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"We're going to do a crowd funding campaign."
"I sit in a $5 Million office with lots of resources."

...so..uhhh...what about using that money then?
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that's the price of the office. hihi 
Don't sell your car while driving in it. hihi
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Okay thumbs up just for the intro. That's hard work worth rewarding.
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There are obviously some problems in making this work on the GearVR (given the heat notification and performance drop after about 4 minutes) but this game would be such a good fit for PC on the Rift. It looks really nice while being able to maintain steady frames. Excellent!
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+Michael Cormier I played the game from start to finish in one sitting (about 3 hours) and my phone didn't overheat once.
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Chef John you're stuff is pretty much all amazing! Every video you put up I watch it and immediately have an overwhelming desire to try and make it. Keep doing what you're doing because it's just great for my culinary vocabulary. Thank you!
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I want to see people make custom cases for this thing. I want to see some serious mods that let the GPU cool down enough to maintain solid performance while still offering a compact size.
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I actually don't think that the game changing would be an issue. In fact I think a game update that significantly changes the rules of play would be even less of a problem in terms of official competition than it might be for traditional sports.

Here's my reasoning: The rules of competitive play are governed by a particular body for football just as much as they are for LoL or Dota2. However I would say that game developers are much more receptive to feedback on such changes and a good developer will take that criticism, check their numbers, and see if they really need to backpedal or tweak things.

Traditional sports will, of course, take rule changes and observe their results in a similar way. The difference is though is eSports involves a game that a developer is trying to sell to players. They make money on both competitive and casual players so they have more motive to make sure the game is well balanced. The NFL doesn't really make money off of you playing football in your back yard though. Their income is from tickets, merchandise, and sponsorship. A rule change is less likely to make you second-guess that Seahawks hoodie purchase. A rule change in Dota2 might make you put down the game forever.
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Best thumbnail for any LTT video so far.
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One step closer to me abandoning Windows!
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Think you guys are up to the challenge of creating the chainsaw blade from .hack//GU? 

http://cosplaysky.com/hack-g-u-haseo-s-sword-broad-cosplay-sword.html

Bonus points if you can make one that actually spins up!
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I passed on the first one but maybe I'll give the second a try. It always did seem pretty interesting! Also thank you for taking advantage of the new 60fps video features on YouTube! I love seeing this stuff in high frame rates!
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I think you probably nailed my feelings on the head regarding Anita. She brings up genuine problems that should probably be addressed in games. However the way she goes about it is just completely awful. Her examples aren't very good in many cases and as you state she seems to shame developers and imply that any act against woman in a game is intentional. In some of her videos though she does address this and state that she doesn't blame developers but rather social issues and developers that are simply not thinking thoroughly enough. However the implications still tend to linger even if she isn't maybe aware that she's coming on in an accusing manner.

However I don't think that there are less woman in the gaming or tech industry simply by biological nature. Maybe that's true to a some extent but I also think there are a lot of social factors that skew girls to "girly" things and boys to "boyish" things as their being raised from childhood. There are so many factors which encourage and re-enforce set gender roles and expectations that it'd be impossible to pick one thing and try to fix it. I do believe though that the gender ration in the tech industry and many other industries would be at a closer balance if these factors were eroded.

Great video and thank you for posting it!
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As Jesse Schell says in the book "The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses" (DEFINITELY READ THIS BOOK), games are an experience. Mechanics are certainly a very important part of a game but they are just that - a part. They can be a bigger or smaller part depending on the overall experience you want to deliver. Mechanics alone rarely stand though. Even if you don't care much about the story or other elements it all still needs to be there to some degree (or absent for an intentional reason) for a complete experience.

Let's use your example, "Threes", to demonstrate. "Threes" is a game where you have cards on a grid, you slide them around, and you try to match together powers of three. There is no written story included with the game. It's mostly pure gameplay. However the experience and the themes that are set in "Threes" are what make the game what it is. The music, the minimalist style, the emotions expressed by the little cards and the sounds that come with them do create a story that is as equally minimalist as its visuals. If you took that away and just had cards with numbers that slide around it wouldn't be "Threes". The little things like two cards greeting each other make for a small story of, for example, two people trying to get to each other in a crowded room, that just wouldn't exist otherwise. That's a story the player interprets but that doesn't make it any less important. That's part of the experience of the game. Likewise, Bioshock or Ocarina of Time would just not be the same or as fun without their stories and themes - even if you care little about them.

Mechanics are focused on so tightly because it's one of the only elements in video (or tabletop) games that make them stand out from other mediums. However if you pay attention to games that are often well regarded you'll notice there's always more to them then pure mechanics. They are always an experience that's usually supported by strong mechanics.

I could also get into how the story itself can become a mechanic (Shadows of Mordor) but I think if my comment gets any longer it's just going to be too much to try and feature. But Shadows of Mordor...yeah there ya go.
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I'm a programmer and computer technician who specializes in web development, mobile phones, game programming, and web servers.
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I drove across the US to live on the west coast with barely a promise it would actually work. (It did!)
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