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  1. I'd expect that folks will play bleeding hearts for days and pretend like they are personally victimized by the attacks.

     

    People in power would likely take harder stance towards Muslims after this anyway. They'd be a fool not to, although they are foolish in the first place by accepting so much immigrants coming from war torn places, do they really think average people coming from impoverished countries will be nice and orderly?

  2. I care more about the story, and I think Pillars is a great opening chapter to Eora, they've introduced all elements of Eora perfectly, from reincarnations to the pantheon.

     

    However I think the writing can be very confusing, I find myself scrolling back and forth to previous paragraphs often, and the weird hard-to-spell names and its sheer amount don't help.

    I seem to fare much better on Obsidian's previous games like KOTOR2, Mask of the Betrayer, Alpha Protocol, or New Vegas, but I'm not a native speaker, so my opinion on this might be invalid :)

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    I missed this reply.

     

     

    some people like me read it at a more face value (a man killed himself from overreaction).

    And this overreaction is the issue... Someone kills themselves because they realise you are you? Not a fun thing to read.

     

    Why should Obsidian prioritize one view from another?

    Assuming they are both valid, if one involves some people being hurt by the poem and one involves no hurt, why not play it safe and go with the one where people are insulted?

     

    Besides, the game can be even *more* offensive than the poem, should the game be "deservedly edited" as well?

    Are there other times where the game has something that mocks a repressed minority? If so, and there are people who were hurt by that then maybe.

     

    If you game had some (real-world) racism in it (such as the n-word) and the use of it added nothing to the story / characters, what would your stance be?

     

    If the choice is between no harm and some harm (however small), seems like you should probably choose the former.

     

     

    I'll try to address one-by-one.

     

    And this overreaction is the issue... Someone kills themselves because they realise you are you? Not a fun thing to read.

     

     

     

    And that someone is now dead because of their foolishness, he doesn't go unpunished. What more do you want, should the man be castrated to appease the offended?

     

    Assuming they are both valid, if one involves some people being hurt by the poem and one involves no hurt, why not play it safe and go with the one where people are insulted?

     

    What? Are you serious? What stopping this idea at the poem then? Should we stop creating something just because people can be offended by our creation?

    Are you aware of the fact that some people are living by trying to find and exploit perceived offense? Clickbait Media, Insurance fraudsters, Scam artists, etc.

     

    Following your logic, some people are insulted with Obsidian changing the poem saying that it's self-censorship, how can Obsidian appease both sides then?

     

    Are there other times where the game has something that mocks a repressed minority? If so, and there are people who were hurt by that then maybe.

    If you game had some (real-world) racism in it (such as the n-word) and the use of it added nothing to the story / characters, what would your stance be?

    If the choice is between no harm and some harm (however small), seems like you should probably choose the former.

     

    Do women still under protection of social justice? Because...

     

     

     

    • I can send a raped woman back to her rapist, and the game rewards me for doing that. And she's now pregnant and probably roasted alive when the sanitarium is burned down. Doing patriarchy's work, son  :yes:
    • I can even kill a female baby, and the game rewards me for doing that. Chinese style!
    • I can even kill a pregnant lady for attacking me, after I say that I killed her sister.

     

     

     

    These are sidequests, so they don't add to the story much. Should we remove it then?

    To answer your other question, my stance would be "*shrug*", and since this issue revolves around minorities, I'm a minority myself and I'm used to the fact that East Asian people are stereotyped in popular media. Seems like people need to grow a thicker skin, whatever color their skin is.

     

    Heck, I'm more offended by "Gamebanshee.com" tombstone for sticking like a sore thumb. I didn't expect a website address in fantasy game Obsidian, how can this pass through the fabled "vetting process"?

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  4. @brucevc:

     

    Sorry, on mobile, don't know how to quote.

     

    What I meant is not "Ach! I'm being rude! I should kill myself for that" *jumps off cliff.

     

    But what I meant is that he killed himself from overreaction, presumably because he's homo/transphobic and so he overreacts. The moral of the story is, don't be whateverphobic and you won't overreact and run off the cliff. Certainly that's a reasonable take if you read the poem at face value.

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  5. Not for me, he killed himself for being transphobic/homophobic/etc. The moral of the story is don't be like him if you don't want to die silly.

     

    You see, there are many interpretations one can take from this poem. Some people think it made fun of transpeople, some people like me read it at a more face value (a man killed himself from overreaction). Guess what? Both are valid. Why should Obsidian prioritize one view from another?

