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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: ASUS announces ROG Gladius Gaming mouse Nov 11, 2014, 20:27 Beamer
 
Eh suppose, looking at my Death Adder here at work, it does not have separate left and right buttons. It's one solid top that's split.
Quick google shows most if not all the logitech mice are the same way.


Does it matter?
 
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News Comments > Game Awards 2014 Next Month
13. Re: Game Awards 2014 Next Month Nov 11, 2014, 19:20 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 01:09:
Award shows should be outlawed.

See, now that's censorship.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 11, 2014, 18:55 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 18:51:
jdreyer wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 13:53:
Wow, I didn't even know of those allegations against Cosby.

I remember the rape case and kind of thought the woman making the allegations might be lying, but I never heard of the dozen or so other women who were supposedly going to testify that the same thing happened to them if the case ever went to trial. Now I don't know - she may have been telling the truth.

That's why one of the other dozen says she never came out. When it happened, she was a 19 year old nobody and he was the biggest man in entertainment. Everyone would just say "she's lying" and it would turn a tragic event for her into a lifelong public spectacle.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
15. Re: Game Reviews Nov 11, 2014, 18:26 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 18:17:

PC Gamer review is also up. They gave it an 87, but they were of course burdened by the fact they shilled DA2 into a 94, and have been paying for it ever since.

Yeah. I forgave them for their Crysis review that was in the 90's since I enjoyed it more than most others did (it would have been a respectable 80's-ish score in my mind), but they lost me with that execrable DA2 review. Taken by itself the game was a 65, maybe a 70 to my mind. Considered as a sequel to Origins it was about a 45 or 50 for me. I don't give Destructoid and Polygon the hits anymore - I'll see their numbers as an agregate score on Metacritic. If the reviews are generally positive I'll buy it at some point. Of course I would prefer it to be on Steam but Origin isn't too bad; certainly not bad enough to avoid playing a good game because of it.

Crysis being about a 90-91 feels right to me. Yeah, on aggregate it should be in the 80s, but that's aggregate. Some people will like it more. Honestly, I'd put it in the low 90s.

But yes, from what I understand, DA2 really has no right being mid 90s. Again, someone may love it, but the odds that that someone is also the writer for a major magazine seems unlikely.

Seems people are really liking this one, though. DA2 seems to be that mythical "cash grab" some were discussing in another thread. DA3 sounds like they learned from both prior games.
 
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News Comments > etc.
27. Re: etc. Nov 11, 2014, 18:11 Beamer
 
Last post, currently with 371 upvotes in Kotaku in Action:
It's not just about ethics in game journalism for me: It's about fighting back against those trying to destroy game journalism and game creators while imposing mass censorship and bullying. See also: Comicbooks/Science Fiction, Occupy Wallstreet and Atheism+.

371 upvotes. Endless people discussing how feminism ruins everything and needs to be fought. People who stupidly think that a consumer voicing his/her opinion is censorship. Seriously, how dumb do you have to be to think that consumers asking for change is censorship, especially when you're a group of consumers asking for change yourselves?

This is why most people, and yes, given the mainstream media coverage (and even non-mainstream media coverage), it's probably safe to say that it's most people, think that Gamergate is a sign that gamers are all awful people and this has nothing to do with journalism ethics.

We've really shown the world what Gamers are like. A bunch of whiny brats terrified that someone may challenge what games are lashing out and trying so hard to prove they're still important. This is what we've shown everyone we are.
 
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News Comments > etc.
24. Re: etc. Nov 11, 2014, 16:31 Beamer
 
Kosumo wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 15:04:
Buddy, let it go.

Like I said, I'm letting it go. =)
And like you said, that will probably stop the discussions here from getting very lengthy.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
29. Re: Steam Top 10 Nov 11, 2014, 14:42 Beamer
 
I'm about 40% into Wolfenstein (I think, no real way to know) on the 360. Playing on the second hardest difficulty.

It starts kind of slow, but fun, because you run around in corridors with a machine gun in each hand screaming like an idiot as you mow people down. You can find some alternate pathways, and do a good amount of sneaking. The sneaking may be shallow but it's how I like it, but the exploration is a bit tedious because you find things that have no bearing on the game. I like exploring in Skyrim because I find a dungeon I've never seen before or a new quest. I dislike it in linear FPS games like this or Gears of War because I find a gold bowl that is utterly worthless.

At the point I'm in the game now, though, it's much more difficult and less fun. Guys are in the distance, hard to see, and have perfect aim. The machine gun isn't accurate at range for you (is for them), and looking at guys in black in the darkness with the iron sights makes it difficult to see if you're shooting at something shooting at you or a shadow. Plus, sneaking is out the window. Guys just know where you are. Maybe it's just this level, and the last one, but it's kind of... annoying.

