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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
7. Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 8, 2014, 11:20 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Oct 8, 2014, 07:51:
Apparently most of you are not old enough to remember the same type of bullshit headlines from the 80's, when machines were going to replace all the jobs.

Oh ya, and the ozone was going to be destroyed if you didn't stop spraying your mullet...

Nothing has been worse for our county, including the economy, than Obama and the democratic machine - don't need a conservative blog equivalent to quote - just open your eyes and have a look around.

You realize, of course, that CFCs are still widely believed to cause holes in the ozone layer and were banned from most uses in 1989, though some countries are still banning them as we speak.

It's funny that you mention it as if it's some quack science when:
1) The theory is still believed
2) Nothing has been disproved
3) The causations have been banned or reduced
4) No one is really lacking in their lives from those changes
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
31. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 7, 2014, 19:18 Beamer
 
PropheT wrote on Oct 7, 2014, 18:47:
Beamer wrote on Oct 7, 2014, 15:31:
We've been so conditioned to higher resolution is better, but I don't think that's wholly true anymore. I think that, for a TV you're not close to, resolution is no longer nearly as important a way to judge the value of a game.

Looking at a video on YouTube at 720p like the links you had default to doesn't really show the whole picture either, though. I agree that it doesn't matter much on a normal TV at a typical distance, at least from just a purely visual standpoint when looking at the end result.

The real issue is that if the resolution needs to be dropped to maintain a playable frame rate, then you tend to be looking at other performance-related issues that will arise as a result of that difference in power that creates the disparity that requires the resolution to be lowered on that system in the first place. It's pretty rare that just the resolution needs to be tweaked in order to affect a steady frame rate where there wasn't one before, since that's just the fastest way to cover up performance issues that you can't resolve another, better way.

The links default to 720p, but I kicked all but one up to 1080p, and that extra one I kicked to 1440p.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
27. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 7, 2014, 17:06 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Oct 7, 2014, 15:42:

The whole console resolution thing is just an e-peen flexing thing for the ongoing console wars. Like you said, it doesn't matter in 99% of living room/TV configurations. If you're playing with a console hooked to a 24" or bigger monitor a foot and a half from your face, then yeah, but that's an edge case and not something developers need to really concern themselves with for the console versions.

Frame rate is a bigger deal, but that's not typically an issue on PC either because users there are typically more savvy and have finer control over detail levels to ensure a good framerate.

In short, I don't know why any of us should care what's going on with Xbone vs. PS4. Despite the improvements over last gen, they have technical concerns that don't matter to us on PC.

Framerate depends for me. So long as it doesn't drop below 30 I don't tend to notice it for most things. Obviously it depends on the game, but I've played plenty of console games at 30fps and not really noticed. I'd love to actually do side-by-side, but...

AA matters much more to me than I'd expected. That's the area last-gen consoles failed the most visually.


This is like the third topic you've agreed with me on in 2 days. Are you sure you don't want to change your opinion? Haha.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
22. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 7, 2014, 15:31 Beamer
 
Here's another one: Metro 2033. 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbone. I can't imagine sitting on my couch and being able to see the difference.

And here's Destiny before the Xbone was cranked to 1080p. With all the action, I can't really see a difference.

We've been so conditioned to higher resolution is better, but I don't think that's wholly true anymore. I think that, for a TV you're not close to, resolution is no longer nearly as important a way to judge the value of a game.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
21. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 7, 2014, 15:30 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Oct 7, 2014, 15:19:
The Half Elf wrote on Oct 7, 2014, 15:09:
But to be fair does anyone on these forums know what it would take hardware wise to hit 1080p?
Example: AC Unity will run at 900p on both consoles. To get to 1080p what would you have to remove to achieve that at 30+fps? And what sort of TV would you need to tell the difference between 900p and 1080p?


To your second question, telling between 900p and 1080p is going to depend on the size of your TV and how far you are from it. If you've got a relatively modest sized TV, say under 50 inches, and it's 10 feet from where you're sitting, you're not going to be able to tell the difference aside from whatever placebo effect you get from the knowledge that it's 1080p and not 900.

