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News Comments > Frontier Developments Sues ATARI Over Royalties
16. Re: Offtopic Jan 3, 2017, 20:26 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 18:02:
Beamer, do you still recommend the Fractal Design Define R5 case?

So far, so good.
 
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News Comments > Frontier Developments Sues ATARI Over Royalties
14. Re: Frontier Developments Sues ATARI Over Royalties Jan 3, 2017, 17:48 Beamer
 
Agent-Zero wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 17:10:
Beamer wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 14:23:
Agent-Zero wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 14:15:
Kxmode wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 13:39:
I remember when Atari was the Nintendo of gaming. Everyone and their dog had an Atari 2600.

you mean, back when there was no other competition? not sure how that equates to nintendo...

i also remember when Atari was Atari tho.. it was the only game in town, so yeh

No competition? There was more competition for consoles then than now, and significantly more than when the NES came on the scene.

wrong yet again

How is it wrong?

The 2600 was part of a generation including:

Fairchild Channel F
Colecovision
Odyssey
Intellivision
Commodore 64

And this was just the successful systems. No mention of things like the Astrocade. The late 70s and early 80s had a glut of consoles not seen since. Shelves were lined with various systems, and advertising dollars were going everywhere. Confused parents were bringing home one-off systems that barely did anything yet looked as competent on shelves.


The NES launched basically to itself, and competed with the DOA 7800 and the barely marketed Master System.

And, today? Nintendo, Sony, Xbox. End of story.
 
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News Comments > Frontier Developments Sues ATARI Over Royalties
13. Re: Frontier Developments Sues ATARI Over Royalties Jan 3, 2017, 17:40 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 17:11:
DangerDog wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 17:00:
Those didn't come till later, originally you had Atari 2600 and a Sears knockoff clone call tele-games.

1977 - 1982 Atari 2600
1980 - 1984 Intellivision
1982 - 1994 Commodore
1982 - 1985 ColecoVision

You're right in the sense that Commodore and ColecoVision appeared towards the end of Atari's life cycle (although they still competed). However, Intellivision was a strong competitor due to the two years it directly competed with the Atari 2600. There were tv commercials from Intellivision showing how superior the Intellivision was to the Atari 2600; which was evident.

Though true that they were in the back half, it was still more competition than anything today. And they're all considered the second generation of video games, along with the Fairchild, which came out a year prior, and the Odyssey, which was a year after.

The NES released to no competition. Those systems were all off shelves by then.

And, today, systems compete with two other products. The 2600 competed with at least 3.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
12. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 3, 2017, 15:08 Beamer
 
Flatline wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 14:27:
descender wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 14:23:
The Clean Power Plan passed by Obama doesn't actually go into effect until 2022.

Don't let facts get in the way of a good rant, though. Fuckin Obama!

I don't think we should be worried about keeping towns in the mountains of west virginia afloat just because they used to be sustained by coal jobs. Coal is fucked, coal is over. No one should be feeling bad about the jobs lost, they are shit awful jobs. These people don't need their coal jobs back, they need education so they can get different jobs.

Just like the auto industry in Detroit... these jobs are never coming back thanks to automation. The people living in these areas need to be told this instead of being constantly lied to. This is how we end up with statements like "Hillary abandoned the blue collar worker". No, she just didn't lie to them about bringing jobs back that are never coming back. They didn't want to hear that, so they felt "abandoned". It's time for these people to wake the fuck up and get with the times.

I generally agree.

But. If you're passed the aged of 40 or so the odds of you getting reeducated and then employed in anything like a decent job are slim. Nobody wants a n00b with only 10-15 years of work left in them. These are the people you need to pitch something like Basic Universal Income to. Or just let them retire early as we intentionally transition away from their industry. If you're over say 40 and you lose your coal mining job due to the employer going out of business, you qualify for retirement. One time thing, government declares the industry is obsolete/being phased out, and the social net supports the 20,000 or so coal miners it'd impact.

That'll never happen, but at this point it's probably what needs to happen.

Will we do the same for taxi drivers? Car dealers? "Hey, you're 40? Your industry died. Let's give you free income and benefits for the next 110% of your life."

I get that those industries have skills more transferable, but they're still industries I think will utterly implode in the next 10-15 years.
 
