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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
10. Re: Evening Consolidation Aug 12, 2014, 23:01 Beamer
Orogogus wrote on Aug 12, 2014, 19:41:
Fantaz wrote on Aug 12, 2014, 17:50:
wasn't Square Enix pissed earlier about Tomb Raider's sales numbers not meeting expectations in the millions? how's this supposed to be a win in terms of sales to go with the losing player?

People keep saying this, but I don't get why. If someone offers you money for an exclusive, you wouldn't hand over your biggest blockbuster, would you? The best thing would be to use something that wasn't selling a bunch anyways. And if you're able to scale back expectations and development costs accordingly, so much the better.

On one hand, everyone making this argument is dumb. Of course Square considered this. Let's assume that TR sold 4 million copies and Square made 10 million per copy. $40 million dollars of revenue. Let's assume that the game cost $20 million to make. Of that $20 million, $16 million was the primary development cost, with each platform costing an additional $2 million to port to. And let's say 10% of sales came from the PC and 20% came from the PS3.
That means that you made $4 million on a $2 million investment for the PC and $8 million on a $2 million investment on the PS3. Obviously these numbers are fake, but you can sub in the real numbers. And obviously you can get more detail, as the profit per unit varies per console.
Regardless, if Microsoft were to offer you $15 million to go exclusive, that's more than you made from the other platforms.

But it's also a bit stupid from Square, because that means that the audience looking for the next title is diminished. It's sacrificing some money in the future, but that can also be a good thing.
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Trailers
10. Re: Far Cry 4 Trailers Aug 12, 2014, 22:55 Beamer
Pr()ZaC wrote on Aug 12, 2014, 19:11:
The Half Elf wrote on Aug 12, 2014, 18:47:
Creston wrote on Aug 12, 2014, 18:21:
Gotta say, it's looking pretty awesome.

So was Far Cry 3. Remember jumping off the cliff, the underwater life, the shadows on the wall. Then Remember how NONE of that is in the actual game?
I bet they had to tone it down for consoles.

It's mostly true. A lot of these unnecessary things get cut when they are optimizing. They start slashing things that don't impact gameplay. E3 trailers aren't lies, they're wishful thinking.

As for FC3, despite the awful plot (the protagonist wasn't awful to live with during gameplay but was during plot sequences that revealed him to be a privileged jackass), despite the fact that it went on too long and the repetitive aspects of the gameplay got dull around the 75% mark, it was one of my favorite games of that year. Massively so. I adored it.

Which means FC4 is a very rare day one purchase for me. Though my system, which features 4GB of RAM (yet somehow does 50+ tabs fine), the best i5 from 2010, and a upper-mid range GPU from 2010, likely needs to be upgraded. I'm seriously considering a W230SS laptop over a new desktop.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: 2014's starting salaries for college tech majors. Aug 11, 2014, 14:41 Beamer
LittleMe wrote on Aug 11, 2014, 14:32:
Awesome. What sort of analyst jobs are these and where? XD

Wall Street, where salaries have kept up with inflation better than most.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: 2014's starting salaries for college tech majors. Aug 11, 2014, 14:16 Beamer
At the same time, I just spent a weekend at a friend's apartment. The night before I got there he took his analyst interns out. They were getting their offers the next day. $77,000, with the average bonus expected to be $50,000. For 22 year olds.

No surprise there were 89 fireball shots on that bar tab. Man, fireball is the worst.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2014, 13:46 Beamer
Creston wrote on Aug 11, 2014, 13:11:
garrywong wrote on Aug 11, 2014, 12:48:
Teenagers aren't getting any dumber any more than autism is becoming more frequent. What's changed is that now more than ever, every little stupid trick they do is now publicized ever more readily through social media where it wasn't before.

Trust me, dumb teens have been setting themselves on fire for generations. Now it's simply more public.

But is the advent of things like Youtube causing MORE of it to happen? If you ran into traffic in the 90s, like Beamer mentioned, you had to have your buddies there with a camera, and then they had to go get on their bikes and cycle past everyone's house to show how fucking dumb you'd been.

