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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
2. Re: Evening Mobilization Jan 28, 2014, 18:58 Beamer
 
saluk wrote on Jan 28, 2014, 18:26:
Come on Nintendo. "It's not as simple as just getting mario running on smartphones." "We have no plans to do anything with smartphones"

It's headless chicken time.

Why would they open that can of worms? Because it's a new revenue stream? What does it do to their old revenue stream?

Honestly, how many fewer 3DS and 3DS games would they sell if they started releasing apps? There would absolutely be cannibalization. And what price would they have to price those apps?

Their mobile division is not currently their issue, so cannibalizing it for app sales is idiotic, despite what armchair CEOs keep saying. And transitioning to apps would be pretty easy when they're ready. It isn't like this is a market they need to build - once they enter it they're the 800lbs gorilla. There's no need to build credibility and sales. When the time is right, they can make the move, but it would essentially destroy their current mobile market.

Better to embrace apps and bring apps to their devices then go out to every device with their own apps. At, what, $5.99? Maybe $9.99? Fighting for space against fart apps?
 
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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: On Sale Jan 28, 2014, 18:46 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Jan 28, 2014, 18:44:
Alamar wrote on Jan 28, 2014, 18:22:
Echo Prime looks good, is only $8, gets you a free (currently $15) game... And for a company that makes some pretty cool (unique/different) stuff... Sold!

-Alamar

Wow, never heard of it. You'd think they would have mentioned it on the OMD bookface page, that I have liked...


It's an App port, so I'd like to see reviews, but OMD/OMD2 were two of my favorite games of the past few years, so I may give it a shot.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
2. Re: Evening Interviews Jan 28, 2014, 18:40 Beamer
 
Yeah, Evans comes across as thinking he's much edgier and more clever than he seems to be.

I've got about 4 hours into Blood Dragon now. It was $5 on Xbox Live two weeks ago, and given that I was rabidly playing FC3 (I think purchased for only 50% more on Steam), I figured it was a good way to extend my fix.

Eh. The 80s nostalgia is cool but only goes so far, and honestly, the game is too red. Every damn thing is red. It's eye-searing, and any cool graphics or draw distance is mooted by being red. I hit a bug Sunday night, where I cleared out a compound but it didn't think I had, and I'm not sure I'll go back. There are better games waiting, ones that aren't as red. While I think it's awesome that there was a quick reskin turned into a new game, and awesome that Ubisoft let this happen, and really hope more companies consider letting some devs try out goofy new ideas, this really just is a much lesser version of FC3, without any real gameplay changes for the better.
Given that I'm not starved for games, and have dozens of great ones waiting, I'm moving back to them.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: etc., etc. Jan 28, 2014, 18:34 Beamer
 
Oh good, now Kotaku is using shitty Upworthy-style headlines.

"This site wasn't getting enough click traffic, what happened next will shock you and melt your soul!"
 
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Strike Vector
6. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Strike Vector Jan 28, 2014, 16:18 Beamer
 
How can they call it a "1st/3rd person FPS?"

That's both horribly redundant and horribly contradictory!
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
6. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 28, 2014, 12:46 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jan 28, 2014, 12:33:
Beamer wrote on Jan 28, 2014, 12:18:
The Character & Fitness part of being accepted to a bar is actually pretty huge.

Fitness? So fat people can't be lawyers?

Ethical fitness.
You think attorneys use words that mean what you'd think they mean?
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 28, 2014, 12:18 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jan 28, 2014, 11:42:
Since when do you need morals to be a lawyer?

"Many of his efforts from the time of his exposure in 1998 until the 2010 hearing, however, seem to have been directed primarily at advancing his own well-being rather than returning something to the community."

Oh, I guess every other lawyer on the planet works for the betterment of mankind, then?

The Character & Fitness part of being accepted to a bar is actually pretty huge. And they put the fear of it into students - I knew some, mostly idiots, terrified that they once didn't leave a tip to a bartender and that would somehow come out.
Lots of law students are idiots.

For the most part, though, law schools do a decent job of making sure that people obviously unable to pass do not get accepted.
Basically, they want to prove you're honest, then you become an attorney, and then you honestly find ways to fuck everything up while feeling like you're actually doing something good. "I'm just protecting valid patents!" the trolls say to themselves as they fall asleep each night.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
12. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 27, 2014, 19:54 Beamer
 
Sencho wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 19:39:
Cutter wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 16:44:
This is good because it'll help put a stop to all the climate denying idiots and industries that support them.

Who is denying the earth has climate? I've not met anyone of that ilk, and I imagine they'd be fascinating talk too - probably think milk comes from supermarkets.

As for the merits of the case, Mann has been an exposed fraud for decades within science. His famed "Hockey Stick" graph was debunked back in the early 90s. He's still made a fortune off it, which was his likely goal all along.

Now if you factor in the starvation and damage Mann and his followers have inflicted on the people of Earth, then honestly comparing him to Sandusky is unfair. To Sandusky.

So, something he created in 1999 was debunked in the early 90s?

