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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
7. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 20, 2017, 14:30 Beamer
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Oct 20, 2017, 13:31:
Yeah, Charlotte is vying to be the choice. Great for my industry; Multifamily housing. My rents will double over 10 years and we will make an even bigger fortune...for the owners and execs in my management company. Not so good for service industry workers or anybody else who doesn't want to pay Uptown prices for an apartment 30 minutes from Uptown. (And Uptown prices? Damn. Already over $1500 for a tiny, tiny studio apartment.)

Yeah, but that studio may come with a balcony overlooking the ballpark, which is kind of fun.

People that actually own property will do really well wherever Amazon goes, but yeah, it's very much the rich getting richer. Restaurants will also do well, but ones not catering to single 22-34 year olds may get completely pushed out. Seriously, Seattle was a great place to be a single 22-34 year old.
 
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News Comments > Car Mechanic Simulator 2018 Jeep and Dodge DLC
6. Re: Car Mechanic Simulator 2018 Jeep and Dodge DLC Oct 20, 2017, 12:47 Beamer
 
StringFellow wrote on Oct 20, 2017, 11:26:
I guess you’ve never owned a Jeep. As an example, why is it that the the Jeep Wrangler has one of the highest resell values of any car???

Ferraris also have amongst the highest resale values, want to argue they're reliable?

Simple fact: Jeeps are amongst the least reliable cars on the road. This doesn't mean they're unreliable, as these days nearly every brand is pretty damn reliable, but Jeeps are, and always have been, at the bottom of nearly any survey. Consumer Reports just this week ranked them 20, up from 23 last year. That's out of 27. JD Power puts them at 29 of 33.

It makes some sense: if consumers flock to your car even when it isn't very reliable, how much is working to make it amongst the most reliable really going to improve sales?

This doesn't mean they're bad cars, they're just on the bottom of reliability.
 
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News Comments > Civilization III Free on Humble Store
7. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 20, 2017, 09:42 Beamer
 
Armengar wrote on Oct 20, 2017, 09:20:
3 is decent. I still thing 4 is the pinnacle, great mods and massive gameplay. 5 ruined it for me TBH and I went back to epic 4 (modded) games.

I agree. I didn't think 3 was worth upgrading to over Civ 1, if you can believe that, but 4 was drastically different. Even with hundreds of hours into it I haven't scratched the surface of its strategic depth, but I also play it drastically different than it was intended, I think.

I never played 5 or 6 - 4 is just that good.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
5. Re: etc., etc. Oct 20, 2017, 09:18 Beamer
 
Darks wrote on Oct 20, 2017, 08:31:
NKD wrote on Oct 20, 2017, 03:21:
Gaben made a good choice getting out of the game development business and going into sales. He also made a good choice never selling out Valve.

Hes still a greedy bastard, this just shows how his over charging developers 30 percent to host their games on steam. is way to much if hes raking in that kind of profit.

It's not necessarily profit. Gabe doesn't have $55B cash, he has the majority ownership of a company that's worth $55B (the majority ownership, not the company, which I believe Microsoft offered $1B for like 10 years ago but is now clearly somewhere around $100B.)
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
2. Re: Evening Mobilization Oct 20, 2017, 07:42 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Oct 20, 2017, 03:18:
Trust is definitely important. It doesn't matter if self-driving cars result in 1/1000th the fatality rate of human driven cars if you can't get that fact into peoples heads in a way that instills confidence. They won't buy the cars if they don't trust them, and the technology won't save the lives we want it to unless it has widespread adoption.

I'm not sure what the solution is though. People hate giving up control. Then again, we already have lots of safety laws on vehicles. Maybe the solution is to simply have human-driven cars go the way of all the other stuff cars used to have that made them more dangerous.

The number of lives involved is pretty significant, and there's no Constitutional right to drive a motor vehicle that any laws would step on.

People won't be buying these things, corporations will. Most people don't need a car, they need a ride. Even if you commute an hour each way to work, how long is the car sitting unused for in your day?

