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News Comments > Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox Exclusive; Skipping PCs
55. Re: Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox Exclusive; Skipping PCs Aug 19, 2014, 12:26 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 19, 2014, 10:25:
Quinn wrote on Aug 13, 2014, 10:39:
Why the hell would Microsoft antagonize itself like this for such a temporary exclusivity deal. People now just think "Go fuck yourself" while waiting for the release on their platform. At least otherwise they would have though "Go fuck yourself" while getting themselves an Xbone. Maybe.

So dumb.

Because Microsoft does not make games for consumers... Microsoft is a gigantic profit driven company, they don't give a fuck about you or anyone else. They looked at the calculated ROI and saw it's a profit (console sales + % of game sales), so they did it.

The real question you should be asking is why Square Enix did it, because they decided to go with it. So in reality, Square Enix can fuck off more than MS

WHo mentioned here isn't a gigantic profit-driven company? Microsoft is. Sony certainly is. Square Enix is.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 19, 2014, 12:24 Beamer
 
Ratty wrote on Aug 19, 2014, 12:08:
What cracks me up about trolls is how so many people engage them. There was that story a few months back about a Cheerio's commercial featuring a biracial couple. There was this huge hoopla about all the racism surrounding its reception and grave commentary about how our country still hasn't moved beyond its racist past and then Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton weighed in and I finally started to pay attention and it turned out it all started because of comments on Youtube and Facebook! It's the fucking internet people! Have none of them ever visited youtube? Trolls are just part of the whole internet experience. And there seems to be so many of them because they have no lives and no friends and have nothing to do all day but post endlessly in website comments. I don't even think most of the cheerios trolls were even particularly racist. They just say whatever will get a rise out of people and draw attention to themselves.

I wouldn't pay a cent for websites without trolls. What I'd love to get rid of are the pages and pages of responses from regular people that render many comment sections useless.

Have you ever been to the Yahoo News article comment sections and read all the racist comments?

That isn't trolling. Some of those get 15k responses. That's ignorance. Saying all of American ignorance is due to trolls, just because it's online, seems like it's ignoring the larger issue.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 19, 2014, 11:23 Beamer
 
ForgedReality wrote on Aug 19, 2014, 11:12:
If you want to ditch Facebook, just use Google+. It's a lot better anyway. However, the two are for different purposes. You can't use G+ the same way you use Facebook (or so I understand--I've never had a Facebook), which is why Facebook sheep often don't tend to like G+. They're using it wrong. It's also easy to disregard/fear the unfamiliar.

"People don't use what I use because they're sheep afraid of the unfamiliar!"

Nice, Cutter. Nice.

Or, maybe, there's little to do on G+, fewer people to interact with, no one likes having it forced down their throats, and Google is already involved in enough of our lives so it's nice to have some data another mega corporation owns instead of them.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 19, 2014, 10:50 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Aug 19, 2014, 10:16:
There aren't really any system seller games on either consoles.
I think that E3 reveal and the "deal with it" really fucked up Microsoft's reputation, even if they've done a 180 on most of those negative things, people have already jumped onto the Sony bandwagon.

To be honest though I am much more interested in the Microsoft exclusive games than I am in the Sony ones. I love Forza, Quantum Break looks kick ass and I am a fan of Halo games. Not to mention most of my console buddies are on the xbone so for me the decision was easy.
I might grab a PS4 down the road as well, had a buddies PS4 over the past weeks to try it out and it was alright, but I personally really dislike the controller.

We'll see if Microsoft can catch up over time, funny to see how they've traded places with Sony compared to how things went with the last gen consoles.

Microsoft's system is also slower, but marginally. I don't think, side by side, people would see the differences much. Not side by side, but in a different room? Probably not at all.

The ace up the sleeve for Microsoft is the controller. The PS4 one is an improvement, but still a damn dual shock. The only game for next-gen getting me excited is Destiny, but even then it's not too excited (too much felt like the worst parts of an MMORPG) and it's also out for the 360, but if I were to buy a new console for that it'd probably be the Xbone, just because the controller will be much, much nicer to shoot with.

But I'm probably not buying a console for that game.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 19, 2014, 09:59 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Aug 19, 2014, 09:22:
Even Sony doesn’t know why PS4 is selling so well.

Good games combined with the huge missteps MS made...

what good games?

There's the promise of them, but thus far?
 
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News Comments > Notch Softens View on Oculus Minecraft
42. Re: Notch Softens View on Oculus Minecraft Aug 18, 2014, 19:52 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 19:44:
Tom wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 19:13:
Btw, saying "smartphones went mainstream because people need phones" seems like a flawed premise to me. Why do they need to pay $300-800 for a smartphone when a $20 feature phone would be sufficient for making calls, taking pictures, sending text messages, etc? People don't need smartphones. But they're a huge, booming business anyway.

