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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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News Comments > Out of the Blue
46. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2014, 20:51 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 20:33:
Prior to 9/11 you'd have thought some sheep-herders flying passaneger planes into skyscrapers was nonsense too. The guy was a muslim so that's not beyond the pale of a muslim terrorist plot by any stretch. Maybe he ditched the plane into the ocean on purpose screaming to Allah but the message never got transmitted. There's nothing wild about what terrorists will do.

Can we get a ban for racism here?
The guy was muslim. So are about a billion other people that don't commit crimes.

And no, the 9/11 terrorists weren't "sheep-herders." They came mostly from wealthy backgrounds. Even the ones that came from poor or impoverished regions had college educations. Several were law students. These were men with decent futures carrying out a very well organized plan, which made it all that much more frightening.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Jun 23, 2014, 20:10 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 19:16:
Companies finally realize social media does exactly squat for their bottom line.

Shocker!

What's interesting is that the article doesn't say that at all.

Wait, did I say interesting? Sorry, Cutter making an asinine, uneducated, ignorant comment based on the headline of an article he's too lazy to read isn't interesting, it's an hourly occurrence.

What the article actually says is that companies were crazy about collecting "followers," or "likes" or whatever, and learned that most people just click on that haphazardly. Instead, they've begun focusing on not getting as many followers as possible but getting the right followers, the ones that may actually convert. The ones that have an interest in interacting with the brand. And then they focus on actually giving those people what they'd like to see, increasing the level of service for them, and building a connection they couldn't otherwise. Other companies are using it passively - to see what customers like and don't like and react quickly.

And the companies that just spammed to get likes? Most of them are miffed that it's now not helpful. But that's also because Facebook made algorithm changes a few months back, not mentioned in the article, to try to destroy that type of advertiser. Facebook realized people hated seeing stupid crap and is aggressively trying to prevent you from seeing it. The companies doing that, sadly usually the smaller ones that don't have enough cash to hire someone to be intelligent with social media but do have enough cash to buy ads, are frustrated because no one is seeing those ads. Users are a bit happier because they see fewer pointless ads but, to be honest, 99% of the ads you'll see will be pointless, anyway. For every 1 I see that's useful (and I only see them on my work machine, where seeing them makes sense), I see dozens or more that are utterly pointless. Or frustratingly dedicated to recapturing me. Jesus, Vans, I went to your website for work reasons for 30 seconds today and right now both ads on Blue are identical Free Shipping messaging. I wouldn't ever pay shipping for shoes, so big fucking deal.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
6. Re: Evening Consolidation Jun 23, 2014, 19:17 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 19:01:
But this is a long-term competitive space, which is good for consumers.

Really? So why are games $70 a pop for both of you? Where's the competition driving down prices and creating better products? What about all those exclusives you and Sony love so much? Oh yeah, the competition is awesome! Just love the "free market".

Yeah, man! I mean, there are about a dozen car manufacturers, but good luck getting a car for under $15k! And, despite there being hundreds of companies making gold watches, they're all over a grand!

Free market my butt!




That, or, y'know, making things costs money.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
41. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2014, 19:15 Beamer
 
PropheT wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 19:03:
Beamer wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 18:35:
The NHL playoffs had plenty of players writhing on the ground for no reason.

I watched all or part of every series in the playoffs and don't recall ever seeing someone writhing around on the ground, faking it or otherwise. Guys try to get calls with questionable hits and definitely embellish them, but outright flopping is too costly for the team in hockey and almost never happens.

I can refresh your memory:
http://cdn.bloguin.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2014/05/sniperhabs.gif

 
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News Comments > Crytek Denies Bankruptcy Rumor
4. Re: Crytek Denies Bankruptcy Rumor Jun 23, 2014, 18:40 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 18:26:
Homefront: The Revolution, Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age, Arena of Fate, and Warface

Fuck me that's a sorry list of games... Hunt MIGHT be cool, but the rest, ugh.

Warface was ok when I played it for 30 seconds 30 years ago but it's too crowded a space to care much (then again, it was also created for the Chinese market, so we're an afterthought), and I'll pay attention to Homefront because it's coming from the guys that made Timesplitters, and before that GoldenEye and Perfect Dark... assuming anyone from those teams is still around.

