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News Comments > EA "Wins" Consumerist Poll Again
10. Re: EA Apr 9, 2013, 21:59 PropheT
Saboth wrote on Apr 9, 2013, 21:17:
Because the contest is about consumer issues, and customers getting screwed by the company they do business with. BP oil spill? Didn't affect me in the least. It was terrible, and they handled it poorly, but as a consumer, it had absolutely zero impact on me. I read Consumerist almost daily, and there has really been very few companies that seem out to screw their customers like EA. Besides the many, many anti-consumer policies they've implemented over the past few years, let's simply use the case study of Simcity. They designed the game for always-on DRM then attempted to hide it behind "features and services" that no one asked for. Strike one. They bungled the launch, preventing the paying customers from accessing the product they paid for. Strike two. When some customers attempted to get a refund or do a charge back after spending $60 and getting a broken product in return, they were banned from their Origin accounts (massively anti-consumer, and honestly, probably illegal, despite what the EULA says). Strike three. There were even reports of customers calling in to Amazon to see what kind of "relief" they could get (refund, discount, a working game), and EA banned/blocked THOSE customers from their Origin account. The website is Consumerist, and it concerns consumer issues. EA is one of the most anti-consumer gaming companies, and honestly, one of the most anti-consumer companies around. Sure, there are companies that pollute, rape the environment, or treat their employees badly, but this contest does not really concern itself with those. It's "who is showing the least regard for the consumer" (despite the rather disingenuous title of "Worst Company in America").

They also fixed it fairly quickly, gave everyone affected a free game for their trouble, and apologized. In the end, all anyone had happen to them was that they couldn't play a game for a little while.

As for your strike 2, you realize that practically any online retailer you do a chargeback to will not do business with you again, right? Valve will ban you from Steam for doing the same thing there, since doing a chargeback is stating that you didn't receive the goods that you paid for, not that you were unhappy with them...which is why it isn't illegal for them to ban people for it.

Compare that to people who get screwed by Bank of America, who is paying out almost $10 billion in mortgage buyouts or cash for screwing people who got loans for the better part of the last decade. Look at Comcast, for the articles you see posted here almost as often as EA's despite this being a gaming site (same for Time-Warner). Carnival has been leaving people stuck at sea with only a "sorry" and a voucher for another one of their cruises, and a number of other issues that you don't see reported much.

It isn't who's showing the least regard for the consumer, it's who has the loudest group of people who hate them who are tied to the internet enough to load down online polls. Maybe the BoA haters aren't taking part in the poll because they don't have a house to post from, who knows.

I'm in agreement that it makes gamers look like whiny losers.
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News Comments > Op Ed
58. Re: Op Ed Apr 7, 2013, 12:54 PropheT
Flatline wrote on Apr 7, 2013, 03:01:
Wait, why do we have to have "girl games" and "guy games"? How about games that don't portray women as sexual fetishes, hyperbolic stereotypes, or victims? Surely teaching boys not to treat women as only being worthy of wank fodder can't be seen as a bad thing.

And as far as the industry being "male driven", at one point that was true, but women make up around half of gamers out there. And interestingly enough, they aren't looking to play My Little Pony- really little kids and college frat boys play MLP. The idea that women *need* "girl games" is in and of itself sexist and bigoted. Separate but equal was a shameful argument when it was about race, it's shameful here too.

Here. Come read this blog:

We have girl games and guy games for the same reason that Cosmopolitan is a women's magazing and Playboy is a men's. Should Cosmo start running articles for guys, and Playboy throwing in the occasional male centerfold to cater to a female audience? There's all kinds of other examples out there of stuff that caters to both, but the problem with rants like the one in the article is that they focus on the extremes to make an example, only applying the facts that fit their argument in order to even have an argument.

As far as teaching boys anything, most of these games are made for adults. "Think of the children" is always ridiculous when you're not specifically talking about children's things.

Women make up half of the gamers out there when you consider game types like phone games, facebook games, and others. Sure, they play Gears of War and so on, but there aren't even remotely close to equal numbers of men and women playing the hardcore games that are being talked about.

Removing "Implicit tolerance" doesn't mean complete acceptance of anything that isn't milquetoast. As for the blog, all I can say is whatever... people acting like dicks to people on the internet? You don't say. Sound black or asian on XBL? You'll get the same thing. Have a southern accent? Same thing. Not native english speaking? Good luck. There's a subset of people who will take any opportunity they can get to use the differences between them and their target to belittle whoever they're in contact with. It's prevalent in the gaming community because it's prevalent in the online community because it's prevalent in society...the filters on that idiocy are just turned off on the internet.

