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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
789. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 31, 2013, 16:46 Beamer
 
Actually, I can clarify for Mad Max why his number is bogus.

US total personal income in 2012 was $13,401,868,693 per U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis.
US total taxation in 2012 was 2,770,000,000, per Mad Max (I don't question him, just don't have a readily available source.)
That's about 20.67%.

US total personal income in 2000 was 8,554,866,000. That's a 57% growth rate, by the way. Do you guys feel you're making 57% more?
US total taxation in 2000 was $1,805,566,000 ($2,449,320.53 in 2013 dollars.)
That was a 21.11% tax rate.

So yes, record tax year. But record total personal income year. In reality, it was a lower tax rate than 2000.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
787. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 31, 2013, 16:35 Beamer
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 16:13:
Shhhh. Don't tell Beamer the feds collected a record $2.77 trillion in tax revenue this year.

Do you understand how that's a meaningless data point?
1) What is it if you adjust for inflation? Here's a hint: it's on par with 12 years ago
2) What is it as a portion of the total US income?

Throwing out a number in a vacuum and comparing it to past years is utterly ridiculous
 
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News Comments > Eidos Montreal Game Cancellation Rumor
13. Re: Eidos Montreal Game Cancellation Rumor Oct 31, 2013, 16:28 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 16:14:
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 08:32:
NKD wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 21:13:
Yeah Thief is a "wait for reviews" title for me. Development process was a mess and that often leads to inconsistent and schizophrenic feeling games.

Deus Ex was rumoured to have a troubled development too though and that turned out pretty awesome. Not saying Thief will be good but hopefully they can pull a rabbit at the last minute.

Bioshock Inf to, right?

I hope it's great and does well. Stupid saying hope it tanks hard... and from someone that plays Adventure games. Which is even more control in what you can and cannot do.

None more than RDR. Everyone thought that would sink the studio. It was reported to be the most flawed, troubled development and an absolute stinker of a game.
Instead it turned out to be a classic.

I think even the guys responsible were surprised.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
42. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 31, 2013, 16:26 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 16:18:
Beamer wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 16:09:
HorrorScope wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 15:55:
Beamer wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 13:55:
Heck, I haven't even listened to an mp3 in years.

Making it sound like that is common. What are people using these days for music? I thought is was nearly al MP3/Digital formats.

Spotify.
It has about 90% of what I want, for free.

Oh, I already had 100% of what I want, already paid for and on the devices I use. I get that is a popular option but I can't think just plain having the songs on your own sticks/devices is some type of dinosaur. Digital music in any format is the norm, any one particular format, that I don't know about.

So does PS4 have Spotify?

It's kind of a dinosaur, because it's a hassle. You have to have the songs, make sure they're properly labeled, transfer them to new devices, worry about storage limits on some devices (I have 50GB of mp3s on a drive somewhere, I do not have a 50GB phone), purchase anything new you want, purchase any song you have an itch to hear but never actually bought because you don't like it that much, etc.

Not sure if the PS4 has Spotify.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
40. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 31, 2013, 16:09 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 15:55:
Beamer wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 13:55:
Heck, I haven't even listened to an mp3 in years.

Making it sound like that is common. What are people using these days for music? I thought is was nearly al MP3/Digital formats.

Spotify.
It has about 90% of what I want, for free.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 3 Turns 5
73. Re: Fallout 3 Turns 5 Oct 31, 2013, 15:04 Beamer
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 14:53:
Beamer wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 14:46:
The most popular shows on television are all fart jokes, dick jokes and laugh tracks. There's no way Fallout 3 is half as juvenile as Two and a Half Big Bangs.

And how many people do you know that aren't ashamed to admit they like that crap? I don't know if you noticed, but the most popular and talked about TV shows these days aren't The Big Bang Theory or CBS Police Procedural #409, it's stuff like Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, or Boardwalk Empire, i.e. shows that don't go out of their way to insult their viewer's intelligence. Summer action movies still do big business, but then the target audience for your typical Marvel movie has an average age of 10 or so. The bottom line is that video games are pretty much the only medium which doesn't have an alternative to the half-hour network sitcom or the summer action blockbuster, and the reason why that is is that the gaming press has no critical faculty -- their only standard is "am I experiencing some form of enjoyment?" -- and that gamers themselves are all to willing to lap up garbage so long as there is a visceral thrill or two.

On the internet, yes. The internet also loved Party Down, Arrested Development, Freaks & Geeks, Parks and Recreations, 30 Rock and Community. Shows that failed, or close to it. And the cable shows don't do extremely well, relatively - The Walking Dead is the one that gets monster ratings and it's basically as braindead as it zombies.

