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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 9, 2014, 16:12 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 9, 2014, 16:08:
Prez wrote on Dec 9, 2014, 15:49:
I think the tin-foil hatters were going to be against vaccinations regardless of whether this study was published or not. There's no evidence that there is a cure for cancer but it's being witheld to keep the cancer treatment revenue flooding in, or that the U.S. Government created AIDS to purge the world of gays and blacks but the hatters still believe these things in droves.

Sort of like the government spying on you was just for the hatters too, eh? I have no idea why Autism is on the rise but something is causing it. And cancer goes the other way. Harvard Medical School came to the conclusion years ago that cancer is simply uncurable in our lifetime - probably more like a century and only then with really advanced science. So the real scam is the industry revolving around it.

And AIDS I certainly wouldn't put it past a government, or rather certain rich, powerful, right-wing groups to introduce something like that. Culls the masses, but particularly the poor and minorities. That's a dream come true to lots of those kind of people out there. I really doubt a disease that complex started because of a monkey. And it's not like governments around the world haven't experimented on plenty of people including their own. The CIA has done lots of that right in the good ol' USA. Of course, even though it's a matter of public record now a lot of people would say that's hatter stuff.

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you.


1) But there is NO evidence that autism comes from vaccines. There are a billion other things you could blame, right down to all the random chemicals seeping into our drinking water. Vaccines came from one study that has been proven falsified. Clinging to it makes absolutely no sense at all

2) Why would rich people want to "cull the masses?" They require the masses to profit off of, do they not? Who else will toil in their fast food joints? Who else will eat that fast food? Who else will be so plentiful that so many people will be competing for the fast food jobs so that there's no incentive to raise wages?
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 9, 2014, 11:57 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Dec 9, 2014, 11:48:
I wish Valve would get its act together on SteamOS, I really have no desire to continue using Windows if subscription shit is the future.

Almost definitely enterprise only.
Office moved to subscription, but the model only makes sense for people with more than 5 computers. In other words, businesses. Everyone else stuck with the regular boxed version. They don't get perpetual feature updates, but they get everything else.

With Windows, it'll be the same thing. You can subscribe, and get constant feature updates (meaning Windows 11, Windows 12, Windows Whatever), or you can just buy the box and get the standard Windows X, Windows X.1, Windows X.1SP2, etc.

Microsoft doesn't make a huge amount of money from home users. That isn't who it's looking to move to subscriptions.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands Online Announced for China
3. Re: Borderlands Online Announced for China Dec 8, 2014, 12:26 Beamer
 
Gadzooks wrote on Dec 8, 2014, 12:21:
And all hope is lost....

/facepalm

I hope one of the aliens from colonial marines has one of their spasm dances on the beds of the people who made this decision. They dont deserve any sleep after this.

You know nothing about the Chinese game market, eh?

Plus, this is a licensed game. Shanda bought a license to Borderlands and is making a China Mainland specific f2p MMO.
Seems all positive for Gearbox. It doesn't damage the IP in their core region any more than the Counterstrike Arcade Game did, and it gives them an additional revenue stream.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
9. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Dec 8, 2014, 12:12 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Dec 8, 2014, 12:04:
Beamer wrote on Dec 8, 2014, 11:47:
Posner is actually one of the best judges in the country.

Yeah, any guy who says that we'd be better off selling and buying children on the free market as opposed to the 'system' we have now, and that "the rule of law is an accidental and dispensable element of legal ideology," is a fucking FANTASTIC judge. He's a judge who actually doesn't give a shit about the actual LAW, he just likes debating ideological 'what-if' scenarios and how they could be handled.

He identifies as conservative but gets most decisions "right," meaning that he's pro abortion, pro same sex marriage, anti "war on drugs," etc.

And also thinks that animal cruelty really isn't that big of a deal (despite claiming that he's a cat person), and he "supported the creation of a law barring hyperlinks or paraphrasing of copyrighted material"

But his "obviously I'm exaggerating, but people who are concerned about privacy tend to be people with something to hide" seems to go the wrong way.

