Recent posts by NeilSenna on Kongregate

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Topic: Serious Discussion / Literal homophobia

I don’t think it’d be a problem.

Even if the fear and discomfort was evident to an observer (usually isn’t), the phobic would have to actually identify a gay person in order to feel it. And gay people don’t have neon signs over their heads saying ‘GAY, GAY, GAY’. So unless they’re either the stereotypical flamboyant gay or are indulging in a public display of affection, they wouldn’t be identifiable

And those two things – flamboyance/showing off/being loud/irritating and PDAs, regardless of the genders involved – are things that plenty of other people are uncomfortable around. So the homophobe wouldn’t be noticeable as a homophobe unless they said something. Which they wouldn’t, if they had no prejudice or hatred.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Why Do People Celebrate Christian Holidays The Way They Do?

The original meaning has faded into irrelevance because hardly anyone cares about the religious message. At least where I live (UK), the holidays exist on our calendars because of history alone, and because the UK is still officially a ‘Christian country’.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Kong Kred Ad Exploitation

Originally posted by Anthonyk747:

To be perfectly clear about the intentions of this post: I am not attempting to spread this among people as a means of deliberate exploitation, I’m trying to report this to Kongregate, but was unsure of where to post it.

The best thing to do with stuff like this is to click ‘contact us’ at the bottom of this page. Or you can email support@kongregate.com

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Washington Post and The Guardian get Pulitzer prise for exposing NSA secrets

Originally posted by karmakoolkid:
Originally posted by NeilSenna:

It was a fancy way of saying I don’t give two craps what they think of the Snowden issue.

No, they just know how to convey their bias in a more eloquent manner and only allow it to surface overtly on rare occasions. The greatest skill a journalist ever learns.

Hmmmm…I can understand that one is able to view most anything in a host of very differing ways for quite a number of reasons. Ergo, your opinion of the PP and journalism as a whole is as “valid” as most any likely can be….if viewed from the spectrum of how elusive objectivity can be when it comes to subjugating bias.

But, what is confusing me is that “The greatest skill a journalist ever learns”. (esp. since ya somewhat self-proclaim to dwell within that realm).
Did ya mean that a “good journalist” is one hones a skill to: “No, they just know how to convey their bias in a more eloquent manner and only allow it to surface overtly on rare occasions.”?

Pretty much… to me the best way to forge a career in journalism is by doing so with pieces which don’t pigeonhole you into left/right-wing, liberal, capitalist, communist, green, etc camps. Especially at the beginning of your career. Everyone with sufficient knowledge to form them has those biases. So if your job is producing informative neutral content, you learn to hide them.

If you’re supposed to be writing a neutral piece and the reader can identify (eg) your political sympathies or who your favourite sporting teams and people are, you’re doing a shit job of it.

I’m seeing this as simply saying that, while journalism professes to be “unbiased”, the information we obtain via medias is much more biased than it should be…..simply because of the eloquence of the writing? I have little problem accepting this as a reality. What I probably don’t know too keenly is the DEGREE of it all. What say YOU?

Sometimes. A writer can easily influence the way a reader emotionally responds to an article by dropping in certain words and phrases. Unless the reader spots it.

It would (strongly?) appear that ya foster a certain level of disdain for media journalism.

I have disdain for poor journalism, which I probably share with most of the population. And for sneakily biased journalism, which I probably share with a smaller percentage. And shallow, lazy journalism gets even more distain.

But overall, no – there are great writers out there doing mainstream media writing, and the number of good ones far outweighs the bad.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Vulgarity

I think most terms considered vulgar have a role in everyday language when used at suitable moments. But I don’t like to hear young kids swearing.

So I have two conflicting viewpoints and neither wishes to back down.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Washington Post and The Guardian get Pulitzer prise for exposing NSA secrets

Originally posted by karmakoolkid:

Neil, I’m gonna bet that if ya take a little more time to time on that….ya will modify it just a tad.
OR, just perhaps….. ya are fortunate enough to have been exposed to ONLY a part of a world society that would cause ya to say: “So I care about their opinion on the Snowden stuff as much as I care about anyone else’s.”

It was a fancy way of saying I don’t give two craps what they think of the Snowden issue.

SERIOUSLY?
Ya wouldn’t think that the “biases” of the PP judges might be a bit more impartial than….say, jhco’s, et.al.?
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No, they just know how to convey their bias in a more eloquent manner and only allow it to surface overtly on rare occasions. The greatest skill a journalist ever learns.

