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News Comments > etc., etc.
5. Re: etc., etc. Oct 14, 2014, 20:39 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Oct 14, 2014, 20:31:
Beamer wrote on Oct 14, 2014, 20:20:
Julio wrote on Oct 14, 2014, 20:18:
Fabrication of threats is good for publicity it looks like.

Well, I mean, it was confirmed by the school, so you're saying she called in a threat on herself?

So far I haven't seen anyone caught for any of these threats, so it's quite likely they are being fabricated or sending them to themselves. There is a clear financial motive to do so.

So far I haven't seen anyone charged with making threats against themselves, so it's quite likely they're real.

Seriously, how is the logic working here? If investigating it to the point you know who did it was easy and quick, they'd already know who did it. If it was being done by Anita herself, she'd be charged. It's still illegal when you do it to yourself, you know.
 
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3. Re: etc., etc. Oct 14, 2014, 20:22 Beamer
 
Since I think many missed it yesterday, I feel that this blog by a Bioware dev is excellent. He actually has many entries on the topic. His point that #gamergate is utterly ignored by gaming websites is very true, despite there often being claims that those same websites are tarring and feathering the supporters. I think his hypothesis is right - #gamergate supporters just don't matter to IGN/Kotaku/RPS/etc. They don't visit those sites with any regularity.

Probably true. It's the hardest of the hardcore that give a shit about #gamergate one way or the other, and we don't usually bother with those kinds of sites.
 
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2. Re: etc., etc. Oct 14, 2014, 20:20 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Oct 14, 2014, 20:18:
Fabrication of threats is good for publicity it looks like.

Well, I mean, it was confirmed by the school, so you're saying she called in a threat on herself?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 14, 2014, 17:47 Beamer
 
Even though no one asked, it's the internet so here are my opinions:
True Marvel Universe Movies:
  • Iron Man: Pretty good, largely due to casting, but I never want to see it again. 7.5/10

  • Iron Man 2: Terrible. 3/10

  • Iron Man 3: Never saw it, due to IM2 being terrible and hurting my appetite for the character

  • Thor: Pretty good, but felt a bit cheap. Most of the film took place in an empty set in the desert. Thor and Loki were well cast. 6.5/10

  • Thor 2: Pretty good when it involved Thor, Loki and their family. Absolutely awful when it involved non-heroes on Earth. It gave us a love interest, a love interest's sidekick, and a sidekick for the love interest's sidekick, and we saw them far too much. 5/10

  • Captain America: Entertaining, but felt distant. I think that's the word. The Rocketeer felt the same way - like we never got close enough to the characters to have as much fun as we should. Plus, way too much jumping at the camera in 3D with explosions in the background. 7/10

  • Captain America 2: A bit cringeworthy in some parts, usually with the guy with wings, but as a whole a huge step forward in quality for the entire series and a really good movie. 8.5/10

  • The Avengers: Too much talking on a soundstage with nothing happening to start off, but huge payoff in lengthy, engaging action sequences. 8/10

  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Hoooboy. 9/10


  • Kind of Marvel Universe Movies:
  • Hulk Movies: Who cares?


  • Not Marvel Universe Movies:
  • Spiderman: Fantastic. 8/10

  • Spiderman 2: More fantastic! 10/10

  • Spiderman 3: Didn't see it.

  • Amazing Spiderman: I am with Cutter - Andrew Garfield felt weird as Spiderman. Too biting. But he wasn't terrible, and man, was there a drastic improvement in Mary Jane. 6.5/10

  • Amazing Spiderman 2: Didn't see, maybe won't see

  • X-Men: Never felt right to me. Not sure how many I actually saw. Definitely 1. Definitely not the Brett Ratner one(s). 5/10

  • Wolverines: Never saw, who cares?

  • X-Men First Class: Half a fantastic movie, half a terrible teen movie, with Jennifer Lawrence bridging them. 7/10

  • Fantastic Four: I wasn't going to waste my time watching this crap

  • Blades 1 & 2: YES! 9/10


  • DC Movies:
  • Tim Burton's Batmen: Mostly ok, not fantastic, don't hold up well

  • Post-Burton Batmen: Unwatchable

  • Batman Begins: Pretty damn good. 8/10

  • The Dark Knight: Not as into it as most. 7.5/10

  • The Dark Knight Rises: Not as against it as most. 7/10

  • Man of Steel: Well cast Superman, but forgettable film. 6/10

  • Everything else not with Christopher Reeve: Terrible


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    News Comments > The Evil Within Released
    9. Re: The Evil Within Released Oct 14, 2014, 16:11 Beamer
     
    The Half Elf wrote on Oct 14, 2014, 16:04:
    Where's the paid shill that was lurking around the forums?