In short, what's your argument. What's your fix? Go through Steam right now and pick out the games that are misogynist using a definition other than that a woman shows cleavage in a picture. Start comparing what you find to books, magazines, movies, or popular music and then tell me that gaming is any different.
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News Comments > Op Ed
42. Re: Op Ed Apr 6, 2013, 22:22 PropheT
The reason I never get behind any of this, uh, crap is because it's so all-inclusive. Game shows bare breasts? Misogynist. Game has male lead characters, no female lead? Sexist. Rinse, repeat, for absolutely anything writer can find to support that argument.

It's generalist bullshit dismissing the entire medium as anti-female because there are some prominent examples you can pick out in a primarily male-driven hobby. A lot of it is going to be made for men, because the audience is primarily men. That doesn't mean it's anti-woman, or even sexist, any more than movie theaters are anti-male because they have Sex and the City 1 and 2 and Meg Ryan movies and whatever. Some stuff is made for you, some is made for me. Why don't we see more third person shooters made with the sensibilities of girl gamers in mind? Because men playing them make up enough of the market that there's not much of a choice come funding time.

Point is, you can have your cake and eat it too. If there's enough of a demand for the kind of games that we want to classify as girl games, then they'll get made, sell well, and the market for them will increase and flourish. And if they do, fantastic...but that doesn't mean games that aren't like that need to disappear for it to happen.

Sometimes nobody listens because they aren't aware of the objections, but sometimes they just aren't listening because what you're saying is stupid.
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News Comments > Op Ed
1. Re: Op Ed Apr 5, 2013, 21:57 PropheT
But...they don't put in hide, flee, or die because while that might be more realistic it's not much fun as a game. So, because the game is being a game and not a CG film, that's exactly why you spend a lot of time fighting what often winds up being trivial combat....otherwise it'd just turn into cutscene after scene with a trivial amount of actual gameplay in between.

Players don't decide how the story plays out because every if/then variable entered into the mix requires development of a separate game path to house it. Even games that do offer choice offer a muted one, or are old enough that most of the effect on it was just a variation on a text box.

I can't help but feel he's talking about Bioshock Infinite here anyway, in which case it's sort of a moot argument. It's pretty well loved, very well received, and while the gunplay in it might be average the game as a whole isn't. I wish I'd had more effect on the story, too, but that's a gripe about gaming in general and not about shooters.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
20. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 5, 2013, 15:54 PropheT
Beamer wrote on Apr 5, 2013, 13:55:
Again, people sitting around swearing they'll never give up their tower are as absurd as people that swore they preferred closet-sized computers. Just because you're too much of a Luddite to embrace change doesn't mean the market won't force you to.

I don't know if people that fight this are stupid, don't look at history, think that there are more people like them that actually are, or are just so short-sighted that they fail to understand that the technology and usefulness of one form factor will eventually equal that of others.

People fight it because you don't get a comparable experience using a tablet or a smartphone. You get something from your tower that you can't get anywhere else, and until that isn't the case then there will always be strong proponents of the desktop.

Unless something drastically changes with phones, they'll never be a desirable option for me to use for web surfing or much of anything, really. Until laptops offer the same kind of power as a desktop without all the hassles that go with them, and the additional cost without the expense of customization and upgrade ability, then forget that. My iPad is useful for some very specific things but isn't even close to being a contender for what I do on my desktop, at all, in any way.

You'd see a lot less people get angry over idiots saying PC's need to go away if there was something comparable on the market. There's not, and there won't be any time soon.
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News Comments > Rhode Island Alleges 38 Studios Deception
16. Re: Rhode Island Alleges 38 Studios Deception Apr 5, 2013, 15:43 PropheT
ldonyo wrote on Apr 5, 2013, 11:21:
Sounds more like a CYA ploy on the part of the politicians that approved the deal in the first place.

Yeah. At this point even if they don't find something illegal I think they'll just make it up so they can save face.
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News Comments > Into the Black
1. Re: Into the Black Apr 4, 2013, 22:49 PropheT
I did disagree with him on the art thing, but I don't even agree with everything I've ever said. Disregarding him completely over one topic is a throwing out the baby with the bathwater kind of thing.

He was entertaining and thoughtful, and I liked Ebert as well. I'm sorry that he's gone.
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News Comments > Tomb Raider Sets Sales Record
8. Re: Tomb Raider Sets Sales Record Mar 29, 2013, 22:12 PropheT
Quboid wrote on Mar 29, 2013, 21:26:
What about console gamers, what percent of console games are sold online?

About 12% in the U.S. and 9% in Europe.

