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News Comments > etc., etc.
34. Re: etc., etc. Sep 19, 2014, 21:09 Beamer
 
Beamer wrote on Sep 19, 2014, 21:07:
Dmitri_M wrote on Sep 19, 2014, 20:23:
Beamer wrote on Sep 18, 2014, 12:29:
Also, I'm not so sure this was secret. If it was secret, why did they name it "Gaming Journalism Professionals?" Seems not that secret.

Maybe because Game Illuminati was taken? Oh, that's probably another conspiracy!

Are you implying that anyone who takes interest in this story is a conspiracy nut?
No.
But I think people are piling on to something insignificant because they're angry, not because they're being extremely rational about it.

And, not to detract from the point, but I'd like to remind those that think Milo is a hero (which is only a few people here, but still a few Julios here) that this is what Milo has said in the past about gamers:
About Elliot Rodgers, the guy in CA that went on a sorioty girl killing spree:
So ignore the shoddy, opportunistic posturing from feminists about Rodgerís crimes. Itís the blurring of fantasy and reality in todayís video game-obsessed young men thatís the real enemy. If thereís a cultural milieu that contributed to the creation of Elliot Rodger, it was that of nihilistic video games, not the myth of patriarchal oppression.

Yup, the guy saving us from the Jack Thompson of games is... blaming video games on a shooting spree?
Seriously, Milo said some guy went on a shooting spree because of games.

On GTAV:
Personally, I don't understand grown men wasting their lives playing computer games. It seems a bit sad to me... I'm more relaxed about violent video games than most, because it seems unlikely that they alone make people act out in real life. So what if they're the last resort of the frustrated beta male? It's not for me to legislate what weirdos in yellowing underpants get up to in their spare time.

Which is amazing. In May he said that video games caused a shooting spree. In August he said video games don't cause real world violence because men that play video games are sad, frustrated beta males.

But this is the real journalist?



Not to detract, none of this makes the Gaming Journalist Professionals mailing list less important and it shouldn't change anyone's opinion. But, I just wish the handful of people worshipping Milo as a savior actually read his prior articles.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
33. Re: etc., etc. Sep 19, 2014, 21:07 Beamer
 
Dmitri_M wrote on Sep 19, 2014, 20:23:
Beamer wrote on Sep 18, 2014, 12:29:
Also, I'm not so sure this was secret. If it was secret, why did they name it "Gaming Journalism Professionals?" Seems not that secret.

Maybe because Game Illuminati was taken? Oh, that's probably another conspiracy!

Are you implying that anyone who takes interest in this story is a conspiracy nut?

No.
But I think people are piling on to something insignificant because they're angry, not because they're being extremely rational about it.

And, not to detract from the point, but I'd like to remind those that think Milo is a hero (which is only a few people here, but still a few Julios here) that this is what Milo has said in the past about gamers:
About Elliot Rodgers, the guy in CA that went on a sorioty girl killing spree:
So ignore the shoddy, opportunistic posturing from feminists about Rodgerís crimes. Itís the blurring of fantasy and reality in todayís video game-obsessed young men thatís the real enemy. If thereís a cultural milieu that contributed to the creation of Elliot Rodger, it was that of nihilistic video games, not the myth of patriarchal oppression.

Yup, the guy saving us from the Jack Thompson of games is... blaming video games on a shooting spree?
Seriously, Milo said some guy went on a shooting spree because of games.

On GTAV:
Personally, I don't understand grown men wasting their lives playing computer games. It seems a bit sad to me... I'm more relaxed about violent video games than most, because it seems unlikely that they alone make people act out in real life. So what if they're the last resort of the frustrated beta male? It's not for me to legislate what weirdos in yellowing underpants get up to in their spare time.

Which is amazing. In May he said that video games caused a shooting spree. In August he said video games don't cause real world violence because men that play video games are sad, frustrated beta males.

But this is the real journalist?



Not to detract, none of this makes the Gaming Journalist Professionals mailing list less important and it shouldn't change anyone's opinion. But, I just wish the handful of people worshipping Milo as a savior actually read his prior articles.
 
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News Comments > Alien: Isolation Trailers
12. Re: Alien: Isolation Trailers Sep 19, 2014, 19:55 Beamer
 
Wetworks24 wrote on Sep 19, 2014, 19:17:
Beamer wrote on Sep 19, 2014, 16:48:
How will you survive? That's a good question. What did the player do wrong there? What should the player have done to survive?

