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News Comments > Volition Layoffs Reported
8. Re: Volition Layoffs Reported Sep 28, 2017, 07:04 Beamer
 
ItBurn wrote on Sep 28, 2017, 01:04:
Their new game was badly explained, badly marketed, almost invisible and ... puzzling. How could someone think it had a chance to do good? I wouldn't want to be the person to blame for choosing/green-lighting this project.

Yeah, I was thinking about this. I'm a big SR fan, and while I'm actually not in the mood for that style of game at all, this should have been high on my radar for when I was. But it wasn't.

On one hand, the game makes perfect sense. The Volition team had basically done just SR games for a decade, so they were probably a bit burnt out. They wanted something somewhat new to stretch their creative muscles before diving into SR5. SR4 added some weird abilities, so making a game more around those abilities makes sense, and sounds fun - Saints Row with super powers? Yes, please! And, let's be honest, superheroes are all the rage now, without any real superhero open city games. On paper, I get all this.

But what came out... let's start with the name. I can see how "Agents of Mayhem" worked for them - it communicates that they're part of an organization, and they're chaotic. Great. But it's so generic. It sounds either like a generic, forgotten mid-90s game, or like one of those endless generic mobile games that rely on 1% of gamers paying 1000s a month and the rest waiting for counters to go down. It inspires nothing. Then there was the marketing, which seemed to be around "you're someone new and you have powers" rather than who the characters are or what the powers are. Or what you'd do. Or where you'd do it. Lastly, is anyone really clamoring for an open world superhero game? They were basically everywhere from 2005, with Spider-Man and Hulk games doing it, to the launch of the PS4, with the new Infamous. We haven't had one in a while, that I can remember, and the only one I know is coming up is Crackdown, which at least promises something new with a somewhat destructible city. I feel like we've done so much there you need to really bring something new and innovative to the table, and they didn't communicate well that they did.
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
7. Re: Evening Mobilization Sep 27, 2017, 21:49 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 27, 2017, 21:42:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 27, 2017, 13:26:
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 27, 2017, 03:51:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 27, 2017, 03:20:
So that Dyson electric car, will it street sweep too?

ON a more serious note, it's a shame they didn't lobby harder to have their diesel particulate capture tech to be made mandatory. How many deaths would that have avoided...

It's mandatory now in the EU though... well, for diesel cars that come out post 2017 anyway. The problem is this tech stops working at low temperatures. And in Germany, we have 50% of the year low temperatures.

On the plus side, all German car makers will be offering full electric versions of all models shortly, so there's that.

But definitely not because they want to, there is a real threat our courts make the laws this time around, cities HAVE to protect their inhabitants, and that means bans for diesel cars/trucks on certain roads are not just looming, they are coming. Especially as it seems that our elections left us with no functioning government until way into November. (Which is a good thing, obviously)


I mean, maybe 10% this, but 90% China is mandating it, and what China wants goes, because that's where cars are sold.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
15. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 27, 2017, 14:44 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 27, 2017, 13:24:
Beamer wrote on Sep 27, 2017, 11:40:
Verno wrote on Sep 27, 2017, 10:11:
Let's find a way to tie this into politics!

Exactly what a liberal would say!

You misspelled "liebral" Beam. Nono

That's exactly what a cuckliebtardsative would say!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 27, 2017, 11:45 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Sep 27, 2017, 10:22:
The Hernandez CTE thing and all of the stupid politics surrounding the sport this year are definitely giving me pause. I'm not interested or receptive to social justice/personal politics in my entertainment hobbies, there are a billion other avenues for that stuff already. I get plenty of stress and "awareness" elsewhere in life, its like a constant bombardment. Football time is just supposed to be football time for me.

As we get more research about the long term health impacts (beyond injuries which were already bad enough) I find the health argument about the NFL resonates more with me.

It's literally people killing themselves out there. The NFL is spending tens of millions trying to find new helmets and equipment, like the one Luke Kuechly is wearing. That one puts pressure on the jugular to increase the blood supply in the brain to make it swell so that there's less room for it to jostle around.

Think about that for a second.

