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News Comments > etc., etc.
10. Re: etc., etc. Oct 28, 2014, 22:28 PropheT
Beamer wrote on Oct 28, 2014, 21:26:
More like what Breitbart called them.
Again, the whole "gamers are dead" thing was about banishing that stereotype, not enforcing it. It's very sad that the reaction was really, really clustering around it and proving that "Gamers" aren't dead, and the stereotype is still true for many extremely loud people.

That's because "gamer" to the kind of people who read gaming sites are hardcore gamers, which is probably a more fair usage of the term than the broadened description of it that's been adopted by certain parts of the industry to fudge the numbers by including your grandma picking up Candy Crush once or twice last year.

The ridiculous part of it, and why the blowback was what it was, is that some of the gaming sites picked up on that and keep repeating it as if their clientele isn't the predominantly male hardcore demographic that was being dismissed. It's hard to banish the stereotype when the people who are reading the sites publishing that article are by and large the people who fit the description of the crowd that's 'over'.

It'd be like Blue posting here about how the PC-centric crowd is over in this age of console gaming, and that the male-oriented PC enthusiast content is a thing of the past that only a dying breed cares about. There's enough evidence to make a case for it (whether true or not doesn't matter), but the vast majority of the people reading and commenting would be male PC enthusiasts... it's not hard to figure out how the discussion on it would go.
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News Comments > PC Valkyria Chronicles Confirmed
11. Re: PC Valkyria Chronicles Confirmed Oct 28, 2014, 15:11 PropheT
The story is way too anime for me, but the game was really good.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
3. Re: Into the Black Oct 27, 2014, 21:28 PropheT
Sounds good to me, I love Doctor Strange and he seems like he'd be a good fit for it.  
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Oct 26, 2014, 12:02 PropheT
Julio wrote on Oct 26, 2014, 11:40:
And one more reason to not purchase DA3 is provided - thanks Gaider!

Did you even read what he said?

I agree with most of it, even though I definitely don't care for her message. The part where he's wrong is the part about why anyone who disagrees should even care, and that part seems pretty obvious to me when even if you want nothing to do with it the mainstream media and not just gaming media is covering it now.

Anyway, you might want to actually read the article instead of just condemning anyone with a different viewpoint out of hand.
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News Comments > Golden Joystick Winners
4. Re: Golden Joystick Winners Oct 24, 2014, 21:32 PropheT
Beamer wrote on Oct 24, 2014, 21:04:

Well, Anita is the only one of those I'd ever heard of other than Pewdiepie.
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News Comments > Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Released
34. Re: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Released Oct 24, 2014, 18:01 PropheT
mixma242 wrote on Oct 24, 2014, 11:24:
I feel 'meh' about it. I actually managed to win on my first play through on the 'normal' setting. As in no restarts for a better landing spot or reload because I did something stupid or got surprised in combat or something. I have been playing ever Civ since the original (including AC) and I never would have been able to do that with any of the others. The devs have said that at higher difficulty there is no different AI logic...

Satellites seemed interesting but not necessary, as was diplomacy. I didn't need any of the higher end techs other than to achieve my victory type. I only did a minimal number of quests.

It took me just under 400 turns / 11 hours to achieve the Harmony Trancendence victory. Last 100 turns / hour or two was waiting on stuff to be researched/built and waiting on the PC to take its turn.

I didn't think it was any easier or harder than Civ5 on the same settings. Playing on the default difficulty when it starts your game is just the 2nd (Chieftain in earlier Civs, I think?), so it's not very hard; losing on any of the lower difficulties is fairly tough if you've ever played Civ before. 400 turns seems like a lot, too, since I finished in just over 300 and was actually competing for victory conditions at the end with another civ even at the newbie difficulty.

The aliens are definitely harder to deal with than barbarians in Civ usually are. Siege Worms on early turns are all but impossible to get rid of and they'll screw up your trade routes any chance they get; if you have bad luck with alien nest spawns you can be up to your ears in aliens that, even if they're not aggressive to you, still disrupt anything you need to do outside of your territory. Even if you burn the nests they have a tendency to come back in the same spots if you haven't put something down to prevent it, too.

