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News Comments > Alien: Isolation Now Easier (and Harder)
26. Re: Alien: Isolation Now Easier (and Harder) Dec 10, 2014, 13:18 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Dec 10, 2014, 11:15:
Beamer wrote on Dec 10, 2014, 11:08:
How is this new? Hitman and Splinter Cell have been trial and error games for over a decade.
Both of those games allows you to solve the game's puzzles in more than one way to complete the level. Kind of like DeusEx.
Does Alien Isolation plays out the same way? I don't own the game that is why I am wondering.

Haven't played Isolation, because I can tell I'd hate it based upon my experiences with games like Splinter Cell and Hitman.

I hate "true stealth" games. Deus Ex wasn't one of those. In Deus Ex, you wander around stealthily and, if you mess up, you rapidly improvise. I love it. That's also how I play Far Cry 4, as well. I try to be quiet and stealthy, but sometimes I'm detected and things go insane.

In games like Splinter Cell and Hitman, taking a page from old Sierra games, you need to read the minds of the level designer. There may be multiple paths, but they're multiple planned paths. Only certain doors will open. Only certain paths will lead you through. Only certain windows can be broken into. If you mess up, you die. If you turn a corner and there's a guard scripted to be there, you die until you do the exact thing (or maybe one of three things) the level designer intended you to be. There's no real improvisation. You do what the level designer intended you to do or you die.

It also reminds me of the first Commandos game. I played the demo and loved it, at first. It seemed like you had an infinite amount of ways to solve the puzzles. It quickly became apparent that you had about 3. The same three each and every time.
 
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News Comments > Alien: Isolation Now Easier (and Harder)
14. Re: Alien: Isolation Now Easier (and Harder) Dec 10, 2014, 11:08 Beamer
 
Yakubs wrote on Dec 10, 2014, 09:29:
InBlack wrote on Dec 10, 2014, 08:55:
From what little Ive seen of the game, the difficulty is mainly in figuring out how to get past certain set pieces. I have strong and mostly negative feelings about games that force you to trial and error your way through everything. A 'difficulty' level isnt going to fix design faults.

Par for the course for this new breed of "narrative" games. I sort of applaud them for making this type of game with some sort of actual gameplay, as bad as it may be. Compare this to some of the other ones where you literally just walk through the game and watch cutscenes/listen to dialog...

How is this new? Hitman and Splinter Cell have been trial and error games for over a decade. And prior to that, King's Quest was a trial and error narrative game.

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
14. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 10, 2014, 11:07 Beamer
 
Is everyone really ignoring my post about how they did this with Office and no one got conned into doing anything they didn't want to do, and that at a certain number of computers it's actually much cheaper to look at it as a service, but it's really aimed just at businesses?  
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Free Content Plans
48. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Free Content Plans Dec 9, 2014, 16:55 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Dec 9, 2014, 16:03:
Yeah screw this, I'm gonna play Far Cry 4 for a few days while they sort this out.

The Bioware forums are hilarious right now though, they're in an uproar over the complexion bugs because "Scout Harding doesnt have freckles anymore!". Way to focus on whats important guys hahah.

Check out the before and after on this shit, wow! (On the link, click on the Spoiler hide/show button to see the image)

Edit - LOL at this guys zinger:

Loaded game again after trying more things to fix this mess of a PC Patch. None worked BTW.

Shiny hair.
Complexion changes.
Scars gone.
Environmental effects horrible.
Ground textures terrible.

If I wanted to play an ugly game, I'd have a console.

Oh my god that before and after description. "Like a box of dry raisins!"
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 9, 2014, 16:53 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Dec 9, 2014, 16:49:
Sounds basically like the difference between walking through a city as a woman, where every single creep bothers you and it becomes extremely frustrating and limiting, versus being a man, when it's rare and often coming from something you're interested in and therefore a happy surprise.

How many times have you walked through a city as a woman exactly?

This is a kind of personal question, no?
Haha!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 9, 2014, 16:17 Beamer
 
Also, that Ferrari article reminds me so much of that video of the woman walking around Manhattan getting catcalled.

To paraphrase:
When I drove the Ferrari everyone said things to me, everyone stopped me, everyone asked for photos, everyone wanted my time. I just wanted to take a Sunday drive but every hundred feet someone wanted my attention and to say something to me. These weren't people I had anything in common with or wanted to talk to, just people that liked the way my car looked. It was so exhausting that, many days, I'd just stay home and drive the Ferrari in Forza instead.

