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News Comments > MS Planning DirectX 12
65. Re: MS Planning DirectX 12 Mar 6, 2014, 15:44 Beamer
 
Steele Johnson wrote on Mar 6, 2014, 15:18:
Actually, Windows Phone has been rapidly gaining market share over the past year. This is due to the decline of iPhone and Blackberry sales and all the problems associated with Android security and OS fragmentation. Also, Surface RT hasn't been that big of a hit, but Surface Pro 2 is becoming the laptop replacement of choice for businesses. A couple more iterations of the Surface and it will be a game changer. The video out is pretty high res for an extension monitor and you can pretty much run any MS app on it, even developer tools.

So don't let all the hipster hate skew the facts.

Personally, I have mostly Apple devices as a consumer, but they haven't really added many productivity features for business, and 99% of the apps on the app store are useless. For consumer, sure a simple to use dumbed-down device like Apple is where it's at, but for productivity, I wouldn't even think of using Apple unless you want to pay your employees to reinvent the wheel.

Windows Phone is gaining in share, from tiny to slightly less tiny.
The bulk of the BB and iPhone attrition is going to Android.

I have an Icon. I love my Icon. But it's very, very far from a 3 horse race right now.
 
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News Comments > MS Planning DirectX 12
41. Re: MS Planning DirectX 12 Mar 6, 2014, 12:04 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Mar 6, 2014, 11:05:
Didn't think this had to be said...

MS makes a lot of money with back-end and business products through contracts. We are talking from a consumer gamers perspective, which is just a very small piece. As a company they are doing great overall, for what we care about, they are not. That is why there has been talks for a long time to split up parts of the company. So in one way we look silly talking about how badly they are doing, but when it comes to what we care about... they are doing quite bad.

Though true, there are a lot of people here completely unable to separate something that happens where they really care about from something as a whole. The amount of people with perceived wounds because Microsoft didn't pay enough attention to PC gaming, with endless backseat CEOing about how the company should devote itself solely to a PC gaming company, with the one guy that is convinced everything not based in the USA is bad but repeatedly discussing how he wants Microsoft to die in a fire and Sony to take over the world, is shocking.

Otherwise rational people on this board completely set aside their rational thinking when it comes to some topics, MSFT being chief among them.

That said, there are absolute shifts out there that I think Microsoft is struggling to stay ahead of and I can't say I see them as a smart long-term stock hold. Long term meaning 15 years.
 
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News Comments > OnLive Undead: Announces New Services
10. Re: Into the Black Mar 6, 2014, 12:00 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Mar 6, 2014, 03:31:
NKD wrote on Mar 5, 2014, 21:12:
Haha I remember all the viral shill dickweeds all over the internet claiming this was going to be the best thing evarrrr.

Yeah, I got flamed repeatedly by certain 'people' on this board for claiming that this smelled like a fucking scam. Where are they now?

Tumbler is still here. I think he was the only one here using it. He defended it, to an extent.

But it wasn't a scam. A scam is something designed to rip people off. Nigerian princes are a scam. Half of what you see on infomercials are scams. Gizmondo was probably a scam.

This was just a poorly timed idea backed by bad technology. It may still end up being where we go in the future, with Sony testing the waters now with a fairly cool idea. This came too soon, and no one was really clamoring for it, anyway. But I don't think the people working on this were trying to rip anyone off. They were trying to make a legitimate, good product. It's as much a scam as the Arch Deluxe was.
Bad ideas aren't scams, they're just bad ideas.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
7. Re: Evening Metaverse Mar 6, 2014, 10:12 Beamer
 
Slick wrote on Mar 5, 2014, 23:17:
hilarious indeed, but not for the reason you state.

