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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Re: Into the Black Apr 13, 2017, 22:19 Beamer
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Apr 13, 2017, 22:16:
I'm not sure Charlize Theron really has the physical presence to be doing that much martial arts work, but what are you going to do, Hollywood rarely hires unknowns.

Did you see Fury Road?
 
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35. Re: On Overwatch Smurfing and Loss Streaks Apr 13, 2017, 13:43 Beamer
 
Having worked for a developer, I can say that people definitely discussed piracy in deflating terms, in that it deflated them to see how many people pirated their work.

I've also met a ton of pirates that say they'll buy a game if they like it, but nearly all will conveniently forget to buy some, claim they didn't like a game after finishing it (or putting over 100 hours into it), or pirate a game when it's $60 then buy it 2 years later for $5 in a Steam sale.

All of which is morally and ethically shitty. Objectively so.
 
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30. Re: On Overwatch Smurfing and Loss Streaks Apr 13, 2017, 11:46 Beamer
 
I'm ok with people who justify piracy as "I know it's bad, but I still do it."

It's the ones that think they have some moral high ground for taking joy from someone else's labor without compensating that bother me.
 
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27. Re: On Overwatch Smurfing and Loss Streaks Apr 13, 2017, 10:55 Beamer
 
Pirates love jumping through hoops to justify themselves and deny the damage they do.

Their legal understanding and twisting strikes me as similar to sovereign citizens.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 12, 2017, 19:31 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Apr 12, 2017, 16:46:
Blue wrote on Apr 12, 2017, 11:17:
He's 12-1/2 years old now

Bloody hell, what?!

I've never really thought about it but I imagined him being a young dog. I'm not sure why that surprises me so much but it seems like you were talking about him as a pup just a few years ago. They grow up so fast

Yeah, that was my thought: wow, I am (we are) old.
 
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News Comments > PC Bayonetta Released
11. Re: PC Bayonetta Released Apr 12, 2017, 11:01 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Apr 11, 2017, 23:08:
"Hey kids! PC Gaming is dead!"

I believe PC, as a gaming platform, is the oldest continuous.

Can we really call it continuous? Or is it many different platforms that have rolled together?

I mean, can we play old DOS games in Windows 10? Yeah, using an emulator like DOSbox, much like we can play old Gameboy games using an emulator, but I wouldn't call that a continuous platform between modern Windows and a Gameboy.
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Free Week
8. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 11, 2017, 18:18 Beamer
 
Grumpy Sod wrote on Apr 11, 2017, 10:32:
Zanderat1 wrote on Apr 11, 2017, 10:29:
Would rather have TES VI.

I'd rather have an STI


"I'd rather contract herpes than a game I have no interest in playing do a free weekend that I'm welcome to ignore."
 
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News Comments > Serious Sam's Bogus Detour Announced
2. Re: Serious Sam's Bogus Detour Announced Apr 10, 2017, 23:32 Beamer
 
I never did Alien Swarm, but did some of the Alien Shooters, which looked better. It was really hard to tell what the hell was going on in that video.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 10, 2017, 12:43 Beamer
 
I also just don't get arguing over what genre what is. It was a blast when I was in HS and college. I could rant for hours about why Metallica was Hard Rock and not Metal after And Justice For All (stand by them sucking immediately upon releasing that album.) Later, I could argue for hours about why more esoteric bands weren't really metal or weren't really hardcore, and could spend forever debating what genre a band like Converge fell into.

Now? Who cares?!

The Hall of Fame has Motown artists in it, it has Disco artists in it, and it has Arethra Franklin in it. Someone here was bashing pop, but the Hall of Fame has pop stars like Ricky Nelson, Tina Turner and The Jackson Five.

It's so much old man rigidity here. "Anything that I don't like is awful and deserves no respect!" I find 99.9% of the Hall of Fame utterly unlistenable. The Bee Gees? Aerosmith? Abba? Randy Newman? Rush? Green Day? ELO? Terrible. I'm not crying about it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 10, 2017, 10:53 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 10, 2017, 08:41:
Then what's the point of calling it Rock'n'Roll if it's no different frpm any other genre?Shit, may as well induct people from every other genre into it. Rock'n'roll is definitely a type of music, not just a spirit. There's all manner of rebellious music out there that isn't rock and it's most definitely not the same thing. There's are myriad reasons people like to define and categorize things. So let's just keep the rock genre seperate for the building that is, ostensibly at any rate, meant to celebrate that specific genre of music.


