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6 Months ago
Tyranny's release being Trumped by US election was "a coincidence", say ObsidianTyranny's release being Trumped by US election was "a coincidence", say Obsidian
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Considering everyone still though Hillary had a 99% chance of winning at 8 pm on Nov 9th... I'd say they must have tailored the tag for her perceived victory.

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XCOM 2's The Long War mod is out now - here's a video overview of the new featuresXCOM 2's The Long War mod is out now - here's a video overview of the new features
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Give it another go. There are a few guides out there on what settings were killing framerates. Turning down a few things (I think it was a specific type of AA and blur effects) you won't even notice has been getting people from 12 FPS back up in to the 60s on "recommended" spec rigs.

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Oh man, that is good news. I'll give it another go. Thanks for the information brother.

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10 Months ago
Crafting debuts, and tactical nukes return, in Call of Duty: Infinite WarfareCrafting debuts, and tactical nukes return, in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
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"Crafting"

Looks like selling junk loot. But screw that "selling" isn't a buzzword. Crafting though. .. crafting tests great with the youths
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Palmer Luckey allegedly sent Donald Trump $100,000 for his inauguration Palmer Luckey allegedly sent Donald Trump $100,000 for his inauguration
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To the... err... second point of your first point (lol), yes, I understand that a good segment of Trump's supporters are fired up by his statements focused on people from specific countries of origin and specific ethnicity. Yes, the idiot white supremacist movement supports him. Yes, Trump himself exploits this sentiment, no doubt. He does so in his typical sideways manner of drumming it up, then disassociating with it, then landing somewhere in the middle. It's certainly a different strategy on the surface, but it's really the same dance all our politicians go through. I would argue Trump just lacks the duplicitous finesse of people who actually have practice in the game.


But if he is to be judged by the most extreme individuals that openly support him, then by that metric shouldn't Hillary be judged by the women supporting her while claiming all men should be castrated? Should Johnson be judged by a few nuts that believe the Second Amendment protects a citizens rights to own a nuclear weapon?


Building on that, to your first point, there are going to be a lot of people who are against Goldman Sachs committing wide scale financial malfeasance while facing no penalties... but they will consider voting for a candidate who will allow that cycle to continue business as usual, because they see the alternative (rightly so) as potentially far more disastrous. I would never label them as sociopathic "money over people"-ers just because they vote for someone based on the over all spectrum of what they see in the persons message.


Trust me, I know there are wide degrees of difference between how many Trumpers are legit racist and my other examples, but the point stands in relation to my comment that supporting Trump does not by default make you agree with everything he or his followers say. It should not automatically make you a target for a site that should be engaged in objective coverage. Again... this is meant to be a news site, not an opinion/blog site. It's supposed to be covering things, not spinning them.


And that brings me back to my ACTUAL original point. Kirk's comment that, because Luckey has donated to a pro-Trump organization, he somehow is incapable of being interested in a fair environment or diversity in his industry is unfair. It is just not demonstrably true. It is an assumption that is not based on any substantive fact. It taking the views of one segment of a politician's support base and projecting it on to everyone else who has considered that candidate as their preferred choice for president. And from what I understand... Luckey is actually considering voting for Johnson, not Trump. His main interest was undermining support for/targeting Hillary. (And perhaps doing so in meme-y durptastic Pepe troll fashion)


My statement that this is not video game news is directed at the fact that it is being updated not with actual news related to the developers and video games, but rather continued focus adjustments on the political narrative that the author is personally trying to push. Again, that's fine for him to have that opinion but THAT aspect of this story is not what I would consider video game news.


Granted... the YouTube video he linked to did do a great job of illustrating something. The people I see being intolerant, violent and hateful are the people PROTESTING Trump, not the rally attendees. Both sides are being overtaken by insane, far flung zealots that are immune to reason and discourse.


Keep it out of my damn PC news. Anyhow, your response does go to my final point... I would say the typical discourse on this site is above par from the other outlets I mentioned in my original post. I'd like to see this place stay somewhere that isn't poisoned by political/social drum beating.

