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News Comments > Into the Black
6. Re: Into the Black Oct 27, 2017, 00:05 NKD
 
It's one of the bigger hurdles humanity will have to overcome at some point, that tendency to put faith/factless belief before evidence and reason. I don't think we'll ever overcome it, honestly.

This arises from our powerful ability to discern patterns. People seeing "truth" in things that are just noise. A belief in a god, or some other silly thing, has no causal bedrock you can reach. People believe in it because they were taught to believe it, by someone who in turn was taught by someone else. There's no independent fact checking or verification anywhere along the way.

People believe in religions and conspiracy theories because they want to believe. They want to think they know something other people don't. They want the comfort of believing there's a plan, even if it's a malicious plan, because it's at least comprehensible. The truth that we're just a bunch of apes stumbling through a dark, largely arbitrary universe, is too scary to fathom for some people.

For others it's emotional. Not so much on the conspiracy side, but on the religious side. They want to believe they are going to be reunited with loved ones in an afterlife, or that there's some powerful being who will never let them down like their dad who went out for cigarettes and never returned.

Anyway, this is why we have the scientific method, and why science is such a team effort. We can check each other's work for bullshit, personal bias, etc.
 
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News Comments > Steam Halloween Sale Begins
5. Re: Steam Halloween Sale Begins Oct 26, 2017, 23:43 NKD
 
These sales started to lose their luster once I hit about 500 games in my library. You have most everything worth buying at that point. Some people have upwards of 1000 games, but to do that you need to buy a lot of real garbage.

Some sales will go by without me spending even a dollar.

That said, that's hardly a bad thing. Probably 90% of my library was acquired at some reasonably big discount.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
3. Re: Into the Black Oct 26, 2017, 22:18 NKD
 
Saw another (less cheesy) video some time back by some film and photography nerd explaining this. People have all kinds of crazy explanations for why traveling to the moon is impossible, or would have been impossible back then. But it's actually simpler and requires less specialized knowledge to simply prove that what we saw was impossible to fake back then, and in some cases, still impossible to fake.  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Re: etc., etc. Oct 26, 2017, 22:08 NKD
 
Well at least they are doing SOMETHING to help wrap up the Andromeda storyline. Really bad form to leave so many major plot points hanging. Still very hesitant to buy any games from Bioware in the future. I can look past the technical flaws in Andromeda, and even to some extent the troubled developmnt cycle, but cutting and running so you can take all the staff for some other game is super fucking scummy.

Mass Effect deserves better treatment.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
14. Re: Op Ed Oct 26, 2017, 17:43 NKD
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 26, 2017, 15:53:
NKD wrote on Oct 26, 2017, 15:29:
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 26, 2017, 14:48:
jdreyer wrote on Oct 26, 2017, 14:15:
"He knew what he was signing up for"
too soon

It's never too soon for "the best words."

JD has has a good brain and has said a lot of things.

"You know people don't understand, I went to an Ivy League college. I was a nice student. I did very well. I'm a very intelligent person."


I was literally JUST watching that disaster again like 30 seconds ago.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 26, 2017, 15:31 NKD
 
DangerDog wrote on Oct 26, 2017, 12:55:
Would rather see the release of the documents surrounding Roswell UFO incident - without redaction. Maybe something about Hanger 18.


I think the Roswell UFO incident was manufactured 30 years after the fact by some guy looking to sell his book.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
12. Re: Op Ed Oct 26, 2017, 15:29 NKD
 
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 26, 2017, 14:48:
jdreyer wrote on Oct 26, 2017, 14:15:
"He knew what he was signing up for"
too soon

It's never too soon for "the best words."

JD has has a good brain and has said a lot of things.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
14. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 26, 2017, 00:21 NKD
 
Witcher 3 is held up as an example far too often. It's an outlier. It's like saying "You can make a successful MMO if you're good at making MMOs, just look at World of Warcraft."

Witcher 3 had a lot of stuff going for it that other games aren't going to have. Not the least of which is a dev studio that can put up a decent budget but is self-published and doesn't have to worry about publisher pressure. This, combined with whatever they make off GOG, lets them do a 5 year dev cycle on a single game.

They are going to be able to continue to make one game every 5-6 years, similar to how Bethesda does. Doing a AAA single player game right takes a long time and a lot of money. No one is worried that these types of studios are dying off. The concern is that they are going to be the only ones left other than indies making single-player games.

