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Comment: Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 299

by Darinbob (#48171963) Attached to: OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

App store feels less optional over time. You can't officially get xcode without it, even xcode command line tools (make, etc) required app store until an outcry and then they provided an unadvertised side channel to get it. Software update is tied to store though you don't need an ID. In Yosemite the software update menu item is gone altogether and presumably you have to at least open up app store to get to it (though if you don't use any Apple applications it would only be for os updates).

Comment: Re:Statistics and.. (Score 1) 405

by Darinbob (#48171045) Attached to: As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

The problem here is not that they're letting low-risk criminals free (big deal, she stole something), but that we still are incarcerating tons of people for even lesser crimes. Possession of drugs, selling small quantities of drugs, being a member of a gang, etc. They get locked up. Unless white of course.

When prisoners are released the concern of officials is how it looks to the voters; let a minority kid go who had some crack and it looks like they're being soft on crime, but let an old lady go and it's fine because no one is scared of jewel thieves.

The prison system does not work current, and has probably never worked in the history of mankind. There is no attempt at rehabilitation whatsover, these are just holding patterns with an "out of sight, out of mind" policy. The prison guards have strong unions that advocate for more prisons and more prisoners.

Comment: Re:I don't get the rage (Score 1) 238

by Darinbob (#48153389) Attached to: How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

Is this relationship story even important to anything? Yet everyone keeps bringing it up. It's character assassination, in other words a way to ignore what the person is saying if the person is not 100% pure.

Gaming journalism has always been wannabe unprofessional journalism, even when it was men reporting on men. There's nothing new here except as a way to discredit views you disagree with.

Comment: Re:More feminist FUD (Score 1) 238

by Darinbob (#48153309) Attached to: How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

I'd say gamers are completely atypical and wholly different from other human beings. The article talking about the early wargamers in the 60s and 70s, and for sure that game crowd was composed of nerds through and through. This was not a mainstream activity that you proudly announced to the Rotary Club.

Sure in the last decade perhaps some games have become more mainstream (shooters mostly, whereas RPGs are still for the nerds), so of course the rise in the number of non-typical gamers is growing.

Comment: Re:More feminist FUD (Score 1) 238

by Darinbob (#48153223) Attached to: How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

Add another facet too that can distinguish a lot of the Elder Scrolls games from other dubious RPG games: the females are realistic and believable (if you ignore the strange fan created mods). Ie, female armor is armor, not lingerie, the robes still cover up when worn by female characters, and so on. Women don't "run like girls" in those games (though bizarrely someone created a mod to do just that, possibly because the only females he's ever seen are in anime). Basically, treat the demographic with respect and you get that demographic as a customer base.

Comment: Re:More feminist FUD (Score 1) 238

by Darinbob (#48153123) Attached to: How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

Skyrim is not new in this style at all. All the elder scrolls series are about exploring. Baldur's Gate series was not an on-the-rails game and encouraged poking about. Just about any RPG out there has distinguished itself from the dumb old shooting game or competitive score keeper.

And all the characters I've had in Skyrim are very very different from each other. I think you may be playing it wrong.

Comment: Re:More feminist FUD (Score 1) 238

by Darinbob (#48153089) Attached to: How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

There are quite a lot of men as well who don't like the competitive games or the shooters. RPGs for a long time have attracted a different stereotype of gamer than the other games. In MMOs especially you find a very significant number of women, evident early on. This took a decline a think when many of the MMOs took a turn towards pvp or hardcore centric play but it's gone back up as more and more games realize many players like the exploration, or festival events, the player interactions not involving kill counts, and so on.

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