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News Comments > Summer Sales Ending
15. Re: Summer Sales Ending Jun 29, 2014, 19:44 Beamer
 
I didn't even go this time. Been too busy doing other things, like OpenXcom on a tablet.

I considered the Telltale games, but I don't think they're done yet, may as well wait. And I may, may, do Pixel Piracy.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
19. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jun 28, 2014, 16:03 Beamer
 
WaltC wrote on Jun 28, 2014, 15:26:
Orogogus wrote on Jun 28, 2014, 12:43:
Really? Strange, as in unexpected? In the US 30% of adults say they take the Bible literally, and believe in creationism and an earth that's less than 10,000 years old. Religion is a very influential factor. Would sexual orientation be an issue at all if the churches weren't banging that drum to their devotees?

Gee, guy, take a look at anatomical charts for men and women and study up on how the human race procreates (how you got here, in other words), and you may just discover the reason homosexuality has been a deviant sexual practice in every civilization on earth since the dawn of recorded history. Long before there were churches, etc.

Guess you never do oral, eh? Sex only for procreation? No oral, anal, finishing outside, birth control, etc.?

Your life must be awful.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 28, 2014, 14:35 Beamer
 
I had a good experience at Rare, but that was years ago.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
4. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jun 28, 2014, 11:13 Beamer
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Jun 28, 2014, 01:48:
jdreyer wrote on Jun 27, 2014, 17:03:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 27, 2014, 16:20:
Generic mobile artstyle vs generic mobile artstyle.. oh noes


It would be fine if it was just the style, as the original artist said. It turns out it's the same map with the same items in the same places in the same style. That's the issue.

But it's not. They look vaguely similar. That's it. Certainly not enough to ever win anything in court. Boo hoo, someone is using the same generic video game art style that I used. I stole it first!

The map style is generic, but they're are absolutely elements he photocopied. Is it enough to win a lawsuit? Probably not. But it is clear he had one in front of him as he made the other.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
5. Re: etc., etc. Jun 27, 2014, 18:33 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 27, 2014, 18:23:
They've even got an app that will run Xcom on your android tablet.

Well, you've convinced me to finally put Android on my POS touchpad.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Op Ed Jun 27, 2014, 17:36 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 27, 2014, 17:22:
Overall, it's a well-thought out article with good points. Names like "Mirror's Edge" and "Machine for Pigs" are more evocative and aesthetically pleasing than the generic "Xxx of Yyy" titles we get all the time. Every time a new generic game title comes out, I roll my eyes at the banality of it.

As for Bulletstorm, it's to regular FPS games what Kickass was to regular superhero movies. With completely over the top gore and kills and supermasculine characters, I'm really not sure how it gets more obvious without still being playable.

I'll have to read it when I have time (yet, oddly, I have time to comment here. Weird how that works.)

Generic names are the worst. Of course, going too far with names has hurt some titles, but, looking at the upcoming Crytek games, for instance, my eyes just die. How can you come up with such terrible, bland, generic names?
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
4. Re: Op Ed Jun 27, 2014, 16:39 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 27, 2014, 16:34:
The thing about Bulletstorm is that it was satirizing the genre while also being an entry into it. So the over-the-top name was wholly appropriate and fitting. So that's a poor example.

Another great satirization is "Hero's Duty" from Wreck-it Ralph and the over the top female commander.

No, I haven't read the article but, given that segment, I think he has a point. The difference between the actual adolescent game and Bulletstorm was so razor thin that the entire marketing campaign failed to understand it.

Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed the game, but yeah, it was so close to what it mocked that there's really no difference. When you mock the tone of something but have the exact same gameplay, well, you need to go extremely over the top. It failed.

I still wish more people bought it and it would have received a sequel rather than seemingly toppling PCF.
 
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News Comments > Titanfall Patch Incoming
30. Re: Titanfall Patch Incoming Jun 27, 2014, 15:54 Beamer
 
christheshitter wrote on Jun 27, 2014, 15:29:
Sepharo wrote on Jun 26, 2014, 22:04:
nin wrote on Jun 26, 2014, 13:50:
Seventyfive wrote on Jun 26, 2014, 12:48:
nin wrote on Jun 26, 2014, 09:54:
What happened to the guy proclaiming it was the best game evar?



That was me. I still think it's one of the best shooters ever but it's unfortunately attached the worst matchmaking systems ever and a non-existent server browser. I think the only hope now for a decent shooter will be the new UT considering BF4 was garbage, BFH beta was garbage, and the new COD is just Crysis of Duty.

I was actual thinking of someone else, but now I gotta double check them...

edit: Nope, not you. This other poster was crowing to the high heavens about it...

