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Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

Just how many mistakes have you suffered on the way here?

An uncountable number, to be sure.


The primal zerg stuff was the dumbest poo poo ever.

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Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

Just how many mistakes have you suffered on the way here?

An uncountable number, to be sure.


I think root canals get a bad rep. Maybe back in the day it was an awful procedure, but these days it's over quick and easy and you don't feel anything.

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

Just how many mistakes have you suffered on the way here?

An uncountable number, to be sure.


Theoretically at least that's why they wanted to make a PvE mode for the sequel. They probably should've detached it from the PvP though.

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

Just how many mistakes have you suffered on the way here?

An uncountable number, to be sure.


Dick Burglar posted:

A whole lot of Japan's population also doesn't believe that the Japanese government committed any war crimes in the 1930s and 40s*, so... yeah, I'm not surprised that a bunch of war crime deniers aren't celebrating that a war crime denier died.

* I'm pretty sure their public education system still denies the war crimes to this day.

My understanding is that while there are definitely some active deniers, a lot of people have simply never heard about it because, as you said, their education system never mentions it. True ignorance is a little different from denial, imo.

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

Just how many mistakes have you suffered on the way here?

An uncountable number, to be sure.


I mean if they were only concerned about appearances they could just fire the abusers instead of the complainers and that would look even better. The problem is they're NOT only concerned about appearances, they're mostly concerned with protecting the powerful.

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

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The cat's already out of the bag though. They're past the point where they can make it go away by pretending it never happened yet they continue to try. Like, they've even changed names of characters in-game so who do they think they're fooling at this point?

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

Just how many mistakes have you suffered on the way here?

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I'm sorry, but I'm still just amused that the President of Nintendo of America is named Bowser.

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

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The Board sees it as protecting one of their own, because they're also in the same social class and if something can happen to this guy who they go golfing with or whatever, then it can happen to them too. The value of the company overall is far less important to them than the value of making sure people at their level never have to face any consequences ever.

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

Just how many mistakes have you suffered on the way here?

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I don't know about that. WoW uses a of tricks to keep people playing even though they don't enjoy it necessarily, but once you've already overcome that and quit there's not much to pull you back. Even if it were an okay game again. FOMO only works one way.

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

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Rob Kostich sounds like a lazy alias for Bob Kotick.

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

Just how many mistakes have you suffered on the way here?

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Who the gently caress is that guy and why does he refer to himself in the third person?

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

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In that case they should limit it to emoticons only or something so people can't say slurs.

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

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CEOs like NFTs because they promise infinite money for doing absolutely nothing and of course big companies like the sound of that. But when every implementation is accompanied by bad press and financial loss I find it hard to imagine them not abandoning ship. I mean, yes, they are dumb for believing in NFTs for even half a second, but to them it's just the latest fad they want to get in on, not a hill to die on.

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

Just how many mistakes have you suffered on the way here?

An uncountable number, to be sure.


Wait, where our HD Space Invaders remake then? Why is no one asking about this?

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

Just how many mistakes have you suffered on the way here?

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These are the people who used google translate to make the game available in multiple languages so I have to assume the mods are unpaid volunteers or something.

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

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Edit misread nvm

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

Just how many mistakes have you suffered on the way here?

An uncountable number, to be sure.


Endorph posted:

like no seriously im gonna give you good faith here and assume its just cultural disconnect from you probably being on the older side given the 07 reg date/'gaming in the 90s' and sutff and probably spending time in older-leaning communities but like, this is just how people talk now.

im in a couple official discords for mobile games and the self-intro channels are like 'hi im 20, im lesbian, my pronouns are she/her' and 'hi im 19, im trans' and whenever any new character gets added to a game with art they like everyone talks about how gay they are, both for the character and in general. people talk about how much they like when something is 'gender,' ie has transcoded elements to it. this is just how a ton of people online talk these days, especially younger people. its extremely normal.

Can confirm.

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

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An uncountable number, to be sure.


Weedle posted:

at this point i am extremely bewildered by the board continuing to back him. what about him specifically is so valuable to be worth this?

He's their golf buddy. If corporations were actually as amorally money-hungry as capitalism wishes they were, they would've stamped out all the harassment a long time ago because that poo poo lowers productivity.

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

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Surely this means they're also inheriting the lawsuits, right?

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

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The Pokemon movies are based on the TV show anyway.

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

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You don't need to create new regulation if existing laws can be applied to it. As mentioned, there's nothing magical about the word "blockchain" or "decentralized" that makes laws no longer apply (although this is clearly what its proponents believe). If anything the blockchain provides a publicly viewable list of transactions as evidence.

