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News Comments > Morning Interviews
22. Re: Morning Interviews Sep 14, 2017, 22:45 Beamer
 
PacoTaco wrote on Sep 14, 2017, 20:44:
So they followed him to a situation where they got to work on failed project? Are about to get laid off and beg for the jobs at Epic they will never get back? Hmm. Genius.

I will give you a positive spin on it Nexon bought for it to be used outside the western market. Maybe it is doing better there.

As for the US market it had no chance against Blizzard / OverWatch.

Ended up being a B grade me to product they would have done better to take that juicy Tencent money and make another Unreal product not done by the community. With Cliffy leading it with his troop of loyal designers.

A lot of the people that stayed at Epic were super duper happy his drunken ass left. Still happy even after the failure of Fortnight and Paragon. :-)

Cliffy had a chance to be a great designer but the booze and ego ruined him, he also stopped working. The good news is he got a lot of money from the Tencent buy out so he and the other God of Games cover boys are going to be fine, maybe he can join American banging hot Asian chick sailing around China.


I would wager I know more people at Epic than you, and didn't know any who were happy. Which also makes sense, a large, large bulk of the design team quit that day. Some with him, some elsewhere.

You're also moving goalposts here, about the failure of the product. That wasn't your initial statement, it was that he was a drunk and people hated him. Objectively, that isn't true. Not sure what sources you think you have, likely wholly anonymous. I mean, I suppose I am, too, but I've actually been in that building numerous times. Cliff was well liked. Everyone there was well liked.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
15. Re: Op Ed Sep 14, 2017, 22:43 Beamer
 
The word literally means inferior black people. You can say it without being racist, but saying it is racist. It's de facto racism.

Just don't get how libertarians and GamerGaters argue this. And, honestly, why does intent matter? If you call a kid the n word on Xbox Live, he doesn't have the ability to dive deep into your psyche and see if you're racist or not, he just knows you're calling him racist things.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
19. Re: Morning Interviews Sep 14, 2017, 18:41 Beamer
 
PacoTaco wrote on Sep 14, 2017, 18:08:
Rumor has it that most of the Epic guys had to finish his work for him on Gears and Unreal and do it in a way that didn't make him look bad.

Many of the designers celebrated at Epic the day he left.


I mean, that's an easily disproved rumor fueled solely by people that take things too personally and hate a guy for making games for the wrong platform.

When he quit Epic, so did most of the designers. And, incidentally, a large chunk of them went to work for Boss Key.

Kind of hard to say that he was a terrible alcoholic leader no one wanted to work for when so many followed him out the door to a new company...
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
37. Re: Op Ed Sep 14, 2017, 15:01 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Sep 14, 2017, 12:25:
Beamer wrote on Sep 14, 2017, 11:32:
As Mashiki noted, there are places on the planet where being white is the best way to get yourself killed/raped/robbed/abducted,

Ok, name them, then tell me what they have to do with America, where this discussion is taking place, where most of PDPs fanbase is, and where nearly all of his sponsors are.

That's such a weird argument. How utterly out of your depth do you have to be to think that pointing out minorities being discriminated against is a bad thing disproves the argument that minorities being discriminated against is a bad thing. That pointing out that different races being equally scummy disproves that different races are equal.

Ultimately, though, I don't think either of us were making that argument. It was just an argument about whether a white American can know what life is like as a non-white American.

The argument that there are small pockets of the world in which being a white person is considered a bad thing doesn't really change anything for Americans and their experiences.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
36. Re: Op Ed Sep 14, 2017, 14:59 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Sep 14, 2017, 12:23:
i see what you did there

I screwed up my quotes, is what I did.

I also failed to mock him for quoting Tool. In 2017.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
33. Re: Op Ed Sep 14, 2017, 11:32 Beamer
 
Asmodai wrote on Sep 14, 2017, 10:00:
Talk about your arrogant, holier than thou, virtue signalling trash.

Uh... right back at you?

As Mashiki noted, there are places on the planet where being white is the best way to get yourself killed/raped/robbed/abducted,

Ok, name them, then tell me what they have to do with America, where this discussion is taking place, where most of PDPs fanbase is, and where nearly all of his sponsors are.

Then we'll list out all the places where it happens if you aren't white, and see which list is longer.

where the worst you had to deal with is bad words that hurt your 5 year old sensibilities,

Except the issue with that word is that it isn't just a word, there's an entire history and institutional basis behind it.

I mean, if words are just words, then me calling you racist wouldn't be a big deal, but I'm assuming it would trigger you if I did, and send you on a lengthy rant about SJWs and libtards and... wait, you already are doing that. For the record, I'm not calling you that, but I'd wager someone has, and it didn't go over well, despite being "just a word."


please refrain from weighing in to subjects you have no fucking idea about while the adults who have ventured beyond their mother's skirts are speaking...

