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News Comments > Shadow Warrior 2 Video
12. Re: Shadow Warrior 2 Video Sep 12, 2016, 13:45 Beamer
 
Hated the last one, hated Hard Reset, thinking I need to finally learn my lesson.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
12. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 10, 2016, 09:26 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Sep 9, 2016, 21:15:
Beamer wrote on Sep 9, 2016, 10:03:
Creston wrote on Sep 9, 2016, 09:35:
Funny. It used to be that if you committed identity theft, you'd just go to jail, but for a banker that's just par for the course, and you just get fired for it?


Oh come on. "Banker?" You're intentionally using a word with one implication - a highly paid white collar wall street worker involved in large transactions that can have a big impact on the economy, to describe bank tellers.

Bank tellers are not bankers. They're retail employees. It requires a high school diploma and pays, on average, $25,000 per year. Acting like they're part of some high powered scheme is insulting, both to them and to those involved in the high powered scheme.


Stop whining, Beamer. 5300 people who worked for a bank were involved in this shit, so I called them "banker" as in "a person who works for the bank." The fact that they were low level asshats makes it even more ridiculous that they didn't go to fucking jail. You try stealing someone's identity and see if you just get fired.


I agree, but they weren't bankers and claiming that's why they got off, the same way idiot traders do, is not why.

These were jackasses who were being incentivized for signing people up at a cash register, no different than the people that do it to you when you go to... damn, I can't even think of a place I still go that does this. I'm sure Best Buy or Macy's does it.

Sign X people up for a card, get a bonus. So they faked it. They absolutely should be turned over to the authorities.

But they didn't get away with it because they're high powered bankers. This was a retail thing, not a bank think. These were the same people that you find when you go to a Verizon store, not highly educated shitheads making millions a year for fucking people over. The identity theft probably brought some of them up to $40,000 for the year.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Squadron 42 Next Year?
158. Re: Star Citizen Squadron 42 Next Year? Sep 9, 2016, 17:28 Beamer
 
Somehow, this went from the tiring "debate with factual authority about whether the game that's years out will be the best thing ever or a monstrous failure" to the even more tedious "let's join together and shit on the last green label name that still hangs out here."  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
8. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 9, 2016, 10:03 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Sep 9, 2016, 09:35:
Funny. It used to be that if you committed identity theft, you'd just go to jail, but for a banker that's just par for the course, and you just get fired for it?


Oh come on. "Banker?" You're intentionally using a word with one implication - a highly paid white collar wall street worker involved in large transactions that can have a big impact on the economy, to describe bank tellers.

Bank tellers are not bankers. They're retail employees. It requires a high school diploma and pays, on average, $25,000 per year. Acting like they're part of some high powered scheme is insulting, both to them and to those involved in the high powered scheme.

 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
11. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 9, 2016, 07:16 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 9, 2016, 02:02:
So the ideal TV specs:
- OLED
- 4K resolution
- 120Hz refresh
- 12-bit color
- HDR

?


Personally, I think 4K is somewhat worthless. TVs are typically too small and too far away, and the content is a long ways away. You need new devices for that content, and no one seems particularly interested in giving it to you - even that new 4K PS4 from Sony, a company that makes movies, doesn't do 4K TV. I wouldn't worry about it too much this time around, unless you can get it for next to nothing.

Rather than 4K, I wish content providers focused on getting streaming up to the same clarity as BluRay. A compressed 4K stream and much less compressed 1080p stream must be comparably sized, I'd guess, though I have no clue. Sadly, clarity is much less of a buzzword, but if you put a BluRay side by side with a stream on a good TV the difference is enormous, particularly in dark screens. On BluRay, you see actual details in Game of Thrones.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 8, 2016, 12:42 Beamer
 
HDR is higher contrast and more/brighter colors.

In general, if you put two TVs side by side, people will gravitate towards contrast more than even resolution (e.g., a high contrast 720p image is regularly chosen over a lower contrast 1080p image.)

