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News Comments > 2013's Top Free-to-Play Games
36. Re: 2013's Top Free-to-Play Games Jan 20, 2014, 14:29 Beamer
 
Panickd wrote on Jan 20, 2014, 14:19:
Getting info from public companies is pretty easy but Valve is a private entity doesn't disclose any of it's earnings for anything other than a few vague references. How do they know what CS and TF2 are earning?

Getting data from public companies isn't pretty easy. They aggregate.

SuperData is a market research company. There are hundreds of them out there. Their job is to do research into different markets and come up with numbers. It will start with the size of the market, then drill down.

It's all estimates, because it's impossible to actually know figures unless every company involved gives them to you, and no company would ever reveal that, public or private.

This company is claiming they receive data on nearly 3 million monthly customers directly from publishers, but I highly doubt that.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
47. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 20, 2014, 14:00 Beamer
 
Sepharo wrote on Jan 20, 2014, 13:19:
If I was to live among the poor I doubt my opinion about welfare would change. If I was poor I would still appreciate the assistance and I would still try my hardest to work my way out of it. I would still see that some people weren't trying and that they seemed to be okay with living on welfare and not improving their situation. And I would still understand that that's not everybody... the majority of people don't want to live on welfare. It's silly that that even needs to be said.

I was fairly conservative until I actually did live amongst the poor.

First in one of the poorest (and least white) cities in the country. It was pretty easy to see the cycle of poverty there and how difficult it would be to break. Expecting it to be done by an individual was ridiculous. Kids were counted out before they were born.

Next was in the Midwest, amongst rural white people. The only job prospects were basically to be a mechanic (and how many could the community support), to work at Walmart, or to work at a restaurant. Minimum wage all around. Once again, it was difficult to see where people could rise above that.

At least, 50 years ago, someone could learn a trade and maybe open their own business. Today? That doesn't exist. Even something as simple as a restaurant is completely pushed out in these areas, with the restaurants in the poor city replaced with McDonald's and White Castle and in the rural area with Cracker Barrel and Waffle House.

It wasn't until I was surrounded by poverty that I realized how goddamn lucky I was to be born into a good suburb with parents that didn't even make me realize college was a choice, not an obligation. And yes, both my parents came from poverty (my mother to a much lesser extent.) Neither got out without a lot of help from support systems that don't exist for people unless they know someone not in poverty.
 
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News Comments > 2013's Top Free-to-Play Games
30. Re: 2013's Top Free-to-Play Games Jan 20, 2014, 13:55 Beamer
 
Stimpack wrote on Jan 20, 2014, 13:04:
That's a lot of money for a bunch of crap. Why is WoW considered f2p? Give me a break.

They actually explain why WoW and SWTOR are there, but hey, let's just complain instead of clicking and reading. It isn't even an article, it's a .jpg.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
40. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 20, 2014, 12:51 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Jan 20, 2014, 12:43:
Only if you are being truthful, that's not verified. I recalled you speaking about your well-off life in past posts when we had our Obamacare talks.

I personally know of no one who has honestly endured hard times and became successful on their own who are democrats.

And no, the people who abuse the system are a LARGE percentage. And if you were in hard times and lived within a community of poor you'd know this. Which, again, calls to question your story.

Because many of those people feel that, since they worked hard to get what they got, everyone else should have to.

They ignore that luck played a factor, that in many cases privilege plays a factor, and that millions of Americans work as hard or harder and get nothing.

Instead they focus on the exceptions to the rule, not acknowledging that they themselves are exceptions.

Don't respond to this, because I'm not going to bother reading it and getting sucked into this.
 
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News Comments > Thief System Requirements
69. Re: Thief System Requirements Jan 20, 2014, 11:09 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Jan 20, 2014, 09:30:
I'm willing to give the new Thief a chance, manual jumping in Thief is really not a make it or break it feature. There are far more important things like AI, the stealth system functionality and so on.

Manual jumping will feel limiting at first, but it wouldn't break a game for me at all.

Someone complained that it just lets you go where a level designer wants you to. In some cases, this can be a good thing. If the level designer puts something in too weak to hold weight, then you can't go on it, whereas in the original Thief I remember running on things that would in no way be silent.

