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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
696. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 30, 2013, 11:31 Beamer
 
RollinThundr wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 11:29:
Beamer wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 11:21:
RollinThundr wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 11:17:
The reason they don't say fired is because they step down to save face, it's the same thing, if the share holders want a change, a change they get. Share holders being people, like you and me.

Oh, that's cute, you think you're a shareholder with an opinion that matters!
How much do you have in any one company? A few thousand bucks? Maybe a hundred thousand? No one cares what you think. Do you know who matters? The guy with a few hundred million shares. Even in aggregate you simply do not matter. Headlines are made when a Wall Street Wealth Manager, whose fund has a billion dollars in Apple, criticizes Tim Cook, because that Wealth Manager has enough to shake that tree. No one cares when anyone on this forum is angry.

The fact remains, though, people don't get fired. Even the process of shareholders forcing change is a very lengthy process that can take months or years.

But ah, now you're only talking about CEOs. Shareholders don't care if Johnny QA lets lots of mistakes slip. They don't care if Rita Runsonlyonereport is sloppy in her reporting and has a bad attitude. Do these people ever get fired? No, they get ignored and not-promoted until a round of layoffs is an opportune time to say goodbye. It isn't semantics - firing is a "right now" thing, layoffs require waiting.

More adhoms etc. It's like I said, you can't discuss anything without being a complete and utter douche.

What adhoms? "Oh, that's cute?" That's the only insult there!
And you deserve them for constantly discussing things you do not bother educating yourself on.

Sorry, you will never, ever make a difference as a shareholder. Nor will I. Nor will anyone in this forum. When the large chunks are held by individuals, the smaller chunks are meaningless. No one will ever care about the guy with less than a few million dollars in a company.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
693. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 30, 2013, 11:28 Beamer
 
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 11:23:
RollinThundr wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 11:17:
Beamer wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 11:15:
RollinThundr wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 11:14:
You're moving the goalpost, now it's only CEO's don't get fired, a minute ago it was no one in business ever gets fired.

No, no I am not. I am using CEOs as examples because they are high profile and it's easy to look at them - Johnny QA being fired never makes headlines.

But, to your point, in my first paragraph I say "President and VP," neither of whom are CEOs, and in my second paragraph I say "People," who certainly aren't CEOs.

Only my second to last sentence says "CEO." It isn't my fault you can't read and project that to all the lines you read before.

The reason they don't say fired is because they step down to save face, it's the same thing, if the share holders want a change, a change they get. Share holders being people, like you and me.

Lol. Most shareholders have little power over consequences for a CEO. They may step down after a major fuckup, but they're still gonna get paid tens of millions on the way out.

Well, in theory that golden parachute serves two purposes:
1) To get them to be willing to take the job. CEO is an apex position, and a short lived one. Despite what you see from celeb CEOs, the average CEO tenure is something like 2 years. And it can be hard to go from being a CEO somewhere to anything anywhere - usually it's CEO then retirement, whether you want it or not. So that parachute is to help convince someone it's good to go from a VP job you can ride for a bit to a job where the clock ticks faster (in truth, VP jobs have a clicking clock, too. The new CEO wants his people. Someone younger is bringing in fresher ideas. Or you were in charge during bad years, which had nothing to do with you, and now that things turned around they want that stigma of older management gone)
2) It rewards risk. You don't want a CEO playing it safe and going for moderate growth afraid he'll fail and be ruined. You want a CEO willing to take chances. That golden parachute is his insurance in chase a risk doesn't pan out. If it pans out, the company gets huge growth. If it doesn't, the company has a bad few years and the CEO gets booted for one that hopefully can change things

Golden parachutes are infuriating and usually too large, but are inherently a good and necessary thing.

Oh look, I'm defending corporations and CEOs! I must be parroting the DNC!
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
690. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 30, 2013, 11:21 Beamer
 
RollinThundr wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 11:17:
The reason they don't say fired is because they step down to save face, it's the same thing, if the share holders want a change, a change they get. Share holders being people, like you and me.

Oh, that's cute, you think you're a shareholder with an opinion that matters!
How much do you have in any one company? A few thousand bucks? Maybe a hundred thousand? No one cares what you think. Do you know who matters? The guy with a few hundred million shares. Even in aggregate you simply do not matter. Headlines are made when a Wall Street Wealth Manager, whose fund has a billion dollars in Apple, criticizes Tim Cook, because that Wealth Manager has enough to shake that tree. No one cares when anyone on this forum is angry.

The fact remains, though, people don't get fired. Even the process of shareholders forcing change is a very lengthy process that can take months or years.

