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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
2. Re: Saturday Metaverse Dec 28, 2013, 12:29 Beamer
 
Luke wrote on Dec 28, 2013, 12:09:
Facebook: What’s that, granddad? Teenagers fall out of love with Zuckerberg's social network

mr fisheyeberg peps are starting to wakeup , about time tho it is to late Book

Stop. Seriously, stop. "Mr. Fisheyeberg." What kind of idiocy?

Don't think people are "waking up." Teenagers simply want a place that their parents aren't. It isn't that they're trying to avoid being watched by corporations, and it isn't that they're trying to avoid advertisers. They care about that shit less than you do, because it's all they've ever known. They just want to be somewhere their parents aren't.

Instagram and Tumblr are the two big replacements. Who owns Instagram? Facebook! Who owns Tumblr? Yahoo! Snapchat is the third big one, and that will end up with one of these conglomerates soon.

God, it amazes me the people that think this is some revolution when it's just people looking for a place to post pictures of themselves drinking without their parents seeing.
 
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News Comments > Boxing Day Metaverse
4. Re: Boxing Day Metaverse Dec 27, 2013, 09:55 Beamer
 
Ozmodan wrote on Dec 27, 2013, 05:58:
The only reason anyone ended up giftless was because the buyer ordered too late. When you order at the last minute you should have no expectations of when it will come.

Except when the seller guarantees it by a certain date, because their shipping partner guaranteed it to them.

When you have a guarantee, you have a valid expectation.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
15. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Dec 26, 2013, 22:39 Beamer
 
Everyone seems to love Teleglitch and Papers, Please.

Papers, Please feels too much like work to me, as I'm very often copying something from one monitor to another then checking to make sure I didn't miss anything, haha. A little too close to what I often do for a living.

Teleglitch was one of the games I picked up to play on this weak work laptop. I think input devices held me back, but it's also not a game for me, necessarily. The plot is Doom-ish, and the top-down approach feels a bit like Take No Prisoners to me. It's ultimately a survival game, though, and a reoccurring theme for me is that I'm just not huge into survival games. I don't like being low on ammo and supplies and running for my life as a game. I like it as something I occasionally do in games where I'm blowing everything up, but I greatly dislike it as the entire game. The graphics, while well stylized, also make it easy to miss things (everything, really), so you miss the important thing you need for the next level. It's exceptionally rogue-like, in that you're basically supposed to die often, always restart, and luck plays into about 90% of what happens. Do you find a gun? Do you find ammo? Does a giant monster find you? I love some rogue-like games. Nethack games are short enough that I can do several in one sitting, but one Teleglitch game takes everything out of me. FTL requires some skill and planning on top of the dumb luck (I feel you can control the luck), but the only real skill I felt in Teleglitched was being able to use the knife effectively against nearly any monster (and I didn't really have a solid input device to make this work.)
I may try it again, but I wasn't in love with the game. I see how many others are, but it wasn't for me. It isn't a game about progress, and I like progressing.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
13. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Dec 26, 2013, 19:54 Beamer
 
I'm always a bit surprised at the love GTA5. It had its highs, most notably its story missions. And some highs were very high - there was one mission in which you were Trevor chasing a plane on a dirtbike and all I could do was grin like an idiot while doing it.

But the non-story missions were almost all awful, the characters were almost all awful, the combat was mostly crappy, there was too much driving in empty areas (but sometimes I just booted it up to drive aimlessly), the interface/menu/map took too many clicks to get through, etc. The writing was really the single biggest disappointment. RDR had some subtlety and things to say. GTA5 was just loud. It thought it had things to say, but was vapid, and beat any idea home with a sledgehammer. The best comment I saw in a review was that GTA5 thinks it's taking down the man, but as one of the top 3 or 5 entertainment franchises on the planet, it is the man, and it should be leading. Its story missions were fun, its emergent things were often great, but virtually everything else was awful.


