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News Comments > Call of Duty: Ghosts Onslaught: Play as Mike Myers
2. Re: Call of Duty: Ghosts Onslaught: Play as Mike Myers Jan 13, 2014, 18:18 Beamer
 
A lot of this looks like fun, but I really feel the MW3 multiplayer was much better.

Campaign was better here, but not mindblowingly so. I'm playing FC3 now (which, frankly, feels like it would play better with a controller), and despite some weirdness (why are there so many ships wrecked on top of each other? Why is there a yacht in a cave high up a mountain? Why do people think they can make a rotting yacht with huge holes in it run? How will they get it to water? If there are so many wrecked ships indicating that this is in a shipping lane, why aren't there any bigger ships around? Why is there always a tiger outside the bases I'm capturing [as opposed to caged in it], allowing me to just sit and wait for the tiger to do the work?), but as a whole I'm really digging the game. I bought Dragon Blood, or whatever, for $4.50 on Xbox, so I'll really see if my control issues are fixed.
 
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News Comments > SimCity Offline Mode Coming
47. Re: SimCity Offline Mode Coming Jan 13, 2014, 17:04 Beamer
 
Talisorn wrote on Jan 13, 2014, 16:42:
Ah ... Blues News! What happened to you? You really have become to PC gaming what that bitter and twisted "No Mutants Allowed" people are to Fallout. Two and a half pages of whining and not one positive comment. Reality check: You all sound like a bunch of self-entitled little bitches. GROW UP!

Well all I can say is FINALLY I can get to play this game as I wanted to play. It may be late in the day, but at least I now get to play.

In this case, while EA did something good for consumers, it's kind of an insult since they swore up and down that it was an impossibility.

Given how many people felt the whole DRM-is-necessary argument was a lie, this just seems like confirmation.

Really, I get why they wanted people online. Ignoring the sales perspective, they really wanted to push the social aspects of the game. But those aspects weren't terribly interesting or compelling. When you need to force people to use your stuff the way you want it used, it's probably not as good a design decision as you think. See: Microsoft. See: Google+
 
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News Comments > Valve Talks About Lack of Communication
23. Re: Shell shocked Jan 11, 2014, 14:38 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jan 11, 2014, 13:28:
Panickd wrote on Jan 11, 2014, 10:14:
Gabe wasn't pissed at Windows 8 because it's a shitty OS, he was pissed because Microsoft made the first step to setting up it's own digital distribution network which would have cut Steam out of the picture.

Since I don't own 8... does anyone have any insight on how their store is going?

For the record, I do agree with Panickd. I think Gabe was very much reacting to the possibility of being pushed out of the picture.

Likely needlessly. For one, Microsoft will never, ever mandate their app store for Windows desktops. It would eviscerate their enterprise market, and as anyone that watched CES knows, this is the only thing healthy for them right now (not a single consumer Windows laptop was shown at CES. Not one. For everyone claiming that laptops and desktops are alive and well for consumers, well, that's a bad sign.)

Will Microsoft mandate it for other versions of Windows? If they're smart, no, they'd just allow it and acknowledge that most people will choose it because it's a better option, similar to how I think Android works. But Microsoft often isn't smart and often lacks this confidence. Regardless, Steam isn't on those platforms, SteamOS doesn't seem to be going to those platforms, and I don't see SteamOS being a viable phone and/or tablet OS, so I don't know if Valve is thinking that way.

A Microsoft Store for Windows could very much take casual games from Steam, and it could very well take applications, which Steam has only shown limited interest in. Movies and music? Sure. But I think Steams policies have well entrenched it in hardcore gaming and Microsoft can't even begin to touch it.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jan 11, 2014, 14:29 Beamer
 
OldTimber wrote on Jan 11, 2014, 02:55:
Awww someone is butthurt that their company failed and the free market determined it plus they didn't make the HOF this week. Cheer up Curt you can still buy a ticket to get in.

