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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Op Ed Aug 19, 2014, 18:08 Beamer
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Aug 19, 2014, 18:05:
It is the SIMS......not sure why all the huff....

Pretty sure it's EA's primary money maker on the PC.
And, given EA's record, not allowing for pre-release reviews bodes very, very poorly.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
14. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 19, 2014, 17:28 Beamer
 
Julio wrote on Aug 19, 2014, 17:13:
I think everyone's captured why Xflop isn't doing very well and PS4 is. Don't worry Sony, I only have one PS4 so far and am good for at least a second one once you get some better games out. Also would be nice to get that media functionality working at PS3 levels too.

I think everyone has captured why the Xbone isn't doing well.
No one has really explained why the PS4 is. We'd expect it to do well relatively, but it's doing well in general. If someone was to buy a next gen console, it makes sense that something like 75% are going PS4. But why is anyone buying a next gen console?

What are people doing with it? Until recently it had been a lesser media player than the PS3, and there are really no games.
 
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News Comments > Crytek to Repair Reputation with "Really High Quality Games"
31. Re: Crytek to Repair Reputation with Aug 19, 2014, 14:32 Beamer
 
At this point graphics are so meaningless to me. I don't need some huge next generation breakthrough. It'll be nice to get bigger worlds and further draw distances than the prior consoles allowed, but otherwise? I've yet to play a AAA game and say "wow, this game would be so much better if the graphics were better." Nor have I really said "well, this game kind of sucks, but the graphics are so good I'm going to keep playing it." Back in the 90s, when graphics evolved so rapidly, sure.

Now? I have a 4 year old PC and don't feel like spending a grand to build a new one. Until recently I played on a CRT and often kicked down resolution in favor of FPS.

Crysis was great, I thought. Graphics weren't a major part of that. FC3 was arguably lesser quality graphics (many here have made that argument, I do not agree.) I felt it was a better game.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
8. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 19, 2014, 14:03 Beamer
 
Ratty wrote on Aug 19, 2014, 13:58:
Beamer wrote on Aug 19, 2014, 12:44:
No, but it means that a significant amount of Americans are fine saying extremely racist things
I still don't agree that using internet comments as any kind of gauge of anything at all is useful in any way. So maybe you're right about the "significant amount" but you're never going to find out by using internet comments as any kind of measure. And really how often is "often" that they use a true, verified name? I have a Facebook account, haven't used it in years, but the name there certainly isn't my own. My impression is that 90% of readers on a Yahoo news story leave no comment at all. Maybe 40-50% of the rest will post something supportive or relevant. The rest will post something angry or hateful. All I think this means is those last ones post constantly, on many different stories, sometimes many posts on the same story. Something in their angry nature makes them feel they can't keep silent on a subject which enrage them, or they just get a kick out of posting stuff to get a rise out of people. Something like the Cheerios story will attract that small angry minority because the story has become so notable.

So yes, I downplay the significance of internet comments. Doesn't mean I downplay the significance of racism in our society.

On an almost total tangent: last week there was a letter in Dear Abby. A woman had a loving husband, great provider, honest, trustworthy in every way, a man she loved dearly. One day he left his computer on and she discovered he had a habit of leaving the most vile, hateful comments - almost invariably sexist in nature - on a number of comment sites on a regular, daily basis. When she confronted him with it he claimed it was how he liked to "unwind" and it was no big deal and told her he wouldn't stop.

I'm not saying internet trolls are in every way upstanding loving citizens just looking to unwind like this man apparently was. I'm betting most of them are as angry as their comments are. I was just reminded of it by our conversation.

That people think being vile, sexist and racist is a way to "unwind" is still indicative of an enormous problem.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
6. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 19, 2014, 12:44 Beamer
 
Ratty wrote on Aug 19, 2014, 12:39:
If 80% of the comment on a youtube news story are racist that doesn't mean 80% of the country is racist.

