YukoAsho's forum posts

#1 Posted by YukoAsho (2077 posts) -

@yukoasho: I agree with your general message while having problem with others but I agree 100% on the account of twitter being one of the worst thing to happen to modern social interactions, not to mention the irresponsible moderation(or lack there of) on the part of twitter and no accountability at all from that entity.

And this, above all else, is the issue with the whole GamerGate debacle. We've allowed the very worst elements of society to dictate the tone of the entire conversation. That's an issue. It's impossible to have a discussion when both sides are using trolling asshats as ammunition to discredit the entirety of the opposition. How can common ground be achieved when each side only sees caricatures of the other?

I've been around long enough to see that Twitter isn't the real issue. I mean, you're not on Twitter, but you're still using excessive hyperbole and misrepresenting women's views, muddling the reality of a situation.

I know you've been frustrated lately, @yukoasho, but a post like this doesn't help you or your cause. You've seemed to mean well in the past, duder, and I hope you'll rethink a lot of this.

Muddling? How so? I've never made any attempts to make light of the disparity of female developers, though that's a broad tech issue, not just gaming. However, so often the discussion is about the odd camera angle or low-cut top as opposed to the sorry state of representation in the industry. I'm all for more games that aren't ridiculous coming out - lord knows I roll my eyes damn near out of my head when a game comes out that goes for the absolute lowest common denominator. But is going after every game with a sexually provocative female character going to deter the Team Ninjas of the world from producing their brand of sexist drivel? The kind of rage being directed at Bayonetta 2 right now is the sort of thing we used to see for trash like BMX XXX and Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude.

And that's the sad part - outside of really small Japanese studios, there's been a lot of improvement in the depiction of women in gaming compared to, say, the 6th generation and prior. Look at how Lara Croft has been depicted in the Crystal Dynamics games compared to the latter Core Design for example, or the amazingly badass women in Gears of War 3, or the depth of character shown in Last of Us's Ellie. Instead of moving the bar, we should be focusing on getting women more INTO the development community, and rooting out the jackasses who would threaten them. Seriously, the people making threats need to be hunted down, arrested, tried for terrorist threats, and locked the hell up, not made into the rallying cry for shaming gamers as a whole.

Make no mistake, the media has a long way to go when it comes to hiring women and minorities in the ranks of developers, and in improving depictions of them in the games themselves. However, returning to the days of stigmatizing gamers as a whole is not going to get us there.

#2 Posted by YukoAsho (2077 posts) -

I do agree that Twitter is just awful and nothing good arises from it. The fact that so many people use it as their primary means of communication is quite sad really. Your limited in what you can say so it's very easy to take anything anyone says out of context. This is especially troubling when right now there are too many extremists who can use this to their advantage on both sides of this stupid argument that has been going on for too long.

This, more than anything else, is the biggest issue. Seriously, if someone's trying to make a point about something, they'd be better off using Youtube, or Facebook, or Live Journal, or anywhere but Twitter! That's a site for putting your brain farts out to the world, not for anything resembling discussion.

#3 Posted by YukoAsho (2077 posts) -

Well, I imagine Alien: Isolation basically being Sega's attempt to restore credibility to one of their pillars after the clusterfuck that was Aliens: Colonial Marines. I think the problem with Isolation is that the alien shows up too frequently. Ideally, it'd be infrequent enough that you'd wonder if it was around, or at least long enough to let you go room to room. There were parts where I'd hide from it and it'd go into a vent and leave the area, only for it to come rushing back the instant I crawled back out from under the desk or in the box I was hiding int, this despite crawling for the whole game and trying desperately not to tip over anything. Half the time, it felt like there were two or three of the bastards there, and after a while, it became more annoying than scary.

#4 Posted by YukoAsho (2077 posts) -

I think it's hard to say, really. The problem is that there's suspicion that's been bubbling for ages. The problem is that, while there's been very few smoking guns, there's always things that smell "off." Like the Battlefield 4 review Gamespot gave, despite the game being clearly broken, or the extremely chummy relationships we're seeing between media outlets and indie devs, which is the one good thing that's been spot-lighted by the chaos of the last few weeks.

Fact is that reporters in this corner of media either need to stop using the term "journalist" so loosely, or they need to start acting in the manner that label implies. People need to realize that they can't just call themselves journalists when they want to be taken seriously and ignore journalistic integrity the rest of the time; you either are or you're not.

