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News Comments > Morning Screenshots
38. Re: Morning Screenshots Feb 11, 2014, 16:08 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 04:01:
Beamer wrote on Feb 10, 2014, 18:20:
SlimRam wrote on Feb 10, 2014, 18:01:
Awesome, well this honestly was the only fucking MMORPG that I've ever given a shit about. I have loved Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim with all my heart, they were without a doubt my most favorite games ever! For some stupid, fucking ridiculous reason I was hoping this game was actually going to be good? The Elder Scrolls games are a proven formula for a game that actually works! HOW the fucking hell are these developers not able to use this to make a online game that's awesome? Please tell me, is it that much of a stretch to put this universe into an MMO successfully? Well NIN said it best and most simple; I simply haven't heard anything good about this game. Either way, I seriously believe it's going to be a very long time before I give one shit about any other MMO. Honestly, I'm heartbroken and I feel like I'm going to VOMIT. Fuck it either way, this is the last time I will ever comment on this game again. Ever.

How the hell could they not just make TES an MMO?
Because TES is something like a 60-200 hour game, and MMO players do that many hours in a month.

Given that they can't spend much more to make TES Online than they do to make Skyrim, they have to change how it's played. If you want a game you can put thousands of hours into, the formula has to change. Just stretching out TES would be a disaster, because someone would still reach the "end" within 200 hours.

Basically, you have to make MMOs suck, which is why they all suck. I'd love to see one get its replayability by being more of a micro-game. The games I play the most are the ones you repeatedly start new from.

Which is why an Ultima Online type of experience would have been perfect for a TES:MMO. Create a hardcore and dangeorous world (with maybe a few safe zones) that rewards exploring, building, tinkering, mining, crafting and simply surviving. Give control of the different guilds over to players instead of NPCs. Reward teamwork and faction loyalty. Basically create a living breathing world with all the lore of TES and populate it with players instead of NPCs.

It would be nice to see them take the risk, but have any MMOs been successful like that?
Eve is successful for what it is, but it's kind of in a class of its own.

Zenimax clearly put an enormous amount of money into this, and I don't fully blame them for not swinging for the fences as far as gameplay goes.
On the flip side, I think the general consensus is that this style of MMORPG is fading in popularity. Not sure what the players are moving to, but it doesn't seem like WoW players are leaving WoW and flocking to something else. So while this is the safe move, as far as predictability goes, it does seem hard to imagine it being a huge payoff for them.
 
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News Comments > Thief Trailer
17. Re: Thief Trailer Feb 11, 2014, 15:44 Beamer
 
banksie wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 15:27:
Beamer wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 15:15:
I didn't say you need to be strongly motivated, or be the good guy, I said you need a bigger bad guy so that you seem less of the bad guy, relatively.

I think The Trickster fit that, no?

You miss my point. Garret never was the good guy or the bad guy. Garret lived by his own moral code - he stole generally from the rich, didn't want to get involved in city politics and when played on the harder difficulty levels wasn't about killing. He ain't a bad guy, he certainly isn't a good guy - he is just a master thief.

Well, being a thief makes you a defacto bad guy. I'm not a very large fan of the super wealthy in contrast with the super poor, but going and stealing from people whose only crimes are being wealthy makes you a jerk.

But you missed my point - in order to nip any morality questions in the bud, a game like this needs a large, over the top, clearly evil person. Having Garrett go up against a guy that was trying to do good would make Garrett look like a bad person. Having him go up against someone incredibly over the top evil makes Garrett's crimes look fine in comparison.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
10. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 11, 2014, 15:41 Beamer
 
Bodolza wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 15:22:
Beamer wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 14:10:
You can just drive into a Nissan factory and they'll give you any parts you need and do the servicing for free, based on the one time fee you paid 15 years ago.

Wait, no, that isn't how it works at all.

If it's for a recall, yes they will.

Except that, due to regulations, cars older than 8 years can't be recalled.
So no, Nissan would not fix an issue in his 1998 car, free of charge, because it will not and can not issue a recall on a car that old.
 
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News Comments > Thief Trailer
15. Re: Thief Trailer Feb 11, 2014, 15:15 Beamer
 
banksie wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 15:10:
Beamer wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 13:20:
When your main character is a thief, you often have to go above and beyond to make it clear he's not the bad guy and not just some dick taking shit from other people.