Contrast that to when I had my BMW M Wagon, and I loved being stopped, because it happened very rarely and it was almost guaranteed to be someone I had common interests with in order for them to care about that car enough to stop me.


Sounds basically like the difference between walking through a city as a woman, where every single creep bothers you and it becomes extremely frustrating and limiting, versus being a man, when it's rare and often coming from something you're interested in and therefore a happy surprise.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 9, 2014, 16:12 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 9, 2014, 16:08:
Prez wrote on Dec 9, 2014, 15:49:
I think the tin-foil hatters were going to be against vaccinations regardless of whether this study was published or not. There's no evidence that there is a cure for cancer but it's being witheld to keep the cancer treatment revenue flooding in, or that the U.S. Government created AIDS to purge the world of gays and blacks but the hatters still believe these things in droves.

Sort of like the government spying on you was just for the hatters too, eh? I have no idea why Autism is on the rise but something is causing it. And cancer goes the other way. Harvard Medical School came to the conclusion years ago that cancer is simply uncurable in our lifetime - probably more like a century and only then with really advanced science. So the real scam is the industry revolving around it.

And AIDS I certainly wouldn't put it past a government, or rather certain rich, powerful, right-wing groups to introduce something like that. Culls the masses, but particularly the poor and minorities. That's a dream come true to lots of those kind of people out there. I really doubt a disease that complex started because of a monkey. And it's not like governments around the world haven't experimented on plenty of people including their own. The CIA has done lots of that right in the good ol' USA. Of course, even though it's a matter of public record now a lot of people would say that's hatter stuff.

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you.


1) But there is NO evidence that autism comes from vaccines. There are a billion other things you could blame, right down to all the random chemicals seeping into our drinking water. Vaccines came from one study that has been proven falsified. Clinging to it makes absolutely no sense at all

2) Why would rich people want to "cull the masses?" They require the masses to profit off of, do they not? Who else will toil in their fast food joints? Who else will eat that fast food? Who else will be so plentiful that so many people will be competing for the fast food jobs so that there's no incentive to raise wages?
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 9, 2014, 11:57 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Dec 9, 2014, 11:48:
I wish Valve would get its act together on SteamOS, I really have no desire to continue using Windows if subscription shit is the future.

Almost definitely enterprise only.
Office moved to subscription, but the model only makes sense for people with more than 5 computers. In other words, businesses. Everyone else stuck with the regular boxed version. They don't get perpetual feature updates, but they get everything else.

With Windows, it'll be the same thing. You can subscribe, and get constant feature updates (meaning Windows 11, Windows 12, Windows Whatever), or you can just buy the box and get the standard Windows X, Windows X.1, Windows X.1SP2, etc.

Microsoft doesn't make a huge amount of money from home users. That isn't who it's looking to move to subscriptions.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands Online Announced for China
3. Re: Borderlands Online Announced for China Dec 8, 2014, 12:26 Beamer
 
Gadzooks wrote on Dec 8, 2014, 12:21:
And all hope is lost....

/facepalm

I hope one of the aliens from colonial marines has one of their spasm dances on the beds of the people who made this decision. They dont deserve any sleep after this.

You know nothing about the Chinese game market, eh?

Plus, this is a licensed game. Shanda bought a license to Borderlands and is making a China Mainland specific f2p MMO.
Seems all positive for Gearbox. It doesn't damage the IP in their core region any more than the Counterstrike Arcade Game did, and it gives them an additional revenue stream.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
9. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Dec 8, 2014, 12:12 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Dec 8, 2014, 12:04:
Beamer wrote on Dec 8, 2014, 11:47:
Posner is actually one of the best judges in the country.

Yeah, any guy who says that we'd be better off selling and buying children on the free market as opposed to the 'system' we have now, and that "the rule of law is an accidental and dispensable element of legal ideology," is a fucking FANTASTIC judge. He's a judge who actually doesn't give a shit about the actual LAW, he just likes debating ideological 'what-if' scenarios and how they could be handled.

He identifies as conservative but gets most decisions "right," meaning that he's pro abortion, pro same sex marriage, anti "war on drugs," etc.

And also thinks that animal cruelty really isn't that big of a deal (despite claiming that he's a cat person), and he "supported the creation of a law barring hyperlinks or paraphrasing of copyrighted material"

But his "obviously I'm exaggerating, but people who are concerned about privacy tend to be people with something to hide" seems to go the wrong way.