The solution, to me, is to reduce the helmet, like in rugby. Stop people from going in head first and you stop the main causes of concussions.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
13. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 27, 2017, 11:40 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Sep 27, 2017, 10:11:
Let's find a way to tie this into politics!

Exactly what a liberal would say!
 
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News Comments > Fortnite Battle Royale Launches
22. Re: Fortnite Battle Royale Launches Sep 26, 2017, 20:10 Beamer
 
there was misunderstanding in the community that we're officially involved in the project

Is there, though?
Epic said:
We love Battle Royale games like PUBG and thought Fortnite would make a great foundation for our own version

Who thinks that means "PUBG is officially involved!"
 
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News Comments > Fortnite Battle Royale Launches
16. Re: Fortnite Battle Royale Launches Sep 26, 2017, 18:02 Beamer
 
The Half Elf wrote on Sep 26, 2017, 17:41:
Blizzard didn't invent the MMO Wheel but it did refine it. Same goes for every genre. But Epic Games was putting out marketing material using the PUBG name. It is the Battle Royale "genre" which you could use FPS, MOBA, RTS, etc, but no the explicitly used PUBG in referencing their game, which is a pretty big no no among devs.

But is it a pretty big no no. Again, these aren't commercials, this is devs talking. Do you really not remember people saying they were influenced by System Shock, or Doom, or whatever game?
 
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News Comments > Fortnite Battle Royale Launches
14. Re: Fortnite Battle Royale Launches Sep 26, 2017, 17:27 Beamer
 
The Half Elf wrote on Sep 26, 2017, 16:34:
Ozmodan wrote on Sep 26, 2017, 16:05:
The Half Elf wrote on Sep 26, 2017, 10:50:
Game isn't even out of Early Access and it has to rip off another game. Not looking good.

I have to question your thought process. What is wrong with making a feature in your game better than the opposition? That process has been going on for eons. In the end we as players end up benefiting.

How anyone can construe that as bad.....

Fair observation.

You make game A. Game A is in Early access finally after a year or two of being pushed back since it was announced. Game A is in Early Access, so instead of putting all resources into it to get the game shipped, they are putting more resources in a game mode trying to bolster it's sales by 1) copying another games mode, and 2) literally using other games name in marketing to promote your own game.

I have no problem with 1, (except the game needs to ship first), but I do have problems with 2.

But are they? They're saying they were inspired by games like PUBG. They aren't putting out commercials saying "this is PUBG but better."

And, regardless, this isn't new. Again, in the 90s, everyone said "we loved Doom so much we wanted to make a FPS." Or "we loved XCOM so much we made a turn based game." If you go on to Kickstarter damn near every game pitch is "we loved this game and this game so we decided to combine them." How many games described themselves as spiritual successors to System Shock?

Why are you drawing a line here?
 
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News Comments > LawBreakers Free Weekend
11. Re: LawBreakers Free Weekend Sep 26, 2017, 14:11 Beamer
 
HoSpanky wrote on Sep 26, 2017, 13:56:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 26, 2017, 13:52:
RedEye9 wrote on Sep 26, 2017, 13:48:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 26, 2017, 13:30:
Whaaaa? But CJ Parker told me there was room for at least four more AAA shooters! He told me, and I believed him! Bigcry
Was this the post you were referring to?
CJ_Parker wrote:
It's about 20 bucks too expensive for a digital title. Wake me up when the GOTY goes on sale for under $4.99 at best..
Valve sucks and there is room for 5 more triple A shooters, easy..

Derp. It was Slick, not CJ (Apologies, mate!):

This is a bullshit argument (most of the rest of your arguments are bullshit too).Every year in gaming is the year with the "most FPS players ever". There is room for more than 4-5 games. I don't remember only 4 Drama movies being released last year because of the "over saturation of the Drama genre in movies".

Funny that CJ coincidentally said the same thing.

Slick’s argument is flawed. Movies are a couple hours’ worth of commitment. If each person who bought this game only played for two hours, it’d fail even if a million people bought it.

Yup, I can watch a movie once and understand it really well. I can watch several movies in a day. Most people only watch a movie once.

