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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
45. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 17, 2014, 14:35 Beamer
 
UHD wrote on Sep 17, 2014, 13:57:
PHJF wrote on Sep 17, 2014, 13:40:
Oh you mean like the telephone, or the TV set? Maybe like the desktop computer?

No... I mean like the radio. There is no "next gen" phone or TV. Print books are in every possible way inferior to ebooks.

Dead battery. Broken device, either physically (whoops, dropped it and cracked the screen) or via software (whoops, update bricked the machine). Publisher revokes access to eBook for any reason or goes out of business or DRM server dies, whoops you can't read it anymore (yes you can turn off Wi-Fi but that also cuts you off from getting more books). Can't easily lend a book to a friend. Hope you remember your password, or your account isn't hacked.

eBooks have perks but to call it better in every way is asinine.

At the same time, books get damaged, books fall apart, books get lost, I've purchased books with missing pages or repeated pages. Books can be stolen, and I hope your house doesn't burn down.

I can't think of a single time access to an eBook has been revoked without cause. Amazon pulled an item after it became clear they weren't allowed to sell it, but they acknowledged it was a last resort, changed their policies to prevent it from happening again, and refunded all purchases. There can be a slippery slope argument, but that also doesn't prevent me from buying Steam games or getting nearly all my music through Spotify.

DRM servers are also meaningless, because your Kindle doesn't check in with a server for you to read it.

Can't easily lend to a friend is a problem. But, frankly, I know jdreyer loves his libraries, but I've found hairs, mysterious stains, and snot in library books regularly. Given that I often read in bed, and assume others do, too, I'd prefer to avoid that.

So yes, there are downsides, but I find them minimal. I find the upsides much, much better:
1) Your entire library is on you at all times. Traveling? I used to bring pounds of books with me if I was gone over 3 days. Now I bring a tiny device
2) Access is instantaneous. Finish a book and want the next in the series or by the author? You can order it and have it in seconds, whereas in the past you'd have to either drive to a bookstore and hope they have it or order from Amazon and wait for delivery. No need to wait between books now. This works internationally, too - I finished one book in a Chinese hotel room and queued up the next immediately
3) It spreads across devices. I don't always have a bag with me large enough to hold a book or a kindle, but I always have my phone with me. Which means I always have my library with me. If I get stuck somewhere unexpectedly I can just take out my phone and continue reading

These advantages, to me, make up for the disadvantages a hundred times over.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
38. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 17, 2014, 13:53 Beamer
 
You know who else Amazon killed? Best Buy. No one seems to be mourning that.

Best Buy, also a company that sold products for a loss (CDs and DVDs.)
They also competed with Walmart and Target, who also routinely sell media for a loss. And Amazon, who I'm guessing does the same.

Media products like that start pricing wars. Can't blame just Amazon. Again, it's usually Walmart responsible because Walmart is both the most aggressive and the most manual. Everyone else just reacts to undercut them.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 17, 2014, 12:15 Beamer
 
I did Doom with the right mouse as move forward. Why not, right? Middle mouse was move back. I also used an ancient trackball.

For DN3D I switched to arrow keys. First I had them as strafe (which I never used in Doom) and jump/duck, then moved it to forward/back. After a few days I realized I was pushing the keyboard all the way left to be comfortable so I just looked for keys on the left side that looked like arrows.

I went ESDF, because it gave me more keys within reach. With WASD you only have Q before tab. With ESDF you have W and Q.

I still swear by it.
 
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News Comments > Xbox One Controller for Windows in November
13. Re: Xbox One Controller for Windows in November Sep 17, 2014, 12:07 Beamer
 
This isn't as shocking to me as it is to some people. I believe we still have people on this board unwilling to use wireless mice due to lag time. Some PC gamers are very seriously anti-wireless.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
33. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 17, 2014, 11:18 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Sep 17, 2014, 08:49:
PHJF wrote on Sep 17, 2014, 08:37:
Amazon wants the price for most ebooks to be around $10; they've said as much in plain English. They've declared this the best price point for a) sales numbers and b) revenue. Of course they are going to take a loss for the time being, they are trying to prove a point. As soon as shitheads like Hachette get the message and stop trying to sell ebooks for $25, Amazon won't have to undercut.

