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News Comments > Hello Games "Would Like" to Bring No Man's Sky to PCs
29. Re: Hello Games Jun 25, 2014, 14:47 Beamer
 
ASeven wrote on Jun 25, 2014, 14:41:
Beamer wrote on Jun 25, 2014, 14:29:
Minecraft has sold more on consoles than PC. Would you say it's "dumbed down?"

Wrong on that number.

http://www.polygon.com/2014/4/29/5665834/minecraft-sales-15m-copies-pc

Minecraft has sold more on PC than on both consoles. Also, lumping two platforms against one is a bit disingenuous.

Right on that number:
https://twitter.com/pgeuder/status/481812186390880257

And it's more than two consoles, and it's combining PCs and Macs, but regardless, it's sold more on consoles than PCs. It's not dumbed down. People have this weird notion that things are guaranteed to be dumbed down to be on consoles.
 
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News Comments > Hello Games "Would Like" to Bring No Man's Sky to PCs
27. Re: Hello Games Jun 25, 2014, 14:29 Beamer
 
Pr()ZaC wrote on Jun 25, 2014, 14:27:
verybad1 wrote on Jun 25, 2014, 14:02:
Overon wrote on Jun 25, 2014, 13:51:
If it ever comes to PC, it will hampered down by ps4 console limitations built in. So meh.

*meh* as regards to that, the PS4 is capable enough that most limitations based on the machine shouldn't necessarily make the result a bad game on PC. Early Xbox360 and PS3 games were fine for the time on PC (if the original game was good to begin with, and they did a decent job bringing it over)

Would the game test a top line PC game now? No, but that's not what defines good gameplay.
It's not because of the hardware, it's because of the audience.
SC or Elite are not being developed with a console-centric mentality, which normally would "dumb down" the experience.

Normally, maybe, but not always.
Minecraft has sold more on consoles than PC. Would you say it's "dumbed down?"
 
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News Comments > Hello Games "Would Like" to Bring No Man's Sky to PCs
23. Re: Hello Games Jun 25, 2014, 13:46 Beamer
 
NamecaF wrote on Jun 25, 2014, 10:30:
Yeah, this definitely has red flags all over it.

And after reading that interview with the devs, I lost interest in it.

The fact that it isnt truly procedurally generated content and is instead specifically crafted (so everyone's going to experience the same wildlife, flora, geography, etc of every planet) was a bit of a let down.

Not to mention the fact that their focus is simply being MMO exploration and space fighting rather than missions and a story/campaign bummed me out.

I was hoping it was going to be like a procedurally generated sci-fi Skyrim-type game with single player story/campaign, side missions, random jobs/quests, star system exploration, planetary exploration, space and land battles against AI enemies, AI NPCs, etc.

Maybe one day

Probably no day. At that point, coding the rules and logic for a world that has rules and logic is far more difficult than just building the world. I mean, the best we have today is Minecraft, which is still the exact same experience for everyone, just in different ways. It's a brilliantly generated procedural landscape full of all the same things for everyone.

And, as a whole, I think procedural generation is utter crap for anything other than games where you basically build your gameplay. If Minecraft had missions they'd be vapid and terrible. As it stands the procedural world often has you spending a whole lot of time exploring things that go nowhere. The fun is the exploration, for a time. Put that into a Skyrim type game and suddenly all the utterly pointless caves become a huge burden.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 25, 2014, 13:42 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 25, 2014, 13:35:
LittleMe wrote on Jun 25, 2014, 12:05:
And how about holding publishers and developers liable for not fixing their hacked games? Nah, getting the government involved is about revenge, not fixing things. I sympathize with the desire for making them serve criminal sentences but really, it won't fix much and it won't work anyway. Vote with your wallet and complain when there are problems, that will work.

Exactly. Company is to lazy and cheap to fix their game so they get the taxpayers to deal with it? That ain't right.

It doesn't really work like that. And I'm shocked people here think it does.

