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News Comments > Humble 2K Bundle
7. Re: Humble 2K Bundle Jul 8, 2014, 21:33 Beamer
 
Squirmer wrote on Jul 8, 2014, 20:52:
Best part is you can give all the money to charity and zero to 2K.

So the best part of getting three or six games, for next to nothing, is that you can actually give the developers that made them nothing?
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
4. Re: Evening Consolidation Jul 8, 2014, 21:32 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Jul 8, 2014, 20:58:

And by far, the attitude of "They OWE US!" is fucking laughable...



Yup, which is why big parts of me die every time the usual suspects here bitch that Epic/Microsoft/Id/EA/Molyneaux/whoever "owes" them stuff because they were PC devs and then whines they'll never buy anything again because they feel abandoned.

Nice to see it isn't just the PCMASTERRACE idiots that feel this way, I suppose.
 
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News Comments > CliffyB Announces F2P PC Shooter Blue Streak
11. Re: CliffyB Announces F2P PC Shooter Blue Streak Jul 8, 2014, 18:20 Beamer
 
Ray Marden wrote on Jul 8, 2014, 17:57:
Ehhh...why all the hype for yet another F2P title? A strange turn from the guy that brought the industry all things overly beefy and hunkering behind walls.
Can I just pay somebody $60.00 for a good, deep game?
Really hoping this is more than F2P trash,
Ray

The chest high walls are his fault, but the all things overly beefy would be due to Chris Perna, the GoW Art Director. It's hard to fault Chris, though:
http://images.lazygamer.net/2011/05/WickedWorkshop.jpg

He seriously designed all the characters in his image. The man looks exactly like any male in GoW.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
9. Re: On Sale Jul 8, 2014, 13:10 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Jul 8, 2014, 08:23:
killer_roach wrote on Jul 7, 2014, 22:36:
Cutter wrote on Jul 7, 2014, 21:24:
Well seeing as no one seems to have heard of Bundle in a Box it's little wonder they're going out of business.

I had gotten a couple of bundles from them in the past, but they as a site weren't particularly visible and on occasion their bundles were just too quirky. I don't mind out there games (quite the contrary, in fact), but sometimes you need something with a bit more cred to get people interested than just a lot of stuff that might be months away from even starting a Greenlight campaign.

A search for "Bundle in a box" shows this as their 6th mention here, but don't let that get in the way of someones near constant negativity...


Cutter wrote on May 25, 2014, 03:08:

Most everything I post is positive.
 
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News Comments > etc.
13. Re: etc. Jul 8, 2014, 11:33 Beamer
 
Pigeon wrote on Jul 8, 2014, 09:21:
Beamer wrote on Jul 7, 2014, 20:53:
Slick wrote on Jul 7, 2014, 19:17:
the idea that pc gamers pirate any more or less than console kiddies is a fallacy. search piratebay for xbox or ps3.

people will pirate as much as they're able to. that's all consoles have going for them, that the new console shaven't been jailbreaked yet.

and gamers are whiny bitches. anyone who disputes that is living in a fantasy.

It's not fallacy. Pirating on PC takes a download. Pirating on Xbox takes hardware modification that gets you banned from online. The piracy rate on the PC is significantly higher than the Xbox.

But, in the years since Cliff stopped making PC games, Steam has risen. And PC piracy has fallen drastically since Steam showed up.


So, not everything exists in a bubble.

Its almost like lower prices and easier access decrease piracy. I wonder if the RIAA and MPAA know about this.

Yup.
And DRM that comes with benefits, making people feel it's a fair trade-off rather than just them giving something up.

The RIAA really missed the boat, and they've been mostly obliterated. They were fighting pricing at the same time that music production costs plummeted (a MacBook Air is a perfectly functional studio) and consumer interest in big acts also plummeted (a mix of the last point as well as people being sick of every radio station being owned by ClearChannel and playing the same exact playlist.)

The MPAA is in a tougher boat. Movies are extremely expensive to make, unlike music, extremely easy to share, like music, and less valuable to own, unlike music. Movie companies have been better about access and pricing, but they're in a hard spot. Theater attendance is falling. Cable viewership is falling. Netflix doesn't pay the bills. Physical sales have cratered. Personally I think they should go to $4.99 for all new releases, $2.99 for all old releases, on every digital platform, everywhere, to own not to rent. For some titles, mostly kids movies, they'd lose, but I'm thinking for back catalog they'd make up for it. I get most of my new movies rented from my cable box at those prices. I only watch 1-2 a month, but it's mostly convenient (if cable boxes weren't 2005 tech it'd be very convenient.)
 
