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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Delayed
16. Re: Pillars of Eternity Delayed Oct 3, 2014, 08:10 yuastnav
Meh, I'm playing and enjoying Wasteland 2, I can wait.  
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
6. Re: Evening Safety Dance Sep 28, 2014, 13:20 yuastnav
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 27, 2014, 22:39:
Is this the open source security apocalypse? These things are used by billion $ corporations and they don't audit them first? What the actual hell.

btw, on my Android tablet with Cyanogen mod 11 nightly the vuln also exists. Gonna need an update too heh...

Audit? What do you mean by that?
You don't have a checklist of ALL possible ways you can attack something because it's up to the fantasy of attacker to find a new way. Of course there are specifications for how secure something should be but that doesn't mean that it's bulletproof, open source or not.
You are actually lucky that you can read about it BECAUSE it's open source. Do you think every company that writes closed source software discloses every vulnerability it ever had that was (not) patched?
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 24, 2014, 14:18 yuastnav
I will never understand people's fascination with Gnome.

I use e19. If I didn't have that I'd use KDE. Or fluxbox. Or something like that.

Gnome... Why??? D: D: D:
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
5. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Sep 18, 2014, 14:20 yuastnav
Cutter wrote on Sep 18, 2014, 10:45:
Ok, really. All this PC shit going on of late really, really, really, really, really, really needs to stop.

“Gaming has become kind of xenophobic, and almost rightly so, because people want to protect their own and ‘keep it within the family,’” Conn said. “But I don’t think that should mean that we can’t grow either. It seems like there are a lot of people who resist even the idea that a lot of culture isn’t exactly the most friendly to women or gays or queer people in general. But there are small changes that I think won’t affect most people—that won’t harm the culture of gaming—but will make a lot of other people feel a lot better and more welcome and accepted.”

Yeah, we get it already. We've got it for decades now. If we're white heterosexual males we're monsters oppressing everyone else and making their lives a living hell. Well, I guess we may as well go out and join the Klan and Nazi parties in that case seeing as we're all so evil to begin with. Woops, the Satanists too. Musn't forget that we have to join the Church of Satan as well.

You know, that's how you interpret it.
I'm not free from sin but somehow when I read something like that I don't feel guilty because I don't feel spoken to, even though I'm a heterosexual white male.
It speaks volumes that you always get pissed off about these things, as if it hits too close to home. How many skeletons do you hide in your closet?
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News Comments > MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed
9. Re: MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed Sep 15, 2014, 10:37 yuastnav
Elf Shot The Food wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 10:33:

When I read the article I had to check the date to make sure it's not April the 1st 'cause it damn sure reads like it is.
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Launch Pricing and Preorder Bonus
61. Re: Elite: Dangerous Launch Pricing and Preorder Bonus Sep 13, 2014, 16:18 yuastnav
So I finally decided to buy this game and started playing it a few minutes ago. My first Elite game. Am playing with mouse and keyboard and I managed to dock properly on my very first try. Yay. Feel so proud.
I do have a Thrustmaster T.16000 but I'm not sure whether I am going to use it.

By the way, what key do I use when I'm in a sub-menu (like in the menu where you request docking permission) and I want to go back?

And is there a way to use the mouse inside the cockpit? For example in the X games you can press a button which detaches the mouse from steering the ship and gives you a mouse cursor so you can click around.
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
10. Re: Evening Mobilization Sep 12, 2014, 03:07 yuastnav
So is that how it works nowadays? If you don't like what someone has to say you just call him a troll and basically try to kill all discussion because you don't want to admit you're wrong?  
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News Comments > Op Ed
9. Re: Op Ed Sep 8, 2014, 11:58 yuastnav
Yes people, please whine even more. Your tears are delicious.

