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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Jan 31, 2018, 17:41 Beamer
 
Evil Timmy wrote on Jan 31, 2018, 17:14:
So bad they had to release an update to disable the Bixby button, because it existed solely to be pressed by accident.

But you need to enable Bixby to disable the button.
Sorry, Samsung, not happening.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
7. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 31, 2018, 15:38 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 31, 2018, 14:51:
jdreyer wrote on Jan 31, 2018, 13:08:
US appeals court says Tinder Plus pricing is discriminatory.

If age-based pricing is determined to be discriminatory, how will that affect things like healthcare insurance and car insurance?

There should be no discrimination in this regard. In Norway for example if you get a speeding ticket its based on net worth. Obviously some rich guy getting a $300 fine is peanuts and doesn't serve as a deterrent where it's a real burden to someone one the low end of the scale. So this way Joe Millionaire gets a $30,000 fine and Joe Sixpack gets a $30 fine. Super fair and great system. If you set some arbitrary number as the basis to charge someone more or less it's discrimination plain and simple.


I will remember this next time you call regional pricing unethical and evil.
 
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News Comments > Respawn's Star Wars Expected in FY2020
2. Re: Respawn's Star Wars Expected in FY2020 Jan 31, 2018, 14:43 Beamer
 
DangerDog wrote on Jan 31, 2018, 14:34:
What's fascinating to me about Star Wars is the current generation of fans are more into Clone Wars content from the mangled prequel movies than they are for the Disneyfied new movies.

I would still rate them in best to worst

Original Trillogy
Prequels
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Disney crapfest Star Wars

Which current generation? The one you hang out with exclusively?
 
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News Comments > Your Royal Gayness Comes Out
22. Re: Your Royal Gayness Comes Out Jan 31, 2018, 12:13 Beamer
 
Razumen wrote on Jan 31, 2018, 09:32:
Beamer wrote on Jan 31, 2018, 08:05:
Razumen wrote on Jan 31, 2018, 00:15:
Beamer wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 14:42:
FloorPie wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 14:27:
Beamer wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 14:03:
Icewind wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 13:59:
Every indie game nowadays has to be about sexual identity.

I miss when indie games were just about shooting monsters and walking through dungeons.

If you play games to learn about the world around you, then you need to get out more. You can learn about LGBTQ issues anywhere in the real world, you don't need a game. I think these folks are all shut-ins that need a game to tell them about life.

Me? I play games to get away from all the life i'm over-exposed to on a daily basis.

Or maybe the games you want are still out there, only now there's choice for more people, and more people see themselves represented in their game options than before.

I don't get why some people expect every single game to be tailored to their desires.

Yet, some groups are forcing everyone else to tailor their entertainment to satisfy that group's personal desires. If you don't then you're a horrible horrible person. See the Kingdom Come: Delieverance dramas for example. "You need Moors in your 1400s Bohemian game you bigot!"

This game looks gay in all the meanings of that word. I'd not really care if we didn't have people demanding transgender were-dragonkin romances in every silly bioware type (nerd love simulator) game. Heh, I almost yearn for the day when the big scandal was romancing Jahiera in Baldurs Gate just after her husband dies.

Is this true and reality, or do you ignore reasonable requests and pay attention to reactions to reactions to reactions?

Case in point: a game has no black people. Someone says "I'd like this more if there were black people." Sounds reasonable, no? Someone else says that, historically, there were few. Someone else responds that it shouldn't matter, as the game ignores other aspects of history and ultimately inclusiveness can be more worthwhile than arbitrary historical accuracy. Someone else says that person is dumb. Someone else says white people rule. It devolves to both sides accusing the other of bigotry.

Should you focus on that devolution, or the job initial feature request? For Kingdom Come, the game wasn't called racist, but the lengthy screeds the dev wrote were. See how that works? The reaction matters. The reasoning they offer.

Like, your endless buzzwords of what pisses you off makes me wonder about your actual feelings are towards lgbtqs.

It's not a reasonable request, they're demanding that their views are more important than the developers, and features just can't be added in willy nilly-they take time and money. In the end, a "reasonable request" just isn't worth it solely for the buzzword of "diversity".

Ok. Next time you complain about any design decision, be it loot crates or invisible walls, I'll say you aren't being reasonable and that you're demanding your views on what makes a game appealing are more important than the devs.

Also, be sure to call out Icewind for opening this line of reasoning by saying his views were more important than Your Royal Gayness dev's, for him complaining about shoehorning or whatever.

False equivalency bro. Those are things that actually affect how objectively good a game is. The sexual orientation or race of a character in a game usually has no bearing whatsoever on the gameplay.