There are few examples of people being on the take, but there's lots of things that smell funny, and it's been happening for years. The recent trend of lecturing the audience has only added to the distrust gamers feel toward the industry, but for people to say that people only care about it when the issue is women in gaming is disingenuous.

#5 Posted by YukoAsho (2077 posts) -

@yukoasho said:

@geraltitude said:

Man running into consensus on the internet startles me sometimes.

Definitely Blu, no question. The advent of 4k and 8k are only going to push physical superiority for movies even further, unless, I dunno, Google Fiber becomes dirt cheap, spreads worldwide and internet data caps go away? Who knows I guess.

I'm wondering how 4k/8k are even going to work with Blu-Ray. I imagine the file sizes are going to be even more ridiculously huge. I imagine at that point there seriously has to start being a public push for formats like HVD, or some sort of crazy ass cartridge media.

Now that would be funny, after all the talk from the digital-only cultists about physical going away completely, we're back to using bulky ass tapes. Though I'm still hoping HVD or similar is the route 4k/8k take...

Yeah that's a great question. And never mind movies. Can you even imagine the file size of a PC/PS5/XB2 Skyrim-style game that is 8k? O.o

I think definitely we see the "archival media formats" make their way to consumers, maybe rebranded as Blu-Ray or New-Ray or whatever, but clearly the current physical format isn't going to cut it or someone creates a bad ass new compression method that squeezes 4k flicks onto Blu Rays without negating the entire reason you bought a 4k tv.

Digital streaming solutions and super fast download speeds just seem so far away. I can't even get more than 15 mb/s in my area so the 100 GB/s connection seems like a pipedream.

I'm reminded of something - didn't Sony say the PS4 could play 4k movies in the future? You would assume they mean from a Blu Ray.

We already have games that take up the whole 50GB of a Blu-Ray, so yeah... We're looking at games in the hundreds of gigs, especially when we get to 8K. With cable companies in the US refusing to get out of the way, to say nothing of the rest of the world, I can't imagine downloads of these sizes being mainstream any time soon.

#6 Posted by YukoAsho (2077 posts) -

Man running into consensus on the internet startles me sometimes.

Definitely Blu, no question. The advent of 4k and 8k are only going to push physical superiority for movies even further, unless, I dunno, Google Fiber becomes dirt cheap, spreads worldwide and internet data caps go away? Who knows I guess.

I'm wondering how 4k/8k are even going to work with Blu-Ray. I imagine the file sizes are going to be even more ridiculously huge. I imagine at that point there seriously has to start being a public push for formats like HVD, or some sort of crazy ass cartridge media.

Now that would be funny, after all the talk from the digital-only cultists about physical going away completely, we're back to using bulky ass tapes. Though I'm still hoping HVD or similar is the route 4k/8k take...

#7 Edited by YukoAsho (2077 posts) -

Whatever the game engine can handle. I can enjoy myself with either framerate as long as it's not chugging and stuttering all over the fucking place. If it's consistant, I can't really tell anyway, as I'm too busy, you know, ENJOYING myself.

#8 Posted by YukoAsho (2077 posts) -

Reviews are, by nature, opinion pieces. All I can ask is that game reviews are fair. This is why I'd never consider Jeff's opinion on Japanese games, particularly Warriors titles. It's all about finding reviewers you can trust, or at least reviewers who are willing to give a game a chance.

As to social issues, most people (outside of the social media dipshits sending out death threats) would agree that the discussion is fair game. If a game's story features offensive stereotypes as core elements, or marginalizes certain groups for a laugh, then YES it needs to be discussed. However, it's important that the GAME be the most important part of the discussion. The social content is simply an element of the game, and I want to hear about ALL the elements, not just one.

#9 Posted by YukoAsho (2077 posts) -

Blu-Ray here. REAL HD won't be stream-able for some time yet, and none of us got HDTVs because we wanted to see compression effects in higher resolution.

#10 Edited by YukoAsho (2077 posts) -

@athadam: Excellent point. I tell anyone who will listen that Ebola isn't going to be an issue in the US (especially when Texas Presbyterian is shaken down by the CDC after their failures), but a lot of people are CONVINCED that it's airborne, that the CDC is lying (to what end?). It's another conspiracy theory that increasingly more people in the US are buying into. That is the threat ebola poses to the modernized world. Fear and paranoia can make mountains out of mole hills.