And it wasn't debunked. It was disputed. But over two dozen other studies have shown the same findings. At this point no one really denies the hockey stick graph as a general truth, other than idiots. What people deny is whether man had anything to do with it.

Here's the most recent graph, published less than a year ago.
The hockey stick is tilted, but it still shows an enormous jump in a minor amount or time, unlike anything previously seen.

But sure, keep calling it "debunked" even though it isn't even remotely debunked. Someone that claims that a 1999 concept, that was then disputed, that has then been reinforced by two dozen additional studies, was "debunked" 5 or 6 years before it came into existence clearly doesn't give a shit about facts.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 27, 2014, 19:44 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 19:42:
I have a friend with a Tesla S. Holy crap are those things fast. They're also totally cool. I'd own one, if not for the cost.

When I was apartment hunting I was discussing them with my realtor. I'd been on the west coast about 3 days at that point and it was surprising to see the Tesla S everywhere.

"Why don't you just buy one?" the realtor asked. "It's just money."

Sure, I replied, how about you give me the $80k. It's just money.
 
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News Comments > MS Buys Gears of War, Hires Rod Fergusson
34. Re: MS Buys Gears of War, Hires Rod Fergusson Jan 27, 2014, 18:57 Beamer
 
Pachter is saying Epic probably got $100mm, tops. I'd believe that, or even half that, as the floor.

Think that talks began about Microsoft buying Epic, and ended up just being them buying the franchise? I'd say probably. And people seem to think that's a great deal for Epic, but at this point I'd say for both. Microsoft is much better without Epic at the moment, because aside from UE4 (which is less useful to Microsoft), what is Epic right now? They lost a lot of their devs, some starting mobile studios, and Rod leaving. Now Microsoft gets the brand and gets Rod without having to buy a studio.
 
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News Comments > Titanfall Beta Next Month?
25. Re: Titanfall Beta Next Month? Jan 27, 2014, 18:10 Beamer
 
Beelzebud wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 18:08:
After the fiasco that was/is Battlefield 4, I'll be waiting at least a month after release to see how this one turns out.

Again, that was an EA game, this is just published by EA. They do the marketing for this, and the distribution, but they do not have a hand on the actual development. EA Partners games tend to be, far and away, their strongest releases with the fewest problems.

EA Partners tends to be fairly awesome and is easily the best part of EA.
 
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News Comments > Titanfall Beta Next Month?
23. Re: Titanfall Beta Next Month? Jan 27, 2014, 17:25 Beamer
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 17:04:
Yeah, waiting to see on this one. Was a must buy until I found out it was 6 vs 6. I understand design decisions, but Ghosts is 6vs 6 too and it SUCKS.

MW3 was also 6v6, and it was pretty great.

The maps just blow in Ghosts. They're startlingly bad.
 
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News Comments > MS Buys Gears of War, Hires Rod Fergusson
28. Re: MS Buys Gears of War, Hires Rod Fergusson Jan 27, 2014, 16:38 Beamer
 
BitWraith wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 16:34:
Beamer wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 14:00:
BitWraith wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 13:47:
the main guy's mom being a giant insect.

I think you're misremembering something.

This is possible. After having played them, I could not tell you what they were about.

Neither could I. It had potential, but the potential got lost to ambiguous storytelling and overly complicated... stuff.

But I'm pretty sure his mother was a human long dead.

I did think they did a good job with characters, though. The four characters you were surrounded by were well fleshed out. Possibly for mostly being stereotypes, but still, well fleshed out. But I think a game like Far Cry 3 handled its plot better - it didn't spend significant time feeding you plot, so it didn't make the plot very deep. That made it more rewarding, because there was nothing either glossed over too quickly or that you had to think about despite also having to kill 50 things at the same time.

I mean, GoW has an entire series of books dedicated to fleshing out its backstory. That's a sign of a pretty solid world created, but the games took on too much of that world. I remember playing GoW 1 and having no clue who the hell the end enemy was, the entire time through. Was it a human? Why was a human with the enemy? What the hell was going on? You shouldn't be confused about who the primary antagonist is unless there's mystery, and I don't think that's what they were going for.
GoW 2 I completely forget, I think.
GoW 3 did a better job explaining things. I think Rod Fergusson is in part to thank there.
 
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News Comments > Titanfall Beta Next Month?
19. Re: Titanfall Beta Next Month? Jan 27, 2014, 16:34 Beamer
 
Jivaro wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 16:19:
wait a minute...

I get seasick playing FPS games because of the FOV? I could play them again if I could adjust the FOV? Here I thought it was just me getting old. Is there some sort of magic number or is it different for different people?

It's the same for people, depends on where you sit.

Think of a monitor like a window. The closer you are to a window, the wider your field of view beyond it.
 
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News Comments > Titanfall Beta Next Month?
15. Re: Titanfall Beta Next Month? Jan 27, 2014, 16:08 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 16:06:
DangerDog wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 15:25:
Dagnamit wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 14:53:
DangerDog wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 13:58:
Creston wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 11:09:
Wow, a whole FIVE days of Beta?

