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News Comments > Op Ed
11. Re: Op Ed Nov 5, 2014, 13:59 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 13:50:
Generally bad writing is endemic to videogames and has been for a while. But ask for a minute how was the developer supposed to build that emotional bond with the deceased character that you say is missing. How about a flashback scene where you guys go fishing and talk about your childhood issues and how you are so lucky that you guys were there for each other? Or maybe a scene detailing how you were there for the birth of his baby when everyone else couldn't make it? Or how about a scene when he busts into the bar, drags your drunk ass out and helps you sober up and get your life back together? That's how movies do it, but is that what someone buying a game about shooting bad guys with awesome weapons wants to sit through?

Or just acknowledging that you never built up a relationship and not having a stupid funeral with a stupid action button that no one will care about?

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 5, 2014, 13:53 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 13:38:
Beamer wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 12:59:
NKD wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 12:57:
Wow watching those voting results was like watching a national suicide attempt. The US really doesn't want to live on this planet anymore. Here we go boys, prepare your anus for legislation based on climate denial and religious doctrine.

Nearly 40% of the voters were over 60.
Boomers.

Boomers are selfish, greedy, and all around the worst.

That's painting with just a bit of a broad brush, don't you think?

Aren't all generalizations painting with a broad brush? I mean, that's the definition of "generalization," no? Even saying all generalizations are painting with a broad brush is a generalization painting with a broad brush. And people need to realize, sadly, that "a characterization of a group doesn't mean all people from that group fit it." Candy fans love chocolate. Not all candy fans love chocolate.

But our economy is the result of the Boomers. They slashed, burned, scorched earth, and took for themselves.
 
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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto V PC First-Person Confirmed
74. Re: Grand Theft Auto V PC First-Person Confirmed Nov 5, 2014, 13:03 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 01:23:
Beamer wrote on Nov 4, 2014, 21:35:
I just spent the past 24 hours in LA. In a rented Camaro (which is one giant blind spot.) I picked a friend up at her place in broad beach and just cruised up and down Malibu this afternoon. Thanks to gtav it was startlingly familiar. Crazy how the game does that.

It's been a long time since I was in LA (2000, IIRC, the Lakers were killing everyone at the time), but Malibu and Santa Monica pier in game looked quite like I remembered them.

What kind of Camaro did you get? Base model, or a Z/28?

Base. Company paid for a mid car, I talked my way into the upgrade at the counter.

Seriously, the thing was not fun, haha. I had no clue where the back was so changing lanes in LA gridlock was no bueno, I had no idea where cops were so I was never really opening up the engine, and it was just an enormous blind spot. Great car for a HS kid, less great a car for someone in his 30s.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 5, 2014, 12:59 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 12:57:
Wow watching those voting results was like watching a national suicide attempt. The US really doesn't want to live on this planet anymore. Here we go boys, prepare your anus for legislation based on climate denial and religious doctrine.

Nearly 40% of the voters were over 60.
Boomers.

Boomers are selfish, greedy, and all around the worst.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
5. Re: Op Ed Nov 5, 2014, 12:58 Beamer
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 12:55:
It's a lazy, dull scene, I will grant them that. However, using the word "troubling" is just some emo loser trying to drum up the feels for the emo loser audience he's trying to pander to.

There's nothing "troubling" about it, however. Some guy dies, he's allegedly my character's friend and then his dad offers me a job...at the funeral. It's ham handed, stupid and lame and I've been more emotionally motivated when I found out the milk had expired. That's not "troubling", that's just boring. The only way it could be considered "troubling" is if your greatest daily challenge is to figure out what song on your iPod you're going to cry to on your bus ride to work.

Wow, this is nitpicking.
EW: It's troubling that these games can't make something that's emotional rather than boring
Burrito: It isn't troubling, it's boring!
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 5, 2014, 12:47 Beamer
 
ldonyo wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 12:40:
Axis wrote on Nov 5, 2014, 12:14:
What we did get right was the ousting of Democrats, despite the numerous instances where votes were getting flipped to Dem...
Let's see how you feel next November...

