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  • Microsoft announces 18,000 jobs to be cut in the next year

  • Apaar 17/07/2014

    Finland will soon crash. Almost everyone already works in the public sector, taxation is world record high, national debt is sky-rocketing, and the few remaining actual jobs in the country are getting eradicated. Reply 0
  • Blizzard challenges itself to create more diverse heroes and content

  • Apaar 11/07/2014

    Will we finally get representation for "sexists", "bigots", "homophobes" and other ordinary folk that get slandered and called nasty names? No, is the answer. Reply 0
  • PS4 fails to boost Japan console market

  • Apaar 08/07/2014

    Dragon Quest 11 will probably be a PS4 game. It will shift hardware. Reply 0
  • BioShock Vita would have been a Final Fantasy Tactics-style game

  • Apaar 08/07/2014

    @Dismiss These handheld systems live and die in Japan. And without Monster Hunter the Vita was irredeemable. Reply 0
  • "It's not historically accurate!"

  • Apaar 05/07/2014

    I disagree. Historical fiction is the only refuge for bigots, sexists and homophobes like myself. If you progressify even history itself, we'll have no place to go. Reply 0
  • BioWare's first "fully gay" male party member in DAI

  • Apaar 01/07/2014

    @L0YD Perhaps "truly gay" would be better.

    Many normal men can commit homo acts if prompted strongly enough by certain environmental factors - such as a lack of access to women, or a decadent enough culture that sees pederasty as something desireable.
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  • Apaar 01/07/2014

    This is preferrable to the ridiculous march of lazy bisexuals. I still think that they are wasting their time and resources on romance options. Reply 0
  • Rainbow Six Siege has male and female hostages

  • Apaar 25/06/2014

    Protecting the womenfolk is the most important duty in a man's life. Men who need protection are often considered pathetic - they have failed abjectly at manhood, since if they themselves need protection, they can't protect women.

    Similarly, if a woman gets hurt, I find it disturbingly awful. If a man gets hurt, well, that's just part of being a man. Par for the course.
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  • Editor's blog: I am sexist

  • Apaar 19/06/2014

    Sexism is a sign of a healthy mind. Fighting it off is akin to scourging oneself of sexual lust. Sexism means that you treat the genders differently, based on a different standard. Quite a beatiful thing in fact. Reply -2
  • In Theory: Does Kinect-free Xbox One mean more power for games?

  • Apaar 15/05/2014

    It may reduce the 50%+ gap by perhaps 5%, if they're lucky. Reply +17
  • Sony expects a significant loss next year too

  • Apaar 14/05/2014

    @PinktotheLast With Nokia many of the problems were due to internal hubris and stupidity among corporate leadership. In Finland most of the top brass have been criticized heavily for ther ineptitude. Elop was just a final cherry on top.

    I think Sony has a much better chance with the Japanese people still feeling proud about the company (a recent poll ranked them second, only after Toyota) and the company leadership seeming much more on top of things.

    All this generates hope and a fighting spirit within the company, which are fundamental to the success of any human organization.
    Reply +2
  • Microsoft won't reward early Xbox One adopters following Kinect-less console

  • Apaar 13/05/2014

    @uzivatel That is very true. However, there may be (edit: commercial) possibilities in VR tech that are non-existent with motion gaming.

    And those might offset this basic problem all peripherals face.
    Reply +3
  • Apaar 13/05/2014

    Microsoft must have invested an ungodly sum of money on Kinect. And now it seems to all go down the drain. And I still think that there was a solid argument supporting Kinect - it was the main differentiator for the Bone's sake.

    Now it's just a less powerful PS4. From now on developers can't expect the players on the Bone to have a Kinect anymore - in essence basing the development on the assumption that they do not.

    And with initiatives like PS Now and Project Morpheus on the horizon, Microsoft's offering looks like a hollow drone.
    Reply +16
  • Sony's E3 conference is a late one

  • Apaar 12/05/2014

    The E3 week is regularly one of the best weeks in my year. Love it. This year Sony didn't have a press conference in the spring like last year (when they revealed 5 new PS4 games), so I think there's a strong likelyhood we'll see many new games from them this E3. Reply +2
  • Nintendo refuses to allow same-sex relationships in Tomodachi Life

  • Apaar 08/05/2014

    @MrTomFTW Very well. But I thank everyone involved of a stimulating discussion. This is a great board with a plurality of opinions. Reply -3
  • Apaar 08/05/2014

    @Headless_Monkey_Boy My point about Islam condoning pedophilia was to refute the argument that pagan cultures didn't engage in sex with children. Reply -6
  • Apaar 08/05/2014

    @dirtysteve Never did I say it's equivalent. Polygamy is surely the lesser evil.

    I don't think I've engaged in any so called hate-speech, or spewed any homosexual slurs. So I think I'm safe.
    Reply -11
  • Apaar 08/05/2014

    @dirtysteve Pedophilia is a form of sodomy.