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This is a great response that demonstrates a genuine degree of cohesion, but it strikes me that it also suffers from a bit of false equivalency. To start, I haven't seen Clinton actively advocate more deregulation in the financial industry--the opposite, in fact. Scouring her congressional voting record produces HR 1424 as the only actual piece of legislation that might possibly fall under the accusation that Clinton inordinately favors the financial industrial complex, and that was the banking bailout in 2008.


I have, however, seen Trump call for a flat ban on Muslim immigration as well as the construction of a wall (on top of the one that already exists) to block out "rapists" and "murderers". These are actual policy points he has espoused, beyond the list of racist dog-whistles employed by Trump. And it really cannot be dismissed that his performance in the polls during the primaries rose after each of these statements. I suspect from the above that you would agree his very being the nominee rests on the support he receives from the white supremacists you also mention--support which would not exist without his political stance. As you say, he has exploited their support specifically, as none of the other Republican nominees did. On the other hand, there are no policy platforms coming from Clinton which expressly or even remotely call for any sort of disenfranchisement of the male populace--it would indeed be utterly far fetched to say that a Clinton supporter automatically supports male castration.


That is to say, this is not a case of guilt by association, but actual substance. As Trump has trumpeted racially discriminatory policy as foundational planks in his campaign in as substantial a fashion as any of his economic proposals, a vote/support for Trump actually is a vote/support for those policies, as distasteful as that reality may seem. Again, it actually does not matter if you are racist or not if you support a candidate whose candidacy is built on racist rhetoric and policy--it still rather flies in the face of building diversity, to put it mildly, does it not?


As to the reportage here, it's a bit surprising that such a well-considered individual such as yourself as revealed in your comments would take a rather innocuous deduction that Luckey's backing of an alt-right group is counter to diversity promotion so personally. The alt-right, after all, has explicitly been identified by numerous hate watch groups as white supremacist in philosophy and substance. This deduction isn't exactly indicative of a "belligerent attitude towards large sections of [this site's] readership," and outside of that one case the rest of this post is straight reportage--quotes and developments expressly pertaining to the actions of game devs in the public sphere, with two of the updates dealing with business decisions as well.


I do agree, however, that this election season and everything it has touched has been quite disheartening and exhausting.

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Palmer Luckey allegedly sent Donald Trump $100,000 for his inauguration Palmer Luckey allegedly sent Donald Trump $100,000 for his inauguration
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"Luckey was the final speaker at the event, and many took this as a sign: the Oculus founder wants to build an open and diverse company. "

"Recent revelations about his political leanings obviously fly in the face of this, so members are now voicing their concerns."

This is absolutely unacceptable and you should remove the second sentence because it is empirically false. Supporting Donald Trump does not disqualify you from supporting the idea of an open and diverse company (world).

It is not illegal to support Donald Trump. It is not illegal to donate money to an organization that supports Donald Trump. People who support Donald Trump have a variety of reasons why they support him/prefer him to Hillary Clinton. Supporting Donald Trump does not make you a racist by default. It does not make you a bigot by default. Supporting Donald Trump is not an "I agree with all points" package.

You're treading dangerously close to the off-putting drum beating of Polygon and Kotaku. Two sites (among plenty more) which myself and many others have abandoned due to growing weariness of this belligerent attitude towards large sections of their readership.

Look at these comments alone and realize something; We come here for video game news and articles. If you want to claim that this story requires daily updates because in a very, very, VERY loose way it is relevant to our industry... fine. But keep it objective and keep your strongly biased personal opinions restrained. You're a journalist, not a blogger. This isn't an opinions piece.

This site tends to do a very high quality job of covering upcoming PC gaming titles, hardware etc, and tends to have an above average community discourse. Don't throw that away over virtue signally falsehoods.Reply
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I have to say--and this is not a personal attack--unpack what you're arguing here for a minute. Put aside the person of Trump and consider the following question purely in the abstract: does it actually matter if you, personally, are not racist if you support someone that promotes racist policy and rhetoric? It's rather irrelevant if it's just "part" of the "package"--it's still a part of it. Ignoring it doesn't make it disappear. To put it harshly, that's more than appeasement, that's facilitation. And it seems from your comment that you do, in fact, recognize that Trump traffics in racist bigotry.


