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Finally Broke My Crowdfunding Rule
By oblivion437
Posted on 01/12/15
I've had a long-standing rule to avoid getting involved in any sort of crowdfunded activities.  I didn't donate to Shadowrun or Wasteland, but I did buy and enjoy both of them (I'm plugging both of those games right now, just so you know they're good).  I haven't...

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A Means to Disseminate Honest-to-God Leaks
Posted on Wednesday, January 21 2015 @ 08:01:04 Eastern

Wikileaks, though technically not a wiki, provides an easy means to disseminate information that some find it desirable to share against the wishes of those who find it desirable to keep secret.  Aside from the morality of the leaking itself such a service provides a look into the activities of government agencies, large corporations and even academic institutions which, when revealed in public light, end up looking quite lousy.  The games industry suffers from a wall of silence.  Important information is not revealed until well after it's past its shelf life.  It is maintained by two things.  One is the non-disclosure agreement which is not always legally sound.  The other is simple economic pressure; anyone who blows the whistle makes themselves a target of reprisal in the form of blacklisting.  They even save their would-be listers the trouble putting their name out there.  The former will be with us until NDAs are successfully challenged in court to limit their scope but the latter can be ameliorated with some kind of service for dropping important information anonymously.  Something like wikileaks.

It ought not be for espionage but for education; not to expose company secrets for the sake of destroying that company's competitive ability but to expose unethical or untoward behavior.  If, two weeks before launch, a publisher is still blowing smoke up an oblivious media's collective ass with bulltrailers and bullshots and flat-out lies which will not stop until after the game is already on store shelves (hello Ubisoft, I'm way past due for raking you over the coals - I know and I'm sorry) then a a copy of the last QA report for AC:U revealing the many KS/WF bugs in the game quietly getting leaked to such an outfit would have helped consumers decide

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Finally Broke My Crowdfunding Rule
Posted on Monday, January 12 2015 @ 11:26:39 Eastern

This member blog post was promoted to the GameRevolution homepage.


I've had a long-standing rule to avoid getting involved in any sort of crowdfunded activities.  I didn't donate to Shadowrun or Wasteland, but I did buy and enjoy both of them (I'm plugging both of those games right now, just so you know they're good).  I haven't backed Project Eternity but may purchase it when it comes out.  I've finally broken that rule to support something different.

When the whole gamergate thing got rolling and the sweaty dirty laundry was airing in public to an effect more nauseating than an hour-long 16k resolution photo montage of the unedited scenes from Pier Paolo Pasolini's late period, one of the brighter lights to flare up was a plan to start up an independent review aggregator service which ended up being called Based Gamer.

For all the mudslinging, ad revenue kneecapping, Patreon hustling, harassment both sides have received, insignificant bedroom drama and - to be honest - plain bullshit, this looks to perhaps be the one substantial thing to make a change for the better.  If the old guard media is corrupt and incompetent (if you have any doubts about that question realize that Patricia Hernandez is still gainfully employed by Kotaku and Ben Kuchera is still gainfully employed by anyone and almost no one has ever issued a public apology to Brad Wardell - it's corrupt and incompetent in the same way the Philadelphia, Mississippi police were corrupt and incompetent circa 1964), then new media voices need to come along. 

Youtube's a great start and, in spite of the old guard's pathetic flailing on the subject of Shadows of Mordor, the only reason any old-guard outlet had anything to report is because the Youtubers themselves, who are not even journalists, were open and honest about it.  But an institution to rival existing news and review outlets directly would also help and that's what Based Gamer is out to do.

I chipped 20 dollars into their Indiegogo fund and wish them good luck.  Chip in if you want, or don't if you don't.  But if any of the rotten crap that's been pissing practically everyone off since before Amiga Power ran a two-page spread in 1995 documenting dubious writing gets to you too, I do recommend doing what you can in the fifteen hours the campaign has left.  We get as good or bad a media as we're willing to pay for which is why GameRevolution is the one site on my ABP exception list.

