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News Comments > Loot Boxes Under Fire
35. Re: Loot Boxes Under Fire Nov 22, 2017, 13:36 Beamer
 
I've said it here a hundred times, but the loot box system in CS:GO definitely reduced my enjoyment. It turned something that should have been fun and rewarding into something shallow and cynical.  
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News Comments > Morning Patches
13. Re: Morning Patches Nov 22, 2017, 11:22 Beamer
 
ForgedReality wrote on Nov 22, 2017, 10:02:
webber wrote on Nov 22, 2017, 07:21:
Which mod do you need if you want the combat to be less of a hack, slash, dance?

The one that sells your PC, buys a Nintendo and starts playing kiddie games like Super Mario Bros.

C'mon, why is "kiddie" an insult, and SMB is as much an adult game as any. Perhaps not adult themed, but is there anything wrong with an adult enjoying it?

Of course not. Deeming things "kiddie" is usually a better indicator of immaturity than playing the things people deem "kiddie."
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
38. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 22, 2017, 08:38 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Nov 22, 2017, 07:48:
You're trying too hard to be offended yet again, a common theme. Look at what he was responding to. The original poster wondered why his show was around so long and Asmodai pointed out that he had help from a woman in covering it up. His info came from the story, not his own opinion.

I'm not offended, I'm thinking he's offended. Everyone on the internet always thinks everyone else is offended.

You don't think it's interesting that he called out the name and gender of the woman who did it? That he makes a point of calling her a woman? Why do so many of these people stick around? Management protecting them. O'Reilly had it. Weinstein had it. This guy had a woman.

That it was a woman is insignificant to anyone but him. He needed to bold it, even. What was important to him was she was a she, not that she was powerful.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
26. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 22, 2017, 08:37 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Nov 22, 2017, 07:53:
Yeah, we're the best! Let's celebrate our shared politics and keep posting until our hypocrisy is hidden way down on the list!!!!!!! WOOOOOO

Again, who is celebrating Clinton?
Most people you are rallying against outside this board likely don't even remember Clinton, as they were single digit aged for his presidency.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
8. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Nov 22, 2017, 08:36 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Nov 22, 2017, 08:13:
Beamer wrote on Nov 22, 2017, 07:45:
LittleMe wrote on Nov 22, 2017, 03:41:
NN is corporate propaganda. You are useful idiots. Regulations often inflate prices and protect markets to exploit you the consumer. Look at what the FDA has done with drug prices for example. They want to do the same thing to you with Title II. I'm not saying an ISP like Comcast is good but I don't think Title II or strong handed socialist regulation was the answer.

An open market and competition is the much more powerful answer to be sure the Internet is free and open. You the consumer need to have the power, not the feds and not the incompetent FCC.

Now direct your anger at your local government to open up more competition to give you more choices. That would be constructive.


Says the guy who thinks Flat Earthers have interesting things to say and deserve our attention.

Again, do you realize EVERYTHING you believe is a conspiracy theory with no facts behind it? EVERYTHING. EVERY SINGLE THING.
No he does not realize it, he even thinks you're a conspirator.

Yup, I'm rolling in NASAbucks and SorosDough.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
6. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Nov 22, 2017, 07:45 Beamer
 
LittleMe wrote on Nov 22, 2017, 03:41:
NN is corporate propaganda. You are useful idiots. Regulations often inflate prices and protect markets to exploit you the consumer. Look at what the FDA has done with drug prices for example. They want to do the same thing to you with Title II. I'm not saying an ISP like Comcast is good but I don't think Title II or strong handed socialist regulation was the answer.

An open market and competition is the much more powerful answer to be sure the Internet is free and open. You the consumer need to have the power, not the feds and not the incompetent FCC.

Now direct your anger at your local government to open up more competition to give you more choices. That would be constructive.


Says the guy who thinks Flat Earthers have interesting things to say and deserve our attention.

