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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
7. Re: Evening Legal Briefs May 19, 2017, 09:28 Beamer
 
Slick wrote on May 19, 2017, 09:19:
jdreyer wrote on May 19, 2017, 02:40:
Mr. Tact wrote on May 18, 2017, 22:15:
GothicWizard wrote on May 18, 2017, 21:50:
The silence of the FCC actions from trump supporters speaks volumes.
Err? So you are saying their silence indicates they are really against this decision? If that's what you are saying (and I admit I'm not sure what you are saying) I think you are mistaken.

Trump supporters believe what the right wing media tells them. And I have little doubt the removal of Net Neutrality rules are being characterized as a liberation of the little guy from excessive federal regulation.
It's like when Republicans support repealing the inheritance tax, which applies only if you inherit more than $5M. That law will never apply to 99% of Republicans.

Oh you mean the DEATH tax? (Dumb bastards read that and go "oooh death? I don't like that, that could happen to me!) As if there were any better person to tax than obscenely rich dead fucks.

They're also really good at re-branding laws. You can pretty much be sure that even though the house congressional budget office has no fucking clue how much Trumpcare will cost, the fact that it's called something like the America Freedom Health Bill or some shit means that it is robbing the poor to pay the rich.


I find Trump to be a perfect example of why we should support estate taxes. Nevermind that someone so dumb has become arguably successful, his moron kids will be more successful than every single BN poster combined.
 
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News Comments > Quake Champions Duel Mode Revealed
13. Re: Quake Champions Duel Mode Revealed May 19, 2017, 08:35 Beamer
 
Theo wrote on May 19, 2017, 03:39:
Sepharo wrote on May 18, 2017, 16:51:
Pretty much agree with everything in your post there Beamer...

But one technical aspect,
Since they're not all unlocked (and I'm now level 10 without having played a single other hero), it's hard to really know what you're up against: you need to play as a hero to really get it.

At least the past two betas (maybe more) have had all of the heroes available, none of them are locked down.


They are not locked down, you just need to rent them. Anyone form last beta also has them all unlocked as though they bought the game. but anyone new is back to renting for favour. So....

Out of interest Beamer, given you have played for some time, why have you not tried a few more? (you must have the favour for it).

Tried Anarki last night. I mean, I have like 40,000 favor, but the whole renting for 24 hours thing really bothers me. Were it "rent for 60 in-game minutes" or "5 matches" I'd be down with it, but 24 hours feels like I need to be around to play to get value. Which may be what they want, but for me personally, rather than incentivize me to play more it incentivizes me to rent less. I don't want to feel like not playing one more match means I'm missing out on something.

Also, I hated Anarki. Not being able to open an empty map to get a feel for the character you just rented is dumb.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
46. Re: Out of the Blue May 19, 2017, 00:36 Beamer
 
Agent-Zero wrote on May 18, 2017, 22:34:
Beamer wrote on May 18, 2017, 22:14:
Agent-Zero wrote on May 18, 2017, 21:37:
Bundy wrote on May 18, 2017, 21:01:
RoboNerd wrote on May 18, 2017, 19:46:
"Cutter"May 18, 2017, 16:54"25394]

Uh maybe because the target demographic for these shows is 95% white male. I really have zero interest in watching shows with a liberal agenda of inclusivity where every other character has to be a multi-racial pansexual quasi-dwarf.


What Cutter just said... Thumbsup

There definitely aren't enough roles for white men in Hollywood...

There definitely aren't enough white knights on the internet...

That is such a lame, meaningless term. I

maybe this will help you http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=White%20Knight

google helps too, when you dont understand things

try it sometime

Still meaningless. MRAs and trolls, of which you're frequently but not always one (never really seen you the other, though), overuse it endlessly.

