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News Comments > Op Ed
5. Re: Op Ed May 13, 2014, 11:11 Beamer
 
Atomic wrote on May 13, 2014, 10:58:
nin wrote on May 13, 2014, 10:00:
I preorder some from amazon, just to play on launch day. But I only do it knowing I can send it back unopened, if reviews suck.

Wait.. you have to read a review to know if something sucked or not?

I don't know if this is trolling, but I tend to be pretty damn good by now at telling if something will suck or not.
The hard part is telling if it's worth playing now or not. With a huge backlog, the only games I need to play "now" are either the incredible ones or the ones that will have a huge but temporary multiplayer community. Those are few and far between these days, and the latter depends more on consumer purchases than on reviews.

The only preorders I'll end up doing are ones on Amazon that offer a $20 gift card, but I haven't seen one of those since, I dunno, probably Bulletstorm.

 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
13. Re: Evening Legal Briefs May 13, 2014, 11:07 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on May 13, 2014, 09:14:
Ozmodan wrote on May 13, 2014, 08:19:
To them, if you post a comment that disagrees with the article they use the ban hammer. They are really sensitive to anything that disagrees with their views on global warming.

Nah I'm with nin and RM. I've been on Ars for over a decade and that simply isn't true. Maybe you need to examine your own posting habits. Blue is very lax compared to other forums in terms of moderation. Looking at your posting history here, you would be permabanned on most of them for that kind of low content garbage.

You mean, everything in his history seems to be one sentence calling something "trash" or "horrible," or someone "an idiot" or "stupid?"

I get that some people hate everything, but it's funny to see none of the posts explain the viewpoint, just put it out there.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
6. Re: Sunday Mobilization May 12, 2014, 01:00 Beamer
 
Linksil wrote on May 11, 2014, 21:45:
Sadly all that is said below will never happen with the way carriers are in the US. They can't even bother to bring us real 4g, let alone an uncapped anything on cell. My 3g unlimited will stay with me until I can get an Xg unlimited for the same pricing. So basically forever at this point.

Or until your provider updates the terms of your contract.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
38. Re: Steam Top 10 May 11, 2014, 21:15 Beamer
 
harlock wrote on May 11, 2014, 20:26:
and so they can talk about the same trivial, meaningless shallow bullshit for hours on end that they do with other women

It's positively amazing they don't want to hang out with you...
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
3. Re: Evening Mobilization May 11, 2014, 00:52 Beamer
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on May 11, 2014, 00:01:
I love how so many in the games press are still talking about how mobile is the future, meanwhile the entire mobile industry brought in what only two of the larger AAA publishers bring in during the same period.

One is growing, the outer is stagnating. One is the wild west just waiting to be reigned, the outer won't shift much.

But mobile is a true free for all. People don't care about franchises, marketing isn't huge, games are simple and easy to design, and graphics don't mean much. There is no stability and no barriers to entry. Publishers have little advantage, and the people doing well are the small companies getting one hit. It isn't sustainable for large ones now.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
12. Re: Saturday Consolidation May 11, 2014, 00:47 Beamer
 
They thought tv was the killer app, recognizing the huge gap with cable boxes. Sadly, that solution doesn't seem impressive. Even though the Wii ultimately fell flat on its face, they seemed to think they could take those sales. It's a strategy that clearly alienated the main fan base.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
43. Re: Out of the Blue May 10, 2014, 01:23 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on May 10, 2014, 00:27:
Beamer wrote on May 9, 2014, 14:39:
We were much better off in the 50s-70s.

When the money is spread amongst a large group of people, it gets spent.
When it's concentrated amongst a small group of people, it gets hoarded.

The wealth disparity is literally strangling our economy, not to mention the issue of the actions many take to acquire more wealth.
Ah the 50's through the 70's, where unemployment rates were low, and you could quit a job at 8am and have a new one by 10am. Before there was global competition, and companies had to buy/make/manufacture everything from bottom to top in the same country.