What will be fun is when Ted Cruz announces his candidacy and those few but loud Obama Birthers have to wrap their heads around a guy very openly born in Canada.
 
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News Comments > Microtransaction Hints in Leaked Just Cause 3 Screenshots?
5. Re: Microtransaction Hints in Leaked Just Cause 3 Screenshots? Nov 5, 2014, 12:10 Beamer
 
Being the most negative person on a board full of middle aged PC gamers is tough, but being the most negative on a board with Cutter?

That deserves a trophy.
 
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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto V PC First-Person Confirmed
56. Re: Grand Theft Auto V PC First-Person Confirmed Nov 4, 2014, 21:35 Beamer
 
I just spent the past 24 hours in LA. In a rented Camaro (which is one giant blind spot.) I picked a friend up at her place in broad beach and just cruised up and down Malibu this afternoon. Thanks to gtav it was startlingly familiar. Crazy how the game does that.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
32. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 4, 2014, 09:52 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Nov 3, 2014, 20:06:
Beamer wrote on Nov 3, 2014, 18:10:
I'll take the one with the better controller and online community.

Yes, the PS4 is a great console.

Neither has a game worth the entry price, the ps4 just had a disastrous update, and the xbone is 90% useless features.

Who could possible call either "great" with a straight face?
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition
70. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition Nov 4, 2014, 09:43 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Nov 4, 2014, 03:10:
You can belittle all you like, Beremot, but given the gaming press' distinct lack of integrity - and Polygon in particular - I am going to default to thinking everything they claim is bullshit until proven otherwise. Of course, if you weren't so emotionally invested you wouldn't come off sounding like an unhinged loon but that's for you to deal with. I hear Prozac works. I don't need a wall of condescending text to say it either.

Edit: Obviously you missed it, but even your noble hero incarnate Beamer admitted calling it out is new for them. That wasn't happening before GG and I doubt they were following their stated policy (that I admitted from the beginning existed so quit crying) before then, and I don't really give a shit if you agree or not. You might want to quit sucking his ass long enough to get your stuff straight.

What unethical has polygon done? Most people whine about them taking messages into account in their reviews, but isn't that how you judge art?

Otherwise, I've seen no accusations, valid or otherwise, about them being unethical. And you can't just assume they never followed their posted ethics statement before and are now with no proof they didn't then or are now, right?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
8. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 3, 2014, 19:15 Beamer
 
Techie714 wrote on Nov 3, 2014, 18:49:
JayDeath wrote on Nov 3, 2014, 13:57:
I wish we still had Netscape Navigator.

WTF...lol!!

Also I have no interest in editing my HOST file.

Best antivirus you can have. Find a site that regularly updates theirs to block malware sites and nothing can really get by. No ads, no popups, nothing.
If I recall, I use this site: http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition
49. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition Nov 3, 2014, 18:40 Beamer
 
Kevin Lowe wrote on Nov 3, 2014, 18:16:
Beamer wrote on Nov 3, 2014, 14:07:

Calling this out is new.
But the policy has been around since 2012

So, GG has managed to convince Polygon to mention this upfront in reviews. But it is absolutely, 100% not a new policy of theirs.

Hell, here's an article from Ars Technica on the topic, from 4 years ago. And from Ben Kuchera, who's pretty much as hated by GG as one can get without having ovaries.

Call of Duty: Black Ops review event

I've posted that here a few times.
That's the issue people need to fight against. That's what AAA publisher PR departments have done.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
24. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 3, 2014, 18:10 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Nov 3, 2014, 18:03:
PS4 is absolutely sharper, but you're right. No one is looking at these side to side. You put these on a 40"-60" TV and sit 5 to 12 feet away and you'll struggle to tell the difference even side by side. But no one goes side to side. People have one device and probably one copy of the game. Functionally, there's little difference.

