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News Comments > etc., etc.
10. Re: etc., etc. Feb 22, 2017, 09:07 Beamer
 
mag wrote on Feb 22, 2017, 08:52:
Brad L wrote on Feb 21, 2017, 21:58:
I noticed one reason they want to move is that she is an American Indian. I wonder if she knows about the Trail of Tears and what party was responsible for that.

1) Donald Trump is not the friend of Republicans. He is using you, but he is weak and ineffective so the Republican establishment, billionaire oligarchy, and Putin are fighting over who gets to use him. You can not view his presidency along party lines. Your guy won, Republicans control Congress, etc--it's safe for you to criticize him now.

2) Today's political parties' ideologies don't even reflect where they were in 1970, much less where they were in the 1830s (or 1850s, in the Republicans' case). Democrats can't lay claim to Jackson's Democratic party (thank god) any more than Republicans can lay claim to Lincoln.

Republicans are touting Lincoln so much the GOP even posted a (fake) Lincoln quote all over social media. Of course, his policies were pretty much directly counter to theirs, but they try to make sure no one knows this.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
11. Re: Game Reviews Feb 21, 2017, 10:18 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 17:00:
There is almost zero reason for exclusives. Likely only .01% of all games ever made for a particular console would actually make someone even consider buying that console. For me it was RDR. That's the only reason I bought an Xbox. Much as want RDR2 no way I'm buying a console again for one game. Limiting sales - when you can be selling vastly more is just stupid.

Reminds me of a bakery where I once lived. They made the most kickass apple-cinnamon muffins. Problem was they always sold out early and I worked afternoons/evenings. So one day I asked the owner why she just didn't make more to which she replied, 'You just need to get here earlier.' Meanwhile she's got a half a dozen other kinds of muffins which barely sell. I explain this to her, how it would be to her benefit to make more apple muffins and less of the others and she gives me a look like I'm from Mars and speaking Martian. She just couldn't wrap her head around this seemingly simply concept.

It isn't about "well, I need to buy that console for that game." Any time you see people debate over which console they prefer exclusives come up immediately. Immediately. People debate over which has better exclusives all the time.

So it isn't "wow, I want that specific game, I'd better buy that console," it's more "well, it only makes sense for me to buy one console now, and I think I'll go with that one because it has more exclusives that appeal to me."
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
23. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 20, 2017, 23:54 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 22:27:
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 20:52:
Spent most of today touring and applying for a super awesome West Village apartment in Manhattan. It's looking very likely that I'll get it. Keep you fingers crossed for me guys, haha!

You and Beamer can go out for a beer! Cheers

Just what I was going to post!

SMA - For what you described, I'm assuming either very far West/nowhere near a subway, or a 6th floor walkup, right? Haha. That sounds like a killer deal you should jump on.

I live on Christopher. Simply put, we're bound to walk by each other. I've walked by Carmack on Christopher, too, so it's good company.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
85. Re: Origin Access Free Trial Feb 20, 2017, 14:20 Beamer
 
BobBob wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 13:25:
Beamer wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 12:45:
The problem with ignoring, vs banning, is that you can still pop into a 100 post thread, expecting it to be good discussion, and instead it's just good posters arguing with a troll.

Kind of like watching the news lately.

I believe that's the second great one-liner you've had in a week's span.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
82. Re: Origin Access Free Trial Feb 20, 2017, 12:45 Beamer
 
The problem with ignoring, vs banning, is that you can still pop into a 100 post thread, expecting it to be good discussion, and instead it's just good posters arguing with a troll. Banning solves that entire derailment issue.

I'm not saying we should ban people, sometimes that derailment is fun and usually easy to avoid, but I get why people may refuse to ignore but still support banning.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
16. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 20, 2017, 08:35 Beamer
 
I know you're not the you are most intelligent poster here, but c'mon, buddy. You know how this works. You need to give examples.

I'm still convinced you have not read the article. I'm borderline convinced you never read anything that leaves you so angry and offended.

The article is out there. Cite specific parts you feel were bad or shut up.

Meanwhile, in the real world, context doesn't matter unless he was quoting someone else, for the point the article was making. Which said "pdp has made anrisemitic jokes and used nazi imagery." factually accurate. The video they posted even included his explanation. And no, pdp does need them as a medium to reach who they do. Pdps audience is primarily tweens. The WSJ is primarily businesspeople. They do not watch PDP, but they do OK decisions to pay him hundreds of thousands of dollars to endorse their products, which, remember, he hasn't always disclosed. Uh oh, ethics!
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 18, 2017, 11:34 Beamer
 
WSJ did not take anything out of context. At all.