They do say the 3.4 million includes sales across all three platforms, though, and doesn't include digital sales...but there was no retail box PC release in the U.S., so it doesn't include any PC sales from here. It's pretty easy to see the sales number being over 4 million with digital sales and U.S. PC sales included, so if that still doesn't meet their expectations I don't think they had reasonable ones.
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News Comments > etc.
10. Re: etc. Mar 29, 2013, 12:27 PropheT
Isn't there a few million copies of E.T. for the Atari 2600 out in the desert? They'll probably just play that.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
5. Re: Morning Safety Dance Mar 29, 2013, 12:25 PropheT
xXBatmanXx wrote on Mar 29, 2013, 10:24:
Should we be concerned that Janet Napolitano doesn’t do email? I'm gonna go with yes. Thanks HARDOCP.

?? I don't think many Presidents do either.

They aren't allowed to for security reasons. There was a NY Times article about it sometime around 2008 when Obama was elected, talking about how he had to give up his Blackberry and the tech he was used to using when he became president. I'm sure the article is still out there somewhere.

Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Mar 29, 2013, 11:09:
In short, I'm pretty technically inclined, but according to this douchebag I shouldn't have any duties related to technology because I don't tweet.

The job of her department is to monitor and understand threats, potential threats, communication mediums used to initiate them, and so on. If she hasn't used email in 10 years and is unfamiliar with modern social communication sites it makes it much harder to make decisions based on how they should be handled in respect to her department's needs.

To make it simple, have you ever had a job where middle management had no idea what you do for a living, but still made decisions about how you do it and when, and why, and the resources involved, based on views that didn't necessarily mesh with the reality of your work? It's like that, and it's not an unreasonable point of view.
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News Comments > Jay Wilson: Auction Houses "Really Hurt" Diablo III
46. Re: Jay Wilson: Auctions Houses Mar 29, 2013, 12:11 PropheT
Creston wrote on Mar 29, 2013, 10:57:
Fuck you, Jay Wilson. You're full of shit.

I'm usually for more of a diplomatic sentiment than that, but that's pretty much it right there.

There's no way this is honest. The game itself was clearly designed around the idea of people using the auction houses, you couldn't even really progress without them when it came out. Certain tiers of loot may as well have not even existed considering the difficulty of finding one for real instead of buying it on the's just impossible to believe they didn't know exactly what they were doing with this and how it was implemented.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse Mar 28, 2013, 19:31 PropheT
Anybody have one of these? How does it compare to something like the Roku or AppleTV?  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: Evening Metaverse Mar 26, 2013, 23:50 PropheT
The internet's fine with Penny Arcade doing a kickstarter to fund a site that's already successful, and are happy to hop on board with other kickstarters that don't give clear indications as to what they're doing with the money past their initial goals (or even before them), but they jump on this one?

I'm not about to throw money at it, but aside from the things other people here mention it's just not that big of a deal. It seems like people are only angry about it because they found an easy target, not because something really wrong is happening.

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - BioShock Infinite
31. Re: Ships Ahoy - BioShock Infinite Mar 26, 2013, 14:54 PropheT
Redmask wrote on Mar 26, 2013, 14:33:
What are the differences between the difficulties? I bought this but won't be able to play until the weekend so I want to be ready to go by then.

Normal is pretty easy. I don't know how far into the game I am, but I haven't died, or even really felt all that threatened despite quite a bit of combat. Normal is what I'd recommend for someone who has played shooters, but wants to see the story with just enough challenge to keep fighting interesting without slowing them down a great deal.

The game is fantastic, though, especially the first introduction to Columbia. I walked around and looked at things for a long time before really progressing anywhere, listening to music and seeing what people were saying and kind of falling in love with the place. And then the real game starts with a jarring gut punch that really lets you in on what you've been looking at in a way that really hasn't been in a game before this one.

I definitely don't want to give any spoilers, but with how big of a deal some media made out of the non-issues of things like same-sex relationships in ME3 I'll be curious to see what stories are written about this game, considering the sensitivity of some of the imagery it invokes. I didn't follow the game at all, so had no idea what to expect and was sort of surprised at how much it bothered me when I ran into it (in the emotional response to storytelling sort of way, not in the offended sense). It might be the first real unapologetic adult-oriented game I've played before.
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News Comments > BioShock Infinite Reviews Soar
28. Re: BioShock Infinite Reviews Soar Mar 25, 2013, 16:30 PropheT
netnerd85 wrote on Mar 25, 2013, 12:24:
Playing Bioshock atm, bit of eh. Maybe it's because I've seen it all and the "shock" has warn off, which means, it's not a good game. Good games stand the test of time. Bioshock 2 seems more appealing atm.

