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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
36. Re: Morning Consolidation May 13, 2014, 15:02 Beamer
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on May 13, 2014, 14:42:
So now they have an equally priced console.. but at what true cost? The common perception is that they have a compromised vision now, with less impressive hardware that could easily have matched or surpassed it's rival if they would have invested more into making it a fucking games machine and not a set-top box.

The choice is obvious for PS4 this console generation. Personally, I'm glad to see Microsoft in full panic mode, as the xBox1 ship sinks. They made some terrible choices and thoroughly deserve the criticism and poor sales they are getting in response.

I'm much less happy than you are. 1 console getting its ass kicked is fine when there are two healthy ones. We don't have two healthy ones. We have one DOA, one floundering, and one thriving.

Last generation was pretty ideal, to me. One kind of wasn't playing the same game, and the other two were essentially neck-and-neck worldwide.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
35. Re: Morning Consolidation May 13, 2014, 15:01 Beamer
 
The Half Elf wrote on May 13, 2014, 14:03:

The XBone Kinect can see your junk through clothes. As for the Kinect being a waste I have to disagree. As an adult the only use I had for it was the voice commands for movies and Netflix. For kids, it was a lot of fun to watch my nephews play the Kinect Party. Other then getting drunk and playing Fruit Ninja with friends it saved me from having to dust a spot on the entertainment center.


Anything infrared can see your junk through your clothing. Sony camcorders were doing it for a long while. They had to start shipping them so that you couldn't turn the infrared on in well-lit areas.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
28. Re: Morning Consolidation May 13, 2014, 13:59 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on May 13, 2014, 13:49:
Beamer, you're clearly doing too much blow. Ease up there, sport. Seek counseling - for all your myriad problems.


This doesn't even make sense in this context.
 
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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: etc. May 13, 2014, 13:42 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on May 13, 2014, 13:36:
Beamer wrote on May 13, 2014, 12:04:
Optional Nickname! wrote on May 13, 2014, 11:24:
As a Star Citizen backer, I say hiring anyone who had any connection with Diablo III's development process is insulting by rewarding failure.

But by hiring the lead producer of one of the most poorly produced and received big budget titles in many years to work on a project that is supposed to be 100% player-centric and devoid of all of what Diablo III's failure represented is like suddenly seeing a space albatross circling your hangar.

Game development involves an enormous amount of people providing input. Sometimes the producer isn't just putting his thoughts to paper but forced to do the best he can while incorporating the demands of others.

I feel like gamers get stuck in this weird fantasy world instead of how game development actually works. A title not turning out the way gamers want equates to the idea that the people involved in the title should never work again or should not be taken seriously.

Quite frankly if that's how people REALLY want to be, they ought to just quit gaming altogether, because just about everyone who has been in the industry a long time has a few stinkers on their resume.

Plus, let's be honest, Diablo 3 was a monumental failure that required enormous amounts of backpedaling and post-release support. I can't even imagine how much money they've spent post-release.

Sometimes this is just the result of hubris, and people think they did nothing wrong and things just didn't work out because the customer didn't get it or someone else screwed up. With no real evidence backing it, I feel this way about Don Mattrick.

But I genuinely think Blizzard realizes how much they screwed up and knows exactly how and where. Again, with no evidence backing this. That experience would make them vital to helping other companies not make similar errors.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
21. Re: Morning Consolidation May 13, 2014, 13:31 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on May 13, 2014, 13:22:
Which is a fair enough point, but what exactly was being done with Kinect when it WAS the only option

Well, guaranteed nothing now. But I've heard nothing to prove this Kinect was more capable than the previous Kinect, and I don't think everyone having it would have really changed how developers use it. Most likely we just would have had voice commands, and I hate voice commands.
I should buy an Xbone just to thank them for giving me such entertainment the past year.

With Titanfall apparently being just as good on the 360, you'll still get more amusement from their flopping than from an Xbone, haha. That open world zombie type game from the Ratchet and Clank guys looks like it may be fun, and that Super Happy Time Travel game is supposedly good, but... E3 better have some big surprises because neither console has a single damn thing worth playing.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
16. Re: Morning Consolidation May 13, 2014, 13:13 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on May 13, 2014, 13:02:
Beamer wrote on May 13, 2014, 12:43:
No, choice can be bad. Choice sometimes negates other choices.