Now you just upload it to Youtube, and tadaaaaa, the whole world is in awe of just what a fucking moron you are.

So maybe I should say that teenagers are still good for absolutely nothing, and that Youtube is to blame for making it worse.

It's definitely not just teenagers, as YouTube is full of grown men doing dumb things, but yeah, the internet makes people dumber by rewarding that stupidity.

I have a close friend with a slight burn scar on his chest. Why? He was drunk in college one night and wrapped paper towels around himself, lit them on fire, then went down the slip-n-slide. People loved it. His friend did it next, and someone had a camera. A film camera, most likely, as this was probably 2000 or 2001. Someone took a picture, and it ended up on College Humor. My friend was so angry, because this was his idea and why was the other kid getting the internet glory!? So he lit himself in an even bigger fire to do the same thing, this time getting slightly burned because he tried to make the fire enormous.

This was at Cornell.

Kids, and men, and humans, in general, have always been stupid. There's definitely more glory to be found in stupidity thanks to the internet, but every grade school had that kid that found glory in being the weirdo eating worms. Sure, no one really liked him, but it gave him attention. Just like lighting yourself on fire, or doing the cinnamon challenge, or doing a Let's Play in which you rip something apart unfairly while using really stupid voices, gets you YouTube attention.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2014, 12:32 Beamer
Creston wrote on Aug 11, 2014, 11:46:
Okay, seriously, anyone who is still claiming that teens aren't getting fucking dumber and dumber every single generation seriously needs to read this and then forever shut up about it.

"Gee, I wonder if this is dangerous. NAH IT'LL BE FINE!" What an incredible bunch of fucking morons.

"On 2 August, California teen Fernando Valencia, 16, suffered third-degree burns to his neck and stomach after pouring nail polish remover over himself and lighting it as part of the dare.

"Being burned alive was one of the worst things you can imagine,"he told news station KABC. "It's my fault. I can't say nothing else besides it was a dumb idea."

Ya think, you fucking turd waffle? Thanks for jacking up the price of health insurance some more, dipshit.

Remember in the 90s when a few teens died for running into highways and laying down?

Teens are as dumb as ever, no more, no less.
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News Comments > Boss Key Looking to Re-earn Trust
4. Re: Boss Key Looking to Re-earn Trust Aug 9, 2014, 13:57 Beamer
WaltC wrote on Aug 9, 2014, 13:38:
Re-earn my trust? Heh...;) The guy lost that forever when he talked Sweeney into leaving the PC...the very platform that gave him his start. Like the poster before me, I think CliffyB is full of it...he's another "suck-it-down" John Romero sort of nincompoop...We don't need any more of that sort of thing...

We're watching the Peter-Principle at work--CliffyB's apex was with Epic but he hasn't realized it's all downhill for him now, most likely...The guy's a walking dictionary of cliches..."bitten of more than he can chew," and "disaster waiting to happen," etc.

Sweeney never abandoned PC, ue always supported it. And considering gears made them billionaires, it was a good business move.

PC gamers are often monstrously emotional and constantly feeling weird betrayal. I never get the "we made you and you abandoned us!" Argument. We hated cliff before that. Stop crying.
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
16. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Aug 9, 2014, 10:36 Beamer
Tom wrote on Aug 9, 2014, 01:11:
Scheherazade wrote on Aug 8, 2014, 22:08:
Not paying someone for their work is a theft of their services.

Obviously employers need to pay their employees for work performed. I don't dispute that AT ALL. But when they tell employees they're not going to be able to pay them until some future point or not at all, and the employees decide to stick around and continue working anyway, guess what - that's the deal they agreed to by continuing to work.

This was not a case of missing just one or two paychecks. It was a months-on-end kind of thing. They had plenty of opportunity to quit and find work elsewhere but they chose not to. Their choice, their responsibility. Assuming, anyway, that they weren't misled about the pay being deferred, which doesn't appear to have happened here.