Oh what the fuck ever. "Obviously he's exaggerating", MY ASS. He has a history of saying the same fucking thing over and over and over again. To him, people are fucking subjects of the government, and the government should be able to do whatever the hell it pleases. Yeah, no, that's a GREAT fucking judge.

In any case, we'll see how he feels about snooping when Anonymous doxes him and releases all his information on the internet. Hearing him bleat about how his privacy has been violated will be extremely entertaining.


I'm not defending most of his decisions. By "best," I'm not saying he gets everything right.

And I'm certainly not defending this.

But he's written an enormous amount of "important" legal books for a reason. He's brilliant. He's approachable. And he's all over the place because, yes, he believes in doing what is right. Voter ID laws trashed by a guy that identifies as Republican. He hates copyright and patents on software. And he thinks animal cruelty is a big deal, he just thinks we need to be willing to test drugs on animals, claiming to be willing to sacrifice pigs and chimpanzees to save human lives from disease.

I am not saying I agree with him, just that the "he should never be near a courtroom again!" seems overkill on one issue for a man considered the most influential non-USSC judge of the 20th century.
 
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News Comments > Game Awards 2014 Winners
52. Re: Game Awards 2014 Winners Dec 8, 2014, 11:49 Beamer
 
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Dec 7, 2014, 02:32:
So "Best Remaster" is a category worth mentioning but "Best Strategy/Simulation" isn't? Wtf is a Remaster anyway? Is that the new word for port?

Of course not. We've had numerous remasters of late. Everything from GTAV, which is clearly not just a port, to many LucasArts games, which have entirely new engines.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
6. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Dec 8, 2014, 11:47 Beamer
 
ldonyo wrote on Dec 8, 2014, 11:07:
Richard Posner should be removed from the bench and never allowed near anything to do with law for the rest of his life.

Posner is actually one of the best judges in the country.
He identifies as conservative but gets most decisions "right," meaning that he's pro abortion, pro same sex marriage, anti "war on drugs," etc.

But his "obviously I'm exaggerating, but people who are concerned about privacy tend to be people with something to hide" seems to go the wrong way.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
48. Re: Into the Black Dec 6, 2014, 23:10 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Dec 6, 2014, 08:31:
Dmitri_M wrote on Dec 6, 2014, 02:29:
And if you don't agree with me, watch out. I might tell you about the time I defended woman, rented a camaro, dated many young ladies and was an all round self loathing gamer anti-gamer.

Was that in between saving the world, making millions of dollars and knowing everything?

Please do spill, who is the big fibber? Let me take a wild guess here. It's someone who named themselves after a car?

Not named after the car, and please, find anything I've said that's at all inconsistent.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
43. Re: Into the Black Dec 5, 2014, 16:58 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 15:18:
jdreyer wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 14:13:
Creston wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 12:22:
Beamer wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 12:11:
It made me feel a nice mix of old and nerdy.

And old-man-creepy for dating a girl so much younger.

Don't knock it 'til you try it.

Funny story, Beam.

Oh, I'm actually fuck-ass jealous....


Eh. It's because half of dating these days is Tinder or OKCupid, and it seems that it's always very young girls messaging me (very young relatively, meaning 19-24.) Usually I ignore it, not always. Someone 23 probably just started paying rent a year ago. Without being used to real responsibility, the conversation ends up kind of inane.

The worst to date was the woman I met at an art walk a few weeks back. We grabbed dinner the next week. I asked what kind of wine she liked. She responded by saying it didn't matter, she couldn't drink. She was 20. I thought she was around 27. She thought the same about me. That was a short dinner.

Taking this full loop, I am apparently bad at ages because I thought she was 27 and she was 20, I thought Sarah Connor in this trailer was 17 and she's 27. People need to look their age!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 5, 2014, 16:44 Beamer
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 16:34:
SimplyMonk wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 16:20:
1badmf wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 14:27:
Creston wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 11:15:
InBlack wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 09:45:
Happy Ninja day to all the forum Ninjas! You know who you are! Im only a Guru myself, but with luck and a lot of useless posts who knows? One day perhaps I will join your elite ranks

Pfeh, ninjas.


pffhahaha there's still a slot for people's icq numbers in people's profiles.

