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News Comments > Gearbox on Battleborn & Borderlands 3
2. Re: Gearbox on Battleborn & Borderlands 3 Jul 22, 2014, 12:33 Beamer
Gadzooks wrote on Jul 22, 2014, 12:19:
Gearbox has had failure after failure when it has come to releasing games. Borderlands was their only semi recent big hit for an original IP. Logically, one one would think "Stick with what is working". What you see here is no different than when a character actor tries to venture out into a different field and make a movie that requires them to be totally different from the figurehead fans have come to love. Most of the time... MOST... its a flop, and a pointless waste of time. For both the actor and the fans who just want to see another movie with them doing what everyone loves.

Gearbox is trying to prove that they CAN create something that is actually good, despite their failures, that ISNT borderlands. Unfortunately for us, it just means that we have to wait that much longer until they finally get around to making borderlands 3, when their other ventures turn out to be mediocre side trips.

I can't disagree with you enough, and I'm not even really a Gearbox fan. But people keep making posts like yours, which make no sense:
1) Gearbox has had failure after failure of outsourced games. The few games they've actually released internally have all been critical and/or commercial hits. The Brothers in Arms series, which looked like boring WWII games to me, had great reviews (the first is at 88 on Metacritic.) The Borderlands games are huge hits. And everyone loves Opppsing Force.

Then, you say that Borderlands is their only semi recent hit for original IP. It's their only semi recent original IP, period. The only other original IP they've done was Brothers at Arms, and even that was based on a TV show.

Then you say that they should just do what everyone wants them to do. But, when Epic just made Gears of War games, everyone groaned, themselves included. When Bungie just made Halo games everyone groaned, themselves included, until Bungie was so desperate to make something else that they bought their freedom (and then made what's basically another Halo.) It's good for dev teams to make something entirely unique after pushing out a huge hit - it lets them stretch some creative muscles. But, even still, Gearbox is a large studio and who is to say this team even has much overlap with the Borderlands team? It could be, and probably is, almost entirely different people.

And the only failures they've had have been what they've outsourced. People really, really need to stop with the whole "This game will suck because Gearbox sucks" crap. Gearbox has proven themselves not to suck at what they do themselves, but significantly suck at what they outsource (I very much recommend buying one of their guys a beer to hear why that is.) They did next to no work on DNF, and thought they were doing something good by pushing it out there. They weren't, it was stupid, it never should have been full price, and it caused some deserved bad will. They got into serious timeline issues with ACM and broke it just before release, meaning a POS went out. It caused more ill will, and they deserve it. And, frankly, this unpresequel of Borderlands will almost definitely suck because, again, it's outsourced. For a company that outsources so much, they really need to hire someone that can control it.

Thinking the company is greedy morons for constantly putting their name on steaming piles they didn't actually develop is fine. But, given their track record on internal releases, it just seems weird to me to write off future releases when their past releases have all been liked by critics and players. They have failed repeatedly, but not at games they've actually made.
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
5. Re: Evening Consolidation Jul 22, 2014, 02:18 Beamer
Fantaz wrote on Jul 22, 2014, 01:57:
nin wrote on Jul 21, 2014, 22:09:
PropheT wrote on Jul 21, 2014, 22:03:
Destiny went from being a game I knew absolutely nothing about to a pre-purchased obsession after playing it this past weekend. I was just about to hit the level cap for the beta on my third character when the servers went down last night

I don't even usually like console shooters, but there's something really addictive about it.

Totally agree. It didn't really all click into place for me until Saturday, and then I was totally hooked. I'm going into withdrawal today, and the break between when the beta ends and Sept is going to feel like forever.

I thought I liked the lock, from the alpha, but this time I'm totally hooked on the hunter.

...but there's so many better more addictive shooters out there also!

Not from the sound of it.
This is the game PC Gamers, and I guess Xbox gamers, love to hate because they all feel Bungie abandoned them or some stupid shit.

I trust nin's opinion. If he says the game is crack, it's probably crack.
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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Op Ed Jul 21, 2014, 20:46 Beamer
ldonyo wrote on Jul 21, 2014, 20:43:
Episodic gaming seems to have morphed into DLC, IMO.

