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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
21. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 6, 2014, 15:33 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 15:20:
No beamer, the xbone and ps4 will not have a drastic improvement as you saw with the last gen, not even close. These new consoles were only filling a gap in hardware specs, they are sub-par Pc's in architecture posing as 'next gen' consoles.

You will, however, see major improvements with the wii U over time. Not an endorsement for you haters, just telling it the way it is.

Oh, and the Wii U outsold the Xbone the week before Christmas. Again no endorsement, just facts : )

This makes no sense.
How, exactly, is the WiiU hardware so much more special? Because it's less like a PC?

What really confuses me is that people have been complaining for years that PCs are capable of so much more, but held back by consoles. Now the consoles are significantly more powerful, and close to the average PC, and you're saying that this won't improve graphics?

Which is it - were graphics held back by old consoles, or are they at their limit and won't improve at all?

Beyond this, the ported games (which are most of them), look identical to the ones on the older gen. But the new consoles are, factually, a good amount more powerful.


 
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News Comments > Clint Hocking Leaves Valve
17. Re: Clint Hocking Leaves Valve Jan 6, 2014, 15:29 Beamer
 
Sepharo wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 15:03:
Your rebuttal to his claim that when Valve employees leave it makes news was to link to news of Valve employees leaving?

Plus, I didn't say they laid off one employee, I said they had one layoff.

Layoff: noun - a discharge, esp. temporary, of a worker or workers.
 
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News Comments > No Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for PCs
31. Re: No Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition for PCs Jan 6, 2014, 15:27 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 14:32:
jacobvandy wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 14:18:
CJ_Parker wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 14:15:
Fuck them. Bought Tomb Raider Survival Edition for the PC at full price. One of the few games I bought for full price in the last year. And now this ass rape for PC gamers again. Guess how many more Tomb Raiders I will ever buy at full price again dear Square Enix? Yup. You got it. You assholes.


If them deciding not to re-sell you the same game for full price feels like ass rape to you, you must live a pretty irritated life.

No, he's saying they should be putting out the additional stuff as a free upgrade for existing owners and he's right.

It sounds like the only additional stuff is the spiffier graphics, right? The rest is DLC. Companies don't give old users free DLC when they release a GOTY edition, so I don't know why this would be different.

As for the graphics, as Blue mentioned, the PC version already had better graphics, and these new graphics are being done specifically for the consoles, meaning there's no attempt to make them work properly on PCs. Since the PC already looked better, not sure why anyone would care.

So, basically, it's improved graphics, which the PC already had (just not to the same extent), and it's DLC, which is already available to the PC if I read correctly.
 
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News Comments > Clint Hocking Leaves Valve
14. Re: Clint Hocking Leaves Valve Jan 6, 2014, 14:50 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 14:39:
He left because he actually wanted to, you know, get some shit done that doesn't take a decade of hemming and hawing about it. Shit like, make an actual game in a reasonable amount of time. Some people like to actually produce stuff.


Actually, Valve seems perfect for him, given that he's released nothing in his last two jobs, haha.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
17. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 6, 2014, 14:38 Beamer
 
BitWraith wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 13:05:
I'll be curious to see how this generation pans out. The boxes are selling well, but I'm not sure how the casual crowd is going to react fully to the seemingly lackluster upgrades from last gen. South Park said it best when they said "The graphics are 10% better!"

I'm also curious to see how Steam Machines affect the landscape.

The graphics are 10% better... now.
People seem to forget how things work in the 3D era. It isn't like the jump from NES to SNES anymore. But go look at the 360 or PS3 launch titles and compare them to late Xbox or PS2 titles, then to current 360 or PS3 titles. They look much more like the earlier generation than like current titles.
In other words, what we're seeing now is significantly worse than what these consoles are capable of and will be doing.

The bigger issue will be gameplay changes.
NES -> SNES: More buttons, meaning more ways to interact
SNES -> N64/PS: 3D
N64/PS -> PS2/GC/Xbox: Standard dual stick, allowing for better interaction with 3D worlds, enough RAM to do larger 3D worlds like GTA3
PS2/GC/Xbox -> PS3/360: Standardized and utilized online, enough RAM to do larger 3D worlds
PS2/360 -> PS4/Xbone: ???


Not really sure what this generation will offer that last generation couldn't do. I don't know if anyone is sure. Previously, there were clear signs and clear things being pushed. Now, everything is done better, but better isn't new. The new stuff is more out-of-game, like streaming and recording, but that doesn't change games.
 