Deeper blacks, brighter reds, all together on the same screen.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
22. Re: Street Fighter V New Character & Patch Plans Sep 8, 2016, 12:35 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Sep 8, 2016, 11:20:
I honestly think their move to remove the headphone jack had to do with a push towards wireless headphones than anything else.
I personally wouldn't buy the Apple wireless headphones, since there are many other far superior choices on the market for less $ like Jaybird X2 for example. Also wireless headphones aren't locked to Apple or Android phones, they are universal between platforms, regardless of the type of phone you're using.

I agree with you Beamer on not much benefit to the consumer with the 3.5mm audio jack removal, however since they include the adapter in the box I don't think it is such a huge deal either for people that wants to use their 3.5mm jack peripherals.

Steve Jobs once famously mocked wireless earphones as "yet another thing to charge."

Steve Jobs was hardly always right, but I'm with him on this. Another thing to charge, another thing to lose. Earphones now are great because I have one on my desk at work, one in my back pocket, one in my drawer, and another 3 at home. I'm rarely not near headphones. I live in a city and walk everywhere, so they come more in handy for me than someone not walking as much, but the disposable quality makes them desirable.

Not to mention, and while it will get better, Apple's headphones won't even last you a full coast-to-coast flight, though I wouldn't want earphones for that unless they're noise canceling (and those I want running on batteries, so I can hot swap [I seem to always hot swap on flights.])
 
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News Comments > Deus Ex Mankind Divided Patch Adds DX12
12. Re: Deus Ex Mankind Divided Patch Adds DX12 Sep 8, 2016, 12:31 Beamer
 
wtf_man wrote on Sep 8, 2016, 12:26:
VaranDragon wrote on Sep 8, 2016, 11:39:
21 hours from start to finish, including the side missions. Not too shabby, but because of the ending the game feels incomplete. If the promised free DLC that is supposed to come at the end of the year doesn't complete the game, or they dare to charge for it, Im gonna be pretty pissed off.

I just wish there were more places (other cities with more than one mission) to really visit, like the 2011 Game.

Other than that, it was pretty good.

I'm re-playing Human Revolution, now.

As for DX12, completely irrelevant to my Windows 7 gaming rig.

/shrug

I just refinished HR. It was really just Detroit and Hong Kong, no? Other places were 1 level.

I did not like it nearly as much as the first time. Maybe because I ghosted the whole time and just kept walking behind guards, or maybe because there's nothing this game did that Dishonored didn't come along and do better.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
19. Re: Street Fighter V New Character & Patch Plans Sep 8, 2016, 10:27 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Sep 8, 2016, 09:28:
Beamer wrote on Sep 8, 2016, 09:01:
Or what happens if someone wants to switch to Android? All their headphones are now worthless to them.
The few lightning port headphones I've seen comes with an adapter to 3.5mm jack
I really don't see why this is such a huge deal about the connectors.
Android phones change from USB to USB type C
Is that such a big deal to people also?

USB to Type C had advantages to the consumer and manufacturing, but not revenue, advantages to the manufacturer. Plus, the U in USB is Universal.

What advantages does going to the lightning port offer the consumer? To Apple, there are manufacturing advantages, and huge revenue advantages (most notably, it further traps consumers in its ecosystem, and it requires manufacturers to pay a royalty to sell a common product to Apple users), but there are no real advantages to the consumer. Even talk about increased audio falls short when the Apple earbuds were already among the worst sounding buds on the market, and the actual speakers have not been improved in either the EarBuds or the AirBuds. AirPods. Whatever they're calling it.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
20. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 8, 2016, 09:03 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Sep 8, 2016, 07:52:
Beamer wrote on Sep 8, 2016, 06:58:
Ding ding ding. Though interesting that, within minutes, two old accounts that never post show up to post about GG.

Ever get around to actually finding that proof that people in GG are actually harassers there Beamer? Or are you still upset that major anti-GG names are actual harassers, doxers, and have threatened people. While claiming to be members of an "anti-harassment" organization, same said organization had a person who sexually harassed 20+ women. Oh and if you're talking about me? I only post when I feel like it, being old let's you do stuff like that.

I mean, Ethan Ralph, no? Or how about the Not Your Shield guy, who had been on lists of YouTube harassers prior to GG being a thing (and who got fired for running an underage jailbait creepshot subreddit.)