No, Garret in the first three games always was a dick out taking shit. In fact it was his decided self interest and lack of wanting to force his ideology on others that was key - his talent and lack of interest made him the fulcrum for change and maintaining the balance. (Thief 1, stop the Pagans. Thief 2, stop the Hammerites. Thief 3, stop the Keepers.)

That was part of the fun of the first two games especially - he wasn't a conventional hero or anti-hero. Garret was the unwilling participant who always generally just wanted to be left alone so he could steal stuff.

I didn't say you need to be strongly motivated, or be the good guy, I said you need a bigger bad guy so that you seem less of the bad guy, relatively.

I think The Trickster fit that, no?
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
9. Re: Morning Safety Dance Feb 11, 2014, 14:57 Beamer
 
LittleMe wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 14:45:
Beamer wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 10:52:
It also convinces the regular people not paying close attention that you're probably on the wrong side of things, because you're acting irrationally and emotionally.

Sure, character assassination of opposition is a popular tactic and the ruling classes use it all the time as pointed out by Task. If there are no adverse consequences for their actions, our government is effectively totalitarian because they can get away with whatever they want. What's left? Civil disobed?

The government uses violence against us every day, threatened or actual. We aren't ever supposed to use it, even thought he constitution permits us to replace an illegal govt?


Define "illegal."
You're one of those that firmly believes reptilians, so you throwing "illegal" out there is fairly meaningless unless you show me, precisely, how its illegal.

Regardless, you won't get something to work unless you have a solid chunk of the population behind you. Rioting in the streets isn't something you do to get that, it's something you do once you have it. If you do it too soon, your movement will fall apart within a day.

And this does not have that. Turning to the streets and rioting will just make things worse.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 11, 2014, 14:10 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 14:04:
Beamer wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 13:13:
Julio wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 11:49:
If Microsoft doesn't want to support their products and patch bugs/vulnerabilities...that's on them. Did they not make enough money from XP to support it?

I wouldn't be someone's friend or family if I recommended Windows 8.

And why aren't they still supporting Windows 95 or 3.1?!

And why aren't they making parts for my '98 Altima?! Oh, wait. They are.

Oh, yeah, I'm sorry, that's a perfect analogy. You can just drive into a Nissan factory and they'll give you any parts you need and do the servicing for free, based on the one time fee you paid 15 years ago.

Wait, no, that isn't how it works at all.
 
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News Comments > Thief Trailer
4. Re: Thief Trailer Feb 11, 2014, 13:20 Beamer
 
Flatline wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 13:12:
Yawn. Another super corrupt snidely whiplash evil bad guy.

Why not break the trend and make him a genuinely good person trying to do a needed job in a city overrun with crime? Don't team up with Garrett, don't have a sudden twist, but have the balls to introduce a guy who is clearly an antagonist but is not a villain.

When your main character is a thief, you often have to go above and beyond to make it clear he's not the bad guy and not just some dick taking shit from other people.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 11, 2014, 13:13 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 11:49:
If Microsoft doesn't want to support their products and patch bugs/vulnerabilities...that's on them. Did they not make enough money from XP to support it?

I wouldn't be someone's friend or family if I recommended Windows 8.

And why aren't they still supporting Windows 95 or 3.1?!
 
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Feb 11, 2014, 11:54 Beamer
 
Your facts are made up, at best.
smedley isn't a politician.

what you said is all a huge exaggeration stated as fact. Few actual employees would agree with you.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 11, 2014, 11:13 Beamer
 
"Dimocrap."


That doesn't even make sense.


Things I wish people would stop doing, because it ALWAYS makes them look dumb:
1) Try to use some creative riff on whatever you're trying to bash. "Dimocrap" "M$" "Crapple." The people here that constantly do it know who they are. It's neither clever nor creative. Well, some are creative, but it's rare

2) Use the term "kiddie" for anything they don't like

3) Try to make subjective choices, like OS or platform, decisions only the mentally disabled would choose differently on
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
5. Re: Morning Safety Dance Feb 11, 2014, 10:52 Beamer
 
Task wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 10:33:
InBlack wrote on Feb 11, 2014, 10:21:
I dunno, call me weird, strange and perverted but Im thinking a crowd showing up at the front door of the powers-that-be with torches and pitchforks while trashing police cars and whatnot, and setting government buildings on fire would be much harder to ignore...


