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News Comments > Op Ed
16. Re: Op Ed Sep 15, 2014, 14:01 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 12:01:
Beamer wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 11:18:

There's outrage now over something more minor, and the outrage is rarely very far from words about some woman's sexuality, which is why people argue. The anti gamers-gate aren't people that say "Video game 'journalism' is without problems" it's people saying "seriously, all your whining about journalism seems to be masking something else."

Why else would Anita Sarkeesian be so heavily mentioned? She's not a journalist.
Yep that's why anita went right off the bat making it about sexuality, femnism, and going right out into la-la land to make shit up to suit their agenda.

If #gamergate is just about journalism, why is Anita even factoring in? Why are people addressing her at all? She's not a journalist.
 
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News Comments > MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed
55. Re: MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed Sep 15, 2014, 13:37 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 13:33:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 13:23:
They probably have a no compete for a "block based building game" or something, but it sounds like they're not even interested in doing that.
Not that you were saying otherwise, but why would they? Kind of, "been there, done that" territory...

Regardless, Notch says that anything he does that even has a possibility of getting big will be abandoned immediately.

Seems he really has no interest in ever being in the spotlight again.
 
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News Comments > MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed
44. Re: MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed Sep 15, 2014, 12:49 Beamer
 
MindStalker3 wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 12:45:
ItBurn wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 10:24:
"There’s no reason for the development, sales, and support of the PC/Mac......versions of Minecraft to stop"
What? There are MANY reasons to stop the development if Microsoft owns it. There's no way Microsoft would release a game for PS3-4... Explain this to me.

The "game" can and will never recoup the 2.5Billion spent. Buying Minecraft is all about buying the IP and possibly the ecosystem. First comes the marketing, Minecraft Movie, Minecraft plushies, etc, etc all of which will make tons of money. Then comes the ecosystem, no more lauchers, it will be Microsoft's store that you buy or obtain skin packs, maps, mods, etc. They don't care if your running on Apple or PS4, its their game and Microsoft will make a cut from every skin pack bought. Most likely they will make a cut from all the Minecraft videos on youtube as well. The ecosystem is huge, they would be hurting themselves to limit it.


All that out-of-game stuff exists.

But you're right about the store. There's no good argument for why TF2, DOTA2 and CS:GO successfully have a huge store, and for at least two of those games modding, and Minecraft can't. If Microsoft emulates what Valve has done, I don't think the community would be up in arms. The people that make the mods decide what is free and what isn't and take a chunk of the profits themselves.

 
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News Comments > MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed
37. Re: MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed Sep 15, 2014, 12:11 Beamer
 
Flatline wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 11:29:
Beamer wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 11:03:
Interesting, what Notch is basically saying is that, when the Minecraft EULA thing came out, people were dicks to him. Then he watched the Phil Fish video and saw how much they love being dicks to Phil Fish (who is, himself, a dick.)

So he sold his studio.


I get it, it's fair. Minecraft became bigger than Notch, and with that happening, it made Notch bigger than Notch feels Notch is. But getting $2.5 billion dollars won't change that. If Microsoft fucks things up, Notch will be blamed. If Notch makes some small shitty game he enjoys making but few enjoy playing (because it's the kind of small, shitty game he enjoyed making), people will call him an idiot on Twitter. That spotlight is on him for an extremely long time.

If Notch is the majority shareholder I guess he got close to a billion dollars from the deal.

With that kind of money he could completely change his identity, buy a private staffed island, run fiber out to it from wherever, and still have like half a billion dollars left over to live on while he just... did stuff.

I think he'll survive if MS fucks this one up.

More accurate - he can now fund Psychonauts 2 without worrying.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
8. Re: Op Ed Sep 15, 2014, 11:32 Beamer
 
Actually, getting into it, there are many reasons why this doesn't feel like it's truly about journalism.

