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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 21, 2018, 16:36 Beamer
 
El Pit wrote on Jun 21, 2018, 16:13:
Beamer wrote on Jun 21, 2018, 15:54:
I used Rocky 3, because he kind of changes by learning footwork. The problem with most 80s movies (and Disney movies) is that the hero doesn't change their tactics, they just recommit and change their resolve.

Very good example. Rocky totally changed his style for the rematch with Clubber Lang. Better footwork, much lighter, better condition, less powerful shots but lots of them - pretty much like young Ali.

It also works because, while not everyone knows Rocky 3, everyone knows who Rocky is, and most people associate him both as a champion and as an underdog.
 
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2. Re: Steam Intergalactic Summer Sale Jun 21, 2018, 16:32 Beamer
 
Steamlinks are $2.50. Even though I have some stuttering (which may be from my PC, not the link, even though it isn't stuttering on the PC), playing the Batman Arkham games on the couch is well worth $2.50.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 21, 2018, 15:54 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 21, 2018, 15:31:
Beamer wrote on Jun 21, 2018, 14:57:
Open question:

I'm looking for an example of a movie in which the hero was getting his ass kicked, realized he needed to change his strategy, and did so and won.

There are a few billion of these, but I can't think of any. The better known it is, the better. In case anyone has one off the top of their head.

Virtually any action movie from the 80s. Isn't that the reason the montage was created? The Rocky films, et al. Batman Dark Knight Rises is the best recent example I can think of where Bane kicks his ass the first time they fight.

"You fight like a younger man, with nothing held back. Admirable but mistaken."

I used Rocky 3, because he kind of changes by learning footwork. The problem with most 80s movies (and Disney movies) is that the hero doesn't change their tactics, they just recommit and change their resolve.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 21, 2018, 14:57 Beamer
 
Open question:

I'm looking for an example of a movie in which the hero was getting his ass kicked, realized he needed to change his strategy, and did so and won.

There are a few billion of these, but I can't think of any. The better known it is, the better. In case anyone has one off the top of their head.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 21, 2018, 13:54 Beamer
 
sauron wrote on Jun 21, 2018, 13:20:
Quboid wrote on Jun 21, 2018, 13:16:
Hmm, Steam seems to have fallen over dead

It sure has.

FFXV for 50% discount - I am all over that (as soon as their server stops being murdered).

And shower with your father simulator is $0.69!

Why does such a game exist? I'm guessing it's either hysterical for 2 minutes, or should have been killed with Asset Flipping Simulator.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 21, 2018, 13:50 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 21, 2018, 13:42:
There are a lot of different types of CEOs. Guys like my CEO or Costco's Jim Sinegal are servant-leaders, listening to and treating employees well as a path to customer satisfaction, instead of focusing on producing shareholder value. Unfortunately, psychopaths occupy C-level positions at 4x the occurrence of psychopathy in the general population. For those kinds of people, the focus is on wealth and power, and they can be hard to work for.

It often depends on the lifecycle of a company. The companies where employees love CEOs are ones that are still in high growth stages.

Once they become mature companies in mature markets, that slows down. CEOs in these companies tend to either have extremely short lifespans or extremely long. If extremely short, they're desperately trying to extend by making short term decisions for the shareholders, because the board reports to the shareholders. Decisions are made for tomorrow's stock price, not next decades stock price.

If they have a long term CEO, he's probably just really good at making the shareholders feel good.

The further we keep aggregating wealth into the few, the more powerful loud voices outside the company can be. The more powerful those voices, the less the company seems to focus on long term. Powerful shareholders want the most return, not the longest term return. No big deal milking something until it's dry, then moving to the next thing to milk just before it dies.
 
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News Comments > Gears Tactics Catch-up and Gears of War 5 PC Details
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 21, 2018, 13:12 Beamer
 
fawker wrote on Jun 21, 2018, 11:26:
Well, I don't really feel like starting a storyline 4 games in already.

They should have come to PC from the start.

It's not like the storyline is deep, but do you feel that way about every game? I jump in to storylines late all the time. I mean, a game from 2005 is going to be awful now, and in no way worth playing.

Take The Witcher 3. I jumped in late. It was still great. I didn't really feel any need to go back and play 200 hours of somewhat obsolete game.