I haven't been crowing to the high heavens about it. And I don't think it's the best game ever. But I do think in terms of gameplay it's the best MP FPS presently. I wish it had dedicated servers so I could join a community and get to know who I'm playing with though.

You haven't been a long time player i see. You are the typical Xbox generation.

Ha! He says to a guy that says something not hard to defend because it really contained zero hyperbole.

Overreacting and throwing out an insult with zero basis or attempt to justify? You are the typical moron PCMASTERRACE generation.
 
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Sniper Elite 3
11. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Sniper Elite 3 Jun 27, 2014, 13:25 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Jun 27, 2014, 09:09:
InBlack wrote on Jun 27, 2014, 09:06:
So the second is really good? Ive ignored these games on account of the first one being a horrible showelvare piece of shit, which somehow still managed to sell well...

V2 was my first experience with the series, and I really enjoyed it. It was fun sneaking around, and then guiding bullets into people's eye sockets/ball sacks/right lung, etc...


I just did the tutorial. Did the main game play like that? Sneak a few places, have it load and move you rather than simply being one large map, you kill your one guy, see a slow-mo shot of him being hit, then suddenly you have to kill 30 more guys next to him, then go back and kill 30 more guys by your extraction.

That was kind of fun once, but seemed like the type of thing that would be repetitive. Like Assassin's Creed 1, it felt like doing it once was enough for me.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 27, 2014, 11:59 Beamer
 
Blue wrote on Jun 27, 2014, 11:29:
Cutter wrote on Jun 27, 2014, 11:13:
Jivaro wrote on Jun 27, 2014, 10:18:
Dude...they were asking the draftees "so who are you wearing?" as part of the post draft interview. That is just.....sad.

As always, money doesn't buy good taste.

I think in this case it has the opposite effect. It seems they cared a lot more about their clothes looking expensive than good.

Like a bunch of computer nerds at a lan party that seemingly spent more effort on making their case glow and flash than on making it run fast.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
18. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 27, 2014, 11:04 Beamer
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jun 27, 2014, 10:33:
InBlack wrote on Jun 27, 2014, 04:02:
jdreyer wrote on Jun 26, 2014, 19:49:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jun 26, 2014, 18:26:
Best Buy Provides Pizza, Asks Employees To Contact Congress About E-Fairness Bill.

Illegal?

That was my thought, too. There's got to be a law against that.

Are you guys serious? Lobbying is LEGAL in the United States Congress and you are seriously asking if bribing your employees with pizza is legal??? MUAHAHAHHAHAHAHA...

This isn't lobbying, this is asking/telling your employees to do it. If you don't do it, you wont get pizza?

I dunno. Shady, but then again, BB is a joke and a shit company.

Don't be Cutter. It wasn't "do this or no pizza." When is it ever that? Didn't you ever go to a free whatever with free food? There were billions of them at college. Pizza is just the way to get someone to listen to you.

As the article clearly states it was "hey, come over here, I've got pizza to attract you. While you're here, take this pamphlet and consider following its instructions!" It's transparent, and few people probably paid attention, but hey, you want to give me free pizza? I'll stand by and nod my head and pay no attention for 45 seconds while I grab a slice.
 
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News Comments > Minecraft Passes 50M Units Sold
49. Re: Minecraft Passes 50M Units Sold Jun 26, 2014, 18:40 Beamer
 
Dades wrote on Jun 26, 2014, 18:36:
People play Minecraft because they like it, it is pretty much the opposite of a game where conformity is any concern. Everyone tends to play it differently and make different things, no one is conforming to anything. That's the whole point of Minecraft, it is almost structure free and lets people shape it to what they want. That's not conformity, thats individuality.

I've got news for you about the people who play Minecraft, many of them are just like you. You should try the game sometime so you understand it before you dismiss it because you see a lot of people streaming it on Youtube. It would be fine if you just didn't like Minecraft for the gameplay but you're just saying its bad because some vague number of people like it which is something I would expect to hear from a teenager. I don't even like Minecraft but I don't tell myself I'm James Dean for not playing it.

- DADES - This is a signature of my name, enjoy!

You're a conformist unless you think just like Cutter and agree with him on every single video game. And, for the record, he never dislikes anything because it doesn't appeal to him, rather, everything he dislikes objectively is terrible, which must be repeated regularly all over the internet.
 
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News Comments > Minecraft Passes 50M Units Sold
41. Re: Minecraft Passes 50M Units Sold Jun 26, 2014, 16:12 Beamer
 
Wildone wrote on Jun 26, 2014, 16:11:
big deal

Yes, yes it is a big deal.
 
