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News Comments > DOOM Eternal Announced
10. Re: DOOM Eternal Announced Jun 11, 2018, 07:36 Beamer
 
I find it entertaining that they claim you'll be a more powerful demon slayer, given that you were basically a god that they ran from in fear.

Which is part of what made Doom 2016 so much damn fun.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 10, 2018, 17:04 Beamer
 
Bard wrote on Jun 10, 2018, 01:24:
end game is emplacing legal and technical mechanisms to chill, suppress, and criminalise free speech.


I highly doubt you understand what free speech is. Free Speech internet warriors rarely do.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars Battlefront 2 Plans
8. Re: Re: Star Wars Battlefront 2 Plans Jun 10, 2018, 12:52 Beamer
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Jun 9, 2018, 22:00:
Kxmode wrote on Jun 9, 2018, 17:27:
EA you failed. Instead of making a proper single-player campaign (around 30+ hours), you tacked on a 5-hour entry into your gambling system disguised as a Star Wars video game.

Well, I think 30+ hours might be a bit too much. I don't think there is a single shooter in the history of gaming that had gameplay or a story engaging enough to warrant that kind of length.
The vast majority of FPS tend to get repetitive very quickly.

But I absolutely agree that the pathetic half-assed four hour campaign is definitely not enough. They should have gone for something between 8 - 12 hours. Since it does not look like they are willing to add to the campaign, they can shove their lies of "make this the best game we can possibly build".

Abandon it. No one gives a fuck about your garbage release anymore, EA. Feel free to be honest and concentrate your lame, half-assed efforts on the next Battlefront cash cow that Disney has ordered to be released with the next movie.

People mock 8-12 hours, but I agree. Non open world fps games should be 16 tops. Few manage to work longer than that.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 10, 2018, 12:51 Beamer
 
As I said last time, this is the level of scientific understanding I'd expect from the real Duke nukem  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
7. Re: Evening Metaverse Jun 9, 2018, 11:34 Beamer
 
Why is being anti-gay just a morality issue?  
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News Comments > Steam Game Removals
5. Re: Steam Game Removals Jun 8, 2018, 11:26 Beamer
 
Per Google, Asset Flip Simulator was a $4.99 purchase, with a $9.99 DLC of "actual assets."

Hysterical, but would be funnier as a joke on reddit or wherever.
 
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News Comments > Steam Game Removals
3. Re: Steam Game Removals Jun 8, 2018, 11:17 Beamer
 
No Simulator Simulator?

Some of these are awful, some are actually funny (the titles, no clue about the products), but yeah, they belong as jokes, not things for sale.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 7, 2018, 15:49 Beamer
 
Nullity wrote on Jun 7, 2018, 15:19:
Oh they've definitely improved over the evil monster they used to be. I think most people recognize that. But the software/developer industry has a long memory, and it's hard to look past previous issues. I mean, if I remember correctly, I think Steve Ballmer literally said, "Linux is a cancer". Sure, that was awhile ago now, but it shouldn't be hard to understand why people are still wary of MS.

Though through your own admission, it's all totally at the whims of their shareholders and who is in charge. They could go right back to being Satan's IT department at any time. And sure, that logic applies to any company, but it's harder to trust someone who's already abused you.

They could, but for the time being, they're not. Lots of things could happen. Cavs fans thought LeBron James was the devil for a long time. Now, they love him. Sure, he could go back to being the devil in the offseason, but does that mean they shouldn't cheer for him now?

Microsoft is so committed to Linux it actually released a Linux OS. It realizes Linux is part of its future, and has jumped in. Satya is reshaping the entire company and moving away from how the old guard thought. No one thinks Ballmer was successful. No one is following his lead. Half of Satya's first year was dismantling the stupid crap Ballmer did.
 
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News Comments > Steam Opening the Gates
57. Re: No Man's Sky NEXT Adds Multiplayer in July Jun 7, 2018, 11:44 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Jun 7, 2018, 11:22:
Watter wrote on Jun 7, 2018, 09:48:
Prez wrote on Jun 7, 2018, 08:09:
Steam does not have the power to determine that you can or can't purchase something nor should it. It has the power (and obligation in my view) soley to determine what it does and doesn't sell on its own storefront.
That's the first argument against this move by steam that was persusasive and didn't make me roll my eyes.

I see two ways to look at it.

