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News Comments > Warhammer Online Patched
13. Re: In other news... Oct 16, 2008, 21:38 Paranoid Jack
Because sarcasm is the best form of comedy?
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6. Judge Not? Oct 13, 2008, 11:27 Paranoid Jack
I agree we shouldn't be so judgemental. But still he must know he's taken it to the extreme and beyond. And probably should seek counseling...

When it becomes more than just a game it's time to take action. Or start playing another game.

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News Comments > Fallout 3 Interview
17. A mod to save the game, again? Oct 12, 2008, 15:07 Paranoid Jack
Funny you both mentioned references to one of my all time most wanted games... well has been for several years now. Yeah, Iron Tower is small and indie but the professional looking work and deep old school game they are making is something to rival any big studio. Just the funding is lacking. Though the game looks good it will never have the shiny like a big budget studio. Not a problem for us old school gamers because we'll eat up the depth, the choices, and their consequences.

If I'm not mistaken Oscuro's mod was worked on by Oscar now of Iron Tower Studio. And his work on Age of Decadence is looking better as time goes by. I keep hoping to see the game sooner rather than later but I know these guys are only going to release it when they are completely satisfied they have done all they can within their scope of limits. And yes, it will be a deep cRPG experience that has replay build right into it. In other words meaningful choices and consequences that limit your options and game-play. You won't be able to be a member of every guild. And back stabbing or betrayal will cut off quest options. Anyone who hasn't looked into it keep an eye out. I guarantee it will be worth the price of entry. And you'll be hearing more... tons more, when the game releases.

Edit: Just spotted this on GameBanshee

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News Comments > Fallout 3 Interview
11. Re: F3 reviews Oct 12, 2008, 11:25 Paranoid Jack
space captain, I couldn't have said it any better... so I won't try. I expect 95% of the reviewers to candy coat the game and rave about how it's the best game ever. So I'll just avoid reading them... since they are a paid for advertisement not an actual review.

I've got my pre-order in for the CE but I think WAR has pretty much stolen any excitement I had after seeing the longer chopped up demo from a month or two back. Has any new footage been released that shows anything positive? After reading that honest review it pretty much confirms the fears of all us raving Fallout (1 & 2) Fans. Though I tend to rave a lot less lately.

Anyway, now I have little to no excitement over the game. I almost feel like I am buying it due to franchise loyalty. Or maybe just to see how good/bad it is for my self and make up my own mind. Good news is unlike Oblivion I won't be going into it with the hype blinders on. I may even like it more... we'll see. Not that Oblivion was all bad. Just lacked heart and soul. I had hoped they would finally over-come their short-comings and figure out how to put life and depth into a game since they know how to put in almost everything else already.

Nefilim, please give us a better idea of the game-play. Some of the best and worst moments in the game? Without a lot of details that would ruin the story-line or other surprises... if that's possible.

Thinking WAR will slow my spending like WoW did all those years ago.

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News Comments > Diablo III Movies
3. SshhH! Don't give them any ideas... Oct 10, 2008, 23:16 Paranoid Jack
"Blizzard on Subscription, Diablo 3 Modding
by Nick Breckon Oct 10, 2008 7:58pm CST tags: Diablo 3

Diablo III director Jay Wilson said today that the company does not have a great desire to charge a subscription fee for the upcoming revision of its multiplayer client However, the developer did note that Blizzard will likely monetize unknown features of the game.

"We are going to monetize features so that we get to make them," said Wilson. "We kind of have to."

Wilson noted that whatever the content would be, it would have an appropriate value to users.

Fans of map hacking and other Diablo II modifications have little to look forward to with the sequel, as Wilson shot down any talk of mod support.

"We don't have a lot of plans to do that. It would make our lives so much harder" he said, adding that despite the fact that he and many other designers got their start in modding, the team takes a strong stance on what they call the "hacking" of their games.

Wilson also used the panel to reemphasize the trading aspect of Diablo III, saying that no items outside of specific quest rewards will be bound to players."

Saw that on ShackNews

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News Comments > New America's Army
9. In the first year of George W. Oct 10, 2008, 22:56 Paranoid Jack
Cheney (along with the rest of the Bush Administration) attended a three month training seminar hosted by Ozzy Osbourne. They were all taught how to properly bite the heads off bats, more than one way to skin a cat, and of course how to drown puppies and/or kittens.

But those were the easy classes. Other topics included, "How to Summons a Hurricane" ... and direct it toward the city of your choice. Also covered was, "How to ruin the US/World economy". Plus "How to fake a huge national tragedy". And the ever present "How to spend billions invading a country for their oil".

I know this is all true because Barack (and his supporters) told me so....

