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Comment: Re:Fox News? (Score 1) 395

by epyT-R (#48022971) Attached to: Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

Are you saying that grant chasing doesn't happen? I assume not. Therefore, it is in society's best interests that the media do its job and find out if there is fraud and tell us. Is fox lying to make koolaid? I don't know. Like their koolaid flavored friends on the left, they mix lies with the truth to push their political agendas. This kind of lie is no better than msnbc's latest medical 'study' correlating without causating about some social dynamic in order to shape assumptions, or all the appeals to emotion and mixing of politics in today's 'documentaries'. While it's true there are science deniers out there who refuse to budge on their dogmatic beliefs, I think the main problem is that people have been conditioned to think with emotion rather than reason because that drives people to the store shelves, to stare at the TV and to buy into dogmatic political ideologies that destroy liberty. Lie enough times to such people and they'll never believe you even when you are telling the truth (eg climate science) because they lack the faculties and the information to discern it.

Comment: Re:F2P means newcomers have to deal with toxicity (Score 1) 50

by epyT-R (#48010413) Attached to: Infinite Crisis' Superhero Origins Story

Have separate chat channels for public and team/squad that are independently mutable for voice and text. It shouldn't be hard. Really, though, the cultures need to toughen up again. I think there are bigger problems when we have 16-30yo players crying over trashtalk or 'mean spirited' tactics. If the game allows it, then it's ok. If the fact the game allows it is not ok, patch the game.

Comment: Re:The difference (Score 1) 50

by epyT-R (#48010377) Attached to: Infinite Crisis' Superhero Origins Story

Well, to be fair, a lot of play involved team deathmatch and tourney/duel 2v2 modes, which were much more structured and required team effort. Trash talk still happened there, though it was less frequent. This wasn't due so much to censorship from above (although, like I said, there were a few server admins that tried this and their servers failed to gain popularity), but just that players spent most of their chat time in team chat rather than global, and a lot of that was just binds. FFA/pickup games were more casual and allowed more chatty behavior.

I just think catering to whiners by sterilizing everyone else's environment is self defeating. They cannot be appeased no matter how E-for-everyone they try to make the interaction, because in the long run, this sterilization causes more extreme reactions to diminishing stimulus. The real reason they whine is because they get beat by better players who likely play more often. Publishers are better off focusing on these better players because they are likely repeat customers (assuming subscription mmo here). Flattening the skill curve on the better players in vain attempts to reach everyone ruins the game itself. Offering some incentive for new players is fine, but the main game should not be compromised, nor should the culture that built up around it.

Comment: 'toxic' players (Score 1) 50

by epyT-R (#48007947) Attached to: Infinite Crisis' Superhero Origins Story

Do today's gamers really care about being called 'fag' on the internet? I'm not much of a mmo player, but back in the quake days, the problem was dealt with by keeping the few who did whine to a minimum instead of pandering to them. They were unceremoniously booted from servers, laughed at and kicked off irc, and, otherwise, mocked and ignored. While some of them did persist, the community was healthy and stayed healthy for a long time because of that. Irrelevant complaints about 'mean words' and social justice politics were ignored. If you wanted respect, you had to get good at the game. Nothing else mattered. There were a few servers (out of thousands) that had silly rules meant to appease these people, and you know what? They rarely if ever had any players on them. A little pool shock every now and then keeps the water fresh and clear.

As far as other behavior goes, like griefing or outright cheating, it was difficult to do the former without sucking really bad anyway. There were a few specific maps and/modes that would lend themselves to it, but usually persistent griefers were booted after a minute or two. While there were some known cheaters that got away with it for a long time (even a whole clan of cheaters iirc), most were caught and booted/banned from servers.

The answer to 'abuse' in gaming is a chat toggle. Those who can't handle the main chat should turn it off, and the ones who whine anyway should get votekicked. These special snowflakes aren't worth pandering to. The better players are almost always more immune to the banter and trash talk anyway.

Comment: Re:Don't complain... (Score 1) 210

by epyT-R (#47991749) Attached to: Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

Yes, well the devil's in the details. My definition of 'fair' is not the same as the left's. Mine is keep what you earn (or at least 90% of it or so), and allow the meritocracy to operate more naturally. Theirs boils down to insistence on equal outcome, everywhere, even at the cost of liberty and bonafide justice. They go so far as to manufacture evidence and coerce institutions to get involved with it (a new one that comes to mind is itsonus.org and college campuses). We are not borg drones, we are a diverse group of individuals with differing strengths and weaknesses. To expect equal outcome from such a group is lunacy. That said, I do not disagree with a welfare system that supports the truly disabled, possibly finding them work if they are able enough. I just have big problems with the current one that rewards welfare babies and hands out (d)ebt cards.

The far right? Who is that? the cheneys and ashcrofts and bush's? They are not really rightwing. They are neo-right. There's a huge difference. They advocate tax breaks and market cornering legislation for fortune 100s. They need a big government to do this. The traditional republican party doesn't really give a shit about the working class or liberty.

Comment: Re:Don't complain... (Score 1) 210

by epyT-R (#47991695) Attached to: Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

I am from the US (I am sure you guessed by now). Here in the states, it is the left (democrat) that wants to grow the size of the state, increase taxes, and reward voters with handouts and 'social justice' witch hunts for protected castes. The 'right' that is typically talked about are the republicans (usually called neo-conservative), who want less regulations (but not necessarily a smaller government) and tax breaks for business owners (but not so much of either for the working class). The libertarian 'right' advocates a more streamlined government that is more efficient and fiscally responsible with tax dollars, and protects liberty from those who'd want to take it for economic or social reasons. They advocate a meritocratic society where free expression and entrepreneurialism naturally take hold. Despite what some will say, they are not against charity or helping the truly destitute or disabled. Right now, a big part of their platform is reduction and/or total reversal of the federal government's deficit spending pattern, which is inflating the currency and making life harder for the average citizen.

Keep in mind that this works both ways. You are from Germany so I'd expect you to have a German perspective, and that's perfectly fine. I am from the US, expect me to have a US perspective. I've noticed lately that a lot of US posters are getting caustic replies for their US centrism from those on the european continent, and possibly other places. It is hypocritical for them to be intolerant of US-centric expression while expressing their own culturally centric views.

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