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News Comments > Game Reviews
14. Re: Game Reviews Aug 14, 2016, 10:18 Beamer
 
Rigs wrote on Aug 13, 2016, 13:59:
Creston wrote on Aug 13, 2016, 12:38:
I COULDN'T BELIEVE HOW SOON I FELT LIKE I HAD SEEN EVERYTHING IT HAD TO OFFER

Seems to be a pretty common refrain in every review I've read on this game...

I think gaming journalism (not an oxymoron, suprisingly) took a serious hit in the credibility crotch with this game. Where was the investigative reporting before the game came out in the half-million previews that were posted? Yes, there weren't any preview builds sent out and there was an embargo, but many review outlets got an early copy (by at least a week before the PS4 release) and there were several times that 1 hour gameplay vids were posted by various sites on Youtube. (I know because I watched them) We didn't hear anything about these problems before launch, just faint whispers and hopes (prays?) that there was more to offer in the full version experience. The gaming review media failed us miserably on this and it shouldn't be overlooked. They didn't do their due diligence and that shouldn't be just another eye-roll and another 'well, what did you expect?' speech. This is getting to the point of silliness. That the gaming media will bend over nearly backwards to say good things about the worst games just to make sure they aren't walled out come next time.

Unfortunately, we, as gamers, failed them by not listening and giving credit to the very few who brought up issues before launch about this game. They just 'didn't get it' or 'it wasn't their kind of game'. This is an increasing problem that is going to cause all sorts of havoc moving forward unless the gaming media and it's readers and watchers don't sit down and have an honest, one on one talk with each other.


=-Rigs-=

It isn't journalism, it's fan media. People repeatedly forget this. C'mon, if you're on Blues you're an old, old gamer. There's no way you had any trust in previews in the past 20 years. Every gamer hits a point around 20 or so when they realize previews are garbage (and there's no way for them not to be.)

You ask where the "investigative journalism" was to show what this was? How would that happen? Would you want them to break in to Hello Games and start playing the game when no one was around? That's the only way. Otherwise, they only see what Hello Games will show. No employee, current or former, would talk and badmouth an unreleased game, because it would end their career.

The journalists get mostly what gamers get. And gamers reacted insanely to everything Hello Games released. Journalists, being gamers, did, too. But they did temper things.

Here is Polygon's most recent preview of it. Notice the structure: they watched the dev lead play it for a while, then had "about 20 minutes" to play themselves, with him sitting next to them guiding and answering questions, or pointing things out. This is how most previews happen, and it's impossible not to have fun in 20 minutes like that.

Towards the end, they do bring up whether it is repetitive and boring. And the dev had an answer that gamers lap up:

"That's a sample of the activities available to you in No Man's Sky. What remains to be seen is whether they're interesting enough on their own to remain engaging for hours, and whether they can be strung together in a way that allows you to carve out a role in this expansive universe.

Murray provided one example of this, telling us about a tester who decided to live his in-game life as a specific kind of mineral trader. All this person did in No Man's Sky was visit ice planets — he had upgraded his suit's thermal layer so it could withstand the bitter cold — and mine them for resources, then travel around the cosmos bartering for goods with those minerals. It's a rather pedestrian existence, to be sure, but he had made it his own."


The writer hasn't seen enough of the game to make a decision on that. The dev team keeps saying there's depth out there not yet revealed. What else can they do but say "we haven't seen if it is boring or not, but this is how the dev answers those questions?"

I find it hard to blame the journalists when the gamers were the ones pumping this up, clicking on anything, endlessly rewatching videos the dev released, etc. And, on this board, almost everyone seems to know what the game was. Performance issues aside, who here didn't know it was a sandbox without much to do?

 
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News Comments > PC DOOM Sells 1M
38. Re: PC DOOM Sells 1M Aug 12, 2016, 10:12 Beamer
 
There's a whole lot of "the games I grew up with are so much better than the games kids today do" going on here.