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News Comments > Warhammer Online Patch Plans
9. Am I Old School? Oct 9, 2008, 23:21 Paranoid Jack
I just open the bug report type in the gold/power leveling spammers character name then type in a quick sentence saying ad spamming for gold/leveling in chat via tells and hit send.

Glad to see them banning them as quick as they can buy copies to spam some more. At this rate the gold farmers will help fund the add-on.

edit: Damn, they are offering 20% bonus XP & Renown on a few of the newer servers in an attempt to get people to jump shit and play on them instead of the half dozen that are always max'd during peak hours. Nice move in an attempt to balance the servers.

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News Comments > New America's Army
2. Huh? Oct 9, 2008, 23:11 Paranoid Jack
Look Turddies, cheating with hacks in any game is lame. If you can't play and be competitive without the hacks you should just move along. Installing downloaded skillz is as low as it gets when it comes to Internet gaming of any kind. Cheating in a single player game is lame too in my opinion but then to each his own...

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Damn we're all getting old... Oct 9, 2008, 01:42 Paranoid Jack
Thanks for being one of the best sites for gaming news for so many years. Hell, you've been doing this longer than Duke Nukem Forever has been in development... that's amazing!

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News Comments > Free Full Spectrum Warrior
17. My Take... For What It's Worth Oct 4, 2008, 01:23 Paranoid Jack
A friend and I both bought Full Spectrum Warrior hoping to play it Co-Op.

First problem. Co-Op didn't work at all. We only once got connected for roughly five or ten seconds before the game disconnected us. Usually the games both crashed or never full connected. If I wanted to play with complete strangers it was about a 50% chance I could connect with somebody before a crash or disconnect from the servers.

Second Problem. No support what so ever for the game. After purchasing this game my friend and I repeatedly called tech support concerning our connection issues since we were able to play a dozen other games without problems. Tech support told us they had no info on the game because it was so new. Over a three week period we were repeatedly told that or something similar because they had no info on the game. I have since followed a strict ban/boycott of any purchases having anything to do with Pandemic. Now Biowares owns them...

Third problem. Brain-dead AI at times. Tell a trooper to throw a frag or shoot an enemy that is within five feet of him, popping in and out from behind cover like a trash dumpster, and he will refuse to do it repeated. This didn't happen a lot but enough to ruin the game-play for me.

There were other issues but those are the main reasons the game's name brings up bad feels toward Pandemic.

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News Comments > Warhammer Online Patched
20. Best MMO to date. Oct 3, 2008, 01:18 Paranoid Jack
I'm loving it. And though it's not perfect it's damned fun. PvE is as good as any before it. Better than most. PQs add to that. But like everyone else has stated the PvP game is over the top. When your fighting to take a Keep or defending it and there are way over a hundred PCs & NPCs in the battle it's just tremendous fun.

There are lower level instances/dungeons in the cities also. Not sure how deep they are but I've seen them briefly before running for my life.

Has anyone noticed drops are better when grouping?

At one point during a PQ with a small Warband we were getting nice drops every dozen or so kills. And since then I haven't seen the items dropping so frequently. Yeah, a lot of the stuff is class/race specific but that is the nature of any MMO.

One of WAR's best achievements is that there is so much variety in their characters. They play so differently. Not just a different race with the same spells, buffs, and combat moves like other MMOs.

I'm very much looking forward to the add-on races/classes and areas. I plan on playing this on a regular basis for quite some time.

And if you think the low level RvR stuff is fun wait until you see the variety in the upper levels. Four tiers with three different types of RvR instances plus the huge RvR battlefield all over the game-world.

This game is not for the solo minded player though it still can be fun for those who enjoy mostly solo game-play. What I mean is WAR shines when you're playing RvR/PvP in a group. The larger the better...

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News Comments > Age of Conan Server Merges Coming
20. AoC Negatives/Positives Sep 30, 2008, 11:35 Paranoid Jack
I'll start a list though from my experience it was and is a good game. I had very few issues during and after beta. Compared to others it was a good launch.

Again not all of these are my views just some/most I remember from friends and others on these forums.


* Lack of high end content. Mid to high end levels only have one or two areas to level in and the quests available are not sufficient. I'd say you notice this trend about level thirty and beyond. Though some may notice a slight decrease in content beginning in the mid to high twenties.

* Being forced to repeat the Tortage area ever character. Some people would like to skip the Tortage area saying it was too repetitive. Not sure why but that was a complaint.

* Features listed on the box are not fully implemented. The PvP combat is in but the benefits and consequences have yet to be fully fleshed out. Maybe somebody else can add to this since I was beta and didn't read the box I'm not sure about other features that are supposedly missing.

* Game is a resource hog. Graphics look like ass on low end systems and the game chokes the CPU/GPU. Nothing new here. Most PC gamers know this one already. If you want to play the latest and greatest on highest settings you have to invest in your system or upgrade periodically.

