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News Comments > Titanfall 2 Release Window Narrowed
13. Re: Titanfall 2 Release Window Narrowed Jun 2, 2016, 12:40 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Jun 2, 2016, 12:02:
MajorD wrote on Jun 2, 2016, 11:34:
Wow, I didn't realize the first one was good enough to justify a 2nd.


I suspect they invested enough in the initial IP that they have to at least give it one more go before putting a bullet in it.

Like Watch Dogs...


Yup. An enormous amount of money got invested. Enormous. And while there's a whole good-money-after-bad/sunk-cost argument, I don't think it applies here.

The general opinion on Titanfall was "well, it's pretty good, but it isn't complete. There's something fun there, but not enough." That sounds like a really easy foundation to build on. The product wasn't fundamentally flawed, it was just lacking in content.

It sold decently, but had no legs. It also came out around Destiny, which had some legs.



All this said, if I were an exec, I'd be concerned. CoD sales have been falling. Overwatch and Doom are spiking. There's a very clear sign that gamers want something different, and giving new weapons to old gameplay isn't different. Giving something much faster and more mobile is different. Pendulum is swinging. I never played Titanfall - maybe it was fast. It seems like the type of game that could be sped up easily. Doom, though... kind of perfect. It's fast, and nearly every weapon sprays, meaning it's about movement and ambushing, not being accurate (a huge change from CoD, which was about being accurate [even if it involved autoaim] more than being quick.)
 
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News Comments > Titanfall 2 Release Window Narrowed
4. Re: Titanfall 2 Release Window Narrowed Jun 2, 2016, 10:31 Beamer
 
Sho wrote on Jun 2, 2016, 10:28:
Tachikoma wrote on Jun 2, 2016, 10:00:
Bot support should be mandatory for any serious MP title...but they prefer to lock a player down for online-only deal.

Because they can: MP titles largely sell to an audience of socially-minded gamers who want to play against human opponents, not bots. The investment isn't worth it.

It makes the games uninteresting to me (I don't care for playing with others and get my social interaction outside of games), but to say bots should be mandatory is entitled nonsense.

At the same time, Titanfall kind of tanked. Not entirely, but kind of. Partially because it appeared rushed and not feature-rich. Partially for a lot of other reasons.

With an SP game, you hope to bring in the SP players long enough to fill the servers and convince hardcore MP players to stick around. When the SP players don't bother buying, the servers are somewhat barren and the game dies on the vine.

What SP options do Battleborn, Overwatch, Paragon and Lawbreakers have? And how is/will that impact sales? These aren't rhetorical, I haven't been following closely and do not know.
 
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News Comments > Steam Controller Report
3. Re: Steam Controller Report Jun 2, 2016, 09:31 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Jun 2, 2016, 08:31:
HoSpanky wrote on Jun 2, 2016, 07:57:
GameStop has them down to $35. A friend of mine picked one up and the guy at the counter said that's the first one they've ever sold.

Damn, that's sad. I keep meaning to grab one...was hoping they did well for them.

Then again, how much pc stuff does GS sell these days?


Yeah, my first thought was "that makes some sense - I'd never go to a GameStop to buy something related to Steam, or even my PC."

My second thought was "actually, I'd never go to GameStop, period. I cringe even walking by them in the mall. There's nothing it does that Amazon doesn't do better, other than give me something immediately, but it's exceedingly rare that I need immediate and Amazon now does hour deliveries to me, so..."
 
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News Comments > Mafia II Back on Steam; Mafia III CE Unveiled
19. Re: Mafia II Back on Steam; Mafia III CE Unveiled Jun 2, 2016, 09:30 Beamer
 
Quinn wrote on Jun 2, 2016, 07:48:
If they'd have forced me to play a black protagonist without the story needing him to be black, I'd be disappointed. I'm white and I can best immerse myself into a white playing character, simple as that.

I always find this odd.

I'm not being critical of you, so don't think this is an attack or calling you out. You didn't say you will only play as white people, or anything like that, you stated a preference and said you are also excited when you move away from that preference. Given how charged these conversations can be, I feel this lengthy disclaimer is needed.

But do you struggle with playing as an Orc? Does it matter if the white person is from a far off future, or an entirely different culture, or is Irish or Italian or Spanish or Azerothian? Do you have trouble with immersion if the character is much older or much younger? What if the character is some form of Jazzy Jackrabbit? Do you get immersed with Mario, even though he's a 2 foot tall stereotype that is capable of saying little more than his own name?

I just don't feel like immersion in character is a big deal for me in games. In FPS games, I'm just there to blow shit up. In strategy games, I'm there to lead others to blow shit up. If Doom Guy was a woman it wouldn't make Doom less immersive, and having my own name in FTL doesn't make it more so. I never felt like I was Michael or Trevor, and if you give me the option to create my own character in any game I'm never making a doppelganger of myself, or idealized version of myself, I'm making a monstrously deformed freak that is endlessly amusing in any cut scene.
 
