Greedy Goblin

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Oh look, Falcon's nazis are still here!

Since IWI is gone and casinos are banned, people are nagging me to come back to EVE. They are naive. CCP didn't ban these RMT-ers because they reformed. CCP issued bans because I threatened them with sending anti-gambling authorities after them. They are the same old corrupted mess. You want evidence of their continued wrongdoing? Here it is!

Two weeks ago, Reddit exploded that TISHU members used Nazi symbolism on their Alliance Tournament ships: they placed 1488 Gas canisters into them, referring to the neo-nazi code and the Holocaust. Due to the outrage, CCP Falcon jumped in:

Having long experience with that human garbage, I was instantly sure, that this is a coverup. He makes an angry statement to ensure people that they are handling this case, then sweep it below the carpet. And I was right, as usual with my EVE "conspiracies". Below you can see the AT ships of the neo-nazis and their latest killboard activity: Falcon's neo-Nazis didn't even got a temporary suspension. So much for "we're looking to it". They looked, they laughed, they probably bought some beers and that was it. Do you want to play a game, where open neo-Nazi propaganda is welcomed?!

PS: please link it on r/eve, let them know how much CCP values their concerns!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

"The election is rigged" of Trump

Donald Trump now claims that the election will be rigged without any evidence. People take it as a rationalization why he'll lose. I think they are wrong, if he'd think he'll lose in a fair fight, he could just pull out as suggested and let Mike Pence try his luck. No, I think he is just telling what he believes.

What he believes is factually wrong. The election is handled locally, large scale fraud would need a conspiration of tens of thousands of people, many of them Republicans reporting to a Republican Governor.

But we should know better already that Trump often uses hyperboles and inaccurate terms. What he means is that the political system as whole is "rigged". I think he entered pretty naively with no clue what's waiting for him.
  • He expected plans and programs to be presented and the people will choose. Instead he found ad hominem attacks on "irrelevant personal issues".
  • He expected the media to reporting about the happenings. Instead he found that they act as extension of the Clinton campaign.
  • He expected his party to follow him to Heaven or Hell. Instead he found that they jump ship as soon as they think it'll sink.
  • He expected the FBI to properly investigate Clinton. Instead he found that Clinton got away with mishandling hundreds of secrets. He found that there isn't even an investigation on the hundred millions of dollars she got for "speeches" (obvious bribes).
I can continue this list forever. Of course no one with experience with politics are a bit surprised on anything he found. We expected exactly what happened: dirt-flinging, partisan media, opportunistic allies and immunity for politicians from laws. He is outraged and think it's a conspiracy against him, while politics was always that bad. Bill Clinton was impeached for Monica, not policies; the media gladly echoed the lies of W Bush about the Iraqi nukes and Obama didn't lock him up even when it was clear that he started a war based on lies and widely used torture. OK, party leaders jumping ship weeks before the election is unprecedented.

This is why he isn't laughed off the stage, but 41% of the people believe the same. Because people are outraged by these things and want the whole establishment gone. This is why 37% of the people would still vote for him. This is why 15% would vote for a candidate with no chance to win. And this is a problem that won't go away on Nov 8.

On a personal note: I can empathize with him. When out of the blue Falcon attacked me, I was similarly shocked and outraged. I expected the devs be impartial stewards of the game and not partisan participants. My reaction was the same as his: burn the whole system down. So when I tell what I'd do in his place, there is a chance he plans the same thing: boycott the election, tell his people to don't accept the Clinton government, protest, sue, riot. Not for revenge, but in the hope that the establishment will be forced to change.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Why 1:1 trades are bad in League of Legends

I managed to bring myself back to Silver 5. Which is pretty bad. Since I was in Silver 3, there is something other than bad motor skills behind it. I'm doing something worse. I still grab dragons, I still avoid being ganked, I still gank and I must have slightly better motor skills than I had weeks ago (that improves over practice).

So I must be doing something yes-or-no wrong. And that's going for risky kills. As my motor skills and champion knowledge improved, I'm able to do things I couldn't a week ago: score a kill under enemy tower or at front of other enemies. Sure, I die often doing it, but I scored a kill, so who cares?

Well, I should, if I ever want to climb higher. 1:1 trades (kill and die) are very bad. While they are equal for the team, it's very unequal within the team. By being dead I give up farm. Sure, by killing an enemy, he also loses farm, so it seems fine. But I get behind my own teammates and those enemies who aren't dumb feeders. By getting behind, I lose control over the game. Even if the team doesn't get behind, the control is shifted to my random teammates, which naturally leads to average results: staying in Silver 5 as the median people do.