The difference is perception and it plays into the PR war that Sony has been running away with from the beginning, that's why the PS4 is outselling the Xbox One more than 2 to 1. When consoles are otherwise well matched, I'll take the one with objectively higher specs and a better chance at quality exclusives I can't get anywhere else. It's also going to be a bigger difference down the road when the consoles are getting stretched even more in terms of resources, the PS4 has more to give.

I'll take the one with the better controller and online community. The latter, of course, makes it a herd mentality, but it's 100% about having that "critical mass."

Microsoft screwed a lot up. I don't think the slightly weaker specs were truly what damned it. I think the Kinect, the TV functionality, and the all around hubris damned it. The PS3 was a more powerful machine, but the hubris around its launch damned it, too, to the point that it rarely got to show off that it was more powerful because everyone was developing to the 360 and porting. But, the year of launch, no one knew this would happen and the 360 still crushed it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
19. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 3, 2014, 17:10 Beamer
 
Tumbler wrote on Nov 3, 2014, 16:49:
Found one! (And it's barely noticeable)

Xbox One vs PS4 Advanced Warfare

I have a real hard time seeing the difference, I think I see it in some shots but the lighting is slightly darker on the Xbox One version capture so it could just be my imagination.

There are a few shots taht seem slightly better on the ps4 but nothing that jumps out. Without these side by side video's I doubt anyone will notice.

I did notice some differences with lighting though, in one shot the xbox light would change on the gun so it was illuminated one second then it'd go black or very dark then back. Like it wasn't able to change the intensity of the lighting on the side of the gun but it could turn it on and off. On the PS4 the lighting on the side was just slowly changing the whole time like you'd expect from a fire. (a burning crate was the light source) That might be more of a bug than an actual graphical choice though.

I would say the ps4 looked better in a lot of shots but it was hard to see without having them side by side.

PS4 is absolutely sharper, but you're right. No one is looking at these side to side. You put these on a 40"-60" TV and sit 5 to 12 feet away and you'll struggle to tell the difference even side by side. But no one goes side to side. People have one device and probably one copy of the game. Functionally, there's little difference.

I'd argue few people care, either. There's a segment of gamer that thinks that FPS and Resolution are absolute yardsticks that make or break a system/game. But I'd wager that's a very small segment. The Xbone was done in more by Microsoft being stupid and focusing on bullshit that didn't work well and no one wanted, not because it's running at a lower resolution. If that was what mattered, consoles would all be DOA and everyone would be gaming on PCs. Estimates are that 20 million next-gen consoles have been sold in the past year. Given that there's really nothing to do with them, that's not bad.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition
35. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition Nov 3, 2014, 14:07 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Nov 3, 2014, 14:03:
I'm glad they are actually doing something different this time rather than modern day war shooter #19467. As usual, if I pick this up it will be based solely on the singlplayer experience at a pretty deep discount.

Creston wrote on Nov 3, 2014, 12:03:
From the Polygon review:

Polygon attended a review event for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare held by publisher Activision at the Cavallo Point resort in Sausalito, California, from Oct. 20 through Oct. 22. Per Polygon's ethics policy, we paid for our accommodations for the duration of our time at the event.
I
Wow... I'm... stunned, actually. Someone listened and realized that having everything paid for means your opinion is also bought and paid for and thus essentially worthless. I applaud this move. Kudos, Polygon.

I know they claim that this has always been their policy but that's BS. This is something new. Could it be that GG actually accomplished something?

Calling this out is new.
But the policy has been around since 2012

So, GG has managed to convince Polygon to mention this upfront in reviews. But it is absolutely, 100% not a new policy of theirs.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 3, 2014, 11:54 Beamer
 
bhcompy wrote on Nov 3, 2014, 11:48:
Beamer wrote on Nov 3, 2014, 10:59:
I use all three. IE11 and FF are about equally good if you don't use plug-ins. I only use them for work (I know everyone loves adblocker, but a good host file does everything adblocker does, and more, and better.)

