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News Comments > Star Citizen Status Report
27. Re: Star Citizen Status Report Oct 5, 2014, 00:35 Beamer
 
harlock wrote on Oct 5, 2014, 00:17:
Slick wrote on Oct 4, 2014, 23:47:
lol slow down guy, you won't get the whole page

i imagine him breathing heavily, drooling, hunched over his keyboard

Jdreyer?
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
19. Re: Game Reviews Oct 5, 2014, 00:33 Beamer
 
NamecaF wrote on Oct 5, 2014, 00:15:
Prez wrote on Oct 4, 2014, 15:39:
Allow me to point out that here is a AAA game with a strong (and fully dressed) female protaganist. Now I'll shut up.

Of course, Beamer and the rest wont acknowledge that though

No one ever said they don't exist, but keep misunderstanding the argument. Here's one of how many released of late?
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
17. Re: etc., etc. Oct 4, 2014, 18:43 Beamer
 
Zoe Quinn got to the top?


(oh god, someone's going to slam that home.)
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
60. Re: Ships Ahoy - Watch Dogs; First Reviews Oct 4, 2014, 17:54 Beamer
 
Sepharo wrote on Oct 4, 2014, 15:35:
Beamer wrote on Oct 4, 2014, 01:32:
Sepharo wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 23:15:
Beamer wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 12:21:
Do you guys really think that Facebook will end up breaking even on this one. How many pairs need to be sold (25 million, if they make $100 profit per pair, which seems high) or how many apps/in-app purchases need to be sold?

This is a really short-term and naive way of looking at the purchase.
It's akin to saying "Do you think Disney is going to make $4.05 billion profit on Star Wars 7 tickets and merchandise?"

Yeah, I do.
They're doing a trilogy of films up front. Figure they're probably going to cost $1 billion combined to make and market, but Disney is probably expecting them to bring in $800 million globally apiece. Assume they take 50% of that, and they've got $1.2 billion. Toss in another billion apiece in home sales and TV rights, which we'll again assume 50% is profit. Make a Boba Fett spinoff that takes in half that, and you're even without even doing merch.

Look at Marvel. $4 billion dollars five years ago. They've made that back in films that have Iron Man alone.

Also, short sighted? I never said the time frame they need to get that money back. But, the longer it goes on, the more they need to make, again, time value of money.

"Do you think Disney is going to make $4.05 billion profit on Star Wars 7 tickets and merchandise?"
You reply: "They're doing a trilogy of films up front."


You missed the point of the comparison. Obviously the $4 billion wasn't just for a Episode 7 it was for the entire franchise / intellectual property. Just like Facebook purchasing Oculus Rift isn't just for the initial retail headset (and related products) but for a big-name entry into an entire new paradigm.

Oh, I did miss the 7.
But Disney expects to have made all that money back within 5 years.

And, again, I never once said that Facebook needs to make it back immediately. The bottom line is, do you think they'll sell that many units in any period of time at all?
 
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News Comments > etc.
10. Re: etc. Oct 4, 2014, 17:52 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 4, 2014, 16:42:
Julio wrote on Oct 4, 2014, 16:14:
Intel is taking a side, against SJWs.

More against Gamasutra and their unprofessional bullshit. They even say it's not choosing a side, it's because of site-wide misconduct


Yes.
Thank you for saying "unprofessional" and not "unethical."
Because still no one can tell me how Gamasutra did anything unethical. But they'll then say this is all about ethics and they all emailed Intel because Gamasutra is unethical.

No, you all emailed Intel because Gamasutra hurt your feelings. That wasn't unethical. Unprofessional? Fine. Not unethical.

But I expect this thread to die now.
 
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News Comments > etc.
9. Re: etc. Oct 4, 2014, 17:50 Beamer
 
Icewind wrote on Oct 4, 2014, 15:49:
I gave up following this stuff. I get what both sides want (One side wants censorship of games they deem unhealthy and encourage stereotyping, the other side wants the games preserved and untouched in much the same way "art" is protected) but it's just become a giant clusterfuck of idiocy.

