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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 20, 2018, 16:27 Beamer
 
BTW, Amazon is about to discontinue the 20% off physical media preorders. I'd actually thought they'd done this ages ago, but I suppose not.

Last chance to preorder something you know you'll play on Day 1 for 20% off. It's kind of hard finding PC games with physical media, though. I grabbed Doom Eternal, because it'll be more of the same, and more of the same is what I've been wanting, as we never got SP DLC. I don't preorder much of anything, but that seems pretty safe @ 20% off.
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA RTX 20-series Next Month
16. Re: NVIDIA RTX 20-series Next Month Aug 20, 2018, 15:44 Beamer
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Aug 20, 2018, 15:40:
Eh....pass. I always wait for the 3rd party cards anyway. I am partial to my almost silent Asus STRIX cards. ONce that is out, I will still wait for the price of the 2080 to come down. My 1080 runs everything just fine right now.

Soon
And costly.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
8. Re: Steam Top 10 Aug 20, 2018, 15:39 Beamer
 
I still need War of the Chosen. Thus far it hasn't really been on sale, and I haven't been itching for a return to X-COM. I'm sure I will when it gets colder.

I did 2 runs of the original. One normal, then an Ironman on an easier difficulty. Did the same with the expansion, though never finished the Ironman run because, with the robots (forgot what they were called) it was just too easy. I was actually losing fewer soldiers than when I save-scummed. I should have restarted with increased difficulty, but meh.

In X-COM 2, the only thing I remember being really damn difficult was the fight on the rooftop in Shen's Last Gift. Ugh. Much harder than the hardest part of X-COM 1 for me - running through the fisherman's village against a billion Chrysalids.
 
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News Comments > NVIDIA RTX 20-series Next Month
10. Re: NVIDIA RTX 20-series Next Month Aug 20, 2018, 15:18 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Aug 20, 2018, 15:14:
Which one is the 4K60+ card?

Pretty sure any card of the last many years can do 4K60+, it's just a question of what content you're wishing to run at those settings and what other settings you turn on.

Are we talking running Quake at 4K60+, or running Battlefield V at 4K60+ with all the options on and SSAA anti-aliasing (yes, I know I basically just said PIN number, but...) For the latter, just like the 90s, you need to wait a few years for hardware to be able to run software with everything on.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
18. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 20, 2018, 14:17 Beamer
 
Scratch that  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 20, 2018, 14:01 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 20, 2018, 13:17:
$600 bones for a 2070, that'll sell a shit ton of 1080's.


Those were incorrect, btw. $499 for the 2070.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
14. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Aug 20, 2018, 13:32 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 20, 2018, 13:20:
Ozmodan wrote on Aug 19, 2018, 21:54:
If you need a card now, I would buy it, the 20xx series will be in short supply until close to xmas. A lot of the vendors are still ramping up production.
Not only that but $600 bones for a 2070 makes getting the 1000 series a no brainer.


This feels arguably like the largest generational shift in like 20 years, but yeah, I say wait for gen 2 or gen 3. By the time this is really taken advantage of, these cards will be struggling a bit, I'd guess.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 20, 2018, 13:26 Beamer
 
Cyanotetyphas wrote on Aug 20, 2018, 13:18:
re:Beamer

Sure the "Grandma and Jr. needs a computer" demo is probably saturated/fading, but it seems like gaming is still pretty healthy and despite twenty years of effort there's still no real competitor to Windows there. Nearly every "innovation" by Microsoft in the OS space has kind of made it worse for us anyway.

The big coup which this article doesn't really talk about was, imo, was when Apple got their ecosystem in. Tons of people think Apple is the UberBlack gateway to the internet. They had a chance to tap into the video game stream but they shied away from hardware solutions as usual and the Mac game situation remains pretty dire even on year 40.

Gaming is definitely pretty healthy right now. But what % of total sales do you think have been gaming related? I know this is a gaming site, but these articles aren't discussing just gaming, they're talking about the larger market as a whole.

