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  • Bungie removes "hate symbol" from Destiny 2

  • GreyBeard 14/09/2017

    @rubthisway

    Well, its just a good example of a community where a lot of posters take a militantly "if you're not with us, you're against us" stance.

    Its seriously fucked up. Especially when you read posts (like I just did) that unambiguously state how they hate moderates more than the far right they are supposedly opposing!
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  • GreyBeard 14/09/2017

    @rubthisway

    Spend some time on NeoGAF, that'll make you a believer!
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  • GreyBeard 14/09/2017

    Hate to point this out, but the fundamental layout of the flag actually pre-dates Nazism by a long time. Google images of "Imperial German Flag" if you want to see how it developed.

    Not to say that the image isn't evocative of Nazi heraldry, but the truth is that its actually somewhat more tenuous a resemblance than it first appears.

    But hey, what do you expect from something that was knocked out in a couple of hours by some provocateurs/trolls on 4chan.
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  • GreyBeard 13/09/2017

    Guess the yanks never learned any lessons from McCarthyism after all... yikes. Reply +1
  • PewDiePie apologises for racial slur

  • GreyBeard 12/09/2017

    @Master09

    I really don't know, I don't follow the guy and have minimal interest in his stuff.

    What I do know is he's far from the first or last idiot on the internet to drop an N-bomb over voice-chat in an online game. Same deal with calling people "fags" or whatever, its stupid and thoughtless and lame as all hell, but lets not make this out to be more than it is.

    Everytime some knucklehead calls this out as big-time racism, it makes the real fascists, the ethno-nationalists, and the rest of the real bad-actors feel like they are not alone.

    That they aren't fuck-heads out on the fringe, they are the same as every other immature kid on the internet who says stuff for shock value. They feel like a silent majority, and its emboldening them.

    The reaction is a bigger problem than the actual offence, and its far more heavily publicized and hence more widespread.

    What makes it even worse is that there's no interest in fixing these fixable problems according to the rhetoric.

    This person said a bad word, and now is literally as bad as a KKK mouthpiece. They are unfixable, and need to be de-platformed or destroyed professionally.

    For one, its a ludicrously capricious and disproportionate reaction that just stinks of knee-jerkism at best, and a fascistic desire to inflict punishment on those who displease at worst.

    Neither of which are remotely good, or morally justifiable. Its just more hateful shit increasing the toxicity level.

    Either way it suggests the people talking this way are nowhere near as progressive as they see themselves, or that they are simply follow peer-group pressure and dogpiling on a free target.

    Some people need to stop pointing their fucking fingers, and consider the consequences of their words and deeds instead.
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  • GreyBeard 12/09/2017

    Its funny how some people are going to discount his apology because it's "just words" when the nature of his offence is also, "just words".

    Just wait for it...

    I see I've already triggered 18 disingenuous frauds... already. Brilliant.

    You want to demonstrate your social conscience and liberal credentials, DEBATE with me on the nature of appropriate punishment for such a transgression. Let's see who actually has a moral compass in this, and those who just see an easy target to dogpile on and demonstrate their conformity.
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  • Firewatch dev threatens Pewdiepie video takedown, following YouTube star's use of N-word

  • GreyBeard 11/09/2017

    @SpaceMonkey77

    There's an old adage that goes: "Those who worship God through fear, would worship the devil too if he appear."

    The fundamental thing for me is that you cannot establish moral or ethical superiority through making people fearful of transgressing.

    It doesn't matter how high-minded and just your intentions are, threats are tools to enforce compliance not understanding.

    This is why I believe free speech is important, even if it gives those with views I consider dangerous or offensive a platform.

    You cannot eradicate a mindset or attitude that is normally kept well hidden; those views are still there and the more they become "unspoken" the more powerul and persuasive they become to the gullible and easily influenced.
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  • GreyBeard 11/09/2017

    I honestly find the over-reaction more troubling than the offence.

    Which isn't to say that I'm condoning or even giving Pewdiepie a pass on what he said, just that its hardly a Mel Gibson rant is it?

    This sort of Zero tolerance is simply not a good thing in my book. By making transgressions at the milder end of the scale equally deserving of punishment to the worst it makes real hardcore offenses seem less extreme.

