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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
54. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Dec 12, 2016, 11:06 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Dec 12, 2016, 09:47:
Beamer, you're not talking about right-wing gamers so generalisation is allowed.

Yeah, I'm pretty certain this site is left leaning, but not terribly so. We have a few out and out conservatives, such as Verno and Prez, and at this point I feel as if I get on fine with them, butting heads over a few social things and that's it (though, very much not always the case with Prez and I.)

I don't feel like denying climate change and pizzagate are "conservative" positions.
 
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News Comments > Crytek Payroll Issues?
19. Re: Crytek Payroll Issues? Dec 12, 2016, 09:41 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 11, 2016, 17:51:
Yeah, never do it. Company misses a paycheck don't bother showing up unless it's to take stuff for collateral until you're paid and start looking for something else immediately.

The last bit of advice you give is good - start looking for something else immediately. But not showing up? Iffy.

For one thing, not showing up can guarantee you never get paid. If a bulk of employees stop showing up, any product in the pipeline gets stalled. Any potential savior investor backs away. It basically means the company will fail, and if it fails, you do not get paid. Maybe you're pretty certain this is a foregone conclusion, but if not, you may be better off going in until you have someone else to pay you.

In other circumstances, companies get sold. If you'd stopped coming in, you're no longer part of that company and you're likely not part of that sale. Your old coworkers now have new jobs and steady paychecks, and you do not. Often, too, the company is sold and not the debt. Sometimes the new company will offer bonuses to make the new employees whole (or closer to it), while the company you actually had a relationship with just declares bankruptcy.

Looking for a new job is smart, but unless everything is clearly doomed, still coming in and doing your job is probably also smart. Doing that, you have some chance, even if small, of getting some money. If you stop coming in, you have no chance at all.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
49. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Dec 12, 2016, 07:25 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Dec 12, 2016, 05:46:

Reminder: I said that there's highly suspicious things. Don't let that usual lying get in your way Beamer. I'll also remind everyone that Beamer still thinks that Gamergate is only 300 people, and the big anti-harassment group known as the "Crash Override Network" or CON, wasn't engaged in doxing and harassment. Believes that GG is nothing but harassment, and runs away when confronted that his favorite people in the social justice movement are shown to be gigantic hypocrites who actively engage in everything they claim to be against.

This is fun. Find a single quote from me about CON. Just one.

Or find me saying nice things about people in the "social justice movement" that would make someone think I even respect them, let alone consider them "favorites."

But sorry, anyone giving any credence to Pizzagate is a brainless moron, and anyone that can't see how GG is an alt-right extension of Five Guys, which was exclusively about harassment, is the type of person that ends up a Pizzagate believer.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
36. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Dec 11, 2016, 10:19 Beamer
 
I'd just like to remind everyone that Mashiki believes Pizzagate.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
22. Re: Op Ed Dec 9, 2016, 17:28 Beamer
 
NewMaxx wrote on Dec 9, 2016, 14:48:
Beamer wrote on Dec 9, 2016, 11:32:
I remember playing Fighter Ace on Microsoft Zone back in, I dunno, maybe 1997? That game would give you a message every time there was a bullet impact. If a bullet hit you, it was red text saying something like "You were shot in the fuselage by FighterAce1977," and it would be the reverse in green text if you made the hit. Given that you were firing dozens of bullets at once, getting a good volley in a ship meant a sudden scroll of green text in the corner of your screen. It was immediate, satisfying feedback. It's how I first noticed how important things like that were - you just kept playing for more instant feedback like that, just one more hit.

Look at the Modern Warfare games. Two things they did was change the target reticle when you land a shot, and then give a +100 pop up every time you kill someone. Initially complained about as arcady, but every time you see that pop up you hunger for the next one.

Contrast that with some of the earlier games in the series, or even occasional modern games in other series, and there's very little feedback for you doing something good like hitting someone, and I lose interest in those shooters quicker.

Another modern example would be Battlefield 1. The satisfaction of hearing that "kill" sound is just so sweet. Constant points for doing anything pop up for you; suppression, defense, assisting, flares, spotting, healing, ammo resupply, everything. If you disable those the game feels completely different...

To be clear, I'm not advocating against these things - I love them. But it's fun to see the stuff put in there to push the dopamine, or whatever causes the reaction. You feel like a rat pushing a lever for more sugar.

edit - also worth pointing out that Valve has multiple experimental psychologists on staff, and they're not there to figure out how to make video games less addicting. Which isn't to say that their explicit goal is to make them more addicting and they're sitting there, twirling their mustaches, but I'm sure it's to make video games more pleasurable and rewarding, which ultimately, is pretty much synonymous.