Really?
Saying that you're innocent of fraud makes you "butthurt?"
I can't even imagine the kind of brainpower it takes to make that connection.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
11. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 10, 2014, 14:04 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 10, 2014, 13:53:
Beamer wrote on Jan 10, 2014, 12:19:
NegaDeath wrote on Jan 10, 2014, 11:54:
jdreyer wrote on Jan 10, 2014, 11:28:
Smart TVs, smart fridges, smart washing machines? Disaster waiting to happen.

Read this yesterday, and kind of agree. Who really needs an internet ready fridge anyway?

One comment on there summed it up for me, it's a solution waiting for a problem. There are some occasional uses I can see like checking what's in the fridge on you're smartphone while your shopping, and maybe the ability to turn off a stove/appliance remotely in case you forget. But imo the security and potential privacy tradeoff isn't worth it.

They cynically say it's planned obsolescence. I promise you no one is sitting in an office thinking that way. They know 99% of people can't afford a new fridge every 4 years. It's instead a way to get the people that are fridge shopping to buy their stuff, and a way to get the super rich to decide they need something better, despite it really being difficult to innovate in space (there was a ton of innovation there 6 or 7 years ago but not much new to be done), or design (we're moving away from stainless steel, but slowly.) Changes in efficiency don't really get the rich out to buy.

Otherwise, though, yeah. It, like 3DTVs were, is more grasping at straws than anything. It's someone figuring out something that can be done, rather than something that should be done. 3DTV was likely driven by engineers, this is almost definitely driven by marketing.

I think 3D was probably driven by marketers too, esp given the huge premium they charge. I do agree though, there's some desperation in appliances since people tend not to buy them or want to buy them every few years. Like I mentioned recently, mom still uses daily my 23" Toshiba CRT TV I got in '91. I think obsolesce is probably less a design issue than a parts quality issue. I'm sure that there's a bit of thought going into "If I use this capacitor that only lasts 5 years, I'll get a repeat customer than if I use this one that costs twice as much but lasts 20." People think 5 years is a long time, after all.

One of the big innovations in refridges is the efficiency. New fridges use something like half the electricity from a decade or so ago.

Oh, don't get me wrong, marketing took it and ran with it, but I really think the R&D team went to marketing and said "hey, we can do 3D, does that interest you?" whereas here the marketing team went to the R&D team and said "more screens on everything!"
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 10, 2014, 12:19 Beamer
 
NegaDeath wrote on Jan 10, 2014, 11:54:
jdreyer wrote on Jan 10, 2014, 11:28:
Smart TVs, smart fridges, smart washing machines? Disaster waiting to happen.

Read this yesterday, and kind of agree. Who really needs an internet ready fridge anyway?

One comment on there summed it up for me, it's a solution waiting for a problem. There are some occasional uses I can see like checking what's in the fridge on you're smartphone while your shopping, and maybe the ability to turn off a stove/appliance remotely in case you forget. But imo the security and potential privacy tradeoff isn't worth it.

They cynically say it's planned obsolescence. I promise you no one is sitting in an office thinking that way. They know 99% of people can't afford a new fridge every 4 years. It's instead a way to get the people that are fridge shopping to buy their stuff, and a way to get the super rich to decide they need something better, despite it really being difficult to innovate in space (there was a ton of innovation there 6 or 7 years ago but not much new to be done), or design (we're moving away from stainless steel, but slowly.) Changes in efficiency don't really get the rich out to buy.

Otherwise, though, yeah. It, like 3DTVs were, is more grasping at straws than anything. It's someone figuring out something that can be done, rather than something that should be done. 3DTV was likely driven by engineers, this is almost definitely driven by marketing.
 
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News Comments > Outrise Revealed
3. Re: Outrise Revealed Jan 9, 2014, 18:13 Beamer
 
Wildone wrote on Jan 9, 2014, 18:06:
and GODAMN, CAN ANY GODAMN GAME *NOT*, I REPEAT, *NOT* RIP OFF ED209 EVERY-FUCKING-TIME FOR THE NEXT 100 YEARS?!

http://outrisegame.com/images/mech.jpg

Not condoning it, but ED209 is absolutely the coolest movie robot design of all time.
 