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News Comments > etc.
19. Re: etc. Jun 1, 2016, 10:39 Beamer
 
Ever notice how it's only nerd things that this happens to?

Video games? Day 0 you'll have entirely 10s and 0s. People didn't see it, they just have an ax to grind.

Comic Book Movies? Same thing.


Dear nerds: stop feeling like your, well, feelings matter. Rate things you've experienced, stop rating based on marketing.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
31. Re: Out of the Blue May 30, 2016, 21:57 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on May 30, 2016, 21:18:
Beamer wrote on May 30, 2016, 16:53:
VaranDragon wrote on May 30, 2016, 03:15:
Oh look it's Beamer pushing his bullshit argument on and on, like a bad lawyer in a shitty TV film. Racism is a huge problem in the United States, no way to skirt around that issue, but it's something that will take care of itself, its not something you can solve with "political correctness" or by begging Hollywood to replace overpaid white actors with overpaid actors of another skin color...Forcing people to change their prejudiced ways doesn't work. You have laws and then you have time. In a 100 years, the United States will have a white minority. Deal. With. It.

"It'll take care of itself" doesn't seem to be something that's ever gotten anyone anything. And, I'm sure, victims of racism are happy knowing that your desire is to wait a few dozen generations.

C'mon Beam, slavery and Jim Crow took care of themselves without anyone having to do anything at all.

Oh, wait.

I don't even think I was arguing with you. I wasn't calling for more Asian led TV programs. I wasn't demanding anything. I was just pointing out that, on American TV, there really haven't been many TV shows with an Asian in first billing. Ever.

TV reflects our views. It also influences our views. It's no coincidence that, the more comfortable TV got with showing gay characters, the more accepting America got of gay people, and vice versa.

So saying "things will fix themselves" is somewhat true, if you're willing to wait a few centuries while anyone that even says "hey, maybe this is a bit of problem" gets called an SJW by people terrified of change. On the flip side, a ton of terrified people used to having power now fearing they'll have less because gays can marry, black men can marry their white daughters, and maybe there will be a TV show with an Asian in first billing, is why we now have Trump.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
29. Re: Out of the Blue May 30, 2016, 16:53 Beamer
 
VaranDragon wrote on May 30, 2016, 03:15:
Oh look it's Beamer pushing his bullshit argument on and on, like a bad lawyer in a shitty TV film. Racism is a huge problem in the United States, no way to skirt around that issue, but it's something that will take care of itself, its not something you can solve with "political correctness" or by begging Hollywood to replace overpaid white actors with overpaid actors of another skin color...Forcing people to change their prejudiced ways doesn't work. You have laws and then you have time. In a 100 years, the United States will have a white minority. Deal. With. It.

"It'll take care of itself" doesn't seem to be something that's ever gotten anyone anything. And, I'm sure, victims of racism are happy knowing that your desire is to wait a few dozen generations.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue May 29, 2016, 19:36 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on May 29, 2016, 16:11:
Beamer wrote on May 29, 2016, 12:10:
The point being "easily." Which means that I am confident I could go above that.

How about we name TV shows with Asians as first billing. I'll counter with ones with white people as first billing.

Do you think you can get to 5%?

Shows with Asians with top-billing:
- Fresh off the Boat
- Master of None
- Mindy Kaling Show
- Hawaii Five-O
- Nikita
- Dr. Ken
- Selfie

Shows with Asians with major arcs as part of an ensemble cast:
- Lost
- Heroes
- The Walking Dead
- BSG
- Grey's Anatomy
- Glee
- Agents of Shield
- Community
- Quantico
- Sense8

I await your list of 300 shows.

On a more serious note, here's an article that breaks things down:
- Asians in a lead role: 6%
- Shows containing multiple Asian characters: 7%
- TV Shows containing any Asian at all: 38%

I said first, not top. So, we can whittle Hawaii Five-O and Selfie off the list. I also said TV, so we can take Master of None off the list.

Which is great. In the history of network TV, you just gave me 4 shows where an Asian is first billed. We can add Margaret Cho's show from the 90s, so 5. That's all I can come up with. Literally all I can.

I guarantee to you I can name 200 shows with a white lead off the top of my head.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue May 29, 2016, 12:11 Beamer
 
Agent.X7 wrote on May 29, 2016, 11:34:
I work at an apartment community. If I fail to do something just how a resident wants, I'm an incompetent asshole. Unless that resident is a certain ethnic minority, and then 90% of the time I'm a racist for not doing things the exact same way I do for everyone else as well. I got called a racist for not letting someone who does not live here use our amenities. The real racists are usually the ones pointing fingers and calling everyone else a racist.

