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News Comments > Star Wars Battlefront Sells 12M?
4. Re: Star Wars Battlefront Sells 12M? Jan 4, 2016, 10:19 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Jan 4, 2016, 09:43:
Dark Horizons points out that while it might have sold COD numbers, it didn't make COD profits (BF making $650 million). So they were sold at a mark down. By contrast, Ghosts made $1 billion, and Blops 3 made $550 in 3 days.


Nin, their source is ign. Dark horizons has no more detail than blues post. And the average selling price was $55. That isn't as negative a picture as you're painting.
 
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News Comments > Red5 Misses Payroll
24. Re: Red5 Misses Payroll Dec 29, 2015, 13:01 Beamer
 
Slashman wrote on Dec 29, 2015, 10:23:
Beamer wrote on Dec 29, 2015, 09:18:
This isn't just standard games industry stuff, it's standard start-up stuff.

You say they should have either stopped the employees from working or done layoffs. The problem with those ideas is that it's throwing in the towel. It's essentially closing shop.

I am not defending what they did, just explaining that the reason it's common is that management keeps hoping for a new infusion of cash. They're hoping that someone will invest in them, or even buy them, to keep the company afloat and keep the business running. To keep those employees employed.

Once there's a layoff, this is less likely. The company has less value because the people that gave it value are gone. Instead, anyone looking to buy is more likely to buy assets, and no one will invest because the people you want to invest in were just let go and are unlikely to come back.

Essentially, after a few rounds of layoffs, and now this, the company is almost definitely done. But this gave them two more weeks to try to avert that.

This is a developer for an already F2P MMO that is doing badly. What magic would make that suddenly right in a few weeks?

The writing would have already been carved into the wall months before. MMOs don't lose traction all in one go.

Startup or not, screwing over people who you didn't have to screw over is shitty.

And for the record, I worked for a small company once and the owner came to me and told me that things were looking bad and he had to lay me off. You know what? That was the right thing to do. the company was his dream and his baby but reality is friggin' reality. I respect him way more for that than if he had let me work for the next two/three months with nothing to pay me with.

Yes, it's unlikely, but still possible.

I worked for a small company and they warned us that we'd have layoffs upcoming. Then they warned us that our shares were worth nothing (we always knew this.)

Then, at the last minute, they were acquired, and all the jobs remained.

Yes, they never got to the point that they actually went without paying someone, but they got the hail mary everyone hopes for when they end up doing this.

If you were told you'd either be laid off 2 weeks before Christmas, or work through it unpaid with the possibility, no matter how slight, you could save your job, which would you choose?
 
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News Comments > Red5 Misses Payroll
21. Re: Red5 Misses Payroll Dec 29, 2015, 09:18 Beamer
 
Slashman wrote on Dec 29, 2015, 07:09:
cento wrote on Dec 29, 2015, 05:38:
Rigs wrote on Dec 29, 2015, 04:22:
I kinda assumed that it would have been interpreted that since I've been gaming this whole time that I would obviously know the industry around the hobby (and career, as a system builder) I've pretty much dedicated my life to. One of those read-between-the-lines things. Much of my knowledge didn't actually come from playing the games, per se, but from reading about them, and the industry, in gaming magazines, of which I have over 500 in five big plastic containers (comprising nearly every issue of CGW, PC Gamer and NEXT GEN in the 90's, along with others, some going back to '89)... ;)

Except that being an avid enthusiast, even reading so much about it... is nothing like the knowledge of having been in the industry.

Case in point, no one in the industry - NO ONE - would respond with any kind of shock to these events at Red5 as you expressed. That difference is huge. Actual familiarity means not having a bit of shock - because it is just that common. Instead, those of us that know it, just shake our heads sadly and hope these poor souls land back on their feet quickly.


P.S. - totally not attacking you. I appreciate your enthusiasm for the hobby. just sharing insight from someone that has been through exactly what these folks at Red5 are going through now.

