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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
2. Re: Evening Consolidation Oct 13, 2017, 10:07 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Oct 13, 2017, 09:38:
Microsoft spent all of last generation telling Valve and Sony to fuck off about cross-play so you reap what you sow.

I don't think they ever said it to Sony, but they did try to avoid doing it with the PC, and this makes sense. It still makes sense. How is that fun for 99% of players?

Controller players don't want to play against mouse players, and vice versa.
 
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News Comments > Fortnite Battle Royale Boasts 10M Players
11. Re: Fortnite Battle Royale Boasts 10M Players Oct 12, 2017, 17:56 Beamer
 
Someone on another site said they believe this, because there are probably far more fans of a more casual experience than of whatever PUBG is. That Fortnite is short rounds that are a blast while PUBG is long rounds that are tense. That newbies can immediately start getting some kills in Fortnite but it probably takes several before they get one in PUBG. That Fortnite is running around like a happy idiot while PUBG is scrounging for items, running, hiding, not moving much, and ultimately getting shot by someone you never even saw.

I haven't watched a single second of the new Fortnite mode, but I did watch one or two Let's Plays for PUBG (I hate watching people play games, so this is rare for me.) Basically, I wanted to confirm that this wasn't like Day Z, or whatever that zombie ARMA mod I bought and utterly hated was. And... this was pretty close to that. It actually was people mostly hiding and not moving and getting shot by someone they didn't see, and it looked miserable to play solo.

I like action games that focus on action, not tension. I'd hate PUBG. I don't have the patience to spend 20 minutes waiting for something to happen only to die without anything happening. Some people love this. But I'd wager there's a much larger audience like me than like them. Doesn't mean the style of game is better (or worse), just more accessible and more people would enjoy it.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
12. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 12, 2017, 16:41 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Oct 12, 2017, 15:56:
Verno wrote on Oct 12, 2017, 14:46:
Quboid wrote on Oct 12, 2017, 14:42:
Not for the first time, you seem annoyed at your own assumptions about me.

Quite the contrary, you're one of my favorite posters on this site. I was just explaining myself since you said I didn't do it adequately the first time.

Well I didn't expect that. Sorry for my assumption. Way to disarm me

I do wonder if I come across as more extreme than I am on here in general. When I get into foolish arguments I usually come down on the more liberal side, and on the internet nuance like "I dislike Sarkeesian too, but the fact is..." can almost seem to become "I <3 Brianna Wu!" which really, really couldn't be further from the truth. I'm not far-left, I'm opinionated-centre-left.

I don't think I'm the only person on this board - or even this thread - who this could apply to.

I can't believe you love Brianna Wu!

Actually, I more can't believe Brianna Wu still gets mentioned, but yeah, as you said, Sarkeesian still gets mentioned, and "I don't think she's great, but don't think she deserves the ire, or attention, she gets" is "RARRRR SARKEESIAN IS MY GOD YOUR GAMES NEED TO BE TAKEN AWAY!"
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 12, 2017, 13:35 Beamer
 
Quboid wrote on Oct 12, 2017, 13:29:
RedEye9 wrote on Oct 12, 2017, 11:55:
Yet twitter allows the twitterer in chief to spread his lies.
Rose won this round.

No one won this. She posted someone's personal details, all the shit that she's facing doesn't make that OK. Twitter suspended someone who's speaking out against sexual assault, that doesn't look good.

Neither does describing a victim of assault as a fucking psycho, but I'm sure there's a reason for that... Worried

I hadn't seen the update regarding the phone number. I wonder if that will cool off angry people. Doubtful. Doubt that information will spread enough.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 12, 2017, 13:04 Beamer
 
dubfanatic wrote on Oct 12, 2017, 12:59:
It's going to look pretty silly when in 30 years we have all these regulations and requirements for tech that never panned out

You think self-driving cars won't pan out? Even within 30 years?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
34. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 12, 2017, 09:43 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Oct 12, 2017, 08:54:
bigspender wrote on Oct 12, 2017, 00:03:
This doctor has personally cured some 6000 peoples obesity, plus hundreds of thousands more that have applied his methods.

He speaks a little about 'the system' which keeps people sick and obese in this presentation, it's fairly interesting.

I know anecdotes don't count for much, but he's right on the average life expactancy and still working (instead of dying) which he puts down to his lifestyle of stuffing your face with the right foods.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWavdmw3rgw

The list of disallowed foods is hilarious, eggs are bad again everyone. What an absurd diet, absolute nonsense and totally unsustainable for most people. I honestly can't tell if you're trolling me or not. Also be very careful when talking about "curing" people of things.

1. Taxes on soda, candy, and chips are one part of a multi-prong strategy to encourage healthy eating. They are an important, but not a magic bullet.

Why do we need to do this at all? Why not just subsidize healthy foods?