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News Comments > etc.
5. Re: etc. Jan 9, 2014, 14:17 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Jan 9, 2014, 14:15:
jdreyer wrote on Jan 9, 2014, 14:10:
Steam Controller hands-on- It's only weird until it works…

I really want to try one of these.


I do, too. If they had a preorder link up, I'd lock one in.


Most early reviews are negative, but I don't trust them. People used it for half an hour. Valve used it for weeks. That the first half an hour of something very new feels very strange isn't a surprise. Many reviews acknowledge this, but not all.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 9, 2014, 14:07 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Jan 9, 2014, 13:28:
I wanted to leave an instructional message on a Youtube tech video last night but I can't comment without a Google+ account. Fucking ridiculous.

All Google accounts are Google+ now, aren't they? Or is it just all Gmail accounts (but I thought all Gmail accounts were Google accounts.)

I like anonymity. I never know if I'm going to badmouth a company for doing something really stupid, only to end up interviewing there. YouTube has killed anonymity. I used to have an account I'd post comments with on occasion, but they tied to Gmail. Now, if I am logged into Gmail, which I almost always am, it defaults to that when I go to Google. Great. I don't want people knowing what videos I favorite, and I certainly don't want my comments tied to my real name.

I get they did it, in part, to limit all the really gross comments they got. But plenty of sites have Facebook logins, tied to Facebook accounts, using profile pictures that often feature toddlers, yet the users still threaten to rape celebrities that dared have a different opinion on what the best book of the past 5 years is.
 
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News Comments > "Stunning" Nitrous Engine Impressions
24. Re: Jan 9, 2014, 13:13 Beamer
 
smackdaddy wrote on Jan 9, 2014, 11:33:
supports 30% of the market that probably accounts for 80% of all game sales. So yes they made a good choice.

Where the...?
Why the...?
How the...?


Seriously?
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Xbone vs PS4 Jan 9, 2014, 11:54 Beamer
 
PropheT wrote on Jan 9, 2014, 11:38:
Creston wrote on Jan 9, 2014, 11:29:
"It means we really have no clue what we're talking about, and we're just throwing shit out there to try to get clicks!"

No kidding

That whole article was like a thinly veiled request to put down torches and pitchforks.

Which is pretty valid. I try not to read games boards other than this one, but I'll sometimes read news stories comments, and the Xbox vs PS discussions are kind of sickening. Everyone is so certain their platform has won (and anyone considering a different platform is some kind of moron) despite us having really little evidence of anything, and what little is there points distinctly to the PS, but two months in is a stupid time to claim victory. Ask Nintendo about that.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 8, 2014, 16:54 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 8, 2014, 16:31:
Enh, mebbe. I effing hate commuting! I'd rather live in the boonies and go get a room in the city for the night to party it up then commuting every day to do the reverse.

I have a 10 minute walk to work, a 5 minute walk to my favorite restaurant, a 5 minute walk to most bars, and a killer view of the water.

I love that many companies have realized that having their main office inside the city, rather than outside in the burbs, drastically improves recruiting.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 8, 2014, 14:31 Beamer
 
Weaseal wrote on Jan 8, 2014, 14:20:
Beamer wrote on Jan 8, 2014, 13:47:
I haven't seen that, but I've noticed that today many of the ads are being blocked by my work. I don't use adblock on my work computer (it's important for me to see ads my site is stupidly littered with), but the corpnet is just killing more today than usual.

I will say that most ads I see here are retargeting, so maybe it's something you were looking at on your own... Inquisitive

I don't know anything about ads or what "retargeting" means, but I can say with a high degree of confidence that if anything I browsed on my own resulted in these creepy pictures, then Blue has an issue with his ad algorithms - hence my original post.

Why would I bother posting to let Blue know about this problem if I were into this sort of thing?

Yes, I pointed out that he primarily does retargeting so that you would understand where these ads may come from.

Example of retargeting: you go to Superwidgets.com, then half the ads you see on the internet for the next 24 hours are from superwidgets.com, with many showing you the exact item you looked at.
 