Chrome I'll only use for work. Google already knows everything about me, but I like making them work for it rather than serving it to them in a browser they designed.


So what do you use for home? Lynx?

Sorry, meant I only use plugins at work.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 3, 2014, 10:59 Beamer
 
I use all three. IE11 and FF are about equally good if you don't use plug-ins. I only use them for work (I know everyone loves adblocker, but a good host file does everything adblocker does, and more, and better.)

Chrome I'll only use for work. Google already knows everything about me, but I like making them work for it rather than serving it to them in a browser they designed.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition
5. Re: Ships Ahoy - Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition Nov 3, 2014, 10:57 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Nov 3, 2014, 10:49:
Whiskers wrote on Nov 3, 2014, 10:44:
It's funny how Infinity Ward, the original creators, are now at the bottom of the quality barrel when it comes to CoD.

Um, this is Sledgehammer?


He's wrong, but not wrong. Ghosts seems to be general consensus the worst CoD.
I haven't played any of the Treyarch, so I don't know, but I'll stand by Ghosts having the best single player of the Infinity Ward games, far and away. Far and away. Unquestionably light years better than the MW single player.
But, when you finish that after 6.5 hours, you're left with horrible multiplayer.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen FPS Reveal
28. Re: Star Citizen FPS Reveal Nov 2, 2014, 14:02 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 2, 2014, 13:36:
Flatline wrote on Nov 2, 2014, 12:34:
{PH}88fingers wrote on Nov 2, 2014, 10:37:
A Persistent Universe experience. I'm a stealthy, solo player. I find a wrecked ship, i know scavengers will be around soon. I find a crate and put myself in it. I let the scavengers take the crate and put me in their ship. When i'm on their ship, some time later, i get out of the crate. Very quietly, i rummage around and find some goodies i like. I steal those... now i can either - A) Jump out the airlock and call a ride or B) go to their engine room and self destruct their ship or C) quietly hunt and execute the entire staff and take their ship.... or Z) they could have scanned the crate properly before loading it, blasted it with their ship and me with it....

Oh joy. Just what I want to do. Hide in a fucking crate for 2-3 hours until a scavenger party comes along on the off chance that they don't scan the cargo.

I don't see the problem. I'd just pull out my phone and play Candy Crush for a few hours while I waited.

Pfft, you play Candy Crush on your phone? N00b!
Real men play Candy Crush on their triple-SLI PC rig. 5K graphics with full anti-aliasing at 5000FPS!

PCMASTERRACE!
 
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News Comments > etc.
11. Re: etc. Oct 31, 2014, 14:50 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Oct 31, 2014, 12:21:
Beamer wrote on Oct 31, 2014, 11:35:
That's disappointing.
Both sides need to stop doing this. Throw this idiot out. Throw Adam Baldwin, Milo, Christine Hoff Sommers, and all the feminism-haters out. Throw anyone that's either never discussed video games or only discussed from the exact agenda they're taking on Gamergate out. Too many only discussing this thing because they care about something other than games, on both sides.

Except both sides aren't doing it. Baldwin hasn't been doing anything except making comments on his own. Milo is reporting on events that are newsworthy. Sommers is making statements based on her experience as a feminist in the traditional sense, not a 3rd wave authoritarian feminist.

And yet the anti-side is the one that keeps bringing up the studies, making it about various individuals who have no actual claim on the issue and so on. What's pathetic is that this is a play right out of the old marxist playbook, that being "relegating those you find against your ideology to 'mentally unsound.'" Yeah, people have seen this shit before.

Oh and then there these assholes. That's an editor of Mother Jones.

You really don't believe both sides are doing it?
That's part of the problem. How many Gamergaters refuse to admit there's been any kind of idiocy or wrong-doing on the part of gamergate?

Change the damn name already.
 
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