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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 29, 2017, 11:18 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Nov 29, 2017, 10:54:
The Andy Rubin thing was apparently a good old fashioned office romance with an underling, not a sexual assault or some crazy pedo shit.

Which means he'll almost definitely be back at Essential rather quickly.
 
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News Comments > EA Still Wants Microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront II
9. Re: EA Still Wants Microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront II Nov 29, 2017, 11:16 Beamer
 
Arithon wrote on Nov 29, 2017, 11:04:
You'd think $3BN being wiped off their shares would teach them SOMETHING, but apparently not..


The $3B wasn't because consumers were angry at Star Wars, it was because they were angry at the business model. The EA valuation was based on the profit they'd be earning from that business model. If consumers reject the business model, they will not earn those profits, and the stock falls. If EA can convince consumers to come back to the business model, it will return.

You guys think investors give a shit how happy consumers are. They don't. They give a shit how much more profit EA will earn than last year, and how much they'll earn in the future. Anyone that saw the drop as some kind of message to EA that they need to not do microtransactions, and that analysts side with gamers, is missing the point.

The point is Wall Street really, really wants them doing many, many microtransactions. And Wall Street is the one that took that $3B from them. So who do you think EA is more concerned about making happy?
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
8. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 28, 2017, 17:00 Beamer
 
dubfanatic wrote on Nov 28, 2017, 16:46:
Important quote from the article:

Geographically, it’s all still focused on the western United States

And by "Western United States" they mean California, on either private tracks or open rural or suburban roads. Up here in Washington it's been pouring rain and blowing wind for the last two weeks almost non-stop. Let me know when self-driving cars are logging miles in downtown Seattle in the middle of a November storm, then I might be interested.

There are already. BMW and Mighty AI have their primary automated driving offices in Seattle for a reason. They may be out there on a very limited basis, but it's weird that people expect it to be a billion of them on day 1.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Origin Access Free This Week Nov 28, 2017, 15:14 Beamer
 
{PH}88fingers wrote on Nov 28, 2017, 14:56:
so self- driving cars is already here.
wheres the guy saying its 20 yrs away again?

Eraser said they're 20 years away, and in fairness, he means from being truly adopted and replacing regular cars. Just because Waymo has them on the road doesn't mean they're being adopted by anyone. Jury is still out, and things do take time, but I think the autonomous revolution will be somewhat swift. I can't imagine it's more than 5 years before Uber is doing a widespread test in some market, and imagine that within 10 years taking a ride that isn't autonomous will feel odd in NYC.

dubfanatic thinks they'll never be a thing.
 
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News Comments > Destiny 2 Free Trial Tomorrow
17. Re: Destiny 2 Free Trial Tomorrow Nov 28, 2017, 10:29 Beamer
 
SimplyMonk wrote on Nov 28, 2017, 09:07:
Big step back from Destiny 1 in terms of content, loot mechanics, replay ability, character customization and gameplay mechanics. That being said, for a first timer the game is solid and the gun play itself is great with some humerus bits in the all too short storyline. If you want to see a literal salt mine though, check out the subreddit. Place is super depressing now, but for mostly valid reasons. Like I said, real big disappointment for those that loved Destiny 1.

Is it a step back from Destiny 1 out of the box, or Destiny 1 after all the add-ons and DLC? I don't know what those DLC pieces included, I just know there were a lot.

From what I gather, the big issue here was it needed another year of dev time. All the time spent on that DLC reduced the time to make D2, so D2 kind of comes across as a D1.5 rather than a true leap, and new games often have fewer features than games that have been allowed to grow for a bit (e.g., look at how any version of an EA Sports game with a new engine lacks the features of the prior version on the old engine - because the team had additional time to put those features in rather than build something wholly new. Not the exact case here, but somewhat similar.)

Which doesn't excuse it, just explains it.
 
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News Comments > Square Enix on the Future of Deus Ex
2. Re: Square Enix on the Future of Deus Ex Nov 28, 2017, 10:26 Beamer
 
I just bought Mankind Divided yesterday for $8. I look forward to finding the time to play it some time in the next 3 years.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 28, 2017, 10:17 Beamer
 
I also have to believe that, if the parent said "whoa, I'm sorry, I had no idea, I'll discipline him," Epic would drop the lawsuit. No one wants to sue a 14 year old and his mother.

But the kid went on to make a video admitting he did what Epic alleges he did, then did it again. And the mother sent an email saying that Epic is wrong for a whole bunch of reasons that Epic isn't actually wrong for, and in the email admits what Epic is alleging he did. Again.

