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News Comments > Out of the Blue
49. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2014, 21:35 Beamer
 
harlock wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 21:18:
"muslim" isnt a race, genius

Nice cop out, Bill Maher.
Regardless, most muslims belong to one race. It's de facto racism.
 
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News Comments > Crytek Denies Bankruptcy Rumor
10. Re: Crytek Denies Bankruptcy Rumor Jun 23, 2014, 20:55 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 20:43:
I never realized Crytek had 800 people. That seems like an awful lot for a company with their limited output.

They've been that big for a while. They had studios everywhere. Every-frickin'-where.

Epic did, too. Epic. Epic China, which itself owned the Fat Princess studio. People Can Fly. Chair. Epic Japan. Epic Korea.
I think the big difference is that, for the most part, those regional subsidiaries were less studios and more regionalization and support. They didn't have huge staffs and weren't expected to do dev work.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
46. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2014, 20:51 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 20:33:
Prior to 9/11 you'd have thought some sheep-herders flying passaneger planes into skyscrapers was nonsense too. The guy was a muslim so that's not beyond the pale of a muslim terrorist plot by any stretch. Maybe he ditched the plane into the ocean on purpose screaming to Allah but the message never got transmitted. There's nothing wild about what terrorists will do.

Can we get a ban for racism here?
The guy was muslim. So are about a billion other people that don't commit crimes.

And no, the 9/11 terrorists weren't "sheep-herders." They came mostly from wealthy backgrounds. Even the ones that came from poor or impoverished regions had college educations. Several were law students. These were men with decent futures carrying out a very well organized plan, which made it all that much more frightening.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Jun 23, 2014, 20:10 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 19:16:
Companies finally realize social media does exactly squat for their bottom line.

Shocker!

What's interesting is that the article doesn't say that at all.

Wait, did I say interesting? Sorry, Cutter making an asinine, uneducated, ignorant comment based on the headline of an article he's too lazy to read isn't interesting, it's an hourly occurrence.

What the article actually says is that companies were crazy about collecting "followers," or "likes" or whatever, and learned that most people just click on that haphazardly. Instead, they've begun focusing on not getting as many followers as possible but getting the right followers, the ones that may actually convert. The ones that have an interest in interacting with the brand. And then they focus on actually giving those people what they'd like to see, increasing the level of service for them, and building a connection they couldn't otherwise. Other companies are using it passively - to see what customers like and don't like and react quickly.

And the companies that just spammed to get likes? Most of them are miffed that it's now not helpful. But that's also because Facebook made algorithm changes a few months back, not mentioned in the article, to try to destroy that type of advertiser. Facebook realized people hated seeing stupid crap and is aggressively trying to prevent you from seeing it. The companies doing that, sadly usually the smaller ones that don't have enough cash to hire someone to be intelligent with social media but do have enough cash to buy ads, are frustrated because no one is seeing those ads. Users are a bit happier because they see fewer pointless ads but, to be honest, 99% of the ads you'll see will be pointless, anyway. For every 1 I see that's useful (and I only see them on my work machine, where seeing them makes sense), I see dozens or more that are utterly pointless. Or frustratingly dedicated to recapturing me. Jesus, Vans, I went to your website for work reasons for 30 seconds today and right now both ads on Blue are identical Free Shipping messaging. I wouldn't ever pay shipping for shoes, so big fucking deal.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
6. Re: Evening Consolidation Jun 23, 2014, 19:17 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 19:01:
But this is a long-term competitive space, which is good for consumers.

Really? So why are games $70 a pop for both of you? Where's the competition driving down prices and creating better products? What about all those exclusives you and Sony love so much? Oh yeah, the competition is awesome! Just love the "free market".

Yeah, man! I mean, there are about a dozen car manufacturers, but good luck getting a car for under $15k! And, despite there being hundreds of companies making gold watches, they're all over a grand!

Free market my butt!




That, or, y'know, making things costs money.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
41. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2014, 19:15 Beamer
 
PropheT wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 19:03:
Beamer wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 18:35:
The NHL playoffs had plenty of players writhing on the ground for no reason.

I watched all or part of every series in the playoffs and don't recall ever seeing someone writhing around on the ground, faking it or otherwise. Guys try to get calls with questionable hits and definitely embellish them, but outright flopping is too costly for the team in hockey and almost never happens.