This comment was edited on Dec 9, 2016, 17:38.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 9, 2016, 17:25 Beamer
 
jacobvandy wrote on Dec 9, 2016, 16:49:
They want a younger guy for Spider-Man because they want him for a long run of several movies. New guy is 20 now (so even younger for Civil War) and has a serious baby-face, but that's in contrast to Tobey Maguire barely passing for a high schooler in his first film and then looking like a tired old man in the third. Because he was one, in his thirties! Now that Sony is [finally] teaming up with Disney/Marvel and folding Spidey into the MCU, they're going to do it right and this kid is gonna be around for at least ten years like the rest of the Avengers.

I'd advocated for an older Spiderman a few times. Back in the Spiderman 1/2/3 days, I thought it would be interesting to replace Tobey McGuire with Jake Gillanheal, as both look similar but Jake is less wide-eyed. He'd have made a good continuation of Peter Parker now being more assertive and cynical.

Then, when they started talking reboot, I thought older again, because we'd seen younger.

Then I saw Civil War, and yes, this guy is perfect. Andrew Garfield was terrible as Spiderman. He's a good actor, but in the suit I found him overacting to compensate for us not seeing him, and rather than playful banter I found his words arrogant and obnoxious. This kid? Feels like Peter Parker, just swept up and enthusiastic and sarcastic.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
10. Re: Op Ed Dec 9, 2016, 11:32 Beamer
 
Jivaro wrote on Dec 9, 2016, 11:21:
The psychology behind some of the most successful games and even whole genres is fascinating, even if it makes you a little uncomfortable or even upset to think that your "want" to keep playing is actually something that is predictably and intentionally generated.

I remember playing Fighter Ace on Microsoft Zone back in, I dunno, maybe 1997? That game would give you a message every time there was a bullet impact. If a bullet hit you, it was red text saying something like "You were shot in the fuselage by FighterAce1977," and it would be the reverse in green text if you made the hit. Given that you were firing dozens of bullets at once, getting a good volley in a ship meant a sudden scroll of green text in the corner of your screen. It was immediate, satisfying feedback. It's how I first noticed how important things like that were - you just kept playing for more instant feedback like that, just one more hit.

Look at the Modern Warfare games. Two things they did was change the target reticle when you land a shot, and then give a +100 pop up every time you kill someone. Initially complained about as arcady, but every time you see that pop up you hunger for the next one.

Contrast that with some of the earlier games in the series, or even occasional modern games in other series, and there's very little feedback for you doing something good like hitting someone, and I lose interest in those shooters quicker.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
8. Re: Op Ed Dec 9, 2016, 11:12 Beamer
 
panbient wrote on Dec 9, 2016, 10:50:
Beamer wrote on Dec 9, 2016, 10:19:
I'll never understand people who call articles like this "one-sided."

How is this not one-sided?

If you happened to be super old school and read this in a print newspaper you would have the story of a single special needs boy being spun as representative of the impact of video games on a generation of youths. While the online version does have loads of links to support other ancillary claims this is really an article about one single family's experience and not an exploration into reclusive social behaviour. It's almost like you didn't actually read the article.

As for the actual article that whole angle about the 'negative' impact of games because dialog lines would pop into his head... I mean, I know haters are going to hate, hate, hate, hate! Just shake it off, shake it off!

Am I right? And now get that out of your head.

Oh, but when the earworm comes from a video game it's totally due to addiction. Right. Because no one has ever had a catch phrase or ad slogan or song hook just pop into their heads just because they hear it so much. Nope... gotta be addiction.

How is it being spun as representative?! It's talking about isolated cases.

There's no need to say "99% of people play video games without problems," because people know that. It dilutes the story by adding information that's boring.

What really bothers me is Blue posts articles with only "one side" every day. People here just get angry when it says something bad about video games, because they either can't differentiate between "all" and "a select few," or you're convinced no one can so this will lead to bans. Which is great, because the first post here accuses this of fear mongering, but the post itself is fear mongering.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Op Ed Dec 9, 2016, 10:51 Beamer
 
I mean, if you read the article (we all know one person who doesn't), it doesn't make it out to be an epidemic. It's talking about how something impacts a very small subset of people, and it's an interesting story.

