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News Comments > Ghostbusters Game Released
7. Re: Ghostbusters Game Released Jul 13, 2016, 11:38 Beamer
 
Flatline wrote on Jul 13, 2016, 11:34:
Task wrote on Jul 13, 2016, 09:29:
Just taking a guess, but I assume it's not as good as the actual Ghostbusters 3 movie, I.e. that XBox game that was made a while ago with the original actors providing their voices.

That was... not great. Decent, even fun at times, but not great. I would have preferred the ghosts to be more puzzle-like instead of action/combat, the haunts to be creepier, and for there to be less retread of the movies.

Dan Aykroyd sadly isn't the writer that he used to be. And Bill Murray sounded like he was bored out of his skull by the whole thing. It was missing a lot of the zing that Ghostbusters had. Though, I supposed, you could say the same about Ghostbusters 2.

Still, the first time you light up the proton pack, it's a pretty great moment.

A lot of people seem to be coming out of the woodwork calling that the true Ghostbusters 3 and a massively recognized gem.

Also, Ghostbusters II was terrible.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
10. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 13, 2016, 07:25 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 13, 2016, 07:17:
loomy wrote on Jul 12, 2016, 23:22:
Task wrote on Jul 12, 2016, 19:08:
Russia Today article, which has more truth on it than any POS Western Media organization

when multiple people tell you you're crazy, you should listen to them. your perspective of reality is warped and wrong. you need to listen to us if you want to save yourself. putin is a dictator and RT is putin.

It's actually amazing how many people think Russia Today is a news outlet.... but then I often find that especially older people have nearly no media competence and do NOT check who wrote the news story, instead they believe whatever you serve them, as long as it is posted on some "alternative" media.. bah

It amazes me how many people, and often younger people, think the mainstream forms of media are so bad they flock to ones that clearly have even less oversight towards any kind of honesty.

"CNN is terrible, but man, this Russia Today thing!"

"The Wall Street Journal is lying to me, but man, this Alex Jones guy!"

"Video game reviewers in large corporations are all corrupt, but man, this YouTuber with zero accountability and no formalized system of checks and balances!"
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 12, 2016, 22:49 Beamer
 
Task wrote on Jul 12, 2016, 19:08:
Citation on Russia Today article, which has more truth on it than any POS Western Media organization. Sounds like another dumb Putin bash comment to me.

Sorry, you're right, the chemtrails made me do it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
22. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 12, 2016, 22:48 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jul 12, 2016, 19:12:
Beamer wrote on Jul 12, 2016, 18:31:
RedEye9 wrote on Jul 12, 2016, 18:03:
HoSpanky wrote on Jul 12, 2016, 16:08:
He spent almost $200 on the case, saying "it's ugly but all cases are ugly". Clearly neither he nor his "helper" took a glance at NZXT's S340. $70, incredibly pretty. The paint job is shiny like a new car, even on the inside.

And that's just one of several doofus mistakes, although to be fair, everyone's first computer build is a bit harrowing and overwhelming. But if a friend of mine can get his 9 year old, ADHD son to successfully assemble his own machine (albeit from pre-chosen parts), it's not rocket science. It's absolutely not as easy as a console, but the muscle and configurability is the tradeoff. Cost isn't nearly what he's making it out to be, either.

I wonder if anyone hosts "learn to build a computer" classes. I think the biggest issue keeping people from PC gaming is not knowing where to begin.
I agree, and thanks for that case recommendation.

I recommend the Fractal Design R5. Better build quality and nearly silent.
Wholeheartedly agree, I have the original Fractal Design R4 when it still shipped with 3 fans, but NZXT's S340 is $30 cheaper and that's 30 bucks that could be spent on something that boosts performance instead of on a box.

Undeniably. My opinion is limited, but I'd only go with one of these two.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 12, 2016, 18:32 Beamer
 
Task wrote on Jul 12, 2016, 17:58:
And MSNBC, Fox, and CNN are not? Puhlease.

Compared to Alex Jones? He's less like what you mentioned and more like Russia Today, the Putin-backed media company doing heavy hitting exposes on why the moon landing was faked.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
16. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 12, 2016, 18:31 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jul 12, 2016, 18:03:
HoSpanky wrote on Jul 12, 2016, 16:08:
He spent almost $200 on the case, saying "it's ugly but all cases are ugly". Clearly neither he nor his "helper" took a glance at NZXT's S340. $70, incredibly pretty. The paint job is shiny like a new car, even on the inside.

