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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
21. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 16, 2014, 19:59 Beamer
 
ChaosEngine wrote on Sep 16, 2014, 19:51:
It's not even like shitty pop music where you have it shoved down your throat.

Unless it's U2!
 
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News Comments > Borderlands Replaces GameSpy With Steamworks
8. Re: Borderlands Replaces GameSpy With Steamworks Sep 16, 2014, 17:20 Beamer
 
descender wrote on Sep 16, 2014, 15:41:
Your last 3 posts have been "Steam is spyware". I think we get the idea, you don't like it.

6 of his last 20.
 
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News Comments > MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed
117. Re: MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed Sep 16, 2014, 16:54 Beamer
 
Bundy wrote on Sep 16, 2014, 16:41:
Buying the mine picks was exactly the issue that led to the EULA this summer. And I know that for the most part its all free. I was just saying a lot of people didn't seem to realize Minecraft was already being heavily monetized on some servers. And the consoles are filled with skin dlc already.

And that skin DLC makes a fortune.
There's no reason for Microsoft to charge for things that would ruin the game when people are so willing to pay for things that don't. Again, see: TF2. See: DOTA2.

This does not mean Microsoft won't be stupid and ruin it, it just means they'd have to be actively stupid to do so. That's very possible. But the game will make good money with them simply creating a store to sell what they already sell on consoles and allowing modders to sell if they want to sell.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
12. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 16, 2014, 15:35 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 16, 2014, 14:06:
Has anyone been playing Destiny? The reviews are middling, but that doesn't mean players aren't loving it.

The reviews I've read all match my beta impressions:
- combat is flawlessly tuned and feels incredibly right
- actual missions feel pointless and repetitive
- no urgency
- the primary things it took from MMORPGs are the flaws


I'm still tempted to get it for the 360. Combat felt really good, and I enjoyed the multiplayer even if the 2 maps I played weren't memorable in the slightest (and the lack of a warthog really hurt.)
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Elephants Trailer
27. Re: Far Cry 4 Elephants Trailer Sep 16, 2014, 11:59 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Sep 16, 2014, 02:29:
I really, really hope they do a Blood Dragon sequel, spinoff etc. at some point with this engine. Farcry3 was kind of lame IMO, Blood Dragon on the other hand was one of the better shooters I have played. (It was just too damn short :()
That's funny. I loved FC3, though the main character sucked and it was too long, but hated Blood Dragon. Blood Dragon took some of the more interesting parts of FC3 and stripped it down to nothing and then changed the color palette to an eye-shearing red.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
47. Re: Op Ed Sep 16, 2014, 10:47 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Sep 16, 2014, 02:47:
I applaud you for completely derailing this thread Beamer, by somehow bringing Anita & Gamergate (or whatever stupid label they keep using) into the discussion about articles which have very little to do with this issue. The main issue was objectivity and journalism in gaming. You have successfuly managed to troll the thread up to post 43. Que Applause. 10/10.

I'm not even the first one to bring Gamergate up in this topic. But the fact remains that most people saying absolutely disgusting things about people like Anita and whomever else hide behind #gamergate. That's their shield. While you can break out the journalist ethics from the misogynistic sludge that is gamergate, it's hard because, on this very board, in this very thread, there are an enormous amount of people that fail to see the difference.

And, again, I'm not the first one to bring it up in this topic.
 
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News Comments > MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed
104. Re: MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed Sep 16, 2014, 00:05 Beamer
 
Kevin Lowe wrote on Sep 16, 2014, 00:04:
Beamer wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 17:48:
Let's not forget that, earlier this year, the company was said to be prepping an IPO that valued it at over $7.5 billion.

So, again, if Wall Street was willing to say something was worth $7.5 billion, and Microsoft bought it for $2.5 billion, I'd say it's nowhere near as easy to immediately write off as so many here are doing.

Cite: see my post below for that $7.6 billion valuation.
I have to wonder, though, how much of that value included keeping the team in place. NeXT wouldn't have been worth a whole lot without getting Steve Jobs in the process, for example. I'm not sure Notch could have been retained at any price - taking his statement at face value, upping the bid would likely have had an inverse effect.

It's been a very long time since Notch has actually done anything on Minecraft, though, be it design or actual coding, and the people that have been doing it all came with the deal.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
42. Re: Op Ed Sep 15, 2014, 20:19 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 20:01:
Beamer wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 11:32:
And then you have people like Julio, who gleefully make never ending references to "burgers and fries," which would imply that he's not very interested in anything beyond a woman having sex

I'm mainly interested in two things about Gamergate, which are about a bigger picture than who a particular woman sleeps with for personal gain.

1) Corruption/Fraud in game 'journalism', indie game contests and gamejams
2) Sexism against men by the SJWs and their websites

The interesting thing about the "burgers and fries" is that without investigative reporting, it's quite possible a lot of people have ordered the 'burgers and fries' to take a particular side on this issue or bury the truth.

I appreciate the non-inflammatory response to something that could have incited some flames.
 
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News Comments > Minimum Launches
2. Re: Minimum Launches Sep 15, 2014, 19:05 Beamer
 
That trailer makes it look like you stand still fighting around two non-moving Rock'm Sock'm Robots in a world designed to crumble the same way every time.