What? I... I don't even... what? Before, people had one choice: The Xbone with Kinect for 500 bucks. Now they have two choices. And this is bad in your world?

I will repeat it one more time... WHAT?

Edit: I see you're talking about the Titanfall bundle, which is nice, but if you don't want Titanfall and don't want the Kinect, why would you buy the 450 bundle if you can just get the 399 SKU?

My point, though, is that having them remove the Kinect is a less attractive option than having them just cut the price, which clearly they were capable of doing because they did so with the Titanfall bundle.

They didn't do that. The retailers did.

What would you rather have: a $399 Xbox One with no Kinect or a $399 Xbox One with a Kinect that you aren't forced to use?

Neither. But you're offering a false dichotomy anyway, as this is currently not a valid choice, and likely never will be. Why on earth would MS do that? It's currently 399 without Kinect, or 499 with Kinect and it serves no purpose other than yelling at your TV.

On the off chance that a game comes out with an interesting use of the Kinect, who wouldn't prefer having more stuff in the box for the same price?

People who don't give a shit about it? People who have seen 3+ years of Kinect and have yet to see a single "interesting" use for it? People who are, right or wrong, worried about the NSA spying on them with it?

What I mean about choice negating other choice is that it creates fragmentation. We all know what happens with fragmented peripherals on a console - they aren't supported. So now you can choose to buy a Kinect, but unless you plan to use the multimedia functionality it's a poor choice, because it's unlikely any game will ever support it meaningfully. By allowing the option they've completely diminished the value of the original option.

Retailers indeed did that. But that means there's room in the pricing to play. Retailers likely weren't selling it for a loss. That's $50 that came out of the price. EA was probably still making their cut for the game, so that's $30 that was added to the cost. Unless Microsoft was taking a bath there, they could have found a way to come close without removing Kinect.

And yes, it's a false dichotomy. But I never said "this is bad for consumers" I said "this isn't a huge win for consumers." A huge win is having Microsoft finally cut Gold fees from streaming. A huge win would have been Microsoft finding a way to cut $100 off the price without sacrificing anything. This is a victory for consumers, it just isn't a huge victory. It isn't Microsoft doing the thing that would unquestionably be best for consumers. It's just them doing something good.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
14. Re: Morning Consolidation May 13, 2014, 12:43 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on May 13, 2014, 12:39:
Beamer wrote on May 13, 2014, 12:01:
I wouldn't call dropping Kinect a huge win for consumers. They get a better price, but they also get a less complete product.

That "complete" product was useless to the large majority of them. Anyway, if the consumer still wants the "complete" product, they can still buy an Xbone WITH Kinect.

Offering choice is NEVER bad.


However, I would like to see MS explain this to all their early adopters who they told that "We will never drop Kinect!" Because they are now stuck with a 100 dollar piece of shit that will fade away into utter obscurity.

No, choice can be bad. Choice sometimes negates other choices.

My point, though, is that having them remove the Kinect is a less attractive option than having them just cut the price, which clearly they were capable of doing because they did so with the Titanfall bundle. What would you rather have: a $399 Xbox One with no Kinect or a $399 Xbox One with a Kinect that you aren't forced to use?

On the off chance that a game comes out with an interesting use of the Kinect, who wouldn't prefer having more stuff in the box for the same price?
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
12. Re: Morning Consolidation May 13, 2014, 12:42 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on May 13, 2014, 12:18:
Less complete product? How? For a device no one wants or uses? You have such a warped way of looking at things.

Or you just don't know how to read.

Previously:
$450 would get you an Xbox One, a Kinect needed to use some of its functionality, and a game to play
Today:
$460 will get you an Xbox One, which includes a good amount of functionality not available to you whether you want it or not, and a game to play


There is no possible way that even you, the king of negativity, can argue that you're better off spending $10 more and getting less functionality. Yes, you'll argue that you don't need to be "spied on," but they could have done that without dropping the Kinect. And, for those that own a Kinect, they went from having little chance of using it to no chance to use it.

