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Even Lucas disagrees with your kid!


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Because of anglo-saxon cultural imperialism! Doesn't fit neatly into one of our euro-centric categories? Too bad!

(Also, I'm mostly kidding. I just love to say 'anglo-saxon cultural imperialism'.)


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DM_aka_Dudemeister wrote:
GamerGate was created by the disgusting depths of 4Chan to shame women who are trying to change the culture of gaming for the better. I will never support the harassment of any creator.

Exactly this.

If you want to debate journalistic integrity in the gaming industry, that's fine, but that's not what "#GamerGate" is about at all.


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Uh. That's not the disgusting trend that is being exposed here. The disgusting trend being exposed is how a vocal minority (hopefully) will latch onto anything to spread disgusting lies and lash out at women, while hiding behind weak claims of "journalistic integrity".

I mean, they are literally discussing the pros and cons of harassing Zoe Quinn until she kills herself. (warning: not for the faint of heart.)

Are you sure that's the side you want to be on?


I wish the Bad Apps* website still existed. It had some truly marvelous examples of horrendous backstories.

This was compiled by a guy who was a GM on GarouMUSH and it was, truth be told, kinda mean. But also hilarious in what people were trying to get by the application process.

My favourite, I think, was the guy who was part of a secret organization and had authority to call in nuclear strikes but obviously wouldn't use that authority because that might be overpowered and he was a cool guy like that.

Man I wish that site still existed.

*) This was at a time where App was short for application. Well. I guess it still is. But the non-software kind of application!


Tryn wrote:
The worst are the German translations as they always tries to translate it, but sometimes make big mistakes (e.g. 1 mile = 1 km)

Pet peeve alert!

It honestly bothers me more when the translation is super exact. Like when someone goes "oh, it's about two miles that way" and it gets translated to "oh, it's about 3.219km that way". I hate that so much. :)


Pamela Elizabeth wrote:
Just out of curiosity, are players outside the United States annoyed by having all the measurements in feet, pounds, etc., or are there 'translated' resources available? Or do you guys just not care?

It only really bothers me if they then also translate those measurements into their own invented measurement (like "squares"). Sure, it's not super complicated math, but it is yet-another layer every time you have to translate a measure into something relatable.

It's also slightly inconvenient when a game uses certain set amounts that doesn't translate neatly into metrics. Like 5-foot steps. A "roughly 1.5 meter step" is a lot less elegant.

Come to think of it, it becomes increasingly inconvenient the more grid-based the game tries to be.


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This is completely off topic, but perhaps a future reference for the OP:

I tend to instinctively avoid any thread that has "plz look ladies" or equivalent in the topic.


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Kittyburger wrote:
If you have to have a "reason" to include anyone who's not a hetero white male, then your story's going to look like a whole lot of pale, boring sausage.

Well, when you write a story you're not just watching random events unfold. You are (usually?) making deliberate choices, so anything included is bound to have a "reason" to exist. In the perfect world, that reason should be in service of the story, rather than a 'diversity checklist'.

At least, that's how I understand his point.


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Kittyburger wrote:
ignoring the fact that all fiction is supposed to send a message

I think you are using the word 'fact' wrong.


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Kolokotroni wrote:
Do all 'white' people share certain benefits?

Absolutely! Though I hesitate to call an increased risk of sun damage a benefit. :)


I've never met anyone who called it 'sequel' other than Microsoft employees. So personally, I go with S-Q-L.


EntrerisShadow wrote:
The grammatical syntax he used

Sheesh. We're being judged on 'grammatical syntax' now?


Deadmanwalking wrote:
It's a lot like Storm Front (the first novel of the Dresden Files) in that respect, if you've ever read the Dresden Files.

I have, and while I think the series generally has improved over the years, with Butcher I mostly took issue with his pacing. With MHI I just couldn't stand reading one more page about the protagonist. Urgh.

It's possible the series gets better, but if you can't get past the first book it's kinda a lost cause. :)

Still. I want to reiterate that Instruments of War is brilliant. Even if you, like me, know/care absolutely nothing about Warmachine.


Deadmanwalking wrote:
Now I'm curious which books you're referring to. :)

Well. His... uhm, what is it called, Monster Hunter International? Was so bad I almost got angry about it. Couldn't finish it.

Meanwhile, Instruments of War was absolutely fantastic.


Rynjin wrote:
Who?