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News Comments > Clint Hocking Leaves Valve
12. Re: Clint Hocking Leaves Valve Jan 6, 2014, 14:31 Beamer
 
Panickd wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 13:54:
Beamer wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 12:48:
Panickd wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 11:58:
Verno wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 11:44:
People change careers all the time for many reasons. You can do a lot better than the gaming industry sadly, the wages are shit for many positions comparatively, it really is a labor of love.

I'm pretty sure the pay at Valve is crazy good so long as you're working on the right (i.e. high profile and successful) project. But I'm positive the whole operation is complete shit for everyone else.

Pretty sure it's pretty good for just about anyone, though pay in the industry tends to be very bonus driven and bonuses come in most for releases - Valve also has a fairly significant other revenue source.

I'll never get why people are always so convinced everyone is miserable and disjointed at Valve. Valve has had very few people leave on their own volition, and only had one layoff.
People seem pretty happy to me.

Actually you can't really know with any certainty how many people have left Valve or how many layoffs or force outs have ever happened at the company. Unless the people that leave choose to talk about it, you'll never hear about it. Valve is a privately held company that doesn't have to blab all it's going ons to the public, and they don't. The people who have left and chosen to talk about it have made it pretty clear that if you can jive with the culture there and get involved on the right projects it's a great place to work. But the inverse is true as well. There is a massive culture shock in going to work for Valve when coming from nearly anywhere else and very little help in the company for overcoming it. And apparently that's the way they want it. So if you can't get with the culture or get on the right projects it's going to be a shitty place to work.

You kind of can.
For a developer like Valve, when someone leaves, it makes news. And you know when a developer leaves because they update their linkedin.
 
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News Comments > Full Steam Machines Ahead at CES
15. Re: Full Steam Machines Ahead at CES Jan 6, 2014, 14:30 Beamer
 
descender wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 13:34:
Do not discount the "parent can walk in and buy a box" syndrome.


What makes you think that you won't be able to walk into a BestBuy and buy one of these off the shelf, or see ads for it on TV?

But that doesn't solve the "there are 6 on the shelf, which one do I buy" problem.

You don't have that with consoles. People want either a PS or an Xbox. They then buy. No further questions.
 
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News Comments > Telltale Stirred, Not Shaken, at James Bond Prospects
8. Re: Telltale Stirred, Not Shaken, at James Bond Prospects Jan 6, 2014, 13:19 Beamer
 
netnerd85 wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 12:58:
Yakubs wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 12:53:
Someone call me when they start making actual games.
This x 100 million

The Walking Dead was fantastic.

Everything else? No interest. But The Walking Dead was absolutely a game.
 
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News Comments > New NVIDIA Mobile SOC Runs Unreal Engine 4
4. Re: New NVIDIA Mobile SOC Runs Unreal Engine 4 Jan 6, 2014, 13:15 Beamer
 
Fantaz wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 12:45:
"in a way he didn't expect for another three or four years. "

maybe we'll see a tablet with Tegra K1 in 2017-2018... why do they bother teasing us now so early? their press event last night was boring as hell too. crop circles, 3d car dashboard and bongzilla included.

Huh?
We'll see devices using K1 this year.
 
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News Comments > Clint Hocking Leaves Valve
7. Re: Clint Hocking Leaves Valve Jan 6, 2014, 12:48 Beamer
 
Panickd wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 11:58:
Verno wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 11:44:
People change careers all the time for many reasons. You can do a lot better than the gaming industry sadly, the wages are shit for many positions comparatively, it really is a labor of love.

I'm pretty sure the pay at Valve is crazy good so long as you're working on the right (i.e. high profile and successful) project. But I'm positive the whole operation is complete shit for everyone else.

Pretty sure it's pretty good for just about anyone, though pay in the industry tends to be very bonus driven and bonuses come in most for releases - Valve also has a fairly significant other revenue source.

I'll never get why people are always so convinced everyone is miserable and disjointed at Valve. Valve has had very few people leave on their own volition, and only had one layoff.
People seem pretty happy to me.
 
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News Comments > Hitman Game Cancelled [Updated]
8. Re: Hitman Game Cancelled Jan 6, 2014, 12:45 Beamer
 
I always hated these games, for the same reason I hated the Splinter Cell ones - it always felt less like I was doing something and more like I was doing what the level designer wanted. Moreso than any other type of game. I know a lot of people don't agree, because you could wait for the guard to pass or you could walk around the guard or you could put gas in the ventilation system and knock him out, but you could only do that stuff if the level designer anticipated you doing it and put it in as a solution for you.