I can't really think of a single game that I'd consider to be an episode with DLC being additional episodes. Heck, I can hardly think of DLC I'd consider an episode, let alone a game I'd consider even a cluster of episodes.
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News Comments > Areal Conspiracy Theories
10. Re: Areal Conspiracy Theories Jul 21, 2014, 12:42 Beamer
Kickstarter has pulled plenty in the past, particularly when there's proof that the starters are adding money to back themselves.

What Kickstarter won't do is take something down because it's stupid. You think you can make a multiplatform game for $50k? That's stupid. Contrary to what KEEPS being said here, stupidity isn't fraud.
What Kickstarter will do is take something down because it's lying. Watch campaign claims to have a factory but doesn't? Down. Video game company using someone else's artwork? Down. Campaign starters put $20k of their own money in? Down.

The less clear cut something is the longer it takes for them to take it down. Before we start whining and crying about Kickstarter being "like a pimp," let's wait and see what happens here. I may be wrong, but didn't the weird money start flowing in over the weekend? You really think someone is stopping their weekend to investigate this?
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News Comments > Yager: No Spec Ops: The Line Sequel
16. Re: Yager: No Spec Ops: The Line Sequel Jul 21, 2014, 12:21 Beamer
007Bistromath wrote on Jul 21, 2014, 11:08:
ItBurn wrote on Jul 21, 2014, 11:05:
I know some people loved this game, and I don't usually question tastes, but people who like this game are WRONG :p

Translation: I only like games that prove Roger Ebert right. If I'm not having fun, my time is being wasted. I learned everything I'm interested in knowing before I was twelve.

When you charge $60 for something, game first art second.

Especially when you consider that this was marketed as a military game, not a moral quandary, and 99% of the time you spend in it will be gameplay, not story.

So while you can argue that having a dull, generic game was part of the point, asking for $60 and claiming you have something fun and exciting goes against that, no?

Also, this just in, no The Sixth Sense sequel.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 21, 2014, 11:51 Beamer
LittleMe wrote on Jul 21, 2014, 11:26:
Pigeon wrote on Jul 21, 2014, 10:03:
Get ready to wait a long time Chattanooga, or better yet go after your state government that's decided its unfair to make Comcast and AT&T compete...ever...against anyone.

Yes. When corporations partner with government is called corporatism or cronyism. It's a flavor of socialism. It's not capitalism!

Not really true. In socialism, there'd be no corporations.

It's both, really. The government segmenting like this? You can call that part of socialism. The corporations being large and powerful enough to sway the government to do its bidding? That's absolutely due to capitalism.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 21, 2014, 10:53 Beamer
KS wrote on Jul 21, 2014, 10:35:
KilgoreTrout wrote on Jul 21, 2014, 06:22:
The fact that your corner of the world (the U.S.) may have peaked and is currently faced with great challenges doesn't mean that the world at large is not improving. Have you seen the statistics on global poverty, infant mortality, access to health care, nutrition, violent conflict deaths and average life spans? They have been going firmly in the right direction for the last 50 years and show no signs of suddenly reversing.

Are there great challenges ahead? Sure. There have always been. But I believe we are better equipped than ever to deal with them, because of science and technology.

Cutter, you have so far made zero fact-based claims to support your position, just the usual "look, everything is bad and getting worse and you are blind not to see it" that disillusioned people have been saying forever. I think you need to look at the world and see that life is improving for the vast majority of people, even though it might not be for you and/or where you are.

Every time someone bitches about (to use an example from another topic today), Foxcon hiring 100,000 more people in China, I have to point out the enemy isn't western companies looking for cheaper labor. It's dirt-floor grinding poverty. It's reality saying, "You need to feed yourself". Companies to the rescue...because of relative economic freedom.

They probably have 30 million applicants, each one deciding that is better than their current lot.

Just like happened in the west 150 years ago with the industrial revolution. Lives and wealth for the average person "evil" companies did their thing.

Well, I mean, the companies didn't stop doing their thing until unions and government regulations forced them to stop overworking people in dangerous environments for next to no pay.