It's always amazing when people say things like this, as if you can just magically have a new, comparable job overnight.
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News Comments > etc., etc.
4. Re: How I Screwed Myself... Aug 8, 2014, 14:36 Beamer
Bodolza wrote on Aug 8, 2014, 12:44:
He's complaining about unqualified people for the HR Assistant/Front Office position. That's an entry level position. You shouldn't need much or any experience for that job, which makes it perfect for people trying to break into the industry.

And yes, the "mail room" effect still exists, and I see it all the time. You aren't making the executive team without your Ivy League degree, but it's still a good way to get your start.

I've really never once seen someone get out of the mailroom, because the skills you learn in the mailroom don't really translate to other jobs.

And no, starting as an HR assistant isn't a good way to break into the games industry. What kind of games knowledge do you gain in the HR office? QA is how you get into the games industry. HR is where they want someone that enjoys HR and plans to stay in HR, not someone that, after six months, will be asking if he can move to the art team, or even the QA team.
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News Comments > Sierra Entertainment Revival
19. Re: Sierra Entertainment Revival Aug 8, 2014, 13:43 Beamer
NKD wrote on Aug 8, 2014, 11:30:
Luke wrote on Aug 8, 2014, 10:49:
InBlack wrote on Aug 8, 2014, 10:41:
Might as well call it McDonalds this, or any case of a brand revival, the quality of games to spring from these studios will depend on the people who work on them.

And people today working on games lack of passion and love for those games they make , its all about money nada else ,

Bullshit. If people working on games only cared about money, they wouldn't be working on games. Your job security is poor and pay and benefits usually less than what you'd get working for MS or Google or some other software giant. What you say might be true of some corporate bean counters, but that's always been true of corporate bean counters. It's not true of the people who put their time into making these games.

The cost to make a game you can get away with charging 50-60 bucks for has skyrocketed in the last 20 years, so since more money is involved, more bean counters are involved.

We can get the bean counters out of gaming, but it would mean no longer spending 20, 30, 100 million dollars making them.

Even then, the beancounters would be paid more elsewhere and have to jump through hurdles to get into the industry. Those beancounters love games. Their jobs is just to count beans, not to love games, so that's what they do. They do what they're paid to do.

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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: How I Screwed Myself... Aug 7, 2014, 20:38 Beamer
Alamar wrote on Aug 7, 2014, 19:23:
I guess he's never heard of the mail room...

Which you don't get hired into without a degree in Mailroom Sciences, 2-4 years experience, and the understanding that you won't ever be hired out of it.

The whole Secret of My Success start in the mailroom and work your way out of it and to CEO myth died in the 80s.
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News Comments > Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies Announced
13. Re: Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies Announced Aug 7, 2014, 13:37 Beamer
Ozmodan wrote on Aug 7, 2014, 12:26:
LOL have to add zombies don't they. I would not even buy this for the kids.

Well, it's free to play, and it's not coming to the US (assuming you're in the US), so I don't think you need to worry about whether or not you'd buy it.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 7, 2014, 13:35 Beamer
Verno wrote on Aug 7, 2014, 13:15:
It's about how they were let go in some cases, very unprofessionally which has always been an issue in the gaming industry.

I don't think you understand just how poor job stability is in the gaming industry either.

One flop crushing you because you work at a small indie studio and it folds makes sense.
A flop crushing you because it was entirely inept and nothing about it was good makes some sense.

But what we routinely see - a small studio being formed within a large publisher, putting out a few hits, then putting out one flop and being shut down makes no sense at all. Maybe if it's in an area that has no geographic advantages, fine, but we keep seeing an entire studio being shut down when it would make so much more sense to wipe out the problems (producer, lead designer, whomever didn't seem talented enough, assuming you didn't think they learned from their mistakes) and keep the people that actually have talent, are already sitting next to each other, already work as a team, etc.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
22. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 7, 2014, 11:50 Beamer
InBlack wrote on Aug 7, 2014, 06:21:
Beamer wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 12:40:
garrywong wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 12:27:
Kevin Lowe wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 12:04:
InBlack wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 10:33:

Give me a mouse. And a keyboard. Ill give you an answer.
Any other equipment the rest of the players aren't using that you'd like?

