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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 26, 2014, 17:55 Beamer
 
Fantaz wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 17:53:
SS wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 16:30:
Wikipedia founder calls alt-medicine practitioners “lunatic charlatans”.

That's because they are. I like this guy.

well, that's up for debate... it's still just his opinion. some alt-medicine might actually be beneficial if proven.

But they haven't been proven, which is his point. Something should not be in Wikipedia as truth unless it's been proven. If it isn't proven, and in fact has repeatedly failed to be proven, then they're charlatans.
 
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News Comments > New Titanfall Game Modes Coming
33. Re: New Titanfall Game Modes Coming Mar 26, 2014, 17:37 Beamer
 
MajorD wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 17:33:
nin wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 17:17:
Nighthawk wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 17:12:
So 15 days after the "ships ahoy" they've said the DLC is "almost done" and the sheeple are still buying and falling for this (essentially) day-0 DLC?

Using "sheeple" in a response automatically cheapens any reply.

Oh come on nin, it (sheeple) is a perfect portmanteau word.


It's a terrible term used exclusively by idiots that can't comprehend anyone disagrees with them.

"Pepsi is for sheeple. Real people can think with their tastebuds and drink Coke. Poseurs and sheeple and white-knighters, man."
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
14. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 26, 2014, 15:39 Beamer
 
PropheT wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 15:06:
Beamer wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 13:20:
They didn't get PS2 emulation working on the PS3, though. The PS3 that was backwards-compatible had a PS2 in it. They literally included the Emotion Engine on the motherboard.

There was a short-lived 80gb PS3 that had a sort of half and half job going on that did use software emulation for PS2 games. I don't think it worked particularly well, so it didn't stick around for long.

That one still had the PS2 GPU.
 
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News Comments > New Titanfall Game Modes Coming
22. Re: New Titanfall Game Modes Coming Mar 26, 2014, 15:27 Beamer
 
MajorD wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 15:20:
Panickd wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 14:26:
MajorD wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 11:28:
.....and to think some people complain about Indies releasing pre-release Alphas.

And how is that nonsense related in any way to Titanfall? Color me confused. Confused

I was just being snide. The fact that a AAA title like Titanfall didn't ship with these announced modes in the first place, it would come across that the game was shipped incomplete to meet scheduled released dates dictated by the BIG publisher called EA.

So, in a roundabout way I was comparing the above to Indies pre-releasing games as Alphas (in complete games), of which the buyer is made very aware of before placing their order.

Again, just a snide comment is all......


EA probably didn't have as much say in scheduling as you think. Again, this is EA Partners. Can people PLEASE start distinguishing? EA Partners is basically a distributor. They don't have nearly as much control as people keep claiming.

That said, Titanfall may have shipped missing features, but by all accounts the features it did include were ridiculously polished.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 26, 2014, 14:03 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 13:27:
Beamer wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 13:18:
Julio wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 12:57:
Facebook bought Oculus to monetize all that previously private data it can collect.

This makes absolutely no sense but I shouldn't expect anything more.

Facebook are teh evil with our super secret info, therefore Facebook will be teh evil with our super secret info. Duh, Beamer, that's obvious.

I love his vague, ambigious "monetize," as if having VR helmets suddenly make data more valuable. Or perhaps he means "previously private," thinking VR headsets that are dumb (as in they have no software brains of their own, they are literally just displays) can collect data.
Well, I guess it can collect the angle all of us hold our heads at. That may be useful to chiropractors...
 
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News Comments > Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled
145. Re: Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled Mar 26, 2014, 14:01 Beamer
 
El Pit wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 13:27:
Why buy Oculus?
For the patents? To either work on some own version of FacebookGlasses in answer to GoogleGlasses? Or to hinder/prevent the development of GoogleGlasses (an other augmented reality devices) because of some violation of the now acquired patents? Or FB heard that some other big player (MS, Google, Apple...) wanted to buy Oculus and they decided to rather buy Oculus themselves even if they don't need them? Just to hinder some competitor? Or to just expand into new markets and technologies? Or/and to impress their shareholders and the Wall Street vampires to add to their shareholder value? Or to get a foot into pc/console markets? Buy Oculus, buy Steam or ActiBlizz or EA, call it FacebookGames, build consoles (or just take some of the Steam Consoles), add the Oculus, and become a big player? Who knows... But saying it doesn't make sense is actually what doesn't make sense. There are many possibilities for Big Money Facebook. I still don't like this, but I'm just a gamer.