Loot crates are objectively bad?
You can find people who like them.

And I'm sorry that you don't understand how representation works and why it makes a difference. I'm sorry if having a few games that feature a few characters not exactly like you is so offensive to you that it makes you dislike the games.
 
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News Comments > CIG Responds to Crytek
64. Re: CIG Responds to Crytek Jan 31, 2018, 12:11 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 16:52:
Snapple isn't available here in the midsouth (at least I haven't come across it anywhere) I used to drink the Snapple Iced Tea like crazy when I lived in the norrheast. I miss my Drakes cakes more though.

There's a reason I enjoy your posting so much. This is it!

I miss Chocodiles.
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Jan 31, 2018, 12:10 Beamer
 
Also, that's the id timeline. The new games have little to do with the id timeline. They make allusions, but in the id timeline BJ becomes a talk show host, married to someone who has Keen. In the current timeline, well, we know who BJ marries and we know he's unlikely to become a talk show host with a kid who has an idyllic upbringing.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
15. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 31, 2018, 08:12 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 31, 2018, 05:24:
Beamer wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 14:32:
whitelined wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 14:15:
You don't need Amazon, buffet, or JPMorgan to reduce costs of healthcare. Just regulate the costs of treatments. The healthcare companies are willfully taking advantage of an uncompetitive market and treating patients like cash cows. Why do they charge so much? Because they can.

Limit the profit the insurance companies can realize.

I dunno, I work for a BCBS affiliate that's nonprofit. Salaries are stingy, you're lucky to get 2% pay increase per annum. Even the CEO only makes a bit over $1M. There's no complementary coffee or tea, the carpets are old and stained, and the cubicles look straight out of the 80s. My laptop is almost 10 years old. We take in $5B a year, but almost all of that goes out the door to doctors, hospitals, and drug companies (the biggest expense). The state closely monitors our margins, analyzes, and usually reduces any rate increases we request. We fund our Medicare plans at a loss. There are a few for-profit health insurance companies, but most are non-profit and, like us, barely make margin.

The key to reducing health costs is reducing doctor salaries (among the highest in the world) and drug costs (again among the highest in the world).

You're an outlier, not the bulk of the industry.
I'd disagree somewhat on doctors. Most of them do not enjoy their line of work at all. There's a reason we have a primary care physician shortage - med students don't go into that field anymore. It used to be the bulk, now it's a minority, because primary care physicians hate life. They are rushed from patient to patient to patient. They make $200,000, but in order to do so take on an enormous amount of debt and give up numerous years of their lives. Our compensation system to doctors is flawed. It's also why boutique care has been on the rise, and any attempt to reduce doctor salary will increase the amount shifting to boutique, until we hit the point that we have a dual-tier medical system, with the wealthy wholly opting out into their own elite and exclusive system.

Drugs, yes. Used to be that drug companies were funding enormous R&D budgets. Now that R&D is being more and more commonly outsourced, I question the quality of drugs we're going to get. Drug companies are being run for Wall Street, not for breakthroughs. More growth, higher profit, keep that stock rising, but damaging actual performance.

Maybe making it illegal for drug companies to be publically traded... but then most will just sell to foreign entities and be traded on foreign markets...

 
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News Comments > Your Royal Gayness Comes Out
18. Re: Your Royal Gayness Comes Out Jan 31, 2018, 08:05 Beamer
 
Razumen wrote on Jan 31, 2018, 00:15:
Beamer wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 14:42:
FloorPie wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 14:27:
Beamer wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 14:03:
Icewind wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 13:59:
Every indie game nowadays has to be about sexual identity.

I miss when indie games were just about shooting monsters and walking through dungeons.

If you play games to learn about the world around you, then you need to get out more. You can learn about LGBTQ issues anywhere in the real world, you don't need a game. I think these folks are all shut-ins that need a game to tell them about life.

Me? I play games to get away from all the life i'm over-exposed to on a daily basis.

Or maybe the games you want are still out there, only now there's choice for more people, and more people see themselves represented in their game options than before.

I don't get why some people expect every single game to be tailored to their desires.

Yet, some groups are forcing everyone else to tailor their entertainment to satisfy that group's personal desires. If you don't then you're a horrible horrible person. See the Kingdom Come: Delieverance dramas for example. "You need Moors in your 1400s Bohemian game you bigot!"

This game looks gay in all the meanings of that word. I'd not really care if we didn't have people demanding transgender were-dragonkin romances in every silly bioware type (nerd love simulator) game. Heh, I almost yearn for the day when the big scandal was romancing Jahiera in Baldurs Gate just after her husband dies.