To understand a game really well, you need hours in it. And people rarely jump between games, because it's not much fun to master multiple games at once - they play one repeatedly until they're bored of it. Games also get better with a larger player base, as there are more people to play with, shorter waits for games, and more variety of style, so people will flock to the game with the momentum.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
11. Re: Morning Safety Dance Sep 26, 2017, 13:59 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Sep 26, 2017, 13:07:
Beamer wrote on Sep 26, 2017, 12:50:
Quboid wrote on Sep 26, 2017, 12:16:
You are actually correct Timmeh, this specific case is different - and not as bad - as what Clinton did. No one actually says that it is, but I can see why you'd assume that.

Nowhere near as bad. But still hypocritical. But definitely not comparable, and outside of the "LOCK HER UP" chants, something of a non-issue.

Yep, it's not that this is awful. It's that it's funny.

I don't know anything about any Howard Stern stuff, is this going to be A Thing for a while?

I still go to Yahoo in the mornings as a somewhat decent news aggregator (it seems to get worse every single year, but is still better than many that I find, partially because its targeting is weaker so I see a wider variety), and there were four or five different headlines about it.

Hopefully it dies today. Nothing overly interesting (oh! he'd use a condom if he boned Princess Diana... who cares? oh! he has groped Melenia in public! any guy has groped his girlfriend in public!) and I don't see the point. "Grab them by the pussy" was a bombshell. "I am annoyed by my ex wife" isn't.
 
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News Comments > Call of Duty: WWII Beta Preloads
7. Re: Call of Duty: WWII Beta Preloads Sep 26, 2017, 12:56 Beamer
 
Smoke Wagon wrote on Sep 26, 2017, 07:08:
I've heard that PC MP is limited. Like, 6 vs 6 or some crazy crap like that. Is that true? I thought/hoped COD WWII would have at least 32 person mp (maybe even 64?)...?

On the flip side, if you want that, you can play that. Battlefield offers it. Some people still prefer smaller experiences. I personally hate Battlefield, but love Counter Strike. CoD is more akin to old DM games, with smaller maps and smaller battles. One person can have a big impact, and it's a blast. Put me there with 63 other people and I get bored.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
8. Re: Morning Safety Dance Sep 26, 2017, 12:50 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Sep 26, 2017, 12:16:
You are actually correct Timmeh, this specific case is different - and not as bad - as what Clinton did. No one actually says that it is, but I can see why you'd assume that.

Nowhere near as bad. But still hypocritical. But definitely not comparable, and outside of the "LOCK HER UP" chants, something of a non-issue.

Which, also, I consider the stuff from the Howard Stern interviews released today to be. Wish this wasn't making headlines. Gross guy says gross things on gross guy's radio show. I don't consider Howard all that bad, in part because his movie was surprisingly sweet and painted him in a pretty good light (even if it was about how he wooed a woman, and how sad he was that his career damaged her, and came out right before he divorced her.) Nothing Trump said was worse than anything else other guests say, nothing was particularly shocking, and he hedged quite a bit of it. The guy's one of the worst on the planet, but the Howard stuff was mostly kind of tame.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
2. Re: Evening Metaverse Sep 26, 2017, 08:58 Beamer
 
Luke wrote on Sep 26, 2017, 08:25:
Incl bots

While true, their bot issue is nowhere near Twitter's. I'd say it's actually not an issue at all.

Instagram is kind of brilliant in making receiving advertising desirable. I have a bunch of local restaurants following me, and I follow them, and see cool new dishes or events they're hosting that I'd never know about otherwise. For less local brands, they can still put up cool images that you actually want to, and choose to, see. It helps that you can get so much in a very short interaction. Which makes sense for me to say - I hate video for wasting my time. An image can convey all most videos do in five seconds, rather than 30 for the video.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
10. Re: Morning Interviews Sep 25, 2017, 22:36 Beamer
 
The Half Elf wrote on Sep 25, 2017, 21:39:
The problem is Epic games is flat out using the PUBG name in marketing their PUBG ripoff mode in Fortnite.

