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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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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 12, 2014, 18:02 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 12, 2014, 17:26:
PHJF wrote on Nov 12, 2014, 15:06:
"Whip one together"? They aren't making PANCAKES. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?

You're right. Pancakes take more time and cost more on a massive scale. They've had these vaccines for decades now. Innovation is just a few tweaks here and there to respond to bacterial mutations. Everything is mass-produced very cheaply overall. Companies like Glaxo, Novartis and Sanofi-Aventis are making $5-$10 billion a year - each - in profit on their vaccines alone. The good people at Aunt Jemima sure aren't making that kind of dough. There's nothing noble in any of this.

NYT Ebola Facts.

The NYT published that yesterday.

You know, given how anti-corporation and pro-conspiracy he is I'm surprised Cutter hasn't jumped on the whole "big pharma is funding the anti-vaxxor movement," which many people believe. Why?

Because Cutter is 100% incorrect and profit margins on vaccines have plummeted. Source 1. Source 2.

Not that facts ever stop Cutter.
And yes, it may be true that companies still make millions on vaccines. But here's what's important that so few people forget: companies don't care about profit in absolute numbers, they care about it in percentages. A company that makes $5 billion in profit off of $100 billion in sales will be considered less of an investment than one making $5 billion in profit off of $10 billion in sales. Go to any meeting at any company and they discuss percentages, not absolute figures.

Vaccines are not easy to develop, contrary to what Cutter thinks. See: Source 2 (The Economist article.)
And ebola vaccines haven't been sitting around.

And, importantly, no one will make billions off of a vaccine that only really matters in Western Africa, where no one has any money to spend on healthcare. The people can't pay for it individually. The governments can't pay for it. Aid workers and charities don't pay for it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 12, 2014, 17:24 Beamer
 
dj LiTh wrote on Nov 12, 2014, 17:15:
peteham wrote on Nov 12, 2014, 10:40:
Still playing XCOM Long War. It's not perfect, but it's good enough that I must have over 400 hours played by now, and haven't tired of it yet. Though the "Long" in the title ain't no lie. A single campaign takes so long that I've never actually finished one, and don't personally know anyone who has either. Second, it can be annoyingly hardcore at times. Sectoids critting on that 1% shot from across the map instantly killing your sniper? Shakefist A problem I overcome by savescumming whenever I feel like it. An infallible weapon, so long as I never run into alien Tom Cruise.

Thanks for the tip about the Long War mod, i havent heard about it until now. Looks great, I'll be checking it out!

Some site, I think Polygon, had a really good review of it.
It's... too much for me. Some of it sounds great, but honestly, I felt that XCOM was about long enough as is. I did 3 playthroughs, each of which took 22-26 hours. That's enough. The Long War makes it drag on 5x that, and is much more difficult, so the likelihood of going 70 hours only to hit a fail state is high.

I much prefer doing the game on an easier difficulty on Ironman and doing no save spamming. Instead of replaying anything, I just power through. Lose my best guy? Oops. I did Ironman on both the easiest difficulty and the hardest, and will probably do my next playthrough Ironman on medium. I really like that The Long War makes it so you need dozens of soldiers and actually use them (Ironman often makes me have dozens, but by the 15 hour point I'm really using 8 or 9 with the rest no longer in missions), but the core gameplay of 20 - 60 minute turn based battles goes from a joy at first to tedious by hour 20.

But that's the joy of XCOM - so many ways to play. But I can't even imagine doing the XCOM base defense in The Long War. That was hard enough in EW on its own.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 12, 2014, 14:44 Beamer
 
jacobvandy wrote on Nov 12, 2014, 14:34:
Beamer wrote on Nov 12, 2014, 14:21:
jacobvandy wrote on Nov 12, 2014, 14:05:

At any rate, I hope those ebola vaccines fucking flop. Sadly, I'm not so sure they will...

Wait, what?
You hope something that could save the lives of tens of thousands of people in Africa flops?

Why would Johnson & Johnson give a fuck about helping people in Africa? It's gonna be at every Walgreens, CVS, and Rite-Aid in America and cost ten times more than your similarly-effective flu "vaccine" they already use to fleece people with twice a year. We have NO REASON to waste money on that shit. Maybe if it doesn't sell and a few years from now they have warehouses full of the junk, they'll send it overseas for a modicum of press exposure. It's not a cure, so I doubt it'll do anything, anyway.

Companies like J&J donate tens of thousands of vaccines to Africa. This has come up endlessly in our discussions about regionalized pricing and grey markets right here on this very board.

It's good all around to make money off of one group and give free to the other group. Make money off Americans traveling to Western Africa in need of vaccines, make money off stupid Americans believing O'Reilly and getting vaccines, give for free to Africans that genuinely need it.

