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News Comments > BioShock: The Collection Announced
10. Re: is already in your Steam library Jun 30, 2016, 14:07 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jun 30, 2016, 13:30:
Checks Steam, sees "already in your Steam library" for all Bioshocks, excitement level raised to 7.3

I had 2 on Games for Windows, which was the only way to have it. I think I bought it boxed, maybe? Maybe I did have it Steam but it needed Games for Windows? Or I got a free code somewhere? I'll need to see if I have it on Steam. The others I had for the 360.

In any case, I loved loved BioShock, and loved BioShock Infinity even more - that game left me thoroughly enthralled. But, looking back, I'm pretty certain both games had points where I was frustrated with the combat and just looking forward to ending the plot. Points that went from "this is the best" to "this is kind of tedious and fighting that stupid robot Washington isn't much fun."

Come to think of it, Doom was one of the few games of late that didn't have me ever feeling that way. I think they were smart by making lower difficulty levels easier not because enemies died quicker, but because you had more health and they did less damage. That way you had the same battles and fought the same AI, you just were more likely to survive. I feel like most FPS games tone everything down so much that a lower difficulty is often a very different experience, therefore discouraging me from playing on a lower difficulty.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 30, 2016, 09:55 Beamer
 
I'm not normally super impressed by those CGI breakdowns. When they're scenery they're often great, but when it goes beyond often not.

That was pretty great.
 
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News Comments > The Technomancer Released
18. Re: The Technomancer Released Jun 29, 2016, 16:19 Beamer
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jun 29, 2016, 15:35:
Beamer wrote on Jun 29, 2016, 15:06:
I mean, how do you think the conversations go? Do you think someone walks in with a bag that has a dollar sign over it?

There are things like embargos that can be influenced via ratings, but actual "I'll give you this much money for this review" is non-existent.

Notice how, when it happened at Gamespot, the staff left? It's a lot easier to influence a single person than numerous, and a lot easier to keep it quiet.

Stuff like this happens all the time:

Face to face meeting in the office about advertisement payments, undocumented talk on the side about how the payments will be this much as long as you influence a better review, Manager reviews work by reviewers, questions why they gave scores so low in certain areas.. tells them they don't agree with them and they should change it.

Lots of people are scared to lose their jobs and want better performance reviews, most of the time they fold like a bad hand in poker during this sort of exchange.

This sort of thing happens in my line of work (engineering). It's unethical but it happens and people are smart enough to not document it. It's a small world, even smaller for video game review websites with massive followings.

With millions on the line for good reviews, you think ethical thought comes into play with bigger bonus and job security?

The best part, reviews are subjective so it's pretty much impossible to sue someone over their opinion one why a game deserves this score.

But hey.. believe what you will. If you agree with IGN or Gamespot.. nifty..


Having worked in marketing in video games... this does not happen all the time. Face to face meetings are with the ad sales team, which is firewalled from the editorial team. When there is pressure on the editorial team they balk, because they think they're artists and journalists. They don't just balk, they talk, because bringing something like this to light makes them a hero.

I believe what I see, and people think that this kind of thing happens because they don't understand how things work. If you pick up a Cosmopolitan and read about the best new products, a lot of that is coming from PR, but it's still not paid for. Advertorial stuff happens, too. But, actual reviews? Not paid for. Movie reviews aren't paid for. Video game reviews aren't paid for.

I can spend an hour explaining to you how coverage happens, why previews are terrible and biased, and why reviews remain mostly fine and 100% unpaid for. But people love feeling like there's a conspiracy they aren't a part of.
 
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News Comments > The Technomancer Released
13. Re: The Technomancer Released Jun 29, 2016, 15:06 Beamer
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jun 29, 2016, 15:00:
Beamer wrote on Jun 29, 2016, 14:43:

Do you trust that none of those Let's Players can be influenced?

And do you have any actual evidence of a site being "bought out," or is it more "They loved Doom and I didn't, so clearly something unethical is at play!"

Those Let's Play guys can be bought out, it happens with the bigger ones like Angry Joe and his Angry army of followers. I'm more talking about super amateur people who play the game while talking about things.

