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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 23, 2016, 21:38 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Aug 23, 2016, 21:00:
Some questions for those who are cheering Gawker's demise.


Another great example of this is the Las Vegas Review Journal. When people with money silence the news, everyone loses...


Gawker.com was terrible. It had terrible articles, far worse than even the Hogan one.

But what Thiel did was worse. He isn't the only billionaire trying to use unrelated court cases for revenge (Mother Jones had it happen, too), and Gawker isn't the only site he's been going after.

It's always so weird to me that the freedom of speech troops aren't realizing that billionaires using unrelated cases to punish websites for perfectly valid stories (though Gawker's about Thiel was very shitty) will just silence people by making them think twice about what they say about billionaires.

Gawker.com dying isn't bad. The other sites will live, though anyone else laid off is absolutely bad. Cheering on a billionaire silencing a media corporation through an unrelated court case in which he manipulated the plaintiff, simply because you dislike the reviews one site writes about your favorite video game, though...
 
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News Comments > PlayStation Now Coming to PCs
13. Re: PlayStation Now Coming to PCs Aug 23, 2016, 16:55 Beamer
 
MattyC wrote on Aug 23, 2016, 16:35:
Jagacademy wrote on Aug 23, 2016, 15:55:
nin wrote on Aug 23, 2016, 15:50:
Simon Says wrote on Aug 23, 2016, 15:45:
Peeps... notice... no GPU needed, I suspect a streamed lag fest. Forget about textures and co. This is as shitty port'ish as it can get.

It's not a port, it's streaming, AKA Gaikai:

http://kotaku.com/sony-announces-game-streaming-service-playstation-now-1496385001


You just said exactly what he did.

Obviously I have never played around with this and when I played with Steam streaming it was for all of about 20 minutes, but I streamed Red Orchestra to some ancient laptop and it ran great and was very playable.

Also how would a stream be in any way comparable to a port?

Really?

I tried streaming A Wolf Among Us to an HP Stream (essentially a tablet in a laptop form factor, with full Windows 7) and it was stuttering garbage.

 
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News Comments > PlayStation Now Coming to PCs
7. Re: PlayStation Now Coming to PCs Aug 23, 2016, 16:03 Beamer
 
Jagacademy wrote on Aug 23, 2016, 15:55:
nin wrote on Aug 23, 2016, 15:50:
Simon Says wrote on Aug 23, 2016, 15:45:
Peeps... notice... no GPU needed, I suspect a streamed lag fest. Forget about textures and co. This is as shitty port'ish as it can get.

It's not a port, it's streaming, AKA Gaikai:

http://kotaku.com/sony-announces-game-streaming-service-playstation-now-1496385001


You just said exactly what he did.

Well, he confirmed what the other poster just suspected.

Also, duh. Playstation Now has always been Gaikai.
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Released
40. Re: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Released Aug 23, 2016, 15:27 Beamer
 
So, I want to play this. But first I want to replay the original. The thing is, I have two serious weeks of Mount and Blade built up:

* First, I joined with the orange guys and eradicated the blue guys, taking over about 40% of the map in the process.

* Next, I joined forces with a green usurper and took over the green kingdom

* Then, I formed my own kingdom. I currently have about 35% of the map, but I also have more towns than the orange guys

I feel somewhat obligated to just finish and conquer the world, but at the same time... meh. Going back and forth to my seat sucks, actual non-siege fights have gotten tedious, and I can apparently capture property faster than my guys can staff the garrison, which slows me down

I'm thinking I've seen all I need to see in M&B now that it's just a grind to the finish, and I can move on to repeat HR.
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Season Pass Details
36. Re: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Season Pass Details Aug 23, 2016, 10:17 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Aug 23, 2016, 09:49:
Beamer wrote on Aug 23, 2016, 09:16:
Yeah, there was some game, can't recall which, that I remember buying and playing for a bit. I kept thinking "man, I must weirdly be a god at this game, everyone said it's rough but here I am, kicking so much ass I already have some fantastic weapons."

Saints Row III? It happened to me in that one.

Actually, I think maybe 4. I know that came with a super gun that turned the boss battles into the easiest things ever. But, honestly, I was ok with that.
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Season Pass Details
28. Re: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Season Pass Details Aug 23, 2016, 09:16 Beamer
 
Yeah, there was some game, can't recall which, that I remember buying and playing for a bit. I kept thinking "man, I must weirdly be a god at this game, everyone said it's rough but here I am, kicking so much ass I already have some fantastic weapons."