No, but it means that a significant amount of Americans are fine saying extremely racist things, often using their actual, real name to do so. Many of these sites require a verified Facebook account to comment. People are making these comments using an account that links them to their family, their children, their employer, etc.

These problems are still huge. It isn't a 1:1 proportion to online comments, but online comments show how enormous it is, even if many on the internet love downplaying them because they don't see it in their daily lives (see: any discussion about sex and gender on Bluesnews.com)
 
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News Comments > Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox Exclusive; Skipping PCs
55. Re: Rise of the Tomb Raider Xbox Exclusive; Skipping PCs Aug 19, 2014, 12:26 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 19, 2014, 10:25:
Quinn wrote on Aug 13, 2014, 10:39:
Why the hell would Microsoft antagonize itself like this for such a temporary exclusivity deal. People now just think "Go fuck yourself" while waiting for the release on their platform. At least otherwise they would have though "Go fuck yourself" while getting themselves an Xbone. Maybe.

So dumb.

Because Microsoft does not make games for consumers... Microsoft is a gigantic profit driven company, they don't give a fuck about you or anyone else. They looked at the calculated ROI and saw it's a profit (console sales + % of game sales), so they did it.

The real question you should be asking is why Square Enix did it, because they decided to go with it. So in reality, Square Enix can fuck off more than MS

WHo mentioned here isn't a gigantic profit-driven company? Microsoft is. Sony certainly is. Square Enix is.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 19, 2014, 12:24 Beamer
 
Ratty wrote on Aug 19, 2014, 12:08:
What cracks me up about trolls is how so many people engage them. There was that story a few months back about a Cheerio's commercial featuring a biracial couple. There was this huge hoopla about all the racism surrounding its reception and grave commentary about how our country still hasn't moved beyond its racist past and then Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton weighed in and I finally started to pay attention and it turned out it all started because of comments on Youtube and Facebook! It's the fucking internet people! Have none of them ever visited youtube? Trolls are just part of the whole internet experience. And there seems to be so many of them because they have no lives and no friends and have nothing to do all day but post endlessly in website comments. I don't even think most of the cheerios trolls were even particularly racist. They just say whatever will get a rise out of people and draw attention to themselves.

I wouldn't pay a cent for websites without trolls. What I'd love to get rid of are the pages and pages of responses from regular people that render many comment sections useless.

Have you ever been to the Yahoo News article comment sections and read all the racist comments?

That isn't trolling. Some of those get 15k responses. That's ignorance. Saying all of American ignorance is due to trolls, just because it's online, seems like it's ignoring the larger issue.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 19, 2014, 11:23 Beamer
 
ForgedReality wrote on Aug 19, 2014, 11:12:
If you want to ditch Facebook, just use Google+. It's a lot better anyway. However, the two are for different purposes. You can't use G+ the same way you use Facebook (or so I understand--I've never had a Facebook), which is why Facebook sheep often don't tend to like G+. They're using it wrong. It's also easy to disregard/fear the unfamiliar.

"People don't use what I use because they're sheep afraid of the unfamiliar!"

Nice, Cutter. Nice.

Or, maybe, there's little to do on G+, fewer people to interact with, no one likes having it forced down their throats, and Google is already involved in enough of our lives so it's nice to have some data another mega corporation owns instead of them.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 19, 2014, 10:50 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Aug 19, 2014, 10:16:
There aren't really any system seller games on either consoles.
I think that E3 reveal and the "deal with it" really fucked up Microsoft's reputation, even if they've done a 180 on most of those negative things, people have already jumped onto the Sony bandwagon.

To be honest though I am much more interested in the Microsoft exclusive games than I am in the Sony ones. I love Forza, Quantum Break looks kick ass and I am a fan of Halo games. Not to mention most of my console buddies are on the xbone so for me the decision was easy.
I might grab a PS4 down the road as well, had a buddies PS4 over the past weeks to try it out and it was alright, but I personally really dislike the controller.

We'll see if Microsoft can catch up over time, funny to see how they've traded places with Sony compared to how things went with the last gen consoles.