Or all the Burgers and Fries people? Or do you care to link to your own Twitter, where I guarantee you've sent tweets to people you dislike to tell them how awful they are.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
16. Re: Street Fighter V New Character & Patch Plans Sep 8, 2016, 09:01 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Sep 8, 2016, 07:04:
Motorola has dropped the headphone jack a month or two ago on their latest phones, but I don't remeber seeing anyone flipping out about it.
Apple does it and people screaming bloody murder
Keep on hating

I mean, this is a bad analogy, right? Aside from the aforementioned USB Type C rather than Apple Proprietary plug, Motorola will sell 1/100th what Apple will. Motorola can do whatever the hell they want and it won't impact anyone but a Motorola buyer. Apple will impact us all.

I mean, what happens when Apple changes the connector again? You know they will. I was at a hotel over the weekend that had alarm clocks with the old 20 pin Apple connector. Honestly, I feel like I've often been in hotel rooms with those. Every hotel jumped on the Apple train and now they've got outdated clocks that no one can connect to anymore. Thankfully, we now have Bluetooth, but so many hotels are still stuck with dated sound systems. Not to mention anyone that purchased anything for their home.

So what about people buying headphones? Again, what happens when Apple changes? Or what happens if someone wants to switch to Android? All their headphones are now worthless to them.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Squadron 42 Next Year?
105. Re: Star Citizen Squadron 42 Next Year? Sep 8, 2016, 08:57 Beamer
 
I just don't get why anyone cares.

I mean, I get why people that invested a ton of money care. And I get why Derek cares, as Roberts basically came out of retirement and immediately got truckloads of money to do what Derek had more or less dedicated his entire life to trying to do, at a time that the technology finally looks close enough to somewhat deliver.

But, the rest of us? These are always the longest topics we have, and some of the most passionate, and I just struggle to see why anyone cares about a game so far out? I'm all for just sitting back and dispassionately seeing what comes about. If it's what they promise, great, we get a once in a generational game. If it it's short of what they promise, great, we get a fun but flawed game, as most space combat games seem to be. If it's a total failure, great, we either move on with our lives or we get a Daikatan/DNF-esque punchline to enjoy for a decade or so.

For 99.9999% of us, there's nothing but upside here. We've put in no money and we have absolutely nothing to lose.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
14. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 8, 2016, 06:58 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 8, 2016, 04:39:
Maybe GG is both old news and too toxic?

Ding ding ding. Though interesting that, within minutes, two old accounts that never post show up to post about GG.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Terminator 2 Remake w/ Joseph Baena. Sep 7, 2016, 16:31 Beamer
 
Rigs wrote on Sep 7, 2016, 16:11:
nin wrote on Sep 7, 2016, 16:03:
sauron wrote on Sep 7, 2016, 15:54:
I haven't even finished Deus Ex: Human Revolution - got it on the hard drive right now, in fact. Please tell me the ending to that one is better...


hehehehehehehehe...how do you feel about buttons?


Go play Ride to Hell: Retribution, there's your ending...all QTE's...

Oh! Spoiler, btw...

=-Rigs-=

These aren't quicktime, just you have a choice, and you make the choice via buttons.

I don't even remember this from my playthrough 5 years ago. No clue what I chose or why. But I finished it again last night, after beating a boss that kind of seemed to die without me fully understanding what I did to win. I then quicksaved so I could watch each video, but decided meh. The one wasn't interesting enough to see what the others were. I honestly had no interest at all. But as I was approaching the end, I realized I had no interest in the plot. I was enjoying the game, but...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 1, 2016, 12:36 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Sep 1, 2016, 12:30:
Steam Clamps Down On 'No Man's Sky' Refunds

I think Valve's cherry-picking of individuals for refunds who do not qualify for them based on rules they created is an unfair business practice. Those rules exist and should be applied equally to everyone. If they are not going to follow them to the letter, and in particular on a game like No Man's Sky, they should then just abolish them altogether and go on a case-by-case basis. This practice is what they do now. They should simply make it an official thing.

I mean, no business enforces or applies rules equally to everyone.