This is a cool idea, but I just don't see how it turns into a full game.

Here is a good video on how to play the game, it's from the first challenge map.

http://www.twitch.tv/sacriel/b/569800553

Full game plays a bit like Amnesia I'm guessing with you hiding from the Alien as much as possible.

Wow.
Yeah, definitely not a game for me. Watching that seems like the opposite of fun. Backtracking and hiding, then replaying over and over and over until you have a playthrough with nearly no mistakes? Not my idea of fun. But I dislike pure stealth and survival horror, so I knew ahead of time I'd be unlikely to enjoy this.

Don't get me wrong, the guy playing that is right - the graphics look great, and the way you hide and peek looks well done, it's just a genre I find to be the opposite of fun. Even watching it and knowing that at any moment he could lose 10 minutes of play and have to start over is enough to make me want to change games.

This comment was edited on Sep 19, 2014, 20:03.
 
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News Comments > Alien: Isolation Trailers
10. Re: Alien: Isolation Trailers Sep 19, 2014, 16:48 Beamer
 
How will you survive? That's a good question. What did the player do wrong there? What should the player have done to survive?

This is a cool idea, but I just don't see how it turns into a full game.
 
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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
4. Re: Hardware Reviews Sep 19, 2014, 10:56 Beamer
 
I still run a 460. And see no reason to upgrade yet. We'll see if FC4 changes that.  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
26. Re: etc., etc. Sep 18, 2014, 12:29 Beamer
 
Also, I'm not so sure this was secret. If it was secret, why did they name it "Gaming Journalism Professionals?" Seems not that secret.

Maybe because Game Illuminati was taken? Oh, that's probably another conspiracy!
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
25. Re: etc., etc. Sep 18, 2014, 12:27 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Sep 18, 2014, 08:41:
In other news, Leigh Alexander of "I hate gamers fame" "gamers are dead" and "fuck you asshole" is now running like mad deleting all of her bigoted tweets.

So Milo, who actually said "all adults who play video games are sad," and has since written a half dozen video game articles, is mocking her for "hating her audience?"

Doesn't he realize he's made his relevance here?



Again, I don't see a smoking gun here. People complain about ethics in journalism, but this is all editorialism. If they were taking the side people here wanted to hear they'd have no problem with it.

This isn't about how they cover games, how they review, or any of the other ethical violations people have accused in the past. Hell, most of what they discuss are things like "we should delete posts in our forums that are attacking developers."

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
55. Re: So why do publishers keep doing it? Sep 17, 2014, 18:15 Beamer
 
Again, what Milo posted just shows that video game "journalists" are friendly and of similar views.

It isn't some massive smoking gun.

This was a massive smoking gun. But it's utterly ignored by #gamergate. Reviewers flown from SF to LAX, then driven to Santa Monica and given a customized flight helmet. Put in a helicopter and flown to Ojai? Taken to a spa and given a "posh suite" for 3 days. Given a Mad Catz headset? All travel, food, accommodations, helmet and headset all courtesy of Activision?

That's an ethics issue.
Yet no one in #gamergate seems to bring this up. No, they just repeatedly bring up editorials that don't even discuss games. This is supposedly about ethics, but a huge ethical issue with Black Ops reviews and the best smoking gun we'll get outside of the GameSpot thing is no big deal. You know, because only men are involved. But an editorial about women that doesn't mention a single game? ETHICS VIOLATION!

At the end of the day we're talking about games. Consumer products. Publishers only share information in an attempt to get your money. There will never, ever be ethics in this. Ever. Because they're games. They're not life and death. They're not even cats stuck in trees. They're games for sale.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
54. Re: So why do publishers keep doing it? Sep 17, 2014, 18:03 Beamer
 
ASeven wrote on Sep 17, 2014, 17:45:
The fact that they have a mailing list encompassing all the bloggers that launched those Gamers are dead attacks is pretty much damning.

We have collusion, we have attempts to control narrative, we have corruption. Only Beamer is blind enough not to see it.

Your intellectual dishonesty knows no bounds it seems, Beamer. You are becoming so predictable it's no longer fun, just plain sad.

But then your argument still isn't their ethics, it's their view of social issues. None of Milo's petty complaints are that they're fixing reviews, or unjustly previewing games, it's that they all have similar social opinions and share them both off the site and on the site.

