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News Comments > etc., etc.
7. Re: etc., etc. Oct 3, 2014, 22:37 Beamer
 
Cpmartins wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 22:00:
He is wrong. Gamergate never was about misogyny. It's about lying colluding pseudojornalists. The fact that zoe is a despicable human being just adds to the sewer that gaming "journalism" is.

But that is a half truth. Even the crying boyfriend admits the coverage for Zoe all came before the cheating. And they were on break. How is sex despicable?

Calling a woman having sex while on break "despicable" is why people think it is about way more than journalism ethics. Anything involving Anita is why. So much of the dialogue has nothing to do with journalists.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
56. Re: Ships Ahoy - Watch Dogs; First Reviews Oct 3, 2014, 21:58 Beamer
 
Yup. No way is that purchase counted into the sale price.

Of course, that's Facebook's idea of success/fail. Consumers have different ones, but for the long term the two overlap.
 
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5. Re: etc., etc. Oct 3, 2014, 20:41 Beamer
 
Speaking of people disappearing from yesterday's discussion, MA never returned after getting called out for linking to an "interview" with Intel's CIO that turned out to be from a website that's essentially The Onion - entirely made up articles.

So please, remember, linking to random articles or Paint images doesn't mean you're linking to something factual. In general, most things here are, at best, op-ed.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
4. Re: etc., etc. Oct 3, 2014, 20:37 Beamer
 
ASeven wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 19:48:
"Recently, as part of the anti-women #GamerGate campaign[2], a set of awful humans convinced Intel to terminate an advertising campaign because the site hosting the campaign had dared to suggest that the sexism present throughout the gaming industry might be a problem. Despite being awful humans, it is absolutely their right to request that a company choose to spend its money in a different way."

And this is a typical mouthpiece of SJWs. Stay classy.

He's not wrong. Let's be honest - #gamergate is two things. One side keeps seeing the journalist ethics side, the other side wonders how that could possibly be all it's about when it keeps dragging in people like Anita Sarkesian, who is not a journalist.

But, frankly, Intel made a business call, not a moral one.
Granted, I still have no idea how all the "JOURNALISM ETHICS!" people targeted Gamasutra, as in the last topic when I asked repeatedly what ethics Gamasutra violated people just stopped posting.
So I think the people that targeted Gamasutra are whiny children who didn't like hearing something and are hiding behind "ethics!" even though it isn't even arguable in this case, but Intel did nothing wrong.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue - Paradox Sale Oct 3, 2014, 16:45 Beamer
 
TorchMaster wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 16:43:
Strategy Fans, with the Paradox sale going on, if you could buy only one would it be Europa Universalis 4 or Crusader Kings 2?

I know people obsessed with CK2. Obsessed.
Personally, I started one game. It immediately told me I had an heir that needed a mentor, but no matter where I clicked in the menu I couldn't see a way to assign a mentor.

20 minutes of that and I just decided to finally play Crysis 2.
 
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News Comments > The Evil Within Minimum Specs
21. Re: The Evil Within Minimum Specs Oct 3, 2014, 14:21 Beamer
 
dj LiTh wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 14:15:
It will be the end of me if i ever get a cap, i average 4tb down a month (thats a slow month).

STOP CLOGGING MY PIPE!
 
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News Comments > The Evil Within Minimum Specs
19. Re: The Evil Within Minimum Specs Oct 3, 2014, 14:10 Beamer
 
NewMaxx wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 14:02:
Comcast absolutely had a cap, sometimes official and sometimes not depending on where you lived. Very rarely was it explicitly tracked or stated (later on they did track it on your account and did have an actual cap), and generally you would just lose your connection or get throttled once you got near it. It was 250GB/month originally, then they tried 300GB more openly, and that latter number is what they'll use down the road (charging extra for every so many GB over). For the record I used to track my usage exactly using DD-WRT (router) and root access to the modem and I can assure you this was how they approached the issue.

They had all sorts of trick with this that I won't get into but the most obvious is an IP change. You'd exceed the virtual cap and maybe get spotty net for a few days, and next thing you know you'd lose it one night/morning and when it came back you'd have a new IP, despite it being static for months on end otherwise. This is one method they used to track the "top 1%" of users or whatever, by switching them to certain IP ranges, but good luck finding that discussed anywhere.

I have Comcast now, I'm over 300GB each month, I am never throttled. I am not capped. Comcast has repeatedly stated they do not enforce their cap in any way. Some Economy Plus plans are on trials, but no other plan is. They did enforce it, but stopped in 2012. There are a few regions they sometimes play around in, but very few.