1) Frankly, the ethics that brought this up seem trivial compared to plenty of other things brought up previously

2) And, the discussion is rarely about the ethics. Hell, nearly everyone here on Blues claiming to be done with Kotaku or RPS aren't done because they feel it's doing underhanded reviews, but because it's done articles about females in gaming

3) And then you have people like Julio, who gleefully make never ending references to "burgers and fries," which would imply that he's not very interested in anything beyond a woman having sex

4) What happened to those men that had sex? Zoe's name keeps figuring in, giving her infinitely more press than she's had before, but what about the other guys? Can anyone even name more than 3 sites she had sex with without looking it up?

5) Then look at two of the people leading the charge of #gamersgate and getting so much support:
Adam Baldwin, who I doubt has ever read a video game review or been to a video game site, but has plenty of tweets about how feminism is awful, &
Milo from Breitbart, who actually said he finds the idea of any grown man playing video games sad, yet has also led plenty of discussions on how awful feminism is
These to keep taking the lead on how bad games journalism is, but have no history of giving a shit about gamers (again, Milo wrote an article over the summer saying all adults playing games are pathetic, not even referencing some vague "gamer" culture), and have a long history of hating feminism.


But yes, it's absolutely about journalism in an industry based around getting you to buy consumer products.
I get that, for some people here, that's what it is about. But it didn't start that way, and certainly isn't for everyone. Even ASeven, who has certainly led the charge here (if you can call endless MSPaint images that are about as easy to follow as a Dr. Bronner's label "leading") started with endless posts about what a hypocrite Zoe Quinn was for all her "feminism" before slowly turning it into complaints about journalism.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Op Ed Sep 15, 2014, 11:18 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Sep 15, 2014, 10:48:
Former journalist speaks out on corruption "in gaming journalism" Yet another ex-gaming journalist speaks out on corruption.

One thing I've noticed in all of this is that the vast majority against GG are millennials. Who take whatever is dropped in front of them as the gospel truth. This is especially true of the third wave feminism, and current round of sjw's who seem to have leadership that goes off and on with the belief that those following only need to "listen and believe." Strange, we used to call those cults.

The vast majority for it are millenials, too. For godssake it's about games. Who is most obsessive about games?

Young people!

And no one denies that there's an issue with game journalism. I posted a link a ways back about a GamePro article describing all the awesome bullshit they got to preview Black Ops, including helicopter rides in Hawaii.
But there was no outrage then.

There's outrage now over something more minor, and the outrage is rarely very far from words about some woman's sexuality, which is why people argue. The anti gamers-gate aren't people that say "Video game 'journalism' is without problems" it's people saying "seriously, all your whining about journalism seems to be masking something else."

Why else would Anita Sarkeesian be so heavily mentioned? She's not a journalist.
 
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News Comments > MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed
18. Re: MS/Mojang $2.5B Deal Confirmed Sep 15, 2014, 11:03 Beamer
 
Interesting, what Notch is basically saying is that, when the Minecraft EULA thing came out, people were dicks to him. Then he watched the Phil Fish video and saw how much they love being dicks to Phil Fish (who is, himself, a dick.)

So he sold his studio.


I get it, it's fair. Minecraft became bigger than Notch, and with that happening, it made Notch bigger than Notch feels Notch is. But getting $2.5 billion dollars won't change that. If Microsoft fucks things up, Notch will be blamed. If Notch makes some small shitty game he enjoys making but few enjoy playing (because it's the kind of small, shitty game he enjoyed making), people will call him an idiot on Twitter. That spotlight is on him for an extremely long time.
 
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News Comments > MS to Reveal $2.5B Mojang Deal Tomorrow?
24. Re: MS to Reveal $2.5B Mojang Deal Tomorrow? Sep 14, 2014, 13:15 Beamer
 
This isn't for Xbox, this is for Windows.


Anyway, it inspired me to reinstall it. Maybe I'll play with mods this time. Map mod? Done! Any suggestions for mods?
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
102. Re: Op Ed Sep 13, 2014, 20:59 Beamer
 
ASeven wrote on Sep 13, 2014, 18:26:
A bit of the love and tolerance some of the SJW big names preach, just for the fun of it.