Uh... ok? Not sure why you think you've got the mature opinion here when it's "white people die in Antarctica, occasionally, and words are just words!"

I don't give a fuck about PDP, people can crucify him as much as the like over this. What I do care about is that the worth of your, my, anyone's experiences are nothing compared to the colour of the skins we wear in the eyes of certain outrage peddlers around here.

Over 90% of the people here are from the US. Those that aren't are almost entirely from Canada, the UK, and Australia. I'm sure it's been really hard for all the straight white guys here to be straight white guys.

If the first response to an opinion is "Lemme guess, your white", or someone tries to shut down debate by saying that whatever they are thinking is obviously undeniable, the in all likelihood you're the problem, not the cure.

Certain opinions are founded on ignorance. Sorry, trying to understand what life is like for a non-straight, non-white, non-male in America is nearly impossible for a straight white male American. I'm one of those. Took me a very long time, and a lot of, y'know, leaving my mother's skirt (and her basement) and leaving my shelter, to realize that. I've been fortunate enough to have been moved around a ton for work. I lived in one of the poorest inner cities doing criminal law work, and have since lived in rural areas, massive cities, and am currently in one of the top 10 most expensive zip codes. I've seen more of this country than most.

But keep getting your opinions from YouTube. I'm sure there are plenty of Sargon videos in your queue, too.

This comment was edited on Sep 14, 2017, 14:59.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
3. Re: Morning Interviews Sep 14, 2017, 11:23 Beamer
 
LawBreakers has an edgy, R-rated tone, you might say, while Overwatch is more colorful and lighthearted

I think that's the issue more than anything - art direction. Art design is hard. People like edgy and R rated, but it needs to also be fun and appealing. Overwatch's art design is huge and colorful and massively appealing.

LawBreakers? Ugly and generic. I remember thinking UT was kind of generic, but it was massively fun, and only kind of generic. Later UTs... remember the clown? LawBreakers reminds me entirely of that clown - way too unappealing to want to play, and a somewhat dull and generic idea of what "edgy is."

The game is getting positive reviews and fan buzz of the actual gameplay was pretty good, but I really think this is a case of the art direction dooming it. It may not be the same game as Overwatch, but it's similar enough and fighting for the same customer and Overwatch is just a monstrously polished Pixar movie about killing each other.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
25. Re: Op Ed Sep 14, 2017, 02:35 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Sep 14, 2017, 01:41:
Beamer wrote on Sep 13, 2017, 22:57:
NamecaF wrote on Sep 13, 2017, 22:30:
Squirmer wrote on Sep 13, 2017, 19:07:
I think he's implying that if you're a white guy you really don't have the same perspective on someone throwing around racist insults. Stow that reverse racism bullshit.

Fuck you, that is the definition of racism right there. You're judging someone based on the colour of their skin.

I mean, there are some things white people can never experience, though, and therefore never have a strong understanding of.

Much like how I won't tell you what your childhood was like, and what it's like to grow up with your parents. I didn't do it.

Some people take it too far. I've run into the attitude that a white person shouldn't disagree with a black person about race, or a man shouldn't disagree with a woman about sexism, and so on. That's nonsense; self-serving contradictions that are based on prejudice, not judging the argument on its own merits. I assume that's what eRe4s3r was referring to and again, not what I meant.

I wasn't talking about different experiences either, not as such. More like different realities, since DangerDog has shown he will flat out refuse to accept the undeniable when it challenges him - and that probably includes identity politics.

Gotcha, and agreed.

As for the people here that refuse to accept the undeniable when it challenges them, particularly in identity politics, I'll fall back to the cliché loosely related to what we were discussing and point out that it's incredibly unlikely that their identity has ever been subject to politics.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
20. Re: Op Ed Sep 13, 2017, 22:57 Beamer
 
NamecaF wrote on Sep 13, 2017, 22:30:
Squirmer wrote on Sep 13, 2017, 19:07:
I think he's implying that if you're a white guy you really don't have the same perspective on someone throwing around racist insults. Stow that reverse racism bullshit.

Fuck you, that is the definition of racism right there. You're judging someone based on the colour of their skin.

I mean, there are some things white people can never experience, though, and therefore never have a strong understanding of.

Much like how I won't tell you what your childhood was like, and what it's like to grow up with your parents. I didn't do it.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
9. Re: Op Ed Sep 13, 2017, 19:26 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 13, 2017, 19:22:
The thing is that PDP is so popular that he doesn't need this "edgy" content to get views. It's totally unnecessary. So I'm thinking that he is just attention whoring.