A 46" TV 10 feet away is too far away from the ideal viewing distance of around 6 feet. You're not going to be taking advantage of the extra detail. You'd be hard pressed to tell the difference between 720 and 1080 at that distance, let alone a smaller resolution difference.

Which is the big thing that gets me with much of this. When you're talking a monitor, the difference is huge. But a TV? IGN and the like have repeatedly done comparison videos (which I hate, much preferring screenshots, but videos are more true) and, frankly, it can be hard to tell the difference. Yeah, things in the background are sharper, but so what?

Ultimately, how much I enjoy a game won't really depend on how sharp things in the background are.

Here's Assassin's Creed 4. 1080p on PS4, 900p on Xbone. Jump to 45 seconds, when there's action, and I can't see a difference at all. I think I can in cut scenes, but... who cares? At 1:15 it freezes and shows differences.
Functionally, I see no difference. And that's watching at 1080p on a monitor. Put it on a 60" TV 10 feet from me?

Yes, this may change as games get better.
Yes, when it impacts the PC, where resolution matters significantly, it will be frustrating.
But for the moment, on these consoles, I think that the resolution difference between 1080p and 900p is hardly noticeable. Everything is basically "sharp enough" when you're actually playing the game.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
13. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 7, 2014, 13:23 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 7, 2014, 12:31:
But in a new statement issued last night, Ubisoft explained that the producer had been "misinterpreted".

"We understand how senior producer Vincent Pontbriand's quotes have been misinterpreted. To set the record straight, we did not lower the specs for Assassin's Creed: Unity to account for any one system over the other," a Ubisoft spokesperson said.

And marketing assholes wonder why they're despised by everyone. Evasiveness, half-truths and outright damned lies and more damned lies. How the fuck do those people sleep at night? Oh right, they don't have a conscience or a soul.

Technically, PR isn't marketing. One is a business area, one is a communications area. One is numbers, the other is words.
 
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News Comments > etc.
7. Re: etc. Oct 7, 2014, 13:00 Beamer
 
I still find it interesting that all those "gamers are dead" articles said:

1) There's a stereotype about gamers
2) That stereotype is that they're all pale young male virgins sitting in mom's basement, failing at life, screaming at people over Xbox Live
3) This stereotype was cultivated in the late 80s and through the 90s by the gaming media. Open up any mid-90s PCG and look at the ads to see who they're targeted at
4) This stereotype is not true
5) Most gamers are not pale young male virgins sitting in mom's basement failing at life while screaming at strangers over Xbox Live
6) It's time to abandon this stereotype
7) It's time to acknowledge that gamers are normal people with normal lives
8) It's time to acknowledge that nearly everyone games
9) It's time to stop catering to the nerdbro gamer exclusively and start giving more diverse experiences and storytelling


I understand that Leigh came out on the offensive, but this is what her argument boils down to. All the follow-ups just clarified it.
And I can't see why people here are so up in arms. Once you realize and accept that by "gamer" she means the stereotype, it makes sense.

Frankly, I don't think there's a single one of those stereotypes here. We have a few people that, for one reason or another, may not get away from the screen much, but they're good people. And we have some trolls that hate everything and are always negative, but I think Cutter has an outside life.

I would love to have more diverse experiences, better storytelling, and the concept of "gamer" being more socially accepted and embraced rather than looked down upon.
And, sadly, #gamergate has done the opposite. Every mainstream article is about the fight against women. It's made gamers look more like that stereotype, not less.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Interviews
21. Re: Sunday Interviews Oct 7, 2014, 12:46 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Oct 6, 2014, 02:27:
Beamer wrote on Oct 5, 2014, 22:53:

The only reason, the ONLY reason, anyone knows about this stuff is because of her ex-boyfriend's "woe is me" blog.

But, according to the timeline on that blog, all the coverage came before she cheated on him.

It's the sole source we have, and a pretty good one, as it gave people like Julio the endless "burgers and fries" bullshit he won't stop saying.
But clearly you aren't even aware of this. Just jumping in, making comments on things you don't even have the basic knowledge about.
No, people have long had suspicions that there was something going on in the industry that included nepotism, shilling, bribery, corruption and so on. His "woe is me" blog simply cracked the shell open on an issue that many people already believe existed.