As for my game of the year, BioShock Infinite was incredible (there's writing done well. I loved Elizabeth. I loved the characters.) Other than that I didn't play many games - I moved entirely across the country this year and had my gaming rig, awesome TV and PS3 in storage for 5 months, leaving me with just a work laptop with little muscle and my Xbox, but without a TV with strong enough black levels to play much. I did a few small games, and bought Last of Us (which I haven't played), and put about 15 hours into Ghosts multiplayer (just because friends were playing), but... most of my gaming was 2012 games. Xcom and FTL. Still playing them now.
 
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News Comments > Boxing Day Consolidation
5. Re: Boxing Day Consolidation Dec 26, 2013, 13:48 Beamer
 
wtf_man wrote on Dec 26, 2013, 13:41:
OT: Hey nin... that link in your sig is pretty cool. I had never seen one of their shows before.

Trent sounds a bit off there, and a lot of the stage effects aren't as cool that zoomed in.

They really are one of those bands that are much better live and work in an arena. One of, like, a small handful.
 
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News Comments > Left 4 Dead 2 Free
58. Re: Left 4 Dead 2 Free Dec 26, 2013, 12:48 Beamer
 
Honestly, I don't think that having downtime because you're giving something away for free is bad customer service. Their choices are either build to the capacity that "free" requires, which would cost significant money and they'd be at or near that capacity one day per year; not give something away for free; or simply have issues when something is free.

I think they made the right choice. Honestly, if they overbuilt capacity to handle yesterday, we'd all be paying for it in higher pricing.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
36. Re: On Sale Dec 26, 2013, 01:17 Beamer
 
So far I've only grabbed ROTT, which I will likely never play, and Enemy Within, which I've already put a few hours into and absolutely adore.  
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News Comments > Left 4 Dead 2 Free
25. Re: Left 4 Dead 2 Free Dec 25, 2013, 19:36 Beamer
 
Wasn't someone arguing with me during the SimCity debacle that steam.never has unplanned downtime?

contrary to what some here say, building capacity to fluke peaks is idiotic.
 
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News Comments > DayZ Week One Recap
7. Re: DayZ Week One Recap Dec 24, 2013, 12:51 Beamer
 
JohnBirshire wrote on Dec 24, 2013, 12:12:
So what is the point of DayZ? You just slowly sneak around picking up food and pop cans until you inevitably run into a large group of players that you have no chance against, get ganked, then rinse and repeat? I just dont understand the hype from the gameplay videos I have watched. And what is with all the rampart cheating I have heard constantly about, are the developers incompetant, because I rarely run into cheaters in any of the other dozens of online games I have played. Can someone enlighten me as to why I should want to play this game?

Like others keep saying, you either get it or you don't. I don't. I have no interest in survival (as opposed to survival horror), and the game seems very clearly designed for college kids to play with their friends in their dorm to team up as one large group that terrorizes anyone else on their server. Being a solo is basically a surefire way to respawn endlessly.

Some people love this and find ways to make it work.
I hate it and would rather play other games.

But just about anyone can say those two lines about any game.
 
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News Comments > Festivus Consolidation
12. Re: Festivus Consolidation Dec 24, 2013, 00:25 Beamer
 
You wouldn't lose the tv with the wiiu. That's the only advantage of that second screen. Should probably have been 3ds capable instead. Bundle them, stand alone packs for those with one, but require one.  
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News Comments > Titanfall Stryder Trailer
13. Re: Titanfall Stryder Trailer Dec 22, 2013, 10:28 Beamer
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Dec 22, 2013, 04:26:
Sepharo wrote on Dec 21, 2013, 21:13:
I guess I'm the only one that thinks this looks like it's going to be great. I'm excited to play something that's not from DICE and isn't CoD.

Nope, looking forward to this as well. Modern Warfare was a great multiplayer game. It just got old, and then they fucked it all up by consolizing it. This looks fun as hell, I just hope it's closer to modern warfare than ghosts.


it'll be close to mw3 - overpowered killstteaks you really have yo fight to maintain but rack up kills with. Mw3 multi was by far the best of the series, whose multiplayer wasn't nearly as cut and paste as people claim.
 
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News Comments > Titanfall Stryder Trailer
7. Re: Titanfall Stryder Trailer Dec 21, 2013, 21:23 Beamer
 
Sepharo wrote on Dec 21, 2013, 21:13:
I guess I'm the only one that thinks this looks like it's going to be great. I'm excited to play something that's not from DICE and isn't CoD.

