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News Comments > Who Controls Star Control?
45. Re: Evening Mobilization Dec 7, 2017, 14:28 Beamer
 
Man, delete that. It isn't needed, it's too much information, and I don't think you need to explain yourself. Others are doing the work for you in a way that would be better. This is one of those instances where more information doesn't help, and one of the rare ones where I think isn't warranted.  
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News Comments > Call of Duty: WWII Winter Siege Begins Friday
4. Re: Call of Duty: WWII Winter Siege Begins Friday Dec 7, 2017, 11:11 Beamer
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Dec 7, 2017, 07:59:
Read the reviews on Steam, one of them said this game has more cheaters than Ashley Madison had. All I needed to know.

And as many women!

BAM!
 
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News Comments > The Battle for Star Control Continues
13. Re: The Battle for Star Control Continues Dec 7, 2017, 09:25 Beamer
 
Numinar wrote on Dec 6, 2017, 23:59:
Creston wrote on Dec 6, 2017, 09:33:
Beamer wrote on Dec 6, 2017, 08:21:
Numinar wrote on Dec 6, 2017, 08:07:
a game willing to let you fail after dozens of hours invested, like the OG Xcom. Absolute classic.

Have you played the new XCOMs? They do that, too?

Fail after dozens of hours? Oh shit yeah. That Avatar clock is merciless, as are the Chosen. When they come to attack your base, and you don't have a force capable of stopping them, they will gank you and it's bye bye. And this can happen after an easy 20 to 30 hours (it takes a while anyway, since the Chosen have to build up intel before they track down your base.)

Oh yeah they do! I just forgot as although I love those games, I have neither played or failed at either of them enough to remember them like the absolute ass whooping UFO:EU gave me many times when I was half the age I am now or younger. (I think for both firaxis games I started, realised I’m stupid then restarted, finished and forgot everything that happened in them)

I feel the newer games are more board-games than the older ones, which is something I like, but that early 90’s communion/xfiles theme and the map generator, destructibility and “enemy movement” black screen of foreboding sounds and sick midi tracks of that first game felt a lot more impactful than the newer stuff. Haven’t tried the Xcom2 expansion yet maybe that brings a bit more of that back.

That's really the two things I miss from X-COM:

1) The atmosphere and sense of dread and being overwhelmed. Sadly, I think that's kind of dead in general. It's really, really hard to do that with good graphics. Back then, your mind filled in the blanks. Now, graphics are so good it's hard to have blanks. We compensated for flaws by making it dread, and man, was it effective. Same with original DOOM.

2) Similar to the first, you actually were overwhelmed because soldiers were cheap and easily replaceable. It was rare to do a mission without losing at least a soldier (partially because the first one or two off the Ranger would get cheap-shotted.) The first hour was just a bloodbath before you had decent weapons and one or two soldiers that have survived enough to be accurate. In XCOM, soldiers cost more so you really need to save them. It's not uncommon to have your final mission team be comprised largely of your first mission team. It's different, not worse, but sometimes I want the bloodbath back.

On that note, for XCOM2, make sure you mod it to allow for more soldiers in your squad. Otherwise you end up seeing the same 4 or 6 faces nonstop.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
4. Re: Evening Tech Bits Dec 6, 2017, 22:24 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 6, 2017, 21:14:
So there's an actual AI in existence now? Gee, musta missed the news on that one. Wry

I don't think you understand the term...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 6, 2017, 18:08 Beamer
 
"Haha, you're cold."
"Yeah, well, your house is on fire, so suck it!"
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
10. Re: Morning Consolidation Dec 6, 2017, 18:08 Beamer
 
Neither purchase is bad. One is cheaper. The other is much more powerful, but who cares unless you have a pretty great TV? One has better exclusives, the other seems to have given up. One has a far superior controller, but everyone thinks the one they prefer is that one.

I'd go Xbox, but have no plans for either. That cheap Steam Link has been treating me well, though I haven't grabbed a "real" game with it yet. Will Fallout 4 or Wolfenstein 2 be playable with it? I'm wagering nothing multiplayer will be. But Broforce has been so much fun.
 
