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News Comments > Titanfall Beta Next Month?
15. Re: Titanfall Beta Next Month? Jan 27, 2014, 16:08 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 16:06:
DangerDog wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 15:25:
Dagnamit wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 14:53:
DangerDog wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 13:58:
Creston wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 11:09:
Wow, a whole FIVE days of Beta?

It's all EA's fault Laugh

I bet they haven't even put in a FOV adjustment for the PC version.

I'd be surprised if it doesn't have a few graphics options, fov included. It's the source engine, after all. I'd guess valve has been very cooperative with the development of this game.

The 360 version is almost guaranteed to be the most stable. That's where they're hoping to make their hay.


Not having a FOV adjustment is a design decision, not a graphic engine one. If they designed all the assets around 65 fov and setting it higher breaks the animations where you can see into parts of the arms or gun animations then it won't be a quick fix to add in a patch. They also have pre-scripted animations for getting into titans and what not, all of which could break if you set the fov to 90. We'll see, I'll wait for an official announcement on PC specific bells and whistles.

...... seriously? After years of debates you still bring this up?

FOV is not a design choice, wrong fov is a health issue and FOV is dynamic. Fov is not a fucking constant. The closer you get to a screen, the larger the FOV needs to be. All you said is of course correct, FOV makes first person animations tricky but wrong fov makes people sick. And I rather have glitchy animation than headaches and dizziness.

And all that is completely irrelevant anyway, because this is a console shooter. So it will suck.

A lot of people fight this on both sides (with many often pointing to console FOV as a sign of weakness, rather than a necessity), but yes, FOV is a neurological thing. You can get used to the wrong FOV, but you shouldn't have to.

 
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News Comments > MS Buys Gears of War, Hires Rod Fergusson
25. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 27, 2014, 16:04 Beamer
 
Rigs wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 15:56:
Agent.X7 wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 14:55:
Gears - The series with a plot so forgettable that Bulletstorm actually surpassed it.

Bulletstorm was fucking awesome, btw. One of the very few games I've ever managed to actually finish all the way. Excellent story and interesting characters. Not a 'deep' story, but not everything has to be to be fun. Will always love that game...


=-Rigs-=

A great example of how shit marketing can torpedo something. I mean, not everyone would like it, but it sold worse than Homefront. Homefront!
 
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News Comments > Titanfall Beta Next Month?
8. Re: Titanfall Beta Next Month? Jan 27, 2014, 14:51 Beamer
 
Techie714 wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 14:37:
A rather large post on Reddit has a boycott happening for this game. A lot of folks want no part of it.
No, it's a boycott of the preorder, not of the game. It's people saying they should send a message to EA that they won't pay for something until they know it's released and bug free.

They're a bit aiming incorrectly here, as it is an EA Partners game, meaning EA is just distributing it. They have little, if nothing, to do with development.

I don't think sending this message to EA is wrong, if it's done consistently, but otherwise it's better to target an actual EA game.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
13. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 27, 2014, 14:45 Beamer
 
Pigeon wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 14:26:
Beamer wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 11:00:
Nintendo handhelds are clearly a dying prospect, though. While they absolutely have the best games right now (that new Zelda looks incredible), if you walk through an airport you'll see 10 kids playing on a tablet or phone for each 1 kid playing a 3DS. Which makes sense - a parent can give a child their old device and put on a bunch of free or $0.99 games and be done with it, rather than the more expensive 3DS and quite expensive games.

And, while I'm sure plenty of adults play the 3DS, outside of Nintendo ads featuring 5 mixed-race mixed-gender 20 somethings in one room, I've never seen an adult play one.

Plus, many of those kids aren't gaming on their parents' device, but watching YouTube videos or cartoons.


Honestly, if I'm Nintendo I would consider making a Kindle. Google and Apple would never split profits, but Amazon would probably be willing to go 50/50 on app sales. You make the device run the forked version of Android and give it access to a decent store that, with Nintendo's help, will become a great kids store. But the device also runs its own cartridges, which is the only way to play Nintendo games. It'd be rough and durable, unlike most hand-me-downs kids get, and it would have the best functionality of both the 3DS and those hand-me-downs. And it'd still be great for adults.

