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News Comments > CliffyB: Don't Call My Comeback a Comeback
3. Re: CliffyB: Don't Call My Comeback a Comeback Jun 30, 2014, 19:05 Beamer
 
McTurbo wrote on Jun 30, 2014, 19:03:
Hmmmm.. did Oculus VR make another hire?

I'm guessing he is doing mobile games.

Then again, after Tencent bought a chunk of Epic, he's probably beyond set for life. Maybe he'll pursue his dreams. Maybe he'll do something interesting and unique since he can take big risks and being profitable isn't overly important.

Or maybe he'll just make mobile games.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
21. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 30, 2014, 16:44 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 30, 2014, 16:36:
Beamer wrote on Jun 30, 2014, 13:48:
jdreyer wrote on Jun 30, 2014, 13:39:
Jade Raymond: Some mobile games 'recycle 40 year-old game design'.

Well, they say that 40 is the new 20.

On my tablet currently I have Another World, XCom, Broken Sword, and Carmaggeddon, all games I actually had on my PC 20 years ago.

How does Carmaggeddon play?
I have an old Touchpad that I hate. I finally put Android on it over the weekend, solely because someone here (you?) mentioned OpenXcom was ported to Android.

The port has issues. Some interface errors, and frankly, it feels much harder to me than Xcom was. Before the end of the first month I was in a terror mission that had 4 or 5 cyberdiscs. My rifles were completely worthless against them. I feel as if larger ships start showing up sooner, too, and my interceptors stopped being able to catch up to anything by April. I put it down last night just as I started a terror mission against etherals, I believe also in April. Sectoids have already been doing mind-control against me, so tonight we'll see what havoc those etherals bring.
All of this on Beginner. In the original, which was bugged to Beginner, I feel as if I wasn't losing soldiers at nearly the rate I am now (probably averaging 4 or 5 of my 14 lost per mission.) On one hand I'm more thinking like Xcom 2012 and out of practice, on the other interface issues make me sloppy, but it still feels like it ramped up much, much faster.

Carmaggedon plays really well. It's a bit tricky using the onscreen controls, but I played a bunch of the maps and had a blast, unlocking a bunch of the cars. Alternatively you can steer using the accelerometer, steering the tablet like a steering wheel, but my arms get tired. In the end, you do pine for a controller though. I've seen it offered free at least three times, so it's worth a free DL for sure. Although the raison d'etre for owning a tablet is plane and train play, and Carmaggedon is just too over the top for that environment.

I agree that OpenXCom on the tablet is trickier than using the mouse, I suggest the PC version. Still it's usable and fun. As for the difficulty, I might have to agree. I am in July of my first year (on my PC game, my Android game is still in the first month) and had a terror mission of a dozen Ethereals and 3-4 sectoids I just couldn't get past. I had no armor, no psionic defense, and only laser rifles. Once I got down to two Sectoids, but with only two guys left, it just didn't happen. I had to let it go and take the hit from that country (France).

I did get the cyberdiscs terror mission early on, but had laser rifles already, and took them down after a dozen hits or so. Still, I've had about 50 soldier deaths in seven months, so you're going to lose guys. Did my first base assault and lost 11 of 14, but captured the base. Got massive cash from all the stuff I sold, so it was worth it. I have two more bases on the map, but am waiting until I have everyone in body armor before tackling those. This is on Experienced difficulty. Losing lots of guys, but having a blast, and recruiting new guys. This game is definitely more difficult that the new XCom: Enemy Unknown.

Yeah, I was going to say you couldn't be on Beginner if you didn't have heavy plasma and body armor by then.
Still, I did my first base assault last night and lost (but then just reloaded a save to do it correctly.) I immediately lost a unit to an exploding cyberdisc that I thought I was far enough from, then had a controlled guy in the starting area take three units out, forcing me to take him out. 5 guys down in 2 turns. I ended up with 2 soldiers against a cyberdisc that had some cover. One soldier had a laser rifle, the other a plasma pistol. I should have gone and found a dead body with a heavy laser but didn't. I thought the odds were with me.

They weren't.


