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News Comments > etc., etc.
4. Re: etc., etc. Sep 22, 2014, 20:03 Beamer
 
Last post - there's an autoplay video in that.
Breitbart, clearly taking advantage of Milo's ability to generate hits. He's done it with baiting. This, at least, is something worth talking about, unlike nearly everything else Milo has ever done.

William Usher, also trying to cash in and raise his prestige level.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
3. Re: etc., etc. Sep 22, 2014, 20:00 Beamer
 
Also, William Usher, who had been here repeatedly saying how bad he thought the ethics were, is on the list.


edit - oh, duh, he's the leak.
 
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2. Re: etc., etc. Sep 22, 2014, 19:59 Beamer
 
Interesting that Leigh Alexander isn't on the list.  
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News Comments > Tim Schaefer Addresses Spacebase DF-9 Questions
21. Re: Tim Schaefer Addresses Spacebase DF-9 Questions Sep 22, 2014, 12:26 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Sep 22, 2014, 10:10:
I would also say that they used the Early Access funding to pay back Indie Fund, and once that was done they pulled the plug on the development. How nefarious that is, is up to anyone's judgement but in my book its pretty fucking low. It will not make them any friends in the gaming industry or among us gamers and has cast a crappy shadow on Indie Fund too.

Which would be weird. If the Indie Fund is all paid back, at this point the sales are 100% profit, well, other than covering the cost of additional dev work.

Maybe it just wasn't fun and they couldn't find a way to make it fun?

Or, I guess maybe more likely, they weren't selling much (I've never even heard of it, but all of Sho's mentioning of SimGolf has me incredibly interested - I loved SimGolf!) and decided their limited resources were better elsewhere? But you can't really make that call when you're doing Early Access.

But this is the thing I always said I foresaw coming with EA - people just saying "well, we're out of beta, this is the release candidate!" I also forgot about public dev roadmaps any time I said that.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
91. Re: Op Ed Sep 22, 2014, 11:20 Beamer
 
Anyway, someone linked me to The Amazing Atheist's YouTube video today. It's hysterical how the extremely fringe misogynist atheists are getting in on GamerGate now. Like Thunderf00t, who has long had the reputation of hating women.

The Amazing Atheist is famous, apparently, for the following quotes:
Rape isn't fatal. So imagine my indignation when I saw a chatroom called "Rape Survivors." Is this supposed to impress me? Someone fucked you when you didn't want to be fucked and you're amazed that you survived? Unless he used a chainsaw instead of his dick, what's the big deal? ... The word survivor applies to people who are alive after being stabbed 73 times with an ice pick or mauled by rabid wolverines, not to a woman who gets dick when she doesn't want it. Just because you got raped, you have to rape the English language? You vindictive bitch! Also, don't you ever get tired of being the victim? How many failed relationships are you going to blame on a single violation of your personal space?
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Having pedophilic attractions doesnít mean you automatically go out and start molesting kids. From the time I was 14 to the time I was about 19, I used to have extreme pedophilic fantasies, and I somehow managed to never even come close to acting on them. I think with my brain, not my penis.

I do think, however, the pedophilia is unfairly persecuted in todayís society.

I think the difference in punishment between child rapists and child molestors should be more significant, with molestors perhaps simply attending mandatory therapy for their first offense. I also think that the age of sexual consent should be lowered to 12 or 13.

My stance is not designed to be controversial or to offend anyone. I only want human beings to understand that the law must work within the parameters of human nature, not in defiance of it.
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I think we should give the guy who raped you a medal. I hope you fucking drown in rape semen, you ugly, mean-spirited cow

Yeah. It's about journalist ethics to this guy.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
90. Re: Op Ed Sep 22, 2014, 11:16 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Sep 21, 2014, 22:33:
Beamer wrote on Sep 21, 2014, 16:45:
You were among the first here to decry "SJWs." You were never "willing to listen."

I have to disagree. I remember when Ana Sarkeesian videos started coming out he was not at all critical of them. Indeed (at the risk of putting words in his mouth) he seemed to accept some of what she was saying in principle. I am pretty sure he and I debated a bit about it in one of the threads.

