Thursday, 21 June 2018

What's happening to video games?

A new generation of gaming?

Maybe just lazy generic scriptwriting now, it could have something to do with the fact the most of the games have these 'Creative Directors' who are mostly, if not all, women. I suspect they don't even particularly like gaming. They just play 'casually' and in their free time fight the patriarchy.

It seems that all games now have to have a mandatory LGBT character, a female lead and a female villain too.

They don't do a good job at directing anything, they just hang around and force developers to do shit jobs on these games. Just look at their faces, they all clearly have a biased view of what they like and they couldn't get hired in anything actually related to gaming, so they just mess up a perfectly good system, Lara Croft... Pants, do you see where I am going with this.

Mass Effect: Andromeda got a trans NPC. The first words out of it were "I AM TRANS!" ....WTF!? why is that even necessary? They changed it later when they realised that everyone does not live in their little bubble.

That's the problem, it's virtue signalling, in Hollywood, Silicon Valley, and now even in the Gaming Industry. This is not happening organically, this is being forced on the industry and on us gamers.

WTF!?..... no wonder

"America is done, it's...it's done now"

I can't even find any more good decent playable game anymore. Everything seems like a movie now, these days we have movie-games, where the whole game is a movie and you need to pick the right answers to advance, WTF!?!?!?

Where's the hack and slash mindless madness of THE GRIND? The whole point of playing a game in the good old days was the Grind. The experience of achieving a seemingly impossible victory was all a gamer ever lived for. That's why games were addictive, particularly to the boys.

The developers have been told that the so-called 'new' audience does not 'like' the grind and would prefer an easier more emotional 'experience'.

There are no more action-games only 'experience-games' where they pull at your heartstrings more than they let you shoot things.

At a point, you get tired of this, you get exhausted. I don't need an emotional roller coaster every freaking time I load up.

I need some mindless grinding ; ) after a hard day of work.

One good thing out of this may be that games would become less and less addictive, and maybe that's a good thing. Maybe not getting attached to a game too much is a good thing. Maybe accidentally, we just put a stake through the heart of the gaming vampire that was sucking the blood out of our kids.

I predict that if we keep going down this way, games would lose their ability to addict people to it like they used to, no more week long binges, no more cosplay, no more skipping school to play video games....I'm being too hopeful.

Kids will find something else to waste time with.

You can really see this in the growing genre of MOBA and Battle Royale style games where competition, teamwork and the mindless quick grind is still what is attracting players. Some games are having daily millions of players online at a time. There is no emotional roller coaster, it's full of glitches and each game is timed, and the gamers really enjoy playing and leave happy.

There's no social message, there's no forced rewriting of history (Battlefield V....i'm so mad at you)

Fortnight is a perfect example. Everyone plays, both the new-breed and the old dogs because it's just mindlessly fun and entertaining.


"The basic attraction of video games never change, things just get added to it..."

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Are Cryptocurrencies a SCAM?

Are Cryptocurrencies a SCAM?

Cryptos are digital currencies that you can exchange for cash and stuff or other cryptocurrencies.

A lot of people are using these because (A) Everyone is doing it (B) As an investment (C) As a medium of exchange free from government control.

But are Cryptocurrencies a scam?

Not really......

As in YES, and NO.

Cryptocurrencies are virtual, i.e., they aren't real, and have no 'real' value other than what people are willing to pay for them.

Let's look at the most popular crypto, BITCOIN.

Some might say that it's clearly a scam because you can't do anything with it other than sell it to someone else at a higher price.

Bitcoin's strength relies on the fact that people are willing to trade in it.

Much like the US dollar. The US dollar is not gold-backed, hence the purchasing power of the dollar depends on what the rest of the world is willing to give in return for dollars. The dollar is the reserve currency, means it depends on the confidence of other countries in the dollar and its own domestic purchasing ability. In other words, it is mostly whatever we want it to be as the collective of dollar users.

Bitcoin and other cryptos work on the same concept. As of now, their value is determined purely by collective public interests and moods.

If confidence in bitcoin is high and the public's mood is good, the price goes up. Consequently, the price can also go down as users find bitcoin harder to use or if public interest or sentiments fall. It works exactly like a stock in the stock market. Btw, stock markets go up and go down. We call this volatility.

There are 4 things a currency needs to have and be able to do:
  1. As a unit of accounts.
  2. A store of value.
  3. As a medium of exchange.
  4. As a way to repaying the loan, in the same way it was handed out.

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies fail in most of these criteria.

Cryptos can't be a store of value because you don't know what its value will be tomorrow. It is currently impractical to transfer bitcoins between two people because the transaction costs are too expensive and other cryptos will follow suit. You can't give out loans & even keeping simple accounts will become impossible to do with this much volatility, if you don't know what you're getting in return for your goods and services then you can't do business.

Then, of course, we actually do have some really bad people in cryptos.

All these thousands of cryptos are being produced and marketed in an aggressive manner and the public thinks they are buying the next bitcoin. They jump on the party train because they fear missing out again. This is called the pump-and-dump strategy. They hype up a coin that they own, other people join in and they buy some coins, then they get out when the price goes way up and leave the others holding the bag.

Often the price crashes right after the price has rallied up enormously and it never recovers back to the same levels. Some people lose a lot of their money permanently.

Not to mention, some ICOs are just outright scams. Read this article.

Then you have the privacy and security issue. With so many hacks and breaches in crypto-exchanges, is it a safe option to keep them with a third party? Your computer isn't free from hacking either and your deposits aren't guaranteed like they are in a bank. If someone takes your bitcoins, you can't get it back because that's how cryptos work. You can't even get a chargeback because of 'THE BLOCKCHAIN' framework does not allow any mistakes to be erased.

Should you buy bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency?

You can, and you might just become the next bitcoin millionaire and retire at 23 or buy a yacht.

Before you consider putting some serious money in cryptocurrencies, just consider one thing.

Would you have bought stock in Myspace or pets.com?

Both of them were thought to be revolutionary at the time but soon went belly up when sanity returned to the investors' side.


Friday, 1 June 2018

Roseanne Barr is only human

A Human Being

This is just how people are, people are stupid, confused, and we make very bad choices when drunk or taken shitty meds. In her case, it was the latter.

Roseanne said something, a stupid joke. Although mean, & a little racist maybe, but does the punishment fit the crime? Her show got cancelled, she got fired, she's being labelled a racist.

People need to chill. We all have a good side and a bad side. But there's a stupid side in between.

When people act out what their good or bad sides are telling them, they tilt more towards it and somewhat permanently.

But most of what we do just comes from the middle, neither sides are involved because we don't make a conscious choice in doing or saying it.

When you do something bad, you know you're doing it because you choose to do it and when you do something good you know you're doing it because you choose to do it.

We usually aren't smart enough to say only the correct things and never the wrong things. We need to be allowed to be dumb. And sometimes, we do or say things that make you think where did that come from? I would never do that sober.

It's about choice. People need to understand that this is how human beings behave.

As soon as we hear some trigger words, we fly off the handle and assume the worst.

Why can't we just start with this:

1. People are dumb and they say dumb shit.

2. People need to say ten dumb things just to say one smart thing.

3. 99% of people live in the realm of stupidity, not good or evil.

4. Thou shall not judge.

If we do that then we can act more appropriately in these situations rather than just overreacting and having a fit over every little thing.

If this is the standard then everyone would be in jail or running scared or stitching up their lips.