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  1. Yeah I get it. It just feels like he started FM2 out of obligation rather than real interest. I think he can get plenty of support just doing Game Dungeon. He isn't obligated to give us videos that he doesn't really want to make.
  2. A lot of people on the comments of the video are saying that you can effect the frequency of the blackouts, and that they happen in proportion to the number of different actions you take. I think he said he tried just jogging and it still reset. But it might be worth experimenting with a few other things.
  3. One of the things that I think hurts Ross's advocacy on this issue is the fact that, by his own admission, he goes out of his way to compensate game creators as a little as possible. I have seen the donation list, and Ross makes more money in a year than I do, and I have enough money to occasionally buy a game at full price. I know at least if I were a game creator I would have a hard time sympathizing with his cri de coeur of being defrauded of something he owns when he he made sure to only pay two bucks for it. Not that I'm saying Ross is wrong. He isn't. But I very much think that he is not the ideal person to be making the arguments that he does. Because if everyone paid for games the way he does, the game industry wouldn't exist at all.
  4. I mean let’s be real, Ross has put out 14 episodes in four years. He has basically zero interest in continuing Freeman’s Mind 2 and since he’s able to sustain himself without it from donations he’s probably going to eventually admit this and officially cancel it. Or at least that would be the honest thing to do.
  5. Ross, I hope you realize that even if this software were possible to make, it would be completely illegal. It sounds to me basically like a tool designed to make stealing copyrighted material as easy and efficient as possible.
  6. This was such an outstanding game, but even more than that, it seems like it was almost designed for Ross. It’s an incredibly immersive world with the feel of a graphic adventure game with all the bullshit cut out, and the subtle menace of inscrutable supernatural forces hidden just beyond the veil of prosaic reality. I would even consider gifting it to him on Steam if I knew he would play it. Ross, if you read this, add this game to your list. Hell, I will buy it for you just to get your take.
  7. I don’t disagree with what you’re saying on the whole, but when you add hyperbole like the 2+2=5 it hurts your overall argument. The examples you give in this particular instance are a lot closer to that. But the definition of a “service game” or “games as a service” is a lot vaguer, at least in terms of how different people use it. Anyway, I don’t want to push back on this too much sense like I said I ultimately do agree with you.
  8. Also, if I were you, I would focus on the human stories of the creators of games who have had their work destroyed. When you put a face and a story onto a narrative, It becomes real to people in a way that abstract argumentation won’t. You seem to have at least some contacts within the gaming industry from the interviews you’ve been able to do on Moon Gaming, And you seem more than willing to go the extra mile to make contact with creators and others who work on games as part of Game Dungeon. Why not use your platform to tell their stories, since they’re the victims of this more than anyone else.
  9. Ross, the problem is, you opened this can of worms about language and the meaning of words. I am not saying that your definition of games as a service is wrong. I am saying that it is one of many definitions. Definitions of words are not attempting to give us an absolute philosophical truth. Do you think dictionaries get their definitions based on absolute philosophical propositions? They don’t. They base their definitions on the way people use words. The tweet in question is using a definition of “service game” that people do use. So saying it is equivalent to 2+2=5 is just not a very serious argument. If you were attempting to use this as propaganda for your cause—and I think it’s a good cause as far as things go—I don’t think it’s especially convincing. And I don’t think you can call this getting bogged down in semantics—you were the one who made definitions of words the start of your argument. And personally, I like your definition of games as a service; but it is by no means the only definition that exists. I wasn’t the person you needed to convince however, since I already was convinced of it. But I don’t think anyone who wasn’t convinced of your argument is going to be persuaded by this.
  10. I don’t want to defend the company, but making it out that the definition of “service game” is as clear as 2+2=4 is just wrong. Neologisms like this tend to be very malleable. You seem to think that the exclusive definition for a live service game being that it connects to a server. But even the Wikipedia article (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Games_as_a_service), a source that is written by the general public and as such should obviously reflect the most common definition in use, says games as a service are defined by their revenue stream, not by being connected to a server. I think very often, you assume that your own definition of a word it’s so obvious that everyone should understand it the exact same way as you and that anyone who disagrees is not only wrong by trying to drive you insane. This game marketing guy is being sleazy by using the definition of a game as a service that best fits his needs at the moment, but that doesn’t mean he is trying to gaslight you.
  11. Ross, I think your problem is that you’re approaching this as someone who spends a lot time on his PC and uses it for a lot of relatively complex functions. You have to realize that you aren’t most people. To tell the truth, even though I just bought a new gaming laptop, I barely use it. My go-to for everything I need is my phone. And your idea that ease of use is only if interest to old people shows me you don’t quite understand the nature of the questions you’re asking. I used to use my laptop all the time, but I’ve mostly transitionEd to the phone because of ease of use. Likewise, if Microsoft did what you wanted and had “the public” test it’s GUI’s, it wouldn’t be the public doing the testing it would be the sort of person who would opt into that in the first place. I have no interest in becoming a GUI wizard, I’d rather spend my time reading a book about the Civil War or doing some other things that interests me. You make it out “learning something new” is no big deal, but for the average user it is. I think the main flaw of your argument is, “There are lots of things that are ideal for the majority of users”. I think you are really underestimating people’s subjectivity and how many different things people use their computers for. Like, ironically, AVGN just came out with a video that basically considers what you believe to be the ideal, the GUI getting out of the way, to be bullshit. Not I think your desire to find the ideal interface for yourself is something that you shouldn’t be pursuing, but I think you’re incredulity about why your ideal system doesn’t already exist is misplaced. I think that you are like a car guy who doesn’t understand that for the average person a car is just something they used to go from point A to point B and as long as they get where they need to go they’re generally not going to be too stressed out about it.
  12. I don’t know Ross, the premise of this episode seems to have so many plot holes that I don’t know if it’s really worth considering in depth. -We’re supposed to believe Planet A has never even once had someone go without the drug and live? -How did this whole scenario get started to make Planet A think they had a virus? -If Planet B only knows how to make the drug, then all scientists, doctors, and engineers needed to make society work are on Planet A, but they never managed to figure this out? -If Planet B does nothing but make the drug, doesn’t that mean they have no military? Why hasn’t Planet A just invaded them and taken the drug? And I could go on and on, but you get my point.
  13. That was another annoying point, the idea that the G-Man could just teleport Breen into space and that would be problem solved. He’s already calling the Combine Tripods from the Tripods series of novels, and based on that he should realize that would solve nothing because the Combine would just replace him, and the real enemy is the Tripods/Combine themselves.
  14. But compared to HL one he seems to do little but complain, which only works in small doses. I think that Ross is missing a key element of Freeman that he understood before— that’s the reason he was able to survive before is because he is an unstable person (a “powder keg”) but also that he kind of enjoys all the violence on some level.
  15. I have binged it, many times in fact—why do you think the earlier parts are so fresh in my mind. All I’m saying is, having Freeman spend so much time pointing out the plot holes in Half Life 2 is getting a little old. Yes, he does it it the original, but he’s at least amusing about it, like, “get high before you die!”
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