I’m not saying we Americans have done all that well by kicking royalty to the curb.
But fuck, when is Europe gonna enter even the 20th century on what form of govt. is rational?

If you mean royalty, only 10 countries in Europe have royals and most of the royals have only symbolic power… if you mean the UK, parliamentary democracy is quite rational. And inheriting a position with zero real power (Queen of the UK) is certainly no worse than buying one with lots of it (President of the US). But that’s one for another day in another thread, perhaps.

Finally, I’m not sure if the PP judges were assessing the merits of right & wrong…
my take on it is that they were “rewarding” an effort that sought to look for them.

Possibly… but then, they made a lot less effort than thousands of journalists the world over did in uncovering public interest stories. My own feeling is that the award was more to do with making a statement for supporting press freedom than it was an endorsement of the journalistic qualities/efforts involved.

Which is good, because I’m a semi-journalist (not in politics, obviously) and broadly support press freedoms, but seeing as I just kicked them for bias I should try to leave my own at the door.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Why is the Balloon Invasion Imp badge so infrequently earned?

I did the BI badge over a few weeks, just doing it one/two/three levels twice a day. Surprised more people don’t do the same, because it’s totally bearable doing it that way.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Washington Post and The Guardian get Pulitzer prise for exposing NSA secrets

The Pulitzer judges are much like anyone else with an opinion… they enter the situation armed with their own bias and give the awards to those whose stories and writings qualify as ‘good’ according to their viewpoints. They’re no closer to being guardians of right and wrong than I am, or Simon Cowell, the Queen, Obama…

So I care about their opinion on the Snowden stuff as much as I care about anyone else’s.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 7even Deadly Sins

All of them to a degree, and especially pride, sloth and lust.

The only one I consider problematic is sloth. I’d just rather do the least amount of work possible to achieve an acceptable outcome, in place of striving to do the best possible. Which isn’t ideal.

But the others seem healthy enough in moderation.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Why are games like King's Road allowed to be on Kongregate?

Originally posted by frnorth:

No your analogy is skewed. Cheating is against the rules using a coupon to get a better price on something is not against any rule I have ever been made aware of. Your analogy boils down to “why pay for something if you can steal it”? And that says a lot about who you are. And what it says is not good.

You have a fine career ahead of you as a detective. Or doing that stuff they do on Lie To Me.

But on the subject of rules and morals with regards games like KingsRoad, you surprisingly got quite close… my view on them is, if a game is a shameless cash-leech which exists primarily to screw addicts out of money, it’s morally OK to screw them in return.

Like the way it’s morally OK to steal money from a crack dealer.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Homepage stuff/Recently Played Games

What they said ^ about the convenience side. Arrive at Kongregate → flick mouse wheel → see last 8 games you played seems massively more convenient than arrive → hover → see three recently played games → click → receive page showing games → scroll down to find the one you want.

On a totally unrelated note, if you’re missing your Recently Played section, refresh the homepage and scroll down quickly before it’s loaded. You can see your beloved Recently Played Games for a fraction of a second before the mobile/notable stuff appears on top of it. Almost long enough to give them a quick hug.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Why are games like King's Road allowed to be on Kongregate?

Originally posted by frnorth:

And what do you tell people who did spend money on the game who found out after the fact they could have downloaded a hack code and it would have been far better than anything they purchased in the game?

The same thing you tell someone who paid full price on a website which had a 50%-off discount code sat on Google for anyone who cared to look.

If they chose to spend money on something, of course it’s going to be a bit of a slap when they discover they didn’t really need to. But it’s their problem, and their own fault for not doing their research.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Homepage stuff/Recently Played Games

Originally posted by Athrul:

And I’m saying it again:
The recently played games are in the games tab at the top of the page.

Everyone’s aware of that (well, I am, and I’m assuming for everyone else), what we’re talking about is the far more convenient, larger space on the homepage which has/had ‘Recently Played Games’ in it.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Homepage stuff/Recently Played Games

Originally posted by adv0catus:

I’ve said it before, but I really think Kongregate should adopt what the customized homepage iGoogle did. Obviously, it’d only work for people that are logged in, but they’d be able to pick and choose what is on their homepage (and profile) and in what order.

They could, but that wouldn’t help them push players (especially new/casual ones) towards the bits of the site they want them to go to.