Mtgox get robbed, and people think bitcoin is done for, HA! gee I've never heard of anyone robbing a bank before... remember that one time some crooks made off with some USD? boy, nobody ever tried using US dollars again after that you betcha. I wonder how many years ago it was when anyone tried robbing a crate of gold for the first time? that sure was the last nail in the coffin for that archaic "gold" stuff. i mean people only said that gold had value because it was rare, impossible to duplicate, and there was a finite supply of it... sound familiar?

people aren't seeing the face-slapping truth that if someone's willing to try and steal 750,000 bitcoins, then they're obviously worth taking. if anything it raises the entire profile of bitcoins.

and for the record, bitcoins are so two-thousand and late, there's a myriad of alternalt cryptocurrencies that are traded in the hundreds of billions every day on exchanges around the world.

it's never going to replace fiat currency, that's what penniless hippies and anarchists say when talking about bitcoin, people who have obviously never traded or mined a single satoshi worth (the smallest denomination of a bitcoin 0.00000001 BTC).

either get with it, or get left behind. not like ya didn't have fair warning.


your analogy is stupid. If a bank gets robbed, I still have my money. It doesn't just disappear. And robbing a bank is risky and difficult. And someone has some control over the ebb and flow of the dollar, which is actually a good thing.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
11. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 5, 2014, 22:51 Beamer
 
You guys ever think it's possible that Sesame Street is actually propaganda organized by Vladimir Putin? I don't know if he has the motive to control Sesame Street, but given how wealthy he is, he probably has the means.

But oh no, everyone love Sesame Street and no one would ever suspect them of anything so we should keep subjecting our children to their ideas. They couldn't possibly be up to no good, right?
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
7. Re: Evening Consolidation Mar 5, 2014, 22:48 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 5, 2014, 22:41:
jdreyer wrote on Mar 5, 2014, 20:28:
Yeah, she is the creative force behind one of the greatest console franchises ever. I'd be surprised if there wasn't follow up.

I'm really curious as to why she was forced out. I'm sure she won't stay unemployed for long. Good luck to her.

A single game on a single platform that most people don't know about or will ever experience? It may be great but she's still an unknown to most people.

A single game?

Uncharted, Uncharted 2, Uncharted 3. 3 games all considered among the best of an entire console generation. 3 games that sold millions of copies apiece. 3 games that helped drive PS3 sales and were the most successful PS3 pack-in in North America.

She may be unknown to most people, but does that matter? The main creative force behind one of the biggest franchises of recent gaming history has parted ways with that franchise. That's news.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
29. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 5, 2014, 17:18 Beamer
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Mar 5, 2014, 15:51:
Beamer - check your email.....hater....

Took me a while to find it - was in my junk folder.


Also, I don't, haha. At all.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
25. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 5, 2014, 15:50 Beamer
 
I never get the "people will lose jobs if minimum wage goes up."

Look at who makes minimum wage. Typically it's service jobs. Will Walmart have fewer cashiers? Will McDonald's? If that happens waits go up. If that happens then people stop going to those stores and start going where waits aren't as long - companies like Costco that have no issue paying a higher wage to their employees.

Many of the people that are against raising minimum wage are the same that love saying things like "the market will take care of it." Well, the market would also make sure that companies keep their staffing levels. It isn't as if Walmart or McDonald's are employing more people now than they need - they run close to the bare minimum. They can't simply employee fewer people without utterly destroying the experience to their own detriment.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
16. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 5, 2014, 14:51 Beamer
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Mar 5, 2014, 14:40:
Task wrote on Mar 5, 2014, 12:46:
Oh yeah and that Buffett guy avoids millions in taxes in offshore accounts, while believing the middle class should be heavily taxed, while his Berkshire company hasn't paid taxes in 10 years. sweet. The poor get poorer, and the rich get richer. nice, good game

None of that is true... He's long called bullshit on the rationalizations for greed which many in his industry put forth, and has been a strong advocate for people who make money through money, rather than labor, i.e. the rich, to be paying taxes on that income as earned income, rather than as capital gains, which are taxed at a much lower rate. In short, he's kind of the antithesis of your typical uber-rich asshole.

Most financiers are scum, sure, but if there was a moral model which we wished our capital owning class to aspire to, Buffett would probably be close to it.


Task is basically babbling. Nothing he's saying is supported. Believes the middle class should be heavily taxed? Links? He believes the top 1% should be much, much heavier taxed.

And Berkshire has paid little taxes, true. But they haven't had to. Do you think they should pay taxes they don't owe? How does that make sense? Do you ever do your taxes, think you should pay more, so you just throw a few hundred more in?

Let's call him a criminal for doing nothing wrong yet often saying our system is totally borked and all we're doing is making the rich superrich!