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News Comments > Frontier Developments Sues ATARI Over Royalties
6. Re: Frontier Developments Sues ATARI Over Royalties Jan 3, 2017, 14:23 Beamer
 
Agent-Zero wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 14:15:
Kxmode wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 13:39:
I remember when Atari was the Nintendo of gaming. Everyone and their dog had an Atari 2600.

you mean, back when there was no other competition? not sure how that equates to nintendo...

i also remember when Atari was Atari tho.. it was the only game in town, so yeh

No competition? There was more competition for consoles then than now, and significantly more than when the NES came on the scene.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
8. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 3, 2017, 13:26 Beamer
 
WebSoldier wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 13:22:
Correct. Only because of the needless Obama regulations on coal. Look at the price of natural gas now, versus the price of coal prior to Obama. Remove the regulations and your answer is incorrect.

http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=25392

"Now."

I like that you ignore the entire damn chart and focus on the final 3 pixels. Ignoring that new methods make natural gas easier. Ignoring that coal demand has massively dropped (and you know what happens when demand drops, right?)

I suppose it's also Obama's fault that China, formerly the biggest burner of coal, is rapidly moving away from it. Also his fault India is doing the same. This has nothing to do with air quality, not to mention what mountain removal has done to the land.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 3, 2017, 13:18 Beamer
 
WebSoldier wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 12:52:
Oh yes its always the dumb and the naive who hate coal and have no idea other than a propaganda piece stating solar is spectacular. Let me tell you about Solar, so I bought into the hype and purchased one. A heavy investment but hey it will pay off in 10 years or so, what the hell.

A year went by and heavy storm came in and knocked it hard enough where it didn't work....no refund from the manufacturer. Okay I thought it was just a coincidence okay purchased a replacement 3 years later its not working and its junk.

Yes please talk about things you have not purchased before and only read about. Trump will make coal cheap again without all the Obama regulations and no need for you to purchase a solar panel that breaks every 2-6 years.

It's not solar that's putting coal out of business, it's natural gas. Which is fun, you complain about others believing "propaganda pieces," then proceeded to believe the pro-coal propaganda claiming it's hippies interested in solar that are hurting the coal industry.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
14. Re: etc., etc. Jan 3, 2017, 10:45 Beamer
 
VaranDragon wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 10:33:
Beamer wrote on Jan 3, 2017, 10:29:
Did anyone click the link? They used it solely as stock footage on the header. They did not "show how Russians hack."

"Hey guys, I hate the media, so I'll blindly believe any headline that confirms this."

It's a non-story people here are worked up over because of a headline.

Can you please point out who got worked up over it? (Except for Cutter, who can't be bothered to ever click any headline)

Yeah, as soon as I reread it after hitting enter I realized two things: my line spacing was annoying, and I wasn't clear enough in who I meant.

Ozmodian, as well, is a Cutter.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
12. Re: etc., etc. Jan 3, 2017, 10:29 Beamer
 
Did anyone click the link? They used it solely as stock footage on the header. They did not "show how Russians hack."

"Hey guys, I hate the media, so I'll blindly believe any headline that confirms this."

It's a non-story people here are worked up over because of a headline.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
9. Re: etc., etc. Jan 3, 2017, 08:12 Beamer
 
I don't get the complaint. They're not saying anything about hacking related to Fallout, just using it as the stock photo. It's really that or The Matrix.

What other stock photo can quickly convey "hacking" to pretty much anyone that sees it?
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
38. Re: Into the Black Jan 2, 2017, 12:41 Beamer
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Jan 1, 2017, 14:20:
NegaDeath wrote on Dec 31, 2016, 19:04:
Finding a Mario game offensive is when you know you've hit rock bottom on your crusade. Also, did they just assume Mario's gender? Shameful.

Next the writer will find Tetris shapes to be too phallic.

Ben Kuchera from Polygon already wrote something a while back about how because Tetris was made in communist Russia, playing it is tantamount to endorsing those ideals or something like that.

I think this writer is ridiculous and like most moral crusaders of years past, is trying to make a name for themselves by assuming the world needs to pander to their ridiculous personal hangups. Demanding games change to suit your personal sensibilities (or those of a group you have appointed yourself to represent) is no different than what Jack Thompson did, it's just got a different hat this time.