1) Steam is still the defacto marketplace for PC games. That's changing, thankfully, but it still owns the lion's share of the market. Any curation effort will be imperfect and games that some people might be interested in will be left out of that marketplace. I don't want anyone narrowing my choices. As long as there are filters, which is in Steams own best interest to provide, let it fly. I don't think anyone should be limiting other people's choices - and again, given steam's position as the defacto PC games marketplace, if it's not on Steam, it's almost not in the PC games market.

We all have a tendency to believe that the items we don't care about, nobody cares about. Example: Goat Simulator? What they hell?!? That almost certainly wouldn't have made it past my own personal curation process in its initial rough form, but some people enjoyed it and given time it became something that even more people picked up.

2) Do people really have trouble finding things they're interested in? I use steam a quite a bit, and I don't recall having to sift through crap to find interesting games. It isn't in Steam's best interest financially to make it hard for me to find games I'm interested in and purchase them; however if I do want to go on a hidden treasure hunt for something more obsucre, the option is there.

3) We live in a bigger (and smaller) world than ever before. It used to be that a niche interest might have too small a market to make sense to provide product for, but no more. A "niche" might be hundreds of thousands (or even millions) of people. Even if you believe in limiting options, which I don't, how do you curate when niches are so varied and large? .001% of the market these days is still large enough for some people to make product for.

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I frequently see people buying products (crap, in my mind) that I literally cannot fathom ANYONE ever buying. I can either believe that these people are dumb and need someone smarter looking out for them OR I can accept that there might be some value in those things that I just don't see and that those people are different enough from me that they want something else that I can't understand. The "live and let live" side of me just shrugs and moves on. As long as I can find what I want, let those folks get their kicks where they want.



All of what you wrote is something I can either agree with or at the very least see the validity of. While an inconvenience, on a personal level having to skip past a dozen different iterations of "Achievement Hunter" or "Bitcoin Simulator" games slapped together in an hour on Steam's new release list admittedly isn't the end of the world. It also isn't my main focus as to why I argue in favor of curation on Steam. On a larger scale than personal convenience the saturation of garbage on Steam is detrimental to the independent and mid-tier developers to the point that it is actively hurting the industry overall. AAA games from big publishers always get a lot of exposure so it doesn't affect the Middle Earth's, the Civilization's, the Total War's, etc. But as someone who follows alot of content creators (largely on YouTube) with insider knowledge of the independent and mid tier developer scene the problems that Steam's lack of standards causes for them is obvious. Basically, devs have shared with such creators that an independent or mid tier game lives or dies based on how much exposure via purchase and word of mouth buzz generated in its first 5 to 7 days following release. This becomes a problem when Steam acknowledges that a game's sales drop off exponentially once it is relegated to the 2nd or 3rd page of the New Release section on its storefront, which given the amount of utter garbage that makes it onto that list by the hour can happen in less than a day. See the problem here? A game that a developer invested a huge portion of their available resources into can quickly become effectively invisible to the buying public once it is buried by the influx of crap. This can and reportedly has forced developers to give up on and leave the business. It has gotten to the point where only huge publishers and cynical cash-grabbing asset flipper developers find it financially viable to continue to release games on Steam because the former have huge coffers and the latter spends next to nothing doing what they do. This effectively eliminates a critical part (and I would argue the best part) of the games industry. That to me simply does not bode well for the long-term health of the PC market.

Steam has become like any mobile App store. It's a self-perpetuating cycle, where the top products keep selling, and everything else is shoveled to the bottom, unable to find an audience. As you mention, those spending no money on development see a return, since the cost is so low. And AAA devs with large marketing dollars get noticed because people already know about them and spearfish for them.

But something legitimately new, but without the marketing or PR power to build word of mouth, can't get traction.

It's one of two issues being discussed regarding whether or not Valve should curate. There's the content issue and the quality issue. Ultimately, I don't know how to break through on this one. Apple certainly hasn't figured it out. Google hasn't figured it out. I don't expect Valve to figure it out. It requires a lot more effort from gamers to find something cool and new, effort I'm not interested in putting in. When I used to shop at CompUSA, I could browse the entire games section in about 10 minutes, picking up tons of games. When I go to Steam, I avoid the Store page, and never, ever click on something I don't know about already, because there's a 5% chance of a good game and a 95% chance of garbage. It stops being worth your time to discover.
 