And that's just one of several doofus mistakes, although to be fair, everyone's first computer build is a bit harrowing and overwhelming. But if a friend of mine can get his 9 year old, ADHD son to successfully assemble his own machine (albeit from pre-chosen parts), it's not rocket science. It's absolutely not as easy as a console, but the muscle and configurability is the tradeoff. Cost isn't nearly what he's making it out to be, either.

I wonder if anyone hosts "learn to build a computer" classes. I think the biggest issue keeping people from PC gaming is not knowing where to begin.
I agree, and thanks for that case recommendation.

I recommend the Fractal Design R5. Better build quality and nearly silent.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
17. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 12, 2016, 18:21 Beamer
 
The thing is, this is done *everywhere*.

YouTubers, Vloggers, Instagram people - it's endless "influencers." People pay they to talk about the product. Not review, and I do not know if Pewdiepie reviewed it, but to talk about the product. If you follow anyone with a few hundred thousand people on Instagram, you can smell all the product promotion. It's where more and more advertising dollars are going now because it's where the people looking to buy things are.

My company works with influencers a ton. I do not know what is disclosed and what is not, as I'm not on that side. We're not the only ones doing this - agencies do a ton of the coordination. Multi-billion dollar, industry leading agencies.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
55. Re: Op Ed Jul 12, 2016, 13:29 Beamer
 
It's ok, guys. The sky is falling, and it's Gabe's fault.

Time to start collecting stamps. Gaming is over. Curse you, Gabe, for... something!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 11, 2016, 18:14 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jul 11, 2016, 14:47:
Beamer wrote on Jul 11, 2016, 14:25:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Jul 11, 2016, 10:20:
Killer Kane wrote on Jul 11, 2016, 10:17:
That 7/11 site gave me cancer

Enjoy the 'snapchat' generation.

People say that as if we're not the generation that gave us Angelfire/Geocities sites, The Hampster Dance, Hello My Future Girlfriend, and Tom Green movies.

ALL OF WHICH WERE AWESOME!!!

Admit it, Beamer, you just secretly yearn to be a Millenial.

I've got one foot there! I'm one of those people that is right between two generations so I feel both fit me equally well or poorly, but at this point identify far more with Millenial than Gen X.

Being in the tail end of a generation definitely isolates you from it. As a leader (age-wise), you're seeing your peers create things. In the tale-end, you see adults doing it. To me, Kurt Cobain, Tom Green, the cast of Slackers, were all adults. I looked up to them, but didn't feel like I was one of them. Millenial stars are often young little dipshits, but I feel closer to them because they're doing things as I am, and are often the same age or close enough.

Edit - all this said, Snapchat's interface is impenetrable garbage and Pokemon Go has zero gameplay.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 11, 2016, 14:25 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Jul 11, 2016, 10:20:
Killer Kane wrote on Jul 11, 2016, 10:17:
That 7/11 site gave me cancer

Enjoy the 'snapchat' generation.

People say that as if we're not the generation that gave us Angelfire/Geocities sites, The Hampster Dance, Hello My Future Girlfriend, and Tom Green movies.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
10. Re: Steam Top 10 Jul 11, 2016, 07:30 Beamer
 
Numinar wrote on Jul 11, 2016, 03:12:
Yeah why the doom hate? It's tastefully informed by all the good things that have happened since Doom 2 whilst keeping it's own sense of purpose. It even solves some of the annoying shit from those early games with the piņata health and ammo system, like furious back-pedalling and quick saving being the main strategies for success.

In the video, the guy starts whining that he's been playing Doom for 24 years.

It's just another jackass that can't accept that something is different from what he loves, not a carbon copy, and somehow thinks this makes the old games not as fun to revisit.

Standard "worst episode ever" type nerdery. Just take things for what they are and stop whining about how something from 2016 is more modern than something from 1994.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
44. Re: Op Ed Jul 11, 2016, 07:25 Beamer
 
Warskull wrote on Jul 10, 2016, 20:37:
Gamers have no confidence in game journalists and their reviews anymore. They have proven time and time again that they are wildly out of touch with gamer's tastes.