    Verno wrote on Sep 30, 2014, 14:11:
    The Half Elf wrote on Sep 29, 2014, 23:04:
    I wonder where the paid shill is to hyper-promote this game?

    You should really give that stuff a break man, its getting weird.
     
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    News Comments > Game Reviews
    14. Re: Game Reviews Oct 14, 2014, 14:58 Beamer
     
    jdreyer wrote on Oct 14, 2014, 14:39:
    Beamer wrote on Oct 14, 2014, 12:49:
    InBlack wrote on Oct 14, 2014, 12:42:
    Back then though reviewers had a little bit more integrity and were not afraid to grade a game according to its actual merits.

    There is some very serious misremembering going on here. Very, very serious.
    And not giving enough credit to reviewers today.

    Not to mention, it strikes me as funny that we can have discussions over how stupid IGN is for giving a AAA game a 5.9 (Alien Isolation) and, the next week, claims that mainstream reviewers are afraid to ding AA games.

    CGW had pretty stringent rules in place back in the day: recusions for conflict of interest, only reviewing final copies (not pre-release builds or patched releases), full disclosure, full separation of editorial and advertising divisions, etc.

    Websites today have separate editorial and advertising divisions. Except for, say, YouTube channels, which are one person.

    I just downloaded the September 1997 CGW. It's shocking. Most games look terrible (not all, I mean, HL is briefly mentioned.) There are significantly more ads than pages of content. The top review is Callahan's Crosstime Saloon, which gets a CG Choice Award and 4.5/5 in a 1.5 page review. The next review is 5.5 pages later. The ad after that one is a woman in a bra with a phone number and nothing else.

    It's hard to flip through this and think "these were our halcyon days?"

    Interestingly, the editorial on Page 255 is "Toys For Boys: When Will Computer Games Grow Up?"
    To the casual observer, computer games seem to be pitched at an audience of young boys, what with their never-ending litany of baseball games, car races, swooping spaceships, broadsword-wielding barbarians, and giant clanking robots. These are the metaphors of preadolescence...
    Why do so many computer games display the sensibilities of not only a preteen but a particularly creepy one?...
    There is nothing wrong with making games that appeal to kids (though it would also be nice to see more titles that targeted adult tastes.) There is something wrong with making games that appeal to the worst in our kids an ourselves, and something more subtlety wrong with perpetuating the misconception of computer gaming as a hobby for the Faces of Death wing of the Dungeons and Dragons set. We owe it to ourselves not to give people an excuse to sneer at us. I urge computer game publishers to use better judgement next time their admen say 'Let's show some gorged-out eyes - gamers eat that stuff up!

    Weird timing.
    I wonder if people blacklisted CGW and went on a massive, months long campaign fighting Charles Ardai's calls for censorship.
     
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    News Comments > Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Released
    17. Re: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Released Oct 14, 2014, 14:15 Beamer
     
    Shineyguy wrote on Oct 14, 2014, 14:14:
    LittleMe wrote on Oct 14, 2014, 12:10:
    Well BL2 is awesome so if it's a lot like that, great! I've seen screenshots of this and it looks just fine as far as fidelity on PC. That said $60 is above my limit. I still haven't played any of the DLC for BL2 even.

    You've no idea what you've missed on the BL2 DLC. they were fan-freaking-tastic. Tiny Tina and My Torgue especially.

    The ones not those two were horrifically bad, just about ruined the game for me, are part of the reason I'm not too interested in this one, and killed me interest to the point that I never even bothered with Tiny Tina. Was that one part of the Season Pass? I just quit during the Sir Hammerlock tedious borefest.
     
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    15. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 14, 2014, 13:05 Beamer
     
    jdreyer wrote on Oct 14, 2014, 13:00:
    nin wrote on Oct 14, 2014, 09:24:
    Yeah, I'm pretty psyched about the Downey news. Pretty crazy they're already mapping out Avengers 4!

    40 million PLUS backend is just nuts, though.


    Well, he's probably getting pretty tired of playing the same character. I hear that Chris Evans is, and if you saw Snowpiercer, you can see that he's hankering for more things new.

    He's actually saying he's retiring after his Captain America contract. We'll see if he sticks to it, but he says he doesn't enjoy the spotlight and wants to just direct.
     
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    News Comments > Game Reviews
    10. Re: Game Reviews Oct 14, 2014, 12:49 Beamer
     
    InBlack wrote on Oct 14, 2014, 12:42:
    Back then though reviewers had a little bit more integrity and were not afraid to grade a game according to its actual merits.