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News Comments > Steam Opening the Gates
55. Re: No Man's Sky NEXT Adds Multiplayer in July Jun 7, 2018, 11:04 Beamer
 
007Bistromath wrote on Jun 7, 2018, 10:52:
Beamer wrote on Jun 7, 2018, 10:10:
Prez wrote on Jun 7, 2018, 08:09:
Opinions on whether Steam's inundation of valueless garbage to the point of over-saturation is a problem or irrelevant aside, this narrative that Steam would be "determining for you what you may consume" by having curation is a strawman argument based on fallacy. Steam does not have the power to determine that you can or can't purchase something nor should it. It has the power (and obligation in my view) soley to determine what it does and doesn't sell on its own storefront. The distinction is so obvious that I would argue that you would have to be willfully ignorant not to see it.

Wow. Perfectly said. Probably the best said I've seen this argument, and I've seen it a ton over the past 4 years, since whether a store chooses to sell a game became akin to "censoring the developers freedom of speech" to many people.
Whether it's censorship or not is essentially down to whether you're talking about "a store" or "the store." Mainstream retail outlets all behave as a bloc except for their occasional price wars. There's next to nothing you can get at Target that you can't get at Wal-Mart and vice versa. If they don't have something, most people will never be aware it exists.

That's Steam. GOG is pretty much the only meaningful competitor, and they're still spit in the ocean.

Someone can create their own e-commerce store. They can put it on DVDs and sell it. They can mail flash drives to buyers. They can give it away for free.

Their right to say something has not been destroyed. What has been is their right to have someone else sell it, but such a right does not exist. Regardless of what Valve is trying to do here, a store selling something does mean the store vouches for it to many, many consumers. That's not worthwhile in most cases.
 
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News Comments > Steam Opening the Gates
52. Re: No Man's Sky NEXT Adds Multiplayer in July Jun 7, 2018, 10:10 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Jun 7, 2018, 08:09:
Opinions on whether Steam's inundation of valueless garbage to the point of over-saturation is a problem or irrelevant aside, this narrative that Steam would be "determining for you what you may consume" by having curation is a strawman argument based on fallacy. Steam does not have the power to determine that you can or can't purchase something nor should it. It has the power (and obligation in my view) soley to determine what it does and doesn't sell on its own storefront. The distinction is so obvious that I would argue that you would have to be willfully ignorant not to see it.

Wow. Perfectly said. Probably the best said I've seen this argument, and I've seen it a ton over the past 4 years, since whether a store chooses to sell a game became akin to "censoring the developers freedom of speech" to many people.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
32. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 7, 2018, 08:29 Beamer
 
Not going to lie, that trailer looks a LOT like the Emoji Movie trailer.

Going with classic video games made sense. They've stood the test of time, and a Q-Bert movie doesn't feel any more dated today than it will in 30 years. But modern e-commerce companies? Feels like the beginning of Silicon Valley.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 7, 2018, 07:10 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jun 6, 2018, 22:15:
The US Air Force flew a specially painted A-10 over Normandy to mark 74 years since D-Day

wonder how many loot boxes it took for them to get that awesome skin.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
10. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 6, 2018, 21:44 Beamer
 
Can we bring this up any time that guy makes a political comment? I get tired listening to ones from people that don't realize they make things up.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 6, 2018, 15:12 Beamer
 
ledhead1969 wrote on Jun 6, 2018, 15:01:
If only there was as much anger around Planned Parenthood's Black Market of Baby parts...

There was, except it was because it was actual, honest-to-god, fake news. As in, it never happened, Project Veritas lied (as per usual), and somehow, people still believe it and quote it, even in June of 2018, long after since it was disproven.

Some people will believe everything.
 
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News Comments > Blizzard Reveals "Unannounced Diablo Project"
22. Re: Blizzard Reveals Jun 6, 2018, 09:53 Beamer
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Jun 6, 2018, 01:58:
I would not rule out Diablo 4. After they turned Diablo 3 basically into merely a prettier looking Diablo 2 they might as well redo Diablo 2 again plus loot boxes.

How did they do that? It's been ages since I've played either, so I don't really recall any significant differences (other than way more setpieces in 3), and never followed up with changes to 3.
 
