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News Comments > Cliff Bleszinski Talks a Blue Streak
18. Re: Cliff Bleszinski Talks a Blue Streak Jul 10, 2014, 14:03 Beamer
 
It's funny that he mentions Tim liking to walk. It used to be that, if you drove past Epic in the early evening, you were guaranteed to see Tim and Cliff walking together. Word is that's where a lot of Epic's future got decided.

Cliff may be a loudmouthed dink, but he gave us some great games. He gets blamed for bad art style (I can't defend some of the characters in the middle UT games, but I still say GoW makes perfect sense when you meet the Art Director, and I never found that art style bad at all) - he definitely shaped what Epic was. So did quite a few others that followed him out.

I really wonder what Epic is now. I think a lot of people there do the same.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
15. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jul 10, 2014, 13:32 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 13:13:
Beamer wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 11:34:
Cutter wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 06:49:
this prick of a prosecutor is either trying to make his political bones for later on so he can claim he's put sexual predators away, or he's a right-wing fascist puritanical asshole who has no business being in the position he's in. Either way he's a major league Asshole. If there's any justice he'll lose, be fired, and then sued in that order.

Cutter, again, wrong.

The kid committed a crime. Objectively. There's NO way to say he didn't commit a crime. He broke a law. A stupid law, but he broke it.

The mother filed a complaint. She said she wanted to press charges. Do you know what a prosecutor has to do when a mother presses charges in a statutory case? He has to follow up on it. If not, that's where he'll be fired and sued. Sure, a good prosecutor tries his best to settle this without it actually happening, and tries his best to talk the parent out of it.

But, she has a video. It's clear evidence that can't be denied. He is more or less obligated to move forward with this, whether he wants to or not.

Blame the parent for being an idiot before you blame the prosecutor for doing his job.

Prosecutors have a lot of leeway what they prosecute and what they don't, even if there is evidence. Here's an example of the DOJ deciding not to prosecute a case. The prosecutor is being way too aggressive on this case. I'm sure there are A LOT of other cases that this prosecutor could be focusing on, for crimes much more serious than this one, yet he's choosing to follow up on this one. I think Cutter's spot on, that he's choosing to be aggressive on this for the optics of it, and that it's a softball thrown down the middle.

I agree he's being overly aggressive, but when you have a parent in your office arguing sexual assault, you do not have leeway. If the parent goes to the media and says her child was sexually harassed and you did nothing, well, it doesn't matter what the truth is, that's a headline the media is running with.
 
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News Comments > Cliff Bleszinski Talks a Blue Streak
14. Re: Cliff Bleszinski Talks a Blue Streak Jul 10, 2014, 12:15 Beamer
 
Did he throw Dana under the bus?  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
13. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jul 10, 2014, 11:34 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 06:49:
this prick of a prosecutor is either trying to make his political bones for later on so he can claim he's put sexual predators away, or he's a right-wing fascist puritanical asshole who has no business being in the position he's in. Either way he's a major league Asshole. If there's any justice he'll lose, be fired, and then sued in that order.

Cutter, again, wrong.

The kid committed a crime. Objectively. There's NO way to say he didn't commit a crime. He broke a law. A stupid law, but he broke it.

The mother filed a complaint. She said she wanted to press charges. Do you know what a prosecutor has to do when a mother presses charges in a statutory case? He has to follow up on it. If not, that's where he'll be fired and sued. Sure, a good prosecutor tries his best to settle this without it actually happening, and tries his best to talk the parent out of it.

But, she has a video. It's clear evidence that can't be denied. He is more or less obligated to move forward with this, whether he wants to or not.

Blame the parent for being an idiot before you blame the prosecutor for doing his job.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
12. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jul 10, 2014, 11:31 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 02:16:
@ Beam,

Correct me if I'm wrong, but the picture IS the issue. In Virginia, it's legal for a 15 year old to have relations with a 17 year old. So it can't be that. The problem is that "child" pr0n is photos of anyone under the age of 18. You can be 15 and see your 17 yr old BF naked and engage in relations with him, but you can't take a picture of his junk.

To summarize: he's a child when it comes to photos of his junk, but he's an adult when it comes to being tried for taking photos of his junk and sending them. Ridiculous and totally inconsistent.

