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Signed On Jun 18, 2003, 22:23
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 6, 2015, 11:36 Fion
 
I agree, woman's can be pretty dirty, just in a different way.

I think the obvious reason US women do so well in the world cup is that we have a strong tradition of young girls playing soccer while boys are generally told to go play football and bash each others heads in because soccer is a girl's sport.

That said the culture on football as the world knows it is changing, I think in large part to latinos who have brought a love of the sport with them as they've immigrated here. It may take 20 years but we might just be a major player in men's soccer as well.

And hey, that bad call penalty kick from the US vs. Germany. There were some pretty shitty calls in that Germany v France game that led to you guys advancing so hey.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
1. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jul 5, 2015, 13:40 Fion
 
People still use iTunes?  
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News Comments > Sword Coast Legends Videos
4. Re: Sword Coast Legends Videos Jul 3, 2015, 12:49 Fion
 
I coulda swore they said randomly gen one or make your own but perhaps that was just what I wanted to hear. If that's the case I doubt I'll bother really. You need a good set of tools to design your own worlds in order to get anything truly interesting. And is it just me or is there no scripting? The tools look to me as a very stripped down, basic version of what we had a Neverwinter Nights 1/2. On the upside they seem much more comprehensive than the Neverwinter MMO. Speaking of MMOGs, you know which MMO had great custom content tools? City of Heroes.

I guess my hope that this game will offer a custom tool system as comprehensive as NWN2 was a pipe dream.
 
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News Comments > Dark Souls Sells > 8M Copies, 40% for PC
12. Re: Dark Souls Sells > 8M Copies, 40% for PC Jul 1, 2015, 14:11 Fion
 
It's not unplayable at all with KB/M, just a simple script fixes the mouse lag. However, with 40% of the sales being on PC perhaps... just perhaps it'll convince them to fix this issue with DS3. If they don't, I hope it supports a Steam Controller at least.

I personally never played DS1 but DS2 was my GotY last year. I loved every dark, creepy and frustrating second of it. It's not that the game is super-hard, but rather that it punishes mistakes. If forces you to slow down and plan each strike and movement. Though the DLC's did up the difficulty significantly.

But once you beat that hard ass level you died a dozen times in, or finally killed that boss you had a hard time with solo, the rewards were tremendous, both the feeling of personal accomplishment and the gear you would get. Working toward a specific set of gear, with the animation set and style you wanted with the right build was so fun. But perhaps best of all about the DS series is the level design. You never know what's coming next.

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News Comments > The Bard's Tale IV Chris Avellone Stretch Goal
7. Re: The Bard's Tale IV Chris Avellone Stretch Goal Jun 29, 2015, 15:14 Fion
 
So he's leaving Torment: ToN early too? Damnit Chris!  
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News Comments > Bombshell E3 Trailer; Game Playable at QuakeCon
3. Re: Bombshell E3 Trailer; Game Playable at QuakeCon Jun 26, 2015, 13:38 Fion
 
Looks like a decently fun little $20 romp. Voice acting is terrible though.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
7. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jun 24, 2015, 13:15 Fion
 
Yet another reason I abandoned Facebook.  
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News Comments > Batman: Arkham Knight Performance Update
26. Re: Batman: Arkham Knight Performance Update Jun 24, 2015, 13:09 Fion
 
One thing this fiasco points out is just how disingenuous the reviewing system is in gaming. Checking Meta-critic, this game has a score of 91 on all platforms but the PC. Witcher 3 on the other hand has a score of 92. The casual buyer based off reviews would think these two games were both great when in reality the gulf in quality between the two is enormous.

Thankfully the fan rating for the Batman game is in the 60's, even on consoles.
 
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News Comments > Batman: Arkham Knight Specs Updated; AMD Issues Noted
5. Re: ArcheAge Head Start Issues Jun 22, 2015, 14:33 Fion
 
Seems every new game that comes out has issues with AMD (even when they have an AMD logo on the intro) that requires a new driver to fix... maybe.  
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News Comments > Fallout 4 Unfettered on PCs
11. Re: Fallout 4 Unfettered on PCs Jun 22, 2015, 14:30 Fion
 
There will be graphics mods on the PC version within a month that vastly out-strip the games base graphics anyway.  
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News Comments > Just Cause 3 Gameplay Video
7. Re: Just Cause 3 Gameplay Video Jun 20, 2015, 15:44 Fion
 
That 30fps hitching is annoying as hell. I'm sure it'll look and play better on PC.

I'm a big fan of Just Cause 2, I had so much crazy fun in that game. For those who couldn't get into it. Just Cause 2 is fun. Just Cause 2 with mods is amazingly fun! It 'was' DLC'd to hell and back with gun packs and new vehicles but absolutely none of it was absolutely necessary.

Looking forward to blowing shit up in this game. The new physics engine looks fantastic. I hope someone releases a 'longer tether' mod quickly.

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News Comments > Anarchy Online Testing New Engine
4. Re: Anarchy Online Testing New Engine Jun 20, 2015, 15:39 Fion
 
It did have a fantastic engine for its day and I agree, the dynamic weather was supreme for its time.

AO wasn't my first MMO (that was EQ) but it was definitely my favorite of the era. Formed a guild that has lasted to this day across gaming in general - 3305 Local, and many fast friends both in gaming and out. I formed a secret in that game that you may have been a member of if you main'd a Fixer, that still amazingly persists.