Admittedly a problem.
but it isn't just globalization. The 50s and the 70s, when there was essentially a salary cap (outside of equity), and the people at the top had less incentive to send wages overseas because the savings couldn't get passed back to their paychecks. When the top paid guys in a company only made 50x what the lowest paid did, so basically everyone had money, so reducing the cost of good wasn't as important.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
8. Re: Morning Mobilization May 9, 2014, 17:05 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on May 9, 2014, 05:56:
jdreyer wrote on May 9, 2014, 05:43:
Nintendo says no to same-sex relationships in new sim game.

Regardless, Nintendo is on the wrong side of history on this issue. It is the equivalent of not allowing someone to choose to play a black character in the game.

Dont you mean the wrong side of Superpower? Since its rather obvious that US values, democracy (lol) and freedom (even bigger lol) are now forcefed on to the rest of the world and anyone who dares to dissent revolves around 'the-axis-of-evil'.

There are plenty of games out there that dont include black, asian, indian, native american etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. .... races for any number of valid reasons.

Give it up, not everything conforms to the US view of reality, or politics nor should it.

The bigger issue here wasn't not including same sex relationships, it was Nintendo of America's original response, which pushed it aside as if it was no big deal.

People would understand all the reasons that have been given, but they did not understand being brushed off.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue May 9, 2014, 16:20 Beamer
 
PHJF wrote on May 9, 2014, 16:03:
When America was at its peak it had strong unions, trade protectionism, and corporations and the rich actually paid taxes.

When America was at its peak, it actually made stuff.

Those things are actually kind of connected.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue May 9, 2014, 14:39 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on May 9, 2014, 14:23:
Cutter wrote on May 9, 2014, 12:31:

You do realize that a LIVING wage - not MINIMUM wage - makes for a much stronger economy, right? No, of course you don't.
*snort*

Do tell when there has ever been a living wage in the US. I'll tell you right now, the answer is never, the only reason why there's a minimum wage is to ensure that entry level jobs like...fast food, get paid at a point where it's survivable. And let's be realistic, you can survive on it. It's not a career. Hell I know people who live in ~$12k/year in Canada that's disability. And that's half the earnings of someone who'd make it as minimum wage working straight. And I've been there myself.

I look at it like this, if they want to wildcat and strike. It just means that they can get their asses fired and someone else can take their jobs. Last time I looked you guys were in full shit-mode regarding jobs.

We were much better off in the 50s-70s.

When the money is spread amongst a large group of people, it gets spent.
When it's concentrated amongst a small group of people, it gets hoarded.

The wealth disparity is literally strangling our economy, not to mention the issue of the actions many take to acquire more wealth.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
5. Re: Morning Mobilization May 9, 2014, 01:05 Beamer
 
dubfanatic wrote on May 9, 2014, 00:12:
Cutter wrote on May 8, 2014, 13:21:
And why would Nintendo have to do that? This whole pandering to every crowd and making sure everyone is included and their feelings aren't hurt is really fucking tiresome.

As far as I know, Japan doesn't have the social justice warrior phenomenon like the USA does. I feel sorry for NoA staff having to deal with the Reddit outrage squad.

Ways to tell someone is stupid:
1) Uses the term "social justice warrior"
2) Uses the term "social justice warrior" while doing the exact same thing they define the term by
 
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News Comments > Valve Offering Earth: Year 2066 Refunds
78. Re: Valve Offering Earth: Year 2066 Refunds May 7, 2014, 20:56 Beamer
 
NewMaxx wrote on May 7, 2014, 20:52:
To ever suggest that self-policing is an ideal solution with anything is just...short-sighted. There's always regulation, the question is simply one of how much or how little is appropriate. If you read the Reddit post and see things like, post editing, a stolen image, past history of fraud, etc., it's hard to fathom how something like that got past the filters when other, legitimate and far more deserving games can't catch a break. I've written articles at Wikipedia which is largely self-policed and let me tell you, having that sort of system where money is involved is just downright negligent.

Yes, the system worked since the guy did get caught...after the community got ridiculously vocal about it (and one should not assume someone will always care that much). I also understand that it's "early access" and one can never expect anything to be really delivered. That's irrelevant. It's basic contract law again at play - the concept of good faith (which I seem to bring up on here every day), and this "developer" did not act in good faith. This is not something that should be handled ad hoc by the community, it should simply never exist as a problem in the first place.