It's a lot of wasted economic opportunity in a car just sitting somewhere for hours on end. But the roads being full of fleets of on-demand cars, some available for private rides and some available for cheaper, smartly-routed shared rides (e.g., a much more effective version of Uber Share, since a router sends automated cars rather than whichever driver is near and clicks first) makes sense. Each car is being used much, much, much more often, and people make many small purchases instead of one large one. No maintenance, no worries, and you pay less over time.

Outside of truly rural areas, this is more or less where we'll be. And soon. Europe likely sooner.
 
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News Comments > LawBreakers All-Star Update
17. Re: LawBreakers All-Star Update Oct 19, 2017, 14:24 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 19, 2017, 13:18:
Beamer wrote on Oct 19, 2017, 12:32:
I'm not going to knock or mock a dev giving more content to its paying customers, even if there are only 10 of them.
Sure, sounds financially sustainable. http://gph.is/VwU68n

True, but we also bash devs for doing what is financially sustainable, be it ending promised support early due to not hitting performance targets, or putting in loot boxes.

I won't knock people for putting the customer before their own financial interests, even if it's in hopes one leads to the other.
 
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News Comments > LawBreakers All-Star Update
11. Re: LawBreakers All-Star Update Oct 19, 2017, 12:32 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 19, 2017, 11:18:
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Oct 19, 2017, 11:11:
I'm confused... are they just trying to light all their money on fire?
throwing good money after bad

People complain when a dev gives up on a game too quickly. Hell, people complain when EA shuts down the server of something released 10 years ago.

Even though this clearly isn't the best use of money for Boss Mode Games, I'm not going to knock or mock a dev giving more content to its paying customers, even if there are only 10 of them.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Op Ed Oct 19, 2017, 10:43 Beamer
 
Probably worth pointing out that EA isn't particularly good at big, singleplayer only hits, other than Mass Effect, which it proved it couldn't replicate without core BioWare, and Dragon's Age, also Bioware.

But it also failed at Titanfall, which was its big, multiplayer only attempt. And it spent a fortune on that.

You need to go back really far in their history to find a very successful singleplayer only game not from Bioware.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
16. Re: Op Ed Oct 19, 2017, 10:22 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Oct 19, 2017, 10:00:
I love how gamesindustry.biz (aka publishersmarketingmouthpiece.biz) realllly quickly turns the word loot boxes into microtransactions.

Microtransactions are already bad enough, but at least it's a direct sale. You want that weapon, you pay 2 dollars for it. With loot boxes, you want that weapon? Buy 7000 loot boxes, and hope RNG will give it to you.

A loot box is a microtransaction (MT) with a big fucking middle finger to you, the customer.

In any case, the very existence of MTs, and even worse, loot boxes, encourages dev to turn their game into a mindless, monotonous grind. If there were no MTs, then weapons would be attainable through normal gameplay without too much difficulty. After all, they spent time on developing and implementing it, they're gonna want you to get it and play with it. (Unless the dev in question is Gearbox, then they make sure that you never see 99% of all the coolest weapons in their game. I wish a bookie would take money on Borderlands 3 having loot boxes out the ass.)

With MTs, they're going to make sure that it's NOT easy to get that weapon, because if there's no enticement, then people will not spend money. So no matter how much the fucking publishers bleat that it's "optional", the entire game will have been skewed towards it, even if only ever-so-slightly.


Gearbox loot boxes didn't piss me off thaaat much. I didn't feel like I was earning them, I didn't feel compulsion to open them, and getting keys was fairly easy, but even then I rarely felt worth the effort. I agree, that'll likely change.

I generally am ok with the idea of lootboxes until you give them as rewards and monetize the keys. That, to me, is a huge fuck you. CONGRATULATIONS, YOU EARNED THE OPPORTUNITY TO PAY US $3 FOR A WEAPON SKIN WORTH $0.35!

Fuck that. It makes me really, really angry. But if I can earn the box and the key, I'm ok with it. Maybe I have 3 boxes in my inventory and I'm waiting on keys, I'm ok with that (any more than 3 and I probably stop being ok with it.) If people need it immediately let them buy a key, or let them buy a box. Just give me a chance to participate without paying.

