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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
4. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jul 9, 2014, 19:30 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 18:35:
In sexting case, Virginia prosecutors want to photo teenís genitalia.

This case is just the stupidest thing I've ever heard of. The prosecutor wants to commit child porn to prove "child porn" by photographing the kid's junk for comparison to the sexting pic. I hope he prosecutes him/herself. And no doctor or nurse should agree to participate in this travesty.

This poor 17 yr old kid is fooling around sending pics of his junk to a 15 yr old girl he knows (she started it) and now faces jail time and life branding as a "sexual predator child pornographer." It's just ridiculous. Should I just never get my kids cell phones in case they have a lack of judgement? Is there any other first world country where this happens? Seriously, does Delaware not have actual crimes they should be solving instead of wasting resources on this? I'd love to hear how this kind of thing is handled in sane countries.

No no no.
The issue wasn't a photo of 17 year old junk. That was fine. Age of consent and all.
The issue was sending it to an underage girl.

They want the photo to prove it was him.

But yes, this illustrates the huge issues with these laws and technology. Basically, every high school girl has sent photos of herself naked to someone. And that someone may have sent it on to other people. I'm pretty convinced everyone in high school has naked pictures of everyone else. And ages of consent differ by state and country, and with the internet being global...

There have been cases where young men, 17 or 18, were prosecuted for having sex with young women, 15 or 16, that they went to HS with. In many of the bigger cases race was an issue. Prosecutors usually don't want to go after these cases, but if a parent is pushing and it's technically illegal they more or less have to.

There needs to be a change. Yes, you don't want a 35 year old with naked pictures claiming they'd be legal in Italy. And you don't want a 20 year old sleeping with or sexting a 15 year old. But two high school kids? Or, really, two people that met while still in HS?

C'mon.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
7. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 9, 2014, 18:10 Beamer
 
harlock wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 17:58:
Beamer wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 10:18:
Julio wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 09:41:
Guess they don't want the truth to come out, so they're pushing to settle.

What "truth?"

Again, why do so many here think there is conspiracy behind incompetence?

if two or more people agreed to scratch each others back, its technically a conspiracy

Again, why do so many here think "conspiracy" only refers to jfk killers and alien cover-ups? because they are boneheaded morons? hmm sounds about right

But there's nothing illegal there and no "truth."

Here's the truth of the situation:
1) 38 Studios was run by a World Series hero that was larger than life and people that were enormous fans of him were falling over themselves to be the ones that brought him to their city
2) 38 Studios was run by a man that had no business sense and simply ran it into the ground


There's your "truth." No one did anything illegal or immoral. No one stole. No one made money (they lost it, actually.) No one got promoted (the governor got voted out in large part due to this.) No one greased palms. People were just stupid.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
16. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 9, 2014, 18:07 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 17:27:
Beamer wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 16:14:
Julio wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 15:32:
I'd rather just have both a PS4 and a PC.

It's an amazing thing, right? Rather than picking sides and calling anyone that doesn't agree with your preference a fanboy or ignorant or stupid or whatever else, you can actually, legally, own as many platforms as you want and play games on all of them.

Stop. Just stop with this insanity. Own both? That's crazy.

For me personally, I can't even get through my backlog on PC, so there's no point in owning a console.

I'll never get through my backlog on PC, Xbox or PS3. Which is fine. I've learned not to buy based on sale but buy based on need. And there will always be better games coming out than ones in my back catalog. Halo Reach and Halo 4, Dead Island and Darkness II, Little Big Planet 2 and Resistance - I just accept these will never get played.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
12. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 9, 2014, 16:14 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 15:32:
I'd rather just have both a PS4 and a PC.

It's an amazing thing, right? Rather than picking sides and calling anyone that doesn't agree with your preference a fanboy or ignorant or stupid or whatever else, you can actually, legally, own as many platforms as you want and play games on all of them.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
11. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 9, 2014, 16:11 Beamer
 
LittleMe wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 15:06:
Yes there are those conveniences for a console. Maybe also you're rationalizing your PS4 purchase(?) not having yet come to fruition. True not everyone knows or even wants to know that they're getting a bad value for their money, or they are speculating their console purchase will pay off in the future. I'd put people here in these forums in the latter category of course.

I see that people usually buy pricey electronics without doing much or any research. They have no idea what they're getting beyond the basic function stated on the box. Ignorance is bliss I guess. I'm not just talking consoles.