Which would be funny if people even realized how sad that comes across.

 
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News Comments > etc.
30. Re: etc. Faux PC strikes again Aug 11, 2016, 13:02 Beamer
 
Bub wrote on Aug 11, 2016, 07:49:
This Faux Political Correctness attitude that has swept campuses, like Ayn Rand once did, has gotten out of control and now seeps into Blues News comments.

These mental Luddites think they have the right to ban anyone or thing that they disagree with and will rant and argue like spoiled children trying to get their way. Please go read the US constitution, and while your at it, look up what Freedom of Speech means.

Unless Blue is the government, your rant is hysterically ill-informed. Which, actually, is common for people on the "Freedom of Speech is the most important thing!" brigade.

I don't ignore anyone, but I don't come to Blues to be annoyed. When he bans people, he does so with good reason.
 
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News Comments > Xbox One Controller Windows Issues
57. Re: Xbox One Controller Windows Issues Aug 10, 2016, 17:01 Beamer
 
Actually, Combofix does support Windows 8. It does not support 8.1.  
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News Comments > etc.
17. Re: etc. Aug 10, 2016, 16:47 Beamer
 
VaranDragon wrote on Aug 10, 2016, 15:09:
Beamer wrote on Aug 10, 2016, 14:59:

Buying a game and being shocked you dislike it has become really, really hard, so why get so worked up if a game is coming out you think you'll dislike? Why spend so much time telling people how awful it will be? It's like telling a 12 year old girl Justin Bieber sucks or telling your parents criminal procedure TV sucks. It's stuff made for them, not you, so just let them enjoy it.


This is a gaming site. People come here to talk about games. More and more games end up being overhyped pieces of shit, and you think people should not comment on that? Is there no room for critics or cynics in your brave new world?

Because so many here think the only thing to do on first announcement is go "it stinks." Then, in every discussion, make sure everyone knows how much they think it stinks, and how right then are, even though it isn't out yet.

It's overhyped to you. That doesn't mean people here won't still love it. Why spend so much time discussing what you hate?

Again, I don't go around endlessly telling people how much Justin Bieber stinks. I'm not the target audience. Just because you game, doesn't mean you're the target audience of every release. Some games are made for people other than you, and they will enjoy what you do not.

For a long time, gaming was very binary. Even with niches, things were still pretty much objectively good or bad. That's no longer true, because games are looking for a much wider audience. It's no longer just the same person every game is competing for. Some games do not want your dollars, they want someone else's. There's no point in constantly telling that person how much you dislike the game, or worse, how much you know you'll dislike it even though it's 18 months from launch.
 
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News Comments > PC DOOM Sells 1M
24. Re: PC DOOM Sells 1M Aug 10, 2016, 15:08 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 10, 2016, 13:52:
Beamer wrote on Aug 10, 2016, 12:33:
Thought Doom 3 was repetitive garbage. Couldn't even finish it.
Loved Doom 4.



Yes, but did you play it on PC or console? It struck me as pretty consoly, so I took a pass until it drops in price.

I picked up Wolfenstein TNO a few months ago and just finished downloading it yesterday, so that will be the next shooter I play.

PC.

I did play Wolfenstein TNO on a 360, though, and did not finish it. I think Far Cry 4 came out around the time I was playing, and I just never went back.
That game, to me, had some terrible feeling weapons. I just remember one sequence where you had to go up these twisting stairs with enemies on them and I never felt really solid about whether I was hitting them, how much damage was being done, etc.

Doom 4 is much more about just running around being a demon killing god. It's fast, it's fluid, and it becomes a rhythm. It plays extremely nicely with a mouse, and everything about it is satisfyingly visceral. Glory kills are controversial, and I hated them the first few times, then accepted them as a gameplay device that just made everything more fun. They are a resource, and on harder difficulty (which I do not necessarily recommend), they are the most critical resource in the game.
 