I don't think any of this is planned. I think it's who he is. I think he hates this additional attention. I also think he's incapable of realizing it's tied directly to his salary and who's paying it.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars Battlefront Season Pass for Free
21. Re: Star Wars Battlefront Season Pass for Free Sep 13, 2017, 19:25 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 13, 2017, 17:18:
Beamer wrote on Sep 13, 2017, 15:25:
Darth Binky wrote on Sep 13, 2017, 10:43:
Yes, it does.

Man, I really wanted to love this game. But it just didn't have the fun factor from the Battlefield games (for me, anyway). Here's hoping they right the ship with the sequel.

I mean, that's why it's a BattleFRONT, not a BattleFIELD, right?
I dunno, Beam. The game could have benefited from some Battlefield-type complexity.

Up front, I've never played a Battlefront, and I've never enjoyed a Battlefield (doing solely 1942, then beta testing another, I think Battlefield 2.)

That said, I agree. From everything I've read, this could have been more complex. It seems like LucasArts and EA were pushing for as many users as possible, but the overlap between gamers and Star Wars fans lies deep, and they could have made a game that appealed to slightly fewer people but to those people much more, as making it less complex didn't really increase the audience range.

Still, though, it says BattleFront. People should have known what they were getting.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
7. Re: Op Ed Sep 13, 2017, 19:22 Beamer
 
DangerDog wrote on Sep 13, 2017, 18:23:
If he offends you, stop watching his streams or youtubes

simple


Except that he's the top paid Influencer in the world, being paid tens of millions of dollars per year to influence on social media, with his main audience being people 10-18.

So, yeah, it's less about the people offended watching, and more about this guy is literally paid money to influence children. Were he some random guy, no one would be discussing this. When he accepts tens of millions per year to influence children, it becomes news.

See how that works?
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Evening Mobilization Sep 13, 2017, 16:59 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 13, 2017, 16:34:
Wow that is one hell of a depressing and eye opening podcast

But this here is far less https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhn6yrNzM3M depressing, seems a grey area, if this goes before a court that would be extremely interesting....

Listening. Because I find it hard to believe this would be upheld, also hard to believe it would go beyond what YouTube does, and YouTube errs on the side of caution.

It seems a clear abuse to me, but that is based on a common knowledge, not a legal one. Never read, or looked into, DMCA.

edit - clear abuse of DMCA, not violation of. PDP is a moron, but seemed in the right with the streaming.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars Battlefront Season Pass for Free
18. Re: Star Wars Battlefront Season Pass for Free Sep 13, 2017, 15:25 Beamer
 
Darth Binky wrote on Sep 13, 2017, 10:43:
Yes, it does.

Man, I really wanted to love this game. But it just didn't have the fun factor from the Battlefield games (for me, anyway). Here's hoping they right the ship with the sequel.

I mean, that's why it's a BattleFRONT, not a BattleFIELD, right?
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
4. Re: Evening Tech Bits Sep 13, 2017, 09:22 Beamer
 
yuastnav wrote on Sep 13, 2017, 02:58:
Cutter wrote on Sep 12, 2017, 22:27:
This is one area where AI could be a real boon. This can't come soon enough. There are just far too many lazy doctors out there who don't put the effort in. Never a problem for an AI.

Uhm where exactly did you get this insight? Most hospitals I know are always understaffed and it is therefore a little difficult to believe that doctors are lazy.

Yup.

Doctors are not putting in enough effort with individual patients, but not due to being lazy. It's the result of the insurance system and how much they get paid per patient. General practitioners get paid next to nothing per patient, and therefore need to assembly-line their way through. It's why, in the 1970s, being a general practitioner was the most common goal of med students and had a high level of job satisfaction, and today is one of the least common goals and has the lowest job satisfaction of MDs. That low job satisfaction is because they know they aren't putting in the effort they'd like and the patient needs, but their hands are tied by insurance and billing.

Which compounds the issue, too, as fewer people becoming GPs mean fewer GPs meaning more demand for GPs meaning more rushed visits.

Back when I was far more conservative, I did a lengthy research paper on the legality of a two-tiered medical system, where GPs can leave insurance behind and work for the highest bidders. I sympathized with the doctors, who hated life because they couldn't give the level of care they felt was deserved. I still do, but I don't think having them leave and work solely for the rich is the answer. With much of the issues in the US, I blame insurance companies.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
57. Re: Op Ed Sep 13, 2017, 09:16 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Sep 13, 2017, 09:03:
what happened to GamerTics?

This is one of the things I never understand about the "ethics in journalism" people: they trust sites more the smaller they are. Similar to conspiracy theorists, actually - the fewer people that know about something the more accurate it is, to them.