They said he made anti-Semitic jokes and that he showed Nazi imagery. Which he did. Did you even read the article? The article also featured his defense, as "just jokes," and reached out to him for comment, which he declined.

The article was about how Influencers are less predictable than other people paid to endorse. And this also seems true. And yes, there's nuance behind the jokes, but the nuance does not matter to advertisers, as it's impossible for them to explain the nuance to every single customer, so just better for them to avoid paying people who require nuance to promote their products.

They never once called Pew Die Pie a Nazi, it's just you people cannot read.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
18. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 17, 2017, 11:40 Beamer
 
BobBob wrote on Feb 17, 2017, 11:34:
Beamer wrote on Feb 16, 2017, 21:02:
RedEye9 wrote on Feb 16, 2017, 19:51:
BobBob wrote on Feb 16, 2017, 10:21:
Who has so much free time to watch these Youtubers?
Kjellberg is the most popular YouTube star on the planet. His videos have been viewed collectively more than 14 billion times.
In 2014, Kjellsberg made more than $7 million.

The question is not "who is watching", it's "who's not watching".


He made double that in 2015 and 2016.

I feel like I live in a cave, but I spend most of time outside.

That's kind of the best response I've seen here, haha.

I've watched a total of about 30 seconds of his stuff, I guess from back when he was video game oriented and now he's not? It hurt my head. But I'm not a 10 year old, so that's fine. A lot of stuff popular with 10 year olds hurts my head.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 17, 2017, 11:37 Beamer
 
On one hand, Archer has slowed. Not so much as most other shows, but it's slowed. The characters are still great, the acting better, so it's still fun, but it's slowed.

On the same hand, this is kind of a desperate thing.

But, given that it's slowed, and given that the fundamental core characters still work and haven't slipped into caricatures like most do by now, let's see where it goes. But what really helped Archer was that its characters grew, albeit slightly, rather than regressed. At least, Pam and Archer acknowledging each other as best friends made everything way more fun. I still think Archer is probably the second best comedy on TV, after Rick and Morty, and may be willing to debate Archer being my favorite TV comedy of all time.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
3. Re: Evening Interviews Feb 17, 2017, 08:19 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 17, 2017, 06:34:
I think it's pretty interesting movie studios still go against R rated movies after Deadpool, even though 90% of the population is older than 12.. and wants to watch stuff that is made for people with an IQ higher than 20

I like how your example of R rated movies is Deadpool, and yet you claim R rated movies are for people with IQs higher than 20. Deadpool was probably the superhero movie aimed at the lowest IQ. Which doesn't make it bad, just kind of proof that R rated movies aren't more intellectual (at all), and that being intellectual doesn't correlate with success in cinema.

 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
16. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 16, 2017, 21:02 Beamer
 
RedEye9 wrote on Feb 16, 2017, 19:51:
BobBob wrote on Feb 16, 2017, 10:21:
Who has so much free time to watch these Youtubers?
Kjellberg is the most popular YouTube star on the planet. His videos have been viewed collectively more than 14 billion times.
In 2014, Kjellsberg made more than $7 million.

The question is not "who is watching", it's "who's not watching".


He made double that in 2015 and 2016.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
13. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 16, 2017, 18:31 Beamer
 
Eirikrautha wrote on Feb 16, 2017, 17:46:
Beamer wrote on Feb 16, 2017, 10:26:
No one is stopping him from making these jokes, but people are unwilling to keep doing business with him when he is likely to harm their other businesses more than he helps them.

Beamer inadvertently makes a good point (though the opposite of what he thinks it is). The problem here is a problem of perception... just not PewDiePie's. The key is the ratio between who won't buy because of PewDiePie to those who will. The fact is that no one that I have seen has any kind of numbers (that they are willing to share) about this ratio.

The issue today (unlike in the days of business past) is that every decision a company make results in internet butthurt. There is literally no announcement a company can make that won't result in some snowflake somewhere twitter-ranting. The risk-averse decrepit corpses running the vast majority of the gigantic corporations have no idea what "public" approbation actually is on modern social media.

Once upon a time, three dozen paper letters mailed in to a company represented three thousand other people who were angry but didn't have the motivation to write themselves. On twitter, every twit can babble about whatever whine that careens off of their empty heads, only to forget about it five minutes later. It costs nothing to complain, so more complaints are inevitable.

