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News Comments > Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Released
18. Re: Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Released Jan 21, 2016, 12:36 Beamer
 
yuastnav wrote on Jan 21, 2016, 12:06:
NKD wrote on Jan 21, 2016, 10:10:
yuastnav wrote on Jan 21, 2016, 08:49:
Unfortunately they decided to let the AI cheat instead of putting any real work into it and this is what we get.

You know I really get tired of seeing this shit. There are a lot of really smart people out there working on AI for gaming applications, but there are a lot of hurdles.

You know how up until a few years ago, you needed a really powerful machine to reliably beat a skilled human at something as simple as chess? Now take chess, add 20 new pieces, remove the predefined movement grid, and make it realtime. Add another player or 3 or 4 while you're at it as well. Oh, and you have to actually run the game and render the shit at the same time, on a $1000 PC.

There's the problem with developing AI for RTS, and why RTS has always been primarily a player versus player affair. Similar problems arise for just about any AI in a realtime game. You can do a bit better with turn-based games since you can allow more time for computation and deal with things discretely rather than continuously. But you're still dealing with needing algorithms way more complicated than for chess.

Oh, and you can never reuse those algorithms because no two games are the same.

It's not a matter of laziness or misplaced focus, it's just a massive technical cockblock that will not be conquered with conventional computing.

When you break it down, so is actually a RTS.

TBS
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
7. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 21, 2016, 08:06 Beamer
 
Retired wrote on Jan 20, 2016, 21:08:
BN is probably the fastest loading page on the internet that I go to. I love the straight forward simple design.

It was for me, before all the autoplay YouTube videos started crushing my ability to type. Right now there's "Health - The Cure to Oveating."

And every few letters I type never make it to the box.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
10. Re: Ships Ahoy - Watch Dogs; First Reviews Jan 20, 2016, 07:42 Beamer
 
ELITE wrote on Jan 19, 2016, 21:54:
I can't stand Anita's videos - she has no clue how to make a balanced argument.

Since you're posting her crap blue - might as well post American's crap too..

https://www.facebook.com/americanmcgee/posts/10153422645582075


Why would someone have to make an argument "balanced?"

She's showing one side, and very clear about that. She isn't saying "this is a comprehensive view of video games." She's saying "this is a look at specific tropes in video games."
 
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News Comments > Vivendi Sells Activision Stake
21. Re: Vivendi Sells Activision Stake Jan 17, 2016, 08:44 Beamer
 
Stormsinger wrote on Jan 17, 2016, 01:50:
Beamer wrote on Jan 16, 2016, 23:04:
A hedge isn't a bet, it's a mitigation of risk. It isn't "we think this will happen" but "we're screwed if this happens, so we'll cover our asses."

I have renters' insurance. I do not think anything bad will happen, but I'm mitigating my risk. This is all a hedge is. They're exceptionally common, and institutions do them to be responsible, not to place a bet.

I fail to see any significant difference. You're gambling a small amount of money (the insurance premiums) against the larger amount you'll win (the expenses that you won't have to pay yourself) if events break that way. That -is- a gamble. All insurance is a gamble.

The significant difference is that you said this was a sign vivendi thought something bad would happen. Gamers hate Activision and are constantly looking for these signs. Find the thread where vivendi announced they were divesting and look at people seeing that as lack of faith in Activision when it was more trouble with vivendis finances.

Vivendi told shareholders is was divesting and making X dollars. If the market collapsed and they made less than X heads would roll. So they hedge. Look at any major divestment and the owners hedge for this reason. You can't dump that much stock overnight, it takes time. So you hedge. It is insurance, not a belief or bet that something bad happens.
 
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News Comments > Vivendi Sells Activision Stake
15. Re: Vivendi Sells Activision Stake Jan 16, 2016, 23:04 Beamer
 
A hedge isn't a bet, it's a mitigation of risk. It isn't "we think this will happen" but "we're screwed if this happens, so we'll cover our asses."

I have renters' insurance. I do not think anything bad will happen, but I'm mitigating my risk. This is all a hedge is. They're exceptionally common, and institutions do them to be responsible, not to place a bet.
 