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News Comments > Bridge Constructor Portal Announced
2. Re: Bridge Constructor Portal Announced Dec 6, 2017, 13:04 Beamer
 
Rigs wrote on Dec 6, 2017, 12:30:
Wow! The peeps on Youtube are foaming at the mouth because 'HOW DARE YOU USE PORTAL ASSETS IN THIS MANNER!!! DOWNVOTE!'

A lot of them seem to be missing the point that this isn't Valve making it, just licensed from them.

=-Rigs-=

YouTube comments are probably the single worst thing on the internet.
Yahoo comments are right behind it. Frankly, reading a few of those makes me wonder how much Eastern Europeans are paid to just sit there making endless comments. Not because of the political POV, because EVERY post has its most upvoted comment being angry political. Is it a post about the NFL? The top posts are all about how unpatriotic the players are. Is it a post about the NBA? The top posts are about how unpatriotic the NFL players are, or how LaVar Ball needs to shut up (true) and kiss Trump's ass (not true.) Is it about the news? The top posts are about how evil Trump's attacks on the media are. Is it about allergies? The top posts are about how evil Trump's tax plan is due to health coverage.

No matter how loose the connection, it all comes back to attacking some political side. Irrationally. Either Americans have utterly lost their minds, or something else is going on. It's the first conspiracy theory I'm actually going "huh, is there something weird happening?"
 
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News Comments > The Battle for Star Control Continues
10. Re: The Battle for Star Control Continues Dec 6, 2017, 10:49 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Dec 6, 2017, 10:47:
Ah, I see what you're saying.

Yeah I don't get the hate for the new Xcoms either. They're awesome games, and exist quite happily alongside the old ones. People are weird.

I think this is why I'm excited for 2 StarCons. Confused why we're getting 2 now, but we had a ton of XCOM remakes, and XCOM spiritual successors, before we finally got something worthy of being XCOM.

With 2 StarCons, odds are pretty good 1 will be worthwhile. Maybe both!
Now if only JA2 could get this love.
 
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News Comments > The Battle for Star Control Continues
8. Re: The Battle for Star Control Continues Dec 6, 2017, 09:50 Beamer
 
Creston wrote on Dec 6, 2017, 09:33:
Beamer wrote on Dec 6, 2017, 08:21:
Numinar wrote on Dec 6, 2017, 08:07:
a game willing to let you fail after dozens of hours invested, like the OG Xcom. Absolute classic.

Have you played the new XCOMs? They do that, too?

Fail after dozens of hours? Oh shit yeah. That Avatar clock is merciless, as are the Chosen. When they come to attack your base, and you don't have a force capable of stopping them, they will gank you and it's bye bye. And this can happen after an easy 20 to 30 hours (it takes a while anyway, since the Chosen have to build up intel before they track down your base.)

Oh! I didn't mean the question mark. I was trying to point out that you don't need to specify "OG XCOM" because they ALL do that. Specifying "OG XCOM" sounds to me like someone hasn't played the new ones, but that's also because I can't fathom someone who loved the old ones hating the new ones. I know people do, but it's kind of mindblowing to me. Personally, I find them to be excellent chapters of the franchise and to have completely replaced my need to play the original (which I've still done a few times, it has some aspects that the new ones don't that I really like, but man, the interface is painful and the late game of giant UFOs everywhere gets so tedious.)

I did XCOM2 on Medium or so, then Ironman on Easy. Never had an issue with them, but I'm ok with that, I actually don't want to lose after hours of investment, so no ramping up difficulty for me, even if I sacrifice XCOM cred. I did want to have to mourn the occasional squadie, but Easy is so Easy that I actually lost fewer squaddies on Easy Ironman than Medium Regular (I think it was 1 to 3.)
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
15. Re: Into the Black Dec 6, 2017, 09:31 Beamer
 
Pigeon wrote on Dec 6, 2017, 08:54:
Their complaint about Dark Knight can pretty much be said about every movie and TV show where a character is using trickery or cunning to advance the plot. Yes Stranger Things is a love letter to 80’s childhood/coming of age movies, but it’s a really well written love letter. Honestly I was never aware Django was in the running for best Tarantino movie. I enjoyed it in the way I enjoy most Tarantino movies, as an over the top spectacle. Pulp Fiction, reservoir dogs and Kill Bill all rate better IMO. And bitching about Back to the Future not being realistic… Okay someone needs to pull the stick out of their ass and learn to enjoy things for what they are.