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News Comments > etc.
12. Re: etc. Aug 10, 2016, 14:59 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Aug 10, 2016, 13:52:
Yeah, I feel like I'm at a real crossroads right now...feels like the level of negativity here has really gone through the roof, and I'm starting to wonder why I bother replying...




I don't think it's changed, I think you have. I've been complaining about it for at least two years. My level of gaming has changed, and I no longer expect everything to be made for me. Some things just won't be to my liking, because it's being made to someone other than me specifically. Accepting that not every game has to be tailored to my tastes made it a whole lot easier to be hopeful and optimistic about many games despite not really caring about being let down.

Buying a game and being shocked you dislike it has become really, really hard, so why get so worked up if a game is coming out you think you'll dislike? Why spend so much time telling people how awful it will be? It's like telling a 12 year old girl Justin Bieber sucks or telling your parents criminal procedure TV sucks. It's stuff made for them, not you, so just let them enjoy it.

edit - and before someone calls me a hypocrite, I was certainly negative in the past, and still make some negative posts, but I think a combination of age, lack of time, and certain events within gaming have made me realize how some gamers feel entitled to every product, and make a game out of hating products that aren't specifically for them, and how that holds games back for everyone and makes discussing games so much less fun.
 
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News Comments > PC DOOM Sells 1M
11. Re: PC DOOM Sells 1M Aug 10, 2016, 12:33 Beamer
 
Thought Doom 3 was repetitive garbage. Couldn't even finish it.
Loved Doom 4.


 
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News Comments > BioShock Remastered Trailer
12. Re: BioShock Remastered Trailer Aug 10, 2016, 06:49 Beamer
 
Darks wrote on Aug 9, 2016, 23:09:
Im sorry, but this kind of gouging just pisses me off to no end. This is a game that should be free to all who purchased their game to begin with. Im getting tired of the so called remastering just to try and make a quick buck from us again.

Why should it be free?

These remasters are typically outsourced, which makes sense, as the original dev teams often no longer exist so far later. Which means the publisher is paying a new team to make it.

Shouldn't that new team be paid?

Your old version works just fine. You can still play. This is shinier and new. When a movie you own on DVD comes out on BluRay, do you get the BluRay for free? Of if a movie you saw in theaters in 2006 gets rereleased, do you get to go for free?
 
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News Comments > The Evil Within and Rage Sequels Possible
27. Re: The Evil Within and Rage Sequels Possible Aug 9, 2016, 18:18 Beamer
 
MajorD wrote on Aug 9, 2016, 17:49:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 9, 2016, 14:51:
Beamer wrote on Aug 9, 2016, 12:50:
I still have Rage, in the shrink wrap, for the 360, which is in a closet. Some days I consider hooking it up for Rage. Then I realize I'd probably just replay RDR instead.

As I get older, I feel I replay the same games more often and try new ones less often. As I just joked about in another thread, why play a new game when I have so much more FTL to play? I recently redid Dishonored. This gets my attention more than shinywiszzbangthing 2016.

Speaking of, I'm kind of craving 5 skulling OMD1/2 again.

Yeah, after work and after family at night, I don't have a lot of energy to learn something new. So I often fall back to something I've already played. Also games that are more chill. FTL is one. Defense Grid is another. SupCom with the speed turned down a bit. BL2. Civ. These are all games I can chill out with for an hour or so before bed, sometimes with a beer. I wonder if NMS will enter that pantheon.

All that being said, I do intend to pick up and learn a couple of games this year: Stardew Valley and Rimworld. And next year after they've improved it some more, Stellaris.

Have you checked out Space Engineers (Survival) yet? That is a time suck. With the different modules (conveyors, connectors, sorters, refineries, assemblers, ships, etc.), programmability of various modules, etc., there is so much to learn and do.


This is high on my list. So is Prison Tycoon or whatever, which I bought like 3 steam sales ago and never installed.
 