Also, is it legal for the prosecutor to break the law while prosecuting a case? They want a picture of the kid's junk to compare vs. the photo on the girl's phone, so they have to commit child porn to get that comparison picture. Also, is it legal to force an innocent minor to receive the risky injection that will make his junk stand at attention so they can take said picture? I really don't see how any of this is legal at all. I've never heard of medicating a defendant to gather evidence from him for trial. That would seem to me to be a violation of the fifth amendment. I hope the ACLU jumps on this.

Well, I'm wrong and this isn't just morally moronic it's fully moronic.

That law is still terrible, anyway. Most people are 18 before they graduate. If you are a HS senior that turns 18 on April 5th, and your partner is a HS senior that turns 18 on May 5th, having sex (sorry, "banging beaver like it's going out of style,") during that month means you go to jail.

The biggest problem with these laws is that no politician wants to change them. Being the politician that tries to relax statutory rape and child porn laws is a surefire way to get voted out of office, even if it's sensible, responds to how kids actually act, and would be supported by most people if they thought about it rather than the shock terminology of, you know, relaxing statutory rape and child porn laws.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 10, 2014, 11:26 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 09:49:
It's not even the messaging so much as it is Microsoft simply isn't making a real commitment to it. They've been doing PR crap with it for awhile which is great for the bigger name indies who actually get devkits from them but bad for everyone else who has been getting the runaround. Sony on the other hand are doing subsidized dev kits, personal reps assigned to indies, great documentation and almost immediate access to DevNet and so on. They are actually trying to foster a community instead of just "oh look we're gonna have Transistor too!".

A friend of mine is pretty close to their indie team. I gave him an earful once, then decided it wasn't worth risking friendship over. Their indie policy blows. He basically said it was well intentioned (this was mostly over the can't-launch-anywhere-before-xbone policy) but not well thought out, yet no one would back down.

I, as I always do, pitched myself to come in and rebuild that entire department, actually working with indies, and actually understanding that MS is the 800lbs gorilla and should be bending over backwards to help them because it's the one in that position, but he shrugged and hinted that an attitude like that may not make it very long.

Figures.
 
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News Comments > CliffyB Announces F2P PC Shooter Blue Streak
28. Re: CliffyB Announces F2P PC Shooter Blue Streak Jul 10, 2014, 11:24 Beamer
 
Sepharo wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 10:55:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 10, 2014, 03:12:
Sepharo wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 19:54:
jdreyer wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 04:30:
Sepharo wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 01:17:

You should try the F2P "Loadout". Very solid weapons and netcode/feel IMO.

I thought Loadout looked pretty cool. However, there's no way to play single player, and coop matches seem to force 4 humans Vs. 4 AI (I have little desire or time to play compet multiplayer)? No way to have bots on your team?

Haven't looked into it but my guess would be no. I know there are tons of people on Blue's who insist on having bots in what are normally online MP games but that's something that I don't personally understand. If you want SP, play a Half-Life or Bioshock style FPS.
Quake, CS, UT, BF, Titanfall... that's for MP.

Half Life 2 and BS: Infinite are great, but they're not "games" ...

I didn't make it any further.

Yeah, I don't know what he was going for there, unless he puts the word "competitive" in front of it.

I mean, HL2 and BS:Infinite are interactive sci-fi movie styled games, but absolutely still games. Two of my favorite. I get every single criticism about BSI, particularly that it felt a bit throwback in a bad way and that most of its message seems lost in the diediekilleverything gameplay, but the game was still a blast and I don't see a way to avoid the second part without a game being boring, so yeah, I loved it.
 
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News Comments > Battleborn TM Oddity Explained
4. Re: Battleborn TM Oddity Explained Jul 10, 2014, 00:03 Beamer
 
Your point isn't relevant here. Suing a company that owes you k joinery and hasn't paid you is valid. They're are plenty of bad lawsuits. That isn't what gearbox is protecting themselves from.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
6. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jul 9, 2014, 21:43 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 21:40:
How is a boyfriend sending a girlfriend a private erotic photograph considered pornography to begin with? A million simulated murders in popular culture a day and no one bats an eye. A guy sends his girlfriend a private erotic pic and he's a sexual predator. Jesus, only in America.

Cutter, as a video game fan, you should know better than to complain about "simulated murders."

And the problem is that he was above the age of consent and she was below. In reality, it should not be a problem. The law is problematic. But that's why this is a "problem." You say "a guy sends," but if it was a 30 year old guy and your 16 year old daughter you'd probably complain.
 