I mean, there's an entire industry out there dedicated to creating hacks. Any time something is fixed, they find a new way. The only way to stop this is to completely take control of someone's computer and pay attention to everything they're running. No one wants this, and even that isn't entirely foolproof. Or to stream everything like Gaiku or whatever that other one was, and again, no one wants this and someone would still find a way.

Basically, there's no way to prevent hackers from hacking a game. None. Can you guys name a single game that hasn't been hacked? A lot of Xbox Live stuff was pretty hacker-free because, well, because they controlled the entire experience and could detect hacked systems with a reasonable degree of accuracy. And most of this board kind of hates them for it.

If the hacks were built-in cheats, like turning on god mode in multiplayer, yes, I'd agree. But when people are using external programs they're buying solely to cheat, I think that's a bit different than "lazy devs need to fix their lazy game!" Didn't we learn from CS back in the day? A new version fixing the cheats goes out at noon and the guy selling the cheats has his version out by 2.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
20. Re: Into the Black Jun 25, 2014, 13:37 Beamer
 
I've heard this will be less a reboot and more ignoring all the shit that has come. So it will probably assume that Predator happened. Maybe Predator 2, but probably not.

And you kind of have to ignore Predator 2. At the end of Predator a lone survivor is found. People probably don't take him seriously. His story is either forgotten or, for the purposes of making the film better, remembered as a bit of an urban legend and bit of lunacy.

In a new Predator sequel, you can have an elite forces team encounter him again. Probably in the desert, since that's where our elite forces are these days (but it's way less interesting.) The Predator likes hunting dangerous prey, so this makes sense. In further sequels, now that two teams have confirmed the Predator's existence, it can be taken more seriously, baited, whatever.

But you need to ignore Predator 2, which sucked and had endless witnesses and would create a world where everyone believed in aliens, and you definitely need to ignore Aliens vs Predator, which for some reason made creatures we had to travel dozens of light years 200 years in the future to find actually have been on our home planet longer than we have.
 
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Trailer
6. Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Trailer Jun 24, 2014, 22:19 Beamer
 
Task wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 21:28:
worth a torrent
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
43. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 24, 2014, 20:10 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 19:37:
Creston wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 18:52:
But would it be worse than Lucas' original idea to have a cameo by fucking N-SYNC?

I mean, for all how Tom Cruise is a phenomenal wackjob, he is a pretty good actor, and he usually makes enjoyable movies. (haven't seen the sci-fi groundhog day yet)

I don't think having Tom Cruise in Star Wars would make it somehow worse. Had he played some pansy-ass Jedi who gets cut down like a bitch in Episode II, it wouldn't have made that movie worse.

I think the only problem with Cruise is that he's so iconic, that you get taken out of a film by his mere presence, regardless of what he's doing. I had the same problem with Jackson as Mace Windu. Although, I could see Cruise as a pretty awesome bad guy, if his ego would let him take such a role. And who knows, maybe he'll have on some Darth Maul style makeup and we won't even recognize him.

As for N-Sync, there's precedent. I've liked both Timberlake and Wahlberg in films, so I don't think it's totally out in left field. And you could argue that they've had plenty of practice acting on stage in hundreds of concerts, b/c you know they're not really singing up there.

He likely knows this and would just be an alien under heavy makeup
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
8. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 24, 2014, 19:24 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 19:19:
Beamer wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 15:44:
jdreyer wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 14:52:
Chromebook buyers were promised two years of free Verizon data, only got one.

Well, when you're a monopoly in most markets, you can do whatever you like. Sounds like they've got some lawyers on it though, so here's hoping for a good outcome, and some punitive damages for Verizon as well.

Are you certain this is Verizon's fault? They didn't sell these devices, Google did, and Google was making the 2 year claim.

That said, it's probably Verizon's fault. But Google is probably also somewhat guilty.

No, good point. Re-reading I see that these were sold from the Play store, not from Verizon as I'd initially assumed (since most LTE devices are sold by the carrier offering the service). You're probably right and Google advertised 2 years, but only secured one from Verizon.

Also reveals my kneejerk assumption of Verizon guilt.