Oh what the fuck ever. "Obviously he's exaggerating", MY ASS. He has a history of saying the same fucking thing over and over and over again. To him, people are fucking subjects of the government, and the government should be able to do whatever the hell it pleases. Yeah, no, that's a GREAT fucking judge.

In any case, we'll see how he feels about snooping when Anonymous doxes him and releases all his information on the internet. Hearing him bleat about how his privacy has been violated will be extremely entertaining.


I'm not defending most of his decisions. By "best," I'm not saying he gets everything right.

And I'm certainly not defending this.

But he's written an enormous amount of "important" legal books for a reason. He's brilliant. He's approachable. And he's all over the place because, yes, he believes in doing what is right. Voter ID laws trashed by a guy that identifies as Republican. He hates copyright and patents on software. And he thinks animal cruelty is a big deal, he just thinks we need to be willing to test drugs on animals, claiming to be willing to sacrifice pigs and chimpanzees to save human lives from disease.

I am not saying I agree with him, just that the "he should never be near a courtroom again!" seems overkill on one issue for a man considered the most influential non-USSC judge of the 20th century.
 
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News Comments > Game Awards 2014 Winners
52. Re: Game Awards 2014 Winners Dec 8, 2014, 11:49 Beamer
 
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Dec 7, 2014, 02:32:
So "Best Remaster" is a category worth mentioning but "Best Strategy/Simulation" isn't? Wtf is a Remaster anyway? Is that the new word for port?

Of course not. We've had numerous remasters of late. Everything from GTAV, which is clearly not just a port, to many LucasArts games, which have entirely new engines.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
6. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Dec 8, 2014, 11:47 Beamer
 
ldonyo wrote on Dec 8, 2014, 11:07:
Richard Posner should be removed from the bench and never allowed near anything to do with law for the rest of his life.

Posner is actually one of the best judges in the country.
He identifies as conservative but gets most decisions "right," meaning that he's pro abortion, pro same sex marriage, anti "war on drugs," etc.

But his "obviously I'm exaggerating, but people who are concerned about privacy tend to be people with something to hide" seems to go the wrong way.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
48. Re: Into the Black Dec 6, 2014, 23:10 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Dec 6, 2014, 08:31:
Dmitri_M wrote on Dec 6, 2014, 02:29:
And if you don't agree with me, watch out. I might tell you about the time I defended woman, rented a camaro, dated many young ladies and was an all round self loathing gamer anti-gamer.

Was that in between saving the world, making millions of dollars and knowing everything?

Please do spill, who is the big fibber? Let me take a wild guess here. It's someone who named themselves after a car?

Not named after the car, and please, find anything I've said that's at all inconsistent.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
43. Re: Into the Black Dec 5, 2014, 16:58 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 15:18:
jdreyer wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 14:13:
Creston wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 12:22:
Beamer wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 12:11:
It made me feel a nice mix of old and nerdy.

And old-man-creepy for dating a girl so much younger.

Don't knock it 'til you try it.

Funny story, Beam.

Oh, I'm actually fuck-ass jealous....


Eh. It's because half of dating these days is Tinder or OKCupid, and it seems that it's always very young girls messaging me (very young relatively, meaning 19-24.) Usually I ignore it, not always. Someone 23 probably just started paying rent a year ago. Without being used to real responsibility, the conversation ends up kind of inane.

The worst to date was the woman I met at an art walk a few weeks back. We grabbed dinner the next week. I asked what kind of wine she liked. She responded by saying it didn't matter, she couldn't drink. She was 20. I thought she was around 27. She thought the same about me. That was a short dinner.

Taking this full loop, I am apparently bad at ages because I thought she was 27 and she was 20, I thought Sarah Connor in this trailer was 17 and she's 27. People need to look their age!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 5, 2014, 16:44 Beamer
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 16:34:
SimplyMonk wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 16:20:
1badmf wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 14:27:
Creston wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 11:15:
InBlack wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 09:45:
Happy Ninja day to all the forum Ninjas! You know who you are! Im only a Guru myself, but with luck and a lot of useless posts who knows? One day perhaps I will join your elite ranks

Pfeh, ninjas.


pffhahaha there's still a slot for people's icq numbers in people's profiles.

I have no idea why, but for some reason my ICQ number is forever embedded into my memory. 10734308. I remember it easier than I do my phone number which I've had for 10 years and I haven't used my ICQ number for probably 15 years.

