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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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News Comments > Op Ed
53. Re: Op Ed Aug 25, 2014, 11:06 Beamer
 
ASeven wrote on Aug 25, 2014, 06:14:
Beamer wrote on Aug 24, 2014, 21:12:
So, something happening in someone's hobby isn't a problem because there are worse things happening across the globe?

Right. ASeven, if I ever see you whine about anything, like how you did when the NSA was found to target your country, I'll remind you that being monitored by the US government is a non-issue, because there are people being drone-killed by it. Really, ASeven, any time you ever complained about the NSA spying on you it was a wasted breath.

And don't you dare say they're both problems, because having your cell phone call monitored is nothing compared to being blown up.
And, of course, if you're not actively shooting down those drones, dedicating your life to it, you can't even complain because, really, what are you doing?

This is one of the most disgusting, repugnant and intellectually dishonest posts ever made on Blues. It's amazing how you create a strawman so unashamedly and can keep inferring that sexism in gaming is a problem as important as women getting raped, killed, arrested due to belief systems or traditional societal values, it's just repugnant the way you do it. You and your group does a disservice to women in the world, real women who are in real suffering, by diverting the attention of people from real problems to these non-issues that only promote censorship.

It's even more repugnant that you dare to compare sexism in gaming to the NSA scandal, it seems you truly suffer from cognitive dissonance.

I'm done with you on this thread, I cannot discuss to someone who is so intellectually dishonest as you are to the point of comparing real world problems, real problems that affect everyone in a very negative way, to sexism in gaming, a made up problem that affects nobody other than those pushing for this agenda of censorship.

It's not a strawman, it's the exact argument you made. "This thing over hear isn't even a problem because that thing over there, which is tangentially related, is significantly more serious, even though it doesn't involve a single person the first problem does."

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 25, 2014, 11:03 Beamer
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Aug 25, 2014, 10:03:
Great. So nVidia users are fucked. Awesome. Now when will AMD finally go bust, please? Hopefully soon.

Why in the world would you want AMD to go bust? So that there's only one manufacturer out there?
Anyway, NVIDIA does this way more than AMD does.

And I'm not saying either of these because I'm an AMD fan. Or an NVIDIA fan. I honestly don't even remember which graphics card I have now. I haven't considered myself a fan of one technology over the other since the Canopus Pure 3D II days. Now I just buy whatever seems like the best value, and that changes at each price point.
 
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News Comments > Steam Controller Analog Stick Explained
5. Re: Steam Controller Analog Stick Explained Aug 24, 2014, 21:32 Beamer
 
born2expire wrote on Aug 24, 2014, 21:28:
they need to just give up and realize that PC gamers are gonna use a mouse and keyboard.

I don't think PC Gamers are the main target for SteamBox, and regardless, m+K is miserable on a couch, which is where you're supposed to use Steambox. You either have a crappy surface and an angle that gives you carpal tunnel, or you buy a piece of furniture to act as a desk while you sit on the couch.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 24, 2014, 21:29 Beamer
 
Shok wrote on Aug 24, 2014, 19:44:
nin wrote on Aug 24, 2014, 18:47:
Blizzard and sony are being ddos'd to fuck and back right now. Coincidence? No.


Hmmm, ok maybe I will give it another try. Thanks Nin...

The guy doing the PSN DDOS is openly showing screenshots of him inside Sony's admin tool on PSN and has been sharing name/address information of people complaining to him. He has a PSN account, and admits the name of it, seems to be US based, and claims he's knocking PSN down for an entire weekend to make PSN better. Because, you know, that's how you do it - take it down for an entire weekend. 10 minutes or an hour wouldn't be enough, no, it's an entire weekend. He's not doing it for his own ego...

I really do hope the FBI finds him.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
41. Re: Op Ed Aug 24, 2014, 21:12 Beamer
 
ASeven wrote on Aug 24, 2014, 19:58:
Jensen wrote on Aug 24, 2014, 19:44:
ASeven wrote on Aug 24, 2014, 14:44:

And don't you dare say that beheading women for not wearing a piece of cloth and "sexism" in gaming are both problems. One is a real problem, the other is a non-issue.
Sexism in the gaming community isn't a real problem because women are being beheaded in other countries, but corruption* within the industry of video game journalists is a major problem. Got it.

*A free twine game may have possibly received a tiny bit of press because its creator was in a relationship with a journalist.

No, a non-issue is a non-issue. Sexism in gaming is a non-issue. Want to change lives for the better? Join Amnesty International and actually fight for women's right around the globe.

Corruption, wherever it is found, is always an issue. And using censorship to stifle proof of that corruption is plain disgusting.
So, something happening in someone's hobby isn't a problem because there are worse things happening across the globe?

Right. ASeven, if I ever see you whine about anything, like how you did when the NSA was found to target your country, I'll remind you that being monitored by the US government is a non-issue, because there are people being drone-killed by it. Really, ASeven, any time you ever complained about the NSA spying on you it was a wasted breath.

And don't you dare say they're both problems, because having your cell phone call monitored is nothing compared to being blown up.
And, of course, if you're not actively shooting down those drones, dedicating your life to it, you can't even complain because, really, what are you doing?
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
15. Re: Op Ed Aug 24, 2014, 14:34 Beamer
 
Sepharo wrote on Aug 24, 2014, 14:13:
This is my first post on this topic in years, frankly I find both sides to be extremists.
I would just plainly advise to be nice, treat others as you wish to be treated.