    Pewdiepie should be embarrassed, mortifyingly horrifically embarrassed by what he said.

    But beyond that... It seems that some folks are looking to exact a punishment far in excess of the severity of the crime in order to demonstrate their own virtuousness.
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  • South Park: The Fractured but Whole's difficulty slider changes the colour of your skin

  • GreyBeard 08/09/2017

    I can't believe people are seriously offended by this joke. Well actually... yeah I guess with the sheer number of people apparently on crazy pills at the moment I really shouldn't be surprised...

    I fully expect given time there'll be a backlash from progressives if the difficulty scaling isn't impactful enough, and so gets taken as a backhand swipe at the socio-political "reality" of life for PoC.

    Thing is, either way, its just a joke, but in the current climate it'll doubtless get blown up into something bigger than it actually is by cretins who's relationship with politics is as nuanced as their loyalty to their console manufacturer of choice.
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  • Warner Bros. insists it won't profit from the Shadow of War Forthog Orc-Slayer DLC

  • GreyBeard 05/09/2017

    @foxmulder55

    Sterling has been campaigning AGAINST the game and its dlc for weeks, maybe months!

    If people took his stance then the Forgeys would get nothing because noone would buy the game in the first place.

    That he's against it should come as zero surprise as he's vociferously anti-WB, anti-AAA, and anti-DLC!

    Honestly I find his outrage peddling is just as suspect as anything WB are doing, just because he sticks a link to cancer charities etc on his Youtube page doesn't mean he isn't benefitting from Forgey's death in terms of profile and ability to gain remuneration via Patreon.
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  • GreyBeard 05/09/2017

    Angry fans my arse. As per usual its just a matter of finding a peer-acceptable target to dogpile on. Another excuse to finger-wag and attempt to take a moral high-ground on a matter that truthfully they couldn't give two shits about.

    Faker than a fucking fleshlight.
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  • Switching on Ark PS4-Xbox One cross-play would "not take more than a few days"

  • GreyBeard 29/08/2017

    @Machiavellian

    I think its in gaming's best interests to keep MS from any sort of position of control. Primarily because their loyalty is always going to belong to Windows given its always been their primary profit centre.

    The pattern is really obvious once you start from considering the motivations for (the pseudo altruistic move of) allowing free upgrades to Win10.

    Its all a strategy, and I don't fault MS for implementing it.

    However, I find it undeniable that they are less committed to games and gaming than any of the other big players in the field.
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  • GreyBeard 29/08/2017

    @Cyber6

    You talk with unearned, unjustifiable certainty about what a good thing it'd be for everyone but the only certitude is that you are the one who perceives the benefit from it.

    Sorry, but that strikes me as thoroughly dishonest because while the altruism is suspect, your consuming self-interest is screamingly obvious.
    Reply -6
  • GreyBeard 29/08/2017

    @DampCloth

    Its not going to happen as from an objective business standpoint its not worth it for Sony to allow it. It really is that simple.

    Whats more, they aren't going to allow any exceptions the more people push this issue, because they won't want to set any sort of precedent.
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  • GreyBeard 29/08/2017

    @DampCloth

    The overwhelming majority of consumers simply don't give a shit, as evidenced by the fact that every single time this issue has been pushed by the media its failed miserably to get any traction.

    I'm just sick of people who clearly believe they have something to gain from arguing this cause, pretending that altruism and not self-interest is what is motivating them.
    Reply -2
  • GreyBeard 29/08/2017

    @Cyber6

    No. Its not about "consumers" its about YOU, and what YOU want. Stop trying to make turn your own selfish desires into some noble cause. Its laughable.

    You see this same fraudulent bullshit all the time on places like NeoGAF, the same people who are prating how cross platform play is good for developers are the same ones calling devs lazy, stupid and fit-to-burn in other threads.

    Its lame and transparently fake.
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  • GreyBeard 29/08/2017

    @Cyber6

    Why do you think MS are pushing this? You think they are doing it because they love you? Or because there's profit in it for them?
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  • GreyBeard 29/08/2017

    @DifferentClass

    Essentially its simply a matter of not making you #1 competitor more competitive by allowing them access to the userbase you've been growing for years.

    Why give up a marketshare advantage that favours you less than your competitor?