4149603

498XXX.

Can't remember the remaining digits, but I do remember being proud I had a six digit ICQ number. I'm the same on LinkedIN.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 5, 2014, 14:32 Beamer
 
1badmf wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 14:27:
Creston wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 11:15:
InBlack wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 09:45:
Happy Ninja day to all the forum Ninjas! You know who you are! Im only a Guru myself, but with luck and a lot of useless posts who knows? One day perhaps I will join your elite ranks

Pfeh, ninjas.


pffhahaha there's still a slot for people's icq numbers in people's profiles.

Aww, this post will ruin my palindromic post count. It had been 14141.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
36. Re: Into the Black Dec 5, 2014, 12:11 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 11:41:
Beamer wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 11:21:
And the 80s had an enormous, enormous amount of crap.



You shut your filthy whore mouth! YOU SHUT IT NOW, BEAMER! Shakefist Shakefist Shakefist

I grew up with HBO, as well as WPIX, which means I was basically raised on 80s movies. I reference them endlessly, to the point that I seem to always end up dating women a decade younger than me and getting frustrated when my references go over their head. I have everything from Summer School to One Crazy Summer on DVD.

But man, a lot of those movies do not hold up at all.

Best story about that dating comment - a year ago I was dating a 23 year old Russian girl. On the first date she asked me what my favorite movie was, and the closest thing to an answer is probably "Robocop," but that doesn't feel like something you say on a first date - that's absolutely an after-we've-seen-each-other-naked admission. But I blanked, so in my head I'm just hearing "don't say Robocop don't say Robocop," and out of my mouth comes "Ro...bo...cop?"

She commented that she'd seen the trailers but not the movie, and I realized that she was thinking the new movie, and now I had to decide if I was going to double down and explain that I meant the original or let it slide. I doubled down. Turns out that not only was the movie older than she was, but she didn't move to the US until she was 10 so anything American from that time was basically impossible to see.

It made me feel a nice mix of old and nerdy.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Editor Trailer
5. Re: Far Cry 4 Editor Trailer Dec 5, 2014, 11:22 Beamer
 
Has anyone here played FC4 PVP?

Anyone?
Anyone at all?

I strongly doubt it.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
34. Re: Into the Black Dec 5, 2014, 11:21 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 02:26:
Beamer wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 00:41:
Task wrote on Dec 4, 2014, 22:30:
Good Lord. So all of older folks here, just do yourselves a solid favor, when your kids are old enough to watch T1 and T2, just show em that first instead of the "redo/remake" fad going through Hollywood. And they are horror movies to boot, so they'll get scared shitless about robots !

Hollywood is too arsed to come up with new things these days. At least its some sort of weird Alternate Reality different than the T1/T2 fiction universe. And I see the Mother of Dragons has somehow found a parallel universe machine to travel to the Terminator universe. From the trailer it seems like whoever wrote this story wanted a Terminator movie with a "happy lollipop" ending instead of the inevitability/bleakness of Judgement Day happening regardless.

I'm trying to decide if I want to just wait until it is inevitably on Netflix to watch, pirate it, or just say 'fack it' and go to the theater to see it.

Hollywood makes plenty of new things. And some of the best old things are remakes, anyway. I'm looking at you, The Thing.

This is more "everything was better when I was a youth!" posting.

Beamer you love to play the devils advocate on all sorts of shit, but this is low, even for you. Hollywood's worst Michael Dudikoff 'B' film of the 80s is better than this piece of shit. And you know it.

Oh, I'm not defending this. This Terminator is absolutely going to be worse than the old one (fans of the old one are also not the audience.)

But in general? I get very tired of seeing "everything in my day was better than what the kids like today!" Screw that. We get plenty of original movies and plenty of great movies. And the 80s had an enormous, enormous amount of crap.

Yes, this Terminator will be much worse. But our Captain America is much better.
 
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News Comments > Leaked Street Fighter V Trailer Suggests PC/PS4 Exclusive
9. Re: Leaked Street Fighter V Trailer Suggests PC/PS4 Exclusive Dec 5, 2014, 11:20 Beamer
 
Bundy wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 09:56:
Microsoft does this with Tomb Raider and the internet explodes. Sony does it with Street Fighter and nobody gives damn.

I just kind of shrugged and thought that, while I'm pretty sure SF4 did gangbusters on the 360 in the US, ultimately the bulk of the sales probably come in a region where the Xbone has sold about 10 units.
 
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