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In UK Study, Girls Best Boys At Making Computer Games

Mikawo Re:More Information (312 comments)

I also have a problem with that as a metric. I'm not convinced that the amount of triggers used actually mean anything. It all depends on what a "role-playing game" meant to these kids and what goals were actually being attempted. If all you wanted, perhaps as a first step, was a character that talked to other characters, why would you use any other trigger?

about three weeks ago
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Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

Mikawo Re:Anti-feminism is NOT misogyny (299 comments)

Wrong. The definition says 'advocacy'. Just because someone does not advocate it, does not necessarily mean they disagree with it.

Also, there is feminism the word and then there is feminism the movement. That Henry James quote pretty much sums up the feminist movement. Even people who have considered themselves feminists before are dropping the label because of how ugly the feminist movement behaves.

about a month ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

Mikawo Re:Whoa whoa whoa (642 comments)

It would be disingenuous to use the term primarily for women regardless of the distribution.

about 1 month ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

Mikawo Re:Wow, that's very deeply insightful (594 comments)

Yes, they would totally not make any money off of this... well except from the rich people who are actually willing to pay for this exact thing. Sounds to me like they have a valid business strategy already. If something else comes out of it, then that's a bonus.

about a month and a half ago
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For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love

Mikawo Re:Suckers (164 comments)

Most games are created to make money. People see what is selling and they just cobble together some crap to try and make some easy money. There are people who do it out of love, but those are definitely few and far between.

about 2 months ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

Mikawo Re:bandwidth isn't the problem (429 comments)

All you need to do is pay some guy (maybe a kid from high school because this shit is not rocket science) ONCE and it would be substantially better than not configuring anything at all.

about 2 months ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

Mikawo Re:Mod AC parent up (354 comments)

Yes, putting his projects under GPL was not legal in the first place because it linked to non-GPL code, but he knows this. What he's trying to do is get the server code to be GPL'd to validate his license and until then he wants to stop the use of his code.

What I want to know is what happens to code that uses an invalid license and then is distributed. Does it default to an implied copyright the same way works released without licenses do? Or is that nullified when a license is chosen? What the hell happens exactly and what does it mean for third-party software that rely on that code?

about 3 months ago
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Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture

Mikawo Re:"Death to Gamers and Long Live Videogames" (1134 comments)

Curious. How is that a meme? Other than to refer to the actual Quinn controversy, I have never seen the term Quinnspiracy used in any noticeable capacity.

about 3 months ago
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Was Watch Dogs For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

Mikawo Re:DLC (215 comments)

There are games that want to push the limits of PC hardware and have all the fancy bells and whistles and if that's what you want, then those are the games you should get, but why do you expect every game to be that way? Why is it wrong to optimize for the lowest common denominator to, say, reach a wider audience? Not everything needs to be at the cutting edge. Just making the game fun is a worthwhile goal in itself.

about 6 months ago
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Was Watch Dogs For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

Mikawo Re:DLC (215 comments)

Generally speaking, all instances of a given product from a manufacturer should not be significantly different in quality. Otherwise the value is not consistent and it would be unfair to price it all the same.

about 6 months ago
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Was Watch Dogs For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

Mikawo Re:DLC (215 comments)

Well, the list price is the same no matter what platform. I think console gamers might get butthurt if they spent the same amount of money and on another platform the game looks a lot better. There is something to be said about delivering a somewhat consistent experience across different platforms. Getting that extra quality through a DLC doesn't seem all that unreasonable.

about 6 months ago
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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

Mikawo Re:Easy answers (305 comments)

I think you mean this thread is filled with experienced software developers that, all the time, thoroughly go through multiple case scenarios and determine which ones are necessary. This is shit you intuitively know if you work with any kind of software (game or not).

about 8 months ago
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Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad

Mikawo Re:Bottom Line: (358 comments)

Of all the companies that I've applied to (and I've applied to a lot), none really seemed to care about any work I've done. I have an application that has a couple hundred regular users (which I'd like to think is pretty damn good as far as obscure open source projects go) that I've been maintaining for the past year but this has not improved my prospects at all. I've also learned various technologies and started projects around them but all of it seems like an exercise in futility. The gross generalization that all you need is to have decent code samples to get a job seems like complete bullshit to me.

about 8 months ago
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Your StarCraft II Potential Peaked At Age 24

Mikawo Re:The older I get, the better I once was. (103 comments)

Many studies suggest that the better players don't typically "see" the bad moves. If you ask a good player who's analyzed a position for a few minutes about a bad move, they will require more time to answer questions about the bad move.

This happens everywhere. Not just games. If you get so used to doing things in a certain way, thinking outside that box becomes more difficult.

about 8 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Mikawo Re:I don't care if he was supporting a bill to imp (1116 comments)

I have to agree. No matter how much of an asshole view a person has, they should be able to act on their belief within the law without being condemned for it. The thing that really gets me is that they took it to his employer. If you have a political problem, fight that problem on the political stage. Don't bring that crap to the workplace!

about 8 months ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

Mikawo Re:Yes, for any mission (307 comments)

Some things are bigger than ourselves. Actually, pretty much everything is.

about 8 months ago
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Internet Commenting Growing Away From Anonymity

Mikawo Re:Yes, because moderation is oh so hard to do (384 comments)

Obviously, it does affect the score. However, I was not talking about score. It is neutral in the sense that it does not convey an opinion.

about a year ago
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Internet Commenting Growing Away From Anonymity

Mikawo Re:Yes, because moderation is oh so hard to do (384 comments)

A "redundant" comment will get a pass because that mod is a waste of mod points. A person would more likely save mod points for an approval/disapproval rather than use them for something neutral like "redundant".

about a year ago
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Is 'Fair Use' Unfair To Humans?

Mikawo Re:Copyright itself is problematic for technology (259 comments)

I'm trying to think of where education went wrong such that it produces people like you that think effort should be rewarded.

Students should not expect a grade of A on a test just because they tried hard. They should expect it because they produced a sufficient amount of correct answers. Likewise, an amateur carpenter should not expect to be paid more for a birdhouse he constructed just because it required more effort than would have been exerted by a skilled carpenter. The worth should represent the results and not the effort it took to produce them.

It is a shame that it is common practice to add the weight of effort into the value of a product and nobody stops to think twice about it.

about a year ago
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Lawyer Loses It In Letter To Patent Office

Mikawo Re:I'm not a patent lawyer, but I can tell you thi (342 comments)

In a professional context, you should behave professionally or you're not very professional. This doesn't mean you should take everything lying down, but acting like a total ass is definitely not something you should do.

about a year and a half ago

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