In both cases they blame Epic for creating a free game in which people may be tempted to cheat for him giving in to that temptation. There's a complete lack of remorse, and a complete lack of claiming that anything wrong was done. The kid goes as far as to say he only cheated for fun, not to win, and to increase other people's fun, and if they dislike playing with a cheater that isn't his fault or his problem.

So yeah, I don't see Epic backing down. They don't want $150,000, people rarely want the number they're suing for (as they will always ask for the maximum amount), but they do want this kid to stop and acknowledge what he did. Or the mom to stop him and acknowledge what he did. Something that says to cheaters "don't do this, there are consequences." Since the family refuses to admit anything wrong was done, this will keep going. If it goes to court, the family is screwed. That the kid made ANOTHER video bragging about being sued then did exactly what he was being sued for AGAIN won't go over well in court.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 28, 2017, 09:46 Beamer
 
yuastnav wrote on Nov 28, 2017, 09:41:
Beamer wrote on Nov 28, 2017, 07:35:
The Eurogamer article has the best info on it:

It has now come to light that one of the defendants is a 14-year-old who Epic Games sued because the teenager appealed against the developer's DMCA takedown request of a YouTube video revealing how to use cheats. Legally, Epic Games had to either withdraw the DMCA takedown request or file suit against the teen. The developer chose the latter.
"This particular lawsuit arose as a result of the defendant filing a DMCA counterclaim to a takedown notice on a YouTube video that exposed and promoted Fortnite Battle Royale cheats and exploits," said an Epic Games spokesperson in a statement to Eurogamer. "Under these circumstances, the law requires that we file suit or drop the claim.
"Epic is not okay with ongoing cheating or copyright infringement from anyone at any age. As stated previously, we take cheating seriously, and we'll pursue all available options to make sure our games are fun, fair, and competitive for players."

Wait, what? Did I understand that correctly that not only did he cheat in a multiplayer game but he also recorded it, made a video about it and when it was taken down he filed a counterclaim to get it back up again?

Man, I guess cheaters ARE morons.

He also made a follow-up video saying he doesn't tell people how to cheat, but then went on to tell people how he cheated.
 
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News Comments > etc.
25. Re: Re: etc. Nov 28, 2017, 07:53 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Nov 28, 2017, 00:58:
Beamer wrote on Nov 27, 2017, 13:28:
Kxmode wrote on Nov 27, 2017, 13:15:
Beamer wrote on Nov 27, 2017, 12:27:
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Nov 27, 2017, 12:21:
I wonder if that Petition is actually going to do something.. even if 1 million people signed it.

I highly doubt their contract has a clause that the license can be revoked if 1 million people sign a petition.

No, but the contract definitely has some sort of clause that states if EA mistreats the Star Wars property that Disney has the right to revoke the contract. I think generating a ton of negative press and getting governments involved less than a month before a new Star Wars film is a clear breach of contract.

It likely revolves around reviews and sales, not some general "mistreating."
In any case, this petition has as much influence as the vast majority of petitions - absolutely none. It doesn't tell Disney anything it doesn't already know, and there's no chance it's actionable.

"We didn't allow Joe Camel to encourage our kids to smoke cigarettes, and we shouldn’t allow Star Wars to encourage our kids to gamble." I don't know about you but I would call that a mistreatment of the property.

1) My initial point was this petition is meaningless, not that Disney has legitimate concerns

2) My secondary point is that "mistreating" is not legally defined and a very vague, general term, and therefore won't be found in a contract
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 28, 2017, 07:35 Beamer
 
The Eurogamer article has the best info on it:

It has now come to light that one of the defendants is a 14-year-old who Epic Games sued because the teenager appealed against the developer's DMCA takedown request of a YouTube video revealing how to use cheats. Legally, Epic Games had to either withdraw the DMCA takedown request or file suit against the teen. The developer chose the latter.
"This particular lawsuit arose as a result of the defendant filing a DMCA counterclaim to a takedown notice on a YouTube video that exposed and promoted Fortnite Battle Royale cheats and exploits," said an Epic Games spokesperson in a statement to Eurogamer. "Under these circumstances, the law requires that we file suit or drop the claim.
"Epic is not okay with ongoing cheating or copyright infringement from anyone at any age. As stated previously, we take cheating seriously, and we'll pursue all available options to make sure our games are fun, fair, and competitive for players."
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 27, 2017, 15:34 Beamer
 
Hoop wrote on Nov 27, 2017, 14:45:
I know I'm late to the party but I did say I would like to share my take on Doom 16 single player.

