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Comment: What matters: no multi-platform multi-player (Score 1) 222

by mr_mischief (#48419763) Attached to: Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

If you can't play multi-player with your friend on another platform then who cares which one of you has better graphics? Are you people more concerned with e-peen rants than about being able to play the game together? How many of you are buying a platform based on this title? I'd much rather buy titles that let me play with my friends no matter who has what hardware.

Comment: Re:It's bad, but it's not exclusive to women. (Score 1) 827

by mr_mischief (#48363289) Attached to: How To End Online Harassment

Why is gamergate (which is a horrible name, BTW. Not everything has to be paralleled to the GOP's break-in to a Democratic headquarters that happened in the 19 fucking seventies for fuck's sake) the big focus of all that is wrong with threats and misogyny on the Internet?

This is a more general problem with more general roots than anything to do with the principle actors in this situation. You blame the people attacking this particular journalist at this particular time for picking their target specifically when there's in general a bigger problem in gaming journalism. I'm simply saying that beyond this one case of targeting specific people, there are other cases of "doxxing" (another loathesome word, by the way), threats, and general misanthrophy/misogyny/misandry all over the Internet.

Getting these 4chan dwellers and other trash to leave these specific women alone is a victory, but it's a small and isolated one. Convincing a generation of maladjusted young men (and yes, it is mostly boys and young men although they target both men and women) of the terrible distastefulness and inappropriateness of their words and actions should be the long-term goal.

Comment: It's bad, but it's not exclusive to women. (Score 1) 827

by mr_mischief (#48359605) Attached to: How To End Online Harassment

It's bad, but it's not exclusive to women. Anyone who hangs out in the filthy sewers of the Internet (4chan, parts of Reddit, many newspaper and magazine comment sections) knows that threats of beatings, killings, and rapes are common. They are commonly laid out against men by men. Yes, that includes rape. Most of it is idle posturing by mouth-breathing basement-dwelling mental juveniles many of whom are chronological juveniles as well.

Could we please focus on the anti-social, violent nature of these threats and not label the entire Internet as misogynist pigs just because women are finding themselves included as targets?

Comment: Re:Obama (Score 1) 704

by mr_mischief (#48354617) Attached to: President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

The FCC is not Congress. It's an executive department under the aegis of the President, who is the chief of the Executive Branch. The courts already basically said the FCC is free to categorize ISPs as common carriers unless Congress passes a law to stop it. Read the Ars article about it.

If they declare ISPs to be common carriers, then they can apply common carrier regulations on them. The problem with parts of the Open Internet Order was that they were applying common carrier regulations to ISPs without classifying them as common carriers beforehand. The FCC is free to do so under current laws. They just haven't done it.

Comment: What deity do he pray to that needs him to know? (Score 1) 461

by mr_mischief (#48350027) Attached to: Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

What deity do he pray to that needs him to know the names? Most people who pray choose to pray to an all-knowing, all-seeing, everywhere all the time, all-powerful deity. Surely if he prays for them in general an omniscient, omnipresent, all-powerful deity could figure it out.

This sounds like a ploy for a dirty stalker.

Comment: Re:Team Fortress (Score 1) 183

by mr_mischief (#48336957) Attached to: Blizzard Announces Overwatch, a First-Person Shooter

It sort of looks to me like TF2 or any other arena team shooter (Q3 Arena, Unreal Tournament/UT2004, Nuclear Dawn, lots of others) but with characters more from DOTA. I like the idea of a shooter with these wacky powers.

It's probably better than the alternative mix, too: a top-down, zone-of-control, resource renewal, last hit game where everyone runs around with a shotgun. I might give that a shot too, though.

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