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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 27, 2014, 15:11 Beamer
 
Someone wrote a book about JA2

I'm intrigued.
 
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News Comments > Steam Allows Multiple Game Installs
12. Re: Steam Allows Multiple Game Installs Aug 27, 2014, 14:28 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Aug 27, 2014, 12:52:
So who's going to be the killjoy who points out that these are installed upon first running a game and not the game's installation? I bet that joyless prick is fun at parties.

You, apparently, haha.
 
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News Comments > EA's $1B DLC Goal
23. Re: EA's $1B DLC Goal Aug 27, 2014, 01:24 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Aug 27, 2014, 00:59:
Beamer wrote on Aug 26, 2014, 23:00:
Wait, what do you think I'm arguing?
Do you think I'm using Fallout 3 as an example that we have nothing to worry about or Fallout 3 as an example of how DLC can go wrong?

How was Fallout 3 gimped? It was a complete story, a huge map, tons of perks, you got to level 20? The DLC later added some side adventure, and one that extended levels to 30 and sorta continued the main story, but I really don't see how Fallout 3 was an example of a game that was gimped in favor of its DLC...

Like I said, "arguably." That doesn't mean it's my belief, it means some people have said it and I don't think it can be fully dismissed.

And people made that argument:
Jonny wrote on May 14, 2009, 04:36:
I didn't say anything about Fallout 3 itself. It was a great game and well worth the money, but Broken Steel especially should have been part of the original. The original ending was terrible, and just didn't make any sense. Charging money to fix it was bloody cheeky in my opinion.

If you look on metacritic, some reviews echo this. Having the game end when the main quest did didn't sit well with everyone.
 
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News Comments > EA's $1B DLC Goal
20. Re: EA's $1B DLC Goal Aug 27, 2014, 00:54 Beamer
 
PropheT wrote on Aug 26, 2014, 23:03:
I think it was just disagreement that Fallout 3 was a gimped game prior to DLC being released.

That's why I said "arguably." The argument has been made, and I think it has some merit, if only because Patriot One, or whatever, was totally Chekov's Gun. That, and the game ends when you finished the campaign, yet the DLC let you go around and mop up whatever other quests you hadn't done.

The latter part, to me, was the bigger issue, but had the DLC not existed I wouldn't have minded. Like I said, it's the only even close example I can think of, meaning none of the games I've played had DLC I felt was necessary.
 
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News Comments > EA's $1B DLC Goal
15. Re: EA's $1B DLC Goal Aug 26, 2014, 23:00 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Aug 26, 2014, 22:43:
Beamer wrote on Aug 26, 2014, 21:04:
Outside of, arguably, Fallout 3, I haven't played a single game that's been gimped.

That... that's your one shining example? Fallout 3??



Wait, what do you think I'm arguing?
Do you think I'm using Fallout 3 as an example that we have nothing to worry about or Fallout 3 as an example of how DLC can go wrong?
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
6. Re: RE: Follow up Aug 26, 2014, 22:01 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 26, 2014, 21:33:
UConnBBall wrote on Aug 26, 2014, 20:35:
Sad Google didn't land Twitch.tv I am scared that Amazon will cause:
1) No chromecast for Twitch!!!!
2) They will reduce the payment to streamers
3) They don't know eSports and we will lose the ability to watch every event through Twitch
4) Twitch ends up becoming a wasteland 3 years down the road due to zero development on the platform
5) Amazon puts up pay walls like Prime or other ways of pushing Amazon.

Good. I like to see corporations waste billions needlessly on these sorts of stupid purchases.. Then someone else will come along and create a new Youtube/Twitch/etc. for 100k and the cycle will repeat itself. If you have to buy an existing business you shouldn't be in business to begin with. You can always do it better, faster, and cheaper yourself. Always.


Yup, 8 years later and we've had all those YouTube competitors come out. So sad Google bought them. A shame they bought Android, too, that really didn't pay off at all.

Either that, or your blanket statement has no basis in reality.
 
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News Comments > EA's $1B DLC Goal
11. Re: EA's $1B DLC Goal Aug 26, 2014, 21:04 Beamer
 
Slick wrote on Aug 26, 2014, 20:53:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Aug 26, 2014, 20:32:
It is insulting that their business model is DLC. Still selling games for $60.00 and want another Billion on top of that. F them. Strip the game of everything, then repackage assets that are already on the disc as DLC.

yeah well, that's pretty obviously awful, but has anyone here confirmed what they're trying to sell on the side? have they gimped the full releases?

i haven't played an EA sports game since NHL 93 for genesis. if there isn't blue ice it's not worth playing.