And before anyone says anything: Instead of writing something constructive I decided to continue on the level set by the lovely people who posted before me.
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News Comments > Sims 4 Pirate Copies Pixelated
27. Re: Sims 4 Pirate Copies Pixelated Sep 4, 2014, 16:02 yuastnav
Meh, I picked up Sims 3 during one of the last Steam sales and played it for a bit. I actually liked it.
What intrigues me about games like these is the simulation underneath. You shape the world in some way and try to control the lives of your sims but the interesting part is watching how everything plays out. I have the same fascination with Dwarf Fortress.
Unfortunately the algorithms that drive the sims in the Sims games aren't that sophisticated and it doesn't seem like it's the focus of the devs.
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News Comments > Gratuitous Space Battles 2 Video
3. Re: Gratuitous Space Battles 2 Video Sep 3, 2014, 07:56 yuastnav
Yeah, Nexus: The Jupiter incident is awesome. I never finished the game, though, even though I started it like three times or so and every time I got a little further.
Hmm, same thing happened to me with Fallout: Tactics, now that I think about it.

GSB2 looks as boring as the other Gratuitous games.
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News Comments > The Sims 4 and Patch Released
13. Re: The Sims 4 and Patch Released Sep 3, 2014, 07:53 yuastnav
JSP wrote on Sep 3, 2014, 07:20:
In addition, no 64-bit support (usable RAM still limited to 3.5 Gb)

Are you serious? Was this game made in the 90s or something?
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News Comments > Op Ed
19. Re: Op Ed Sep 1, 2014, 19:12 yuastnav
I'm still curious, what was the reason to use the CryEngine for this game? I thought that a space sim would require its own engine more than any other genre.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
244. Re: Op Ed Aug 31, 2014, 19:34 yuastnav
Yes, this is semantics but in this case it is important because to me a study is a peer-reviewed publication. As far as I know this was the case when it came to the video game violence debate (however flawed the review process may have been; also I may remember this not correctly) but in this case it is just a series of videos that may serve as an educational resource but is in no way scientific.
Textbooks are not necessarily scientific, at least that has been my experience a few times. Hell, look at creationism and intelligent design.
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News Comments > Op Ed
240. Re: Op Ed Aug 31, 2014, 18:54 yuastnav
It's still not the same because she doesn't claim it's a study.
Although I agree that the thought that media influences your behaviour and thinking has merit.
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News Comments > Op Ed
236. Re: Op Ed Aug 31, 2014, 17:38 yuastnav
Or it could be that these are two completely different issues.

On one hand you had so-called studies which tried to link violence to video games.
On the other hand you have someone focusing on a specific trope and pointing out a number of video games which use this trope. Not a study. And is not trying to say that video games lead to sexist behaviour.

I don't really get the comparison with Jack Thompson.
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News Comments > Saturday Previews
14. Re: Saturday Previews Aug 31, 2014, 09:39 yuastnav
Ozmodan wrote on Aug 30, 2014, 17:16:
A flight simulator in space just feels outright wrong. Why are so many space games so flawed?

Yeah, I always want to have as much realism as possible sensible in a video game but then I tried "Babylon 5: I've found her" and this one other free multiplayer game from Microsoft, forgot its name...
Anyway, flying without an atmosphere slowing you down and constantly battling against inertia is so damn tiring. Dogfighting in a space simulation doesn't make any sense whatsoever but the alternative is just utterly tedious.
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News Comments > Op Ed
196. Re: Op Ed Aug 30, 2014, 19:13 yuastnav
Looks like someone has replaced ASeven by a bot that posts links.  
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
73. Re: Evening Interviews Aug 28, 2014, 20:24 yuastnav
Cpmartins wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 20:14:
The only video I linked was to Anita's one.

It would be nice? Why'd it be nice? So every writer out there should include both sexes in relevant positions because that'd "be nice?". And here we come to the problem don't we. I don't want people to be nice. I want them to be good. If someone makes a game about a woman murdering every single men out there for her own enjoyment I wouldn't try to tell them that's wrong. I just maybe wouldn't buy it (who knows, it may be a good enough game, and I might even do buy it), and move on. I don't believe for one second anyone would be influenced by it and would start showing misandry towards men because of it. And that's the whole point in anita's videos. She told us barefaced that the games ARE influencing us. I don't know about you, but I am no sheep.