Is this true and reality, or do you ignore reasonable requests and pay attention to reactions to reactions to reactions?

Case in point: a game has no black people. Someone says "I'd like this more if there were black people." Sounds reasonable, no? Someone else says that, historically, there were few. Someone else responds that it shouldn't matter, as the game ignores other aspects of history and ultimately inclusiveness can be more worthwhile than arbitrary historical accuracy. Someone else says that person is dumb. Someone else says white people rule. It devolves to both sides accusing the other of bigotry.

Should you focus on that devolution, or the job initial feature request? For Kingdom Come, the game wasn't called racist, but the lengthy screeds the dev wrote were. See how that works? The reaction matters. The reasoning they offer.

Like, your endless buzzwords of what pisses you off makes me wonder about your actual feelings are towards lgbtqs.

It's not a reasonable request, they're demanding that their views are more important than the developers, and features just can't be added in willy nilly-they take time and money. In the end, a "reasonable request" just isn't worth it solely for the buzzword of "diversity".

Ok. Next time you complain about any design decision, be it loot crates or invisible walls, I'll say you aren't being reasonable and that you're demanding your views on what makes a game appealing are more important than the devs.

Also, be sure to call out Icewind for opening this line of reasoning by saying his views were more important than Your Royal Gayness dev's, for him complaining about shoehorning or whatever.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Activision Blizzard Record Results, Layoffs Jan 30, 2018, 19:24 Beamer
 
Stormsinger wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 19:09:
Beamer wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 14:32:
whitelined wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 14:15:
You don't need Amazon, buffet, or JPMorgan to reduce costs of healthcare. Just regulate the costs of treatments. The healthcare companies are willfully taking advantage of an uncompetitive market and treating patients like cash cows. Why do they charge so much? Because they can.

Limit the profit the insurance companies can realize.
If the ACA proved one thing, it's that the profits of the insurance companies are not a major component of rising healthcare costs. The 80% medical loss ratio requirement made that quite apparent...costs continued to skyrocket even when the insurance profits were limited to 20% (and that's all non-medical costs, not just profits).

Pharma, hospitals, and large provider organizations are much bigger culprits.

Over $3B was refunded to consumers due to the 80/20 rule. But you're right, it didn't manage costs. There's a few reasons for that.

Don't doubt, for a second, it's that insurance companies gamed it. They could keep 20% of every dollar spent. So how do they make sure they cover all their costs? Inflating the 80% to capture a higher 20%.

UnitedHealth's CEO made $66 million last year. Profits were still extremely nice for insurance companies.
 
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News Comments > CIG Responds to Crytek
49. Re: CIG Responds to Crytek Jan 30, 2018, 15:44 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 14:59:
Well maybe if you hadn't belittled everyone from the outset for just having an opinion Dacron the conversation would have gone better. I mean, this is a discussion forum, so it can't be that surprising that people would, ya know, DISCUSS the topic of the thread. It's not a prerequisite that I'm aware that everyone be a legal expert in order to discuss the legal proceeding. Obviously some opinions are going to be more informed than others but being condescending as you have been towards any opinion at all "because no one has all of the facts" (thank you Captain Obvious) doesn't accomplish much besides make you look like kind of a jerk.

I also wondered why Blues is so interested in this discussion when we know absolutely nothing to form any opinion on, but whatever, there's plenty of things I'm interested in that no one else here cares about, such as the regional availability and prominence of Snapple (ha!), so why would I care if people get so interested in this?

Why would anyone care?

Discuss what you guys like in topics designed expressly for that topic!
 
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News Comments > Your Royal Gayness Comes Out
9. Re: Your Royal Gayness Comes Out Jan 30, 2018, 14:42 Beamer
 
FloorPie wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 14:27:
Beamer wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 14:03:
Icewind wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 13:59:
Every indie game nowadays has to be about sexual identity.

I miss when indie games were just about shooting monsters and walking through dungeons.

If you play games to learn about the world around you, then you need to get out more. You can learn about LGBTQ issues anywhere in the real world, you don't need a game. I think these folks are all shut-ins that need a game to tell them about life.

Me? I play games to get away from all the life i'm over-exposed to on a daily basis.

Or maybe the games you want are still out there, only now there's choice for more people, and more people see themselves represented in their game options than before.

I don't get why some people expect every single game to be tailored to their desires.

Yet, some groups are forcing everyone else to tailor their entertainment to satisfy that group's personal desires. If you don't then you're a horrible horrible person. See the Kingdom Come: Delieverance dramas for example. "You need Moors in your 1400s Bohemian game you bigot!"