Meanwhile Trump and Hillary are set to take over, and whoever wins, we lose.

In truth, "the real racists" does make you sound like a Trump supporter. That's usually a term they love.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue May 29, 2016, 12:10 Beamer
 
Eirikrautha wrote on May 29, 2016, 09:49:
Beamer wrote on May 29, 2016, 02:39:
Agent.X7 wrote on May 29, 2016, 01:52:
Yifes wrote on May 28, 2016, 22:35:
Agent.X7 wrote on May 28, 2016, 22:22:
Can I go to China, Japan, and Korea and bitch about the lack of white dudes in the movies made there? 72% of this country is Caucasian. 12% is black, and they are the BIGGEST minority. Asian ethnics make up about 5% of the population. (From ALL Asian countries.) If anything, most groups are over-represented in Hollywood in some sort of attempt to make everyone feel good about themselves.

Having said that, it is weird when Jesus is a white dude and so is Gandhi. In multiple movies.

The thing is, a lot less than 5% of Hollywood is Asian. If you look at recent major releases, you have Sulu in Star Trek and that dude in the Fast and Furious movie. That's like what, 2 people out of hundreds of actors, both in minor roles. And when's the last time an Asian actor had a leading role in a movie outside of the rare stereotypical Kung Fu flick? There's no way you can say Asians are over-represented.

Also, Hollywood may be based in the US, but it makes movies for global consumption. A lot of blockbusters make WAY more in foreign markets than domestically, and a film's oversea's gross can be essential to its success. That's a huge difference than asian cinema making films for their own much more racially homogenous markets.

I think you're seeing what you want to see and not reality. Pop quiz: Who is one of the lead actors on The Walking Dead? One of the main characters in Maze Runner? Daniel Dae Kim has been in how many hit TV shows AND movies? Lucy Lui? Come on, there are a ton of Asian actors.

Daniel Dae Kim was a lead on how many of those?

And you named a few. I can easily name 20 white stars for every 1 Asian you can name.

Hmmm, 1 divided by 20 = 0.05 = 5%

Math checks out...

The point being "easily." Which means that I am confident I could go above that.

How about we name TV shows with Asians as first billing. I'll counter with ones with white people as first billing.

Do you think you can get to 5%?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue May 29, 2016, 02:39 Beamer
 
Agent.X7 wrote on May 29, 2016, 01:52:
Yifes wrote on May 28, 2016, 22:35:
Agent.X7 wrote on May 28, 2016, 22:22:
Can I go to China, Japan, and Korea and bitch about the lack of white dudes in the movies made there? 72% of this country is Caucasian. 12% is black, and they are the BIGGEST minority. Asian ethnics make up about 5% of the population. (From ALL Asian countries.) If anything, most groups are over-represented in Hollywood in some sort of attempt to make everyone feel good about themselves.

Having said that, it is weird when Jesus is a white dude and so is Gandhi. In multiple movies.

The thing is, a lot less than 5% of Hollywood is Asian. If you look at recent major releases, you have Sulu in Star Trek and that dude in the Fast and Furious movie. That's like what, 2 people out of hundreds of actors, both in minor roles. And when's the last time an Asian actor had a leading role in a movie outside of the rare stereotypical Kung Fu flick? There's no way you can say Asians are over-represented.

Also, Hollywood may be based in the US, but it makes movies for global consumption. A lot of blockbusters make WAY more in foreign markets than domestically, and a film's oversea's gross can be essential to its success. That's a huge difference than asian cinema making films for their own much more racially homogenous markets.

I think you're seeing what you want to see and not reality. Pop quiz: Who is one of the lead actors on The Walking Dead? One of the main characters in Maze Runner? Daniel Dae Kim has been in how many hit TV shows AND movies? Lucy Lui? Come on, there are a ton of Asian actors.

Daniel Dae Kim was a lead on how many of those?

And you named a few. I can easily name 20 white stars for every 1 Asian you can name.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
5. Re: Morning Mobilization May 29, 2016, 02:37 Beamer
 
Pr()ZaC wrote on May 29, 2016, 02:03:
Ex WP8 user here.
The lack of apps is what caused the flop for me. A shame.
The Microsoft line of phones is pretty good hardware-wise, has the best/prettiest UI (IMO), the interface is smooth and very user friendly. Also, the camera on the mid/high-end models is fantastic.


WP7 - WP 8.1 user here.

Loved so much. Even now on Android, WP8.1 did so much better.

However, I like the flexibility of Android, there's a lot of productivity I enjoy that I didn't even know I missed (though, two months in, maybe I don't like as much as when I first got it), and, from what I understand, WM10 did away with much of what made WP8.1 unique and wonderful.
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. May 28, 2016, 20:54 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on May 28, 2016, 20:08:
@kxmode, I told you Mark Kern was a wanker.