It's really the earning the opportunity to pay that pisses me off.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Op Ed Oct 19, 2017, 10:18 Beamer
 
We've been hearing this forever. No. It isn't dying. I'd say that the utter failure of several multiplayer only/mostly games prove that multiplayer isn't surefire.

Multiplayer leads to bigger rewards, as I'm sure Overwatch and the CoD:MW games outearned any single player only game, but those games still have singleplayer, and many singleplayer only games still do very, very well.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
32. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 19, 2017, 07:14 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Oct 19, 2017, 00:05:
The Half Elf wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 23:17:
NKD wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 18:16:
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 18:11:
Just as I thought, nothing. But thanks for verifying that for me.
You did leave an out by using the word routinely so it's perfectly ok to admit that you can't find anything to back up your statement.

So what I'm getting here is that you want me to ask you for citations for every single claim you make in every post you make until the end of time? And then when you waste your time posting links, I can say they aren't good enough? Do you want me to do this retroactively, or just from now on?

I'm not clear on when we switched to only being able to say things that were literal quotes from a peer reviewed journal. You sure as fuck don't post by those rules.

If it wasn't related to death/suicide then cite whatever you want. But if you are going to make such a bold claim about the subject matter, then YES PLEASE, do cite reliable factual studies to back them up.

I wasn't aware that teenagers killing themselves over relationship drama was a bold claim.


But that wasn't your claim. You said teenage boys kill themselves because teenage girls are cruel. That's a much more specific claim, with much more pointed blame, than "teenagers kill themselves over relationship drama."
 
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News Comments > Dead Space 2 Selling 4M "Wasn't Enough"
24. Re: Dead Space 2 Selling 4M Oct 18, 2017, 18:01 Beamer
 
Slashman wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 17:42:
christheshitter wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 14:26:
I find it hilarious that everyone praise Witcher 3 again and again. I can't repeat it enough, that game has a shit combat system where all you do is spamming a button to auto attack just like the Batman Arkham games or like every consolegame out there.

I find it equally hilarious that you just don't get that the combat system in W3 was just fine and button mashing was only possible on the lower and default difficulty levels. Those levels were made because everyone complained about how Witcher 2 had combat that was too hard.

Shitty stupid NPC's pathfinding which constantly walking into things. Robbing from NPC's and they don't react. Hell damn even Risen or the Gothic-series had smarter NPC's.

If this is the sum total of your complaints about one of, if not the best, CRPGs in more than a decade, then you are a kid who wouldn't appreciate a good RPG if it walked up to you and punched you in the gut.

Is combat even that important in a CRPG?
I will agree, I got a bit tired of the combat towards the end. It certainly wasn't Dark Souls (so I assume, I've never played, I just know it's similarly 3rd person combat and very routinely praised.) But I also loved Uncharted, and the combat in that serious got outright tedious halfway through whereas I made it nearly all the way through TW3 and the 2 expansions before I started getting "a bit tired."

Some games are more than just their combat.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
25. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 18, 2017, 17:59 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 17:12:
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 17:05:
NKD wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 17:02:
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 16:57:
NKD wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 16:51:
teenage girls ...routinely drive boys to suicide.
SOURCE?

You're a literate human being unlike some folks around here, so I'm sure you can Google some research on teenage suicides, and how common it is for some girl-based drama to be the reason some guy tries to kill himself.
Just as i thought.

You really want me to hold your hand for you? Okay. Here are some links about why teens kill themselves.

One
Two
Three

And here are some statistics.

One
Two

Let me know if you need the audiobook version or the special "Cutter Edition" which boils it down to just the headers.

In fairness, none of those links say teenage girls are notoriously cruel and routinely drive teenage boys to suicide. Teenagers do tend to commit suicide due to relationship concerns, but I'd wager less of it is due to someone being cruel and more of it is due to someone being fragile. The ones committing suicide aren't being treated poorly, the concern is they aren't being noticed at all.

However, I'd also agree teenage girls tend to commit suicide due to treatment by teenage girls. Teenager cruelty and bullying doesn't cross gender all that much, relatively.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
19. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 18, 2017, 16:44 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 16:13:
jacobvandy wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 16:03:
Verno wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 15:47:
That would be rape.

