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An Algorithm To Prevent Twitter Hashtag Degeneration

Tridus Re:"gamergate drowned out" (162 comments)

Gamergate wasn't hijacked at all. The thing that Baldwin started with was literally bullshit made up by that developer's ex-boyfriend.

It started off as sexist BS, and it remained sexist BS. Basing an "ethics" campaign on flagrant lies isn't exactly a good place to get started.

about two weeks ago
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Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

Tridus Re:Fix it? (171 comments)

Depending on the game, it can be reversed, but it's not easy. Diablo 3 is a recent example. Bad launch with major server problems and gameplay issues. The 2.0 patch and expansion basically undid all of that, got rave reviews, and AFAIK did result in a sales bump. That's Blizzard, though.

Assassins Creed usually sells a lot up front, sells some DLC, then moves on. DLC doesn't provide a "reset" to try and win people back over the same way a major expansion launch does. For AC Unity, the damage is done. Fixing it makes sense to try and limit the damage to the brand and because some of those fixes can probably be used in the next game, not because they hope it'll generate more sales.

about three weeks ago
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Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

Tridus Re:marketing and reputation (171 comments)

When you have the hype machine going a year in advance aimed at a certain date, promotion contracts with Gamestop and such for a certain date, and even something simple like shelf space at Walmart for a certain date, changing that date is not without consequences.

Digital distribution tends to make this easier, but this is predominantly a console game and so retail matters.

about three weeks ago
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Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

Tridus Yet again - Preorders are for suckers (171 comments)

There is a reason they want you to buy the game before any reviewers or other users start commenting on it. It's what enables them to sell broken crap like this. They've already got your money.

The hype train, preorder bonuses, review embargoes are all meant to allow them to get away with selling broken crap. That's exactly what they've done. All the complaining in the world won't do a whole lot about that, now.

If you really want to put a stop to companies like EA and Ubi doing this - never preorder a game. Any game worth buying on launch day is still worth buying two weeks later, and you'll save yourself quite a lot of money by avoiding duds.

about three weeks ago
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Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

Tridus Re:"unexpected technical issues" (171 comments)

"Unexpected technical issues", as in "we knew there were issues but didn't expect them to become this big of a media story."

You're right. Game company management and PR want to meet the ship date no matter what because of the hype train and various retailer contracts for shelf space. QA isn't that high on the totem pole when it comes to influence, and are routinely ignored if they're saying what management and PR don't want to hear.

Hopefully, Ubi learns something from this.

about three weeks ago
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Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

Tridus Re:Fix it? (171 comments)

Everyone already bought it, so it's all good as far as Ubi is concerned.

about three weeks ago
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Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

Tridus Re:Unexpected technical issues (171 comments)

Usually, testers find these things and management decides that they can be fixed with a patch later, because missing the ship date would cause marketing problems.

Sometimes they get away with that. Sometimes the problems are worse than management thinks and a debacle like this happens.

about three weeks ago
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Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

Tridus Why settle for second rate failure? (433 comments)

Unlike the other candidates, Carly has a proven track record of spectacular failure.

Don't settle for less, vote for first rate failure in 2016!

about three weeks ago
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Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

Tridus Re:Diaspora appliance (88 comments)

Except that I can sign up for Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr/G+/Whatever with a browser, and costs me zero dollars.

A Disapora appliance would have to cost more than zero dollars, because you're making and distributing hardware. Why would people ever buy it? What happens when it fails, or the baby spills juice on it, or it needs patching, or any number of other real world things happens to it?

It's a complete non-starter unless it also does something game changing.

about three weeks ago
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Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

Tridus Nobody cares (88 comments)

" It isn't an open source, decentralized social networking technology."

I hate to break it to you, but people don't care. That's techobabble to the overwhelming majority of the audience. When it comes to social networks, people care about the following things:

1. Are the people I want to connect with using it
2. Does it look good
3. Is it easy to use
4. Privacy, sometimes

Disapora failed because it was high on technobabble and low on the other stuff.

about three weeks ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

Tridus Re:Outrage not done right (561 comments)

She also would have hired two guys to write slashdot 2.0.

about a month ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

Tridus Could be a money loser (400 comments)

Google was paying Mozilla before for traffic driven their way, that will presumably end now.

So if I'm using Firefox and switch back to Google (because I don't want to use reskinned Bing), Mozilla won't be getting anything anymore.

about a month ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

Tridus Re:Bing indeed (400 comments)

The commonly thrown around number is that 90% of users never change the defaults.

In my experience, that number might be low.

about a month ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

Tridus It's entirely the fault of gamers for pre-ordering (474 comments)

This is very easily fixed - don't pre-order games.

Problem solved. Now you can wait two weeks to let the suckers who did pre-order tell you if it's good or not. It doesn't matter what the publisher tries to do to slow down the reviews, since in that case the reviewers can just get a retail copy and review without interference.

The moral here is to not be a sucker by pre-ordering.

about a month ago
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Assassin's Creed: Unity Launch Debacle Pulls Spotlight Onto Game Review Embargos

Tridus Re:THIS is the kind of thing that GamerGate is abo (474 comments)

So GamerGate is now Occupy, where it's about absolutely everything (even things that have been already an issue for years) and is thus about nothing at all?

Gotcha.

about a month ago
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Apple Releases iMessage Deregistration Utility

Tridus Re:Try explaining that... (136 comments)

There was 145 billion of them sent last year, so the answer is probably "lots of people".

about a month ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

Tridus Re:It Remains a Journalism Scandal. Deal With It. (716 comments)

And it's cute how you're being led around by the nose thinking that the "journalistic ethics" in question are actually a thing, when that campaign is bullshit being used as cover by the trolls for their real goal.

Hint - when you make up bullshit about your ex-girlfriend, that's the opposite of "ethics".

about a month and a half ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

Tridus Re:It Remains a Journalism Scandal. Deal With It. (716 comments)

If by "revealed she slept with reviewers", you really mean "had some bullshit made up by her ex-boyfriend that was taken as truth by a bunch of total fucking morons", then yeah, that's pretty much what happened.

One of the people they said she slept with to get reviews, didn't even review the game. But hey, this is about "ethics". Facts and truth have no place in a mob running around screaming "ethics!!!!"

about a month and a half ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

Tridus Re:BULLSHIT.. Gamergate needs a real explanation (716 comments)

It's pretty amazing how this "movement" can be so many things, have no clear goals, no leadership, no objective, and is somehow magically immune from responsibility for everything people do in it's name.

Sorry, but no. GamerGate is total bullshit, founded on already disproven lies and mysognistic assholes. If you're in for that, you are what's wrong with society.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

Tridus Re:I'm surrounded by morons (613 comments)

Where I live, I still get to drive home in the dark. Only now I also get to drive *to* work in the dark.

Yay!

It's an utterly pointless exercise here. We only do it because of inertia.

about a month and a half ago

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Gamestop buys Impulse

Tridus Tridus writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Tridus (79566) writes "Gamestop has agreed to buy Impulse from current ower/creator Stardock for an undisclosed sum. Impulse is well behind Steam in the digital distribution market, but gives Gamestop a jump start in their effort to start competing with Steam."
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Spore, Mass Effect to phone home

Tridus Tridus writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tridus (79566) writes "The PC version of Mass Effect is going to require Internet access to play (despite being a single player game), as its DRM system requires that it phone home every 10 days. Sadly, Spore will use the same system. This will do nothing to stop piracy of course, but it will do a heck of a good job of stopping EA's new arch-enemy: people playing their single player games offline."
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