MichaelScott's forum posts

#1 Posted by MichaelScott (193 posts) -

Awesome review man, pretty different in terms of content from all the other 10's and five stars going on out there.  I hadn't gotten into Kanye except for a few random singles for the longest time, had a hard time getting passed the ego, and this I realized all musicians are probably assholes I would never want to hang out with and bought Late Registration. Great record. That got me stoked for MBDTF, can't say I was disappointed. I think it's really funny watching the reaction of people to all of the perfect scores this record is getting, like it's some kind of personal insult. When in reality, the people bitching about the good reviews based on personal opinion tend to be the ones making blanket statements about the music and the people who listen to it. 
 
People need to chill, it's fucking music. You like it or you don't, and people aren't 'idiots' or 'sheep' for liking certain music. Shit is fucking ridiculous. 

#2 Edited by MichaelScott (193 posts) -
@lordofultima said:

" @Inf225 said:

" @lordofultima: What about people without the means to subscribe. My girlfriends brother is a big fan like me, but he's 17 and doesn't have a credit card, his parents couldn't care less about GB,  so he has no way of getting a subscription. He would like to support, but he is unable, and now he is having something take away from him. How is that fair? "
Your brother can listen to the full length podcast a week later. It's free, it's a luxury. "
A luxury that has been freely available for years to anyone who's visited the site. Add more cool features, don't gimp the already awesome shit. Don't call me a cheap bastard either. I can afford it and will probably end up buying a subscription just because of all the time I've already used GB in the past and would like to support the guys, but this podcast stuff definitely gives me pause because I was under the guise that everything I already love about GB would stay the same.  
 
I just think this is a bad move. Maybe it'll work out and blow over, or maybe it'll go the way of RealID and the shitstorm will roar until it's overturned. We'll see. I really don't consider listening to a broken up  two hour podcast that's been free for years a luxury (even if it is my favorite). 
#3 Posted by MichaelScott (193 posts) -

I was going to say this is bullshit, but it's really not bullshit. I just think it's really, really stupid. The podcast is the ONE feature that should absolutely stay free to everyone. This solution just feels awkward and forced. I was stoked to buy a membership until I heard about this podcast thing. I refuse to pay for the same podcast I've been listening to for two years while the rest of the community that doesn't pay up gets a gimped version of the Bombcast. I would honestly prefer giant flashing ads with my premium membership than monetizing the Bombcast in ANY way.  As much as I love the Bombcast, it's not worth fifty just to listen to it the way I've been listening to it for two years. 

#4 Posted by MichaelScott (193 posts) -

Fuck no. 

#5 Posted by MichaelScott (193 posts) -
@MajorToms:  What you're saying may be true for other articles (I don't usually read comments too often), but I'm pretty damn sure no matter who attached their name to this article be it Jeff, Ryan, Brad(S) , Vinny, or even Rich Gallop, the reaction (including mine) would have been the same. Brad not having the same insecurities about his name being out there on the internet is all fine and good, but that's no reason to assume everyone should be just as carefree about his name being out there as he is.  
 
That's really the main problem with the article. He's alienating much of the the GB community who think that Real ID was a bad idea by dismissing the people who opposed as being nothing but trolls and jerks who look up people's personal information on the internet just for the lulz (when in fact it was done to prove a point, and it was the best and only way to prove said point in a way that Blizzard might care about). I definitely don't approve of calling and visiting the poor Blizzard employee who put his name out there, but you can't say that stuff caught anyone by surprise. The guy was kind of asking for it after putting his name out there (which is why I have doubts it was even his real name). 
 
Meh, whatever. This bullshit will just come up again in 6months when they implement it for realsies. 
#6 Posted by MichaelScott (193 posts) -
@SpaceInsomniac said:
" Saying something comes from a "vocal minority" is a very poor debate tactic.  It's right up there with using "some people say" to make an outlandish claim while ducking personal responsibility, and the "slippery slope" fallacy.  Any complaint can be said to be coming from a "vocal minority" and suddenly the burden of proof is on your opponent to prove otherwise?  No, screw you, that's not how it works.  Let's try an example we should all be able to get behind.  A "vocal minority" of GameSpot users feel that Jeff Gerstmann shouldn't have been fired from GameSpot.  This would be "technically" true, because most people who use GameSpot don't even have forum accounts and never gave their opinion on the matter.  Does that suddenly mean Jeff Gerstmann SHOULD have been fired from GameSpot?  After all, everyone who complained about it was just a vocal minority. "
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#7 Posted by MichaelScott (193 posts) -
@marrec: If only Michael Scott was my real name. :(
#8 Edited by MichaelScott (193 posts) -
@Gaff said:

" @MichaelScott said:

" @atomic_dumpling said:
" There was an uglier side to the rabble, as documented by VG247 and Kotaku. Some users began throwing out personal details of Blizzard employees, phone numbers and the like, in a sorry attempt to prove a point.    
 I strongly disagree with the implication that this was some sort of sorry perverted vendetta. You know, I could just as easily check up on a certain Brad Nicholson. I bet you would be thrilled to read every detail of your private life. "
Seriously. Also, the "vocal minority" part smells like bullshit. I have a hard time believing that anyone thought RealID was truly a great idea.  "
I have a sneaking suspicion that of the 12 million subscribers a relatively small portion has seen the forums, a smaller portion has posted on the forums, and a smaller portion has an opinion on that. "
True. Most actual WoW players probably don't care either way because they don't use the forums. But for the people that visit the forums, even on a fairly irregular basis, probably think Real ID is a bad idea. As far the people who actually use forums on the internet; however, it certainly wasn't a "vocal minority". If anything, the people in favor of Real ID are the extreme minority. I don't think I'd be using GB's forums if they made me use my real name (even though I have an extremely common name) when I used the forums, would you? 
#9 Posted by MichaelScott (193 posts) -
@Bones8677 said:
" People got way too bent out of shape about this whole thing. As if all a hacker needed to steal your private information, is your name. Bullshit paranoia. Just an excuse to be assholes. "
Eh, I think the idea behind the outrage was that all you need to do is have a name and Google just like they did with the Blizzard employee. I do think the paranoia was a little unfounded (you can find tons of random peoples' names on facebook, etc), but I think overall it was just a stupid, pointless idea that really wouldn't really help.
#10 Posted by MichaelScott (193 posts) -
@empfeix said:
" @OneManX said:
" @atomic_dumpling said:
" There was an uglier side to the rabble, as documented by VG247 and Kotaku. Some users began throwing out personal details of Blizzard employees, phone numbers and the like, in a sorry attempt to prove a point.  I strongly disagree with the implication that this was some sort of sorry perverted vendetta. You know, I could just as easily check up on a certain Brad Nicholson. I bet you would be thrilled to read every detail of your private life. "
The thing is. it was BEYOND stupid what the user did. To purposely go out and post a dude's PERSONAL info just to prove a point? They are doing the very thing that they dont want to happen to them. If that happened to any other user, they would flipping table and possibly looking into pressing charges or else. You don't prove a point by being a jackass. You prove it, by being intelligent and engaging in intelligent discussion. "
Wait how is it personal if a simple google search brought it all up. Sorry mate the internet is not private.  Was it still a jerk move? yes.  Still isn't personal if you voluntarily put it on the net. "
While I agree that it was kind of a jackass move, how else were you supposed to prove the point that Real ID was a bad idea without googling someone's name?