This doesn't mean Comcast is all happy and friendly and no problems and caps will never come. It just means they haven't been enforced for over two years. They're still rotten and I'd never trust them, but I've had multiple providers in multiple states and never had cap issues.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 3, 2014, 13:55 Beamer
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 13:46:
Kajetan wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 12:29:
What is funny about people wanting a certain UI?

For me, there are two reasons that I find it funny (one funny as in weird and the other funny as in humorous):

Because that UI is ancient, being very close to 19 years old now, and it is no longer suited to the way modern computing works. Yet there are people who still insist that a UI that was designed for a single screen running at 800x600 is still the greatest thing ever. To me, it's funny in the same way that old guys bitch and carp about how much "better" it was when engines still had carburetors and how "easier" they were to work on.

Yet these will inevitably also be the same people who bitch, whine, cry, and throw a tantrum when that creaky old OS they're clinging so desperately to, simply for the sake of a certain UI, stops being supported by software and hardware vendors. We've seen it once before with XP. People who whined and cried about how much more "awesome" XP was than 7 threw a fit when developers of both commercial and entertainment software stopped supporting that platform.

Now, the amusement part comes in when some of those very same people will buy Windows 10 expecting an interface similar to Windows 7 out of the box. By the time Windows 10 hits retail shelves, Windows 7 will be a decade old. A DECADE. Yet they'll happily delude themselves in to believing that nothing has, or should, change.

I'm with you. Some people absolutely hate change. And it's always surprising to me to see it here, on an enthusiast site. Yes, many or most people here are over 30 and at the age that they're becoming set in their ways and things were better when they are how things were in their 20s, but we're supposed to be on the cutting edge, willing to try and learn new things.

As you mentioned, XP is ancient and 7 will be sometime soon, too. They were designed for 1 monitor at 800x600. They're familiar, comfortable, and not particularly great. There are almost definitely better ways to do things. And while some things companies try are absolutely not better, it's worth giving them a chance before revolting.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 3, 2014, 13:25 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 13:19:
Start a Patreon to cover costs. I'm sure many of us would be willing to pitch in, especially if you offer some good rewards like permanently banning Cutter.

Stretch goal?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 3, 2014, 13:23 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 13:00:
Beamer wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 12:20:
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 12:13:
Beamer wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 12:10:
Creston wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 11:37:
Comcast pizza party... I'd laugh if it wasn't so sad. At least they apparently sprung for good pizza. I would have fully expected Comcast to show up with 2 small, plain cheese pizzas from Cici's or something.

They haven't done this in my building yet because my building doesn't have CondoInternet. The one I was supposed to move into did, but I switched to this one at the last minute since it has a ridiculous view, but no CondoInternet. Apparently I'm the only one bugging the leasing office.

I find it funny that they mention X1 at the end. I would love X1, but you can't get it out here without also getting landline. Guess what, Comcast: no one in an apartment in this part of Seattle has a fucking landline. No one in this neighborhood is over 60.

You would trade gigabit internet for a good view? Shame on you! ^^

I look North and I see the Space Needle about 500 yards away, look West and see the Puget Sound sprawling out about 500 yards away, and look South and see Mt. Rainer in the distance.

It's pretty awesome and I'm going to miss it when I leave Seattle.

I guess I have the simple problem of understanding what the POINT of a good view out a window is. Doesn't enrich my life one bit...

Waking up to floor to ceiling windows with a view of the most notable features of your city with sunlight spilling in everywhere is really great.

Gigabyte internet, on the other hand, rarely seems like it'd be better than the 50mbps I'm getting now, as I'm usually limited by the server, not my connection.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 LE Trailer
5. Re: Far Cry 4 LE Trailer Oct 3, 2014, 12:56 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 12:52:
It will be released next month. Maybe preorder numbers are not high enough so they are trying to build up hype with all these trailers.

This is always standard. Maybe Blue hasn't been showing them as often, but in the past two weeks we were getting 3+ Alien trailers a day. We've gotten a ton of Borderlands ones. If you actually look at their Youtube channels, you'll see way more than Blue links to.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 3, 2014, 12:20 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 12:13:
Beamer wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 12:10:
Creston wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 11:37:
Comcast pizza party... I'd laugh if it wasn't so sad. At least they apparently sprung for good pizza. I would have fully expected Comcast to show up with 2 small, plain cheese pizzas from Cici's or something.

