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News Comments > Game Reviews
27. Re: Game Reviews May 26, 2017, 10:06 Beamer
 
Quinn wrote on May 26, 2017, 04:45:


Someone else already mentioned it: the Prey IP was already dead. It diededed ages ago.

I almost mentioned this when he questioned me about HL3. I remember defending Fallout 3 for the same reason - Fallout was dead. Dead. People were furious over Fallout 3, but if they let the change blind them they'd miss out on a pretty fun game (and even better New Vegas.) But some people were so incredibly angry it was going to first person that they refused to play.

Why? Fallout was dead. Big budget isometric games are dead. You can spend all your time angry and mourning them, or you can play what's out there and enjoy it for what it is.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue May 25, 2017, 10:08 Beamer
 
Blue wrote on May 25, 2017, 07:30:
Beamer wrote on May 24, 2017, 21:30:
Blue wrote on May 24, 2017, 20:01:
Beamer wrote on May 24, 2017, 13:15:
Blue wrote on May 24, 2017, 12:24:
Beamer wrote on May 24, 2017, 11:59:
It's more like you buy a Jeep, and a year later they give you a box with new rims in it, which is yours to keep, but tell you that, in order to open the box, you need to buy a key from them.

You forgot the part where after you buy the Jeep, every 100 miles you drive they give you a free box that may have new rims in it.

Right. It could be new rims, or it could be an air freshener. Only $500 to buy the key to find out.

You seem to be missing (ignoring?) my point that they give you loot boxes for free. Not to mention they do not make you buy them, and they provide no in-game advantages. But I'm not here to tell you not to be mad if that makes you happy.

It's not really free, though, right? It's a free opportunity to spend $3. That's what gets me. The whole thing is designed to give someone who may not spend $3 a big reason to. It's stingy.

I have to apologize... I conflated your post with some complaints from another one, and made the assumption we were discussing Overwatch here, not CS:GO. Sorry about that.

Not entirely unfair, given that I'm something around 7 years behind, while similar debates are going on with Overwatch (which, from what little I gather, is pretty fair in its handouts.)

I almost went with Overwatch instead of CS:GO, but remembered I kind of hated class-based fighting in TF2, and imagine I'd be as frustrated with Overwatch. But yeah, their habit of giving you actual rewards seems fun. One of the things I liked in Quake Champions was that, while it's a grind and the rewards were meager, getting actual free rewards was kind of fun.

 
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News Comments > IO Interactive Layoffs
12. Re: IO Interactive Layoffs May 25, 2017, 00:08 Beamer
 
Jerykk wrote on May 24, 2017, 23:52:
I feel like everyone complaining about the episodic format hasn't actually played the game.

I think that's likely. People complained about the format so they didn't play the game. Nearly everyone on here I've seen that has played it loved it, but I think the format just kept people away.
 
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News Comments > Quarantine Released
3. Re: Quarantine Released May 25, 2017, 00:07 Beamer
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on May 24, 2017, 22:30:
Sadly, this is not a remake of the awesome quarantine wherein one drives a taxi cab in a murderous, dystopic future.

Yet another demo I played for at least a dozen hours, though I'd guess much more than that.

I picked up the box at least a half-dozen times at CompUSA, but always felt like the demo fit my cravings enough that I should probably buy something else. Or nothing. Usually walked out with nothing, except maybe a copy of CGW or PCG with a CD full of more demos to spend time on.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue May 24, 2017, 23:48 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on May 24, 2017, 21:35:
Blue wrote on May 24, 2017, 20:01:
Beamer wrote on May 24, 2017, 13:15:
Blue wrote on May 24, 2017, 12:24:
Beamer wrote on May 24, 2017, 11:59:
It's more like you buy a Jeep, and a year later they give you a box with new rims in it, which is yours to keep, but tell you that, in order to open the box, you need to buy a key from them.

You forgot the part where after you buy the Jeep, every 100 miles you drive they give you a free box that may have new rims in it.

Right. It could be new rims, or it could be an air freshener. Only $500 to buy the key to find out.