I mean, it's not an entirely unfair knee-jerk reaction. My assumption, based on nothing, is that Google and Verizon likely reached an agreement of 1 year with a second free if a certain number converted to paid customers. That didn't happen, and Verizon opted out. It makes Verizon jerks. But it makes Google jerks, too, for advertising something not set in stone.

And that last part is all we really know - Google sold something that wasn't necessarily true. But Verizon is probably jerks. Verizon is kind of always jerks.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
34. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 24, 2014, 19:19 Beamer
 
1badmf wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 19:00:
$20 for a supermarket steak?!? good god, hope it was at least a Prime cut. at my local i can get a pack of two choice cuts for about $8, not even marked down. and the best steak i've ever made was just last week, bought a single from target, not even labelled with USDA cut type, and it was amazing. or if i really wanna go cheap i can go to stater bros., buy a single unlabelled steak for $4.

The best supermarket steaks I've had are filets from Whole Foods. Their grass fed filets were $27.99 per pound, and "grass fed" seems to be a buzzword, but they were also from a farm about 20 miles from where I bought the steaks. It was a small farm one of my favorite restaurants also used. That was the true distinguisher. Insane price, though.

Out here everything seems to be Painted Hills, which I've found to be pretty good but not incredible.

 
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News Comments > More Crytek Rumors
36. Re: More Crytek Rumors Jun 24, 2014, 18:00 Beamer
 
Wildone wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 17:55:
Just wait till the Liberals come for YOUR money..

Edit - nin beat me to it.
 
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News Comments > More Crytek Rumors
27. Re: More Crytek Rumors Jun 24, 2014, 16:35 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 16:27:
Creston wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 16:15:
As much as I feel for employees who are trapped in a struggling company, I will never understand the "THE CEO STILL DRIVES HIS FERRARI TO WORK" complaint. If that's his car, what else is he supposed to do? Ride on a bicycle?

When you can't pay your employees? Might want to be a little less conspicuous.


And no one has just a Ferrari. At the very least they have a Civic or a minivan somewhere, too.
 
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News Comments > More Crytek Rumors
16. Re: More Crytek Rumors Jun 24, 2014, 15:48 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 14:19:
Pair of Ferraris hahah. I would never work for a douchebag who drove a Ferrari to the office. My boss is a smart, humble guy who drives a 15 year old Ford and has a great profit sharing program. It sends a good message to clients and coworkers while also ensuring people aren't crawling up his ass for bonuses every year.

It's part of games culture. Go to the parking lot of any successful games company and you'll see plenty of them. I remember talking to someone from Epic and they basically said you could tell someone's role based on the car they drove. VPs and engine devs had supercars. That said, simple tact would probably dictate that if you aren't paying employees on time you probably shouldn't flaunt your personal wealth.

Speaking of Epic, they've poached engine talent from Crytek before and, if the company dissolves, I'd expect them to go on a hiring spree. Then again, they did that when Big Huge Games fell apart, and that lasted six months. I'd wager any new employees have to head to NC.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
5. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 24, 2014, 15:44 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 14:52:
Chromebook buyers were promised two years of free Verizon data, only got one.

Well, when you're a monopoly in most markets, you can do whatever you like. Sounds like they've got some lawyers on it though, so here's hoping for a good outcome, and some punitive damages for Verizon as well.

Are you certain this is Verizon's fault? They didn't sell these devices, Google did, and Google was making the 2 year claim.

That said, it's probably Verizon's fault. But Google is probably also somewhat guilty.
 
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News Comments > Crytek Denies Bankruptcy Rumor
22. Re: Crytek Denies Bankruptcy Rumor Jun 24, 2014, 15:42 Beamer
 
Frags4Fun wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 15:21:
Beamer wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 11:14:
Frags4Fun wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 09:48:
How many times have we seen a story like this on Bluesnews? A rumor about a gaming company comes out and shortly after, the company releases a statement denying the rumors. Then, a week or two later we find out it was entirely true. I've lost count over the years.

Yeah, but they have to deny it. Do you know what happens if they admit it?
They go bankrupt.

You want to do that at the last possible moment. As soon as you admit it, everyone treats you like you've already done it. It strains your finances even further and makes something that may only be likely now be guaranteed.