Most people buy smartphones because they're bundled with the contract. Except teenagers who want all kinds of crap on their phones I'd suspect most adults don't use their smart phones for much beyond using it as a phone, followed by the music player, texting, camera in limited use. I've had my smartphone for 4 or 5 years now and I'd be surprised if I've sent more than a dozen texts or taken a dozen pics. I do listen to music on it regularly however. And the only reason I bought it was because I lost my old phone. I ordered this from HK because it was unlocked and half the price there as it was here.

As I've stated before, I actually think the initial adoption rate will be quite high as people always want the latest toy. But most will probably be gathering dust on shelves before too long.


"I suspect anyone doing anything different than me is a stupid teenager."
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
18. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 18, 2014, 19:10 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 18:47:
Beamer wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 17:45:
I'm someone that hates the whole PCMASTERRACE crap


Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.





Man, I priced out a new PC last night. $1250 for a 4970K, R9 290, 1TB HDD, 250GB SSD, 8GB RAM, 750w PSU, decent mobo. All with the ridiculous deals from MicroCenter.

Meh. I may just double the RAM in my 4 year old machine and call it a day.
 
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News Comments > Notch Softens View on Oculus Minecraft
36. Re: Notch Softens View on Oculus Minecraft Aug 18, 2014, 18:48 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 18:32:
Cutter wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 16:12:
Vid cards were a necessity that were bound to happen sooner rather than later anyway, and people need phones so that's par for the course. Apart from practical applications in science/medicine/military with VR most people aren't going to want to strap a TV to their face. They don't even want to wear 3D glasses and they're a lot less cumbersome. VR for entertainment value will remain niche until they can make them no bigger than a pair of sunglasses or contacts. I really don't see it happening until people can jack in ala Neuromancer/Snow Crash.

Right, I pretty much agree. I think this will be somewhat popular niche, but still niche. And unlike phones and graphic accelerators, I don't see a path for this to go mainstream. We're a few decades from a pair of 50 gram glasses that can project images right to your retinas.

I agree, which all furthers why this isn't Notch "selling out."

Unless OR gave him a payday to change his mind. I think Notch would probably tell us if he did. He doesn't seem to really care about PR or how he looks.
At the same time, I think OR would have been stupid not to be calling him up every day and offering him more and more money.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
15. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 18, 2014, 17:45 Beamer
 
Trevellian wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 17:42:
Holy crap if you watched the SOE Live event you could completely tell Higby was fucking saying it jokingly. Lets get the guy fired over shit that people joke about constantly on the internet nowadays.

I don't fucking like the guy, I think his ideas on Planetside are shit. But to want to see him get fired over a shitty joke is unreal.

I'm someone that hates the whole PCMASTERRACE crap, but it seems to me he was absolutely saying it tongue-in-cheek to his audience.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
21. Re: Steam Top 10 Aug 18, 2014, 17:33 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 14:14:
Quinn wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 09:27:
People generally suck at gaming and judging games from an objective point of view.

Maybe you suck at gaming but don't presume to speak for the rest of us. It's a bad game, sorry you're too defensive about a video game but that insecurity is your problem, not mine.

He wasn't saying you suck at gaming; he was presuming you haven't played and are judging based on reviews by others that suck at gaming.

I haven't played it. Haven't played the originals. Couldn't tell you what they were. Just pointing out he wasn't trying to insult you.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 18, 2014, 17:13 Beamer
 
Speaking of bourbon, allow me to recommend Rowan's Creek. It's fairly cheap and quite good. It's a sipping bourbon, though. Cut it with some ice or a few drops of water. It's flavor is a bit unique for bourbon and it isn't as good for mixing with anything else.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 18, 2014, 15:35 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 15:26:
What accounts for the high consumption of bourbon?

Shift in drinking habits. Hard alcohol has had a revival, and it's mostly cocktail based. Drinking has shifted from tasteless alcohol, meaning vodka, to something with flavor to enjoy.

Like anything else, it's a cycle. People are drinking far less of one-alchohol-with-sugary-mixer, meaning rum & coke, and much more of alcohol mixed with alcohol mixed with alcohol mixed with bitters. Bourbon is ideal for many of those drinks.

At some point tasteless vodka will have a return.
 
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News Comments > Notch Softens View on Oculus Minecraft
11. Re: Notch Softens View on Oculus Minecraft Aug 18, 2014, 14:06 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 13:59:
Cutter wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 13:47:
Quboid wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 13:22:
I'm glad to see he's reconsidered, I thought he sounded a bit childish before. He hasn't sold out unless he's being paid which is possible but seems extremely unlikely given his reported wealth.

I would have thought Minecraft isn't very suited to the Rift. I wouldn't want to spend an entire evening wearing the DK1's headset in one go and I don't expect that to change in the near future.