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News Comments > Vivendi Sells Activision Stake
7. Re: Vivendi Sells Activision Stake Jan 16, 2016, 17:25 Beamer
 
Stormsinger wrote on Jan 16, 2016, 13:05:
You have to wonder who made how much money on this deal. Because it sure looks like Vivendi was betting that Activision/Blizzard stock was going to crumble.

Life is good if you're a bankster.

Uh... no it doesn't?

They made no such bet, and they've been trying to get out of Activision for a while. Trying to get out of all entertainment.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 15, 2016, 15:10 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Jan 15, 2016, 13:30:
Timmeh wrote on Jan 15, 2016, 10:26:
i dont know.. it takes 55 billion to make 11 billion.

that is a LOT of costs to cover to make a profit.

Nothing wrong with their profit ratio, its an industry with huge R&D costs and one that requires a lot of capital reinvestment. Its better to assess it with ratios related to their liability load compared to their assets and the benchmarks like earnings per share if you're looking at it as an investor.

20%. Google's is 21%.

Really not bad. 20 cents of every dollar coming in is profit, after costs, r&d, salaries, rent, utilities, debt, etc.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
22. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 14, 2016, 19:29 Beamer
 
Paranoid Jack wrote on Jan 14, 2016, 18:19:
descender wrote on Jan 14, 2016, 16:44:
These ranchers and others have owned these land for hundreds of years in some cases.

Why do people keep saying this? It isn't true at all.

Ranchers/farmers were bailed out by the government in the 30's and since then have been allowed to use the land anyway at a 90% discount. You could research it, but you chose to watch an unsourced youtube video instead.

So 100% of the ranchers / farmers here in the entire United States of America were all bailed out by the government back in the 1930's? OMG, why didn't you tell me sooner! So my great grandfather didn't lose all of his lands back during the Depression? I better call the rest of my relatives. So every farmer / rancher has been just renting these lands back from the United States government for 10%... since the 1930's, eh?

Oh, that video has sources listed if you could be so bothered to check.

He did not say "100%," "all," or "every."

I feel like every time someone makes a generalization on a video game forum people freak out and say "stop saying all!"


Ranchers are over.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
18. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 14, 2016, 18:00 Beamer
 
gravity wrote on Jan 14, 2016, 17:04:
descender wrote on Jan 14, 2016, 16:09:
annnd look more complete libtard bullshit.

You are free to explain the situation as you think you understand it, rather than just rambling like a lunatic.

One can only wonder why I hadn't ignored you already. Fixed!

Anytime I see someone use the word "libtard," (particularly in such intentional provocation) I immediately associate them with a level of ignorance that is difficult to achieve.

Solely because it's an embarrassing aggregation of the words "liberal" and "retard," and if you're still calling people "retards," today, you probably need to check yourself and maybe mature a little bit... go look in the mirror, and try reading about things on your own.

Not only that, but he complained about metrosexuals.

Metrosexuals.

Is it 2002?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 14, 2016, 13:53 Beamer
 
Bard wrote on Jan 14, 2016, 13:32:
PunkiBastardo wrote on Jan 14, 2016, 10:27:
Hadn't read about these wackos before, but I had a good laugh with the videos and all those homoerotic stories. Go internet!

Unfortunately the whole 'wackos' portrayal is meant to distract from a very real issue.

The US Government has been breaking its own laws trying to railroad people off land where rich resources have been discovered.

This is really about resistance to Tyranny, not wackos.

Typical COINTELPRO tactic, and one even Ghandi spoke about.

No, this is about wackos arming themselves and holing up in public property.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 13, 2016, 13:09 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 13, 2016, 12:54:
I got these insulated Columbia Bugbear boots that I fell in love with because they were super warm and comfortable.

Well that, and they have the super-awesome name Bugbear! C'mon Blue, 'fess up. You really only got them because of the cool name.

Also, Bobbob would remind you that had you taken his advice several years ago and moved to Cali, you wouldn't need winter boots.