    Why give up a point of differentiation between platforms/online services.

    Any sort of cross-network interaction muddies the waters as to whom is responsible should something bad happen. Say a sexual predator on one platform preys on a child on the other. Who's at fault? Who has the responsibility to protect who? Given the litginous nature of the US, this is something that needs due consideration no matter how unlikely or infrequently it happens.
    Reply -4
  • GreyBeard 29/08/2017

    @pelican_

    Oh give us a break. "Good PR"! that's just a disingenuous way of saying it'd make you, and people who share your self-interest happy!

    That's no benefit to Sony, thats just good for you!
    Reply -3
  • GreyBeard 29/08/2017

    @DifferentClass

    Just because you (be it an individual or a corporation) want something, it doesn't mean you are entitled to it.

    Particularly when the route to that thing you want requires somebody else to take all the risk on your behalf!
    Reply -3
  • GreyBeard 29/08/2017

    Look, in case some of y'all are too stupid to notice; this is all about MS building an online gaming empire based -at its heart- on Win10 and its infrastructure.

    They need to do this because right now Steam is so far ahead its untouchable, and the reality is that MS are far more interested in a future resembling Steam, than one that looks like what Sony are offering.

    In the face of that, if you were Sony would you do a damn thing to help MS? Hell, no.
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  • How Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One X improves over PS4 Pro

  • GreyBeard 27/08/2017

    @BlackFlower

    Just to clear something up, I wasn't saying the One X is redundant as a product, I meant any sort of drama/surprise about it looking better than Pro is redundant.

    Trying to turn it into a contest is plain stupid because its not a situation where the 2 products occupy the same price-point even.

    Just because one thing is technically better, it doesn't make it the "winner". Its about a balance of price, performance and utility. Things which are subjective to each individual.

    So the One X can make stuff look better than Pro, which in turn can make stuff look a lot better than the One S.... What are we learning from this?

    What are the relative magnitudes of improvement over price? And most importantly is anyone really losing out when the same games with same content, feature-set and entertainment value are involved across all the sku's/platforms.
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  • GreyBeard 26/08/2017

    That the One X should provide better visuals than the Pro is as unexpected as the Pro outdoing One S. i.e. Not at all.

    Talk about redundant...

    The only question is whether you as an individual think the end result justifies the upgrade cost.

    PS. For the weak fools with the rate-downs, care to explain how my post rustled your jimmies? I mean, although I appreciate the fact that I own your worthless existences so hard already that the mere presence of anything I post compels you to hit the button like Pavlovian dogs, I'm still kinda curious as to what strain of fanboy fuckwit I effortlessly annoy the most.
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  • GreyBeard 24/08/2017

    @Krychek

    I was talking potential backlash should DF's coverage marginalize the bigger selling base SKU's by following the technical "heat" over consumer interest.

    Evidently reading comprehension isn't some folks strong suit round here :D
    Reply -5
  • GreyBeard 23/08/2017

    Starting to feel that there's potential for serious blowback from all this obsession with performance. If all that gets talked about is One X versus PS4 Pro, how is that going to make people using the base versions of both platforms feel?

    This is not analogous to the PC scene where there's always a spectrum of performance based on a wide variety hardware configurations, its more of a have's and have-not's situation. And the more the minority is catered to, the more the rest are going to feel slighted.
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  • Microsoft says Xbox One X is fastest-selling Xbox pre-order ever

  • GreyBeard 25/08/2017

    @Raizing

    It did fall flat. But that's not say there aren't enough people to give it a respectable launch.

    The problem is what happens after the initial rush of hardcore techies and brand loyalists have theirs.
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  • GreyBeard 25/08/2017

    @Machiavellian

    Most people don't buy everything.

    Console sales don't rely on a handful of "whales" subsidizing the majority of userbase, its more about the casual gamer who buys only a handful of titles a year.

    Having a portfolio that appeals to the widest possible audience is a major positive, as is offering access at the most competitive price-point.
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  • Microsoft's final sales pitch for Xbox One X falls flat

  • GreyBeard 22/08/2017

    @Merefield

    Yeah.... nope. Don't think that's gonna be happening.