If only Kotaku never existed, we wouldn't have to see this kind of stuff. 90% of customers don't even know this GamerGate thing is going on.

Again, no one is asking for censorship. People are asking that games be more thoughtful. That developers strive for more Alyx Vances. But that doesn't mean every game and every character needs to be that way.

It's amazing how often this comes back to "BUT CENSORSHIP!" when, outside of random nutjobs on twitter no better than the nutjobs on twitter threatening to rape anyone that has a vagina and likes games, not a single person wants things censored.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
12. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Oct 4, 2014, 17:48 Beamer
 
I think a lot of that is there since this will also be on tablets and phones, but... no. Not on my desktop.

I also don't use Chrome or Chromebooks for anything sensitive.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
11. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 4, 2014, 13:09 Beamer
 
crypto wrote on Oct 4, 2014, 07:57:
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 13:00:
Beamer wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 12:20:
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 12:13:
Beamer wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 12:10:
Creston wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 11:37:
Comcast pizza party... I'd laugh if it wasn't so sad. At least they apparently sprung for good pizza. I would have fully expected Comcast to show up with 2 small, plain cheese pizzas from Cici's or something.

They haven't done this in my building yet because my building doesn't have CondoInternet. The one I was supposed to move into did, but I switched to this one at the last minute since it has a ridiculous view, but no CondoInternet. Apparently I'm the only one bugging the leasing office.

I find it funny that they mention X1 at the end. I would love X1, but you can't get it out here without also getting landline. Guess what, Comcast: no one in an apartment in this part of Seattle has a fucking landline. No one in this neighborhood is over 60.

You would trade gigabit internet for a good view? Shame on you! ^^

I look North and I see the Space Needle about 500 yards away, look West and see the Puget Sound sprawling out about 500 yards away, and look South and see Mt. Rainer in the distance.

It's pretty awesome and I'm going to miss it when I leave Seattle.

I guess I have the simple problem of understanding what the POINT of a good view out a window is. Doesn't enrich my life one bit...
I'm trying to understand how you get a condo with a full 180 degree view, either its a penthouse unit or he owns the entire side of a flr... regardless, Im thinking that life is already enriched and the view is just a side effect

Nothing that fancy. One of my walls sticks out further than the rest of the building, giving me a limited view down the side of the building and beyond it a bit. In other words, my apartment is a rhombus instead of a square.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
58. Re: Ships Ahoy - Watch Dogs; First Reviews Oct 4, 2014, 01:32 Beamer
 
Sepharo wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 23:15:
Beamer wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 12:21:
Do you guys really think that Facebook will end up breaking even on this one. How many pairs need to be sold (25 million, if they make $100 profit per pair, which seems high) or how many apps/in-app purchases need to be sold?

This is a really short-term and naive way of looking at the purchase.
It's akin to saying "Do you think Disney is going to make $4.05 billion profit on Star Wars 7 tickets and merchandise?"

Yeah, I do.
They're doing a trilogy of films up front. Figure they're probably going to cost $1 billion combined to make and market, but Disney is probably expecting them to bring in $800 million globally apiece. Assume they take 50% of that, and they've got $1.2 billion. Toss in another billion apiece in home sales and TV rights, which we'll again assume 50% is profit. Make a Boba Fett spinoff that takes in half that, and you're even without even doing merch.

Look at Marvel. $4 billion dollars five years ago. They've made that back in films that have Iron Man alone.

Also, short sighted? I never said the time frame they need to get that money back. But, the longer it goes on, the more they need to make, again, time value of money.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
7. Re: etc., etc. Oct 3, 2014, 22:37 Beamer
 
Cpmartins wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 22:00:
He is wrong. Gamergate never was about misogyny. It's about lying colluding pseudojornalists. The fact that zoe is a despicable human being just adds to the sewer that gaming "journalism" is.

But that is a half truth. Even the crying boyfriend admits the coverage for Zoe all came before the cheating. And they were on break. How is sex despicable?