I have no idea why, but for some reason my ICQ number is forever embedded into my memory. 10734308. I remember it easier than I do my phone number which I've had for 10 years and I haven't used my ICQ number for probably 15 years.

4149603

498XXX.

Can't remember the remaining digits, but I do remember being proud I had a six digit ICQ number. I'm the same on LinkedIN.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 5, 2014, 14:32 Beamer
 
1badmf wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 14:27:
Creston wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 11:15:
InBlack wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 09:45:
Happy Ninja day to all the forum Ninjas! You know who you are! Im only a Guru myself, but with luck and a lot of useless posts who knows? One day perhaps I will join your elite ranks

Pfeh, ninjas.


pffhahaha there's still a slot for people's icq numbers in people's profiles.

Aww, this post will ruin my palindromic post count. It had been 14141.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
36. Re: Into the Black Dec 5, 2014, 12:11 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 11:41:
Beamer wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 11:21:
And the 80s had an enormous, enormous amount of crap.



You shut your filthy whore mouth! YOU SHUT IT NOW, BEAMER! Shakefist Shakefist Shakefist

I grew up with HBO, as well as WPIX, which means I was basically raised on 80s movies. I reference them endlessly, to the point that I seem to always end up dating women a decade younger than me and getting frustrated when my references go over their head. I have everything from Summer School to One Crazy Summer on DVD.

But man, a lot of those movies do not hold up at all.

Best story about that dating comment - a year ago I was dating a 23 year old Russian girl. On the first date she asked me what my favorite movie was, and the closest thing to an answer is probably "Robocop," but that doesn't feel like something you say on a first date - that's absolutely an after-we've-seen-each-other-naked admission. But I blanked, so in my head I'm just hearing "don't say Robocop don't say Robocop," and out of my mouth comes "Ro...bo...cop?"

She commented that she'd seen the trailers but not the movie, and I realized that she was thinking the new movie, and now I had to decide if I was going to double down and explain that I meant the original or let it slide. I doubled down. Turns out that not only was the movie older than she was, but she didn't move to the US until she was 10 so anything American from that time was basically impossible to see.

It made me feel a nice mix of old and nerdy.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Editor Trailer
5. Re: Far Cry 4 Editor Trailer Dec 5, 2014, 11:22 Beamer
 
Has anyone here played FC4 PVP?

Anyone?
Anyone at all?

I strongly doubt it.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
34. Re: Into the Black Dec 5, 2014, 11:21 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 02:26:
Beamer wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 00:41:
Task wrote on Dec 4, 2014, 22:30:
Good Lord. So all of older folks here, just do yourselves a solid favor, when your kids are old enough to watch T1 and T2, just show em that first instead of the "redo/remake" fad going through Hollywood. And they are horror movies to boot, so they'll get scared shitless about robots !

Hollywood is too arsed to come up with new things these days. At least its some sort of weird Alternate Reality different than the T1/T2 fiction universe. And I see the Mother of Dragons has somehow found a parallel universe machine to travel to the Terminator universe. From the trailer it seems like whoever wrote this story wanted a Terminator movie with a "happy lollipop" ending instead of the inevitability/bleakness of Judgement Day happening regardless.

I'm trying to decide if I want to just wait until it is inevitably on Netflix to watch, pirate it, or just say 'fack it' and go to the theater to see it.

Hollywood makes plenty of new things. And some of the best old things are remakes, anyway. I'm looking at you, The Thing.

This is more "everything was better when I was a youth!" posting.

Beamer you love to play the devils advocate on all sorts of shit, but this is low, even for you. Hollywood's worst Michael Dudikoff 'B' film of the 80s is better than this piece of shit. And you know it.

Oh, I'm not defending this. This Terminator is absolutely going to be worse than the old one (fans of the old one are also not the audience.)

But in general? I get very tired of seeing "everything in my day was better than what the kids like today!" Screw that. We get plenty of original movies and plenty of great movies. And the 80s had an enormous, enormous amount of crap.