Much like the new XCOM, I feel like I can trade combat stories for hours. Man, I love this damn game.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
19. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 30, 2014, 16:26 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 30, 2014, 16:23:
Bundy wrote on Jun 30, 2014, 14:09:
Beamer wrote on Jun 30, 2014, 12:22:
Cutter wrote on Jun 30, 2014, 12:12:
Why do the PR people keep allowing her to speak when she's only there to be pretty? Everything she just stated only shows why she should have never been promoted in the first place. That's the problem when companies choose looks over talent.

Jade Raymond produced Assassin's Creed, one of the biggest franchises currently going. But, yes Cutter, she's only there because of her looks and shouldn't be allowed to speak.

There's absolutely no way Cutter isn't a single 44 year old in his mother's basement wearing a fedora, trench coat and My Little Pony graphic tee.

I like Jade Raymond, yes she's pretty, but she also seems to know what she's talking about and clearly hasn't just memorized a bunch of buzzwords and talking points before interviews. If it wasn't the gaming industry she was in, nobody would give a damn what she looked like.

Of course, that said, I don't really give a damn about this particular interview, I'm still gonna click on it, cause..... they'll probably post a picture of her.... yeah.

Do yourself a favour and put that troll on ignore like all the other smart people around here.

I also don't understand how a guy that hates women so much can claim to run an upscale soap and cosmetic company.
 
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News Comments > Planetary Annihilation Early Access Spotted at Retail
27. Re: Planetary Annihilation Early Access Spotted at Retail Jun 30, 2014, 16:22 Beamer
 
dj LiTh wrote on Jun 30, 2014, 15:13:
Beamer wrote on Jun 30, 2014, 14:40:
dj LiTh wrote on Jun 30, 2014, 11:13:
Not much different in my mind to a preorder, except you get immediate access to their progress. I do think this will put them in a negative light to people who do (and will) confuse it for a finished product, but thats the companies decision. This doesnt change the old buyer beware saying, merely reinforces it.

You can cancel a preorder, and if a game never reaches "finished" status, you get a refund.

With Early Access, I fully expect some projects that would otherwise not get released (ran out of funding, canceled, whatever) to just call their final version "Release Candidate" and call it a day.

Sounds like your beef is more with the digital distribution platforms lack of refunds.

No, there are no refunds with this, either.

I don't have big beef with Early Access. I think, for the most part, it's advertised well enough to consumers and I think that there's far, far less risk than Kickstarter, so I don't think it's problematic. If Kickstarter is ok I see no reason for EA to not be.

Personally, I'll never bother with it because I will only play most games once and would prefer to wait for the least buggy, most complete version.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 30, 2014, 16:21 Beamer
 
I don't think you can really compare the impact of the VCR, which added hassle, to the impact of the DVR, which reduces hassle. Very few people used VCRs to time shift. Entire 80s sitcom episodes were devoted to people not understanding how to set the time on their VCR, let alone understand how to set a recording when they weren't around for it.

DVRs? Some of NBCs Thursday night shows had more people DVRing than watching live.
With advertisers caring less about this, it's factual that you're hurting your favorite show by DVRing it. Does it matter? I'll be damned if I'm going to set my schedule around it. I'll mourn Community, but I have enough other ways to spend my time that I won't even notice it's gone next year.

And yes, people that DVR still watch the ads. And people that don't DVR often go to the bathroom during the ads. Or flip channels. Or aren't even in the room. Who f'n knows, because I think we're still using Nielsen, aren't we, even though our cable boxes can tell our cable provider exactly what we're watching when (are we using this for ads yet? I don't think so.)
What matters isn't behavior of the consumer, but behavior of the advertiser. They're the ones paying for things. And, for now, they're not really paying for time-shifted content. Because they don't understand it, because it's possible to skip commercials, and because they have an upper hand in negotiating due to these reasons. They can't argue with actual ratings. They can argue with time-shifted ratings. So they do, and they pay less.
I happen to often watch the commercials. Usually. Why? Because that's the time that I'm probably picking up the phone and sending a text, or browsing this board, or whatever. I pay zero attention to them. I do the same during live broadcasts. I still somehow absorb stupid bullshit from them and somehow have the song from the new Google Play ad stuck in my head.