Calling a woman having sex while on break "despicable" is why people think it is about way more than journalism ethics. Anything involving Anita is why. So much of the dialogue has nothing to do with journalists.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
56. Re: Ships Ahoy - Watch Dogs; First Reviews Oct 3, 2014, 21:58 Beamer
 
Yup. No way is that purchase counted into the sale price.

Of course, that's Facebook's idea of success/fail. Consumers have different ones, but for the long term the two overlap.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
5. Re: etc., etc. Oct 3, 2014, 20:41 Beamer
 
Speaking of people disappearing from yesterday's discussion, MA never returned after getting called out for linking to an "interview" with Intel's CIO that turned out to be from a website that's essentially The Onion - entirely made up articles.

So please, remember, linking to random articles or Paint images doesn't mean you're linking to something factual. In general, most things here are, at best, op-ed.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
4. Re: etc., etc. Oct 3, 2014, 20:37 Beamer
 
ASeven wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 19:48:
"Recently, as part of the anti-women #GamerGate campaign[2], a set of awful humans convinced Intel to terminate an advertising campaign because the site hosting the campaign had dared to suggest that the sexism present throughout the gaming industry might be a problem. Despite being awful humans, it is absolutely their right to request that a company choose to spend its money in a different way."

And this is a typical mouthpiece of SJWs. Stay classy.

He's not wrong. Let's be honest - #gamergate is two things. One side keeps seeing the journalist ethics side, the other side wonders how that could possibly be all it's about when it keeps dragging in people like Anita Sarkesian, who is not a journalist.

But, frankly, Intel made a business call, not a moral one.
Granted, I still have no idea how all the "JOURNALISM ETHICS!" people targeted Gamasutra, as in the last topic when I asked repeatedly what ethics Gamasutra violated people just stopped posting.
So I think the people that targeted Gamasutra are whiny children who didn't like hearing something and are hiding behind "ethics!" even though it isn't even arguable in this case, but Intel did nothing wrong.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue - Paradox Sale Oct 3, 2014, 16:45 Beamer
 
TorchMaster wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 16:43:
Strategy Fans, with the Paradox sale going on, if you could buy only one would it be Europa Universalis 4 or Crusader Kings 2?

I know people obsessed with CK2. Obsessed.
Personally, I started one game. It immediately told me I had an heir that needed a mentor, but no matter where I clicked in the menu I couldn't see a way to assign a mentor.

20 minutes of that and I just decided to finally play Crysis 2.
 
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News Comments > The Evil Within Minimum Specs
21. Re: The Evil Within Minimum Specs Oct 3, 2014, 14:21 Beamer
 
dj LiTh wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 14:15:
It will be the end of me if i ever get a cap, i average 4tb down a month (thats a slow month).

STOP CLOGGING MY PIPE!
 
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News Comments > The Evil Within Minimum Specs
19. Re: The Evil Within Minimum Specs Oct 3, 2014, 14:10 Beamer
 
NewMaxx wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 14:02:
Comcast absolutely had a cap, sometimes official and sometimes not depending on where you lived. Very rarely was it explicitly tracked or stated (later on they did track it on your account and did have an actual cap), and generally you would just lose your connection or get throttled once you got near it. It was 250GB/month originally, then they tried 300GB more openly, and that latter number is what they'll use down the road (charging extra for every so many GB over). For the record I used to track my usage exactly using DD-WRT (router) and root access to the modem and I can assure you this was how they approached the issue.

They had all sorts of trick with this that I won't get into but the most obvious is an IP change. You'd exceed the virtual cap and maybe get spotty net for a few days, and next thing you know you'd lose it one night/morning and when it came back you'd have a new IP, despite it being static for months on end otherwise. This is one method they used to track the "top 1%" of users or whatever, by switching them to certain IP ranges, but good luck finding that discussed anywhere.

I have Comcast now, I'm over 300GB each month, I am never throttled. I am not capped. Comcast has repeatedly stated they do not enforce their cap in any way. Some Economy Plus plans are on trials, but no other plan is. They did enforce it, but stopped in 2012. There are a few regions they sometimes play around in, but very few.

