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News Comments > Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Sequel Plans?
16. Re: Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Sequel Plans? Aug 14, 2016, 20:51 NKD
 
ItBurn wrote on Aug 14, 2016, 20:42:
What??? 2D isometric game? Witcher-like? You guys are crazy. VTMB was amazing because it was what it was. Sure, some elements can be translated into other types of games, but you'll lose the sum of its parts. One thing's for certain: it needs to be first person. Being somewhat linear is also pretty important. Maybe if they make a successful sequel they can start thinking about making it open world or changing some aspects of the game. I liked all the Witcher games, but nowhere near as much as VTMB.

Yeah, I agree. The overall structure and presentation of VTMB was a large part of why it worked despite all its technical and production value shortcomings. Trying to make an isometric RPG or some non-linear sandbox game would just poop all over it.
 
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News Comments > Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Sequel Plans?
9. Re: Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Sequel Plans? Aug 14, 2016, 15:52 NKD
 
Please make another VtM game. Pleeeeasseeee.  
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Aug 13, 2016, 19:39 NKD
 
Quboid wrote on Aug 13, 2016, 18:09:

I can't think of anyone involved who I would consider credible. Is TotalBiscuit involved? He's pretty good. I don't think Sarkeesian is the devil but I don't consider her particularly credible either - when I've disputed criticism of her, it's because I didn't agree with the specific criticism.

Nah TotalBiscuit and Sarkeesian aren't tangled up in any of this garbage. Very early on TotalBiscuit said some stuff regarding GamerGate as far as saying that people shouldn't dismiss the need for more credible games journalism just because of the smears on GamerGate that were going on at the time. But he moved on when the rest of the mainstream media did.

I think Sarkeesian is a scam artist who produces too little for the amount of money she gets but she definitely doesn't stoop to hanging out with all these mental patients in their little chat rooms. She's smart enough to try and stay mainstream, and doesn't have a checkered past to haunt her. The two things get conflated a bit by ignorant journalists but Sarkeesian's shitshow isn't really related to the whole GamerGate debacle.

Almost all of the drama still coming out comes from this little cult of a dozen or so Twitter addicts. It's the same familiar faces every damn time.

This comment was edited on Aug 13, 2016, 19:45.
 
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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Aug 13, 2016, 15:46 NKD
 
That dox thing isn't surprising.

A lot of the prominent "Anti-GamerGate" folks have branded themselves as "Internet Abuse Specialists" or whatever, as if they have some actual business that does something real to help people. They don't.

It's just a way of marketing themselves in such a way that they appear to be experts in a field. But it's a field that doesn't exist. This way they have better chances at being interviewed about things and setting up whatever narratives they want. More importantly, it helps them get donations as they appear to be doing something instead of just panhandling.

But if you actually look into these people and their pasts, "Internet Abuse Specialists" actually seems pretty accurate, if you mean that they specialize in abusing people on the Internet. People like Zoe Quinn, Mandi Harpoons, and Sarah Nyberg all have lengthy histories of being associated with communities known for doxxing, harassing, and just generally being shitty edgelords.

In short, they are people who spent years being liked by nobody, and lashing out at everyone. But that doesn't pay for their meth habits.

Now many years later they flip the script. Now they position themselves as victims and the advocates for victims, and rake in the Patreon bucks from people with a lot of money who want to feel like they are doing something good without actually doing anything. They are still reprehensible human beings, but positioning themselves as victims and sticking together makes it impossible for anyone of importance to criticize them or point out their shittiness. You can't do so without being dogpiled, doxxed, and run off the Internet.

It's just a creepy little Internet cult no different from any of the others. They use the same shitty tactics to harass people they don't like and get attention and donations for themselves.
 
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News Comments > No Man's Sky Released
56. Re: No Man's Sky Released Aug 13, 2016, 11:29 NKD
 
thecakeisalie wrote on Aug 13, 2016, 10:41:
NKD wrote on Aug 13, 2016, 05:33:
Saw this on reddit. Apparently Metacritic is getting bombed with fake positive reviews.

One guy made the joke that the user reviews are procedurally generated.

They probably hired some astroturfing company out of Russia or some other dark corner that specializes in social media. I posted on an MMO forum about the game and got attacked by someone who almost literally copy/pasted the same bullshit response to any criticism of the game.

They are just trying to Correct The Record (TM)!!
 
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News Comments > No Man's Sky Released
43. Re: No Man's Sky Released Aug 13, 2016, 05:33 NKD
 
Saw this on reddit. Apparently Metacritic is getting bombed with fake positive reviews.

One guy made the joke that the user reviews are procedurally generated.
 
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News Comments > No Man's Sky Released
4. Re: No Man's Sky Released Aug 12, 2016, 19:02 NKD
 
Garbage game. This was actually the first time I've used Steam refund though so it served as a good chance to test it out. Only took a few hours to get my refund processed.