A day or two later I realized the version I'd purchased came with a ton of early-start DLC. Like I said, can't remember the game, but I think it came with a super powerful gun I wouldn't have to replace until the very end, and some bonus stats that made me find money more easily.

Lame.
 
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News Comments > Zenimax vs Oculus Heats Up
14. Re: Zenimax vs Oculus Heats Up Aug 22, 2016, 23:16 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 22, 2016, 19:33:
Occulus is fucked anyway you slice it. John-boy must be kicking himself for jumping on board with OR only to have it snapped up by FB.
Occulus sold for, what, 2 billion? Carmack, in order to jump ship, had to have, I'd say, a minimum of 1%. Probably upwards of 5%.

For $20-$100M, he's probably not kicking himself too hard.
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Season Pass Details
12. Re: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Season Pass Details Aug 22, 2016, 23:14 Beamer
 
The Half Elf wrote on Aug 22, 2016, 20:58:
nin wrote on Aug 22, 2016, 20:41:
Emton wrote on Aug 22, 2016, 20:29:
Looks like an on-rails linear storybook game probably about 80% of the playtime will be watching some cut-scene...

Oh yeah, totally, just like the last one.

You win today's Cutter.


In Cutter's defense he useually reads about the subject and make some sorta extreme comment typically based on something.
While Emton's comment is just pure stupidity and ignorance.

I think you mean "usually reads the headline and makes some sort of extreme comment based on his misunderstanding that would be easily avoided if he read even the first paragraph."
 
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News Comments > PCIe 4.0 to Deliver More Speed and Power
17. Re: PCIe 4.0 to Deliver More Speed and Power Aug 22, 2016, 13:30 Beamer
 
DG wrote on Aug 22, 2016, 12:55:
Wallshadows wrote on Aug 22, 2016, 12:01:
This is more to do with a real shitty case when it comes to airflow though. My nearly 10 year old Antec P182 isn't built for it.
I have that case, I've no desire to get a new one since my temps are all low despite the case fans being on low.

Can it handle the massive length of modern GPUs?

My new PC build was a comedy of errors. I wanted to reuse my PSU, my RAM, and my case (and the HDD/SSD, though with a new SSD as the boot drive.) First, it turned out the PSU didn't have enough 8pin connectors. Had to replace that. Then it turned out my case wasn't long enough for the 970. Had to replace that. In the long run, the RAM was all I reused, and RAM is cheap, and for $10 I could have had a newer generation i5 over the one I bought.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Previews
9. Re: Sunday Previews Aug 22, 2016, 10:16 Beamer
 
Hellcinder wrote on Aug 22, 2016, 00:18:
It's amazing how each generation perceives games and content. I would have sold my family for ED in 1980. :-) '

In the mid-90s I would have sold my family for nearly any of the modern games. Even some of the most mediocre modern games would have blown my mind.

Today? Instead I spend time reading people complaining about how they're nowhere near as good as the games I was playing then.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
4. Re: Saturday Consolidation Aug 20, 2016, 19:56 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 20, 2016, 16:15:
Beamer wrote on Aug 20, 2016, 14:25:
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 20, 2016, 13:05:
Just you wait, soon companies will realize a front facing blue nuclear-bright LED is maybe not the smartest choice as well!

They've been the main choice for almost two decades, so I'm not holding my breath.

To this day I will never understand why that is though. There are no legit usability reasons. And well, if you suffered from a device that had them and you had a bit of rough uh, sand paper laying around, you would instantly notice that a slight roughened spot on the very top of that plastic cap makes the ugly glare go away. Are engineers just not smart enough to know this? All that would be needed is different enclosures for the LED's. I have bought a bunch of slightly opaque/diffuse ones for my G11 led retrofit and that makes such a huge difference to how you perceive LED light you wouldn't believe it.

I'm not sure about that spot. I think it's just how our eyes see. Blue is brighter than red or green due to the number of cones our eyes have. So, when our eyes open up more at night, the blue is much brighter and ruins our nigh vision, whereas red wouldn't.

But blue is more soothing and nicer to look at in daylight, and looks more high tech.

It bothers me, but much less so than the older Vizio TVs that never turned off the logo on their bezel. But, man, when I first moved out of my parents house I'd occasionally spend a night in my old room, which they'd put their computer in. Bright blue halo around the volume control on the speakers, bright blue on the printer, orange on the power supply to something, power lights all behind the PC... I had to spend 5 minutes turning everything off at night just to get it dark enough to sleep.
 