I remember years ago I needed tires for my car. I went to the shop and they tried to sell me some tires they said were 'good tires.' I realized I could be getting ripped off. I declined and went home and did some Internet research to find out they were poor quality and priced much too high. Same thing applies to consoles or PC's.. Don't get ripped off.

So it's not a elitist 'master race' thing to me. It's just that the value of it isn't there, yet. I guess I shouldn't underestimate the value of hundreds of millions of dollars in marketing to 'leverage demand to get the ball rolling.'

Sorry for off topic.

I don't own a PS4. I don't own an Xbone. I don't own a WiiU. I don't know if I'll buy any of them. I bought a PS3 for $199 on Black Friday in 2011. It had been out, what, 5 years by then, and was less than half the launch price?

I agree the value isn't there yet. I don't know why people rush out and buy them when there are no games. At the same time, there's excitement about being an early adopter and when I was a child I needed the newest consoles immediately, even if I kept renting last generation games for the next year.

But, whether there's value now, your post made it sound as if you think there's no value, period. A console does many things better than PCs do. Some people prefer those things.


And sorry, it is a "master race" thing, because you tie your argument to "ignorance is bliss" and "I'm the only person smart enough to not get ripped off because I do research!" You can't just sit there and make a statement like everyone buying a PS4 is an ignorant, uneducated consumer, but that's what you seem to be doing.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
4. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 9, 2014, 13:45 Beamer
 
LittleMe wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 13:39:
Why even buy a PS4 and not a PC where the graphics are just as good and there are vastly more games, far better game prices, etc. It's no contest. Get a PS4 if you don't know how to plug a wireless dongle into a USB port on your PC.


Or, you know, if you want to play games that are PS4 exclusive, or you want to play games while relaxing on a couch in a room with no PC nearby and don't want a big, ugly, loud box in the room, or if you don't feel like constantly fiddling with drivers and updates and crashes and want something that basically just does everything you need it to do, right out of the box, every time.

Your priorities and opinions aren't everyone's. This isn't a black and white thing where one choice is clearly wrong. PCMASTERRACE!
 
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News Comments > Gearbox Announces "Hero Shooter" Battleborn
28. Re: Gearbox Announces Jul 9, 2014, 12:17 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 11:40:
Verno wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 11:03:
That looked really boring and uninspired.
Did you seriously expect anything fresh and inspiring from the "creators of Borderlands"

I don't think anyone can argue well against those words, particularly "inspired," for Borderlands 2. Sorry, Handsome Jack was inspired. The entire game was fairly fresh.

It's the anomaly in their catalog, but they've also done little in house other than Brothers at Arms, which I've never played because it looked like generic WWII stuff.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 9, 2014, 10:18 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Jul 9, 2014, 09:41:
Guess they don't want the truth to come out, so they're pushing to settle.

What "truth?"

Again, why do so many here think there is conspiracy behind incompetence?
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
5. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jul 9, 2014, 00:54 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 8, 2014, 22:45:
Oh come on, Engrish isn't taboo. For chrissake, Blue you've even posted links to Engrish signs in the past. Are we really getting that PC now? Dear Lord, please save me from your followers.

Fun fact: both Mandarin and Cantonese have an L sound. Your joke didn't make sense unless you assume all Asians are the same.
 
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News Comments > Humble 2K Bundle
15. Re: Humble 2K Bundle Jul 9, 2014, 00:07 Beamer
 
Squirmer wrote on Jul 8, 2014, 23:15:
I'd rather give my money to a charity than a big videogame publisher, but that's because I'm not an awful person.

You could always, you know, do both? Pay the $1 for the game and then give $10 to charity?

I'm assuming, given how you talk, you give charity often. You give when the supermarket asks to donate a dollar. You give when they call. You give unsolicited.
Because charity seems to be the most important thing to you.
 
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News Comments > Humble 2K Bundle
13. Re: Humble 2K Bundle Jul 9, 2014, 00:06 Beamer
 
Squirmer wrote on Jul 8, 2014, 23:51:
That's what I'm saying. Beamer's heart is bleeding for the large corporate body that's missing out on cash, whereas I'm suggesting that charities are more deserving of the money. I think we need to question Beamer's motive here.

Did you just call me a bleeding heart... conservative?

No, I'm just saying, thinking the best part of getting super cheap games that will give you hours of enjoyment is that you don't need to reward those responsible is... odd. I mean, even if you think no one involved deserves a dime for the hours of enjoyment you're about to get, wouldn't those hours of enjoyment for next to nothing still be the best part?
 