Unsurprisingly, it appears Cutter has never looked at who is actually in the R&R Hall of Fame.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 9, 2017, 19:34 Beamer
 
I just came within inches of pointing out how often Cutter yells at kids to get off his lawn (in the other OOTB, where he's complaining about rap in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as old white men tend to do), and here he is, actually being self aware.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 9, 2017, 19:33 Beamer
 
No surprise we have some old white men yelling at clouds here.

The RRHoF may be pointless, but it's been pretty clear in why it allows rap to be part of it. Quoting Ice Cube:

Rock & roll is not an instrument; rock & roll is not even a style of music. Rock & roll is a spirit. … It's been going since the blues, jazz, bebop, soul, R&B, rock & roll, heavy metal, punk rock and, yes, hip-hop. And what connects us all is that spirit. …Rock & roll is not conforming to the people who came before you, but creating your own path in music and in life.

You'd have to be tone deaf (ha!) to not realize the influence rap has had on rock, and vice versa. Given who tends to complain about this, though, I doubt they've heard any rock or rap post 1991.
 
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News Comments > Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Released
15. Re: Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Released Apr 9, 2017, 12:32 Beamer
 
Hump wrote on Apr 9, 2017, 12:04:
Beamer wrote on Apr 9, 2017, 02:32:
Hump wrote on Apr 8, 2017, 17:52:
If Epic had left PCF alone to do the game they wanted it wouldve been amazing. Instead they forced CliffyB. into the role of producer and we got Bulletstorm. Essentially Gears of War with a snarky, unfunny dialogue script.

Im so glad that little pile of Ego has left Epic. He's not nearly as talented as both he and his fans think....

I mean, you know that you can easily find the credits on Mobygames or YouTube, right? CliffyB was not the producer. CliffyB was not involved.


ERM, we're both wrong. CliffyB. is listed as the "designer". It still puts his paw prints on the responsibility of the quality of the game.

No, he's not. He's listed as the Design Director of Epic Games. It's way after the full credits of People Can Fly. Which he was - he was the Design Director of Epic. But he didn't have much to do with Bulletstorm, which was done by PCF. He may have had some feedback, but it isn't a game he worked directly on, because he was part of the parent company, not PCF. That's why he's so far down the credits. There are over a hundred names before his.
 
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News Comments > Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Released
13. Re: Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Released Apr 9, 2017, 02:32 Beamer
 
Hump wrote on Apr 8, 2017, 17:52:
If Epic had left PCF alone to do the game they wanted it wouldve been amazing. Instead they forced CliffyB. into the role of producer and we got Bulletstorm. Essentially Gears of War with a snarky, unfunny dialogue script.

Im so glad that little pile of Ego has left Epic. He's not nearly as talented as both he and his fans think....

I mean, you know that you can easily find the credits on Mobygames or YouTube, right? CliffyB was not the producer. CliffyB was not involved.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 9, 2017, 02:29 Beamer
 
Orogogus wrote on Apr 9, 2017, 02:11:
RedEye9 wrote on Apr 8, 2017, 16:07:
Beamer wrote on Apr 8, 2017, 15:35:
fishingtime wrote on Apr 8, 2017, 13:10:
snopes has already been exposed as fake news

Examples?
the snopes link is in the threads first post and says, snopes

It even has the underline hyperlink thingy

Beamer means, does fishingtime have an example of snopes posting fake news? And in all probability the answer is haha, no.

99.99999999% "no." I'm guessing it's one of those people that thinks facts are fake news. I mean, I know that sounds like a meme and all, and I think even half a decade ago that sentence would have people rolling their eyes, but today? There are definitely people out there that think anything that says "Donald Trump wasn't entirely accurate" is fake news.
 
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News Comments > Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Released
9. Re: Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Released Apr 8, 2017, 15:40 Beamer
 
Tool wrote on Apr 8, 2017, 02:39:
Why no mention of this on Origin? I own Bulletstorm on Origin. I guess no cheap update correct?

Entirely different publisher, which makes it hard.

I loved Bulletstorm. Loved. Part of that is probably low expectations, but it really gave me a sense of glee few games do. But I still have the disc for the 360 somewhere, and still have that 360 somewhere. I can replay it if I want.