I'm with you.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
18. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 20, 2013, 18:56 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 20, 2013, 18:40:
nin wrote on Dec 20, 2013, 15:28:
WaltC wrote on Dec 20, 2013, 15:11:
Quboid wrote on Dec 20, 2013, 13:57:
That Mac Pro was assembled in the USA. Cutter, how many of the manufacturers you buy from can even say that?

Assembled in the USA--made in China. (You forgot about that, I guess.)


No. He was referring to the fact that it at least contained some US labor, compared to any other number of companies that have none at all.


Wow, golly. I'm sooooooooooooo sorry for my remarks. You guys are such super patriots because of this I guess! I thought supporting workers in my country and my friends to the south was the right thing to do, but I guess that's just old fashioned. Yeah, who needs a middle-class or a decent life. Fuck everyone and everything all for the sake of a buck. So when you're downsized and trying to exist in a dead end, slave wage job don't get upset when no one else has an iota of sympathy for you. In fact, I'll point and laugh at your suffering because that's all you selfish pricks do.

Cutter, you're missing the point. As people have said to you in the past, which you often seem to ignore, Apple is no different than companies like Intel or Google or Logitech or whomever when it comes to their manufacturing, so taking a stance solely against Apple seems to be giving a pass to basically every other company, despite being equally bad.

Furthermore, at least money spent on Apple products primarily stays in the US, even if manufacturing isn't here. What about people buying a Samsung phone?

Lastly, this board absolutely loves hammering on Microsoft in favor of Sony. How many jobs does Microsoft have in the US vs Sony? It's exponentially more. We're talking over 50,000 more. And the ownership is mostly US. For each dollar Microsoft makes, far more stays in the US than each dollar Sony makes.
So where is your patriotism in the console war?

It comes across less as "Cutter likes US manufacturing" and a lot more as "Cutter hates Apple."
 
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News Comments > Steam Gifting/Trading Region Locks
17. Re: Steam Gifting/Trading Region Locks Dec 20, 2013, 16:46 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Dec 20, 2013, 16:29:
Beamer wrote on Dec 20, 2013, 15:27:
The solution is to region-lock, and charge according to what people can afford. Everyone wins.

Except consumers in countries that are getting gouged with artificially high prices. The corporations can export jobs to low cost countries, but won't let the people take advantage of importing from low cost countries.

But it isn't artificially high anywhere. Ok, I guess Australia.


Anywhere else? The Western nations are the ones the price is being set for. The other nations get artificially low pricing.
 
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News Comments > Steam Gifting/Trading Region Locks
12. Re: Steam Gifting/Trading Region Locks Dec 20, 2013, 15:27 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Dec 20, 2013, 09:55:
nin wrote on Dec 20, 2013, 09:51:
InBlack wrote on Dec 20, 2013, 09:42:
What? Im trying to make sense of the blurb but keep failing. So cross region gifting is NOT allowed?? Bummer...

Sounds like it. Surprised they've not done this sooner. But I guess it's better than logging into your account one day and finding games missing, or your account banned.


Huh? How does that help with that? What Im seeing as motivation here is pure greed. Its the same reason why they have different regions in the first place. So they can skim the exchange rate rates.

It's not exchange rate skimming, it's income level skimming.

In many parts of the world people make significantly less than they do in other parts. They can't charge the same in those regions, because no one can afford it. They can't charge what they charge in those regions in the wealthier regions, because then they earn no money.

The solution is to region-lock, and charge according to what people can afford. Everyone wins.


It's the same with pharmaceuticals. Incidentally, I have a friend whose family owns a drug distribution company in one wealthy European country. They have a license from the government to import pharmaceuticals from a neighboring, less wealthy country, relabel them and sell them. They can only do X pills per day, but they are one of the only companies with this license. Basically, his family used their connections, power and influence to get a license to print free money at the expense of drug companies. I don't think the drugs are much cheaper, if any cheaper, when they get into patients' hands. Without getting into whether drug companies are simply paying costly R&D or money-making evil entities, that whole setup just seems wrong and unfair to everyone, except my friend's family, who only distributes drugs in this manner and makes a very large amount of money doing so. And, I'd wager, it's more than fair to the politicians that protect the laws protecting this business. My friend and I agreed to never discuss this business, as he sees it as legitimate and I see it as the wealthy finding ways to get wealthier at everyone's expense.
 
