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News Comments > MS Acquisition Rumor Targets include EA, Valve, & PUBG
45. Re: MS Acquisition Rumor Targets include EA, Valve, & PUBG Jan 30, 2018, 10:57 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 10:41:
Noting the company has a war chest of at least $130 billion dollars

Yeah, this is not how companies work, Polygon. Departments can't just go "Well, shit, look at all this cash! We can spend freely!" The Xbox department has a budget assigned to it, it can't just freely grab money from wherever it wants to.

The problem is that the Xbox department, relative to many other MS departments, just doesn't make enough money. That MS has persisted in it for so long has been quite surprising.

Being an M&A project, this is run by the corporate strategy and m&a. The Xbox team of course has a say, and may be bubbling targets up, but it's equally likely that the corporate strategy team identifies an m&a opportunity and moves ahead with it and tells Xbox they just need to deal with it.

It's very, very rare for the department currently overseeing an area being a decision maker (as opposed to influencer) in an m&a project. That comes even higher up. Whether Xbox wants something or not, people above them are looking at how it would influence growth and revenue.
 
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News Comments > Are "Let's Play" Streams Legal?
76. Re: Are Jan 30, 2018, 07:22 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 21:54:
Beamer wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 11:26:
But does anyone charge their spouse to watch? Many of these streamers make lots and lots of money.
Some, of these streamers make lots of money -- most make less than minimum wage based on the hours expended to play, edit, and manage their online presence.

Initially, I thought I might have missed the train on this. Shortly after the first ones showed up, I considered starting up a Minecraft Let's Play but never did. Some of those guys make good money now, but I'm pretty sure I couldn't keep it up the way they have.

That's true, but I don't know why people keep bringing it up. For most things that are grey area, no one cares until someone starts making a ton of money from it. The people that scooted by without anyone caring end up caught in the crossfire, but they're not the impetus for any change themselves.
 
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News Comments > MS Acquisition Rumor Targets include EA, Valve, & PUBG
13. Re: MS Acquisition Rumor Targets include EA, Valve, & PUBG Jan 29, 2018, 21:14 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 20:00:
What we need to be really concerned about is whether MS will buy CD Projekt Red and make future Witcher and Cyberpunk games Xbox exclusives. It's currently worth $2B, which is close to what MS paid for Minecraft.

Don't give them ideas!

As for Valve, Gabe's cash is largely on paper. This would make it liquid. That's why Epic sold.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
20. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jan 29, 2018, 18:07 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 17:45:
I bet you sit around re-reading your own responses for hours at a time on here. It's exactly why you would defend Facebook, it's right up your alley.

Yup, everyone that uses Facebook is vain and likes to hear themselves. No one using it to keep in touch with friends across the globe.
Regardless, I spend about 2-5 minutes a day on Facebook. Way more time on Instagram. Probably like 10.
 
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News Comments > Are "Let's Play" Streams Legal?
59. Re: Are Jan 29, 2018, 16:38 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 15:55:
Beamer wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 15:48:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 15:46:
Beamer wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 15:40:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 15:36:
Beamer wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 11:26:
SpectralMeat wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 11:14:
Next up:
Gamers can get sued if spouses are watching the gameplay without having a second license for the game. Kids under the age of 5 will have to have half a license.
Dogs and cats do not require a license at this time.

But does anyone charge their spouse to watch? Many of these streamers make lots and lots of money.

Source?

Is that surprising today? PDP earns tens of millions, and started doing Let's Plays of sorts. He's the highest earner on YouTube.

Gamespot estimates all of these are making at least a million a year

Some guy named MarkPlier does Let's Plays and earns $5.5M



Pretty sure they ask before they let's play

Those guys, maybe. Others are probably earning five or six figures without doing so.

I'm not saying this one way or the other, just that it's a data point you know companies are paying attention to. If you're a dev making $90k, and you see a report that some guy is making half a million bucks playing your game online, you may be a bit peeved. But you may also think it's good in the long run.