Fair.
I was more referring to when the Zoe Quinn thing first broke out and I asked him not to use "SJW," because it was, at the time, absolutely a derogatory term used to dismiss the concerns of others, and he flipped out on me. It wasn't an unreasonable thing to request, but his responses were increasingly unreasonable and off topic.


 
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News Comments > Op Ed
85. Re: Op Ed Sep 21, 2014, 16:45 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Sep 21, 2014, 10:48:
Dmitri_M wrote on Sep 21, 2014, 10:03:
I'm not sure if these sites are really being hurt by any of this. Some of those charts show a decline prior to this noise.

I don't care for any of the personalities involved in this. Wannabe intellectuals attempting to make a name for themselves or shameless indie game developers or "SJW" or bloggers playing journalist or misogynistic teenage COD players or posters of that 4chan thing. I don't identify with any of them. I wasn't invested in any of this until the gamers are dead articles. That struck a nerve. Disabling of comments and preventing discussion? I've stopped visiting certain sites completely. It was sudden and effortless.

Years back I read Gamespot and IGN. These sites changed and became much more commercial. I ceased to go there completely. Sites popped up in reaction to this commercialism. It seems another change is happening. In a few years it will happen again.

That's exactly what did it for me. The censorship, doxxing and other bullshit. I was willing to at least listen until that but they went too far and now with everything we've learned since then I have no patience for their crap anymore.

You were among the first here to decry "SJWs." You were never "willing to listen."
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
84. Re: Op Ed Sep 21, 2014, 16:44 Beamer
 
Dmitri_M wrote on Sep 21, 2014, 11:36:
Beamer wrote on Sep 21, 2014, 10:35:
That's what was declared dead.
They don't get to declare anything dead on behalf of their audience.

Beamer wrote on Sep 21, 2014, 10:35:
And it sounds like you agree.
And you don't get to determine what I agree with or don't.

In fact, the presumptuousness you display is exactly the issue I have with these articles. It is intolerant in it's need to force tolerance.

I don't get this hostility.
1) No one declared anything on behalf of an audience. It was an editorial giving an opinion
2) And saying "sounds like" isn't determining.

You really took your response to an 11. Which seems so common on this topic. I am baffled how "it sounds like you agree" is "I declare you agree." To me, it sounds like you don't feel you're a typical "gamer." Sounds like. From what you said. I didn't dictate anything to you.

Leigh Alexander's editorial was incendiary, but the ones that followed were more balanced about how "gamer" is considered a derogatory thing and that needs to end. That derogatory connotation is no longer true.

And, Leigh's editorial did have some points. Again, I'll point out that, in his own letter, Notch specifically said he decided to sell Mojang after "fans" attacked him on Twitter and called for his head after something that wasn't even true. Their first response wasn't to see if they were right, it was to call him an asshole. Repeatedly. And worse than that. That's what Leigh sees as the face of the "gamer," because it's the most loud gamer, and it's what she is saying people need to stop paying attention to.
Instead, her article was really poorly worded and seemed to turn a significant number of people not like that into exactly that.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
80. Re: Op Ed Sep 21, 2014, 10:38 Beamer
 
ASeven wrote on Sep 21, 2014, 09:27:
Someone sent a syringe filled with an unknown liquid to Milo. What is wrong with these people?!

Again, you're the first to write off death threats and the first to believe this. I will never get you. Milo, king of saying games make people kill and all gamer are beta males, the guy who didn't pay his employees until a court ordered him, is gaining much more from all this than any "sjw" is. This is making his career. And he hates gamers.

I do not think he faked this, but since you posted a hundred paint images about everyone else faking threats shouldn't you scrutinize this more, asevem?
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
79. Re: Op Ed Sep 21, 2014, 10:35 Beamer
 
Dmitri_M wrote on Sep 21, 2014, 10:03:
I'm not sure if these sites are really being hurt by any of this. Some of those charts show a decline prior to this noise.

I don't care for any of the personalities involved in this. Wannabe intellectuals attempting to make a name for themselves or shameless indie game developers or "SJW" or bloggers playing journalist or misogynistic teenage COD players or posters of that 4chan thing. I don't identify with any of them. I wasn't invested in any of this until the gamers are dead articles. That struck a nerve. Disabling of comments and preventing discussion? I've stopped visiting certain sites completely. It was sudden and effortless.