I can refresh your memory:
http://cdn.bloguin.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2014/05/sniperhabs.gif

 
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News Comments > Crytek Denies Bankruptcy Rumor
4. Re: Crytek Denies Bankruptcy Rumor Jun 23, 2014, 18:40 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 18:26:
Homefront: The Revolution, Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age, Arena of Fate, and Warface

Fuck me that's a sorry list of games... Hunt MIGHT be cool, but the rest, ugh.

Warface was ok when I played it for 30 seconds 30 years ago but it's too crowded a space to care much (then again, it was also created for the Chinese market, so we're an afterthought), and I'll pay attention to Homefront because it's coming from the guys that made Timesplitters, and before that GoldenEye and Perfect Dark... assuming anyone from those teams is still around.

They seriously need better titles. Less semicolons. Less generic.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
3. Re: Evening Consolidation Jun 23, 2014, 18:36 Beamer
 
Maybe they'll incorporate it into a commercial, like with Tiger walking on water.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
37. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2014, 18:35 Beamer
 
The NHL playoffs had plenty of players writhing on the ground for no reason.
Fortunately, the NHL started calling penalties when it was obvious the player hadn't even been hit. That helped reduce that in the Finals. The conference finals, though? Oof. Montreal did it every 30 seconds, and the Rangers began following suit.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Jun 23, 2014, 17:18 Beamer
 
JSP wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 17:09:
I understand that there is Pavlovian, frothing rage and loathing whenever Microsoft is mentioned in BluesNews, but bing is just another service that one can opt not to use. Just like one can opt not to install the 'optional' bing desktop in windows update.

I use the search engine sometimes and they do a pretty decent job. Its Map is actually better than Google for its cleaner and more intuitive interface, imo.

That they still try to sideload things during installation is baffling, though.
Adobe constantly warns me on my work PC that Flash needs to be updated (though updates get pushed from IT so I don't need to bother.) I got annoyed one day and hit "update." The next screen asked me if I wanted to install a few dozen other things, opt-out.
Adobe, c'mon. You're fixing security errors and you want me to install some bullshit with it?

Microsoft, be better than Adobe.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
33. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2014, 16:40 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 15:47:
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 15:31:
Or maybe it was a botched kidnapping or terrorist plot. Guess we'll never really know.

Or maybe aliens teleported the crew and passengers onto their mothership for tea and to create ghastly human-alien hybrids. As long as we're wildly speculating.

The events I'm postulating have occurred many times in the past causing many crashes. Occam's razor.

I'd hate to know what investigators would interpret from my Stunt Island flying in the 90s.

"Well, it appears he took out a 747 with some regularity and flew around buildings and under bridges until he got bored and then smashed it into a building. Then he'd take out the SR-71 and fly it straight up until it would stall, which it wouldn't given the poor physics of the game... then he'd create a new scenario where he'd fly a garbage truck, again ended up in a building..."
 
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News Comments > GameStar: Crytek in Financial Trouble
61. Re: GameStar: Crytek in Financial Trouble Jun 23, 2014, 15:50 Beamer
 
A lot of piling on here. Far Cry felt like a tech demo? Crysis? A lot of grudge carrying, maybe?

I can't get behind that. Quake 3 arguably felt like a tech demo. Gore felt like a tech demo. Far Cry and Crysis had fairly intricate single player plots and gameplay.

If you were to make a tech demo, multiplayer only is the way to go.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft "Confident" in Unified Assassin's Creed Unity Launch
19. Re: Ubisoft Jun 23, 2014, 15:47 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 15:11:
Verno wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 12:53:
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 12:39:
Clearly you don't remember that because you obviously have no clue as to what you're talking about - which is nothing new for you however.

Most people have to work to be this obnoxious but for you I suspect its natural Cutter.

It's so cute. The little fantasy worlds that people like you and Beamer live in where everyone else is the bad guy and wrong, and you're always the good guys and right. Your arrogance and self-delusion boggles the mind. Seek professional help, you guys desperately need it.

This coming from the guy that claims he posts mostly positive stuff.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
21. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 23, 2014, 15:46 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 15:28:
Same reason that food vendors have to acquire licenses and deal with the department of health, etc. to ensure public safety and compliance with public ordinances, taxes, etc. You don't just go open up shop in public anywhere anytime you feel like it. I'm just really curious as to the backstory behind all this.