And yeah, five million viewers isn't enough when it's a network TV show. Networks make most of their money between the hours of 8 and 10 five days a week. That's 10 hours. 20 half hours. If you have something only getting five million viewers, and you expect it to be like Community and sag down well below 3 million very soon, you have to kill it. You literally have to. Because advertisers aren't paying you enough and it isn't like you're Nabisco and can simply produce another product while still selling the old one. You have, at most, 20 shows you can work with. It kills me to see a good show killed in the first season when so many took 2 or 3 to grow, like Seinfeld, but when Community gets killed in Season 5 when it's bringing in under 3 million viewers? Of course it gets killed. If NBC can get a show there that brings in 5 or 6 it will make much more money.

And Creston, I'm not "arguing both sides of the fence." I don't think we should change our habits. But I think we should accept that our habits are causing things we don't like. That doesn't mean I think we should change. TV will adapt. What doesn't adapt will die. Things will be caught in the crossfire, like Parks & Recs. It sucks, but it's a fact. I think it's worthwhile for people to understand why the shows they like are dying at the moment.

Cracked is spinning it the wrong way, but again, they're not ending it with a call to change, they're just saying that changes in viewer habits are resulting in good things dying. It sucks. But broken-eggs-to-make-an-omelet or whathaveyou. If I were in network TV I'd probably be terrified right now, because they're being squeezed from all ends. Cable viewership dropping? Yup. Advertisers paying less? Yup. People having way more things to spend their time on and being pickier about what to watch. Yup.
But people still want to watch stuff, so stuff will still get made.
 
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News Comments > Planetary Annihilation Early Access Spotted at Retail
21. Re: Planetary Annihilation Early Access Spotted at Retail Jun 30, 2014, 14:40 Beamer
 
dj LiTh wrote on Jun 30, 2014, 11:13:
Not much different in my mind to a preorder, except you get immediate access to their progress. I do think this will put them in a negative light to people who do (and will) confuse it for a finished product, but thats the companies decision. This doesnt change the old buyer beware saying, merely reinforces it.

You can cancel a preorder, and if a game never reaches "finished" status, you get a refund.

With Early Access, I fully expect some projects that would otherwise not get released (ran out of funding, canceled, whatever) to just call their final version "Release Candidate" and call it a day.
 
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News Comments > Summer Sales Ending
45. Re: Summer Sales Ending Jun 30, 2014, 14:11 Beamer
 
Quinn wrote on Jun 30, 2014, 13:58:
Beamer wrote on Jun 30, 2014, 12:51:


I also think "immersion" is a more bullshit term than things like "synergy" or "paradigm.".

You're so full of shit, Beamer, that you even manage to come up with dumb shit like this to say. It's all about just finding something to be an asshole about with you, I begin to realize.

There's nothing bullshit about a perfectly adequate term like "immersion". Those who value it don't automatically think they are person X they're playing.

If you want to call someone out on bullshit or call them a loon, don't say retarded shit like that.

Note: prefacing something with "I also think" implies an opinion, not a statement of fact.
If someone can't enjoy Tetris, though, because it isn't immersive, they're likely a loon.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Jun 30, 2014, 13:50 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 30, 2014, 13:44:
11% of U.S. Residents Approve of Comcast Merger.

Complaint: If you merge, you'll increase the number of markets in which you're a monopoly and there will be no competition or incentive for you to improve customer service.

Comcast Response: Our customer service is already so bad that it can't get any worse!

Public opinion shouldn't weigh heavily on a decision like this. Public opinion is often misinformed, flat-out wrong, and just becomes a popularity contest.

Though, in this case, the deal definitely shouldn't happen. But not because 89% of Americans don't like it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
9. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 30, 2014, 13:48 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 30, 2014, 13:39:
Jade Raymond: Some mobile games 'recycle 40 year-old game design'.

Well, they say that 40 is the new 20.

On my tablet currently I have Another World, XCom, Broken Sword, and Carmaggeddon, all games I actually had on my PC 20 years ago.

How does Carmaggeddon play?
I have an old Touchpad that I hate. I finally put Android on it over the weekend, solely because someone here (you?) mentioned OpenXcom was ported to Android.