Microsoft's system is also slower, but marginally. I don't think, side by side, people would see the differences much. Not side by side, but in a different room? Probably not at all.

The ace up the sleeve for Microsoft is the controller. The PS4 one is an improvement, but still a damn dual shock. The only game for next-gen getting me excited is Destiny, but even then it's not too excited (too much felt like the worst parts of an MMORPG) and it's also out for the 360, but if I were to buy a new console for that it'd probably be the Xbone, just because the controller will be much, much nicer to shoot with.

But I'm probably not buying a console for that game.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
3. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 19, 2014, 09:59 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Aug 19, 2014, 09:22:
Even Sony doesn’t know why PS4 is selling so well.

Good games combined with the huge missteps MS made...

what good games?

There's the promise of them, but thus far?
 
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News Comments > Notch Softens View on Oculus Minecraft
42. Re: Notch Softens View on Oculus Minecraft Aug 18, 2014, 19:52 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 19:44:
Tom wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 19:13:
Btw, saying "smartphones went mainstream because people need phones" seems like a flawed premise to me. Why do they need to pay $300-800 for a smartphone when a $20 feature phone would be sufficient for making calls, taking pictures, sending text messages, etc? People don't need smartphones. But they're a huge, booming business anyway.

Most people buy smartphones because they're bundled with the contract. Except teenagers who want all kinds of crap on their phones I'd suspect most adults don't use their smart phones for much beyond using it as a phone, followed by the music player, texting, camera in limited use. I've had my smartphone for 4 or 5 years now and I'd be surprised if I've sent more than a dozen texts or taken a dozen pics. I do listen to music on it regularly however. And the only reason I bought it was because I lost my old phone. I ordered this from HK because it was unlocked and half the price there as it was here.

As I've stated before, I actually think the initial adoption rate will be quite high as people always want the latest toy. But most will probably be gathering dust on shelves before too long.


"I suspect anyone doing anything different than me is a stupid teenager."
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
18. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 18, 2014, 19:10 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 18:47:
Beamer wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 17:45:
I'm someone that hates the whole PCMASTERRACE crap


Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.





Man, I priced out a new PC last night. $1250 for a 4970K, R9 290, 1TB HDD, 250GB SSD, 8GB RAM, 750w PSU, decent mobo. All with the ridiculous deals from MicroCenter.

Meh. I may just double the RAM in my 4 year old machine and call it a day.
 
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News Comments > Notch Softens View on Oculus Minecraft
36. Re: Notch Softens View on Oculus Minecraft Aug 18, 2014, 18:48 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 18:32:
Cutter wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 16:12:
Vid cards were a necessity that were bound to happen sooner rather than later anyway, and people need phones so that's par for the course. Apart from practical applications in science/medicine/military with VR most people aren't going to want to strap a TV to their face. They don't even want to wear 3D glasses and they're a lot less cumbersome. VR for entertainment value will remain niche until they can make them no bigger than a pair of sunglasses or contacts. I really don't see it happening until people can jack in ala Neuromancer/Snow Crash.

Right, I pretty much agree. I think this will be somewhat popular niche, but still niche. And unlike phones and graphic accelerators, I don't see a path for this to go mainstream. We're a few decades from a pair of 50 gram glasses that can project images right to your retinas.

I agree, which all furthers why this isn't Notch "selling out."

Unless OR gave him a payday to change his mind. I think Notch would probably tell us if he did. He doesn't seem to really care about PR or how he looks.
At the same time, I think OR would have been stupid not to be calling him up every day and offering him more and more money.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
15. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 18, 2014, 17:45 Beamer
 
Trevellian wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 17:42:
Holy crap if you watched the SOE Live event you could completely tell Higby was fucking saying it jokingly. Lets get the guy fired over shit that people joke about constantly on the internet nowadays.

I don't fucking like the guy, I think his ideas on Planetside are shit. But to want to see him get fired over a shitty joke is unreal.