You seem to be missing (ignoring?) my point that they give you loot boxes for free. Not to mention they do not make you buy them, and they provide no in-game advantages. But I'm not here to tell you not to be mad if that makes you happy.

Is there any way to get free keys? I'm not familiar with its business model but a free loot box that can only be opened if you pay $3 sounds very much like a $3 loot box.

I had to look to confirm:

In order to open a weapon case, the player requires a matching key which can be bought in-game or from someone else via the Steam Market.

The general advice seems to be just buy what you want, because otherwise it's gambling and, as with all gambling, the house wins. You'll spend $3 for a key and get a random item almost definitely worth less than a dollar in the store. Or, you can just buy what skin you want for however much it costs. From the looks of things, "factory fresh" skins are often over $8, but one that's marked up (how marked up a skin is is decided at random when it's received) sells for usually under the key price.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue May 24, 2017, 21:30 Beamer
 
Blue wrote on May 24, 2017, 20:01:
Beamer wrote on May 24, 2017, 13:15:
Blue wrote on May 24, 2017, 12:24:
Beamer wrote on May 24, 2017, 11:59:
It's more like you buy a Jeep, and a year later they give you a box with new rims in it, which is yours to keep, but tell you that, in order to open the box, you need to buy a key from them.

You forgot the part where after you buy the Jeep, every 100 miles you drive they give you a free box that may have new rims in it.

Right. It could be new rims, or it could be an air freshener. Only $500 to buy the key to find out.

You seem to be missing (ignoring?) my point that they give you loot boxes for free. Not to mention they do not make you buy them, and they provide no in-game advantages. But I'm not here to tell you not to be mad if that makes you happy.

It's not really free, though, right? It's a free opportunity to spend $3. That's what gets me. The whole thing is designed to give someone who may not spend $3 a big reason to. It's stingy.

I was also playing the Quake Champions beta prior. Every time you level up, which happens more frequently, they give you a loot box. For free. With garbage in it because the people behind the game don't seem particularly creative, but still.

That's why is mind-blowing to me. It is literally giving you an opportunity to spend money and acting like it's something you're getting. Anyway, I'm not angry, more just... amazed.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue May 24, 2017, 19:39 Beamer
 
Primalchrome wrote on May 24, 2017, 16:58:
Beamer wrote on May 24, 2017, 13:15:
Blue wrote on May 24, 2017, 12:24:
You forgot the part where after you buy the Jeep, every 100 miles you drive they give you a free box that may have new rims in it.

Right. It could be new rims, or it could be an air freshener. Only $500 to buy the key to find out.
Sorry guys...I still don't see the issue. As long as I don't have to store the box in my garage, I'm cool with that. Just don't buy keys. Free Will and all that... I grant you that it does hook into exploiting gambling addiction and all of the hypocrisy that goes into that vs Valve's view of CSGO gambling sites.

Note: I'm not saying the game is bad, I'm saying this aspect is ridiculous. And I'm finding it weird you need to defend it. You find it not ridiculous. It seems like you're neutral on it. Do you nitpick every game review and, even if it's a 9 out of 10, find the one complaint they had and repeatedly say you didn't find it an issue? Is there something about video gamers that it's sacreligious to say anything not 100% positive? I feel like this comes up over and over (same with certain kind of movie fans) - you either have no complaints about something or you'd better expect a fight.

But the aspect is ridiculous. I've never seen another game that makes you pay to enjoy a reward. It literally grants you something, then asks you to pay to use it. Valve has numerous psychologists on staff, and this is what they do. They're well aware many people would never pay $3 for a skin, but $3 for a mystery? A bit more tempting. Give them access to the mystery, though, then ask to pay?

It's cynical and designed to take as much money as possible. The whole game is extremely heavily monetized, to a strange extent for something they charge $20 for. Yes, you can ignore all this. Other than the one key to see what's what, I am ignoring it. But an aspect of a game you have to actively ignore, despite it constantly being in your face (and the entire home screen is dedicated to this, plus the game is constantly reminding you to buy stuff) is a negative. Maybe not a big negative, but seems like enough of one that it's odd to rush to its defense.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
11. Re: Game Reviews May 24, 2017, 17:35 Beamer
 
I wouldn't care if it were a good game.