But ah, now you're only talking about CEOs. Shareholders don't care if Johnny QA lets lots of mistakes slip. They don't care if Rita Runsonlyonereport is sloppy in her reporting and has a bad attitude. Do these people ever get fired? No, they get ignored and not-promoted until a round of layoffs is an opportune time to say goodbye. It isn't semantics - firing is a "right now" thing, layoffs require waiting.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
686. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 30, 2013, 11:15 Beamer
 
RollinThundr wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 11:14:
You're moving the goalpost, now it's only CEO's don't get fired, a minute ago it was no one in business ever gets fired.

No, no I am not. I am using CEOs as examples because they are high profile and it's easy to look at them - Johnny QA being fired never makes headlines.

But, to your point, in my first paragraph I say "President and VP," neither of whom are CEOs, and in my second paragraph I say "People," who certainly aren't CEOs. Even with you beating my edits, which mention people being fired below the c-suite, it should be pretty damn obvious that I mean in general. Corporations rarely call someone in and say "sorry, you aren't cutting it, you're gone." Personal misconduct? Yes. Poor performance? No. They shuffle those people around until there's a round of layoffs.

Only my second to last sentence says "CEO." It isn't my fault you can't read and project that to all the lines you read before.
Can someone else support me on this?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
683. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 30, 2013, 11:12 Beamer
 
RollinThundr wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 11:08:
The bold is exactly what I mean, total bullshit.

For one, you work in government, not a corporation.
For another, hey, remember when Ken Kutargi screwed up the PS4 launch. Did he get fired? No, he got promoted to a position with no power and no responsibility. Hey, remember when the President of my last company let one of his VPs sign a long term agreement that hindered our growth. Was he fired? No, he (and the VP involved) were promoted to new positions that had no authority and no responsibility.

People get fired for personal misconduct, like sleeping with an admin. People very rarely get fired for screwing up. It's just not how it works. Blame lawyers, if you must, but in the past five years I can only remember one guy being fired for performance, and everyone was shocked. Everyone else just gets either gets all their power and responsibility removed so that they leave, or they get laid off (which is in no way the same thing as being fired. Being laid off is "well, we're cutting the workforce by 10%, and you're part of that 10%, sorry," being fired is being called into your bosses office, told to you're let go, being escorted out by security, and having the admin pack your stuff in a box and mail it to your house.)

Hey, who was the last CEO fired? I remember a ton resigning (and often remaining on the board), but I can't remember many being sent packing. The Men's Warehouse guy, I suppose.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
682. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 30, 2013, 11:09 Beamer
 
RollinThundr wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 11:05:

If you truly believe that Beamer, why do you constantly support the democrats? It defies logic.

Ok, again, examples. Show me examples of where I support the DNC.
I've posted dozens of examples of me saying the government is terrible, every politician is self-interested, and Obama is not a good president.

Post one single quote where I say "I like Democrats" or "The DNC is doing a good job." Just one.

The issue, maybe, is also one with the Executive Actions - not only do you not read, but you "read between the lines" to things that just do not exist. I am liberal on many social issues, it's true, but I'm not overly liberal on economics issues.
Somehow you think advocating equality means you're a huge fan of Democrats.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
680. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 30, 2013, 11:06 Beamer
 
Sepharo wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 10:48:
Mad Max RW wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 10:38:
Sebelius just admitted "adequate" testing was never done before launch. She also admits they don't know the enrollment numbers because the system isn't working. Minutes earlier she said it never crashed and was functioning. Yeah, Obama will be accepting her resignation before the end of the year.

She probably should resign or be fired but unfortunately I don't think that can happen. If she's out, congress will need to approve of the new appointee and the republicans will likely block all appointees because that's how they do. I'm not sure when the next time a recess appointment can be made but if that's the route Obama takes they'll rant and rave about that too of course.

She can't be fired now. Same reason she couldn't be in a business. At this point only she understands how she made the mess she made, so only she can fix it. If you fire her, you lose time replacing her, then lose time while the replacement figures out what went wrong, then lose time while the replacement makes changes (which are often likely to be sweeping.)

No, you do what would happen if she was a project manager or exec at a company - you make her fix it and fix it quickly, then you fire her. But companies never really fire anyone, so more likely you push her into a new position that has no power or responsibility, because that's how I've seen every single corporation I've been at do it (sadly.)
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
677. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 30, 2013, 11:02 Beamer
 
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 10:55:
RollinThundr wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 10:41:
Prez wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 10:26:
Rolling Thunder, it seems ironic to me that you are quick to deny the label yet you are so quick to call people liars who deny the label you assign them.