Sigh.
 
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News Comments > Pixel Piracy Dev Suggests Piracy, Wins
20. Re: Pixel Piracy Dev Suggests Piracy, Wins Jun 23, 2014, 13:23 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 13:22:
Creston wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 12:59:
And he's not in the top 10 in sales. That's why I keep saying that the belief that Skyrim only sold a few million copies on the PC is ridiculous, because the top sellers on Steam are selling hundreds of thousands of copies per polling interval (a week, I believe?)

That's straight from Bethesda though and they would know. The AAA base on the PC is considerably smaller than consoles and the consoles have a very good attach rate at $60, PC games tend to be more long tail sellers and at cheaper prices.

I bet its up to 3mil at this point but just being on the Steam top10 list isn't a guarantee of millions of sales or something. I think the volume level of steam sales would surprise you. We've seen a few devs up near the top who say they sold 300,000 which is nothing to scoff at but certainly not millions.

I mean, this guy sold 100,000 during a Steam Sale.
I can't recall, were steam top 10s measured in revenue or units? Revenue, right?

In any case, what do we suspect is the jump in revenue during a sale? 2x? 10x? I'd guess even more than that.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
14. Re: Frontier Calls Comcast's Open Wi-Fi Push 'Disrespectful' Jun 23, 2014, 12:58 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 12:06:
Comcast users can use it for free. Anyone else can connect to it, and then has to sign up through a portal page and pay whatever it is they're charging. It's undoubtedly not cheap.

That definitely changes my opinion some. I thought it was exclusively for Comcast customers.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft "Confident" in Unified Assassin's Creed Unity Launch
12. Re: Ubisoft Jun 23, 2014, 12:53 Beamer
 
Rattlehead wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 12:26:
Kevin Lowe wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 12:24:
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 11:38:
Isn't it odd how the PC version is always held back? So very, very strange. It's almost like they want to make sure the consoles always get the launches first. Nah, that's crazy talk!
Or, it could be that there's a more complex critical path, involving platform certification (not required on PC), scheduling a much larger (and therefore more difficult to reschedule) physical media order, and much more costly financial penalties (updating marketing) if you miss a date on the console side?

I remember coming here back in '99 to read news and insights from people who really knew what the hell was going on. How did we go from that to... well, you?
Shhhhh, Cutter is allergic to logic and reasoning.

Mag said it best - we'll never manage to actually convince Cutter he's always wrong, but we probably should feel obligated to correct his campaign of misinformation.
 
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News Comments > MS: "We Are Continuing to Support the GFWL Service"
36. Re: MS: Jun 23, 2014, 12:50 Beamer
 
Slashman wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 12:32:
HorrorScope wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 12:06:
Verno wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 10:53:
I like to imagine a scenario where Microsoft realizes the error of its ways and rebuilds its PC gaming image and helps lend more credibility to the industry for AAA releases. Plus I'm just a positive person

Is that positive or something else?

The thing about it is that it wouldn't be at all hard for them to do something. Push some decent PC exclusive releases in the right genres, add some actual useful functionality to Windows for better game support. Maybe create a small division with the purpose of actually getting in touch with the PC gaming community and learning what their needs are.

There are quite a few little things that they can do which they steadfastly refuse to do. They hosted a small breakfast event on my island recently to celebrate the launch of Office 365 in our region. How much more difficult would it be to do something similar for PC gaming? They have so many resources available to them and cannot be bothered.

That's pretty much all the statement I need from them.

It wouldn't be hard for them to do, but it wouldn't really be necessary.

The Xbox is fighting for its life. It needs all the help it can get. Sony sales are fueled, in part, by exclusives. Nintendo sales are fueled almost solely by exclusives. The Xbone needs exclusives to compete (and, for some reason or another, Microsoft seems to have forgotten how to make exclusives not Halo or maybe Gears of War.)

The PC? It does fine without Microsoft. Steam is really the main driver. Anything Microsoft does, no matter how good and beneficial, will be spit on because and shunned in favor of Steam. It would take years to turn that bad will around, and there's really no good reason to. They don't control the PC, they don't stand to make much revenue off PC gaming (Valve does), and PC gaming will do well without their intervention.