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News Comments > Steam Holiday Sale
25. Re: Steam Holiday Sale Dec 20, 2013, 12:46 Beamer
 
You know, of all the XCOM maps, none were something I'd say "that's my favorite!" JA2, yeah. XCOM? I can think of one or two I hated (really lengthy ships that may or may not have a Sectopod that may or may not be outdoors at an angle where he can see me long before I can see him), but none stood out as something I liked.

I don't know what my hesitation is on XCOM: EW. Probably the same thing it was on XCOM: EU - I know I'll buy it, but I don't have time to play it now, so I may as well wait until I am ready to play it since it'll be cheaper then.


A few months ago I went through my Steam library and put about 40 games into favorites - separating out the games I want to play from the games I either already did play or know I'll never play. I looked again last night to update it. Holy crap, I own Far Cry 3? Rogue Legacy? When the hell did any of that happen?
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
20. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Dec 20, 2013, 11:06 Beamer
 
I mean, if you think this guy committed treason you think he should be hanged by his neck until dead. There's no other way to look at it. That's the penalty for treason - always has been, always will be, whether big treason or light treason.

So, the punishment doesn't shock me.


And regardless of whether you think he committed treason, it illustrates the big issue with the whole "whistleblower" thing. One person's issue to blow a whistle on is another person's no big deal or state secret or whatever. WaltC asks if you can recall any other whistleblower that fled to Russia. I ask if you can recall any other whistleblower who didn't have a serious, detrimental change in life quality after blowing the whistle. Even women coming forward with rape charges tend to have serious detrimental life quality shifts, let alone someone coming forward and claiming something a legitimate organization is doing is questionable that not everyone finds questionable...
 
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News Comments > Battlefield 4 Lawsuit
85. Re: Battlefield 4 Lawsuit Dec 19, 2013, 20:00 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Dec 19, 2013, 15:47:
Beamer wrote on Dec 19, 2013, 12:08:
Creston wrote on Dec 19, 2013, 11:24:
Beamer wrote on Dec 19, 2013, 10:57:
Do you know that, in many countries, the loser has to pay the winner's court fees, so you can't even fucking sue a corporation because, if you lose, you have to pay their fees.

So you think the system we have is better?? Where trolls just sue people and blackmail settlements out of them because they know people and small business can't afford to go to court?

In our system people can't sue corporations either because their lawyers will drag shit out as long as possible until we can't afford it anymore. In the loser pays system, at least I have some protection from every shitbag who just randomly blackmail-sues people.



I think our system is absolutely better. I'd say it's, without any doubt, the best on the planet.

Is there room for improvement? Yeah. You see improvement routinely, though. It's slow, because change should be slow, but those patent trolls are being pushed out of existence by court rulings. Other changes are way too slow - our court system still has no clue how to deal with anything digital and it's repeatedly pathetic.

As a whole, though, we're still light years ahead of any other nation.

Did you just call the US court system "the best court system ever" ?

Excuse me, while I go laughing manically in a corner somewhere.

Which system do you think is better and what areas do you think it's improved?
 
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News Comments > Gift Copies for Scrolls Owners
11. Re: Gift Copies for Scrolls Owners Dec 19, 2013, 20:00 Beamer
 
What's Card Hunter?

If I have never played a card game, and don't think I would like card games based on all the MTG obsessions from like 15 years ago, but I love strategy games, is there a chance I'd like this?
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Dogfighting Module Questions Answered
11. Re: Star Citizen Dogfighting Module Questions Answered Dec 19, 2013, 14:28 Beamer
 
Why is the font in the video made of nixie-tubes? Are the starfighters of the future using cold-war era, dead Soviet tech?



I mean, nixies are awesome and I love my nixie clock, but I wouldn't build my starfighter with the tech!
 
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