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News Comments > Steam Beta Adds FPS Counter
7. Re: Steam Beta Adds FPS Counter Jan 6, 2015, 02:21 jimnms
 
jdreyer wrote on Jan 5, 2015, 16:50:
Also, I'd like it to track my hours when I play in offline mode, which is quite often.

That kind of defeats the purpose of offline mode, but I don't see why it isn't possible. Somewhere along the line it started triggering achievements when playing offline and syncing them when you connect. I put Steam in offline mode to test some mods so I didn't accidentally trigger achievements while screwing around. I've done this many times before, but a few months ago while testing out a mod in Skyrim and screwing around, I triggered an achievement. The little popup box showed, which surprised me, but I figured it didn't actually apply it since I was offline. Once I re-connected though and checked my activity feed, it showed me getting that achievement.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
10. Re: Steam Top 10 Jan 4, 2015, 16:43 jimnms
 
3. Divinity: Original Sin
6. Wasteland 2

Isometric, turn based RPGs are dead. Rolleyes I just started on WL2 this weekend and loving it. I played a bit while it was in early access, but held off until now to start. I played D:OS some in its EA, and started a coop game with a friend, but we haven't been able to finish due to different schedules. I'll get to it SP after finishing WL2. After that, I have Dead State, and by then Torment and Eternity might be released.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
7. Re: On Sale Jan 2, 2015, 17:26 jimnms
 
I'm never buying anything from GameStop again, even if they have the cheapest price. I went ahead and bought Dragon Age Origins Ultimate Edition (Origin Code) from them for $5. Steam's sale price was $7.49, but I almost bought it on Steam since I had enough in my Steam wallet to cover it from selling things. It has been two days and I still haven't received the damn Origin code.

I tried to contact them yesterday. Their support page only has a phone number or a chat deal. The chat thing didn't work so I called and sat on hold for an hour before hanging up. I tried again today, and this time the chat thing worked. I started at #120-something in the queue, but I also called the number again and sat on hold. About 45 minutes later I had to go, so I hung up. I left the chat thing open and when I got back about an hour later I was #60 in the queue.

I eventually got through on the chat thing and the person told me my payment was declined and I needed to call my bank. I told them I used PayPal. They had me check the status of the payment on PayPal and it just showed pending. They said they would have to re-authorize it and I would receive an update by email. I asked how long that would take, and they said 1-2 business days. Yousaidwhat I figured that was probably just a standard CYA response and it would go through in an hour or so, but that was 4 hours ago.

It's not like I was going to start playing it right away, but this is ridiculous. I'm thinking now I just want to cancel the order and just pick it up next time it goes on sale on Steam, but I'm not going to sit on hold or wait in a fucking chat queue for hours again. I dug through their site and did find one page with a link to email them, but it goes to a 404 page. I can't find a way to cancel it through PayPal either.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
7. Re: On Sale Dec 30, 2014, 23:38 jimnms
 
I have so many games I have yet to play that I only buy something if I will play it right away or if it's over 75% off. So far I've only bought some DLC from Steam and a couple of things from Amazon. I managed to trade my last copy of PAYDAY 2 I had from the 4-pack I bought during the summer for Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut.

I was hoping to pick up Dragon Age: Origins from Steam since I have a little over $7 in my Steam wallet from selling stuff. Steam has it on flash sale today for $7.49, but it's $4.99 at GameStop for an Origin code. I was hoping Steam would match GameStop's price. I can't decide whether to go ahead and get it on Steam since it's practically free, or go ahead and buy it for $5 and save my Steam wallet funds for the next sale.
 
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News Comments > Pardo: Olympics Should Include Esports [Updated]
34. Re: Blizzard: Olympics Should Include Esports Dec 24, 2014, 19:56 jimnms
 
Does anyone even watch the Olympics? I don't understand why people like watching people play games, but it seems to be a big deal.  
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News Comments > New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers
6. Re: New NVIDIA GeForce Drivers Dec 23, 2014, 21:20 jimnms
 
pagb wrote on Dec 23, 2014, 16:00:
I haven't upgraded since May or something like that. Every time I do it, it breaks Shadowplay one way or another.

Has Shadowplay ever worked? I tried it a few driver releases after it came out and it didn't work. I kept trying it each update but it never worked, so I just uninstalled it.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: On Sale Dec 21, 2014, 18:08 jimnms
 
Amazon has a sale going on. They have the Skyrim's Dawnguard and Dragonborn DLC at 75% off instead of Steam's 50% off, which makes it a little cheaper to buy than buy the Legendary Edition if you're in the same situation as I am and only need these two or one of them.  
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
4. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Dec 20, 2014, 19:13 jimnms
 
However, the door doesn’t automatically unlock when the interior handle is pulled

I thought it was a safety deal that the interior door handles had to mechanically unlock and open the doors. Every car I've seen that has electronic locks still have mechanical door handles inside. My car has electronic locks, even though it has key holes on the outside, they just send an electronic signal to lock/unlock the door or roll down the windows (love that feature in the summer) depending on which way you turn it and how long you hold it there. The inside door handles are still mechanical though and open the car whether it's locked or not.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
5. Re: On Sale Dec 20, 2014, 02:33 jimnms
 
