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News Comments > Far Cry 4 PC Graphics Gimped
43. Re: Far Cry 4 PC Graphics Gimped Jun 20, 2014, 18:18 Beamer
 
saluk wrote on Jun 20, 2014, 18:13:
I agree with Axis on FC1 - I've played some of FC2 and beaten FC3, but FC1 really blows them away. I'm starting to feel that open world design in general is just lazy. Linear story structure + open local gameplay >>>>> generic loose structure + linear local gameplay. FC2 and 3 are just so bland - run to this outpost with enemies + clear; run to this outpost with enemies + clear. Games are inherently repetitive, but you lose the feeling of a journey, "what is going to happen next?" that the linear structure of FC1 had.

If I ever have to do that part of FC1 with the 10 rocket launcher mutants in one area I'd kill someone.

I think FC3 surpassed FC1 in most all ways. I think Crysis did, too. Still haven't done 2 or 3 of those, yet, even though I own them.
 
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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: etc. Jun 20, 2014, 17:42 Beamer
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Jun 20, 2014, 17:11:
ViRGE wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 16:22:
"Petition - Release Halo: The Master Chief Collection on PC"

The fact that this petition even exists shows that the petitioner doesn't understand anything about the business. Halo is specifically not on the PC because Halo is meant to sell Xboxes.

Microsoft is such a continual stream of fuckery it isn't even funny anymore. They shat on PC gaming for how long after promoting it as the best place for it, and then even several years after their xbox releases, they cannot even be bothered to port their flagship titles to the PC platform they dominate. The "sell xboxes" shit goes out the window when you realize they haven't even released titles from the last generation of xboxes on PC.. it's not like people are even asking for the newest versions on PC. They have garnered so much ill will from gamers and PC users (a large percentage of whom are also gamers) that it's surprising they are even selling their shitboxes anymore.

So important you said it in two topics.

Does Sony put their exclusives on the PC?
Nope.
Does Nintendo?
Nope.

So why would Microsoft? Then you'd just have PC gamers say "I'd buy an Xbox, but everything I want is on the PC, so I just bought a PS4 and/or WiiU instead."

Why in the world would Microsoft want that? Why would they give their exclusives to another platform at the expense of the one that's actually in a fight that needs those games?

And why are you so angry? In the other topic you said Halo sucks, so why do you care if it's stinking up your platform of choice? You've also said "it isn't even like people are asking for the newest versions on the PC," yet there's the petition, right there, of people asking for the newest version on the PC, right there, that you're commenting on.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 PC Graphics Gimped
23. Re: Far Cry 4 PC Graphics Gimped Jun 20, 2014, 11:21 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Jun 20, 2014, 11:19:
Beamer wrote on Jun 20, 2014, 11:14:
It sounds like they feel that, for the first time, they're actually not gimping anything.

Didn't the head of Ubisoft said the same thing about Watch Dogs?
PC is the lead platform etc etc.
Same shit different game

Yup, but that was to talk up the PC. This is to talk up consoles. Which is also funny, "hey, for once we didn't have to make the console version suck as much compared to the PC."

Basically, I think he's talking garbage and no one should interpret anything from it, especially not that one platform is gimped or ungimped.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 PC Graphics Gimped
18. Re: Far Cry 4 PC Graphics Gimped Jun 20, 2014, 11:14 Beamer
 
Also, I'm not going to listen to the podcast, but is Blue's headline wrong? It doesn't sound like he's saying the PC version is gimped, it sounds like he's saying they're developing on the PC and porting to the console because, for the first time, the console can run the same game the PC can and, therefore, the PC version isn't better than the console version.

I know most people here think that's impossible, but it depends on a lot of different things, and we'll see how frame rates differ.


Regardless, what he's saying sounds like garbage, but it doesn't sound like they're "gimping" one version. It sounds like they feel that, for the first time, they're actually not gimping anything. But, without context, those quotes don't make a huge lot of sense.

 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 PC Graphics Gimped
11. Re: Far Cry 4 PC Graphics Gimped Jun 20, 2014, 10:34 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Jun 20, 2014, 10:11:
Far Cry 3 was pretty good but not great, definitely worth a shot though. That said this sounds like PR wank to keep the masses happy, I don't doubt the PC version will have the best visuals.

I'd call it great. Too long and the blew, but the action was top notch.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
16. Re: Op Ed Jun 20, 2014, 00:18 Beamer
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 22:15:
It's funny how the guy leading the war against the Washington Red Skins is a straight white male politician named Harry Reid from Nevada. Now who is going after Notre Dame's Fighting Irish? Should PETA take aim at the UCONN Huskies? Somebody must be offended somewhere! The government has to save them!