The port has issues. Some interface errors, and frankly, it feels much harder to me than Xcom was. Before the end of the first month I was in a terror mission that had 4 or 5 cyberdiscs. My rifles were completely worthless against them. I feel as if larger ships start showing up sooner, too, and my interceptors stopped being able to catch up to anything by April. I put it down last night just as I started a terror mission against etherals, I believe also in April. Sectoids have already been doing mind-control against me, so tonight we'll see what havoc those etherals bring.
All of this on Beginner. In the original, which was bugged to Beginner, I feel as if I wasn't losing soldiers at nearly the rate I am now (probably averaging 4 or 5 of my 14 lost per mission.) On one hand I'm more thinking like Xcom 2012 and out of practice, on the other interface issues make me sloppy, but it still feels like it ramped up much, much faster.
 
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News Comments > Summer Sales Ending
42. Re: Summer Sales Ending Jun 30, 2014, 12:51 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Jun 30, 2014, 12:47:
Jivaro wrote on Jun 30, 2014, 01:35:
Brataccas wrote on Jun 30, 2014, 00:49:
The Half Elf wrote on Jun 29, 2014, 23:55:
I'm a gamer.

I play shit on whatever platform I'm having fun on. Be it from Tetris back on the good old 1st gen Gameboy, Pokemon series on a 2Ds, Super Star Wars on a SNES, Sonic the Hedgehog on a Sega Genesis, Warhawk on the Playstation, Zelda on a N64, Halo on a Xbox, Metal Gear 2 on a PS2, Infamous on a PS3, All the Forza's on the 360, and just about everything else on my PC.
Oh and I have a soft spot for Are you Smarter then a 5th Grader on my Android Phone/Tablet, along with a copy of Minecraft for Consoles/PC/Tablet, even though my phone and tablet both have GTA3 on them as well.

Shut the fuck up, and quit worrying about what other people say and enjoy what you want, where you want it.

Cheers

Cheers


3rded...as a gamer, I go where the good games are.


It's the way to do it.
Then again, I also think "immersion" is a more bullshit term than things like "synergy" or "paradigm." I've never felt like I was Gordon Freeman or JC or Nathan Drake. Bad graphics don't stop me from playing OpenXcom, and it doesn't make Doom feel less "immersive" than the new Thief.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 30, 2014, 12:10 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jun 30, 2014, 11:39:
4 ways Cracked's whining is really just a quite blatant shill.


Not sure which of those points you disagree with. The most pertinent two, possibly only pertinent two, are that a certain, very devoted demographic doesn't watch shows as they air (which is true - NBC's Thursday night was an absolutely beloved block of shows online that got no viewers at all), and that we aren't supporting our favorite shows (which, again, is true of more than just the shows - plenty of people here Adblock Blues, which means that, even though they spend all day here, they aren't supporting it.)

It isn't complaining about these things, or issuing a call to arms, it's just pointing out that a certain demographic, very much the urban youth demographic, has viewing habits that tend to ruin their shows. As someone that now barely watches anything because most of what I like seems to either get killed or have the budget cut to the point that it's neutered, I agree.
I just expect this to be the beginning of a trend that will hit all TV, not just the shows non-rural 18-25 year olds love. Broadcasters will have to adjust, not viewers. And it may turn out fine, as advertisers may learn how to deal and keep ponying up, or it may turn out terrible, as advertisers may not learn how to deal and instead force placement everywhere that can't be merely forwarded past (30 Rock did plenty of placement, and did it well, but if every show does it, even if ironically like 30 Rock, it'll just further strangle shows as people stop watching altogether.)
 
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News Comments > Summer Sales Ending
24. Re: Summer Sales Ending Jun 29, 2014, 22:33 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 29, 2014, 22:22:
Beamer wrote on Jun 29, 2014, 21:08:
Quinn wrote on Jun 29, 2014, 20:07:
I'm a PC gamer. The one that defines himself as being pro the following: story; gameplay; immersion; graphics.

One of the weirdest things I've ever seen written here. Ever.\
Because no other gamer may value that?
Because PC games always have to value that, otherwise, what, they're "console crap" even if PC only?

Well, while perhaps not articulated as well as he might have, I largely agree with Quinn on his points. Most of those things are done better on PC.

