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2 Weeks ago
How did Fallout 1 ever get made?How did Fallout 1 ever get made?
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This was great, thanks for this. Though quite a lot of this would be known to long time fans, the quotes from these designers were gems. As a side note, I understand that they weren't, and never referred to themselves as, Black Isle during their time at Interplay--it wasn't even a thing at that time (this information might not be accurate).

The screenshot of the level 5 character with impossible stats made me chuckle.
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Videogames’ portrayal of the Holocaust does a disservice to both players and victimsVideogames’ portrayal of the Holocaust does a disservice to both players and victims
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In no way are we accusing people with 'different opinions' of being Nazis - this piece is a discussion about the portrayal of literal Nazis and the Holocaust in videogames. It's not only relevant to the article, it's what the article is actually about.

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I was confused by Ananym's comment at first--I actually thought it might be in reply to a moderated comment or some such. I just couldn't figure out who was being "namecalled".


It seems some people are taking offense to "Nazism is once again on the rise, hiding under the guise of the ‘Alt-Right’", as far as I can tell? Which is odd given that the term alt-right was literally coined by Richard Spencer, an individual that actively promotes "peaceful" ethnic cleansing and white "identitarianism". I mean, if even Breitbart calls him "center of alt-right thought"...

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3 Weeks ago
Development on Battleborn officially ends as the game enters maintenance modeDevelopment on Battleborn officially ends as the game enters maintenance mode
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I'm not arguing anything, I'm just stating these moves are what killed any chance the games above had. Overwatch is a much better package than both BattleBorn and LawBreakers. More charming? absolutely, better gameplay and more enjoyable modes? you betcha'. I just dont understand why they constantly employ this tactic to the point of delaying updates by a few days, like the Doomfist update. Updates roll out on what, a tuesday? and they pushed it to a thursday as that was LawBreakers open beta. I just dont understand this obviously deliberate move if they are so confident in their product (which they should be). Overwatch is allowed, and should have, competition, but they flat out kill any that oppose it. That's how it seems to me, maybe I'm waffling a little, and I've nothing against Blizzard, but I do dislike Activision.

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I would respectfully submit that, yes, this is a bit of waffling, because the underlying premise is that this practice is unfair--that having a more successful product is inherently unfair.


For a hyperbolic example, that's rather like saying it's unfair for Michael Phelps to show up at the Olympics because he's too good.


If an _update_ to a game that was released a full year ago can kill off an entirely new game with a headline designer, that doesn't really seem to be a matter of fairness.

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Development on Battleborn officially ends as the game enters maintenance modeDevelopment on Battleborn officially ends as the game enters maintenance mode
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Not taking any sides here, but I'm confused by this logic. You're arguing that Blizzard killed off these other games by promoting their own game during the launches for the other two, correct? But that's just an argument that Blizzard killed them off by making a product that is inherently more appealing when placed directly in competition to those games, no?


That is, you're essentially saying Overwatch is somehow intrinsically irresistible so it's unfair to have to compete with it, unless I'm completely missing something in your argument.


My apologies if that comes off as confrontational, I'm just genuinely puzzled.

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I'm not arguing anything, I'm just stating these moves are what killed any chance the games above had. Overwatch is a much better package than both BattleBorn and LawBreakers. More charming? absolutely, better gameplay and more enjoyable modes? you betcha'. I just dont understand why they constantly employ this tactic to the point of delaying updates by a few days, like the Doomfist update. Updates roll out on what, a tuesday? and they pushed it to a thursday as that was LawBreakers open beta. I just dont understand this obviously deliberate move if they are so confident in their product (which they should be). Overwatch is allowed, and should have, competition, but they flat out kill any that oppose it. That's how it seems to me, maybe I'm waffling a little, and I've nothing against Blizzard, but I do dislike Activision.

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5 Months ago
Korean politician gives herself play of the game in Overwatch-themed campaign videoKorean politician gives herself play of the game in Overwatch-themed campaign video
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I was expecting serious cringe but came away rather amused.

For those wondering about the content:
It's a series of clips showing her grilling various ministers for not doing their jobs in a really direct, stop-with-the-bullshit manner (is such and such ministry even capable of doing their jobs, what specifically is being done about such and such disaster beyond speechifying, how can such and such an indignity happen in this day and age, etc.), to which the response is chagrined silence in each instance (hence the elimination ticks). The final clip (presumably the ult) is a rather boilerplate speech about filial duty.

I wonder, though, if they received (seems highly unlikely) or even sought permission to use ActiBlizzard IP in this manner.Reply
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No way! Thanks for the translation. I was wondering what was actually being said.

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Hidden gems of PC gaming - Aliens: Colonial MarinesHidden gems of PC gaming - Aliens: Colonial Marines
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Have we played the same game? Because A:CM is a massive steaming plate of shit that is sitting in the corner of my steam library. The writing was subpar, the action was subpar and it had a million and one bugs(not the xenomorph kind the bad gamebreaking kind) I can't tell if you are serious or jocking.
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I'm amused this type of comment has showed up in every one of these "hidden gem" pieces.

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6 Months ago
Endless Space and all its DLC is currently on sale for $1Endless Space and all its DLC is currently on sale for $1
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Oh nice! It threw me because it said "requires the base game to play" on Steam. Have updated now, thanks!

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:)

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6 Months ago
Endless Space and all its DLC is currently on sale for $1Endless Space and all its DLC is currently on sale for $1
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Ah I would point out, it seems the "Collection" package that bundles both the base game and Disharmony is actually just $1.

You can buy the DLC separately for $1 if you already own the base game, but if you don't, you can get both for a total of $1.Reply
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Oh nice! It threw me because it said "requires the base game to play" on Steam. Have updated now, thanks!

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llubtoille responded to et operiet ipsos formido's comment in
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Steam are paying more tax in ten countries, but it will be up to publishers to increase pricesSteam are paying more tax in ten countries, but it will be up to publishers to increase prices
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This is a response to rising sales taxes on _all_ digital distributors, right? It shouldn't impact Steam any more than it impacts all other digital distributors in those jurisdictions. Essentially, should still be status quo as far as market dominance goes.

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Probably, though there's always the element of the consumer saying 'sure, I live in this low-tax region'.

I recall with 3ds, it allowed me to pick from a list of regions with the tax rate stated beside each XD

Steam is a bit trickier to dupe than that I believe.

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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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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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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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