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286  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Agent D's House of Rant. on: May 01, 2012, 05:18:08 PM
I'm not even going to go near the whole OWS thing.

I was only going to suggest that rage/venting is not a very well trod path to success. In fact most of the prevailing evidence seems to suggest it just feeds on itself - there's a nice summary about this here: http://youarenotsosmart.com/2010/08/11/catharsis/

Obviously there are exceptions everywhere, anger can be a great motivator. But couching all of your points in rage is a real good way to make sure the actual point gets missed, you know? If you make a point aggressively, you have to expect that people are going to be just as aggressive with their counter points.
287  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Agent D's House of Rant. on: May 01, 2012, 04:47:36 PM
Here's my secret: I don't approach life like everybody everywhere is out to get me every minute of every day.

Seems to be working out pretty well so far.
288  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs on: April 27, 2012, 11:55:10 AM
Awwww, Philly isn't so bad. Some of us are quite nice. :-)
I want to believe you, I really do, but my known sample is taken from Phillies and Eagles games.  And it's not promising. 

Well I certainly can't help you there as there will always be jerks. Just remember that the people NOT yelling at you or throwing stuff at you outnumber the ones that are. :-)

Looks like a good old fashioned Devils vs Flyers series on the horizon.
289  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs on: April 25, 2012, 10:15:41 PM
Awwww, Philly isn't so bad. Some of us are quite nice. :-)
290  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Lone Survivor on: April 24, 2012, 12:02:47 AM
Game is terrific.
291  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs on: April 23, 2012, 11:06:41 AM
http://s1110.photobucket.com/albums/h460/ZooWithRoy/?action=view&current=girrooooo.gif
292  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs on: April 20, 2012, 05:25:39 PM
Magnificent reporting on the NHL playoffs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=onFvwBuaM80
293  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs on: April 19, 2012, 11:11:59 AM
The less said about last night the better.
294  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Agent D's House of Rant. on: April 16, 2012, 03:00:22 PM
...if I knew what people were thinking exactly at the time, I'd probably be more pissed off, and violent about it. Honestly, people's faces pretty much lead you to what they're thinking, at least in general. Of course, you can't always be accurate in assumptions.

That type of suspicion sounds stressful. :-)
295  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs on: April 16, 2012, 10:16:55 AM
The most hilarious part of that game was when they planned to put Neal in the penalty box for 2 minutes, which would have meant he got out with 3 minutes left in the game. That sure would have been a piece of genius from the zebras.
296  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The Line Between Creator and Creation on: April 13, 2012, 07:51:08 AM
I prefer to judge art on its own merit. Sometimes that means removing the creator from the equation. Polanski is mentioned in the article: I can abhor the man but still admire the work.

From my point of view, this is part of having a nuanced opinion. I certainly sympathize with a perspective that wants to keep cash out of the pockets of evil doers, I really can and don't think it's silly in the least. Since video games cost money this can be very tricky. But at the same time keep in mind all the OTHER people that work on something like DQ and make it great. Is it right they should suffer because of one idiot?

I don't actually know the answer to that question, and when you try to unravel good and evil on this type of commercial scale it can get very tricky. Do you boycott the use of cell phones made in China (it ain't just Apple you know). What about PC parts made there? What type of car do you drive? It's important to know where what we buy comes from, but very little of it comes from just one person.

I think personal agendas make the (wo)man, but this is a great example of something more nuanced and complicated than "I don't like this one guy that has something to do with DQ". What's the best way to express yourself here? Is not picking up a copy of Enders Game from the library or something instead of spending money on it the best way to express a stance against Card (he is a tool but it's a damn good book)?

I don't know.
297  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Agent D's House of Rant. on: April 12, 2012, 08:51:33 PM
Dave, John- yeah, I see your points.  Good, valid, and perhaps that moment of rose-colored nostalgia got the better of me. 

The fact that bug fixes are so much easier these days is good.  The only issue I'd take is if that ease is used as a crutch to rush out a project to the public.  Of course, that's more in the hands of publishers than developers.  And you know, publishers do wield some evil power.  I don't need to tell all the college students about how publishers price-gouge the hell out of textbooks and then render them obsolete the next semester when a new edition comes out.  And when some books cost $150 a pop these days...

Excellent point on publishers. I definitely think dlc can be used for evil, I just don't think as a concept it is inherently bad.
298  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Agent D's House of Rant. on: April 12, 2012, 03:06:07 PM
In fact, just ask John how long it takes me to be happy with projects around here... I'm sure he could give you some horror stories...
299  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Agent D's House of Rant. on: April 12, 2012, 02:58:03 PM
You have to remember too that in the eyes of developers, it is rare indeed for a thing to feel "finished". I have this same problem at work when it comes time for a new release - I almost always feel like there are a few things I could have tightened up or done differently or more elegantly, but in the end you have to actually release a product or you never actually get paid. You do the absolute best you can with the timetable you have.

I think the old expression "A work of art is never finished, only abandoned" may apply here in a way. At least nowadays with DLC it takes longer for it to be abandoned. :-P
300  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Agent D's House of Rant. on: April 12, 2012, 01:50:48 PM
Also, totally agree with John on the issue of BUGS. There was almost no recourse back in the day if you bought a buggy game, and although it is a "mistake" it is absolutely unreasonable to expect every single possible bug to be caught before release because no matter how large your QA team, thousands of players will come up with scenarios you simply never thought of no matter what you do. Public betas help but there is no substitute for putting the game (or any software product) in the hands of users. They will find a way to break it. That's just part of doing business, it's not an attempt to screw people over.

Also, I just don't think all DLC is bad. The Amalur DLC (Legend of Dead Kell) was absolutely fantastic and well worth the $10 price tag, but didn't detract in any way at all from the original game if you didn't have it. There are ways to do this right. I get the original point that some companies (Bioware) appear to be going down a path where DLC is coming very close to required (I'm thinking ME2 more than anything proposed around ME3 actually) and that's taking us into weird territory for sure - but it has never been a better time to be a gamer than right now.
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