On topic, though, for whether people are ashamed - open up match.com or OKCupid and look at what shows the majority of girls like. Reality TV and Big Bang Theory. No, they aren't ashamed.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
775. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 31, 2013, 14:47 Beamer
 
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 14:39:
RollinThundr wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 14:32:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 14:29:
RollinThundr wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 14:17:
Beamer wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 14:06:
D-Rock wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 14:03:
Prez wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 14:01:
Gee, that's classy.

What's even classier is when he reminds people about it all the time.

What?
I've never, ever claimed to be charitable. I give pretty much nothing to charities. Or homeless people. Once that money hits my bank account that's my damn money, and I don't feel I make nearly enough of it to be as comfortable as I want to be.

Of course you don't, you just think others should.

Huh? That... just makes no sense...

Keep up Junior, beamer's a bleeder remember, muh underprivileged need your money to survive they're incapable of as he puts it "pulling themselves up by the bootstraps" or in other words getting a fucking life and being a productive member of society. He'd happily pay more taxes thinking it won't be wasteful spending but giving it to charity? Fuck that noise!
Charity is a band-aid on the gaping wounds that society fails to fix. Guess when charitable donations are at their lowest? Nevermind, we'll be wating all day on an answer. It's when the economy is in the shitter. Otherwise known as the time when charity is most needed. Let me know when you solve that one.

It's good to know that widowed mothers working multiple part time jobs to make end meet don't have a fucking life and aren't productive members of society.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 3 Turns 5
70. Re: Fallout 3 Turns 5 Oct 31, 2013, 14:46 Beamer
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 14:41:
Prez wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 19:51:
So, so true. Elitists are sad.

What's even more sad is grown men who don't see a problem with liking things that are clearly juvenile. Frankly, the complete lack of critical faculties, and the complete embrace of stupidity as being par for the course, are the reasons why the non-gaming world thinks gamers look more than a bit foolish when they start talking about how their sub-moronic hobby is art. Gaming, for the most part, is no more intelligent than a summer action movie, and it's gamers steadfast refusal to be critical of stupidity that keeps it there.

"But that's like, your opinion, man."

The most popular shows on television are all fart jokes, dick jokes and laugh tracks. There's no way Fallout 3 is half as juvenile as Two and a Half Big Bangs.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
770. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 31, 2013, 14:37 Beamer
 
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 14:34:
D-Rock wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 14:23:
Beamer wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 14:06:
What?
I've never, ever claimed to be charitable. I give pretty much nothing to charities. Or homeless people. Once that money hits my bank account that's my damn money, and I don't feel I make nearly enough of it to be as comfortable as I want to be.

I'm talking about the fact that multiple times in this thread you've felt it necessary to make a point of the fact that you are well compensated for your work. We get it.

Lol. I believe that was due to the claims by you guys that Beamer was just jealous of wealthier people and wanted to bring them down. (Which was also an adhom, but hey that's cool)

Yeah. I agree with them that it's obnoxious, but if I don't do it I'll get told that I'm jealous or looking for handouts or expecting the government to do the work for me or whatever.


And I don't ask anyone to give to charity. I said that, once something hits my bank account it's mine. Taxation comes before something hits my bank account.
As I've said many times, though, my interest in bringing tax levels back to 1940s-1960s levels (adjusted for inflation, of course) is less because I think people on the bottom need government handouts, and more because I think that taxing people on the extreme top will encourage them to pay people on the bottom better, which will make people on the bottom spend more money, which will strengthen our economy. It's far, far less about social justice and far, far more about fueling the economy.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
763. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 31, 2013, 14:06 Beamer
 
D-Rock wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 14:03:
Prez wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 14:01:
Gee, that's classy.

What's even classier is when he reminds people about it all the time.

What?
I've never, ever claimed to be charitable. I give pretty much nothing to charities. Or homeless people. Once that money hits my bank account that's my damn money, and I don't feel I make nearly enough of it to be as comfortable as I want to be.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
762. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 31, 2013, 14:05 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 13:59:
Is it fair to assume the c-suite pay has probably skyrocketed, as in exponential growth? A reward for "lean manufacturing?"