[EDIT@1/12 3:14PM: Fixed minor typo]

[The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of GameRevolution, but we believe it's worthy of being featured on our site. This article, posted on January 12th, has been lightly edited for grammar and style. You can find more Vox Pop articles here. ~ Ed. Nick Tan]

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Not News: Gamespot Still Sucks
Posted on Sunday, January 11 2015 @ 17:35:14 Eastern

At 8:09AM on January 11 Emanuel Maiberg posted a blurb to Gamespot's newsfeed which indicated via headline that Baldur's Gate III is in development with Beamdog at the helm.

Here's the headline as it appears :

New Baldur's Gate Game In Development
"We are interested in doing a Baldur's Gate III," Beamdog said.

Here's the article:
New Baldur's Gate Game In Development

Give it a quick read, it's short, but note the important thing...

At no point in the entire interview does Oster say, nor does Maiberg actually claim, that Baldur's Gate III is in development.  Quite the opposite.  The headline is pure, unadulterated clickbait.  I'm aware that editors sometimes impose these changes but if I were in Maiberg's shoes I'd be uncomfortable working at a publication which did that to something of mine.

This is, of course, leaving to one side the question of why anyone would actually be interested in what Beamdog would do with Baldur's Gate III given what they've done to Baldur's Gate.  You can literally get everything they're offering, better than they're offering, for less.  No, really, you can get Baldur's Gate 1 and 2 for less than the price of either 'enhanced' edition and free tools will produce all of the same benefits (such as being able to choose all the class, race and kit types from II in I, and so on) while having superior configuration options and no content arbitrarily injected into the game which does not belong.

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A Valuable Analysis of SJW Culture
Posted on Friday, January 2 2015 @ 10:30:14 Eastern

The author is unknown and the piece is untitled.  I found it via a reddit thread.

It reminds me of another essay, the author known and the piece titled, it being "The Sociology of the Ayn Rand Cult" by Murray Rothbard.&n...   read more...

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A Brief Summary of Gamergate
Posted on Friday, December 26 2014 @ 11:16:51 Eastern

    Gamergate in summary: several hungry people are fighting over slices of pizza sitting on a table.  What follows is an attempt to describe them and the basic outline of events.
    First up is the hashtag ...   read more...

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Bandai Namco Issues DMCA Complaint Against Dark Souls Modder
Posted on Monday, December 22 2014 @ 15:48:26 Eastern

In a post on NeoGAF Peter "Durante" Thoman announced Bandai Namco has issued a DMCA complaint to Dropbox forcing the takedown of DSFix, the most popular mod for the PC version of Dark Souls, from their service.  The claim appears absur...   read more...

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The Search for Optimal Bake Time
Posted on Wednesday, December 17 2014 @ 14:36:19 Eastern

Something percolating in my mind for a while now is the question of an 'optimal' development time for a given game.  If a game is given too little time in the oven, or if the post-production work is rushed, the resulting game is unfinish...   read more...

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Dark Souls Steamworks Migration Available, Masochists Rejoice by Screaming in Pain
Posted on Monday, December 15 2014 @ 08:33:53 Eastern

The announcement turned out to be that the Steamworks version is available today.  Check the game's forum page from your library and look for the pinned thread for instructions on how to migrate from GFWL to Steamworks and enjoy the game wit...   read more...

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Dark Souls Steam Migration Delayed but on Track?
Posted on Sunday, December 14 2014 @ 07:03:34 Eastern

November came and went without Namco Bandai's promised Steam migration but an announcement on the 25th of did say news was forthcoming.  Later an announcement was made that information would be revealed 'soon' and that the migration ...   read more...

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The Witcher 3 Has Been Delayed to May 19
Posted on Monday, December 8 2014 @ 17:45:28 Eastern

David Thier's reaction here.

My reaction here.

EDIT: For some crazy reason I thought the Forbes piece was written by Paul Tassi.  I was tired when I wrote this post....   read more...

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