These companies seemingly have no idea what the actual effect of a social media storm actually is. Does it kill your business? Does it spawn the next Chik-Fil-A and double your business (until you fall out of the public eye)? Or is it a tempest in a teapot with no actual sales effect? I don't think they know. They are applying the old model to modern media. They are assuming that PewDiePie will hurt them, when no one who isn't already media savvy has any idea who he is. PewDiePie isn't the only idiot in this situation...

Disney knows far, far, far, far better than you do.

And losing business isn't just customers. It's partners and vendors. It's directors or producers you may need deals with. And it's employees. You don't want employees to question what you're doing. And, not to mention, the people making these decisions may also be people who dislike what he says.

Ultimately, despite what alt-right people claim, ultimately they're not who companies want to be working with or want working for them. They look after the employees that try not to be offensive, not the ones that feel like it's a right that needs to be exercised.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
41. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 16, 2017, 18:30 Beamer
 
BobBob wrote on Feb 16, 2017, 13:28:
There's a simple measure of whether or not you have too much junk:

Can you fit two cars in your garage?

A good one!

My parents have never been able to. My dad turns 80 next month. I guarantee he still has pesticide from the early 80s in that garage. Also, the boogey boards I used as a child.

To their credit, they did a good job clearing out much of the clutter in the basement. But the garage... sure, it's small and tight to begin with and I don't know where they'd put some of the stuff they actually need if they had two cars, but... by now they can't even reach so much of what would need to go.

Meanwhile, useless stuff everywhere in the garage, a basement finally mostly kind of clean, yet every time I go home they point to the box full of my NES and all the games and ask if they can throw it out...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 16, 2017, 11:05 Beamer
 
The Half Elf wrote on Feb 16, 2017, 10:06:
Shineyguy wrote on Feb 16, 2017, 09:31:
Blue, Salvation Army will probably take most of what you don't want provided it's clean (in the case of clothing) and working (in the case of anything else).

Just throwing out suggestions.

F the Salvation Army, Goodwill is awesome and doesn't have homophobic assholes running it saying gays need to be put to death. But hey that's just me.


*still wants Chick-fil-a to quit being homophobic assholes so I can have another delicious chicken sandwich and waffles fries with cheese*

I tried both. Had pickup times with both. They never showed up. In the chaos of moving I didn't have time to drive stuff down, so sadly, it got thrown out. Some of it were suits and unworn dress pants, too. Actual useful things.

When I left Seattle a lot went into the box that was in my parking garage. Sadly, when I came to NYC I didn't have that, and transportation was even worse. Around 100 band t-shirts went into the trash. Far less useful, but I would have enjoyed knowing those Pelican or Mastodon or whatever shirts were continuing to live on.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
7. Re: Evening Interviews Feb 16, 2017, 10:34 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 16, 2017, 01:51:
When you're literally drowning in cash, why bother to budget?

As for that second story, uh, HL3 confirmed?

A lot of privately held companies don't budget much, anyway, because budgets can stifle growth. They curb spending, to make certain you hit your profitability for Wall Street, but if you don't have Wall Street paying attention, why bother? You care more about if the spending is smart, rather than if it's on budget.

Which is why I've started looking at smaller, privately held companies. Hell, at my current job I needed a tool built for my team, as there's nothing off the shelf to handle multiple POS reports from many different retailers (incidentally, I probably should just start a company that sells this.) I had an outside company willing to build the tool for $10,000 over 2 months. Unfortunately, we had no money for the outside company. We did have budget leftover with Digital IT, the internal group. They wanted to build it for $25,000, using the wrong software (I didn't want Spotfire), and it would take 2 months before they'd even start it. Hands were tied, budget was budget, and our one budget was already over budget so we had to go with Digital IT.

That kind of decision, especially for numbers that are rounding errors, infuriated me.
 
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News Comments > Smedley Opens New Amazon Games Studio
19. Re: Smedley Opens New Amazon Games Studio Feb 16, 2017, 10:28 Beamer
 
The Half Elf wrote on Feb 15, 2017, 22:52:
Beamer wrote on Feb 15, 2017, 21:25:
The Half Elf wrote on Feb 15, 2017, 21:08:
Ranger55 wrote on Feb 15, 2017, 20:54:
Amazon must have the occasional failure. By hiring that dumbass Smedley, they have pretty much ensured that this will fail.

At Amazon we hire 100 people a week. And MAYBE retain 10-15 of them after two months. This is just a much bigger job position. And with his history I don't see him being kept very long.

