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Nickname Talisorn
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Signed On Oct 15, 2003, 02:59
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News Comments > Star Trek Online Trailer
14. Re: Star Trek Online Trailer Oct 17, 2009, 17:48 Talisorn
 
It's called inference. Based on the past history of games from these companies and developers we can infer that the game will suck balls.
That's your opinion. I've liked the games that Cryptic have produced, as have many other people. And considering that they have soaked up massive numbers of developers who are also mad keen trekkies, do you honestly think it's going to break canon that much? STO will do well in my opinion. It's going to appeal to a niche audience, but it will be profitable.

And as for all those people droning on about graphics, WoW proved you don't need good graphics to make a successful game.

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News Comments > WoW Rated Down Under
11. Re: WoW Rated Down Under Oct 9, 2009, 17:11 Talisorn
 
For anyone who's ACTUALLY interested in the (as opposed to just making smart-arse comments), watch episode 2 of Byteside ( http://byteside.com/blog/2009/10/01/byteside-games-2/ ). The vast bulk of it is about the current state of the ratings debate in Australia. It may put things in perspective a bit.

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News Comments > Censored L4D2 Backup for Australia
13. Re: Censored L4D2 Backup for Australia Oct 7, 2009, 17:52 Talisorn
 
I would think you'd need to cut half the damned game to make it acceptable for Australia's backwards rating certifications.  They don't even have a 15+ category.  Totally ridiculous, it's a zombie game.
The problem is that that a 15+ is the highest rating we have.  If we had an AO rating (R18+) the game could be rated as such and sold on the shelved.  That's the difference between Australia and the US though.  Stores over here would have no problem selling an Adults Only game.

But the one holdout Attorney General who is stopping this whole process keeps wheeling out Rapelay as an example of the kind of R18+ game that would be released.  For Gods sake!  That game would be refustred classification in any civilised western country!  Bloody politicians!
 
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News Comments > Star Trek Online Ship List
24. Re: Star Trek Online Ship List Oct 5, 2009, 21:56 Talisorn
 

I learned a long time ago not to get into an argument with an illogical person.
Too true kxmode.  Or a vulgar person for that matter.  A shame that the only way to communicate with those people is to stoop to their level ... which should not be necessary.
 
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News Comments > Star Trek Online Ship List
19. Re: Star Trek Online Ship List Oct 5, 2009, 19:31 Talisorn
 

dumbfuck
I'm assuming that's just you signing off your message.

It must be great being you to know what a game is like based on a couple of screenshots and a video or two.  For the rest of us peasant's I'd much rather try something out before deciding whether a game is shit or not or at least get some informed sources provide solid information on what the gameplay is like.  Unless of course you're one of those people who believe that graphics define the game?

So unless you've actually got solid information, your opinion is not worth shit.
 
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News Comments > Star Trek Online Ship List
17. Re: Star Trek Online Ship List Oct 5, 2009, 18:40 Talisorn
 

As with all MMO's, they gear it to run on 5/6 year old PCs for wider access thus, the lower common denominator wins, and next gen is screwed.
You mean up to date graphics like AoC?  Yeah.  That really worked, didn't it.  So an MMO should cater for the 5% of the MMO market that can afford the top end gear?  Which commercial reality do you live in?

Let's not even mention how all MMOs are crap in that they reward those who play compulsively and offer little to those with less than 10 hrs/month to devote to said title.
You're being sarcastic, right?  Or is Hello Kitty Online the only one you've played?
 
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News Comments > Champions Online Retcon Resolution
5. Re: Champions Online Retcon Resolution Sep 24, 2009, 18:04 Talisorn
 
Like most MOGs it's generally a year or two before it's out of "beta" IMO. And what the hell is a "retcon" anyway? omething wrong with respec?
It's a flavor word. It's appropriate considering we're talking comic book heroes.
 
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News Comments > Fallen Earth Rises
5. Re: Fallen Earth Rises Sep 22, 2009, 22:42 Talisorn
 
So you have to pay $50 for the game and $15 a month to play it? How about let us download the game for free, give us a free week to try it out? You might get more customers that way, because the game sounds like something I'd like, but I'm not going to risk throwing down $50 to find out. After the "free" 30 day subscription runs out and I decide I don't like it, I basically wasted $50.
And your bitching ... why? It's just like any other subscription based MMO. How exactly is an indie studio meant to recoup costs based on subscription alone? They're not a charity, you know.
 
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News Comments > Aion Live
15. Re: Free trial? Sep 22, 2009, 16:27 Talisorn
 
Does this game have a free trial that doesn't require payments (e.g., a credit card)? I missed out on the beta due to my busy real life
TIP: Don't even bother asking about free trials for ANY subscription based MMORPG that has just opened. You normally won't see them until after 6 months or so when they start hemorrhaging paying customers.

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News Comments > Dungeon Runners Ending
12. Re: Dungeon Runners Ending Sep 17, 2009, 22:06 Talisorn
 
Awww, do you need a hug Talisom? You must really miss Bill Roper.
WTF red herring?

Err ... no. But I do miss Tabula Rasa and Auto Assault.
 
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News Comments > Left 4 Dead 2 Ban in AU
25. Re: Left 4 Dead 2 Ban in AU Sep 17, 2009, 18:21 Talisorn
 
Hopefully the gamer rage will hear reach the ears of the pollies. Sure the wheels of government move slowly over here, but nothing makes a politician move faster than possible loss of votes.