Something to consider.

IMO all the console makers (and PC) need to take a hard look at their game pricing. $40 for handheld and $60 for console isn't going to be a successful model in the nearish future. I think handhelds are still a viable market though; a good design and fun games go a long way.

I agree and I disagree.

Losing $60 for a console title makes these massive budget games harder and harder to justify. And, while people complain, those are often the most polished and longest games, where they're held to the highest standards.

I do agree there are issues with pricing. You have apps pushing pricing down, and you get some more creativity in apps because the cost to put the app out is just the cost of writing the app.
And there are issues with sales. A game is $60 for 2 months, then $50 for 2 months, then $40 for 6 months, then $20 for 10 months, etc.
But such an enormous amount of revenue is made from that $60 price point that it's hard to walk away from.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 27, 2014, 14:13 Beamer
 
BobBob wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 14:09:
Verno wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 11:24:
Our local firemen are often spotted trying to horn in on EMS services so they can justify raises in their already absurd contracts. Volunteers I would celebrate, these guys I will not.

We get a lot of fires from the dry season. Firefighters are essential and save homes and lives. Celebrities .. meh.

Clearly you've never heard of HARRISON FORD!

Grumpy old man, possibly a pirate, and saver of lives!
 
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News Comments > MS Buys Gears of War, Hires Rod Fergusson
16. Re: MS Buys Gears of War, Hires Rod Fergusson Jan 27, 2014, 14:00 Beamer
 
BitWraith wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 13:47:
the main guy's mom being a giant insect.

I think you're misremembering something.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 27, 2014, 13:32 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 13:12:
I never watch award shows, I'd rather be watching the movies or playing games, activities for which I don't have enough time as it is. I suppose the awards are mildly useful as a list of movies that I can look into and see if they sound interesting. Usually though, I'm already aware of most of the good ones.

I don't care about music. Music is a very diverse field, and awards go to popular acts. Which makes sense, a band that sold 2,000 albums hasn't been heard by enough people to make a dent, but I have no clue who Imagine Dragons is and have no interest in finding out. I've heard them compared to Vampire Weekend, and having seen that band last week, I can say I have no interest in hearing more watered-down, kind of happy, dull adult music.

Movies are a bit different. They cost so much more to make that there's really only mainstream - even the small films are still mainstream. You have to be in order to open in theaters. So it's a smaller pool that anyone that watches movies has some kind of interest in. I won't watch the awards ceremonies, because they're usually the worst things to do at that time, but I'll read who won and be happy when an actor or actress I feel really killed it gets recognized.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
79. Re: Steam Top 10 Jan 27, 2014, 12:53 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 05:59:
Beamer wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 01:47:
On one hand, I think selling these "Early Access" deals is pretty shady.

On the other hand, you definitely get more out of them than you do a Kickstarter project. At least, even if the project goes belly-up, you had something to show for it. You don't on Kickstarter. So, while these projects tend to be from more established companies, I don't think they tend to be from ones rolling in money, and this gives them the opportunity to spend more capital better polishing the game, reduces the need for a certain push-it-out-the-door launch date, and gives the chance to test some ideas in the community.


I dont often agree with Beamer but on this here were are on the same page. If you dont approve of early access gameplay, or believe it to be of a shady nature then there is one simple solution, dont buy into it. Its actually very simple. And you dont have to generalize, do it on a case to case basis if you like.

It would take a lot for me to bother with Early Access. A lot. I don't want to deal with bugs, and I don't spend enough time gaming these days to return to something. If I play it for a while, I'm probably done, so the odds of me returning when the game is finished (and improved) are low. Even if I did, much like with CS betas, I'd probably feel the changes were for the worse because they made the product similar to what I enjoyed but not quite the same.