You work in Hebron. SLU hires way more per week, and retains them. Salaried and hourly aren't comparable, and this studio will be all salaried

But the Amazon way is produce results. They are VERY mechanical in this nature. Because they way I am reading it is that Amazon wants to dip into the Twitch market. With Star Citizen and now Amazon Games Studio, I wouldn't be surprised if Amazon makes their own version of Twitch.
And when Amazon goes at something they go in at full force.
Example is Amazon building more buildings at in their current areas (like mine), and also building an entire hub at the CVG airport.

You said "but," but nothing you said contradicted anything I said.

FYI, I worked in SLU.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
9. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 16, 2017, 10:26 Beamer
 
Pigeon wrote on Feb 16, 2017, 08:33:
Dude makes millions being a huge goofus on you-tube because he's/was paid by Disney et al. If he thought he could sellout and still do whatever he wanted, then he doesn't just play the part of an idiot he is an idiot. Any adult should know you adjust your behavior to the environment you're in.

Yup. Especially Disney. Disney has divested itself of virtually everything it can't put everywhere. It sold Miramax and shut down Touchstone because those studios made things that couldn't go onto ABC, The Disney Channel, and the parks.

It focuses its resources exclusively on properties it can put in multiple channels. That means not saying things like "Kill All Jews," even in jest.

Being an adult realizes there are repercussions to your speech. No one is stopping him from making these jokes, but people are unwilling to keep doing business with him when he is likely to harm their other businesses more than he helps them.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 15, 2017, 21:55 Beamer
 
Kxmode wrote on Feb 15, 2017, 18:37:
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Feb 15, 2017, 18:28:
Kxmode wrote on Feb 15, 2017, 15:20:
Movies are released on video so fast. I saw an ad for Dr. Strange coming February 28. 3-4 months ago it was released in theaters (October 20, 2016). 3-4 months is about the same time for Star Wars TFA (In theaters December 17, 2015, released on DVD April 1, 2016) I wonder if this is an industry practice or something exclusive to Disney considering they own so many large IPs (LucasFilm, Marvel, Pixar, etc.)

It's fairly standard industry practice these days, but is new as of the past few years. Probably a response to declining cinema sales and to piracy, i.e. movies have shorter theater runs and the longer they sit around unavailable, the more likely people will turn to piracy.

Perhaps, although I don't think studios are losing money from ticket sales. According to BOM all of the top ten worldwide films grossed over a billion and with the exception of two were released within the last 4 years.

1 Avatar (Fox) $2,7B - 2009
2 Titanic (Par.) $2,1B - 1997
3 Star Wars: The Force Awakens (BV) $2,0B - 2015
4 Jurassic World (Uni.) $1,6B - 2015
5 Marvel's The Avengers (BV) $1,5B - 2012
6 Furious 7 (Uni.) $1,5B - 2015
7 Avengers: Age of Ultron (BV) $1,4B - 2015
8 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (WB) $1,3B - 2011
9 Frozen (BV) $1,2B - 2013
10 Iron Man 3 (BV) $1,2B - 2013

I think it's more about the ADD nature of entertainment. After a few weeks, most films cannot pull in an audience. An audience is always looking for the new. I guess Studios have to move to make sure DVD/rental/digital sales are high.

Wrong chart. Adjust for inflation and keep in mind that studios keep much, much more of the revenue in the US than outside of it.
 
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News Comments > Smedley Opens New Amazon Games Studio
9. Re: Smedley Opens New Amazon Games Studio Feb 15, 2017, 21:25 Beamer
 
The Half Elf wrote on Feb 15, 2017, 21:08:
Ranger55 wrote on Feb 15, 2017, 20:54:
Amazon must have the occasional failure. By hiring that dumbass Smedley, they have pretty much ensured that this will fail.

At Amazon we hire 100 people a week. And MAYBE retain 10-15 of them after two months. This is just a much bigger job position. And with his history I don't see him being kept very long.

You work in Hebron. SLU hires way more per week, and retains them. Salaried and hourly aren't comparable, and this studio will be all salaried
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 15, 2017, 12:49 Beamer
 
After 6 years of living as a single man in two bedroom apartments, I moved to NYC. A 1 bedroom half the size of the penthouse I had in Seattle, for more money.

Yeah, I'd accumulated a lot of stuff in that time - putting stuff in a closet was way easier than throwing it out. My kitchen had 3 times as much storage as mine now does - my kitchen actually had nearly as much storage as my entire apartment now does.

Moving was not at all fun. And I still have too much stuff. I can't imagine if a girlfriend moved in.
 
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