As for "bought out"

Years ago, Gamespot writer was fired over bad review of a game which paid tons of money in advertising on their site

Tons of rumors like this are abound, hard to actually track credibility but it makes total sense from a business perspective

Pretty much, if you don't believe reviews are paid for.. you probably believe reality TV is actually real and not scripted.

I mean, how do you think the conversations go? Do you think someone walks in with a bag that has a dollar sign over it?

There are things like embargos that can be influenced via ratings, but actual "I'll give you this much money for this review" is non-existent.

Notice how, when it happened at Gamespot, the staff left? It's a lot easier to influence a single person than numerous, and a lot easier to keep it quiet.
 
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News Comments > System Shock Kickstarter and Demo
34. Re: MIA Romero demo kickstarter fail Jun 29, 2016, 14:49 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jun 29, 2016, 13:08:
Whatever happened to that John Romero demo, lolz.

They went to KS with only concept development done. That was end of April. Not sure how you want them to go from concept to working demo in 2 months. The game had a Winter 2018 release date, meaning they planned to take 2.5 years to work on it, and you want a demo in 2 months.

They were dumb going to KS that quickly. But faulting them for not having a demo so quickly seems really misplaced.
 
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News Comments > The Technomancer Released
11. Re: The Technomancer Released Jun 29, 2016, 14:43 Beamer
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jun 29, 2016, 13:50:
Creston wrote on Jun 29, 2016, 12:46:
Acleacius wrote on Jun 29, 2016, 12:30:
Damn, IGN gives it 4.9

Well, at least we know who didn't buy any advertising at IGN.


I don't trust any video game review website.. too many get bought out for good reviews.

Instead, I watch "Let's play" by random people and get a feel for the game.

Do you trust that none of those Let's Players can be influenced?

And do you have any actual evidence of a site being "bought out," or is it more "They loved Doom and I didn't, so clearly something unethical is at play!"
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 29, 2016, 11:10 Beamer
 
The chair I use is now almost 20 years old. The padding on the arms is basically gone. Compressed to nothing.

It was a $99 chair from BJs. Not a looker, but man, is it comfortable. Maybe some day I'll upgrade to the Aeron, but this thing is just stupid comfortable.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
4. Re: One month from launch, Warner Bros. delays Batman- Return to Arkham with no new release window. Jun 28, 2016, 22:18 Beamer
 
NamecaF wrote on Jun 28, 2016, 20:12:
Well no shit, after seeing this no doubt:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEXmZUtzacU

Wow.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 28, 2016, 12:14 Beamer
 
You know, after all this talk of Quake of late, I bought Quake on Steam last night.

It... it has not aged well.

First, it gives you the option to launch Quake, GLQuake, and GLQuakeWorld. I started with vanilla. Redid the resolution to a modern one, but the menus don't scale. Then I couldn't find a way to enable mouselook. Is there a way? Can't recall, nor can I recall what Lookstrafe does, but there may be something I missed in the postage stamp menu. Did the first two levels, which feel very empty and void, with few enemies, and the frame rate was terrible. It kind of made me feel sick.

Exited, went back with GLQuake, saw you need to use command lines to change the resolution, and decided I was done. You can't go back.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 28, 2016, 08:00 Beamer
 
bigspender wrote on Jun 27, 2016, 17:32:
Eat Your Broccoli: Phenolic Compounds Found In Cruciferous Vegetables Are About To Get A Lot Healthier.


Don't put any oil on your veges like the article suggests. It completely negates the health factor.

Putting olive oil all over your veges is the equivalent of smoking cigarettes to increase the nicotine content in capsicums/peppers.

Not this again. Aren't you the guy that said each egg you eat is the equivalent of smoking a cigarette? At least you backed down, but you still make unfounded nutritional comparisons to cigarettes.

None of your ideas are backed by science. There is no scientific consensus that olive oil "negates" the health factor of broccoli. I know, you'll claim Big Olive Oil is paying off every scientist, except for the one you like (buy his book!) the phd with the unique views (buy his book!) who in no way says things so you buy his book and maybe pay for him to speak at your event (where you can buy his book!)

No one is making a soup of olive oil and broccoli. They're putting a bit on for flavor. This doesn't "negate" anything. It's good that it gets people eating.