I'd gotten into this with him before. I'm sure the doctor has some valid points, but as a whole it's terrible. Eggs are widely regarded as some of the most nutritious things out there.

Overall, it seems like a LittleMe diet - big on huge claims that go against the general consensus, light on anything else.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
24. Re: Into the Black Oct 11, 2017, 15:50 Beamer
 
Will we ever see him again?  
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News Comments > Blizzard Internship Hints at New Overwatch Project
4. Re: Blizzard Internship Hints at New Overwatch Project Oct 10, 2017, 17:17 Beamer
 
Squirmer wrote on Oct 10, 2017, 17:11:
A company that earned $6 billion last year can't pay its interns? Scumbags.

I think Blue is wrong, as Blizzard pays for most (if not all) interns, and provides housing for ones that are from out of town.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 10, 2017, 15:12 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 10, 2017, 14:32:
Verno wrote on Oct 10, 2017, 13:42:
I like Windows 10. Like every version of Windows ever, I just turn off the things I don't like. Every version of Windows has had its problems and issues. I remember when people here were proclaiming Windows 7 as the worst thing ever, funny how times have changed.

Huh, that's not what I remember. I recall article after article about how much better it was than fucking Vista and that MS had learned its lesson.

Yeah, I remember people adoring Windows 7, too.
That said, I really like Windows 10. The only thing I don't like about it is the new way they did the Control Panel. But whatever that bar in the bottom right is called does make some things easier, even if I really just use it for BlueTooth.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
13. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 10, 2017, 10:56 Beamer
 
Verno wrote on Oct 10, 2017, 10:51:
I feel like AI will kill a lot less people than people themselves so I'm ok with "beta" rollouts for this stuff. There is no way to perfect the technology without real world trials and the risks involved. At some point you have to release and iterate.

Do I want to be in the car? HEY do what I say, not what I do

Agreed.
Plus, most of the trucks in testing already have a remote human driver. Yeah, I know, the line of site isn't as good (but can be easier to see all around), and there may be delays, but at least one of the major companies doing this has drivers who sit in an office and take control of the trucks at problematic intersections and parts of town.

Obviously not something we'll see for cars, but this will all begin with commercial and get perfected. I'm also convinced the optimized way to do this is to have a grid that every car communicates with, passing information on where they're going and why, will be the best, safest, and most efficient way to do this, but I'm not convinced it's possible. It would require the federal government to build it out, and I just don't think anyone wants to make that kind of spend, nor do I think it's something the federal government can do well.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: etc., etc. Oct 10, 2017, 09:30 Beamer
 
I actually find loot boxes fun, but, and this is a big but, they need to actually enhance the game, not deny it.

CS:GO is the biggest offender. Some here got really weirdly angry at me when I said that, but needing to pay $3 for a key to unlock something you "earned" that contains an item that's almost definitely worth $0.15 is insanity, and not fun. You're actively penalizing me for the reward you've given me. Go F yourself, Valve. On the plus side, the loot did feel meaningful, as weapon skins were highly visible to the player himself and anyone that was spectating because they were dead. And there was so much variety. Still, Valve, go F yourself with that key bullshit. I love you, but love you so much less after getting into CS:GO over the summer - it's bad when one of your most successful products makes users like you less.

Quake Champions was another one. This may have changed, but I felt I was earning loot often, which was nice. It was free to open, which was nicer. But it was the only way to earn Champions, which sucked, and the loot you earned often felt utterly meaningless. You'd earn a minor variation on a head no one ever sees. But the stinginess with new champions was the real issue, as it felt truly designed to make you "rent" a champion for a day, which is utter bullshit.

Pretty much anything in a mobile game is also bullshit, but we know that. Those things are less games and more ways to take money. I played some sidescrolling motorcycle game that was a blast until microtransactions took over it. After about 5 or 6 hours of playtime you hit a wall where your bike wasn't good enough to proceed. You could upgrade it, but it took currency and parts to do. You needed to race to get currency and parts, but needed fuel to race. Even if you had the fuel to race, and got the currency and parts, you needed something else to expedite the upgrade because, by that point, upgrades took 7 real-time days to be applied unless you paid more. You hit a wall of zero progress for a minimum of 7 days unless you paid. Not to mention, any game that asks for money to pay more is essentially evil.

But loot boxes can be done well. Give us solely cosmetic stuff, but cosmetic stuff with meaning. Give them as rewards, and don't be stingy with them. Let people who want to pay do so by getting more boxes, or boxes that have more, or boxes with better odds for really cool stuff, but don't ask us for money for things we've earned, don't deny us core parts of the game unless we're either stupidly lucky, paying a ton, or playing for 500 hours, and only make loot boxes give cosmetic improvements.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
114. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 10, 2017, 09:19 Beamer
 
The Kochs have a weird grip on policy in this country, as does Sheldon Adelson, who is even more loathsome. Someone did a horrific report on Adelson a few years back that would make your blood boil. Doing so many things to make sure his billions made him count more than any other American.