Censorship, thy name is liberalism.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish:
1) Not a slur
2) Named by Irishmen
3) Named in honor of an Irish president of the school

Washington Redskins:
1) A slur
2) Named by white people, not native americans
3) Named in honor of no one


TOTALLY THE SAME!
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
14. Re: Op Ed Jun 19, 2014, 19:59 Beamer
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 18:35:
Mmmhmm, keep putting words in my mouth and making assumptions as to what the ones I did say actually mean. Anything to make it easier for you to feel like you're winning an argument when there really was none there to begin with. I'm happy for you! Isn't it peculiar how it's always a battle around here, though? I've partook myself, sure, but nobody can just talk about anything... It's always NO YOU'RE WRONG!

Dude, for real? I'm making assumptions? Here, let me quote you:
Ugh, I'm almost ashamed to be an American over shit like this.. No way to read that other than "this is dumb."
ACTUAL Native Americans don't give a fuck There's an assumption
It's bullshit Yup, you never expressed an opinion on this. Right.
It's a vocal minority... Again, an assumption. Where's the proof?
It's largely the same kind of malarkey surrounding the N-word... "Malarkey," yet you never expressed an opinion...
The media hype and phony outrage "Phony outrage," yet you never expressed an opinion.
a word being casually used Is it fair to interpret this as "Casual racism is ok?"
only those who continue insisting it hasn't, who are the real issue. Right, so, to you, the issue isn't that the word is used, but that people are offended by it. Sorry, it's such a shame certain races deny you your privilege to use slurs against them without impunity.
I never stated my opinion on whether or not the Redskins should keep their name. No, you just said it's phony, bullshit, malarkey, and not a real problem. Do you know what "expressing an opinion" is?
My opinion on political correctness being intentionally churned into a nationally divisive, distracting "issue" is that it is 100% bullshit. Dude, words are issues. Go look up "institutionalized racism" in Wikipedia.


Nothing was put in your mouth. These are your actual words. When strung together, they state actual opinions. And it's a wrong opinion. You can't sit here and say "ACTUAL native americans don't find this offensive" when so many have come out and said they do. You can't sit here and say "it isn't a problem" when yes, institutionalized racism is a problem and yes, when you're a person of a certain race and an entire country is saying that using slurs against your race is a "phony" problem or a "bullshit" problem, yes, that fucking effects you. This isn't telling a polish joke behind closed doors, this is a multi-billion dollar enterprise whose name is an ethnic slur and whose mascot is an ethnic caricature.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
12. Re: Op Ed Jun 19, 2014, 18:27 Beamer
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 18:05:
LOL, completely missing the point, but hey, wouldn't be a Blue's political discussion without plenty of that... The thinly veiled ad hominem is just gravy!

I never stated my opinion on whether or not the Redskins should keep their name. My opinion on political correctness being intentionally churned into a nationally divisive, distracting "issue" is that it is 100% bullshit. We as human beings (or especially Americans, who are supposed to be this grand melting pot...) need to grow up. Simple as that.

Jesus, dude. You called it "malarkey," and now you're saying that you never stated your opinion?

Your dismissive attitude towards those that care is opinion enough. It isn't "political correctness" to expect your national sports teams to not be ethnic slurs. But there's always some moron (ooooh, ad hominem!) that thinks that "political correctness" is the biggest problem this country faces. Usually it's a straight white guy that thinks everything is perfect and nothing should ever change even though there's nothing institutionalized that is negative in his direction.
 
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News Comments > Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics Return to Steam
23. Re: Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics Return to Steam Jun 19, 2014, 17:58 Beamer
 
Yifes wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 17:44:
Beamer wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 01:27:
What was the agreed upon time. Yeah, Bethesda could have given them more time, but if they agreed to complete it in two years and needed 2.5, they still didn't deserve the bonus.

Yeah Bethesda only gave you 18 months to make an AAA game that must score 85% on Metacritic, with a tiny budget compared to other games in that category. But you take it because this is the only way you can work on the beloved franchise that you created. And when you're a small indie developer with mouths to feed, it's not like you have any leverage in the negotiations.

So you bust your ass working ungodly hours 7 days a week because this is your passion. And it turns out great, except it's not humanly possible make a game of this scale in such a short time and have it be perfectly polished. So you ask Bethesda for a little bit more time and money. What you're asking is nothing compared to the support Bethesda gives to their own games. But no, the suits decide that they get to make more money by throwing you under the bus.

So yeah, you're technically correct that Bethesda doesn't owe Obsidian anything, but I hope you can understand why I say Bethesda can go fuck themselves.

Quite a narrative you're spinning. If Bethesda wasn't offering enough money to do the project, or time, the contract shouldn't have been signed.