    Devs will still target the biggest market segment and utilize any power excess primarily for cheap cosmetic improvements because the man-hours spent implementing it isn't likely to be reflected in sales/revenue.

    One X is always going to be a minority share platform, and an outlier technologically. Its still a mid-gen upgrade, not a new platform and expectations should be set appropriately.
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  • GreyBeard 21/08/2017

    @reggy72

    Nope. Its still a historical fact that noone has ever won by trading on pure power. Its just he chose to try and prove me wrong with the most inconclusive and confusing historical example possible.

    If you actually look at the rest of the 4th-gen hardware, you'll see that neither Sega nor Nintendo had the best tech of their time. Neo Geo (and indeed arguably CD-I) knocked both into a cocked-hat.

    And besides: PSX vs N64, PS2 vs Xbox, Wii vs PS3/360 are all the relevant proofs required by my argument.
    Reply -3
  • GreyBeard 21/08/2017

    @reggy72

    SNES was more capable than Megadrive in a few areas; yeah the cpu in Sega's offering was a bit better, but the audio and graphics subsystem on Nintendo's machine was superior.

    SNES also sold a lot more worldwide than the megadrive/genesis/nomad family did.
    Reply +1
  • GreyBeard 21/08/2017

    @VanillaLake

    It doesn't matter, you could make the exact same sort of argument for PS4 Pro versus regular PS4, and the cheaper SKU outsells the more powerful one 5-1.

    Consoles are a price-sensitive product, because people who are obsessive about performance always have the PC market to cater to their desires.

    Most powerful has never won a console gen, ever. Its a historical fact.
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  • GreyBeard 21/08/2017

    @GreatnessAwaits

    The "goal" MS are striving for with the hardware is of dubious sales value though. Right now at least.

    The PS4 Pro is 100 cheaper than the One X currently, with doubtless plenty of headroom for price-cuts/bundling.

    It doesn't need to compete point-for-point because of that. It just needs to be good enough to justify the premium above the standard PS4, but not overshadown and weaken the perception of that market leading sku.
    Reply +2
  • Sony apparently "won't allow" Ark: Survival Evolved PS4-Xbox One cross-play

  • GreyBeard 20/08/2017

    @Mrsyms

    Anti-consurism isn't "they didn't give me everything I waaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhnt."

    Babies.
    Reply +1
  • GreyBeard 20/08/2017

    @the_milkybar_kid

    At least they release games I want to play regularly. MS under Spencer is a fucking disaster in that regard.
    Reply -1
  • GreyBeard 20/08/2017

    @Fourfoldroot

    Honestly, as far as I'm concerned anyone who acts like any of this cross-play shit is a big deal is a fanboy idiot.

    I find it funny that all of a sudden its so important despite walled-garden online services having been around for many years without a peep being said.

    Its particularly asinine given that consoles are built around the walled garden concept in the first place. They are little competitive fiefdoms that directly benefit or suffer from each others market performance.

    As such, a leader lending their competitive advantage to a lesser party is just not going to be on the table, no matter how many overly-entitled internet troglodytes try and impose their collective will on them.
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  • GreyBeard 20/08/2017

    I wonder how many people wringing their hands over this have any interest whatsoever in playing this mediocrity on any platform? Reply -2
  • Why the spirit of Flash gaming must never die

  • GreyBeard 18/08/2017

    Original "indie gaming" my arse. That's such a slap in the face to generations of bedroom programmer in the 80's and 90's who were creating stuff just as individualistic, only in absence of an internet media to package them as a "movement". Reply +15
  • Crackdown 3 delayed until spring 2018

  • GreyBeard 17/08/2017

    @jabberwocky

    This is true unfortunately. I'm no fan of MS but their presence is vital to keeping Sony "honest".

    Because lets face it, Nintendo are very happy just being themselves, and I can't imagine them feeling the need to compete head-to-head with Sony.

    The way things are going... I really don't know what to think though. MS seem purely interested in XBL and the service model it facilitates, and as such their interest in the console space seems almost tangential.
    Reply -1
  • GreyBeard 17/08/2017

    @DAN.E.B

    The only people who should feel insecure are OG One/S owners who are suffering through a year long software drought while Nintendo are making a comeback and Sony are having their best year of the gen.

