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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
28. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 25, 2016, 13:04 Beamer
 
I'll also point out that these ads aren't terrible.

Microsoft shows me, for lack of a better term, "pretty pictures" at my login screen. And they are pretty. Some are pretty spectacular. It is, or was, what Bing did, and the only thing I liked about Bing. It's nice variety, and I wish it updated my background with it.

The two examples in that article [i]mostly[/i] fit. Mostly. The Tomb Raider one is pretty, and the minions one is pretty, though ruined by minions. Neither is a huge, ugly ad like what Amazon puts on my Fire Tablet unlock screen. They're images that could very easily be on a "Good Backgrounds" site.

Which doesn't mean feeding ads to people not expecting ads is ok, just that it's nice that Microsoft is showing some restraint here, whereas it seems like everyone else doing this is just giving you the same crap we had back in those BonzaiBuddy days.
 
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News Comments > Alan Wake Returns TMed
12. Re: Alan Wake Returns TMed Feb 25, 2016, 13:01 Beamer
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Feb 25, 2016, 12:11:
Beamer wrote on Feb 25, 2016, 11:45:
CJ_Parker wrote on Feb 25, 2016, 10:31:
Verno wrote on Feb 25, 2016, 10:20:
Quantum Break with rumors of Forza, the new Gears and etc to follow. I'm referring to the seeming intent of bringing their games to both platforms instead of just on the crapbox.

Ah OK, I misunderstood the "previously" then because I thought you were talking about old games or remakes/rehashes.

I'm still not willing to give MS any credit for bringing those other games to PC though. The obvious reasons why they are doing so is that for one the Shitbox is losing the console race by a landslide so MS is just trying to use the additional sales potential on PC to cut their losses (not to be taken too literally) and the other one is promoting the Windows store as much as possible.

This isn't really about caring about the PC as a gaming platform or taking PC gaming more seriously. The only way they could convince me of really caring would be my above mentioned PC-exclusive flagship DirectX 12 title that would take full advantage of the PC's capabilities.

Lame-ass Shitbox ports to PC in order to make an additional buck and promote the Windows 10 store do not cut it - at all!

Your logic is fueled by anger. The 360 had the lead over the PS3 for quite some time, and they ended up tied.

The only reason the 360 had a lead over the PS3 initially was the fact that the 360 came out pretty much exactly a full year before the PS3. It had a one year headstart and still only ended up in a tie.

You seem to be under the impression MSFT is abandoning the Xbone, which... is kind of seeing what you want to see, no?

In an ideal world, the Xbox should never have happened and it can not disappear from the face of this planet soon enough. I know that another console would take its place and I have no problem with that.

The specific and unique problem with the Xbox is that Microsoft owns the DirectX and the Windows platform. Ever since 1998 A.D. (or so) they've had this vision that people MUST use PCs for work, MS Office, Internet Explorer et al and that people MUST shift their gaming to a yet to be announced living room "PC" which then later turned out to be the Xbox.

Microsoft has never given up on this vision and have done everything in their power, no matter how dirty, sleazy and backstabbing, to pull PC gamers away from their PCs and try to force them into the living room with a Shitbox.
There is a constant clash of interests, hypocrisy, double standards and bullshit when it comes to Microsoft's actions against PC gamers.

That, my friends, is why I have come to fucking hate Microsoft's guts with a passion (it has not always been like that). It would be beyond awesome if they would shut down or sell off the Shitbox division in order to focus back on DirectX gaming like before the time the first Shitbox got dumped on us.

Finally, it is also unforgivable that those assholes shut down Ensemble and Aces. And don't get me started on Freelancer and Starlancer still nowhere to be seen on GOG or any other digital download service. Those lazy fucks. How about adding those to the Windows store instead of garbage ware, MS?

You see... it's really a bit of a love/hate relationship... though mostly hate. Yes.

I'm not doubting that you hate Microsoft of why, just saying you're interpretation of what is going on here is tinged more by what your hate wants to happen than what is an actual business decision.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
21. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 25, 2016, 12:11 Beamer
 
In the two weeks I've had W10 I've never seen these, and I use Spotlight. But I don't use a screensaver (I just use energy-saving options instead), and my copy of W10 wasn't "free" or free, since it was a new PC, so the first point (combined with the small sample size) or second point can explain it away.  
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News Comments > Alan Wake Returns TMed
9. Re: Alan Wake Returns TMed Feb 25, 2016, 11:45 Beamer
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Feb 25, 2016, 10:31:
Verno wrote on Feb 25, 2016, 10:20:
Quantum Break with rumors of Forza, the new Gears and etc to follow. I'm referring to the seeming intent of bringing their games to both platforms instead of just on the crapbox.

Ah OK, I misunderstood the "previously" then because I thought you were talking about old games or remakes/rehashes.