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News Comments > Minecraft Passes 50M Units Sold
36. Re: Minecraft Passes 50M Units Sold Jun 26, 2014, 13:48 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Jun 26, 2014, 13:47:
Cutter wrote on Jun 26, 2014, 13:46:
Dagnamit wrote on Jun 26, 2014, 11:33:
C'mon Cuts, your Minecraft hate only comes across as jealousy. Also, there's no such thing as an in-crowd.

And everything else you have to say is invalid after that statement.

...because? Where is this Minecraft In-Crowd exactly?

Grade schools across the world?

Certainly not anywhere a 44 year old man should go...
 
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News Comments > Titanfall Patch Incoming
17. Re: Titanfall Patch Incoming Jun 26, 2014, 13:40 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 26, 2014, 13:36:
ochentay4 wrote on Jun 26, 2014, 10:11:
Angrius Maximis wrote on Jun 26, 2014, 10:00:
Most over rated shooter ever. So glad I passed on this
Well, I got to agree with you. It was overhyped to hell and back and it obviusly feels like a beta, they are still adding basic features for the game which should've been included since the beggining... BUT, being a 95% SP player and 5% MP player I loved Titanfall on the 360 (which looks crap by the way) cause its fun, frenetic and varied. I abandoned it when I reached LvL 30. Playing as a Pilot and as a Titan on the same map multiple times is fun.

This game will be great in 6 months, when they patch/polish it and add some more maps, AND it's on sale.
And in six months no one will be playing it.

That's the huge problem with multiplayer-only games, or really any multiplayer game. People tend to go where there's a community, and as a community falls it speeds up. It's hard for anyone to compete with CoD, TF2, etc.

However, it's also impossible to do when your game ships missing features. First impressions matter more here than anywhere else. They really, really screwed that up.
 
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News Comments > Minecraft Passes 50M Units Sold
29. Re: Minecraft Passes 50M Units Sold Jun 26, 2014, 12:08 Beamer
 
I still remember watching an iPad (or laptop, more likely, I guess) in front of me on a plane. I could see it in the window. The player had built a ridiculous, insane minecart system. Very involved. It took me a few minutes to realize he was "cheating," in that he had noclipping turned on and probably infinite resources, but that just turns it from a loose game to a pure sandbox like legos.

It took me a few more minutes to realize the player was somewhere between 8 and 11.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 26, 2014, 12:05 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 26, 2014, 11:33:
Yeah, a bunch of wage slaves with no benefits really give a shit if Best Buy survives or not. Want employees on your side? Start actually treating them well.

Of course they care. Where do you propose they go if they get laid off?
Best Buy may or may not treat them well (I'm sure it treats them legally, which, according to some, is all the free market demands), it isn't as if retail jobs are growing on trees right now. Malls aren't hiring. Most stores aren't hiring. If they are, it's part time.

Which is the problem with assuming "all the free market demands," at times like this, people are so desperate for any income they don't care if it's fair income.
 
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News Comments > Hello Games "Would Like" to Bring No Man's Sky to PCs
35. Re: Hello Games Jun 25, 2014, 16:12 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Jun 25, 2014, 15:06:
Beamer wrote on Jun 25, 2014, 14:47:
People have this weird notion that things are guaranteed to be dumbed down to be on consoles.
Because that is usually the case. Minecraft is the exception not the rule.
Just look at some of the older PC games that came out with a new fresh version recently also developed for the consoles. Games like Supreme Commander, Command and Conquer, or Thief. We also have games like Watch Dogs that got gimped in the graphics department in favor of the consoles, and the list goes on.
I think people rightfully so are concerned about games that are primarily developed for the consoles especially console exclusives.
Of course on the flip side we have PC exclusive games are are pretty dumbed down also like X-Rebirth, but thankfully not too many of those are in existence.

I didn't say it was the rule, I said immediately assuming something is dumbed down isn't right. This game seems most comparable to Minecraft. Minecraft succeeded by not being dumbed down. Why would anyone just assume this is going to be dumbed down?
People aren't saying "it'll probably be dumbed down, so I'll keep my expectations low," they're saying "I've already written this off because it's dumbed down."

Was the new X-COM dumbed down?
And who gives much of a shit about graphics? Big deal, the lighting wasn't as good in Watch Dogs. Who even knows if they would have had it right if it was PC only? Maybe it's that I'm older, but I hardly care about graphics these days. We've been "good enough" for a while. I'm happy to have to upgrade my PC less often. Good gameplay trumps good graphics, and most genres don't need to be dumbed down on consoles these days. The new ones aren't going to hold us back on loading for a long while. Most games can function well enough with console input to not have any major changes.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
4. Re: Why game discovery is vital introducing Games We Care About Jun 25, 2014, 16:08 Beamer
 
panbient wrote on Jun 25, 2014, 15:29:
NamecaF wrote on Jun 25, 2014, 03:24:
It's honestly like looking for a needle in an ocean of pure excrement.