Those damn, dirty unions (ok, fine, today many are as bad as what they work against) and that damn government overstepping its bounds!
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News Comments > Areal Funded; Putin a Backer?
45. Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer? Jul 21, 2014, 10:26 Beamer
Yup, he linked to YouTube.  
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News Comments > Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup
13. Re: Sunday Crowdfunding Roundup Jul 20, 2014, 20:29 Beamer
NKD wrote on Jul 20, 2014, 19:54:
Cutter wrote on Jul 20, 2014, 14:46:
Scam. He's lying. Who the hell just gives someone 35 grand without any sort of specific contract?

And Yogcast very much has a legal obligation. If I were a backer I'd be filing complaints with the FBI for interstate wire fraud and the FTC for bait and switch. This is very obviously a con.

I see it's Cutters Bad Legal Advice Hour again.

You have to be able to prove intent to defraud. If the money was all used in a legitimate but incompetent attempt to develop a game, you have no case for fraud, and because Winterkewl is an LLC there is no money to be reclaimed via lawsuit either. You can't go after the personal assets of anyone involved. If Winterkewl as an LLC is broke, it's game over for your hopes at getting your money back.

Yogscast may have some money, but we don't know the details of the relationship there. That's the only real unknown at this point. Depending on what Yogscast got paid or where that money went it might be recoverable.

I don't know why you think everything is an intentional scam or fraud. Kickstarter is full of games projects too ambitious for the novice developers behind them. Many of them are destined to fail to meet expectations, or fail entirely, despite the best intentions of the developers. That's far, FAR more common than intentional scamsters.

From what we've heard so far it sounds like this guy was just an idiot with no experience who got in over his head.

There are a few people here, Cutter chief among them, that think stupidity is fraud.

Which, of course, makes Cutter a fraud.
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News Comments > Areal Funded; Putin a Backer?
22. Re: Areal Funded; Putin a Backer? Jul 20, 2014, 18:24 Beamer
Task wrote on Jul 20, 2014, 16:30:
Eirikrautha wrote on Jul 20, 2014, 13:41:
I'm sure Putin didn't use his own money. It probably came from the credit cards stolen off of the bodies of the passengers of flight MH17...

Wow, more Russia bashing, nice. The kind of trash talk I'd expect from people that don't think on the basis of "Cui Bono?"

It's a shame you didn't present a poorly made YouTube video as your evidence. That's what makes it clear you aren't some kind of loon.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
10. Re: Steam Top 10 Jul 20, 2014, 18:23 Beamer
I'm Cutter. Anything I like is great and you're stupid for not liking it. Anything I dislike is idiotic and morons like it.

You either share the exact opinions I tell you to or else you're a stupid moron sheep trying to jump on a bandwagon and be part of the in-crowd.
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News Comments > Next DOOM Details Next Year
30. Re: Next DOOM Details Next Year Jul 20, 2014, 14:24 Beamer
jdreyer wrote on Jul 20, 2014, 07:46:
Beamer wrote on Jul 19, 2014, 19:52:
I despised Doom 4. Despised.

I think you mean Quake 4? Unless it's a coded message to something I'm not deciphering?

No, I mean Doom 3.
I didn't touch Quake 4.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 20, 2014, 14:19 Beamer
EvilGrouse wrote on Jul 20, 2014, 13:39:
Garner's dead? Shit! One of the last great ones has moved on.

I was certain he died about 10 years ago. Certain. I could have sworn the maverick movie aired a few times due to his passing.
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News Comments > Next DOOM Details Next Year
22. Re: Next DOOM Details Next Year Jul 19, 2014, 19:52 Beamer
jdreyer wrote on Jul 19, 2014, 18:08:
I get it. First impressions are important. And QCon is a friendly and forgiving audience. So what you feel like showing to superfans you might not want to release to the general public. The Internet isn't prone to nuanced analysis and opinion. Still I'm curious.

Yup, what they did is very smart and I think very reasonable.

I don't have much faith in the game being fantastic. I didn't play Rage (it's still in shrink wrap for the 360), and I despised Doom 4. Despised.

But I think they way they went about this video is smart, I think that not releasing something so early to the internet makes absolute sense, and I can't deny being marginally more interested in the game after seeing some of the comments people have posted here regarding it. Marginally, but that's better than nothing.
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News Comments > etc.
5. Re: etc. Jul 18, 2014, 22:54 Beamer
Task wrote on Jul 18, 2014, 22:25:
Beamer wrote on Jul 18, 2014, 21:36:
Did you just link to a couple of poorly made YouTube conspiracy vids, one arguing all queda doesn't exist?