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News Comments > Prey 2 Video
16. Re: Prey 2 Video Aug 20, 2016, 14:33 Beamer
 
Acleacius wrote on Aug 19, 2016, 20:45:
Beamer wrote on Aug 19, 2016, 19:47:
CJ_Parker wrote on Aug 19, 2016, 19:28:
Not buying this simply for the lame abuse of the franchise. No Tommy, no Indians, no aliens, no gravity shifting = no Prey = no buy.

Why not take it as it is and judge it on its own merits?
If it's a great game and you refuse to play it because it has the same name, but isn't directly following, a mostly mediocre game, who are you hurting?
Couldn't that be said of the publisher? Name your game something new, let it stand on it's own...

Sure, but I'm not a publisher, I'm a gamer. I can only control my own decisions, and I find it so weird that someone in my place would go "hey, that game that pretty much no one remembers is so sacred I'd ignore another game, regardless of quality, because it has the same name!"

I dunno. I still think it's part of getting old and having little time, but I see people on the internet always arguing over such meaningless things. Minor changes in movies, either plot or casting, from source material. Games using same names. Etc. Reminds me of being a teenager and refusing to listen to a band because they called themselves metal but clearly weren't up to my standards of what was and was not metal.

At some point, judging things outside of their individual merits starts looking pointless. You get hung up on such weird details and miss actual good, entertaining media.
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex Mankind Divided Reviews
63. Re: Deus Ex Mankind Divided Reviews Aug 20, 2016, 14:29 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Aug 20, 2016, 02:54:

carrying a political/social agenda and reviewers bombing games because they don't fit into their tidy worldview of anyone who doesn't agree is a racist/sexist/etc.

I'm sure you can provide dozens of examples, or even maybe two or three?

Every time I ask, someone shows me a review on Polygon or something, that has a small sidebar that's three sentences. At most, it's a small paragraph towards the bottom of a review, again, usually three sentences out of hundreds of sentences.

"This guy gives the game 6 out of 10 because of boobs! He spends most of the review saying it's boring and repetitive, with control and performance issues, and that the enemies are braindead, but it's those three sentences about boobs that made him give it the score!"
 
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News Comments > Saturday Consolidation
2. Re: Saturday Consolidation Aug 20, 2016, 14:25 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Aug 20, 2016, 13:05:
Just you wait, soon companies will realize a front facing blue nuclear-bright LED is maybe not the smartest choice as well!

They've been the main choice for almost two decades, so I'm not holding my breath.
 
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News Comments > Prey 2 Video
6. Re: Prey 2 Video Aug 19, 2016, 19:47 Beamer
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Aug 19, 2016, 19:28:
Not buying this simply for the lame abuse of the franchise. No Tommy, no Indians, no aliens, no gravity shifting = no Prey = no buy.

Why not take it as it is and judge it on its own merits?
If it's a great game and you refuse to play it because it has the same name, but isn't directly following, a mostly mediocre game, who are you hurting?

 
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News Comments > Deus Ex Mankind Divided Reviews
28. Re: Deus Ex Mankind Divided Reviews Aug 19, 2016, 13:20 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Aug 19, 2016, 12:36:
CJ_Parker wrote on Aug 19, 2016, 11:40:
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Very popular franchise + hype = usually a default MC score of 90+. A score below 90 is a fair warning, a score below 85 means the game is probably hot garbage or mediocre at best. Caveat emptor. You have been warned.

Of course no one wants to hear it. It's Deus Ex so it MUST be good. Hype. Hype. Hype. Hyperventilation. Fap, fap, fap.

Uh seriously? Up next the grande conspiracy theories start and fire can't melt Jensen's steel abs. You of course realize that critic scores are effectively useless and have been for nearly 10 years right? But you're so wrapped up in it that you've just gotta rage.

I'll bet in two weeks that people will be saying it was a great game, with a few things they liked and didn't like.

Wait, you think something changed 10 years ago?
Let me guess: you're late 20s or early 30s?


Helpful hint: what changed wasn't the reviews, it was you. Pretty much everyone hits a point around late teens or early 20s where they realize the flaws of enthusiast media. Yet, for some reason, gamers seem to think there's a difference between video games and other forms of media, in that somehow they think that covering media isn't a very limited thing.