Christ, read a newspaper.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
11. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 5, 2014, 12:50 Beamer
 
Task wrote on Mar 5, 2014, 12:46:
lol no I'm not joking, tell that to Lobbyists - Legalized Corruption. Civilized Corruption, Crook-Topia. Many oxnymoron names. Give a Demo, Repub as much as much money as possible and they'll vote for the same private interests. All Legal. They are all about oxymoron's.

and this makes Buffett a crook how? Do you know much about him other than him being rich? Hell, he agrees with axis that congress is full of morons with no interest in getting things done, as he says in the link, and he believes the rich need a much higher tax rate.

but keep spewing generalizations and calling him a crook and citing it with babble and cartoons rather than facts and actions. Typical for some of the uninformed, indefensible positions some posters here love. Don't read, don't cite, just post something angry and pretend you're always right. Great, RollinCuttr
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 5, 2014, 12:45 Beamer
 
Frags4Fun wrote on Mar 5, 2014, 12:35:
Creston wrote on Mar 5, 2014, 12:22:
So all these "robbers" are stealing Bitcoins, which leads to all the bitcoin exchanges being shut down, which will inevitably cause bitcoins to simply become utterly useless and worthless. So then they've stolen shit that isn't worth anything. Yay?

Other theory: The NSA is doing all the 'stealing', because the government is worried about bitcoins.

You know Creston, I was thinking pretty much the same thing about "the government" or some other state sponsored entity stealing the bitcoins in order to protect their own currencies, interests or wealth, but not necessarily American entities. The NSA certainly has the capability to pull it off, but do they have the motive? Perhaps the global banks would have a greater interest in such things.

Hey, but we don't have anything to hide from the NSA so who cares if they spy on everyone, right? They couldn't possibly use that data for nefarious purposes.

I like that you make conjecture with no proof, then make a comment that makes sense only if there's proof.

the NSA has the resources to have done this, true. But code from mtgox was released and a five year old could have done this. They published right to the live site, and there was no version control so devs were publishing over each other.

but sure, it was the NSA. The NSA also hacked half life 2.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 5, 2014, 11:11 Beamer
 
Task wrote on Mar 5, 2014, 10:48:
I'm confused Beamer, Warren Buffet is a crook, IE, Legalized Crook, bitcoins or not.

I can't tell if you linking to a cartoon is a sign of a joke or not. I'd be curious to know what makes Buffett, who's actually a decent guy and actually concerned with job creation (of course, already being a billionaire with nothing to prove helps this, but it separates him from so many others out there) makes him a crook.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 5, 2014, 10:34 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Mar 5, 2014, 10:25:
Warren Buffet: Crook with no Bitcoins...

Axis: arbitrary name caller with some bitcoins...
 
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News Comments > Eidos Montreal Layoffs
15. Re: Eidos Montreal Layoffs Mar 4, 2014, 22:26 Beamer
 
Task wrote on Mar 4, 2014, 21:24:
MajorD wrote on Mar 4, 2014, 20:40:
netnerd85 wrote on Mar 4, 2014, 19:08:
Overon wrote on Mar 4, 2014, 18:49:
Rattlehead wrote on Mar 4, 2014, 18:20:
Pretty standard practice to lay off most of the staff after a project has been shipped, and even more common when reviews are not up to par. This is why the gaming industry can kiss my ass as far as I'm concerned.
If that's the case they should lay off the people whose direction resulted in the sub par reviews. Not the people implementing their will. But that doesn't happen as often as it should.
To be fair you can not please a fan boy who's love was a game in the late 90's, as a fan boy with a game in the late 90's its just not going to happen because this period was golden... at least we remember it that way.

The fan boy reviews passed off as objective and professional are a joke and do more damage than the suits.

As a game, there is little wrong with Thief, it's main problem is being called Thief. If it wasn't called Thief, it's main problem would not being called Thief.

Fuck game review fanboys.

Have you even played the game? Whether it is Thief or not a Thief game, there is A LOT wrong with it!


Whiteknighting is a syndrome,

There's that word again. Using it is a syndrome. Other symptoms include posting content not worth reading.
 
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News Comments > Dishonored II at E3?
34. Re: Dishonored II at E3? Mar 4, 2014, 13:34 Beamer
 
When you get down to it, did the main storyline matter?