This is something that I learned in WoW but failed to adapt it: the opposing team is an obstacle to overcome. The enemy is the M&S in my own team. I should get them killed in order to get myself kills instead of sacrificing myself for getting them kills. Preserving myself should be more important than getting kills.

The most dangerous mistake I do is starting teamfights. Even if I do it right and "we" win, I die, often without any killing blow, so I get behind and my random teammates get fed. I must change my playstyle to a killer instead of a tank. I must lurk behind the others and jump in for a kill instead of letting them kill.

Philosophically: I must play as selfishly as I can. It's hard to understand why I didn't recognize it earlier.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Sion being Sion (Same for KyleAparthos)

Sion "book deal" Kumitomo "leaked" a disgusting piece of harmful propaganda. Harmful to Goons mostly and evidence that Goons learned nothing from their defeat.

In this bizarre post he describes a botched threesome between Eep (leader of IWI, now banned for RMT, his site banned too), an SMA director and her boyfriend as a reason for the downfall of the CFC. Seriously. And the pathetic loser social "Goons" believe it otherwise they'd fire him long ago.

I'm not saying it's not true. It's just horribly irrelevant. Goons were defeated because they were weaker than their enemies. That's the one and only reason of their defeat. They had few PvP-ers, they fed killers very hard, they were poor as dirt and they had no respect for their allies. Why they were attacked is irrelevant. Yet Sion focuses on this and literally says "Had SMA been open with us in the beginning, we could have headed the whole thing off easily, and would likely still be burbling along happily in Dek."

No you obviously wouldn't you morons! Even if you believe that IWI had significant part in your defeat, you must see that someone else would have done it if he didn't. You had lucrative space, you were hated by everyone who wasn't you and you were weak!

But socials fall for this nonsense, since it means "it wasn't our fault" and also "human relations matter". Neither is true. CODE made miners very mad. They really-really want CODE be defeated. But they couldn't do anything except hateposting. Similarly, the story - if true - could only explain why an RMTing nobody hated the CFC. It cannot explain how could an RMTing nobody do anything more than hateposting.

Then KyleAparthos came along and gave his criticism to the story: "The TLDR of it is "IWI banker gets kicked, IWI tries to lean on SMA to get his shit back, Widget/Winet totally think they can handle this, turns out the situation is much bigger than anyone realizes." Which is just as pathetic and wrong as the Sion version. Widget/Winet totally supposed to be right that they can handle it. If the same happened with anyone else, they would have done the same thing as Winet. Can you imagine Vince, Grath, UaXDeath, Sapporo or even Sion himself reimburse a neutral who was scammed by their member for couple hundred of billions?! It's a bizarre idea! The difference is that Winet had no guns to support his attitude, nor loyal members who'd wither a storm in an NPC stations, undocking in kitchen sink to harass the intruders.

The reason of defeat is always weakness. If CCP Falcon wasn't around, I'd evict Goons from Delve just to prove this point. Imagine how much content would that be for pilots involved.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Weekend minipost: tinfoil advised

There are several bombastic articles claiming that Donald Trump assaulted women, one on an airplane, one in an elevator and one during interview. I believe they are trolls. Not simply "lies", but provocations created by the Trump campaign to discredit NYT and other pro-Clinton media.

I believe soon these women will appear on stage and say that this was all made up and that the media didn't fact-check them and printed everything they said, despite they were obvious lies.

I believe so because Trump calls them forgeries and threatens with lawsuits. He never did that with previous attacks. He either downplayed them (Miss Piggy), doubled down (not paying tax is brilliant) or fake-apologized (grab them by the ...). But never before he questioned the factual truth in them. Never before he sued media for critical articles. Not to mention that suing media is counterproductive even if you are right, see Streisand Effect. It's even worse now as the lawsuit can't possibly finish before election day, so Trump surely gets the negative attention for "silencing free press like Putin" without the hope of winning before it matters. No, he does that because he knows that he can win the case in days.

Actually, it's not just a random troll against the hostile NYT, but a cornerstone of his last weeks campaign: "Independence day on Nov 8". Revealing these trolls will be crucial elements of his narrative: there is a widespread conspiracy of the elites "and their agenda is to elect crooked Hillary Clinton at any cost, at any price, no matter how many lives they destroy. For them it’s a war, and for them nothing at all is out of bounds. "

Friday, October 14, 2016

Ghostcrawler riding the EVE marketing

I've just read the most disgusting piece of game marketing. It reminds me to my early EVE days, when I realized that EVE is not the dark unforgiving place, but a place where you can get rich on Jita and idiots lol around in frigates.

