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News Comments > Evening Interviews
3. Re: Evening Interviews Feb 17, 2017, 08:19 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 17, 2017, 06:34:
I think it's pretty interesting movie studios still go against R rated movies after Deadpool, even though 90% of the population is older than 12.. and wants to watch stuff that is made for people with an IQ higher than 20

I like how your example of R rated movies is Deadpool, and yet you claim R rated movies are for people with IQs higher than 20. Deadpool was probably the superhero movie aimed at the lowest IQ. Which doesn't make it bad, just kind of proof that R rated movies aren't more intellectual (at all), and that being intellectual doesn't correlate with success in cinema.

 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
16. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 16, 2017, 21:02 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Feb 16, 2017, 19:51:
BobBob wrote on Feb 16, 2017, 10:21:
Who has so much free time to watch these Youtubers?
Kjellberg is the most popular YouTube star on the planet. His videos have been viewed collectively more than 14 billion times.
In 2014, Kjellsberg made more than $7 million.

The question is not "who is watching", it's "who's not watching".


He made double that in 2015 and 2016.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
13. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 16, 2017, 18:31 Beamer
 
Eirikrautha wrote on Feb 16, 2017, 17:46:
Beamer wrote on Feb 16, 2017, 10:26:
No one is stopping him from making these jokes, but people are unwilling to keep doing business with him when he is likely to harm their other businesses more than he helps them.

Beamer inadvertently makes a good point (though the opposite of what he thinks it is). The problem here is a problem of perception... just not PewDiePie's. The key is the ratio between who won't buy because of PewDiePie to those who will. The fact is that no one that I have seen has any kind of numbers (that they are willing to share) about this ratio.

The issue today (unlike in the days of business past) is that every decision a company make results in internet butthurt. There is literally no announcement a company can make that won't result in some snowflake somewhere twitter-ranting. The risk-averse decrepit corpses running the vast majority of the gigantic corporations have no idea what "public" approbation actually is on modern social media.

Once upon a time, three dozen paper letters mailed in to a company represented three thousand other people who were angry but didn't have the motivation to write themselves. On twitter, every twit can babble about whatever whine that careens off of their empty heads, only to forget about it five minutes later. It costs nothing to complain, so more complaints are inevitable.

These companies seemingly have no idea what the actual effect of a social media storm actually is. Does it kill your business? Does it spawn the next Chik-Fil-A and double your business (until you fall out of the public eye)? Or is it a tempest in a teapot with no actual sales effect? I don't think they know. They are applying the old model to modern media. They are assuming that PewDiePie will hurt them, when no one who isn't already media savvy has any idea who he is. PewDiePie isn't the only idiot in this situation...

Disney knows far, far, far, far better than you do.

And losing business isn't just customers. It's partners and vendors. It's directors or producers you may need deals with. And it's employees. You don't want employees to question what you're doing. And, not to mention, the people making these decisions may also be people who dislike what he says.

Ultimately, despite what alt-right people claim, ultimately they're not who companies want to be working with or want working for them. They look after the employees that try not to be offensive, not the ones that feel like it's a right that needs to be exercised.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
41. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 16, 2017, 18:30 Beamer
 
BobBob wrote on Feb 16, 2017, 13:28:
There's a simple measure of whether or not you have too much junk:

Can you fit two cars in your garage?

A good one!

My parents have never been able to. My dad turns 80 next month. I guarantee he still has pesticide from the early 80s in that garage. Also, the boogey boards I used as a child.

To their credit, they did a good job clearing out much of the clutter in the basement. But the garage... sure, it's small and tight to begin with and I don't know where they'd put some of the stuff they actually need if they had two cars, but... by now they can't even reach so much of what would need to go.

Meanwhile, useless stuff everywhere in the garage, a basement finally mostly kind of clean, yet every time I go home they point to the box full of my NES and all the games and ask if they can throw it out...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 16, 2017, 11:05 Beamer
 
The Half Elf wrote on Feb 16, 2017, 10:06:
Shineyguy wrote on Feb 16, 2017, 09:31:
Blue, Salvation Army will probably take most of what you don't want provided it's clean (in the case of clothing) and working (in the case of anything else).

Just throwing out suggestions.

F the Salvation Army, Goodwill is awesome and doesn't have homophobic assholes running it saying gays need to be put to death. But hey that's just me.


*still wants Chick-fil-a to quit being homophobic assholes so I can have another delicious chicken sandwich and waffles fries with cheese*

I tried both. Had pickup times with both. They never showed up. In the chaos of moving I didn't have time to drive stuff down, so sadly, it got thrown out. Some of it were suits and unworn dress pants, too. Actual useful things.

