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Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Necreia Re:Incorrect, and Perfect Example (724 comments)

Finding information about is pretty trivial. But since I made the claim, I'll back it up with a source. Link. Search for the names in the link on google, and you'll find a near-endless stream of information on it.

This event was the catalyst in bringing to light the corruption in commercial gaming journalism. It all spun out from there.

about 4 months ago

Intel Drops Gamasutra Sponsorship Over Controversial Editorials

Necreia Incorrect, and Perfect Example (724 comments)

...The articles had drawn the ire of the self-described "Gater" movement, a grass-roots campaign to discredit prominent female games journalists....

The GamerGate movement had nothing to do with that at all, nor has it been about feminism. It actually started when a male Kotaku journalist published an article about a female game developer that he was sleeping with without disclosure, an act that is generally intolerable in any credible journalistic circle. From there, the mainstream gaming media outlets started with "defending it" to "attacking 'gamers'". It was almost funny how coordinated it was, because on August 28th almost every one of the gaming sites posted a "Gaming is Dead" article in unison (http://gamergate.giz.moe/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/1409546711940__large.jpg) when they were unable to squash it.

This article is a perfect example of the problem. It's near impossible to get a truthful story, because it turns out that most of the big names in games journalism have similar skeletons in the closet.

about 4 months ago

Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Necreia Re:Emma Watson is full of it (590 comments)

False. Completely false. Why do you persist in this nonsense?
Women, in the same career field as a man, almost always makes less....

I've heard this a lot, and have seen a lot of statistics that show both ways, depending on the data view and metrics considered. But there seems to be a stronger opinion for the side that you mention in the quote above, at least in the public eye. So, and I really do want to know: If this was true, why don't multinational or traded companies only hire women? If a woman can preform as well or better than a man, and almost always makes less, then it would be folly for any board not to hire only women. Reducing the labor expense by 10-20%+ while maintaining the same productivity would put any large company way out in front competitively.

It's this simple question that makes me think that it's actually more complex than that, and that the versions of the reports showing it are ignoring non-gender factors. (hours worked in a week, time off for children, etc)

about 4 months ago

Game Industry Fights Rising Development Costs

Necreia Re:Number includes marketing budget (111 comments)

Ridiculous summary with regards to the $500 million dollar figure. It includes the development AND MARKETING budgets!

Basically this. Destiny spent an estimate $360 million in Marketing and $140 million in Development, which is over a 2:1 ratio. CoD2:Modern Warfare 2 has a respective $150:$50 million or 3:1 split (Source). When game companies are spending a small relative fraction on the actual development, there's a problem.

about 8 months ago

NASA Chief Tells the Critics of Exploration Plan: "Get Over It"

Necreia Re:It doesn't take much (216 comments)

You want private enterprise to own celestial objects? Because that's what would happen.

"Welcome to Mars, brought to you by AT&T"

about 9 months ago

Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

Necreia Possibly the wrong approach (704 comments)

While I applaud the idea, it's as unrealistic as "Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia out of the Internet" or "Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia out of books".
Games are not like TV Shows, in that there is not a single channel in which consumers get it (like TV Stations). A single person can make a game that becomes popular with tens or hundreds of thousands of people. Combine this with the fact that one group can find content as offensive (She's has a character flaw... misogyny!) while another of the same group can find the alternative equally offensive (All the females in this game are one-dimensional... misogyny!).
I also don't see how creativity will flow if all content needs to be impossibly 'appropriate' for all people. For big companies, it's self-correcting anyway: If it's offensive to too many people, the game won't be successful... so at least big companies have interest to make games that sell on the mass market.

about 10 months ago

4K Ultra HD Likely To Repeat the Failure of 3D Television

Necreia Still a ways out (559 comments)

Actual 1080p isn't even here yet for a lot of media. Most games and TV stations still only use 720p, and there are quite a few movies in that mode as well. It's no surprise that no major content provider is considering 4K at this point.

about a year ago

SDL 2.0 Release Improves 2D/3D Rendering, Better Audio & New Features

Necreia License change (42 comments)

One of the more interesting changes is the license switch from LGPL to zlib.

I suspect this was done due to the rise of SFML (Simple and Fast Multimedia Library).

about a year and a half ago

Hackers Stole Information From IAEA Servers

Necreia Stole? (55 comments)

I'm seeing a huge inconsistency between data 'theft' or 'stealing' and 'pirating' here on Slashdot. I read the article and didn't see any reference to the original data being deleted. Was it just copied or "pirated", or was it actually taken off the machine with the original data removed?

more than 2 years ago

ITC Judge Calls For US Xbox Import Ban

Necreia Re:Ridiculous patent system (255 comments)

Seriously, why would anyone play games on a console anymore? You can do so much more to your games on the PC.

