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Belimawr responded to panbient's comment in
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Why are games so bad at sex? We ask an expertWhy are games so bad at sex? We ask an expert
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“But if we look over the last few years especially, we’ve seen this real broadening in understanding of what having sex actually means, and people have started to focus more on the pleasure and the fantasy.”

How insular and self-focused does a person need to be to make a statement like that? Sure, media standards have relaxed over the last few years but attitudes have been changing for, well, pretty much ever.

What about the whole 'free love' movement of the 60s?
The reputation of so many rock bands from the 70s and 80s having orgies with groupies after shows? Grand Funk Railroad has an urban legend of a full-on 3 day group sesssion.
All of Kinsey research in the 40s?
The Marquis de Sade in the mid 1700s?

To make a statement like our social perception and attitudes regarding sex have been broadening dramatically over the last few years is like a teenager thinking their generation invented oral sex.Reply
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stuff like this is always the same with "older" people. you only need to look at what most adults in their 50's and 60's think is unreasonable behaviour and a problem with society, but go back to when they were that age and they will of generally done worse, but back in their time you just got a smack round the ear from a copper and told to sod off.


this is the biggest problem with society they look on the past with blinkers and ignore the fact that what happened back in the even the 80's wouldn't be allowed today. or an even closer example Friends a much loved comedy goes up on Netflix and people are slating it for fat shaming and other stuff, honestly when did people get so sensitive? this is why I would actually go the other way, with how sensitive people are getting now, you actually have a greater chance of offending people and a company getting slated or protested again, so if anything I would say the louder group is actually way more prudish than the old generations.


most only act as if they understand because it has became cool to stick up for minority groups and that is why nearly every day on news sites there is some random person pointing out something is offensive that pretty much no one else in the world would notice. like the complaint lego is sexist because sets in blue boxes are superheroes and city building, while sets in pink boxes are stuff like salons and such, we ignore the fact that no where does it say boy or girl on either box, now isn't the person complaining being the one causing the problem as they are using blue means boy and pink means girl.


so yeah that's my rant over, but I would honestly say sex in games now would offend more than it would of 15-20 years ago.

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Nolan Bushnell says “I applaud the GDC” after being removed from award ceremonyNolan Bushnell says “I applaud the GDC” after being removed from award ceremony
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Is he still actually still advocating for that kind of behaviour? If not, then this is losing sight of the real issue and punishing someone for social norms of a previous era.Reply
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SJW's will hang you out to dry for it (Or worse), but you're not wrong. Was he publicly reprimanded for it then? Did it impede his career or what he achieved for the industry? It's ridiculous. Make no mistake, that type of behavior is disgusting and does not belong in the workplace under any circumstances, but to deny someone an award based on something from a different era, especially when he didn't get in trouble for it then is completely asinine.

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Wolfenstein's BJ Blazcowicz is Doomguy's great-great-grandfatherWolfenstein's BJ Blazcowicz is Doomguy's great-great-grandfather
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So does that make Sly Boots Doomguy's cousin?
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Design your own armies in Forged Battalion, an RTS with Command & Conquer DNADesign your own armies in Forged Battalion, an RTS with Command & Conquer DNA
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The design your own army method reminds me of Earth 2140 (if memory serves me correctly). But ultimately it didn't matter. Whoever built helicopters that dropped nukes first won hahaha still loads of fun on a LAN.

Hopefully these developers learn from that classic. Looking forward to this one.
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10 Steam tips and tricks you might not know but definitely should10 Steam tips and tricks you might not know but definitely should
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Thanks for that tip on how to install on multiple drives. That one is fantastic.

As for skins I find it really annoying that Steam offers official backgrounds but they only apply to your own profile. Why can't I have that same background in the store?Reply
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yes! If you

re going to allow us to skin it...then let us SKIN-IT!

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panbient commented on
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One Quantic Dream employee has 600 photoshopped images of other staffOne Quantic Dream employee has 600 photoshopped images of other staff
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And this is why HR is so vital when you grow your company from a start-up company with your bros to an actual big boy business.
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Alleged caller in fatal Kansas swatting faces involuntary manslaughter chargeAlleged caller in fatal Kansas swatting faces involuntary manslaughter charge
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How do you know he was trigger happy?


From the sound of article and other online reports it's an unfortunate situation of a homeowner surprising the swat team while they were setting up then not cooperating while the police are only able to operate on what they've been told (an apparent hostage situation).


That doesn't make it right. It just underscores how dramatic of an impact the internet has had on social attitudes and behaviours in a very short time.

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I do not think he was trigger happy at all. In his mind he was going into a hostage situation. He took the opportunity presented to save people. Have you ever been in a situation, where you have to save hostages. Most likely he identified the target positively, and didn't want to take chances to see if he was armed, especially with the possibility of other victims in the house. The cop isn't trigger happy or at fault, he was doing his job and the one who called the swat on false pretenses should be given the cops sentence on top of his own.