The homepage all about where they want to send us, not where we want to go. Most sites are the same, but most sites aren’t so obvious about it. At least Kong used to at least pretend to be our buddies.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Hezbollah: Resistance movement or terrorists?

Originally posted by Labayka:

Anything to back that up? Do you even know how the 2006 war started? Hezbollah kidnapped Israeli soldiers for a prisoner exchange. Israel started bombing.

“Hey Israel, we’re just gonna fire some rockets at civilian targets in your country, invade your territory, kill some of your soldiers, kidnap a couple and go home, because we want to do a prisoner swap for some convicted terrorists and murderers. You guys OK with that?”

10 minutes later…

OMG THEY STARTED A WAR!!”

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Homepage stuff/Recently Played Games

Was greeted today by this in the spot my ‘Recently Played Games’ used to be. Not seen any mention of it, so either it’s new or I have a serious attention-paying issue.

As super-duper-useful as a mobile games section is to someone not using a mobile device, and as thrilled I am to be advised about some, for whatever unknown reason, ‘notable games’ I’ve already played… is there a trick to getting rid of them and getting my recently played games back?

Seeing as that bit actually had a useful function.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Hezbollah: Resistance movement or terrorists?

In general, any group which exists and attacks based on religion and ethnicity deserves a good slapping. ‘Islamic Resistance in Lebanon’ conjures up the same image as ‘Christian Survivalist Resistance of southern Kentucky’ does… a bunch of religious guys with rifles who just need to chill the fuck out.

Hezbollah specifically… don’t hear much about them these days. Are they still targeting civilians, buddying up to Assad and crossing the Israeli border to kidnap soldiers and start stupid, selfish wars they can’t win? Or have they stopped all that stuff?

The problem with armed groups becoming political is that unless they leave the armed side behind and promote a peaceful and sustainable future (like the ANC did in South Africa)… the only future is a never-ending cycle of death.

So… I think they’re wrong, and will continue to think that until they ditch the military wing, stop killing people, stop hating their neighbours and just deal with the fact that the only solution in the middle east is compromise.

But don’t mistake me for someone who’s biased. I think pretty much every single side in the various middle east conflicts (Hamas, Israel, Hezbollah, Iran, Saudi, everyone in Egypt, etc) is wrong, so my views on Hezbollah aren’t unusual.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Pope-uri: tidbits on Francis

His overall message of Catholicism doesn’t appeal. And while I can’t really remember any of his smaller messages, I doubt I’ll ever agree with him on many things.

But I do like him. Irreligious as I was, I always thought John-Paul II was a great guy who I’d love to meet, and I feel that way about Francis too. He comes across as more down to earth, humble and doesn’t live in a little glass bubble like I thought Benedict (and most of the Vatican itself) did. Catholics and non-Catholics seem to appreciate him, and a modern pope needs that sort of cross-religious appeal.

My only concern is that he’s already 77. Of course he has the best medical care in the world and there’s a good chance he’ll go on for a while, but… he’s 77. I want to believe he’d going to have a long and memorable ‘reign’ and have a lasting impact on the papacy but I don’t have a great deal of confidence he’s going to be around long enough to do it.

Needed to be installed a decade ago.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / People need to stop judging each other, regardless of origin!

I thought Australia was one of the few places no one ever said anything bad about. Apart from Englishmen during the Ashes.

Like the Norway of the southern hemisphere.

 
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Topic: General Gaming / exploders

Originally posted by bartekheros:

choose the character and background bomb opponents

I think we have a contender for post of the week here.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Achievement Boards

Probably been suggested before (I don’t keep track of suggestions, so don’t know for sure), but this one’s always worth a new topic. Just as a reminder it’d be a good idea.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / How can I tell if I really love someone?

Love doesn’t really have a definition, and it’s different for each person. Broadly, I define love as when positive romantic feelings towards a person significantly alter your thoughts and behaviour.

But it’s best to just make your own mind up. If you think you love someone, you most likely do.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / How we can protest the new forum layout

I’ll just complain because it looks fucking shit.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / 400 years of slavery?

Never heard that one before, but I think they got it from the Bible because it sounded cool and just ran with it.

For the sake of discussion, who is ‘people’ and when do they come out with this?

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Publishing Kongregate Games on My Site

No, unless you acquire permission from the creator of the game. Which is unlikely, but…