However, given the absolute lunacy conspiracy theories some of The_Donald types, two or three are here, have about George Soros, I no longer worry much. Yeah, it may be poor logic, as we have actual data and journalism showing the ways Adelson and the Kochs use their billions to shape policy, while anything Soros related is people convinced he's paying every American that doesn't like Trump to hold that opinion, employing us all with absolutely no paper trail and no clear means of recruiting us, but their paranoia is so intense it makes me think that the impact of Adelson and the Kochs is probably much less than the shadow they actually cast.
 
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News Comments > Jurassic World Evolution Trailer
15. Re: Jurassic World Evolution Trailer Oct 10, 2017, 08:36 Beamer
 
Bundy wrote on Oct 9, 2017, 20:39:
The real craziness is that CJ Parker is the most sane guy in the room!

I read this yesterday and refused to be the first to say it, haha.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 9, 2017, 17:16 Beamer
 
Just think of all the ecom companies to start and die in that amount of time.

Bluesnews.com, as an anthropomorphized entity, deserves that bottle of Veuve. So do you, Blue. Congrats.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
3. Re: Morning Mobilization Oct 9, 2017, 17:05 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 9, 2017, 16:20:
Even I think self-driving cars are still 20 years out, AI is nowhere, really NOWHERE near what is needed. And cars don't have super computers yet either....

How about commercial vehicles, like trucks?
Bud's already done some deliveries with it. It's PR now, but still proof of concept.
 
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News Comments > Jurassic World Evolution Trailer
4. Re: Jurassic World Evolution Trailer Oct 9, 2017, 14:27 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 9, 2017, 13:27:
The Half Elf wrote on Oct 9, 2017, 12:20:
Ok so we get to see some art assets (which look good), but are we looking at a Planet Coaster/Theme Park type game or what?

That was my thought: engine looks great, but where's the gameplay? Where are the saddles and the mounts for .50 Brownings and 40mm Bofors ? Will we be able to fully armor the dinos, or just the "turrets" that we ride in? Will my dino be able to level up and gain special abilities, like laser eyes or fire-breathing?

Inquiring minds...

Dino-Riders: The Game!
How has no one licensed that, actually? I wonder if people try; I'd guess many.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
31. Re: Evening Interviews Oct 9, 2017, 08:30 Beamer
 
What could we possibly dispute? You said "didn't stop the critics from complaining that it was terrible because it was full of white males" about a movie that's sitting at 89% on Rotten Tomatoes.

In what world is a movie sitting at 89% one that critics called terrible?

Only in the world of a basement dweller that spends all day reading T_D and KiA, two sites also full of basement dwellers that don't interact with the rest of humanity on any kind of basis.
 
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News Comments > etc.
19. Re: etc. Oct 9, 2017, 08:27 Beamer
 
Can MA show me one game journalist connecting the Vegas shooting to video game violence? Just one?

No?

Then it's just more bleating from a guy that tries to make everything about his own pet concerns. The best is still how he claims he'll likely need to be on disability, yet also whines about "libtards taking government handouts."
 
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News Comments > etc.
13. Re: etc. Oct 8, 2017, 22:37 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Oct 8, 2017, 22:29:
Cutter wrote on Oct 8, 2017, 22:00:
Sure Rick, violent media explains the daily mass-murders in the US not sensible gun-control laws 'cause the rest of the world has the exact same problem...oh wait!
Well those 'daily mass-murders' only happen in a few places. Seems to me the US doesn't have a gun problem, they have two problems. One is a mental health issue, like many western countries and they have a decaying inner-city problem. Canada is starting to see the same problems that the US has in our large inner-cities. And like the US it's causes are similar.

Rick is an idiot, just like Hillary Clinton, Liberman, Gore, and so on tried to push the same thing. The only difference is, in today's game media those game journos are likely going "rick is rite!" Instead of calling bullshit, bullshit.

Only you bring a discussion about gun violence to game journalism.

Is your world that small? Do you ever leave the basement?
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
25. Re: Evening Interviews Oct 8, 2017, 10:39 Beamer
 
You learn a lot about a man by his decision to say "rheeeee."

You learn that he's socially maladjusted, and likely has no one close in his work or professional life. You learn that he likely spends all his time in the dark. You learn that he doesn't like himself, and probably thinks it's because he's so smart that neither he nor anyone else likes him. You learn he's not actually that smart, but intelligence is the only thing he has any confidence in. You learn that he ironically calls himself "deplorable" without realizing that most everyone finds him to be such.

And you learn he's beyond being triggered and offended.
 
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