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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Op Ed Feb 4, 2014, 14:53 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 4, 2014, 14:17:
Beamer wrote on Feb 4, 2014, 14:02:
HL is 16 years old. Why isn't Gearbox allowed to make their own HL game yet?! That would make the industry better!

It could star Mario and Sonic, too!

You joke, but if HL had entered the public domain, someone else may have picked up the mantle and provided us with another HL game. No one would make a HL game with Mario and Sonic b/c no one would buy it. Straw man argument.

It's the worst case scenario, but I don't see any good case scenarios. Do we really want Gearbox making a HL game?

Even if it was a good company making a HL game, wouldn't we rather they just make their own world and their own characters? Would HL have been as good if Valve just used Doom Guy?

China briefly had a creepy knock-off DisneyWorld. Is the world better if every supermarket has half-assed Mickeys walking around?
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
3. Re: Op Ed Feb 4, 2014, 14:02 Beamer
 
HL is 16 years old. Why isn't Gearbox allowed to make their own HL game yet?! That would make the industry better!

It could star Mario and Sonic, too!
 
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Thief; New Trailer Released
47. Re: Gone Gold - Thief; New Trailer Released Feb 4, 2014, 13:20 Beamer
 
Alamar wrote on Feb 4, 2014, 12:37:
As I didn't like the original Thief games very much, and enjoyed Deus Ex:HR, and Dishonored, and other recent stealth games with action, I welcome these changes... Not enough to run out and buy it, but I'll look for it in a year or so for $5.

Just recently played through Tomb Raider (for $5), and thoroughly enjoyed it, and installed Max Payne 3 (that I also got for $5 some time in the last half year, or part of a bundle), and intend to see how that is... Plus I have dozen's of unfinished games I spent considerably more on (currently going through M&M:X, Amalur, Batman:Origins), so I think I can wait ; )

-Alamar

I'm with you. I love stealth, so long as I have the option to fight my way out of a mistake. Thief didn't give me that option - it was pure stealth. I never much liked those games, but always play very stealthy in other games. Or try, until I make a mistake, stab someone in the face and run away like a madman.
 
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News Comments > Nadella New MS CEO; Gates Out as Chairman
3. Re: Nadella New MS CEO; Gates Out as Chairman Feb 4, 2014, 12:28 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Feb 4, 2014, 12:14:
They put Stephen Elop in charge of the devices division which includes the Xbox. So that probably means its here to stay unless he's covertly tanking it for a competitor like he did with Nokia.

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News Comments > Gone Gold - Thief; New Trailer Released
38. Re: Gone Gold - Thief; New Trailer Released Feb 4, 2014, 12:11 Beamer
 
Quinn wrote on Feb 4, 2014, 11:53:
I hate Dishonored. Hate it. The protagnist; the story; the environment; even the graphics themselves -- all so very, very bland. Due to Dishonored, I now hate the entire setting and anything Tesla-inspired. Please don't let this be a Dishonored clone. Let the gameplay not be developed around killing stuff, while the game itself whispers in your ear you'd best play nice like that dumb shit of a game. There's so much wrong with Dishonored it all wants to come out at once.

Please. Not a Dishonored clone.

I hated Dishonored through about the first full mission.

Then it very rapidly grew on me. With a lot of games I would just uninstall it before hitting that point, but a few things kept me going with Dishonored, in part the realization that there was a quicksave and quickload instead of just checkpoints (how novel! Really, though, I played at least an hour before realizing this.)
 
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Thief; New Trailer Released
14. Re: Gone Gold - Thief; New Trailer Released Feb 4, 2014, 10:29 Beamer
 
Bundy wrote on Feb 4, 2014, 09:41:
Then I can probably guarantee you that you won't be buying it. Can't remember the last time I read a review of a console port that said, "best played with keyboard/mouse" unless it can ONLY be played with a keyboard/mouse

you won't play games not best with keyboard and mouse? I guess you missed far cry 3 and xcom, huh?

shame, those were great games that had some serious mouse/ui issues that made controllers a much smoother experience, though m+k wad quite acceptable.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
3. Re: Into the Black Feb 3, 2014, 19:52 Beamer
 
Supposedly Disney is laying off hundreds of interactive employees this week.

I can't imagine. They keep doing this. They lay everyone off, slowly restaff, then lay everyone off.