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

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NFTs are actually way EASIER for a non-gamer lawmaker to understand because they CAN be easily converted back into money. They aren't like loot boxes or other obfuscating game mechanics that overload their brains, they are literally just chips in an online casino. The mechanics of the casino or how they keep track of the chips don't matter because money is money, and that's something people already understand.

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

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I doubt many indie game makers started because they wanted to become a big company while retaining creative control. They just wanted to make a game because they thought it'd be cool. Some of them would appreciate getting paid tons of money in a single payout for having done what they love, and others, at least theoretically, will turn down such an offer out of a desire to continue being independent (Undertale's Toby Fox has almost certainly gotten offers, at least).

So... what exactly changed?

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

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NFTs themselves are only designed for crypto whales, they'd probably be better off with a non-NFT grift otherwise. That itself is the grift that NFT enthusiasts are selling the rest of us.

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

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Orcs and Ostriches posted:

Hell, the FFXIV devs are ok with it as long as you slap it on top of in-game footage and it's not just a datamine or monetized. At least there's something there.

Didn't they recently change their policy and demand takedowns of Endwalker songs? Although at least they let the older stuff be grandfathered in.

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

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I use discord as an image host because uploading a picture to discord is slightly easier than uploading to imgur.

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

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It's a world of warcraft fansite, but perhaps there is no difference.

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

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External Organs posted:

It's hosed that billion(s) dollar companies get away with the contractor poo poo, just thinking about it infuriates me. Does the bottom line really get that terrible if you hire people full time? You have one of the best selling consoles ever, using ten year old technology. Hire and pay your employees! gently caress!

Not in the industry I am just hopping mad :frogsiren:

I think legally speaking if you have a desk at their office and can be late to work, you are by definition not a contractor. The whole point of the distinction is that no one else controls the time and manner of your work, which admittedly can be fuzzy in other contexts but if you have a desk job and are applying for time off that's like an open-and-shut case.

Edit: The difference between "please give me a vacation" and "sorry, I can't do that because I'm on vacation."

Clarste fucked around with this message at 02:28 on Apr 20, 2022

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

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Vegetable posted:

Ubisoft’s Singapore studio is a total mess. Allegations of sexual harassment and ineffectual HR. They dealt with the managing director’s sexual harassment by transferring him back to France and “demoting” him to just a regular director: https://www.linkedin.com/in/publicprofilehricour (description for his Singapore role: “Making our studios great places to work for”)

Also the studio hasn’t shipped a single game. Skull and Bones is their signature project and it’s been in development for nine (!) years without a release date in sight. I have no idea how these things are financed.

Doesn't Singapore subsidize game dev? It's probably a scam of some kind.

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

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It's hard to tell just from the titles, but it looks like Sonic 2006 is the game he took on the most lead roles for though.

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

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If anything Blizzard killed SC2's long term influence in the cradle since their main concern at that point was how they had completely failed to cash in on SC1's esports scene, or WC3's DotA, etc etc. Even the entire tower defense genre was born in their map editors, iirc. Anyway, Blizzard was trying to figure out a way to squeeze more money out of their games' longevity and in the process prevented any of that sort of thing from developing naturally.

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

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I remember very early on they seemed pretty confused when the fans expected them to make more characters.

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

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I don't think you can blame the problems of Diablo 3 1.0 entirely on the AH. If anything the problem was balancing the entire game around the supposedly untested AH, which is something they absolutely had the choice not to. If you know something is untested it's generally not a great idea to bet everything on it turning out perfect the first time?

Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

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An uncountable number, to be sure.


Bust Rodd posted:

Because the game was in a really bad place and the person in charge actively didn’t understand what the game was supposed to be or what the fans wanted and it wasn’t until he was literally replaced with the dude who managed the incredible console port that the game began to improve. because he and his team were like “ok what if the loot in the console port was good and made sense” and then there was this hilarious time period where Diablo 3 (PC) was unplayable dogshit and Diablo 3 (Console) was the best in class ARPG. It really can be blamed largely on the original D3 Director just being loving terrible at his job.

Fair enough, my original point was that you can't blame all its problems on the AH which I guess you agree with. I am 100% willing to believe that the director had no idea what he was doing.

That said, I do think the RMAH was part of a general shift in Blizzard's monetization philosophy where they tried to turn all their games into a steady source of revenue instead of just one-time purchases. They were sick and tired of everyone continuing to play Starcraft and Diablo 2 for years without cutting them a check, so they added what they clearly hoped would be a long tail to Diablo 3 (RMAH) and Starcraft 2 (Arcade or whatever) and OWL and all that, all of which blew up in their faces because they are dumb I guess.

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Clarste
Apr 15, 2013

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So, speaking personally, would you consider yourself footloose or fancy-free?

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