First of all, you will be influenced. But I am nit-picking because I am not saying that you will be influenced in any noteworthy way. But we're all always influenced by the media we consume, regardless of how much it changes. Again, just nit-picking.

One problem with what you described is is that sexism (and racism etc.) is asymmetric. Historically speaking women were suppressed and that's why a game about a woman murdering men wouldn't be as problematic as the opposite.
Remember that you are circling out one group, one particular group, for whatever messed up reason you thought out. If it's a guy killing black dudes, it's racist. If it's a guy killing women, it's sexist. Women and black people were thought of as less worth and by making a game about something like that you are reinforcing that reasoning and giving it the merit it doesn't have.
As far as I understand that is a cultural thing, though. A friend told me that in Denmark people are much more open to homophobic and racist jokes and what not but that's probably because it's perceived differently.
If we were all completely unprejudiced and rational beings then having a game where a guy killed women or a women killed men would be no problem because we could shrug it off. But if we were that unprejudiced why would such a game even exist; where would it come from, what would be the source or the initial frame of reference for that idea? Only because it can?
I'm not sure about that.
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
71. Re: Evening Interviews Aug 28, 2014, 20:10 yuastnav
Redmask wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 19:54:
yuastnav wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 19:34:
Of course you need a means to get your point across. Like Anita. Though it looks like that she's not really useful as a vehicle for that since she has lost a lot of credibility.
Yes, her reasons may be selfish but rape threats? Come on. This is some fucked up stuff right there.

A dishonest message from people with questionable motives does no one any good. The fact that you would accept something blindly simply because it might have some lofty moral purpose in a very narrow context is troubling. As for these rape threats, I'd suggest you take a closer look at the evidence and decide if they're legitimate or not without just taking her word for it. She isn't even garnering these in actual games from gamers but instead through anonymous sources on twitter.

Who said that I accepted it blindly? I was of the opinion that a number of video games are sexist long before she even made her video. Her video just reinforced my believes because I saw that I wasn't the only one who thinks like that.
The problems that I have with her is that I don't agree with all the examples and that I don't how much of what she said is true and how much is a lie. Which links to another problem, i.e. her motives are suspect.
I thought that she might be on to something, that it could open up the discussion but I am not so sure anymore.

I have to admit that, also based on the problems I have outlined above, I didn't watch her latest videos and didn't follow what happened outside of that. That's also the reason why, when discussing this topic, I tried to make as few references to her as possible. Just because I don't know much about what's going at the moment. Same thing with Zoe.
What's important to me is the message, that there is sexism in video games, in the video games industry, in the tech industry etc. and that's what I'm concerned about.

What I will accept is that I was too quick to judge when the threats came in but that's because I take that seriously. Talking about morality on such a hypothetical level is one thing, spreading awareness about practical problems another but threats? Imagine it's real. It will really shake you up, especially on something that's so controversial. Religion and politics are not the only constructs that breed extremists.
So you may call me out on the fact that I was too gullible when I believed that the threat was true but I will stand by that. For now. There are a lot of fucked up people out there.

It would be sad to see if that was completely manufactured.

I am also jaded by real life experiences with seemingly smart people. I've talked to enough people and I've also witnessed enough situations where sexism was blatant. Often it's the same as with racism. If you call it out you'll hear "What? Me, a racist/sexist? No way!" People get defensive. And by calling it out I don't meant that I called them assholes or insulted that. Just comments like "Hey, you said/did that. Don't you think that was sexist? Here's a logical explanation why I think that way."
Add anonymity to that and what you get most of the time are trolls. If the person in question is more radical/extreme you got a problem.
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
69. Re: Evening Interviews Aug 28, 2014, 19:34 yuastnav
Redmask wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 19:03:
yuastnav wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 18:52:
As a compassionate being your first reaction shouldn't be one of irritation but of empathy. Maybe I am too gullible but as I said: that kind of callousness is not something I can readily comprehend.