    There is some very serious misremembering going on here. Very, very serious.
    And not giving enough credit to reviewers today.

    Not to mention, it strikes me as funny that we can have discussions over how stupid IGN is for giving a AAA game a 5.9 (Alien Isolation) and, the next week, claims that mainstream reviewers are afraid to ding AA games.
     
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    News Comments > Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Released
    9. Re: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Released Oct 14, 2014, 12:41 Beamer
     
    SpectralMeat wrote on Oct 14, 2014, 11:33:
    They should have released this on the next gen consoles. On the PC I think this is too much like the previous Borderlands games were to justify full price.

    It was going to be, anyway. It's just the writers from Gearbox, the engine from Gearbox and totally outsourced content. Still, from what I gather, about as many hours as BL2.

    Everyone I spoke with involved at PAX said development was a disaster, but it sounds like the final product is what everyone would expect - a lesser version of BL2 that is still a lot of fun but feels too familiar and missed opportunities to fix flaws. Waiting for BL3.

    I'll possibly pick it up, but it seems like a lot of time to put into something I've basically already put a ton of time into, but the writing is getting a lot of acclaim and the Claptrap random skill mechanic sounds hysterically fun.
     
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    News Comments > Game Reviews
    7. Re: Game Reviews Oct 14, 2014, 12:36 Beamer
     
    PHJF wrote on Oct 14, 2014, 12:10:
    10/10 doesn't necessarily mean perfect

    Perfect is literally what 10/10 means to anyone with a working brain. If a publication believes in earnest they've reviewed a flawless game (minor bugs not withstanding), great, give it 10/10. Otherwise they should stop reviewing games or stop using such a tiny scale.

    Are movies that Ebert gave 4 stars to perfect?
    Or ones that Siskel and Ebert gave two thumbs up? Both of those are the equivalent of a 10/10.

    He believes it's one of the best games he's ever played, and he apparently only uses integers. I don't think it's a huge issue. It's no skin off my back. He loves the game, so what? Why get so angry over it?
     
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    6. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 14, 2014, 10:58 Beamer
     
    It made no sense to not have additional, non-Hawkeye Avengers in CA2 (Hawkweye was in the script, but I say non-Hawkeye mostly because I agree with people that say he's been worthless.)

    I mean, half the planet is about to be killed, including all of them, you'd think someone would pick up a phone and be like "hey, Iron Man, you may want to come blow some shit up for half an hour."

    Regardless, this news makes me happy because CA2 was the best of the MU films, far better than the two Iron Man movies I watched. I don't have much interest in any more Iron Men, but this sounds fun.
     
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    News Comments > Morning Metaverse
    20. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 14, 2014, 01:56 Beamer
     
    eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 14, 2014, 01:28:
    Trashy wrote on Oct 14, 2014, 01:16:
    eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 13, 2014, 21:04:
    Trashy wrote on Oct 13, 2014, 20:43:
    eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 13, 2014, 17:06:
    warez site has both original..

    Are you from the 90's...

    Tell the former me to invest in Apple, who am I kidding the former me would just laugh..

    No idea what you are trying to say iTunes doesn't have GoT and doesn't even offer original Breaking Bad in Germany.

    iTunes has literally the WORST selection of content of all available choices

    Ps.: I am from the 80ies

    You see humor is a tricky thing, especially if the end person doesn't get it.

    The term Warez.. It's not used much anymore.. last time I heard it used often was the mid to late 90's on IRC channels.

    Who cares about what iTunes streams, Apple stock went from just under a dollar a stock in the mid to late 90's to over 100 dollars a stock today.. which is why I added the second part of the joke..

    Ah..

    Oh boy.. I am sorry I crippled your joke with my caffeine starved morning brainz.... it was a good one .. well apart from the "having to explain it all" haha

    they are still called warez sites though..... Blues forum rule 3 is still relevant.

    Ps.: I am now curious though, what do you call warez sites?

    I mean, he's right, though, isn't he? I haven't heard "warez" since, like 2002. Especially "warez site," which makes it sound like those old sites that used to host things.

    These days everything is a torrent.

    But I've also stopped pirating so that I am able to act all kinds of superior, so...
     
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    10. Re: etc., etc. Oct 14, 2014, 01:31 Beamer
     
    sdgundamx wrote on Oct 14, 2014, 01:01:
    That link was awesome. Thanks for posting it. I've been having a really hard time trying to find a moderate position in this whole mess, but that blog does a great job of putting things in perspective. And yeah, his opinions on the matter are very close to mine as well.