This currently benefits the consumer, but once they eliminate ALL competition guess who gets to pick up the bill....

There is no physical good for Amazon to have complete distributive control over. At the first sign of unjust ebook price hikes, somebody else will come in to distribute. There are no huge gears of commerce which need to be reconfigured to swing control away from Amazon.

I think you misunderstood me, sorry my bad I wasnt being clear. I was talking about PRINT books! This is something that has been rarely mentioned (if at all in the media) but which I have firsthand knowledge of. Their shenanigans with ebooks are just the tip of the iceberg people.

P.S. I agree that ebooks are generally overpriced, there is no reason why, for e.g. say a general fiction, ebook should cost more than the average mass market paperback.

I remember when Under the Dome came out. I got it new in Hardcover for, I think, $8.99 from Amazon.

Do you know why it was so cheap?

Walmart started a pricing war on it. Not Amazon. Amazon reacted. Walmart started it.
It's easy to blame Amazon, but they were not the first to start selling books below cost, and even now they are typically matching prices. Amazon's goal isn't to sell things for below cost. Their goal is to be the cheapest. As such, most of their pricing is done automatically. Humans set limits/rules, but a robot is out there scouring the internet. If someone has it cheaper, Amazon cuts price.

They aren't sitting there, Mr. Burnsing their hands together snickering, they're competing with Walmart and Target to make sure they have the best customer experience.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
13. Re: Morning Metaverse Sep 16, 2014, 21:37 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 16, 2014, 21:25:
Quboid wrote on Sep 16, 2014, 19:00:
Wait, there are idiots on the Internet now?

I've wondered if Blue has considered switching to a vote based comment system. I used to be in favour of such an idea but not any more, I'd rather keep this system.

I don't think we need up-down votes. The one thing I think the site needs is a hierarchical comment structure, so it's obvious who is replying to whom.

I've never enjoyed threaded because most implementations require too many clicks to fully open and requires people stick to one point per post, leading to a drastic increase in posts.

I don't think it's all that common that someone doesn't properly quote, but there are occasional posts where context is entirely lost. We all do it sometimes.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
21. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 16, 2014, 19:59 Beamer
 
ChaosEngine wrote on Sep 16, 2014, 19:51:
It's not even like shitty pop music where you have it shoved down your throat.

Unless it's U2!
 
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News Comments > Borderlands Replaces GameSpy With Steamworks
8. Re: Borderlands Replaces GameSpy With Steamworks Sep 16, 2014, 17:20 Beamer
 
descender wrote on Sep 16, 2014, 15:41:
Your last 3 posts have been "Steam is spyware". I think we get the idea, you don't like it.

6 of his last 20.
 
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News Comments > MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed
117. Re: MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed Sep 16, 2014, 16:54 Beamer
 
Bundy wrote on Sep 16, 2014, 16:41:
Buying the mine picks was exactly the issue that led to the EULA this summer. And I know that for the most part its all free. I was just saying a lot of people didn't seem to realize Minecraft was already being heavily monetized on some servers. And the consoles are filled with skin dlc already.

And that skin DLC makes a fortune.
There's no reason for Microsoft to charge for things that would ruin the game when people are so willing to pay for things that don't. Again, see: TF2. See: DOTA2.

This does not mean Microsoft won't be stupid and ruin it, it just means they'd have to be actively stupid to do so. That's very possible. But the game will make good money with them simply creating a store to sell what they already sell on consoles and allowing modders to sell if they want to sell.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
12. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 16, 2014, 15:35 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 16, 2014, 14:06:
Has anyone been playing Destiny? The reviews are middling, but that doesn't mean players aren't loving it.

The reviews I've read all match my beta impressions:
- combat is flawlessly tuned and feels incredibly right
- actual missions feel pointless and repetitive
- no urgency
- the primary things it took from MMORPGs are the flaws