    It would be sort of understandable if this was a generational cross-over period, but One X is just a mid-gen refresh like Pro was. So the lack of compelling big-titles is hurting both sku's.

    The sad truth is that MS are basically killing the One/S with what they are doing. X is taking all the promotional bandwidth and confusing/putting-off potential buyers, meanwhile they are offering the bare minimum in terms of software support for the whole ecosystem - which as I've mentioned already is a particularly bad move in light of how strong the competition is.
    Reply +3
  • Next Xbox update changes the home menu, Guide, and community feed

  • GreyBeard 08/08/2017

    Yay,MS all over. Spend the money and resources constantly chopping and changing the dashboard as opposed to investing in first-party software. Really shows me that they are more about selling stuff, than the stuff they sell. Reply -7
  • Microsoft really wants you to know playing Minecraft online is safe

  • GreyBeard 03/08/2017

    @GreatnessAwaits

    Wow, are you getting paid to shill for MS or are you doing it out of some batshit sense of platform partisanship?

    That MS would have a big warning sign about how they deal with "creepers" in Minecraft shows that the main security concern with it is sexual predation, not financial. Something that they'll have to be really careful about now they are attempting to pull everything social under the same umbrella.
    Reply -5
  • GreyBeard 03/08/2017

    Loving the rate-downs I got for simply pointing out the "deal" (aka shit sandwich) that MS is offering Sony with this farce.

    But as per usual, the shallow, short-sighted infants of the internet can't see it for what it is and start the chicken-little dance of "muh consumer rights"...

    What cracks me up the most is when these same nuggets react to any counter-argument with the "corporate ball-washing" thing, as if their poutrage hasn't effectively been bought and paid for by MS offering them the shiny beads of the super-duper graphics pack.

    The reality is that this whole "better together" thing is just a strategem to centralize all post-sale and social interactivity so as its easier to monetize for them. There is no altruistic motive here, its all about the $$$.
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  • GreyBeard 02/08/2017

    MS: "Hey, Mr Sony, how about we force all your existing Minecraft players to get an XBL account in order to get future updates on your platform?"

    Sony: "You fuckin' wot, mate?"
    Reply -2
  • Microsoft reveals three new Xbox One controllers

  • GreyBeard 02/08/2017

    All they need now are some games to use the controllers with... Oh well, MS' bear will briefly exit its normal 9 month hibernation period soon to compete for the 3rd quarter, and give the apologists sufficient titles to continue to claim there isn't a problem :D Reply -6
  • The three times EA mentioned Mass Effect: Andromeda in its financial results

  • GreyBeard 28/07/2017

    Cadence is actually a pretty decent adjective for an important consideration; the frequency between significant events be they delivery of builds or releasing product to market.

    There are plenty of ridiculous buzzwords in the business, but cadence isn't one.
    Reply +2
  • PlayStation Plus price hike announced for Europe

  • GreyBeard 28/07/2017

    @Decaf

    Sorry if living in the real world connotes to "being a dick" to you. Buy your own food and pay your own bills. It might give you much needed perspective as to why this is a non-issue.
    Reply -4
  • GreyBeard 28/07/2017

    @Decaf

    What's to protest? Prices go up on everything over time. Its amazing to me that some of you kids somehow believe that games/gaming is on some mystical fucking island where the laws of economics just don't apply!
    Reply -12
  • Hit comedy sex game to be modified after Valve pulled it off Steam

  • GreyBeard 28/07/2017

    Puritanical fucking idiocy strikes again.

    Its weird how the cultural pendulum swings; growing up in the 70's and 80's my generation regarded permissiveness as being "progressive"; These days it seems like the youth of today are literally terrified by sexuality and treat it as the root of all evil.

    Shoot as many people in the face as you like, but political incorrect behavior is a no-no and gets your game pulled?

    Its so out of whack its mind-boggling.
    Reply +17
  • Final Fantasy 12's PS4 remaster is a great upgrade for 1080p gaming

  • GreyBeard 11/07/2017

    Kinda daft people getting their jimmies rustled over a PS2 port, one with a significant number of pre-rendered cutscenes to boot. Reply 0
  • GreyBeard 10/07/2017

    @butler`

    Simple answer:

    Because that would get in the way of DF shilling for X1X :D
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