And the exact same thing can be said about every single other facet of the entertainment industry as the ability (and technology) to create became commonplace for the masses. Books, Radio, TV, Music, Film, it all 'went to shit' once creating within the medium became available to the masses.

Except, it didn't. Finding a hidden needle is not something you do by looking, it's something you do by feeling. But you need to be willing to immerse yourself in the poo to get the gold.

Note that you haven't actually said what you liked. Only what you don't. Maybe that's why you (implied) have such a hard time finding something 'good'.

I feel as if discovery is infinitely harder in Games than any other industry.

Take books. I go to Amazon. I probably enter a book I liked and I look at what other people bought. Most of it is crap, but I can read the plotline and I can read reviews and it helps me make a mostly educated purchase in a small-ish amount of time. And, ultimately, I can read the book in 6-10 hours. Typically, even mediocre books I feel like I got something out of.

Movies? Do any movies come out that aren't professionally reviewed? And they're such cultural milestones that there's no shortage of word-of-mouth. And it's only 2 hours of your time.

TV? Likewise, plenty of professional reviews and plenty of word-of-mouth. The time investment is longer, but you can get a good sense and bail after 30-60 minutes no worries.

Music? Plenty of word of mouth, listening only takes between seconds (if you skip into a song) or 3-5 minutes, etc. With Spotify I find new bands every week while at work.

Mobile games? Jesus, it's impossible to find anything. Stores are wholly impossible to navigate. Reviews are short and full of typos because they're written on phones and often they're written by idiots looking for entirely different things in their games than I am, but it's hard to tell because all they say is "4 stars, this game rules, I can spend so much time plying it!"

Steam? Slightly better to navigate. Slightly. I still never, ever go to Steam looking for "a game." I go there when there's something I want, or when there's a sale. It has ZERO user reviews. Zero. None! It sometimes links to Metacritic, but their user reviews are no better than the ones in an App Store ("Zero stars, EA fucked me once, I'm not buying this shit." "Ten stars, SimCity is the best series ever, I can't wait to play this!") Playing a game takes time. I need to download it, install it, try it, get past the learning curve, etc. A lot of investment to see if you like something. Videos on Steam aren't overly helpful. Screenshots aren't overly helpful. The short blurbs aren't overly helpful. Let's Plays aren't helpful because they're 40 minutes of some guy trying to be funny as he rants about the configuration screens.

This board is the only way I have to genuinely learn about what indie games are worth playing, and even then it feels like such a risk that I rarely bother.



I would love a job working for Valve to improve their shitty discoverability. It's Steam's biggest area of improvement, I think. Figuring out if something is good often requires a bit of a dialogue. Movie reviews kind of work like this. Amazon reviews, where people often respond to other reviews and also leave comments, absolutely works like this. AAA games get reviews and discussion everywhere. But the 70 greenlit Steam games a week? Who knows what's in there. Who wants to take the time bothering to find out?
XBLA had the same issue - the first year or two of XBox I loved it (but not the Indie section, which was too hard to navigate and the 3 or 5 games I tried sucked so bad I never bothered.) After that, though, XBLA got unwieldy. So many games came out that the professional reviews mostly dried up. The reviews on XBLA were worthless, as were the screenshots. It was impossible to tell if it was a near-classic, like Shadow Complex, or utter crap, like most everything else. No discoverability. Result: I just assumed it was all crap and stopped bothering.
 
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News Comments > Hello Games "Would Like" to Bring No Man's Sky to PCs
29. Re: Hello Games Jun 25, 2014, 14:47 Beamer
 
ASeven wrote on Jun 25, 2014, 14:41:
Beamer wrote on Jun 25, 2014, 14:29:
Minecraft has sold more on consoles than PC. Would you say it's "dumbed down?"

Wrong on that number.

http://www.polygon.com/2014/4/29/5665834/minecraft-sales-15m-copies-pc

Minecraft has sold more on PC than on both consoles. Also, lumping two platforms against one is a bit disingenuous.

Right on that number:
https://twitter.com/pgeuder/status/481812186390880257

And it's more than two consoles, and it's combining PCs and Macs, but regardless, it's sold more on consoles than PCs. It's not dumbed down. People have this weird notion that things are guaranteed to be dumbed down to be on consoles.
 
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