Yeah I just don't believe that is indicative of let's players in the lower spectrum. To give you an example, with a channel producing bi-weekly videos length 10m (for 3 ad blocks) with 50-100k views you make around 443 a month just to give an perspective. That's pretty bad considering you need to produce videos with actual content full-time for a bi-weekly or even daily schedule, and that doesn't even pay half the rent.

A single big video and many small ones (2-5k views vs one vid with 20m views) gives you ZERO payout. Yes, zero.

This is after the AD revenue changes on youtube. Without patreon and twitch (aka, stream subs etc.) many full time youtubers wouldn't even be able to exist anymore.

And well, a game without a youtube let's play is a game I am not buying.

Totally, but those are people caught in the crossfire, not the main point of contention in any of this.

I watch no let's play videos, or YouTube videos about video games, and that will never, ever change. I can't even fathom what information I'd get from them that I can't get from a solid text review, and I've yet to see a game whose basic theme and gameplay I need a video to understand.
Just my opinion and style. They're utterly pointless for me. For the limited amount of free time I have, I'd rather spend it playing something than watching someone play something.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 29, 2018, 15:50 Beamer
 
Hoop wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 15:10:
Co-op P2P Duke with a friend after installing I think seven 1.44 mb floppy disks, complete with destructive environments.
I nearly died laughing when first shrinking Phil & furiously mashing spacebar in an attempt to stand on his miniature self running back & forward. I remember some epic battles in the movie theatre map as well.

The movie theater was the first map, and one of the best for deathmatch. I also loved the movie studio, and the huge spaceport map (no one else seemed to love that one with me.)

We also did an arena map for TEN, called assten, quite a bit. It was kind of stupid and gimmicky, but given that we were teenagers (and that Duke itself fit that description some), we loved it.
 
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News Comments > Are "Let's Play" Streams Legal?
54. Re: Are Jan 29, 2018, 15:48 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 15:46:
Beamer wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 15:40:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 15:36:
Beamer wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 11:26:
SpectralMeat wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 11:14:
Next up:
Gamers can get sued if spouses are watching the gameplay without having a second license for the game. Kids under the age of 5 will have to have half a license.
Dogs and cats do not require a license at this time.

But does anyone charge their spouse to watch? Many of these streamers make lots and lots of money.

Source?

Is that surprising today? PDP earns tens of millions, and started doing Let's Plays of sorts. He's the highest earner on YouTube.

Gamespot estimates all of these are making at least a million a year

Some guy named MarkPlier does Let's Plays and earns $5.5M



Pretty sure they ask before they let's play

Those guys, maybe. Others are probably earning five or six figures without doing so.

I'm not saying this one way or the other, just that it's a data point you know companies are paying attention to. If you're a dev making $90k, and you see a report that some guy is making half a million bucks playing your game online, you may be a bit peeved. But you may also think it's good in the long run.
 
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News Comments > Are "Let's Play" Streams Legal?
52. Re: Are Jan 29, 2018, 15:40 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 15:36:
Beamer wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 11:26:
SpectralMeat wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 11:14:
Next up:
Gamers can get sued if spouses are watching the gameplay without having a second license for the game. Kids under the age of 5 will have to have half a license.
Dogs and cats do not require a license at this time.

But does anyone charge their spouse to watch? Many of these streamers make lots and lots of money.

Source?

Is that surprising today? PDP earns tens of millions, and started doing Let's Plays of sorts. He's the highest earner on YouTube.

Gamespot estimates all of these are making at least a million a year

Some guy named MarkPlier does Let's Plays and earns $5.5M


 
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News Comments > Are "Let's Play" Streams Legal?
48. Re: Are Jan 29, 2018, 14:37 Beamer
 
Peter M. Smith wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 14:13:
Kxmode wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 13:31:
Fair use doesn't apply to people making a living off of content created by other people.

Weird Al would like to have a word with you. Parody, even commercial parody, is covered under the Fair Use Doctrine.

Weird Al parodies. He adds his own lyrics, which often add commentary, but in general are what people are tuning in for.