Inglorious Bastards, for me, hands down. No question at all. It's also arguably the least Tarantino film of all the Tarantino films, and that may not be a coincidence for my opinion.
 
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News Comments > The Battle for Star Control Continues
5. Re: The Battle for Star Control Continues Dec 6, 2017, 08:21 Beamer
 
Numinar wrote on Dec 6, 2017, 08:07:
a game willing to let you fail after dozens of hours invested, like the OG Xcom. Absolute classic.

Have you played the new XCOMs? They do that, too?
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
13. Re: Into the Black Dec 6, 2017, 07:55 Beamer
 
Blue wrote on Dec 6, 2017, 00:41:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Dec 5, 2017, 23:09:
Some of them are a bit of a stretch.. you're telling me Django wasn't arguably Tarantino's best film? That Scarface wasn't amazing for the time period?

As I said, I surprised myself by how much of the list I agreed with, so I'll offer my take on yours.

For me, Django is memorable for Christoph Waltz's magnetism, but I mostly didn't like it. It's not as bad a Hateful Eight, but it's probably second-to-worst for me (you know, except for Quentin's brilliant acting turn as Australian Frankenstein). Unarguably Pulp Fiction was my favorite of his. This pales by comparison.

And I *hate* Scarface. There, I said it. It's hard for me to go through more than five minutes of an DePalma film and not be annoyed, and this is no different. A bunch of Italians playing Cubans and the first hint of Pacino's eventual descent into his over-the-top phase? No thanks.

Then there's Full Metal Jacket! How the hell can you not like the second half of FMJ!?! Instantly disqualifies this whole list. :o

There are parts of the second half that were memorable, like Animal Mother (and the hooker quotes in the post after yours), but the in-country parts felt off to me, and it being so distinctly separated from the gripping first part helped emphasize the disjointed feel. Perhaps that's what Kubrick was shooting for, but it makes me feel like someone needed to mold all the cool things that happened in the movie into more of a story. Also, the Battle of Hue was important, but showing urban warfare in Vietnam seems odd (and feels like a cop-out, knowing Kubrick would never travel to the jungle to shoot on location).

Haven't seen Get Out.

Agreed. Django was entertaining, but because of Waltz.

And FMJ, when I saw it I was in HS, and remember the harsh transition being the entire point. War sucks. That part of the movie largely sucks. But that doesn't make it a particularly rewatchable half of the film.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
3. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Dec 6, 2017, 07:51 Beamer
 
LittleMe wrote on Dec 6, 2017, 07:04:
Good. Down with NN and the ruthlessly evil corporations who back it.
Hey, remember that time you said Flat Earthers make some good points?

Did you ever respond to explain why all of your most passionate views align with conspiracy theories? Have you ever thought about that and internalized why you always go against the grain, assuming the information from the smallest source with the least evidence must be "truth" and everything else is an attempt to manipulate you?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 6, 2017, 07:51 Beamer
 
Bub wrote on Dec 6, 2017, 07:28:
Yea let's see, dump an extra workload,(with no additional compensation) on a wide swath of employees, give them gatekeeper status, sure, no way those lowbies might take bribes from nefarious site owners to promote their sites.

That's not how it works. That's not how any of this works.
 
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News Comments > Who Controls Star Control?
43. Re: Who Controls Star Control? Dec 6, 2017, 07:18 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Dec 5, 2017, 01:05:
Beamer wrote on Dec 4, 2017, 13:50:
You're an opportunistic troll. 1 person here said the sexual harassment thing, and was corrected by 5.