I'm still tempted to get it for the 360. Combat felt really good, and I enjoyed the multiplayer even if the 2 maps I played weren't memorable in the slightest (and the lack of a warthog really hurt.)
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Elephants Trailer
27. Re: Far Cry 4 Elephants Trailer Sep 16, 2014, 11:59 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Sep 16, 2014, 02:29:
I really, really hope they do a Blood Dragon sequel, spinoff etc. at some point with this engine. Farcry3 was kind of lame IMO, Blood Dragon on the other hand was one of the better shooters I have played. (It was just too damn short :()
That's funny. I loved FC3, though the main character sucked and it was too long, but hated Blood Dragon. Blood Dragon took some of the more interesting parts of FC3 and stripped it down to nothing and then changed the color palette to an eye-shearing red.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
47. Re: Op Ed Sep 16, 2014, 10:47 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Sep 16, 2014, 02:47:
I applaud you for completely derailing this thread Beamer, by somehow bringing Anita & Gamergate (or whatever stupid label they keep using) into the discussion about articles which have very little to do with this issue. The main issue was objectivity and journalism in gaming. You have successfuly managed to troll the thread up to post 43. Que Applause. 10/10.

I'm not even the first one to bring Gamergate up in this topic. But the fact remains that most people saying absolutely disgusting things about people like Anita and whomever else hide behind #gamergate. That's their shield. While you can break out the journalist ethics from the misogynistic sludge that is gamergate, it's hard because, on this very board, in this very thread, there are an enormous amount of people that fail to see the difference.

And, again, I'm not the first one to bring it up in this topic.
 
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News Comments > MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed
104. Re: MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed Sep 16, 2014, 00:05 Beamer
 
Kevin Lowe wrote on Sep 16, 2014, 00:04:
Beamer wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 17:48:
Let's not forget that, earlier this year, the company was said to be prepping an IPO that valued it at over $7.5 billion.

So, again, if Wall Street was willing to say something was worth $7.5 billion, and Microsoft bought it for $2.5 billion, I'd say it's nowhere near as easy to immediately write off as so many here are doing.

Cite: see my post below for that $7.6 billion valuation.
I have to wonder, though, how much of that value included keeping the team in place. NeXT wouldn't have been worth a whole lot without getting Steve Jobs in the process, for example. I'm not sure Notch could have been retained at any price - taking his statement at face value, upping the bid would likely have had an inverse effect.

It's been a very long time since Notch has actually done anything on Minecraft, though, be it design or actual coding, and the people that have been doing it all came with the deal.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
42. Re: Op Ed Sep 15, 2014, 20:19 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 20:01:
Beamer wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 11:32:
And then you have people like Julio, who gleefully make never ending references to "burgers and fries," which would imply that he's not very interested in anything beyond a woman having sex

I'm mainly interested in two things about Gamergate, which are about a bigger picture than who a particular woman sleeps with for personal gain.

1) Corruption/Fraud in game 'journalism', indie game contests and gamejams
2) Sexism against men by the SJWs and their websites

The interesting thing about the "burgers and fries" is that without investigative reporting, it's quite possible a lot of people have ordered the 'burgers and fries' to take a particular side on this issue or bury the truth.

I appreciate the non-inflammatory response to something that could have incited some flames.
 
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News Comments > Minimum Launches
2. Re: Minimum Launches Sep 15, 2014, 19:05 Beamer
 
That trailer makes it look like you stand still fighting around two non-moving Rock'm Sock'm Robots in a world designed to crumble the same way every time.

Which is probably unfair, but it's what the trailer shows.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Elephants Trailer
2. Re: Far Cry 4 Elephants Trailer Sep 15, 2014, 18:53 Beamer
 
The way the skin on the hide stretches is pretty impressive.

Everything else just looks like an enormous amount of fun.
 
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News Comments > MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed
91. Re: MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed Sep 15, 2014, 17:48 Beamer
 
Let's not forget that, earlier this year, the company was said to be prepping an IPO that valued it at over $7.5 billion.

So, again, if Wall Street was willing to say something was worth $7.5 billion, and Microsoft bought it for $2.5 billion, I'd say it's nowhere near as easy to immediately write off as so many here are doing.

Cite: see my post below for that $7.6 billion valuation.
 
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News Comments > MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed
90. Re: MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed Sep 15, 2014, 17:46 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 17:43:
Prez wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 17:29:
For the record Cutter said this is one of the most idiotic business moves he has ever seen by a company (paraphrasing), and I am inclined to agree. This is beyond ridiculous - it's just obscenely and surreally absurd. He also made mention of "Ballmer Junior" making the same retarded decisions as his "daddy".