You've done a few drive-bys before, I think, always rational and usually just skirting around the subject rather than diving in.

What drives me insane about it is that this is the only place I go to read about games. The only one. It's a board full of mostly intelligent, rational men between 25 and 50, leaning heavily to the 35 and above crowd.

And there's still repeated and regular discussions that don't respect women. If it's happening here, in a more mature crowd, it's painful to imagine what's happening elsewhere. Of course, then I see a video like this, which goes wide-sweeping, and see the comments, and it's hard not to just hit your head and realize why, despite that article the other day that adult women are the biggest category of gamer and are outspending most other categories, we don't know of a single female poster here. We have one openly gay member, I believe, and one transgendered member that I believe identifies as male, but I don't think there's a single openly female poster.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
13. Re: Op Ed Aug 24, 2014, 14:30 Beamer
 
Cpmartins wrote on Aug 24, 2014, 13:53:
Sexism is not a problem.

This is why "SJWs" exist.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
9. Re: Op Ed Aug 24, 2014, 13:50 Beamer
 
Also, it's fun to click on Mad Max's profile and see how many times in his 20 most recent posts he's mentioned my name without me responding. I'm a little saddened that I did earlier.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
8. Re: Op Ed Aug 24, 2014, 13:48 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Aug 24, 2014, 13:40:
May I ask, then, what you think people like Cutter, Mad Max, ASeven, etc., are doing to "fight sexism in gaming?"

What you fail to realize is that we, including those you listed as far as I know, are not IN the fight per se. At least I know I'm not - I can't "fight" anything when I am not in the industry to begin with. What I do is stand behind and encourage those that are in it who do the right things in the form of my posts. Only a select few here at Blues participate much in this issue beyond observers really. I don't think Cutter saying something a little boorish constitutes "sexism in the industry", do you?

("Zoe Quinn proves all women in gaming are frauds!")

Did anyone say that? If so I missed it. I don't really even remember anyone implying it.

But you are in the industry, Prez. The problem is much less inside many game studios and more from the fans. It's the comments being made on this board.

And yes, many are implying it. Why else would they be extrapolating what Zoe is doing to other "SJWs?" What do you think is the main hypothesis of the above video? Why would people be using Zoe as a launching off point for long winded YouTube rants?
 
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News Comments > Phil Fish Re-Quits Gaming
113. Re: Phil Fish Re-Quits Gaming Aug 24, 2014, 13:46 Beamer
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Aug 23, 2014, 22:42:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Aug 23, 2014, 22:34:
Beamer wrote on Aug 23, 2014, 20:10:
And the whole "sjw" thing is such bullshit. I'm sorry, using that term is a way of saying there is no issue with women in games

The issue is enormous. This thread repeatedly proves it. There's a huge lack of respect. From prominent users here. Plenty of men feel they're more deserving, and don't need to show respect, or that nature hardwired them to be asses so its ok.

What bugs me isn't that Zoe clearly seems to need mental help, but that so many here dismiss an entire, huge issue due to this, and in their dismissal seem to just verify the proble.

http://imgur.com/a/4VOcx

None of this matters to Beamer because he shares their same ideology of harassment and bullying for a phony goal they never intend to reach. Don't you people get it by now? He's been doing the same act for years and will deflect when called out or when others just like him are exposed.

When was I called out?
What does your link prove? That Zoe has mental issues? When did I say she didn't? That Zoe may have lied about things people make long, rambling, barely coherent images of? When did I say she didn't?

It's hysterical to me that you call this bullying from me. It's like saying "how can you say you promote tolerance yet don't tolerate my racist views!" Arguing against people bullying women isn't really bullying.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
5. Re: Op Ed Aug 24, 2014, 13:37 Beamer
 
What SJW's don't understand is that we view fighting SJW's and their toxic, infectious bullshit and fighting sexism in gaming as two separate things.

May I ask, then, what you think people like Cutter, Mad Max, ASeven, etc., are doing to "fight sexism in gaming?"

There are hundreds of thousands of words fighting "SJWs" on this board. Excluding the people considered "SJWs," there are maybe a dozen posts fighting sexism in gaming.
Which is what drives those you call "SJWs" insane - rather than focus on the problem, people focus on those saying there's a problem. The assumption becomes that the sexism isn't that big a deal ("Marissa Meyer only runs one of the largest companies on the planet because she's hot!") and the complaining is the larger issue ("Zoe Quinn proves all women in gaming are frauds!")
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
3. Re: Op Ed Aug 24, 2014, 13:32 Beamer
 
This is true no matter if you are talking about the spread of pseudo-science, creationism, or social justice warrior BS.
If no one tackles it, nothing will change, and you will inevitably that infection will spread.


Does that second line sound hypocritical to anyone else?
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
11. Re: Saturday Consolidation Aug 24, 2014, 13:30 Beamer
 
jacobvandy wrote on Aug 24, 2014, 12:11:
How shitty are the last-gen versions of Destiny going to be? I'm not willing to get a PS4 just for this game, but I do have that PS3 I haven't touched since GTA V came out...

The 360 version ran fine during the beta. I can't compare it to a next-gen version, but it didn't feel like it was a half-assed effort clearly missing things.
 
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