It doesn't work when not parody:
One action that does not pass muster under any test is using an entire original work in the creation of another. This was the conclusion in a New York district court decision involving Walt Disney productions and an adult film company. Disney sued for copyright infringement when the company used the entire "Mickey Mouse March" during a scene depicting sexual intercourse. The court determined that using an entire work is not fair use. It also said that the use was purely for financial gain and had no artistic value or value as social commentary. Therefore, it could not fall under the parody defense.

Streamers are clearly somewhere between.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
18. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jan 29, 2018, 13:38 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 13:19:
IMO, TV has been detrimental. Not sure if there are any causative studies out there, but obesity rates correlate strongly to TV watching over the decades. There are also studies that show ADHD rates correlate linearly to TV watching: 1 hour per day = +10% increase chance, 2 hours = +20%, etc.

On that note, humans could do with a bit less screen time, regardless of whether you're using FB, playing games, or watching PBS.

I agree, but would say our trend towards processed foods is what's responsible. Less nutritional value, more sugar. Compound that with the American love of huge portions and our increasingly sedentary lifestyle, as well as the longer hours we tend to be working.
 
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News Comments > Are "Let's Play" Streams Legal?
44. Re: Are Jan 29, 2018, 13:36 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 12:53:
From what I have seen, fundamentally there's an ethical side, a legal side, and a practical side to this debate. Legally seems pretty cut and dry - if the rights holder says it's infringement, then it's infringement. At least until some "let's player" takes the issue to court and precedent to the contrary is established. Ethically I find that as a let's player you basically adhere to the wishes of the creators of the content you are streaming. Devolver Digital is extremely streamer friendly while Nintendo is extremely adversarial to streamers (unless you sign up for their partner program). In general, in my view treat the issue as an ethical one and stream games from those developers who encourage it and avoid streaming games from devs who routinely DMCA streamed content.

As for the practical aspect, consider: Ubisoft paid tons of streamers a lot of money to play For Honor through its beta and early launch and the game sold like hotcakes. As streamers (or their viewers) lost interest, so did the games player base decline in kind. It's pretty easy to correlate high streaming activity of a game to healthy sales and continued sustained player engagement of the game. I don't really think it matters much if it's a multiplayer game like PUBG or Overwatch or a single player narrative driven game. Logic suggests that it should but from what I've seen the numbers don't bare that out. Using Persona 5 as an example, which is an extremely story-driven game, even as Atlus threatened streamers with DMCA's over spoilers and the internet response (not unexpectedly) was to make it a point to stream spoilers all over the place en masse, sales of Persona 5 went through the roof.

Good summary.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 29, 2018, 11:27 Beamer
 
Nucas wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 11:13:
damn, 21 years and i've still never played a single second of duke nukem 3d.

It's really hard to go back and try now. By default, mouselook is... let's just say bad. It's bad.
 
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News Comments > Are "Let's Play" Streams Legal?
12. Re: Are Jan 29, 2018, 11:26 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 11:14:
Next up:
Gamers can get sued if spouses are watching the gameplay without having a second license for the game. Kids under the age of 5 will have to have half a license.
Dogs and cats do not require a license at this time.

But does anyone charge their spouse to watch? Many of these streamers make lots and lots of money.

I think few game companies will do anything about it. Yes, some are irked that someone is making more money off the games than any of their employees likely are, but most also know it's advertising. Unless there's a class of consumer who watches games without buying them.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 29, 2018, 11:11 Beamer
 
As for Duke, I remember sitting outside growing up, reading the preview from PCG or CGW, discussing the details such as being able to leave bloody footprints (which sounded, and then was, mindblowing), as well as being able to drop pipe bombs on people below you (less mindblowing, laser tripmines were the fun ones.)

Played the crap out of the shareware. We all did. Only one guy in our group bought the full game, though. Probably had at least 200 hours in the shareware, if not triple that.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 29, 2018, 11:09 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 11:04:
https://www.drpeppersnapplegroup.com/locator

"To locate your favorite products, please call us at (800) 471-9278."