I'm someone that hates the whole PCMASTERRACE crap, but it seems to me he was absolutely saying it tongue-in-cheek to his audience.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
21. Re: Steam Top 10 Aug 18, 2014, 17:33 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 14:14:
Quinn wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 09:27:
People generally suck at gaming and judging games from an objective point of view.

Maybe you suck at gaming but don't presume to speak for the rest of us. It's a bad game, sorry you're too defensive about a video game but that insecurity is your problem, not mine.

He wasn't saying you suck at gaming; he was presuming you haven't played and are judging based on reviews by others that suck at gaming.

I haven't played it. Haven't played the originals. Couldn't tell you what they were. Just pointing out he wasn't trying to insult you.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 18, 2014, 17:13 Beamer
 
Speaking of bourbon, allow me to recommend Rowan's Creek. It's fairly cheap and quite good. It's a sipping bourbon, though. Cut it with some ice or a few drops of water. It's flavor is a bit unique for bourbon and it isn't as good for mixing with anything else.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 18, 2014, 15:35 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 15:26:
What accounts for the high consumption of bourbon?

Shift in drinking habits. Hard alcohol has had a revival, and it's mostly cocktail based. Drinking has shifted from tasteless alcohol, meaning vodka, to something with flavor to enjoy.

Like anything else, it's a cycle. People are drinking far less of one-alchohol-with-sugary-mixer, meaning rum & coke, and much more of alcohol mixed with alcohol mixed with alcohol mixed with bitters. Bourbon is ideal for many of those drinks.

At some point tasteless vodka will have a return.
 
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News Comments > Notch Softens View on Oculus Minecraft
11. Re: Notch Softens View on Oculus Minecraft Aug 18, 2014, 14:06 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 13:59:
Cutter wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 13:47:
Quboid wrote on Aug 18, 2014, 13:22:
I'm glad to see he's reconsidered, I thought he sounded a bit childish before. He hasn't sold out unless he's being paid which is possible but seems extremely unlikely given his reported wealth.

I would have thought Minecraft isn't very suited to the Rift. I wouldn't want to spend an entire evening wearing the DK1's headset in one go and I don't expect that to change in the near future.

When you abandon your principles for money that's called selling out.

Right, but what principle and what money? He doesn't like Facebook but that doesn't mean he needs to boycott it out of principle - he said it is creepy, not morally repugnant. I can't imagine Oculus could pay him enough to endorse it and I can't imagine official Rift support for Minecraft would cause a noticeable spike in sales.

I could see OR desperately wanting Notch to port, as I think MineCraft would be an absolute halo product that would help sell these devices. But, given how many copies of MC have sold, I don't think many people are sitting around waiting on OR to buy MC.

Like you said, realizing something you said may have been childish and irrational isn't selling out. Admitting you may have been hasty to rush to judgment isn't selling out.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
7. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 15, 2014, 19:41 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 15, 2014, 19:04:
Yeah, I have a problem with all Islam. There are no moderates. It's an extremist religion that practices many different forms of terror from oppressing apostates, infidels and women to outright murdering them. So yeah, they're a religion of terrorists. Why do we have to cater to these people? Why do they require prayer rooms, and breaks 5 times a day to pray, strict menus, etc. Leave that shit in the old country or stay there. You want to be here you adapt to our way of life. If I wanted to adapt to your way of life I'd move to your country, wouldn't I?



The US is a melting pot, not a conform or die country.

And no moderate Muslims? You've said some dumb, ignorant things, but that takes it.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 15, 2014, 15:16 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 15, 2014, 15:07:
Does Facebook think users are dumb? “Satire” tag added to Onion articles.

Well, we are talking about FACEBOOK users. Assumptions about intelligence are strictly optional.

There have been plenty of buzzfeed and the like articles showing people on fb reposting onion articles as fact. Usually its that abortion supercomplex one. It's even worse for lest known satire sites. Your super religious or political aunt that doesn't think out her views well has no clue what the onion is and believes anything confirming whichever views she has.
 
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