When I left Seattle a lot went into the box that was in my parking garage. Sadly, when I came to NYC I didn't have that, and transportation was even worse. Around 100 band t-shirts went into the trash. Far less useful, but I would have enjoyed knowing those Pelican or Mastodon or whatever shirts were continuing to live on.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
7. Re: Evening Interviews Feb 16, 2017, 10:34 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 16, 2017, 01:51:
When you're literally drowning in cash, why bother to budget?

As for that second story, uh, HL3 confirmed?

A lot of privately held companies don't budget much, anyway, because budgets can stifle growth. They curb spending, to make certain you hit your profitability for Wall Street, but if you don't have Wall Street paying attention, why bother? You care more about if the spending is smart, rather than if it's on budget.

Which is why I've started looking at smaller, privately held companies. Hell, at my current job I needed a tool built for my team, as there's nothing off the shelf to handle multiple POS reports from many different retailers (incidentally, I probably should just start a company that sells this.) I had an outside company willing to build the tool for $10,000 over 2 months. Unfortunately, we had no money for the outside company. We did have budget leftover with Digital IT, the internal group. They wanted to build it for $25,000, using the wrong software (I didn't want Spotfire), and it would take 2 months before they'd even start it. Hands were tied, budget was budget, and our one budget was already over budget so we had to go with Digital IT.

That kind of decision, especially for numbers that are rounding errors, infuriated me.
 
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News Comments > Smedley Opens New Amazon Games Studio
19. Re: Smedley Opens New Amazon Games Studio Feb 16, 2017, 10:28 Beamer
 
The Half Elf wrote on Feb 15, 2017, 22:52:
Beamer wrote on Feb 15, 2017, 21:25:
The Half Elf wrote on Feb 15, 2017, 21:08:
Ranger55 wrote on Feb 15, 2017, 20:54:
Amazon must have the occasional failure. By hiring that dumbass Smedley, they have pretty much ensured that this will fail.

At Amazon we hire 100 people a week. And MAYBE retain 10-15 of them after two months. This is just a much bigger job position. And with his history I don't see him being kept very long.

You work in Hebron. SLU hires way more per week, and retains them. Salaried and hourly aren't comparable, and this studio will be all salaried

But the Amazon way is produce results. They are VERY mechanical in this nature. Because they way I am reading it is that Amazon wants to dip into the Twitch market. With Star Citizen and now Amazon Games Studio, I wouldn't be surprised if Amazon makes their own version of Twitch.
And when Amazon goes at something they go in at full force.
Example is Amazon building more buildings at in their current areas (like mine), and also building an entire hub at the CVG airport.

You said "but," but nothing you said contradicted anything I said.

FYI, I worked in SLU.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
9. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 16, 2017, 10:26 Beamer
 
Pigeon wrote on Feb 16, 2017, 08:33:
Dude makes millions being a huge goofus on you-tube because he's/was paid by Disney et al. If he thought he could sellout and still do whatever he wanted, then he doesn't just play the part of an idiot he is an idiot. Any adult should know you adjust your behavior to the environment you're in.

Yup. Especially Disney. Disney has divested itself of virtually everything it can't put everywhere. It sold Miramax and shut down Touchstone because those studios made things that couldn't go onto ABC, The Disney Channel, and the parks.

It focuses its resources exclusively on properties it can put in multiple channels. That means not saying things like "Kill All Jews," even in jest.

Being an adult realizes there are repercussions to your speech. No one is stopping him from making these jokes, but people are unwilling to keep doing business with him when he is likely to harm their other businesses more than he helps them.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 15, 2017, 21:55 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Feb 15, 2017, 18:37:
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Feb 15, 2017, 18:28:
Kxmode wrote on Feb 15, 2017, 15:20:
Movies are released on video so fast. I saw an ad for Dr. Strange coming February 28. 3-4 months ago it was released in theaters (October 20, 2016). 3-4 months is about the same time for Star Wars TFA (In theaters December 17, 2015, released on DVD April 1, 2016) I wonder if this is an industry practice or something exclusive to Disney considering they own so many large IPs (LucasFilm, Marvel, Pixar, etc.)

It's fairly standard industry practice these days, but is new as of the past few years. Probably a response to declining cinema sales and to piracy, i.e. movies have shorter theater runs and the longer they sit around unavailable, the more likely people will turn to piracy.