And that does seem to be the direction things are headed.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
1. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Oct 25, 2017, 20:26 NKD
 
All of PragerU's videos should have a huge WARNING: RETARDED CONTENT WITHIN plastered on it. Typical religious propaganda house.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 25, 2017, 19:14 NKD
 
Thankfully I doubt anyone is dumb enough to take medical advice (or any kind of advice) from Cutter. If you want to know the best way to treat whatever medical problem you have, talk to a fucking doctor. Not some internet assclowns who have only anecdotes.  
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News Comments > Third-Party Overlays Versus Destiny 2
16. Re: Third-Party Overlays Versus Destiny 2 Oct 25, 2017, 19:11 NKD
 
KTR wrote on Oct 25, 2017, 14:50:
https://www.bungie.net/en/News/Article/46426

Apparently these fugboys used hacks during the beta.

Bungie waited for them to buy the game so they can be given a permanent ban.

4D chess, GGWP.

Aha. That explains why there were a few videos of people just playing the game normally and getting banned right there on stream. They had cheated, but it was in beta.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 25, 2017, 18:37 NKD
 
Oh man I wish I had a tablet when I was under 8 years old. Could have been browsing that thing instead of sitting in a dusty attic reading books and breathing in fiberglass and/or asbestos.  
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News Comments > Metal Gear Survive in February
3. Re: Metal Gear Survive in February Oct 25, 2017, 14:43 NKD
 
Is it a pachinko machine?  
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
13. Re: Morning Interviews Oct 25, 2017, 14:24 NKD
 
Beamer wrote on Oct 25, 2017, 12:09:
NKD wrote on Oct 25, 2017, 11:30:
"How Zoe Quinn capitalized on Gamergate and lived to take in Patreon bux."

That would more be that Canadian professor Jordan whatever. All he does is whine about identity politics, and makes an estimated $60,000 per month on Patreon to do so. $60,000 per month! I'll whine about whatever people want me to for $60,000 per month.

I think that guy came on the scene long after Gamergate died down. I hadn't heard of him until last year. He's more of an invention of the Trumpian green frog brigade. Makes sense, considering the Trumpsters are the right wing version of SJWs, with all the trimmings. Patreon VictimBux, identity politics, claiming that every accurate depiction of them is a strawman, etc.

That's the worst thing to come out of identity politics: The right discovering that it works better for them than it does for the left. They can make more money, and actually get people elected. There's never going to be some absurd SJW lefty who is going to pull a Trump and get elected despite being completely fucking incompetent. The strategy only works on the right because of the combination of identity politics AND majority voting power.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
1. Re: Morning Interviews Oct 25, 2017, 11:30 NKD
 
"How Zoe Quinn capitalized on Gamergate and lived to take in Patreon bux."  
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News Comments > Third-Party Overlays Versus Destiny 2
1. Re: Third-Party Overlays Versus Destiny 2 Oct 25, 2017, 11:29 NKD
 
Way too many reports of bans for this just to be some cheaters crying. And of course Bungie denies there's any problem.  
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
2. Re: Evening Interviews Oct 24, 2017, 21:52 NKD
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 24, 2017, 21:19:
Ex-Visceral dev either falls for clickbait article or is desperate for attention himself.

It's a good thing no one here would ever do that.
 
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News Comments > Destiny 2 for Windows Released
4. Re: Destiny 2 for Windows Released Oct 24, 2017, 21:37 NKD
 
Not many reviews from anywhere relevant on Metacritic it looks like. That said, this probably won't be something for me.  
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News Comments > Newegg in Hot Water
36. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Oct 24, 2017, 21:23 NKD
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 24, 2017, 21:05:
NKD wrote on Oct 24, 2017, 19:26:

I always buy the listing that says "Ships from and sold by Amazon.com." so that I can get my free Prime shipping. If it comes from another retailer it will say, and you won't get Free Prime Shipping unless they have Amazon doing their fulfillment (i.e. the product sits in an Amazon warehouse.)
So still packed and shipped by slave labor.

I do imagine that moving boxes around a warehouse is a pretty low paying job, and one that probably won't exist for much longer.
 
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News Comments > Play Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for Free
2. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 24, 2017, 21:18 NKD
 
I really liked the game. It's an odd one though. It's a lengthy game as these types of games go, but at the same time feels like its just the first act of a larger story. It's clear they put a lot of effort into the game and didn't rush it out the door, but for some reason that effort didn't extend to the story.

For $15 it's worth it I think.
 
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