Ghostcrawler spews out the worst of EVE propaganda: "When you have a complex game with a lot of depth (e.g. League), there is an inherent risk that the game itself will be overwhelming to learn, and I think most of us agree that League falls into that category." "One of the initial theses of League (and this was all way before my time at Riot) was that it wasn’t going to sacrifice depth for accessibility." "we say that League is a game for core gamers.", "We don’t want to try to grow the League audience by making the game easy to understand and pick up".

It was a lie about EVE. But telling it about literally the most popular game is grotesque. What do you need to win a LoL game: the "skill" of pressing QWER in some random order while clicking on something red. Sure, you won't climb to Platinum with that but most players can't care less. Most don't even play ranked and the invisible MMR makes it sure that they win half the games at any level. I don't see why would LoL be any more "hardcore" than Arathi Basin. Sure, there is a small elite that plays on a higher level, but so there is a tiny competitive ranked BG community playing Arathi.

Is the game full of complexity? Yes. But for an average player, it's just bad complexity. I purposefully only play with Warwick and Nunu to prevent myself from advancing via better game mechanics knowledge and hand-eye skills, so all my advancement is credited to my understanding of socials and strategies. For me the various champions are just flavors I don't really care about. The rules of "2 v 1 wins" and "higher level and items win" serve me perfectly. With this abysmal "skills" I'm already above the median of ranked players.

"Niche, core, challenging" have numbers behind them. Only one in a hundred million men are astronauts. Only one in a hundred has PHD. Only one in a hundred can complete a Marathon running in 5 hours (and where is that from competitive?!). Playing League of Legends needs nothing but a pulse. Since you are facing similar opponents, any level of competence is unnecessary. Since ranked queue was down today, I played a normal to test a small rune/mastery tweak: the teammates were unironically chatting how cool skins they have and how many games they must play to get the next, even more cool skin. The hard core of gamers they were.

To make thing worse, he has the nerve to advocate dynamic queues as a hardcore feature, while it mostly allowed to friends to fool around together, spawning lot of hate from the community because of games spoiled by platinum dude and his bronze friend. Just days before his post I wrote how I want to prove that teamplay is the opposite of hardcore in practical matches.

Finally he defends the dragon patch which merely added randomness to the game instead of depth. Solution to the "dragon felt either mandatory or irrelevant, depending on the exact stats of the dragon and baron buff at that moment in League’s lifecycle" by "dragon is sometimes mandatory and sometimes irrelevant by chance" is being lazy. Note: I've found a solution to my dragon problem: if the first dragon is Mountain/Ocean, I go normal ganking jungler and kill it only after succesful ganks.

Don't get me wrong, I don't disown LoL. His rant makes no changes to the game. It's just damn annoying to hear the same old marketing crap: "play our game and you'll be a hardcore op gamer just for having a pulse".

You can get the dev out of WoW, but you can't get the WoW out of the dev - I guess.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Lenny won't take credit for this kill

Do you remember my earlier post and the recent ticket? Well, I got an answer:
Well well, "threaten them with a criminal case" usually works against the corrupted ones. They announced the change exactly one day before my deadline. Yep, I'm pretty smug.

I guess an obscure Icelandic niche MMO could keep questionable practices unless explicitly reported. Like Valve, they sold out their game for extra PLEX sales to gambling addicts and maybe share from the RMT $s for their corrupted employees. It's over now:
The third party service IWANTISK has been shut down in game, and all ISK and assets have been confiscated after extensive and exhaustive investigation has brought forward compelling evidence of large-scale Real Money Trading. Permanent account suspensions have been issued against those involved.
Considering that IWI was always RMT-ing, it was its purpose, CCP acting like they just caught them is pathetic. Probably the not corrupted devs now defeated the corrupted ones, supported by the Valve case and my guarantee that they won't go unnoticed. The icing on the cake is that CCP Falcon had to write the devblog. In our long-standing tradition, I send a song to him to celebrate this event.

To leave valuable content in this post, let me reiterate: corruption cannot survive in a free-market setting. No moralization, posting and whistleblowing could stop the devs from twisting the game for their buddies and "business" partners. But customers leaving did the job. Also, the multinational nature of an MMO guaranteed that there will be at least a few countries where their shady activities are forbidden and risk their business there if they don't stop doing it everywhere. Nice win for capitalism.

PS: I'm fully aware that it's against the EULA to publish GM responses. But it has an added benefit of that I can't crawl back if my League project goes down.