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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 14, 2014, 10:39 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 09:44:
You can get one from other countries without issue it seems. Looks like they just didn't make that many of them.

At a higher price.

I won't fault ms as much as you guys. For one thing, it's nice that something called limited is limited. For another, this was probably ordered months before they decided to cut the price $50. Without that price cut this would be sitting on shelves unsold.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 14, 2014, 10:36 Beamer
 
ldonyo wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 10:22:
Someone needs to explain how terrestrial radio works to Taylor Swift...

Or maybe someone needs to explain to you how Spotify works.


There's no comparison. Spotify is on demand, radio is not. Pandora is a substitute for radio. Spotify is a substitute for buying cds

Prez, maybe she would have made a few hundred thousand via Spotify, but she probably made ten times that without it.

She's the single biggest singer in the country. She doesn't need Spotify and its parts of a penny per play - people actually buy her cds. Spotify, though, needs her. She's probably one of maybe ten acts, if even, that can say that.

Meanwhile, the new old man gloom also came out this week and also skipped Spotify. Jerks.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
12. Re: Benjanun Sriduangkaew Nov 14, 2014, 05:29 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 14, 2014, 01:12:
Beamer wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 20:37:
Nor have I. But she is apparently a Thai lesbian, meaning both female, gay, and a person of color.
Who has that on the BINGO board?

One of the very common things in discussions of late is the argument that something is alright because a person of that type did it (e.g., blah blah blah isn't sexist because a woman is ok with it, isn't racist because a black man said it, isn't homophobic because a transgendered individual said it, etc.)

Here was a a Thai lesbian engaging in racist, homophobic and sexist behavior.


This whole thing seems hard to follow as she was doing some seriously weird things.

The whole thing is very strange. I'm not even convinced this person exists as she claims to exist. Given the number of pseudonyms that she's written under, it's just as likely that this is yet another persona. And her hateful trolling goes back to 2003, but her first story was published in 2012? Writers I know have an unquenchable need to put there stuff out there, certainly some of her work previous to 2012 must exist somewhere out there, but there's no mention of it. Perhaps this is a psuedonymous series by someone already famous, a la Venus on the Half Shell?

From what I gather the photos are real but everything wrist could be persona.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
24. Re: Op Ed Nov 13, 2014, 23:34 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 22:36:
In Civilization V, the United Nations wonder and diplomatic victory were really shallow and stood out as step back over Civ IV (although some would say they weren't alone). Sure enough it was revamped in DLC and it's really tough to believe that Civ V vanilla would have been so weak in this regard if they hadn't planned to rework it.

Then again, it probably wouldn't have been as deep as Brave New World's implementation, which goes well beyond Civ IV. It makes sense to not re-implement something like Civ IV's system only to gut it later but the basic product suffered for it. I hope they spent the resources that would have gone to the temporary diplomacy victory system on other things that have lasted.

I don't see why it's tough to believe. It's an entirely new game on an entirely new engine. As mentioned elsewhere, new games with new engines often miss on features. Usually it's another new game that adds the polish.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
7. Re: Evening Metaverse Nov 13, 2014, 23:33 Beamer
 
Uh.
She's nominated for the John Campbell. That counts as acclaim. That's the very technical definition of acclaim.

Prior John Campbell winners and nominees:
George RR Martin, Orson Scott Card, Carl Sagan, Cory Doctorow, Lev Grossman, Brad R. Torgersen, etc.
It isn't a little honor. It's a fairly big one in the world of sci fi literature.

You guys can downplay it all you want because you don't like the "SJWs" attacking her, but her story was pretty damn well acclaimed.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Benjanun Sriduangkaew Nov 13, 2014, 20:37 Beamer
 
Nor have I. But she is apparently a Thai lesbian, meaning both female, gay, and a person of color.
Who has that on the BINGO board?

One of the very common things in discussions of late is the argument that something is alright because a person of that type did it (e.g., blah blah blah isn't sexist because a woman is ok with it, isn't racist because a black man said it, isn't homophobic because a transgendered individual said it, etc.)

Here was a a Thai lesbian engaging in racist, homophobic and sexist behavior.


This whole thing seems hard to follow as she was doing some seriously weird things.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
6. Re: Evening Consolidation Nov 13, 2014, 20:11 Beamer
 
Pretty certain the 13.5 million Sony quotes is shipped, too. I see it listed as both, depending on the site.