At any rate, that several developers have cancelled their intentions of producing for the Oculus following this news rather clearly suggests that it is firmly within the area of "gaming news". And the updates reporting such developments are unquestionably within that realm--they are directly about the business decisions of game devs, as much of the news on this site is.

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So long as he sticks to his lie, he'll be fine. Just lie in the face of all evidence. People will be forced to either accept your lie, accept you're insane, or give up. Worked for OJ.
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The people who designed the spaceships for Earth: Final Conflict are probably weeping at this point. What happened to sci-fi, when did it turn into a stomping grounds for neo-luddites? How did that happen?? How... How could that happen? How is that even a thing?

Look at that glass cockpit, and those early '00s LCD monitors with a UI that can only be described as 'fancy DOS.' I don't know. It just feels so completely anachronistic and lazy. I wanted to like this game but I know I'll never play it. We have the Microsoft HoloLens now, and even Deus Ex: Human Revolution with its NEAR FUTURE setting was more futuristic than this.

Every time I see sci-fi which is so much less futuristic than the world we live in, I die a little inside. I probably die a lot inside. We live in a world where quantum computing is very nearly a thing, we live in a world where actual robots have passed a self-awareness test that before only humans could, we live in a world where decades ago we could conceive of living bioships, holography, cool space technology, and...

I mean, even when compared against '50s retro sci-fi, this is old tech. I don't understand how this is happening. I don't understand how Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Captain Proton (from Voyager), and Flash Gordon are looking LEGIT more futuristic than modern "science-fiction."

And I'm not talking about science-fantasy, either. I'm talking about science-fiction. Looking at what we can do today and then extrapolating what we might be able to do a hundred years from now, ten thousand years from now, and what alien races might already have been able to accomplish.

It's depressingly stupid, narrow-minded, small-minded, and earthcentric. I recently wrote elsewhere that, as a species, we're so self-obsessed and obsessed with popular aesthetics that if an alien were to survey us, they'd probably classify us as 'Planet Narcissism: Ignore, Visit at Your Peril.'

Where did the science go? Where did the fiction go? Where did the truly fantastic go? It's really, really depressing. I don't want glass cockpits and old CRT/LCD monitors! I want spaceships that can kick out camera drones which are immune to EMPs because that's already NOT DIFFICULT. Today! I don't want glass windows! I want a robotic spaceship that's able to change its shape and reconfigure itself! Or I want a techno-organic spaceship that the pilot has bonded with in order to fly it telepathically!

I'm really sick of this. I hate this. I just want to go back to the '90s when sci-fi was sci-fi.

Footnote: Even Borderlands the Pre-Sequel made fun of this idiocy. With a guy that goes to 'crack a window because it's warm' and then gets sucked out into space. :I

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What makes this worse, honestly, is... According to modern psychology, if you had windows that only looked out onto the black emptiness of space? People would actually start getting depressing and going crazy, because the human mind isn't even designed to deal with that. You'd start hallucinating that there are things out there in the bleak emptiness. People do this on aeroplanes already! The only people who'd want windows are pilots who're especially trained.

What you could have is a holographic window looking out onto a beautiful vista, either earth or alien. That'd be rad, and then you could have computer readouts telling you the most important things. I've actually pointed out that if I were going to the crapper in an alien ship, I'd probably want that. I could look out on an incredible vista, finish my biological horribleness, and then turn the window off. I actually want to see someone do this as a comedy skit.

But yes, there's so much wrong with sci-fi and I can only assume that this is because, unlike in the '90s, sci-fi is designed to appeal to less intelligent, normal people now. People who aren't very creative and don't think very much.
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... you really are the worst.


I made an account just to say that.

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