That also gives a government an excuse to bring out the guns. That's the real litmus test (and worse case scenario), if a soldier or government person is willing to take out citizens on government orders.
It also convinces the regular people not paying close attention that you're probably on the wrong side of things, because you're acting irrationally and emotionally.

Not to mention these things tend to bring out the crazies, so while you're flipping a car for privacy someone next to you is flipping a car for 9/11 truth and someone next to him is flipping a car to bring down the Reptilian government. Next to him is probably the guy flipping cars because he figures now is his best chance to flip a car without repercussion. Any point you have is lost in the confusion, and even those who hear it see it next to the idiots and just assume your point must be as irrational as theirs. This last part is what has brought down Occupy Wall Street's message before it even started.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
6. Re: Evening Consolidation Feb 10, 2014, 20:11 Beamer
 
Can we stop with the term "kiddie games" already?
It always comes across as ironic, because I can't imagine anyone older than nine complaining that something is "kiddie." It sounds like a word for people still using fractions when giving their ages.

"I can't watch a Pixar movie, that's kiddie stuff, I'm going to go watch a Transformers movie. That's what adults do!"
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
41. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 10, 2014, 18:37 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 10, 2014, 16:42:
Beamer wrote on Feb 10, 2014, 13:03:
Cutter wrote on Feb 10, 2014, 12:02:
B) No they shouldn't be cutting benefits for everyone. There do, however, need to be limits for everyone however so they don't bleed everyone else dry. The needs of the many outweigh those of the few sort of thing. Life at any cost? I don't think so. That goes against the natural order of things.

So people buy insurance for these situations, then... shouldn't be able to use it?
The baby, who will grow up healthy, should die? Because natural order of things?

I assume, then, you take no medication. Cavemen didn't take medication! If they had a kidney stone they died, dammit!


Also, keep in mind that this didn't cost AOL $1 million (I don't think.) It cost their insurance company that much. A company that exists solely for this reason.

You're wrong again, as usual. People have used natural medicines for time immemorial. However, what they didn't use were machines to artificially alive when they were clearly meant to die.

And unless you're willing to have a wholly regulated society that puts people ahead of profits - and clearly you anti-socialists are not - then there will never be enough to go around. So that means tough choices and limits for everyone - except the wealthy. So the millionaires and billionaires win as usual because you don't think they should pay their share like everyone else.

"Natural medicines." So you use nothing prescription, instead you chew on tree bark from GNC?

And I do appreciate being called an anti-socialist after so many years of being called a socialist here. But, if you're criticizing someone for being anti-socialist, does that make you a full fledged socialist?

Also, it makes no sense. I say we should be willing to pay to save babies that can be saved, and that AOL is wrong to put their profits first, and that the insurance company shouldn't complain because this is why you exist, and you claim I'm putting profits first.
I literally said that, in this case, fuck profits, and you claim I'm putting profits first.
 
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News Comments > Morning Screenshots
30. Re: Morning Screenshots Feb 10, 2014, 18:20 Beamer
 
SlimRam wrote on Feb 10, 2014, 18:01:
Awesome, well this honestly was the only fucking MMORPG that I've ever given a shit about. I have loved Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim with all my heart, they were without a doubt my most favorite games ever! For some stupid, fucking ridiculous reason I was hoping this game was actually going to be good? The Elder Scrolls games are a proven formula for a game that actually works! HOW the fucking hell are these developers not able to use this to make a online game that's awesome? Please tell me, is it that much of a stretch to put this universe into an MMO successfully? Well NIN said it best and most simple; I simply haven't heard anything good about this game. Either way, I seriously believe it's going to be a very long time before I give one shit about any other MMO. Honestly, I'm heartbroken and I feel like I'm going to VOMIT. Fuck it either way, this is the last time I will ever comment on this game again. Ever.

How the hell could they not just make TES an MMO?
Because TES is something like a 60-200 hour game, and MMO players do that many hours in a month.

