7, 2017, 11:18:
JoatrashFX wrote on Sep 7, 2017, 03:45:
I still can't believe they had us read Animal Farm in middle school! (I'm glad they did, but I wonder if they still do?)

Could be interesting as a game if they manage to make a strategy/management game that has good options and consequences that change the outcome and not just relay the book in a linear fashion.
It hasn't been required reading in school since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

I read it in my freshman year of high school in the 90's after the Soviet Union collapsed.
 
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News Comments > The Witcher Turning 10
21. Re: The Witcher Turning 10 Sep 5, 2017, 13:07 Flatline
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 4, 2017, 17:30:
So, the Witcher. Never played. Is it good?

Think of it as a highly complicated ARPG, with a heavy emphasis on RPG.

It's been ages since I played it but it suffered from 1st act syndrome even worse than Witcher 2 & 3.

It wasn't bad though. It's rough compared to Witcher 3, which is basically a renaissance of RPGs.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
1. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Sep 5, 2017, 12:44 Flatline
 
That was a terrible article about the Nebula Award category for game writing. 2 paragraphs about the actual addition of game writers to the Nebulas, 3 paragraphs about the president of the association, 5 paragraphs about the Hugos and SJWs, then 4 paragraphs about *cats*.

WTF?
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
18. Re: Steam Top 10 Sep 4, 2017, 13:46 Flatline
 
Saboth wrote on Sep 3, 2017, 16:27:
I bought XCom 2 last year, but didn't install it until a few weeks ago. Played it for about 5 hours then uninstalled it. Didn't like the timed missions, and didn't like the overall countdown to the dark events that weaken you with negatives over time.

WOTC lets you double the countdown timers in missions (and they're a lot rarer now) and doubles the avatar project track.

Or with xcom 2 you can mod it.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
1. Re: Steam Top 10 Sep 3, 2017, 14:04 Flatline
 
Really digging War of the Chosen it has managed to fix most of the flaws I had with the original XCOM2.  
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