I'm in the minority, I think, but I definitely enjoyed Bioshock 2 more than the first game.

Infinite looks great, but I'm kind of struggling with whether or not I want to pay full price for games anymore. A free copy of Xcom to give to my brother is a nice bonus, though (Steam pre-order deal).
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
8. Re: Morning Interviews Mar 22, 2013, 12:00 PropheT
Ozmodan wrote on Mar 22, 2013, 11:30:
Jordan sucked huh? Well I beg to differ, he was as good as Martin is.

For the first 4 books of the WoT series, maybe, but after that? You could literally skip two or three books and still read the next without feeling lost.

Then again, book 4 of Martin's series is completely forgettable at best. At least the fifth was better, if slow-paced at times; it felt like it was going somewhere. If he manages a 6th book that goes nowhere I might agree with you, but I don't see that happening. Unfortunately it's obvious it won't happen to a 7th book because we'll all either be dead or having our great grandchildren read it to us by the time it comes out.
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News Comments > Might & Magic X Legacy Announced
4. Re: Might & Magic X Legacy Announced Mar 21, 2013, 15:56 PropheT
No way.

Here's my money, good sirs.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 20, 2013, 12:32 PropheT
SimplyMonk wrote on Mar 20, 2013, 12:01:
With the multiple ways there are to track someones movements in this day and age, I don't really see this as being a concern. Sure. This was a publicly available method but with a little more ingenuity you can still achieve the same effect if you really wanted to keep tabs on someone's movements. If anything, this may just be a way for the government to not be held liable if the data they track and make publicly available is used to facilitate a crime.

Secondly, why should a mayor, a public figure, be concerned about people tracking their movements? I'm pretty sure you could just call the Mayor's office and ask what functions they will be attending that day and achieve the same end result.

What I fear is governments making bans on companies, such as Google, making use of tracking data from their services to facilitate innovations like their self-driving car. Yeah, I can see sense in not giving the data out for free to the public, but don't ban it altogether.

I think all of that is answered by who requested the data at the end of the article. Companies like Datalytics shouldn't be able to use the local government to collect data for their company. It's not about keeping track of one individual, which you could do fairly easily anyway, it's private companies building entire neighborhood demographics and specially targeted data based on government information that was never intended for that purpose.

Basically, the government had a technological capability to track people and was giving the resulting information away to whoever asked for it. Ignoring the question of whether they should be doing it in the first place, that's still a worst case usage of that information and shouldn't have been happening at all.
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News Comments > Op Ed
3. Re: Op Ed Mar 20, 2013, 03:38 PropheT
I wish I hadn't read that.

I'm so tired of gaming articles written about how terrible gaming is, written by people who clearly hate all of it. People piss and moan and cry and whine about these things endlessly, and yet somehow have still played all of it and either like to post everywhere that it was just as shitty as they thought it was going to be when they put in their credit card number, or create articles that only people who agree with them are ever going to read in the first place to complain about it.

The process to fixing this is a pretty simple 2-step:

1) Get sick of gaming and the way that companies sell games and DLC
2) Stop buying into it.

Except, you have to wonder if that hasn't already happened since we've been talking about this for years now... an entire generation of consoles has come and is soon to be gone and this has only magnified over time, meaning it's pretty clear that people are buying it. The war about DLC is already over, and the people writing articles like this already lost five years ago and don't seem to have realized it yet.

If gamers really agreed that DLC was an evil that needed to be squashed, was an affront to gaming like he says here, or that only idiots ever paid money after the initial game then we wouldn't even be talking about it anymore.

Hell, sometimes I wonder if I'm really starting to lose my enjoyment of games or if it's just that I get depressed about the hobby because of the poisonous atmosphere everywhere you go to read about it.

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News Comments > Game Reviews
6. Re: Game Reviews Mar 15, 2013, 12:41 PropheT
Verno wrote on Mar 15, 2013, 11:38:
Many small sites have to take the publisher line otherwise they risk losing all access and potential ad revenue in the future. Not saying it's ok but I get it.

Also there is the possibility that they just disagree with others, however remote

I think it's more likely that they actually liked the game. Reviews coming out at this point are by sites that weren't provided review copies in the first place, something smaller sites don't often get.

It really hasn't gotten bad reviews, even from people who have just been playing it, just a lot of bad press for the online-only component causing so many problems. To be fair, I haven't played it, but it's not universally reviled aside from the connectivity issues.

EA buys review scores from some larger places, I don't doubt that. The idea that every good review score is bought, though, or that only the reviews that reinforce a negative opinion on the game are accurate...not sure what to say about that, other than to wonder why someone would even bother with a review when their mind is already made up.
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