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  1. Gigantus's Avatar
    That's what donations are for: tax relief and public relations - not necessarily an evil thing. Rumors are also that philanthropy still exists in the wild but don't take my word for it
  2. Emperor Commodus's Avatar
    I wish I could view an announcement like this outside of the lens of 'PR appeasement to be expected, just wait for their next move'. Alas.
  3. makanyane's Avatar
    That's a very well written piece, thank you for sharing it.

    But really not encouraging news!
  4. Twilight Esker's Avatar
    And now they're peeking at Discord. It just gets better.
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  6. Flinn's Avatar
    We have all been to those meetings where someone wants you to give over 100%.
    This is the very base of any next year's sales budget

    This explains Flinn's hexship and why Hader hasn't booted him out of the family yet. Thank you Gigantus for your breakthrough reveal, it is much appreciated.
    you little sir, you have made yourself a powerful enemy, today!
  7. King Athelstan's Avatar
    This explains Flinn's hexship and why Hader hasn't booted him out of the family yet. Thank you Gigantus for your breakthrough reveal, it is much appreciated.
  8. King Athelstan's Avatar
    You almost got me Gig, I knew you couldn't have written this:tongue

    my average Step Length suggested I was 78 years old. (Disclosure: I'm not.)
    As we all know you actually are 78!
  9. alhoon's Avatar
    I don't have a smartphone.
  10. makanyane's Avatar
    Lol, I don't have a phone app, but do use a step counting watch worn on left hand, it doesn't record steps well if you're holding anything in that hand and therefore not swinging the arm. So I've got in the habit over a few years, of carrying everything with my right hand, which my physio now thinks is contributing to my right hip/leg being ed
  11. Flinn's Avatar
    lol, anyone deputizing their health to an app should suffer of neurotic disorder, as a form of punishment

    you all know that I am a convinced supporter of the dominance of mind over body, so.. sorry but gotta go now, my phone is reminding me to take my pills for schizophrenia!
  12. Cookiegod's Avatar
    I like to think that we're all your grandchildren, Gig. Now, about that Ferrari...
  13. Kilo11's Avatar
    Gig, you rascal, you! That story is excellent in every way!
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  16. Gigantus's Avatar
    Being part of a mob is a concious decision, the main incentive being the assumption of 'zero reckoning', and as such one is responsible for actions taken. As one is in creating the circumstances for such a mob to likely form - as such I regard measures taken to prevent such happenings appropriate but also have to acknowledge the problem of doing so sensibly.

    And yes, I was referring to the R2-->M2 incidents.
  17. Emperor Commodus's Avatar
    Certainly. That I would quantify as excess, and while I think people do have the right to bomb a game that's the subject of bad mismanagement (a review is too vague to be held beyond individual standards, and if the individual denounces a game based on that, that's their opinion as long as it's their opinion and not parroting), the truth is that review bombs unfortunately result in
    - Ignorant users parroting misinformation or what they heard from their favorite youtuber - I exclude that from the 'their opinion' stipulation
    - Attacking games simply because the company was involved with them, even when the game has absolutely nothing to do with the recent games in question (Rome 2 bombers coming over to Medieval 2, for example)

    There's a balance, and unfortunately the mob is very poor at knowing the boundaries of reason.
  18. Gigantus's Avatar
    Noise gets attention, that is an undeniable fact of life. It's what comes after taking attention that is concerning, a classical example the 'review bombing' not that long ago. Where complaints over a game's issue let to intentional negative reviews of all other games released by the company in question.
  19. Emperor Commodus's Avatar
    That I can certainly agree with. A moderate, measured response is the key to achieving something productive. Without such moderation from the beginning or near the brink, there is no dialogue, only a . Certainly defeats the point of any reasonable conclusion.

    But I'll be contrarian and say that outrage, not moderation, is what brings issues to light at all, makes people pay attention in a world where people literally just scroll away events that may or may not interest them if they actually stood out or were repeated. Of course this isn't to say that it should take precedence over moderation, especially when there's some sort of response that comes to 'fine, you're mad, what do you want to do about it?" I will say that a sort of balance, at least with society's position, is the best way to go somewhere. Those who purely go on anger are certainly not people who are helpful in addressing the problem; however, save for a few exceptions, they're certainly helpful in promoting it.

    Unfortunately, short of a societal change, the only good balance is being able to strike the attention of the masses and make something stand out before you can make the measured critique that is necessary for a solution.

    Just a bit of debate food, not to contradict the base point that yes, outrage outrage outrage is not particularly helpful and sells with a crowd a little too well.

    Then again, I can't count it as anything surprising. It's just another outlet for attitudes expressed all across history...
    Updated June 10, 2019 at 05:54 AM by Emperor Commodus
  20. Gigantus's Avatar
    My point wasn't so much about holding comments accountable (although a sensible policy is welcome, see further down), rather to encourage to 'activate the brain before liking\commenting'. It's the indiscriminate dissemination\support of stuff like this that encourages the author to continue and most likely to intensify it's outrage, a cycle that can spin totally out of control.
    Updated June 09, 2019 at 07:01 AM by Gigantus
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