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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
8. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 24, 2014, 19:24 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 19:19:
Beamer wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 15:44:
jdreyer wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 14:52:
Chromebook buyers were promised two years of free Verizon data, only got one.

Well, when you're a monopoly in most markets, you can do whatever you like. Sounds like they've got some lawyers on it though, so here's hoping for a good outcome, and some punitive damages for Verizon as well.

Are you certain this is Verizon's fault? They didn't sell these devices, Google did, and Google was making the 2 year claim.

That said, it's probably Verizon's fault. But Google is probably also somewhat guilty.

No, good point. Re-reading I see that these were sold from the Play store, not from Verizon as I'd initially assumed (since most LTE devices are sold by the carrier offering the service). You're probably right and Google advertised 2 years, but only secured one from Verizon.

Also reveals my kneejerk assumption of Verizon guilt.

I mean, it's not an entirely unfair knee-jerk reaction. My assumption, based on nothing, is that Google and Verizon likely reached an agreement of 1 year with a second free if a certain number converted to paid customers. That didn't happen, and Verizon opted out. It makes Verizon jerks. But it makes Google jerks, too, for advertising something not set in stone.

And that last part is all we really know - Google sold something that wasn't necessarily true. But Verizon is probably jerks. Verizon is kind of always jerks.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
34. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 24, 2014, 19:19 Beamer
 
1badmf wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 19:00:
$20 for a supermarket steak?!? good god, hope it was at least a Prime cut. at my local i can get a pack of two choice cuts for about $8, not even marked down. and the best steak i've ever made was just last week, bought a single from target, not even labelled with USDA cut type, and it was amazing. or if i really wanna go cheap i can go to stater bros., buy a single unlabelled steak for $4.

The best supermarket steaks I've had are filets from Whole Foods. Their grass fed filets were $27.99 per pound, and "grass fed" seems to be a buzzword, but they were also from a farm about 20 miles from where I bought the steaks. It was a small farm one of my favorite restaurants also used. That was the true distinguisher. Insane price, though.

Out here everything seems to be Painted Hills, which I've found to be pretty good but not incredible.

 
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News Comments > More Crytek Rumors
36. Re: More Crytek Rumors Jun 24, 2014, 18:00 Beamer
 
Wildone wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 17:55:
Just wait till the Liberals come for YOUR money..

Edit - nin beat me to it.
 
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News Comments > More Crytek Rumors
27. Re: More Crytek Rumors Jun 24, 2014, 16:35 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 16:27:
Creston wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 16:15:
As much as I feel for employees who are trapped in a struggling company, I will never understand the "THE CEO STILL DRIVES HIS FERRARI TO WORK" complaint. If that's his car, what else is he supposed to do? Ride on a bicycle?

When you can't pay your employees? Might want to be a little less conspicuous.


And no one has just a Ferrari. At the very least they have a Civic or a minivan somewhere, too.
 
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News Comments > More Crytek Rumors
16. Re: More Crytek Rumors Jun 24, 2014, 15:48 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 14:19:
Pair of Ferraris hahah. I would never work for a douchebag who drove a Ferrari to the office. My boss is a smart, humble guy who drives a 15 year old Ford and has a great profit sharing program. It sends a good message to clients and coworkers while also ensuring people aren't crawling up his ass for bonuses every year.

It's part of games culture. Go to the parking lot of any successful games company and you'll see plenty of them. I remember talking to someone from Epic and they basically said you could tell someone's role based on the car they drove. VPs and engine devs had supercars. That said, simple tact would probably dictate that if you aren't paying employees on time you probably shouldn't flaunt your personal wealth.

Speaking of Epic, they've poached engine talent from Crytek before and, if the company dissolves, I'd expect them to go on a hiring spree. Then again, they did that when Big Huge Games fell apart, and that lasted six months. I'd wager any new employees have to head to NC.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
5. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 24, 2014, 15:44 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 14:52:
Chromebook buyers were promised two years of free Verizon data, only got one.

Well, when you're a monopoly in most markets, you can do whatever you like. Sounds like they've got some lawyers on it though, so here's hoping for a good outcome, and some punitive damages for Verizon as well.

Are you certain this is Verizon's fault? They didn't sell these devices, Google did, and Google was making the 2 year claim.

That said, it's probably Verizon's fault. But Google is probably also somewhat guilty.
 
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News Comments > Crytek Denies Bankruptcy Rumor
22. Re: Crytek Denies Bankruptcy Rumor Jun 24, 2014, 15:42 Beamer
 
Frags4Fun wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 15:21:
Beamer wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 11:14:
Frags4Fun wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 09:48:
How many times have we seen a story like this on Bluesnews? A rumor about a gaming company comes out and shortly after, the company releases a statement denying the rumors. Then, a week or two later we find out it was entirely true. I've lost count over the years.