Bring back Freedom Force! Or Freedom Fighters! Or whatever that was. One of the first action games I remember where you ultimately built up a team that ran around with you to send over there and cause a distraction while you blow everything up over here.

 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation Jan 6, 2014, 12:42 Beamer
 
BitWraith wrote on Jan 6, 2014, 11:51:
Sounds pretty boring to me.

PS - Your PS4 must be "broken". Sorry, that's a pet peeve of mine.

Yeah, that sounds miserable.

At least the Xbox One has all the TV stuff to screw around with. That will get boring in 20 minutes, but it's more than the PS4 offers right now. And, even then, it's unwanted UI crap to mess around with, not something you necessarily want or would ever use again.

I'll never get early adopting a new console. All the games out either suck (Killzone), or are just ports from the previous gen and offer no advantages (Ghosts.)

By the time a worthwhile game comes out for either system, they'll be easier to find.
 
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News Comments > Full Steam Machines Ahead at CES
4. Re: Full Steam Machines Ahead at CES Jan 6, 2014, 12:40 Beamer
 
Steam Machine A? Steam Machine I?

Valve really needed some level of standardization here. How is this different than building your own? You still need to put a lot of research into how much different the parts are and whether one is really worth $200 more than another.

I definitely would have gone with hardware levels, and rated games for levels. Certain configs would be Level 1, others would be Level 2, etc. Games would be rated minimum Level 1, ideal Level 2, etc., so that people would immediately know the abilities of the machine.

Because, for right now, it's a product aimed at those of us that build our own, but offers no advantages over that.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
8. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Jan 5, 2014, 16:40 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jan 5, 2014, 16:03:
Fuck you, Microsoft. Fuck you and I hope you go bankrupt.
Headline is incorrect. They did not trademark "Mod." They trademarked "Microsoft Mod" and "Microsoft Office Mod."

Very, very big distinction.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
4. Re: Steam Top 10 Jan 5, 2014, 15:31 Beamer
 
Paranoid Jack wrote on Jan 5, 2014, 15:25:
I'm glad to see X-Com getting some more love too. They had Enemy Unknown for under ten dollars and Enemy Within was only ten. As it stands it is the best TBS at the moment in my opinion. I've got over one hundred hours in the game now and I'm already planning my next replay. Love the new MECs. And I pray they are already planning the next expansion or the sequel.

I was talking to a guy from Valve on NYE. He said he's been talking to Firaxis a ton about their new game. He wouldn't say if it's another XCOM, but said it's the same team and, after seeing how the community responded and managed to mod a game not made for modding, they'll work hard to make sure the new one is very moddable.
 
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News Comments > December Steam Survey
6. Re: December Steam Survey Jan 5, 2014, 15:16 Beamer
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jan 5, 2014, 15:00:
Plenty of newer desktop PCs have integrated graphics, especially since it's standard on Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge.

24%, the second highest concentration, run 1366 x 768. Those are laptop users.

The question is whether that's their primary Steam computer or secondary.
 
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News Comments > etc.
19. Re: etc. Jan 5, 2014, 04:17 Beamer
 
Sepharo wrote on Jan 4, 2014, 15:15:
Games owned: 351
Games not played: 246 (70%)
Hours spent: 1,977.2h
Account worth: $4501.04

That gives me anxiety.

But I am doing a little better than Prez despite barely playing my games (other than CS and Civ5).
Games not played: 834 (75%)

I'm about the same % of games not played as you, but I have about 40% the games.
Does that include games not played since Steam started logging hours? Probably, right?

I've become much, much better about not buying something I know I'll never play because it's just $4.99. I figure, by this time next year, I'll totally ignore the sales and just buy what I want to play at the moment I'm ready to play.
Or I'll just do X-COM again. Triple digit hours now.
 
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News Comments > etc.
18. Re: etc. Jan 5, 2014, 04:12 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jan 5, 2014, 01:25:
Beamer wrote on Jan 4, 2014, 15:16:
I'm getting kind of sick of people here tying every single thing back to "PC GAMING IS DYING, EXCEPT THIS PART!"

Jesus, Beamer, we get it. This board sucks. All comments are fucking terrible. Everything makes you sick, and everything is bad and everyone is wrong, and everyone here is a moron, and everyone here knows nothing about the industry, and and and and

We get it. You can stop fucking posting it now.