Which is probably unfair, but it's what the trailer shows.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Elephants Trailer
2. Re: Far Cry 4 Elephants Trailer Sep 15, 2014, 18:53 Beamer
 
The way the skin on the hide stretches is pretty impressive.

Everything else just looks like an enormous amount of fun.
 
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News Comments > MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed
91. Re: MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed Sep 15, 2014, 17:48 Beamer
 
Let's not forget that, earlier this year, the company was said to be prepping an IPO that valued it at over $7.5 billion.

So, again, if Wall Street was willing to say something was worth $7.5 billion, and Microsoft bought it for $2.5 billion, I'd say it's nowhere near as easy to immediately write off as so many here are doing.

Cite: see my post below for that $7.6 billion valuation.
 
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News Comments > MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed
90. Re: MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed Sep 15, 2014, 17:46 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 17:43:
Prez wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 17:29:
For the record Cutter said this is one of the most idiotic business moves he has ever seen by a company (paraphrasing), and I am inclined to agree. This is beyond ridiculous - it's just obscenely and surreally absurd. He also made mention of "Ballmer Junior" making the same retarded decisions as his "daddy".

It's true. At least with shit like Google Glass and Occulus there are plenty of real world uses for them even if they never catch on as mainstream entertainment. So FB's purchase of OR - while stupidly overvalued - is still a pretty sane investment.

This is really - for all intents and purposes - a one man company with zero track record and one massively successful fluke. The game is about saturated as its going to get and is most likely starting a long slow downward slide. It will be remembered fondly as we remember Super Mario. But there is nothing that makes this worth even a 100 mil at this point - unless they have some very lucrative licensing deals going on for MC merch that we don't know about. So even at the outside of say 200 mil, it would be dumb but understandable as dumb things corporations do. But 2.5 billion? They won't even make the 500 million back on that. Their stock closed down today so lets see if that continues and their investors also think Nutella has gone nuts.

Yes, Cutter, there's nothing that makes it worth even $100 million, except the fact that it made over that much in profit last year.


You call me stupid, but fuck, man. Seriously, fuck. Minecraft brought in $330 million in revenue and $130 million in profit.

I'm the stupid one, but you just said $130 isn't even worth $100.
Between this and your "let's judge companies based on stock price," it's amazing that you ever open your mouth on financial decisions.
 
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News Comments > MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed
89. Re: MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed Sep 15, 2014, 17:44 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 17:29:
For the record Cutter said this is one of the most idiotic business moves he has ever seen by a company (paraphrasing), and I am inclined to agree. This is beyond ridiculous - it's just obscenely and surreally absurd. He also made mention of "Ballmer Junior" making the same retarded decisions as his "daddy".

Facebook paid about $32 per active user of Whatsapp, a product with 0 revenue.
Microsoft paid about $50 per active user of Minecraft, a product with significant revenue.

There are a few big differences:
1) One is a messaging platform, and those tend to be longer lived than games
2) The other has a more affluent userbase, meaning it's more willing to invest money

Microsoft claims this deal will pay for itself by the end of 2015. I don't doubt that much. Minecraft made $350 million last year, and from what I understand the bulk of that was made later in the year and came from server rentals. On top of this, Minecraft revenue has grown each year.
And Mojang has made no attempt to monetize.

I know that "monetization" is a dirty word, but frankly, there's so much room here. I installed Minecraft again on Saturday and looked for mods. If you google "minecraft mods" you get dozens of hits, but most of the pages look like they'll install viruses. The programs you have to download have installers that look like viruses, and they download from sites that try to install their own downloader that is almost definitely a virus.

Basically, I'm assuming any casual Minecraft fan has tons of viruses.

But look at Valve. Seriously, look hard at Valve. They are making money hand over fist selling mods for 3 games. They also have free mods for those games. The community is making enormous money selling these mods. I rarely hear loud complaints about these sales, usually people just seem to enjoy it. It's fostered a big community. Hell, I actually know a guy here that worked at a major studio on a major series discussed here regularly that quit his job and moved across the country because he realized he could more than double his income selling DOTA2 stuff.

This would be great for Minecraft. A consolidated storefront with no worry about viruses, making it easier to find and load mods, and still with the majority of things being free, but not everything.
If Minecraft brought in $350 last year, it isn't hard to imagine a mod marketplace similar to the Hat Marketplace could triple that, is it?

We'll see if it's stupid. Frankly, I don't think we'll truly know that it was. Either this is a huge success, or Microsoft fucks it up. But the price wouldn't be stupid if they fuck it up, it's their management.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
31. Re: So why do publishers keep doing it? Sep 15, 2014, 16:58 Beamer
 
mag wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 16:55:
Creston wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 16:36:
UHD wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 16:04:
so which is it?

I am always right. Cutter isn't. This is an important detail to remember.

Not that it really matters, at this point it's personal curiosity, but to be honest it's more interesting than gamergate.

True.