To be fair, I don't think it's a matter of him or anyone being surprised at a company going under. But rather that they allowed staff to continue to work(apparently the ENTIRE staff compliment) without any means to pay them. Then they say they are working to resolve the issue. Layoffs should have been way before this and now that this has happened, they should be doing them right now.

I think we all know the game industry is shitty. But losing your job with little notice is different to being allowed to work with no pay incoming.

This isn't just standard games industry stuff, it's standard start-up stuff.

You say they should have either stopped the employees from working or done layoffs. The problem with those ideas is that it's throwing in the towel. It's essentially closing shop.

I am not defending what they did, just explaining that the reason it's common is that management keeps hoping for a new infusion of cash. They're hoping that someone will invest in them, or even buy them, to keep the company afloat and keep the business running. To keep those employees employed.

Once there's a layoff, this is less likely. The company has less value because the people that gave it value are gone. Instead, anyone looking to buy is more likely to buy assets, and no one will invest because the people you want to invest in were just let go and are unlikely to come back.

Essentially, after a few rounds of layoffs, and now this, the company is almost definitely done. But this gave them two more weeks to try to avert that.
 
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News Comments > Steam Issues Fixed
51. Re: Steam Issues Fixed Dec 28, 2015, 23:05 Beamer
 
descender wrote on Dec 28, 2015, 17:36:
Well of course that's where you find it... that's where lots of information is found when things are being covered up. Broadstroke dismissing "conspiracies" just shows you to be insanely naive.

You won't "trust it" until you hear about it on Fox & Friends?

No, Fox and Friends, PrisonPlanet, NaturalNews and ZeroHedge are all basically the same level of truthiness.

And RT is below all of them, considerably.

Read the document for yourself, figure out what a source term model is, and you'll see why using this as gospel for what happened rather than a worst case scenario proposed less than a week after the incident occurred (i.e., before anyone could really get close enough to know what happened) is ridiculous.
 
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News Comments > Steam Issues Fixed
49. Re: Steam Issues Fixed Dec 28, 2015, 17:11 Beamer
 
descender wrote on Dec 28, 2015, 13:46:
TECPO just recently announced that they have been lying this whole time and all of the spent fuel in reactor 4 was exposed.

No, they didn't. The only source you find for this is YouTube videos, RussiaToday, PrisonPlanet, and other irreputable, conspiracy-theory blogs.

Why?

Because it isn't true.

What happened was a US report was declassified. The US report has mention of the fuel in reactor 4 being 100% released into the atmosphere. What these blogs don't understand, but reputable news sources do, is that the report was the US Protective Measurement Team giving their response. The report people are worked up over is from 3/18, a week after the incident happened. No one knew exactly what happened then, and the PMT was giving a report based upon information that was given to them a few days before, anyway. Basically, they were given an "extreme worst case scenario," from the own words in the document, to see what the reaction would be, knowing that if they came back with "we wouldn't really do anything," that's probably the answer, given that this was, again "extreme worst case scenario."

As it turned out, the actual scenario was nowhere near the "extreme worst case."

This story was "broken" by RT. RT is a propaganda site that exists solely to make everyone not under Putin's control appear weak and inferior. Anything you read on RT is almost guaranteed to be hilariously incorrect.

 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
36. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Dec 28, 2015, 16:33 Beamer
 
The only people getting desktops at my job are temp employees. Same at my last two companies as well. If your contract doesn't have an end-date, which is 99% of them, you get a laptop.


And yes, desktops are dying. I've been saying it for a long time, same as analysts, but people keep fighting it. Open any flier from a store, or open any website, and see how prominently laptops are advertised. I'd be shocked if there's even 1 desktop for every 10 laptops in a Best Buy or Target weekly circular.

Then go into nearly any home in America. You'll find a laptop per person, but few desktops. I know 3 people with desktops: I have one, my sister's brony brother in law has one, and my parents have one. My parents haven't used theirs in years - about 2 Christmases ago we bought them a second laptop so now my Dad and Mom each have one, and there goes the desktop (I actually bought my dad a new one because his old Pentium powered laptop was slow as hell. It was probably a 2009 or 2010 laptop, and probably cost $350 then.)