Given that they can't spend much more to make TES Online than they do to make Skyrim, they have to change how it's played. If you want a game you can put thousands of hours into, the formula has to change. Just stretching out TES would be a disaster, because someone would still reach the "end" within 200 hours.

Basically, you have to make MMOs suck, which is why they all suck. I'd love to see one get its replayability by being more of a micro-game. The games I play the most are the ones you repeatedly start new from.
 
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News Comments > Arkham Origins Patch After DLC (If Ever)
27. Re: Arkham Origins Patch After DLC (If Ever) Feb 10, 2014, 13:09 Beamer
 
Linksil wrote on Feb 10, 2014, 11:07:
Playing through the entire game, the only problem this affects is the people going for 100% completion. You only play as Deathstroke in the training sims that are 100% optional and honestly I didn't even know existed until I was looking around a menu and realized I was missing one unlock because I didn't go do the batman part of them.

Are you sure that's the only issue?
If it's just that you can't hit 100%, that isn't a huge concern to me. If it's that you can't finish the game, then that's enormous.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 10, 2014, 13:07 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 10, 2014, 12:12:
I've had coloured keyboards but I've found only the red led isn't distracting and helps. Seeing as I always eat and drink at my keyboard I destroy them pretty fast so now silicone covers are far more important to me.

Makes sense. There's a reason cockpits have red lighting - your eyes have more red cones and can therefore see better in less red light. In order to see well in blue light, it needs to be brighter and will blow out your night vision.

Part of the reason why I hate the damn blue LEDs on everything. Yeah, I like blue much more than red, but in the dark those blue LEDs are blinding.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
30. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 10, 2014, 13:03 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 10, 2014, 12:02:
B) No they shouldn't be cutting benefits for everyone. There do, however, need to be limits for everyone however so they don't bleed everyone else dry. The needs of the many outweigh those of the few sort of thing. Life at any cost? I don't think so. That goes against the natural order of things.

So people buy insurance for these situations, then... shouldn't be able to use it?
The baby, who will grow up healthy, should die? Because natural order of things?

I assume, then, you take no medication. Cavemen didn't take medication! If they had a kidney stone they died, dammit!


Also, keep in mind that this didn't cost AOL $1 million (I don't think.) It cost their insurance company that much. A company that exists solely for this reason.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
22. Re: obvious Feb 10, 2014, 12:59 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 10, 2014, 12:04:
Beamer wrote on Feb 10, 2014, 10:30:
Tim Collins wrote on Feb 10, 2014, 10:00:
The Flappy game thing is obviously marketing of SOME KIND.

Nowonder why EA is the most hated company.

if one man in Vietnam freaking out over global scrutiny is marketing, so be it. I shouldn't be surprised by naive cynicism.

Right, because no one ever engages in drama for marketing purposes.

Yes, Cutter, that's what I said. That's exactly what I said. I didn't apply facts to the situation at hand, I extrapolated out to make an enormous generalization.

I didn't look at a guy in Vietnam who was making $50,000 per day before the global papers started doing articles about him who then started getting called a fraud and a ripoff artist (by you, amongst thousands of others) who then pulled his cash cow down (the best way to make money is to not sell anything?) despite it already being downloaded more times than GTA5 was purchased, and cut himself off from his fans entirely.

No, I didn't look at a guy clearly leaving money on the table because he was being personally attacked and it just didn't seem worth it. No, I made a huge, sweeping statement.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
7. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 10, 2014, 11:05 Beamer
 
On one hand, it's pretty easy to imagine a benefits meeting with your insurance provider, hear rates are going up, being told it is because of million dollar babies, and being flabbergasted. How the hell does that happen? Of course, when you hear how it happens, it starts making a bit more sense.

On the other hand, she's right - this guy made $12 million in pay last year. He's a $12 million dollar baby. And this wasn't "distressed," it was life or death. Is he worth the lives of 12 babies?
 
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News Comments > Morning Screenshots
9. Re: Morning Screenshots Feb 10, 2014, 11:00 Beamer
 
Someone in the last thread called this a "last-gen MMORPG."

What, then, is a current or next-gen MMORPG? This indeed looks bland and boring, but, to me, it looks like every other MMORPG out there.
 
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