I still don't get why this gets you off so much. It can easily be made about anything. It's morons on Twitter. Why do you love it so much?

I can find morons defending Ray Rice on Twitter. I can find morons claiming he needs to be killed on Twitter. Why do you repeatedly post morons saying things on Twitter?
 
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News Comments > Transverse Funding Reworked
24. Re: Transverse Funding Reworked Sep 12, 2014, 22:47 Beamer
 
verybad1 wrote on Sep 12, 2014, 21:07:
Cutter wrote on Sep 12, 2014, 17:00:
verybad1 wrote on Sep 12, 2014,
Seriously, you think I'm shrilling for them when I mention how badly they're failing on their transverse thing?15:34:

Wow, in the last 17 hours
it's gone from
76 backers and $6530 pledged
to
83 Backers and $7110 pledged.

Nice to see that integrity still matters.

Please note I don't want Piranha to fail. They have the basics to a good game in MWO, they just need to focus more on making that good game than on draining money out of the customers.

I completely understand that they need to make money to continue as a functioning company, but the money WILL come if they work harder on making the game what it was promised to be. As for Transverse, I don't think that Piranha is capable of developing two decent games at the same time. I do want Transverse to go away.

So, in other words you work for them. Shill harder.

I worked for years on modding Mechwarrior 4, and MWO shut us (MekTek) down on that IP. There's no fucking way I'm "shrilling" for them, however I don't think there will be a Mechwarrior game for a very long time if they fail.

When I mentioned "nice to see that integrity still matters" it was because nobody is buying their spiel after how they've treated their customers for MWO.

I'm a long time Mechwarrior/Battletech fan, and I just want there to be a game for it.

Don't take him too seriously, he thinks any opinion different than his on anything from favorite video game to things even more trivial is idiotic. If you have a different opinion than him, you're a troll or a shill.
 
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News Comments > PC GTA5 in January
66. Re: PC GTA5 in January Sep 12, 2014, 20:11 Beamer
 
Frags4Fun wrote on Sep 12, 2014, 20:00:
I was planning to play this over Christmas break because I get 2 weeks off. Last Christmas break I spent most of my evenings playing it on 360 after the Mrs went to bed and had a blast. I was totally psyched to be able to redo it on PC this holiday season and now I'm so disappointed.

Hey Rockstar, you're a bunch of greedy whores and you'll never get another cent from me. It's painfully obvious that you are trying to cash in, again...

F%^& you!

And you people who believe that this isn't motivated by greed are incredibly naive.

Wait, releasing the product isn't greedy, but delaying it is?
Explain how.

Seriously, there's no world where it makes sense to be "motivated by greed." THEY'RE MISSING HOLIDAY!

Unless you think they think that PC gamers somehow missed this on the 360/PS3 and will buy it for the Xbone/PS4. Newsflash: extremely few people have an Xbone or PS4 but not a 360 or PS3. The people that missed GTAV are primarily PC gamers.

Your logic just doesn't add up to me. "I WANTED TO BUY THIS SOONER. MAKING ME WAIT IS GREEDY!"
 
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News Comments > Transverse Funding Reworked
16. Re: Transverse Funding Reworked Sep 12, 2014, 15:20 Beamer
 
I hadn't realized MWO was crowd funded. Wow.  
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News Comments > Transverse Funding Reworked
12. Re: Transverse Funding Reworked Sep 12, 2014, 14:25 Beamer
 
Loose Cannon wrote on Sep 12, 2014, 14:16:
Beamer wrote:
I honestly don't understand all the hate this project is getting.

When their funding initiative began their stretch goals were:
  • 1,000,000 space flight added to the game

  • 1,500,000 customize ship with weapons

  • 2,000,000 space battles


  • It would be great to fund a space-flight game without having the ability to fly in space... or customize your ship... or have space battles.