If this hits $5, it's a no-brainer to me. If it hits $10, I'd probably still grab it. Maybe $20 if I hadn't played it. So I think it'll be a hard sell at $60, because I'm one of this game's biggest cheerleaders (it had flaws, but had some of the most enjoyable set-pieces, and the primary mechanic was a blast.)
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
52. Re: Evening Safety Dance Apr 8, 2017, 15:36 Beamer
 
descender wrote on Apr 8, 2017, 10:38:
Yeah, that 5 second honeymoon Big Media gave him after the inauguration was telling

Why would he get a "honeymoon"? Do you think a new president deserves a pass on obvious scandal just because they are "new"? That could be the funniest thing I've heard all week.

If you don't understand why people are so vocally enraged about Trump and why so many people are making the same complaints, you only have yourself to blame. Trying to blame "Big Media" because everything Trump touches turns to shit is just lazy.

Dude. Bow out. Some people live in their own reality, and it isn't worth engaging them with actual reality.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 8, 2017, 15:35 Beamer
 
fishingtime wrote on Apr 8, 2017, 13:10:
snopes has already been exposed as fake news

Examples?
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Apr 7, 2017, 19:35 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Apr 7, 2017, 17:44:
They dumped almost every good Fox show last month and now fucked up the rating system. As if there is no potential for nuance with taste, you just LOVE or HATE everything. This shit reminds me of the Qwikster days, Reed must be on a bender again.

This system sucks already, I previously rated their 10000 standups 1-2 stars because I wanted to focus on documentaries and I go see standup live. Now all of that crap is front and center again, my only way of influencing anything is just saying its the best thing ever or something I loathe, the latter which seems to be ignored anyway. Fuck this dumb shit, I'm cancelling my membership until they revert it.

I'm telling you, this is so that you'll possibly watch one of the Adam Sandler movies they keep putting in the top banner despite knowing you'd give it less than a star. A Thumbs Down is far less harsh than a third of a star.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 7, 2017, 15:01 Beamer
 
AVClub does a great column called "A History of Violence," and I'll use their explanation for it:

With A History Of Violence, Tom Breihan picks the most important action movie of every year, starting with the genre’s birth and moving right up to whatever Vin Diesel’s doing this very minute.

"Important" is an interesting word. Does it mean influential? Best? It's mostly a combination. For two years in the mid-90s, though, Michael Bay won, with Bad Boys and The Rock. Even the headlines are great: "Action movies are just starting to recover from Michael Bay’s Bad influence" and "Cage and Connery bust into The Rock, the one good movie Michael Bay ever gave us."

Some great quotes:

  • Think about the way a director like Michael Mann would’ve filmed that robbery: with calm precision and icy tension, its violence fast and brutal, its grim-faced professionals intent on doing their jobs and getting out as fast as possible. Bay goes the opposite way, jerking his camera around and hacking things up in editing so that you’re not quite sure what’s going on, what these people’s plan is, why they needed to shoot that guy. The whole thing goes by in a hazy blur of action, and we’re not even entirely certain what happened until the good guys’ chief is grumpily explaining it the next day.

  • Bay reportedly hated the script, so he let Smith and Lawrence ad lib their way through it. That worked just fine for both of them, since they rode that movie to a whole lot more screen success. But that frantic style helped make the movie’s plot incomprehensible. Action set pieces that could’ve been intense and hard-hitting in another director’s hands, like Lawrence’s big fight in a nightclub bathroom or the final airport shoot-out, become vague smears of motion.

  • That vagueness, sadly, would become Bay’s great legacy. Soon after Bad Boys, just about every American studio action movie would have chaotic, indistinct fight scenes, and directors would yada-yada the scenes that should’ve been the real selling points. The Paul Greengrass Bourne movies get all the credit and blame for introducing the hectic, choppy shaky-cam style. But that style really got its start with Bay and Bad Boys.

  • In many ways, The Rock was a world-historical studio clusterfuck, and it’s a minor miracle that it’s worth a shit at all.

  • Because of Bay’s overwhelming, hyperactive editing style, you’re never sure where these different cars are in relation to one another. And then there’s the matter of all the cars that Connery sends pinwheeling and disintegrating into fireballs. How many people does he kill on this kamikaze mission to see his daughter? We never hear about any victims, but it’s tough to imagine anyone walking away from those crashes unscathed. It’s a quintessential Bay scene: giddy and fun and satisfying in some lizard-brain way, but unable to withstand even the slightest smidge of skepticism.

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