Moderation is fine. Moderate oil on your vegetables is fine. An egg is not like smoking a cigarette.

 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
16. Re: Morning Consolidation Jun 27, 2016, 16:33 Beamer
 
descender wrote on Jun 27, 2016, 16:04:
All new games dropped DX9 support a year or two ago. According to the Steam Hardware survey less than 15% of gamers are not on at least DX11, and more than 50% of gamers are still running 2GB or less VRAM. How is what you just described even remotely a problem? What would you even run that only supports DX9 but somehow needs more than 4GB of VRAM?

The UI issue does needs to be addressed. Hopefully that will come in an SP1 or 10.1 patch. Every version of windows ever made has had different settings available through different levels of UI, and the right panels open when you type things into the start menu anyway. Filed under meh...

Every other part of the UI is an improvement... snapping, multi monitor taskbars, virtual desktops, search, the file explorer ribbon... there are plenty enough improvements over 7/8 to warrant upgrading, and certainly enough to do it FOR FREE.

It certainly is not a $120 downgrade in "usability".

I'd wager a lot of DX9 games can't even use 4GB.
 
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News Comments > Steam Summer Picnic Sale Underway
67. Re: Steam Summer Picnic Sale Underway Jun 24, 2016, 13:39 Beamer
 
It's always so odd to me when people complain about regional pricing. Well, other than Australia getting screwed, that complaint make sense, as it is based on freight, not wages.  
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News Comments > DOOM Demo Extended
90. Re: DOOM Demo Extended Jun 24, 2016, 10:58 Beamer
 
Razumen wrote on Jun 24, 2016, 10:23:
Beamer wrote on Jun 24, 2016, 07:38:
Razumen wrote on Jun 23, 2016, 23:23:
Quboid wrote on Jun 23, 2016, 22:12:
Glory Kills are forced on the player in that these weird, unbelievable stunned enemies that regenerate health if you don't finish them off. Even if you don't do the kill, the effects can not be avoided. (I turned off the shine, they still look silly.)

It's ridiculously pedantic to claim that they are optional just because the actual action isn't forced on you. They are pushed on the player in every fight and the game is balanced accordingly.

Glory kills are optional in the same way that completing Dark Souls with a fake guitar is an option. I'd agree with that.

It's not pedantic, it's accurate, you can beat the entire game without doing them.

I could probably also finish the game while someone is repeatedly punching me in the stomach. That doesn't mean being punched in the stomach is part of the balance or how the devs intended you to play.

Nice strawman. That's not part of the game, therefore it means nothing.

Playing the game without doing glory kills is not at all an impossible feat to any of the examples you've described, theyr'e a crutch, nothing more, and there's more than plenty of health around the levels. You just like to exaggerate it to that point simply because the feature displeases you.

It's not impossible, but it's less fun. At the point where you expect an enemy to die it instead staggers and gets a split second of near invulnerability. It's distracting and completely throws off flow.

If you like glorykills, as I did, building a flow with them is easy and fluid and a blast. If you do not like glorykills, the constant staggering is like slamming the breaks every few seconds while driving.
 
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News Comments > DOOM Demo Extended
85. Re: DOOM Demo Extended Jun 24, 2016, 07:38 Beamer
 
Razumen wrote on Jun 23, 2016, 23:23:
Quboid wrote on Jun 23, 2016, 22:12:
Glory Kills are forced on the player in that these weird, unbelievable stunned enemies that regenerate health if you don't finish them off. Even if you don't do the kill, the effects can not be avoided. (I turned off the shine, they still look silly.)

It's ridiculously pedantic to claim that they are optional just because the actual action isn't forced on you. They are pushed on the player in every fight and the game is balanced accordingly.

Glory kills are optional in the same way that completing Dark Souls with a fake guitar is an option. I'd agree with that.

It's not pedantic, it's accurate, you can beat the entire game without doing them.

I could probably also finish the game while someone is repeatedly punching me in the stomach. That doesn't mean being punched in the stomach is part of the balance or how the devs intended you to play.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
14. Re: Op Ed Jun 24, 2016, 07:36 Beamer
 
LibertyOrDeath wrote on Jun 23, 2016, 22:56:
lol some of the most corrupt politicians were at that sit down. Why isn't Senator Cummings in jail for obstructing justice (Benghazi committee). There were emails linking him to some of the people involved. Well anyways, I know the answer...the GOP isn't so hot themselves; they are either corrupt or scared to death.