These are bloggers. They tell you when release dates are. That's they're job. They're not in Afghanistan braving gunfire to tell you what's going on. They're not photojournaling Arab Spring. They're telling you that Destiny came out last week and the first DLC drops in a few days. That's their jobs.

And your complaints seem to be that they think that women are important and discuss this elsewhere.



Shut up about "intellectual dishonesty." I still don't think you know what that means and you just see people tweeting it. How am I being intellectually dishonest? And how is this still not about you disagreeing about whether women are important in gaming? Again, Milo shows NOTHING other than them discussing that topic. Nothing about the supposed thing people here feel are ethical violations. Nothing on reviews. Nothing on how they cover various products publishers put out. Nothing. Just Milo doing more whining about SJWs. And you doing more whining about SJWs.

Seriously, ASeven, it's hard not to see how this is about anything for you other than hating "SJWs." You don't give a shit about journalist ethics. You REPEATEDLY link to unsourced paint images, poorly produced Youtube blogs, and articles that support your POV. Where are the ethics there?
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
52. Re: So why do publishers keep doing it? Sep 17, 2014, 17:41 Beamer
 
ASeven wrote on Sep 17, 2014, 17:35:
Well, this is it. Milo has now done some investigative journalism and found a secret mailing list containing most of those "gaming journalism" sites belonging to the SJWs.

This is pretty much the endgame for GamerGate and something no SJW can squirm out of now.

Ok, see, this is why it's impossible to separate "gaming ethics" from anything else. ASeven right here ties it to "SJWs."

Sorry, there's nothing here other than trying to continue piling onto women. I still don't see anything half as damning as Milo is implying. A Kotaku reporter correcting people claiming Nathan Whatever reviewed her game (he didn't.) Ben Kuchera telling people they shouldn't allow comments that qualify as harassment? Oooo, damning!

Again, this is coming from Milo, a guy that said any adult male playing video games is sad, and a guy that has published numerous anti-female articles.

I see no smoking gun here, other than the journalists feeling they're being attacked and people are using their site to attack developers. All of which was happening. But whatever, ASeven, it's a massive conspiracy against just you, and it's about ethics, only ethics, and has nothing to do with anything else.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
48. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 17, 2014, 17:06 Beamer
 
UHD wrote on Sep 17, 2014, 15:05:

Beamer wrote on Sep 17, 2014, 14:35:
Books can be stolen, and I hope your house doesn't burn down.

I think if my house burned down I'd have greater concerns than my book collection.

That was a response to "your account can be hacked." I think that, if my Amazon account was hacked, I'd have greater concerns than the 300 books on my Kindle that I read once and will never read again.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
45. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 17, 2014, 14:35 Beamer
 
UHD wrote on Sep 17, 2014, 13:57:
PHJF wrote on Sep 17, 2014, 13:40:
Oh you mean like the telephone, or the TV set? Maybe like the desktop computer?

No... I mean like the radio. There is no "next gen" phone or TV. Print books are in every possible way inferior to ebooks.

Dead battery. Broken device, either physically (whoops, dropped it and cracked the screen) or via software (whoops, update bricked the machine). Publisher revokes access to eBook for any reason or goes out of business or DRM server dies, whoops you can't read it anymore (yes you can turn off Wi-Fi but that also cuts you off from getting more books). Can't easily lend a book to a friend. Hope you remember your password, or your account isn't hacked.

eBooks have perks but to call it better in every way is asinine.

At the same time, books get damaged, books fall apart, books get lost, I've purchased books with missing pages or repeated pages. Books can be stolen, and I hope your house doesn't burn down.

I can't think of a single time access to an eBook has been revoked without cause. Amazon pulled an item after it became clear they weren't allowed to sell it, but they acknowledged it was a last resort, changed their policies to prevent it from happening again, and refunded all purchases. There can be a slippery slope argument, but that also doesn't prevent me from buying Steam games or getting nearly all my music through Spotify.

DRM servers are also meaningless, because your Kindle doesn't check in with a server for you to read it.

Can't easily lend to a friend is a problem. But, frankly, I know jdreyer loves his libraries, but I've found hairs, mysterious stains, and snot in library books regularly. Given that I often read in bed, and assume others do, too, I'd prefer to avoid that.