There was a revolution that made the city suck, or did it suck before? Corvo looked cool. He wanted to save a girl. Some demon was involved. You met weird people along the way, but they were part of the atmosphere, not the primary story. There was an evil person somewhere.

You could probably retell it nearly exactly and I wouldn't notice. The atmosphere (and characters that were a part of it) and gameplay far trumped the story of the main character.

And yes, it was less a stealth game and more a stealth/action game, as you could do both equally well once you got powered up. These are my favorite games. I adore stealth aspects but hate pure stealth games. Dishonored was right in my wheelhouse, letting me swoop in, cause some chaos, then swoop out as if I'd never been there. Sure, someone complained about stupid guards and me feeling overpowered, but that person misses what made that fun.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - South Park: The Stick of Truth
21. Re: Ships Ahoy - South Park: The Stick of Truth Mar 4, 2014, 13:30 Beamer
 
The only thing I hear is shallow is the combat, but for decent reason. JRPG combat tends to get tedious and repetitive, and comedy during combat does as well, as you see things over and over and over and over.
Making it a bit more shallow and avoidable can only be beneficial. It lets you get back to the good parts of the game.

I gave up on the early FF games after they hit the point, early on, that I just wanted to explore and see the plot and dreaded every stupid, time-consuming random encounter.
 
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News Comments > Batman: Arkham Knight Revealed
14. Re: Batman: Arkham Knight Revealed Mar 4, 2014, 13:28 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Mar 4, 2014, 11:52:
I wanted to but never finished Arkham City, the controls started getting busy and the open world aspects felt weirdly contrasted against the story. The riddler puzzles were annoying, too many weird timing based ones. Didn't even think about getting Origins.

I guess I should give Arkham City another shot sometime but damn, so many games to play

I agree with everything you're saying. The Riddler puzzles were annoying, both the missions and some of the question marks, the controls felt busy, and the open world never felt quite right (and sometimes really made it feel like you were fighting the controls.) I almost didn't stick with the game for these reasons, particularly the open world (which I liked less than the Asylum.)

I'm happy I did, though. The game was a blast. A flawed blast, but a blast. Once I got back into it I was ok with the flaws (seems a trend with me as I get older - I hate the first hour I play of many games, then fall in love with them. See: Dishonored and FC3.)

I don't know if I'd want to go back to a third game with those controls, but at the same time I'd likely buy Origins for $10 for the 360.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
84. Re: Steam Top 10 Mar 4, 2014, 11:13 Beamer
 
Fibrocyte wrote on Mar 4, 2014, 08:25:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Mar 3, 2014, 22:00:
Wow....lots going on in here....99% not about the games listed...hahahahah

/65 tards on my tard list. Lots of them banned over the years (used the script until the update, then added all of those people), lots of them no longer around, but some are still very active. oh well. My life is busy, I don't have time for some of the garbage/attitudes - they get blocked.

//17 messages in this thread are blocked - and I have no doubt I am blocked by several.....

People disagree with xXBatmanXx or don't care for his whining so they become 'tards' (classy, btw) and go on his ban list.

How do you deal with conflict IRL, cupcake?

He's a cop, so he's not used to having to deal with direct conflict IRL, haha.
 
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News Comments > Dishonored II at E3?
29. Re: Dishonored II at E3? Mar 4, 2014, 11:09 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Mar 4, 2014, 08:51:
SS wrote on Mar 4, 2014, 04:28:
I'd say the story of Corvo doesn't need a sequel (But I'm sure you could do one) but the universe they created has plenty of other tales that could be told.

Exactly. The whole spirit realm and who the guy was was never explained, right? unless it was in the DLC I missed?


Yup. Seems very easy to just give us a new story line with the spirit realm and maybe the inventor.
 
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News Comments > Dishonored II at E3?
18. Re: Dishonored II at E3? Mar 4, 2014, 01:05 Beamer
 
John wrote on Mar 3, 2014, 21:55:
PHJF wrote on Mar 3, 2014, 20:59:
Tried twice but couldn't get into it.
How far did you get into it? I didn't care for it too much at first but once I got further in with more abilities I really liked it.

I hated most of the start. Then I got a feel for it and loved it
 
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