Is it in their marketing, or just what people are saying in interviews? Didn't every fps dev in the mid 90s discuss Doom?
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
11. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 25, 2017, 20:17 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 25, 2017, 19:20:
LOL, I just read at the Guardian that the glass backs are more expensive than the screen to replace.

Apparently the glass back is to facilitate wireless charging?

Oh! Yeah, that's what I meant, sorry. My old Windows Phones had poly backs, and my S8 has glass, so they had wireless charging.

I think it's more expensive to replace under Apple Care, but that's because Apple drastically reduced the cost of the screen to make Apple Care more appealing.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
6. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 25, 2017, 17:44 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 25, 2017, 14:21:
RedEye9 wrote on Sep 25, 2017, 12:50:
That moto-z shattershield, yowza

Yeah, I have a Moto X Pure which I've dropped several times, no problem. Not from that high of course. Good phones for the price.

What's the point of a glass back, anyways? Just style?

Signal.
 
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News Comments > Intel's "Best Gaming Processor Ever"
30. Re: Morning Tech Bits Sep 25, 2017, 17:44 Beamer
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Sep 25, 2017, 17:16:
Still dont see any reason to upgrade my 4790k @ 4.8ghz. GPU would be a better investment for gaming at this point, but the only card I'm looking at is the 1080ti, which still costs too much for the performance gain I would get from it. Probably going to take some new game that utilizes the shit out of these new processors to make me upgrade. Cyberpunk 2077 maybe?

Why would you ever upgrade that now?
I am running the same CPU, and built my system January 2016. Since my monitor is only 1080p (though 16:10), it runs anything I throw at it incredibly well. My system before it lasted 5 years. Towards the end it was, well, Far Cry 4 didn't look so hot. But I'd expect this system to last another 3 years before I think about any changes.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
8. Re: Morning Metaverse Sep 25, 2017, 17:42 Beamer
 
WaltC wrote on Sep 25, 2017, 16:54:
jdreyer wrote on Sep 25, 2017, 14:22:
MeanJim wrote on Sep 25, 2017, 12:21:
Why can't they lay cable like that all over the US?

Because then they couldn't charge $100/month for 10mbits down, 1mbit up.

Also, laying new cable cuts into the Hookers and Blow Fund, so why bother since there's nowhere else for consumers to go.

Who is "they"?...;) Some of you guys are so cynical.

I live in the US, my ISP is Comcast, I get 110mBs/down & *up*, unlimited cap, great for Netflix and gaming, cable HD TV--several hundred channels of stuff, and unlimited landline phone service (no LD charges) for $60 per month for the whole package. I'm also on an EWAN in our apartment building for Internet--which definitely helps as I just plug into an RJ45 jack, no modem required. There's a jack in each room in the apartment, and this also supports the wife's Internet access for her separate computer as well--no more paying for separate IP addresses (Comcast dropped that years ago, unless you need it for commercial purposes.) Have a printer and Blue-Ray player on the Internet network as well. If you are paying an ISP $100 per month for 10mbits down, 1mbit up--you need to get a new ISP!

Unless, that is, you are talking about wireless phone service--which, for the Internet--is a gigantic rip off, imo. No way I'm ever falling into that n00b trap...;) They murder you on the hardware, and then they murder you on Internet fees--and caps as small as 5GB a month (which I will often do many times over in a single day.) No way!

Link me to where this package is available.
I'm not saying you're lying, but Comcast doesn't give you this. You just mentioned a package more like $200. The only way to get it for $60 is to play the stupid game where you threaten to disconnect your service every year.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 25, 2017, 17:32 Beamer
 
Keep hoping the Giants lose. The longer they go without a win, the more likely they clean house. The more likely they clean house, the more likely they end up hiring a close friend of mine to come in and help fix it. Then I get box seats at games. I think we can all agree we want me to get that!  
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
3. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Sep 25, 2017, 07:48 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Sep 25, 2017, 04:28:
NKD wrote on Sep 24, 2017, 21:52:
Still J.R.E.

What were you expecting, the Spanish Inquisition?

C'mon now, hardly anyone expects the Spanish Inquisition. Like, tens of people, tops. That's like, barely anybody!
 
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