So yes, there are downsides, but I find them minimal. I find the upsides much, much better:
1) Your entire library is on you at all times. Traveling? I used to bring pounds of books with me if I was gone over 3 days. Now I bring a tiny device
2) Access is instantaneous. Finish a book and want the next in the series or by the author? You can order it and have it in seconds, whereas in the past you'd have to either drive to a bookstore and hope they have it or order from Amazon and wait for delivery. No need to wait between books now. This works internationally, too - I finished one book in a Chinese hotel room and queued up the next immediately
3) It spreads across devices. I don't always have a bag with me large enough to hold a book or a kindle, but I always have my phone with me. Which means I always have my library with me. If I get stuck somewhere unexpectedly I can just take out my phone and continue reading

These advantages, to me, make up for the disadvantages a hundred times over.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
38. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 17, 2014, 13:53 Beamer
 
You know who else Amazon killed? Best Buy. No one seems to be mourning that.

Best Buy, also a company that sold products for a loss (CDs and DVDs.)
They also competed with Walmart and Target, who also routinely sell media for a loss. And Amazon, who I'm guessing does the same.

Media products like that start pricing wars. Can't blame just Amazon. Again, it's usually Walmart responsible because Walmart is both the most aggressive and the most manual. Everyone else just reacts to undercut them.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 17, 2014, 12:15 Beamer
 
I did Doom with the right mouse as move forward. Why not, right? Middle mouse was move back. I also used an ancient trackball.

For DN3D I switched to arrow keys. First I had them as strafe (which I never used in Doom) and jump/duck, then moved it to forward/back. After a few days I realized I was pushing the keyboard all the way left to be comfortable so I just looked for keys on the left side that looked like arrows.

I went ESDF, because it gave me more keys within reach. With WASD you only have Q before tab. With ESDF you have W and Q.

I still swear by it.
 
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News Comments > Xbox One Controller for Windows in November
13. Re: Xbox One Controller for Windows in November Sep 17, 2014, 12:07 Beamer
 
This isn't as shocking to me as it is to some people. I believe we still have people on this board unwilling to use wireless mice due to lag time. Some PC gamers are very seriously anti-wireless.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
33. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 17, 2014, 11:18 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Sep 17, 2014, 08:49:
PHJF wrote on Sep 17, 2014, 08:37:
Amazon wants the price for most ebooks to be around $10; they've said as much in plain English. They've declared this the best price point for a) sales numbers and b) revenue. Of course they are going to take a loss for the time being, they are trying to prove a point. As soon as shitheads like Hachette get the message and stop trying to sell ebooks for $25, Amazon won't have to undercut.

This currently benefits the consumer, but once they eliminate ALL competition guess who gets to pick up the bill....

There is no physical good for Amazon to have complete distributive control over. At the first sign of unjust ebook price hikes, somebody else will come in to distribute. There are no huge gears of commerce which need to be reconfigured to swing control away from Amazon.

I think you misunderstood me, sorry my bad I wasnt being clear. I was talking about PRINT books! This is something that has been rarely mentioned (if at all in the media) but which I have firsthand knowledge of. Their shenanigans with ebooks are just the tip of the iceberg people.

P.S. I agree that ebooks are generally overpriced, there is no reason why, for e.g. say a general fiction, ebook should cost more than the average mass market paperback.

I remember when Under the Dome came out. I got it new in Hardcover for, I think, $8.99 from Amazon.

Do you know why it was so cheap?

Walmart started a pricing war on it. Not Amazon. Amazon reacted. Walmart started it.
It's easy to blame Amazon, but they were not the first to start selling books below cost, and even now they are typically matching prices. Amazon's goal isn't to sell things for below cost. Their goal is to be the cheapest. As such, most of their pricing is done automatically. Humans set limits/rules, but a robot is out there scouring the internet. If someone has it cheaper, Amazon cuts price.

They aren't sitting there, Mr. Burnsing their hands together snickering, they're competing with Walmart and Target to make sure they have the best customer experience.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
13. Re: Morning Metaverse Sep 16, 2014, 21:37 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 16, 2014, 21:25:
Quboid wrote on Sep 16, 2014, 19:00:
Wait, there are idiots on the Internet now?

I've wondered if Blue has considered switching to a vote based comment system. I used to be in favour of such an idea but not any more, I'd rather keep this system.

I don't think we need up-down votes. The one thing I think the site needs is a hierarchical comment structure, so it's obvious who is replying to whom.

I've never enjoyed threaded because most implementations require too many clicks to fully open and requires people stick to one point per post, leading to a drastic increase in posts.

I don't think it's all that common that someone doesn't properly quote, but there are occasional posts where context is entirely lost. We all do it sometimes.
 
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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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