If it has a press-space-to-climb feature, like Far Cry 3, I can see it being fine. Disorienting for the first 30 minutes, then a non-factor.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
16. Re: Dear Mr. Wheeler: Americans pour their hearts out over in-flight cellphones Jan 19, 2014, 15:53 Beamer
 
Panickd wrote on Jan 18, 2014, 15:49:
I, for one, cannot wait for the FCC to allow using cellphones on flights. It'll just be another reason not to fly (not that the three finger prostate exam that is the TSA isn't reason enough).

But seriously, it is coming. And I predict that when it does airlines will "allow" you to pay a special fee to be put onto one of their cellphone banned flights or into a special area of the plane where people are barred from using their phones. And what a joyous space that will be.

No-cellphone flights aren't feasible. It's hard enough for airlines to balance traffic now, but splitting routes in 2, one for with phones one for without? Impossible.

As for how disruptive they'll be - most flights are loud. Very loud. We've mostly moved away from larger planes, and larger planes are much more quiet. If you're on a 757 you can barely hear the person next to you. Cellphones won't be that much more disruptive. Annoying, sure, but not a significant amount.

And the TSA? The only truly annoying part is having to take off your shoes, and I think we're getting close to not having to do that. Well, getting cancer may be annoying, but if you're going through the machine enough to get cancer you're probably spending enough time in the air to get it, anyway.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
7. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Jan 18, 2014, 22:06 Beamer
 
Kitkoan wrote on Jan 18, 2014, 21:25:
Takes experience to know these things. Not paranoia.


Sure....
 
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News Comments > Steam 2013 Growth and Sales Details
26. Re: Steam 2013 Growth and Sales Details Jan 18, 2014, 00:56 Beamer
 
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News Comments > Rambo the Video Game Trailer
9. Re: Rambo the Video Game Trailer Jan 17, 2014, 20:08 Beamer
 
Fletch wrote on Jan 17, 2014, 17:51:
This looks absolutely terrible. Has hold-my-hand console game written all over it. I mean, seriously? This is a real game? Even more alarming... is this a real "upcoming movie"?

"Console."


Why is that everyone's go to?
It's an on rails game, like many arcade games, or the sadly popular Beachhead PC series.
 
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News Comments > Steam 2013 Growth and Sales Details
24. Re: Steam 2013 Growth and Sales Details Jan 17, 2014, 18:28 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Jan 17, 2014, 17:29:
No one said anything about "oh wow never heard of a company not using desktops".

Axis wrote on Jan 15, 2014, 20:23:

I don't know any sizable company that doesn't have desktops, and I deal with dozens each year. I have no idea where your super-d-duper-grandiose "no desktop policy" companies are, but they sure as hell aren't what most mainstream companies are doing - your assessment is complete rubbish.

So, no one ever said "I don't know any sizable company that doesn't have desktops," except for you. Two days ago. In this thread.

My current employer has an employee count in the six figures. Like I said, every employee is issued a laptop on day 1. Not a single desktop in the company.
My previous employer had 50,000 employees. They bought their last desktop in 2009.
Target, Goldman Sachs, Apple, etc., all issue laptops exclusively
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
5. Re: Evening Consolidation Jan 17, 2014, 17:59 Beamer
 
mag wrote on Jan 17, 2014, 17:28:
Axis wrote on Jan 17, 2014, 17:17:
Whatever nintendo needs to do is fine by me, my family got my moneys worth out if it already easily -- can only get better.

Couple games we're looking forward to, particularly super smash bros.

I'd really like to see the Wii U turn it around. I'll pick one up as soon as the price drops and they get a few more games on there. Get Zelda and Smash Bros and we're almost there.

Eh.
To me, they screwed up by being lazy with the Wii versions:
Smash Brothers wasn't as fun as Melee (though, admittedly, people said the same thing about Melee, but the Wii version lacked a lot of magic for me)
Mario Kart was fun, but they oddly took awful levels from old versions rather than great ones. I would have loved if they just added map packs. Seriously, that's the game that would get me to buy DLC. $1 a map, even if they're just updated old ones? Sold!
Zelda games... I know I'm in the minority, but nothing has changed since the N64. Twilight Princess used the same animations and sounds for many actions as Wind Waker. Too much deja vu for me to see and hear those again

The best Wii games, for me, were mostly new ones. Boom Blox was tough to beat.
And, hypocritically, I still find the best Zelda games to be the 2D ones.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Op Ed Jan 17, 2014, 15:31 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 17, 2014, 14:58:
Beamer wrote on Jan 17, 2014, 14:37:
Remember 10 years ago when you had tons of different applications installed

Now isn't that going to wildly vary? I still have a lot of apps.Just wondering what has changed in your life that you no longer need them? I assume that is why it changed. So there will be others that didn't need them that now do and those that need them just as much as ever. Or are you getting at mobile apps cover a lot of what you used pc's for. In my case a few have migrated but not that many.