    As a current example, pedophilia is a sacred phenomenon in Islam. Their great prophet had sex with a 9 year old, and everything Mohammed did in his life is considered sacred and a holy target of imitation for Moslems.

    That they practice polygamy as well should come as no shock.
    Reply -9
  • Apaar 08/05/2014

    @kshade I find the figures of 10 per cent very difficult to believe. Evolutionarily it would be very difficult to justify such a heavy load of homosexuality.

    If all forms of bisexuality are counted amongst their ranks, then I have no trouble believing this.

    And after all, many practically heterosexual men can still commit homosexual acts as substitutes for heterosexual ones. In boarding schools, in prison, etc.

    If all such activity is counted as well, the ranks will of course swell but the informational value of the statistic will diminish.
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  • Apaar 08/05/2014

    @TheEarlOfZinger I'm an atheist, but even if were a Christian the Old Covenant wouldn't apply to me.

    The whole point of Christianity is the new pact made with Christ, which transforms Christianity from a religion of laws (Judaism, Islam) into something utterly different.
    Reply -2
  • Apaar 08/05/2014

    @Headless_Monkey_Boy As I've said, I don't hate gays. I would of course have to accept the homosexuality of my child. They can't help being homosexual.

    I would be deeply saddened by the breakup of the generational tradition and heritage as a result of homosexuality, and by the great burden that the child will need to carry for the rest of their life.

    But they would still be my child and I'd hope for them all the best.
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  • Apaar 08/05/2014

    @kshade Minorities of a few per cent cannot ever be considered to represent what is normal.

    I believe that is part of the baggage that the homosexuals will have to carry for all eternity.

    And I tend to think that the reasons why gays are disliked are more complicated than simply them being different. It has to do with the particular reasons that differentiate them from the norm. Abnormally short, tall, obese or hairy people will never need to carry the same cross as the gays do.
    Reply -7
  • Apaar 08/05/2014

    @Jorendo Of course I don't see equivalence between bestiality and homosexuality. Similarly, I don't see an equivalence between sodomy and human sacrifice. Their connection is that they were all forbidden by Christianity.

    I like many gay people. There are homosexual national heroes in my country and other countries. There are great public gay figures like Stephen Fry and Douglas Murray. The fact that I find homosexual acts repulsive doesn't mean that I dislike homosexual people.
    Reply +1
  • Apaar 08/05/2014

    @TheEarlOfZinger I don't think that it is ultimately a cold-headed matter of agreement or disagreement. These things are by and large instinctive, intuitional and emotional. Not rational.

    I too instinctively dislike homosexual acts and would be distraught were my child homosexual. Yet I don't think there is anything bigoted about that. Or else your definition of bigotry differs greatly from mine.
    Reply -13
  • Apaar 08/05/2014

    @Jorendo Christianity indeed forbad many pagan habits. Among them were sodomy, incest, group orgies, bestiality, polygamy, pedophilia. In addition they forbad human sacrifice, cannibalism, the killing of unwanted children, etc.

    Most forms of sodomy and the killing of unwanted children have already returned into general acceptance and become main stream. I suspect polygamy will attempt to make its return next.
    Reply -11
  • Apaar 08/05/2014

    @TheEarlOfZinger I'll disregard the ad hominem, and simply state that I believe my description of the matter at hand is quite accurate.

    People like you form the exception, not the rule. Deep dislike of homosexual acts and nightmares of having a homosexual child are quite mainstream.
    Reply -4
  • Apaar 08/05/2014

    @kraigmorgasm Sore in more ways than one, I reckon. Reply -10
  • Apaar 08/05/2014

    @TheEarlOfZinger There is no country on the planet where homosexuality is a truly neutral thing. And a minority of a few per cent can't be considered to represent what is normal.

    Nowhere on the planet would parents not be shocked and dismayed if their son suddenly brings home a future husband of his. Homosexuality is, and I predict always will be, a sore issue.
    Reply +14
  • Apaar 08/05/2014

    @dogmanstaruk Why do conservative people or organisations need to become more progressive? It's like saying a cat needs to be more like a dog. Reply +2
  • Apaar 08/05/2014

    I think the Japanese regard homosexuality as a ridiculous, silly thing. Some kids may do it to try and rile up their parents or to act rebelliously, but it is like punk rock - a phase that passes when a person matures and becomes responsible.

    And if you continue being a punk rocker when adult, it is simply proof of immaturity and lack of responsibility, little else.
    Reply -2
  • Star Citizen dev overturns forum ban on user who called for female-only group

  • Apaar 07/05/2014

    @TekMerc I thank you, and appreciate your honorable response. Reply 0
  • Apaar 07/05/2014

    @TekMerc and dirtysteve
    Why do you employ all those strawmen? I've never claimed that the world was safer for women before, or that women should not allowed to use the Internet or that they should wear burqas. These are all your fabrications.
    Reply 0
  • Apaar 07/05/2014

    I think the Internet is a good reminder of why women used to be always guarded by their fathers, brothers and husbands. Many men can truly be very nasty, and a danger to women.