As a result, no one wants to work there. New people breaking into the industry do, but no one with experience will go near it because everyone knows people that have been laid off. Hired, underfunded, swept under the rug, laid off. Then new people hired and the same cycle.

It's mind-blowing. This is at least the third time this has happened since 2010.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
2. Re: Evening Mobilization Feb 3, 2014, 19:43 Beamer
 
It sounds like Tiny Death Tower.

I downloaded the original Tiny Tower, and it was awful, but it gave me currency often enough to check in on it 5 minutes a day when I was ridiculously bored.

So I downloaded Tiny Death Tower. It gives you currency very, very infrequently, trying to force you to buy it instead.

They're terrible "games." Terrible. There's absolutely no strategy involved. There are no choices to make other than "Choose A for something very good, choose B for something less good, which do you want?" That's all gameplay is - making a very rudimentary choice that's incredibly obvious. No skill. No talent. Nothing to learn. No strategy involved.

And those games make mint.
 
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News Comments > PC Minecraft Passes 14M Sales
43. Re: PC Minecraft Passes 14M Sales Feb 3, 2014, 18:57 Beamer
 
Undocumented Alien wrote on Feb 3, 2014, 15:19:
How far away are we from having a generation of kids who have tablets, but not PCs? Do we have one already?

Not taking into consideration one's like or dislike for Microsoft, but I believe that the Surface Pro 1/2 is bridging the gap between the two. However, I don't think that a "pure" tablet, like an iPad, will totally replace a PC because of MOD's (and horsepower as it stands today). My son plays Minecraft PE on the iPad, but he likes me to install MOD's on the PC version as it GREATLY extends the game and what you can do with it. My kids definitely use the iPad for Angry Birds etc, "lite" games, but eveb my 6 y/o can see the value in what the PC can do for a game.

A "pure" tablet is just a bridge, anyway. Its a product in the early part of its development curve, kind of like laptops once were - back when they were 15 lbs "portable computers." They'll keep getting powerful, to the point where companies like Google and Apple have to ask difficult questions about whether their stripped-down, limited OSs still make sense for the product.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
4. Re: Morning Consolidation Feb 3, 2014, 18:54 Beamer
 
beigemore wrote on Feb 3, 2014, 15:21:
PS+ games are for life, but your subscription has to be active to play them. You also have to add them to your cart and "purchase" them in order to be able to access them later. So if you don't "purchase" this month's games now and they swap them out, you won't be able to get them again until they offer them again.

How is that different than Xbox?
Sorry, I know I could Google this, but nowhere seems to break it down well.

Are Xbox games permanently free, not just that month? Do you keep them even if you leave Live? Neither of those things sound like a big deal - if my Live account is no longer Gold its because I'm no longer playing that system. And I'd still prefer more restrictive better games.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
5. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 3, 2014, 18:52 Beamer
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Feb 3, 2014, 13:31:
Dear T-Mobile; Do you know how to "break up the duopoly?" ACTUALLY BUILD THE AWESOME NETWORK YOU HAVE BEEN CROWING ABOUT FOR YEARS. Derp. Yes, T-Mob is great in major metropolitan areas. Once you leave those areas you might as well just turn off your phone for all the service you will receive.

Signed,
Speaking from experience, went back to Verizon.

250 million Americans live in metropolitan areas.


Which is the thing that always kills me about Verizon commercials (I'm a Verizon user, FYI.) They show "the map" and brag about it. Great, but the Verizon map shows all this coverage in parts of America you couldn't pay me to even drive through. I'd love an "enhance" button, to see how coverage looks in places I'd actually live in or even visit.

For the most part, it's still better Verizon, except for the time I lived in a city where neither my apartment nor my school allowed Verizon reception. I could make calls outside the buildings, but unlike the other carriers, not inside. That was swell.
 
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News Comments > Take Two Financials - GTA5 Sells > 32M
9. Re: Take Two Financials - GTA5 Sells > $32M Feb 3, 2014, 18:46 Beamer
 
Jeeeeeeeeeeeezus  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Feb 3, 2014, 14:04 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Feb 3, 2014, 11:29:
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say they'll have FEAR2 and Paperboy for free. Next month, though? ZAXXON and Robin to the Rescue!!

I was on some other news site and made the mistake of reading the comments about how crappy the XBL Gold games are. I figured it would be entertaining.

The comments seemed to be that they're lesser than the PSN ones, but you have them for life. I thought you had the PSN ones for life, too. Is that not true?