Satellites are necessary depending on what you're doing and your luck with the map. Miasma negation satellites can be pretty important. Defense satellites are great, and definitely a must on higher difficulties if you're having trouble defending your territory.

Other civilizations are more aggressive than they are in Civ 5 from what I've seen, too. If they don't like you blasting aliens, they'll tell you or may attack you if they're a Harmony civ and you're Supremeacy or Purity since you probably won't change your evil ways. They have personalities, as well; ARC is a corporate power, and can be an aggressive empire builder, Brazilia is an aggressive military power a la Moctezuma, Africa is Ghandi-esque right down to the wishy-washy bipolar diplomacy, etc. etc so each game can play out fairly differently.

Once you get some more time to tweak the game and play with it I think you'll like it.

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News Comments > Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Released
3. Re: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Released Oct 24, 2014, 10:23 PropheT
It takes some adjusting to figure out what everything is, but Alpha Centauri was like that too. The tech tree is a bit arcane and civ health/happiness is harder to manage across multiple cities than it is in Civ 5 for sure, but after a few complete games I'd imagine everything will flow just as well.

I like it really well so far. You can't just out-tech other civs for military pursuits, the quests are brief but involve you in what's going on and give you choices, and even the non-combat victory conditions seem to require more to complete than just ramping up and super specializing in winning by those means at any cost. It's sort of impossible to judge a Civ game from one night of playing it but I'm happy with what I got up to this point.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 23, 2014, 11:36 PropheT
I was one of the only weirdos on earth that didn't really care for the Avengers I think, so I wasn't all that hyped for the sequel... but good lard that Age of Ultron trailer is incredible.  
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News Comments > New GeForce Drivers
7. Re: New GeForce Drivers Oct 22, 2014, 23:48 PropheT
PHJF wrote on Oct 22, 2014, 23:25:
The real question is, why would anyone with the money to be able to run games at 4K not be using a 4K monitor?

Depends on the game and the performance hit required to crank it up that much on a single card setup. Maybe for some older games it'll be nice.

Not that I disagree with your point, though, I can't imagine the functionality will be all that useful for anything other than as a marketing blurb. I run a 780, which I'd imagine is still far better than most systems out there, and 4k isn't really reasonable even with that.
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News Comments > Metallica to Close BlizzCon
14. Re: Metallica to Close BlizzCon Oct 21, 2014, 14:18 PropheT
InBlack wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 13:54:

Im definitely NOT a Metallica purist. I.E. I consider ALL of their albums great up to and including Reload. Different, yes. Still great though. The utter abortion of St. Anger and the abominable frankensteinian monster of Death Magnetic were shit. Utter shit.

What about Lulu? Everyone likes Lulu.

Heheheh. Heh. Sigh.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
10. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 21, 2014, 11:17 PropheT
SpectralMeat wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 10:29:
It blows my mind how some Chinese websites can offer free shipping on items that costs less than $1!

I had a monitor I bought from South Korea sent to me here in the U.S., and the shipping label when I got it was $12 if I remember right. I was amazed at how little it cost to ship it, and it was only 3 days to arrive from the time I ordered it.
From Canada, though... it's nuts, customs delays everything way more than it should and I mostly quit buying things from up there because of the shipping costs -- unless it's sent by DHL, and they like to play football with anything they carry.
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
17. Re: Evening Interviews Oct 21, 2014, 00:45 PropheT
sdgundamx wrote on Oct 21, 2014, 00:10:
I haven't seen Gotham or Arrow, but my officemate says Arrow is kind of one those "guilty pleasure"-type shows: not great but reasonably enjoyable if you're willing to just kinda go with it.

I love Arrow, it's one of the few shows I really have gotten into. It's on Netflix so it's worth checking out if you have an account there, just make sure and stick with it when it feels like a bit of a lull in the middle of the first season as it gets much better toward the end.

My wife was telling me about Gotham earlier tonight and that she just didn't care for it at all, but I haven't had a chance to see it yet myself.