Cutter is probably consider a larger group of regulars than I am. Most of the guys who have been here the longest are pre Gen X, but then again, since Blue was formed in... what... 1998? they would have to be, since I doubt many five year olds were posting here when it first started.

Gen X is ~1960 to ~1980. The youngest Gen Xers were 18 in 1998. Millenials are ~1980 to 2000. The oldest Millenials are in their thirties now.

/31-year-old Millenial.

And it's far from being the first named generation, as implied below. Obviously we had the Baby Boomers, but also the Silent Generation, Greatest Generation and Lost Generation.
 
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News Comments > MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed
82. Re: MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed Sep 15, 2014, 16:54 Beamer
 
BobBob wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 16:49:
Beamer wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 15:31:
Guys, I don't think Cutter thinks much of this, but I'm not sure.

Do you have a collection of Cutter posts hanging on your dimly lit basement walls?

You know that, if you click on someone's name, it gives you their posts in descending order by date. When someone has 4 posts in their past 30 about a topic, it's easy to cull together.

You can also enter a term and sort. Sadly, you can't link to a saved search.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
29. Re: So why do publishers keep doing it? Sep 15, 2014, 16:40 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 16:33:
Beamer wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 15:55:
There's no industry where customers hate the workers so much, either.

Hmm, I'd doubt that. How much love do you think the car industry is getting these days, especially the likes of GM with its 30+ million recalls in 2014? I doubt people are singing their praises, but at least GM doesn't publish articles entitled "ALL MY FUCKING CUSTOMERS ARE PIECES OF SHIT!"

Again, Notch actually cites in his "Why I am Leaving Minecraft" letter the hate that he got on Twitter for something that didn't even happen.

Notch can do whatever he wants to do. The guy made out like the biggest fucking bandit ever, so good for him, but I wonder why all these delicate snowflakes hang out on the social media equivalent of the bottom of the cesspool if they get upset over what's being put on it.

Hint, Twitter Users: You don't have to use it. It's not mandatory. Your life will remain literally exactly the same if you just stop using it.

Has anyone emailed any random engineers of GM and told them to die in a fire? I mean, their customers have actually died in fires, but I don't think that they're getting that kind of hatemail. More to the point, I don't think they're getting that kind of hatemail for simple things like deciding the door lock switches should be matte instead of chrome, let alone for, you know, causing people to actually die in fires.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
24. Re: So why do publishers keep doing it? Sep 15, 2014, 15:55 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 15:00:
Because FUCK YOU, that's why.

Seriously, how does anyone not understand this fairly simple concept yet? There is no industry which hates its customers more than the games industry, unless being a crackwhore can be called an industry.

You are a wallet to a games publisher, not a customer. Every penny they can beg, plead, cajole, steal or plain blackmail out of you is bonus.

There's no industry where customers hate the workers so much, either.

Again, Notch actually cites in his "Why I am Leaving Minecraft" letter the hate that he got on Twitter for something that didn't even happen.
 
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News Comments > MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed
76. Re: MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed Sep 15, 2014, 15:31 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 15:15:
MS will trash this like they do everything else. What a waste of money.

Cutter wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 11:13:
I don't know if this is the dumbest deal in modern history but it's certainly a strong contender. Reminds me of the Dumb song from South Park's Mormon episode.


Cutter wrote on Sep 14, 2014, 17:37:
In my 40+ years on this planet I've seen some really dumb shit, but this is actually literally up there as one of the dumbest I've ever seen. Welp, there you go MS investors. Kiss 2.5 billion away that you should have demanded as dividends instead. I'm sure as this further erodes your stock value you can thank Ballmer Jr., er Nutella for that.


Cutter wrote on Sep 14, 2014, 17:35:
There ya go, Notch was human all along. Just another flawed hypocrite like the rest of us. There are some people throughout history who never caved, but you can most of those in the hundreds. Which is pretty sad when you measure it against the billions of us who have existed.

Shit man, I'd easily sell out for that sort of bank. Then again, I never pretended I wouldn't like he did either.

Guys, I don't think Cutter thinks much of this, but I'm not sure.
 
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News Comments > MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed
75. Re: MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed Sep 15, 2014, 15:28 Beamer
 
BobBob wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 14:43:
Beamer wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 14:16:
The big difference is that the PayPal team were entrepreneurs looking to be important and looking to be rich. Notch is looking to just be a quiet guy that works on his hobbies.

He now has an enormous amount of money in which to do that, and I wouldn't be surprised to see him to something with it, but I think he'll be quietly funding from a distance.

Quietly funding innovative start-ups should provide the same results - helping people, creating new companies and creating new jobs.

Example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Thiel#Angel_investor_and_venture_capitalist

I still think that's not far enough removed. I think he'd start a VC, but not run it. Just fund it. In other words, fund the ones funding. I don't think he wants to even be in the decision making process.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 15, 2014, 14:40 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 14:32:
Was out in the sun all day yesterday. Had on a hat and long sleeved shirt, and put on sunscreen in the morning, but forgot to reapply at lunch. Tops of hands are a bit seared today.

Could be worse. I had on a striped shirt yesterday. The white stripes let sun through, the dark stripes did not.

My shoulders now have a very nice burn pattern.
 
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