Yes, this Terminator will be much worse. But our Captain America is much better.
 
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News Comments > Leaked Street Fighter V Trailer Suggests PC/PS4 Exclusive
9. Re: Leaked Street Fighter V Trailer Suggests PC/PS4 Exclusive Dec 5, 2014, 11:20 Beamer
 
Bundy wrote on Dec 5, 2014, 09:56:
Microsoft does this with Tomb Raider and the internet explodes. Sony does it with Street Fighter and nobody gives damn.

I just kind of shrugged and thought that, while I'm pretty sure SF4 did gangbusters on the 360 in the US, ultimately the bulk of the sales probably come in a region where the Xbone has sold about 10 units.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
21. Re: Into the Black Dec 5, 2014, 00:41 Beamer
 
Task wrote on Dec 4, 2014, 22:30:
Good Lord. So all of older folks here, just do yourselves a solid favor, when your kids are old enough to watch T1 and T2, just show em that first instead of the "redo/remake" fad going through Hollywood. And they are horror movies to boot, so they'll get scared shitless about robots !

Hollywood is too arsed to come up with new things these days. At least its some sort of weird Alternate Reality different than the T1/T2 fiction universe. And I see the Mother of Dragons has somehow found a parallel universe machine to travel to the Terminator universe. From the trailer it seems like whoever wrote this story wanted a Terminator movie with a "happy lollipop" ending instead of the inevitability/bleakness of Judgement Day happening regardless.

I'm trying to decide if I want to just wait until it is inevitably on Netflix to watch, pirate it, or just say 'fack it' and go to the theater to see it.

Hollywood makes plenty of new things. And some of the best old things are remakes, anyway. I'm looking at you, The Thing.

This is more "everything was better when I was a youth!" posting.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
32. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 4, 2014, 16:16 Beamer
 
Not sure if you guys saw this Wolfenstein "remake," but I love the future.  
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
29. Re: Evening Interviews Dec 4, 2014, 15:49 Beamer
 
harlock wrote on Dec 4, 2014, 15:42:
these chicks are fucked in the head.. plenty of us knew it from the get-go

you cant reason with morally indignant sluts - their brains are already in a perpetual motion loop of batshit

You can't reason with people on the internet that feel the need to call women accusing them of misogyny "morally indignant sluts."

You keep doing this. You and Cutter. In every single topic about misogyny being an issue, you say something utterly, repulsively, undeniably, creepily misogynistic. It's so... weird. You, and I'm talking about you personally, you in particular, are why people think a huge chunk of gamers are misogynists and bad people.

Because you can't say they're "morally indignant sluts" without being a misogynist.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
17. Re: Into the Black Dec 4, 2014, 02:14 Beamer
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Dec 4, 2014, 02:00:
Duncan Jones, directed the amazing Moon, and the fairly interesting if extremely ripped off Source Code(and misnamed!), and now he's directing... Warcraft. Sellout!

Josh Trank, I didn't think Chronicle was bad, but it's a watered down comic book movie basically, by somebody who seemingly never read any comics, or any good comics at least. I am kind of interested to see what he does with the Fantastic Four though. The cast they have is crazy talented, but a little too young for my old self, and Marvel seems to be going all in, since they've cancelled the FF comic, at least until after the movie comes out, no doubt with some retconned versions to more closely match the actors' versions of characters.

Rian Johnson did Terriers, possibly my favorite TV show to ever be IMMEDIATELY cancelled, and Looper wasn't half bad either. He will never be seen as a free man again after Star Wars episode 8 and 9.

Neil Blomkamp, District 9 owned, Elysium's plot was so illogical as to cause me physical pain, but I'll probably see Chappie immediately. I feel as though he'd do a pretty weird Terminator movie, could be interesting.

Adam Wingard... Added The Guest, I watched V/H/S and wasn't overly impressed, found footage movies aren't really my cup of tea though.

These are my unsolicited opinions, released upon the world.

*EDIT* Whoops, failing memory correction.