As far as I know, we do not have a single woman on BluesNews, yet anyone saying anything in defense of women against the frothing incels this place occasionally attracts, of which there are always like 3 but they never stick around long, gets called a white knight. Yet, weirdly, no women are here to defend themselves.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
43. Re: Out of the Blue May 18, 2017, 22:14 Beamer
 
Agent-Zero wrote on May 18, 2017, 21:37:
Bundy wrote on May 18, 2017, 21:01:
RoboNerd wrote on May 18, 2017, 19:46:
"Cutter"May 18, 2017, 16:54"25394]

Uh maybe because the target demographic for these shows is 95% white male. I really have zero interest in watching shows with a liberal agenda of inclusivity where every other character has to be a multi-racial pansexual quasi-dwarf.


What Cutter just said... Thumbsup

There definitely aren't enough roles for white men in Hollywood...

There definitely aren't enough white knights on the internet...

That is such a lame, meaningless term. I
 
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News Comments > Quake Champions Duel Mode Revealed
8. Re: Quake Champions Duel Mode Revealed May 18, 2017, 15:12 Beamer
 
ItBurn wrote on May 18, 2017, 14:20:
The problems with the game are very obvious and in my opinion, very solvable. If they need the public to tell them what to fix and how to fix it...

What were the problems with the failure called Quake Live?
 
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News Comments > Quake Champions Duel Mode Revealed
5. Re: Quake Champions Duel Mode Revealed May 18, 2017, 13:12 Beamer
 
>SandmaN< wrote on May 18, 2017, 12:59:
Keep in mind that this is still just the closed beta and per Tim Willits the beta test phase will be quite long, and as long as it needs to be to get everything just right.

Lots of changes and tweaks will happen before this is released, so definitely get on the forums and give some feedback with your complaints and suggestions to make this one of the best QUAKE experiences ever.

https://www.redbull.com/us-en/quake-champions-pc-interview

http://www.shacknews.com/article/99992/watch-the-quake-champions-livestream-with-tim-willits-here

Absolutely. Something like mouse-over medals in all areas seems a no-brainer to be coming. Advanced stats? Doubtful, no one has ever done it. Fixing the time between matches? Seems the biggest complaint, so I'd be certain they polish it.

But the entire "heroes" aspect feels iffy in the gameplay, and since they're in the title...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue May 18, 2017, 13:03 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on May 18, 2017, 12:46:
Ozmodan wrote on May 18, 2017, 12:04:
The quality of network programming is getting worse by the year. All you have to do is look at what Netflix, Amazon and many of the other streaming services are doing, MUCH better shows.

To be fair to the networks, that as much because of regulations hampering what they can do as it is because of their own ineptitude.

Also a need to appeal to everyone, but especially everyone 18-34. A Netflix show, or a FX show, getting 3 million viewers is an enormous hit. Getting 1 million viewers is enough of a hit. Networks need to get 3 million 18-34 year olds. A show getting just 3 million viewers is a huge failure. So they can't be as niche or take as many risks as FX, because it needs viewers. Being too controversial and pushing anyone away is bad.

Breaking Bad is acknowledged as a huge hit, but it didn't break 2 million viewers until the Season 4 premier, and didn't do it again until the Season 5A premier. That's 45 episodes with under 2 million viewers. ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox can't survive on that. It more needs Season 5B numbers, which was weirdly double anything prior (with the finale being a 5X increase.) Mad Men peaked with an average of 2.61 viewers one season. These are insta-cancel numbers at networks.

Their hands are tied behind their backs. They're still multiple times larger than any of their competitors, even if they're shrinking. I mean, how many people are watching Bojack Horseman, or Wet Hot American Summer, to name two Netflix shows I'd rewatch a dozen times before watching a single show on networks not called Bob's Burgers (seriously, Bob's Burgers is the only network show I've watched since Community was canceled - when I see lists of what shows are going to be canceled I'm usually impressed if I've heard of even 10%. I love my pop culture bubble.)