Some of it became built into the OS (zip functionality), some of it is no longer relevant (CD burning functionality), and much of it is just "in the cloud" (basically all media functionality. Movies, TV, and music are all streamed for me.)

Adobe and Office are the only installed applications I really use anymore that aren't generic (e.g., "web browser.")
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
13. Re: Op Ed Jan 17, 2014, 14:37 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Jan 17, 2014, 13:54:
I have no loyalty to Windows, I run very few Windows apps these days and most of my home use for my PC is gaming. That said I will want to see wider adoption from developers before I go whole hog on SteamOS.

This is kind of the biggest thing. Remember 10 years ago when you had tons of different applications installed that you couldn't live without?

I barely do. Remove games and Excel (and possibly PowerPoint) is the only thing I need Windows for. It's the only thing with no decent equivalent on a different OS.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
10. Re: Op Ed Jan 17, 2014, 13:48 Beamer
 
loomy wrote on Jan 17, 2014, 13:31:
there are a lot of idiots out there. they need steam os and steam boxes even if for no reason other than extending your windows gaming machine. for those of you who aren't aware, windows costs $100 bucks and steam machines can play windows games across the network without spending another $100 bucks.

derp.

Two issues with your derpiness:

1) Most people, "idiots" as you call them, buy complete PCs. They don't make their own. Therefore, they already have Windows and don't need to pay $100. In fact, they already have a computer and don't need to pay $400 for a Steam Machine

2) Steam machines actually can't play Windows games. They're Linux boxes. The only way they can run Windows games is via in-home streaming, which isn't available yet. This is using tech I believe licensed from NVIDIA and used in the shield. In other words, your Windows PC runs the game, but it streams to your Steam Machine. So your input goes from your controller to your Steam Machine to your PC, which interprets the input and sends video from the PC to the Steam Machine to the TV.

Derp!
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
4. Re: Op Ed Jan 17, 2014, 12:42 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 17, 2014, 12:21:
Beamer wrote on Jan 17, 2014, 12:15:
Why is SteamOS needed?

I can't see myself ever going back to a time where I reboot to play a game, and I don't see Valve getting application developers to an extent that I can give up Windows entirely.

It seems it is only needed in a paranoid world that thinks MS is going to close us all into their world. Like somehow make PC gamers locked in like Bone owners. It's pretty far out to imagine that imo, but some have linked it to Win 8's app store. So Steam they want to hedge their bets in case something like that happens. Or so they say/rumors.

As for rebooting, yesterday did a check, main system 83 days now since last reboot and I'm certain that was a Nvidia driver update. I'll I need is a stable O/S which I have more than ever. I hate MS for a lot of things and I don't like the hidden shit in Win 7, but other than that, this OS is tits. People talk about my SSD boot times are fast, not as fast as my no-downtime.

Yeah, I think Valve did this out of paranoia of being locked out of their cash cow, not out of any good will to consumers.
Honestly, I think it was a purely defensive move that is very unlike how they normally operate.

I also think there's no way Windows ever becomes walled, much like OSX never became walled. It may get an AppStore that's preferred, much like how Android has Google Play, but it'll never become totally walled, much like how Android isn't. There's a preference for Play, and an incentive for )Play, but no requirement.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
18. Re: TimeLines: Assault On America Preorders Jan 17, 2014, 12:38 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 17, 2014, 12:34:
Beamer wrote on Jan 16, 2014, 20:43:
Bill Borre wrote on Jan 16, 2014, 20:35:
Of course, because we all know that corporations have the best interests of their employees at heart.

Well, I mean, he did use the qualifier "useless."

What America needs is fewer useless unions and more good, lean unions that work with employers to achieve fairness and balance for the employees and the employers.

Heh... I don't see how such a balance could ever be achieved. The goals are in direct fundamental opposition. Worker's with rights are expensive workers....

Plenty of industries have this balance. Both sides pull, and meet somewhere in between.