They say there is no such thing as a dumb question, but that was one. Pretty funny labeling what I linked as "conspiracy" though (and I know exactly what you are implying), even though its fact that guy is a criminal. He was behind arming the creation of "Al Qaeda" (aiding and abetting extremists, aka a crime, aka state sponsored terrorism). In a court of law, if you didn't know, a conspiracy is a planned crime by two or more people. If you want an example: Bush and Co planned and lied about reasons to go to war in Iraq, citing "WMD's and Al-Qaeda Supported by Saddam," both of which were lies (Fact), therefore conspiracy to commit a [war] crime.

Soon people will start dismissing history and say that Caesar wasn't killed by a conspiracy - it was a all hoax, he choked on some fruit!

But I'll let that one pass since you don't understand the irony of the title of that documentary, mostly because the documentary is not that extremists under the banner of that name do not exist, its that the name itself was made up by Brzezinski and Friends. What would you like me to link to you for easy information access on the person I am discussing?

Mika is an imbecile, because her father is one too. It runs in the family.

1) But you did. You did link to a bunch of poorly made conspiracy videos. You know, if you want to be taken seriously, link to something more academic and not made by someone anonymous
2) I tend to know what happens in courts of law, given that I have a JD
3) Typically, in order to be dubbed a criminal, you must be convicted
4) Typically, if you accuse someone of a crime, you ought to let us know what crime he committed. "War crimes" is impossibly vague
5) That said, while accusing someone of "war crimes" is vague, the actual term isn't vague. State sponsored terrorism is not a war crime. If you're going to USE THE FUCKING TERM, you should know what it means.
6) It's also worth noting that typically the "winner" defines the war crimes. He was the winner, no? It's very hard to convict someone of a war crime when they won. This is why it will never happen to Bush. Who will stand against him? All the powers that might were with him at the time, charging in next to him. And the case against Bush having committed a crime against the peace is much, much higher than the case against this guy. State sponsored terrorism? If the US could be convicted of that, we'd all be in jail. So would France, for, you know, aiding and abetting the US during the Revolutionary War. Or did you forget that? But we won, right, so no one was going to prosecute France for it
7) Furthermore, "aiding and abetting" is US criminal law, not international. You're trying to say a guy violated international law by citing US law. That's pretty bad. It's like everyone else that feels US law should dictate the world
8) Seriously, though, if you're going to use a specific term, at least use it right

If you want to link to something other than a rambling 9 minute video by some anonymous nutbag, please do. And please note that I'm not saying he's a nice guy that deserves praise, that he isn't a scumbag, that he didn't deceive the nation, or that his daughter isn't an imbecile.
What I am saying is that linking to poorly made YouTube videos as evidence of anything other than something caught on film (e.g., here we have proof that this seagull stole a bag of Doritos.) is a bad, bad decision. No one wants to watch a 9 minute YouTube video full of text or some guy rambling. Link to articles. Text. Something written by someone putting his name out there. Or link to documents that have facts. You're linking to conjecture.
Also, don't use the term "war crimes," if what you are accusing of is not technically a war crime.

Basically, while you may be right, it's hard to tell because you're oversimplifying, using incorrect terminology, and linking to the worst possible sources to link to.
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Jul 18, 2014, 21:36 Beamer
Did you just link to a couple of poorly made YouTube conspiracy vids, one arguing all queda doesn't exist?  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 18, 2014, 15:12 Beamer
Creston wrote on Jul 18, 2014, 14:31:
I think it's supposed to be mostly a joke article, but some things are actually true.

Those tiny fucking pin connectors are ALWAYS a goddamn nightmare to get working, because the stupid picture in the manual is always turned upside down, or mirrored, and then - is +, and the abbreviations they use make no sense and ... aarrrggghhh. I've probably spent more time on those damn pins than on most of the other stuff.

And there is indeed always one game that I run where I expect it to be going 900 fps, and it'll get me 40. Which is like 5 more than I had on my old machine. And it makes me want to fucking kill something.