Personally, I think networks need to consider shorter seasons. Less filler, and less risk. Part of why I started ignoring network TV, before even Netflix went streaming, was because it couldn't keep anything going. Some shows take a while to find their footing, and everything was trying to be Lost. But when it gets canceled after 15 episodes, or 18, or even 24, that's a double digit amount of hours you just wasted on something going nowhere. The lack of commitment to something not catching fire means no slow burn shows that increase in intensity and quality, and the focus on immediately popular ones that they mandate keep similar numbers means those shows are risk-adverse and don't grow.
 
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News Comments > Overwatch Anniversary Event; Free Weekend; GotY Edition Coming
10. Re: Overwatch Anniversary Event; Free Weekend; GotY Edition Coming May 18, 2017, 11:08 Beamer
 
Sacrifice wrote on May 18, 2017, 00:05:
You can purchase the "basic" edition of Overwatch for $40: https://us.battle.net/shop/en/product/overwatch

I also really enjoyed the game and played it for countless hours. If you haven't already tried the game, check out the free weekend and see if you like it.


Or go to Amazon, where the Origin Edition is currently $39.99.
 
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News Comments > Quake Champions Duel Mode Revealed
3. Re: Quake Champions Duel Mode Revealed May 18, 2017, 09:35 Beamer
 
ItBurn wrote on May 17, 2017, 20:28:
I've been watching this game and it's truly an Overwatch-lite. Heroes have different health levels, speeds and abilities. The shooting itself seems adequate though. The biggest negatives are that weapons and kills don't look and sound satisfying and the announcer voice is a joke.

I haven't played Overwatch, but this game briefly had me wanting to.

The game is fun. For a while at least. It is absolutely Quake. Feels a ton like Quake 3, as it should.

But it has huge issues. For one, the heroes do feel bolted on, because there isn't a huge difference between them. However, that difference is enough to be annoying. Since they're not all unlocked (and I'm now level 10 without having played a single other hero), it's hard to really know what you're up against: you need to play as a hero to really get it. For another, part of Quake games, for me, has always been standing people down. Run down a hallway with the default gun, come across someone else, and be confident in your increased accuracy to stand (well, strafe) there and take them out. Since some heroes have more health, yeah, no. Not to mention numbers float out over heroes heads when you hit them, and when you see a "100" float out, you think someone is near dead. Sometimes, though, you then see a "90" float out, and he's still coming at you, so you have no clue how much damage that guy is really going to take.

I find kills pretty satisfying, but not deaths. You never know who killed you, or from where, in a time where kill cams have become popular. Respawning takes a few seconds, why not show me a quick replay of the lucky SOB that shot me in the back while I killed his friend? Also, I never have a good sense of my health. Ever. I don't know if it's HUD positioning, or if it's just me, but I feel like I get hit often and only know from the grunt or from a shot physically moving me. I never know if I have 75% health or 100% health. I just don't have any awareness. I haven't done a competitive multiplayer game in years, so could be me. Most of what I have done in the past 7 or so years was MW games, which hardly need health, so...

Lastly, way too much time between games. The game takes a long time to load. Then you click Play and click a game type. Fine. It'll take 30 seconds finding a game, then it will ask you if you want to accept that game. Why wouldn't I? It gives me no details about the match it's offering, so why ask me? I told you 30 seconds ago I wanted a game, with no new information assume I want it. Then it waits for everyone to accept it. Then it shows you who you're in the game with. Then it loads - I'm usually the second or third person to finish loading, so my PC is faster than most playing. Then it shows you who you're playing with again. Then you get 45 seconds or a minute of "warm up." You're now something like 5+ minutes since your last game. Play the game, which almost always ends based on time, not score, because the settings are too high (maybe because they know the time between games is forever.) Game ends, does some loading, you see the scores, you escape out, and can now see more in-depth stats that aren't in-depth enough. Why can't I see damage per weapon, only damage with the best weapon? Where are assists? How come I can't mouse over the medals to see wtf they are on this screen? How come I don't get a graph showing scores over time, like Qstats did 17 years ago (god, I loved Qstats.) How come, when I leave this screen, I can't go back to it?