It's true. At least with shit like Google Glass and Occulus there are plenty of real world uses for them even if they never catch on as mainstream entertainment. So FB's purchase of OR - while stupidly overvalued - is still a pretty sane investment.

This is really - for all intents and purposes - a one man company with zero track record and one massively successful fluke. The game is about saturated as its going to get and is most likely starting a long slow downward slide. It will be remembered fondly as we remember Super Mario. But there is nothing that makes this worth even a 100 mil at this point - unless they have some very lucrative licensing deals going on for MC merch that we don't know about. So even at the outside of say 200 mil, it would be dumb but understandable as dumb things corporations do. But 2.5 billion? They won't even make the 500 million back on that. Their stock closed down today so lets see if that continues and their investors also think Nutella has gone nuts.

Yes, Cutter, there's nothing that makes it worth even $100 million, except the fact that it made over that much in profit last year.


You call me stupid, but fuck, man. Seriously, fuck. Minecraft brought in $330 million in revenue and $130 million in profit.

I'm the stupid one, but you just said $130 isn't even worth $100.
Between this and your "let's judge companies based on stock price," it's amazing that you ever open your mouth on financial decisions.
 
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News Comments > MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed
89. Re: MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed Sep 15, 2014, 17:44 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 17:29:
For the record Cutter said this is one of the most idiotic business moves he has ever seen by a company (paraphrasing), and I am inclined to agree. This is beyond ridiculous - it's just obscenely and surreally absurd. He also made mention of "Ballmer Junior" making the same retarded decisions as his "daddy".

Facebook paid about $32 per active user of Whatsapp, a product with 0 revenue.
Microsoft paid about $50 per active user of Minecraft, a product with significant revenue.

There are a few big differences:
1) One is a messaging platform, and those tend to be longer lived than games
2) The other has a more affluent userbase, meaning it's more willing to invest money

Microsoft claims this deal will pay for itself by the end of 2015. I don't doubt that much. Minecraft made $350 million last year, and from what I understand the bulk of that was made later in the year and came from server rentals. On top of this, Minecraft revenue has grown each year.
And Mojang has made no attempt to monetize.

I know that "monetization" is a dirty word, but frankly, there's so much room here. I installed Minecraft again on Saturday and looked for mods. If you google "minecraft mods" you get dozens of hits, but most of the pages look like they'll install viruses. The programs you have to download have installers that look like viruses, and they download from sites that try to install their own downloader that is almost definitely a virus.

Basically, I'm assuming any casual Minecraft fan has tons of viruses.

But look at Valve. Seriously, look hard at Valve. They are making money hand over fist selling mods for 3 games. They also have free mods for those games. The community is making enormous money selling these mods. I rarely hear loud complaints about these sales, usually people just seem to enjoy it. It's fostered a big community. Hell, I actually know a guy here that worked at a major studio on a major series discussed here regularly that quit his job and moved across the country because he realized he could more than double his income selling DOTA2 stuff.

This would be great for Minecraft. A consolidated storefront with no worry about viruses, making it easier to find and load mods, and still with the majority of things being free, but not everything.
If Minecraft brought in $350 last year, it isn't hard to imagine a mod marketplace similar to the Hat Marketplace could triple that, is it?

We'll see if it's stupid. Frankly, I don't think we'll truly know that it was. Either this is a huge success, or Microsoft fucks it up. But the price wouldn't be stupid if they fuck it up, it's their management.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
31. Re: So why do publishers keep doing it? Sep 15, 2014, 16:58 Beamer
 
mag wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 16:55:
Creston wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 16:36:
UHD wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 16:04:
so which is it?

I am always right. Cutter isn't. This is an important detail to remember.

Not that it really matters, at this point it's personal curiosity, but to be honest it's more interesting than gamergate.

True.

Cutter is probably consider a larger group of regulars than I am. Most of the guys who have been here the longest are pre Gen X, but then again, since Blue was formed in... what... 1998? they would have to be, since I doubt many five year olds were posting here when it first started.

Gen X is ~1960 to ~1980. The youngest Gen Xers were 18 in 1998. Millenials are ~1980 to 2000. The oldest Millenials are in their thirties now.

/31-year-old Millenial.

And it's far from being the first named generation, as implied below. Obviously we had the Baby Boomers, but also the Silent Generation, Greatest Generation and Lost Generation.
 
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