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Aneristic Illusions / Re: UK General Election 8th June: Shake it all about?
« Last post by Cain on Today at 06:09:58 pm »
I think there would be a lot more people in favour of leaving the EU but remaining in the EEA.

Of course, this would just further agitate and annoy the "Hard Brexit Now" crowd, but I do believe they are a minority among leave voters.  While there's a good number of people in this country motivated by immigration, and a good number of those motivated by racism, there's a good amount of misinformation, lies and longstanding tabloid prejudices mixed up in that, and I think some of those people have seen they've been lied to, or that the economic hit will outweigh the benefits.

Staying in the EEA would resolve the vast majority of the territorial problems, both NI and Scotland, resolve the majority of the trade issues and provide a framework for the UK's continuing association with EU bodies in the manner of Norway and Switzerland, thus calming political tensions and foreign investors.

But of course, we've committed ourself to cutting our collective throat, so that's what we're going to do.  I'm just hoping at this point that the EU is being serious about this "continuing EU citizenship" for British citizens business that is being floated.
RPG Ghetto / Re: Unified Vidya Games thread
« Last post by Cain on Today at 05:43:27 pm »
So...some thoughts on the EA/lootbox debacle.

1. It's bullshit.  2. It's bullshit.  3. It's bullshit.  4. Thank god its not easy to somehow derive weird fascist politics from lootboxes or else we'd be looking at Gamergate 2.0 right about now.

It's bullshit because the premise on which the entire complaint is made is false.  The complaint is that it takes an incredibly unfair and long period of time to unlock certain powerful characters and weapons in Star Wars: Battlefront 2, unless you are willing to pay for lootboxes which give you a chance to bypass this.

This is wrong for a number of reasons.  Firstly, all the characters and weapons can be unlocked via in-game credits and by doing challenges.  I wouldn't blame anyone for not knowing about the latter challenges, because the UI for Battlefront is atrocious and navigating it is a real challenge - if anything, that and the decision to lock off credit earnings from the arcade mode are far more serious and legitimate complaints.

Secondly, the grind is quite reasonable.  I've seen figures of 50-80 hours to unlock Darth Vader, the capstone character for the Empire.  However, I've seen someone get enough in-game credit to unlock his character in less than 8 hours.  They chose not to, because they wanted to unlock other characters first, but it's entirely doable.  No doubt if you want to unlock special costumes and victory dances and whatnot for everything, yes, that would probably take a few hundred hours at least to achieve.  But does anyone really care about those things?  Apart from some hardcore completionists, no.

To put this into perspective, the average amount of time it took a player to max their manifest in ME3MP was 800 hours, for all characters and all weapons at max level, with no way to complete challenges to unlock weapons, and with only a chance (via lootboxes) at getting character or weapon unlocks. 

Thirdly, the game is not only pretty fun, it is supremely well optimised for PC players, a goddamn miracle in 2017.  It looks good and it runs well, and even on a mid-range rig you can run high-end graphics settings and lock the framerate at 60 FPS with no problems.  EA intends to continue support for the game through free DLC and additional maps.

Other games have had far more egregious lootbox systems.  Black Ops 3, for example, had certain weapons that could only be unlocked via lootboxes...these happened to be some of the best weapons in the game, what a surprise.  League of Legends is another serious offender.  I'd even say Zenimax certainly have some...questionable decisions when it comes to monetising content and being evasive around what consumers are getting.  Unless I am really missing something big, I can see nothing EA has done that a thousand other companies have also done, with much less or no backlash whatsoever.

I have no real sympathy for EA, and I haven't since I read about how they rushed Dragon Age 2 (which had so much potential to be a great game) into a suicidally short production cycle (though reflecting on that I think some conceptual issues with Bioware and the larger series direction certainly didnt help there).  But this hate is so ridiculous I'm actually starting to wonder if this isn't some weird corporate vendetta.  EA hate has always been ridiculous, like how it keeps on being voted "Worst Company in America" for the crimes of...admittedly shitty treatment of their employees and not making games to the precise specifications of whining man-children?

Reddit has been flooded for the past week with complaints about's even infecting non-EA related specific gaming subs, like Dishonored.  Admittedly, Reddit tends towards circlejerking and hivemind behaviour at the best of times, but it's also uniquely situated for astro-turfing campaigns.  If this is entirely grassroots, however, then that's even suggests these people are completely out of touch and more than just a little unstable.

Hence why I'm glad you can't easily derive fascism from lootboxes.  Because this right here would be a marvellous recruiting opportunity.

It's like I don't even know you, anymore.
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Apple Talk / Re: things I will do when I am emperor of the universe
« Last post by Doktor Howl on Today at 05:13:05 am »

It's like I don't even know you, anymore.
more rules.

6. Building codes will require that for every 5 fire drills in any densely populated building, there must be at least 1 actual fire. Otherwise, we're practicing for nothing. Think of it as a Kobayashi Maru for desk jockeys.

7. There will be absolutely no films or television programs set in the real world where all the characters are subject to the normal laws of physics or probability, because that defeats the purpose of escapism.

8. All elections will be carried out by randomly recruiting D&D players to a central location, where they will each be assigned a candidate and proceed to decide the election by a series of D20 rolls.

9. All professional sports will be condensed three-week period and run simultaneously with no access to the public, and with no coverage in any communication medium other than interpretive dance.

10. Country music can never be eradicated because it is a deeply loved cultural phenomenon. However, all performances of it must occur in the Louisiana swamps, outdoors, without amplification.
Apple Talk / Re: things I will do when I am emperor of the universe
« Last post by Doktor Howl on Yesterday at 11:48:54 pm »
In penance, blast Bearforce1 at work. Make Billy dance.

I apparently do penance every day.   :lulz:
Apple Talk / Re: things I will do when I am emperor of the universe
« Last post by LMNO on Yesterday at 10:29:26 pm »
In penance, blast Bearforce1 at work. Make Billy dance.
Principia Discussion / Re: 2x3+(2-3)=????
« Last post by Doktor Howl on Yesterday at 10:17:15 pm »
I'm just a sentient webcrawler, but with all this hatred going around only sensible solution I see is to have a fight 'till death. Between everybody. It should take long enough to convince the rest of the population that this is actually a good idea so there's a plenty of time to train so you'll have a decent chance to come out on top.

I'm just gonna party in the ruins until someone eats me, if it's all the same to you.
Apple Talk / Re: things I will do when I am emperor of the universe
« Last post by Doktor Howl on Yesterday at 10:15:25 pm »
If 200+ years of "democracy" has taught us anything, it's that we can disregard Vex's views on anything musical.

Also mine, according to LMNO.   :lulz:

A guy says that Burn Down the Mission is "okay" just once, and look what happens.

Hey, I also like Safety Dance.
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