Having just finished last years Doom campaign I would like to express my gratitude to all those involved in making it, I had given up hope my experience of Unreal 96 would ever be surpassed.
As with Unreal & Half-life Doom succeeds by constantly constricting scale, replacing intimate corridors with expansive awe-inspiring new killing zones.
Weapons are introduced slowly & upgrades nescessary, double jumps allow the arms to scale obstacles, rhythm is found intuitively.
Fluid motion of enemy is faultless their use of the environment a dance of death, aside from inevitable boss fights nothing breaks the flow.
Maps are layered & complex tightly folding back on each other like origami painted & lit to perfection. Having dished out mayhem & with levels this beautiful I enjoyed quietly taking in the views before progressing.
Sound effects are the best to pass through a 7.1 headset, complimenting the carnage they create genuine atmosphere & movie like immersion.
The fact that all the above loads fast & runs like melted butter on Ultra settings is incredible, I truely feel privileged to have experienced this Doom in all it's glory.

Yeah, in some ways it almost felt like a rhythm game, but in a good way. As you said, it was a dance - you needed to be in perpetual motion, circling around and blowing things up. Lots of people hated that you could one-button execute enemies for additional stuff, but that kept the dance fueled in a way that retreating for more health or armor wouldn't. It turned well timed dying enemies into a resource.

I loved it. Only complaint was that I couldn't start over with my progress saved, starting me as a super soldier and allowing me to find everything I'd missed. You can go back and replay levels, but not save in them, so if it was a 3 hour level and you played an hour then exited, when you went back you'd have to start over again.
 
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News Comments > National Committee for Games Policy Takes on Loot Crates
5. Re: National Committee for Games Policy Takes on Loot Crates Nov 27, 2017, 15:31 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 27, 2017, 14:59:
Well, a lobby group can benefit customers or it can hurt them, this one currently does neither

This seems solely set up to try to make those involved more powerful and influential.

From the looks of it, pretty much having their name read by the 20 of us who will actually click through works - they're nobodies. Just trying to involve themselves in an issue they feel they can make a name for themselves with and gain some rewards from.
 
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News Comments > Nioh Mouse Support This Week
13. Re: Nioh Mouse Support This Week Nov 27, 2017, 15:28 Beamer
 
Muscular Beaver wrote on Nov 27, 2017, 13:58:
Beamer wrote on Nov 27, 2017, 13:25:
Muscular Beaver wrote on Nov 27, 2017, 13:13:
After all these stupid artificial small delays in controls (holding a button to do something, delay when actually moving, making strafing less useful by making it slow, delays when switching weapons, etc), added to make console players look better, I am not surprised something like this is happening to games nowadays...

How does this make console players look better?
Does lesser control somehow not hold them back, too?
And, given that there is no cross-platform, where is one able to compare console vs pc players in a way that these inferior controls would make console players look better?

Sometimes I think some people have no clue what they're talking about and just want to rag on the issue they find most bothersome. At least CJ admits he just singles out Microsoft at inappropriate times to be a troll. You are being genuine in your misunderstanding of poor game design and hatred of console players.
If youre a PC gamer from the 90s or 00s on, you would know exactly what I mean.
Console gamers are not used to a mouse. You would be surprised how many even play shooters on the PC with a controller. Even many Youtubers and Streamers admit to it and explain it exactly like I do.
And of course it makes it better for them, because they have more time to react. PC players can react far quicker, but not with artificial delays. Then they are almost on the same level as console gamers.
Take Fortnite for example. Play it as someone who plays CSGO. You will instantly notice all the artificial delays, how sluggish it feels and how weird the aim is, and then check how players play it with a controller. How well they can aim (often not even aiming where mouse players would normally aim) and owning mouse players hard.

As for it being irrelevant if there is no crossplay... Do I really have to explain to you that the vast majority of PC games are console ports? Since when are they modified heavily to make them better on PC? Ever noticed the horrible controls on PC in even GTA games? Why dont they improve them? They have all the money in the world for that tiny adjustment. Because they have to be comparable, or ore people would stop buying console games, if the controls are far better on PC.

But please, keep trying to explain your inability to comprehend simple facts by blaming others...

You know that every single poster here was a PC gamer in the 90s and 00s. This place is almost exclusively men in their mid-30s and above who grew up on shareware. Playing the "if you were a blah blah blah" card is absolutely pathetic here.

Console gamers are not used to a mouse, this is true. But how having more convoluted controls on the PC makes them look better still isn't explained by you. I mean, hell, you're already assuming they're playing on the PC, I think, which would make them PC players. Console players are, you know, playing this on their console.