None of your possibilities make sense.

I know that sounds like a smartass comment, but:
1) "For the patents." What patents? Which could they possibly have that couldn't be argued with?
2) "Answer to GoogleGlass." The products have nothing in common. At all. One you look through, one you look into.
3) "Hinder development of augmented devices" but this isn't an augmented device.
4) "To prevent a competitor..." $2billion is a LOT to blow on thwarting a competitor without hoping for gain. They're a public company, they can't do things like that
5) "Expand into new markets and technologies" this is assuredly the reason, but they could have built their own OR for significantly less than $2 billion
6) "Impress shareholders." If this was the goal they failed miserably. Wall Street has creamed them
7) "Get into the PC/console markets" OR needs to be coded directly for, so it's unlikely that consoles can support it. PCs can, but again, making your own OR competitor would take much less than $2 billion
8) "Buy Steam, ActiBlizz or EA." They have no chance of buying Steam, and while they could buy the other two, each has more value than OR, so it would make sense to buy one of them first
9) "Build consoles" so why need OR? Why not buy a company with some kind of knowledge of building consoles?


The real bottom line is that there's no way it takes two billion dollars to make an Oculus Rift competitor, and Oculus Rift isn't doing anything special to add that much to that price tag. Give me $50 million today and I'll deliver whatever Oculus Rift has done thus far by the end of the year.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
10. Re: Morning Consolidation Mar 26, 2014, 13:20 Beamer
 
CrimsonPaw wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 11:24:
Ozmodan wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 09:45:
Well since the playstation 1 & 2 processors were completely different, that means they are relying on emulation code which never works very well.
If they can get PS2 emulation to work on the PS3, they can surely get it to work on the PS4. I'm sure it'll be buggy initially but after they get the kinks worked out I can see it being a huge success.

They didn't get PS2 emulation working on the PS3, though. The PS3 that was backwards-compatible had a PS2 in it. They literally included the Emotion Engine on the motherboard.

Please stop spreading misinformation.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 26, 2014, 13:18 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 12:57:
Facebook bought Oculus to monetize all that previously private data it can collect.

This makes absolutely no sense but I shouldn't expect anything more.
 
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News Comments > Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled
135. Re: Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled Mar 26, 2014, 10:53 Beamer
 
I'm surprised at how many people are going "well, people always thought Google would be a Search company!"

Google hasn't made many multi-billion dollar deals for something that seems like nothing. The closest would be Motorola, but even that was more for patents (which didn't end up worth anything.)

OR, which was sold for shockingly close to Motorola, has a fraction of the employees (all of which now have financial incentive to leave as soon as their shares vest), has never released anything, and is working in a field where there's no real differentiator that makes them special. The only single thing I can think of that makes them different than whomever jumps into VR next is that they did it first.
First mover advantage is a real thing, but not a $2 billion thing. I really fail to see why Facebook couldn't do what OR did and hire 10 people do make this product for them for 1/20th the cost. Other than the obvious, that the type of people that want VR headsets is currently a niche group that overlaps strongly with the type of people that would actively avoid buying a FB product if an alternative exists.
 
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News Comments > New Titanfall Game Modes Coming
8. Re: New Titanfall Game Modes Coming Mar 26, 2014, 10:51 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 10:49:
Mods, yeah I know what deqer was refering to. I just dont get the joke nin was making...

That he almost definitely got terrible grades and didn't learn anything.

Anyway, this is no surprise. The general consensus around this game was that it was a lot of fun but missing standard features/modes. That those modes will be given, and for free, was expected.
 
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News Comments > Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled
93. Re: Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled Mar 26, 2014, 03:12 Beamer
 
^Drag0n^ wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 02:58:
Good god, can't Zuckerberg just stop buying things in order to ultimately ruin them? Facebook is becoming to "gaming" what Amazon is to e-tail.

They're going to dominate the market by offering amazing customer service, a selection that essentially covers anything anyone could ever want, and fantastic prices?
 
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News Comments > Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled
87. Re: Into the Black Mar 26, 2014, 02:58 Beamer
 
Fantaz wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 02:08:
good thing we got an alternative now with Sony's VR headset that they revealed at GDC.

Bundy wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 00:09:
Do we know if Sony is planning on Windows support? There is an opportunity here for them to jump in and "save us" from evil Facebook. Like they did to MS last year after the first XB1 announcement.

I'm hoping Valve makes a move.