That was many peoples first reaction. And second, third, fourth and then it started to become really obvious what was going on. People use terms like victim complex because that is exactly what is going on here.

Here's an uncomfortable truth. Men and women are different, they will never be treated as complete equals in all things. People tote around female demographics in the gaming industry but for the most part they are not playing the same kinds of games we are. We have female oriented television, movies, games and books just like we have male driven media.

People like Anita are not interested in equality. They are interested in their way of thinking being the dominant one. That is what pisses people off. There is no honest discussion going on, we are being spoken to and told what to do with this overriding idea that we are horrible people if we do not. I am tired of anyone telling me whats going on in my head with my morals based on some imagined lack of action on my part. So excuse me if I yawn when I see this sort of thing but I've seen it all before, several times already and been treated like shit by people who supposedly want my help, some which have been revealed as complete frauds.

I don't want to see anyone treated badly, male or female. But guess what? That's fucking life, especially on the internet. Bad things happen to good people, we do our best to minimize that and we move on. Some utter moron like Anita paints a target on her chest, eggs people on then plays the drama queen when something actually happens (and I'm not even convinced it did based on the evidence). That says nothing about you, me or anyone else. It says something about her.

This is where I disagree. Men and women are different but from that it doesn't necessarily follow that they should be treated differently.
What I am talking about is a hypothetical construct/standard that is unrealistic but which is needed as a sort of goal we can work towards.

There are female and male demographics and all that other stuff you mentioned but the question is why it is there. Of course the roots are historical and the big question is how much of it is scientifically accurate, i.e. in what ways men and women really differ as opposed to what children are taught when they are brought up.
If we take a stupid and simple example like high heels, we can see that it is related to the construct of female beauty. That construct is artificial, though, but it would look completely unnatural for us if men would be wearing high-heeled shoes. That is not something that is biologically or genetically a woman's thing but that is something we learned. That would also be the reason, as far as I see it, why feminists regard it as sexist (for the sake of honesty and open discussion I will state that I agree with that and that I consider myself a feminist).

I guess my opinion about how equal men and women should be, or what the term equal means, is just more extreme than yours.

As far as keyboard activism is concerned it is something that always makes me wonder. How else would you do it?
I can see several ways in how you can manipulate other people to think the way you do (here I assume the hypothesis that you think that your set of morals is the only correct one):
- By enforcing it through some kind of monarchical system or dictatorship
- By writing a really successful book that (secretly), through a clever rhetoric, tries to convince people to think the way you do
- By talking about it
- By bringing up your children with your set of standards

Some of them will be more effective than others, some will be more radical than others. Guess which is the easiest of these. You talk to people. You try to keep the discussion open, you try to get your point across and you try to convince people that what you think is right and that there is a problem.
In the grand scheme you could also have protests and stuff like that but it's easy to protest against a big entity or an institution like the government. It's not as easy to protest against half of the population. One problem is that people are susceptible to propaganda and to the media to varying degrees. Just look at all the ads and billboards and how the women look in these. This creates a false image in the head of all people that is difficult to remove.
The question then is why this is the case and who benefits from that. Who would want to have sexism in video games? Of course you'd also need to make a distinction between people who make sexist games because they don't know better and people who want to somehow benefit from that by... I dunno, giving someone a powerfantasy or something. I will admit that I have no apparent answer for that last point.

Of course you need a means to get your point across. Like Anita. Though it looks like that she's not really useful as a vehicle for that since she has lost a lot of credibility.
Yes, her reasons may be selfish but rape threats? Come on. This is some fucked up stuff right there.
Personally I'm also very stubborn. Yeah, bad things happen and that's part of life but that doesn't mean that we just leave it at that after it had happened so many times because every time something bad happens you have to fight it. Of course it's unrealistic and impractical (and more complicated) but the general gist stays the same.
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