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News Comments > LawBreakers Vanguard Video
9. Re: LawBreakers Vanguard Video Aug 9, 2016, 18:16 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 9, 2016, 16:36:
Beamer wrote on Aug 9, 2016, 12:46:
jdreyer wrote on Aug 9, 2016, 02:46:
* crickets *

"We want old school games, not this MOBA crap, not all this competition crap!"

CliffyB makes that game.

*crickets* and/or "CliffyB is a douche!"

I mean, yeah, the marketing for this does scream CliffyB, but it looks kind of fun. Like Battlewhatever, or whatever Randy Whoseitwhatits game was, this will probably be steamrolled by that Blizzard game, but it still looks unique (with a generic art style.)

I can't see myself playing, though. Too little time, too much FTL.

* Beamer leans back in his chair bathed in the blue glow of the monitor. He clicks the mouse and mainlines another hit of FTL. He knows it will be another 24 hours before he logs into the forum again to check the threads. Pausing, his eyes only half opened, he smiles broadly. *

I'm on a roll! I started playing again randomly last week, and have done maybe 6 playthroughs in that time and won 5 of them. Unlocked the Crystal Cruiser, finally, and have wins with every unlocked ship... but still have a few variants yet unlocked. All on Easy, which at this point I see no challenge in yet find satisfying enough to not want to be challenged.
 
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News Comments > The Evil Within and Rage Sequels Possible
17. Re: The Evil Within and Rage Sequels Possible Aug 9, 2016, 12:50 Beamer
 
I still have Rage, in the shrink wrap, for the 360, which is in a closet. Some days I consider hooking it up for Rage. Then I realize I'd probably just replay RDR instead.

As I get older, I feel I replay the same games more often and try new ones less often. As I just joked about in another thread, why play a new game when I have so much more FTL to play? I recently redid Dishonored. This gets my attention more than shinywiszzbangthing 2016.

Speaking of, I'm kind of craving 5 skulling OMD1/2 again.
 
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News Comments > LawBreakers Vanguard Video
5. Re: LawBreakers Vanguard Video Aug 9, 2016, 12:46 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 9, 2016, 02:46:
* crickets *

"We want old school games, not this MOBA crap, not all this competition crap!"

CliffyB makes that game.

*crickets* and/or "CliffyB is a douche!"

I mean, yeah, the marketing for this does scream CliffyB, but it looks kind of fun. Like Battlewhatever, or whatever Randy Whoseitwhatits game was, this will probably be steamrolled by that Blizzard game, but it still looks unique (with a generic art style.)

I can't see myself playing, though. Too little time, too much FTL.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 8, 2016, 09:35 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Aug 8, 2016, 09:23:
According to local TV station KSHB, however, “more than one water park guest” said the harnesses on the ride were not working Sunday.

...



Did you watch the video? The raft peaks at a very slow speed. Non-functional harnesses are obviously a huge issue, but in order for a kid to get catapulted off it would have to be a very different ride than the one in the video in the link. Maybe weight differences?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
28. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Aug 5, 2016, 13:26 Beamer
 
LiTh wrote on Aug 5, 2016, 13:16:
Mr. Tact wrote on Aug 3, 2016, 20:17:
LiTh wrote on Aug 3, 2016, 03:30:
They're expensive, but nothing beats a Subzero or Viking
Why? I looked into Subzero before and as far as I could tell it was just an image thing, like owning a Ferrari...

Ferrari's are hand built and one of the most dependable cars ever built for anyone with experience with them. So ...try again?

I don't know about dependable, but yeah, it was an odd comment. Ferraris objectively are among the absolute best sportscars.

While there are diminishing returns for most luxury items, Ferraris are somewhat outside of that as there are few options for the performance outside of the price range. Had he said Rolex', I'd somewhat agree, but even then it's something hand built that lasts several lifetimes, though you can get something handbuilt cheaper, can get mechanical even cheaper, and can get a $15 Casio that keeps time better.
 