I'll use beamer as an example here. Often brings up the race card in topics that have zero to do with race. Check. Often advocates against corporations while suggesting government can do it better. check. BUT BUT BUSH/CONGRESS Check.

For a while it was like every response in political threads was like a walking talking DNC playbook brought to life.

Bagger does the same thing, it's like they can't discuss something without tossing out a ton of adhoms most of the time, you do it back and they get all butthurt about it.

A spade is a spade is it not?

When a person parrots a liberal ideology 99.9% of the time, what do you expect people to think their leanings are? Conservative?

Your view of reality is so warped, it's hilarious. Anyone whose read your posts in this thread would be laughing their ass off

Yup.
I only bring up race when we're discussing other minorities, and I believe on this very page (it may have been pushed back one) I said , in agreement with Prez: "I'm with you that I'd prefer heavy regulations rather than the government being this involved. The government can't run much of anything well."

So I have no clue how he thinks I've said the government can run anything better. He fails at basic reading.
 
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News Comments > Command & Conquer Cancelled, Victory Games Closed
56. Re: Command & Conquer Cancelled, Victory Games Closed Oct 30, 2013, 10:40 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 09:30:
RollinThundr wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 09:25:
I get what you're saying, but it's not entirely accurate, sure something like Wing Commander done right would be expensive, actors don't come cheap, especially named ones, but you seem to be suggesting that with the amount of gamers that are out there today, and it's more than ever, that they couldn't be profitable, call it a difference of opinion but I disagree.

I think you're misreading what hes saying. He's saying it can't be profitable for EA, not that it can't be profitable at all. I can't really argue with that logic either, EA made some token efforts with EA Partners to do smaller projects but has largely given up on it. I think Titanfall is the only EAP project left. For better or for worse they are committed to the 30mil+ budget stuff with DLC and other revenue stream crap. If SimCity is any indication then I say it's for worse


there was a book that came out not long ago, I believe called Blockbuster. It was about how, with the information explosion, everyone thought everything would become niche, but in reality it was the opposite. Hollywood gave up on small films and went big. Every tv channel abandoned its niche premise and went reality tv. Rock died for pop stars.

what it missed, though, is where things can be cheap. Yes, the economics of Hollywood demand giant hits that have mass appeal, and it is costly to make and distribute a movie of any scale. But music, and now games to a lesser extent, can be made by a small group of even one person then put on any number of digital distros. So while the mainstream consolidates, music games and somewhat books get a niche underground that thrives like never before (well, indie games aren't thriving like the 90s but growing rapidly)

even the internet consolidated. Remember when there were dozens of news sites for individual games? Now blues is about as niche as you get.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
656. removed Oct 30, 2013, 01:31 Beamer
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
11. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 30, 2013, 01:28 Beamer
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Oct 30, 2013, 00:19:
Beamer wrote on Oct 29, 2013, 20:33:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Oct 29, 2013, 20:10:
Marketing firms and people are mad cause what they once made money off of for free now costs money? Awesome.

It's not that it now costs money, it's that it now doesn't exist.

And I get why it's maddening. Say you run a website like BluesNews and one day your traffic spikes 1000%. You'd probably want to know how and why, but if you have no way to see what people searched on Google to get there then it remains a mystery.

My understanding is that you can still view the data, just not for free.

From the article:
As a replacement, Google is offering similar data in its Webmaster Tools product. However, many marketers complain that the difference between organic search data in Google Analytics and the data inside Webmaster Tools is that the latter is based on a sampling, or an average set of aggregated traffic. It's not the full data set of terms that generate all Google visits to your web site. And it isn't as accurate or useful, a source tells Business Insider, because search marketing is an extremely quant-oriented business where full, accurate datasets convey significant advantages.
 
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News Comments > The Walking Dead Season 2 Announced
10. Re: The Walking Dead Season 2 Announced Oct 30, 2013, 00:04 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Oct 29, 2013, 20:33:
Sho wrote on Oct 29, 2013, 20:26:
nin wrote on Oct 29, 2013, 20:12:
Guess I should finally play season 1. It's in this impossibly huge stack of games, including the email I just got for the Hearthstone beta...


Do eeeeet. The gameplay is fairly basic, but it's got some truly fine writing (and I can even go without the "for a video game" qualifier on this one, I think), and in particular some of the most successful situational blends of dramatic pacing and interactivity I can think of (for those who played it, I'm e.g. thinking of the situation in the walk-in cooler in episode 1). Quality entertainment, all in all.

I don't doubt that it's good. But I have this huge stack of ps3 games I'm trying to burn through, and a steam waiting list like a mofo...literally not enough hours in the week for all the gaming.