Also, original Prey is nothing anyone remembered fondly prior to this Prey, when suddenly it was the best game ever and not a great demo for a super dull game.
 
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7. Re: Game Reviews May 24, 2017, 15:36 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on May 24, 2017, 14:53:
jdreyer wrote on May 24, 2017, 13:36:
Slick wrote on May 24, 2017, 11:14:
Thanks for the posting Blue, this is my Prey review guys, I tear it to shreds!

Hmm, 3000 reviews over at Steam rate it Very Positive. Slick says 'Mediocre.' Who to trust, who to trust...

Also, damn, that was a long review. Nice site, BTW.
You're safe going with the majority that like the game and not the nerds that whine about it not being enough like a crappy game from 2006.

I mean, you've got to pick and choose your battles, and if a game is fun, they can call it The Legend of Halo: Call of MaddenKart and I'd be down so long as it was fun.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue May 24, 2017, 13:15 Beamer
 
Blue wrote on May 24, 2017, 12:24:
Beamer wrote on May 24, 2017, 11:59:
It's more like you buy a Jeep, and a year later they give you a box with new rims in it, which is yours to keep, but tell you that, in order to open the box, you need to buy a key from them.

You forgot the part where after you buy the Jeep, every 100 miles you drive they give you a free box that may have new rims in it.

Right. It could be new rims, or it could be an air freshener. Only $500 to buy the key to find out.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue May 24, 2017, 11:59 Beamer
 
Primalchrome wrote on May 24, 2017, 11:46:
MCU Spidey movie
Sadly not a fan of the hi tech suit either...no need for Peter to have his own Jarvis. The actor/dialogue/script looks really good, though. Love seeing Michael Keaton back in a big role too!

Beamer wrote on May 24, 2017, 10:54:
holy hell do they nickel and dime you
You have a fully functional game...and they give you the option to purchase more cosmetic content or access to special events....which funds the creation of more cosmetic content and special events. None of these things have an impact on the actual game you purchased. How are they nickel and diming you again? I have a Jeep, and if I wanted to spend my entire yearly salary plus bonuses, I wouldn't be able to afford all the upgrades and cosmetics possible....but I've never thought that I was being nickel and dimed.

It's more like you buy a Jeep, and a year later they give you a box with new rims in it, which is yours to keep, but tell you that, in order to open the box, you need to buy a key from them.

Any other game with stuff like that, every other game actually, just gives it to you. Yes, you have to grind, but they give it to you. None of this "here's your reward, only $3 to redeem!"

And keep in mind this isn't a F2P game, it costs $20.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue May 24, 2017, 10:54 Beamer
 
The other day I asked for an FPS recommendation, and ended up just going with CS:Go. It was $6.47, and I spent more or less infinite hours playing the old CS betas, then spending some decent time with CS:S, so it was time I tried what is ancient news to some here.

On the plus side, it's CS. It still gnaws at that pleasure center of your brain. And I can still generally be in the top 5 of an 8x8 match, probably with an 80% success rate. I didn't expect that.

On the downside, holy hell do they nickel and dime you. Again, probably old news to all here, but I'm kind of shocked. You can win boxes to open with a random weapon skin, or whatever skin, but while you win the box, you need to spend about $3 on a key. What the hell is the point of giving you a reward that forces you to spend more money (it's an evil genius type thing that only CS can get away with.) Part of me is completely shocked people put up with that.

In about 7 hours of gaming (went really into it on Monday night, doing like 4 hours straight), I've received a weapon skin for a weapon I'd rarely use (though it sells for ~$8 or ~$15, something surprising) via a box I actually bought a key for, another weapon skin for free for a weapon I'll never use, and graffiti. Unlike old CS, where you import your own graffiti, you have to win graffiti here. Which makes it pointless. Even worse, it has limited uses. I've never once seen anyone spray anything (which I'm fine with, but why even have it?)