So yes, it's a less complete product.
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. May 13, 2014, 12:04 Beamer
 
Optional Nickname! wrote on May 13, 2014, 11:24:
As a Star Citizen backer, I say hiring anyone who had any connection with Diablo III's development process is insulting by rewarding failure.

But by hiring the lead producer of one of the most poorly produced and received big budget titles in many years to work on a project that is supposed to be 100% player-centric and devoid of all of what Diablo III's failure represented is like suddenly seeing a space albatross circling your hangar.

Game development involves an enormous amount of people providing input. Sometimes the producer isn't just putting his thoughts to paper but forced to do the best he can while incorporating the demands of others.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation May 13, 2014, 12:01 Beamer
 
I wouldn't call dropping Kinect a huge win for consumers. They get a better price, but they also get a less complete product. Yeah, I doubt the Kinect would ever be useful, but now it's guaranteed not to be. Still, considering the Titanfall packages went for $450, right, including the Kinect, you're actually getting less for more (though at least now you don't need to leave the Kinect always on.)

However, dropping the Gold requirement is a huge, huge win for consumers. Huge. Massive.


Still not buying an Xbone, but if I do, it'd almost definitely be the $399 one. Well, maybe. If they did more $450 bundles with both the Kinect and a game I wanted I'd do that, but I'd probably leave the Kinect in the box.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
5. Re: Op Ed May 13, 2014, 11:11 Beamer
 
Atomic wrote on May 13, 2014, 10:58:
nin wrote on May 13, 2014, 10:00:
I preorder some from amazon, just to play on launch day. But I only do it knowing I can send it back unopened, if reviews suck.

Wait.. you have to read a review to know if something sucked or not?

I don't know if this is trolling, but I tend to be pretty damn good by now at telling if something will suck or not.
The hard part is telling if it's worth playing now or not. With a huge backlog, the only games I need to play "now" are either the incredible ones or the ones that will have a huge but temporary multiplayer community. Those are few and far between these days, and the latter depends more on consumer purchases than on reviews.

The only preorders I'll end up doing are ones on Amazon that offer a $20 gift card, but I haven't seen one of those since, I dunno, probably Bulletstorm.

 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
13. Re: Evening Legal Briefs May 13, 2014, 11:07 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on May 13, 2014, 09:14:
Ozmodan wrote on May 13, 2014, 08:19:
To them, if you post a comment that disagrees with the article they use the ban hammer. They are really sensitive to anything that disagrees with their views on global warming.

Nah I'm with nin and RM. I've been on Ars for over a decade and that simply isn't true. Maybe you need to examine your own posting habits. Blue is very lax compared to other forums in terms of moderation. Looking at your posting history here, you would be permabanned on most of them for that kind of low content garbage.

You mean, everything in his history seems to be one sentence calling something "trash" or "horrible," or someone "an idiot" or "stupid?"

I get that some people hate everything, but it's funny to see none of the posts explain the viewpoint, just put it out there.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
6. Re: Sunday Mobilization May 12, 2014, 01:00 Beamer
 
Linksil wrote on May 11, 2014, 21:45:
Sadly all that is said below will never happen with the way carriers are in the US. They can't even bother to bring us real 4g, let alone an uncapped anything on cell. My 3g unlimited will stay with me until I can get an Xg unlimited for the same pricing. So basically forever at this point.

Or until your provider updates the terms of your contract.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
38. Re: Steam Top 10 May 11, 2014, 21:15 Beamer
 
harlock wrote on May 11, 2014, 20:26:
and so they can talk about the same trivial, meaningless shallow bullshit for hours on end that they do with other women

It's positively amazing they don't want to hang out with you...
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
3. Re: Evening Mobilization May 11, 2014, 00:52 Beamer
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on May 11, 2014, 00:01:
I love how so many in the games press are still talking about how mobile is the future, meanwhile the entire mobile industry brought in what only two of the larger AAA publishers bring in during the same period.