Regardless, I'd rather 30 days of a great game (followed by another 30 days of another great game) than a lifetime of a mediocre one.
 
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News Comments > PC Minecraft Passes 14M Sales
39. Re: PC Minecraft Passes 14M Sales Feb 3, 2014, 11:19 Beamer
 
Undocumented Alien wrote on Feb 3, 2014, 08:23:
I have a friend's kid who plays a lot. Whenever he's taken anywhere he is playing on the tablet. I suspect many of the people buying on platforms other than PC, also have it on the PC.

Exactly, when we are at home my son plays it on the PC, when we are travelling he plays the PE version on the iPad.

I was watching, in the reflection of the window on a flight, someone play on a tablet for a while. They had the most intricate minecar setup I'd ever seen. But he started flying after a few minutes and I realized he had true sandbox mode on - no clipping, godmode and infinite resources. He was just building, not playing the "game" aspect.

I also then realized he was about 11.
With a crazy, crazy track setup.
 
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News Comments > PC Minecraft Passes 14M Sales
38. Re: PC Minecraft Passes 14M Sales Feb 3, 2014, 11:18 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Feb 3, 2014, 06:35:
Beamer wrote on Feb 3, 2014, 01:24:
Darks wrote on Feb 3, 2014, 01:11:
But, I thought the PC was dead?

I'm officially banning every idiot saying this, especially about a game that's clearly an exception to every single rule you could ever make.

So the PC...is dead? What?

Is disco dead?
I'm sure at least a few disco albums were released last year. Its probably fine. Anyone claiming disco is dead, or even dying, is a moron. There will always be disco fans and disco bands.



No, PC gaming is not "dead," but it isn't healthy, it isn't growing, and it isn't nearly as profitable as other platforms. PC profits tend to be grouped up into a few entities (Mojang and Valve being the two biggest), with the rest being split between casual games for major publishers and a whole lot of indies making good money for teams of 1-10 people but not enough to support larger scale growth.

But, for some reason, people think "PC gaming is dead" means "literally no one plays PC games and literally no PC game can make money," so any time a game does well on PCs, they say stupid shit like "oh, I thought PC gaming was dead, lulz."
It's either a deliberate misunderstanding of what people mean, as well as a clear logical fallacy to see Minecraft do well and make this argument (it's almost always made in Minecraft threads), or its just spouted by idiots too stupid to understand what anyone means why they discuss the seeming death of PC gaming. They're not making an argument like "if Minecraft is doing well, other games can, too, and PC gaming is seeing quite an indie revival." They're arguing against a literal statement no one is making.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
54. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 3, 2014, 11:12 Beamer
 
jacobvandy wrote on Feb 3, 2014, 02:38:
Beamer wrote on Feb 3, 2014, 01:23:
You don't think that, if it was legal, you wouldn't have more people trying it out of curiosity?

Right now, illegality and it simply being difficult to access absolutely limits who is doing it. Obviously a large amount of people still have access to it, but I don't think it's hard to imagine that there are plenty of people that never try it because they never have the opportunity, and that the legal issues further discourage them from overcoming that. I don't think many people would disagree that no one listens to what the government discourages us from. Some, however, do listen to what they prohibit us from.

Removing all barriers will absolutely increase first time users, and for things like meth, first time users are never only time users.
This isn't something like marijuana, which is harmless. This is something that legitimately destroys people.

Also, the "if people want to ruin themselves I say let them" argument below Prez' is a terrible one.

Lol, well since you avoid everything else in my post under the pretense of disagreeing with the basic premise of personal liberty laid out in the first sentence, could you at least explain why you think that's so terrible? Or are you just being typically disingenuous like so many others who are so quick to shrug off any notion of legalizing drugs? I don't think the government needs to be in the business of protecting people from themselves. Certainly not if the only goal is to prevent your "large amount of people" (I'd wager less than 1% of the population, are those who are inclined to want to do hard drugs and the only thing stopping them is a law) from harming themselves because they're stupid. It wouldn't be ignorance, either, because you would still have education of the dangers out there, as well as resources for those who need help when they've gotten in over their heads. Just like you do now for tobacco and alcohol, and those aren't even a fraction as harmful. At some point you need to allow common sense to do its work, or else you end up with Idiocracy.

Again, do you really think all of the negative consequences of these drugs being illegal is worth protecting that small subsect of the population from doing something dumb?

I don't think it's "typically disingenuous."