But if a woman does it HUBBAHUBBA GOTTA UNWRAP MY DONGHOSE FROM MY SHOULDER AND GET ME DAT ASS. Or something.

Yeah, it's a double-standard, but that's just how it is. Teenage boys are animals, all but humping the air as they walk around like an un-snipped dog. Plus, most are already physically as large as or even towering over the teaching staff in high school... If there's an affair with Ms. Krabapple, you can be pretty sure it was by his choice.
Studies show that women are just as horny as men, but culturally, socially, and physically they have a lot more to lose.

Also, it's always the adult's choice.

I always find it amazing how many people don't realize women are just as into sex as men. I'm not talking about a single poster in this thread, but it's fun going to the occasional reddit thread and seeing some guy discussing how unfair his love life is and see the main misunderstanding he has is that women don't like sex and men have to pursue it. Women like sex. Women want sex. Sex is fun for everyone!

But yes, when it's a child and a teacher it's rape and it's the adult responsible.
 
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News Comments > Activision Patents Driving Microtransactions Through Matchmaking
45. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 18, 2017, 16:42 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 15:22:
Beamer wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 15:15:
I mean, the thing is, if they've patented this no one else can do it. And if they try to do it it will likely backfire, unless many other comparable publishers are doing it. And they won't, because they can't, because patent.

So... this is a really good thing they did for us, even if they did it for the wrong reasons.
It's a good thing patents can't be bought, sold or licensed.

Between competitors in industries like this, it's usually under duress. Get sued, settle and cut a licensing deal.
 
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News Comments > Activision Patents Driving Microtransactions Through Matchmaking
38. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 18, 2017, 15:15 Beamer
 
I mean, the thing is, if they've patented this no one else can do it. And if they try to do it it will likely backfire, unless many other comparable publishers are doing it. And they won't, because they can't, because patent.

So... this is a really good thing they did for us, even if they did it for the wrong reasons.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
7. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 18, 2017, 14:50 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 13:34:
NKD wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 12:52:
Man I would have loved to bag a teacher in high school. As long as she wasn't trying to blackmail me with bad grades or some shit. Then I'd have to report the bitch.

Dude, ew.

My GF in HS was so much hotter than any teacher I knew. Most of the girls were. And that's not even getting into the power dynamic/teacher mental state/interest difference/life stage, etc.

My girlfriend was shocked when I said we never had fantasies about our teachers. Not sure why we would. When you're 14 or 16, a teacher seems ancient, plus the points you brought up.
 
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News Comments > Dead Space 2 Selling 4M "Wasn't Enough"
9. Re: Dead Space 2 Selling 4M Oct 18, 2017, 12:12 Beamer
 
Primalchrome wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 11:40:
Verno wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 10:09:
I still see plenty of room there for profit.

With revenue of 240M and fixed costs of 60M, you only have to cover your variable unit costs and variable marketing. I find it hard to believe it was 120M in variable costs alone.
....not sure where you're getting $240M. They sold 4 million copies total. It released at ~$60...and later went on sale. The game probably generated $180M at best. So after 30% for retail/distro/steam you're at about $125M. Zach estimates $60M in marketing....so you're down to $66M. Development was $60M.....so now you're looking at $6M in profit at best... With unexpected costs beyond that it probably only brought in a few mil in profit.

A 2% return isn't really all that impressive.....but its still in the black and has franchise IP that has value.

I mostly agree. When other projects make back significantly higher ROI, it's hard to justify putting ~$120M into a project that brings back 2%.

Like Hollywood, it's very much become feast-or-famine, with companies betting huge and smaller, mid-level projects somewhat disappearing. It's either enormous low budget wins or giant projects that swing for the fences. Basically, AAA entertainment is Aaron Judge.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 18, 2017, 09:40 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 08:44:
Beamer wrote on Oct 18, 2017, 07:37:
It's horrible and tragic. At the same time, it's also kind of funny because the alt-right, MRA, GGer, T_D types love calling everyone leftist pedophiles, so it's a bit fun to see them distance themselves from a guy who used to be influential to them and uses the exact rhetoric they do.