This game looks gay in all the meanings of that word. I'd not really care if we didn't have people demanding transgender were-dragonkin romances in every silly bioware type (nerd love simulator) game. Heh, I almost yearn for the day when the big scandal was romancing Jahiera in Baldurs Gate just after her husband dies.

Is this true and reality, or do you ignore reasonable requests and pay attention to reactions to reactions to reactions?

Case in point: a game has no black people. Someone says "I'd like this more if there were black people." Sounds reasonable, no? Someone else says that, historically, there were few. Someone else responds that it shouldn't matter, as the game ignores other aspects of history and ultimately inclusiveness can be more worthwhile than arbitrary historical accuracy. Someone else says that person is dumb. Someone else says white people rule. It devolves to both sides accusing the other of bigotry.

Should you focus on that devolution, or the job initial feature request? For Kingdom Come, the game wasn't called racist, but the lengthy screeds the dev wrote were. See how that works? The reaction matters. The reasoning they offer.

Like, your endless buzzwords of what pisses you off makes me wonder about your actual feelings are towards lgbtqs.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 30, 2018, 14:32 Beamer
 
whitelined wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 14:15:
You don't need Amazon, buffet, or JPMorgan to reduce costs of healthcare. Just regulate the costs of treatments. The healthcare companies are willfully taking advantage of an uncompetitive market and treating patients like cash cows. Why do they charge so much? Because they can.

Limit the profit the insurance companies can realize.
 
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News Comments > Your Royal Gayness Comes Out
7. Re: Your Royal Gayness Comes Out Jan 30, 2018, 14:03 Beamer
 
Icewind wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 13:59:
Every indie game nowadays has to be about sexual identity.

I miss when indie games were just about shooting monsters and walking through dungeons.

If you play games to learn about the world around you, then you need to get out more. You can learn about LGBTQ issues anywhere in the real world, you don't need a game. I think these folks are all shut-ins that need a game to tell them about life.

Me? I play games to get away from all the life i'm over-exposed to on a daily basis.

Or maybe the games you want are still out there, only now there's choice for more people, and more people see themselves represented in their game options than before.

I don't get why some people expect every single game to be tailored to their desires.
 
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News Comments > MS Acquisition Rumor Targets include EA, Valve, & PUBG
45. Re: MS Acquisition Rumor Targets include EA, Valve, & PUBG Jan 30, 2018, 10:57 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jan 30, 2018, 10:41:
Noting the company has a war chest of at least $130 billion dollars

Yeah, this is not how companies work, Polygon. Departments can't just go "Well, shit, look at all this cash! We can spend freely!" The Xbox department has a budget assigned to it, it can't just freely grab money from wherever it wants to.

The problem is that the Xbox department, relative to many other MS departments, just doesn't make enough money. That MS has persisted in it for so long has been quite surprising.

Being an M&A project, this is run by the corporate strategy and m&a. The Xbox team of course has a say, and may be bubbling targets up, but it's equally likely that the corporate strategy team identifies an m&a opportunity and moves ahead with it and tells Xbox they just need to deal with it.

It's very, very rare for the department currently overseeing an area being a decision maker (as opposed to influencer) in an m&a project. That comes even higher up. Whether Xbox wants something or not, people above them are looking at how it would influence growth and revenue.
 
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News Comments > Are "Let's Play" Streams Legal?
76. Re: Are Jan 30, 2018, 07:22 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 21:54:
Beamer wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 11:26:
But does anyone charge their spouse to watch? Many of these streamers make lots and lots of money.
Some, of these streamers make lots of money -- most make less than minimum wage based on the hours expended to play, edit, and manage their online presence.

Initially, I thought I might have missed the train on this. Shortly after the first ones showed up, I considered starting up a Minecraft Let's Play but never did. Some of those guys make good money now, but I'm pretty sure I couldn't keep it up the way they have.

That's true, but I don't know why people keep bringing it up. For most things that are grey area, no one cares until someone starts making a ton of money from it. The people that scooted by without anyone caring end up caught in the crossfire, but they're not the impetus for any change themselves.
 
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News Comments > MS Acquisition Rumor Targets include EA, Valve, & PUBG
13. Re: MS Acquisition Rumor Targets include EA, Valve, & PUBG Jan 29, 2018, 21:14 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 20:00:
What we need to be really concerned about is whether MS will buy CD Projekt Red and make future Witcher and Cyberpunk games Xbox exclusives. It's currently worth $2B, which is close to what MS paid for Minecraft.