It's only a small group, and not you. If you want me gone, you can blame yourself in part for me still being here.

But it's aggravating to see some threads where people complain about how PC gamers are made out by the media to be immature man-children, then in other threads see the same grown men act like particularly immature children.

This isn't terribly immature, but any time there's positive news about PC gaming certain posters here always do the "PC GAMING IS DEAD /s" post. The issue there is that all the "PC gaming is hurting" posts came from AAA publishers, and all the "PC gaming is thriving" posts come from indies. It's evidence of a different thing. But some people look for any reason to cheerlead and turn off their critical thinking. Others, like jdreyer, put some thought into their posts.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
9. Re: Saturday Mobilization Jan 5, 2014, 00:04 Beamer
 
DrEvil wrote on Jan 4, 2014, 23:47:
Cutter wrote on Jan 4, 2014, 14:25:
That ain't gonna' make a difference. I'd love one of these, but for a grand? LOL!

I'm actually going to have to get a tablet/kb in the next couple of months for work so is there anything good - Android or Windows - in the $500 or less category?

Actually, for ~$1K, they're a phenomenal portable drawing tablet. The next closest thing are Windows 8 tablets from Wacom which are over twice the price or the MacBook-based ModbookPro.

But as a general computing device, you'd have to really value the form factor to make it worth it.


It's almost there for me. You can just add a USB mouse and keyboard and use it like a normal laptop, but it's much better for travel or screwing around on the couch, which is how I'd really use it. It'd be a third device for me - I already have my desktop for anything serious, and my work laptop for when I want to be in a different room.

As such, $1k is just too much. When they hit $500 I'm on board. Without losing things like the digitizer - I really want the great stylus.

In general, that's why I don't have a laptop of my own anymore. You either need to spend more than I feel they're worth (considering I have a great desktop), or you need something that makes too many sacrifices (e.g., tons of keyboard flex, a terrible touchpad [which all windows laptops seem to have], and it's way too hard to find a 14" laptop under $500 with a resolution over 1366x768. Even 15" laptops, which feel stupid big these days, are usually that resolution at that price range.)
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
8. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jan 4, 2014, 17:35 Beamer
 
Axis wrote on Jan 4, 2014, 17:31:
Beamer wrote on Jan 4, 2014, 17:30:
Cutter wrote on Jan 4, 2014, 16:44:
It's not like them, it's mainstream vs. the alternative. If you're in the mainstream for most everything, than yes, you're a sheep.

Alright, but don't you realize how ridiculously hypocritical and dismissive this is?

Great, so someone uses Linux over Apple or Microsoft. Everyone else is a sheep.
But what if someone uses Redhat. Still a multimillion dollar corporation running it. Are they a sheep? To someone running their own build, probably.

And what about that guy still running OS/2. We're all sheep to him.
And how about that guy that made his own OS. Everyone is a sheep to him.

Linux, for a while, had a larger market share than Apple, back in like 2000. Does that mean the Linux users were sheep and Apple users were the hardcore?



Basically, calling someone "sheep" for using an OS is asinine, immature, and the sign of a mental deficiency. Some people on this board, you two in particular, call everyone a sheep for making decisions you do not. Cutter, you're like 40. Stop calling people "sheep" for tech choices. Stop making giant generalizations.
Sorry, you need to grow up. You act like a teenage girl so much of the time. You're not an idiot, but so much of what you say is tossaway gibberish that is damn near trolling.
I know you'll find this hypocritical and either block me or threaten to, but look at what you whined about Blue deleting from you yesterday. Something along the lines of "haha, toolbag Failbox user fanboys."
Do you not realize how much that phrase is hypocritical because it makes it seem like you're the fanboy, not someone else? Hell, at your age you shouldn't really care what other people do and you shouldn't use loaded weasel words like "fanboy."

I just don't get how an otherwise mature, reasonable man can be such a petulant child when it comes to his hobby. You act like a 14 year old on Xbox Live circa 2007.

Re-read my last post, revise this one, and grow up.

Wait, so your response to me saying "grow up" is "grow up?"
I'm rubber, you're glue?



Again, my contention with you is how juvenile calling people "sheep" is.
I'm just going to start ignoring anyone throwing "sheep" and "fanboy" out at anyone different than them. The people doing this never contribute anything. It's the modern version of "M$." It's a way for people to feel better about themselves while doing the same thing they mock.
 
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