Regardless, I'm asking about ubiquitousness. In the NYC area, in the mid-90s, you couldn't walk in somewhere that wasn't selling Snapple. Every single convenience store, cafeteria, pizza shop, grocery store, etc. was loaded with Snapple (and Arizona Ice Tea.) After moving out, I stopped seeing it. Could be that I missed it, could be that it was never big out there. Arizona I definitely saw, but usually just 2 or 3 products, as opposed to the dozen+ about 20 years ago.

So my question isn't "is Snapple available?" but "is it everywhere?" It was part of the general cultural zeitgeist out here, with everyone aware of, and referencing, the ad campaign, people having opinions on best flavors, etc.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 29, 2018, 10:51 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 10:44:
Beamer wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 10:24:
Is Snapple a thing outside of the NYC area?
Never had an issue finding it in Texas, so i guess it's a thing.

It was founded in Long Island, and is currently based in Texas, so being able to find it in Texas isn't surprising.

The question is whether people in Indiana or Ohio or California see it as ubiquitously.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 29, 2018, 10:24 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 10:20:
So now your peach tea comes in a disposable pod instead of a glass bottle.

Snapple switched to plastic last year.
Is Snapple a thing outside of the NYC area? They were always big when I was growing up, then I moved away and never once saw a bottle, then moved back and suddenly there they are. Possible I just ignored them, but their distribution seemed tiny outside of this region.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
16. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jan 29, 2018, 10:02 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 09:49:
Beamer wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 08:35:
Not to mention, there are plenty of studies about the detrimental effects of games. Any time they get mentioned here, they're written off as flawed or quackery. But when it's something the people here dislike, it's just assumed as wholly accurate.

There is a significant difference between shitty 'scientists' bleating "GAMES CAUSE OUR KIDS TO BECOME MURDER MACHINES!" without any kind of evidence, and actual former Vice Presidents of Facebook going "We designed Facebook to hammer the shit out of people's addiction centers, and it's now just an empty echo chamber where people never see anything that disagrees with their personal world vision."

But you love Facebook, so you'll never admit that. You're literally doing the exact same thing you're complaining about, just in reverse.

No, I'm not. I completely agree with what you said about Facebook and its awful News Feed. I've complained about it many times, hell, Facebook recently started giving me their "look back" or whatever feature, and one of the ones over the weekend was me, in 2012, complaining that all I saw were Washington Post articles. That's even worse now.

But that's not what people here are reacting to. Look at the responses, particularly the two prior to me responding. It isn't "man, they should fix that to make it better," it's "PEOPLE, GO OUTSIDE!"

In the 1940s there were studies that concluded TV was detrimental. In the 1980s there were studies that heavy metal was. Hell, around the time of the printing press scientists were claiming reading was detrimental. We know all of that is stupid.

We know Facebook's news feed is not well designed. But people use that to write off all implementations of social media, current and future, and that's idiotic.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
14. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jan 29, 2018, 08:35 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 08:12:
No one cares what you think of them. There are several studies on this subject that back them up, people are being totally reasonable by saying that in this topic.

I made my comment when opie said "get outside, people." Does that not sound like criticism games have received forever? That it was preventing people from going outside?

Not to mention, there are plenty of studies about the detrimental effects of games. Any time they get mentioned here, they're written off as flawed or quackery. But when it's something the people here dislike, it's just assumed as wholly accurate.

Regardless, I made my comments when the turn of the topic was solely "get outside, people!"
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
12. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jan 29, 2018, 07:33 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 07:08:
Beamer wrote on Jan 28, 2018, 16:03:
I'm always surprised when gamers are angry at another form of technology, and claiming it makes people unhappy, antisocial shut-ins.

Have you not learned?

You exist solely to take opposition views on every subject.

No, but the extremism on this site can be dumb. Every damn topic is "THAT THING I DON'T LIKE AND DON'T UNDERSTAND IS STUPID AND ALL ITS USERS ARE DUMB!" Rather than taking any kind of nuanced view, every topic is either CJ or people acting like him.
 
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