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News Comments > Humble 2K Bundle
7. Re: Humble 2K Bundle Jul 8, 2014, 21:33 Beamer
 
Squirmer wrote on Jul 8, 2014, 20:52:
Best part is you can give all the money to charity and zero to 2K.

So the best part of getting three or six games, for next to nothing, is that you can actually give the developers that made them nothing?
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
4. Re: Evening Consolidation Jul 8, 2014, 21:32 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Jul 8, 2014, 20:58:

And by far, the attitude of "They OWE US!" is fucking laughable...



Yup, which is why big parts of me die every time the usual suspects here bitch that Epic/Microsoft/Id/EA/Molyneaux/whoever "owes" them stuff because they were PC devs and then whines they'll never buy anything again because they feel abandoned.

Nice to see it isn't just the PCMASTERRACE idiots that feel this way, I suppose.
 
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News Comments > CliffyB Announces F2P PC Shooter Blue Streak
11. Re: CliffyB Announces F2P PC Shooter Blue Streak Jul 8, 2014, 18:20 Beamer
 
Ray Marden wrote on Jul 8, 2014, 17:57:
Ehhh...why all the hype for yet another F2P title? A strange turn from the guy that brought the industry all things overly beefy and hunkering behind walls.
Can I just pay somebody $60.00 for a good, deep game?
Really hoping this is more than F2P trash,
Ray

The chest high walls are his fault, but the all things overly beefy would be due to Chris Perna, the GoW Art Director. It's hard to fault Chris, though:
http://images.lazygamer.net/2011/05/WickedWorkshop.jpg

He seriously designed all the characters in his image. The man looks exactly like any male in GoW.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
9. Re: On Sale Jul 8, 2014, 13:10 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Jul 8, 2014, 08:23:
killer_roach wrote on Jul 7, 2014, 22:36:
Cutter wrote on Jul 7, 2014, 21:24:
Well seeing as no one seems to have heard of Bundle in a Box it's little wonder they're going out of business.

I had gotten a couple of bundles from them in the past, but they as a site weren't particularly visible and on occasion their bundles were just too quirky. I don't mind out there games (quite the contrary, in fact), but sometimes you need something with a bit more cred to get people interested than just a lot of stuff that might be months away from even starting a Greenlight campaign.

A search for "Bundle in a box" shows this as their 6th mention here, but don't let that get in the way of someones near constant negativity...


Cutter wrote on May 25, 2014, 03:08:

Most everything I post is positive.
 
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News Comments > etc.
13. Re: etc. Jul 8, 2014, 11:33 Beamer
 
Pigeon wrote on Jul 8, 2014, 09:21:
Beamer wrote on Jul 7, 2014, 20:53:
Slick wrote on Jul 7, 2014, 19:17:
the idea that pc gamers pirate any more or less than console kiddies is a fallacy. search piratebay for xbox or ps3.

people will pirate as much as they're able to. that's all consoles have going for them, that the new console shaven't been jailbreaked yet.

and gamers are whiny bitches. anyone who disputes that is living in a fantasy.

It's not fallacy. Pirating on PC takes a download. Pirating on Xbox takes hardware modification that gets you banned from online. The piracy rate on the PC is significantly higher than the Xbox.

But, in the years since Cliff stopped making PC games, Steam has risen. And PC piracy has fallen drastically since Steam showed up.


So, not everything exists in a bubble.

Its almost like lower prices and easier access decrease piracy. I wonder if the RIAA and MPAA know about this.

Yup.
And DRM that comes with benefits, making people feel it's a fair trade-off rather than just them giving something up.

The RIAA really missed the boat, and they've been mostly obliterated. They were fighting pricing at the same time that music production costs plummeted (a MacBook Air is a perfectly functional studio) and consumer interest in big acts also plummeted (a mix of the last point as well as people being sick of every radio station being owned by ClearChannel and playing the same exact playlist.)

The MPAA is in a tougher boat. Movies are extremely expensive to make, unlike music, extremely easy to share, like music, and less valuable to own, unlike music. Movie companies have been better about access and pricing, but they're in a hard spot. Theater attendance is falling. Cable viewership is falling. Netflix doesn't pay the bills. Physical sales have cratered. Personally I think they should go to $4.99 for all new releases, $2.99 for all old releases, on every digital platform, everywhere, to own not to rent. For some titles, mostly kids movies, they'd lose, but I'm thinking for back catalog they'd make up for it. I get most of my new movies rented from my cable box at those prices. I only watch 1-2 a month, but it's mostly convenient (if cable boxes weren't 2005 tech it'd be very convenient.)
 