I hear Adam Wingard's contributions to V/H/S were pretty bad. In fact, most reviews of The Guest say they're shocked a found footage guy made such a strong, confident, fun movie. But the direction gets a ton of acclaim (it's a 91% on RT.) And it was a great movie for Dan Stevens to shed the prissy unlikeability of Cousin Matthew from Downton Abbey.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
15. Re: Into the Black Dec 4, 2014, 01:37 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 4, 2014, 00:27:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Dec 3, 2014, 21:15:
Agent.X7 wrote on Dec 3, 2014, 20:54:
He's flat out said when he has been asked about getting the rights back that he doesn't care and has no interest in doing anything with them right now.

That's EXACTLY what he wants you to think!

James Cameron's Terminator reboot, filming starts in 2017, my prediction recorded here for all posterity.

There are some awesome young directors out there that could do a bang up job with a Terminator movie if they were given free reign and $100M: Josh Trank, Rian Johnson, Neill Blomkamp, and Duncan Jones, just off the top of my head.

I feel like Duncan Jones is too interesting for Terminator.

Adam Wingard, though. The Guest was basically a Terminator homage (amongst, like, a dozen other movies, mostly Carpenter, including Season of the Witch.) The Guest is one of my picks for most entertaining of 2014. Definitely best soundtrack.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
12. Re: On Sale Dec 4, 2014, 01:35 Beamer
 
mag wrote on Dec 4, 2014, 00:24:
jdreyer wrote on Dec 4, 2014, 00:09:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Dec 3, 2014, 22:57:
My thing has always been, "if you can offer it at 19.99, it should always be 19.99".

I hear you, but apparently the super cheap price serves as a kind of advertising, and a whole bunch of people keep buying it even after it goes back up. Not defending, just explaining the principle.

It also makes people pull the trigger, whereas if it were always that price they might say, "Eeeenh... I'll pick it up some other time."

It's actually way more than just that.

1) As some mentioned, there's the advantage of getting it into people's hands for word of mouth
2) Bigger advantage is usually additional sales. Best Buy famously sold CDs and DVDs around cost and put them on sale below cost. The goal was to get people walking in, buying a DVD, and also a refrigerator or a discman or batteries or a monster cable. It put a lot of competitors out of business
3) In reality, though, it hardly matters what you can charge. What matters is what people will pay. For a few reasons:
a) Companies need to make money to grow. Say Company A and Company B both buy 100 copies of a game for $15. Company A sells them for $20. Company B sells them for $60. Company A invested $1500 and made $2000. Next time they can buy 133 copies of the game to sell. Company B makes $4500. Next time they can buy 300 copies of the game to sell.
b) Plus, companies need to cover mistakes. If a game is priced at $50 and bombs, there's room to cut price. If a game is priced at $20 and bombs, there really isn't. It's worth mentioning that price cuts typically come from the distributor. So Amazon is probably paying $40 or $50 for copies of new games. If they don't sell, they get chargebacks from the distributor. Rather than send all the games back, the distributor gives them a credit or even money back to reduce the cost of the game to Amazon so they can reduce the cost of the game to the customer
c) In addition, companies need to cover other mistakes. A company buys 100 copies of Game A and 100 copies of Game B. Game B tanks and the company is left with copies it either sits on, eating capital that could be spent on products that move, or liquidates at a loss, taking a hit but getting capital back to invest into better products. They need Game A to make enough money to cover that loss


Pricing is a very, very fun thing. But pricing at the lowest possible cost just isn't a good business practice. For one, who should do that? Amazon usually will, because it's huge and always growing and makes a lot of money using payment terms as loans (it'll gladly pay its vendors $40 in January for a game today.) For a publisher, they could theoretically sell a game for $5. Digital distribution makes the actual variable cost next to nothing, and the fixed per unit depends on how many units are sold. If enough units get sold, games could be sold for $1. But most people buy the games they want. Money is usually not the big factor holding them back, it's time. So if you charge less, you make less, because people aren't necessarily buying more. Steam somewhat proved that wrong, but how many of us are still overbuying in Steam sales?
 
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