When you abandon your principles for money that's called selling out.

Right, but what principle and what money? He doesn't like Facebook but that doesn't mean he needs to boycott it out of principle - he said it is creepy, not morally repugnant. I can't imagine Oculus could pay him enough to endorse it and I can't imagine official Rift support for Minecraft would cause a noticeable spike in sales.

I could see OR desperately wanting Notch to port, as I think MineCraft would be an absolute halo product that would help sell these devices. But, given how many copies of MC have sold, I don't think many people are sitting around waiting on OR to buy MC.

Like you said, realizing something you said may have been childish and irrational isn't selling out. Admitting you may have been hasty to rush to judgment isn't selling out.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
7. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 15, 2014, 19:41 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 15, 2014, 19:04:
Yeah, I have a problem with all Islam. There are no moderates. It's an extremist religion that practices many different forms of terror from oppressing apostates, infidels and women to outright murdering them. So yeah, they're a religion of terrorists. Why do we have to cater to these people? Why do they require prayer rooms, and breaks 5 times a day to pray, strict menus, etc. Leave that shit in the old country or stay there. You want to be here you adapt to our way of life. If I wanted to adapt to your way of life I'd move to your country, wouldn't I?



The US is a melting pot, not a conform or die country.

And no moderate Muslims? You've said some dumb, ignorant things, but that takes it.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 15, 2014, 15:16 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 15, 2014, 15:07:
Does Facebook think users are dumb? “Satire” tag added to Onion articles.

Well, we are talking about FACEBOOK users. Assumptions about intelligence are strictly optional.

There have been plenty of buzzfeed and the like articles showing people on fb reposting onion articles as fact. Usually its that abortion supercomplex one. It's even worse for lest known satire sites. Your super religious or political aunt that doesn't think out her views well has no clue what the onion is and believes anything confirming whichever views she has.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
8. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 15, 2014, 15:03 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 15, 2014, 14:57:
Hope Anon finds the fucker and outs dirt on the rest of those pigs too.

You should turn on the news. They already got it wrong.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Trailer
7. Re: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Trailer Aug 14, 2014, 22:38 Beamer
 
Brumbek wrote on Aug 14, 2014, 21:38:
Darks wrote on Aug 13, 2014, 21:12:
Brumbek wrote on Aug 13, 2014, 18:23:
Two words: cash grab.

Okay, so how is this a cash grab, when...
This is the very model of a cash-grab. You take a game that sold very well like BL2, and then you outsource it to another (much cheaper) studio new to the franchise. Then you re-use almost all the ideas and content from the original game (artwork, menus, loot system, character trees/archetypes).

Also, going with a prequel is a classic cash grab move (Arkham Origins) wherein you focus on minor/less interesting characters from the original game. Then you throw in some fan service stuff to hide the cash grab (playable Claptrap, which makes zero sense considering BL1/BL2 made it clear they/he is weak and can't fight but lore be danged!).

Note: not all cash grabs are bad quality. I'm not saying the game will be bad. Often times developers who know they are simply being used to make a cash grab game will get righteously indignant and work extremely hard to deliver a great game (a la Bioshock 2, although Bioshock 2 was a true sequel that innovated).

For those who love Borderlands, it's nice they are making the game. That doesn't change the fact it is a cash grab and should be called out as one. Plus there is a strong chance it will be a sub-par rehash of BL2 with less content. There's about an 85% chance of this, I'd say.

Perfect post.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Trailers
15. Re: Far Cry 4 Trailers Aug 13, 2014, 10:33 Beamer
 
peteham wrote on Aug 13, 2014, 08:17:
And then, in the case of FC3, when I was good and ready for the collecting to end and some proper action packed story missions, that half-glimpsed radio tower in the lower corner turns out to be another island just as big as the first one. I partially blame game reviewers for this, through the grand tradition of rewarding games for being [too] long

YES!
I don't think it's just game reviewers, though. You even see it here. Lots of people consider hours to finish an important data point before buying a game. It doesn't matter if it's 20 quality hours, but that game better damn well be 20 hours!

But I think it was also a gameplay error. Had the designers let you know that you'd have another island earlier in the game you wouldn't have had that feeling of "I'm almost done" completely squashed about 10 minutes before you expected credits to roll. It was about managed expectations.


All this said, I wish that, much like how we got a standalone add-on for Crysis starring the best character, Ubi should have done a standalone add-on starring that German guy.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
13. Re: Evening Consolidation Aug 12, 2014, 23:56 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Aug 12, 2014, 23:31:
Beamer wrote on Aug 12, 2014, 23:01:
Let's assume that TR sold 4 million copies and Square made 10 million per copy.

HOLY SHIT!

*starts making games*

Oops. The only game making that much money per is Star Citizen. Amiright?

Or Candy Crush, haha.
 
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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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