     

    Besides, the game can be even *more* offensive than the poem, should the game be "deservedly edited" as well?

  6. Although the change is regrettable, at the very least it's not Obsidian's content. So there's that.

    This, however, doesn't instill confidence in their future kickstarter effort. After all, why should I back higher tiers if some outraged tweet can change it? Especially if the tweet is coming from people who take offense to anything.

     

    If anything the original poem is about a drunk being homophobic/transphobic (or just being in stupor) and killed himself in panic, how can anyone take offense in that? The fictional man got his punishment already.

     

    What's worse, they replaced it with a mocking poem, pissing both sides.

     

    So no, I think this is worth discussing, but I try not to drag GG/SJW/LGBTQADASDKOASKDOA into this, it's just Obsidian and their baffling business decision.

  7. I think it's a combination of a budget, time, and engine limitations. Obsidian has to fulfill all their backer promises while working on a brand new engine from scratch.

     

    So it might be that the engine isn't capable of running very complex quests, or rendering a very complex scene, and in need of further development. 

    Obsidian might not have the time or budget to design complex gameplay, quests, etc, because they have to design basic battle, basic conversation, basic crafting system, basic stronghold, basic prison system, and many things new. Remember that this is not AAA budget game.

     

    I'd say wait for the expansion pack or sequel. For an introductory game to a new world, I think it has done its job well, they have conveyed truckload of lore for successors.

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  8. I'm still getting over my own transphobia, which typically manifested from a discomfort from the reality that I probably would also freak out if I slept with a woman and she was transgender.

     

    Stop hitting yourself. If you're not into inserting **** to transwomen, you're not guilty of transphobia. Male gay people are not guilty of misogyny for not wanting to bone women.

     

    In any case I don't see the censorship issue here, especially since trans awareness and sensitivity is still in its infancy meaning even if it wasn't noticed prerelease, doesn't mean Obsidian cannot take the feedback and say "Oh we didn't fully appreciate this."  It's complicated because some transgender individuals won't care, while some do. Not really my place to say they should or should not be offended.  Undoubtedly there's other contributions that were refused because Obsidian didn't feel they were appropriate.

     

    Don't be silly, you can never *ever* please everyone, especially professional whiners. They will find something else to whine, and there are few moments of good ol' "forced conceptions" in PoE.

    What's more, it's fiction, not reality! No one is harmed! If they don't like it, they can buy something other fictions or write one themselves, not ruining something that other people enjoy.

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    Please don't negotiate with terrorists Obsidian, once you cave in, they will ask you to remove *more* offensive (to them) stuffs.

     

    And there are lots of offensive stuffs in darker parts of PE.

    I understand your view but calling people who want the poem removed "terrorists" just seems like that's stretching it a bit.

     

    Ooops hahaha, I thought it was a figure of speech :facepalm:.

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  10. Most of it's accurate, though I question a lot of the "Asexual" choices. Shovel Knight and Octodad are both very clearly established to be male, for example.

    I think he was trying to convey that those characters are not sexually appealing in general sense.

    Child of Light is about a girl, yet Vavra put the game in asexual, because, well she's still a kid. South Park, while having sexual content, doesn't really have sexually appealing protagonists.

  11. Another terror attack tied to Islam... No wonder really, Islam is basically a more extreme branch of Christianity and Judaism, and both religions are too black-and-white already.

    At least in Christianity there's that dogma to turn the other cheek, so enduring pain and insults comes naturally for them.

  12. http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/video-games/gamergate-interviews/12391-Glaive-GamerGate-Interview

    Also another serious person with serious pro GamerGate opinion

     

    Glaive has worked in the game industry for 12 years, with a career that spans publishers, AAA development studios, and game consulting houses. 

     

    Also from his testimony:
     

    Do you know of other developers who have been silenced or self-silenced by concerns of game journalists will react to their opinions of GamerGate?

    I think all the studios I know of have people in support of GamerGate, as all the studios I know of have lots of gamers on their staff.

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    I see that one hurt a bit and you're trying to rationalize.

    Devs I admired for a long long time like Tim Schafer and Ron Gilbert (and many more) have come out in the right side of this. It's no coincidence that the most prominent dev supporting gamergate has pretty much admitted to sexual harassment, then there's "indies" with kickstarter frauds, and "unknowns" who have made 0 games but of course it's the "sjw" blacklisting that's at fault. While we're at it, you don't seem to know  what blacklisting is.

    Meanwhile you're grasping at straws with the Blizzard statement. Thing is I would really like it if more devs could share their honest opinions on gg but you probably wouldn't and you're making a damn fine job at making people(especially women, and that includes women of all hair colours) worried about expressing their opinions.