I'm still not willing to give MS any credit for bringing those other games to PC though. The obvious reasons why they are doing so is that for one the Shitbox is losing the console race by a landslide so MS is just trying to use the additional sales potential on PC to cut their losses (not to be taken too literally) and the other one is promoting the Windows store as much as possible.

This isn't really about caring about the PC as a gaming platform or taking PC gaming more seriously. The only way they could convince me of really caring would be my above mentioned PC-exclusive flagship DirectX 12 title that would take full advantage of the PC's capabilities.

Lame-ass Shitbox ports to PC in order to make an additional buck and promote the Windows 10 store do not cut it - at all!

Your logic is fueled by anger. The 360 had the lead over the PS3 for quite some time, and they ended up tied.

You seem to be under the impression MSFT is abandoning the Xbone, which... is kind of seeing what you want to see, no?
 
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News Comments > Postal Redux This Spring
6. Re: It Still Looks Like Ass Feb 25, 2016, 08:37 Beamer
 
ELITE wrote on Feb 24, 2016, 21:12:
Hmmmmm I think they should have just released the original again - Since this looks like ass for being updated - Guess the effort went into importing old assets into a new engine - not updating old assets.
The odds of those old assets still existing are slim to none, and the work of updating them from 320x200 to 1080p is more than creating new ones.

This is a high def update in the same style as the original. The original had a weird, sketched kind of style. This is keeping it.
 
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News Comments > Fallout 4 Mod Support in April; Survival Mode Beta Soon
12. Re: Fallout 4 Mod Support in April; Survival Mode Beta Soon Feb 23, 2016, 18:50 Beamer
 
No fast travel sounds miserable. Fun in theory, but miserable.  
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News Comments > Game Reviews
3. Re: Game Reviews Feb 23, 2016, 15:01 Beamer
 
It's averaging a 78 on Metacritic. In other words, if you liked the others you'll like this, if you didn't you won't, it's less fun due to no bullets, it's still a fun game if flawed, and as someone that loved the last two I'll probably dig this one quite a bit (but quite a bit less.)  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
19. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Feb 23, 2016, 14:57 Beamer
 
ForgedReality wrote on Feb 23, 2016, 11:08:
Beamer wrote on Feb 23, 2016, 11:00:
ForgedReality wrote on Feb 23, 2016, 10:42:
Yeah, Bill. Nobody will ever need more than 64kB either.

But you're right. You already set the precedent by allowing the NSA into all your devices, so, may as well throw the rest of the camel in the tent.

You also know that quote is famously out of context, right?

Because I typoed 64 when I meant 640? XD Bill is famously shortsighted. He got started in the game by stealing and selling someone else's shit. Of course he doesn't give a shit about his customers' privacy. He's been stealing and selling that for years too. He's not going to care about any legal precedent that allows for further transgressions.

I like that the guy misquoting something easily disproven by a simple Google or trip to Snopes is calling someone that built an empire "shortsighted."

In this case, though, I agree with Cook.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Feb 23, 2016, 11:00 Beamer
 
ForgedReality wrote on Feb 23, 2016, 10:42:
Yeah, Bill. Nobody will ever need more than 64kB either.

But you're right. You already set the precedent by allowing the NSA into all your devices, so, may as well throw the rest of the camel in the tent.

You also know that quote is famously out of context, right?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 23, 2016, 11:00 Beamer
 
MacLeod wrote on Feb 23, 2016, 09:53:
Wow... A whats going list for Netflix that's smaller than the what's coming list.

I really wish Netflix would somehow let you just search every movie in a list format, instead of it's GUI interface that just recommends a limited amount of movies. I swear, every time I see the "what's leaving" list, I immediately react with "Hmm. didn't even know that was available to stream." to about 50% of the movies. It's a shame.

And looking at that Hulu list, I just have one thing to say:

"Toe Pick!" Tongue

You can search and you can get a more basic genre list, such as "horror," it's just usually at the very bottom of the GUI. Like, all the way down, below "South American Comedies about Dogs with Cancer Fighting Nazis in Space starring Will Forte."
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 22, 2016, 13:01 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 22, 2016, 11:55:
BitWraith wrote on Feb 22, 2016, 11:44:
Apparently you can poison people and get away with it.

Not as surprising as you think, there have been FAR worse environmental disasters where everyone got a slap on the wrist if at all.

That whole DuPoint article that was on the cover of the NYT Magazine back in January was so much worse than nearly anything else of late. So significantly worse.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 20, 2016, 12:02 Beamer
 
Retired wrote on Feb 20, 2016, 03:39:
Been thinking about the Super Bowl (didn't get to watch, was working) but I am so happy Cam lost. He showed his true colors. I love it when cry babies lose. As I have stated many times, he is a child (throws himself on the ground), and really needs a pro to pull him aside and tell him to grow the F up.