And last night an "Operation" launched. I guess you need to pay $5.99 and you get some missions (sounds not fun), some opportunities to win opportunities to buy keys, and some opportunities for gloves. And a coin. WTF is the point of a coin?

I mean, it's CS, I'm having fun, but the level of greed and stinginess is completely shocking to me. I've never seen anything like it. At least, anything successful. Oh, and side note - worst bots I've seen in a professional game.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
65. Re: Out of the Blue May 24, 2017, 10:45 Beamer
 
"False religion," lol.  
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News Comments > Far Cry 5's Montana Setting Revealed
22. Re: Out of the Blue May 24, 2017, 02:01 Beamer
 
Rigs wrote on May 24, 2017, 00:50:
Huh, no love for FC4, eh? While I can probably safely get away with saying nearly everyone loved Blood Dragon, including myself, (how can you NOT like it? It has Michael Biene Beinn Bean Been Biehn! And he didn't die this time...unless you suck ) but I really liked FC4. The music, the setting, the atmosphere, the story was even ok. I loved Pagan Minn, though his behavior off-screen in voice-overs vs in cutscenes was sometimes jarringly different. Like they did them two months apart without knowledge of each other. The ending, if you don't kill him, 'The country is yours...but I'm keeping the helicopter' just had me sitting laughing as he went off for the last time, debating whether I should shoot him down in the last second just for more laughs. 'The fuck you are!'.

While the FC3 weed mission and accompanying rap reggae was pretty memorable (I have it on my mp3 player in the car and relive it each time I listen to it), the music was more subtle and emotional in FC4, at least to me. They were more concerned with eliciting an emotional response more than just run and gun. That's evident at the end when you finally find out what Lakshmana really is. The music, the environment...after all you'd been through...it was almost as good as going through Dying Light (with the exception of The Following's absolutely hideous and awful ending that I refuse to except).

I haven't played much of The Witcher 3, to be honest, but I plan to. Maybe it'll become a new fav. But for now, FC4 and Dying Light sit there and it'll take quite a bit to move them. Maybe FC5 will be as successful. One can only hope.

=-Rigs-=


I loved FC4. So much more than 3. Better plot, and the gyrocopter/grenade launcher combo was ridiculously fun. Towards the end I was ready to be done with the FC3/4 formula, but 3 wore out its welcome sooner (its second island was unexpected to me, and I was ready to be done by it.)

TW3 is one of the best games I've ever played. Did it in January or February, and was thoroughly enthralled. But FC4 is pretty high up for me. Also, I actually hated Blood Dragon. It stripped out the interesting parts of FC and left eye-searing red everywhere. Everywhere! Gimmick setting aside, the gameplay was just an incredibly boring and repetitive version of FC.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
57. Re: Morning Mobilization May 23, 2017, 23:06 Beamer
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on May 23, 2017, 21:58:
Beamer wrote on May 23, 2017, 20:32:
Have you tried Crispo yet? Just came back from there, actually.

Not yet. Google feeds me breakfast lunch and dinner during the work week, so I've actually gone to very few restaurants. And on weekends my friends seem to be more of a "brunch as the main meal of the day, then maybe some bar food as the afternoon and evening progresses" types. I do like the Corner Bistro on Jane St. for a hamburger and beer though (cheap too, by NYC standards!) and Bonsigneur, also on Jane St, is my go to for getting a picnic sandwich or salad. The Crooked Knife on 15th(?) st is also a pretty good spot for both brunch and dinner, with bottomless beer and wine dinners on Sunday and Monday night haha.

In NYC, brunch is definitely an 8 hour event.
 
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48. Re: Morning Mobilization May 23, 2017, 20:32 Beamer
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on May 23, 2017, 20:14:
fishingtime wrote on May 23, 2017, 19:08:
stop ignoring the unfortunate facts about Islam if you want a real solution

A Final Solution, perhaps?

Stop ignoring the fact that you're going to have to live with some amount of risk and fear in your life. The only alternative is to go back to a world in which human life was much nastier, brutish, and short, and hope that your tribe finishes the primitive blood feud before nukes get launched.