I know the feeling. I have a stack of at least 10 PS3 games I'll never play, still in shrinkwrap. Infamous 1 and 2? Sorry. Resistance 1 & 2? Probably fun, but oh well.
Same for Xbox. Halo Reach and Halo 4? Shrinkwrapped forever. BLOPS2? The same. Rage and NHL12? Yup.
Don't even get me started on Steam. I've sorted out the stuff I will definitely never play from the 10% I plan to sometime. Sleeping Dogs made that list, but I am still doubtful.

But TWD definitely deserves a week or so of your time.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
650. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 29, 2013, 23:21 Beamer
 
RollinThundr wrote on Oct 29, 2013, 23:16:
Beamer wrote on Oct 29, 2013, 23:11:
RollinThundr wrote on Oct 29, 2013, 23:05:
You're not getting what I'm saying, if he tries to enact any new gun laws via EA or EO, it's unconstitutional. My guess is this is his plan since there's no way he'd get the votes needed.
NO ONE EVER SAID HE WOULD ENACT NEW GUN LAWS!
ONLY YOU!

Biden never said it - it isn't in that transcript.
Obama never said it - it isn't in that transcript.
RollinThundr said it - because he has no brain cells.

Also, shut up with "guns." He cannot enact ANY laws via EO. But he hasn't signed any EOs that would be laws. He hasn't even done any on guns. Those were EAs. And, if you read them, they're all trite bullshit made to appease morons.

Explain what the comment I can do some of this myself means? Or are you really clueless as to how this president and administration work by now?

I get it, you're obviously going to protect this asshole til the end, sinking ship and all, but at least be a tiny bit genuine, you're not that stupid I don't think.


AAAAHAHAHAHAHA. I've said repeatedly here he is not good. You are just so stupid that, by comparison, he must be the best thing ever. But I say he does something trite and meaningless and somehow calling him trite and meaningless is defending him. Jesus.

Explain what "Explain what the comment I can do some of this myself means?" I have no idea. What are you talking about? Do you mean me saying you should be finding the actual texts yourself? Anything the president says is documented. If you believe he said something, find the transcript. The Constitution, and all the law around it, is documented. If you think something is unconstitutional, find the relevant passage and say why - then look at how courts have interpreted that passage to make sure it fits your interpretation, because the interpretation of the courts is what matters.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
649. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 29, 2013, 23:17 Beamer
 
I dunno, the problem is definitely ignorance, but from where?
Maybe you don't know what an EO is. You seem to think EOs are laws. They're not. By definition they are not, and when one president tried to change that, the Supreme Court said "no," so legally they are not.

Or maybe you just read stupid articles written by stupid people like yourself and it's a giant circlejerk of fear, paranoia and ignorance. Someone says something with authority and everyone believes it's true. Seems plausible - you link to stuff like that, and you stupidly think anything you type is a fact, even if not referencing anything or citing anything.

If Obama or Biden said "we'll just pass an EO as a law," as you claim, find the quote in the transcript Seph and I posted of the video you posted. Just find it. Post it here.

STOP FUCKING ALLUDING TO THINGS WITHOUT POSTING A QUOTE AND A CITATION. If you do not cite it then it did not happen.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
647. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 29, 2013, 23:11 Beamer
 
RollinThundr wrote on Oct 29, 2013, 23:05:
You're not getting what I'm saying, if he tries to enact any new gun laws via EA or EO, it's unconstitutional. My guess is this is his plan since there's no way he'd get the votes needed.
NO ONE EVER SAID HE WOULD ENACT NEW GUN LAWS!
ONLY YOU!

Biden never said it - it isn't in that transcript.
Obama never said it - it isn't in that transcript.
RollinThundr said it - because he has no brain cells.

Also, shut up with "guns." He cannot enact ANY laws via EO. But he hasn't signed any EOs that would be laws. He hasn't even done any on guns. Those were EAs. And, if you read them, they're all trite bullshit made to appease morons.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
646. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 29, 2013, 23:10 Beamer
 
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Oct 29, 2013, 22:42:
RollinThundr wrote on Oct 29, 2013, 22:02:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Oct 29, 2013, 21:10:
RollinThundr wrote on Oct 29, 2013, 15:03:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Oct 29, 2013, 12:08:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Oct 29, 2013, 12:08:

Edit: Guess you're not ignored. But it bears repeating anyway!

Wow. I hate posting from my phone.