And, for the record, GoW4 started an entirely new storyline, and came out for Windows. People played Fallout 3 without playing Fallouts 1 & 2 (heathens), this would be like that.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
11. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 21, 2018, 10:40 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 21, 2018, 09:59:
Creston wrote on Jun 21, 2018, 08:54:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 20, 2018, 22:26:
And millions of movie fans look for the nearest cliff.

Why? Do you think Comcast would do a better job of handling Fox's movie properties? Or that Disney wouldn't be better than Fox?

I have no particular love of Disney, but it's really not hard to see how they would handle the X-men and Fantastic Four SUBSTANTIALLY better than the barrels of shit that Fox has been turning those properties into. (To be fair, most of the X-men movies were pretty good, it was just the third one in each series that was terrible.)


I think it would be better if Disney didn't get Alien nor Predator. 2 franchises they will UTTERLY fuck up. And the only 2 Fox franchises I give 2 ct about. I can already see it, Alien the musical. Alien kid friendly movies, predator plush toys. That's Disney in a nutshell. They ruined Star Wars and now they will ruin Alien and Predator.

Honest question: is it possible to make these worse than they are?

I know some here enjoy the recent Alien movies (counting Prometheus), but the general reception for them was kind of poor. Alien3 was a decent movie, perhaps, that the studio boned. Alien 4 was awful. Predator 2 is awful. Predators was awful. Predator, the new one, looks somehow worse, despite being made by a talented guy. Alien vs Predator was unwatchable. Alien vs Predator 2 looked even more unwatchable.

It's kind of like fearing Disney would screw up Captain America because the 1990 one was so good.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
17. Re: Into the Black Jun 21, 2018, 09:41 Beamer
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Jun 21, 2018, 09:28:
Creston wrote on Jun 21, 2018, 08:56:
Yeah, clearly $350 million box office for Solo, released in the summer schedule, was just TERRIBLE. Rolleyes


It's on track to lose several hundred million dollars. $350 in theater sales isn't much when compared to a $250 million original budget + $200 million reshoot budget + $150 million marketing budget. (I'm taking those numbers from a YouTube film critic's video, so they may not be 100% accurate. Regardless, they are reasonable numbers for modern big-franchise films with troubled productions, which Solo definitely was.)

They're not reasonable for Star Wars, though. Disney bought Star Wars expecting a large cinematic universe. They wanted another Marvel. Solo has brought in less than all but The Incredible Hulk (which hardly counts, imo.) Yeah, there were internal struggles, but most of the viewing public doesn't know that or care. That shouldn't have given a giant hit for opening weekend.

I still say the issue is that Disney is being dumb about the whole thing. And I think they're realizing that. Rogue One was a new story with new characters, and it did quite well. Solo is a story that makes an existing character feel smaller, and no one wants that. The Obi Wan movie would do the exact same thing, probably to a lesser extent (since we already know so much about him), but be less hyped (since he's a less loved character.) Boba Fett... I suppose not much is known about him other than "cool helmet," but I still think few people want to go see the teen years about a guy with a cool helmet and stupid death.

If Disney wants to do this right, they need to expand the universe, not the characters. With Marvel movies, we didn't see more of what was happening with characters we knew before we knew them, we saw new characters to begin to love. We got Black Panther instead of Iron Man: The DeGrassi Years.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
9. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 21, 2018, 09:34 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jun 21, 2018, 08:54:
eRe4s3r wrote on Jun 20, 2018, 22:26:
And millions of movie fans look for the nearest cliff.

Why? Do you think Comcast would do a better job of handling Fox's movie properties? Or that Disney wouldn't be better than Fox?

I have no particular love of Disney, but it's really not hard to see how they would handle the X-men and Fantastic Four SUBSTANTIALLY better than the barrels of shit that Fox has been turning those properties into. (To be fair, most of the X-men movies were pretty good, it was just the third one in each series that was terrible.)


I'd say:

1) It's infinitely better to get a larger media company than a network company that owns a large media company

2) Disney will absolutely do a better job with each and every Fox property than Fox has managed

3) Having fewer large media companies is bad, especially with Disney planning to build its own streaming network, meaning there will be less content available to other streaming networks as much of it may go exclusive to Disney's, or Disney may do exclusive deals elsewhere.

Given how poorly Fox did with Fox properties, I'd say the value of Disney's current ability to make films outweighs the loss of Fox as an independent media company, for me personally.

