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News Comments > Sierra Entertainment Revival
19. Re: Sierra Entertainment Revival Aug 8, 2014, 13:43 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Aug 8, 2014, 11:30:
Luke wrote on Aug 8, 2014, 10:49:
InBlack wrote on Aug 8, 2014, 10:41:
Might as well call it McDonalds Gaming...in this, or any case of a brand revival, the quality of games to spring from these studios will depend on the people who work on them.

And people today working on games lack of passion and love for those games they make , its all about money nada else ,

Bullshit. If people working on games only cared about money, they wouldn't be working on games. Your job security is poor and pay and benefits usually less than what you'd get working for MS or Google or some other software giant. What you say might be true of some corporate bean counters, but that's always been true of corporate bean counters. It's not true of the people who put their time into making these games.

The cost to make a game you can get away with charging 50-60 bucks for has skyrocketed in the last 20 years, so since more money is involved, more bean counters are involved.

We can get the bean counters out of gaming, but it would mean no longer spending 20, 30, 100 million dollars making them.

Even then, the beancounters would be paid more elsewhere and have to jump through hurdles to get into the industry. Those beancounters love games. Their jobs is just to count beans, not to love games, so that's what they do. They do what they're paid to do.

 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: How I Screwed Myself... Aug 7, 2014, 20:38 Beamer
 
Alamar wrote on Aug 7, 2014, 19:23:
I guess he's never heard of the mail room...

Which you don't get hired into without a degree in Mailroom Sciences, 2-4 years experience, and the understanding that you won't ever be hired out of it.

The whole Secret of My Success start in the mailroom and work your way out of it and to CEO myth died in the 80s.
 
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News Comments > Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies Announced
13. Re: Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies Announced Aug 7, 2014, 13:37 Beamer
 
Ozmodan wrote on Aug 7, 2014, 12:26:
LOL have to add zombies don't they. I would not even buy this for the kids.

Well, it's free to play, and it's not coming to the US (assuming you're in the US), so I don't think you need to worry about whether or not you'd buy it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 7, 2014, 13:35 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Aug 7, 2014, 13:15:
It's about how they were let go in some cases, very unprofessionally which has always been an issue in the gaming industry.

I don't think you understand just how poor job stability is in the gaming industry either.

One flop crushing you because you work at a small indie studio and it folds makes sense.
A flop crushing you because it was entirely inept and nothing about it was good makes some sense.

But what we routinely see - a small studio being formed within a large publisher, putting out a few hits, then putting out one flop and being shut down makes no sense at all. Maybe if it's in an area that has no geographic advantages, fine, but we keep seeing an entire studio being shut down when it would make so much more sense to wipe out the problems (producer, lead designer, whomever didn't seem talented enough, assuming you didn't think they learned from their mistakes) and keep the people that actually have talent, are already sitting next to each other, already work as a team, etc.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
22. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 7, 2014, 11:50 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Aug 7, 2014, 06:21:
Beamer wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 12:40:
garrywong wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 12:27:
Kevin Lowe wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 12:04:
InBlack wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 10:33:

Give me a mouse. And a keyboard. Ill give you an answer.
Any other equipment the rest of the players aren't using that you'd like?

Not much point crowing about your skills if you're not willing to play by the rules. If/when Destiny comes to the PC, you can have a mouse and keyboard. Until then, Bungie's game, Sony's platform, their rules, full stop.

Doesn't make it any less cute that these people consider this level of play to be at all "skillful".

It's like saying "This guy is a beast! He's #1 at fingerpainting! But UH UH! Doesn't matter if you're a real genius artist, you can't criticize his skills unless you're better than him at fingerpaiting!"

Oh for godssake. Between this and the "Waaah, Windows 8 threatens my genitals!" post.

Do you watch people at the Olympics and go "so what, that guy ran a mile in 4.5 minutes. I can drive it in 40 seconds." Do you watch MMA fighting and say "I could take any one of these guys if I had a gun."

Wow thats a really classy analogy. Shows your true condescending colors through and through. Its also failed analogy, unless you consider console players completely unable to grasp the M+KB control scheme.

It isn't a failed analogy. Destiny doesn't support m+k. It isn't in the rules.

If you want a better analogy, consoles are like stock racing - there are limits to how good your machine can be and everyone basically has the same setup. PC is like GT racing, where the track has people on it in Ford Fiestas and people on it in Ford GTs dodging those Ford Fiestas. If the Fiesta and the GT were actually racing, it'd be pretty boring for everyone involved, as the guy in the Fiesta expects to race other people in a similar vehicle, not people that spent enormous amounts of money to have something faster and with better handling.