The UAW fell apart because power wasn't balanced and parties started getting entitled and vindictive. A lot of the US auto industry's issues at that time stem from this, but all of it can be traced back to awful management. Bad products, poorly made, with a union pulling too hard causing worse management and worse decisions, which ceded more power to the union, etc.

But, in other industries, the workers and the corporation find compromise that benefits everyone.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
9. Re: Evening Safety Dance Jan 17, 2014, 12:16 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 17, 2014, 12:09:
Cutter wrote on Jan 17, 2014, 00:57:
Tom wrote on Jan 16, 2014, 22:47:
Mad Max RW wrote on Jan 16, 2014, 22:31:
Funny how he got elected in 2008 running against this very thing.

I used to think lawyers were the worst of the worst. Now I know it's politicians.

That's because most politicians - including Obama - are lawyers. So no, your first assessment is still correct.


LOL truth. I've seen companies have no on-site lawyers, but once they hire'em, wait a few years and then all decisions of substance go through them and they can yay or nay anything and you have no recourse at all to argue, because they have the credentials to at least interpret what they think, which I believe most of it is horseshit. In general they stop a lot of things that could very well be green-lighted.

They are hired to be risk averse. If they greenlight something, and a lawsuit arises from it, they're the ones that get fired for it.

Blame the person giving them power to stop something, not the lawyer for doing his job. They should have solely an advisory presence.
In this case.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Op Ed Jan 17, 2014, 12:15 Beamer
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jan 17, 2014, 11:18:
Well duh.

This is true... today. Valve is aiming for years down the line. As much as I like to bash Valve for not releasing HL3 or even Episode 3, SteamOS is needed. A valid DirectX replacement is needed next, which will be doable, but difficult.


Why is SteamOS needed?

I can't see myself ever going back to a time where I reboot to play a game, and I don't see Valve getting application developers to an extent that I can give up Windows entirely.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
15. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 17, 2014, 11:19 Beamer
 
I don't think many people blame the teachers for our public school's performance. We have a deeper issue there.

As for Detroit, it's really what people point to when they want to bash unions. And rightfully so, in the 70s and 80s the UAW was far more powerful than the corporations it worked with and it seriously dicked over the US auto industry.

Like I said, you need balance.

But it's also one example. One extremely large example, but the one people always cite.
 
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News Comments > Steam 2013 Growth and Sales Details
22. Re: Steam 2013 Growth and Sales Details Jan 17, 2014, 00:36 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Jan 16, 2014, 21:09:
The only things tying me to my desk for gaming are my monitor and my keyboard and mouse.

If the Oculus Rift lives up to the hype and a similarly innovative input device is invented, maybe in 10 years I will game using my Oculus Rift 4 XL and Cybor-aug FFB Finger Implants, all powered by the 128 core Samsung Galaxy SX2 in my pocket. Wirelessly. For games that don't use the Rift, my finger implants will work with my TV, which will be big enough and crisp enough for PC-like gaming from anywhere. The phone would be docked for power and to transmit 8640p data. You can't do that wirelessly, you're living in a fantasy world...

Yeah. A lot of people here are so tied to a form factor they refuse to even imagine a time when other form factors are as capable without having the same detriments.

But it's foolish. Look at where our processor innovation has been the last 5 years - efficiency and power consumption. We haven't seen huge jumps in power, just huge drops in power consumption. We've seen processor R&D shift to be heavily based around battery-power processors.
Because that's where the money is.

And it shocks me when people say they have never heard of a company not using desktops. Go to Microsoft - the only desktops are legacy. Go to Target. Or go to Amazon, where before your orientation begins they line all new hires up, give them a laptop, give them two power adapters (one for their desk, where a docking station, mouse, keyboard, and two monitors wait) and one for home, and give them laptop bag. When you quit, they expect the bag back, as it's part of company property.

Any advantage of a desktop in the business world is gone. Desktops mean companies need to choose between allowing employees to use their own (possibly compromised) machines on the VPN or giving them an excuse to not work from home (meaning, amongst other things, more sick employees come to work and more vacation days are needed when people travel - I once spent a 4 hour layover in the Delta lounge sending emails, meaning it was technically a work day for me.) Desktops are more easily upgradable than laptops, but aside from increased RAM no one ever bothers. They're easier to fix, but having a support staff large enough to do that is more expensive than just buying more laptops in bulk.
 
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