I am glad the better team and man won. I can applaud the win when it is deserved by CHAMPIONS, not by whiny little bitches that have zero respect for the game, thinking they are above the game itself. (It is why I quit being an NBA fan right around 2000 or so.)

I hope Cam never gets another chance.

Before the game, an interview with Payton, he was asked what he will want as his legacy. He said, "I hope I have the respect of my teammates" that was it. Not "I am better than everyone because no one is like me" Cam Newton. It was, that he hoped after his career was over, HIS TEAM respected what he had done. HIS TEAM. A dying breed of a man right there. Playing the game for the right reasons and respects the game more than anyone else in the league. The Sheriff will be missed.

Your "dying breed" also walked out of a Super Bowl press conference, only he was 10 years older when he did that.

Cam has his team much more than Peyton [not Payton] had the Broncos, a team he wasn't an integral part of this season. And interesting that you hate Cam and the entire NBA. Wonder what those players have in common...
 
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News Comments > Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Operation Wildfire
14. Re: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Operation Wildfire Feb 18, 2016, 20:53 Beamer
 
Sepharo wrote on Feb 18, 2016, 15:37:
theglaze wrote on Feb 18, 2016, 14:34:
When someone is "better" than me because they have faster reflexes, more accurate aiming, better hearing, superior game sense, and just plan logged more hours...yeah it's natural to think they cheat. The unfortunate truth is that they usually don't, especially if you download the demo to review.

/me passes out from disbelief Whew

Someone other than myself making this rational argument?! Can't be!

Don't worry, it's not. He's cheating at MessageBoard GO
 
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News Comments > The Division Free With NVIDIA Cards
5. Re: The Division Free With NVIDIA Cards Feb 17, 2016, 15:46 Beamer
 
Just bought a 970 last week, and it came with Tomb Raider.

I think I'd prefer this, but am not convinced I'd play either much.
 
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News Comments > Warren Spector Joining Otherside for System Shock 3
12. Re: Warren Spector Joining Otherside for System Shock 3 Feb 17, 2016, 15:45 Beamer
 
Wesp5 wrote on Feb 17, 2016, 15:05:
Cutter wrote on Feb 17, 2016, 12:54:
That's because it didn't. SS2 was much better.

Really? I never played SS1 but I heard that SS2 was rather a kind of copy including the same twist. Also people seem to forget the endless respawning enemies you had to kill with your wrench because your weapons would break after a few shots while you could get ammo from soda dispensers. I really hope that SS1 wasn't worse than that ;)!

Is that what happened?

I didn't play far into SS2. I remember crates kept breaking open and robots kept coming out that were pretty deadly, yet ammo and health were sparse, so I had to wrench'm, which would mean I got hurt, and they just kept coming, and it stopped being fun. I wanted to explore, not wrench robots, and ammo was too precious.

I guess I should have realized they were infinitely spawning, but I got frustrated fairly quickly and moved on to games that felt better.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
15. Re: Morning Safety Dance Feb 16, 2016, 08:19 Beamer
 
rudra wrote on Feb 15, 2016, 22:58:
and yet we still arent talking about the thermite cuts on the world trade center...

Here we go...
 
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News Comments > Quantum Break PC Plans; Xbox Players Unhappy
17. Re: Quantum Break PC Plans; Xbox Players Unhappy Feb 12, 2016, 11:40 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Feb 12, 2016, 11:17:
MacLeod wrote on Feb 12, 2016, 11:09:
I'm confused. What exactly are people complaining about? The game was originally Xbox One only, then they announced they'll release a PC version (with cross save compatibility no less), and giving it to every preorder for free... What is there to complain about??

It's the internet! Also, Hitler.


No, you're Hitler!


Anyway, it's fun that the PC I just built this week (or, rather, is half built in my apartment and will be finished Sunday) is below these recommended specs pretty much across the board.
 
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News Comments > XCOM 2 Troubleshooting
9. Re: XCOM 2 Troubleshooting Feb 11, 2016, 15:03 Beamer
 
What was the Muton Beserker bug? I don't remember it, maybe never encountered or simply never noticed it.  
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News Comments > Hatred Developer's New Greenlight
2. Re: Hatred Developer's New Greenlight Feb 11, 2016, 10:32 Beamer
 
Beach Head sucked then and will suck now.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
15. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 10, 2016, 08:37 Beamer
 
VR will fail for the same reason 3D did - no one wants to wear glasses. Not enough people to warrant a huge roll-out of expensive tech.

It, at least, is noticeable. 3D becomes forgettable within minutes - the first few moments of a movie you're watching all the 3D, but by the time you become engrossed you forget about it, until a bad cut jars you.

3DTVs only grew so much in adoption because we hit a point around 2010 where every flagship TV had it, and by 2013-2014 every midrange TV had it. It was just default.
 
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