The guy wrote both one of the worst and one of the best books I've read in recent memory. :)


ShadowFighter88 wrote:
Slaunyeh wrote:
Magic appears to be using a classic D&D-esque vancian system, but I haven't figured out how to memorize spells yet, so I'm not sure. :)
Open the character's inventory and right-click their Grimoire. Spells actually seem to work more like the Arcanist's spellcasting; select and prepare spells like a wizard but then cast them like a sorcerer.

Oh. I would never have found that on my own. :D


Nullpunkt wrote:
Sounds good so far! Though I wonder how they can debug the main plot-related quests without having a rather large number of people actually play them. Is this more like a technology beta?

Well, yeah. Sorta. It's not so much a "catch bugs" beta as it is a "give feedback on the system" beta. This includes the layout of quests and conversations that, presumably, will also be applicable to the main story (or any story not part of this small snippet of the game world.)


Also, I just got et by a lion. o.O

In unrelated news, there's a Trial of Iron mode where you only have one save game that gets deleted if the main character dies.

...I don't think I trust Obsidian enough to only ever have one save game. ;)


It's too early to talk about mechanics, but the game does feel very much like the spiritual successor to Baldur's Gate that I was pining for.

The current round of beta is set from level 5 to 8, and take place in a small town in the wilderness. It's void of any main plot stuff, as to avoid spoiling the story for any beta testers (I have no words for how much I appreciate this. :p)

So far, I feel there maybe isn't a lot of information available in chargen, so it's hard to make fully informed choices. What I don't know is whether this is a quirk of the beta, a deliberate design decision, or the consequence of a design where there really aren't any "wrong choices" (this I'll believe when I see it.)

I've not really gotten to any significant combat yet, but I got the sense it works fairly similar to the traditional games of the genre. Magic appears to be using a classic D&D-esque vancian system, but I haven't figured out how to memorize spells yet, so I'm not sure. :)


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bugleyman wrote:
Because that's not how D20 games work? Seriously, it really isn't. The game is designed so that the majority of one's ability is defined by class; ergo, if you want to be good at fighting, pick a class that's good at fighting.

Apparently it's how this D20 game works.


There is no NDA, we're encouraged to share everything we feel like. So I will!

Right now, my experience is sitting at work itching to call it an early day. :)


So the backers beta for Pillars of Eternity is here, and I am way more excited than I have any right to be. Anyone else playing the beta?


I just bought a 25 year old Talisker single malt for my dad. I hope he'll like it!


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
I've never seen animals burn businesses or shoot cops, but I grant you, New Hampshire doesn't have as much wildlife as it used to.

There was that one movie where an orca whale burns down a town. What was it called? Orca: The Killer Whale?

Ahem. Anyway. Please continue.


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SeeDarkly_X wrote:
I don't give it a lot of thought past, "I like heroines."

Hi! I'm a heroine addict.


Tels wrote:
Still, I have heard from many people that Obsidian games tend to be very buggy. So, I guess I would say that I'm pessimistically optimistic? If that even makes sense?

Obsidian has a weird track record of having their games released before they're ready (as was evident in KotOR 2, and don't get me started on Alpha Protocol). I think Pillars of Eternity is really going to be indicative of what they can do. If that ends up a buggy mess, they are really out of excuses. And if it ends up great, that'll be great!


Hahaha.

Oh boy, that's dumb. And sexist on so many levels. Like sexismception!


KSF wrote:
Well, he's not going to wake up as a woman. He loses his power and his title, and a woman takes over. That's the premise.

Well, the official blurb goes something like:

"This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe."

It still comes off less as "a woman now wields the power of Thor" and more as "this is the one and only Thor."

Scenario #1 could be cool, scenario #2 is pretty dumb.


Andrew R wrote:
For me i will not play females with high strength. Not that a woman cannot have it, just that i accept reality that a woman of that strength would be just as big and muscled as a man, not the 130 lbs or less that we think of as feminine. To the flip side of that (mostly thanks to tv) i envision almost all high dex concepts as female

That's lovely. Thanks for sharing.