All 3 systems are easy to find, but that stupid white Xbone sold out pretty much immediately.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
3. Re: Op Ed Nov 13, 2014, 19:40 Beamer
 
Flatline wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 19:35:
Cutter wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 19:06:
Game journalism...sounds so professional doesn't it? And all it is is paid advertising. Lulz.
Laugh2

And it's questionable how much bang for the buck publishers are getting.

How so?
Journalists let you know games are in the works, tell you release dates, serve you trailers, write you previews, and ultimately tell you whether or not to buy the game.

What percentage of gamers do you think hang out on messageboards like this? GTAV sold, what, 22 million copies? Kotaku, a standard games journalist, has 17 million unique visitors per month. Blues has, what, a few hundred regular posters?

We're the minority.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
20. Re: Op Ed Nov 13, 2014, 18:07 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 17:51:
Beamer wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 12:41:
As for paywall DLC, can you tell me which DLC you mean? We've had the discussion many times, and no one has really named a game that felt incomplete without DLC. Hell, I said Fallout 3 and some people got angry at me for that.

I don't think it was really incomplete without it, but From Ashes (I think that's what it was called) for ME3 did add some pretty fucking startling revelations throughout the game that massively changed the entire way large chunks of the lore were viewed. Putting it in DLC (even if it was included with the new game) was fucking ridiculous, no matter how much Gaider keeps claiming there were reasons for it.

I thought someone had mentioned ME3 but couldn't find it in the search and never played it.
I still say FO3 was the most egregious. While the ending mostly felt fine to me (except not being able to send the mutant in), the DLC added not only a much better ending but let you keep playing.

Also: Chekhov's robot! (Patriot One was it?)
 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Unity Dead Bug Live Blog
30. Re: Assassin's Creed Unity Dead Bug Live Blog Nov 13, 2014, 18:06 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 17:39:
Beamer wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 11:10:
How can TB review a game if he has begun adamantly arguing he isn't a journalist?
Where is his code of ethics so we know he wasn't paid by EA to badmouth Ubi?

/s

I didn't miss your qualifier, and I normally don't presume to speak for an entire community, but I feel compelled to respond regardless. Total Biscuit/Total Halibut (same guy) is so respected BECAUSE he isn't considered a journalist. He and Mac (of "Worth-a-buy" fame/infamy) are, by and large, viewed by gamers as their peers, and as such their reviews are taken more as "User Reviews". Taking into account that TB is part of larger journalistic entity on YouTube his videos are still unapologetically independent and beholden to no one. Even when we disagree with him we pretty much feel it's because of differences in tastes, standards, tolerance, etc and not because he was paid off by someone. The same with Mac's reviews but he is more comedic value for some because of his epic meltdowns and rants. :-)

Dude, that's definitely taking the bait.
I typed that about two seconds after waking up and kind of immediately regretted it (I hadn't fully waken up, thanks smartphones for letting me go to Blues immediately after turning off the alarm), but TotalBiscuit's endless waffling over whether he's a journalist that needs ethics or everyone else needs ethics and he doesn't (why else would he start claiming he isn't a journalist when he always said he was) kind of bugs me.

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Op Ed Nov 13, 2014, 16:25 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 16:22:
Orogogus wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 10:57:
ldonyo wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 10:27:
I happen to agree with Ars on this. Locked content and DLC is why I just wait for the everything edition of games to come out anymore. Except for The Witcher. I have great faith in CD Projekt RED and they give away additional content, so there's no reason to wait on a Witcher game.

Did you read the article? It never mentions DLC. It's about game design, and whether every game should have cheat codes to let you bypass any progression gating (as well as locking game modes and such behind unrelated achievements).
This exactly. I am still pissed at GRiD 2. Everything in coop is locked (well, except for $$$ DLC cars) until I have played through single player. I don't want to play SP. I want to race split screen with my son. It's so annoying, and makes me hesitant to by another Codemasters game again.

The Wii Smash Brothers was the same way.

The GC may have been, I can't recall, but it had most things unlocked if I recall. We played it endlessly. Endlessly.

The Wii one? We all took turns playing single player to unlock stuff, but some of it was arduous and just a hassle to unlock. By the time we had stuff unlocked, we were sick of the game.
GC version? We had hundreds upon hundreds of hours in.