One is growing, the outer is stagnating. One is the wild west just waiting to be reigned, the outer won't shift much.

But mobile is a true free for all. People don't care about franchises, marketing isn't huge, games are simple and easy to design, and graphics don't mean much. There is no stability and no barriers to entry. Publishers have little advantage, and the people doing well are the small companies getting one hit. It isn't sustainable for large ones now.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
12. Re: Saturday Consolidation May 11, 2014, 00:47 Beamer
 
They thought tv was the killer app, recognizing the huge gap with cable boxes. Sadly, that solution doesn't seem impressive. Even though the Wii ultimately fell flat on its face, they seemed to think they could take those sales. It's a strategy that clearly alienated the main fan base.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
43. Re: Out of the Blue May 10, 2014, 01:23 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on May 10, 2014, 00:27:
Beamer wrote on May 9, 2014, 14:39:
We were much better off in the 50s-70s.

When the money is spread amongst a large group of people, it gets spent.
When it's concentrated amongst a small group of people, it gets hoarded.

The wealth disparity is literally strangling our economy, not to mention the issue of the actions many take to acquire more wealth.
Ah the 50's through the 70's, where unemployment rates were low, and you could quit a job at 8am and have a new one by 10am. Before there was global competition, and companies had to buy/make/manufacture everything from bottom to top in the same country.

Admittedly a problem.
but it isn't just globalization. The 50s and the 70s, when there was essentially a salary cap (outside of equity), and the people at the top had less incentive to send wages overseas because the savings couldn't get passed back to their paychecks. When the top paid guys in a company only made 50x what the lowest paid did, so basically everyone had money, so reducing the cost of good wasn't as important.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
8. Re: Morning Mobilization May 9, 2014, 17:05 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on May 9, 2014, 05:56:
jdreyer wrote on May 9, 2014, 05:43:
Nintendo says no to same-sex relationships in new sim game.

Regardless, Nintendo is on the wrong side of history on this issue. It is the equivalent of not allowing someone to choose to play a black character in the game.

Dont you mean the wrong side of Superpower? Since its rather obvious that US values, democracy (lol) and freedom (even bigger lol) are now forcefed on to the rest of the world and anyone who dares to dissent revolves around 'the-axis-of-evil'.

There are plenty of games out there that dont include black, asian, indian, native american etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. .... races for any number of valid reasons.

Give it up, not everything conforms to the US view of reality, or politics nor should it.

The bigger issue here wasn't not including same sex relationships, it was Nintendo of America's original response, which pushed it aside as if it was no big deal.

People would understand all the reasons that have been given, but they did not understand being brushed off.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue May 9, 2014, 16:20 Beamer
 
PHJF wrote on May 9, 2014, 16:03:
When America was at its peak it had strong unions, trade protectionism, and corporations and the rich actually paid taxes.

When America was at its peak, it actually made stuff.

Those things are actually kind of connected.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue May 9, 2014, 14:39 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on May 9, 2014, 14:23:
Cutter wrote on May 9, 2014, 12:31:

You do realize that a LIVING wage - not MINIMUM wage - makes for a much stronger economy, right? No, of course you don't.
*snort*

Do tell when there has ever been a living wage in the US. I'll tell you right now, the answer is never, the only reason why there's a minimum wage is to ensure that entry level jobs like...fast food, get paid at a point where it's survivable. And let's be realistic, you can survive on it. It's not a career. Hell I know people who live in ~$12k/year in Canada that's disability. And that's half the earnings of someone who'd make it as minimum wage working straight. And I've been there myself.

I look at it like this, if they want to wildcat and strike. It just means that they can get their asses fired and someone else can take their jobs. Last time I looked you guys were in full shit-mode regarding jobs.

We were much better off in the 50s-70s.

When the money is spread amongst a large group of people, it gets spent.
When it's concentrated amongst a small group of people, it gets hoarded.

The wealth disparity is literally strangling our economy, not to mention the issue of the actions many take to acquire more wealth.
 
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