I'm guessing a lot of it will be historical players and teams.


Also, I don't find this nearly as bad as many others do. For one, games cost a shitton more to develop now than they used to, so still paying $60 doesn't bug me. As I posted yesterday, LucasArts was charging $60 for Monkey Island 2 new on disk, $60 for Nintendo cartridges, and $99.99 for Loom on CD back in 1992.

So we're 22 years later, and even with inflation, not to mention games being exponentially more expensive to make, we're paying the same price for games. I'm really quite alright with that. Unless, as you say, they gimp the full release. Outside of, arguably, Fallout 3, I haven't played a single game that's been gimped. If one comes out gimped, I won't buy it. I buy very little DLC as it is, and the only DLC I really recall liking a lot was Oblivion's.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 26, 2014, 20:13 Beamer
 
I actually haven't ever had a data cap. I'm on Comcast now, too. Time Warner before, Cablevision and Fios before that.

Suppose I'm lucky.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 26, 2014, 17:56 Beamer
 
mag wrote on Aug 26, 2014, 17:47:
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 26, 2014, 14:46:
Beamer wrote on Aug 26, 2014, 12:44:
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 26, 2014, 12:17:
I look and compare vs the i7-4790K and I despair... AMD.. .... ... you drunk? Intel just shoved the Haswell refresh with 4ghz and unlocked MP in your face.... that completely obliterates your cpu's... and you come up with a piledriver with slightly higher core speed.. depressing as hell!

Some people here have taken offense when I say this (not sure why), but AMD just doesn't really play at that higher end. AMD wants you spending under $250 on a CPU. Anything over that and it just doesn't care. And even in that range it's kind of ridiculous to go AMD most of the time. Depends on deals, I guess. Under $150 AMD can make some sense. Usually, I'd argue that over that it makes none.

Wait, sorry, I should have read first. These are expected to be around $300? Jesus, at Microcenter you can get the i7-4790K for $290. Who would ever, ever buy an AMD over that?

Where you saw prices? I looked and couldn't find any info on that. Anyway the i7-4790K is a true beast. I know it's unfair to compare this to AMD's offerings here. But if they go 4ghz they will still be below an 4790K on default clock. And we are talking by 15% to 25% which is huge when you consider that this is is PER CORE.

If they price this above 200$ they might as well give up now. As you say, who would ever buy an AMD cpu with the 4790K doing what it does... devils canyon is really aptly named. And untypical for Intel, it's also decently priced.

Ayup. The i7 4790 is $250 (4790K is $280) at Micro Center. The FX 8350, though, which this is replacing, is $160. So--obviously the i7s blow them out of the water, performance-wise, but that's not a tiny price difference, especially if you've already got an AM3+ board.

Oh. I missed the date in the article, thought the FX-9590 was new, not a year old. Still, its pricing seems insane.
 
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News Comments > Win8 Age of Empires: Castle Siege Announced
38. Re: Win8 Age of Empires: Castle Siege Announced Aug 26, 2014, 13:08 Beamer
 
It's like watching Pong.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 26, 2014, 12:44 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 26, 2014, 12:17:
I look and compare vs the i7-4790K and I despair... AMD.. .... ... you drunk? Intel just shoved the Haswell refresh with 4ghz and unlocked MP in your face.... that completely obliterates your cpu's... and you come up with a piledriver with slightly higher core speed.. depressing as hell!

Some people here have taken offense when I say this (not sure why), but AMD just doesn't really play at that higher end. AMD wants you spending under $250 on a CPU. Anything over that and it just doesn't care. And even in that range it's kind of ridiculous to go AMD most of the time. Depends on deals, I guess. Under $150 AMD can make some sense. Usually, I'd argue that over that it makes none.

Wait, sorry, I should have read first. These are expected to be around $300? Jesus, at Microcenter you can get the i7-4790K for $290. Who would ever, ever buy an AMD over that?
 
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News Comments > Phil Fish Re-Quits Gaming
137. Re: Phil Fish Re-Quits Gaming Aug 26, 2014, 12:20 Beamer
 
If we're going to repeatedly use the term "real feminists," can we get a definition, ASeven?  
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News Comments > Win8 Age of Empires: Castle Siege Announced
24. Re: Win8 Age of Empires: Castle Siege Announced Aug 26, 2014, 11:14 Beamer
 
Undocumented Alien wrote on Aug 26, 2014, 11:13:
There's no Clash of Clans on WP

Yeah, that was my first thought, an answer to Clash of Clans for the Win8 platform. Of course they are leveraging the AOE name, but at least they specifically called it "Castle Siege".