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News Comments > Alien Isolation for Oculus Rift Only a Prototype
14. Re: Alien Isolation for Oculus Rift Only a Prototype Jul 8, 2014, 11:24 Beamer
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Jul 8, 2014, 08:53:
Wildone wrote on Jul 7, 2014, 21:50:
or put it another way..."We cant make money from this on the console version so yea, F*** you PC gamers"

Or you know, maybe it's not worth throwing a bunch of development time and resources at supporting a product that's not even out yet, won't be any time soon and barely has any active users outside of developers.

I think many don't realize that turning a tech demo at E3 into a full release is time consuming. It isn't as simple as "well, we have the rendering done and it works fine in these five minutes, I'm sure nothing else needs to be tweaked, no puzzles may not be as obvious, no items may not work as well and no segments may be overly nauseating, let's release!"

I also think the argument that this is a solicitation for Zuckerbucks is valid. This is the product that got people most talking about OR at E3. Publicly pulling it off the table will get people complaining, and those complaints will definitely reach Mark Zuckerberg's ears. If he believes this could be a halo product, I imagine he'd be quick to figure out how to make sure it happens (and I'd guess there are already negotiations going on.)
 
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News Comments > Alien Isolation for Oculus Rift Only a Prototype
7. Re: Alien Isolation for Oculus Rift Only a Prototype Jul 8, 2014, 01:07 Beamer
 
Denthor wrote on Jul 8, 2014, 00:38:
Beamer wrote on Jul 7, 2014, 23:56:
HoSpanky wrote on Jul 7, 2014, 22:32:
Quite likely that, like Colonial Marines, SEGA is refusing to allow this game to look drastically better on one platform over another.

Except there was no such mandate.
Again, it amazes me how people see incompetence and blame conspiracy, not, you know, incompetence.

Public or private mandates? It's not like we are privy to boardroom meetings. I don't think it's a huge leap that they (sega) don't want to upset the bigwigs in MS or Sony if their product is inferior on consoles that were just released only recently - even if it is what ms/sony would consider minor, doesn't do well for relations.

When has this ever happened?
This wasn't an exclusive. It wasn't funded by either MS or Sony. They had no stake in this.

Christ, you guys think there's an evil conspiracy against PC gamers. Even the Microsoft Xbox push, which at least some here recognize as the only way to sell consoles (which doesn't excuse it, but means at least some aren't seeing it as some evil way to fuck with PC gamers) is only based around games they have some kind of monetary stake in.
And you think people know what they're doing. Given that Sega was about to sue them for being too late to ship, isn't it infinitely more likely that, in the final days, if not hours, of shipping, two independent people made two independent decisions to change something in order to improve the way the game ran, but those two things weren't discussed and impacted each other directly, making the graphics degradation exponentially worse, but things were moving so rapidly that there was no way to roll the code back without losing too much other work, the game was still playable, and between getting sued by Sega or shipping an ugly game they made the choice to ship an ugly game.

Incompetence.

And, for godsake, the game was ugly on consoles. It's really effin hard to pitch this as "PC was made worse to have console parity!" when the consoles were awful as well. If the consoles were great, fine, maybe you could make that argument (you'd still lose it.) But the consoles were terrible. Were they kept terrible to keep parity with the Dreamcast to not piss off Sega?
 
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News Comments > Alien Isolation for Oculus Rift Only a Prototype
5. Re: Alien Isolation for Oculus Rift Only a Prototype Jul 7, 2014, 23:56 Beamer
 
HoSpanky wrote on Jul 7, 2014, 22:32:
Quite likely that, like Colonial Marines, SEGA is refusing to allow this game to look drastically better on one platform over another.

Except there was no such mandate.
Again, it amazes me how people see incompetence and blame conspiracy, not, you know, incompetence.
 
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News Comments > etc.
10. Re: etc. Jul 7, 2014, 20:53 Beamer
 
Slick wrote on Jul 7, 2014, 19:17:
the idea that pc gamers pirate any more or less than console kiddies is a fallacy. search piratebay for xbox or ps3.

people will pirate as much as they're able to. that's all consoles have going for them, that the new console shaven't been jailbreaked yet.

and gamers are whiny bitches. anyone who disputes that is living in a fantasy.

It's not fallacy. Pirating on PC takes a download. Pirating on Xbox takes hardware modification that gets you banned from online. The piracy rate on the PC is significantly higher than the Xbox.

But, in the years since Cliff stopped making PC games, Steam has risen. And PC piracy has fallen drastically since Steam showed up.


So, not everything exists in a bubble.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 7, 2014, 20:50 Beamer
 
DukeFNukem wrote on Jul 7, 2014, 15:09:
Creston wrote on Jul 7, 2014, 11:20:
Also, 10% of MS's workforce... damn. That's a LOT of people...

That's what happens when you produce a tablet operating system and market is as a desktop operating system. OOPPSS!!

Yeah, but you couldn't be more wrong if you tried. To the point that your post is completely, absolutely wrong in every way, and just reading the article would show you that.