Forcing us to play SP to unlock stuff just made it absolutely no fun at all.
 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Unity Dead Bug Live Blog
26. Re: Assassin's Creed Unity Dead Bug Live Blog Nov 13, 2014, 16:11 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 16:05:
Looks like game could really use a bit more work before release.

None of those bug me too much. Some of my favorite games had weirdness like that - RDR more than any other. It doesn't really impact gameplay and can be very amusing. RDR was such a great game that people remember the massive amounts of super weird, non-sensical glitches fondly. They didn't break gameplay, they just looked weird, and added character to a great game. To a game people don't love, I guess they're more examples of further incompetence.

It's the glitches like being wholly unable to get inside a window despite hitting the right buttons that would drive me nuts.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
11. Re: Op Ed Nov 13, 2014, 12:41 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 11:14:
Orogogus wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 10:57:
ldonyo wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 10:27:
I happen to agree with Ars on this. Locked content and DLC is why I just wait for the everything edition of games to come out anymore. Except for The Witcher. I have great faith in CD Projekt RED and they give away additional content, so there's no reason to wait on a Witcher game.

Did you read the article? It never mentions DLC. It's about game design, and whether every game should have cheat codes to let you bypass any progression gating (as well as locking game modes and such behind unrelated achievements).

Yeah pure clickbait. They fish with an important sounding article title to make you think its relevant (paywall DLC) only to devolve into trolling the reader with some publisher-approved bullshit that really makes little sense.

If this was publisher-approved, why would it happen?
I mean, I just played Max Payne 3. A whole shitton of game modes were locked behind having to complete the game. That game was fun but not fun enough to play twice, once on a super frustrating difficulty and once on an even more frustrating difficulty, so why hide it?


As for paywall DLC, can you tell me which DLC you mean? We've had the discussion many times, and no one has really named a game that felt incomplete without DLC. Hell, I said Fallout 3 and some people got angry at me for that.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
7. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 13, 2014, 12:37 Beamer
 
Seventyfive wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 11:44:
Considering Obama probably has more comcast money in his pocket than any other politician, I'm going to call BS on his "i'm internet jesus" routine.

President Obama, at Mr. Cohen’s home in Philadelphia in 2013 to raise money for Democratic Senate candidates, joked, “I have been here so much, the only thing I haven’t done in this house is have Seder dinner.”

Mr. Cohen oversees Comcast’s robust lobbying operation and sets the strategies to shepherd its acquisitions past antitrust questions and other regulatory concerns.


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/20/business/media/comcasts-real-repairman.html

This stuff is public record, you know, right?
You can see it here.

In 2012, the DNC got $415k, Obama got $328k, the Democratic Senators Campaign got $133k, RNC got $120k, Republican Senators Campaign got $103k, Mitt got $96k, etc.

And lobbying got $15 million.


In 2014, they were much more even in terms of Republicans and Democrats.
Why?

Here's the secret about a company like Comcast, which isn't really partisan - it wants to spend its money intelligently. It needs to sprinkle it around, but it doesn't want to contribute to losers. It does not care if a Democrat or Republican wins, it just cares that the guy that wins got money from them.

AT&T, also a big player here, went 35% to democrats and 65% to republicans in each of the last two elections. They gave Mitt $244k and Obama $221k. John Boehner was far and away next in line, with $163k. And, before anyone claims they're conservative, given that almost 2/3 of their cash went to Republicans, they gave $60k to the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.

Companies like this aren't partisan. People are partisan, like the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Alderson. Companies are only partisan if they have strong enough partisan people running them, and these two don't.
All they want to do is make everyone happy while picking winners.

So yes, Obama has had more Comcast money than anyone. Derp! He's the president. Of COURSE a non-partisan organization gives the bulk of its money to the single most important person in the country. In 2012, the other person receiving major cable money was Mitt Romney. Verizon gave more money to Obama than Mitt, but more money to Republicans than Democrats.

God this system blows.

edit - not defending Obama here, just saying that receiving the most money from cable companies is more a function of him being in the highest office, not a function of him being bought. This does not mean he isn't bought, or heavily influenced, just means that any President we had under this system would be the greatest recipient of money from virtually any non-partisan company.