Yeah, but they have to deny it. Do you know what happens if they admit it?
They go bankrupt.

You want to do that at the last possible moment. As soon as you admit it, everyone treats you like you've already done it. It strains your finances even further and makes something that may only be likely now be guaranteed.

I totally understand that and was actually thinking exactly what you said as I was typing my original comment. They definitely have no choice but to hide it until the last possible moment. It's quite entertaining for us though since we see the same pattern over and over.

Yup. Depressing, really.
Crytek, though, is probably one of the few that's an outright surprise. Even 38 Greenmonster Whatever was surprising due to funding but a company many felt was probably not being managed overly well.
 
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News Comments > Crytek Denies Bankruptcy Rumor
19. Re: Crytek Denies Bankruptcy Rumor Jun 24, 2014, 11:14 Beamer
 
Frags4Fun wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 09:48:
How many times have we seen a story like this on Bluesnews? A rumor about a gaming company comes out and shortly after, the company releases a statement denying the rumors. Then, a week or two later we find out it was entirely true. I've lost count over the years.

Yeah, but they have to deny it. Do you know what happens if they admit it?
They go bankrupt.

You want to do that at the last possible moment. As soon as you admit it, everyone treats you like you've already done it. It strains your finances even further and makes something that may only be likely now be guaranteed.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Passes $47M
14. Re: Star Citizen Passes $47M Jun 24, 2014, 03:20 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 01:59:
Jackplug wrote on Jun 24, 2014, 00:01:
$47million, please stop telling us, like we care!

Until there is such a time when a SC thread has 0 comments, I suspect that we'll continue to see posts on it. I like them, this is kind of history in the making. No game with either this amount of crowd funding has ever been done, and it's quite the experiment. Also, I appreciate the transparency they're giving us, hopefully it's not overwhelming them.
Undoubtedly history in the making.
Good history? Bad history? We'll see. But something impressive.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
56. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 24, 2014, 00:27 Beamer
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 23:41:
Oh please. Beamer, you are the one obvious racist on this website with your never ending bitchfest about "straight white males". Mostly everyone here sees through your little act. Pretending to be a champion for gay rights didn't work. Pretending to be a feminist didn't work. Pretending to care about Native Americans and Muslims or whatever else will not elevate you to a messiah for the downtrodden. Lighten the fuck up.

Putting your self-righteous nonsense back on ignore where you belong.

Ah, in Mad Max's head, you can't have empathy for different people, you're "pretending." And going a day without mentioning something means you "gave up."

I'm so sick of "social justice warriors" like him that won't shut up about how everyone else needs to shut up.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
53. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2014, 23:30 Beamer
 
harlock wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 23:13:
Beamer wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 21:35:
harlock wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 21:18:
"muslim" isnt a race, genius

Nice cop out, Bill Maher.
Regardless, most muslims belong to one race. It's de facto racism.

how is that a cop out? do you even know what that means?

and all muslims are one race? so whos racist again? methinks the lady doth protest too much...

I didn't say "all."
And it is a cop out. Rather than address the fact that he made a gross generalization, you're nitpicking. That's a cop out.

Speaking of looking things up, you need to look up what "de facto racism is." Hint: the Tea Party uses it all the time. Screw it, I'm done with this conversation and don't want more derailing back and forth so I'll just tell you - de facto racism is when someone says something not based on exactly and claims it makes them not racist because, even though the statement covers almost exclusively one race, there are tiny percentages of other races covered as well.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
49. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2014, 21:35 Beamer
 
harlock wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 21:18:
"muslim" isnt a race, genius

Nice cop out, Bill Maher.
Regardless, most muslims belong to one race. It's de facto racism.
 
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News Comments > Crytek Denies Bankruptcy Rumor
10. Re: Crytek Denies Bankruptcy Rumor Jun 23, 2014, 20:55 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 20:43:
I never realized Crytek had 800 people. That seems like an awful lot for a company with their limited output.

They've been that big for a while. They had studios everywhere. Every-frickin'-where.

Epic did, too. Epic. Epic China, which itself owned the Fat Princess studio. People Can Fly. Chair. Epic Japan. Epic Korea.
I think the big difference is that, for the most part, those regional subsidiaries were less studios and more regionalization and support. They didn't have huge staffs and weren't expected to do dev work.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
46. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2014, 20:51 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 20:33:
Prior to 9/11 you'd have thought some sheep-herders flying passaneger planes into skyscrapers was nonsense too. The guy was a muslim so that's not beyond the pale of a muslim terrorist plot by any stretch. Maybe he ditched the plane into the ocean on purpose screaming to Allah but the message never got transmitted. There's nothing wild about what terrorists will do.

