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News Comments > Watch Dogs 2 Trailer
1. Re: Watch Dogs 2 Trailer Oct 24, 2016, 12:55 NKD
 
Looks like a more interesting setting than Chicago, and the protagonist seems like less of a cardboard cutout... we'll see. Cautiously optimistic.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
6. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 24, 2016, 12:35 NKD
 
Pr()ZaC wrote on Oct 24, 2016, 12:29:
NKD wrote on Oct 24, 2016, 12:24:
Cutter wrote on Oct 24, 2016, 11:51:
Good on you Sweden! These things are the perfect tools for criminals and pervs.

You know what else is a perfect tool for criminals and pervs? A personal computer.
Or a cellphone.

Perverts love taking creepshots. We should ban phones. Or at least phones with cameras on them.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 24, 2016, 12:24 NKD
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 24, 2016, 11:51:
Good on you Sweden! These things are the perfect tools for criminals and pervs.

You know what else is a perfect tool for criminals and pervs? A personal computer.
 
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News Comments > SAG-AFTRA Picketing EA Today
4. Re: SAG-AFTRA Picketing EA Today Oct 24, 2016, 11:43 NKD
 
If you think that they don't have legitimate complaints, you're straight up brain damaged. They are working under a contract that dates back to the mid 90s and needs some serious changes due to how things have changed since then, but the game companies don't want to budge an inch on anything.

Some of the things they say they want:

1) More transparency in what the job entails. Control freak devs/publishers refuse to let the VAs know anything about the project so they can't make good decisions about whether its worth their time, or whether they'll be asked to say or do anything they are uncomfortable with.

Everyone else working on a game project knows what they are working on, why do VAs need to be kept in the dark?

2) VAs are increasingly being asked to also do motion capture work, but without a safety or stunt coordinator on set. VAs and game developers haven't been properly trained or supervised and have been injured in thepast. They want a stunt coordinator required for mo-cap.

3) VAs are being expect to do strenuous vocal work for sessions that are too long. You may laugh at the notion that voice work could be at all taxing, but when your voice is your livelihood, vocal damage is no less serious than a construction worker or athlete getting a serious knee or back injury. They want a cap on how long the more strenuous (screaming, battle noises, etc) sessions can be so they can cut down on people injuring their voices and losing out on work because of it.

4) Bonus payments at 2, 4, 6, and 8 million units sold. This is pretty reasonable IMHO if you have any idea of how VA compensation works. SAG-AFTRA voice actors get residuals for other work, like commercials and advertisements, why should game developers be exempt from secondary compensation? The contract needs to be updated. I think most of the reflexive opposition to this comes from ignorant people who think that voice actors are living the dream with money coming out of their ears. People who don't reach 2 million sales, which is almost everyone, and people who don't employ union VAs, which is also almost everyone, won't ever even have to make one of these payments. This part of their demand is strictly aimed at big companies making millions upon millions off of Triple A titles and then paying the VAs chump change.

I'll never understand gamers. We've had years of everyone just bashing on companies like EA and Activision and how they abuse their employees and use any excuse not to pay people what they deserve, or over work them.

But the second people start to try and do something about it, gamers turn on them like rabid dogs and call them ungrateful whiners who are just lucky to not be working in a coal mine.

I'll say what I said the other day. It's not the VAs who are ungrateful whiners, it's the gamers. The response to this strike from gamers has shown me that we don't deserve anything more than Microsoft Bob synthesized voices.

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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
13. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Oct 23, 2016, 11:18 NKD
 
I think super intelligent AI would quickly become incomprehensible to humans. Their goals and ways of thinking would be beyond us. Even the fundamental goals we take for granted, like self-preservation, or procreation, may be completely irrelevant to an AI.

The sci-fi idea of a race of AI deciding we're a threat and killing us is based on huuuge amounts of projecting human thinking onto a potential super AI. A super AI might not even have the concept of something being a threat to it. It may not value its own existence in that way or see any value in ending something elses existence.

These machines are not likely to think like humans at all for very long. Sure, the first few generations will be very human like and retain a lot of our influence. But as our ability to influence them grows smaller, each generation will be less human than the last. Though they will be our own creation, they may quickly become more alien to us than any organic species that may exist in the universe.

At some point I think the AI do effectively become gods. Beings with infinitely more capability than humans whose motivations and desires cannot ever be comprehended by us.

And it's just as difficult to imagine what humans would do after creating gods. Even if those gods were to lose interest in us and leave, their technology would remain and take all the challenge out of our most basic goal of survival.

When technology finally removes the last bit of adversity from our lives, what happens to us? How can we continue to evolve beyond that point?
 