Again, do you realize EVERYTHING you believe is a conspiracy theory with no facts behind it? EVERYTHING. EVERY SINGLE THING.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
36. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 22, 2017, 07:44 Beamer
 
Asmodai wrote on Nov 22, 2017, 05:18:
jdreyer wrote on Nov 21, 2017, 14:07:
Charlie Rose is the latest scumbag.

I never did like his show and couldn't figure out why he was around for so long.

Shoulda read the article...

That woman said she complained to Yvette Vega, Rose’s executive producer, who dismissed the allegations as “just Charlie being Charlie.”

Life is good when you're a pervert with a female in management willing to cover for you.

I like how you find the one woman involved in all this to justify... something... to yourself.
 
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News Comments > etc.
18. Re: etc. Nov 21, 2017, 18:03 Beamer
 
Want to reiterate, in general, that I'm not arguing that I want games to be more expensive (and no one seems to think I am, but that surprises me.)

I just feel like we're on borrowed time with this pricing and recommending people enjoy it. It's one of those times where you realize you're kind of getting away with something and it won't last.
 
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News Comments > etc.
10. Re: etc. Nov 21, 2017, 13:41 Beamer
 
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Nov 21, 2017, 13:21:
Beamer wrote on Nov 21, 2017, 10:32:
When you consider that some NES and SNES games sold for $80
Trying to think what games I bought back in the day for absurd prices... I know I got Sword of Vermillion for the Genesis for $70 and Ultima VII for $70. SNK released their games for the "hundreds of dollars" on the Neo Geo.

The reality is that the game industry in monumentally larger today, so even at lower prices there's much larger profits to be made.

For some. Games are also monumentally more expensive to make. Here are the credits for the original Doom. 14 people, I think. Here it is for Doom 2016. Hundreds. Hundreds!
Anecdotally, I'm pretty certain games also go on sale and have price drops more frequently now, too, but I have zero data for that.

I'm not saying that we need lootcrates, or that we should be paying $90. But we're definitely enjoying games being cheaper than ever, and it's bound to be corrected at some point. Loot crates were an awful way to do that. Beyond awful. Companies are afraid to increase prices, though. $70 is bound to happen at some point. Hell, the next Elder Scrolls can probably pull it off (or it will just get ported to every single console for two generations, getting people to buy it multiple times at full price, haha.)

 
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News Comments > etc.
5. Re: etc. Nov 21, 2017, 11:51 Beamer
 
WaltC wrote on Nov 21, 2017, 11:38:
Games certainly should be less expensive because the market for them is at least 20x bigger than it was in the 90's--maybe 50x. Duh. "Analysts" seem to understand less and less as time moves on. Back then 100,000 copies sold was a giant blockbuster--today it isn't unheard of to see a game sell 5,000,000 or more copies. I guess this "analyst" isn't familiar with the term "economies of scale"--which is the whole story behind all computer tech.

When games are taking 100x the amount of people to create, and it's the manpower that's the primary expense...
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Nov 21, 2017, 10:32 Beamer
 
When you consider that some NES and SNES games sold for $80, which is the equivalent of ~$110-$130 now, yeah, AAA games have actually become a real value.

Some will argue distribution has gotten easier and cheaper (though development on AAA titles has gotten exponentially greater), or that they'd never buy if games kept with inflation, but the simple point is that games have become significantly cheaper now than the late 80s and early 90s.

Hell, check out this issue of CGW from 1990. Some games are $59.99, which is $116 today. Most are more $39.99 or $49.99, which is $75 and $96 today. Older games are regularly $33, which is $61 today.

There's an online game, playable via email, on page 61, which charged $3 per turn. PER TURN! I get that playable via email was mind-blowing back then, but $3 per turn. That's $6 now. How much would Civ cost you if you had to pay $6 per turn?

This October 1997 one is fun, too. An ad for Interstate 77, which I don't think ever came out, for $47, or $72 today. Microprose's Magic: The Gathering, then 6 months old, was $51, or $78. Unreal is a $60 preorder, or $92.