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News Comments > Alien Isolation for Oculus Rift Only a Prototype
14. Re: Alien Isolation for Oculus Rift Only a Prototype Jul 8, 2014, 11:24 Beamer
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Jul 8, 2014, 08:53:
Wildone wrote on Jul 7, 2014, 21:50:
or put it another way..."We cant make money from this on the console version so yea, F*** you PC gamers"

Or you know, maybe it's not worth throwing a bunch of development time and resources at supporting a product that's not even out yet, won't be any time soon and barely has any active users outside of developers.

I think many don't realize that turning a tech demo at E3 into a full release is time consuming. It isn't as simple as "well, we have the rendering done and it works fine in these five minutes, I'm sure nothing else needs to be tweaked, no puzzles may not be as obvious, no items may not work as well and no segments may be overly nauseating, let's release!"

I also think the argument that this is a solicitation for Zuckerbucks is valid. This is the product that got people most talking about OR at E3. Publicly pulling it off the table will get people complaining, and those complaints will definitely reach Mark Zuckerberg's ears. If he believes this could be a halo product, I imagine he'd be quick to figure out how to make sure it happens (and I'd guess there are already negotiations going on.)
 
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News Comments > Alien Isolation for Oculus Rift Only a Prototype
7. Re: Alien Isolation for Oculus Rift Only a Prototype Jul 8, 2014, 01:07 Beamer
 
Denthor wrote on Jul 8, 2014, 00:38:
Beamer wrote on Jul 7, 2014, 23:56:
HoSpanky wrote on Jul 7, 2014, 22:32:
Quite likely that, like Colonial Marines, SEGA is refusing to allow this game to look drastically better on one platform over another.

Except there was no such mandate.
Again, it amazes me how people see incompetence and blame conspiracy, not, you know, incompetence.

Public or private mandates? It's not like we are privy to boardroom meetings. I don't think it's a huge leap that they (sega) don't want to upset the bigwigs in MS or Sony if their product is inferior on consoles that were just released only recently - even if it is what ms/sony would consider minor, doesn't do well for relations.

When has this ever happened?
This wasn't an exclusive. It wasn't funded by either MS or Sony. They had no stake in this.

Christ, you guys think there's an evil conspiracy against PC gamers. Even the Microsoft Xbox push, which at least some here recognize as the only way to sell consoles (which doesn't excuse it, but means at least some aren't seeing it as some evil way to fuck with PC gamers) is only based around games they have some kind of monetary stake in.
And you think people know what they're doing. Given that Sega was about to sue them for being too late to ship, isn't it infinitely more likely that, in the final days, if not hours, of shipping, two independent people made two independent decisions to change something in order to improve the way the game ran, but those two things weren't discussed and impacted each other directly, making the graphics degradation exponentially worse, but things were moving so rapidly that there was no way to roll the code back without losing too much other work, the game was still playable, and between getting sued by Sega or shipping an ugly game they made the choice to ship an ugly game.

Incompetence.

And, for godsake, the game was ugly on consoles. It's really effin hard to pitch this as "PC was made worse to have console parity!" when the consoles were awful as well. If the consoles were great, fine, maybe you could make that argument (you'd still lose it.) But the consoles were terrible. Were they kept terrible to keep parity with the Dreamcast to not piss off Sega?
 
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News Comments > Alien Isolation for Oculus Rift Only a Prototype
5. Re: Alien Isolation for Oculus Rift Only a Prototype Jul 7, 2014, 23:56 Beamer
 
HoSpanky wrote on Jul 7, 2014, 22:32:
Quite likely that, like Colonial Marines, SEGA is refusing to allow this game to look drastically better on one platform over another.

Except there was no such mandate.
Again, it amazes me how people see incompetence and blame conspiracy, not, you know, incompetence.
 
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News Comments > etc.
10. Re: etc. Jul 7, 2014, 20:53 Beamer
 
Slick wrote on Jul 7, 2014, 19:17:
the idea that pc gamers pirate any more or less than console kiddies is a fallacy. search piratebay for xbox or ps3.

people will pirate as much as they're able to. that's all consoles have going for them, that the new console shaven't been jailbreaked yet.

and gamers are whiny bitches. anyone who disputes that is living in a fantasy.

It's not fallacy. Pirating on PC takes a download. Pirating on Xbox takes hardware modification that gets you banned from online. The piracy rate on the PC is significantly higher than the Xbox.

But, in the years since Cliff stopped making PC games, Steam has risen. And PC piracy has fallen drastically since Steam showed up.


So, not everything exists in a bubble.
 
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