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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
15. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 10, 2016, 08:37 Beamer
 
VR will fail for the same reason 3D did - no one wants to wear glasses. Not enough people to warrant a huge roll-out of expensive tech.

It, at least, is noticeable. 3D becomes forgettable within minutes - the first few moments of a movie you're watching all the 3D, but by the time you become engrossed you forget about it, until a bad cut jars you.

3DTVs only grew so much in adoption because we hit a point around 2010 where every flagship TV had it, and by 2013-2014 every midrange TV had it. It was just default.
 
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
2. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Feb 3, 2016, 18:29 Beamer
 
Did it close? It has new content dated yesterday?

I've never been to the site, but the content looks cool. An article about working at Nintendo in the 80s, an article on Ecco the Dolphin. It looks like Kill Screen to me - something that doesn't do daily content but does interesting content no one else does.

Like my subscription to Kill Screen, though, I'd probably read this for a month then forget it exists.
 
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News Comments > Morning Previews
3. Re: Morning Previews Feb 1, 2016, 11:15 Beamer
 
Pr()ZaC wrote on Feb 1, 2016, 10:26:
What? An article stating the obvious?

Is it obvious?

The article is blocked at work, but the PC almost always has the best graphics, as well as mouse-and-keyboard and more customizability.

But what the consoles often have over it is a larger, more active, and longer lasting community. PC games that die on the vine often thrive on consoles. For a game like The Division, I say it's better to see where the community is rather than buy the version that looks best.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 29, 2016, 10:58 Beamer
 
Wow. I remember sitting outside, reading a preview about Duke in I think PCG. I remember kind of freaking out about it. The author was mentioning pipe bombs, which had me excited, but the thing that really impressed me was that, if you stepped in a puddle of blood, you left bloody footprints for a while.

That was absolutely mind-blowing to me.
 
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News Comments > Hard Reset Redux Announced
4. Re: Hard Reset Redux Announced Jan 27, 2016, 23:30 Beamer
 
I picked this one up due to praise here but it never worked for me. Enemies weren't fun, weapon system wasn't fun, levels were very narrow corridors. It was just bland for me.  
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News Comments > No Mods for The Division; PC Specs Revealed
23. Re: No Mods for The Division; PC Specs Revealed Jan 24, 2016, 12:42 Beamer
 
Paranoid Jack wrote on Jan 23, 2016, 01:39:
I just saw this video trying to explain the whole Map-Gate issue. I will admit I'm not sure if the map/game size is going to be a problem. Seems like a lot of area to cover on foot. Especially if they have more than just one in ten buildings open for exploration. But I purposely pre-ordered from GameStop for the first time in years so that if the game feels flat while beta testing I can actually just say not today and cancel my pre-order.

That's actually a really good video. "The game looks great, and the map looks like it's a very good size, but here are all the times we've been mislead, and it's hard not to be bummed, even if the game itself is still fine and quite good."

I've paid zero attention to this game, with that video being the first thing I've seen of it other than headlines, and it looks pretty fun. But someone in PR really glitched.
 
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News Comments > Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Released
18. Re: Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Released Jan 21, 2016, 12:36 Beamer
 
yuastnav wrote on Jan 21, 2016, 12:06:
NKD wrote on Jan 21, 2016, 10:10:
yuastnav wrote on Jan 21, 2016, 08:49:
Unfortunately they decided to let the AI cheat instead of putting any real work into it and this is what we get.

You know I really get tired of seeing this shit. There are a lot of really smart people out there working on AI for gaming applications, but there are a lot of hurdles.

You know how up until a few years ago, you needed a really powerful machine to reliably beat a skilled human at something as simple as chess? Now take chess, add 20 new pieces, remove the predefined movement grid, and make it realtime. Add another player or 3 or 4 while you're at it as well. Oh, and you have to actually run the game and render the shit at the same time, on a $1000 PC.

There's the problem with developing AI for RTS, and why RTS has always been primarily a player versus player affair. Similar problems arise for just about any AI in a realtime game. You can do a bit better with turn-based games since you can allow more time for computation and deal with things discretely rather than continuously. But you're still dealing with needing algorithms way more complicated than for chess.

Oh, and you can never reuse those algorithms because no two games are the same.

It's not a matter of laziness or misplaced focus, it's just a massive technical cockblock that will not be conquered with conventional computing.

When you break it down, so is actually a RTS.

TBS
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
7. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 21, 2016, 08:06 Beamer
 
Retired wrote on Jan 20, 2016, 21:08:
BN is probably the fastest loading page on the internet that I go to. I love the straight forward simple design.

It was for me, before all the autoplay YouTube videos started crushing my ability to type. Right now there's "Health - The Cure to Oveating."