Yes, you get more power for less money with a desktop, but most users don't want power. They want to be able to sit in a comfortable chair, use the computer, then put it down and still be in the same chair. They don't want to dedicate a room, or even a corner, to computing. That entire method of interacting with computers is dying. An office chair with a desk dedicated to a black box with wires everywhere is not something anyone wants anymore. It's niche.

Hell, I'd even wager this board, a dying breed of hardcore niche desktop users, will admit that at least 40% of their internet usage in their own homes is on a device other than their desktop.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
13. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 17, 2015, 09:45 Beamer
 
Task wrote on Dec 17, 2015, 09:07:
The Half Elf wrote on Dec 16, 2015, 19:52:
Kxmode wrote on Dec 16, 2015, 14:03:
DangerDog wrote on Dec 16, 2015, 13:19:
For $60 more you can just get a Nexus 7 with 1080p screen and real google OS support.

Where? I need one for work.

I'd like to know this as well.

Where it this other Nexus 7 for 60? I'd like to know too. Come on man, you can't drop that nugget and not share the goods DangerDog haha.

He said $60 more. Which isn't entirely true - it's $80 more on Amazon.

And, considering I got the Fire Tablet for $35 on Thanksgiving, it's $95 more.

For $35 I have a great throw-away tablet. Or at least a throw-away tablet.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 16, 2015, 14:38 Beamer
 
NetHead wrote on Dec 16, 2015, 12:26:
Armengar wrote on Dec 16, 2015, 10:37:
they have since reversed the block with another update. Free to use 3rd party now.

To bad for them, just as I wouldn't buy a machine from Keurig due to their coffee DRM, Philips will not be on my list when purchasing anything like this.

Sure I'm just one person, what do they care, regardless of how many others will or won't avoid brands or products due to moves like this, I certainly won't support such antics, or even attempts at it.

I'm going to disagree.

If Philips made lights that only worked with Philips bulbs, sure. I wouldn't buy a lamp that could only take a special, overpriced bulb. But that isn't what this is. This is an entire ecosystem with an app, a bridge, and light bulbs. I don't see why they need to allow any bulb to work with their ecosystem the same way I don't get why Nintendo should be allowed to let anyone make games for their system. The same way Sonos' systems and apps only work with Sonos' speakers. You're buying an entire solution in these cases, and the software is an integral part (it was not with Keurig.)

That said, the 3rd party bulbs are apparently terrible (at least many of them), but Hue has its issues, regardless, and can't do most shades of blue. There are bulbs out there from other brands that don't require the entire bridge system Hue has, making them cheaper and easier, that can do a much wider color spectrum
 
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News Comments > Happy Birthday Commander Keen; PC SM3 Video
3. Re: Happy Birthday Commander Keen; PC SM3 Video Dec 14, 2015, 19:55 Beamer
 
The jumping looks so off that it made my head hurt. Uncanny valley?

Seriously, it was disorienting and unnatural.
 
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News Comments > XCOM 2 in February; Digital Deluxe Edition Revealed
22. Re: XCOM 2 in February; Digital Deluxe Edition Revealed Dec 11, 2015, 06:12 Beamer
 
MT Silver wrote on Dec 11, 2015, 04:21:
I wanna know if they'll sell that preorder pack later down the road.
At the moment the christmas season has me completely broke, I cannot afford to prepurchase a game now and I imagine a lot of gamers have the same problem.

I really hate preorder bonuses.

The Reinforcement Pack** can be purchased separately for $19.99
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Dec 7, 2015, 17:41 Beamer
 
Yifes wrote on Dec 7, 2015, 15:25:
descender wrote on Dec 7, 2015, 15:10:
TAG routinely sells watches for $2000+, so they didn't even unreasonably mark up the "connected" features here. If you have never bought a watch worth over $1000 then you are probably not their target audience.

The thing is, if you buy a classic TAG, you can expect it to last decades. This watch will be obsolete in 2 years. Also, it's hard to justify traditional TAG prices for a watch that essentially uses the same shit inside as other far less expensive alternatives.