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News Comments > Battleborn TM Oddity Explained
2. Re: Battleborn TM Oddity Explained Jul 9, 2014, 19:33 Beamer
 
Panickd wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 19:09:
It's a pretty sad state of affairs when a country is so full of scumbag overly litigious lawyers that you have to create a shell company just to hold the rights to a property you intend to use so that your real company doesn't end up needlessly sued into the dust.

'merica! Hell yeah!

I don't think you're looking at this the right way.

Gearbox isn't afraid of being needlessly sued, they're afraid of being rightfully sued. If they go bankrupt they could lose their IP in auction, like what happened to THQ. That isn't needless, that's actually deserved.
But now? I assume the Gearbox shareholders are also the Necromonger shareholders. If Gearbox goes bankrupt they'll fight to keep the IP out of it. The Gearbox shareholders are trying to protect themselves so that, even if they run Gearbox into the ground, they still have something they can keep their debtors away from in order to keep themselves rich.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
4. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jul 9, 2014, 19:30 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 18:35:
In sexting case, Virginia prosecutors want to photo teenís genitalia.

This case is just the stupidest thing I've ever heard of. The prosecutor wants to commit child porn to prove "child porn" by photographing the kid's junk for comparison to the sexting pic. I hope he prosecutes him/herself. And no doctor or nurse should agree to participate in this travesty.

This poor 17 yr old kid is fooling around sending pics of his junk to a 15 yr old girl he knows (she started it) and now faces jail time and life branding as a "sexual predator child pornographer." It's just ridiculous. Should I just never get my kids cell phones in case they have a lack of judgement? Is there any other first world country where this happens? Seriously, does Delaware not have actual crimes they should be solving instead of wasting resources on this? I'd love to hear how this kind of thing is handled in sane countries.

No no no.
The issue wasn't a photo of 17 year old junk. That was fine. Age of consent and all.
The issue was sending it to an underage girl.

They want the photo to prove it was him.

But yes, this illustrates the huge issues with these laws and technology. Basically, every high school girl has sent photos of herself naked to someone. And that someone may have sent it on to other people. I'm pretty convinced everyone in high school has naked pictures of everyone else. And ages of consent differ by state and country, and with the internet being global...

There have been cases where young men, 17 or 18, were prosecuted for having sex with young women, 15 or 16, that they went to HS with. In many of the bigger cases race was an issue. Prosecutors usually don't want to go after these cases, but if a parent is pushing and it's technically illegal they more or less have to.

There needs to be a change. Yes, you don't want a 35 year old with naked pictures claiming they'd be legal in Italy. And you don't want a 20 year old sleeping with or sexting a 15 year old. But two high school kids? Or, really, two people that met while still in HS?

C'mon.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
7. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 9, 2014, 18:10 Beamer
 
harlock wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 17:58:
Beamer wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 10:18:
Julio wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 09:41:
Guess they don't want the truth to come out, so they're pushing to settle.

What "truth?"

Again, why do so many here think there is conspiracy behind incompetence?

if two or more people agreed to scratch each others back, its technically a conspiracy

Again, why do so many here think "conspiracy" only refers to jfk killers and alien cover-ups? because they are boneheaded morons? hmm sounds about right

But there's nothing illegal there and no "truth."

Here's the truth of the situation:
1) 38 Studios was run by a World Series hero that was larger than life and people that were enormous fans of him were falling over themselves to be the ones that brought him to their city
2) 38 Studios was run by a man that had no business sense and simply ran it into the ground


There's your "truth." No one did anything illegal or immoral. No one stole. No one made money (they lost it, actually.) No one got promoted (the governor got voted out in large part due to this.) No one greased palms. People were just stupid.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
16. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 9, 2014, 18:07 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 17:27:
Beamer wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 16:14:
Julio wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 15:32:
I'd rather just have both a PS4 and a PC.

It's an amazing thing, right? Rather than picking sides and calling anyone that doesn't agree with your preference a fanboy or ignorant or stupid or whatever else, you can actually, legally, own as many platforms as you want and play games on all of them.

Stop. Just stop with this insanity. Own both? That's crazy.

For me personally, I can't even get through my backlog on PC, so there's no point in owning a console.

I'll never get through my backlog on PC, Xbox or PS3. Which is fine. I've learned not to buy based on sale but buy based on need. And there will always be better games coming out than ones in my back catalog. Halo Reach and Halo 4, Dead Island and Darkness II, Little Big Planet 2 and Resistance - I just accept these will never get played.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
12. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 9, 2014, 16:14 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 15:32:
I'd rather just have both a PS4 and a PC.