Not much point crowing about your skills if you're not willing to play by the rules. If/when Destiny comes to the PC, you can have a mouse and keyboard. Until then, Bungie's game, Sony's platform, their rules, full stop.

Doesn't make it any less cute that these people consider this level of play to be at all "skillful".

It's like saying "This guy is a beast! He's #1 at fingerpainting! But UH UH! Doesn't matter if you're a real genius artist, you can't criticize his skills unless you're better than him at fingerpaiting!"

Oh for godssake. Between this and the "Waaah, Windows 8 threatens my genitals!" post.

Do you watch people at the Olympics and go "so what, that guy ran a mile in 4.5 minutes. I can drive it in 40 seconds." Do you watch MMA fighting and say "I could take any one of these guys if I had a gun."

Wow thats a really classy analogy. Shows your true condescending colors through and through. Its also failed analogy, unless you consider console players completely unable to grasp the M+KB control scheme.

It isn't a failed analogy. Destiny doesn't support m+k. It isn't in the rules.

If you want a better analogy, consoles are like stock racing - there are limits to how good your machine can be and everyone basically has the same setup. PC is like GT racing, where the track has people on it in Ford Fiestas and people on it in Ford GTs dodging those Ford Fiestas. If the Fiesta and the GT were actually racing, it'd be pretty boring for everyone involved, as the guy in the Fiesta expects to race other people in a similar vehicle, not people that spent enormous amounts of money to have something faster and with better handling.

But Destiny is a game, and it's a game played with a controller. Only a controller. Never anything but a controller. It's a game made exclusively with a controller. So saying you can do better with a better tool is no different than saying you could beat someone in the hammer throw if they let you use a catapult.

It gets very tiring to hear people say "I could beat any console player if I could use a m+k!" But consoles don't let you do that, so why even point it out? You're literally saying you would be better if you could hypothetically change the rules of the game. Shut up about it, everyone already knows this.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 7, 2014, 11:47 Beamer
garrywong wrote on Aug 7, 2014, 09:43:
Beamer wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 12:41:
garrywong wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 10:51:
RIP twitch. Killed before it even had a chance to truly shine.

It's still alive.

You were saying?

The site is still up and the team is making improvements the community is asking for. Video is still streaming. Twitch is still alive.
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News Comments > Colin McRae Rally Steam Refunds
35. Re: Colin McRae Rally Steam Refunds Aug 7, 2014, 11:46 Beamer
PHJF wrote on Aug 7, 2014, 09:08:
I'm sorry, but the only reasonable explanation is that this was a deliberate attempt to mislead consumers. There was a game called Colin McRae Rally released in 1998. *This* game is called Colin McRae Rally.

Only a complete moron would release a game with the exact same title as another and not expect confusion.

It has the same tracks as the 1998 version, and it was released on mobile. Odds are this was done exclusively by the mobile team. I can't check it, but odds are all the copy is the same as what was used in the mobile. Someone literally just ported everything from one to the other.

With a $6.99 price tag, no one attempted to deceive. People just thought it would be more obvious. I mean, it's obvious to them, because it's all they've known for the past 2 years or however long it took to make this game. Calling a game with the same assets and the same idea the same thing on mobile is very common, especially when the name is fairly generic. Porting it to the PC is less common, and people clearly underestimated how obvious it would be (and likely overestimated how in demand it would be.)

As per usual, incompetence and corporate inertia is usually the answer, not evil.
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News Comments > July Steam Hardware & Software Survey
26. Re: July Steam Hardware & Software Survey Aug 7, 2014, 11:43 Beamer
InBlack wrote on Aug 7, 2014, 06:17:
Redmask wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 19:49:
NKD wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 16:30:
The only thing wrong with Vista was a rocky launch. It's fundamentally the same under the hood as 7 and 8 and works just as well.

Well no, Vista had a ton of boot time bloat, some inherent security model problems and kernel related issues that were corrected in Windows 7. It's true that the OS itself was ahead of average user hardware at the time but it had a lot of other issues and calling it the same as Windows 7 is inaccurate.

Windows 8 is pointless for any user currently on Windows 7. The 'hood' improvements are pretty minor and its just not worthwhile with Windows 9 being fast tracked.