But it was.
Let's see what Feargus had to say about it:
"The timeline was compressed," Urquhart said. "It was a timeline we agreed to—I think we bit off a little more than we could chew, and then it was a little hard to recover... We learned some lessons about trying to make too big a game. We also learned some lessons about managing QA."

Also, contrary to what people keep saying here, QA is not the sole responsibility of the publisher. Devs also do QA. And a New Vegas slip would have been disastrous. It came out in October, just at the start of holiday. That gave people time to play it, finish it, and buy more. Extra weeks of QA would have pushed it into mid December or even after holiday, which would have hurt sales.

And, as people are mentioning, Obsidian isn't known for their bug-free games.

And, lastly, it wasn't really this that made them lay people off, it was having another title canceled that did it.



But let's blame one entity entirely. Nevermind that no one forced Obsidian into this contract and they had other options. Nevermind that another project had more influence. Nevermind their pattern of buggy games. They're blameless.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
9. Re: Op Ed Jun 19, 2014, 16:51 Beamer
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 16:43:
It's a vocal minority... Just like lobbyists who claim to speak for the whole of any other race. So for your lawsuit-filers, there are at least as many that are offended at the notion of suggesting they should have to change their name, and a much larger group than both of those two combined that are completely indifferent. Do you honestly think this is the biggest issue the tribes are, or should be, concerned with?

It's largely the same kind of malarkey surrounding the N-word... The media hype and phony outrage (mostly from white people) make it into a bigger issue than it actually is. I'll just be glad when the old racist generations finally die off... If just about everyone under the age of 30 is able to discern a difference between a word being casually used in everyday speech (or as the name of a stupid-ass sports team), and ANY word being used in a genuinely prejudicial manner, then said word(s) have officially lost their stigma and it is only those who continue insisting it hasn't, who are the real issue. SORRY, time to find something else to be [fake] upset over! Hopefully something more important...

Where's your source for it being the "vocal minority?" Right now I see a white guy telling non-white people what they should be offended by.

And you really think it's old people that have an issue with the N word? Go to Newark, NJ, and say it casually on the street around a bunch of 20-somethings. It won't go well for you.

Lastly, learn what "institutionalized" means. Hint: having a slur against your race being an accepted name of a national institution, such as a major league sports team, is a good example.

Basically, your post is a whole lot of assumptions and very few facts. And none of it explains why it's so important for a sports team to keep their name, which many find a slur. But hey, if you think this is ok, maybe we can convince them to rename it the "Washington Jacob Vandy is a Child Molestors." You'll have no problem with that. It's casual. Casual racism and casual libel are fiiiiine when it comes from a big team. Every newspaper can discuss Jacob Vandy is a Child Molestor. That's no issue for you at all.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
29. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 19, 2014, 15:42 Beamer
 
BobBob wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 14:51:
Beamer wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 14:35:

There's quite a difference between being based on ethnicity and being based on a slur.

I really fail to see why so many people struggle with this.

When I think of my Polish side, all I can come up with are jokes about myself and it makes me laugh -- it also contributes to my hard work ethic. When I think about my English side, I wonder how bad my teeth are, how I can't cook and ill mannered others seem to be. When I contemplate my Irish side, I feel my inner anger and a bit of James Joyce. The German side makes me think of my arrogance and desire for order. My Russian side makes me think of my desires for social justice and philosophical contemplation. My Native American side makes me want to go camping and run through the wilderness.

Do I really think all this? No. It's just a bunch of BS stereotypes and fantasy thinking. I'm just an average person. Heritage means nothing to me in the grand scheme of things. One's true heritage come from childhood and every imaginary and creative step taken up till now. I believe, and hope, future generations will come to the same realization.

That's good, because there have been so many national sports teams mocking your various white sides owned by non-white people.

How does that even compare?
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
11. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 19, 2014, 15:41 Beamer
 
Solyndra and Fisker were tiny investments. They've put enormous amounts in plenty of places. Fisker didn't even get all the money they were promised.

The government HAS to invest. Every other government does. China puts billions into private sector alternative energy R&D. All you anti-government people that can't get past Solyndra are just advocating for China to be the world leader here instead of the US.
And, for godssake, two investments don't pan out. Even Warren Buffet fails.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 19, 2014, 14:35 Beamer
 
BobBob wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 14:33:
Another wave of political correctness destroying our minds and culture. Plenty of High School sports teams have names that are based on ethnicity -- especially American Indians, or is it Native Americans, or is it Indians?

I have American Indian (Native American) DNA floating in my biology. Of course, who doesn't these days?. I also have European DNA. Am I proud of either? Not really. I don't really care. I consider myself your typical native California beach boy. Race, religion or politics matter not. Surf's up!

There's quite a difference between being based on ethnicity and being based on a slur.