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News Comments > SAG-AFTRA Statement
44. Re: SAG-AFTRA Statement Oct 21, 2016, 16:42 NKD
 
Creston wrote on Oct 21, 2016, 16:16:
This whole "If I don't get it, you shouldn't get it either" mentality is bullshit.

It's a fundamentally flawed, childish way of thinking before you even get into the specifics of how the mechanics of compensation differs for voice actors vs. developers.

Royalties/residuals help offset the sporadic nature of acting work and the huge variability in pay scale.

Mr. Creative Director at Ubisoft has a steady job and he's never going to take a pay cut, ever. His earnings will only go up until the day he retires. A voice actor may get some decent paying work doing a character in a big name video game, but then they could spend months doing radio advertisements and other small time work to make ends meet. I bet Mr. Creative Director at Ubisoft doesn't have to worry about making ends meet, ever.

Even in the notoriously chaotic world of game development, these guys have way more job security and spend way less time job hunting than a voice actor.

Takes a lot of gall for someone like that to make a comment like that.
 
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News Comments > SAG-AFTRA Statement
42. Re: SAG-AFTRA Statement Oct 21, 2016, 15:27 NKD
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 21, 2016, 12:58:
It's cute how you guys keep talking about what people deserve. Ditch diggers deserve more than minimum wage but they don't get it, do they? There's a way things ought to be and a way things are. If actors don't like it than they can do what every other fucking person on the planet has to do, quit and go do something else. You're owed nothing.


Ditch diggers certainly do get more than minimum wage because a lot of ditch diggers are union. My father, grandfather, and three uncles were all union laborers. I don't know what their pay scale is these days, but it started at $24 an hour fifteen years ago.

Why did they get paid more than minimum wage? Because they were union and had people fighting for them to get them the contract that got them that money.


... Just like in this fucking article.
 
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News Comments > SAG-AFTRA Statement
24. Re: SAG-AFTRA Statement Oct 21, 2016, 04:48 NKD
 
Rilcon wrote on Oct 20, 2016, 22:53:
Fuck off. Most game VAs are utter garbage and are paid ridiculous amounts for less than a day's work comprising the entire game.

I'd like to know what you think VA's get paid. You say it's "ridiculous", but the truth is, if it's ridiculous at all, it's because it's ridiculously low. Your average tradesman with a wrench or hammer makes more per hour than the average voice actor.

Even the hardest working VAs with zillions of VA acting credits a year aren't making as much as a barely known actor playing a supporting character on a mediocre television drama. And that's including work outside video games.

What's more, that TV actor only has to work a few months out of the year in order to make half a million a year or more. Whereas VAs only make scratch if they get a TON of work, and most aren't even going to break 6 figures.

The only voice actors who are paid huge amounts are film stars doing VA work for Disney and shit. And even then, they are getting paid less than they do for their film work.

Maybe they should strike and make all y'all fuckers listen to Microsoft Bob synthesized voices for most characters and the dulcet tones of Sally from Accounting voicing the main character on her lunch break.

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News Comments > David Brevik Joins Path of Exile
8. Re: David Brevik Joins Path of Exile Oct 19, 2016, 13:50 NKD
 
El Pit wrote on Oct 19, 2016, 12:48:
"one of David's main roles will be to help launch the action/RPG in China"

Wow, exciting. Bored

Yeah no kidding. Maybe I should learn Chinese so that I can still play video games 10 years from now.
 
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News Comments > David Brevik's New Project Isn't Diablo
12. Re: David Brevik's New Project Isn't Diablo Oct 18, 2016, 05:34 NKD
 
The Half Elf wrote on Oct 18, 2016, 03:02:
persay

*twitch*
 
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News Comments > New WoW Game Director
10. Re: New WoW Game Director Oct 14, 2016, 12:01 NKD
 
I wouldn't hold my breath for an MMO title from Blizzard or any other major western studio. The MMO genre is really only successful in Asia, so all we're going to be getting are grindy Korean imports with cash shops and ill-fated Kickstarter fodder.

MMOs were a bit of a fluke in the west. There was a novelty value in a large persistent world with lots of other players. But once the novelty wore off, western MMO gamers became more choosy about the type of MMO they wanted to play.

But the cost of creating and running a proper MMO is staggering, and it discourages the kind of risk-taking and niche building that would result in games that the veteran MMO player would be interested in. What's more, younger gamers grew up on the Internet and with online games and so it holds no novelty for them. They are just fine playing endless games of League of Legends or whatever for their online gaming fix. A persistent world means nothing to them.

I liked the MMO genre, but if I knew its success was going to be such a fluke, I think I might have stopped to smell the roses a bit more.