So still waiting for your slathering reason as to why Obozocare is great, I held up my end.
Are you actually dumb enough to think you've accomplished anything like what I asked for? Wait, I already know the answer to that. You posted a link to Rand Paul saying nothing of any substance, and thern followed it up with a link to the press conference where Biden and Obama talked about and signed EAs that were nothing of substance. Where's the unconstitutional part?? Where's your explanation of how any one of those EAs is unconstitutional?? Or are you just gonna keep being the angry feces-hurling monkey?

You asked for the link to where your pal would get it done through EO's. I provided. The unconstitutional part is no EO's in regards to guns can be made without going through the proper channels, which means congress.

United States Presidents issue executive orders to help officers and agencies of the executive branch manage the operations within the federal government itself. They aren't allowed to use EO's to enact law. Hence anything he tries to regulate via EO's in regards to guns is a violation of the 2nd amendment and the US Constitution.

I'd imagine it must make a liberal like you happy to see people's policies getting canceled and or paying more. Selfish entitled douchebags like you and your buddy Obozo seem to get off on people suffering anyway. Not that it's surprising.

You don't even understand what an executive action or executive order are, nor do you know what the proper channels are, nor have you said one thing about why any of those would be the enactment of a law. Which one is a new law? You're just a babbling idiot who can't articulate a single argument against any one of those 23 actions.

"No EOs can be made without going through... congress."

You fucking moron SHUT THE FUCK UP!

You say this as if it is a fact. Where? Where the fuck are you getting this bullshit from? The president can put out a fucking EA or EO (and jesus fucking Christ you're also fucking up what was said in that fucking press conference that TWO of us posted the transcript to) that he will release a letter explaining that his favorite gun is a P90. That's an EO related to guns. It isn't unconstitutional.

You are so fucking misinformed and stupid. You say dumb shit as if it is fact. Where, you asshole, where? Where is there a law, Amendment, or Case that says the President cannot do this?

Where do you get your stupidity from?
And do you get why I keep calling you an asshole? Because you say such dumb shit, pretend it is a fact, without ever citing anything or referencing anything specific.

Hey, guys, RollinThundr can't leave his house. It's against the Constitution! Where does it say that? Who cares, I said it so it must be a fact!
 
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News Comments > The Walking Dead Season 2 Announced
8. Re: The Walking Dead Season 2 Announced Oct 29, 2013, 23:05 Beamer
 
I adored Clem, but I would rather follow a new group than continue with her. I felt her story was well told.

One of my favorite NPCs, maybe my favorite.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
9. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 29, 2013, 20:33 Beamer
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Oct 29, 2013, 20:10:
Marketing firms and people are mad cause what they once made money off of for free now costs money? Awesome.

It's not that it now costs money, it's that it now doesn't exist.

And I get why it's maddening. Say you run a website like BluesNews and one day your traffic spikes 1000%. You'd probably want to know how and why, but if you have no way to see what people searched on Google to get there then it remains a mystery.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 3 Turns 5
53. Re: Fallout 3 Turns 5 Oct 29, 2013, 20:09 Beamer
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Oct 29, 2013, 19:35:
Said it a million times before, Fallout 3 had wonderful set pieces but there was no logic in anything from the storyline to character motivation to how towns and settlements existed in the first place. New Vegas did a much better job at filling this gap.

I agree entirely.
At the same time, NV started feeling a bit oppressive. I wanted to see everything, and it won't let you. You can't make everyone happy or align with everyone or see every companion's storyline or every ending. That open-endedness ultimately collapses games for me. I agree it's objectively better, but I enjoy the experience more when I can see everything in 80 hours or less. NV rewarded additional playthroughs but was too damn long to play again.

NV also had a few bugs (I couldn't get an NPC companion to start her storyline, despite trying for like 3 hours, which really diminished my interest), and had a few story issues (mostly, the whole point always felt like it revolved around the chip. Once I dealt with the man in the suit, Mr. Vegas and then blew my way through the entirety of Caeser's people [made a mistake, started a way, killed him and his entire camp, left happily] I had nowhere to go. I know there was something about the damn, but I'd really not been involved in that at all, so I felt like I completed the story and had no real direction to head in.)
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
2. Re: Evening Consolidation Oct 29, 2013, 19:42 Beamer
 
Ah, I saw this earlier today and thought it was old news.
Only watched a few seconds, but the Xbone looked better to me. I originally thought it was the PS4 side. I didn't take a close look, though, and it may just be that the contrast was higher on that side.

I'll be curious to know what others think, but it hardly matters right now - launch titles are often identical because it's quicker, it's easier, they're ports from lesser systems, they're rushed, and the full power isn't nearly realized. Then again, these can be ported from the PC, the full power should be realized much sooner (due to the PC) and this should be less rushed.
 
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