But Destiny is a game, and it's a game played with a controller. Only a controller. Never anything but a controller. It's a game made exclusively with a controller. So saying you can do better with a better tool is no different than saying you could beat someone in the hammer throw if they let you use a catapult.

It gets very tiring to hear people say "I could beat any console player if I could use a m+k!" But consoles don't let you do that, so why even point it out? You're literally saying you would be better if you could hypothetically change the rules of the game. Shut up about it, everyone already knows this.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 7, 2014, 11:47 Beamer
 
garrywong wrote on Aug 7, 2014, 09:43:
Beamer wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 12:41:
garrywong wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 10:51:
RIP twitch. Killed before it even had a chance to truly shine.

It's still alive.

http://blog.twitch.tv/2014/08/update-changes-to-vods-on-twitch/

You were saying?

The site is still up and the team is making improvements the community is asking for. Video is still streaming. Twitch is still alive.
 
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News Comments > Colin McRae Rally Steam Refunds
35. Re: Colin McRae Rally Steam Refunds Aug 7, 2014, 11:46 Beamer
 
PHJF wrote on Aug 7, 2014, 09:08:
I'm sorry, but the only reasonable explanation is that this was a deliberate attempt to mislead consumers. There was a game called Colin McRae Rally released in 1998. *This* game is called Colin McRae Rally.

Only a complete moron would release a game with the exact same title as another and not expect confusion.

It has the same tracks as the 1998 version, and it was released on mobile. Odds are this was done exclusively by the mobile team. I can't check it, but odds are all the copy is the same as what was used in the mobile. Someone literally just ported everything from one to the other.

With a $6.99 price tag, no one attempted to deceive. People just thought it would be more obvious. I mean, it's obvious to them, because it's all they've known for the past 2 years or however long it took to make this game. Calling a game with the same assets and the same idea the same thing on mobile is very common, especially when the name is fairly generic. Porting it to the PC is less common, and people clearly underestimated how obvious it would be (and likely overestimated how in demand it would be.)

As per usual, incompetence and corporate inertia is usually the answer, not evil.
 
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News Comments > July Steam Hardware & Software Survey
26. Re: July Steam Hardware & Software Survey Aug 7, 2014, 11:43 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Aug 7, 2014, 06:17:
Redmask wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 19:49:
NKD wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 16:30:
The only thing wrong with Vista was a rocky launch. It's fundamentally the same under the hood as 7 and 8 and works just as well.

Well no, Vista had a ton of boot time bloat, some inherent security model problems and kernel related issues that were corrected in Windows 7. It's true that the OS itself was ahead of average user hardware at the time but it had a lot of other issues and calling it the same as Windows 7 is inaccurate.

Windows 8 is pointless for any user currently on Windows 7. The 'hood' improvements are pretty minor and its just not worthwhile with Windows 9 being fast tracked.

This is what all the fainbois never seem to get. Windows 7 was an improvement over Vista. Windows 8 is a fucking cash grab, that just doesnt justify an upgrade. It's probably not an inferior product (although Ive had bad experiences with it I will give everyone the benefit of doubt on this) even though it takes getting used to but unless you own a tablet there is no fucking reason why you would want Windows 8 over 7, unless you are buying it OEM and simply have no choice in the matter.

I've never seen a Windows 8 "fanboy."

But I've seen people on sites like Woot refuse to buy cheap laptops because it comes with 8.1 over 7, or actually go out and buy a fresh version of 7 even though the computer came with an OEM copy of 8.

The extremes people take to demonize or avoid 8 seem incredibly unreasonable. It's got flaws compared to 7, and it's got improvements compared to 7. There's 0 reason to upgrade from 7 to 8, but there's also 0 reason to downgrade from one to the other, yet the internet is full of people so desperate to make sure everyone knows that's exactly what they'd want to do.

It's "worrying" that people are so emotional, to quote someone being emotional yesterday.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Aug 7, 2014, 11:27 Beamer
 
Some dude from the Library of Congress found it.
I believe it.

Jesus, "unreleased Duke Nukem Game Discovered" isn't a good enough headline?
 