Years back I read Gamespot and IGN. These sites changed and became much more commercial. I ceased to go there completely. Sites popped up in reaction to this commercialism. It seems another change is happening. In a few years it will happen again.

Indeed, those charts show or happened in early August.

Anyway, that you don't identify with the cliche cod nerd was the point of the "gamers are dead" articles. The thought read that the 80s notion of "gamers" being ask the same homogenous group of identical basement nerds read incorrect yet still what many thought of when hearing the term. That all people that game play call of duty while drinking bawlz and being afraid of the outside world. That's what was declared dead. And it sounds like you agree.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
75. Re: Op Ed Sep 21, 2014, 02:14 Beamer
 
Sepharo wrote on Sep 21, 2014, 00:07:
Beamer wrote on Sep 20, 2014, 23:10:
The analogy she uses is movies. Pulp Fiction is a very violent movie, and it's loved. No one really complains about it being hyperviolent. But that's in part because there are so many other movies out there that don't have the same themes. In video games, that isn't true.

Oh please. In this comparison are you really trying to say that the majority of games are hyperviolent / sexist? And you think people don't have a problem with movies being hyperviolent? There are groups that do but they're not being given any attention by the press industry covering films.

The days of people complaining about pulp fiction being violent are long since passed. People may still, but they get no credence.

As for games, I didn't say the majority, but Anita tries to show how common many things are,.particularly in best sellers. There's far less variation than in books or movies, and most variety is coming from small Indies exclusively.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
72. Re: Op Ed Sep 20, 2014, 23:10 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Sep 20, 2014, 22:21:
hat's the biggest issue here. So many morons think Anita calls for censorship. She doesn't, she calls for improvement.

And you are sure if this? Admittedly I often grow nauseated by her nonsensical blathering and miss some of what she says but I can't remember her specifically stating exactly what she is after except in the most ambiguous of terms. How can you know where she will stop in her crusade to browbeat game developers into only making games that conform to her delusional vision of how women should be portrayed exclusively? It certainly doesn't help that the examples she poses as sexism more often than not aren't at all sexist - how can anyone be sure what she wants when she is so off the mark in what she is saying?

100% positive. She doesn't even call games bad, she calls trends bad, and even then just due to how overwhelmingly common they are. She doesn't say "people that do this shouldn't be making games," she says "here are all the games that do this, showing a lack of originality and a very common trend."

It isn't browbeating, it isn't lecturing, and it certainly isn't censorship. It's showing very common themes (tropes, I guess I just should have said) that are fine when it's a handful of games but become repetitive and problematic when it's a preponderance of them.

The analogy she uses is movies. Pulp Fiction is a very violent movie, and it's loved. No one really complains about it being hyperviolent. But that's in part because there are so many other movies out there that don't have the same themes. In video games, that isn't true. Nearly every game overlaps with nearly every other game. We see the same plots and the same plot points. Taken individually, they're mostly fine, but put together and looking at the big picture it's something that could be improved greatly.

But that's the big disagreement in GamerGate, isn't it (I mean, other than whether it's about women or about journalism.) One side thinks the problems are in aggregate. The other side hears about the problems and thinks it means them as individuals.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 20, 2014, 23:08 Beamer
 
Whoa, Cutter and Julio are both Jenny McCarthy.


Wait, why is that surprising? It all makes sense now.
 
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News Comments > Double Fine Taking Heat for Spacebase DF-9 Release Plans
23. Re: Double Fine Taking Heat for Spacebase DF-9 Release Plans Sep 20, 2014, 20:44 Beamer
 
briktal wrote on Sep 20, 2014, 20:36:
Beamer wrote on Sep 20, 2014, 20:27:
Kajetan wrote on Sep 20, 2014, 16:13:
Beamer wrote on Sep 20, 2014, 13:57:
The bad: they do this on the backs of consumers
Backers are NOT consumers. I am a backer of DF9 and while i am still a little pissed, i accept that crowdfunding is NOT buying a game. Its my responsibility and my risk.

Well, for my 10 quids i got a wonderful soundtrack and several hours of fun, while still being in alpha. Its not a total loss as one might think

If this had been a kickstarter I may agree with you, but even then what are you getting for your risk? Nothing. You aren't an investor. You're paying a company to do something they may or may not do that, in years past, they'd have to find a larger investor to cover. Someone that would get equity.