They haven't done this in my building yet because my building doesn't have CondoInternet. The one I was supposed to move into did, but I switched to this one at the last minute since it has a ridiculous view, but no CondoInternet. Apparently I'm the only one bugging the leasing office.

I find it funny that they mention X1 at the end. I would love X1, but you can't get it out here without also getting landline. Guess what, Comcast: no one in an apartment in this part of Seattle has a fucking landline. No one in this neighborhood is over 60.

You would trade gigabit internet for a good view? Shame on you! ^^

I look North and I see the Space Needle about 500 yards away, look West and see the Puget Sound sprawling out about 500 yards away, and look South and see Mt. Rainer in the distance.

It's pretty awesome and I'm going to miss it when I leave Seattle.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 3, 2014, 12:10 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 11:37:
Comcast pizza party... I'd laugh if it wasn't so sad. At least they apparently sprung for good pizza. I would have fully expected Comcast to show up with 2 small, plain cheese pizzas from Cici's or something.

They haven't done this in my building yet because my building doesn't have CondoInternet. The one I was supposed to move into did, but I switched to this one at the last minute since it has a ridiculous view, but no CondoInternet. Apparently I'm the only one bugging the leasing office.

I find it funny that they mention X1 at the end. I would love X1, but you can't get it out here without also getting landline. Guess what, Comcast: no one in an apartment in this part of Seattle has a fucking landline. No one in this neighborhood is over 60.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 LE Trailer
3. Re: Far Cry 4 LE Trailer Oct 3, 2014, 12:05 Beamer
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 11:40:
I'm guessing FC4 is due to be released soon or the game sucks and Ubi is trying to generate hype to bolster sales. Otherwise, a trailer, sometimes two, release a day is going to burn people out very quickly.

Uh, it's October. Q4. Holiday season.
What could possibly make you think that the biggest releases of the year may be released soon?
 
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News Comments > The Evil Within Minimum Specs
12. Re: The Evil Within Minimum Specs Oct 3, 2014, 12:03 Beamer
 
Who are your providers that you have caps?
I've had broadband in 5 states, and had: Comcast, Time Warner, FiOS, and Cablevision.

I've never had a cap.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
8. Re: Game Reviews Oct 3, 2014, 11:10 Beamer
 
The IGN review is where I know I'd fall - fun for 4-6 hours, but painful over the 12-16 it actually runs.

I do not like pure stealth games, do not like being helpless in games, and do not like redoing the same sections and the same general actions repeatedly (though it bothers me least when I'm ridiculously overpowered like Max Payne 3 on Hard or Crysis 2 on occasion.)

So it's a personal thing, but I feel like I would love the first hour of this game then never want to see it again.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
54. Re: Ships Ahoy - Watch Dogs; First Reviews Oct 3, 2014, 10:36 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 10:15:
Your math is all fubared Beamer. Why do they need to generate 2.5 Bil in profits?? Making 4.5 Billion dollars from Oculus seems far fetched in the extreme. Since when do you need to return 150% of your original investment to be considered a success? If things worked like that in the real world we wouldnt have investment. Or gambling for that matter.

Huh?
Why wouldn't it be profit? The Oculus Rift costs money to manufacture, so that goes on top of the $2.5 billion. Otherwise, they could just sell 2.5 billion of them for $1 apiece and call it a win?

Of course not. It cost them $2.5 billion for the company. It will probably cost them $300-$400 per unit to manufacture. It's only the money on top of the manufacturing costs (and marketing costs, and additional R&D costs, and whatever other costs) that counts back to that $2.5 billion.

If you pay Disney $1,000,000 to license the Star Wars name, spend $5,000,000 creating toys, and sell $1,000,000 worth of toys, do you consider that a success? Of course not, you made back the licensing fees but are still deep in the hole on the cost to make the actual product.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Trailer
5. Re: Far Cry 4 Trailer Oct 3, 2014, 01:50 Beamer
 
The Half Elf wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 23:14:
With exception of the intro/escape, and the cutscene's I thought Far Cry 3 was horrible, repetitive, and would have been A LOT more plausible if the military trained brother would have been the main character instead of the party boy middle brother. Not to mention all the things that were shown at E3 that were never in the game.

FC4 is really off my radar until some quality reviews come in.

I remember the E3 demo being more fluid than actual gameplay (meaning snapping from kill to kill faster), and having more particles, but otherwise thinking it was pretty close.