You realize that much of the coverage she got among others--such as jenn frank occurred afterwards or while they were shacking up with other people in the industry right? This isn't new, it's been there since the beginning.

Seriously man, it's shit like this that continues to piss people off. Oh and if you need the context. That's a polygon writer saying that people who threatened others over PAX(burning it down and another who wanted to acquire nerve gas and kill people) and the attacks on a 13yr old were just a "couple of people going too far." While claiming that #gamergate is nothing but white males, who do nothing but harass people. The cognitive dissonance must be earth shatteringly painful.

Did you ever apologize for linking to a fake news site?

And no, if you look at the timelines, even her ex admits that the coverage from sites like Kotaku and RPS came prior to them "shacking up."

Still, can you please apologize for linking to a fake site in that Intel article?
 
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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: etc. Oct 7, 2014, 11:14 Beamer
 
UHD wrote on Oct 7, 2014, 10:59:
Julio wrote on Oct 7, 2014, 10:26:
The interesting thing about two sides needing to come together on #Gamergate is...they don't need to.

Yeah because mutual understanding and civil communication never solved anything.

Or, it's interesting that Julio only wants to read things that pander to him rather than challenge his viewpoints and ask he reconsider them.

Again, if only Leigh Alexander had done that better instead of kicking over a gas can and making people say "hey, I'm a gamer!" rather than "she has a point, I'm a gamer and I'm not that stereotype!"
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 6, 2014, 21:02 Beamer
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Oct 6, 2014, 20:22:
How did I know you were going to bang on about the R0? Now I know you are just parroting the media. The R0 of HIV is measured in YEARS. The R0 for ebola is WEEKS. Yeah, the media tends to not mention that.

Seriously?
Time is not a component of R0!

Do you understand what R0 is? It's how many people an infected person will pass the disease on to.
When the disease tends to kill within weeks, R0 is over the course of weeks. When a disease tends to kill in years, R0 is over the course of years.

But, ultimately, it is meaningless. It is simply a measure of how many people one infected person will infect. With HIV, they have years to do it. With ebola, they have days or weeks. But it's still a finite number.

I mean, given that ebola patients do not live for years while infectious, what does it matter? It isn't like the R0 will stretch on.

Seriously, you seem to not even understand what R0 is and why time is meaningless. If we extend the period we measure R0 for ebola to 40 years, it's still 2!, because the patient died 39.9 years ago!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 6, 2014, 20:14 Beamer
 
Here, from IJRreview, a conservative website:
Ebola is less contagious than HIV, SARS, Mumps and Measles.

Or from WebMD
Or from Medscape
Or from Vox

Or, you know, trust some 24 hour news channel trying to get you to endlessly not change the channel.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 6, 2014, 20:07 Beamer
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Oct 6, 2014, 19:58:
Beamer wrote on Oct 6, 2014, 12:30:
How not to get ebola: don't roll around in the blood of someone bleeding from their eyes.

Seriously, ebola is less contagious than HIV and, while it transmits via bodily fluids like HIV, it only transmits when people are bleeding out their orifices. It's pretty easy to avoid in first world countries.

You really need to stop posting before you buy a clue. Seriously, ebola is WAY more contagious than HIV, and WAY easier to transmit. And you're contagious the moment you get a fever from it, which is WAY before you start bleeding, if in fact you even do start bleeding before you die.


The guy that just called what they wear "full biohazard suits" is telling someone else to get a clue?

It's R0 is generally recognized as being between 1 and 2. It's 4 for HIV. Which means HIV is more contagious. It, like HIV, is not an airborne disease. And by the time people are infectious, they're usually bedridden with an extremely high fever, muscle pains, headache, and uncontrollable bodily fluids.

It isn't like they're at the supermarket feeling a-ok. Or, in the case of HIV, having sex and spreading bodily fluids.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 6, 2014, 20:00 Beamer
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Oct 6, 2014, 19:52:
I love the Ebola article. It was also highly unlikely that someone wearing full bio-hazard gear would get infected. But I mean, that's only happened a dozen or so times. CErtainly there could never be an outbreak in the US, because...'Murica?