I totally understand that and was actually thinking exactly what you said as I was typing my original comment. They definitely have no choice but to hide it until the last possible moment. It's quite entertaining for us though since we see the same pattern over and over.

Yup. Depressing, really.
Crytek, though, is probably one of the few that's an outright surprise. Even 38 Greenmonster Whatever was surprising due to funding but a company many felt was probably not being managed overly well.
 
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News Comments > Crytek Denies Bankruptcy Rumor
19. Re: Crytek Denies Bankruptcy Rumor Jun 24, 2014, 11:14 Beamer
 
Frags4Fun wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 09:48:
How many times have we seen a story like this on Bluesnews? A rumor about a gaming company comes out and shortly after, the company releases a statement denying the rumors. Then, a week or two later we find out it was entirely true. I've lost count over the years.

Yeah, but they have to deny it. Do you know what happens if they admit it?
They go bankrupt.

You want to do that at the last possible moment. As soon as you admit it, everyone treats you like you've already done it. It strains your finances even further and makes something that may only be likely now be guaranteed.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Passes $47M
14. Re: Star Citizen Passes $47M Jun 24, 2014, 03:20 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 01:59:
Jackplug wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 00:01:
$47million, please stop telling us, like we care!

Until there is such a time when a SC thread has 0 comments, I suspect that we'll continue to see posts on it. I like them, this is kind of history in the making. No game with either this amount of crowd funding has ever been done, and it's quite the experiment. Also, I appreciate the transparency they're giving us, hopefully it's not overwhelming them.
Undoubtedly history in the making.
Good history? Bad history? We'll see. But something impressive.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
56. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 24, 2014, 00:27 Beamer
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 23:41:
Oh please. Beamer, you are the one obvious racist on this website with your never ending bitchfest about "straight white males". Mostly everyone here sees through your little act. Pretending to be a champion for gay rights didn't work. Pretending to be a feminist didn't work. Pretending to care about Native Americans and Muslims or whatever else will not elevate you to a messiah for the downtrodden. Lighten the fuck up.

Putting your self-righteous nonsense back on ignore where you belong.

Ah, in Mad Max's head, you can't have empathy for different people, you're "pretending." And going a day without mentioning something means you "gave up."

I'm so sick of "social justice warriors" like him that won't shut up about how everyone else needs to shut up.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
53. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2014, 23:30 Beamer
 
harlock wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 23:13:
Beamer wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 21:35:
harlock wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 21:18:
"muslim" isnt a race, genius

Nice cop out, Bill Maher.
Regardless, most muslims belong to one race. It's de facto racism.

how is that a cop out? do you even know what that means?

and all muslims are one race? so whos racist again? methinks the lady doth protest too much...

I didn't say "all."
And it is a cop out. Rather than address the fact that he made a gross generalization, you're nitpicking. That's a cop out.

Speaking of looking things up, you need to look up what "de facto racism is." Hint: the Tea Party uses it all the time. Screw it, I'm done with this conversation and don't want more derailing back and forth so I'll just tell you - de facto racism is when someone says something not based on exactly and claims it makes them not racist because, even though the statement covers almost exclusively one race, there are tiny percentages of other races covered as well.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
49. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2014, 21:35 Beamer
 
harlock wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 21:18:
"muslim" isnt a race, genius

Nice cop out, Bill Maher.
Regardless, most muslims belong to one race. It's de facto racism.
 
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News Comments > Crytek Denies Bankruptcy Rumor
10. Re: Crytek Denies Bankruptcy Rumor Jun 23, 2014, 20:55 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 20:43:
I never realized Crytek had 800 people. That seems like an awful lot for a company with their limited output.

They've been that big for a while. They had studios everywhere. Every-frickin'-where.

Epic did, too. Epic. Epic China, which itself owned the Fat Princess studio. People Can Fly. Chair. Epic Japan. Epic Korea.
I think the big difference is that, for the most part, those regional subsidiaries were less studios and more regionalization and support. They didn't have huge staffs and weren't expected to do dev work.
 
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