Terrible performance. Terrible interface. The most distracting and nauseating graphical effect, the chromatic aberration, cannot be disabled.
 
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News Comments > Police Simulator Law Enforcement Announced
1. Re: Police Simulator Law Enforcement Announced Aug 12, 2016, 18:58 NKD
 
The last thing I want to simulate is the national embarassment that is US law enforcement.  
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News Comments > No Man's Sky Launch & Workarounds
27. Re: No Man's Sky Launch & Workarounds Aug 12, 2016, 15:01 NKD
 
Purchased it. Performance is incredibly shit on my monster computer even at medium settings with no AA. Interface is also pure console shit. Frequent crashes.

Steam refund processing. If Steam refunds didn't exist I wouldn't have even tried it out. This is a $10-15 game IMHO.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 12, 2016, 12:52 NKD
 
Meanwhile at AMD...


Seriously though if AMD doesn't get their shit together NVIDIA will go from "The way its meant to be played." to "Literally the only way it can be played."
 
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News Comments > No Man's Sky Launch & Workarounds
12. Re: No Man's Sky Launch & Workarounds Aug 12, 2016, 12:31 NKD
 
Moog wrote on Aug 12, 2016, 11:55:

I thought it was traditional to QA a product *before* release!

Oooohohohoho. I don't know when that was.
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Specs and Preloads
16. Re: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Specs and Preloads Aug 12, 2016, 01:32 NKD
 
I always get a laugh out of how arbitrary system requirements are. Sometimes companies shoot for the moon on these things and you end up being able to get acceptable performance and quality on a much weaker system than recommmended. Other times even the recommended system struggles. And the minimum is sometimes a lot less minimum than other times.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 6, 2016, 03:58 NKD
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 6, 2016, 00:30:
That's 159m people who should rather be using uBlock Origin than supporting the scam outfit that runs AdBlock Plus, also, you can't block a browser plugin.. but don't tell that the Chinese firewall.

Yeah I really doubt anyone even remotely tech-savvy is going to be stopped by this.
 
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News Comments > Activision Blizzard Financials: 15M Overwatch Players
4. Re: Activision Blizzard Financials: 15M Overwatch Players Aug 4, 2016, 21:34 NKD
 
Retired wrote on Aug 4, 2016, 21:14:
I never understood why they bother giving Non-GAAP numbers. It doesn't take into account any labor expenses. Oh yea, puff their chest up and make it look better than it actually is. They don't pay out on Non-GAAP amounts to shareholders, so it is a waste of time.

Even the FASB official literature doesn't outright poo-poo non-GAAP reporting. It can be useful on a meta analysis level. Though you are correct that it's not really a great indicator of returns on its own.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
6. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 4, 2016, 00:42 NKD
 
Wallshadows wrote on Aug 3, 2016, 14:56:
I'd go to that pub. Let the little shitters find another spot while he gains a more interesting crowd.

A more interesting crowd? Ehh I'm not so sure.

Wouldn't a bar that goes out of its way to advertise itself as a "no cell phone" area attract a really unpleasant crowd?

The "cell phones are ruining the world" types are not exactly the most easy-going and pleasant bunch of people in the world. It's mostly a lot of really opinionated elderly Luddites with strong conservative political opinions.
 
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News Comments > New Titan X Released
23. Re: New Titan X Released Aug 3, 2016, 17:47 NKD
 
Shineyguy wrote on Aug 3, 2016, 09:28:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 3, 2016, 05:16:
Man, can't wait to build my quad-SLI Titan X machine. My Vive will run like buttah.

Too bad SLI is now limited to two cards unless you're benchmarking..

Also too bad SLI doesn't work with Vive currently... jdreyer's dream is dead. At least for the time being.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
12. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 3, 2016, 17:03 NKD
 
Wallshadows wrote on Aug 3, 2016, 09:53:
Folks will be tuning in to the Olympics to simply believe it's actually happening in Rio. It's like slowing down at an accident to have a look.

I'm sure most of whats aired will be properly sanitized to look better. More properly sanitized than anything the athletes are forced to touch, anyway.

What a fucking mess. Anyone defending that clusterfuck should be ashamed.
 
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News Comments > BioWare Forums Closing
4. Re: BioWare Forums Closing Jul 29, 2016, 21:02 NKD
 
A lot of companies have found they can save a little bit of money by closing their forums and firing their forum moderators. They rely on Steam and a game-specific subreddit with volunteer moderators to serve as their community.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 29, 2016, 14:28 NKD
 
B5 curse continues. Very sad. Just finished rewatching the series a couple weeks ago. I didn't much care for Jerry's politics but sometimes listened to his radio show anyway because I liked the dude.

Here's hoping it's a long time before any more of the cast move beyond the rim.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 20, 2016, 13:08 NKD
 
Not familiar with this guy but people would do well to get away from Twitter anyway.  
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