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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
15. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 18, 2014, 17:45 Beamer
 
Trevellian wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 17:42:
Holy crap if you watched the SOE Live event you could completely tell Higby was fucking saying it jokingly. Lets get the guy fired over shit that people joke about constantly on the internet nowadays.

I don't fucking like the guy, I think his ideas on Planetside are shit. But to want to see him get fired over a shitty joke is unreal.

I'm someone that hates the whole PCMASTERRACE crap, but it seems to me he was absolutely saying it tongue-in-cheek to his audience.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
21. Re: Steam Top 10 Aug 18, 2014, 17:33 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 14:14:
Quinn wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 09:27:
People generally suck at gaming and judging games from an objective point of view.

Maybe you suck at gaming but don't presume to speak for the rest of us. It's a bad game, sorry you're too defensive about a video game but that insecurity is your problem, not mine.

He wasn't saying you suck at gaming; he was presuming you haven't played and are judging based on reviews by others that suck at gaming.

I haven't played it. Haven't played the originals. Couldn't tell you what they were. Just pointing out he wasn't trying to insult you.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 18, 2014, 17:13 Beamer
 
Speaking of bourbon, allow me to recommend Rowan's Creek. It's fairly cheap and quite good. It's a sipping bourbon, though. Cut it with some ice or a few drops of water. It's flavor is a bit unique for bourbon and it isn't as good for mixing with anything else.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 18, 2014, 15:35 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 15:26:
What accounts for the high consumption of bourbon?

Shift in drinking habits. Hard alcohol has had a revival, and it's mostly cocktail based. Drinking has shifted from tasteless alcohol, meaning vodka, to something with flavor to enjoy.

Like anything else, it's a cycle. People are drinking far less of one-alchohol-with-sugary-mixer, meaning rum & coke, and much more of alcohol mixed with alcohol mixed with alcohol mixed with bitters. Bourbon is ideal for many of those drinks.

At some point tasteless vodka will have a return.
 
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News Comments > Notch Softens View on Oculus Minecraft
11. Re: Notch Softens View on Oculus Minecraft Aug 18, 2014, 14:06 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 13:59:
Cutter wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 13:47:
Quboid wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 13:22:
I'm glad to see he's reconsidered, I thought he sounded a bit childish before. He hasn't sold out unless he's being paid which is possible but seems extremely unlikely given his reported wealth.

I would have thought Minecraft isn't very suited to the Rift. I wouldn't want to spend an entire evening wearing the DK1's headset in one go and I don't expect that to change in the near future.

When you abandon your principles for money that's called selling out.

Right, but what principle and what money? He doesn't like Facebook but that doesn't mean he needs to boycott it out of principle - he said it is creepy, not morally repugnant. I can't imagine Oculus could pay him enough to endorse it and I can't imagine official Rift support for Minecraft would cause a noticeable spike in sales.

I could see OR desperately wanting Notch to port, as I think MineCraft would be an absolute halo product that would help sell these devices. But, given how many copies of MC have sold, I don't think many people are sitting around waiting on OR to buy MC.

Like you said, realizing something you said may have been childish and irrational isn't selling out. Admitting you may have been hasty to rush to judgment isn't selling out.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
7. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 15, 2014, 19:41 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 15, 2014, 19:04:
Yeah, I have a problem with all Islam. There are no moderates. It's an extremist religion that practices many different forms of terror from oppressing apostates, infidels and women to outright murdering them. So yeah, they're a religion of terrorists. Why do we have to cater to these people? Why do they require prayer rooms, and breaks 5 times a day to pray, strict menus, etc. Leave that shit in the old country or stay there. You want to be here you adapt to our way of life. If I wanted to adapt to your way of life I'd move to your country, wouldn't I?



The US is a melting pot, not a conform or die country.

And no moderate Muslims? You've said some dumb, ignorant things, but that takes it.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 15, 2014, 15:16 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 15, 2014, 15:07:
Does Facebook think users are dumb? “Satire” tag added to Onion articles.

Well, we are talking about FACEBOOK users. Assumptions about intelligence are strictly optional.