But in media, that's objectively wrong. While size isn't a guarantee, smaller sources are less likely to be accurate and reliable ones. In a large media organization:

* The relationship to the consumer is understood, and they know that losing trust means an end, so the trust of the audience is always in the front of their minds (even if they choose not to listen, it's there)

* The organization is big enough to have an editorial staff and business operations, with little contact needed between

* There's internal accountability. To shareholders, but more to other employees. If someone does something sketchy, everyone sees it. Not only does this make it more likely to be leaked, but it's less likely to happen, as people feel that they'd let their peers down, or they simply feel they're more likely to be caught or called out

* There are resources. Resources to find news, to contact people, and to do some element of investigation, though the resources are usually far too thin to do much of that at all

I mean, compare to a small shop. It's usually run by people with no real knowledge of media and how the consumer views it, it's one to three people running the entire thing and constantly in contact, there's no accountability because everything is somewhat independent - usually not even in the same city, making shadiness easy to hide, and there are absolutely no resources to do much of anything.

Yet, somehow, they're the reliable ones.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
4. Re: Evening Mobilization Sep 13, 2017, 09:09 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Sep 13, 2017, 08:40:
The new iPhone does nothing for me. The cutout is ugly as fuck, the price is insane and TouchID is preferable to alternatives IMO. Nice of Apple to embrace wireless charging 5 years later with no real enhancement to the tech, I'm sure the charging mat will be a $100+ item.

The new Apple TV isn't impressive either BUT the free upgrade of all movies to 4k is very nice and will help prevent library fragmentation and push adoption of UHD stuff.

The cutout doesn't bother me because 99% of the time there's no information there, and when there is they can just window the screen. I haven't followed closely, but had expected that the top would just be the status bar and the screen would be an awkward ratio like the S8. On my S8, there's pretty much never anything but emptiness there. If it's a standard ratio, well, bunk.

Otherwise, yeah, insane price, and touchID is far better. While I've learned to live without a fingerprint on the front of my phone, it would have been nice to have it, and losing a home button seems insane to me.

Also, just now getting wireless charging is equally insane. I use it far more often than not.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
2. Re: Evening Mobilization Sep 13, 2017, 08:14 Beamer
 
Ozmodan wrote on Sep 13, 2017, 08:05:
There is nothing more annoying than people using their speaker on their phone in public. So now Apple thinks a watch with LTE is a good idea? Another engineer had a major brainfart or maybe it was marketing that thought this was a good idea.

Either way, the watch is more a fashion piece than anything usable, it does less than what you phone can do and I personally cannot read anything on it beyond the time.

I mean, the issue isn't the LTE, which has infinitely more functionality than voice, but the addition of a speaker. They can add LTE without adding the ability to make calls, but if they have the room, it's useful, no? The ideal audience for this is the runner that wants full GPS functionality for their run but doesn't want to take their phone, and this gives them the ability to make an emergency phonecall. Or the person going to a concert that doesn't want to bring their entire phone. Again, can now make emergency calls.

And I haven't seen anything that actually says you can do calls without Bluetooth headsets. At launch at least, the watch needed headphones to play music, and would not do it out of the built in speaker.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
11. Re: J.J. Abrams to Direct ‘Star Wars- Episode IX,’ Replacing Trevorrow. Sep 13, 2017, 08:05 Beamer
 
Spektr wrote on Sep 13, 2017, 07:37:
Beamer wrote on Sep 13, 2017, 07:30:
and though I'm not really a star wars fan tfa didn't. May have been familiar, but didn't suck.

Ah you're not a star wars fan, that might explain why you don't think tfa sucked. It's probably one of the worst movies I have ever seen.

And you are a Star Wars fan, which means you probably have 40 years of pent-up nostalgia combined with a somewhat weird feeling over ownership over the IP which makes you utterly incapable of separating the actual quality of the film from your own wholly unreasonable and unrealistic expectations of what the film should be.

I mean, you've almost definitely seen all three prequels, yet you're singling out TFA.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
55. Re: Op Ed Sep 13, 2017, 07:35 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Sep 12, 2017, 23:00:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 12, 2017, 18:51:

Also, SJWs are the real racists, amirite?

At least the "race realist" is going to tell me they're a "race realist." A SJW is too busy telling the black they're too stupid and need special handouts to succeed in society, while talking over them. And telling the asians they're too smart so they need to be penalized. While proclaiming they're really not as bad, but worse then the opposition they claim to oppose.

It's amazing that you think this. You're actually doing an "SJWs are the real racists" after someone made a joke about that strawman.

Whats great is you mentioning last week you may end up on disability. Not seeing the huge irony of a diehard libertarian who thinks everyone on government aid is a lazy loser leech considering it.
 
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