    One may forget this among polite company, but the anonymity of the Internet reveals many of the underlying realities of inter-gender relationships, and makes it easier to understand one of the reasons why just a few decades ago it was not a realistic possibility for a woman to be independent of the men who protect her.
    Reply -1
  • Apaar 07/05/2014

    @TekMerc It is a sign of a healthy mind to discriminate between people in day to day life. We are not interchangeable, our differences demand discrimination.

    What matters is that the law is the same for everyone.
    Reply -2
  • Apaar 07/05/2014

    @TekMerc It appears so, based on the ever-present complaints of "having it so very tough", "it's a man's world", "make things fairer for us!", etc.

    Based on all this it seems like women are misfortunate and lack the strength to improve their lot. Hence the whining and the sharp tongues.
    Reply +1
  • Apaar 06/05/2014

    This sort of perennial victim-mentality is pathetic. Stop spewing bile and learn to live with your weaknesses and misfortunes, please. Reply -1
  • Newspaper report linking stabbing of Leeds teacher to Dark Souls disputed

  • Apaar 29/04/2014

    You should be grateful for having a multifaceted press in Britain - even if much of the pluralism is generated by utter stupidity and cynical click baiting.

    In my country all the news papers bleat in the consensus chorus, even the yellow press for the most part.
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  • The Great Ace Attorney aims to spawn a whole series

  • Apaar 26/04/2014

    @ol The other games are both goofy and dramatic. Japanese story telling tends to be very good at that combination in general. Reply 0
  • The next Ace Attorney game will be set over 100 years ago

  • Apaar 22/04/2014

    This will be a pain to localize (should they even try). The past Ace Attorney games have been localized so that they take place in fictional America instead of fictional Japan.

    But 19th century America is so different from 19th century Japan that they won't be able to pull off the same stunt anymore.
    Reply +3
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition release date announced

  • Apaar 22/04/2014

    @andrewsqual Mass Effect 3 got to the instant game collection pretty quickly, so I'm quite hopeful. Reply 0
  • Apaar 22/04/2014

    I think I'll wait until it becomes 'free' on PS+. Reply -54
  • Sony's Japan Studio unveils three new Vita titles for Europe

  • Apaar 15/04/2014

    @karlo87 Orenishika is a JRPG. With a turn-based battle system and all. Reply +1
  • Firaxis announces Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

  • Apaar 12/04/2014

    I somewhat dislike the somber tone of the trailer. I think Civilization is and should be about the cheerful celebration of human greatness. It has been a very refreshing, nourishing aspect of the series until now.

    Watch the Baba Yetu cinematic for CIV IV to remind yourself of what I mean.
    Reply -2
  • Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls shifts 2.7m in a week

  • Apaar 03/04/2014

    To my knowledge Wings of Liberty has sold something like 5 million copies, yet Heart of the Swarm has "only" sold around 1 to 2 million copies. This just tends to be the case with expansions. Reply +1
  • Game jam reality show cancelled as indies wouldn't put up with its s***

  • Apaar 01/04/2014

    So called gender stereotypes are just observations of the typical behaviour of the sexes. Our behaviour is largely based on biology that is for all our intents and purposes eternal. Consequently our deep seated behavioural patterns won't ever really die out or become antiquated.

    Keeping this in mind, asking about the possible disadvantages caused by the inter-gender relationships at a work place was quite bold and politically incorrect, whether the interviewer himself realized it or not.
    Reply -49
  • Misogyny, racism and homophobia: where do video games stand?

  • Apaar 21/03/2014

    Bigotry and small-mindedness is a perfectly natural part of humanity. We are not getting rid of any of it, so we should accept and learn to live with the problematic qualities of our species.

    That said, I don't really see actual misogyny, homophobia or racism in videogames. Perhaps I'm just more strict with my definitions than most.
    Reply -7
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf's development team had an even gender split

  • Apaar 20/03/2014

    @TarickStonefire Are you suggesting that my thoughts aren't actually thoughts at all?

    My point was to mention that Animal Crossing's success with a lot of women in the dev team doesn't represent any larger pattern or phenomenon.

    "Broadening the appeal" and "making a game more accessible" are usually considered very bad signs. Normally when a developer states that that's what they are planning on doing, gamers shake their heads in disappointment.
    Reply -11
  • Apaar 20/03/2014

    Diversity doesn't lead to success. Neither does lack of diversity lead to failure. GTA5, Last of Us, Papers Please, and most games great and bad are made mostly by men. There is no correlation between the quality of a game and the number of women in the dev team. Reply -8
  • Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney review

  • Apaar 19/03/2014

    I need to purchase a 3DS in order to play Phoenix games. The original Phoenix trilogy is my favourite game trilogy bar none. Reply +1
  • Rocksteady reveals Batman: Arkham Knight in detail

  • Apaar 05/03/2014

    @vert1go Men in general don't have women as their nemesis. The battle between such enemies would be quite a one-sided and pathetic battering. Reply -1