Posts Tagged ‘ rants ’

Mann-conomy – 18 FRIGGIN DOLLARS?

As you all probably know by now, Valve released an update to Team Fortress 2 putting trading into the game, along with a couple of new hats/weapons. But the biggest addition was the new store. Players can now add money to their “Steam Wallets” and purchase in-game items like hats, weapons, etc etc. This is all fine and dandy with me; let players pay for the things they can’t wait to get legitimately. Make money off the idiots. Cool. Until I saw the price for the new hats.

WHAT

WHAT THE FUCK? Valve. Valve. Look, I know you are the best developers in the world, and a lot of your fans are straight up idiots with their money, but this is just ridiculous. How can you expect any sane person to not get mad about you charging $2 less than the actual GAME for an item inside the game? Valve. I know you’re gauging prices, I get that. But still, charging $18 for a hat is not cool, even for a price gauge. Because people are stupid enough to BUY THAT. Idiots will spend $18 on an ingame item that has no effect on a players performance in any way. I wasn’t going to be purchasing anything in the store to begin with, but with prices that insane I don’t know how you can expect anyone to buy stuff.

Also, because you all are awesome, here are the current hats I have up on the market (I will not trade for weapons. I want to get all the new weapons legitimately.)

Engie’s Railroad Cap

Stainless Pot (I don’t want to give this up, but if the deal is good enough I will)

Texas Dome Shine [Engie’s Bald Cap] (Basically I’ll trade any hat I don’t have for this that’s good. Hate this hat so much XD)

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California Games

If you haven’t been following game news lately, the big thing that’s going around is an upcoming Supreme Court case that asks to make legislation that prohibits the sale of “a defined class of video games which invite players to commit digital homicide, torture, and rape” to minors. These kind of bills have been crafted numerous times, and usually have been shot down on constitutional grounds. The latest development in the case is that eleven more state attorney generals have shown support for the bill, including Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Texas, and Virginia. “Protecting children from digital danger requires proactive parents — but they need and deserve help,” said Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal. I know I’m turning this into a news article, and I don’t want it to. So, now for the part you’ve all been waiting for: My opinion.

I agree with it.

Now, don’t get all over me, credit me with not being a gamer, bla bla bla. Just because I support the bill doesn’t mean I don’t have problems with it. From what I’ve seen it hasn’t been set what age constitutes a “minor,” but I would guess it’s probably 18. This is the one problem I have with the bill; 14-17 year olds are usually mature enough to handle that sort of thing. Now, I’m not just saying that because I’m 16, I’m saying that because I know how mature most 14-17 year olds are, and they should be able to handle things like that. Now, to discuss why I support the bill: While I don’t feel games promote real world violence, as I’ve stated before, I would agree that they do give kids a bad idea of how the world is, especially Kids 13 and younger. I don’t believe these kids should be buying M rated games; I don’t feel that they have the amount of maturity that 14-17 year olds do, and unless they can show that, they shouldn’t be able buy them. Now, playing them? That’s the parents decision to make, not the laws. The law has a right to stop things being sold, but doesn’t have a right to say what you can and can’t experience/play. ..I really can’t think of much else to say about that on here unless I get direct questions, so if you want to debate me, go ahead and leave a comment and I’ll probably answer.

Gamasutra article: http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/29499/Eleven_States_Join_To_Support_California_Game_Legislation_In_Supreme_Court.php

LeBronathon 2010: SHUT UP ABOUT IT.

Now, look. I’m a huge sports fan. I love the Browns, Indians, Buckeyes, whatever. But you want to know what really ticks me off sometimes? How seriously people take it. If you’re not a sports guy, or basically just been living under a rock recently, LeBron James, arguably one of the best players to play the game of basketball’s contract ran out for the Cavaliers. Ever since the season ended, there’s been controversy over whether he’ll stay in his home state (Ohio. He was grown up in Akron) or move somewhere else. Just last week, he announced, on national TV (tells you how popular he is: he can get a national TV special just to tell the people where he’s playing next year. -_-), that he’s leaving Cleveland to play for the Heat. Now, the argument around Cleveland is that the Cavaliers are the only good team in Cleveland right now (our city hasn’t won a championship in, what, 40 odd years?), and him leaving shows a sign of betrayal to his home state, and whatever. LeBron said in an interview, “I have to do what’s best for LeBron James.” First off, LeBron: That was a really shitty way of handling the situation. Do you really think anybody in Cleveland will accept that? You were basically a role model to every single kid in Cleveland, and your reason for leaving is because you’re doing whats best for you? Not the fans? Not a smart move. Second of all, Cleveland: Stop whining. After he announced his decision, literal RIOTS happened in Cleveland. Like, running through the city burning jerseys in the middle of the street riots. Look, people. It’s BASKETBALL. It’s not like race riots that happened in Oakland a couple of days ago. (Thanks Rebel FM!) I mean, seriously? Riots? People need to grow some balls(pardon the pun) and realize that Cleveland really is a crappy sports town, like it or not. Burning jerseys in the middle of the street is never acceptable.