Aranna wrote:
When did this happen in DDO? Last time I played you HAD to be in a group. And it was nearly impossible to find a good group. Want to solo up a couple levels? Sorry we will flatly kill you dead if you DARE enter a dungeon as a solo player EVEN if you are 5 to 10 levels higher than it. That was when I quit DDO... even the guild I was in wasn't interested in helping a lower level member catch up... I just got left behind and the game kicked me to the curb hard. That and leveling got to be such a grind even with a group... play the same few dungeons over and over and over seemingly endlessly till you finally get to level. That's probably why nobody ever wanted to group with a lower player they had already played that content 50 times themselves and they were mighty sick of it.

From my experience, it never really went away. They changed it so you could solo through the first docks quarter, but around level 4, when you got out into the main game, it was still Team or Die.

The game probably has the best mission layout of any MMO to date, but I found it next to impossible to actually experience it when you're forced to team with players who's done it a million times before and really just want to blitz through as fast as possible.

There were a lot of elements to DDO that I really enjoyed, but I just couldn't play it at my pace. And that's a deal breaker.

(That said, the first three levels are some of the most fun I've had in an MMO.)


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AbsolutGrndZer0 wrote:

PRO - I am a feminist, and so I can see where allowing a female character to take on the mantle of Thor is a good thing for equality in comics.

CON - I am a huge fan of Norse Mythology before I ever heard of Marvel's version of Thor, and I've not read more than one or two issues in my entire life, and only because they were crossover issues with titles I did read. So, for me making Thor male is like... O_o cause Thor is male. Thor is not Freya, Thor is not Hel, Thor is Thor. Thor is male.

There are not-dumb ways to combine the two. And, to be fair, we don't know if they are going for one of those.

(Though the official statements aren't filling me with confidence.)

Also, just to lay that to rest, I get that 'Lady' is female, whether it's a noble title or not. That's why "Lady Thor" sounds silly. So does 'Dame Thor', 'Thor Girl' or 'Miss Thor' (though that would be an awesome name for a drag queen act).


Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
I meant Lady in the nobility sense, not in the more universal female sense.

I guess that's a subtlety of the English language that eludes me then, Lady sounds pretty female to me. And that's what makes it funny.


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Ambrosia Slaad wrote:
Lady Thor

*snicker*

Sorry, but that just tickles my funny bone. It's like a female Captain America calling herself "Lady Steve".

Though I suppose if she was Sif, calling herself Mrs. Thor would make sense. In the 50s.


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
But manners are getting the better of me, so I will not.

Pff. Be the bigger goblin!


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
I don't know where you're from Citizen Slaunyeh

The made-up country of Denmark!

Comrade Anklebiter wrote:


However, I apologize for being mean and snarky to you, Citizen Aranna. I don't know you, unlike the rest of the imperialist running-dog stooges in here, and it was rude and unhelpful.

My work here is done. ;)

*vanishes in a poof of rainbow sparkles*


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Really, that's the best you've got?

I didn't realize we were having a competition.

For reference, the alternatives were going "Objection your honour, relevance?" Or a long tirade about the bombing of Copenhagen in 1807, ending on a snarky "good guy??"

So, to answer your question: Yes, that was the best I got. And I thought you were better than this, too. Guess it's a day for disappointment!


Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Pro-Russian separatists brag about shooting down a Ukrainian military plane, discover it is a civilian airliner, cover their asses: evil incarnate.

The United States shoots down an Iranian airliner, refuses to apologize and awards the commander of the Vincennes the Legion of Merit: good guys?

Oh, someone else in the history of the world has been a douche, I guess that makes it alright then!


Kirth Gersen wrote:
The important thing to remember, though, is that the whole country was caught up in a massive Satanism scare at the time

Hm, I don't remember that at all. Of course, I didn't really play in the 70s and 80s, I only got my eyes up for roleplaying games when I inherited my sister's red-box in, like, 1990 or something so if anyone grew up with that it'd be her.

Still, it wasn't really a thing at all, as far as I recall. Those who knew what roleplaying games were at all (read: parents of roleplayers who cared what their kids got up to) saw it mostly as a craze that prompted their kids to learn English and spend all day pouring over dictionaries and discuss what the heck a "hobgoblin" is (hint: An oxford's dictionary is exceedingly unhelpful with D&D terms :p), so generally not a bad thing.

For everyone else, I don't think they were even aware of what it was or that it might be an "issue". There was the occasional thing on TV, but I don't remember details. It was probably just foreigners being crazy foreigners. ;)


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Wait, that feat is not a joke? Seems like something you'd release on April 1st.