We're definitely paying way less. People will also argue they're getting less out of the games, and I'm not certain that isn't rose-colored glasses from people who are no longer the target audience.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
19. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 21, 2017, 08:49 Beamer
 
Who's celebrating Clinton? Pretty much everywhere I see he's considered a creep, and he was far less involved in Hillary's campaigning due to it.

That said, what he was impeached for was infinitely less creepy than what's being discussed with these other men. Though there are other accusations, and while his closet has been searched many times and quite thoroughly, it was by different standards from today and I would be shocked if more didn't come out.

By and large, though, he's getting even less of a pass than George HW, who is accused of far less and, despite accusations, is largely being ignored as gramps being gramps. I'd even say rightfully.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
48. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 20, 2017, 22:33 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Nov 20, 2017, 21:56:
Mr. Tact wrote on Nov 17, 2017, 23:37:
Kxmode wrote on Nov 17, 2017, 23:24:
Politics isn't real.
If only this were true. Unfortunately politics are very real, and they have real effects on real people. As a specific example my ability to get health care is at risk due to politics.

"Do not put your trust in nobles nor in a son of man, who cannot bring salvation." (Psalms 146:3) It's pretty telling when the Bible says politics is untrustworthy.

Besides, the governments of the world delude themselves if they think they have power. They don't know what real power is. Here's actual power: "The nations are like a drop from a bucket, and as the film of dust on the scales they are regarded." (Isaiah 40:15)

Except for King Solomon, no ruler has ever brought any peace and happiness to their subjects. History is rife with individuals who wanted to rule for selfish reasons. And even if they mean well, they are imperfect and incapable of battling a system stacked against them. (1 John 5:19) It's the same garbage from the beginning. Humans dominating humans to their injury as Ecclesiastes 8:9 states.

Politics has no substance behind any of it. That's why I said it is not real and is delusional.

I mean, something is delusional, but I'd wager it's the guy convinced that the government who tells me who I can and can't marry, or whether I have to have an unintended child, or what I can own and where I can drive, rather than some guy invented a few thousand years ago and largely based on a few other guys invented a few thousand before that.
 
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News Comments > Unlock All Star Wars Battlefront II Characters in 24 Hours
32. Re: Unlock All Star Wars Battlefront II Characters in 24 Hours Nov 20, 2017, 17:30 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 20, 2017, 17:23:
Slick wrote on Nov 20, 2017, 17:16:
Hmm, it's not really a creative idea though, it's a bean-counter idea.

And I doubt most texture artists, modelers, sound designers, level designers etc. etc. etc. would even know that their work was going to be trampled upon until the closing months before launch, there wouldn't be any reason for them to know. It would probably only hurt morale.

Exactly. It's how the mid-level mangement justifies their drawing a salary.

Bill from Accounting: How can we make more on these games?
Dave from Marketing: Monetize the shit out of these mofos!
Bill from Accounting: Won't that piss off most of the playerbase?
Dave from Marketing: Fuck those sheep! They'll eat our shit out of a bowl and call it Ice Cream if it's got Star Wars on it!
Bill from Accounting: Yeah, I dunno about that man.


Buzzwords. Do you even know what marketing is, or mid-level management?
This was from the guy claiming to be a bartender who didn't know what serving a drink up meant, so I'm guessing no. You just use buzzwords to justify what you believe.
 
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News Comments > Unlock All Star Wars Battlefront II Characters in 24 Hours
31. Re: Unlock All Star Wars Battlefront II Characters in 24 Hours Nov 20, 2017, 17:28 Beamer
 
Slick wrote on Nov 20, 2017, 17:16:
Beamer wrote on Nov 20, 2017, 15:54:
jdreyer wrote on Nov 20, 2017, 15:45:
Kxmode wrote on Nov 20, 2017, 13:26:
I feel very sorry for the developers who worked on the game. Can you imagine the countless hours they put in only to deal with this? The decision to implement aggressive micro-transaction likely wasn't theirs. They just did as they were told.