Weird, truly, that your fear of corporations means you actively want tens of thousands of deaths.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 12, 2014, 14:21 Beamer
 
jacobvandy wrote on Nov 12, 2014, 14:05:

At any rate, I hope those ebola vaccines fucking flop. Sadly, I'm not so sure they will...

Wait, what?
You hope something that could save the lives of tens of thousands of people in Africa flops?
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
6. Re: Game Reviews Nov 12, 2014, 11:09 Beamer
 
Only two kinds of embargoes bother me:

1) This one, which goes beyond launch. They should absolutely end when the game is on sale

2) Worse, the "can't publish until the day before unless the score is an 85." That not only spams with reviews of people that like games (and no game should be liked by everyone), but it gives someone that was thinking of giving, say, an 80 incentive to just give it 5 more points so that his review gets traffic
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 12, 2014, 09:55 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Nov 12, 2014, 04:45:
There are plenty of accusers that come out of the woodwork when there's a guy with money to go after. I'm sure Cosby had the financial resources and fame to get laid whenever he wanted. Until real proof is provided, he's innocent until proven guilty.

I wonder when there's going to be significant penalties for false accusations?


Man are you an mra weirdo. False accusation happens far, far, far less often than unreported rape. Real life isn't gone girl, and double digit people coming out is usually not very false. Typical response, though. "he could get laid by anyone!" That is a blatant misunderstanding of rape, which is fairly famously about power.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
17. Re: Game Reviews Nov 11, 2014, 22:41 Beamer
 
I loved Crysis, but it's no 98, that's nuts. Even warhead, which was better, was no 98.

Wow.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: ASUS announces ROG Gladius Gaming mouse Nov 11, 2014, 20:27 Beamer
 
Eh suppose, looking at my Death Adder here at work, it does not have separate left and right buttons. It's one solid top that's split.
Quick google shows most if not all the logitech mice are the same way.


Does it matter?
 
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News Comments > Game Awards 2014 Next Month
13. Re: Game Awards 2014 Next Month Nov 11, 2014, 19:20 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 01:09:
Award shows should be outlawed.

See, now that's censorship.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 11, 2014, 18:55 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 18:51:
jdreyer wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 13:53:
Wow, I didn't even know of those allegations against Cosby.

I remember the rape case and kind of thought the woman making the allegations might be lying, but I never heard of the dozen or so other women who were supposedly going to testify that the same thing happened to them if the case ever went to trial. Now I don't know - she may have been telling the truth.

That's why one of the other dozen says she never came out. When it happened, she was a 19 year old nobody and he was the biggest man in entertainment. Everyone would just say "she's lying" and it would turn a tragic event for her into a lifelong public spectacle.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
15. Re: Game Reviews Nov 11, 2014, 18:26 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 18:17:

PC Gamer review is also up. They gave it an 87, but they were of course burdened by the fact they shilled DA2 into a 94, and have been paying for it ever since.

Yeah. I forgave them for their Crysis review that was in the 90's since I enjoyed it more than most others did (it would have been a respectable 80's-ish score in my mind), but they lost me with that execrable DA2 review. Taken by itself the game was a 65, maybe a 70 to my mind. Considered as a sequel to Origins it was about a 45 or 50 for me. I don't give Destructoid and Polygon the hits anymore - I'll see their numbers as an agregate score on Metacritic. If the reviews are generally positive I'll buy it at some point. Of course I would prefer it to be on Steam but Origin isn't too bad; certainly not bad enough to avoid playing a good game because of it.

Crysis being about a 90-91 feels right to me. Yeah, on aggregate it should be in the 80s, but that's aggregate. Some people will like it more. Honestly, I'd put it in the low 90s.

But yes, from what I understand, DA2 really has no right being mid 90s. Again, someone may love it, but the odds that that someone is also the writer for a major magazine seems unlikely.

Seems people are really liking this one, though. DA2 seems to be that mythical "cash grab" some were discussing in another thread. DA3 sounds like they learned from both prior games.
 
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News Comments > etc.
27. Re: etc. Nov 11, 2014, 18:11 Beamer
 
Last post, currently with 371 upvotes in Kotaku in Action:
It's not just about ethics in game journalism for me: It's about fighting back against those trying to destroy game journalism and game creators while imposing mass censorship and bullying. See also: Comicbooks/Science Fiction, Occupy Wallstreet and Atheism+.

371 upvotes. Endless people discussing how feminism ruins everything and needs to be fought. People who stupidly think that a consumer voicing his/her opinion is censorship. Seriously, how dumb do you have to be to think that consumers asking for change is censorship, especially when you're a group of consumers asking for change yourselves?

This is why most people, and yes, given the mainstream media coverage (and even non-mainstream media coverage), it's probably safe to say that it's most people, think that Gamergate is a sign that gamers are all awful people and this has nothing to do with journalism ethics.