It's by no means making the claim this is widespread.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 9, 2016, 10:49 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Dec 9, 2016, 10:38:
It was basically so tightly packed that a casual jostle or bump could merge 2 layers of cells together.

I would gladly take battery life over "thinness" any day too.

What's weird is that they "just found" this, but I remember the subsidiary that made the battery making this claim either the week Samsung first acknowledged the explosions or the week after. I'm pretty sure I posted it here, too - there was a photo (x-ray?) of the battery cross-section showing the edges being distorted and cells coming close to each other. This was put out there almost immediately, which is why so many people weren't surprised when the explosions continued with the new batteries made to the old specs.

To your second point - I've been saying that forever. I had the Nokia Lumia Icon, which was a thick phone relative to the iPhone, and it was fine. I have an S7 Edge now, and it's fine, but I'd happily trade it for one as thick as the Icon if it meant more battery.

I also don't want to lose the home button. I actually like physical buttons (and hate on-screen ones), and I use double-tap for camera daily. If they ditch the home button, I'd hope for a dedicated camera button on the side.

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
2. Re: Op Ed Dec 9, 2016, 10:19 Beamer
 
I'll never understand people who call articles like this "one-sided." I was reading an article about concussions in the NFL the other day - should it also focus on the "other side?" "Well, actually Bob, not every player gets concussions!" What's the "other side" here? "I play video games and never feel they're too addictive." Great, that's what 99% of readers of the article will think, so it's meaningless and does nothing to advance the article.

Regardless, I do think we have a generation of teens and people in their early 20s who have given up on regular life and turned to video games. Is it many? Of course not. But it's some. We laughed at articles pointing out Japanese males who give up on dating and just play games, yet when there's an article about it happening in the US, suddenly it's "one-sided" and it's going to be a "catalyst."

There are many reasons why you have a group of people seemingly dropping out of life and spending all their time playing video games. I do not think video games are the cause: the focus of this article had extreme ADHD. But I do think video games make it an easier choice, and then an easier route.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 8, 2016, 15:13 Beamer
 
wasteoid wrote on Dec 8, 2016, 14:56:
What about those of us who use protective covers for our phones? Zero bezel just means more of the screen is obscured/unusable, plus the phone is even more delicate, being more glass, which increases the need for a cover.

Then you buy another phone. And for those of us that don't put ugly covers all over our phones and still somehow don't break them, we get something smaller and nicer.
 
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News Comments > DOOM Free Update 5 Now; New DLC Next Week
9. Re: DOOM Free Update 5 Now; New DLC Next Week Dec 8, 2016, 14:33 Beamer
 
Snapmap sounded great at first, but I didn't last long with it. Finding something good wasn't easy, so you'd try a few things. In 30 minutes of playing I'd have maybe 5 minutes of fun.

It ended up being far more satisfying to go back through SP again. 30 minutes of playing would be 30 minutes of fun.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
7. Re: Into the Black Dec 8, 2016, 07:08 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 7, 2016, 20:27:
The problem I have with snopes is how do you know they're not just pulling shit out of their ass? I don't see any actual evidence, just claims to the contrary that people are supposed to take at face value on their say-so.

The evidence to disprove the ads for that game weren't fortelling Pearl Harbor are akin to disproving Pizzagate isn't real. You simply can't disprove vague accusations.

I mean, I can't disprove that you don't spend your free moments dreaming of putting a squirrel down your pants. You can tell me you don't, and I have no evidence you do, but I can't disprove what you're thinking. I just have to go on the pure lack of evidence that this is what you dream of, and that the odds of you having this constant daydream is pretty damn low.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 7, 2016, 18:23 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Dec 7, 2016, 17:18:
RedEye9 wrote on Dec 7, 2016, 10:23:
In 1938 Time magazine named Hitler man of the year, donny is in good company.
If I remember correctly, the criteria is person most news worthy -- both of them certainly qualify.

And in 2006 they chose me, so they've really dropped their standards.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Dec 7, 2016, 11:26 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 7, 2016, 10:47:
Sony has sold 50 million PlayStation 4s.

MS, you really screwed the pooch. Think they learned anything from the XB1 debacle?

Sony learned from the PS3.

I would still buy an XBone over a PS4, if only due to how much more I like the controller. But I'd want the Elite, and, well, that still costs too much. If I could have gotten a bundle with a system, an Elite controller, and a game I actually wanted for $299 I probably would buy one ($249 definitely.) The reality is I want one solely for RDR2, and I can probably buy one with RDR2 next year for $249 and then sell it on Craigslist for half that in a month. $100 to play RDR2 suits me fine.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
19. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 6, 2016, 17:43 Beamer
 
My parents live in fear of terrorism. They're convinced that the world is so much more dangerous today, I point out it's just that the dangerousness is covered and focused more.