Amen.

Have you tried Crispo yet? Just came back from there, actually.
 
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8. Re: IO Interactive Layoffs May 23, 2017, 16:03 Beamer
 
I'm guessing episodic was a hail mary that failed. Everyone I've seen here that's played it seems to have loved it, but between Hitman maybe not being particularly popular anymore, and episodic being a dirty word people were unwilling to try, it didn't work out.

I still say Freedom Fighters or Force or whatever was their most entertaining game, haha.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 5's Montana Setting Revealed
17. Re: Far Cry 5's Montana Setting Revealed May 23, 2017, 11:44 Beamer
 
Muscular Beaver wrote on May 23, 2017, 11:08:
Numinar wrote on May 23, 2017, 10:02:
Beamer wrote on May 23, 2017, 09:50:

I'm excited for the controversy of the new setting. While I'd wager they're going after everyone to some extent, I'd also wager the bulk of this is aimed at hyperconservative militias. I mean, it's Wyoming, it factually has hyperconservative militia groups, but doesn't factually have a significant amount of hyperliberals. Would not be surprised to have the main character be one, perhaps native American, or if they didn't learn their lesson from FC3, an obnoxious privileged white college kid that everyone finds at least slightly off-putting and Ubi later claims was a parody that went over our heads.

Yeah everyone hates the FC3 story. I think it might have been the best. I don't think I'm super smart or anything, and maybe I am reading into it, but I thought the douchebags in FC3 were awesome. The heroes journey was all about that kid realising what a douchebag he and his friends are and how he was starting to enjoy the murder (Which seemed a pretty cool mirror to games in general, the same theme drove Hotline Miami).
Indeed. But I still died a douchebag death at the end, so I learned nothing.


Haaahahahahahahaha
 
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14. Re: Far Cry 5's Montana Setting Revealed May 23, 2017, 10:56 Beamer
 
Numinar wrote on May 23, 2017, 10:02:
Beamer wrote on May 23, 2017, 09:50:

I'm excited for the controversy of the new setting. While I'd wager they're going after everyone to some extent, I'd also wager the bulk of this is aimed at hyperconservative militias. I mean, it's Wyoming, it factually has hyperconservative militia groups, but doesn't factually have a significant amount of hyperliberals. Would not be surprised to have the main character be one, perhaps native American, or if they didn't learn their lesson from FC3, an obnoxious privileged white college kid that everyone finds at least slightly off-putting and Ubi later claims was a parody that went over our heads.

Yeah everyone hates the FC3 story. I think it might have been the best. I don't think I'm super smart or anything, and maybe I am reading into it, but I thought the douchebags in FC3 were awesome. The heroes journey was all about that kid realising what a douchebag he and his friends are and how he was starting to enjoy the murder (Which seemed a pretty cool mirror to games in general, the same theme drove Hotline Miami).

I thought it was fine, frankly. The guy was douchey, but it wasn't at all a game-breaker for me. Lots of my friends are douchey, so...
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 5's Montana Setting Revealed
11. Re: Far Cry 5's Montana Setting Revealed May 23, 2017, 09:50 Beamer
 
Quinn wrote on May 23, 2017, 02:09:
I'm excited for this new setting! If anything, Ubisoft is the best in creating convincing environments. Sadly I'm beginning to hate their default formula more and more.

Still, this game will probably be worth 30 bucks for the mood alone. Here's to hoping they feel like trying something new gameplay wise.
One can always hope.

I'm excited for the controversy of the new setting. While I'd wager they're going after everyone to some extent, I'd also wager the bulk of this is aimed at hyperconservative militias. I mean, it's Wyoming, it factually has hyperconservative militia groups, but doesn't factually have a significant amount of hyperliberals. Would not be surprised to have the main character be one, perhaps native American, or if they didn't learn their lesson from FC3, an obnoxious privileged white college kid that everyone finds at least slightly off-putting and Ubi later claims was a parody that went over our heads.
 
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