Though it'll be interesting to see what Disney does with Fox's R rated properties. Disney did R rated stuff decades ago under Touchstone, but really trimmed the fat and Touchstone is essentially dead. Can't imagine they let Alien or Predator go, but maybe they'll find someone interested in doing a good Alien or Predator movie.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
28. Re: Into the Black Jun 21, 2018, 09:04 Beamer
 
$931.83

Surprisingly low. I suppose I haven't bought much in the last 5 or so years, but I have 200 games.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
12. Re: Evening Interviews Jun 21, 2018, 08:25 Beamer
 
For the record, he says it's the golden age because, for the first time ever, all of its properties are currently in development.

Which means Commander Keene is officially dead, ha!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
39. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 21, 2018, 07:16 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Jun 21, 2018, 02:33:
Beamer wrote on Jun 20, 2018, 07:53:
"Sharing the good news" is kind of hysterical.

You call the single most important directive Jesus gave his followers an act of hysteria? No wonder Christians are lost. I find it fascinating, and all together sad.

That's not what hysterical means and you know it, but now that you say it, yes, I do think people that endlessly need to proselytizing hysterical. If it's the most important think Christ demanded, isn't he just like the CEO of Mary Kay or Rodan and Fields or Pure Romance? Do you get a pink Cadillac for converting enough people?

Isn't one of the biggest running jokes in religion Jehovah's witnesses knocking on doors?

And shouldn't "be a good person" be more important than "bother everyone so they believe in me?" What kind of terrible pyramid scheme religion finds what you believe more important than your actions?
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
8. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 20, 2018, 16:22 Beamer
 
ledhead1969 wrote on Jun 20, 2018, 16:09:
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jun 20, 2018, 15:23:
Nofactor97 wrote on Jun 20, 2018, 15:08:
I laughed so hard when that was the first comment I read on the article.

Horrible way to capture an audience as it immediately made me close my browser.

Writers can't help but put their own views on their pieces, much like you can't change your mannerisms in speech.

She's a professor at harvard law school and I bet her life has been met with a lot of male challenge.

Can give her a little bit of a break on this one as it's just describing the setting I think, it's not like she's writing about female protagonists in video games being absent and this is some SJW topic. It's a good little article actually.

"professor at harvard"

or

"life...is a challenge"

Pick one.


I am in no way surprised you think life is black and white.
 
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News Comments > etc.
5. Re: etc. Jun 20, 2018, 15:51 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Jun 20, 2018, 15:15:
chickenboo wrote on Jun 20, 2018, 12:27:
Make like the Witcher 3 and show prologue movies that explain/remind the player where in the game they are.

Oh God, please no. Hearing that same fucking bit over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over again got REALLY fucking irritating. Especially when you'd fast-travel back into Velen, and the stupid cutscenes just figured you were back on the fucking Red Baron quest again...

NEVER AGAIN DO THIS TO US, CDPR! EVER.

Yes. I hated this. And hated Dandelion. And hated both once I realized Dandelion was the voice of the loading screens.

If I recall, there was a mod to silence the loading screens.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Jun 20, 2018, 14:44 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 20, 2018, 14:35:
Get back in the kitchen, honey.


You're a gem.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
2. Re: Morning Interviews Jun 20, 2018, 10:53 Beamer
 
HoSpanky wrote on Jun 20, 2018, 10:24:
This is the article I needed to be truly excited about 2077. The witcher’s Quests were ALWAYS worth doing, and were kept consistently interesting. There are some I haven’t done yet, and I plan to go back and finish at some point just because I know they’ll be interesting.
Glad to read that they’re keeping that same design philosophy for 2077.

Do we replay TW3 prior to this coming out?

I'm thinking yes, yes I will. At least, if I can get my Steam Link to stop stuttering. It was fine with the 2D games I was playing, but is making modern 3D games a real hassle. It's wired, too.
 
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News Comments > etc.
9. Re: etc. Jun 20, 2018, 08:04 Beamer
 
NamecaF wrote on Jun 19, 2018, 22:37:
Beamer wrote on Jun 19, 2018, 15:45:
DangerDog wrote on Jun 19, 2018, 15:40:
Eventually through the 'unintended' process of eradicating the nazi symbol from the 'history books' the swastika will return to being a symbol of good luck.

Might take a 100 years but I think it'll happen.

https://flashbak.com/the-coca-cola-swastika-12321/

Or, perhaps, no one will see an undesireable logo inside a game without people meaning for it to be there.