If a piece of art offends you, you have two options: Don't consume it or make your own that tells what you want it to and make it successful. Whining in an op-ed is the worst kind of slacktivism. But doing real work to invoke change is hard.

You're really, really reaching to spin his tetras comments in a way that can gleefully confirm your opinion of him.

Someone on Twitter challenged the idea that all art, and therefore games, are political, by pointing out tetris. He then rose to it by reading into the politics of tetras, accurately pointing out that releasing a game in the US with soviet music in the 1980s was politically loaded. Back when anything Russian was heavily demonized.

That's a very neutral thing, and hard to dispute. I'm no kuchera fan, but you're working overdrive to find ways to not challenge your own opinion. The sites that claimed he was saying it would brainwash you or were deliberately made as propaganda are aggressively anti intellectual.
 
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News Comments > Gearbox Deathwatch?
39. Re: Gearbox Deathwatch? Dec 31, 2016, 02:27 Beamer
 
mellis wrote on Dec 30, 2016, 19:43:
Beamer wrote on Dec 30, 2016, 18:23:
descender wrote on Dec 30, 2016, 14:36:
This list is so very "ARS"... YikYak? Who cares about a failed social media site that was never actually successful?

Then they blast twitter for the fact that it's users are uncontrollable and leaving the service for SnapChat. Doesn't this (hopefully) mean that Snapchat (running on the same failing business model) is now going to be flooded with the same uncontrollable user base that scares away investors and run themselves out of business as well? Shouldn't they make the list?

How does this list not start with Sprint?!

I'm bored.

No. Snapchat has a path to profitability, my company will soon be paying them tons, as will our competitors, but it also makes random interaction with those jerk consumers near impossible. They're eyeballs, not voices.

Your company will be paying Snapchat oodles of cash for what exactly?

Things we have already paid for:

1) Branded filters

2) Geotargeted stickers

3) Discover stories

Things we will be paying for soon:

1) Buyable snaps


Content on Snapchat is far better received than content on Twitter. Same with Instagram. People there seek content out. Facebook and Twitter it's more people see it without wanting it.

Welcome to where all the CPG advertising dollars are going in 2016.
 
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News Comments > Gearbox Deathwatch?
30. Re: Gearbox Deathwatch? Dec 30, 2016, 18:24 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Dec 30, 2016, 12:53:
Borderlands pre-sequel

That was a different studio, wasn't it?

Outside of BL2, I'd say their track record is abysmal.


Outside of Battle born, the entire list is outside developed.
 
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News Comments > Gearbox Deathwatch?
29. Re: Gearbox Deathwatch? Dec 30, 2016, 18:23 Beamer
 
descender wrote on Dec 30, 2016, 14:36:
This list is so very "ARS"... YikYak? Who cares about a failed social media site that was never actually successful?

Then they blast twitter for the fact that it's users are uncontrollable and leaving the service for SnapChat. Doesn't this (hopefully) mean that Snapchat (running on the same failing business model) is now going to be flooded with the same uncontrollable user base that scares away investors and run themselves out of business as well? Shouldn't they make the list?

How does this list not start with Sprint?!

I'm bored.

No. Snapchat has a path to profitability, my company will soon be paying them tons, as will our competitors, but it also makes random interaction with those jerk consumers near impossible. They're eyeballs, not voices.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
17. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 28, 2016, 16:40 Beamer
 
descender wrote on Dec 28, 2016, 15:42:
It fixes the parking problem by lowering the consumer purchase of vehicles over time. Currently, you and your wife own 2 cars to do your 4 trips. Now you will only need 1 car to do those 8 trips you described. You've at the very least already halved the number of cars needed on the road per household. In reality, that one car will handle multiple households, further reducing the size of the fleet of cars.

People will start carpooling more because the carpool cars will be cheaper than individual rides and there will likely be a lower wait time for them as well.

He'll need 0 cars. There will be 0 personal car ownership. Or, more accurately, near-zero.

Why should anyone own a car? If there's a constant fleet of cars constantly driving by, waiting to pick you up, smartly route you, and drop you off, why bother with a car at all?

That's what he missed in my scenario. No cars to be parked, because cars are constantly moving from pick up to pick up. And Uber is currently demonstrating that people will carpool if it's cheaper without adding much time. Right now, I find Uber's routing to not be smart enough, in most cases, but that's due to usage and human error. If everyone were using it, and if it were a computer routing rather than human drivers choosing, it could be smarter and more efficient.