A bunch of people had no issue with Blizz leveraging the Diablo name to herd a bunch of nerds to a Real Money Auction house (yes, it's gone now, but was the original direction) so it's done by other "game loving" companies as well.

If you hate on MS for this, other gaming studios like Blizz need to be thrown down the hole as well.

Actually, I doubt very much anyone complaining here gave Blizz any benefit of the doubt on the RMAH.
 
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News Comments > Win8 Age of Empires: Castle Siege Announced
21. Re: Win8 Age of Empires: Castle Siege Announced Aug 26, 2014, 11:11 Beamer
 
loomy wrote on Aug 26, 2014, 09:11:
Look at the unusual Youtube negativity. That's a lesson for Microsoft and everyone else. Serve your existing customers, otherwise they will torpedo your efforts to attract new ones.

Does this happen in other industries? I think it does in Hollywood, but mostly for scifi and comic book movies, and it's often the exact same fans that do it here [meaning this case, not this board.] "Make me happy, otherwise I'll make sure no one is happy!"

This doesn't strike me as having anything to do with any of Microsoft's billion "recommitment"s to PC gaming. Just seems like them making something people with a Surface can play to compete with the billion games like this on iPad that I see endless commercials for. Apparently those are popular and big selling points for iPads - which is why you can't go 30 seconds into the Simpsons marathon or Adult Swim without seeing commercials for at least 3.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
16. Re: Steam Top 10 Aug 25, 2014, 23:00 Beamer
 
Jerykk wrote on Aug 25, 2014, 22:58:
Beamer wrote on Aug 25, 2014, 18:08:
Quinn wrote on Aug 25, 2014, 18:05:
Not. A. Single. Game is worth 49,50 for me. Not one. And that's coming from a "true gamer". It's a ridiculous overpricing of a product and one that didn't even lower when publisher's costs drastically lowered due to the digitalization. Hell, most games don't even have hardcopies for sale anymore as far as I know!

www.kinguin.net

I paid 33,- bucks for Risen 3. It's very much worth that. As I said: 40+ hours into it and still enjoying it a fuckload. Just got to chapter 3 and it's not hinting to end yet!

Digitilization saved us from price increases due to massively increased budgets and, well, inflation.

It's like everyone forgets how much games cost. 1992: $99.99 for LOOM on CD-ROM.

That's a wee bit misleading. The extra cost was because of the CD format, which was brand new at the time. The games themselves were in the same price range as modern games.
$59.99 for Monkey Island 2? $59.99 for NES carts?

Console games are the same price, PC games are cheaper.
 
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News Comments > Amazon Buys Twitch
22. Re: Amazon Buys Twitch Aug 25, 2014, 21:08 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Aug 25, 2014, 20:44:
Beamer wrote on Aug 25, 2014, 17:40:
That's why they're in the red. They make money, but immediately put it right back into the company. Every dollar is spent as soon as it's made. But their terms with most vendors are to not pay them until 30-90 days after that dollar is earned, giving them a nice window to make the dollar, spend the dollar, then get the dollar back.

You know, if you're in the red you're losing money faster than you can make it. What they're doing is spending money they don't have on the basis that it will be leveraged against future earnings, which is a terrible way to run a business. Now, they could be tapping into a vast backup reserve, but that's not ever mentioned.

But they're not losing money faster than they're making it.
http://ycharts.com/companies/AMZN/profit_margin

7 negative quarters since 2002.
They just have very, very small profit margins, mostly due to enormous capital investments into growth.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
14. Re: Steam Top 10 Aug 25, 2014, 18:08 Beamer
 
Quinn wrote on Aug 25, 2014, 18:05:
Not. A. Single. Game is worth 49,50 for me. Not one. And that's coming from a "true gamer". It's a ridiculous overpricing of a product and one that didn't even lower when publisher's costs drastically lowered due to the digitalization. Hell, most games don't even have hardcopies for sale anymore as far as I know!

www.kinguin.net

I paid 33,- bucks for Risen 3. It's very much worth that. As I said: 40+ hours into it and still enjoying it a fuckload. Just got to chapter 3 and it's not hinting to end yet!

Digitilization saved us from price increases due to massively increased budgets and, well, inflation.

It's like everyone forgets how much games cost. 1992: $99.99 for LOOM on CD-ROM.
 
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News Comments > Amazon Buys Twitch
8. Re: Amazon Buys Twitch Aug 25, 2014, 17:40 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Aug 25, 2014, 17:36:
You'd never know Amazon is in the red quarter after quarter, year after year the way they spend money.