Still you cry.
Troll = stuff you don't like because it hurts your feelings. Even more so when it's ideologically in your camp, and it's shitty people being shitty. And instead of actually dealing with that problem you'd rather not dispute that, rather it's all deflect, deflect, deflect.

Maybe you can go find some trendy cause to go virtue signal over and show you're a great ally.

I told him he was wrong, I don't have a camp, and it's hard to imagine anyone with less humanity than you.

What is shittier than no humanity? You can't even imagine empathy with others, hence your idiot MRA buzzwords like virtue signal. Are you so miserable with who you are?
 
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News Comments > Star Control Rights Follow-up
14. Re: Star Control Rights Follow-up Dec 5, 2017, 17:02 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 5, 2017, 15:35:
Beamer wrote on Dec 5, 2017, 13:43:
Mgshadow wrote on Dec 5, 2017, 13:04:
Im with you, Brad is being very careful with his wording and attitude. I feel he has done nothing wrong. No finger pointing or anything.

I don't think either has done anything wrong, though Brad is clearly much more savvy in these regards (which seems like a duh, given that he also retails.)

Until there's proof, Brad isn't doing anything wrong. But the lack of proof doesn't mean that Toys for Bob is wrong, either. But it does mean they're less actionable. Rights issues like this, where it isn't clear who has what, are fairly common.

What's your take on why they aren't providing the docs to Stardock? They don't have them, and they're trying to use social pressure to get Stardock to relinquish rights for free?

That they were probably crap at record keeping.

Even if they have the documents, they don't necessarily prove anything Atari could told each something different. I think both are acting in good faith, but think only one has been through this before and knows how to handle the situation, and both should be willing to make a reasonable deal.

Honestly, I'd like to see an arrangement where Stardock keeps the games up, both sides get the name with Stardock forced to use a longer title and not just Star Control (:Origins may work, or Star Control Legacy, or whatever), and both get some of the races but Toys for Bob gets the main storyline and main races whereas Stardock needs to branch out more and new.

Seems like that'd be fair to most. Frankly, I don't know how much real value there is in the races, anyway. What percentage of people who will buy this are very familiar with StarCon2?
 
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News Comments > Star Control Rights Follow-up
5. Re: Star Control Rights Follow-up Dec 5, 2017, 13:43 Beamer
 
Mgshadow wrote on Dec 5, 2017, 13:04:
Im with you, Brad is being very careful with his wording and attitude. I feel he has done nothing wrong. No finger pointing or anything.

I don't think either has done anything wrong, though Brad is clearly much more savvy in these regards (which seems like a duh, given that he also retails.)

Until there's proof, Brad isn't doing anything wrong. But the lack of proof doesn't mean that Toys for Bob is wrong, either. But it does mean they're less actionable. Rights issues like this, where it isn't clear who has what, are fairly common.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 5, 2017, 09:51 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 5, 2017, 01:23:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Dec 5, 2017, 01:13:
SimplyMonk wrote on Dec 4, 2017, 16:57:

I mean... Rey is probably a better role model than most other women portrayed in film or TV.
The character is a literal mary sue, that gains the ability to do super things without having to put in the effort to get there. It doesn't get any worse for a role model, in trying to teach any kid that you can become excellent if you simply suddenly gain some form of "specialness" You want good role models from the star wars universe? The exile is a good example.

There are far better role models in movies then Rey, far better in TV. Hell you'd be better off handing a young girl the "wheel of time" novels and letting them see how flawed characters, who through hard work can achieve great things even by trial and error.

Yeah, that movie is terrible, and her magical powers are a big part of that. I rewatched a couple of weeks ago since the new movie is coming out (and I have high hopes, b/c Rian Johnson is amazing) and I still hate it. "Oh, but the characters have chemistry and charisma!" Fuck that, the plot is derivative of the earlier movies, and the story is a series of unbelievable coincidences.

I understand that Disney is so high on the upcoming movie that they're letting Johnson pen a brand new trilogy from scratch. High praise indeed, and I hope their trust is well-placed.

Don't encourage him. He just wants to use the word "Mary Sue." If Rey was a male he'd be ok with it.
 