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News Comments > Dishonored 2 Details
4. Re: Dishonored 2 Details Aug 5, 2016, 12:48 Beamer
 
I redid Dishonored a few weeks back. For the most part, I replayed exactly as I did the first time around. I did it the first time in, I dunno, 2012?, on the 360. This time on the PC.

I used the exact same powers. Funny, to me, how little I enjoy some of them. I blinked endlessly, used Dark Vision a good amount, and I occasionally turned into rats, but I never used Wind, I very rarely raised rat swarms (twice, I think, not counting the half dozen times I'd meant to mind control a rat and instead raised a swarm), and I never once bent time.

And I ended up high chaos both times. The first playthrough, something went wrong at the party and I slaughtered everyone. Everyone. This playthrough, I tried so hard to not be high chaos. After the first mission I usually had 4-8 dead bodies and maybe 1-3 found. However, in the first mission I think I had 44 dead bodies, so... yeah, never recovered from that. Learning curve!
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
22. Re: Please stop using Videosift. Aug 4, 2016, 13:47 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Aug 4, 2016, 08:44:
NetHead wrote on Aug 3, 2016, 21:58:
Curious why videos are often linked to the videosift.com website since they're always just Youtube videos?

This was covered months ago.



Yup, I despise Videosift, which offers no value to me and needlessly complicates the screen with additional videos and elements of constantly shifting sizes, but I'd asked Blue about it and his explanation for why he links there and his explanation is reasonable and honestly makes more sense than otherwise, given how he runs his site.
 
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News Comments > Spicy Horse Studios Closing
31. Re: Spicy Horse Studios Closing Aug 2, 2016, 06:55 Beamer
 
Sepharo wrote on Aug 2, 2016, 05:03:
Hey everybody I'm going to work from a tree fort from now on. Please send me money so I can accomplish this. Don't worry its not a life of luxury, living in a tree fort is harder than you might think.

Don't forget that you're laying off most of your staff. Maybe they can help contribute to your tree fort.
 
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News Comments > Spicy Horse Studios Closing
28. Re: Spicy Horse Studios Closing Aug 1, 2016, 22:05 Beamer
 
Sepharo wrote on Aug 1, 2016, 19:08:
Beamer wrote on Aug 1, 2016, 11:46:
nin wrote on Aug 1, 2016, 07:06:
bliblob wrote on Aug 1, 2016, 00:43:
You seem to resent the fact he has worked hard and made a success of himself.

What exactly has he worked hard and been successful at? All I see are flops since 2000: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_McGee#Games

I agree with the guy, he has worked hard and made a success of himself.

Which is why him asking us to donate our money to his leisure life is shitty.

But Beamer, why are you so lazy? Get out there and do something with your life man.

Listen, Sepharo. I'm tired of working. If every BluesNews poster gave me just $20 a month, I'd be able to spend the rest of my life sailing around foreign countries and occasionally spitting out some iPhone "game." It's win-win for you! I'll have Sarah McLaughlin do a commercial for me.

In all seriousness, I'm not the type of guy complaining about all of this (we all know who is.) When some big name comes out seeking Kickstarter money for his game, or movie, I don't complain. When creating something like that, we shouldn't expect the creator to bear 100% of the risk just because he's made some money. Usually that risk is nearly all he's earned.

But here? This isn't American seeking money for a project, it's him seeking money for his retirement. I pay into Social Security (which I somewhat suspect he no longer gets, as I doubt he's been paying American income tax in his time abroad, considering he isn't returning), I'm not paying into American McGee Security.
 
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News Comments > Spicy Horse Studios Closing
26. Re: Spicy Horse Studios Closing Aug 1, 2016, 11:46 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Aug 1, 2016, 07:06:
bliblob wrote on Aug 1, 2016, 00:43:
You seem to resent the fact he has worked hard and made a success of himself.

What exactly has he worked hard and been successful at? All I see are flops since 2000: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_McGee#Games

I agree with the guy, he has worked hard and made a success of himself.

Which is why him asking us to donate our money to his leisure life is shitty.
 
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