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Jokes / Re: Funny videos
Funny Funny
on December 19, 2018, 07:28:57 AM by Punk_FAS

<span data-s9e-mediaembed="youtube" style="display:inline-block;width:100%;max-width:640px"><span style="display:block;overflow:hidden;position:relative;padding-bottom:56.25%"><iframe allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" style="background:url(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/xoxhDk-hwuo/hqdefault.jpg) 50% 50% / cover;border:0;height:100%;left:0;position:absolute;width:100%" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xoxhDk-hwuo"></iframe></span></span><br /><a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/xoxhDk-hwuo" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/xoxhDk-hwuo</a>

pwnt  :evilgrin:
Politics / Re: Current Politics & History Only Thread
Informative Informative
on December 01, 2018, 02:33:50 AM by Focalor
This youtuber presents an interesting thesis.

<span data-s9e-mediaembed="youtube" style="display:inline-block;width:100%;max-width:640px"><span style="display:block;overflow:hidden;position:relative;padding-bottom:56.25%"><iframe allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" style="background:url(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/bZWSoV6zE0M/hqdefault.jpg) 50% 50% / cover;border:0;height:100%;left:0;position:absolute;width:100%" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bZWSoV6zE0M"></iframe></span></span><br /><a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/bZWSoV6zE0M" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/bZWSoV6zE0M</a>

I hadn't been aware of the degree to which game publishers (as well as, indirectly, large retailers like Wal-Mart) are structuring financial incentives in developer contracts based on Metacritic score thresholds. (For example: The developers of Fallout: New Vegas reportedly missed a million-dollar bonus by 1 "point" when the game garnered an overall score of 84 on Metacritic, instead of the 85 stipulated in their contract with Bethesda.)

And so: as a developer if you want to earn those bonuses, the smart strategy may be to inject politics into your game that aligns with that of the ideologues and activist 'journalists' writing most of the reviews.

Examples are given in the video of such activist bloggers—ahem!—"game journalists" knocking games' scores down for either having the 'wrong' politics; or, for being merely apolitical enough to lack sufficient 'correct' political messaging woven into the game's story.

It's bizarre to me that a game developer's financial well-being would be tied contractually to some arbitrary number on a review aggregation website. Particularly given the leaked emails a few years back that exposed a cabal of dozens of reviewers for high-profile gaming websites coordinating to tailor their game reviews along political lines.

Jokes / Re: Funny Pictures
Funny Funny
on November 06, 2018, 01:22:53 PM by Focalor

Bot Drop / Re: Suspicious behavior
Informative Informative
on November 06, 2018, 12:08:44 PM by Focalor
Johnny tried to flood the server (2)

The Q2Admin software is being a bit overdramatic here, as it turns out this particular error just means the client made too many changes to a userinfo variable, like "skin" or "hand" or "name" or "rate", etc.

art, music, etc. / Re: Post Musical Equipment Here....
Rock On Rock On
on October 26, 2018, 09:56:42 PM by Punk_FAS
P.S. my parents were not thrilled with the notion of my playing electric guitar; and my first practice amp (circa 1982) was presumably the cheapest available in the local music store:

To my present-day annoyance, I think that lackluster amp may have survived all the moves since then and still reside in a closet somewhere; whereas I sold gear along the way (e.g. rackmount Yamaha SPX-90 effects processor that I'd bought new in the mid/late 80's) that I wish I still owned today. :D

Oh well.


Most of all - have fun!

General Ownage / Re: Follies of 2dum
Jump Hall of Fame Jump Hall of Fame
on October 21, 2018, 11:55:32 AM by haunted
ROFL....it was obviously because of me and posting his "public" information. 

I doubt he had an opportunity to see your post before I remapped the URL to the comedy-insult graphic.

A few months ago, my initial reaction was that linking to a page containing information that is under the direct control of the person to whom it applies, is not a big deal, since that person has chosen to make their information public.

But shortly thereafter, upon seeing such links relentlessly being posted with an apparent motive that reeks of harassment and intimidation, I changed my mind and began removing them automatically.

I also had heard it through the "grapevine" (aka. series of tubes) that some members of this community may have been using said public info to make prank/harassing phone calls to other community members and their families.

If I had hard proof of this having transpired, I'd be inclined to ban whoever was involved at the router. I don't care to have individuals like that using this site.

A little smack talk on the forum is one thing.

Leave people's personal details and their families out of it.



Quake / Re: Thank you, quadz!
Wins The Internet Wins The Internet
on October 04, 2018, 03:21:51 PM by Focalor
For a game nearly 21 years old at this point, it would be kinda cool to have just a small bit of info about this server (when it started, if it was thought it would still be around after all these years at that point, where it's located, something about the community, etc.)

Even now, I can still recall THE GREAT MERGER OF AUGHT FIVE, wherein the TDM/duel community first joined our insular group of FFA enthusiasts.

The ensuing 'cultural enrichment' was a sight to behold.

 ;) :beer:

Jokes / Re: Funny Pictures
Rock On Rock On
on October 02, 2018, 10:59:34 PM by Focalor

Politics / Re: Current Politics & History Only Thread
Wins The Internet Wins The Internet
on March 24, 2018, 01:36:03 AM by Focalor

Well-crafted exposition on the state of free speech in the UK, after a Scottish youtuber is arrested and convicted in court for causing "gross offence", for posting a video in which a dog (above) reacts to phrases like "seig heil" and "gas the jews." (Note: In the original video, it's explicitly stated by the youtuber that he's seeking to annoy his girlfriend by turning her dog into "the least cute thing" he could think of, "a Nazi." The prosecution claimed context didn't matter. The judge agreed.)

<span data-s9e-mediaembed="youtube" style="display:inline-block;width:100%;max-width:640px"><span style="display:block;overflow:hidden;position:relative;padding-bottom:56.25%"><iframe allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" style="background:url(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/ti2bVS40cz0/hqdefault.jpg) 50% 50% / cover;border:0;height:100%;left:0;position:absolute;width:100%" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ti2bVS40cz0"></iframe></span></span><br /><a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/ti2bVS40cz0" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/ti2bVS40cz0</a>

Mirror of the original "grossly offensive" video with the "Nazi pug":

Bot Drop / Re: How To Spot & Report Wallhacks?
Funny Funny
on January 29, 2018, 06:22:56 PM by kickstartbubba
You'd be surprised. A lot of people cheat or have cheated, and cheats these days are quite sophisticated and harder to spot, unlike those old school rat bots that spin around like crazy.

Of course. "This ain't our first rodeo" as the saying goes. We had at one time a thriving 1v1 & TDM scene here. (Notice DaHanG is still moderator of that sub-forum.)

Problem is, these days the few individuals making lots of noise about "cheats" are low-tier walking-Dunning-Kruger-effect goofballs like Ratchet and friends who play only FFA and who seem to think any player with ears and aim MUST BE CHEATING!11!11one!!

If you do write a guide, please spend plenty of time on false-positives. For example: the low tick-rate of q2 demos provides replays of movement that snaps from sample to sample in a way that doesn't represent the original player. (And the slower you timescale a Q2 demo playback, the more it looks like an aimbot.) Etc. etc.

Last thing we need are a gaggle of low-information FFA players with no concept of Q2's high skill cap running around with a fresh "spot hackers" guide tucked under their arm, think they're seeing cheaters everywhere. ;)



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