And yeah, but the brother was also a party boy, just with training. And being the dude trained to kill killing is sometimes less fun. But the plot sucked and the characters sucked and the vapid white boy saving the tribe sucked.

But the game was one of my favorites.
 
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News Comments > etc.
70. Re: etc. Oct 3, 2014, 01:26 Beamer
 
Flatline wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 00:18:
Beamer wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 20:24:
Flatline wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 20:02:
Beamer wrote on Oct 2, 2014, 16:32:
Gaming journalism is an attempt to sell you products. Nothing more.

You have to admit that game journalists pretty much stuck their dick into the pudding when all those "Gaming culture is dead" articles came out in this weirdly synchronized manner.

That was like throwing gasoline onto a fire and then pumping pure oxygen into it. The 1-2 punch of telling your customers to go fuck themselves they're morally reprehensible and then doing it in a synchronized way while claiming that there is no collusion was epic amounts of stupid regardless of what the truth really is.

They didn't see it as telling their consumers to go fuck themselves, they saw it as telling dickheads they don't want reading their shit to go fuck themselves and thought people would understand and rally with them.

Instead, a lot of feathers got ruffled and people stopped reading at "gamer," proudly considering themselves gamers and not making the leap to realize the author meant the outside stereotype of "gamer," which we've all cringed at, all been annoyed at, and I'm willing to wager most people here have met someone and downplayed how much gaming they do because of that stereotype.

I think there's 3 people to blame:
1) The reader. Yeah, the reader. I think people jumped off the handle at initial shock-value hypotheses and never bothered thinking about what they were reading after that
2) The authors. These people write for a living. Having their message that poorly understood is shocking. In fairness to them, I'd wager many people furious didn't even read the articles and either Cutter'd it and just read the headline and got angry, or just read a recap thread somewhere
3) Leigh Alexander, who takes pride in being very pointed and definitely threw gasoline on a fire

Fair points. I'm not particularly engaged in all of this, and as a more or less outsider who peeks in occasionally, I have to say that suddenly having the game blogging/journalism "community" simultaneously say "Your hobby is dead and you're a part of a terrible smear on human existence", even if that's not the substance of what they were saying, pretty much put me off of them entirely.

It seems to be the intent to fire a narrow salvo at a specific group of people, but they forgot they're in public, and shit like "gamers as a group are dead" is just *mildly* incendiary, it's going to alienate people who aren't even following the story.

I mean, I heard about the original cheating relationship... thing... about a week after it broke out, figured it was none of my business and went back to living life.

The next thing I particularly knew about Gamergate was that Slate fucking website main-paged an article showing how all these game journos posted "gamers are dead!" all of a sudden.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that's exactly *not* the kind of exposure that you want to have.

I think they thought there'd be a lot more support for people wanting to separate themselves from those finding extreme glee in "burgers and fries," and there ended up being less of that due to how they approached it.

But, remember, at the time they were all being lumped in with "burgers and fries! video game journalists exchange hand jobs for reviews! They all suck!" It isn't entirely unexpected for them to respond defensively, much like gamers did.
 
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News Comments > etc.
69. Re: etc. Oct 3, 2014, 01:25 Beamer
 
MacLeod wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 01:21:
Jensen wrote on Oct 3, 2014, 00:33:
The very first video on her youtube channel is a quite negative critique of Dollhouse. I would hope that Whedon would have tweeted what he did even if he had seen that video.

It seems like a lot of people are making a leap from "Sarkeesian points out tropes" to "Sarkeesian says that all the developers and players of these games are misogynists"

To be fair... when you're series is "Tropes vs. Women"... that is kind of what you're saying.

If you read my whole post, you'll see my issue with Whedon's tweets aren't that he's supporting the idea of there being an issue in gaming. That's something I agree with. My issue is the comments that basically enforce the idea that anyone who doesn't agree with 100% of Sarkeesian's view is a misogynistic pig with their eyes shut, as opposed to people like me who question the delivery and way her videos are formatted.

And if her negative critique of Dollhouse is an "Against women" one, that's just furthering my point about not taking in the whole context of a work before hammering your point about one thing. But as I haven't seen the Dollhouse video, I don't want to comment too deeply based on assumptions from her other videos.

She definitely does not think that all developers and players of games are misogynist, but she thinks games at large are.

I do not think all people that chefs are good cooks, but I think chefs are good cooks.
I do not think all people that like NASCAR are hicks, but I think NASCAR is for hicks.
I do not think that everyone at Google is smart, but I think Google is full of smart people.
 
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