GameStop has a sale going on. There's a few good deals in there, like Dragon Age Origins for $5 or Battlefield 4 for $5. I'm tempted to get DA:O. It's an Origin code though. I'm not anti-Origin, I was hoping it would go on sale on Steam or Amazon (it was $5 on Amazon once before and I missed it). I don't really want to give any money to GameStop though, and it'll be just my luck that it will show up on Steam or Amazon right after I buy it.  
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News Comments > etc.
7. Re: etc. Dec 18, 2014, 17:24 jimnms
 
Do they not spell/grammar check shit before posting it? There are two mistakes in the first fucking sentence.  
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News Comments > Steam Holiday Sale Begins
29. Re: Steam Holiday Sale Begins Dec 18, 2014, 16:53 jimnms
 
If anyone is wanting Payday2, I have a spare copy from buying a 4-pack during the summer sale that I'll trade for Dragon Age Origins Ultimate goes on sale.  
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
4. Re: Evening Safety Dance Dec 13, 2014, 04:28 jimnms
 
nin wrote on Dec 12, 2014, 18:49:
Windows 7 users urged to uninstall broken update that wreaks havoc on software.


This is why I wait a month on patches...

I usually update my desktop Tuesday night or Wednesday, and my home media center is set to auto update and reboot on Sunday mornings. This way if there are any problems with updates, I'll catch it on my desktop first. I have yet to have a problem with updates on my desktop, this one included. I updated my desktop Tuesday night, and everything went fine. Wednesday night right before I was about to go to bed I remote logged into my media center PC to schedule a show to record. The Windows Update thing popped up, so I decided to go ahead and do it since I didn't have any problems with them on the desktop.

I logged back in after it rebooted to make sure everything went ok, and that's when the shit went crazy. I was getting UAC prompts for things that usually didn't require them, like event viewer and task manager, and it was showing the executable was from an unknown publisher. I figured it was a broken update that messed with the security certificates. I searched and didn't find results. It didn't seem to be causing any problems, so I went on to bed. The next day searching for the problem, the first result now was to the broken update. Removing it (which wasn't as easy as it sounded) put the system back to normal. I then uninstalled it from my other system just to be safe even though it didn't have any problems.

I think I'll stick to letting my media center PC update on Sunday, usually if there are any broken updates, they'll be found and pulled by then.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
1. Re: etc., etc. Dec 9, 2014, 22:55 jimnms
 
WTFF? People pay that much money for virtual cards? I thought Hearthstone was FTP anyway.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 9, 2014, 11:26 jimnms
 
Meanwhile, computer users give Microsoft the finger for even thinking of subscriptions.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
32. Re: Steam Top 10 Dec 9, 2014, 11:17 jimnms
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Dec 9, 2014, 09:57:
huh? A "weak" RPG that you spent 600 hours in?

I am confused.....

Just because it's a weak RPG doesn't mean it isn't a fun game (most of the time). I don't fast travel, except for using the carriages, and I spent a lot of time grinding to level up skills. I would pick up ore and ingots, craft jewelry, enchant it and sell it, which leveled up smithing, enchanting and speech. I would also buy/pick up ingredients to craft potions just to level up alchemy even though I didn't use any of the potions I created. That didn't always turn out to be a good thing either because the world scales up with your level. Leveling up by increasing those non combat skills got me into some trouble when I started running into higher level enemies and my combat skills weren't up to it.

Other than getting bored with the quests, there are a lot of other little things that add up and put me off, for example I discovered that most armor in the game is useless since they dumbed the game down by removed item degradation. Improving weapons still makes since because the higher the quality the more damage it does. My smithing skill was the first to max out. I'm playing a light armor character, and I was waiting to level up so I could get the dragon smithing perk and create a badass looking set of dragon scale armor. After leveling up, I discovered I couldn't take the dragon smithing perk because it required you to unlock the heavy armor side of the perk tree, even though the skill coveres both light and heavy armors. They have since fixed that, but at the time I didn't let it stop me, I just used the editor to modify the skill tree and allow me to take it from the light armor side. Then I ran around collecting my stashes of dragon bones and scales to go take to my house and craft the armor. Once I got back to my house, I was a few bones/scales short of creating a full set. I decided to "cheat" and consult a wiki to find out how many I needed, when I discovered something. I already knew the game had a DR cutoff, but I didn't know what that meant in terms of the armor rating. Well it turns out the DR cutoff is 80%, which is equal to an armor rating of something like 570. The armor I had was already nearly 700, which also had some enchantments on it, so going to dragon armor would have been a downgrade. With smithing at 100 and just the first perk, you can create a set of improved leather armor that is over 570. Other than looks, there is no reason to use anything other than leather armor. If armor degraded with use, it would make since because armor with higher rating would stay above that 80% DR threshold before needing repair.