This is what all the fainbois never seem to get. Windows 7 was an improvement over Vista. Windows 8 is a fucking cash grab, that just doesnt justify an upgrade. It's probably not an inferior product (although Ive had bad experiences with it I will give everyone the benefit of doubt on this) even though it takes getting used to but unless you own a tablet there is no fucking reason why you would want Windows 8 over 7, unless you are buying it OEM and simply have no choice in the matter.

I've never seen a Windows 8 "fanboy."

But I've seen people on sites like Woot refuse to buy cheap laptops because it comes with 8.1 over 7, or actually go out and buy a fresh version of 7 even though the computer came with an OEM copy of 8.

The extremes people take to demonize or avoid 8 seem incredibly unreasonable. It's got flaws compared to 7, and it's got improvements compared to 7. There's 0 reason to upgrade from 7 to 8, but there's also 0 reason to downgrade from one to the other, yet the internet is full of people so desperate to make sure everyone knows that's exactly what they'd want to do.

It's "worrying" that people are so emotional, to quote someone being emotional yesterday.
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 7, 2014, 11:27 Beamer
Some dude from the Library of Congress found it.
I believe it.

Jesus, "unreleased Duke Nukem Game Discovered" isn't a good enough headline?
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News Comments > July Steam Hardware & Software Survey
18. Re: July Steam Hardware & Software Survey Aug 6, 2014, 19:24 Beamer
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 18:56:
Beamer wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 10:57:
garrywong wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 09:57:
The increasing Win 8 percentages are quite worrying...

How is it "quite worrying?" What impact does it have on you? Microsoft is already backtracking on some of the big changes, and anything it runs your version of Windows also runs.

The increasing paranoia amongst some posters is quite worrying. "People like something I don't, the world is ending!"

Not it doesn't actually run everything Windows 7 runs.. some old games do no longer work

I meant the other way around. You can fear the adoption of something new if it will obsolete what you have, but that isn't the case. There are no games coming out that are compatible with Win8 but not Win7. So I don't get the fearing post from that guy.

It's just another "ERMHGERHRD MICROSOFT BAD!" post. The same guy followed it up immediately with a "EERMGERHEHRD PCMASTERRACE" post and a "RIP, TWITCH" in an article not about Twitch and disregarding that Twitch is healthier now than ever.
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News Comments > Colin McRae Rally Steam Refunds
23. Re: Colin McRae Rally Steam Refunds Aug 6, 2014, 19:21 Beamer
NKD wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 19:15:
Beamer wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 19:11:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 19:08:
Julio wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 18:45:
There's no need for piracy to know if a game is crap. But it's a nice attempt to justify piracy.

Bullshit. Keep fucking that high horse you're on.

No, he's right.

Yeah. And it's not about being on a high horse either. I don't give a shit if you pirate, but why waste your bandwidth on pirating a whole game when you can just watch a video from a YouTuber you trust to tell you if it's worth it.

The whole point of checking out a decent review is so you don't have to waste time or bandwidth or money finding out for yourself that a game sucks. Pirating only saves you the money, not the time or bandwidth.

I mean, don't get me wrong, I occasionally buy games I hate. I put 2 minutes and 30 seconds into Pixel Piracy and decided I think I hate it (I know that's no chance, but the controls felt so wrong.)
However, it's exactly what I thought it was based on the 30 seconds of it I watched on YouTube. Barely anything at all. I gave it a shot because people here love it, but I know my taste.

I really can't think of the last time I bought a game full price that I hated. Generally, games I buy that I dislike I know I'll probably dislike and buy because it's a good deal and maybe I'll be surprised.

As someone that hates Let's Play videos, I find it incredibly easy to determine if I'll get enjoyment out of a game prior to buying it.
And, frankly, to climb up onto a high horse for a second, I find it hard to believe most pirate-before-you-buy-it people pay for every game they enjoy. They'll play through a few hours of it, decide it isn't worth $60, and never bother picking it up when it hits the price point they felt it was worth because, by then, it's months later.
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