The entire concept of car ownership, in populated areas, will disappear. The thought of spending $40k+ on a car will seem laughable.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
14. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 28, 2016, 14:47 Beamer
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Dec 28, 2016, 11:42:
Dmitri_M wrote on Dec 28, 2016, 03:34:
Why are self driving cars being developed.

Because human driven cars are A) dangerous, and B) inefficient. Tens of thousands of people are killed in auto accidents each year in the US alone, and in the overwhelming majority of those cases, human error was at fault. Likewise, a car is a fairly expensive capital investment, yet for most of the hours of its useful life, a car will be sitting in a parking spot doing nothing useful. Self-driving cars offer the very real promise of reducing auto fatalities dramatically, radically increasing the efficiency of our transportation and logistics systems, and of freeing up our commute time for work, recreation, or silent contemplation without the stress of driving during rush hour.

I've mentioned the efficiency here before, and it's what has finally sold my parents.

Cars, as you mention, spend the vast majority of their lifespan sitting unused. With a network of self-driving cars, this changes. You don't own a car, you just hire one to take you from point A to point B. Each trip will cost you more than if you owned the car, but now you don't need to buy or lease one, and don't need to park it (think about how much of America is taken up by sprawling parking lots.)

How will long road trips work? No clue. But all transportation will likely be public-ish. Smart routing will even make shared pooling simple and unobtrusive, though people will certainly pay to avoid it at times.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
13. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Dec 28, 2016, 14:44 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Dec 28, 2016, 13:27:
jdreyer wrote on Dec 28, 2016, 13:08:
Dmitri_M wrote on Dec 28, 2016, 03:34:
Why are self driving cars being developed.

In addition to what SMA said, self driving cars never fall asleep, have 360 degree vision, have faster reflexes, have a better ability to calculate accident avoidance, and can't get drunk.

They also provide a vision of cheap driverless taxis, since there is no driver to pay salary to.

Also traffic flow would be considerably better so people would get where they are going faster, even with the same number of cars on the road. Many traffic jams are caused by some idiot hitting his brakes for no reason and starting a chain reaction that causes the flow of traffic to get slowed down even long after he's started moving again. Well-programmed self-driving cars wouldn't make stupid errors like that.

The other cool thing to think about is not just a self-driving car, but a network of self-driving cars. It's possible that a single self-driving car acting on its own could encounter a situation where it can't prevent an accident. For example, in poor weather or road conditions, even a very advanced driving system could simply be betrayed by the laws of the physics. Granted, it would still be a better driver in poor conditions than a human. But anyway, if one car could communicate with another car, or even all cars in proximity, then they could virtually instantly coordinate a response that prevents or mitigates an accident.

Also interesting is the idea that traffic signals could eventually become obsolete. Your vehicles would coordinate with each other, either directly or through some kind of city-wide traffic management AI, to pass through intersections more efficiently than the current system of long red and green lights allows for.

Traffic signals likely become pedestrian signals. Also, likely hit all 4 ways at once, so pedestrians can go diagonal. And occur more frequently.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
46. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 28, 2016, 07:11 Beamer
 
El Pit wrote on Dec 28, 2016, 05:22:
How does Big Pharma work? Hint: every customer who is actually HEALED from his sickness by medical treatment is a LOST customer. So... Keep 'em paying. Keep 'em addicted. Keep 'em sick, but make them feel better.

So is every customer that's dead, as they'll never get any form of sickness again. But one that has been healed can get other illnesses down the road.

It's like you guys don't think too hard about this.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
17. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 27, 2016, 17:46 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Dec 27, 2016, 16:48:
problem fixed.

Those would actually make the problem worse. They isolate droning noises, like the engines, and make it easier to hear conversations.
 
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News Comments > Vaporware Awards
33. Re: Vaporware Awards Dec 27, 2016, 17:45 Beamer
 
I order for this to be a Ponzi, the kickstarter backers would need to have the game in their hands while others buying in now are given a long wait for it.

But that isn't how game development works. At all. It's actually very far from it. There's no FIFO - everyone will get access at the same time because once the game is ready, it costs nothing additional to make it ready for everyone.

Basically, this has zero in common with a Ponzi scheme.
 
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