The facts are there is gun violence throughout the world; however, depending on the agenda, it is worded different. For example, many places are being ripped to pieces by civil war, but you will not hear that in the media or by the power hungry politicians that want to take the people's right to defend themselves. The government wants to act like they have all the answers but show me a place on this planet that has zero crime and I will show you heaven on earth. Gun free zones work, people? Gun Control= more power for the power hungry politician.

So, you're comparing civil wars in third world countries to the US favorably?


Wait, right, that thing about not feeding trolls.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
11. Re: Evening Metaverse Jun 23, 2016, 14:14 Beamer
 
scarlet wrote on Jun 23, 2016, 14:02:
......annnnnndddd it's over. The Dumbocrats failed.

The Democrats are such boobs. A nutjob terroist goes on a shooting spree and their first dogmatic inclination is go after pistols and rifles, not the criminals. How about taking our immigration policy seriously for once? How about us not handcuffing law enforcement by having to remove Islamonazis from their watch lists because FBI leadership and higher ups (to the very top of the food chain) prohibit it? All this scrubbing of 911 transcripts of any word relating to Islam?

No, the Dems don't even pause to take a breath and jump on the opportunity to rip everyone's unalienable rights to shreds. Where are the JFKs anymore? All we are left with are a bunch of radical kook Marxists in the Democrat party.

I shouldn't feed the racist troll, but you know he was born in the US, right? And that he seems to have much stronger ties to homophobia, possibly internalized, than radicalized Islam.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2016, 13:54 Beamer
 
descender wrote on Jun 23, 2016, 13:22:
I've basically stopped waiting for steam sales at all. If I see something at a good price I just assume that's as good as it's going to get now.

The lack of good sales on old games is really astounding, are those developers really still making that much money off of them at full price this point?

I think part of the issue is that it's stopping them from making that much money off of newer releases.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2016, 13:19 Beamer
 
descender wrote on Jun 23, 2016, 13:15:
Pretty disappointing all around, looks like nothing on my wishlist will be purchased this week. Games that are now 4-5 years old are still being "discounted" from full price, and only 40-50%? GTFO.

This is totally better than the flash sales! /s

From what I recall, the last couple were bad, too. Much like with flash sale sites, the vendors realized that they were training consumers to wait for discounted products, and training them that the value of the product was quite low. So they've stopped.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 23, 2016, 12:50 Beamer
 
Speaking of a strong middle class, there was a horrifying article in the WSJ about how the Upper Middle Class is getting bigger. Some take this as a good sign, but the article defined upper middle class as families of 3 earning $100k-$350k (which is, honestly, a stupid large range, as one has $33k per person and one has over $100k per person.)

Basically, the top 0.1% are rapidly leaving everyone behind, but it's like silly putty. As they stretch away, some are being pulled up with them, farther and farther from everyone else, but they'll soon be left behind, too.

30% of the country now qualifies as "Upper Middle Class" by that metric.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
8. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 23, 2016, 11:36 Beamer
 
Yeah, it's a very dumb analogy, just like all the comparisons to Flash being dropped were dumb.

In those cases, consumers got something. By losing the floppy drive, and more recently CD drive, they lost something few were using, and fewer still using often. The replacements were clearly improved, Apple saved some money to invest in other parts of the build, and some bulk could be removed. For those that needed them, you could buy a USB version, but you didn't need it with you very frequently.
With Flash, something very vulnerable was taken away with websites rapidly replacing it.

Here? Everyone is still using their headphones, so it isn't like a floppy. Some size can be saved, but the savings isn't as material as dropping the floppy or the optical were. And, while there may be better sound from these headphones, no one is really asking for it and few people will even be able to tell under real-world conditions (e.g., listening while on the street or in the subway.)

Apple gets to sell a new standard people need to pay them for. Headphones, which have gotten so cheap that very well received earbuds with an inline microphone can be had for under $20, will go up in price. All the ones you own are worthless without a dongle, which means you need the dongle with you any time you listen to music, which, at least for people in a city, is daily.
 
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