Ha. Inevitably, firing up the new machine is amazing until you load a game, and then it's "I just paid $1200 for this?"

I think some of their point are fine. Any time you finally decide what to buy you'll have some jackass telling you it's fine but you should have bought THIS! No one has a clue what they're doing with thermal paste and it hardly seems to matter. Lots of the pins are terrible. I've never had static issues or missing screw issues, but I always seem to end up needing a cable I'm missing, or a longer cable than I have. The cable will be half an inch too short and I can't figure out a way to route it to make it and still be able to close the case.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 18, 2014, 13:43 Beamer
mag wrote on Jul 18, 2014, 13:02:
Axis wrote on Jul 18, 2014, 10:34:
I'm not a huge Mario Kart fan, didn't buy it.

Next game I *really* want on the Wii U is the new Super Smash Bros, my kids played that to death.

I played the heck out of Melee, but never owned a Wii so never got good at Brawl. When I played it a friend's, though, it just felt off. I couldn't get the hang of it.

Hoping the Wii U's version is a return to form. It'd be another reason to pick up the system.

I disliked Brawl, but only played it briefly. It didn't feel as dynamic.
But, I should point out, I was a c-stick slammer. My entire game was based around beating people up then slamming the c-stick. I know that, in tournaments, this is considered bad, dumb, or even forbidden, but in my group of friends it just made me dominant. Especially with Marth. C-stick slamming Marth was unstoppable.
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
29. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 18, 2014, 12:49 Beamer
Verno wrote on Jul 18, 2014, 12:08:
short sighted leadership. Hopefully this type of example will lead to less of this in the future instead of more.

I fail to see much of the "short sighted leadership" you're mentioning, and I don't know what could have been done different.

Can you elaborate? What could Microsoft have done differently? What do you want them to do with all the support staff they picked up from Nokia? There's literally no work for them to do, because someone in Microsoft was already doing the same work. And the remaining Nokia Corporation didn't need them because it sold off the business unit they worked in.

I agree that there's stupid PR drivel being spewed out, but you can thank people suing corporations that laid them off for that - every single tiny non-meaningful thing said has been cleared by legal to make sure it leaves nothing they can be sued for. It's extremely hard to fault a company for saying meaningless bullshit when the alternative is to say something meaningful then get sued for it.

But I don't see many of these layoffs being due to "short sighted leadership," and I don't see a way to avoid laying people off after mergers. Every company has support staff - people that eat revenue without adding to it. In general, these people make it hard to start a company, because you need someone in HR/Communications/Marketing/Finance/IT, but as the company grows they scale nicely, meaning that one IT guy can cover a network of 100 employees as competently as he can cover a network of 5 employees. When two companies merge, suddenly the HR people, the IT admins, the finance report-makers, the marketing teams, all find themselves, well, redundant. In the future, that won't change. That will never change. If you're not part of what makes a company worth buying, you will be at risk when your company is bought. The engineers stay. The product design guys stay. The UI guys stay. The finance guys, the IT guys, the marketing guys, the HR guys, etc., they all find themselves in a bad spot.

No one is happy about it, but Microsoft took on 30,000 new employees. They had been about 100,000 employees before that. That growth is enormous. You can't expect them to keep them all.
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News Comments > Into the Black
12. Re: Into the Black Jul 18, 2014, 11:16 Beamer
NKD wrote on Jul 18, 2014, 08:31:
Why is Weird Al spoofing pop hits?? What's the world come to when Weird Al is spoofing... oh.... this just in, he's always done that.

Today's shallow pop music is no worse than yesterday's shallow pop music, and equally deserving of parody.

Yeah, but of course there's someone here whining that today's pop hits are worse than the ones he grew up with. And this generation is lazier than his. And movies are worse. And the video game suck. And get off his lawn! He's not getting old and in his own rut and out of touch with the younger crowd, it's their fault! It's not his, he's a perfect individual. Kids suck!

Also, I'd imagine most people here know Fancy. I hardly watch TV and I know the song. It's in some commercial I heard about 100 times while having a Harry Potter movie on in the background while playing Civ4 on Sunday. No lie, every commercial break. Only reason I know what it is, but if it was played that often on Sunday I'm guessing it's played fairly often on every channel.
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