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News Comments > July Steam Hardware & Software Survey
18. Re: July Steam Hardware & Software Survey Aug 6, 2014, 19:24 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 18:56:
Beamer wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 10:57:
garrywong wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 09:57:
The increasing Win 8 percentages are quite worrying...

How is it "quite worrying?" What impact does it have on you? Microsoft is already backtracking on some of the big changes, and anything it runs your version of Windows also runs.

The increasing paranoia amongst some posters is quite worrying. "People like something I don't, the world is ending!"

Not it doesn't actually run everything Windows 7 runs.. some old games do no longer work


I meant the other way around. You can fear the adoption of something new if it will obsolete what you have, but that isn't the case. There are no games coming out that are compatible with Win8 but not Win7. So I don't get the fearing post from that guy.

It's just another "ERMHGERHRD MICROSOFT BAD!" post. The same guy followed it up immediately with a "EERMGERHEHRD PCMASTERRACE" post and a "RIP, TWITCH" in an article not about Twitch and disregarding that Twitch is healthier now than ever.
 
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News Comments > Colin McRae Rally Steam Refunds
23. Re: Colin McRae Rally Steam Refunds Aug 6, 2014, 19:21 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 19:15:
Beamer wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 19:11:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 19:08:
Julio wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 18:45:
There's no need for piracy to know if a game is crap. But it's a nice attempt to justify piracy.

Bullshit. Keep fucking that high horse you're on.

No, he's right.

Yeah. And it's not about being on a high horse either. I don't give a shit if you pirate, but why waste your bandwidth on pirating a whole game when you can just watch a video from a YouTuber you trust to tell you if it's worth it.

The whole point of checking out a decent review is so you don't have to waste time or bandwidth or money finding out for yourself that a game sucks. Pirating only saves you the money, not the time or bandwidth.

I mean, don't get me wrong, I occasionally buy games I hate. I put 2 minutes and 30 seconds into Pixel Piracy and decided I think I hate it (I know that's no chance, but the controls felt so wrong.)
However, it's exactly what I thought it was based on the 30 seconds of it I watched on YouTube. Barely anything at all. I gave it a shot because people here love it, but I know my taste.

I really can't think of the last time I bought a game full price that I hated. Generally, games I buy that I dislike I know I'll probably dislike and buy because it's a good deal and maybe I'll be surprised.

As someone that hates Let's Play videos, I find it incredibly easy to determine if I'll get enjoyment out of a game prior to buying it.
And, frankly, to climb up onto a high horse for a second, I find it hard to believe most pirate-before-you-buy-it people pay for every game they enjoy. They'll play through a few hours of it, decide it isn't worth $60, and never bother picking it up when it hits the price point they felt it was worth because, by then, it's months later.
 
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News Comments > Colin McRae Rally Steam Refunds
21. Re: Colin McRae Rally Steam Refunds Aug 6, 2014, 19:11 Beamer
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 19:08:
Julio wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 18:45:
There's no need for piracy to know if a game is crap. But it's a nice attempt to justify piracy.

Bullshit. Keep fucking that high horse you're on.

No, he's right.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
14. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 6, 2014, 15:59 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 15:39:
Do you watch MMA fighting and say "I could take any one of these guys if I had a gun."

Actually I've said exactly that watching MMA before!


Well, it's probably true.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
19. Re: Angry Birds Aug 6, 2014, 14:27 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 14:11:
It's strange that Rovio are licensing anything to Hartz. Did they independently come up with the same name and art direction and then somehow get the manufacturer of an existing toy of the same name and style to pay them to make toys with this name and style? That doesn't add up.

There must have been a deal between Rovio and Hartz at some point to buy or license AB from Hartz to Rovio, only for them to decide that there's a new market for toys and get together again to license AB back to Hartz.

If that's the case, then this suit would be to establish that she is the rightful owner of the IP, which would be needed to go after Rovio.

Hartz had an Angry Birds line. Rovio separately came out with a different Angry Birds. Hartz had the trademark to the name for pet toys, and only pet toys, so it was natural for them and Rovio to synch.

Hartz did not have it for video games, so there was nothing that needed to transfer from Hartz to Rovio. There's also no evidence that they are linked. The name is the same, the artwork is similar, but the artwork is different and the name isn't the least generic.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 6, 2014, 13:06 Beamer
 
Oh my god, that guy fills out the entire MRA bingo board. "Stop picking on me," "yeah, these may have been a problem, but look over there, people are starving!" etc.