    *Edit, I thought they had removed those as stretch goals, but they haven't. See for yourself: https://transversegame.com/about/funding

    Wait. So what were they building with a million.
    And what would you do with weapons and not battles.
    Did they mean like, PvP but the game would have PvE?

    I know you probably can't answer this because I get it. They didn't answer this. It's so weird. It's like someone building a space sim that was just a hanger to walk around in and put towels in your cockpit, without there being an actual game around it unless people donated more.
     
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    News Comments > PC GTA5 in January
    45. Re: PC GTA5 in January Sep 12, 2014, 14:22 Beamer
     
    Buying cars?
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but in GTAV you still lose a car you bought if you trash it, or if you leave it and run away from it, correct?

    I never understood that. It's realistic, but it's not fun spending all your cash on a nice new car and then not being able to have fun with it. That's too close to real life. It's like buying The Sims then watching your Sim play a video game more interesting than the one you're playing.

    I much prefer the over the top, unrealistic Saints Row method of trash the car and find it back in your infinite garage. Hell, taking your damaged car out of the garage, blowing it up with a grenade then taking it fully repaired out of the garage again was the cheapest and fastest way to repair!
     
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    News Comments > Evening Mobilization
    18. Re: Evening Mobilization Sep 12, 2014, 13:22 Beamer
     
    Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Sep 12, 2014, 13:14:
    Cutter wrote on Sep 12, 2014, 01:23:
    And you mean the market cap that places America's corporations as Exxon, Apple, and Google in that order? You mean that it only took them less than 10 years to crush what easily should have been Microsoft's #2 spot? Who doesn't know about market cap? Uh huh, keep derpim' away.

    And what's the number 4 US publicly-held corporation by market cap? Microsoft. What was number 3 in the first quarter of this year? Microsoft. Also, Exxon is the number 2 US publicly held company by market cap; Apple has the number 1 spot. It's almost like these corporations move up and down in their relative rankings but all are in the same tier of competition!

    I frankly don't give a shit who is the biggest corporation, but if you're going to make an asinine comment (Apple and Google don't do stupid stuff like Microsoft) and then support it with a metric that cannot be directly compared (stock price) then you need to be called on it. And if you're suddenly so concerned about market cap, then why two days ago were you quoting stock prices as if that had any meaning? It's almost like you had the stunning revelation that not all publicly held corporations have the same number of outstanding shares, subsequently googled "market cap", and are now backpedaling and shifting goal posts in a desperate attempt not to look like a jack ass.

    Well, the goalpost is complaining about me, because I greatly enjoy calling him out on his drive-by idiocy. I have not ignored him, but it's amazing to see how often he says something condescendingly asinine, often from not reading more than the headline, then never returns when people correct is misconception. If he does, he usually doubles down.

    In the thread with the quote I posted here, I asked him if he didn't understand how stock prices work, or if he simply felt that any company not valued higher than Google and Apple was de facto dumb. I suppose that logic makes his own company one of the dumbest on the planet.
     
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    News Comments > PC GTA5 in January
    37. Re: PC GTA5 in January Sep 12, 2014, 13:12 Beamer
     
    ItBurn wrote on Sep 12, 2014, 12:53:
    Beamer wrote on Sep 12, 2014, 12:49:
    ItBurn wrote on Sep 12, 2014, 12:37:
    Verno wrote on Sep 12, 2014, 12:16:
    ItBurn wrote on Sep 12, 2014, 12:01:
    The people working on the PC compatibility stuff are different people. This is simply a planning issue. A ton of other devs release all platforms at the same time successfully. That's because it's planned properly

    Not necessarily, no. Q/A is done many times by the same in-house teams and simply takes longer on a platform with more hardware variation. Different companies have different processes for this kind of thing. A 2 month delay is just fine with me if the port is solid. A lot of other companies release at the same time and it's not always to our benefit.

    There will be plenty of stuff to play around to fill in the gaps anyway *shrug*. I'll be lucky to be finishing off games from November at that point.