There have been plenty of buzzfeed and the like articles showing people on fb reposting onion articles as fact. Usually its that abortion supercomplex one. It's even worse for lest known satire sites. Your super religious or political aunt that doesn't think out her views well has no clue what the onion is and believes anything confirming whichever views she has.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
8. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 15, 2014, 15:03 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 15, 2014, 14:57:
Hope Anon finds the fucker and outs dirt on the rest of those pigs too.

You should turn on the news. They already got it wrong.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Trailer
7. Re: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Trailer Aug 14, 2014, 22:38 Beamer
 
Brumbek wrote on Aug 14, 2014, 21:38:
Darks wrote on Aug 13, 2014, 21:12:
Brumbek wrote on Aug 13, 2014, 18:23:
Two words: cash grab.

Okay, so how is this a cash grab, when...
This is the very model of a cash-grab. You take a game that sold very well like BL2, and then you outsource it to another (much cheaper) studio new to the franchise. Then you re-use almost all the ideas and content from the original game (artwork, menus, loot system, character trees/archetypes).

Also, going with a prequel is a classic cash grab move (Arkham Origins) wherein you focus on minor/less interesting characters from the original game. Then you throw in some fan service stuff to hide the cash grab (playable Claptrap, which makes zero sense considering BL1/BL2 made it clear they/he is weak and can't fight but lore be danged!).

Note: not all cash grabs are bad quality. I'm not saying the game will be bad. Often times developers who know they are simply being used to make a cash grab game will get righteously indignant and work extremely hard to deliver a great game (a la Bioshock 2, although Bioshock 2 was a true sequel that innovated).

For those who love Borderlands, it's nice they are making the game. That doesn't change the fact it is a cash grab and should be called out as one. Plus there is a strong chance it will be a sub-par rehash of BL2 with less content. There's about an 85% chance of this, I'd say.

Perfect post.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Trailers
15. Re: Far Cry 4 Trailers Aug 13, 2014, 10:33 Beamer
 
peteham wrote on Aug 13, 2014, 08:17:
And then, in the case of FC3, when I was good and ready for the collecting to end and some proper action packed story missions, that half-glimpsed radio tower in the lower corner turns out to be another island just as big as the first one. I partially blame game reviewers for this, through the grand tradition of rewarding games for being [too] long

YES!
I don't think it's just game reviewers, though. You even see it here. Lots of people consider hours to finish an important data point before buying a game. It doesn't matter if it's 20 quality hours, but that game better damn well be 20 hours!

But I think it was also a gameplay error. Had the designers let you know that you'd have another island earlier in the game you wouldn't have had that feeling of "I'm almost done" completely squashed about 10 minutes before you expected credits to roll. It was about managed expectations.


All this said, I wish that, much like how we got a standalone add-on for Crysis starring the best character, Ubi should have done a standalone add-on starring that German guy.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
13. Re: Evening Consolidation Aug 12, 2014, 23:56 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Aug 12, 2014, 23:31:
Beamer wrote on Aug 12, 2014, 23:01:
Let's assume that TR sold 4 million copies and Square made 10 million per copy.

HOLY SHIT!

*starts making games*

Oops. The only game making that much money per is Star Citizen. Amiright?

Or Candy Crush, haha.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
10. Re: Evening Consolidation Aug 12, 2014, 23:01 Beamer
 
Orogogus wrote on Aug 12, 2014, 19:41:
Fantaz wrote on Aug 12, 2014, 17:50:
wasn't Square Enix pissed earlier about Tomb Raider's sales numbers not meeting expectations in the millions? how's this supposed to be a win in terms of sales to go with the losing player?

People keep saying this, but I don't get why. If someone offers you money for an exclusive, you wouldn't hand over your biggest blockbuster, would you? The best thing would be to use something that wasn't selling a bunch anyways. And if you're able to scale back expectations and development costs accordingly, so much the better.