As for my thoughts about early access...not sure I care either way on a personal level, but as a gamer I do believe I should take a stance on some issues surrounding it. What happens with it will affect game design down the road. Considering I've also worked on indie games and want to again in the near future, I definitely care as a potential developer. It's a challenging industry but again, I shouldn't have to worry about things like this, it's akin to submitting a fake resume and then getting hired with 0 background screening.

Self-policing doesn't preclude a regulation. Something needs to be in place to be policed. You seem to not understand the difference between rules and enforcement.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
12. Re: Morning Consolidation May 7, 2014, 19:34 Beamer
 
Timmeh wrote on May 7, 2014, 18:42:
what needs to happen is SEGA and Nintendo need to merge and release a new console with decent specs and focus on hard core console games only with updates on their shared library and new titles.

What would Nintendo get out of merging with Sega?
Sega no longer has any hardware expertise - they released their last console 15 years ago and anyone involved long since left. Sega doesn't really have any hit titles, even Sonic isn't much loved anymore, and their back catalog isn't very impressive.

All Nintendo would get is a lot of new salaries to pay, a bunch of now redundant employees in support staff roles, and a whole lot more debt. It may be a 90s kid's wet dream, but it's an absolutely idiotic business move.
 
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News Comments > Towns Dev Leaving; Towns 2 Possible
44. Re: Towns Dev Leaving; Towns 2 Possible May 7, 2014, 17:39 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on May 7, 2014, 17:31:
Beamer wrote on May 7, 2014, 17:18:
There's zero chance Valve can guarantee Early Access titles get an official launch. Zero. That's not how anything works. Ever. Anywhere.

That's just not realistic. Projects get canceled for being bad. Projects get canceled because people quit. Projects get canceled because companies go out of business.
Nothing is going to change that.

And when those projects get cancelled, people who have already paid for the product in question gets refunds unless there is no one left to pay.

Valve can go into crowd funding and set up a "hope for the best" system but they have to label it as such.

FWIW, I believe that you are/were a lawyer and that alone is making me hesitant but I think I've got a pretty tight case: Early Access isn't crowd funding and shouldn't be held to as low a standard.

What makes The Town unfinished? People here are saying they played it and enjoyed it. What makes it still Early Access? Couldn't they just just release something called v1.0, say it's the release version, and then have technically satisfied their obligations?

It isn't like plenty of other games don't get released missing features and with bugs.

The difference is that someone paid early? It's the risk you take. Unless it's a clear case of consumers being screwed, and there are few of those, Valve just needs to be more up front about the risks you take.
Honestly, people here seem to have enjoyed playing this game. That's more than I've gotten out of some of the polished, finished games I've purchased from Steam, and B&M, actually.
 
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News Comments > Towns Dev Leaving; Towns 2 Possible
40. Re: Towns Dev Leaving; Towns 2 Possible May 7, 2014, 17:18 Beamer
 
There's zero chance Valve can guarantee Early Access titles get an official launch. Zero. That's not how anything works. Ever. Anywhere.

That's just not realistic. Projects get canceled for being bad. Projects get canceled because people quit. Projects get canceled because companies go out of business.
Nothing is going to change that.
 
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News Comments > Towns Dev Leaving; Towns 2 Possible
32. Re: Towns Dev Leaving; Towns 2 Possible May 7, 2014, 16:26 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on May 7, 2014, 16:20:
Cutter wrote on May 7, 2014, 16:06:
Right. You don't know so why are you remarking on it?

I'll remark on whatever the hell I want. You failed to mention what part of this constitutes fraud and still haven't cited any law it breaks. So yeah, no one is being unreasonable in asking you to provide any sort of detail when you start talking about fraud and laws being broken but don't mention which ones.

It's fine to say its a shitty thing and the dev sucks but it isn't fraud. It's certainly a textbook example of the risks associated with early access games but fraud it is not, consumers were well advised of what they were getting beforehand.

And that's the thing - there are some people here, and I'd guess in life in general, that are convinced everything is fraud.

Fraud is very specific. It's so specific that even fraud is often not prosecutes as fraud. Fraud laws are extremely strict because they don't want to stop good people from taking risks. Good people should. Sometimes they'll screw up and not deliver. Is that fraud? No, it's bad decision making. Being bad at your job isn't fraudulent.