This doesn't mean Comcast is all happy and friendly and no problems and caps will never come. It just means they haven't been enforced for over two years. They're still rotten and I'd never trust them, but I've had multiple providers in multiple states and never had cap issues.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 3, 2014, 13:55 Beamer
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 13:46:
Kajetan wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 12:29:
What is funny about people wanting a certain UI?

For me, there are two reasons that I find it funny (one funny as in weird and the other funny as in humorous):

Because that UI is ancient, being very close to 19 years old now, and it is no longer suited to the way modern computing works. Yet there are people who still insist that a UI that was designed for a single screen running at 800x600 is still the greatest thing ever. To me, it's funny in the same way that old guys bitch and carp about how much "better" it was when engines still had carburetors and how "easier" they were to work on.

Yet these will inevitably also be the same people who bitch, whine, cry, and throw a tantrum when that creaky old OS they're clinging so desperately to, simply for the sake of a certain UI, stops being supported by software and hardware vendors. We've seen it once before with XP. People who whined and cried about how much more "awesome" XP was than 7 threw a fit when developers of both commercial and entertainment software stopped supporting that platform.

Now, the amusement part comes in when some of those very same people will buy Windows 10 expecting an interface similar to Windows 7 out of the box. By the time Windows 10 hits retail shelves, Windows 7 will be a decade old. A DECADE. Yet they'll happily delude themselves in to believing that nothing has, or should, change.

I'm with you. Some people absolutely hate change. And it's always surprising to me to see it here, on an enthusiast site. Yes, many or most people here are over 30 and at the age that they're becoming set in their ways and things were better when they are how things were in their 20s, but we're supposed to be on the cutting edge, willing to try and learn new things.

As you mentioned, XP is ancient and 7 will be sometime soon, too. They were designed for 1 monitor at 800x600. They're familiar, comfortable, and not particularly great. There are almost definitely better ways to do things. And while some things companies try are absolutely not better, it's worth giving them a chance before revolting.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 3, 2014, 13:25 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 13:19:
Start a Patreon to cover costs. I'm sure many of us would be willing to pitch in, especially if you offer some good rewards like permanently banning Cutter.

Stretch goal?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 3, 2014, 13:23 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 13:00:
Beamer wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 12:20:
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 12:13:
Beamer wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 12:10:
Creston wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 11:37:
Comcast pizza party... I'd laugh if it wasn't so sad. At least they apparently sprung for good pizza. I would have fully expected Comcast to show up with 2 small, plain cheese pizzas from Cici's or something.

They haven't done this in my building yet because my building doesn't have CondoInternet. The one I was supposed to move into did, but I switched to this one at the last minute since it has a ridiculous view, but no CondoInternet. Apparently I'm the only one bugging the leasing office.

I find it funny that they mention X1 at the end. I would love X1, but you can't get it out here without also getting landline. Guess what, Comcast: no one in an apartment in this part of Seattle has a fucking landline. No one in this neighborhood is over 60.

You would trade gigabit internet for a good view? Shame on you! ^^

I look North and I see the Space Needle about 500 yards away, look West and see the Puget Sound sprawling out about 500 yards away, and look South and see Mt. Rainer in the distance.

It's pretty awesome and I'm going to miss it when I leave Seattle.

I guess I have the simple problem of understanding what the POINT of a good view out a window is. Doesn't enrich my life one bit...

Waking up to floor to ceiling windows with a view of the most notable features of your city with sunlight spilling in everywhere is really great.

Gigabyte internet, on the other hand, rarely seems like it'd be better than the 50mbps I'm getting now, as I'm usually limited by the server, not my connection.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 LE Trailer
5. Re: Far Cry 4 LE Trailer Oct 3, 2014, 12:56 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 12:52:
It will be released next month. Maybe preorder numbers are not high enough so they are trying to build up hype with all these trailers.

This is always standard. Maybe Blue hasn't been showing them as often, but in the past two weeks we were getting 3+ Alien trailers a day. We've gotten a ton of Borderlands ones. If you actually look at their Youtube channels, you'll see way more than Blue links to.
 
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