As the article says, Microsoft grew 25% when it bought Nokia, and many of those positions are redundant. They had to take on beancounters, but the thing with beancounters is one guy can count many, many beans, and do it from far away, so you don't need many. People like that, when companies get acquired, lose their jobs because they don't do anything that made the company worth buying and the buyer already has people ready to do what they do. For instance, Nokia has a big marketing team for the Lumia. Microsoft has a big marketing team for the Windows Phone. Many of those people do the exact same thing. They can't all stay.

As for "OOOPPSS!," well, yeah, Windows 8 hasn't been a huge success and many hate it. But Microsoft's stock is up since it was released. Here's the thing: cutting salary CAN be due to reduced revenues as seen in the stock price falling. Or it can be because you bought a new company and have obvious redundancies - people whose jobs literally no longer exist. Or it can be because a new leader took over and wants to streamline and change the way some things are done.

You guessed the wrong one. But that's kind of the problem with people that are solely consumers making huge assumptions without educating themselves, or at least reading the article. They see one thing and that's all they understand. You're the type of guy that would have thought IBM selling Thinkpad to Lenovo was a sign of doom because it's the only thing about IBM you knew.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
4. Re: Sunday Mobilization Jul 7, 2014, 12:00 Beamer
 
If you can find the surface reddit iama, an engineer went into huge detail on why they left wacom. It sounds like most people that have used it agree with the decision and those calling them dumb haven't tried the new tech.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 7, 2014, 04:00 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 6, 2014, 22:50:
jacobvandy wrote on Jul 6, 2014, 17:31:
The prices at McDonald's are pretty ridiculous these days... their burgers are probably between 1/2 and 2/3 the size they were when I was a kid, but they now cost twice as much. I'm sure some of that could be attributed to the shitty economy, but other places have bigger (and better) burgers for cheaper, so...

Maybe you got bigger so they just seem smaller?

Also, the price of beef shouldn't affect McD's hamburgers anyway, since there's almost no beef in them.

If you mean the parties are small, true.

Otherwise http://www.snopes.com/business/market/allbeef.asp
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 $130 Kyrat Edition Detailed; New Trailer
19. Re: Far Cry 4 $130 Kyrat Edition Detailed; New Trailer Jul 5, 2014, 11:39 Beamer
 
The Half Elf wrote on Jul 5, 2014, 11:32:
Anyone else remember the Farcry 3 E3 trailer that was nothing like it was in the game?

No deal Ubisoft.

Yup, action was too fluid to be a game.
However, the game was hands down my favorite action game of that year, so give me more.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 $130 Kyrat Edition Detailed; New Trailer
11. Re: Far Cry 4 $130 Kyrat Edition Detailed; New Trailer Jul 4, 2014, 16:50 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jul 4, 2014, 13:59:
SpectralMeat wrote on Jul 4, 2014, 13:29:
Beelzebud wrote on Jul 4, 2014, 13:16:
Next Gen is a meaningless phrase.
Oh no no no, next gen is a very meaningful phrase my friend.
It means many or all of the things below:

-Day 1 DLC
-Season Pass
-$60 base game
-preorder for "limited edition" (while supplies last)
-low graphical fidelity for the PC port so the "next gen" consoles can run the game at 30fps
-optional mouse and keyboard support
-FOV=55
-quick time (button mashing) action sequences
-press A to start
-always online

I am sure there are plenty more "next-gen" game features in AAA titles these days, but you get the idea.
See Watch Doge from Ubisoft for a recent example of a "next gen" title

A lot of that sounds last gen to.

New gen to me means we'll be using 4 gigs + of memory on our PC. Now if we can tell the difference or not, a whole 'nother question.

Only half the PCs on Steam have more than 4GB of RAM, so you'll be waiting a while. UE4 will take advantage of that much RAM, but devs won't be targeting over 4GB for a long, long, long time.
 
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News Comments > More Crytek Rumors
3. Re: More Crytek Rumors Jul 4, 2014, 02:06 Beamer
 
LittleMe wrote on Jul 4, 2014, 01:45:
Finally the uninspired shooters-on-rails genre has lost the limelight.

You need to look up what "on-rails" actually means, because it isn't what you think it is.

Hint: for a shooter on-rails, see House of the Dead.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
13. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 4, 2014, 02:05 Beamer
 
Wow, you really do dislike The New Deal?

Enjoy drinking your Malk. Just like China. No consumer protection at all, just do what you want.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
20. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Jul 3, 2014, 22:28 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Jul 3, 2014, 20:19:
Beamer wrote on Jul 3, 2014, 19:34:
They aren't made to feel welcome, instead they're patronized and treated like garbage. So a tournament just for them is a safe space to attract them into the hobby.