And every few letters I type never make it to the box.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
10. Re: Ships Ahoy - Watch Dogs; First Reviews Jan 20, 2016, 07:42 Beamer
 
ELITE wrote on Jan 19, 2016, 21:54:
I can't stand Anita's videos - she has no clue how to make a balanced argument.

Since you're posting her crap blue - might as well post American's crap too..

https://www.facebook.com/americanmcgee/posts/10153422645582075


Why would someone have to make an argument "balanced?"

She's showing one side, and very clear about that. She isn't saying "this is a comprehensive view of video games." She's saying "this is a look at specific tropes in video games."
 
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News Comments > Vivendi Sells Activision Stake
21. Re: Vivendi Sells Activision Stake Jan 17, 2016, 08:44 Beamer
 
Stormsinger wrote on Jan 17, 2016, 01:50:
Beamer wrote on Jan 16, 2016, 23:04:
A hedge isn't a bet, it's a mitigation of risk. It isn't "we think this will happen" but "we're screwed if this happens, so we'll cover our asses."

I have renters' insurance. I do not think anything bad will happen, but I'm mitigating my risk. This is all a hedge is. They're exceptionally common, and institutions do them to be responsible, not to place a bet.

I fail to see any significant difference. You're gambling a small amount of money (the insurance premiums) against the larger amount you'll win (the expenses that you won't have to pay yourself) if events break that way. That -is- a gamble. All insurance is a gamble.

The significant difference is that you said this was a sign vivendi thought something bad would happen. Gamers hate Activision and are constantly looking for these signs. Find the thread where vivendi announced they were divesting and look at people seeing that as lack of faith in Activision when it was more trouble with vivendis finances.

Vivendi told shareholders is was divesting and making X dollars. If the market collapsed and they made less than X heads would roll. So they hedge. Look at any major divestment and the owners hedge for this reason. You can't dump that much stock overnight, it takes time. So you hedge. It is insurance, not a belief or bet that something bad happens.
 
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News Comments > Vivendi Sells Activision Stake
15. Re: Vivendi Sells Activision Stake Jan 16, 2016, 23:04 Beamer
 
A hedge isn't a bet, it's a mitigation of risk. It isn't "we think this will happen" but "we're screwed if this happens, so we'll cover our asses."

I have renters' insurance. I do not think anything bad will happen, but I'm mitigating my risk. This is all a hedge is. They're exceptionally common, and institutions do them to be responsible, not to place a bet.
 
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News Comments > Vivendi Sells Activision Stake
7. Re: Vivendi Sells Activision Stake Jan 16, 2016, 17:25 Beamer
 
Stormsinger wrote on Jan 16, 2016, 13:05:
You have to wonder who made how much money on this deal. Because it sure looks like Vivendi was betting that Activision/Blizzard stock was going to crumble.

Life is good if you're a bankster.

Uh... no it doesn't?

They made no such bet, and they've been trying to get out of Activision for a while. Trying to get out of all entertainment.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 15, 2016, 15:10 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Jan 15, 2016, 13:30:
Timmeh wrote on Jan 15, 2016, 10:26:
i dont know.. it takes 55 billion to make 11 billion.

that is a LOT of costs to cover to make a profit.

Nothing wrong with their profit ratio, its an industry with huge R&D costs and one that requires a lot of capital reinvestment. Its better to assess it with ratios related to their liability load compared to their assets and the benchmarks like earnings per share if you're looking at it as an investor.

20%. Google's is 21%.

Really not bad. 20 cents of every dollar coming in is profit, after costs, r&d, salaries, rent, utilities, debt, etc.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
22. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 14, 2016, 19:29 Beamer
 
Paranoid Jack wrote on Jan 14, 2016, 18:19:
descender wrote on Jan 14, 2016, 16:44:
These ranchers and others have owned these land for hundreds of years in some cases.

Why do people keep saying this? It isn't true at all.

Ranchers/farmers were bailed out by the government in the 30's and since then have been allowed to use the land anyway at a 90% discount. You could research it, but you chose to watch an unsourced youtube video instead.

So 100% of the ranchers / farmers here in the entire United States of America were all bailed out by the government back in the 1930's? OMG, why didn't you tell me sooner! So my great grandfather didn't lose all of his lands back during the Depression? I better call the rest of my relatives. So every farmer / rancher has been just renting these lands back from the United States government for 10%... since the 1930's, eh?

Oh, that video has sources listed if you could be so bothered to check.

He did not say "100%," "all," or "every."

I feel like every time someone makes a generalization on a video game forum people freak out and say "stop saying all!"


Ranchers are over.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
18. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 14, 2016, 18:00 Beamer
 
gravity wrote on Jan 14, 2016, 17:04:
descender wrote on Jan 14, 2016, 16:09:
annnd look more complete libtard bullshit.

