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    [–] Unbelievable. King-Of-Throwaways 2 points ago in youseeingthisshit

    To be fair, plenty of non-Americans support children shooting guns, especially in parts of Uganda and Yemen.

    [–] Unbelievable. King-Of-Throwaways 11 points ago in youseeingthisshit

    Do you have an issue with children shooting guns?

    This sentence is fucking bizarre to non-Americans.

    [–] Bad experience with letting a teammate go King-Of-Throwaways 24 points ago in gamedev

    How was it wrongful dismissal?

    Because, in the UK at least, an employer can’t just tell an employee, “you’re done - here’s some goodbye money.” There’s a procedure that must be followed. In this case, the validity of her claim was muddled by her share ownership and her unclear status as an employee.

    [–] Bad experience with letting a teammate go King-Of-Throwaways 17 points ago in gamedev

    I don't get, like, why people do this.

    Knowing her, I think it was mostly driven by a misguided sense of fairness, not malice. But I can’t know for sure because...

    Did you talk in court?

    No, the matter was settled via a long back-and-forth between our lawyers. I haven’t seen or communicated directly with her since before the beginning of the legal stuff.

    [–] Bad experience with letting a teammate go King-Of-Throwaways 94 points ago in gamedev

    I'll share my story. I'll try to keep it as brief as I can.

    I formed a company and brought on my girlfriend as a business partner (oh no). We developed a game together - myself doing most the creative and technical work, and her doing community management, advertising, book-keeping and the like. We released the game. It did alright.

    A year passes, and we mutually decide to break-up. It was amicable, or so I thought. At this point, she wasn't doing any work for the company but was still on the payroll, so I gently nudged her towards quitting. Then I asked her to quit. But she didn't respond (literally - no response from messages or emails for a few months).

    So I let her go. Wanting to be fair for the work she put into the game, I offered her 40% of what was in the company bank account, and 40% of that game's future revenue as royalties - an amount that worked out far better than her previous wages.

    She responded by suing me for wrongful dismissal, leading to a 6 month legal battle, $13,000 in legal fees, and more money as a settlement. It completely wiped both the company and my personal bank account.

    The practical lessons learned are obvious - write proper contracts, follow legal protocol when dismissing someone, and try to establish what the "exit" plan is with a business partner before things go to shit. Also, don't give shares to your girlfriend, ya dingus.

    The personal lessons, though? I'm not sure. It's been a few months since the end of the lawsuit. I'm not as angry as I was, but I'm still bitter and, like with you, the matter is still taking up my headspace. It bothers me less over time though, so I suppose you just have to ride it out. Shitty things happening is part of running a business and yeah, it takes thick skin and compartmentalisation to survive it with your mental health intact.

    [–] Anon brings her boyfriend home King-Of-Throwaways 3 points ago in greentext

    Even if this were true, I think I would still prefer interacting with someone who puts on the veneer of being a good person over someone who is openly a shithead.

    [–] Anon goes to court King-Of-Throwaways 1 points ago in greentext

    This happened to me recently, only I paid a lawyer £10,000 over a 6 month period to negotiate a settlement from £10,000 to £2000.

    Big oof.

    I left a 2 star google review.

    [–] Its an unfair advantage King-Of-Throwaways 3 points ago in traaaaaaannnnnnnnnns

    I know this is heresy to rule pedants, but surely for a situation like this any reasonable player or judge would just appeal to the “spirit of the rules”? Like, yes Jareth, you’re very smart, but we all know the card wasn’t written with you in mind.

    [–] [Poetry] Just Buy a New Laptop King-Of-Throwaways 142 points ago in youtubehaiku

    I’m not sure it’s just an HP thing. It feels like every laptop brand I’ve tried in the last 15 years has had some sort of hardware issue.

    [–] GOG lays off "around a dozen," reportedly due to financial trouble King-Of-Throwaways 8 points ago in gamedev

    It's been several years since I tried, so I don't know if they've changed their system since then, but my experience of trying to get a game on GOG involved me emailing them and... not getting any sort of response. From my discussions with other developers, I was not alone in this experience.

    [–] TIL: There was a case of British conjoined twins. If not separated, they’d both die in months. If separation was successful, the healthier twin would survive but the surgery would kill the other. The parents refused consent, but a court overruled them, the surgery killed one twin to save the other. King-Of-Throwaways 1 points ago in todayilearned

    Doing nothing is as much of a decision as doing something.

    This is true from a detached, utilitarian perspective, but that's really not how humans operate.

    You can save one human life by donating $3500-8000 (it varies by charity and estimation) to a Malaria prevention charity. Does that mean that everyone with $3500 sitting in their bank account is responsible for the death of a person in a Malaria-ridden country?

    [–] 'Indies Are Being Pushed Out Of The Battle Royale Arena' Thoughts? King-Of-Throwaways 8 points ago in gamedev

    I think the author's comments are mostly accurate. It is difficult to break into a genre where a large playerbase is needed from the get-go, so triple A studios have an immediate advantage over indies.

    But I'm sceptical of her framing of PUBG as a small indie title in her introduction. Granted, the game grew out of one man's mod, but (taken from Wikipedia)...

    Bluehole started with a team of about 35 developers supporting Greene's work, but had expanded to 70 by June 2017

    70 employees is reeeeally pushing the label of "indie".

    [–] Sony is refunding people who pre-ordered Overkill's The Walking Dead because it got cancelled. King-Of-Throwaways 466 points ago in Games

    Telltale captured the best aspects pretty well. Muddy ethics, abrupt moments of violence, and a general feeling of hopelessness.

    [–] All that’s missing is Don Draper and Bill the Butcher King-Of-Throwaways 1 points ago in justneckbeardthings

    Wouldn’t this need aging up a few years? Surely edgy 15 year olds aren’t still obsessing over Fight Club and V for Vendetta.

    [–] Starbucks Lovers [6:56] King-Of-Throwaways 1 points ago in mealtimevideos

    Two things bothered me about this short:

    1. I assumed the “first words of your soul mate” thing was some sort of drunken metaphor until halfway in.
    2. The resolution was so straightforward. Maybe 7 minutes wasn’t enough time to properly explore the premise.

    [–] ‘Queer Eye’ Season 3 Premiering March 15th King-Of-Throwaways 1 points ago in television

    If anything, an old show getting revived should be more reason to question its depiction of social issues and see what can be improved.

    [–] ‘Queer Eye’ Season 3 Premiering March 15th King-Of-Throwaways 1 points ago in television

    You're not wrong. The title and premise are problematic. But I think the show manages to subvert being a minstrel show by:

    1. Focusing on deeper issues than the premise suggests. It's less about "5 gay men play dress-up", and more about, "5 put-together people act as life coaches".
    2. Including LGBT+ participants, breaking the stereotype of queerness being tied to good dress sense.
    3. Actually discussing LGBT+ issues (albeit in a format digestible for casual, cis-het viewers).

    All in all, I'll take a show with good representation and a poor title over no show at all.

    [–] Activision-Blizzard lays off 775 people after “record results in 2018” King-Of-Throwaways 6 points ago in gamedev

    Capital comes to mind

    I really should read this at some point, but good lord is it a chonker of a book series. I’m not sure if I can realistically see myself finishing it.