And, of course, they think that there's no subjectivity in whether games are good or not. But, I mean, some people like one band, some people hate that band. Some songs are made for people that like Band A, and if you don't like Band A you won't like those songs. Games aren't much different.
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Trailer
24. Re: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Trailer Aug 19, 2016, 13:17 Beamer
 
ItBurn wrote on Aug 19, 2016, 10:02:
1badmf wrote on Aug 19, 2016, 05:52:
VaranDragon wrote on Aug 19, 2016, 03:20:
Looking forward to this. Also what Half Elf is referring to as the first game, is actually the third game.

I managed to ignore what was happening with Deus Ex until fairly recently (apart from the first one). The few trailers for this game got me to take a look at Human Revolution, and Im glad I did so. It's a fun game, even though the shooting mechanics and the cover system leave a lot to be desired. Let's hope this one fixes up some of those issues from the previous game and we will have a pure winner on our hands.

we all know DX:HR was the 3rd game. i'm pretty sure all of us played the 1st 1st game when it 1st came out. now that was a masterpiece of game design.

I actually hated the first game when it came out. It was a combination of bad controls/interface and the fact that there were other shooters with much better controls/interface. Sure the game had crazy features that no other game had, but I remember it not being very much fun to actually play. But that was so long ago...

Yup.

I was running around with a tranquilizer gun in the Statue of Liberty without being able to hit a single damn thing. I did not enjoy it.

I plowed through, though, and fell in love. I got better weapons, I got more accurate, I never touched that tranq again, etc. I've played through thrice now, probably identically each time, but enjoyed each time.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Aug 19, 2016, 07:19 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 19, 2016, 00:20:
While Gawker has done some sleazy stuff, they've also done some excellent reporting that I haven't seen elsewhere like their adjunct professor series. I don't understand why the judge allowed damage proceedings knowing it would be the end of the company while the case is still on appeal. It essentially nullifies due process: "Death penalty on appeal? We're going to execute you while that works its way the court." That makes no sense.

Gawker, at least Gawker.com, is incredibly sleazy.

I'm still not comfortable with a billionaire with a personal vendetta destroying an entire company via the legal system at no personal risk to himself. Someone tried it with Mother Jones, too, in 2015.

Welcome to the 2010s, where billionaires use the court system to try to silence the media, and people cheer it on because one outlet of that media once gave a game they love a negative review.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
24. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 19, 2016, 07:17 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 19, 2016, 04:59:
Beamer wrote on Aug 18, 2016, 17:22:
You guys really don't think new cars occasionally catch on fire? Someone should ask Agassi about his Vector.

There was a poll on Autoblog, a site I think few people go to these days, that I found on Yahoo, a site I think few people go to these days, this morning, asking how much longer the ICE will be in new production cars.

It's fun reading car people, who tend to skew conservative a bit more than others, be adamant that no one here will be alive when the last ICE is available for us to purchase. Yes, they may be produced in India or China for the long future, but in the US their days are numbered. I'd be absolutely shocked if they're still around in 2050. 2030, even.


Even in the US, the ICE will still be sold in 2050. 2030 is ludicrously optimistic. They're cheap to make, require common materials like steel, and have a $10 trillion infrastructure to support them. To replace all the ICEs in 100s of millions of cars is a huge undertaking. You'd need billions of lithium batteries that have to be sourced from Chile or Argentina. And all those electric motors require rare earth metals, all of which are controlled by China these days. Even if the the cost and industrial hurdles could be overcome, the political challenges are too difficult to overcome.

I'm saying replacing what's sold, not what's on the road.

Also, by 2030, I'd wager few of us are buying new cars, anyway. We won't be driving them, so why own them? Cheaper to just call one of the fleet of self driving cars that'll be everywhere all the time, most likely with incredibly smart routing for pool services.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
19. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 18, 2016, 17:22 Beamer
 
You guys really don't think new cars occasionally catch on fire? Someone should ask Agassi about his Vector.

There was a poll on Autoblog, a site I think few people go to these days, that I found on Yahoo, a site I think few people go to these days, this morning, asking how much longer the ICE will be in new production cars.

It's fun reading car people, who tend to skew conservative a bit more than others, be adamant that no one here will be alive when the last ICE is available for us to purchase. Yes, they may be produced in India or China for the long future, but in the US their days are numbered. I'd be absolutely shocked if they're still around in 2050. 2030, even.

 
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