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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
31. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 11, 2016, 01:03 NKD
 
Giant Douche vs. Turd Sandwich  
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News Comments > Mafia III Released
28. Re: Mafia III Released Oct 8, 2016, 14:27 NKD
 
Quinn wrote on Oct 8, 2016, 13:17:
My problem with BLM is that it creates racism instead of fighting it.

This garbage again? Typical "Don't Rock The Boat" racism.

"Don't fight back against injustices, because your efforts are imperfect, and will just make the racism worse! Just wait it out or maybe write a meekly worded blog instead..."


Here's the thing, Black Lives Matter, and the black community in general, don't care about making casual racism by white Blue's News users worse. And rightly so. You're not in a position to make life worse for black Americans, so they don't give a shit what you think about them, or their movements.

They are concerned with institutional racism coming from the police. And they are absolutely successfully turning up the heat on the police in this country. There's more of a spotlight on police shootings than ever. It wasn't that long ago that a black man getting shot by the cops didn't even make the news. Shit, most white people getting shot by the cops didn't make the news. Now it's all over the news, and it's getting real attention. Body cameras are starting to become more widely used, and in some cases mandatory, and will only become more prevalent. Prosecutors are starting to become more willing to actually prosecute cops. There's still a long ways to go, but things are moving in the correct direction.

None of this would happen if people were just sitting quietly and not stirring the shit. Yeah, it's gonna upset some white folks, but that's a small price to pay.

Attitudes like yours implicitly support the status quo.

And I really have to wonder where the vehement opposition to BLM from white people comes from. I'm white, and they just don't bother me. Sometimes I think the stuff they do is silly, but it's black people trying to deal with problems facing the black community. It really doesn't affect me at all. Certainly not enough for me to get angry and say things like "Fuck BLM!"

Hell, I praise them for putting the police on blast. They have more spine than white people do when it comes to standing up for themselves against the cops.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
1. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 7, 2016, 17:02 NKD
 
Pimpin aint easy.  
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News Comments > Game Reviews
10. Re: Where’s Polygon’s Mafia 3 review? Oct 7, 2016, 01:11 NKD
 
I'm not playing anything with a fucking 30 FPS limit now that I have a 144hz screen.  
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News Comments > Sunday Interviews
9. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 3, 2016, 13:04 NKD
 
I think a lot of us here are too old to understand what's going on with Minecraft, even those of us who play it, because we're not really exposed to it. We don't hang out in schools or the toy aisle.

My buddy works at a school and he was mentioning not long ago when some Minecraft news came out that he cannot even count the number of Minecraft shirts he sees in a given day. Kids love this shit and their parents gobble up the merchandise and just about every kid hitting the appropriate age is getting a copy of the game. Some little kid starting a Youtube channel? They are probably starting with Minecraft vids.

Minecraft is a cash cow, and it's not adults buying the Java version for themselves that are responsible for that anymore.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Sep 30, 2016, 14:52 NKD
 
My only worry about this is that the rest of the world is considerably more willing to censor speech. Yeah, the US government may spy on your shit, but they aren't going to ban you from the Internet because you said some things that hurt someones fragile feelings.  
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
16. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Sep 26, 2016, 02:16 NKD
 
Slick wrote on Sep 25, 2016, 22:29:

Is it by chance when someone's using the microwave? That fucks up bluetooth for me.

Not sure, next time it happens I'll go check if someone is using it.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
14. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Sep 25, 2016, 10:58 NKD
 
Slick wrote on Sep 25, 2016, 05:27:
Logi g900, and until the internal battery wears out, this is the last mouse I'll ever buy.

The G900 is what I'm using as well. I cannot tell the difference but the wired and wireless most of the time. Once in a while, every few days, there's some interference coming from somewhere and the cursor gets janky and I have to plug it back in. I'm not sure where it's coming from.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
9. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Sep 25, 2016, 03:03 NKD
 
HoSpanky wrote on Sep 24, 2016, 16:56:
Not a bad looking mouse, far less gaudy than most. 2400 dpi is impressive, although a lot of these mice just use a multiplier to get "higher dpi", resulting in a cursor that cannot be moved pixel-by-pixel. Hopefully Biostar didn't do that, but...most mice at this price do that.

Yep, looking at DPI numbers is pretty meaningless. All you really need to know is what sensor the mouse is using. The PMW3366 is considered the best. There are several other good sensors as well.

Other than that, all there is really to know about is build quality.

Another thing is that a lot of people are under the false impression that Laser is better than standard Optical sensors. It's better at one thing: Tracking on shit like glass desks with no mousepad. But laser sensors all have built in smoothing and poor precision.

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