Full bio-hazard suit?
Here's what they're wearing.
In "hospitals" that are tents with dirt floors that are absolutely covered in feces, blood & vomit.

Not exactly comparable to the treatment in the US.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
25. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 6, 2014, 18:58 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 6, 2014, 18:56:
Cheaper prices are made up on volume so it all comes out in the wash.

Again, Cutter the economic genius.
It only gets made up in volume if people buy multiple. Again, what's the primary limiting factor for most gamers? Is it money to spend on software, or is it time to actually play the games?

If the price fell 90%, you'd have to buy 10x more games. Do you really think you'd do that?
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
22. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 6, 2014, 18:31 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 6, 2014, 18:22:
That the world is fucked up as it is is exactly because everyone has to cheat someone else out of money in order to survive. And remember, your income is someone else's debt. Every cent you earn, someone else loses. Capitalism is to put it bluntly, a system designed to kill the human race in the long-term. Because greed is infinite, but resources are not.

Which is why I still advocate for going back to the 1940s-1970s tax brackets. Back then, every dollar over $X was taxed upwards of 91%. So, if you're an employer, why would you bother making over that? You keep nine cents on the dollar. It made much more sense for you to instead let someone else earn it. This gave us a middle class and gave everyone nice wages to spend in stores.

Now? It's like you said, for me to make an extra dollar someone higher up at my company has to make a dollar less. And why would they choose to do that? It isn't like they aren't working hard, and it isn't like I'm threatening to leave, so why not keep that money for themselves?

And, hence, jumps up the corporate ladder don't pay off immensely until you actually have budget control and can argue that a larger percentage of it goes to you, and the owners of your company (be it one man or a large group of shareholders) will do everything they can to keep you from earning more because that's then them earning less.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 6, 2014, 18:27 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Oct 6, 2014, 18:22:
Beamer wrote on Oct 6, 2014, 16:53:
I can't imagine a way to argue that anything from the 70s or 80s is better than something like Adventure Time. Or even Animaniacs, which was more overtly educational and still way more interesting and far less vapid than the cardboard garbage of the 70s and 80s.

70s and 80s cartoons were the era of "cheap bullshit meant to sell toys." Yeah, I loved those cartoons in the 80s, and I get nostalgic about them sometimes, but looking back with a critical eye they just don't hold up compared to what is available to kids today on cable, Netflix etc. They were little more than cynical attempts to sell merchandise.

There's way more educational value on average and they give kids a lot more credit in terms of their level of intelligence and maturity. It's no surprise that modern cartoons are gaining a much larger adult audience than older cartoons. They are now designed with parents in mind.

And it's not just a modern thing. Even cartoons in the 40s and 50s had more depth than the cartoons of the 70s and 80s. Of course that's the culture of those eras. The 70s and 80s were about flashy appearance and lacking substance, and that was reflected in the cartoons.

I loved He-Man, but man, watching it now is beyond painful. Vapid. Vapid is the best way to describe it. As you mentioned, particularly in the 80s, cartoons existed to sell things and few cared about making something entertaining. They didn't think much of the kids they were trying to get to buy their products, and honestly, we still ate it up.

I look at some of the things out there now, again, like Adventure Time, and can't believe the depth of both the world and the content. Trying to explain to someone what happens in a particular 12.5 minute episode of Adventure Time is difficult, and for godssake, there was an episode that was basically about the sexual awakening of the protagonist with several references to masturbation. None of it for laughs, and all of it deep enough that the girl I was watching with missed all of that context.

Even stuff like Phineas and Ferb has much more depth to its world and wit to its jokes. Like you said, part of it is knowing parents will watch with it so writing in part for them, and part of it is just knowing kids are more sophisticated than everyone thought they were back in the 70s and 80s. I can't wait to see the type of creative stuff these kids do in 20 years when they're running the studios.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
20. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 6, 2014, 18:15 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Oct 6, 2014, 18:10:
Perhaps the gaming industry will have to figure out how to do more with less, just like everyone else.


If you ran things, they would. Budgets would plummet as AAA games went for $10 and indie game sold for $0.99. When budgets fall, layoffs happen and quality goes with it.