It's all EA's fault Laugh

I bet they haven't even put in a FOV adjustment for the PC version.

I'd be surprised if it doesn't have a few graphics options, fov included. It's the source engine, after all. I'd guess valve has been very cooperative with the development of this game.

The 360 version is almost guaranteed to be the most stable. That's where they're hoping to make their hay.


Not having a FOV adjustment is a design decision, not a graphic engine one. If they designed all the assets around 65 fov and setting it higher breaks the animations where you can see into parts of the arms or gun animations then it won't be a quick fix to add in a patch. They also have pre-scripted animations for getting into titans and what not, all of which could break if you set the fov to 90. We'll see, I'll wait for an official announcement on PC specific bells and whistles.

...... seriously? After years of debates you still bring this up?

FOV is not a design choice, wrong fov is a health issue and FOV is dynamic. Fov is not a fucking constant. The closer you get to a screen, the larger the FOV needs to be. All you said is of course correct, FOV makes first person animations tricky but wrong fov makes people sick. And I rather have glitchy animation than headaches and dizziness.

And all that is completely irrelevant anyway, because this is a console shooter. So it will suck.

A lot of people fight this on both sides (with many often pointing to console FOV as a sign of weakness, rather than a necessity), but yes, FOV is a neurological thing. You can get used to the wrong FOV, but you shouldn't have to.

 
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News Comments > MS Buys Gears of War, Hires Rod Fergusson
25. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 27, 2014, 16:04 Beamer
 
Rigs wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 15:56:
Agent.X7 wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 14:55:
Gears - The series with a plot so forgettable that Bulletstorm actually surpassed it.

Bulletstorm was fucking awesome, btw. One of the very few games I've ever managed to actually finish all the way. Excellent story and interesting characters. Not a 'deep' story, but not everything has to be to be fun. Will always love that game...


=-Rigs-=

A great example of how shit marketing can torpedo something. I mean, not everyone would like it, but it sold worse than Homefront. Homefront!
 
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News Comments > Titanfall Beta Next Month?
8. Re: Titanfall Beta Next Month? Jan 27, 2014, 14:51 Beamer
 
Techie714 wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 14:37:
A rather large post on Reddit has a boycott happening for this game. A lot of folks want no part of it.
No, it's a boycott of the preorder, not of the game. It's people saying they should send a message to EA that they won't pay for something until they know it's released and bug free.

They're a bit aiming incorrectly here, as it is an EA Partners game, meaning EA is just distributing it. They have little, if nothing, to do with development.

I don't think sending this message to EA is wrong, if it's done consistently, but otherwise it's better to target an actual EA game.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
13. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 27, 2014, 14:45 Beamer
 
Pigeon wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 14:26:
Beamer wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 11:00:
Nintendo handhelds are clearly a dying prospect, though. While they absolutely have the best games right now (that new Zelda looks incredible), if you walk through an airport you'll see 10 kids playing on a tablet or phone for each 1 kid playing a 3DS. Which makes sense - a parent can give a child their old device and put on a bunch of free or $0.99 games and be done with it, rather than the more expensive 3DS and quite expensive games.

And, while I'm sure plenty of adults play the 3DS, outside of Nintendo ads featuring 5 mixed-race mixed-gender 20 somethings in one room, I've never seen an adult play one.

Plus, many of those kids aren't gaming on their parents' device, but watching YouTube videos or cartoons.


Honestly, if I'm Nintendo I would consider making a Kindle. Google and Apple would never split profits, but Amazon would probably be willing to go 50/50 on app sales. You make the device run the forked version of Android and give it access to a decent store that, with Nintendo's help, will become a great kids store. But the device also runs its own cartridges, which is the only way to play Nintendo games. It'd be rough and durable, unlike most hand-me-downs kids get, and it would have the best functionality of both the 3DS and those hand-me-downs. And it'd still be great for adults.

Something to consider.

IMO all the console makers (and PC) need to take a hard look at their game pricing. $40 for handheld and $60 for console isn't going to be a successful model in the nearish future. I think handhelds are still a viable market though; a good design and fun games go a long way.

I agree and I disagree.

Losing $60 for a console title makes these massive budget games harder and harder to justify. And, while people complain, those are often the most polished and longest games, where they're held to the highest standards.

I do agree there are issues with pricing. You have apps pushing pricing down, and you get some more creativity in apps because the cost to put the app out is just the cost of writing the app.
And there are issues with sales. A game is $60 for 2 months, then $50 for 2 months, then $40 for 6 months, then $20 for 10 months, etc.
But such an enormous amount of revenue is made from that $60 price point that it's hard to walk away from.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 27, 2014, 14:13 Beamer
 
BobBob wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 14:09:
Verno wrote on Jan 27, 2014, 11:24:
Our local firemen are often spotted trying to horn in on EMS services so they can justify raises in their already absurd contracts. Volunteers I would celebrate, these guys I will not.

We get a lot of fires from the dry season. Firefighters are essential and save homes and lives. Celebrities .. meh.

Clearly you've never heard of HARRISON FORD!

Grumpy old man, possibly a pirate, and saver of lives!
 
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