Then repeat. Another five minutes before you're playing for real again.

Lastly, teamplay is 4v4. If one person doesn't connect or leaves, their team has 33% more firepower. My second team game I couldn't find anyone to kill - just kept seeing my own guys. Turns out one of theirs quit. We had an easy win. When it's my team with 3 guys, I get slaughtered. You never fight one on one, always 2 on one (or worse.) And you can't decide to run with your teammates, because they're probably a faster hero than you so they lose you immediately. I've just started quitting when my team is down a man, because it isn't fun. Meanwhile, I've occasionally been thrown into a game in progress (never seem to get backfills in my own game), spawning next to someone and not realizing it's in-progress and getting killed almost immediately, unaware it's not "warm-up."

Fun gameplay, basic core Quake gameplay, with more built into it. I guess they need more, because Quake Live didn't set the world on fire (I briefly had a lot of fun reminiscing in that beta, too.) The additions almost all make the game worse, though.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
9. Re: Morning Consolidation May 18, 2017, 09:18 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on May 18, 2017, 08:03:
Ozmodan wrote on May 17, 2017, 23:21:
The Switch success, just shows you that people seem to like mindless drivel Mario games.

The only Mario game is a fucking racing game. What people do like is one of the highest metacritic games of all time, Zelda Breath of the Wild. I've played BOTW and its the real deal.

I'm not even sure if you're a troll account or just actually like this. Fucking embarrassing.


This is a PC gaming forum. We're bound to be at least 10% people who hate everything and another 50% people who hate everything that doesn't get a PC release. Blindly, in both cases, and while accusing everyone else of being blind.

To quote the leader of the free world: sad!
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
35. Re: Op Ed May 17, 2017, 20:13 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on May 17, 2017, 18:13:
...Yes, it's bad to have a monopoly, which Steam outright is....

Hmm. Is it though? I mean, with GOG and Origin (and I guess Uplay, but that sucks) there are places where people can buy games on a digital download service without ever touching Steam. Sure, Steam is currently holding a huge percentage of that particular market share, but there ARE alternatives.

Legally, a monopoly is near domination, not being the only option. Steam, by any view, is near domination.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
19. Re: Morning Metaverse May 17, 2017, 16:32 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on May 17, 2017, 15:55:
Beamer wrote on May 17, 2017, 14:31:
In general, I find having an author involved is a very bad thing for any other medium.

When you think of a great book translated well elsewhere, the top pick would likely be Game of Thrones. Except George RR Martin was a TV writer for three and a half decades, so he understands TV. Otherwise? Movies and television are often better when the author is removed.


Counterpoint: JK Rowling was heavily involved in the Harry Potter movies, and they were massive successes both financially and critically.


General consensus is often that the first was heavily concerned with cramming as much of the books in as possible, with a transition to being more concerned with being better films than perfect adaptations. Which makes sense, it took her a while to really learn film.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
15. Re: Morning Metaverse May 17, 2017, 14:31 Beamer
 
In general, I find having an author involved is a very bad thing for any other medium.

When you think of a great book translated well elsewhere, the top pick would likely be Game of Thrones. Except George RR Martin was a TV writer for three and a half decades, so he understands TV. Otherwise? Movies and television are often better when the author is removed.
 
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News Comments > Gorescript Next Month; Demo and Trailer Released
3. Re: Gorescript Next Month; Demo and Trailer Released May 17, 2017, 13:40 Beamer
 
Jerykk wrote on May 17, 2017, 12:23:
This isn't really a throwback to anything. There were no shooters that looked like this in the 90's. This looks more like an excuse to not have any real art direction.

Gameplay, though, very clearly a throwback to ~93-95.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
30. Re: Op Ed May 17, 2017, 12:11 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on May 17, 2017, 08:22:
jin wrote on May 16, 2017, 20:41:
i trust valve a HELL of a lot more than i trust polygon.

i suspect polygon is just not cool with having an entity that they and their ilk can't bully into censoring content they don't like.

f polygon.