As of this year we are now a wholly owned subsidiary of Georgia Pacific. Which of course is one of the largest organizations in - wait for it - Koch Industries. Even before that, our company's corporate bonuses alone were higher than the salaries of the twenty highest-paid hourly workers combined. One of the bonuses would have kept every single employee who was laid off in the year (even while we were making record profits) on board for the entire year. If these were even remotely isolated incidents, I'd go work somewhere else. But this is so common that I hear similar stories from virtually every single person I know who works.

I defended golden parachutes in another thread (or was it this one?) yesterday, but executive compensation is clearly out of control.

Those executives got bonuses. Fantastic. They can buy a Maserati and put the rest in the bank.
But had that money gone to employees instead a greater portion would have been spent. An economy relies upon money being spent, and large concentrations of money simply means it sits around rather than goes towards purchasing items. The less money being spent, the more jobs that need to be cut. The more jobs that are cut, the less money being spent (and the cheaper items need to be.) To make items cheaper, and to deal with reduced demand, more jobs get cut. To reward labor inefficiencies being corrected, more bonuses are given to executives.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
30. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 31, 2013, 13:55 Beamer
 
The media streaming was a big part of why I bought the PS3. Xbox couldn't do it, PS3 could.
Thing is, by the time I actually got around to it, I'd replaced virtually all media streaming needs with Netflix and Amazon, along with the occasional on-demand rental via my cable box.
Heck, I haven't even listened to an mp3 in years.


So, it bugs me a bit that they removed it, but I used it maybe 3 times. And it never worked all that well. I instead just use the services, one of which is much better on the Xbox (Amazon's picture quality seems significantly better there) and one of which seems a good amount better on the PS3 (Netflix.)
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
757. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 31, 2013, 13:10 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 12:39:
... I don't know about you but I get raises based on performance reviews, in a municipal job of all places. Maybe you just get raises just because you're a special snowflake, but I don't think the real world generally follows that model.

You might be surprised with the manufacturing industry in the US today. Raises have virtually nothing to do with performance. In 13 years the only raises I've gotten have been cost of living increases (that never even match inflation) and a single one I got when I was promoted to senior electrican. I am working my ass off nowadays - more than I ever have in the past because while the workload steadily increases year-on-year we have the fewest laborers in my company's 94 year history thanks to "Lean Manufacturing". And with the huge increases in health care costs, deductibles, pharmacy plans (all prior to the ACA mind you) and just the general cost of living it feels like I make less money every year. So how exactly is my hard work being rewarded? Am I not working hard enough when I work 10 to 12 hour days, often with stretches of 2 and 3 weeks without a day off? I know get a better job, right? Except that there are no better jobs in my area. Despite all of the aforementioned issues people trying their damndest to come work at my company as it has the best pay and benefits in the area. Oh, I should just move to a better area? Okay, and take a $30,000 loss on my house since it never recovered its value after the housing market crashed, right?

Like I said, real life doesn't fit neatly into your scheme of one-line cliche solutions like "work hard to get ahead" and "make a better life for yourself". It is way more complex than that. Are there lazy good-for-nothing leeches on society who do nothing but live off of society? Yep. But most people who end up needing help because they can't do enough on their own to "make a better life" fall into a different category than that.

So, in other words, over 13 years your salary hasn't budged much but your workload has.

Is it fair to assume the c-suite pay has probably skyrocketed, as in exponential growth? A reward for "lean manufacturing?"
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
746. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 31, 2013, 12:12 Beamer
 
RollinThundr wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 11:59:
Prez wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 11:52:
Over simplified my ass, either you go and make a life for yourself or you don't. There's nothing over simplified about it, is it easy? No, and no one ever said it was, but people make choices in life, what they decide to do with those choices is up to them. I'm sorry if I don't bleed for those who refuse to make a life for themselves.

I don't owe those who don't, anything, neither do you, neither does beamer or anyone else for that matter.

I really have to say I'm glad I don't live in the country you envision. So when something bad happens to good people, something through no fault of their own (like being laid off from their job because of downsizing in a bad economy, or maxing out their health insurance and being dropped because their wife has breast cancer) your answer is actually "just go make a life for yourself - work harder!"??? Bad things happen to good people, and it isn't evil or a crime for them to let society help them get back on their feet and yes, you are grossly over-simplifying things.

You do though. You live in the US. Why is it my problem if someone gets laid off? Of course bad things happen to good people, that's life, it isn't a picnic.

Look, I have no problem with things like welfare or unemployment when it's needed to help someone get back on their feet, that's not the same as what most liberals (not calling you one btw) want, there's a difference between using a safety net should something unexpected happen, and abusing the system. They aren't one and the same.