For those interested, the game also had a major patch fairly recently that changed up a lot of stuff, improved features and class mechanics.
 
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Expansion Pricing Backlash
28. Re: Guild Wars 2 Expansion Pricing Backlash Jun 19, 2015, 15:32 Fion
 
Tumbler wrote on Jun 19, 2015, 15:16:
Since when is $50 for an expansion not the norm?

What?! When did $50 become normal for an expansion? I thought $40 was normal. *Doing some googling / amazoning* Hmm, I see warlords of dreadnor was $50 and now that I think about it those damned season passes for CoD and battlefield are $50...

Son of a bitch, it's common to pay $50 for expansions and season passes. ... If the content actually justified that price I'd be ok with it...

$50 is more than I personally would like to pay but those people bitching about it being too expensive, it's industry standard as you pointed out. As to if it is worth it, you have to consider as well the amount of free content that is likely to come along with that purchase. There's little doubt in my mind that the next Season story will mostly take place within the areas of the expansion as well as be a continuation of the story in the expansion itself.

If you consider future (free) content, the value may end up being well over that of your typical MMOG expansion.
 
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Expansion Pricing Backlash
21. Re: Guild Wars 2 Expansion Pricing Backlash Jun 19, 2015, 14:24 Fion
 
Am I the only one finds most of this argument rather contrived? Used to be when an expansion released that included the base game, the company was praised for it.

Since when is $50 for an expansion not the norm? How many of the people going ape shit over this used to pay $180 a year for WoW + $50 (or more) for a bi-yearly expansion and never had a second thought about the cost of it all?

Besides, how much control do you think Arenanet really has over pricing? NCSoft owns the company and makes most of the money from box and gem store sales. I think if they would just give a free character slot with that $50 purchase, this entire trumped up controversy would just disappear.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 18, 2015, 14:47 Fion
 
That's not too far fetched. One of my mother's cats is fast friends with the local dear, and he has the dear ticks to prove it.  
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
21. Re: Morning Interviews Jun 18, 2015, 14:42 Fion
 
'So expansive, even its creator's haven't seen everything' is the industry buzz-line for 'big open world game'.

I frankly found Fallout 3 to be somewhat disappointing. I enjoyed it and eventually beat it but it didn't have the spark of the old fallout games. Then of course New Vegas came out and it just blew 3 away in every respect.

E3 is all about the marketing, I don't believe a damn word or trailer that comes out of it. It's all fake, PR'd to hell and back and presented as 'actual console gameplay'. So as to how good Fallout 4 is, I'll decide that when I play it, no sooner.
 
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Preorders
13. Re: Guild Wars 2: Heart of the Storm Preorders Jun 17, 2015, 14:41 Fion
 
$50 does seem a little steep, but do realize that includes the base game, which is really nice to see.

I've been playin GW2 off and on since release, I tend to take breaks in the summer (as I always have with gaming in general). The developers have done a very good job of releasing free content usually twice-monthly with an ongoing story. This last season (story-line) was particularly great. So yea, if you've been away from the game for a long time, you missed a great deal of content.

Although the new zones that came along with it are still fully available, and you can buy or turn your in-game money into gems to buy the Season 2 story. It's kind of a prequel to the events of the expansion so if your interest in knowing whats going on in the game word, they are worth the cost.

Now on to a lore question. Anyone else notice all the guild buildings are gold? Given the lore of the area, I wonder if the guild hall you can reclaim are ruins of Mursaat cities!
 
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News Comments > Star Wars Battlefront Survival Trailer
17. Re: Star Wars Battlefront Survival Trailer Jun 16, 2015, 14:57 Fion
 
So why are there no space missions when you can obviously fly Tie Fighters and X-Wings?

Oh yea.. cause EA wants you to pay extra for that.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect Andromeda Announced
14. Re: Mass Effect Andromeda Announced Jun 15, 2015, 17:32 Fion
 
Never ever ever trust an E3 trailer. They in no way represent the graphics or gameplay of the final product.

That said I'm tentatively intrigued. I'm wondering why all the armor, weapons and technology looks the same if this is supposed to be 'long after the events of Mass Effect'.

Also are they just going to white wash the final events of ME3? How every intelligent species was basically stuck in earth space with absolutely no way to leave? Or how many systems were utterly destroyed with their relays blew up? It appeared that most of the galaxy basically blew the fuck up.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
1. Re: Morning Consolidation Jun 15, 2015, 14:42 Fion
 
As someone who occasionally plays console games, and owns a PS4, I feel bad for console gamers who do not own a PC. SO few of the games out for them are worth a purchase. There have been like 4 'great' PS4 games in the last 2 years and they still were better on PC, and 'good ones' have mostly been remasters of games that console gamer's already bought and played. :/

Don't you greedy fucking companies know you're killing your own market? There is a reason Steam has grown by 70% since the current gen of consoles came out. If your going to 'remaster' something, remaster an awesome classic title from PS1, not the game that came out 2 years ago that is still fresh in everyone's mind. We've been SCREAMING for a new Dishonored, we don't want to play the same game with 5% improved graphics! And no, an extra two hours of shitty, half-ass content is not worth the $60 re-purchase!

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