It looks like I'm about to re-enter corridors where machine guns make sense, and I just finally got a long range rifle (though never any ammo), so maybe it'll improve. It's just less fun than it had been.

Lastly, this probably isn't an issue on PC, but reloading takes foreeeeeeever on the 360. Die? Plan to wait 30-45 seconds before you start again.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
9. Re: Game Reviews Nov 11, 2014, 14:30 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 12:40:
Cutter wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 11:40:
Well their paid reviews means you can halve their scores so it puts it in the 4 or 5 out of ten range. Definitely wait for actual player reviews.

Agreed, and even then a lot of player reviews. Polygon and Destructoid aren't exactly known for their ethical reporting.

Source/evidence of that?

Oh, right, you have none, other than them having opinions you disagree with.
 
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News Comments > etc.
22. Re: etc. Nov 11, 2014, 14:28 Beamer
 
Necrophob wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 12:23:
Beamer wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 11:43:
Also, nice job ignoring the developer comments on how this is hurting games, not helping.

Which is the thing - no AAA developers support this. Only small indie guys. Not a single AAA developer has come out for GG, but many have come out against. Numerous, even. Hell, Blizzard as a whole condemned the entire thing.

But keep thinking it's helping, that ranting on Twitter and scaring people is going to get your way. That it will make things better. That following RogueStar's campaign of harassment, or defending it, or even downplaying it, will make you not have to share your industry.

Journalism ethics uncovered by GG: 0
Journalism changes uncovered by GG: 0

Hell, even two of the most prominent GG journalists, TotalBiscuit and RalphReport, have started repeatingly claiming they aren't journalists. Wonderful, they want ethics, they just don't want to follow them themselves...

Of course no AAA is going to come out pro-gamergate. That's just bad business. Let's just set aside the fact that it's the AAA's that have marginalized and objectified women in their games this whole time in the first place.

Not sure why you're pointing out AAAs marginalizing and objectifying women. Isn't it about ethics, not the marginalization and objectification of women? That's why Anita Sarkeesian is endlessly mentioned, because she's a journalist reviewer woman.

Most AAA devs that have commented have said they appreciate hearing criticism. They don't need their fans policing criticism, because it's important to hear various viewpoints and decide how they can improve. Maybe they listen, maybe they don't, but they want to hear it.

And that's why sites like Polygon have been interesting. I quoted Raph below, but here he is again:
Some GG dude:

I agree with all these sentiments about AAA games, but if the media feels this way, why continue to cover them so much? I stopped reading Kotaku years before GG started because 75% of the coverage went to Activision, Ubisoft or EA. Articles about Titanfall every single day. To games where the marketing budget was five times the development budget

If journalists want AAA games to improve, and they should, they should start looking for and writing about better games before a game's popular support forces them to. They should also steer clear of the Spike TV Which Marketing Team Paid Us The Most? Awards.

Raph:

The games media did try to fix the problem. They founded sites like Polygon and Rock Paper Shotgun and magazines like Edge, with specific editorial intent to change what games were talked about. They decided to start writing editorial and review pieces that challenged the assumptions in games. They started advocating for diversity. They increased coverage of smaller games, indie games, and games that did things differently, like Gone Home or Proteus.

That's why you are mad at them. :)
 
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News Comments > etc.
21. Re: etc. Nov 11, 2014, 14:24 Beamer
 
Wallshadows wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 13:34:
Is it okay to just not give a shit about this whole thing and live as though my head is buried in the sand whenever it's talked about?

At this point, it isn't worth even discussing. Better to know less about it. Blue is covering it less and less, which likely just means fewer and fewer articles are being emailed to him (sadly, me saying this will reverse that trend for a week or so.)

I'm done engaging in it. Nothing has come from it at all. It's a futile waste of effort from people dying to prove they're still the only relevant force in their favorite media.
 
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News Comments > etc.
16. Re: etc. Nov 11, 2014, 11:43 Beamer
 
Also, nice job ignoring the developer comments on how this is hurting games, not helping.

Which is the thing - no AAA developers support this. Only small indie guys. Not a single AAA developer has come out for GG, but many have come out against. Numerous, even. Hell, Blizzard as a whole condemned the entire thing.

But keep thinking it's helping, that ranting on Twitter and scaring people is going to get your way. That it will make things better. That following RogueStar's campaign of harassment, or defending it, or even downplaying it, will make you not have to share your industry.