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Paladins boss says “Battlegrounds” name is more like MMO PvP than PUBGPaladins boss says “Battlegrounds” name is more like MMO PvP than PUBG
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He's not wrong but this is no different than any other art form - ever. It's like how some people complain that there are only like 3 basic plots to any story ever written. Same as there are only 7 major tones in music. Yet creative people still find ways to put their own spin on the mix.

But if you're going to get hung up or depressed on the lack of true creative originality... it's time to retire.
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Alleged caller in fatal Kansas swatting faces involuntary manslaughter chargeAlleged caller in fatal Kansas swatting faces involuntary manslaughter charge
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Just tossing it out there, but one of those involved lied to a stranger online, while the other lied to police. The latter is clearly more responsible for the outcome than the former.
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But the former is not entirely free of responsibility either.

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This 19-year old spent $13,500 on microtransactionsThis 19-year old spent $13,500 on microtransactions
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I agree with most of what you said.


But in my experience the 'other side' of the addiction coin that few people want to address is the fact that most addicts are compensating for something they feel they're lacking internally by latching onto something externally. Especially when what they latch onto isn't even a physical thing, it's not like getting hooked on a drug that causes physical withdrawals when you try to stop. This is literally collecting the most sophisticated flashing lights.


Is that really about saving time? Or more about having a flashier light than the next gamer and the anxiety some might feel if they appear inferior in an environment where a few extra dollars can make them superior?

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In games like LoL, DotA, CS:GO or Overwatch you're entirely right, there is no benefit to paying/gambling for the virtual bling they offer, be it looked at inside or outside the game. Also as you say, there's no negative symptoms for stopping video-game investments (unlike drugs). I'm definitely not trying to argue a gaming addiction is anywhere near as bad as drugs, only that it won't stop a gaming addict from also falling down that trap too.


Sense of value is definitely a problem with influences for younger generations right now. Games ask for large constant investments of time to be able to earn/maintain rankings desired by the players. Leaderboards and rankings ask for players to invest as much as possible to do as well as possible and show off their achievements to other players. It's a very easy trap for people to fall into, deciding they'd rather invest their time into games than work.


The micro-transaction-riddled mobile games, MMOs and EA-titles do try to offer you cuts in the menial tasks lengths. 'Pay for this and you'll be able to get to the content you want sooner!' is the argument they keep ringing, and it inevitably works for many who don't have the time or control.


I suppose procrastination isn't a problem to dwell on nowadays though; people who want to delay work will find a way whether or not the games tempt them into investing time on them instead. Be it in games or books, on Facebook or YouTube, distractions are in abundance either way.

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panbient replied to 9 questions on the DG2: Defense Grid 2 Review
1 Year ago
DG2: Defense Grid 2 review snippet Does the setting of DG2: Defense Grid 2 feel original?
As original as any other post-apocalyptic / dystopian future in a sci-fi game.
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panbient replied to 12 questions on the SimCity™ 4 Deluxe Edition Review
1 Year ago
SimCity™ 4 Deluxe Edition review snippet How hard is it to make money in SimCity™ 4 Deluxe Edition?
The underlying economic model isn't super complex. Industrial zones create jobs, Residential zones provide housing, and Commercial zones maximize the profits from the Industry. Just don't spend all your money at once while the game is paused.
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1 Year ago
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II review snippet How does Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II compare to other Warhammer 40K games?
It's a departure from the earlier Dawn of War titles in that there's no base building at all in the single player campaign. It's all about controlling 4 hero units / squads in a cover based RTS.
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panbient replied to 4 questions on the Drox Operative Review
1 Year ago
Drox Operative review snippet How does Drox Operative run on your PC?
It's an older title as such it runs fine on my old system (2010-ish). The game also runs fine in Big Picture mode but the text is a bit small on a TV. Steam Controller is functional as well but this plays better with mouse and keyboard.
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panbient replied to 7 questions on the Grim Dawn Review
1 Year ago
Grim Dawn review snippet Does Grim Dawn feel grindy?
It starts feeling a bit grindy after the 2nd playthrough. But for the most part the action is fluid enough that you don't notice it. Very rarely find myself staring at cooldown boxes rather than the action on screen.
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panbient replied to 8 questions on the Dungeon of the Endless Review
1 Year ago
Dungeon of the Endless review snippet Why does Dungeon of the Endless feel retro?
It absolutely does not feel retro. This is a modern tower defense game with heroes added to the mix and a novel room / power mechanic to control the rate and difficulty of the mobs. The pixel art style is definitely 'neo-retro' looking but that only seems to make the game feel more modern to me.
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panbient replied to a question on the Battlestation: Harbinger Review
1 Year ago
Battlestation: Harbinger review snippet What are gamers first impressions of Battlestation: Harbinger
Absolutely. It's basically FTL + Space Pirates and Zombies + somehow relaxing. Also plays nicely with a Steam Controller / Big Picture mode.
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