The Xbone, though, lives and dies based on exclusives. You can't get Uncharted on the PC, so people buy a PS4. You can't get Mario Kart on a PC, so people buy a Wii. If you could get Halo on a PC, why would anyone buy an Xbone over a PS4?
No, really, stop and ask yourself that question. What single, possible reason would there be to buy an Xbone over a PS4 if all the Xbone games were on the PC, probably with better graphics?



So why does Microsoft keep recommitting to PC gaming? Because some poor asshole has the job of doing so. Microsoft needs its hands in PC gaming somehow. They need to keep making quality versions of Direct3D, and they need to dabble here and there. Whoever they keep hiring to do this job has grand plans they just aren't able to perform. Microsoft really just needs to shut up about what they want to do and quietly keep doing something.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
9. Re: Frontier Calls Comcast's Open Wi-Fi Push 'Disrespectful' Jun 23, 2014, 11:56 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 11:34:
Beamer wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 11:17:
Actually I don't know, but I do know that I live in an apartment serviced exclusively by Comcast and I pick up one public router. Which is odd. Maybe it's a slow roll-out, or is it all the same network name so it's essentially a "cloud?"

I don't know if it's been rolled out in your place yet, but I doubt any of those routers will show up as individual access points. You'd probably just see the network with a certain strength, and the routers would be hidden. It's also only one particular type of router that has the functionality, so it would depend on how many people in that area have that particular router. Even so, you'd only need a few of them in a large apartment complex to cover the entire complex.

In the long run I really don't think this will be a much used feature, regardless of anything. Do you know your username and password for your cable company? I'd wager the majority of the public does not.

I do, but I know I'm not the majority in that. However, people don't know their username/pw because's there's no point in them knowing. Your router never asks you to authenticate. If you can get free wifi throughout your town with it, why wouldn't you know?

This isn't to say "it's all ok, then," more "this is a stupid thing to turn on by default and ruffle feathers when Comcast really gets no benefit out of it."

Comcast hopes that people will just start using it while they have no account, so they can be charged per MB of data used at the usual overage rates. And they roll out a free wifi network on the backs of their own customers, who have to RENT that fucking router.

I agree, it's retarded. The insane pretention that "it's a separate network, so there's no danger of being hacked" is truly ludicrous. When a signal hits your router from outside, it can be hacked. Period.

I guess it would make sense that it's one access point. It just seemed like something beyond Comcast's competence to do that. But it's definitely rolled out here, as I mentioned, I see it mixed in with all the other routers in my building.

And you can use it with no account? I thought it was for Comcast users only?
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
5. Re: Frontier Calls Comcast's Open Wi-Fi Push 'Disrespectful' Jun 23, 2014, 11:17 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 11:06:
Frags4Fun wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 11:02:
Why should Comcast customers have to pay for the extra electric costs when passers by use said customers router? The extra traffic would certainly raise the electric bill even if only a little. The increase in electric usage would be significant when looked at across all combined routers. How are these people being compensated? Has anyone else even considered this aspect?

No, but the Comcast fanboys (incredibly, they exist) are all bleating as loud as they can that you're talking maybe "pennies a year." because they're all geniuses who can accurately predict such things.

As for the hacking issue, when you mention that it's nothing but crickets.

Beamer wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 11:05:
2) Most of these routers will never really be used, because they're in people's homes.

Do you have any idea how far a wireless n connection reaches these days? I can pick up two other wifi routers in my house, and my nearest neighbor lives well over a hundred yards away. And IIRC, they're using these routers as combined access points, so in essence it's this massive blanket field if you're in a decently sized town. (such as Houston, where they've rolled it out already)

People are going to use it. And sure, it doesn't count against your cap (miraculously, it being Comcast and all), but it's still traffic going over your already heavily overloaded neighborhood connection. Iow, speed in your home is going to go down.


And then the GM app. Ah GM. Developed on taxpayer dime, and will lead to plenty more car crashes. (Bonus for GM, since you buy a new one? :p )

Actually I don't know, but I do know that I live in an apartment serviced exclusively by Comcast and I pick up one public router. Which is odd. Maybe it's a slow roll-out, or is it all the same network name so it's essentially a "cloud?"

In the long run I really don't think this will be a much used feature, regardless of anything. Do you know your username and password for your cable company? I'd wager the majority of the public does not.
This isn't to say "it's all ok, then," more "this is a stupid thing to turn on by default and ruffle feathers when Comcast really gets no benefit out of it."
 
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