This doesn't even make any sense. You aren't paying money to Polygon or entrusting your entire game library to them. Who gives a fuck if you "trust" them? I think Polygon is a shitty site, but it's just an opinion piece. They aren't reporting anything new that requires us to trust their legitimacy. Hell even their opinion here is hardly a controversial one: Everyone knows its a bad idea to put all your eggs in one basket, but the convenience factor for both users and developers has so far outweighed that.

A lot of people hate Polygon because they don't bother reading Polygon. They just react to what people say about them online. I never go to Polygon on my own, but whenever a group of gamers are outraged over them, I'll go read the review, and it's never saying what they claim it is. Ever. It's always either an opinion piece, or it's a review with a tiny, 6 sentence sidebar (or maybe two sentences in a full review) that they oddly think is 100% the review when it's clearly not even factored into the final score.

I don't agree with much of this op/ed. I get the point, and I've argued both sides of Steam here. Yes, it's bad to have a monopoly, which Steam outright is. But I don't buy into the surveillance argument, and the thing about software is a monopoly is often more convenient for the consumer. Remember back in the early 90s, when Apple actually gave Microsoft a run for their money, and games you wanted to play, but couldn't play, came out often? Different stores is nowhere near that, but it would be inconvenient to not have all my games in one space.

Would be nice, perhaps, if 3rd party companies made Store Wrappers, where you could see everything you own, and see all the trophies/stats/achievements, but...
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft Financials Reveal Far Cry 5 and The Crew 2
21. Re: Ubisoft Financials Reveal Far Cry 5 and The Crew 2 May 17, 2017, 12:05 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on May 16, 2017, 20:38:
How about something original like a remake of FC1.

Ha! I can't tell if this is sarcasm, or if you actually think a remake would be original.

That said, I'd love someone more competent to take on FC1. Make it less ridiculous, and towards the end, far, far, far less cheap.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue May 17, 2017, 11:54 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on May 17, 2017, 11:20:
LOL. Well, I don't know about "bad", but if you are texting in a theater during the show, you are definitely an impolite person and certainly worthy of ridicule.

She's super rude and really annoying.

However, the more you read, the more he's worse. Not only is he suing her for the ticket, but he apparently started stalking her and her family to get the money back. Being rude is bad, constantly calling the sister of a failed first date, demanding your $17 back, is far worse.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse May 17, 2017, 11:51 Beamer
 
Red wrote on May 17, 2017, 11:44:
Acleacius wrote on May 17, 2017, 10:56:
I'm not sure whether to laugh or be horrified.
Depends on how big Adam Sandler's role in it is.

Oh man, I really kind of hate you right now, hahahahahahaha.


But the author is more involved than the games, and he isn't a fan of the games, yet I think TW3 probably has the best characters, or world, or something, of any game I've played, so I think not having him involved had to have been a benefit.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
20. Re: Op Ed May 17, 2017, 06:15 Beamer
 
jin wrote on May 16, 2017, 20:41:
i trust valve a HELL of a lot more than i trust polygon.

i suspect polygon is just not cool with having an entity that they and their ilk can't bully into censoring content they don't like.

f polygon.

An example of them censoring?

Right, you have none, just a handful of reviews in which they have a separate box, not even part of the review or score, in which they discuss things their audience finds interesting and you personally do not. So your overblow it and call it censorship, because you can't handle a different opinion.
 
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News Comments > MS Planning Mixed Reality, Cross-Platform MMOG
9. Re: MS Planning Mixed Reality, Cross-Platform MMOG May 16, 2017, 12:01 Beamer
 
Bundy wrote on May 16, 2017, 09:59:
SpectralMeat wrote on May 16, 2017, 09:45:
Hard to get excited for anything Microsoft is doing/planning.

Yes, yes. I know. This is blues. M$ is evil, blah blah.

I mean, yesterday someone accused their gathering of telemetrics to the NSA spying on the content of phone conversations, so...
 
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