I just don't see how anyone can think the PC market as a whole is healthy. Where do you even buy a desktop anymore - does Best Buy have them? How many laptops are in your average Best Buy, relative to a decade ago?
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 5 Dead Living Zombies This Month
6. Re: Far Cry 5 Dead Living Zombies This Month Aug 20, 2018, 13:24 Beamer
 
The Far Cry Vietnam DLC was kind of cool. Kind of. A few cool ideas, but overall underwhelming. I haven't done the Mars one yet, but don't hear very good things.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 20, 2018, 13:01 Beamer
 
4D-Boxing wrote on Aug 20, 2018, 12:51:
These people are measuring/gauging an industry by looking at stock speculation (guessing). For some reason they never seem to think that sales drop because there is no need to buy a new computer and most households have at least one. PCs are not a status symbol like cell phones so most won't upgrade after 2 years just to fit in...

Ok, but you're making huge and incorrect assumptions all over the place here, no?

For one, they do consider why the sales slow. If someone is buying every 6 years instead of every 2, that's a massive sales slowdown. Massive. Think about the repercussions of that. The entire supply chain slows down, with there being less R&D invested. This somewhat reinforces the loop, with people buying less frequently because there are fewer reasons to upgrade.

For another, people are going somewhere. I know most here are older, but have you ever asked your younger friends or coworkers how they go online? You'll find hardly any have desktops, and even laptops are hardly used. People here can deny this all they want, but PCs are just less necessary. People still want them for some activities, but those activities are less common, meaning the devices spend a lot of time dormant, meaning they're not being replaced very often, compounding the entire issue of there being less money in the category.

Lastly, phones have been changing pretty rapidly. Arguably it's slowed in the past 18 months, but looking at the screens and cameras of a phone 4 years ago and comparing to one now is a bit mind-boggling. The improvements are ridiculous, and those improvements are why people upgrade.

So yeah, you're showing your age, but not because you don't buy into "being cool," but because you write off consumer behavior you don't understand as being due to "being cool" rather than understand what's actually driving it.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
5. Re: Steam Top 10 Aug 20, 2018, 12:20 Beamer
 
Supposedly there's another XCOM 2 DLC on the way later this year. XCOM 2: TLE.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 20, 2018, 07:17 Beamer
 
ventry wrote on Aug 20, 2018, 01:24:
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 19, 2018, 21:04:
Speechwriter for white nationalist tRump fired for giving a speech attended by tRump white nationalists.

Only the best people worked work at the White Witch House.


Almost 2 years and still....
#triggered Laugh Laugh Laugh Laugh

There's something deeply wrong with anyone not triggered by hearing the White House had to fire someone for being a white nationalist.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
40. Re: Saturday Metaverse Aug 19, 2018, 11:28 Beamer
 
Alex Jones is being shut down for harassing the parents of dead children. He still has his radio show, his app, and about half a dozen video platforms. And he hasn't been arrested.

There's no reasonable way to describe a guy violating site rules by harassing people as a free speech issue unless you're not thinking about it very hard.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
37. Re: Saturday Metaverse Aug 19, 2018, 10:04 Beamer
 
Red886 wrote on Aug 19, 2018, 08:47:
NKD wrote on Aug 19, 2018, 00:10:
Red886 wrote on Aug 18, 2018, 23:47:
Creston wrote on Aug 18, 2018, 19:50:
If by conservative voices you mean hate mongers and outright fucking Nazis, then yes. And deservedly fucking so.

Fuck you and your ilk for wanting to bring back goddamned fascism.

so like Antifa (violence and harassment against any speech they deem unworthy = classic fascist behavior) & BLM (violent rhetoric against police enforcement personnel by coopting racial identity politics ).

I think you need to freshen up on what fascism is. Anarchists like Antifa cannot also be fascists. Anarchy is in fact precisely the opposite of fascism.

which is why Antifa is a very dangerous animal. They are not classical anarchists that want no government, self-governence, laissez-faire and all that. They have media facing activists pressuring universities et al to shut down events , and they also have masked goons threatening protestors on the streets, AND they also have sympathizers in positions of influence and power to shut down any discourse that they deem as 'dangerous', and regularly they have unmasked leaders calling for books and other forms of media to be banned.