I know there are lots of mods now that make it a better RPG, but they still can't fix the crappy quests. That seems to be Bethesda's business model, create a half assed game and let modders make a real game out of it. Most of the mods I would like to use require starting a new game. I do have mods installed, but they're mostly visual enhancements and I want to finish my first game.

One of these days I'm going to finish it. I started to play it again a few months ago, but then got bored with it after a few days and haven't played it in almost 2 months. I'm playing a melee character and I originally thought I would do a second play through as a mage, but I doubt I will play it again after I finish it.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
29. Re: Steam Top 10 Dec 8, 2014, 22:15 jimnms
 
I have almost 600 hours in Skyrim and have yet to finish it. I go back to it from time to time, but it just doesn't hold me long. It's a weak RPG IMO. I never heard of The Elder Scrolls until Fallout 3 came out and everyone called it Obilivion with guns, so I had to see what Oblivion was. I ended up buying it during a Steam sale, but only played it for a few hours. Skyrim is my first real dive into TES world. Initially I liked the idea of skills leveling up as you used them, but it wasn't long before I began to dislike it. It kills off the whole "character building" aspect of RPGs, and makes it so you have grind to level up skills you wouldn't normally use just so you can to level up to get a perk point to use in a skill tree you do use.

I think what really puts me off the most are the quest. I have hardly done any of the main quests, they just didn't do a good job in making me feel the need to do it. A friend of mine was playing at the same time, but he had a day head start because I was out of town the day it released. At the beginning of the game after you escape the dragon attack, the guy you escape with says you should split up, so I did. I just wandered and did side quests. At first I kind of enjoyed being free to do and go where I wanted to discover quests on my own, but felt that what I was doing had no purpose. My friend kept telling me about these awesome battles he was having with dragons, but I had yet to see a single one. It turns out it was because they don't show up until you do the first part of the main quest line. The reason I hadn't done that was because I split up like the guy said. My friend said he followed him and when you do he tells you to go to see the Jarl, who then gives you the first of the main quests.

Then some of the side quests are just filler junk quests, and at times don't even make sense, like I walk into a town for the first time and some stranger asks me to deliver some valuable item for them. The quests are too linear. They're mostly all go to A, do B, come back for reward. There's no branching or alternate ways to accomplish most of them.

shihonage wrote on Dec 8, 2014, 04:41:
No really, Skyrim is ankle-deep. You can finish the game, go around talk to NPCs, and they'll treat you like nothing happened. There are far too few choice&consequence checks, and the world isn't really reactive in any meaningful way.

I agree with you about Skyrim being shallow, but disagree somewhat about its reactivity to you. It's not like they have the internet and camera phones where people can get instant updates on what's going on in the world. They have books, so I'm sure they probably have some form of news papers. How is some random citizen supposed to know you are the dragon born and all of your epic deeds? Then there are times when people know about things I did when they shouldn't.
 
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News Comments > inXile TMs Meanwhile & Van Buren
16. Re: inXile TMs Meanwhile & Van Buren Dec 8, 2014, 18:27 jimnms
 
Mad Max RW wrote on Dec 8, 2014, 16:03:
Unless I'm mistaken Bethesda currently owns all the assets created for Van Buren aka Black Isle's Fallout 3. It was also never "85% completed" or whatever rumor the internet cooked up. Former Black Isle developers such as Josh Sawyer refuted that claim years ago.

I found this on the Fallout Wiki:
In 2003, the game was canceled and the Black Isle employees were laid off. At that time the engine was about 95% done. You could create characters, use skills, perform both ranged and melee combat, save/load games and travel across maps. A tutorial level was done that would let the designers do all of the above. All areas but one had been designed. About 75% of the dialogue was done and at least 50% of the maps. BIS already had many of the character models and monster models.[1]

You can still download the tech demo here.
 
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News Comments > inXile TMs Meanwhile & Van Buren
12. Re: inXile TMs Meanwhile & Van Buren Dec 8, 2014, 15:21 jimnms
 
I thought I remember reading once that Van Buren was 85% complete when it was canceled. I thought that was such a shame and wondered why no one dug it out and finished it after all this time.  
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News Comments > etc.
5. Re: etc. Dec 6, 2014, 18:08 jimnms
 
Genesis 3:16
Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

Deuteronomy 22:28-29
If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found; Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel's father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all his days.

1 Corinthians 14:34-36
Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

1 Timothy 2:11-15
Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Dead State
8. Re: Ships Ahoy - Dead State Dec 5, 2014, 15:25 jimnms
 
Jerykk wrote on Dec 4, 2014, 23:34:
I backed this and look forward to playing it, though I think I'll wait a month or two for the inevitable patches.

Same here. I thought it was odd they released a day 1 patch with so many bug fixes. It wasn't like they were under pressure to push the game out at a specific time. I backed Wasteland 2 and D:OS, and haven't yet played either of those yet since release (I played some during their early access). I was waiting for my physical box to arrive before starting WL2 and a fix for something that annoys me about D:OS. I'm really itching to play both of those. There is at least one patch planned for each of those, so I'm finishing off some other games while waiting for those patches.
 
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