Can we get a ban for racism here?
The guy was muslim. So are about a billion other people that don't commit crimes.

And no, the 9/11 terrorists weren't "sheep-herders." They came mostly from wealthy backgrounds. Even the ones that came from poor or impoverished regions had college educations. Several were law students. These were men with decent futures carrying out a very well organized plan, which made it all that much more frightening.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Jun 23, 2014, 20:10 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 19:16:
Companies finally realize social media does exactly squat for their bottom line.

Shocker!

What's interesting is that the article doesn't say that at all.

Wait, did I say interesting? Sorry, Cutter making an asinine, uneducated, ignorant comment based on the headline of an article he's too lazy to read isn't interesting, it's an hourly occurrence.

What the article actually says is that companies were crazy about collecting "followers," or "likes" or whatever, and learned that most people just click on that haphazardly. Instead, they've begun focusing on not getting as many followers as possible but getting the right followers, the ones that may actually convert. The ones that have an interest in interacting with the brand. And then they focus on actually giving those people what they'd like to see, increasing the level of service for them, and building a connection they couldn't otherwise. Other companies are using it passively - to see what customers like and don't like and react quickly.

And the companies that just spammed to get likes? Most of them are miffed that it's now not helpful. But that's also because Facebook made algorithm changes a few months back, not mentioned in the article, to try to destroy that type of advertiser. Facebook realized people hated seeing stupid crap and is aggressively trying to prevent you from seeing it. The companies doing that, sadly usually the smaller ones that don't have enough cash to hire someone to be intelligent with social media but do have enough cash to buy ads, are frustrated because no one is seeing those ads. Users are a bit happier because they see fewer pointless ads but, to be honest, 99% of the ads you'll see will be pointless, anyway. For every 1 I see that's useful (and I only see them on my work machine, where seeing them makes sense), I see dozens or more that are utterly pointless. Or frustratingly dedicated to recapturing me. Jesus, Vans, I went to your website for work reasons for 30 seconds today and right now both ads on Blue are identical Free Shipping messaging. I wouldn't ever pay shipping for shoes, so big fucking deal.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
6. Re: Evening Consolidation Jun 23, 2014, 19:17 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 19:01:
But this is a long-term competitive space, which is good for consumers.

Really? So why are games $70 a pop for both of you? Where's the competition driving down prices and creating better products? What about all those exclusives you and Sony love so much? Oh yeah, the competition is awesome! Just love the "free market".

Yeah, man! I mean, there are about a dozen car manufacturers, but good luck getting a car for under $15k! And, despite there being hundreds of companies making gold watches, they're all over a grand!

Free market my butt!




That, or, y'know, making things costs money.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
41. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2014, 19:15 Beamer
 
PropheT wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 19:03:
Beamer wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 18:35:
The NHL playoffs had plenty of players writhing on the ground for no reason.

I watched all or part of every series in the playoffs and don't recall ever seeing someone writhing around on the ground, faking it or otherwise. Guys try to get calls with questionable hits and definitely embellish them, but outright flopping is too costly for the team in hockey and almost never happens.

I can refresh your memory:
http://cdn.bloguin.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2014/05/sniperhabs.gif

 
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News Comments > Crytek Denies Bankruptcy Rumor
4. Re: Crytek Denies Bankruptcy Rumor Jun 23, 2014, 18:40 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jun 23, 2014, 18:26:
Homefront: The Revolution, Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age, Arena of Fate, and Warface

Fuck me that's a sorry list of games... Hunt MIGHT be cool, but the rest, ugh.

Warface was ok when I played it for 30 seconds 30 years ago but it's too crowded a space to care much (then again, it was also created for the Chinese market, so we're an afterthought), and I'll pay attention to Homefront because it's coming from the guys that made Timesplitters, and before that GoldenEye and Perfect Dark... assuming anyone from those teams is still around.

They seriously need better titles. Less semicolons. Less generic.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
3. Re: Evening Consolidation Jun 23, 2014, 18:36 Beamer
 
Maybe they'll incorporate it into a commercial, like with Tiger walking on water.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
37. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2014, 18:35 Beamer
 
The NHL playoffs had plenty of players writhing on the ground for no reason.
Fortunately, the NHL started calling penalties when it was obvious the player hadn't even been hit. That helped reduce that in the Finals. The conference finals, though? Oof. Montreal did it every 30 seconds, and the Rangers began following suit.
 
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