I did, too, and got a fairly unfriendly response, I think, haha. It was me jumping into a heated discussion, and I felt like how I judge some of those here that hate anything that says anything mean about GG, but regardless of his attempts to appeal to GG, Kern is and always has been a wanker.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
14. Re: Morning Metaverse May 26, 2016, 16:39 Beamer
 
I mean, Cutter pokes aside, we all realize we're covered by my comment, too, right?  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse May 26, 2016, 11:34 Beamer
 
And saddest of all are people that comment on reports about them!  
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News Comments > Mighty No. 9 Trailer
8. Re: Mighty No. 9 Trailer May 26, 2016, 07:37 Beamer
 
The Half Elf wrote on May 25, 2016, 22:34:
The Pyro wrote on May 25, 2016, 22:24:
How many times has this been delayed? For this crap?

Final release date will end up being 14 months after the projected release date announced during the Kickstarter campaign. Could be worse... at least there's a game to release.

It suffered from feature creep IMO. They added support for several platforms that were never part of the pitch.

And the graphics have been noticeably downgraded since it was first shown. Honestly this looks like a 3DS title.

You're probably remembering concept art rather than in-game footage. AFAIK the game has always had very low-poly graphics. I agree that the concept art looked more appealing than what we ended up with, especially for Beck.

I played the demo several months ago. I didn't hate it. Graphically, I wish they'd gone with high-quality 2D rather than this low-poly 3D art style.

No I'm not

I didn't really see a difference in your links.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
18. Re: Evening Legal Briefs May 25, 2016, 18:44 Beamer
 
Eirikrautha wrote on May 25, 2016, 18:36:
Beamer wrote on May 25, 2016, 13:45:
That violates US law. Sorry, it does. There's no getting around it.

Now he's a lawyer, too! Is there anything a moralizing, sanctimonious PC liberal doesn't know?

Actually, I do have a law degree.

Regardless, here's the law:
Hostile work environment harassment is grounds for legal action when the conduct is unwelcome, based on sex, and severe or pervasive enough to create an abusive or offensive working environment. Elements which courts analyze in determining whether this standard has been met include:
&#9726;Whether the conduct was verbal, physical, or both;
&#9726;Frequency of the conduct;
&#9726;Whether the conduct was hostile or patently offensive;
&#9726;Whether the alleged harasser was a co-worker or supervisor;
&#9726;Whether others joined in perpetrating the harassment; and
&#9726;Whether the harassment was directed at more than one individual or singled out the victim.

In any sexual harassment case, the alleged victim will have to meet a subjective and objective standard. In other words, the plaintiff must show that:
&#9726;he/she subjectively believed the conduct was hostile, abusive, or offensive; and
&#9726;a reasonable person in the plaintiff's position would objectively believe the conduct was hostile, abusive, or offensive


 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue May 25, 2016, 14:33 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on May 25, 2016, 12:43:
What had Tim Miller, Colin Treverrow, and Neill Blomkamp done before doing Deadpool, Jurassic World, and District 9 respectively? Almost nothing.

For two of them, literally nothing.

I'd argue that Deadpool and Jurassic World have some pretty serious issues, but they certainly made large fortunes, and they were certainly polished. The issues they had were ones that didn't necessarily come from experience. Maybe the Jurassic World one did - there were some script/tone issues there. But, from just a visual presentation and actor performance standpoint, all three were very strong.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
12. Re: Evening Legal Briefs May 25, 2016, 13:45 Beamer
 
dubfanatic wrote on May 25, 2016, 13:31:
Beamer wrote on May 25, 2016, 07:43:
Nighthawk wrote on May 25, 2016, 05:01:
Seems like a self-inflicted incident.
Elected for gender change...he/she/it

You're a charming individual.

You are also a textbook transphobe. I am sure you mean no harm, but calling someone "it" is textbook transphobia. You'll probably be angry, because these days calling someone out for doing something transphobic seems to be considered more offensive than doing something transphobic, but in the future, if you'd like to avoid being called out as such, please cool it on the transphobic remarks.

And you're a textbook moralizing sanctimonious PC liberal.

This wasn't misgendering. This was a very deliberate action. No one calls someone "it" without meaning to put down. That violates US law. Sorry, it does. There's no getting around it.
 
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News Comments > Rocket League Adds PC/Xbox One Cross-Platform Play
3. Re: Rocket League Adds PC/Xbox One Cross-Platform Play May 25, 2016, 13:44 Beamer
 
jacobvandy wrote on May 25, 2016, 13:16:
More console peasants to destroy!

This is one of the few games where I feel like PC has about 0 advantage, which makes this a smart move.

I play with the keyboard. I'm terrible.
 
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