He got it wrong, though, it's Bugaboo (and Bugaboot.) Not quite as cool. I only know because I had a Bugaboo hat in, like, 3rd grade. I think it was a separate brand back then.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 12, 2016, 15:48 Beamer
 
Retired wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 13:33:
Father and I stayed warm in the stands at the Vikings game. Was a tough loss, no fault of the kicker - Offense didn't do their job, and honestly, I don't think we could beat Carolina......

Was great to be at the game. We will be in our seats opening day in the new stadium.

Wish you had won. I have a flight down to NC next weekend. Will be very disappointed if I have to cancel them, but with Seattle...
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
31. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 12, 2016, 12:06 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 08:44:
Beamer wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 07:10:
InBlack wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 02:47:
Beamer wrote on Jan 11, 2016, 09:48:
I'd wager that, if you polled most of your friends, less than 5% of their time using their personal (not work) laptops is outside of their homes.

Im gonna go back to this statement from Beamer. As long as this is true, having a laptop for gaming is a bad idea. Not, having a laptop, not gaming, but a combination of those two things. You game on a laptop, fine, great! Good for you. How often do you take it out of the house? (And when it's out of the house, how often do you game on it?) How often does it sit in one spot in your house? Think about these questions and answer them to yourself honestly. For the price of that "gaming" laptop, you can get a destop with twice the power, twice the screen real-estate and a nice comfy chair.
Again, this requires dedicating, at a minimum, a 3'x5' space in your home to your computer.

Having a laptop means dedicating a 1'x1.5" space to it.

Unless you are living in Japan, I'm not sure that space enters that much into the equation. Remember we are talking about "gamers" here, not casual users. So in addition to the laptop, you will most definitely at least have a mouse. So you need a desk to use it on. Or at least a flat surface of some kind. Sure you can juggle your laptop in your lap, on the sofa, but who the fuck games like that? Not people who are willing to spend thousands of bucks on top of the line gaming laptops. And once you throw the external "GPU" from the article in the mix, what you get is basically an overpriced desktop, that can serve as laptop if you want. The space you say you will end up saving comes up to diddley squat. You don't end up saving any space at all, since that external GPU is sitting somewhere where you need to plug your laptop in.

It isn't so much about living space, though that's part of it, as it is just aesthetics.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
29. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 12, 2016, 07:10 Beamer
 
InBlack wrote on Jan 12, 2016, 02:47:
Beamer wrote on Jan 11, 2016, 09:48:
I'd wager that, if you polled most of your friends, less than 5% of their time using their personal (not work) laptops is outside of their homes.

Im gonna go back to this statement from Beamer. As long as this is true, having a laptop for gaming is a bad idea. Not, having a laptop, not gaming, but a combination of those two things. You game on a laptop, fine, great! Good for you. How often do you take it out of the house? (And when it's out of the house, how often do you game on it?) How often does it sit in one spot in your house? Think about these questions and answer them to yourself honestly. For the price of that "gaming" laptop, you can get a destop with twice the power, twice the screen real-estate and a nice comfy chair.
Again, this requires dedicating, at a minimum, a 3'x5' space in your home to your computer.

Having a laptop means dedicating a 1'x1.5" space to it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
13. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 11, 2016, 17:48 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Jan 11, 2016, 12:52:
Beamer wrote on Jan 11, 2016, 12:45:

Again, you're missing the primary reason why desktop PCs have been experiencing such a massive sales slowdown relative to laptops - people don't want a part of their home dedicated to the computer. It's an inelegant solution that feels dated.


I didn't miss that at all. I'm not talking about those people.

Those people are, for the most part, not gaming on their laptops. They certainly aren't playing high spec triple A games, and for the most part, aren't even plugging in a mouse. Laptops are selling well still, yes, but which laptops? The $400-600 variety.

When you're looking at a low end PC, a laptop is attractive because it's just as powerful for the things you're doing, while being small, but still being more usable than a smartphone. Useful for dragging between your bed and the living room and whatnot. Like you said, doesn't require much space set aside for it.

But when you're marketing to the core gamer, you're marketing to a different set of people who value performance and usability over something as nebulous as "feeling dated."

chickenboo echoed what I said, but I'd trade my desktop for a laptop with gaming potential in a heartbeat. A heartbeat. To date, everything has been too much of a compromise. Too heavy, too hot, too weak.