 
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News Comments > Ubisoft on AMD & Assassin's Creed Unity
32. Re: Ubisoft on AMD & Assassin's Creed Unity Nov 13, 2014, 12:25 Beamer
 
Honestly:

1) I'm totally ok with graphics stagnating. Yes, the games developed for these new consoles do look much nicer than those for the prior consoles. And yes, we get a ton more characters on screen here. But the general consensus seems to be that this is a wonderful looking engine with a step back in gameplay. I'd prefer a step back in graphics and a huge jump in gameplay.
Ultimately, gameplay leaps are free for me. Tech leaps require new hardware. If I'm going to blow $400 for something, I'd rather it be three dates out than a new graphics card or console

2) And gameplay trumps everything. The best PC games I've played in the past two years are, off the top of my head, FTL, XCOM, Far Cry 3, Mount & Blade and Orcs Must Die 2. Only one of those had anywhere near cutting edge graphics. Only one of those needed that



So Ubi seemingly focusing on building a new engine rather than ways to do things with the new engine means this is an easily avoidable game for me. As compared to that Orcs of Mordor game, which people loved because it tried something entirely new (even if some seem to think it was overrated because that new mechanic grows tiresome.) I get that, when you release games annually (or near it), there's going to be a feature gap when you get a new engine. New EA Sports games always somewhat suck the first time with a new engine, because so much time was spent developing the engine that there wasn't enough time to put all the features in, whereas the last one had half a decade to accumulate features. But that doesn't mean I'll buy that game. And, given that Ubi didn't need a 2014 AC game, unlike EA needing a new Madden every year, it's even less excusable.
 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Unity Dead Bug Live Blog
18. Re: Assassin's Creed Unity Dead Bug Live Blog Nov 13, 2014, 12:20 Beamer
 
All of the ranting you guys have done about this game has somewhat persuaded me to try the pirate one. I hated the original, to the point that I gave up as soon as I saw the second city was identical in gameplay to the first, but everyone keeps mentioning the positives of the pirate one as far outweighing the negatives.

Eh. I'll probably just replay Mount & Blade instead while I wait for FC4.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
5. Re: Evening Consolidation Nov 13, 2014, 11:13 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 08:52:
Lots of rumors of updated SKUs next year with bigger hard drives and Sunset Overdrive isn't a system seller to me, it seems about on par with Infamous which I enjoyed but wouldn't classify as a real system seller either. The Halo collection seems like a better deal but console FPS is just a non-starter for me, it feels like playing a sport one handed.

I think I'll look at how serious Microsoft is about regaining lost ground in a year or two. They put out some solid games last gen as well but the well dried up in no time and my Xbox collected dust for months.

Sony needs to step up their output too though, the situation with DriveClub was really stupid.

For $200 I'd happily get one now and worry about HDD later, given that it can take external HDDs (not optimal, but fine.)

However, the Sunset Overdrive system sold out immediately, and the CoD one is ugly as hell (even with the 1TB HDD.) So, yeah, probably going to wait.
 
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Unity Dead Bug Live Blog
6. Re: Assassin's Creed Unity Dead Bug Live Blog Nov 13, 2014, 11:10 Beamer
 
How can TB review a game if he has begun adamantly arguing he isn't a journalist?
Where is his code of ethics so we know he wasn't paid by EA to badmouth Ubi?

/s
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
17. Re: Evening Metaverse Nov 13, 2014, 11:08 Beamer
 
In a report someone posted here last week (apologies, forgot who), it neatly pointed out how, with the New Deal, we got a middle class and how, with 1980s conservatives (which we still operate under) we lost the middle class and went back to pre-New Deal times, like The Jungle, with a super wealthy ruling class of 0.1% having as much as the bottom 90%.

Thank you, Ronald Reagan, for giving Sheldon Alderson all the money in the country.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 12, 2014, 20:15 Beamer
 
TheLeech wrote on Nov 12, 2014, 19:35:
Julio wrote on Nov 12, 2014, 17:54:
Verno wrote on Nov 12, 2014, 13:30:
There are no known Ebola cases in the U.S.

Hopefully this will finally put an end to discussions about unnecessary and economically damaging mass quarantines. The media fear mongering of this whole situation was absurd.

I question how they define "known". I suspect "known" = "what the government is willing to admit". At my local emergency room, the hospital employees are wearing tons of hazmat type gear. As if that would make a difference.

They totally have hundreds, if not thousands, of ebola-ridden people hidden away. They're just waiting to release them at the most opportune moment. Wake up sheeple!

So that's what the Denver Airport is for! Hiding all the people with ebola.

Watch out, Julio, they're coming for you, just like you've always suspected!
 
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