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News Comments > Xenonauts Free with GOG.com Summer Sale
33. Re: Xenonauts Free with GOG.com Summer Sale Jun 5, 2018, 20:47 Beamer
 
Yifes wrote on Jun 5, 2018, 19:51:
Beamer wrote on Jun 5, 2018, 13:09:
Go back to that thread. I had to explain my joke, which means it was a bad one, but it was mocking the gatekeeping I quoted, not doing actual gatekeeping. I've never played FO4 (I may get to it someday, but doubtful), but the idea that fans of Fallout 4 aren't real Fallout fans is ridiculous, and that's exactly how the original post was phrased.

Ooops, my bad then. Apologies for not paying attention.

You're not the only one, so it was my error. I should have made it more clear. Eh, it happens.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
20. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 5, 2018, 16:36 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Jun 5, 2018, 16:29:
Beamer wrote on Jun 5, 2018, 14:23:
Kxmode wrote on Jun 5, 2018, 14:12:
Beamer wrote on Jun 5, 2018, 07:12:
You just read articles about them being the largest users of GitHub and you're still on about this?

My distrust of Microsoft stems from their PRISM involvement, not their GitHub involvement. Don't mix the two.

You're mixing the two! You're judging this based on their PRISM involvement. Do you not see your own post mixing the two together as if they're vanilla ice cream and orange sherbert?

Not to mention, you're judging them for being the first, when every major tech company was involved.

Are you serious? Okay, so since you cannot read below the surface of my posts, I will, unfortunately, spell out the meaning behind the words.

Mentioning Microsoft's involvement with GitHub and PRISM in my posts is mutually exclusive. Microsoft's choice to be the first to sign up for the PRISM program reveals a reckless disregard for the moral weight of their decision. The point of my previous posts is not to disparage what Microsoft did, but more about calling them out on their judgment and decision-making abilities. With an asset like GitHub, even if they mean well, history shows that Microsoft decides things that can and do have dire consequences. That is why I don't trust Microsoft.

I sincerely hope there is no ambiguity here. I've made the point explicitly clear.

So you are comingling their github involvement and their PRISM involvement.

I'm sure, of course, you'd be angry with anyone buying github, given that every tech company was involved in PRISM.
 
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News Comments > Xenonauts Free with GOG.com Summer Sale
31. Re: Xenonauts Free with GOG.com Summer Sale Jun 5, 2018, 16:20 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 5, 2018, 15:36:
Beamer wrote on Jun 5, 2018, 12:13:

Truth. I don't want to learn anything anymore, I mostly want to kill. I have now something like 600 hours in FTL, but barely finished the tutorial of their new game. Turn based used to be my thing, but now it's just slow.

When you get down to it, I generally game in 15-30 minute bursts. If every minute of that is learning, then I'm not gaming. Something that takes an hour to figure out what the hell is going on (looking at your, CK2), is going to feel like a waste of my time when I can instead be gaming somewhere.

It's a me problem, but I no longer have time and patience for high learning curve games. I need something I can understand well enough in 10 minutes. Maybe 500 hours to master, but can be killing well enough in 10 minutes.

It's interesting that you didn't grok Into the Breach. It's perfect for short bursts since each map takes 10m or so.

As for not wanting to learn, I'm right there with you. I'm finding myself playing older games since after a long day at work, I don't have the mental energy for more learning.

I got the gameplay fine, but have no interest in going and learning new enemies, new weapons, new mechanics, etc (again, this is a me problem.) I'm sure I will at some point. Do you know what I did instead? Well, I played FC5, but once I was done with that, I installed FTL on my work Mac and went through the process of unlocking every ship and beating the game with them. I'm one ship shy - haven't gotten Crystal B yet. And this is only on Easy. Not sure I have the patience to go and do each on Normal then Hard.

The less time I have, the more I find myself returning to what I know. I'm sure there's more Civ4 and XCOM2 in my future. Though, actually, after someone here mentioned it in the past 24 hours, I think I'll finally do Arkham Knight.
 
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News Comments > Does Vampyr Suck?
20. Re: Does Vampyr Suck? Jun 5, 2018, 14:52 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Jun 5, 2018, 14:00:
This is one of those games I think that I am immune to reviews for. Even then it seems to be averaging around 70% aggregate score, which isn't bad really. I can't wait to play it - I love the theme and concept of this game.

I only read the AVClub review, but a 70% sounds right. Some people will consider it a classic, and some people will loathe it. It seems too slow for me, and too much time spent on conversations, but I think the mechanism that your power is determined by how much you eat, but every person you eat is an NPC that has quests and a storyline, is really interesting. But it would probably be more frustrating than fun for me.
 
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