Steam reviews are amazing. Yes, people write stupid stuff in the text. They aren't about the text though. They are about the general trend. It is the one of the best sources of it a game is good or bad we have right now. Ignore the reviews at the bottom, you are concerned with the postive vs negative trend. They even improved it and added recent reviews and all time reviews. Bad games tend to get obliterated, good games tend to get mostly good reviews.

Of course Steam reviews make developers sweat a little. If you make a bad game you are going to get called out on it very quickly.

Some recent examples:
Doom - 88% recent 90% all time
Battleborn - 52% recent, 65% all time
Metal Gear Solid V - 87% recent, 87% all time
Fallout 4 - 71% recent, 79% all time
Day Z Standalone - 52% recent, 70% all time
Mark of the Ninja - 94% recent, 97% all time

That all seems pretty accurate to me. Way more accurate than the game press who gave fallout 4 and 84% on PC while glazing over its flaws. It even caught the fact that Day-Z has stagnated and probably isn't a good buy anymore.

If you gave me a choice between just the Steam review numbers and just the metacritic numbers I would go for the steam reviews.

Sure there is some noise in the reviews, but it smooths out as quantity increases. Why would Valve ever pay some game writers to do what Steams users are already doing, better, for free? Nobody wants a bunch of former Kotaku or Polygon hacks replacing Steam's users. Plus they wouldn't even make a dent in all the games on Steam.

Some gamers have no confidence in game journalists. It's a very specific segment that's vocal about it, though frankly, I question when people on this board ever were. Back around when I was 19 I realized how limited they were. I'd wager nearly every single member of Blues had a similar revelation around a similar time in their lives.

However, I think I'm going to take some issue with your "recent examples." Aside from how often moronic gamers bomb something over "principle" rather than quality and give games they haven't played a 0 or a 10, here are the scores on Metacritic (which I dislike):

Doom: 84
Battleborn: 70
Metal Gear Solid: 91
Fallout 4: 84
Day Z: No reviews?
Mark of the Ninja: 91


None of these feel particularly far off. I do enjoy your argument that a 79% for Fallout 4 feels way more accurate than an 84% (also, if it's so low of recent, around the time those professional reviews came out, Steam was probably also near an 84%.) And you're right, they glaze over the PC flaws because they typically don't really review the PC version. They just give it a quick install. Which makes some sense, this is a 100 hour game - how much do you think reviewers get paid? How much income does a review make? Economically, they can't review 2 100 hour versions of the same game accurately, so they focus their resources on the version that gets played the most.

I haven't had much faith in video game reviewers for nearly 2 decades, and I'll still trust them more than they random idiots on Steam. In general, I know what I like and I haven't purchased a bad game in years. Years. Or, rather, I haven't been surprised by a game in a negative way. I've purchased some games I didn't like, but that tends to be because I trust the people here, and when they're all about Terraria, or whatever, I feel like it's worth the $4.99 to see if I hate it as much as I think I will (and I did.)
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
14. Re: Op Ed Jul 10, 2016, 17:20 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Jul 10, 2016, 13:40:
I think it has happened again, almost certain and it is one of my fav's here at Blues and probably is the reason why Blue's post Cliffski blogs. For commenter's to mistaken him for Cliffy B.

On topic, are people really struggling with reviews these days? There are several ways to get info on a game from several sources of written word from industry and gamers to youtube to streams. Personally if there is a problem here, I'm not sure why or why to care.

I don't see anyone making that mistake. Cliffski has been less popular than CliffyB here for quite some time. It's part of why he never comes here anymore. The tide turned against him.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
54. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 7, 2016, 14:47 Beamer
 
Thank you, Blue.

Like many, I've been coming here since at least 1997 - I spent a ton of time on the small HL sites, VE3D, Redwood's, and so many names I can't even remember. I miss Billy, I miss that guy who died of a brain tumor - I was on their sites all the time. VE3D was my go to in the beginning, because I was an immature kid and it had the immature kid target nailed, but Blues was what I went for when I wanted actual news. You were always first and most in-depth.

Still are.
 
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News Comments > Evolve Going Free
17. Re: Evolve Going Free Jul 7, 2016, 14:43 Beamer
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jul 6, 2016, 23:42:
lol... another big fuck you to the people who purchased the game based on the hype train...


Well, I mean, you're somewhat at fault for buying a game based solely upon hype rather than word of mouth, right? You took a risk. Risks don't always pay off.