Suddenly, here's an option I could go with. It's not an elegant option by any means, but it allows me to finally ditch the desktop.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
28. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 11, 2016, 17:44 Beamer
 
DangerDog wrote on Jan 11, 2016, 14:56:
R.I.P.

Another "chemotherapy" victim no doubt.

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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 11, 2016, 12:45 Beamer
 
NKD wrote on Jan 11, 2016, 12:21:
I never understood the point of a gaming laptop.

For the same price you can get a dirt cheap laptop good for everything you're likely to be doing on the go, and also get a regular gaming PC. A Mini-ITX build is you're concerned about space.

I don't really see any compelling reason why my laptop and my gaming PC have to be the same machine. I guess a niche scenario where someone has to move between two homes very very frequently might lend itself to wanting a very compact hassle-free gaming setup that doesn't involve hauling a 27" screen.

I just don't see the point in some shit that's only just mobile enough so that you can change what room its in slightly easier.

"Well today I feel like gaming in the fucking kitchen, good thing I got this PC that is slightly easier to move around the house."

Again, you're missing the primary reason why desktop PCs have been experiencing such a massive sales slowdown relative to laptops - people don't want a part of their home dedicated to the computer. It's an inelegant solution that feels dated.

Hell, the number of people under 30 owning TVs is rapidly falling, as an increasing number of them don't see large screens as worth the amount of real estate it takes up.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 11, 2016, 09:48 Beamer
 
siapnar wrote on Jan 11, 2016, 09:31:
Just carry this power core around with you everywhere you go if you want decent performance!

Um...

Or, more likely, "dump that entire, giant, unwieldy, immobile desktop you have and replace it with this tiny laptop to use for 90% of your computing. For that extra 10%, you can still game by hooking it up to this Core, which will sit in easy storage when you aren't gaming and take up little room in your home."

It isn't about gaming on the go, it's about having a superlight laptop you can easily take out of your house when you need to yet still use for gaming in your house. It's about replacing your desktop and no longer needing to dedicate a chunk of your home to your computer. I'd wager that, if you polled most of your friends, less than 5% of their time using their personal (not work) laptops is outside of their homes.
 
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News Comments > Half-Life Writer Marc Laidlaw Leaves Valve [Updated]
34. Re: Half-Life Writer Marc Laidlaw Leaves Valve? Jan 8, 2016, 16:40 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Jan 8, 2016, 16:05:
Marc Laidlaw is 55 and filthy rich, I'm sure retirement would look pretty attractive to me too at that point.

But uh sorry, back to your regularly scheduled "Valve sux...but still make Half-Life 3 please" bitchfest

No, it's called be a fat lazy fucking asshole who has no drive other than making profit from other people's hard work.

What a silly comment, as if he hasn't earned anything through hard work and some very astute incubation over the years. Running any business with employees is profiting from other peoples hard work by the way, assuming the business makes money.

He even says that's why he quit. But this is a video game forum, may as well just blame greed and conspiracy theories.
 
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News Comments > Half-Life Writer Marc Laidlaw Leaves Valve [Updated]
23. Re: Half-Life Writer Marc Laidlaw Leaves Valve? Jan 8, 2016, 14:43 Beamer
 
Darks wrote on Jan 8, 2016, 12:57:
thecakeisalie wrote on Jan 8, 2016, 12:30:
I was watching a video on Youtube that talked about HL3 and Valve and because Gabe Newell is rolling in dough from skimming off the top selling other people's content, why take the risk on trying to make HL3 and risking it flopping? They will just string us along counting their money from Steam until everyone that actually wanted HL3 dies off.

No, it's called be a fat lazy fucking asshole who has no drive other than making profit from other people's hard work. The guy has become the next George Lucas, someone who has lost his desire and will to continue on. If he can't find the time or will or desire to complete the Half Life story, then sell it off or have someone else finish it.

But please do not defend this asshole as someone who never intended to finish the HL3 story. That is utter bulshit to say they never intended to make HL3.

Valve as a whole has forgotten where they came from and what made Valve what it is today.

Do you not think Steam requires work?
 
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