The government isn't in the business of protecting us from ourselves. It is in the business of protecting us from idiots around us.

Do you know what methheads are? Dangerous. And expensive. The fewer we have, the better. Hence, meth is illegal.

We know, conclusively, marijuana doesn't have the same effects. This is why it's rapidly becoming legal. And, when I worked in criminal law, possession was very rarely prosecuted. Why? It wasted everyone's time. There are only so many judges, and bringing everyone possessing into court would clog things more than they're already clogged.

But meth? Meth is a very different thing.
 
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News Comments > PC Minecraft Passes 14M Sales
31. Re: PC Minecraft Passes 14M Sales Feb 3, 2014, 01:24 Beamer
 
Darks wrote on Feb 3, 2014, 01:11:
But, I thought the PC was dead?

I'm officially banning every idiot saying this, especially about a game that's clearly an exception to every single rule you could ever make.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
43. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 3, 2014, 01:23 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Feb 3, 2014, 01:01:
Beamer wrote on Feb 2, 2014, 17:38:
Prez wrote on Feb 2, 2014, 17:12:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Feb 2, 2014, 15:53:

Drug od at 46? Hows that legal argument now?

So if someone commits suicide with a gun should those be illegal too? I am extremely libertarian when it comes to individual rights, so yes, I absolutely think drugs should be legal.

All drugs?
Meth and PCP?

Yep. It's not like the people addicted to stuff like that are having any problem getting it while it's illegal. All we're doing is wasting tax money and wasting the time and efforts of good guys like Bats on what amounts to a completely futile effort. Why don't we instead spend some of those wasted resources on getting the people who need help with their addictions rehabilitated? Criminalizing them and incarcerating them does way more harm than good.

You don't think that, if it was legal, you wouldn't have more people trying it out of curiosity?

Right now, illegality and it simply being difficult to access absolutely limits who is doing it. Obviously a large amount of people still have access to it, but I don't think it's hard to imagine that there are plenty of people that never try it because they never have the opportunity, and that the legal issues further discourage them from overcoming that. I don't think many people would disagree that no one listens to what the government discourages us from. Some, however, do listen to what they prohibit us from.

Removing all barriers will absolutely increase first time users, and for things like meth, first time users are never only time users.
This isn't something like marijuana, which is harmless. This is something that legitimately destroys people.

Also, the "if people want to ruin themselves I say let them" argument below Prez' is a terrible one.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 2, 2014, 17:38 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Feb 2, 2014, 17:12:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Feb 2, 2014, 15:53:

Drug od at 46? Hows that legal argument now?

So if someone commits suicide with a gun should those be illegal too? I am extremely libertarian when it comes to individual rights, so yes, I absolutely think drugs should be legal.

All drugs?
Meth and PCP?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
55. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 1, 2014, 23:51 Beamer
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Feb 1, 2014, 20:51:
Beamer wrote on Feb 1, 2014, 19:57:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Feb 1, 2014, 19:43:
/deleted - went on a big long spin - no one cares.

Make things legal, let people take whatever they want, but it will take a TON of legislation to deal with the destruction that it causes. No one cares if shit bird drug addict does xyz to themselves, but they disrupt A LOT a long the way and the destruction is a large swath far and wide.....we will pay for it as a whole - the money for the "drug war" will just be money for the "fix me war".....

I don't have the answers. I have great solutions that no one likes. There will be a time when people will say enough is enough.....we will have enough victims that they will be loud one day....until then, turds will be turds and continue to be turds cause jail is not big deal.

The "1%" problem is growing...

It's not worth it.
The libertarian "it should be legal, what, because some people may have an issue it isn't?" argument is an idiotic one. It doesn't actually address why something should be legal, just why it shouldn't be illegal.

And it runs into huge flaws because it's only used for something that individual wants to be legal. You can easily find things illegal that they happily agree shouldn't be legal, without them realizing the logic they're applying is solely personal opinion.

Which is why I laugh at the MJ argument. "Cause it has medical benefits" yea for the .05%, the rest of you just want to get high.

THIS

Parents need to be charged. In every case.

Oh, we're talking MJ?

Well, in that case, I actually do believe that the cost of fighting it is significantly greater than the cost letting it run as free as alcohol would be.

Significantly.

Cocaine? Molly? Keep that shit illegal? Weed? Let that run free. We've spent far too many resources and ruined far too many otherwise-fine lives over this.
 
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