We've really shown the world what Gamers are like. A bunch of whiny brats terrified that someone may challenge what games are lashing out and trying so hard to prove they're still important. This is what we've shown everyone we are.
 
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News Comments > etc.
24. Re: etc. Nov 11, 2014, 16:31 Beamer
 
Kosumo wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 15:04:
Buddy, let it go.

Like I said, I'm letting it go. =)
And like you said, that will probably stop the discussions here from getting very lengthy.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
29. Re: Steam Top 10 Nov 11, 2014, 14:42 Beamer
 
I'm about 40% into Wolfenstein (I think, no real way to know) on the 360. Playing on the second hardest difficulty.

It starts kind of slow, but fun, because you run around in corridors with a machine gun in each hand screaming like an idiot as you mow people down. You can find some alternate pathways, and do a good amount of sneaking. The sneaking may be shallow but it's how I like it, but the exploration is a bit tedious because you find things that have no bearing on the game. I like exploring in Skyrim because I find a dungeon I've never seen before or a new quest. I dislike it in linear FPS games like this or Gears of War because I find a gold bowl that is utterly worthless.

At the point I'm in the game now, though, it's much more difficult and less fun. Guys are in the distance, hard to see, and have perfect aim. The machine gun isn't accurate at range for you (is for them), and looking at guys in black in the darkness with the iron sights makes it difficult to see if you're shooting at something shooting at you or a shadow. Plus, sneaking is out the window. Guys just know where you are. Maybe it's just this level, and the last one, but it's kind of... annoying.

It looks like I'm about to re-enter corridors where machine guns make sense, and I just finally got a long range rifle (though never any ammo), so maybe it'll improve. It's just less fun than it had been.

Lastly, this probably isn't an issue on PC, but reloading takes foreeeeeeever on the 360. Die? Plan to wait 30-45 seconds before you start again.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
9. Re: Game Reviews Nov 11, 2014, 14:30 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 12:40:
Cutter wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 11:40:
Well their paid reviews means you can halve their scores so it puts it in the 4 or 5 out of ten range. Definitely wait for actual player reviews.

Agreed, and even then a lot of player reviews. Polygon and Destructoid aren't exactly known for their ethical reporting.

Source/evidence of that?

Oh, right, you have none, other than them having opinions you disagree with.
 
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News Comments > etc.
22. Re: etc. Nov 11, 2014, 14:28 Beamer
 
Necrophob wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 12:23:
Beamer wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 11:43:
Also, nice job ignoring the developer comments on how this is hurting games, not helping.

Which is the thing - no AAA developers support this. Only small indie guys. Not a single AAA developer has come out for GG, but many have come out against. Numerous, even. Hell, Blizzard as a whole condemned the entire thing.

But keep thinking it's helping, that ranting on Twitter and scaring people is going to get your way. That it will make things better. That following RogueStar's campaign of harassment, or defending it, or even downplaying it, will make you not have to share your industry.

Journalism ethics uncovered by GG: 0
Journalism changes uncovered by GG: 0

Hell, even two of the most prominent GG journalists, TotalBiscuit and RalphReport, have started repeatingly claiming they aren't journalists. Wonderful, they want ethics, they just don't want to follow them themselves...

Of course no AAA is going to come out pro-gamergate. That's just bad business. Let's just set aside the fact that it's the AAA's that have marginalized and objectified women in their games this whole time in the first place.

Not sure why you're pointing out AAAs marginalizing and objectifying women. Isn't it about ethics, not the marginalization and objectification of women? That's why Anita Sarkeesian is endlessly mentioned, because she's a journalist reviewer woman.

Most AAA devs that have commented have said they appreciate hearing criticism. They don't need their fans policing criticism, because it's important to hear various viewpoints and decide how they can improve. Maybe they listen, maybe they don't, but they want to hear it.

And that's why sites like Polygon have been interesting. I quoted Raph below, but here he is again:
Some GG dude:

I agree with all these sentiments about AAA games, but if the media feels this way, why continue to cover them so much? I stopped reading Kotaku years before GG started because 75% of the coverage went to Activision, Ubisoft or EA. Articles about Titanfall every single day. To games where the marketing budget was five times the development budget

If journalists want AAA games to improve, and they should, they should start looking for and writing about better games before a game's popular support forces them to. They should also steer clear of the Spike TV Which Marketing Team Paid Us The Most? Awards.

Raph:

The games media did try to fix the problem. They founded sites like Polygon and Rock Paper Shotgun and magazines like Edge, with specific editorial intent to change what games were talked about. They decided to start writing editorial and review pieces that challenged the assumptions in games. They started advocating for diversity. They increased coverage of smaller games, indie games, and games that did things differently, like Gone Home or Proteus.

That's why you are mad at them. :)
 
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