Re: GamersGate

I honestly have little to no clue what's going on other than it involves shady practices, the tumble brigade willing to believe I'm Satan because I'm a white male, and 4chan has been banning people.

I am all for diversity and everyone having their say. I think most journalists are fearmongering opportunistic vultures. I think there is far too much screaming and far too little discussing going on. I also think I am too distrustful of any side in this screaming event to get to the heart of the matter with any sort of objectivity.

I also think no matter what happens, as soon as traditional media figures out the fear/terror they can wring out of Ebola is wearing out they will latch onto this, get the facts wrong, and we'll end up with a Katie Couric piece that demonizes gamers while using q gasoline smeared camera to shoot jittery hands at controllers.

I want women to be a strong presence in gaming. After all the whole point of 'game' is to have fun right? Doesn't mean the woman in question will like the same things I like (then again even by nerd standards I'm pretty weird.) There's too much suck and fail in the world to exclude people. So what if the female demographic for first person shooters is pretty low. Who cares if most Americans dislike JRPGs. These are still groups that enjoy their games and should be respected even if what they like isn't what the in crowd likes.

What I want is everyone involved to just sit down, shut up, and stop 'trading up the internet with an argument that is going to be used to insult anyone and everyone that isn't a news agency of some sort no matter where they lay on issues. It will end with soccer moms getting told how we're divisive screaming assholes that are the embodiment of everything that is evil in the world.

Do we want that to be our image? All the good done by Child's Play. Undone and overshadowed by what is already sensationalized and what will be made to look even worse.

Casual? Hard Core? FPS? Male? Female? Doesn't matter gender, genre, or geopolitical leanings. We are Gamers.

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My Thoughts on the Pi-top

A finalized 3d printed prototype has been released, and in about a week as of the time of this writing will go
up on indigo go to get funding. This excites me and I hope they have a great deal of success.

Some people, a lot actually, might see this and go 'This is stupid, the raspberry pi is massively underpowered for being able to be anyone's primary computer.' I personally agree that expecting a raspberry pi to do as well as a $500+ laptop, or even a modern tablet for the web is stupid and you are expecting too much out of the platform. However that is looking at it wrong. This is a laptop case with connectors that not only the raspberry pi can use, but also anything that is being made that is of the similar form factor such as the banana pi. This ties into an idea I had when the compute module was announced for a hardware shell where you just pull the computer/unit and replace instead of needing to buy shell, monitor, and all. I like the idea of simply replacing single pieces rather than the whole being obsolete whether it's the pi, LCD, or drop a new battery in.

For me the best use of this, and what it seems to be geared for, is to drop your pi in, code up whatever, slide the window plate back to pull the unit, and drop into whatever robot/home theatre/automation/whatever you have in mind. Alternatively it would let you pull a pi from a thing that is having problems, and review code, hardware, and so on. Alternatively to that sort of application or 'Billy's first computer' where if something breaks it looks like you can just replace, or if the case cracks go print a new case. More interesting to me is the idea of using this in a class setting to let students carry the pi home and leave the expensiv(ish) shell at school because unlike an iDevice it's relatively cheap per unit, and in theory at the end of the school year you could allow students to take it home after having paid in at the start of the year or just as part of the school budget.

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About today's Dungeon Keeper Server Maintenance

See this right here illustrates why I want an offline mode. It isn't that I don't trust your people. It's I don't trust online only to begin with. The news of Mythic shutting down and even before had me thinking 'what happens when this game is abandoned?' and the only answer I have is _'we are stuck with an app that has assets nobody can access and does nothing because a bean counter somewhere went _'well we can save x dollars if we shut this down.'_

I had even made a few suggestions on the dungeon keeper forums to the effect of _'charge $10 for an offline mode that's just the same maps, but between scenario moving still image' comic style cutscemes (such as where its static images that swap between two or maybe three frames and get slid in or around as needed.)'_ People would pay for it if there's enough there. Achievements, unlockables, maybe have a perk if you beat it the game gives you a few tracks to listen to on your phone. Granted it would be nice to have heroes to beat up, but that is another problem more on the tune of _'why are there no heroes even on the weekly endurance raids?'_

I realize it won't happen. Mythic is shut down and we should be, and are, grateful you're staying on to do mantinance for game and forum. It's just I can and have played both the original and sequel that are each a decade and change old (the original is 18, sequel is 15.) No server checks, no having to phone home, just install game and go.

This? Soon as the server goes down it didn't matter if you play for free or are a whale that spent a hundred bucks or more. Down means game cannot be played and it is useless data on your device.

_Where is the export function?_
- Jason Scott.

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