* Most zones or levels are smaller not wide open. Like the old days of EQ the zones are walled in some instances. Mountains and other obstacles create a funneling effect. Instances/buildings are small and require portaling in. The developers had larger more connected levels (especially the underground areas) but broken them up and made doors that portal you between sections. This broke up the smoother game play and added to the disconnected feeling while playing/zoning between levels.

* Broken/bugged quests. I'll leave the details to those who want to flesh them out.


* By far the best PvP combat of any MMO. Action and location oriented combat adds to the ultra violent content of the game world. I remember doing a lot of running because I was taking on higher level characters. Then I figured why run and die running? So I started standing my ground or using that ground to my advantage. I was pleasantly surprised to find out (depending on character types) I could take on two and even three opponents in PvP and kill most if not all of them. There were times I was taking on a pair of gankers two and three levels higher than me and winning just because I was active in the battle. Moving and taking advantage of location was key. Great fun.

* Great animations, finishing moves, character deaths are better than most MMOs.

* Some of the best graphics of any MMO if you have a system capable of showing them.

* Adult content to some extent less care-bear oriented questing.

* Full voice acting for the first twenty levels of game-play. Some of it may sound a bit cheesy to some but I thought it made the game stand out above the rest. Bad news is you miss it after leaving Tortage.

* Combat seemed a bit more random than most MMOs where all it takes is a glance at the NPCs level and type to determine if you would be successful. In AoC characters that are several levels below you can and will take you out if they get lucky and/or have skill in combat. This applies to both PvE and PvP from what I experienced. Though more so PvP.

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News Comments > WAR: What is it Good For? 500K Subscribers
64. I ate my Cat? Sep 27, 2008, 10:07 Paranoid Jack
Damn, my wife told me it was just stringy beef in that stew. Wait a second... we don't own a cat. And my Chihuahua is still sitting there on the floor shacking like a little meth addict. So who's cat is it? The neighbors? Good, I hated that damned thing... always pooping in my yard.

Funny how the gov't keeps trying the Jedi mind trick on us... "What recession? There is no recession." Then Dubya says he (the gov't) has to bail out all those crooked lenders who made bad loans to people who couldn't afford these houses that are vacant all over the place... not to mention they couldn't afford the couple hundred thousand cash-out they got on top of the home loan.

But it's all good. Out here in Cali those same people are buying a second house that they can afford before they foreclose on that huge loan they should never have been given in the first place. So we the tax payers can pick up the tab once again...

Ah, I love Capitalism.

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News Comments > WAR: What is it Good For? 500K Subscribers
60. G got Pwn'd Sep 27, 2008, 00:59 Paranoid Jack
Did you catch that debate? Grandpa stomped him. I'm Independent and an equal opportunity hater of both parties.

As far as WAR goes I am thrilled with it. From beta to retail I loved WoW but hated it equally over time. So far no negatives for WAR. Will it keep me playing for months? I think so. The ease at which you can participate in RvR battles makes this a great alternative to other team games like TF2. You can just jump in game and play fast.

And yes, at the lowest levels you can enter into meaningful RvR combat. Not that your level two given a RvR level boost is going to be able to take out a level ten or twelve without some help.

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News Comments > Fallout 3 Q&A
13. Re: The Witcher Sep 26, 2008, 18:36 Paranoid Jack
It wasn't very buggy to begin with if you ask me. I had little to no problems running it. Can't even remember if it crashed to desktop. I played Act I three times through and the entire game as a semi-goodie-two-shoes character with nothing that stands out as a show stopper or even a bump in the road. But then I am a thousand times more understanding than 90% of the posters here...

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News Comments > Metaverse
1. Verizon FiOs is throttled to some extent Sep 25, 2008, 13:32 Paranoid Jack
One larger fiber feeds a set number of houses which basically divides or throttles that prem to a set bandwidth. Of course the speeds can be moved up or down to some extent depending on needs or usage. I can't remember the specifics. I think it's one large fiber (1024MBs) feeds thirty two smaller fibers (32MBs). And don't quote me on this since I don't work for Verizon. But out west it's going to be divided like this for now. One 10MB Data (DSL), up to four HDTV signals, and four VOIP signals... per prem. Again all those presets can be changed from what I understand. So yeah, you could say your not limited or throttled by today's standards but that is only half the truth. Again that is my understanding for FTTP. FTTN or fiber via VRAD will be allotted similarly if not the same.

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8. Want to try it but no rush. Sep 24, 2008, 22:16 Paranoid Jack
There are plenty of great games out right now that don't include the digital version of AIDS... SecuROM.

So I'll try it out a bit later when the smoke settles and they've finally removed it. Maybe a Steam version?