Perhaps, although I don't think studios are losing money from ticket sales. According to BOM all of the top ten worldwide films grossed over a billion and with the exception of two were released within the last 4 years.

1 Avatar (Fox) $2,7B - 2009
2 Titanic (Par.) $2,1B - 1997
3 Star Wars: The Force Awakens (BV) $2,0B - 2015
4 Jurassic World (Uni.) $1,6B - 2015
5 Marvel's The Avengers (BV) $1,5B - 2012
6 Furious 7 (Uni.) $1,5B - 2015
7 Avengers: Age of Ultron (BV) $1,4B - 2015
8 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (WB) $1,3B - 2011
9 Frozen (BV) $1,2B - 2013
10 Iron Man 3 (BV) $1,2B - 2013

I think it's more about the ADD nature of entertainment. After a few weeks, most films cannot pull in an audience. An audience is always looking for the new. I guess Studios have to move to make sure DVD/rental/digital sales are high.

Wrong chart. Adjust for inflation and keep in mind that studios keep much, much more of the revenue in the US than outside of it.
 
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News Comments > Smedley Opens New Amazon Games Studio
9. Re: Smedley Opens New Amazon Games Studio Feb 15, 2017, 21:25 Beamer
 
The Half Elf wrote on Feb 15, 2017, 21:08:
Ranger55 wrote on Feb 15, 2017, 20:54:
Amazon must have the occasional failure. By hiring that dumbass Smedley, they have pretty much ensured that this will fail.

At Amazon we hire 100 people a week. And MAYBE retain 10-15 of them after two months. This is just a much bigger job position. And with his history I don't see him being kept very long.

You work in Hebron. SLU hires way more per week, and retains them. Salaried and hourly aren't comparable, and this studio will be all salaried
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 15, 2017, 12:49 Beamer
 
After 6 years of living as a single man in two bedroom apartments, I moved to NYC. A 1 bedroom half the size of the penthouse I had in Seattle, for more money.

Yeah, I'd accumulated a lot of stuff in that time - putting stuff in a closet was way easier than throwing it out. My kitchen had 3 times as much storage as mine now does - my kitchen actually had nearly as much storage as my entire apartment now does.

Moving was not at all fun. And I still have too much stuff. I can't imagine if a girlfriend moved in.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
2. Re: Evening Consolidation Feb 15, 2017, 12:26 Beamer
 
Ozmodan wrote on Feb 15, 2017, 01:22:
Going to see a lot of developers bowing out of making games for the Switch. It is typical Nintendo, put out a product that has far less power than anything else. Strictly a niche product if you are a Nintendo junky.

The GC was the last Nintendo product more powerful than the competition (the PS, but not the Xbox), and it had terrible 3rd party support. Did better than the WiiU, at least, but was still a bomb. A wonderful, amazing bomb.

In handheld, Nintendo has basically always been less powerful, and always dominated.
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Feb 15, 2017, 10:52 Beamer
 
I agree with you. It's the same issue phone app stores have. An enormous amount of garbage gets funneled on, and people have no reliable way of filtering through it. So the big apps with large marketing budgets get seen, and things in the top game lists keep getting sales solely for being visible on that list, but anything else falls to the bottom.

And there's no real media to call attention to the games. Reviews of small indie games don't really generate many clicks, so anyone that's tried to go out and review all the new stuff gets overwhelmed with the quantity and ends up out of business.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
19. Re: Op Ed Feb 14, 2017, 19:14 Beamer
 
Every time I see topics like this, I wonder if you guys actually believe that someone can be hired for $15 an hour to be a customer service rep at Valve, but decide they'd rather be the lead designer on HL3 and just ignore the phones to start doing game design...  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Playboy Feb 14, 2017, 10:59 Beamer
 
Bill Borre wrote on Feb 14, 2017, 10:07:
lol. "Maybe not having pictures of naked women is a bad idea."

I think it will be a very short term blip.

I mean, who buys porn? Who buys magazines? Who buys porn magazines? Playboy realized that their content was literally the only draw anymore, because the naked photos, well, they have literally no value due to the internet. So, by getting rid of them, you can expand your market to those that wouldn't be comfortable reading the magazine due to the stigma around the photos. Hell, I'd wager one of the biggest places magazines are still sold is airports, a place Playboy couldn't penetrate (hehe) due to the nudity.

It didn't really work, but I don't think the lack of nudity really accelerated their demise. And I don't think bringing it back will slow it, either. Yeah, the first 1-3 months may sell higher than in years, but those buying it for the nudity will quickly remember that the internet exists, is cheaper, is easier to get to, has more options, and is raunchier.
 