No one thinks it will ever go back to good luck. Nor is removing it from a damn cartoon game removing it from history books. I don't get what is wrong with people. How in the hell is taking something accidentally in a cartoon game at all comparable to removing it from history books?

You free speech people are so obsessed with nazi symbols that it overrides any critical thinking power you have.

Nutjobs like you obsessed with calling for censorship of accidental symbols overrides any common sense you might have.

I didn't call for censorship, I am defending their decision to remove this, which DangerDog seemed to mock.


But calling this censorship is insanity. Epic is censoring themselves for removing something they didn't even mean to add?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
35. Re: Re: Out of the Blue Jun 20, 2018, 07:53 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Jun 20, 2018, 04:35:
jdreyer wrote on Jun 19, 2018, 02:29:
Helping the poor is a core tenet of Christianity.

It is, and it is a very noble action that a person should feel proud of. Jesus said, “There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.” (Acts 20:35) However, helping the poor isn't the primary thing that churches should be doing. Jesus provided a report of his many good deeds to his disciplines at the time. "The blind are now seeing, and the lame are walking, the lepers are being cleansed, and the deaf is hearing, the dead are being raised up." (Matthew 11:4-6) However, among the many good deeds, he performed, sharing the good news about God's kingdom remained the most important. It is the one activity no other Christian denomination engages in except for Jehovah's Witnesses. To clarify, sharing in the ministry of Jesus is not the same as building a structure, placing a cross on top, and sitting back waiting for people to come to you. Sharing involves going to where people live, shop, and congregate together.

Jesus encouraged his followers to do this on every occasion possible. In this regard, the Churches have failed miserably. Worst, inside of joining in this ministry they actively try to prevent the good news from being shared with willing listeners. For example, last year the Russia government - in direct opposition to their own chartered billed of rights - banned Jehovah's Witnesses on fake charges claiming the Witnesses are on the same level as a terrorist organization. The primary organization which supported the ban was the Russian Orthodox church.

jdreyer wrote on Jun 19, 2018, 02:29:
By not participating in politics, you are actively shirking that duty, given that the government is the single most powerful influencer of poverty in this nation.

That's a very binary view of things. Jesus said, “You must love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt. 22:39) Besides the sharing the good news and helping people learn how to be good citizens (aside: a lot of inmates have benefited from studying the Bible, turned their lives around and became upstanding members of society), the Witnesses have done more for religion and civil liberty freedoms than any other group by winning a large number of Supreme Court cases. Many minority groups have benefited from these court decisions. The Witnesses do this without protesting, without holding a gun, without violence, without holding a political office, or by supporting a political agency. Besides, all the protesting in the world isn't going to solve poverty, because poverty is a self-inflicted issue related to greed, and it's impossible to change the status-quo of greed when the "god of this system of things" is a selfish mass murderer. (2 Corinthians 4:4; John 8:44)

jdreyer wrote on Jun 19, 2018, 02:29:
If you were on a bus and the bus driver stroked out, would you jump to take the wheel, or would you do nothing claiming that "public transportation was a fool's errand" despite the fact that you completely benefited from the transport that bus was providing?

I know what you're getting at, but that's apples and oranges hypothetical thinking. I could just as quickly flip the logic around and say the number of Supreme court cases the Witnesses have won are now part of the fabric of America's freedoms. Are you going to tell me that because the Witnesses are not political that this somehow negates the freedoms people like you enjoy today?

The bottom line is people want good government. They demand integrity from their officials. And yet the simple truth is the good news of God's Kingdom is the government with honest officials that people seek.

"Sharing the good news" is kind of hysterical.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
7. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 19, 2018, 21:27 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Jun 19, 2018, 18:40:
Beamer wrote on Jun 19, 2018, 12:33:
I'm never really sure where I fall on ZTE. I don't know enough.

Part of me definitely prefers the chinese cellphone industry be reliant upon our tech. By banning that, ZTE either goes out of business, or China steps in and helps the partially state-owned company, with 75,000 employees, that's a worldwide power, develop the capabilities to exist without US components.
From what I understand, ZTE knowingly violated US sanctions twice, and lied about it. When you do that, you should expect the hammer, regardless of whether you agree with them.

The point being, the hammer could hurt us worse than the infringement. They sold stuff to North Korea. Trump is about to build a hotel there. What's worse - selling to NK, or building an entire tech infrastructure that can bypass our own, then selling that tech back to us cheaper than what we build, putting ours out of business?
 
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