They seriously need better titles. Less semicolons. Less generic.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
3. Re: Evening Consolidation Jun 23, 2014, 18:36 Beamer
 
Maybe they'll incorporate it into a commercial, like with Tiger walking on water.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
37. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2014, 18:35 Beamer
 
The NHL playoffs had plenty of players writhing on the ground for no reason.
Fortunately, the NHL started calling penalties when it was obvious the player hadn't even been hit. That helped reduce that in the Finals. The conference finals, though? Oof. Montreal did it every 30 seconds, and the Rangers began following suit.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Jun 23, 2014, 17:18 Beamer
 
JSP wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 17:09:
I understand that there is Pavlovian, frothing rage and loathing whenever Microsoft is mentioned in BluesNews, but bing is just another service that one can opt not to use. Just like one can opt not to install the 'optional' bing desktop in windows update.

I use the search engine sometimes and they do a pretty decent job. Its Map is actually better than Google for its cleaner and more intuitive interface, imo.

That they still try to sideload things during installation is baffling, though.
Adobe constantly warns me on my work PC that Flash needs to be updated (though updates get pushed from IT so I don't need to bother.) I got annoyed one day and hit "update." The next screen asked me if I wanted to install a few dozen other things, opt-out.
Adobe, c'mon. You're fixing security errors and you want me to install some bullshit with it?

Microsoft, be better than Adobe.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
33. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2014, 16:40 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 15:47:
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 15:31:
Or maybe it was a botched kidnapping or terrorist plot. Guess we'll never really know.

Or maybe aliens teleported the crew and passengers onto their mothership for tea and to create ghastly human-alien hybrids. As long as we're wildly speculating.

The events I'm postulating have occurred many times in the past causing many crashes. Occam's razor.

I'd hate to know what investigators would interpret from my Stunt Island flying in the 90s.

"Well, it appears he took out a 747 with some regularity and flew around buildings and under bridges until he got bored and then smashed it into a building. Then he'd take out the SR-71 and fly it straight up until it would stall, which it wouldn't given the poor physics of the game... then he'd create a new scenario where he'd fly a garbage truck, again ended up in a building..."
 
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News Comments > GameStar: Crytek in Financial Trouble
61. Re: GameStar: Crytek in Financial Trouble Jun 23, 2014, 15:50 Beamer
 
A lot of piling on here. Far Cry felt like a tech demo? Crysis? A lot of grudge carrying, maybe?

I can't get behind that. Quake 3 arguably felt like a tech demo. Gore felt like a tech demo. Far Cry and Crysis had fairly intricate single player plots and gameplay.

If you were to make a tech demo, multiplayer only is the way to go.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft "Confident" in Unified Assassin's Creed Unity Launch
19. Re: Ubisoft Jun 23, 2014, 15:47 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 15:11:
Verno wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 12:53:
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 12:39:
Clearly you don't remember that because you obviously have no clue as to what you're talking about - which is nothing new for you however.

Most people have to work to be this obnoxious but for you I suspect its natural Cutter.

It's so cute. The little fantasy worlds that people like you and Beamer live in where everyone else is the bad guy and wrong, and you're always the good guys and right. Your arrogance and self-delusion boggles the mind. Seek professional help, you guys desperately need it.

This coming from the guy that claims he posts mostly positive stuff.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
21. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 23, 2014, 15:46 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 15:28:
Same reason that food vendors have to acquire licenses and deal with the department of health, etc. to ensure public safety and compliance with public ordinances, taxes, etc. You don't just go open up shop in public anywhere anytime you feel like it. I'm just really curious as to the backstory behind all this.


Sigh.
 
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News Comments > Pixel Piracy Dev Suggests Piracy, Wins
20. Re: Pixel Piracy Dev Suggests Piracy, Wins Jun 23, 2014, 13:23 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 13:22:
Creston wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 12:59:
And he's not in the top 10 in sales. That's why I keep saying that the belief that Skyrim only sold a few million copies on the PC is ridiculous, because the top sellers on Steam are selling hundreds of thousands of copies per polling interval (a week, I believe?)

That's straight from Bethesda though and they would know. The AAA base on the PC is considerably smaller than consoles and the consoles have a very good attach rate at $60, PC games tend to be more long tail sellers and at cheaper prices.

I bet its up to 3mil at this point but just being on the Steam top10 list isn't a guarantee of millions of sales or something. I think the volume level of steam sales would surprise you. We've seen a few devs up near the top who say they sold 300,000 which is nothing to scoff at but certainly not millions.

I mean, this guy sold 100,000 during a Steam Sale.
I can't recall, were steam top 10s measured in revenue or units? Revenue, right?

In any case, what do we suspect is the jump in revenue during a sale? 2x? 10x? I'd guess even more than that.
 
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