On one hand, everyone making this argument is dumb. Of course Square considered this. Let's assume that TR sold 4 million copies and Square made 10 million per copy. $40 million dollars of revenue. Let's assume that the game cost $20 million to make. Of that $20 million, $16 million was the primary development cost, with each platform costing an additional $2 million to port to. And let's say 10% of sales came from the PC and 20% came from the PS3.
That means that you made $4 million on a $2 million investment for the PC and $8 million on a $2 million investment on the PS3. Obviously these numbers are fake, but you can sub in the real numbers. And obviously you can get more detail, as the profit per unit varies per console.
Regardless, if Microsoft were to offer you $15 million to go exclusive, that's more than you made from the other platforms.

But it's also a bit stupid from Square, because that means that the audience looking for the next title is diminished. It's sacrificing some money in the future, but that can also be a good thing.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Trailers
10. Re: Far Cry 4 Trailers Aug 12, 2014, 22:55 Beamer
 
Pr()ZaC wrote on Aug 12, 2014, 19:11:
The Half Elf wrote on Aug 12, 2014, 18:47:
Creston wrote on Aug 12, 2014, 18:21:
Gotta say, it's looking pretty awesome.

So was Far Cry 3. Remember jumping off the cliff, the underwater life, the shadows on the wall. Then Remember how NONE of that is in the actual game?
I bet they had to tone it down for consoles.

It's mostly true. A lot of these unnecessary things get cut when they are optimizing. They start slashing things that don't impact gameplay. E3 trailers aren't lies, they're wishful thinking.


As for FC3, despite the awful plot (the protagonist wasn't awful to live with during gameplay but was during plot sequences that revealed him to be a privileged jackass), despite the fact that it went on too long and the repetitive aspects of the gameplay got dull around the 75% mark, it was one of my favorite games of that year. Massively so. I adored it.

Which means FC4 is a very rare day one purchase for me. Though my system, which features 4GB of RAM (yet somehow does 50+ tabs fine), the best i5 from 2010, and a upper-mid range GPU from 2010, likely needs to be upgraded. I'm seriously considering a W230SS laptop over a new desktop.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: 2014's starting salaries for college tech majors. Aug 11, 2014, 14:41 Beamer
 
LittleMe wrote on Aug 11, 2014, 14:32:
Awesome. What sort of analyst jobs are these and where? XD


Wall Street, where salaries have kept up with inflation better than most.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: 2014's starting salaries for college tech majors. Aug 11, 2014, 14:16 Beamer
 
At the same time, I just spent a weekend at a friend's apartment. The night before I got there he took his analyst interns out. They were getting their offers the next day. $77,000, with the average bonus expected to be $50,000. For 22 year olds.

No surprise there were 89 fireball shots on that bar tab. Man, fireball is the worst.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2014, 13:46 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Aug 11, 2014, 13:11:
garrywong wrote on Aug 11, 2014, 12:48:
Teenagers aren't getting any dumber any more than autism is becoming more frequent. What's changed is that now more than ever, every little stupid trick they do is now publicized ever more readily through social media where it wasn't before.

Trust me, dumb teens have been setting themselves on fire for generations. Now it's simply more public.

But is the advent of things like Youtube causing MORE of it to happen? If you ran into traffic in the 90s, like Beamer mentioned, you had to have your buddies there with a camera, and then they had to go get on their bikes and cycle past everyone's house to show how fucking dumb you'd been.

Now you just upload it to Youtube, and tadaaaaa, the whole world is in awe of just what a fucking moron you are.

So maybe I should say that teenagers are still good for absolutely nothing, and that Youtube is to blame for making it worse.

It's definitely not just teenagers, as YouTube is full of grown men doing dumb things, but yeah, the internet makes people dumber by rewarding that stupidity.

I have a close friend with a slight burn scar on his chest. Why? He was drunk in college one night and wrapped paper towels around himself, lit them on fire, then went down the slip-n-slide. People loved it. His friend did it next, and someone had a camera. A film camera, most likely, as this was probably 2000 or 2001. Someone took a picture, and it ended up on College Humor. My friend was so angry, because this was his idea and why was the other kid getting the internet glory!? So he lit himself in an even bigger fire to do the same thing, this time getting slightly burned because he tried to make the fire enormous.

