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#1 Posted by drakesfortune (316 posts) -

I figured this was coming. Patrick strikes me as an ambitious person. Though I have to say, I have a feeling he'll regret leaving Giant Bomb. I personally thought he fit in at Giant Bomb perfectly. I certainly don't agree with his politics, but he always expressed them in a thoughtful and respectful way. Something most hard news pundits fail miserably at. I think Patrick brought an interesting and different personality to Giant Bomb, and that was a very GOOD thing. I think it will be very missed.

I don't like Kotaku. When I think Kotaku, I think snarky, smarmy folks who live inside a metropolitan bubble. I just can't get down with it. I think Patrick will be swimming in a sea of people over there that may be more like him personally, but with less talent, and for that, he will stand out less, and not shine so brightly. I digress though. I do love what he's done here, and I'll miss him. Hopefully GB can replace him with someone similar personality wise. Who that might be, I don't know. Good luck Patrick.

#2 Edited by drakesfortune (316 posts) -

lol nicely done

#3 Posted by drakesfortune (316 posts) -

First, it's terrible that people are harassing this person for expressing her beliefs. It makes no sense to do that.

That said, I just watched her Ms. Male Character video on YouTube, and was utterly unimpressed with her arguments. I am married, have two daughters, and I can tell you, my daughters love wearing bows and feminine objects on themselves. They love it. They identify with it. It makes them feel girly, pretty, happy, and therefore, like who they are.

Whenever I hear "feminists" talk about things that offend them, like bows in the hair of too many video game characters, I can never get past the fact that they seem to think there's something wrong with being girly, or there being things that are inherently feminine, and therefore used as tropes to define femininity. So the majority of women and girls LIKE to wear makeup and be defined as feminine. Don't get me wrong, if my daughters grow up and don't want to be associated with those feminine tropes, good on em'. I don't care one way or the other. If they relish being girls, and wearing bows, and makeup, same deal, good for them.

She talks about using pink, or bows to devalue the characters as women. I just don't agree that that is the intent, or the result. I think there are a few people out there who will find offense with it, but I think those people are a tiny minority, and we can't orient our society to not offend anyone. She is certainly welcome to disagree with that opinion, and nobody should threaten or harass her for her opinions. Disputing them, refuting them, or disagreeing with them isn't sexist, it isn't wrong, and people who disagree should equally not be harassed.

I mean, everything in society is geared towards male and female. The English language itself is. Men and women when taken as a whole have real differences. Physically, emotionally, and in terms of what they put on their bodies. Does that mean EVERYONE does? No. The vast majority do though. And there's absolutely, positively nothing wrong with it. Men and women are different. Good. It makes life interesting.

#4 Posted by drakesfortune (316 posts) -

Wow...this is not a good thing. I read the article, and I'm still confused. So...this is a new console. Sort of. I assume the 3ds carts are the same form factor. Yet, newer games for the 3ds NEW, won't work on the 3ds. Mind is blown...

I was at Target this weekend with my son, and they have all of the Wii, and WiiU games all mixed together on their shelves. I can only imagine how many WiiU games are being purchased for people who only have a Wii. It borders on deception. As a company, this is the last thing you want to do. It burns people...for good, to the point where they don't want to buy your product anymore.

#5 Posted by drakesfortune (316 posts) -

I watch stuff like this, and I can't understand why I can't get past the jungle. I watched Patrick play countless hours of Spelunky...and I just don't get why I suck at it so bad. I must just lack patience.

#6 Posted by drakesfortune (316 posts) -

This is cool, but at the same time, the bombcast is getting really thin now. Vinny was the lifeblood of the show since Ryan's passing. I hope they bring that Irish Gamespot guy into the fold at GBSF.

It's exciting that GBEast is going to be a real thing now...but boy. Tough blow to Unprofessional Fridays too. Sadly GBSF needs to get some new talent in there. Losing Vinny, Patrick, and Ryan is...well...more than half the original cast if you include Patrick (which I pretty much do).

Best of luck Vinny! I do hope this turns into good stuff for you and your family, as well as GB.

#7 Edited by drakesfortune (316 posts) -

Very dumb acquisition on Facebook's part. Talk about over paying. I don't think people realize how much 2 billion is. That's a lot of dough for an unproven platform that was just one upped by Sony...which has a proven platform to deliver content to a device like this. Money flushed down the toilet IMO. Congrats to the Oculus guys. They made a smart decision selling for that price. Very smart.

#8 Posted by drakesfortune (316 posts) -

GT Feartheswineflu

DR3 for now, and when it comes out Titanfall!

#9 Edited by drakesfortune (316 posts) -

What a bummer, I love Tom Clancy. His books, movies, games, I loved it all. He will be missed.

#10 Posted by drakesfortune (316 posts) -

I certainly understand where you're coming from Patrick, but I don't think you're looking at this from all angles. As the owner of a company that sells online and takes almost 3/4ths of our payments through Paypal, I can tell you first hand that fraud is a huge concern for Paypal, on all sides. In many cases, if someone is defrauding the consumer, Paypal is left holding the bag. The credit card companies will demand the money from the seller (the fraudster) and Paypal has to cough it up. Period. In this case, they could be held liable for the whole amount. That's a big loss, even for Paypal.

On top of that, the internet is FULL of scammers. We have to deal with fraud on our website on a daily basis. It's a huge problem. Paypal probably loses a ton every year due to fraud, and any time someone is gathering $80,000 all of the sudden, with no history with Paypal, and for potentially nebulous reasons, they have reason to be cautious.

Is there a better answer than what they are doing? I don't know. They could, and maybe should, just say, no you can't gather that much cash here. Find another way to get the money. Then it's up to the receiver to decide if that's worth it to them. I just think you probably should consider this a bit more deeply than just reflexively looking at it from one side's perspective. Things are usually more complicated than they seem, especially when talking about moving this kind of money. Where I'm from, you can buy a house for that kind of dough, and there is ultimately a higher degree of risk involved from Paypal's perspective.