- Story: Can be done equally well on either platform. Probably his weakest argument.
- Gameplay: PC gameplay, with it's vastly greater precision and number of controls, is simply more interesting and compelling.
- Immersion: The most immersive style of game is the FPS, and mouse control mimics natural movement much more closely than a controller. Higher resolution and options such as draw distance and AA which are superior on PC also add to immersion.
- Graphics: It's not even a contest.

The PC often has the best graphics. But c'mon. Minecraft has poor graphics and no plot. Is it a lesser game? How about teleglitched? Pixel Piracy?

The whole PC master race bullshit fails because most people claiming it are idiots. You articulated the benefits of pcs fine. He just came across as a loon.
 
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News Comments > Summer Sales Ending
21. Re: Summer Sales Ending Jun 29, 2014, 21:08 Beamer
 
Quinn wrote on Jun 29, 2014, 20:07:
I'm a PC gamer. The one that defines himself as being pro the following: story; gameplay; immersion; graphics.

One of the weirdest things I've ever seen written here. Ever.\
Because no other gamer may value that?
Because PC games always have to value that, otherwise, what, they're "console crap" even if PC only?
 
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News Comments > Summer Sales Ending
15. Re: Summer Sales Ending Jun 29, 2014, 19:44 Beamer
 
I didn't even go this time. Been too busy doing other things, like OpenXcom on a tablet.

I considered the Telltale games, but I don't think they're done yet, may as well wait. And I may, may, do Pixel Piracy.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
19. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jun 28, 2014, 16:03 Beamer
 
WaltC wrote on Jun 28, 2014, 15:26:
Orogogus wrote on Jun 28, 2014, 12:43:
Really? Strange, as in unexpected? In the US 30% of adults say they take the Bible literally, and believe in creationism and an earth that's less than 10,000 years old. Religion is a very influential factor. Would sexual orientation be an issue at all if the churches weren't banging that drum to their devotees?

Gee, guy, take a look at anatomical charts for men and women and study up on how the human race procreates (how you got here, in other words), and you may just discover the reason homosexuality has been a deviant sexual practice in every civilization on earth since the dawn of recorded history. Long before there were churches, etc.

Guess you never do oral, eh? Sex only for procreation? No oral, anal, finishing outside, birth control, etc.?

Your life must be awful.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 28, 2014, 14:35 Beamer
 
I had a good experience at Rare, but that was years ago.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
4. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Jun 28, 2014, 11:13 Beamer
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Jun 28, 2014, 01:48:
jdreyer wrote on Jun 27, 2014, 17:03:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 27, 2014, 16:20:
Generic mobile artstyle vs generic mobile artstyle.. oh noes


It would be fine if it was just the style, as the original artist said. It turns out it's the same map with the same items in the same places in the same style. That's the issue.

But it's not. They look vaguely similar. That's it. Certainly not enough to ever win anything in court. Boo hoo, someone is using the same generic video game art style that I used. I stole it first!

The map style is generic, but they're are absolutely elements he photocopied. Is it enough to win a lawsuit? Probably not. But it is clear he had one in front of him as he made the other.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
5. Re: etc., etc. Jun 27, 2014, 18:33 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 27, 2014, 18:23:
They've even got an app that will run Xcom on your android tablet.

Well, you've convinced me to finally put Android on my POS touchpad.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Op Ed Jun 27, 2014, 17:36 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 27, 2014, 17:22:
Overall, it's a well-thought out article with good points. Names like "Mirror's Edge" and "Machine for Pigs" are more evocative and aesthetically pleasing than the generic "Xxx of Yyy" titles we get all the time. Every time a new generic game title comes out, I roll my eyes at the banality of it.

As for Bulletstorm, it's to regular FPS games what Kickass was to regular superhero movies. With completely over the top gore and kills and supermasculine characters, I'm really not sure how it gets more obvious without still being playable.

I'll have to read it when I have time (yet, oddly, I have time to comment here. Weird how that works.)

Generic names are the worst. Of course, going too far with names has hurt some titles, but, looking at the upcoming Crytek games, for instance, my eyes just die. How can you come up with such terrible, bland, generic names?
 
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