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News Comments > On Fallout 3 Mod Tools
29. Re: Verno Sep 24, 2008, 21:39 Paranoid Jack
I can't go into all the bullshit they put out in the media that turned out to be false but let me touch on a few. I won't even mention the game was playable at level one from start to finish...

I know, I know... mods made Oblivion the best game evar. So some people say. If I'm not mistaken about 101 Reviewers and Previewers said that about the original version. I can't get past the old been there done that feeling the last few times I loaded it up so I can't say just how great mods have made the original turd shine.

I'm talking about Bethesda and vanilla Oblivion. I have yet to try it with a gig of mods to make it into a great game... so I can't comment on the Radiant AI after modding. But I sure as hell remember the Retarded AI before modding.

So number one for me was the BS about how good the Radiant AI was supposed to be. Those statements and videos alone should piss off most people who bought Oblivion. The AI was not even close to being what their scripted events in demos showed it to be. Remember Todd talking about walking near NPC having a conversation and over-hearing some info that would lead to a quest? I may be wrong but I took it he was insinuating that was normal for their Radiant AI. As long hours of game-play and the dozens of YouTube videos showed us it was all hype.

After hearing NPCs with multi personality disorders talk about Mudcrabs a hundred times I never wanted to hear them say shit... ever again. In fact I made it a part of the game to kill every NPC who even mentioned those horrible Mudcrabs. Was it fun? Yeah, but was it deep game-play? Not even close. Not what they promised. Not even close.

So besides the horrid Radiant AI and terrible voice acting (done by the same three actors I might add) which was applied to 95% of the NPC population you also had the lack of any meaningful consequences.

After the novelty of the games graphics wore off. After playing the Dark Brotherhood quest line you realized you had seen the best the game had to offer, why continue? Unless you just had nothing better to do. After realizing you could join every guild (all at once) and work your way through their quest line to their top positions without effecting the other guilds who supposedly were at odds with several you were a member of... well if it took you that long to figure it out you probably don't really give a damn about choice and consequences.

Without meaningful choices that have consequences an cRPG is more like a First Person/Third Person Action Adventure with cRPG-Lite elements tacked on as an after thought. Oblivion was good for that. It was a beautiful Disneyland game-world that had great exploration for a few dozen hours. And you could find a ton of things to do to amuse yourself in the game-world not to mention the quests. But the game-play was all bling. After you looked past the shiny graphics you started to notice it was all a shallow studio setting. Like going to Universal Studios and driving through a set. Everything was a facade. Nothing was deeper than image. And without the action hero actors it's little more than a fake environment where something great could happen if you get the right script, the right director, and the right cast involved. That's where the modders stepped in.

The game had huge potential but fell flat for me. And I know they are claiming to have created F3 to actually have choice and meaningful consequences but I'll wait and see now that the modders may not be able to fix it if it's another Oblivion.

I realize this all boils down to personal tastes and opinion is certainly a huge factor but that is after you get past the lies and deceptive marketing that was put out for months prior to it's release. Plus the tons of reviews that all said the same things and stamped the game with near if not perfect scores.

So yeah, I'm just a bit jaded. I was forgiving afterward but now I'm wondering if the righting is on the wall concerning F3. Yet we just refuse to read it for what it is.

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News Comments > On Fallout 3 Mod Tools
23. WTF? Sep 24, 2008, 19:38 Paranoid Jack
This has been one over the top drama filled development and we have yet to see the release. What next? I've lost track of all the ups and downs since 2006. Frankly I'm tired of the bullshit. After watching the demos from the trade shows I finally got semi-excited about this release. I was willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. I settled with the fact this was F3 in name alone. I even pre-ordered the CE (not that Survival Edition). Now this shit.

I fully understand the animosity and mistrust toward Bethesda. I think it is warranted after the false advertising concerning Oblivion's features and depth of game-play. But I don't hold a grudge well... so I was going to purchase the game to find out for myself. Measure it on its own merits. Not anymore.

I intend to cancel my pre-order unless I see a confirmation that tools of some-type will be released eventually... if not soon after the game goes retail. After Oblivion I'm just not going to purchase a Bethesda game because they use to make good games years ago. That doesn't cut it anymore. Same with Biowares... if Dragon Age sucks I'm done purchasing out of good faith. We'll shift to bargain bin or late purchases after months of Metacritic scores are tallied.

Call me jaded....

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News Comments > Vanguard Wants You Back
3. Re: Thanks But NO Thanks Sep 24, 2008, 02:51 Paranoid Jack
Yes and No.

Yes, I haven't played the current version. But I have plenty relevant to say. In one sentence... This game is a step backwards in modern MMO design and execution. Are you saying it has somehow become an awesome game since I last tested it?

And to turn your statement back toward you... actually your shorter comment has little of relevance. At least mine had twice as much info as yours.

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