That wasn't directed at me, but here are my reasons:
1) I don't want to have to dual boot so that I can play AAA games. It saves me a Windows license, the hard drive space, the annoyance of multi-booting, etc.
2) Being able to just sit down on the couch with a beer, pop in a game, and play it lounging back without having a keyboard/mouse spread is relaxing. I do love playing PC games as well, but sometimes I just want to be sprawled. If I played competitively, I'd probably only play on PC.
3) I'm growing older and don't have the time or energy to upgrade my hardware in bits. I'd rather buy a new console for a few hundred dollars every 5-7 years instead of component upgrades every 0.5-1 years.

It also helps that my gaming isn't mostly twitch-shooters. If it was, that would also change how I probably played games.

more than 2 years ago

Valve Announces Massive Steam Server Intrusion

Necreia Re:DRM rocks! (434 comments)

Let's face it, there's no shortage of places that have some, part or all of your personal information these days; Steam is just one of many.

People or companies doing stupid or restrictive things en mass does not somehow make it right.

Purchasing a single-player game and having to tether it to a registration system is idiotic for the reason in the main article here. This continuing push to centralize all data in these private hubs is starting to show the flaws.

more than 3 years ago

Why the New Guy Can't Code

Necreia Move along, sexists writer. (948 comments)


We’ve all lived the nightmare. A new developer shows up at work, and you try to be welcoming, but he1 can’t seem to get up to speed; the questions he asks reveal basic ignorance; and his work, when it finally emerges, is so kludgey that it ultimately must be rewritten from scratch by more competent people. And yet his interviewers—and/or the HR department, if your company has been infested by that bureaucratic parasite—swear that they only hire above-average/A-level/top-1% people. ....

1 - Yes, I am being deliberately sexist here, because in my experience those women who write code are consistently good at it.

I know it's socially cool to be anti-male, but come on.

more than 3 years ago

Why Has Blu-ray Failed To Catch Hold?

Necreia Re:Not bothered (1162 comments)

I kind of regret using a Blu-ray player at times, because I'm nagged to be online to "Experience all the content" any time I want to watch a friggen movie.

more than 3 years ago

Gearbox Boss Bemoans Superfluous Multiplayer Modes

Necreia Missing the reason, I think (136 comments)

Purely conjecture, but I believe it's less to do with "checking off a feature" and more to do with the following:
- Save time & money on content generation, since people who play multiplayer will use the same map over and over.
- Form of DRM / Piracy Protection, if there is 'server validation' then there's an indirect 'purchase validation'

Personally, I don't buy a game for multiplayer unless it's split screen, and those are few and far between. I'd play an older game like Goldeneye 64 with 3 buds long before playing any shooter over xbox live.

more than 3 years ago

Piracy Boosts Anime Sales, Says Japanese Government Study

Necreia Re:anime may be a bad sample subject (199 comments)

Perhaps it's an age or regional thing then. The last fansub circle I was in was in the mid-20's to mid-30's demographic which had a pretty stout "Buy it when it comes out in the states" stance.

more than 3 years ago

Piracy Boosts Anime Sales, Says Japanese Government Study

Necreia Re:anime may be a bad sample subject (199 comments)

Which largely amounts to nothing. The number of fansub viewers so wildly outweighs the number of buyers it's ridiculous and shows keep getting distributed no matter what.

Really? Source? That's almost shocking to hear, as my experiences have been so drastically different. I'd be interested to see that survey or study. Additionally, it would go pretty counter to the article above as well.

more than 3 years ago

The Matrix Re-Reloaded

Necreia Re:Sad Keanu Is Nostalgic (640 comments)

Why is this trash marked "Informative". It's clear that the parent has no idea who "Mr. Reeves" is.

This man gives most of his money to Charity / the staff that helps during the movie shoots / or to other actors. He's given 90%~ of his salary so that another actor could join the set that he felt 'fit the role' on more than one occasion. He lives like a real person (takes the bus, eats at local shops)..

He is one of the very few actors that actually does it because he loves it.

about 4 years ago

Why Sony Cannot Stop PS3 Pirates

Necreia Re:Piracy..? (378 comments)

Yup, I could really care less about the games.

I'm confused, so you do care and are interested in piracy? Or do you mean "I couldn't care less".

To the GP, game publishers only look at / care about the piracy angle. Even if no one admitted that they wanted to pirate, these companies have a vested interest in keeping the game system 'locked down' and will see any openness on it as a threat.

about 4 years ago

72% of US Adults Support Violent-Game Ban For Minors

Necreia 72% of US Adults? (478 comments)

Then 72% of US Adults shouldn't buy the games for their children.

more than 4 years ago



Necreia Necreia writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Necreia (954727) writes "It seems that eBay has been agressive to put a stop to the very early PS3 preorder sales. People who attempt to place a PS3 preorder up for auction gets their account suspended. This has more effects than just losing that auction, as some people run their whole business through eBay. When the account is suspended, all other auctions by that seller are removed and some people are claiming that PayPal is flagging their account as suspicious (locking funds).
1up article:
eBay's started to crack down early-on with PlayStation 3 by enforcing their policy of not allowing auctions where the seller cannot guarantee the item will be shipped within 30 days of the auction's closing. Technically, sellers could have their auction last seven days, which would allow them to ship within the 30 day window, but it appears most didn't take this into consideration when listing.


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