But, assuming you bought it, what would you rather have - a game with no community that you paid for and others need to pay for, because that feels "fair," or a game with a more lively community that people are now getting substantially cheaper, or even free?

I'd rather get something for my money, personally, but I get how people feel screwed. It feels like backwards thinking - either your $60 is totally lost, or it may not be totally lost but no one else is ever going to pay that again.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
13. Re: Ban White Trucks!!! Jul 1, 2016, 16:42 Beamer
 
Eirikrautha wrote on Jul 1, 2016, 12:33:
Luke wrote on Jul 1, 2016, 12:18:
RedEye9 wrote on Jul 1, 2016, 11:14:
Figures for 2014 show 32,675 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2014.

I would still feel safer in a vehicle with autopilot.
nhtsa

IF the price was so that many more peps could buy the tesla how safe would it then be driving on autopilot ? Book

Considering that the accident was caused by the autopilot's sensors mistaking the white side of a tractor trailer for the sky... pretty damn unsafe. This isn't a case of the non-autopilot vehicle wrecking the Tesla; the Tesla autopilot straight up worked incorrectly and killed the occupant...

First, the error was the truck driver's.
Second, the error was the Tesla driver's.
Third, the error was Tesla's.

The truck driver was cutting across the road. He appears to have chosen to do so at an unsafe time, as traffic was coming towards him.

The Tesla driver never reacted, meaning he was not paying attention. The system warns you it isn't an autonomous-driving mode, it's just a smarter Cruise Control. Reports say they driver may have been watching a Harry Potter movie instead of the road. Ultimately, had he hit the brakes he'd be alive.

Tesla comes third. Its system, which warns you not to stop paying attention, is looking for obstacles on the road. The semi was across the road. The system doesn't look up quite that high - something that has a presence at windshield level but not at ground level.

Ultimately, though, the driver had all the time in the world to see this and react. He didn't. Which means he was trusting the system far more than it tells you to trust it.
 
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News Comments > BioShock: The Collection Announced
17. Re: is already in your Steam library Jul 1, 2016, 10:22 Beamer
 
MoonSpook wrote on Jul 1, 2016, 03:59:
Beamer wrote on Jun 30, 2016, 14:07:
I had 2 on Games for Windows, which was the only way to have it. I think I bought it boxed, maybe? Maybe I did have it Steam but it needed Games for Windows? Or I got a free code somewhere? I'll need to see if I have it on Steam. The others I had for the 360.

Good news - they converted the retail keys to Steam keys and excised GfWL. Try activating it on Steam, I believe it should work.

Yeah, but... where's my key? Haha. I have no recollection of where I bought it. For some reason I feel like I got it for free.

It's only $3.99 on Amazon or Steam.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
4. Re: etc., etc. Jul 1, 2016, 10:16 Beamer
 
The entire Steam library is at 9514 at the time of this writing

I have a friend with 7,812. But he's only level 63.

 
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News Comments > BioShock: The Collection Announced
10. Re: is already in your Steam library Jun 30, 2016, 14:07 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jun 30, 2016, 13:30:
Checks Steam, sees "already in your Steam library" for all Bioshocks, excitement level raised to 7.3

I had 2 on Games for Windows, which was the only way to have it. I think I bought it boxed, maybe? Maybe I did have it Steam but it needed Games for Windows? Or I got a free code somewhere? I'll need to see if I have it on Steam. The others I had for the 360.

In any case, I loved loved BioShock, and loved BioShock Infinity even more - that game left me thoroughly enthralled. But, looking back, I'm pretty certain both games had points where I was frustrated with the combat and just looking forward to ending the plot. Points that went from "this is the best" to "this is kind of tedious and fighting that stupid robot Washington isn't much fun."

Come to think of it, Doom was one of the few games of late that didn't have me ever feeling that way. I think they were smart by making lower difficulty levels easier not because enemies died quicker, but because you had more health and they did less damage. That way you had the same battles and fought the same AI, you just were more likely to survive. I feel like most FPS games tone everything down so much that a lower difficulty is often a very different experience, therefore discouraging me from playing on a lower difficulty.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 30, 2016, 09:55 Beamer
 
I'm not normally super impressed by those CGI breakdowns. When they're scenery they're often great, but when it goes beyond often not.

That was pretty great.
 
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