    Beamer wrote on Oct 13, 2014, 22:02:
    jdreyer wrote on Oct 13, 2014, 21:55:
    So, um, no gamergate discussion today? We haven't had one in a while, and I was really looking forward to one.

    I know you're being sarcastic, but I really like this post from a guy at Bioware that a former coworker sent to me today.

    I think he's fairly balanced (mostly) and sums it up well in the 10/13 update.

    One thing he brings up in an earlier blog (I think about 2 down from the 10/13 entry) that I never really thought about is that the game sites are ignoring #gamergate. I figured they weren't covering it much because they're a part of it, but he's right, they're outright ignoring it. For all the claims that they are and have been attacking gamers, they haven't said a single thing about this since they said that the Five Guys jokes/attacks were awful. It's been almost entirely quiet since then.

    I think his hypothesis that it doesn't matter to their audience is a bit more accurate than some would admit. It's a huge topic amongst a certain segment of gamer, but that segment wasn't spending significant time at Kotaku/IGN/Gamespot, anyway. They were on Reddit or Twitter or 4chan or even here.
     
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    7. Re: etc., etc. Oct 13, 2014, 22:02 Beamer
     
    jdreyer wrote on Oct 13, 2014, 21:55:
    So, um, no gamergate discussion today? We haven't had one in a while, and I was really looking forward to one.

    I know you're being sarcastic, but I really like this post from a guy at Bioware that a former coworker sent to me today.

    I think he's fairly balanced (mostly) and sums it up well in the 10/13 update.
     
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    News Comments > etc.
    4. Re: etc. Oct 13, 2014, 18:24 Beamer
     
    eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 13, 2014, 18:21:
    Beamer wrote on Oct 13, 2014, 18:12:
    eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 13, 2014, 18:07:
    If you are a game developer you should consider not putting your eggs in the basket of gamasutra....

    Also HTML5 games should not be allowed on Steam. It just clutters the store with even more crap.

    What eggs?
    It's a developer posting his learnings for other developers to read.
    Do you know what the #1 site for developers is?

    The eggs that are the "only mention of this game they'll ever get anywhere"

    Maybe putting that on a site that has earned massive ire in the past month and is the prime target of boycotts is not smart idea? And being connected with Leigh Alexander you might as well give up promoting your game. Because the hate mobs will inevitably draw you into the war.

    And gamasutra is the #1 for developers? Maybe developers want to find a new site...

    That's an article discussing learnings, not promoting a game, though. It's aimed not at consumers but fellow developers.
     
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    2. Re: etc. Oct 13, 2014, 18:12 Beamer
     
    eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 13, 2014, 18:07:
    If you are a game developer you should consider not putting your eggs in the basket of gamasutra....

    Also HTML5 games should not be allowed on Steam. It just clutters the store with even more crap.

    What eggs?
    It's a developer posting his learnings for other developers to read.
    Do you know what the #1 site for developers is?
     
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    News Comments > Morning Metaverse
    8. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 13, 2014, 16:27 Beamer
     
    I wouldn't mind 1 ad before a program begins. HBO does it and it doesn't bug me at all. But HBO does it for their content, it may bug me more if it was for, say, a Toyota Camry. It doesn't interrupt anything, though, so I'm ok with it.  
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    6. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 13, 2014, 12:24 Beamer
     
    Creston wrote on Oct 13, 2014, 11:16:
    an annual celebration of the man who discovered Columbus Ohio, first orbited Columbus Circle, and once batted .351 for the Columbus Clippers

    :-blink-: :-blink-:

    I'm... not sure that's accurate.

    About as accurate as most of what's said, haha.
     
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    News Comments > etc.
    16. Re: etc. Oct 12, 2014, 21:00 Beamer
     
    Dacron wrote on Oct 12, 2014, 20:50:
    Beamer wrote on Oct 12, 2014, 20:24:
    Julio wrote on Oct 12, 2014, 20:12:
    Cutter wrote on Oct 12, 2014, 18:24:
    And how do you know any of it even happened?

    I have my doubts that this actually happened. There never seems to be a followup investigation on any of these alleged threats. Good way for alleged victims to get good PR for themselves.

    Except 8chan called the police and confirmed the report.

    Report =/= investigation. Investigation checks the complaint in the report against the facts as they happened. I could twitter myself, report it to the police for financial gain (free advertising for product, paid interviews over 'female game developer harassed by evil misogynistic men!") and the police report confirms I reported/complained, it doesn't prove it is true.

    It does not, but false reports are also felonies.
    So I'm not really certain what kind of proof you'd want.
     
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