This was at Cornell.



Kids, and men, and humans, in general, have always been stupid. There's definitely more glory to be found in stupidity thanks to the internet, but every grade school had that kid that found glory in being the weirdo eating worms. Sure, no one really liked him, but it gave him attention. Just like lighting yourself on fire, or doing the cinnamon challenge, or doing a Let's Play in which you rip something apart unfairly while using really stupid voices, gets you YouTube attention.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2014, 12:32 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Aug 11, 2014, 11:46:
Okay, seriously, anyone who is still claiming that teens aren't getting fucking dumber and dumber every single generation seriously needs to read this and then forever shut up about it.

"Gee, I wonder if this is dangerous. NAH IT'LL BE FINE!" What an incredible bunch of fucking morons.

"On 2 August, California teen Fernando Valencia, 16, suffered third-degree burns to his neck and stomach after pouring nail polish remover over himself and lighting it as part of the dare.

"Being burned alive was one of the worst things you can imagine,"he told news station KABC. "It's my fault. I can't say nothing else besides it was a dumb idea."


Ya think, you fucking turd waffle? Thanks for jacking up the price of health insurance some more, dipshit.

Remember in the 90s when a few teens died for running into highways and laying down?

Teens are as dumb as ever, no more, no less.
 
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News Comments > Boss Key Looking to Re-earn Trust
4. Re: Boss Key Looking to Re-earn Trust Aug 9, 2014, 13:57 Beamer
 
WaltC wrote on Aug 9, 2014, 13:38:
Re-earn my trust? Heh...;) The guy lost that forever when he talked Sweeney into leaving the PC...the very platform that gave him his start. Like the poster before me, I think CliffyB is full of it...he's another "suck-it-down" John Romero sort of nincompoop...We don't need any more of that sort of thing...

We're watching the Peter-Principle at work--CliffyB's apex was with Epic but he hasn't realized it yet...it's all downhill for him now, most likely...The guy's a walking dictionary of cliches..."bitten of more than he can chew," and "disaster waiting to happen," etc.

Sweeney never abandoned PC, ue always supported it. And considering gears made them billionaires, it was a good business move.

PC gamers are often monstrously emotional and constantly feeling weird betrayal. I never get the "we made you and you abandoned us!" Argument. We hated cliff before that. Stop crying.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
16. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Aug 9, 2014, 10:36 Beamer
 
Tom wrote on Aug 9, 2014, 01:11:
Scheherazade wrote on Aug 8, 2014, 22:08:
Not paying someone for their work is a theft of their services.

Obviously employers need to pay their employees for work performed. I don't dispute that AT ALL. But when they tell employees they're not going to be able to pay them until some future point or not at all, and the employees decide to stick around and continue working anyway, guess what - that's the deal they agreed to by continuing to work.

This was not a case of missing just one or two paychecks. It was a months-on-end kind of thing. They had plenty of opportunity to quit and find work elsewhere but they chose not to. Their choice, their responsibility. Assuming, anyway, that they weren't misled about the pay being deferred, which doesn't appear to have happened here.

It's always amazing when people say things like this, as if you can just magically have a new, comparable job overnight.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
4. Re: How I Screwed Myself... Aug 8, 2014, 14:36 Beamer
 
Bodolza wrote on Aug 8, 2014, 12:44:
He's complaining about unqualified people for the HR Assistant/Front Office position. That's an entry level position. You shouldn't need much or any experience for that job, which makes it perfect for people trying to break into the industry.

And yes, the "mail room" effect still exists, and I see it all the time. You aren't making the executive team without your Ivy League degree, but it's still a good way to get your start.

I've really never once seen someone get out of the mailroom, because the skills you learn in the mailroom don't really translate to other jobs.

And no, starting as an HR assistant isn't a good way to break into the games industry. What kind of games knowledge do you gain in the HR office? QA is how you get into the games industry. HR is where they want someone that enjoys HR and plans to stay in HR, not someone that, after six months, will be asking if he can move to the art team, or even the QA team.
 
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