Read the article. TAG will let, and expects you to, exchange the watch after 2 years.

After that [2 year] warranty is up, owners will have the opportunity to trade it in, pay an additional $1,500 and receive a “real” mechanical TAG Heuer watch.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
38. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 6, 2015, 03:17 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Dec 5, 2015, 23:01:
Beamer wrote on Dec 5, 2015, 18:14:
An 8350 is still considered Second Tier by Tom's Hardware. Say what you will about the site, their tiering system is still pretty useful.
So, each colored layer is another "tier"? Making my i7-3770 top tier?

What it's basically saying is that no upgrade is really worth the money for you yet. You'd pay quite a bit for a modest upgrade.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
36. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 5, 2015, 18:14 Beamer
 
An 8350 is still considered Second Tier by Tom's Hardware. Say what you will about the site, their tiering system is still pretty useful.

My system is 5 years old around this month. Still an i5-760, which it calls 4th tier. It's basically, in the past few months, become obsolete. That's not a bad run.

For a 3 year old AMD, I'd say another 2 years is possible, but then games will start coming out that you just can't run. The last new release I ran was FC4, which ran ok. Good enough for me, but watching the occasional video online, it was shocking to see how much better it looked for people with more modern machines. I've updated by going from 4GB of RAM to 12GB, and I installed an SSD. I actually have another SSD here, four times as large, and am seriously considering just buying a new CPU, GPU and motherboard and reusing every other part.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry Primal Deluxe Edition
4. Re: Far Cry Primal Deluxe Edition Dec 4, 2015, 22:55 Beamer
 
SirKnight wrote on Dec 4, 2015, 20:50:
It's going to be weird not having my suppressed sniper rifle, grenade launcher, machine gun, etc with me all the time. And no vehicles or personal helicopter.

But, from what I've seen so far this looks kinda interesting. I loved FarCry 3 and 4 (as well as liked 2 quite a bit) so more of that is welcome to me.

It'll be kind of cool to get an idea what life must have been like back then, in a small way. Of course, there'll be plenty of things that aren't realistic at all - like the taming of wild beasts to sick on people on your command, lol.

Yeah, not hitscan weapons will be odd. I didn't even think of no vehicles. The helicopter was a positive gamechanger for me.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
31. Re: Op Ed Nov 22, 2015, 12:54 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Nov 22, 2015, 10:13:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Nov 22, 2015, 04:49:
Beamer wrote on Nov 21, 2015, 23:03:


So, he's a fraction as popular as Pewdipie?

If that's the only thing you're basing off of, it sure explains why reality tv is popular.

Beamer is just flailing at this point. He doesn't even make any sense. He says no one cares what the guy thinks, people point out that apparently a lot of people do. He has no counter for that so he just sputters out some retarded shit like "He has less subs than Pewdiepie" as if being the most viewed person on YouTube is the benchmark for relevance in gaming. Zero logical reasoning there. He just doesn't want to admit that he was wrong about Boogie being a nobody who no one listens to.

Any gaming YouTuber with over 2 million subs has a lot of power and can very much influence conversations in the gaming community. Developers are more concerned with what those types of YouTubers are saying about their games than what sites like Kotaku are saying, by far. YouTube drives gaming purchases.

Beamer seems really out of touch. Gamers care what these YouTubers think, and so do developers.


I didn't say that "no one cares what the guy thinks," I said "what does it matter that he's 'going after' something?"

I'm fairly certain that, if we did a poll of BluesNews posters, who are admittedly a very older segment of gamer, you'd find more people have never heard of him than people who think he's important.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
28. Re: Op Ed Nov 21, 2015, 23:03 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Nov 21, 2015, 16:45:
Beamer wrote on Nov 21, 2015, 14:32:
Who cares what he's doing?

Apparently around 3 million people. That's more people than care what Kotaku is doing these days.

YouTube is the only place that matters to most gamers these days as far as gaming news and opinion, and he's one of the more popular gaming personalities on there.

Get with the times dude.