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News Comments > Full Steam Machines Ahead at CES
55. Re: Full Steam Machines Ahead at CES Jan 8, 2014, 14:12 Beamer
 
1.1 million units, in one extra week, without Japan, is a pretty big deal.

Contrary to what people here keep saying, both systems are about equally limited by supply issues, so it's hard to sell. The PS4 and Xbox One are about equally easy/difficult to find.

But 1.1 million without your home turf is a very strong start. Not sure how people argue otherwise. Is it meaningful long-term? No, look at the Wii. Things will fluctuate often and rapidly. But it's a really strong start out the gate.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 8, 2014, 13:47 Beamer
 
Weaseal wrote on Jan 8, 2014, 13:42:
Hey Blue,

Been a reader here for over 10 years. Love the site. I spend at least a few minutes here every day.

I always try to support you by whitelisting bluesnews.com from Adblock, Ghostery, etc. A little concerned lately about the quality of the ads - I'm not too keen on seeing a shirtless child with the body of a grown man. It's creepy and weird, especially while I'm at work. Just wanted to make sure you were aware.

Cheers,
Weaseal

I haven't seen that, but I've noticed that today many of the ads are being blocked by my work. I don't use adblock on my work computer (it's important for me to see ads my site is stupidly littered with), but the corpnet is just killing more today than usual.

I will say that most ads I see here are retargeting, so maybe it's something you were looking at on your own... Inquisitive
 
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News Comments > EA's Code Wars Hackathon Returns
11. Re: EA's Code Wars Hackathon Returns Jan 8, 2014, 13:38 Beamer
 
garrywong wrote on Jan 8, 2014, 13:23:
Beamer wrote on Jan 8, 2014, 13:12:
garrywong wrote on Jan 8, 2014, 12:44:
I still don't get it - what are they protecting themselves against? Whatever it is, there are probably other ways to protect yourself against it.

It's also very silly what they are doing. No other competitions like these need to do this. Why? Because the organizers are not game publishers. So why doesn't EA just make a separate company that has no publishing capability to run these events?

Regardless of how evil you think EA is, anyone has to do this. Everyone has to do this. Valve, Bethesda, whichever dev you think is benevolent would have to do this. For the same reason any contest in any creative field will have this (look into movie script submissions, or writing contests.)

Why? Because if someone makes a game where you shoot nazi aliens, and EA releases a game at some point in the future with nazi aliens, there will be a lawsuit as the guy claims EA ripped him off. It doesn't matter if EA had the game in development, or if the devteam never saw it, there will be a lawsuit.

This is to prevent that. Now, do you think EA will use it as an excuse to steal? Whatever. Just know that whatever entity you don't think would do this would do the same rules. Again, any kind of creative contest has these rules. And this is why movie studios always say they won't accept unsolicited scripts and usually mail unsolicited scripts back to people unopened - the last thing they need is someone to send them a script where Batman saves the world from the Joker, then they make a movie where Batman saves the world from the Joker and they're immediately sued.

This is retarded. How is anyone that's entering this competition going to sue EA? With what money? How could they possibly hope to win the case unless EA really DID rip them off?

Like I said, if this is what they are tryng to protect themselves against, there are other ways to do so. In particular, they already have a defense against that - a very expensive legal team.

Ug.
You're wrong. Objectively wrong.

1) With what money? Jesus, dude, do you know how the American legal system works? Do you see TV commercials? Our system is designed so that you don't need money to sue a corporation that you feel is screwing you over. It's called contingency, and it's how most of these lawsuits work. It's a very flawed system, but at least it lets the little guy go after the big guy

2) Again, do you understand our legal system? They don't need to win the case, they just need to convince EA that winning the case would cost more than settling the case. And, in many cases, it's nearly impossible to prove that EA didn't steal. Also impossible to prove they did. Since this isn't criminal, juries can just say "well, we're 35% sure it was stolen, so we'll award 35% of the damages"

3) "A very expensive legal team." Yes, very expensive. Why not avoid this expense?