So, like you said, I just don't buy it. I play something in my queue until the full version is out. And likely on sale.
But we've yet to see an Early Access that I find shady. EA doing an Early Access on a Call of Duty I'd find shady. EA doing an Early Access on something that likely never would have been funded I find mostly not-shady. All these small companies doing it I find fine, just nothing I'd ever put money to.
 
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News Comments > MS Buys Gears of War, Hires Rod Fergusson
11. Re: MS Buys Gears of War, Hires Rod Fergusson Jan 27, 2014, 12:47 Beamer
 
Linksil wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 12:33:
4 months as a producer is just enough time to get your name on the box and not much else. I mean you can help during crunch, but if your changing the game/vision that late you've got a POS. I liked the Gears storylines, but by the third game it seemed way too played out. I think this is a great thing for epic as they can go onto the next franchise with a nice amount of cash from the sale.

Well, Judgment seemed a clear attempt to pass the franchise off to someone else without really damaging the core, in case they wanted to return, and that flopped.

I don't think Epic had any real plans to do GoW 4 unless they had to, and given how quiet they've been for so long, I wonder if other projects falling apart started making them feel as if they had to.
 
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News Comments > MS Buys Gears of War, Hires Rod Fergusson
8. Re: MS Buys Gears of War, Hires Rod Fergusson Jan 27, 2014, 12:27 Beamer
 
avianflu wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 12:13:
Fergussen is not necessarily a plus -- the shooting in BS: infinite was the least interesting part of that game. You could kill anything by hiding behind things and taking pot shots.

The game also came out six months after he joined, which means he probably worked on it for 4 months. Only so much anyone can do in that time.

Imagine how bad it probably was before that.
 
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News Comments > Valve Beta Streaming Impressions
11. Re: Valve Beta Streaming Impressions Jan 27, 2014, 12:19 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 11:21:
Beamer wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 11:18:
Creston wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 11:15:
If the latter, that's great. If the former, then why not just buy a long HDMI cable instead?


Because your workhorse PC and your great TV may not be remotely near each other.

No, but how many people are going to spend 500 bucks rather than move some things around?

Esoteric wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 11:18:
You can stream to/from anything that can run a Steam client (doesn't have to be SteamOS).

Ah, okay. Thanks Esoteric.


I don't think "move some things around" is feasible for many people.

Your desktop is a huge ugly bulk of wires likely buried somewhere it isn't seen.
Your best TV is probably in your best decorated room and one of the centerpieces of your family.

 
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News Comments > MS Buys Gears of War, Hires Rod Fergusson
4. Re: MS Buys Gears of War, Hires Rod Fergusson Jan 27, 2014, 12:13 Beamer
 
Rod basically was Gears, so that makes sense.

Epic needs to show something new at GDC, though. We've seen hints of FortNight, which seems like it was created as a small game to make between console generations, then it disappeared, then Cliff left, claiming he wanted to work on something other than Gears, and then... nothing.

I'd hope/expect they have FortNite and something bigger at GDC. Otherwise... what the heck are they doing in Cary?
 
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News Comments > Valve Beta Streaming Impressions
3. Re: Valve Beta Streaming Impressions Jan 27, 2014, 11:18 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 11:15:
If the latter, that's great. If the former, then why not just buy a long HDMI cable instead?


Because your workhorse PC and your great TV may not be remotely near each other.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 27, 2014, 11:17 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 11:08:
Only 35% is porn? Damn, that many people pirate Game of Thrones???

I think you need to create an account and log in to see porn on that site. With it being a high profile target, and with so many other sites being entirely free, it doesn't surprise me that they have a much lower percentage.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 27, 2014, 11:04 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 06:15:
Beamer wrote on Jan 26, 2014, 22:00:
Cutter wrote on Jan 26, 2014, 19:50:
Well that was considerate and brave of him why does the fact that he worked for Nvidia play a part in any of this? Let me guess, Nvidia did the press releases, right? Free, good publicity for them no doubt. Fucking vultures.