    You're right, not necessarily. Rockstar is huge though, you'd think they'd do things properly... Devs that release all platforms at the same time, just plan it in advance. There's no excuse really. I also prefer they give it two more months to get a solid port. But that's not what I think they're doing. They're giving it two more months to give us a crappy port :p

    You're Rockstar. Do you hold up the next-gen releases till past Christmas to make sure they get launched at the same time as the PC release, or do you push the PC release out the door before its ready so that it launches with the other platforms?

    I'm sure they planned it in advance. But some things are exceedingly difficult to rush without dropping quality, and Black Friday waits for no one.

    I obviously am not Rockstar, but if I was Rockstar, I'd plan it in advance, hire the people I need and have all platforms released at the same time... The extra hires aren't lost weight, they can help with other projects. They have the cash...

    Eh. The extra hires are lost weight, because they aren't usually trying to push 3 platforms out the door at once. Plus, it takes a while to hire people (months, usually), takes a while for them to get ramped up and understand what they're doing, takes someone to train them and help them get ramped up, etc.

    And then, when the project finishes and there's nothing in the pipeline to keep that many people occupied, particularly in QA, they get laid off and some PR goes out about rightsizing and blah blah blah.

    Or, instead, you just outsource and avoid much of that, but lose control over the quality of the product.
     
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    News Comments > PC GTA5 in January
    31. Re: PC GTA5 in January Sep 12, 2014, 12:49 Beamer
     
    ItBurn wrote on Sep 12, 2014, 12:37:
    Verno wrote on Sep 12, 2014, 12:16:
    ItBurn wrote on Sep 12, 2014, 12:01:
    The people working on the PC compatibility stuff are different people. This is simply a planning issue. A ton of other devs release all platforms at the same time successfully. That's because it's planned properly

    Not necessarily, no. Q/A is done many times by the same in-house teams and simply takes longer on a platform with more hardware variation. Different companies have different processes for this kind of thing. A 2 month delay is just fine with me if the port is solid. A lot of other companies release at the same time and it's not always to our benefit.

    There will be plenty of stuff to play around to fill in the gaps anyway *shrug*. I'll be lucky to be finishing off games from November at that point.

    You're right, not necessarily. Rockstar is huge though, you'd think they'd do things properly... Devs that release all platforms at the same time, just plan it in advance. There's no excuse really. I also prefer they give it two more months to get a solid port. But that's not what I think they're doing. They're giving it two more months to give us a crappy port :p

    You're Rockstar. Do you hold up the next-gen releases till past Christmas to make sure they get launched at the same time as the PC release, or do you push the PC release out the door before its ready so that it launches with the other platforms?

    I'm sure they planned it in advance. But some things are exceedingly difficult to rush without dropping quality, and Black Friday waits for no one.
     
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    News Comments > Morning Mobilization
    5. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 12, 2014, 12:17 Beamer
     
    UHD wrote on Sep 12, 2014, 11:50:
    Beamer wrote on Sep 12, 2014, 11:26:
    So the iPhone 6 is a little thinner and a little less wide than my phone.

    Fantastic. When I was in Vegas a few months back, I was the only non-iPhone user in a group of about 16. And everyone kept picking up my phone and acting like it was some weird mystery. "What the hell is this thing, it's huge!" they all said with scorn.

    You don't know bewilderment until you tell folks "I have a Windows Phone." People act like you took the short bus.

    I have a Windows Phone.
    But I also live in Seattle, where they have a pretty heavy market share. I see them everywhere. It was weird going back to NYC and sitting having brunch and seeing that everyone had an iPhone. Everyone. Some people also had a Blackberry for work, but even they had a personal iPhone. Very few Android phones, and no WP.

    In Seattle, there are more Android and iPhones than Windows Phone, but a pretty decent balance between all 3. At worst it's 40/40/20.
     
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    News Comments > Out of the Blue
    8. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 12, 2014, 11:36 Beamer
     
    Man, now that gopher knows what our cavemen ancestors learned when they fell off their wooly mammoths and stared into the maw of a T-rex!  
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