By going to you, they get to keep all the profit themselves yet, for some reason, you take on risk.

Let's be honest. Kickstarter/Early Access, for the consumer, is almost 100% identical to preordering. Everything people bring up when they go on about "don't preorder games" applies to Kickstarter and Early Access.

Except that, when you preorder, you do not get charged until release. And if it becomes obvious before release that the game isn't going to be what you expected, you can either cancel the preorder or return the unopened game.
 
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Sep 20, 2014, 20:28 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 20, 2014, 20:12:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Sep 20, 2014, 15:27:
Shocking. I thought violent videogames were murder simulators.

Well, they are team building, problem solving, equality teaching murder simulators.


Again, to quote Milo from Breitbart:
So ignore the shoddy, opportunistic posturing from feminists about Rodgerís crimes. Itís the blurring of fantasy and reality in todayís video game-obsessed young men thatís the real enemy. If thereís a cultural milieu that contributed to the creation of Elliot Rodger, it was that of nihilistic video games, not the myth of patriarchal oppression
 
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News Comments > Double Fine Taking Heat for Spacebase DF-9 Release Plans
21. Re: Double Fine Taking Heat for Spacebase DF-9 Release Plans Sep 20, 2014, 20:27 Beamer
 
Kajetan wrote on Sep 20, 2014, 16:13:
Beamer wrote on Sep 20, 2014, 13:57:
The bad: they do this on the backs of consumers
Backers are NOT consumers. I am a backer of DF9 and while i am still a little pissed, i accept that crowdfunding is NOT buying a game. Its my responsibility and my risk.

Well, for my 10 quids i got a wonderful soundtrack and several hours of fun, while still being in alpha. Its not a total loss as one might think

If this had been a kickstarter I may agree with you, but even then what are you getting for your risk? Nothing. You aren't an investor. You're paying a company to do something they may or may not do that, in years past, they'd have to find a larger investor to cover. Someone that would get equity.

By going to you, they get to keep all the profit themselves yet, for some reason, you take on risk.
 
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News Comments > etc.
14. Re: etc. Sep 20, 2014, 20:14 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Sep 20, 2014, 16:51:
Beamer wrote on Sep 20, 2014, 13:01:
But is googling someone's username and finding his child porn past really "doxxing?" It's page one of Google.
As we all know, someone's username is the same all across the internet right? Are we in s.korea now?

What?
I didn't say he had the same username everywhere, I said jaistar2k22 is such a unique combination of letters and numbers that the odds of two different people using it to complain about video games and women at the exact same time, both getting called out for sexism, seems extremely unlikely. Extremely. Two different people, exact same post content, over the same period.

Another Beamer? Sure, there are quite a few. Another Prez, nin, Cutter, Redmask, ASeven, The Half Elf? I'd believe that no problem. Another Jaistar2k22? Nope.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
70. Re: Op Ed Sep 20, 2014, 20:12 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 20, 2014, 15:41:
I don't really care about the Quinnspiracy. I generally don't pay attention to any of those sites anyway. I am curious about who threatened Sarkeesian. Those tweets were just...weird. They were like something a hollywood screenwriter would write, not some dudebro raging against someone they felt was attacking their hobby. It just doesn't fit the profile, so I'm curious to see who it was that posted those.

Now moot from 4chan is claiming he's gotten them, too.
And that he wants gamergate supporters to leave his site.

In response, some gamergate supporters are saying that, if he doesn't retract his demand that they leave, they will leave.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
1. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Sep 20, 2014, 14:03 Beamer
 
Oh god.
"Oh product is too hard to deliver due to all the advertising, so we're charging you extra for it."

 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
1. Re: Saturday Mobilization Sep 20, 2014, 14:01 Beamer
 
It's the new Kindle Voyage I'm after.

1) HD screen? Meh.
2) Touchscreen? Noooooope
3) $199, plus $20 for no ads (which aren't really obtrusive), plus $60 for 3G? Nope
4) Paperwhite on a device that doesn't make me move my thumbs to turn pages? Ok, fine, take my $260!
 
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