You've effectively described shitty ports, which everyone knows exists, yet said they exist due to "making the console player look better." Nothing you've explained comes close to pointing towards this being a deliberate decision to make console players look better.

You're desperately trying to blame console players instead of ineffective/lazy devs and a reduced incentive to polish PC ports. Seriously. Reread what you wrote and tell me how "making console players look better" explains any of it.
 
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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: etc. Nov 27, 2017, 13:28 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Nov 27, 2017, 13:15:
Beamer wrote on Nov 27, 2017, 12:27:
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Nov 27, 2017, 12:21:
I wonder if that Petition is actually going to do something.. even if 1 million people signed it.

I highly doubt their contract has a clause that the license can be revoked if 1 million people sign a petition.

No, but the contract definitely has some sort of clause that states if EA mistreats the Star Wars property that Disney has the right to revoke the contract. I think generating a ton of negative press and getting governments involved less than a month before a new Star Wars film is a clear breach of contract.

It likely revolves around reviews and sales, not some general "mistreating."
In any case, this petition has as much influence as the vast majority of petitions - absolutely none. It doesn't tell Disney anything it doesn't already know, and there's no chance it's actionable.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
4. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 27, 2017, 13:27 Beamer
 
In law school we were allowed laptops. Unsurprisingly, they were a distraction. You could sit in the back and see people shopping, or playing pinball or minesweeper. You could use messaging software to text someone an answer when they were called on, or in some cases, ctrl-f in the digital book.

For my MBA, we were not allowed laptops. It was the right decision. The discussion in class was lightyears better.
 
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News Comments > Nioh Mouse Support This Week
6. Re: Nioh Mouse Support This Week Nov 27, 2017, 13:25 Beamer
 
Muscular Beaver wrote on Nov 27, 2017, 13:13:
After all these stupid artificial small delays in controls (holding a button to do something, delay when actually moving, making strafing less useful by making it slow, delays when switching weapons, etc), added to make console players look better, I am not surprised something like this is happening to games nowadays...

How does this make console players look better?
Does lesser control somehow not hold them back, too?
And, given that there is no cross-platform, where is one able to compare console vs pc players in a way that these inferior controls would make console players look better?

Sometimes I think some people have no clue what they're talking about and just want to rag on the issue they find most bothersome. At least CJ admits he just singles out Microsoft at inappropriate times to be a troll. You are being genuine in your misunderstanding of poor game design and hatred of console players.
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Nov 27, 2017, 12:27 Beamer
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Nov 27, 2017, 12:21:
I wonder if that Petition is actually going to do something.. even if 1 million people signed it.

I highly doubt their contract has a clause that the license can be revoked if 1 million people sign a petition.
 
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News Comments > Get Flight Unlimited 2K16 for Free
9. Re: Get Flight Unlimited 2K16 for Free Nov 26, 2017, 00:36 Beamer
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Nov 25, 2017, 16:14:
Microshit should be sued to hell and back for tainting the legendary Flight Unlimited name with this shitfest.

Also lol @ Windows store. Uninstalled and never to be seen again, fuckers.

When CBS airs a movie you dislike, so you threatened to sue them?

Or when GoG offers a free game you hate?

Microsoft didn't make this, it's just sold on their store. This isn't hard. Stop constantly being in a state of extremely aggravated ignorance.
 
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News Comments > Loot Boxes Under Fire
60. Re: Loot Boxes Under Fire Nov 22, 2017, 23:50 Beamer
 
Sepharo wrote on Nov 22, 2017, 20:07:
Beamer wrote on Nov 22, 2017, 19:10:
I didn't say ruined, reduced. The crates I got were worth $0.01. Being told I earned either a penny or the right to pay $3 is crazy to me. When I play something like CoD, when I get a reward I get something new. When I play CS:GO, it's maybe something new or maybe an opportunity for Valve to make more money from me.

With CoD you're talking about unlockables right?
I fucking hate unlockables. I don't want to grind for weapons. In a MP game all weapons should be accessible to all players from the beginning.

Other than the psychological concerns, and sticking to your experience receiving a reward that you had to pay for... would you have a problem with Overwatch's crates which you can open for free?

Hell, I'd be OK with csgo if you could also win free keys.
 
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News Comments > Loot Boxes Under Fire
52. Re: Loot Boxes Under Fire Nov 22, 2017, 19:10 Beamer
 
I didn't say ruined, reduced. The crates I got were worth $0.01. Being told I earned either a penny or the right to pay $3 is crazy to me. When I play something like CoD, when I get a reward I get something new. When I play CS:GO, it's maybe something new or maybe an opportunity for Valve to make more money from me.  
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