It's even more true with software. It's extremely difficult to prove software is defective. Again, Cutter often says he's a developer (I think), he should know this. Coding isn't like woodworking. Software doesn't work or not work, and in theory it is never complete. Therefore courts loathe deciding if something works enough or if it's complete enough.
 
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News Comments > Towns Dev Leaving; Towns 2 Possible
30. Re: Towns Dev Leaving; Towns 2 Possible May 7, 2014, 16:11 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on May 7, 2014, 14:45:
Beamer wrote on May 7, 2014, 12:15:
You really don't get how software works in lawsuits, do you?
Since "working" is so vague, so impossible to define and so subjective, something has to be absolutely broken in order to actually lose in a lawsuit.

You have no chance in any lawsuit here because he said he'd give you early access to a game and he gave it to you. Legally, that's all he needs to do. Morally, you may have high ground, but you're a dev, aren't you? Do you really want to legally be held to having your software meet every single customer expectation? Totally bug free, lag free, etc.?
Software doesn't work like that.

Shut up.

You really don't get how consumer protection laws work, do you? You really have zero clue what fraud is, right?

No you don't. So shut up.

I hate doing this, since I'll never prove it, it makes me sound like even more of an ass and none of you should even believe me, but... "he said to the (former) attorney."
 
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News Comments > Valve Offering Earth: Year 2066 Refunds
66. Re: Valve Offering Earth: Year 2066 Refunds May 7, 2014, 12:59 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on May 7, 2014, 12:28:
Beamer wrote on May 7, 2014, 12:05:
But again, how do you define "scam" and how do you define "very early alpha?"

It's quite simple: don't. Neither is fit for sale. Neither can be honestly listed as something that will definitely be finished.

Early Access isn't Kickstarter, it's a preorder with immediate access and if you only have an early alpha then you can't guarantee that you're going to finish developing your game - unless you have sufficient alternative financing, in which case you're probably not interested in listing your game under Early Access anyway.

Early Access was supposed to be about beta testing and that's still how it reads on Steam's page. It's not for funding because it's promising a final product and you can't promise a final product if you don't have funding yet.

(If the "irate" comment was aimed at everyone who wants Steam to police more: I doubt I would get irate but regardless, wanting more policing doesn't mean I want a police state and doesn't mean I have to agree with everything said police do.)

Policing isn't needed until there's a trend. If the community can self-regulate, it's better doing so. Thus far, we've been able to.

By putting in rules, we'll protect ourselves from the bad but also miss out on some good. To date, we just don't need this. Maybe it will change, but we simply don't.

I hate Early Access, too. I think it's a bad idea on every single level. But other people disagree. They vote with their dollars. If they want it, they should be able to buy it.
 
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News Comments > Towns Dev Leaving; Towns 2 Possible
18. Re: Towns Dev Leaving; Towns 2 Possible May 7, 2014, 12:15 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on May 7, 2014, 12:06:
Agreed. Steam should refund this. Sue him and ban him for life from Steam. I wonder if fraud charges can be brought against him or a class-action suit. He certainly deserves both.


You really don't get how software works in lawsuits, do you?
Since "working" is so vague, so impossible to define and so subjective, something has to be absolutely broken in order to actually lose in a lawsuit.

You have no chance in any lawsuit here because he said he'd give you early access to a game and he gave it to you. Legally, that's all he needs to do. Morally, you may have high ground, but you're a dev, aren't you? Do you really want to legally be held to having your software meet every single customer expectation? Totally bug free, lag free, etc.?
Software doesn't work like that.
 
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News Comments > Towns Dev Leaving; Towns 2 Possible
17. Re: Towns Dev Leaving; Towns 2 Possible May 7, 2014, 12:14 Beamer
 
HoSpanky wrote on May 7, 2014, 10:10:
This is exactly why I don't buy Early Access games. Once they can get money for what they've done, why bother finishing it? Why not just promise updates until the sales flag significantly, then cut and run?

I wonder how much more they could make. My guess is that a small percentage comes from Early Access, but I guess with some niche indies, it's actually a much, much larger percentage, as the game will appeal solely to die-hards.

I just hate Early Access on the principle that I only play most games once. Why play an unbalanced, unfinished version when there are so many other completed games to play?
 
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