I really fail to see why so many people struggle with this.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 19, 2014, 13:32 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 13:26:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 10:02:
Executives typically have contracts with huge pay outs if they are let go - so the incentive to work hard is very small....

I was going to say the same thing. The other thing is CEOs used to make 20x worker salary in the '60s and 30x the '70s. Today they make more than 300x worker salary. Meanwhile, average worker salary has not gone at all during the same period, despite massive gains in productivity. ALL the money has gone to C-class execs. Time to bring back the 90% tax bracket.

You sound like me.
But I disagree that the golden parachute is a disincentive to most CEOs. Most of them are fueled be ego, and getting fired, even if they make a huge amount of cash from it, doesn't support their ego.

Want proof? Read the article. It says that the CEOs perform worse over time. If the golden parachute was the incentive, they'd fail rapidly. The problem is, as the article says, they're fueled by ego, they think less critically about their decisions because of that ego (they think they're infallible), and over time they hire people that feed that ego by not questioning them.

Of course, it's also that ego that makes them think that the profits the company experiences are gained via their decisions, not the hard work of thousands of employees, and therefore they deserve huge bonuses while G&A remains flat.
 
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News Comments > It Came from E3 2014, Part 14
4. Re: It Came from E3 2014, Part 14 Jun 19, 2014, 13:12 Beamer
 
panbient wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 13:09:
Cutter wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 10:05:
Did they really need to build a full scale mockup of the Batmobile for Arkham Knight? I'd love to know what that cost.

But E3 is in LA. Why would they build a Batmobile when they could rent a movie prop?

Sure the average person probably can't rent anything more recent than the '89 Batmobile but I'm sure something could be arranged in the name of cross-promotion.

Because it's an entirely different model? If you show up at E3 with the Adam West Batmobile, and the Adam West Batmobile isn't in the game, some prick is going to write an article calling you worse than EA, say it's false advertising, and call it bait-and-switch, even if you're upfront that it's only there to celebrate the superhero, not the game itself.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
50. Re: Op Ed Jun 19, 2014, 12:56 Beamer
 
I also find it fascinating that the guy most angry at the wealthy for thinking they're better and deserve more income is also claiming that Stephen Hawking is more important than some poor, uneducated ditch digger.

Again, the issue I always see with these discussions is that some people are unable to see the world through eyes other than their own, and he's the worst as every single political opinion he has is about what is best for him and fuck anyone not him.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
4. Re: Redskins Jun 19, 2014, 12:49 Beamer
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 12:34:
Ugh, I'm almost ashamed to be an American over shit like this.. ACTUAL Native Americans don't give a fuck, so quit with the white man guilt trips (aka reverse racism). It's bullshit.

Oh, so you can speak for all ACTUAL Native Americans?
Because the ones I know find it very annoying. Anecdotal, but most of the "ACTUAL Native Americans..." is equally anecdotal.

And it isn't like they're being unreasonable. No one complains about the Seminoles or the Blackhawks, because those honor tradition. They complain about the Redskins. People love comparing it to Fighting Irish, but there's a huge difference between an Irish Catholic school with lots of Irish Catholic students naming their mascot after their Irish Catholic president and a White owned team whose fans are mostly White naming their team after Native Americans using a slur.

It's more akin to a Chinese university naming their team the Drunken Micks. I don't think that would go over well.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 19, 2014, 12:21 Beamer
 
mag wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 12:14:
Cutter wrote on Jun 19, 2014, 11:38:
So the Redskins lost their trademark. Wow. Wonder what they'll do now. They should probably just change the team name seeing how much pressure is on them from all sides. Hell, they don't even play in Washington. Why not call them the "Maryland Mauraders™"?


I saw someone suggest the "Washington Department of Football Services," which I think is the best and most terrifying professional sports name possible.

HAHAHAHAHAHA.
That's fantastic. But it needs an N. Department of Football N(something) Services. DeFNS.
 
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News Comments > Phil Fish Baits YouTube; Becomes Twitter Quitter
31. Re: Phil Fish Baits YouTube; Becomes Twitter Quitter Jun 19, 2014, 12:18 Beamer
 
I see the argument that YouTube videos, some of which are seriously hours long and show an entire game, can stop some customers from buying. Especially for small indie games where you can kind of see everything in one of these. A lot of you are making arguments that playing a game and watching someone play the game aren't substitutes. I'll say that's not entirely right. When I had roommates, I'd watch them play games frequently. Sometimes I'd play as well. Othertimes I felt like I'd seen all there really was to see and didn't end up playing it at all. Take a game like Hotline Miami. I could probably watch someone play that for 20 minutes then decide there wasn't much to gain from actually playing it.

The flip side of this, though, is that for every person that ends up feeling this way there are probably a few dozen that were on the fence and decide they need to buy the game.
 
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