Don't give them ideas!

As for Valve, Gabe's cash is largely on paper. This would make it liquid. That's why Epic sold.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
20. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jan 29, 2018, 18:07 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 17:45:
I bet you sit around re-reading your own responses for hours at a time on here. It's exactly why you would defend Facebook, it's right up your alley.

Yup, everyone that uses Facebook is vain and likes to hear themselves. No one using it to keep in touch with friends across the globe.
Regardless, I spend about 2-5 minutes a day on Facebook. Way more time on Instagram. Probably like 10.
 
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News Comments > Are "Let's Play" Streams Legal?
59. Re: Are Jan 29, 2018, 16:38 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 15:55:
Beamer wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 15:48:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 15:46:
Beamer wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 15:40:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 15:36:
Beamer wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 11:26:
SpectralMeat wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 11:14:
Next up:
Gamers can get sued if spouses are watching the gameplay without having a second license for the game. Kids under the age of 5 will have to have half a license.
Dogs and cats do not require a license at this time.

But does anyone charge their spouse to watch? Many of these streamers make lots and lots of money.

Source?

Is that surprising today? PDP earns tens of millions, and started doing Let's Plays of sorts. He's the highest earner on YouTube.

Gamespot estimates all of these are making at least a million a year

Some guy named MarkPlier does Let's Plays and earns $5.5M



Pretty sure they ask before they let's play

Those guys, maybe. Others are probably earning five or six figures without doing so.

I'm not saying this one way or the other, just that it's a data point you know companies are paying attention to. If you're a dev making $90k, and you see a report that some guy is making half a million bucks playing your game online, you may be a bit peeved. But you may also think it's good in the long run.

Yeah I just don't believe that is indicative of let's players in the lower spectrum. To give you an example, with a channel producing bi-weekly videos length 10m (for 3 ad blocks) with 50-100k views you make around 443 a month just to give an perspective. That's pretty bad considering you need to produce videos with actual content full-time for a bi-weekly or even daily schedule, and that doesn't even pay half the rent.

A single big video and many small ones (2-5k views vs one vid with 20m views) gives you ZERO payout. Yes, zero.

This is after the AD revenue changes on youtube. Without patreon and twitch (aka, stream subs etc.) many full time youtubers wouldn't even be able to exist anymore.

And well, a game without a youtube let's play is a game I am not buying.

Totally, but those are people caught in the crossfire, not the main point of contention in any of this.

I watch no let's play videos, or YouTube videos about video games, and that will never, ever change. I can't even fathom what information I'd get from them that I can't get from a solid text review, and I've yet to see a game whose basic theme and gameplay I need a video to understand.
Just my opinion and style. They're utterly pointless for me. For the limited amount of free time I have, I'd rather spend it playing something than watching someone play something.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 29, 2018, 15:50 Beamer
 
Hoop wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 15:10:
Co-op P2P Duke with a friend after installing I think seven 1.44 mb floppy disks, complete with destructive environments.
I nearly died laughing when first shrinking Phil & furiously mashing spacebar in an attempt to stand on his miniature self running back & forward. I remember some epic battles in the movie theatre map as well.

The movie theater was the first map, and one of the best for deathmatch. I also loved the movie studio, and the huge spaceport map (no one else seemed to love that one with me.)

We also did an arena map for TEN, called assten, quite a bit. It was kind of stupid and gimmicky, but given that we were teenagers (and that Duke itself fit that description some), we loved it.
 
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News Comments > Are "Let's Play" Streams Legal?
54. Re: Are Jan 29, 2018, 15:48 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 15:46:
Beamer wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 15:40:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 15:36:
Beamer wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 11:26:
SpectralMeat wrote on Jan 29, 2018, 11:14:
Next up:
Gamers can get sued if spouses are watching the gameplay without having a second license for the game. Kids under the age of 5 will have to have half a license.
Dogs and cats do not require a license at this time.

But does anyone charge their spouse to watch? Many of these streamers make lots and lots of money.

Source?

Is that surprising today? PDP earns tens of millions, and started doing Let's Plays of sorts. He's the highest earner on YouTube.

Gamespot estimates all of these are making at least a million a year

Some guy named MarkPlier does Let's Plays and earns $5.5M



Pretty sure they ask before they let's play

Those guys, maybe. Others are probably earning five or six figures without doing so.

I'm not saying this one way or the other, just that it's a data point you know companies are paying attention to. If you're a dev making $90k, and you see a report that some guy is making half a million bucks playing your game online, you may be a bit peeved. But you may also think it's good in the long run.
 
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