There are many times that you leave me speechless.
Probably not as many as you'd like, but this is one of them.


I was going to post something similar to what Cutter said but he beat me to it.

Why isnt it "Marketing Manager killed trying to rescue man"? Or even "Brave manager killed trying to rescue man"?? Because shit like that happens every day, and with titles like that gets reported in the black chronicle local news section at best. Its a fucking sad world we live in today, where a man's bravery and selflessnes needs to be sensationalized to be news worthy...

Why isn't it?
Because Joystiq picked it up, and Joystiq is a video game site reporting video game news, so their headline took the video game angle.

Joystiq often reports when industry members die in notable ways. They don't report when non-industry members do.
Are they being paid to? No. But it's an interesting video-game related story.

To think NVIDIA is putting out PR on this is beyond cynical, it's stupid. Does anyone go "hey, which graphics card should I buy? Wait, NVIDIA had an employee die trying to save some moron, I should buy theirs!" No. But some editor on Joystiq saw an article with a small video game spin and decided he could get some clicks with it - the same way Blue did.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
15. Re: Sunday Mobilization Jan 27, 2014, 11:01 Beamer
 
One of the things I like best about WP8 is that all bloatware is deletable.

Microsoft got at least that one thing right in the eyes of everyone.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
8. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 27, 2014, 11:00 Beamer
 
Nintendo handhelds are clearly a dying prospect, though. While they absolutely have the best games right now (that new Zelda looks incredible), if you walk through an airport you'll see 10 kids playing on a tablet or phone for each 1 kid playing a 3DS. Which makes sense - a parent can give a child their old device and put on a bunch of free or $0.99 games and be done with it, rather than the more expensive 3DS and quite expensive games.

And, while I'm sure plenty of adults play the 3DS, outside of Nintendo ads featuring 5 mixed-race mixed-gender 20 somethings in one room, I've never seen an adult play one.

Plus, many of those kids aren't gaming on their parents' device, but watching YouTube videos or cartoons.


Honestly, if I'm Nintendo I would consider making a Kindle. Google and Apple would never split profits, but Amazon would probably be willing to go 50/50 on app sales. You make the device run the forked version of Android and give it access to a decent store that, with Nintendo's help, will become a great kids store. But the device also runs its own cartridges, which is the only way to play Nintendo games. It'd be rough and durable, unlike most hand-me-downs kids get, and it would have the best functionality of both the 3DS and those hand-me-downs. And it'd still be great for adults.

Something to consider.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
47. Re: Steam Top 10 Jan 27, 2014, 01:47 Beamer
 
On one hand, I think selling these "Early Access" deals is pretty shady.

On the other hand, you definitely get more out of them than you do a Kickstarter project. At least, even if the project goes belly-up, you had something to show for it. You don't on Kickstarter. So, while these projects tend to be from more established companies, I don't think they tend to be from ones rolling in money, and this gives them the opportunity to spend more capital better polishing the game, reduces the need for a certain push-it-out-the-door launch date, and gives the chance to test some ideas in the community.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 26, 2014, 22:00 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 26, 2014, 19:50:
Well that was considerate and brave of him why does the fact that he worked for Nvidia play a part in any of this? Let me guess, Nvidia did the press releases, right? Free, good publicity for them no doubt. Fucking vultures.

There are many times that you leave me speechless.
Probably not as many as you'd like, but this is one of them.

 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
4. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jan 26, 2014, 16:45 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 26, 2014, 13:34:
And yet it's the truth... not many old people are "skilled" with the intertubes, like we are that grew up with it. Women much less so than men, and that's not sexist. That's a fact. Even now there is still the stigma that tech jobs are men jobs, and I feel it will take many many years to ever equalize that.

All I'll say is that I've yet to see a good secretary that isn't significantly better with new tech than whomever she's supporting.
Which makes sense, whomever she's supporting hasn't used tech directly in years.

Then there are the bad admins. They bounce around and end up with the exec no one likes.
 
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