I'll also point out that white terrorists have killed far more people than brown ones in the US. At one point (we actually discuss this rarely, but I was annoyed one night) my mom did admit that a lot of her fears come from living in a place where it's an endless sea of white people and that she has very little interaction with other races and sure, some fears come from that, but is it her fault she never had the opportunity to get to know them? I said of course not, but it is her fault that she lives in fear of them despite them being, y'know, just Americans.
 
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News Comments > No Full Clip Edition Upgrades for Bulletstorm Owners
22. Re: No Full Clip Edition Upgrades for Bulletstorm Owners Dec 6, 2016, 17:21 Beamer
 
Darks wrote on Dec 6, 2016, 16:38:
Beamer wrote on Dec 6, 2016, 08:12:
I think you guys are kind of being extremely cynical of the "why" here.

PCF was bought by Epic, who made this game with them. It was published by EA, and sadly, on Games for Windows. It flopped. Not because of GFW, it flopped on consoles, too. Homefront, one of the worst FPS games I played on that console generation, outsold it.

PCF also did GoW:Judgment, which got poor reviews. Plenty of the top people at PCF left and founded that Shadow Warrior company. From what I gather, PCF was gutted, and their design philosophy not so much fitting in with Epic's, so Epic let them buy themselves, and their IP, back.

This left PCF with a game, but a damaged reputation and not a huge amount of cash. They'd need to prove themselves to get a publisher. Yeah, there's talent there, but the best known and most experienced talent is with... Wild Hogs? War Hogs? Flying Hogs? Whatever.

Which is why this is coming out. It's a remaster of a prereleased IP. It's safe, as it can be done quickly and you know it won't sell a huge amount, but will sell something. Gearbox is taking some risk, but not huge risk, and doing this more to help them out than to make money. No one expects to get rich on this, but PCF is hoping to get a cash infusion to start something new, as well as something they can point to and say "we did that. Us. The group currently sitting in front of you."

It's this, or it's begging for money on Kickstarter for something that may not even get released. I'd prefer they do a rerelease of existing IP, to get it in front of a new audience, and only asking for money once something is released, than do another Kickstarter.

I get what you are saying here about them probably needing this to make some money to start up a new title. But with all the backlash thats going on here about this game going full price is bad for them.

If the devs don't wise up quickly, they will end up losing out on more money in the end. If they had thought about this wisely and said yea OK, we see that this price is a bit to high and rethink about releasing the game at around 30 dollars, I think the backlash would be far less and they will end up making more money in the end.

Because as it stands now, hardly anyone is about to spend 50 dollars on a rehashed remaster version. And the pre-order to get Duke is Bullshit. That should be apart of the full game no matter what. To me them doing that is a strong arm tactic. Those dont usually go over well and end up backfiring on them.

I don't think going full price is smart, and I don't think people should buy it because it's going for a decent cause. I really dug the original and I've got no plans to buy this.

I just want to differentiate between "it's not a great idea and they're greedy assholes" and "it's not a good idea but they're desperate and this is the only way they could get something made."
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
17. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 6, 2016, 17:20 Beamer
 
HorrorScope wrote on Dec 6, 2016, 16:14:
I also did notice and liked that you had "bottom tier" on top and bottom, I actually found it fitting.

Yeah I like the person that thinks all the mainstream is all wrong and that national enquirer stuff is now correct. Obviously something went sideways with such individuals. To really think that, that has to be a miserable life, a meglo's life, one big setup against you and only you.

Yeah, I realized I had it set up wrong, then brainfarted even further. At least it was a funny mistake.

I agree that it's frightening that some people think all the legitimate news outlets are bad. None of them are perfect, but none of them are awful. Typically, the ones that think CNN or the WSJ orThe New York Times are always wrong (and, admittedly, CNN is "wrong" way more frequently now than it was a decade ago, as it focuses more heavily on what people tune in to [editorials] and less on just reporting what happens) are the same ones that think Russia Today, Alex Jones, Prison Planet, and the like are the only "real" sources.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
12. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 6, 2016, 15:44 Beamer
 
WaltC is exactly what I mean when I say some people think "Fake news" is "news I don't like" rather than actual news fabricated solely for clicks.  
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