The Flash is actually pretty good. It's a bit more on the light-hearted side than Arrow is, but it's enjoyable so far.
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News Comments > Sunday Interviews
15. Re: Sunday Interviews Oct 19, 2014, 16:49 PropheT
Beamer wrote on Oct 19, 2014, 16:25:
Except she's not trying to censor anything or force anything or ban anything. She's not trying to pass legislation and not trying to outlaw anything.

Bullshit. 'We're Going to Fix This' very pointedly means 'We're Going to Fix This In the Image I Deem Fit' and you and everyone else who's ever read anything she's written knows it.

You don't have to have veto power to get things banned these days, you just have to raise enough of a stink to sway the mob in your favor. It's not a protest for legal action, it's a call to arms for a witch hunt... it's worse than Jack Thompson, because nobody with a clear mind and conscience is going to have to examine facts and succeed with a vote on this. You either go with what she does or get declared a misogynist witch for not supporting her and her witch hunt.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
6. Re: Steam Top 10 Oct 19, 2014, 16:35 PropheT
Civ finally coming this next week  
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News Comments > etc.
7. Re: etc. Oct 16, 2014, 11:52 PropheT
BitWraith wrote on Oct 16, 2014, 10:14:
I was under the impression GamerGate was about Quinn sleeping with journalists, and journalistic integrity overall? Did I miss something? When did it become about feminism?

The message changed when it was taken over as a Twitter hashtag and used to encompass the entire Sarkeesian thing instead of gaming journalism. I'm fairly convinced that by this point it's just everyday internet assholery that really has nothing to do with gaming, or Gamergate, other than having the #Gamergate tag attached to it on Twitter.

It seems to me that people who were concerned about gaming and games journalism abandoned all this a while ago already.

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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
2. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Oct 16, 2014, 11:43 PropheT
Human Resources Kickstarter page

Kind of an interesting RTS take by the guys who made Monday Night Combat and Planetary Annihilation. The video makes it look pretty neat; not Ground Control, but in the same vein I suppose.
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News Comments > etc., etc.
17. Re: etc., etc. Oct 15, 2014, 02:17 PropheT
saluk wrote on Oct 14, 2014, 22:22:
These threats aren't fake. So many women with any kind of platform get these things all the time.

Anyone with a controversial and/or public platform does, not just women...wasn't too long ago that the hacker group called in a bomb threat to John Smedley's plane, which could be pointed at as another gamer-related incident even though I doubt many actual gamers would want to claim those assholes as their own.
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News Comments > etc., etc.
9. Re: etc., etc. Oct 14, 2014, 22:01 PropheT
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 14, 2014, 21:35:
I still don't get what some less than moral girls sex life has to do with gamergate. #Gamergate was the response to the massive swell of unprofessional opinion pieces pushed into the news feed without declaration (as happened on Gamasutra, which they now try to retcon by claiming it was an editorial.. except when the chief editor puts a news piece on the front page, that is NOT an OPED, that is site stance aka, opinionated news)

Some dicks that really aren't even related to gaming or gamers or the actual concerns of the issue anyway hijacked the tag on Twitter to use it for their dumbassery-laden tirades against Sarkeesian, and she's more or less embraced it as fuel for her crusade because there's no better way to make her point than to be a victim. The morons doing it apparently haven't realized that they're almost exclusively responsible for keeping her relevant.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 14, 2014, 10:39 PropheT
The Civil War storyline was great in the comics, it should be pretty good for the movies. Not sure people will like how it ends, though, unless they change something up.  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: etc., etc. Oct 13, 2014, 19:20 PropheT
Wallshadows wrote on Oct 13, 2014, 18:40:
All this shit that Paul W.S. Anderson worked on tarnished the series more than anything ever could have so I hope it's a clean reboot rather than build on whatever the hell they have planned for the, what, sixth movie or something?

To be fair, this is a series starring Jill the Master of Unlocking, BARRRRRYYYY!!!, a boulder-punching Chris Redfield and so on. It's not like it's even sort of fantastic story material that they're starting with in the first place.
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