As for MS, they'll probably just build their own headset. After the market is saturated with them, and then wonder why they can't get a foothold. Apple will also be late to the game, but somehow they'll have filed every single conceivable patent around VR back in 2007 and start suing everyone else for stealing their invention.

it better work for PC...

As I said below, why would it?
Sony isn't making it for you to buy a VR headset, they're making it for you to buy a PS4.

It may be PCable via Homebrew, like the Kinect, but I doubt it would be out of the box. Sony is in the PS4 business, not the VR business. This is really just a play to sell more boxes for your TV.
 
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News Comments > Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled
54. Re: Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled Mar 25, 2014, 22:52 Beamer
 
Leper wrote on Mar 25, 2014, 22:50:
So do the KS backers get a cut? I mean, it was their investment that launched this thing.

kickstarter isn't an investment, its a donation.
 
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News Comments > Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled
53. Re: Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled Mar 25, 2014, 22:51 Beamer
 
CrimsonPaw wrote on Mar 25, 2014, 22:43:
Mad Max RW wrote on Mar 25, 2014, 22:39:
Did Sony reveal their Project Morpheus thing yet? If more game devs flock to that you can forget about the Oculus ever really taking off.
Yeah, Morpheus was revealed at GDC but from my understanding it's still in a conceptual phase. Regardless, after this I'm hoping they'll be smart about it and release it for both the PS4 and PC - seems like a no-brainer in my book since they're similar architectures.

it exists solely to sell PS4s, not to sell itself. I doubt it will be available for the PC, but I bet home brew solves that, like with Kinect.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: Evening Tech Bits Mar 25, 2014, 21:57 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Mar 25, 2014, 21:53:
Brilliant. There has to be gamers out there where money is no object. Sucks I'm not one.

its not for gaming, much like the titan wasn't positioned to be. Bitcoin farmers may grab it.
 
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News Comments > Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled
46. Re: Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled Mar 25, 2014, 21:56 Beamer
 
jomisab wrote on Mar 25, 2014, 20:58:
I wonder if Carmack negotiated an ownership percentage.

being independently wealthy its possible no, but leaving his defining job to become CTO... I'd guess 5% minimum. I was offered 3% once for a company that, while much less far along and with less funding, I'd have a smaller role at. I also felt they had no future, so...

 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Mar 25, 2014, 20:45 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 25, 2014, 20:43:
Yes, but even stocks - legally - are still paper and barter sill involves physical goods being exchanged. So the electron is now property is it? Well, shit, we're all in massive arrears on our back taxes in that case!

Stocks actually haven't been paper for years.
 
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News Comments > Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled
13. Re: Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled Mar 25, 2014, 20:44 Beamer
 
Bard wrote on Mar 25, 2014, 20:41:
gone from must have to ah shit.

Is it just me, or has all the cool computer stuff (capabilities, personal communication etc) over the past 30 years become monetized, tools of surveillance and utterly zero data privacy.


But it's also all become significantly cheaper.

That said, I truly believe there's no way to monetize data with VR sets. And, if anything, I think this purchase proves it. I guess OR had a chance to be the standard and control the software, but with FB owning them I see devs very quickly trying to get a standard that supports any set regardless of manufacturer.

Again, I think ORs software is basically Glide, but we'll move to DirectX or OpenGL. But even that's not quite right because that has more to do with graphics cards, which are complicated. VR sets are more like monitors. Quick: name 3 monitor companies. You can't, because there are so many with each basically being exactly like the next. It's a total commodity, with only a few players remaining in the high end (I do love my Dell Ultrasharp IPS.)
 
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News Comments > Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled
10. Re: Facebook Acquires Oculus, Oculus Rift Minecraft Cancelled Mar 25, 2014, 20:37 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Mar 25, 2014, 20:32:
Minecraft already works on Oculus Rift, sorry Notch.

RIP Oculus Rift.

I catch any of you fuckers buying one of these from this point forward I will make sure you know no peace on the Blue's News comments section.
Notch points out that it already works, he just says they won't officially support it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
47. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 25, 2014, 20:30 Beamer
 
Tom wrote on Mar 25, 2014, 20:19:
Oh ok then, so VR is no more sophisticated than a TV or a refrigerator. Nevermind that these companies can't even get TVs right most of the time.

What did FB buy? They bought the people with the energy and potential to make something huge. Again, it comes down to Luckey Palmer and the team that formed around him.

OR doesn't have that many employees, and what employees it does have all had equity. If they had even 0.5% they just made a million bucks. And the ones with the energy and potential had much more than 0.5%.
 
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