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@keyboard_cat: There is definitely an issue of the media (as an entity) taking a handful of social media posts and blowing them out of proportion. I don't think that's the case here, though. The pushback against Borderlands 3 being a timed exclusive on the EGS isn't just four tweets on some small accounts. Steam isn't counting 4,000 recent reviews on Borderlands 2. One YouTuber with a very large following posted a video about this and called it "terrifying." The pushback is loud and vocal, although probably not financially significant.

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Games media personalities: PAX isn't the type of show where developers announce stuff.

Game company: *announces stuff directly to cheering fans*

Games media personalities: What a weird decision to announce a game at PAX.

Games media personalities: *also does a panel where people wait 3-4 hours to get the best seats*

I always find it weird when people in the position of Jeff or Vinny seem confused as to why a company would announce a game at a--gasp!--FAN CONVENTION. Devs show new stuff at PAX all the time. Usually not in the form of straight up AAA announcements quite like this, but they're always showing new gameplay and that sort of thing.

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I seriously hope Dan gets kicked out of Wrestlemania for cutting the line. That would be incredible. (It won't happen, of course, because Dan never has to pay a price for his shitty behavior, but it would be amazing to hear about.)

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"The Transformers have brains and think for themselves. Do the Gundams--are they just like Pacific Rim things?"

Alex's reaction and Austin's face were priceless.

This was funny, but I lost my shit at "Acura."

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@rocketraccooncmro: Yeah, that one made me cringe. Even if you're not aware of the exact time frame involved with Pangaea, surely anyone who knows enough about geological history to know that term would ALSO know that it predates humanity by hundreds of millions of years?

@borklund: There's a creationist museum in Kentucky. Dan going there and coming back with "knowledge" would be a disaster.

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Long episode, looking forward to getting to this tonight!

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The problem with the genophage is essentially the problem with a lot of sci-fi and fantasy writing, in which entire races or species are a certain way.

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@11111110: I'm pretty sure you know what people mean by saying Twitter "enables" Nazis. Twitter allows open white nationalists on its platform. It gives them "verified" status, which makes their tweets more visible and more likely to be seen. People who have histories of harassment are allowed to operate on Twitter until they do something egregious (which sometimes just means their target happens to be a celebrity).

YouTube's problems aren't limited to the actual content. The algorithms that show people new videos are terrible. Watch a video by Anita Sarkeesian, and next your "suggested videos" section turns into a swamp of disgustingly misogynistic videos "responding" to her.

It's not that there's no moderation, it's that the moderation sucks, and neither YouTube nor Twitter appear to give a shit about allowing extremists on the platform.

Arguing that perfect moderation is impossible and would make us like China is a poor argument that doesn't address what anyone is actually arguing.

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@birdsoul: I was never any good at HAWKEN, but I managed to get into the PAX East event that was the first time the game was playable to the public back in 2012, and that was really cool.