I'll bet he wears a fedora.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 6, 2014, 12:41 Beamer
 
garrywong wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 10:51:
RIP twitch. Killed before it even had a chance to truly shine.

It's still alive.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
6. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 6, 2014, 12:40 Beamer
 
garrywong wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 12:27:
Kevin Lowe wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 12:04:
InBlack wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 10:33:

Give me a mouse. And a keyboard. Ill give you an answer.
Any other equipment the rest of the players aren't using that you'd like?

Not much point crowing about your skills if you're not willing to play by the rules. If/when Destiny comes to the PC, you can have a mouse and keyboard. Until then, Bungie's game, Sony's platform, their rules, full stop.

Doesn't make it any less cute that these people consider this level of play to be at all "skillful".

It's like saying "This guy is a beast! He's #1 at fingerpainting! But UH UH! Doesn't matter if you're a real genius artist, you can't criticize his skills unless you're better than him at fingerpaiting!"

Oh for godssake. Between this and the "Waaah, Windows 8 threatens my genitals!" post.

Do you watch people at the Olympics and go "so what, that guy ran a mile in 4.5 minutes. I can drive it in 40 seconds." Do you watch MMA fighting and say "I could take any one of these guys if I had a gun."
 
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News Comments > July Steam Hardware & Software Survey
6. Re: July Steam Hardware & Software Survey Aug 6, 2014, 10:57 Beamer
 
garrywong wrote on Aug 6, 2014, 09:57:
The increasing Win 8 percentages are quite worrying...

How is it "quite worrying?" What impact does it have on you? Microsoft is already backtracking on some of the big changes, and anything it runs your version of Windows also runs.

The increasing paranoia amongst some posters is quite worrying. "People like something I don't, the world is ending!"
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
13. Re: Angry Birds Aug 5, 2014, 18:25 Beamer
 
1badmf wrote on Aug 5, 2014, 17:42:
the game is still largely derived from her work and thus still entitles her to consideration. if she wins this, that's where the largest chunkachange is gonna come from.

Depends on how much Rovio has given Hartz. She has no real suit against Rovio. It doesn't matter that their work is derived from hers, hence why they're not in this lawsuit.

All she's suing for his her cut of the revenue Hartz made from the deal with Rovio - 2.5%. Rovio didn't license AB from Hart, Hartz licensed it from them, therefore no money went from Rovio to Hartz, and it was Hartz that she had a contract with.

It would be extremely difficult to get any cash from Rovio, which is why, at this point, she isn't even trying. In fact, the complaint is pretty clear that Rovio owns the patents and trademarks to everything not pet toys, but Hartz held it for pet toys based on her work, and this suit is solely related to pet toys.

She never claims Rovio based their ideas off of hers, she just claims that the pet toys fell under her preexisting contract. After she wins this, may she claim that Rovio ripped her off, that someone walked through a pet store, saw her toys, and used the art direction? Possibly, but good luck winning that.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
10. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 5, 2014, 16:31 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 5, 2014, 16:24:
Beamer wrote on Aug 5, 2014, 15:00:
DangerDog wrote on Aug 5, 2014, 14:44:
Ozmodan wrote on Aug 5, 2014, 13:03:
a computer that takes 7 minutes to boot up must to ancient, maybe they need to upgrade them.

Not even an 8086 takes 7 minutes to boot up, from floppy yet.

I've had plenty of work laptops that take that long to reboot. New machines, but with all the security it takes them forever.
Hell, reawakening my current laptop from hibernation will take forever before it's usable. I should time it sometime. It's over five minutes before I can actually get into the browser. An actual reboot is usually faster, I think, since it isn't pushing 7 gigs of data back into the RAM, but not by much.

.. from Hibernation to browser... less than 3 seconds here... what.. how.. is 5 minutes even possible? Even my Ancient 486-DX2 66 booted way faster than 5 minutes. On a 20mb HDD held together by duct-tape. Heck my screen takes longer to "boot" than my PC

Mhh, thinking about it, what your laptop is likely doing is dumping RAM to disc and then shutting off, what you think is Hibernation is actually lowest level energy state possible, in which ram is not powered. On turning on, it loads the entire ram-file back into the ram, a process that can take VERY long indeed.

If so, shutting it OFF (properly) may be a lot faster....

Like I said, shutting off is faster, but it still takes forever to boot. It's faster now that the bios level security was disabled, but it's still an extremely long process of security and network confirmations. I'll time it next time I turn it off.
 
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