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News Comments > Who Controls Star Control?
35. Re: Who Controls Star Control? Dec 4, 2017, 15:57 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Dec 4, 2017, 15:36:
Numinar wrote on Dec 4, 2017, 08:12:
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Dec 4, 2017, 06:47:
It's worth noting that Brad Wardell is famous for sexually harassing a female employee, sending her a 'sexual purity test', making unwanted sexual contact, telling sexist and vulgar jokes and violating her private life. When she filed a lawsuit he then manufactured a counter-suit to destroy her credibility. It ended with a behind the scenes settlement that involved the woman publicly apologising but it's pretty obvious he paid her off.

Unsurprisingly for someone obsessed with sexual purity he is also a devout conservative famous for boycotting UPS after they withdrew advertising from Fox News due to Glenn Beck making racist and derogatory remarks about Obama.

Put simply he's a bit of an arsehole and it wouldn't surprise me one bit if the allegations made by the original developers are entirely true.

It fucking sucks. These women stay quiet as making a complaint no matter how vaild makes you poisonous to litigation phobic corporations who find it easier to keep the lecherous creeps they employ or answer to happy than handle complaints properly. You take the money because your chances of getting another job are greatly reduced so unless you are independently wealthy there is no profit in sticking to your guns.

Though who knows, maybe she was gold digging through litigation and he in an innocent conservative wanker? Seems less likely and certainly not profitable long term.


If women had just stayed in the home, none of this would have happened.

/S

Nicely, the whole idea of women staying quiet to avoid being blacklisted (which was absolutely a real thing) is rapidly draining away.

And while I feel women deserve the benefit of the doubt, and very few make it up, it does seem like there's some evidence that this woman made it up to cover for having been caught with other wrong-doings. I'm not saying I'm fully convinced and therefore ok smearing her (predominantly because I haven't looked into it particularly hard), but I'm also ok saying Brad shouldn't have this held against him. The circumstances are about as clear as they can possibly be in his case. If this doesn't clear a name, not much can.
 
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News Comments > Who Controls Star Control?
28. Re: Who Controls Star Control? Dec 4, 2017, 13:50 Beamer
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Dec 4, 2017, 13:28:
Creston wrote on Dec 4, 2017, 11:10:

That case was dismissed with prejudice. Iow, it's 99.9999% likely that she made all that shit up in an effort to extort money from her previous employer.

If you base all your decisions regarding stardock on that, you have a supremely sad world view. Let's hope for your sake nobody ever makes a false sexual harassment claim against Chris Roberts, hmm?
It's funny just how much the lie that Wardell sexually harassed someone is still making the rounds. The thing you forgot was: Not only was it dismissed with prejudice against the complainant, but she stole and destroyed corporate information belonging to Stardock. And the judge required her to write a public apology for the false claim. She's lucky she wasn't criminally prosecuted for that stunt and for the destruction of property. I believe Wardell's own words were something close to "the sooner she's out of the lives of our employees the better we'll all be."

It wasin't 99.9999% that she made it up. She 100% made it up. Ordering a claimant to publicly apologize is almost unheard of, and is considered a "confession of guilt." Meaning Wardell could have filed civil and criminally against her, and she'd be 100% screwed.

But it's the same old bullshit, "what about those special snowflake women who need all that protection!" You mean like the female developer who along with her husband were effectively run out of every "help girls get into tech" program because they refused to bow to feminist dogma, and that same group then started spreading lies in order to ruin her reputation. Oh and for some of the reasons they wanted to all "boys who need help or wanted to learn to code" into the programs, along with socially disadvantaged people. The group FYI was and is backed by google. Enjoy the next lawsuit on thins because it's gonna be really good fun.

Oh, and to the various people who said hur-dur-dur that list a few weeks back was bullshit. Are you enjoying it now? Because there's more to come. I'd also suggest some of you avoid looking at your childhood idols when the next group drops.

You're an opportunistic troll. 1 person here said the sexual harassment thing, and was corrected by 5.

Still you cry.
 
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