That entire post is like a buzzword collage from a feminist. 'aggro' 'welcome' 'safe'. Tournaments are competitive environments and I don't really care about 'attracting' women, hell much of the time when I'm gaming I'm actually dodging my woman. They can get into it if they want and otherwise I don't care its a hobby for fucks sake. Male and female interests diverge heavily in too many areas to list, we can't all do the same shit and shouldn't be trying to convert each other all the time.

There are hundreds of female centric activities that I am precluded from participating in through social stigmatization or even outright exclusion and I'm ok with that so long as they're ok not being invited to every male centric event that exists just for the sake of it. Men and women are different and that's okay.

Women usually want to attract women, so most female-only tournaments are thrown, you know, by women.

What female-centric activities can you not do that you want to, out of curiosity? Which would subject you to dealing with people that treat you the way Cutter treats women?
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
13. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Jul 3, 2014, 19:34 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Jul 3, 2014, 19:25:
Cutter wrote on Jul 3, 2014, 15:16:
Why the fuck can't men just have their own little club without everyone throwing a hissy fit? Sometimes you just wanna hang with the boys.

I actually agree with you for a change. The number of areas where women dominate or men are socially stigmatized continues to rise so if men want to play some fucking games by themselves then who gives a shit.

It's not a little party, it's a large tournament.
Let's be frank - women aren't very common in games, in part due to the attitude you see so often here, with people like Cutter treating them like lesser beings. So the tournament would likely have been 95% male, anyway.

But then why are female-only tournaments alright?
Because they need them. We want females in games. But, when one shows up and is surrounded by a thousand aggro "nice guy" nerds in my little pony tees, they get scared off. They aren't made to feel welcome, instead they're patronized and treated like garbage. So a tournament just for them is a safe space to attract them into the hobby. Once here, they'll integrate, and one day all this won't be necessary.

Until then, though, guys will keep being shitty to them, there will keep being fewer of them, and people will claim it's because they just don't like the hobby.
 
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News Comments > Rust Rewrite
7. Re: Rust Rewrite Jul 3, 2014, 17:24 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Jul 3, 2014, 17:19:
Darks wrote on Jul 3, 2014, 08:43:
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Jul 3, 2014, 04:09:
The testers were informed of this around feburary or March, and this news is almost a quarter of a year old now. During the whole time, early access "testers" were able to log into the new experimental branch from steam by selecting it from the properties like any open beta/test for a game in steam. The only new news here is that they are far enough along with it that they now actively give you a choice when launching the game to choose between the old version and the experimental branch. None of this was hidden to anyone who played the original early access release, and they have held true to their promise of providing updates on the state of development each and every Friday, sometimes more often.

If you're looking for examples of "shady developers" or "early access/kickstarter fuckery", you'll need to seek elsewhere.

Yes, look here if you want to view shady. The project Areal what a joke this has turned into.

also read the Forbes interview with them. Just Wow!

[url=http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/06/26/areal-kickstarter-raises-huge-red-flags-backers-beware/url]


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1577656602/areal/comments


Been following that one this week (seen your icon there a few times as well ). The people in the comments even created a google doc, for the devs, outlining their specific questions about the project and where the money is going. And the devs totally ignore them. One big update was a drawing of a motorcycle, and another was a drawing of a truck. Yet anyone who asks questions is a "doubter" or "being negative" or "trying to discredit them". It's just insane. I honestly can't tell if it's a scam, or they're just incredibly INCREDIBLY inept in dealing with people. Those guys have no one to blame for their failure but themselves.



Honestly my guess, and it's a guess I use often for this, is the devs just don't know. They don't answer questions because they don't have answers. They're moving in a direction, but they're still deciding things as they go along.

It's not a great thing to do, but it's not uncommon in a creative field, because things don't work as well as you'd hoped and need to be changed. But your fans take something you say as gospel, and they remember tiny things you said 6 months ago and get angry if it's no longer as true.
It makes you very reluctant to say anything until you're 100% certain it's set in stone.

It's a fine thing, but when you promise updates, it becomes a bad thing. This is the awful flipside of Kickstarter that devs don't seem to take into account. They think giving updates is easy, and when everything is on plan it is, but when things begin to shift and become less well defined suddenly a real update feels like torture and a drawing of a motorcycle feels better. That's not acceptable when part of the promise was transparency.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
9. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 3, 2014, 13:59 Beamer
 
LittleMe wrote on Jul 3, 2014, 13:57:
Beamer wrote on Jul 3, 2014, 13:23:
From what I gather, Congressmen socialize much less often. And much less gets done.

I'm all for them getting less done! The Constitution was written to limit their power so they wouldn't get much done.


Like the New Deal, that awful piece of socialist bullcrap that was the government overstepping its bounds and creating a protected middle class!
 
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