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Tacticslion wrote:
Seriously, though, she actually is. A lot. I still don't know how I managed to con her into marrying me. I guess she's a sucker for goofballs.

Maybe she's the one who used her Super Intelligence to con you into marrying her?


ShinHakkaider wrote:

This, at least for me, is great news.

Looks neat. Is he the guy from the latest Captain America movie?

Also, how does taking over as Captain America work? Is it just costume + name + bring-your-own-powers-to-work-day? Or do they have spare supersoldier serum lying around?


I sure hope they don't mean to suggest that a woman would need magical accessories to be a powerful superhero! Hrmph!


Te'Shen wrote:
I believe that in the Norse myths, he's still the God of Thunder (and other polios) even without Mjolnir, as he was before he received the weapon. To be fair, he was also described as red haired and red bearded, and Marvel doesn't have him married to Sif anymore or fathering Thrúd, Módi, or Magni... or a lot of other things.

Yeah, I guess this is one of the main disconnects between Thor and MarvelThor.


Aranna wrote:

Awww... you seem pretty fired up for someone who is wrong, Jaelithe.

If Marvel says it's a title as well as a name and that they are giving it to a woman. Then it's true. They own it and can do what they want with the IP. No amount of petty ranting is going to change that.

Marvel can obviously do whatever the heck they want. That doesn't make it an inherently good idea. :p

I'm glad you like the change, but could we dial down the sniping of other posters? No sense descending to those levels just because you disagree with them.


Irontruth wrote:
I think it's less of an issue for older folk. Once you get past the age of 30 you're more likely to have a good concept of who you are and have better tools to do reexamination internally.

Enh. I guess. When I was a kid I hated those Spielberg movies where a bunch of kids were the heroes. Maybe I'm an odd duck.

Anyway, that was kinda my point. I don't think I've ever really felt a 'need to feel represented', and I think that's okay. It means they can represent someone else who needs it more, and I can still enjoy the story (assuming it doesn't suck. ;) )


ShinHakkaider wrote:

The New Ultimates

I will most definitely be supporting this book. As I've just dropped both Bendis X-titles and one of Hickman's Avengers books there's room on my pull list for this.

Heh. If it hadn't been for the thread/article title, I don't think I'd have noticed anything "wrong" about that lineup.

The article doesn't seem to go into detail about who these people are (I admit, I skimmed a bit), but none of them seems to represent me (they all look so young!) And that's okay, I don't really need to feel represented to enjoy a good story.

Quote:
"When we deny women and girls representation, we put them in ever smaller boxes," she wrote. "And when we limit their potential, we limit the potential of our culture as a whole. When we limit the contributions of half our society, we cut our potential in two."

I... uh, okay, this is me talking from a "didn't really grow up with these comic books" perspective, but maybe that's giving comic books slightly more importance than they really deserve. It's just comic books. I'm pretty sure Marvel isn't the last line of defense against cultural decay, or something. :p

Would it be nice with a broader representation of women in comic books? Absolutely! Is it going to destroy our cultural basis that girls have to pick between She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel and femThor? Probably not.

But I get that I'm a weirdo, so feel free to ignore!

Slight tangent: Also, that picture of Captain Marvel? *swoons*


ShinHakkaider wrote:
Well the guys griping an complaining about the black Nick Fury replacing the White nick fury in the 616 Marvel universe on the message boards that I frequent about a year or two ago were figments of my imagination?

Nah, I'm sure they were not. I'd be surprised if there were not idiots in any group of people. But that wasn't the question you answered...

Freehold DM wrote:
wha? You must have been in another internet or comic book store. The shaft jokes were all over the place.

You should reread the original question.

I'll sum it up for convenience:

Q: Does the people who dislike this also hate a black Nick Fury?

A: Absolutely!

Easily demonstrated to be false, as I think femThor is a silly gimmick, while having absolutely no issue with a black Nick Fury (or Heimdal for that matter). Heck, if the alternative is David Hasselhoff, I'd prefer every comic book character to be black.


John Kretzer wrote:
Wait....in relation to the threads title....where does the world end? I mean it is a sphere....it just keeps going and going...

Pretty sure the End of the World is a bar on Christian's Island, in the Baltic Sea.


ShinHakkaider wrote:
Scythia wrote:

I wonder if the people now denouncing this as a gimmick or forced inclusiveness were equally disdained when Nick Fury became black?

They MOST certainly did/do.

Not even a little.

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