So, he's a fraction as popular as Pewdipie?
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
23. Re: Op Ed Nov 21, 2015, 14:32 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Nov 21, 2015, 04:29:
Flatline wrote on Nov 21, 2015, 00:05:

Someone needs to put them on prozac quick. Sounds like they're feeling suicidal.

Considering the amount of bad blood that kotaku has generated? It's sure not the dev's that have anything to worry about. Boogie going after kotaku All that's needed now is TB.

Only GamerGaters seem to think a Boogie is a thing, let alone it's important if a Boogie is "going after" something.

He seems like a less popular Pewdiepie - a guy who makes his living on YouTube. Who cares what he's doing?
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
22. Re: Op Ed Nov 21, 2015, 14:31 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Nov 21, 2015, 11:18:
Cutter wrote on Nov 21, 2015, 11:14:
Kajetan wrote on Nov 21, 2015, 05:17:
Sometimes i wonder ... what do people on BluesNews NOT hate? Not that i have a special love for Kotaku, but blacklisting a media outlet is NOT a good thing. There is nothing to cheer about.

Oh give it a rest with that bullshit already. Yes, we rip on stuff...that deserves to be ripped on and we also praise the stuff that deserves praise. Kotaku deserves to be smacked down. You don't run amok and not expect consequences. You want corporations to be your pals then you have to play ball with them. As the old expression goes, there's a way thing ought to be than there's the way things are.

Why would anyone be friendly with someone who is hostile them, leaks their secrets and causes them embarrassment. And worse, they do it not out of any sense of responsibility, but solely to make money. The assholes of Kotaku aren't some paragons of virtue being hard done by here. If your business is predicated on co-operation from the companies you speak about on a regular basis than you better toe the line. If not, fuck them in the ass sans lube and go your own way - which is what Kotaku chose to do here. They made their bed, now they have to lie in it.

Youre one of the most contrarian people on here Cutter. Im not sure whether you are are liberal, a conservative, a communist, a fascist an anarchist or just an asshole. What is the point you are trying to make here? Why the hate for Kotaku?

He's a Cuttertarian. He's liberal when it benefits him and conservative when it benefits him.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
21. Re: Op Ed Nov 21, 2015, 14:30 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Nov 21, 2015, 01:27:
They're not especially sympathetic to Kotaku's argument that publishers are trying to 'hamper independent reporting in pursuit of a status quo in which video game journalists are little more than malleable, servile arms of a corporate sales apparatus'."

Oh noes. They're not sympathetic to that? I WONDER WHY??!

(hint, Ars: Maybe it's because for 15+ years, you game "journalists" have been sucking publisher dick and regurgitating press releases rather than do anything that could even remotely be construed as actual journalism.)

So no, no sympathy. Fuck that. Kotaku have been some of the worst publisher mouthpieces, and now because they've published like two articles that "revealed" something (and please, half the fucking world knew the next Fallout was going to be set in Boston, as early as like 2011), all of a sudden they're the Champions of Gaming? Fuck Kotaku.


Lol, from the Kotaku article:

They will claim we are “hurting video games,” and, as so many do, mistake the job of entertainment reporting for the mandate to hype entertainment products.

Oh pot, you and kettle, always at it.

The problem is, Bethesda is angry at Kotaku for, you know, doing actual journalism. Finding out about games in development is actual journalism.

Kotaku sucks, but the reason Bethesda is angry at them is because they did the exact thing people keep asking them to do.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
15. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 19, 2015, 15:49 Beamer
 
commonperson wrote on Nov 19, 2015, 13:12:
Beamer wrote on Nov 19, 2015, 11:44:
Most of them are available with Windows. The Alienware one is $50 more with Windows. It still seems overpriced to me.

Wrong it's 50 dollars CHEAPER with Windows (depending on where you shop)

Endgadget has it wrong, you need to verify it on the Alienware site.

Steam Machine starts at $450.
Alpha with the same specs is $50 more, and that's after a $50 instant rebate.

I can find deals that had it down to $329, which will probably apply to the Steam Machine, but that author got it for $269, which I'd easily jump on.
 
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