And, at this point, Valve's rules make sense. No one is buying NMS based on "false promises" now. The hype of how much the game was lacking has easily exceeded the hype of how wonderful it would be. So returns should be made solely for the game actually not running. You know that prior to two hours.

You can't return a book after reading it, or a movie after watching it, just because you don't like it. You can't return a steak after eating it. Exceptions are made to all these rules, as no rules are ever applied equally, but there's something weird about trying to return something after you consume it.
 
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News Comments > Mess Affect: Mass Effect Remasters Hopes Dashed
5. Re: Mess Affect: Mass Effect Remasters Hopes Dashed Sep 1, 2016, 11:08 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Sep 1, 2016, 10:02:
Won't remaster ME, points out Road Rash, which a KS already has covered...


I was looking at that the other day. Is anyone in the early access? Is it fun? It looks too fast for combat to be fun.

But I don't think he's pointing out Road Rash to say "we should be working on a Road Rash" so much to say "we have a ton of IP at least a few people wish we were still working on, like Road Rash! Sadly, we can't spend all our resources remaking old games, and a lot of people don't really want us to as much as they say otherwise."
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
37. Re: What ever happened to Shareware? Sep 1, 2016, 08:59 Beamer
 
Bub wrote on Sep 1, 2016, 07:58:
I thought one of the most successful marketing methods was how the original Doom, Descent, and Duke Nukem basically gave out free copies of the full first several levels. That was confidence in their product and you knew when you paid for the full game what your were getting.

I guess that's what happens from when you move from making games because you love them and want them to be great to moving to corporate 'lets only market to the masses' mindset, forget enthusiasts, lets just rope in as many clods as we can.

If they did it out of love, would it be a marketing move?

Your "assuming the best about something I loved and the worst about something I don't" is, at best, misguided.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
35. Re: Op Ed Sep 1, 2016, 07:12 Beamer
 
Suppa7 wrote on Sep 1, 2016, 05:05:
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 31, 2016, 17:18:
Take Half Life from the 1998 magazine archive mentioned earlier. 48.99 in chips-n-bits. Adjusted for http://www.usinflationcalculator.com/ makes it over $70 today.

Can't believe the regular punters claiming they would just steal pirate it have not posted in this thread yet.

Games are getting cheaper, clueless old senile whiners are getting whinier.

I'm sorry to tell you but this is bad reasoning, the market for video games has expanded since the 1980's. So you can't compare costs directly without taking into account market size. AKA it could very well be that games WERE cheaper in the 80's vs the size of the market then, it's an illusion.

Also there's tonnes of new negative things today, games are released unfinished because with the expansion of the market the lower half of the bell curve in intelligence came online. AKA the people who pre-order games and are fucking irrational. The people who feed f2p games and online drm.

Games in the 80s were also typically made by 1-5 people. Today, it's more like 100-1,000.
 
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News Comments > PS Now PC Streaming Begins
19. Re: PS Now PC Streaming Begins Sep 1, 2016, 07:09 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Aug 31, 2016, 19:32:
Slick wrote on Aug 30, 2016, 23:33:
While I wouldn't buy a DS4 controller for this, I happen to have 2 of them, and I fucking love them, syncs with bluetooth on pc just fine. And ergonomically it's the best controller I've ever used.

Man, really? It's a huge improvement over the DS3 for sure, but I still don't like how cramped it feels. The Xbone controller still feels a lot better. I guess my hands are too large.

With you 1000%
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
27. Re: Op Ed Aug 31, 2016, 17:30 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 31, 2016, 17:18:
Take Half Life from the 1998 magazine archive mentioned earlier. 48.99 in chips-n-bits. Adjusted for http://www.usinflationcalculator.com/ makes it over $70 today.

Can't believe the regular punters claiming they would just steal pirate it have not posted in this thread yet.

Games are getting cheaper, clueless old senile whiners are getting whinier.

NES games were frequently $50. $50 in 1988 is $100 today.

When SMB3 came out, my mom dragged me all over humanity looking for it. We found it at a kiosk in the mall. A damn kiosk. I'm pretty certain they charged her $70 for it, and she bought the last two (knowing several friends' mothers were looking for the same game and one would be very happy to have it.)
 
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