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Old 29th May 2016, 16:43   #1
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what it's like writing about computer games these days...

Jason Schreier of Kotaku writes that No Man's Sky is delayed until August. The reaction?



Incidentally Sean Murray, the managing director for Hello Games has had death threats as well.

First Gamergate, now this. OK screw this, I'm out.

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I.. Don't know who is who in this exchange.

But I do know Kotaku is a huge **** sandwich, and no doubt attracts loads of similar threats..

Anyone who sends a death threat is just a ****ing loser in one way or another. Hurrah Internet! Giving them the impression of anonymity and the feeling that they can get away with that crap.
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I may look down on Kotaku for the loaded articles and other crap they churn out; but Death Threats are straight up not cool, and the idiot sending the message seems like he's straight up mentally unhinged.

Considering it was sent through Twitter, however, it's entirely likely that the sender will receive some backlash for this, especially since the twitter handle wasn't censored. (Which I also don't agree with, since it means that both sides are going to get Dogpiled by huge numbers of people.)
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The world is full of mentallers. They just have more of a voice now with the internet. Simple solution, make technology less user-friendly.

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I.. Don't know who is who in this exchange.
The screenshot is of one person.


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But I do know Kotaku is a huge **** sandwich
Indeed it is.
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The world is full of mentallers. They just have more of a voice now with the internet. Simple solution, make technology less user-friendly.
I think we should go back to Usenet.
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I maintain that the apocalypse started around 8-12 months ago (the world ending overnight like in the movies is BS, it took us ~100 millennia to get here, so it's going to take at least 10 years or so to undo all that hard work), and this reinforces that things are right on schedule.
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In his latest novel The Peripheral, William Gibson talks about "the Jackpot"; an apocalyptic scenario which eventually killed 80% if the world population. It wasn't a single cataclysmic event but a combination of different factors converging over a century to finally do their worst in the ensuing few decades.

In the "Laundry Novels" (basically MI6 battles supernatural Lovecraftian forces of the dungeon dimensions) Charles Stross talks about CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN: another end of the world with a grdual build-up and signs of portent. According to the novels, we're already in its prelude.

In several stories (e.g. Frank Miller's Elektra) there is this trope of the end of the world being preceded by the antichrist or some puppet of satanic forces becoming the next president of the United States. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Trump.

On a more serious note: personally, I really have no idea whether civilisation will make it past 2030. I quite seriously really don't.
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I'm unsure why people use fiction novels as references for reality

We are due a large scale war for this century (world war proportions) We are also living in the most peaceful time in history. So the odds are at least somewhat better than in previous centuries.
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It's the other way around: fiction novels use reality for reference. As such they are a reflection of the current zeitgeist.

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We are due a large scale war for this century (world war proportions) We are also living in the most peaceful time in history. So the odds are at least somewhat better than in previous centuries.
Problem is: just like the internet now allows any individual to be hateful and moronic in front of a global audience, modern technology and global economics mean we can now screw up on a global rather than parochial scale.
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I'm more inclined to think that it's xenophobia, bigotry and general assholery that end civilisation as we know it today, as opposed to a world war actually killing us all (though maybe a health epidemic in there to help things out. And zombies. There will be zombies.)
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It's the other way around: fiction novels use reality for reference. As such they are a reflection of the current zeitgeist.



Problem is: just like the internet now allows any individual to be hateful and moronic in front of a global audience, modern technology and global economics mean we can now screw up on a global rather than parochial scale.
Seems like there's greater incentive to not mess things up.

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I'm more inclined to think that it's xenophobia, bigotry and general assholery that end civilisation as we know it today
I'm pretty sure that's the way people have always been.
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I'm pretty sure that's the way people have always been.
Of course it is, but technology makes it far easier to organise en-masse than spouting bile to your mates in a pub.
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