Their primary goal is a government that censor voices that they do not like. Now that is a classical fascist goal

(those that riot for the heck of it , as in real anarchists? They are nowhere near as troublesome as those annual car burning riots in France)

and anarchists with Guy Fawkes masks burning down government buildings only exists in film

None of this is true. There isn't even an organized "antifa" in the us. It's a monster you're imagining under your bed. Can you name any? I can name white supremacists, white nationalist, and alt right pizzagaters.

Wanting to stop white supremacists isn't censoring voices you disagree with, and show me "antifa" going after anyone not advocating strongly white nationalist. Sorry, Milo doesn't count.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
36. Re: Saturday Metaverse Aug 19, 2018, 10:00 Beamer
 
Red886 wrote on Aug 19, 2018, 08:55:
Saboth wrote on Aug 19, 2018, 06:56:
" If you are weeding out Fake News, there is nothing so Fake as CNN & MSNBC, & yet I do not ask that their sick behavior be removed".

Trump and his tribe keep saying this, but when pressed over what exact news stories are fake, not a single one has managed to provide evidence of it. They seem to be operating on the "keep telling a lie enough times and people will believe it" assumption. If all of their news is fake, or even 10%, it should be easy to prove, but none have done so.

"fake news" is more about selective reporting, nip-picking facts, deliberate omissions, bias in choice of narrative, lack of critical analysis, mixing of editorials with fact-based news, deliberate misuse of context or the lack of it, and even the choice made to run which news at which hour.

it was not about news where fake numbers or events are made up.

No, it's about things flat-out made up, which was everywhere on social media during the election, and remains popular with Qanon. That's fake news. That's where the term came from. Things reported as news that was knowingly fabricated.
 
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News Comments > CIG/Crytek Lawsuit Proceeds
111. Re: CIG/Crytek Lawsuit Proceeds Aug 18, 2018, 12:21 Beamer
 
dsmart wrote on Aug 18, 2018, 09:47:
Beamer wrote on Aug 17, 2018, 22:24:
3) Isn't it odd that Derek took money for a game back in 2012 as well, one that hasn't seen the light of day and hasn't had an update posted to its website in 6 months, is so angry that SC is taking so long to come out?

Yes, it's really quite odd. Funny how most devs who are working on a complex project, and don't have updates, tend not to post updates. It's almost as if they don't owe anyone anything, and are just focusing on their work instead of posting lies as updates in order to appease the masses while taking money from them.

tbh, I was disappointed that you didn't go for the standard "LOD is no longer on Steam" statement. Did the script change when I wasn't paying attention?

Beamer wrote on Aug 17, 2018, 22:24:
is so angry that SC is taking so long to come out?

Except for the part where I don't care about and it never was about that; and I already know that it's never - EVER - coming out?


Derek, I pay about as much attention to your game as I do Star Citizen, which is little to none (I was actually a bit confused briefly when Googling it to see that you'd done two different games with basically the same name, one likely a cheapy cash grab to help fund the other.) But your links don't disprove my statement that there hasn't been an update in 6 months. Linking me to a blog from 2017 and a video from February helps prove this. And no, you don't owe anyone any more than Chris Roberts does.

But maybe you should consider that you've accepted money for the product, I believe. I know that it isn't black and white, and you can focus on some things while making a game, but you're focusing solely on a game.

Remember, you made your name in this industry for being a grumpy asshole that promises huge things in games that end up infinitely delayed and don't live up to promises. Some self-awareness there would be nice. Move on. No one needs a guy who is like a less successful Chris Roberts (fair or otherwise) endlessly writing breathless legal commentary on Star Citizen. You're not changing minds, you're just coming across poorly. Star Citizen is like the Donald Trump of video games - it keeps bringing in money by appealing to its base, everyone else dislikes it, and no minds have changed in years. Maybe it comes out. Maybe not. Almost definitely it doesn't live up to promises. But this Motion to Dismiss has no bearing on it, and you're wasting so much effort arguing with people over it.

I'm not even convinced this lawsuit will be meaningful. What are the damages? That moving to Lumberyard hurts Crytek's marketing of its engine? That it helps convince other devs to move to the free Lumberyard? Lumberyard is a competitor of Crytek's own making, and it's hard to show that Star Citizen was really much of a make or break for Crytek. How much is this breach truly worth?
 