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News Comments > etc.
5. Re: etc. Feb 13, 2017, 17:16 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 13, 2017, 16:51:
Shineyguy wrote on Feb 13, 2017, 15:16:
Prez wrote on Feb 13, 2017, 10:43:
I have a lot of negative things to say about Nintendo because of terrible business decisions but I have to say that this was a pretty awesome thing that they did.

Christ, these sort of stories make me so damn sad (and mad at how fragile life is) but then some random people prove that Humanity is still a thing in this world.

Never-the-less though, the world still is less without Gabe in it.

Ok, but what are you actually doing to make the world a better place? Everyday about a 1000 children die from starvation/malnutrition related issues. They're also used as literal slaves both sexually and for labor. Even as shitty a deal as this guy had he's lived the comparitive life of Reilly. And Nintendo gets kudos for what? Allowing him to play an hour long demo? Yeah, they're real heroes alright. Christ, get some fucking perspective.


They made one very unfortunate person extremely happy on their deathbed.

Sorry that you're too jaded to understand how someone born knowing they're going, and the family around them, could be made extremely happy for a brief time by this, and why that's important.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
52. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2017, 17:15 Beamer
 
While an exodus may have happened, there was no parting of seas. No coming down from the mountain with Ten Commandments.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
36. Re: On Sale Feb 12, 2017, 09:45 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Feb 12, 2017, 01:04:
Redmask wrote on Feb 12, 2017, 00:53:
You're a special little Christian snowflake, we get it. No one wants to do bible study with you here, leave us to discuss sports and politics in peace you're fucking boring.

This is not a bible study. I made a point using the Bible as a reference. I'm not responsible for your hatred of it. If I have to deal with political discussions in a thread called "Out of the Blue" then you will deal with the occasional religious message. If such a message causes you to foam at the mouth, I recommend 20 mg of valium or beer; whichever tickles your fancy.

I mean, but you don't have a PhD. I'd trust a PhD in quantum physics before I trusted a guy that home studied as a hobby.

Not to mention, religion is belief based, not fact based. You're coming in with the assumption that there's a big beardo in the sky and he made a virgin pregnant. I reject that, so can reject much of what else you say because it's based upon something I think is incorrect. Much like, if a guy comes to me and says I should listen to him on science because he's read a lot, and global warming isn't real, I'd cut him off there, thank him, and exit the discussion because nothing meaningful would come from it.
 
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News Comments > Call of Duty Returning to its Roots
1. Re: Call of Duty Returning to its Roots Feb 11, 2017, 15:21 Beamer
 
The setting wasn't the problem. They beat the horse till it died, though all trends die eventually. Gamers want something different.

Lucky to catch that lightning in a bottle and keep it printing money for almost a decade.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
15. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Feb 11, 2017, 14:26 Beamer
 
WaltC wrote on Feb 11, 2017, 13:59:
edaciousx wrote on Feb 10, 2017, 17:59:
Cutter wrote on Feb 10, 2017, 14:47:
Yeah, hold it in a muslim country and see how that works out for you. This liberal stupidity over this issue never ceases to amaze me. Yeah, fuck security, let's just open the borders entirely and let anyone do whatever they want. I'm sure that'll work out well.

This is probably the first time I 110% agree with you.

What the press--most of it, anyway--deliberately keeps forgetting is that Trump has never opposed legal immigration. It's only the illegal kind that he opposes. We have legal immigration laws and procedures for 101 good reasons, at least--to restrict disease carriers, criminals, and terrorists, etc. The legal immigration process gives us time to properly vet immigrants and ensure that they have something of value to contribute to America--so that unlike what we've seen from Cuba and Mexico in the past--countries aren't cleaning out their jails and essentially deporting their felons to the US where these people then become our very big problem. Every other nation (with the exception of the foolish EU atm) has very strict anti-illegal immigration law--just try illegally immigrating into Mexico, for instance...;)

Pushing for illegal immigration makes not even an angstrom of sense--it's ridiculous, illogical, and completely irresponsible and unmindful of American citizens and their rights to be safe in their own country. In the oath of office the President takes, he pledges to protect America from "all enemies, foreign and domestic." The concept of "open borders" seems to me a clear violation of that oath--Trump is the first President in a long while who is taking that part of his job seriously.

BTW, the 9th circuit should be abolished...;)

Patently untrue. His ban impacted legal residents.
 
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