That's why they're in the red. They make money, but immediately put it right back into the company. Every dollar is spent as soon as it's made. But their terms with most vendors are to not pay them until 30-90 days after that dollar is earned, giving them a nice window to make the dollar, spend the dollar, then get the dollar back.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
13. Re: Sunday Consolidation Aug 25, 2014, 12:25 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Aug 25, 2014, 12:12:
CrimsonPaw wrote on Aug 25, 2014, 11:49:
nin wrote on Aug 24, 2014, 13:11:
Thank god it happened before Destiny came out...
So Nin, were you a fan of the Halo series at all? I see the hype for Destiny and it's piqued my interest but I could never get into Halo. If it's too similar I may have to pass.

I think I played a little of the 1st and 3rd ones, but would always lose interest.

Based on a limited taste, the difference I like are:

A lot of different things take place in a huge open map(s). I wouldn't call it "open world" but it's similar to that, with more of a MMO feel (in a good way). Some missions might take you to various points in the same map, and you can also free roam, taking up small sidequests all around the map.

A centralized hub. Again, semi MMO like. (Good news: ) This is where you claim you rewards, buy new stuff, access storage, etc. (Bad news: ) The gripe here is there's no open chat, either text or audio. Which means you can only communicate with folks in your party. Short of allowing keyboard access, I'm not sure how they fix that, but the idea that people are somehow supposed to form raid groups in game is laughable. They won't come out and say it, but the way it's designed, you have to do all that homework (joining a raid, a guild, etc) outside the game. And that seems incredibly short sighted of them. But Strikes (3 man missions, sort of mini raids) ARE queue-able (and will probably be what I stick with).

I've only played two of the 3 classes, but each felt semi different in abilities. I like that not only can your character be upgraded, but so can guns and gear. You'll still replace stuff, but it's nice in between that to pick certain upgrades from a sort of skill tree.

Lot of different gun styles, including elemental, fire rate, charge vs regular shot, etc.

An art style that just makes me drool. On the current gen systems (ps4, xbone), it's damn pretty.


I'm going to disagree with nin a bit.
I played the beta less than he did, as it was only available for the 360 for a weekend, and I think I got about 4 hours in, if that.

The MMO elements ultimately drove me insane. There's a centralized hub, which means you're going to a menu, selecting the hub, watching an animation take you to the hub, running to find the guy to turn in the quest, turning it in, running to the other end of the hub to find the guy that can craft you a new gun, going to the menu, selecting a planet, watching the animation take you to the planet, getting dropped off in the exact same place you started the last 5 missions, seeing people jumping around acting like jackasses, running through the same place you did the last mission but going left instead of right, blasting your way with some rando that happens to be doing the same mission, having him disappear as soon as you get to the actual mission part (because these are instanced, I believe), finishing, hitting pause, selecting "go to hub," watching the animation...

The first few minutes of the game I absolutely loved, because the guns feel wonderful. Everything about them feel spot on. But the repetitive nature of the MMO setup just grinds on me. Do 5 consecutive missions in World A, all beginning in the same spot, then move to World B and repeat, then move to World C and repeat.

I only did a bit of multiplayer. Did ok my first game, got destroyed the second game, then got a bit into the zone and managed to do my final 3 or 4 games with a positive k:d. The maps felt a bit muddy, probably since I was playing it on a 360, and the two I played didn't feel nearly as good or distinctive as most of the Halo 3 maps. Or maybe I just really liked that one huge Halo 3 map with the vehicles that made for an insane/giddy CTF.
 
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News Comments > Phil Fish Re-Quits Gaming
128. Re: Phil Fish Re-Quits Gaming Aug 25, 2014, 11:09 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Aug 25, 2014, 08:32:
ASeven wrote on Aug 25, 2014, 06:24:
Condensated info for today's morning (sorry nin ):

Remember the anonymous mod in Reddit that leaked those chat logs about mods in reddit deleting everything? Apparently he was now banned from reddit.

Context is good! When just an image is posted, it's not always obvious who it is, how they figure into everyone elses shouting, what they're doing, etc...

(So this is better. Thanks! )

(edit: Sorry if I came off as grumpy.)

Thank you.
Most of these "proof" images people keep posting "prove" entirely different arguments, are poorly made and have no context, so it's extremely difficult to figure out what they're trying to say. They become word soup.

I honestly don't understand how people are so bad at making these. I guess, if preaching to the choir, there's context, but to someone outside it's so often a random jumble of posts on some weird message board.
 
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