Julio, what limits how many games you buy? Is it money, or is it actual time to play?

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 6, 2014, 18:13 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Oct 6, 2014, 18:02:
Beamer wrote on Oct 6, 2014, 14:43:
they basically need to sneeze or cough while licking your eyeball

This doesn't really deserve a response, but that's not the case.

It isn't communicable through the skin, so it is kind of true. It really takes direct contact through an orifice. The odds of it transmitting via sneeze are minimal. It's possible, but typically needs a more direct contact.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 6, 2014, 16:53 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Oct 6, 2014, 16:33:
Cutter wrote on Oct 6, 2014, 16:32:
No Saturday Morning Cartoons?!?!?!?!? What in the fucking fuck? How can you not have Saturday morning cartoons? I mean granted, kids cartoons have been shit since the 80s - and the 70s was the greatest era of them all - but no cartoons? It's what allows mom and dad some sleep. Jr. settling in with a bowl of Cap'n Crunch and some Pop Tarts while he watches cartoons.

It's over, Johnny! It's over!

Parents just let the kids watch Netflix instead, it has an absurd amount of kids content.

Most of which is infinitely better than the stuff Cutter is singling out as great. Again, just someone convinced what he discovered was better than what came later.

I can't imagine a way to argue that anything from the 70s or 80s is better than something like Adventure Time. Or even Animaniacs, which was more overtly educational and still way more interesting and far less vapid than the cardboard garbage of the 70s and 80s.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
17. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 6, 2014, 16:47 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Oct 6, 2014, 16:39:
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Beamer wrote on Oct 6, 2014, 16:29:
Cutter wrote on Oct 6, 2014, 16:25:
Julio wrote on Oct 6, 2014, 14:48:
NKD wrote on Oct 6, 2014, 13:54:
Flat pricing is not fair pricing, by definition.

Interesting - to me charging each consumer the same price for the same product is fair. To do otherwise is unfair.

No, they should be able to charge what they want where they want. Similarly, consumers should have the right to shop around for better prices where ever they please too. If I feel I can make more money in one place than another I'll charge what the market will bear. However, I won't begrudge the consumer going somewhere else or buying a cheaper product. Regional pricing and resales are only a problem with bullshit like this saying you can't buy other places and/or resell.


Why would anyone ever buy from their locale if they can just as easily buy from a Russian ecommerce storefront?
That's right. The only way this works is if the people in one region pay their regional price. If everyone can buy from the Russian market then they have to charge the Russian market the same price. This effectively kills the Russian market and they may as well not even sell games there. Of course this sounds good to selfish citizens of wealthy countries, but its bad for the publisher and bad for the gamers in less wealthy countries.

I had a very, very, very wealthy friend.
His family was in Europe and had its hands in a few industries. One of those industries was pharmaceuticals. They didn't make pharmaceuticals, mind you. Instead, they bought pharmaceuticals from a poorer European country (think Albania), opened the packaging, put it in new packaging, and sold it in a wealthier European country (think France.) This kind of outraged me. They literally just bought low and sold high while adding absolutely nothing to the value chain. It was easy profit.
He was taken aback at my anger, and told me that it was ok, the government only allowed 15% of the market to be this kind of pharmaceuticals. Which sounds fine, but why did they allow it at all? Easy answer - the government officials in charge of this were frequent attendees at parties at the family mansion.

Drugs tend to be the single most common grey market item. There are huge issues with pharma, but in general drugs cost huge amounts of money to develop, but are needed everywhere. So countries in Africa tend to get them for free or close to it, because no one has money to pay. Either they get the drugs, or they die. Does this mean the drugs should be free in the US? Of course not (but, again, let's remove the part of the argument around US pricing and around health care coverage, those are not pertinent to this specific piece of the discussion.)

But then there's Cutter's argument, that consumers should be able to shop around. Great. This happens to some extent with the pharmaceuticals in Africa. Rather than going to the poor, much of it is stolen by bandits and sold on the black market. That way people in wealthier countries can get much cheaper drugs.
Greeeeeat.


Now, I get that games aren't life-and-death, nor are they a limited resource, but the underlying principles are the same.
 
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