Again, you're objectively wrong. This is standard practice. Whether you think EA will abuse it or not is another discussion, but every single contest like this will have these rules. Here's the language from a small script contest:
By entering the Big Break Contest, you acknowledge and agree that contest Judges receive numerous submissions of ideas, stories and scripts, and that your entry, and the ideas and stories embodied in it, may be similar or identical to other material received and/or developed by one or more of the Judges. You also agree that you are not entitled to any compensation or credit for use by contest Judges of any such other material.

Notice - it says that the Judges may create identical content, not similar but identical, and that participants aren't entitled to compensation or credit. That's even more damning than a license.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 8, 2014, 13:26 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 8, 2014, 13:12:
Seriously though. I don't understand why they don't just build a few condo buildings closer to HQ.

Because no one wants to live in the middle of nowhere and the advantage of working at Google is being able to live in a great city and afford it?
 
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News Comments > EA's Code Wars Hackathon Returns
8. Re: EA's Code Wars Hackathon Returns Jan 8, 2014, 13:12 Beamer
 
garrywong wrote on Jan 8, 2014, 12:44:
I still don't get it - what are they protecting themselves against? Whatever it is, there are probably other ways to protect yourself against it.

It's also very silly what they are doing. No other competitions like these need to do this. Why? Because the organizers are not game publishers. So why doesn't EA just make a separate company that has no publishing capability to run these events?

Regardless of how evil you think EA is, anyone has to do this. Everyone has to do this. Valve, Bethesda, whichever dev you think is benevolent would have to do this. For the same reason any contest in any creative field will have this (look into movie script submissions, or writing contests.)

Why? Because if someone makes a game where you shoot nazi aliens, and EA releases a game at some point in the future with nazi aliens, there will be a lawsuit as the guy claims EA ripped him off. It doesn't matter if EA had the game in development, or if the devteam never saw it, there will be a lawsuit.

This is to prevent that. Now, do you think EA will use it as an excuse to steal? Whatever. Just know that whatever entity you don't think would do this would do the same rules. Again, any kind of creative contest has these rules. And this is why movie studios always say they won't accept unsolicited scripts and usually mail unsolicited scripts back to people unopened - the last thing they need is someone to send them a script where Batman saves the world from the Joker, then they make a movie where Batman saves the world from the Joker and they're immediately sued.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
19. Re: Op Ed Jan 8, 2014, 13:08 Beamer
 
Deathbishop wrote on Jan 8, 2014, 12:54:
BitWraith wrote on Jan 8, 2014, 09:00:
The biggest problem with Steam machines is the hardware is not standardized. Too many options that cost too much. It's like the modern PC version of 3DO. These things are not going to be successful.

I don't think Gaben cares necessarily if they're successful - if he did then Valve would be handling the hardware themselves.

The difference is two fold. One, the 3DO didn't have a whole lot of games worth a damn, Steam boxes have the entirety of the Steam library. Two, the 3DO came out during a time where paying $500 for a 'console' unheard of, not so today judging by Xbone's sales number alone.

I think a lot of folks on here underestimate how much 'convenience' and 'ease of use' costs. Apple doesn't sell millions of iphones because it's the most powerful phone on the market.

I think people overestimate "convenience" and "ease of use" for this platform.

Regardless, Valve has stated repeatedly that this is not aimed at console users. Anyone else already has a desktop or laptop with Steam on it. They'd be paying $500 to play the same games they're already playing. I'm someone that's repeatedly mentioned how much nicer it is to play relaxed on a couch, under a blanket, stretched out, rather than hunched with a monitor 12 inches from my eyeballs, but I don't see myself paying $500 to do something I can already do.


Actually, and whenever people said to me "just hook your TV up to your computer!" I'd laugh, because they were 100 feet apart. Now they're about 3 feet apart. Time to connect them! Thus far I'm feeling like Far Cry 3's mouse control sucks, so maybe it'll be more fun with a controller.
 
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News Comments > Respawn: 6-vs-6 Multiplayer Maximum
15. Re: Respawn: 6-vs-6 Multiplayer Maximum Jan 8, 2014, 12:06 Beamer
 
I remember some servers doing de_dust with 20 or even 40 people.
And then I wonder why people always mock 6v6.
 
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