You are free to explain the situation as you think you understand it, rather than just rambling like a lunatic.

One can only wonder why I hadn't ignored you already. Fixed!

Anytime I see someone use the word "libtard," (particularly in such intentional provocation) I immediately associate them with a level of ignorance that is difficult to achieve.

Solely because it's an embarrassing aggregation of the words "liberal" and "retard," and if you're still calling people "retards," today, you probably need to check yourself and maybe mature a little bit... go look in the mirror, and try reading about things on your own.

Not only that, but he complained about metrosexuals.

Metrosexuals.

Is it 2002?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 14, 2016, 13:53 Beamer
 
Bard wrote on Jan 14, 2016, 13:32:
PunkiBastardo wrote on Jan 14, 2016, 10:27:
Hadn't read about these wackos before, but I had a good laugh with the videos and all those homoerotic stories. Go internet!

Unfortunately the whole 'wackos' portrayal is meant to distract from a very real issue.

The US Government has been breaking its own laws trying to railroad people off land where rich resources have been discovered.

This is really about resistance to Tyranny, not wackos.

Typical COINTELPRO tactic, and one even Ghandi spoke about.

No, this is about wackos arming themselves and holing up in public property.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 13, 2016, 13:09 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 13, 2016, 12:54:
I got these insulated Columbia Bugbear boots that I fell in love with because they were super warm and comfortable.

Well that, and they have the super-awesome name Bugbear! C'mon Blue, 'fess up. You really only got them because of the cool name.

Also, Bobbob would remind you that had you taken his advice several years ago and moved to Cali, you wouldn't need winter boots.

He got it wrong, though, it's Bugaboo (and Bugaboot.) Not quite as cool. I only know because I had a Bugaboo hat in, like, 3rd grade. I think it was a separate brand back then.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 12, 2016, 15:48 Beamer
 
Retired wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 13:33:
Father and I stayed warm in the stands at the Vikings game. Was a tough loss, no fault of the kicker - Offense didn't do their job, and honestly, I don't think we could beat Carolina......

Was great to be at the game. We will be in our seats opening day in the new stadium.

Wish you had won. I have a flight down to NC next weekend. Will be very disappointed if I have to cancel them, but with Seattle...
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
31. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 12, 2016, 12:06 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 08:44:
Beamer wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 07:10:
InBlack wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 02:47:
Beamer wrote on Jan 11, 2016, 09:48:
I'd wager that, if you polled most of your friends, less than 5% of their time using their personal (not work) laptops is outside of their homes.

Im gonna go back to this statement from Beamer. As long as this is true, having a laptop for gaming is a bad idea. Not, having a laptop, not gaming, but a combination of those two things. You game on a laptop, fine, great! Good for you. How often do you take it out of the house? (And when it's out of the house, how often do you game on it?) How often does it sit in one spot in your house? Think about these questions and answer them to yourself honestly. For the price of that "gaming" laptop, you can get a destop with twice the power, twice the screen real-estate and a nice comfy chair.
Again, this requires dedicating, at a minimum, a 3'x5' space in your home to your computer.

Having a laptop means dedicating a 1'x1.5" space to it.

Unless you are living in Japan, I'm not sure that space enters that much into the equation. Remember we are talking about "gamers" here, not casual users. So in addition to the laptop, you will most definitely at least have a mouse. So you need a desk to use it on. Or at least a flat surface of some kind. Sure you can juggle your laptop in your lap, on the sofa, but who the fuck games like that? Not people who are willing to spend thousands of bucks on top of the line gaming laptops. And once you throw the external "GPU" from the article in the mix, what you get is basically an overpriced desktop, that can serve as laptop if you want. The space you say you will end up saving comes up to diddley squat. You don't end up saving any space at all, since that external GPU is sitting somewhere where you need to plug your laptop in.

It isn't so much about living space, though that's part of it, as it is just aesthetics.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
29. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 12, 2016, 07:10 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 02:47:
Beamer wrote on Jan 11, 2016, 09:48:
I'd wager that, if you polled most of your friends, less than 5% of their time using their personal (not work) laptops is outside of their homes.

Im gonna go back to this statement from Beamer. As long as this is true, having a laptop for gaming is a bad idea. Not, having a laptop, not gaming, but a combination of those two things. You game on a laptop, fine, great! Good for you. How often do you take it out of the house? (And when it's out of the house, how often do you game on it?) How often does it sit in one spot in your house? Think about these questions and answer them to yourself honestly. For the price of that "gaming" laptop, you can get a destop with twice the power, twice the screen real-estate and a nice comfy chair.
Again, this requires dedicating, at a minimum, a 3'x5' space in your home to your computer.

Having a laptop means dedicating a 1'x1.5" space to it.
 
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