Journalism ethics uncovered by GG: 0
Journalism changes uncovered by GG: 0

Hell, even two of the most prominent GG journalists, TotalBiscuit and RalphReport, have started repeatingly claiming they aren't journalists. Wonderful, they want ethics, they just don't want to follow them themselves...
 
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News Comments > etc.
15. Re: etc. Nov 11, 2014, 11:39 Beamer
 
DV wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 11:19:
Beamer, are you ever honest with yourself? or do you believe the BS you post on #GamerGate? Let's go thru the BS you posted.
1) #GamerGate is far from dead. Just on the hashtag to see for yourself.
2) Milo was censored yesterday cause of WAM. He;s back now. BTW I don't follow or listen to him.
3)It has changed a lot. Most sites updated they're ethnic polices.
4)Rogue hasn't been banned for harassment...he was censored cause SJWs don't like him.
5)Outside of Milo....most prominent posters are left leaning on politics.
6)#GamerGate has no leadership
7)The blacklist was up to almost 16k..far more then 6500. And if no one is listening to them. Why are people being censored.
8)No one bothers with Kluwe cause he truly is clueless. Is he going to tell more Sandusky kid rape jokes? Another white guy that has too much time and money on his hands.
9) Anti GG does exist. Just go on the #GamerGate hashtag and see them. When you look at they're profiles you'll see a bunch are writers,wannabe game devs,ect..You know people looking for a piece of the action.
10) NO..not everyone wants better journalism. Certainly not the Anti GG or SJW crowd. They want things to stay the same.

So you say GG is nothing but the "He-manWomenHatingClub"..Well the Anti GG/SJW stands for corruption, collusion, censorship, biased media, ect. That is what YOU stand for.

As I mentioned, #GG hashtag is used by about 6500 people. Retweeting each other. Source
2) Milo was censored for harassing someone, not sure why this even gets a bullet point. Milo is a douche
3) Few sites have really updated their policies, and around here everyone was crowing about Polygon as a victory, which did not update their policy at all
4) RogueStar has indeed endlessly harassed. The guy is vile. He very openly claims this is about women. And, looking at KiA, it's hard to say it isn't about women. If you're "honest with yourself"
5) Yup, that Adam Baldwin guy, that Christine Hoff Sommers woman, that RogueStar, all so liberal
6) It has no leadership, but it has figureheads and mods. Again, KiA mods almost all also mod things like "breakfeminazis." They're here for the journalism ethics, obviously
7) IGNORNING SOMEONE ISN'T CENSORING THEM! Unless you think nin is censoring me. Someone quote this to bother him - nin is censoring me!
8) Kluwe has said some gross things. Show me one GG that hasn't. Also, I never defended Kluwe. Just said no one is attacking him and sending him death threats. Because, you know, he has a penis and is therefore entitled to an opinion
9)Anti-GG isn't really a thing. No one uses that hashtag. People just think GG isn't about anything other than harassing women. RooshV has entered into this, a guy whose book literally says "foreign women use no to mean yes." But it's about journalism
10) NO ONE WANTS THINGS TO STAY THE SAME!

 
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News Comments > etc.
10. Re: etc. Nov 11, 2014, 11:05 Beamer
 
To triple post, here's Raph Koster, the guy behind Ultima Online, Everquest II and Star Wars Galaxies, on why GG has to end:
A couple of reasons.

1) It's actively damaging developers' lives. Harassment has become prevalent all over. Many, particularly women, are talking about quitting games altogether.

2) It's actively damaging developers' lives. Social media has basically been destroyed for us, and it's an important part of both professional networking and customer outreach. We can't have the sorts of discussions we would like to, because of GamerGate.

3) It's actively damaging developers' lives. GG is attacking the institutions that provide us with ongoing education, awards shows, job listings, networking, and so on, that we need for our professional careers.

4) It's actively damaging developers' lives. People are getting polarized and as reasonable discourse fades away, stupid arguments erupt and friendships of long standing are damaged.

5) It's actively damaging developers' lives. Our ability to even do customer outreach or launch something these days is fraught with peril. For the first time in my memory, developers have active fear of their audience.

6) GG hasn't been effective at fixing anything we care about, and keeps trying to fix things we don't think are broken.

He's pretty balanced, you can read him here, but again, it's what many people stupidly called "anti-gg" keep saying. You guys are actively making games worse. You aren't changing journalism. You're making developers afraid of you. Maybe you want that. Maybe you've been terrified of your dwindling power in this market. But you're just making games worse.

So I do somewhat take back what I said, there is a group still paying attention to GG. Developers. Developers utterly terrified that, if they somehow say something that GGers think is against them, they'll be threatened out of the industry. Of course, Raph has said some things much worse than what many of the women have said and just gets irrational responses, not death threats, but that's GG, right?
 