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News Comments > CIG/Crytek Lawsuit Proceeds
99. Re: CIG/Crytek Lawsuit Proceeds Aug 17, 2018, 22:24 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Aug 17, 2018, 21:13:
@Beamer - Interesting. So now that Derek has stated the specific people and law firms that vet his legal points, you're not going after Derek for that. Now you're going after what he writes about. Do you recognize that on a personal site a person can talk about anything they wish? It's rude to tell them to talk about something else on their site.

1) I never made fun of him for not naming law firms. Though I fail to see what credentials they have that other attorneys being posted here don't, with the exception of Greenberg, who isn't involved in this

2) He can write about whatever he so chooses. But ask yourself why a man who has made his name on giant, sprawling space sims (that average a 54 on Metacritic) seems to be devoting his entire persona, his entire personal brand, all of his energy, and so much of his time, to trying to take down this game. What about it makes it catnip to Derek Smart? Why is he so involved when no one else is, let alone a game dev?

3) Isn't it odd that Derek took money for a game back in 2012 as well, one that hasn't seen the light of day and hasn't had an update posted to its website in 6 months, is so angry that SC is taking so long to come out?

Again, reading into a Motion to Dismiss that wasn't granted is among the most pointless things you can do in law. Yet here we are, about to hit 100 posts on something utterly meaningless. Meanwhile, Derek is claiming to have an attorney on retainer (or close to it) over a matter he has literally nothing to do with (that's not healthy, have you ever once considered paying an attorney for his time on a matter you had no involvement?), and the entire first page of his own, personal website is dedicated to a game he is not involved in, while the game he is involved in is doing... what exactly? The store is still up, of course.
 
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News Comments > CIG/Crytek Lawsuit Proceeds
96. Re: CIG/Crytek Lawsuit Proceeds Aug 17, 2018, 21:07 Beamer
 
dsmart wrote on Aug 17, 2018, 18:30:
Drayth wrote on Aug 17, 2018, 17:48:
NOW the party's really getting started!!

I don't come here often anymore for obvious reasons. I only stopped by because of kxmode.

Yes, you stopped coming after wholly unreasonably unloading upon me for asking if maybe, just maybe, your obsession with this came from a bad place.

Which, honestly Derek, you're claiming to have a lawyer on retainer (or close enough to it) to reach out to them for legal questions on something you are not a part of. You've entirely inserted yourself into this, down to paying for legal opinions, for what possible reason? Seriously, again, ask yourself why this is so important to you that it seems to be nearly a part time job, and something you're dedicating funds to.

I didn't ask you whether you honestly thought this was healthy to be a prick, but your response was so over the top that, frankly, if you're going to be incredibly unhealthy and obsessive about a competitor, nothing lost to anyone. Except maybe those that purchased your own competing product back in 2012 and have even less to show for it than people who paid into the Star Citizen treadmill. Even worse, your entire website, Dereksmart.com, is dedicated to Star Citizen, not yourself.


You've written thousands of words about a Motion to Dismiss, the most useless thing to read into. This can't possibly be healthy. Dereksmart.com should be about promoting your own products, not bashing Chris Roberts.
 
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News Comments > CIG/Crytek Lawsuit Proceeds
60. Re: CIG/Crytek Lawsuit Proceeds Aug 16, 2018, 19:51 Beamer
 
Seriously, you guys can't read into this.

Every single trial began with a motion to dismiss. Every. Single. One. OJ Simpson filed one. It was denied. Robert Blake had one. It was denied. George Zimmerman had one. It was denied. Casey Anthony had one. It was denied. What do all those people have in common? They are all walking free, having been found not guilty after their motion to dismiss was denied.

Why? Because a motion to dismiss doesn't decide the merits of the case! If it did, there'd be no trial. It's about procedure and legality, and takes place before discovery, let alone arguments.
 
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News Comments > CIG/Crytek Lawsuit Proceeds
36. Re: CIG/Crytek Lawsuit Proceeds Aug 16, 2018, 10:44 Beamer
 
Drayth wrote on Aug 16, 2018, 10:23:
That guy seems to have all the time in the world to devout to trying to do as much damage to SC as he can. Is LoD even in development anymore? A game people payed money for for EA...

Looks like no updates in the past 13 months.

The Store is still open.
 
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