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#1 Posted by SecularBaron (181 posts) -

#2 Posted by SecularBaron (181 posts) -

I was surprised how much I enjoyed the beta. The open world, despite it being a sometimes odd approximation, was cool and fun to just cruise around in. Some of the missions and story we're a little uninteresting to me. However the driving and customization of the cars was good. Racing with the boost trying to avoid crunching into cars reminded me of Burnout sometimes. Overall I think I'll check this out more at some point.

#3 Posted by SecularBaron (181 posts) -

I don't understand how these topics are something people want out of game discussions. These have been big issues in video game culture recently. Games just continue to grown up as a medium. Games invoking serious issues (social or otherwise) aren't going to go away. Nor is anyone in this massive industry going to be able to avoid the same kinds of issues and discussions film or print have dealt with. If you don't want to think about these kind of things then read other articles, play other games. The same way you don't read movie reviews and comments that makes you uncomfortable you just have to ignore them and move on.

#4 Edited by SecularBaron (181 posts) -

I like to assume they all do.

#5 Posted by SecularBaron (181 posts) -

@hamst3r said:


The Perfect Storm - $83

Strip Tease - $109

Red Rising - $109

Grave Sight - $83

That's $384 just for the first 4.

I got these numbers by clicking on the audio book images on the Humble Bundle site and then clicking the "Published by Recorded Books" link.

Looks like they found the most expensive figures to quote. Red Rising is on Amazon for $30

Wo. I was not aware how crazy the audio book market is.

#6 Posted by SecularBaron (181 posts) -

This is a few days old but I just bought it and am looking for people to play with. Steam: secularbaron

#7 Posted by SecularBaron (181 posts) -
@sergio said:
The problem with this is that she will essentially be in an echo chamber where she not only avoids the internet trolls but also any detractors who may make valid points. Those that rally to her provide no constructive criticism whatsoever. This results in her making the same mistakes in each subsequent video instead of improving on those problematic areas.

I don't expect her to respect the opinions of her detractors, but she definitely doesn't show the most basic respect (that some have mentioned) for her audience when she chooses not to engage at all. I don't think she cares though. As you've said, some people don't want to understand anyone else's viewpoints

I agree an echo chamber is extremely dangerous for an ideology. You should never bathe in your own ideas without letting in criticism. However don't ignore that someone like her (among others) receive rape and death threats for even stating their position. Which is a terrifying experience, even if you know they probably won't make good on it. It only takes one fanatic to end your life.

#8 Edited by SecularBaron (181 posts) -

I think it's acceptable to talk about her since she created the content. However if someone thinks that by discussing her it detracts from her arguments or effects the discussion they're mistaken.

You can have someone speaking out against "Y" and that person can turn out to be a terrible person. This however doesn't change their arguments or the content of the discussion. Unless I guess they're argument was something crazy like "I'm a great person therefore "Y" is wrong."

Also along with this. Criticizing the quality of video editing (as horrifying to some of us film enthusiasts this may be) has nothing to do with a topic.

#9 Edited by SecularBaron (181 posts) -


Yeah. There does seem to be a difference. When I watch a video and don't buy the game there wasn't any chance of me buying that game anyways. When I watch a video of a game I want I never go "WO. This is just like playing the game." But I can only speak from personal experience.


You have a good point. I go to Let's Plays much like I do for discussions and examinations of movies.

#10 Edited by SecularBaron (181 posts) -

Maybe there is a way i'd be okay with developers taking some cut, but i'm not sure. I see a problem coming if developers or other aspects of a company could get videos removed that they don't approve of, for example if it criticizes their game.

Also developers seem to ignore that this is free advertising. I've bought many games after watching some of a Let's Play. Hell watching people play Fez is why I bought Fez.

Some companies suffer from the delusion much like you hear with torrents. That all of the views on these videos are somehow all lost sales. If someone is going to play a game they're going to buy it regardless of watching a video about it. I guess if a developer really wants they should put a no video/stream clause in their user agreement.

When I think of movies this becomes a more difficult question for me. If I buy a movie and watch it with a few friends I don't feel the producer deserves anymore money. But if i'm showing the movie to 1000 people and making ad money in between I should owe something.