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News Comments > etc.
9. Re: etc. Nov 11, 2014, 10:23 Beamer
 
And I know someone, likely know who, will say "it isn't dead, we still love it!" Great. Some people still like disco. Some eat margarine. They love it. But there aren't many of them and no one really pays attention to anything they do because their interests in the subject amount to nothing outside that circle.  
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8. Re: etc. Nov 11, 2014, 10:21 Beamer
 
In any case, gg is dead. No one takes it seriously anymore. Even Milo abandoned it for being full of idiots in tin foil hats. It's changed nothing, other than lowering public opinion of gamers, it's found nothing, and it's only succeeded in harassing women (notice no one bothers attacking kluwe.) it's figureheads are all known for hating women, and the closest things it's had to leadership are people like rogue whatever, who keeps getting banned from twitter for harassment, or the Kia mods who all also run anti-female subreddits. And, of course, the most prominent posters for it here are all extremely right wing. No coincidence.

It failed to ever convince anyone but a small group that it was about anything other than irrational, fearful attempts to harass women. And with no other points made after months everyone else has gotten tired of it. It still goes on twitter, with about 6500 accounts endlessly retweeting each other, but no one else is really paying close attention anymore.

There's no such thing as an anti-gg. Everyone wants better journalism, except maybe totalbiscuit who keeps waffling about whether he's a journalist/critic/reviewer or just a guy that needs no ethics policy (after constantly saying he was a journalist he's now claimed he is not.) people just never believed that's what gg was about.
That's what the arguing always was.
 
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News Comments > etc.
7. Re: etc. Nov 11, 2014, 10:14 Beamer
 
harlock wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 09:19:
1badmf wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 08:42:
i've seen, it seems like he was subtly trolling her and she didn't even realize it. true or no?

truth

You're hysterical. And clearly unfamiliar with Colbert. Unlike the daily show, he rarely interviews those he does not sympathize with. Even more, its wonderful that he plays an over the too irrational character and you found him valid.

Like I said when it ran, he argued for separate but equal. Anyone that knows history can understand who he trolled if they agree with that.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
20. Re: tougher Internet regulation. Nov 11, 2014, 00:50 Beamer
 
TangledThorns wrote on Nov 11, 2014, 00:45:
The Oatmeal cartoonist must be pissed about last week's election to post that kind of garbage. That being said he has no clue on how the Internet is run as not all data is the same. The key words he is missing is 'paid peering.' Content providers like Netflix is taking up a lot of bandwidth and its costing ISPs a lot of money to keep up so Netflix should pay. Also, the Oatmeal claims Comcast is Cruz's buddies but in reality they're very close pals of Obama and the Democrats, see MSNBC.

Nope. Data is data. You, and Netflix, pay for X gb per month. How you use it is meaningless.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
10. Re: etc., etc. Nov 11, 2014, 00:28 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Nov 10, 2014, 21:57:
Beamer wrote on Nov 10, 2014, 21:01:
Yup. Sean Penn and Alec Baldwin, too. Some people come across as well nuanced. Adam Baldwin comes across as well read but a complete and total ass. Must run in the Baldwin name...
Oh don't worry, I'm sure that you're still happily cheering the anti-gg side that created a block list of 15k people, because they didn't want to hear the otherside of the argument. Remember that whole "which side really wants dialog on the problems..." yep it's not them.

Because the ggs never created massive black lists?
Oh, wait, they did.

And because there's been a dialogue?

Hardly matters. Gg is dead. Done. Gone. The same people harassing women and claiming it's for ethics. The same lack of any new ethics violations.

It has no traction and no impact. A bunch of brings that think making noise is a game but no one is listening. No supporters at AAA devs.

It's over. A huge rant over a woman having sex with people that didn't review her game and a few editorials people flipped out over because it went over their heads. And it's dead. Even blue barely mentions it now.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: etc., etc. Nov 10, 2014, 21:01 Beamer
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Nov 10, 2014, 20:53:
Oh Adam Baldwin. Why couldn't you just stay Jane and Animal Mother in our memories, and not start spouting right wing conspiracy theories?

I suppose this is true for most actors; few people want to hear their madness, just watch them perform on screen.

Yup. Sean Penn and Alec Baldwin, too. Some people come across as well nuanced. Adam Baldwin comes across as well read but a complete and total ass. Must run in the Baldwin name...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
31. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 10, 2014, 18:29 Beamer
 
The sunset overdrive bundle for $350 plus a $150 trade in for my ps3 would be a must buy were it in stock anywhere in the us.  
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