Because when someone is laid off, he's not spending as much. He may not be paying off his debt. And, if he has a medical emergency and no insurance, costs skyrocket and he's not the one paying for it.

One guy may not add up.
Millions of guys and suddenly your economy is monumentally struggling.

Also the "pull yourself up by your bootstraps!" argument strikes me as flawed. Hard work correlates weakly to success. Very weakly. Luck counts for more. Being born with money counts for more. This country is full of hundreds of millions of hard workers living paycheck to paycheck. My best guess would be nearly every minimum wage employee has a harder work day than I do, yet I make something like 15 times what they do per hour.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 31, 2013, 11:20 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 11:18:
Fucking Red Sox. Fuck.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
18. Re: Evening Consolidation Oct 31, 2013, 10:55 Beamer
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 03:08:
Confirmed: Call of Duty Ghosts at Lower Resolution on Xbox One

Yea, all games are at 720. They already said the xbone cant' do 1080. hahahahaha It is effectively WORSE than the xbox 360 that does upscaling to 1080.

Anyone that gets the XBone is an idiot.

Of course it can do 1080p. It can't on some games currently being made. But we'll see plenty of 1080p/60fps games during its lifetime. This isn't a physical limitation, like how the Wii couldn't do 1080p regardless, this is a usage limitation, where it can't do certain levels of detail at 1080p.

Games on the PS will almost definitely look better, but the consensus seems to be that the Xbone looks a bit better in that Battlefield 4 comparison. I believe the PS4 was upscaled there, too, and it was done worse. Better anti-aliasing, muddier overall. I'm guessing it's launch-title jitters. The PS4 will likely be equal to noticeably better for 90% of titles.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
736. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 31, 2013, 10:50 Beamer
 
D-Rock wrote on Oct 31, 2013, 10:38:
Beamer wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 18:15:
...which could be just due to things getting lost in text...

Clarity and brevity are not your strong points...

Brevity no, but no one else seems to have trouble understanding me in this thread.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 3 Turns 5
67. Re: Fallout 3 Turns 5 Oct 30, 2013, 21:04 Beamer
 
shihonage wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 20:50:
I don't see how Fallout 3 could be considered immersive by anyone whose reading experience goes above books about friendly elephants and Dora The Explorer, but that is indeed your prerogative to "stand by".

Its plot was silly, but how many games can we name that aren't?
Anyone?
Game writers have to fill up hours upon hours, unlike movie writers, and need to be coherent even to people that speed through without reading much.

The game was atmospheric, which matters more to me than plot points. Plots can be silly and still make sense in the context of the world. Fallout 3 worked as such for me.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
49. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 30, 2013, 19:17 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 19:14:
Cost of pressing CD and packaging, per unit: $3

That sounds extremely high. On the scale they're doing it I'd say it'd be more like 30 cents, if that.

I was incorporating things like worker time and shrink, though neither of those account for our gap.
 
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News Comments > EA Earnings
17. Re: EA Earnings Oct 30, 2013, 18:38 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 18:31:
BobBob wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 14:34:
NKD wrote on Oct 29, 2013, 22:10:
Layoffs are a necessity, and the people who get laid off should be the ones you don't need. And generally companies aren't overstaffed with executive positions.

Feel free to explain this to little Susie and Johnny as their family goes on food stamps; meanwhile, they see other kid's parents (the same executives who fired mom or dad) driving BMWs.

Yes, let's never fire anyone because it might mean temporary financial hardship for a family which might not be understandable to a five year old. You have great business acumen sir.

The whole ramping-up/ramping-down thing is a bit overdone at the moment. At least, the whole "well, that failed, shut the studio down" concept. You let too much talent walk out the door. Then again, I suppose the argument is that the lower level people are fairly dime-a-dozen these days and if the higher level people (e.g., the producers and designers) fail, well, it's easier to lay off a studio than fire the brains in it because the end result is the same.

But it is understandable why studios ramp up and ramp down, even if many don't get it. For a small studio, they're only working on one game at a time, and the final few months are all hands on deck.
But what about after release?
Well, you need some tech people around for support. And you need some of every role for DLC. Other than that, though, a new game is being developed, and for a few months it's really just the tech team working on new features, the designer working on new ideas, the concept artists doing sketches, etc. Almost everyone else is idled for 3-5 months, which is costly.
A bigger studio can plan around this with waves - there is already a second project in the works so those idled can just move in to the other team as it ramps up, but for smaller studios they just have little to do. If the studio has money this can be time for them to get creative with new ideas. If it doesn't...
 
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