The hypocrisy they exhibit while doing so is pretty astonishing. They cry about Antifa and #PunchANazi saying "It could cause violence! Someones going to get hurt!" but do nothing to acknowledge their own hateful rhetoric's impact on society.

It's no different than some mosque filling young Muslims hungry for meaning in their life with a bunch of hateful garbage. The right wing loves to bitch about that, and then spend their time doing the same thing.

People armed with lies, hate, and bad incentives are very dangerous, regardless of the source of those things.

So far, the anti-SJWs shot a guy in Seattle, ran over a girl in Charlottesville, and stormed into a pizza parlor armed to the teeth intending to start firing. Oh, yeah, they also maced themselves. And now killed a father.

So far, the #punchanazi crowd hasn't done any of this.

I'm not saying people deserve to be lumped in with someone simply because they hold similar political views, but the rhetoric is identical and the rhetoric was the unifying theme behind all that violence. There are people here that dislike liberals and/or "SJWs." I wouldn't lump them in with the violence, not even close to it. But if they start discussing pizza parlors full of pedophiles, or start complaining about how Wolfenstein is a personal attack on them, I do start to wonder.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 18, 2017, 07:42 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 22:24:
NKD wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 18:11:
Beamer wrote on Oct 17, 2017, 17:48:

Rant over.

I've done similar rants. It puzzles me how anyone other than the very wealthy can get behind what passes for right wing economics in this country.

I guess it's simply a matter of distracting people by pointing to the people below them on the economic ladder. If you tell some conservative making $50,000 a year that people making $20,000 a year are going to be getting benefits paid for by his taxes, he's going to get upset.

"I don't want my money going to people who didn't earn it!"

So he supports lowering taxes on the rich because he thinks "Well I sure don't want my money going to the poors, I can't blame them for not wanting to do it either." Of course he says this not realizing he is one of the poors to them, and his quality of life is largely possible due to the tax burden that the wealthy carry.

All Americans think they'll be rich someday. It's the same reason lots of Americans support killing the estate tax. They think they'll have more than $5M that they'll need to pass on to their kids.
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“Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”

&#8213; Ronald Wright, A Short History of Progress

“America is the wealthiest nation on Earth, but its people are mainly poor, and poor Americans are urged to hate themselves. To quote the American humorist Kin Hubbard, 'It ain’t no disgrace to be poor, but it might as well be.' It is in fact a crime for an American to be poor, even though America is a nation of poor. Every other nation has folk traditions of men who were poor but extremely wise and virtuous, and therefore more estimable than anyone with power and gold. No such tales are told by the American poor. They mock themselves and glorify their betters. The meanest eating or drinking establishment, owned by a man who is himself poor, is very likely to have a sign on its wall asking this cruel question: 'if you’re so smart, why ain’t you rich?' There will also be an American flag no larger than a child’s hand – glued to a lollipop stick and flying from the cash register.

Americans, like human beings everywhere, believe many things that are obviously untrue. Their most destructive untruth is that it is very easy for any American to make money. They will not acknowledge how in fact hard money is to come by, and, therefore, those who have no money blame and blame and blame themselves. This inward blame has been a treasure for the rich and powerful, who have had to do less for their poor, publicly and privately, than any other ruling class since, say Napoleonic times. Many novelties have come from America. The most startling of these, a thing without precedent, is a mass of undignified poor. They do not love one another because they do not love themselves.”

&#8213; Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Slaughterhouse-Five

As for the estate tax, I think most just don't realize the ~$5M cap. I see it being a huge talking point, particularly for libertarians, and I keep asking them why the hell they bring something up so frequently that impacts well less than 1% of Americans. Libertarians think they'll be rich.

My dad is 80, and knows he won't be, and he brought it up repeatedly during the election. I'd point out that it $5M. Each time this was new information to him, because talk radio and Fox News never gives him that information. So he'd then complain about the state estate tax. Fine, I'd say, vote out your governor, but what does that have to do with the presidential election and why do you keep trusting ranting talking heads with far more than $5M in assets that keep telling you to care about this without giving you all the information?
 
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