It's an amazing thing, right? Rather than picking sides and calling anyone that doesn't agree with your preference a fanboy or ignorant or stupid or whatever else, you can actually, legally, own as many platforms as you want and play games on all of them.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
11. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 9, 2014, 16:11 Beamer
 
LittleMe wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 15:06:
Yes there are those conveniences for a console. Maybe also you're rationalizing your PS4 purchase(?) not having yet come to fruition. True not everyone knows or even wants to know that they're getting a bad value for their money, or they are speculating their console purchase will pay off in the future. I'd put people here in these forums in the latter category of course.

I see that people usually buy pricey electronics without doing much or any research. They have no idea what they're getting beyond the basic function stated on the box. Ignorance is bliss I guess. I'm not just talking consoles.

I remember years ago I needed tires for my car. I went to the shop and they tried to sell me some tires they said were 'good tires.' I realized I could be getting ripped off. I declined and went home and did some Internet research to find out they were poor quality and priced much too high. Same thing applies to consoles or PC's.. Don't get ripped off.

So it's not a elitist 'master race' thing to me. It's just that the value of it isn't there, yet. I guess I shouldn't underestimate the value of hundreds of millions of dollars in marketing to 'leverage demand to get the ball rolling.'

Sorry for off topic.

I don't own a PS4. I don't own an Xbone. I don't own a WiiU. I don't know if I'll buy any of them. I bought a PS3 for $199 on Black Friday in 2011. It had been out, what, 5 years by then, and was less than half the launch price?

I agree the value isn't there yet. I don't know why people rush out and buy them when there are no games. At the same time, there's excitement about being an early adopter and when I was a child I needed the newest consoles immediately, even if I kept renting last generation games for the next year.

But, whether there's value now, your post made it sound as if you think there's no value, period. A console does many things better than PCs do. Some people prefer those things.


And sorry, it is a "master race" thing, because you tie your argument to "ignorance is bliss" and "I'm the only person smart enough to not get ripped off because I do research!" You can't just sit there and make a statement like everyone buying a PS4 is an ignorant, uneducated consumer, but that's what you seem to be doing.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
4. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 9, 2014, 13:45 Beamer
 
LittleMe wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 13:39:
Why even buy a PS4 and not a PC where the graphics are just as good and there are vastly more games, far better game prices, etc. It's no contest. Get a PS4 if you don't know how to plug a wireless dongle into a USB port on your PC.


Or, you know, if you want to play games that are PS4 exclusive, or you want to play games while relaxing on a couch in a room with no PC nearby and don't want a big, ugly, loud box in the room, or if you don't feel like constantly fiddling with drivers and updates and crashes and want something that basically just does everything you need it to do, right out of the box, every time.

Your priorities and opinions aren't everyone's. This isn't a black and white thing where one choice is clearly wrong. PCMASTERRACE!
 
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News Comments > Gearbox Announces "Hero Shooter" Battleborn
28. Re: Gearbox Announces Jul 9, 2014, 12:17 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 11:40:
Verno wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 11:03:
That looked really boring and uninspired.
Did you seriously expect anything fresh and inspiring from the "creators of Borderlands"

I don't think anyone can argue well against those words, particularly "inspired," for Borderlands 2. Sorry, Handsome Jack was inspired. The entire game was fairly fresh.

It's the anomaly in their catalog, but they've also done little in house other than Brothers at Arms, which I've never played because it looked like generic WWII stuff.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 9, 2014, 10:18 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 09:41:
Guess they don't want the truth to come out, so they're pushing to settle.

What "truth?"

Again, why do so many here think there is conspiracy behind incompetence?
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
5. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jul 9, 2014, 00:54 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 8, 2014, 22:45:
Oh come on, Engrish isn't taboo. For chrissake, Blue you've even posted links to Engrish signs in the past. Are we really getting that PC now? Dear Lord, please save me from your followers.

Fun fact: both Mandarin and Cantonese have an L sound. Your joke didn't make sense unless you assume all Asians are the same.
 
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News Comments > Humble 2K Bundle
15. Re: Humble 2K Bundle Jul 9, 2014, 00:07 Beamer
 
Squirmer wrote on Jul 8, 2014, 23:15:
I'd rather give my money to a charity than a big videogame publisher, but that's because I'm not an awful person.

You could always, you know, do both? Pay the $1 for the game and then give $10 to charity?

I'm assuming, given how you talk, you give charity often. You give when the supermarket asks to donate a dollar. You give when they call. You give unsolicited.
Because charity seems to be the most important thing to you.
 
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