Homosexuality isn’t a choice, but homophobia is. (Repost)

(Reposting this from my Facebook notes because I thought it was pretty awesome.)

Now, I’m gonna say this straight out, so I don’t get a bunch of ignorant assholes asking me this: No, I’m not gay, bi, transsexual, whatever.

Seeing some responses to things I’ve posted in the past, I feel this needs to be let out and this is a message people need to start hearing. I’m tired of all this fucking unfair prejudice that the homosexual/bisexual communities get. I added an emblem on my profile picture signifying my support for Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Transsexual Pride month. I told people that they should join up as well. The first comment I get on the picture is some ignorant prick(I won’t mention names) asking me: “Ben, are you gay?” First off, fuck you. Second of all, does it really matter? Why the hell would I be any different if I was? Since when is being gay a reason to label someone/put them on a different scale as others? Homophobia, to me, is on the exact same level as racism. So yes, I would consider homophobes and racists interchangeable in the unreasonable amount of hate they give. Homophobia is people unwilling to accept that the world isn’t their perfect oyster, and the world isn’t what they want it to be. Guess what people: That’s LIFE. Don’t like it? Too bad. Life isn’t a bouquet of flowers and people need to start realizing this. I don’t want to bring religion into this, but if it’s by a religious reason(and I guess this is my stance on religious practices in general), what kind of God has a right to tell you how you’re supposed to live? You’d be throwing away the joys of being alive by doing that. So why? They’re made from the same atoms you are, and they have the same problems and pressures that straight people have, if not more. So what right do you have to hate on something so fucking stupid as who they want to be with? If someone gay did that to your boyfriend/girlfriend, what would you do? Why is it any different if you do it to them? Golden rule, people. I feel like I’m rambling on, so I’ll try and bring it to a close: I have gay friends. I have bi friends. And you know what? They’re some of the best people I’ve ever met. They have a daily routine, they get up in the morning, they go to school/work, and they come home and sleep. They’re human beings. They aren’t aliens from outer space, they’re human beings. So, keep that in mind the next time you jokingly call someone a “fag”.. some people will take offense to that even if they aren’t gay.

American Ideals! :D.. D:

So, if you missed it, the USA just lost to Ghana in the World Cup. 2-1 in extra time. Some people blamed the referees. Some people blamed Ghana for the acting at the end of the game. But you know what I haven’t seen people blame yet?

The team.

I guess that’s American ideals; it’s never our fault. It’s always someone else. But, still. People: I hate to say it, but we didn’t deserve the win in the slightest. We’re lucky we even sent it to extra time. Our defense was crap, and whenever we got an offensive opportunity, we either curved it to the side or shot it into the 10th row. I’m sorry, you can’t expect a team to win when they play like that. BUT BEN, THE REFEREES LET GHANA BURN TIME! THE GHANA PLAYERS WE’RE ACTING! WAAAAAAA! Look. That’s good strategy. Shut your mouths, and give the opposing team credit where credit is due. Maybe that took it a bit too far, sure. But wouldn’t we do the exact same thing if it was us in the lead?

Speaking of giving credit where credit is due, I have one more beef. Why the hell are our fans booing Ghana at the end of the game? What are you, 5? Sure, I boo at sports events from time to time, especially when I’m at an Indians game. (SNAP! :3) But, this is international competition. The World Cup isn’t just another sporting event: It’s a place where not only do you show support for your team, but you’re showing support for your country. How do you think other countries will think of us when we boo them after they rightfully deserved the win? YOU BEAT US FAIR AND SQUARE! HOW DARE YOU! So people, please. Grow up. And you guys wonder why America is viewed as “Republicans paradise.” Sheesh.