Right, this is it exactly. I'm sure the devs did not want to build this shit out. They know it makes the game worse.

It also gives them a higher bonus.
The leads at EA are fully bought in on this and the ones coming up with the creative ideas.

Hmm, it's not really a creative idea though, it's a bean-counter idea.

And I doubt most texture artists, modelers, sound designers, level designers etc. etc. etc. would even know that their work was going to be trampled upon until the closing months before launch, there wouldn't be any reason for them to know. It would probably only hurt morale.

The lower level ones, maybe, but the decisions around this are still being made by the lead devs. Likely with some others involved, but it's the lead devs doing the implementation.

And they're bought in. Again, this is their bonus. If this thing becomes a cash cow, they make large bonuses. They're heavily incentivized to find ways to incorporate this and to like it. Largely, when someone's salary depends on liking something, they find ways to find it reasonable.
 
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News Comments > Unlock All Star Wars Battlefront II Characters in 24 Hours
24. Re: Unlock All Star Wars Battlefront II Characters in 24 Hours Nov 20, 2017, 15:54 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 20, 2017, 15:45:
Kxmode wrote on Nov 20, 2017, 13:26:
I feel very sorry for the developers who worked on the game. Can you imagine the countless hours they put in only to deal with this? The decision to implement aggressive micro-transaction likely wasn't theirs. They just did as they were told.

Right, this is it exactly. I'm sure the devs did not want to build this shit out. They know it makes the game worse.

It also gives them a higher bonus.
The leads at EA are fully bought in on this and the ones coming up with the creative ideas.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 20, 2017, 12:50 Beamer
 
Wow, look at them try to pry that dog off.

Yeah, I never thought too hard about police dogs, but that video makes a pretty strong case.
 
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News Comments > Golden Joystick Winners
33. Re: Golden Joystick Winners Nov 20, 2017, 10:35 Beamer
 
MacLeod wrote on Nov 20, 2017, 10:01:
Jerykk wrote on Nov 19, 2017, 18:57:

There was no award for best overall indie game... only best indie game that was part of the Square Enix Collective program, which is extremely limiting.

You're reading the category wrong (mostly because that list is really badly formatted). The category was "Best Indie Game" and the award was presented in collaboration with SEC. Not sure why they didn't use the "sponsored by" tag for that one like they did the others.

I'm more baffled at how Friday the 13th won that... that game was a hot mess of design that faded away really fast. I would have voted Thimbleweed Park or Slime Rancher on their list over that.

Because no one has heard of those two games, relatively. Friday the 13th, at the time of launch, got a good amount of media coverage just due to the license. And the format, which seemed to resonate well with people but have issues (I never played, it sounded like it'd be a blast with friends but awful with internet randos.)

I don't know if this award has campaigning, but I'd wager it has voting, and people will vote for what they've heard of over what they haven't. For AAA games, everyone has heard of everything. For indies, that license went a really long way towards making sure people have heard of it.
 
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News Comments > Golden Joystick Winners
30. Re: Golden Joystick Winners Nov 20, 2017, 09:56 Beamer
 
The only one that really surprises me is Friday the 13th, but I've heard enough mixed things that it could be true, and would wager that indie games are the hardest for this type of award to evaluate. People need to be familiar with them, and Friday the 13th is probably one of the ones people were most familiar with.  
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News Comments > Sunday Interviews
9. Re: Sunday Interviews Nov 19, 2017, 17:47 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 19, 2017, 17:36:
Rhett wrote on Nov 19, 2017, 16:24:
Yeah... It's so despicably sad that gaming has been turned into a money-milking machine, and true love and dedication rarely gets poured into games anymore.

I would caveat that with "AAA gaming." And probably the makers of the game are forced by publishers and accounts to add money-generating systems that interfere with the fun factor.

It's the same thing as in Hollywood. These entities started being valuable so publicly traded companies started scooping them up, and that changes their priorities.
 
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