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News Comments > Dungeon Runners Ending
7. Re: Dungeon Runners Ending Sep 17, 2009, 18:15 Talisorn
 
They should turn the code over to the players for player run servers and release the source engine and SDK as Public Domain so people can create content and mods for it but we all know that'll never happen or they'll want to sell it for some insane number b/c at the end of the day, it's "All About The Benjamin's" and the bottom line for NCsoft Korea....
Sad but true. Tabula Rasa and Auto Assault suffered the same fate and they had a strong community AND someone lined up to buy them. NCSoft would rather see something die than hand it over to someone else. I can see the same thing happen to Aion when people realise it's just "WoW with wings" and not all it's cracked up to be; subscriber numbers will drop and NCSoft will scuttle that game too.

Your a fool if you invest any time in a game by that bunch of money grabbing mongrels.
 
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News Comments > Dungeon Runners Ending
5. Re: Dungeon Runners Ending Sep 17, 2009, 16:55 Talisorn
 
So NCSoft scuttle another game? Surprise, surprise. One more reason I won't invest ANY time in another game of theirs.  
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News Comments > MMOG Lawsuit
22. Re: MMOG Lawsuit Sep 16, 2009, 19:16 Talisorn
 
Time for a few oldies ....

What's brown and looks good on a lawyer? A pack of dobermans.

What do you call 20 lawyers at the bottom of the Hudson River? A good start.
 
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News Comments > WoW and Innovation
15. Re: WoW and Innovation Sep 15, 2009, 16:56 Talisorn
 
Do'h. Double post.

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News Comments > WoW and Innovation
14. Re: WoW and Innovation Sep 15, 2009, 16:54 Talisorn
 
Yeah, sounds like a bunch of marketing bullshit to me. "Ever-changing, ever-uncertain in-game environment"? It's like the author hasn't actually played WoW for more than 20 minutes
Or it's like the other hasn't played any other MMOs at all. Innovation? No. Buff and polish? Definitely.
Achievements - Lord of the Rings Online
Auction House - Ultima Online
Battlegrounds - PlanetSide
Classes - Star Wars Galaxies
Content phasing - Lord of the Rings Online
PVP - Ultima Online
Quests - EverQuest
Talents - Diablo 2
Telling an immersive story via consecutive monthly content since launch - Asheron's Call
I'm still waiting for them the steal innovate the music system from Lord of the Rings Online or player housing from ... well any other game really. Then true innovation will be complete.

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News Comments > Direct2Drive Sales Figures
31. Re: Direct2Drive Sales Figures Sep 15, 2009, 16:51 Talisorn
 
Yup Blue. That table has legs!  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Red Faction: Guerrilla
13. Re: Steam Sep 15, 2009, 16:44 Talisorn
 
Has the most retarded unlock time for this game. Today at 2pm CST. What the FUCK is up with that? I happily turned on my system at midnight, thinking I'd start downloading it. "Game will be unlocked in 14 hours."
And for that reason, it's probably one of the few off-the-shelf games I've picked up on almost a year (everything else has been digital download). I saw it at EB yesterday ...

And they screwed up this port though not nearly as badly as SR2. Tons of tearing going on, mouse acceleration problems, changing the options in-game sometimes just crashes straight to desktop and finally lots of framerate issues even on a very competent rig.
Not to mention locking up when rebinding a key and issues trying to manage sound levels. Were QA on a coffee break? Patch time hopefully soon.

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News Comments > Champion Online Patched, Free Retcon
12. Re: Champion Online Patched, Free Retcon Sep 11, 2009, 16:34 Talisorn
 
I wonder how long it will take before all the people who paid for the lifetime subs begin chiming in....is thats all there is to this game??? But But Bill Roper said....but but he said there would be more...
Yeh, yeh. Bill Roper is the devil. We know. Whatever.

I'm enjoying the game immensely. So it doesn't appeal to some people. Big deal. It doesn't mean the game sucks. It just means that they don't like it. On the other hand, there's always heaps of people on the server and each area seems to have lots of instance running; it seems to be quite popular ... so there are quite a few people who like it too.

If you think that CO is going to be another Hellgate: London your a bloody idiot. Bill Roper is only one guy on their team and the rest of Cryptic have done a good job with the game so far.

And if anyone thinks that an MMO is complete at startup, they are also bloody idiots. No MMO is ever complete at startup. There is always more to come.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - UO: Stygian Abyss
11. Re: Ships Ahoy - UO: Stygian Abyss Sep 8, 2009, 20:47 Talisorn
 
He means the original "Stygian Abyss". The title's been used before, for a single-player title in the Ultima series.
His question wasn't particularly well phrased then, so you'll have to pardon my confusion, especially as the article is about UO.

True that Ultima Underworld was one of the original FP games, and a bloody good one it was. In fact ALL the Ultimas were damn good in one way or another ... even the much maligned Ultima IX.

But they still pale in comparison when you consider the depth of gameplay in Ultima VII (Parts 1 and 2); it's still one of my all time favorites. Even Ultima IV was a leap forward in gameplay, considering the that you couldn't win by killing every enemy in sight otherwise you'd fail at showing compassion ... which was one of the avatar's virtues you needed to "display".

But I digress ....


 
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