     

    I have to say this begs a very important consideration, why haven't any serious Devs or Development companies publically aligned with GG?

     

    It leads directly to the credibility of the movement and whether people want to be associated with it ?

     

    http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/video-games/gamergate-interviews/12384-Xbro-GamerGate-Interview

     

    Is an Xbox developer from Microsoft serious enough? While he's anonymous, he exists and is confirmed to be one of Xbox Developers. He doesn't seek fame or infamy, so he see no need to reveal himself.

  14. I don't think China will mind unified Korea as long as:

    - Korea doesn't collapse from the unification. People in North Korea are poor and brainwashed, and there are millions of them. Who's gonna pay for their rehabilitation and integration to 21st century? And expect rising crime rate and various social problems. In all cases, status quo is better than losing a wealthy trading partner (SK).

    - North Koreans stay at North Korea during the collapse. If you're a leader of 1.3 billions of people, the last thing you want is *more* people, which are poor and brainwashed as a bonus.

    - The US get out of SK, or at least stay where they are today and not expanding to NK territories.

     

    As you can see, reason 1 and 2 are also the reason why SK govt and Japan govt don't want reunified Korea, not just China really.

  15. I think the word "communism" has become pejorative due to extreme propaganda during Cold War, but the idea itself is just an unattainable fantasy that people should live free from money, social classes (**** the nobility or something), social hierarchy (you don't work under anyone), and law. It's not comically evil like gas the Jews or something, hence it's popularity among working class or poorer folks in many parts of the world.

    Although by this definition, the Soviet Union or China are anything but a communist state :)

    I think it's a nice ideal, but it failed horribly today.
    But who knows? Maybe a thousand year in the future, when technology enable people to create anything they want from junk, communism might just work and become cool again.

    I don't think there's any need to be averse of Communism, just take the good ideas and leave the rest. I, for one, don't mind free dachas for everyone.

  16. No, I played the game on my friend's laptop. Poor sucker, bless her  :grin: 
    The performance gain from the Sims 3 is no joke though, it can run 60fps from her rather low-end laptop.

    Mood system is a bit weird, but I'll try to explain my experience.
    So your Sims have mood, and moodlets. The sum of moodlets will determine what mood your Sims have.

    Every moodlets have values. Some moodlets have +1 value, some have +3, etc. For example, you take a bath in a very expensive bathtub, you'll get a "happy+2" because the water jet is amazingly comfortable. If there's no other opposing moodlet type, your sim will have "happy" mood.

    Some moodlets are opposed to each other, for example, uncomfortable moodlet and happy moodlet. The moodlet with the highest value will determine your Sim overall mood. If your Sim have happy+2 and Uncomfortable+3, their overall mood will be "uncomfortable"

    Some moodlets can boost other moodlets. Happy moodlets can boost "positive" moodlets. So if your Sims have +3 Happy, and they get Flirty +1, it will become Flirty + 4, and their overall mood will be "Flirty." If the boost is high enough, your Sims can have more intense moods, like "Very happy", or "very flirty", or "Very focused", etc.
    I think there's priority for these moodlets if they have same values, being happy is definitely the lowest, since it's a booster moodlets. I think being energized+1 will override being flirty+1, but I didn't play enough to test it.

    Your mood can influence success of your actions. For example, being very flirty will make you the king of the bed, being very inspired will enable you to practice writing faster, etc.
     

    Some traits can influence mood, for example, if your Sim has active trait, they will get random energized moodlet occasionally, and will lead to "energized" mood. If they have insane trait, they will get random moods every morning, etc.

    I overall don't have a strong opinion on new mood system. Well, maybe, the jingle is rather annoying at first, but it kinda grow on me, maybe I just like soft piano ringtones. But as a whole, I think it's a workable gameplay mechanics, could be refined in next expansions.

    About multitasking, yeah most of them are juggling between two actions. But some, like running on treadmill while talking can occur simultaneously. It's a bit slow, but Sim interactions in restaurants, gyms, or bars is more natural this way.

  17. I think M$ hate is getting old, they're actually among the nicer mega-companies today, they're certainly no EA that's for sure.
    They're still involved in PRISM, but well, the US govt pretty much strong-armed all tech companies.

    2.5 billions is a bit too much, but I'm okay with Azure-backed, multiplatform, Minecraft. Microsoft's strategy nowadays revolves in delivering their services (like OneNote, Skype, or MSN apps) on many platforms.

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