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Nickname Talisorn
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Signed On Oct 15, 2003, 02:59
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News Comments > Grand Theft Auto IV Patch
6. Re: Grand Theft Auto IV Patch Mar 22, 2009, 16:15 Talisorn
 
Does it run any better than when it did on first release? I'm thinking of picking this up now that it's hit a bit over half price in some stores.  
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News Comments > Runes of Magic Live
4. Re: Runes of Magic Live Mar 19, 2009, 17:16 Talisorn
 
I'm having fun with this one, it seems to be well written, and while it's still pretty much a stock MMO, it's fairly high quality for being free-to-play.
Agreed. It's probably the best free-to-play MMO out there.

 
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News Comments > Pirate Galaxy Open Beta
12. Re: Pirate Galaxy Mar 12, 2009, 17:45 Talisorn
 
Hey. It's subscription free. It sounds like you get more than enough for your money ....

It could be ok when your bored of everything else and just want to play something and blow shit up. Who knows until you try it?
 
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News Comments > Crossover Bringing the DirectX 10
3. Re: Crossover Bringing the DirectX 10 Mar 10, 2009, 17:36 Talisorn
 
What about DirectX 10 for XP?
Not. Going. To. Happen.
 
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News Comments > Empire: Total War Patched
5. Re: Empire: Total War Patched Mar 10, 2009, 17:32 Talisorn
 
Oh and heard the collectors is $65! Not even in a metal lunch box like Fallout 3. Who are they kidding?
Are you sure you're not thinking of the Special Forces Edition, which contains the six extra unit types?

The CE over here in Australia cost $140, but it comes in a varnished wooden box and has a nice metal compass and hip flask, as well as the Special Forces Edition. It's probably one of the better CE's I've seen.

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News Comments > MS: Windows 7 to be "Great for Games"
58. Re: MS: Windows 7 to be Feb 23, 2009, 16:16 Talisorn
 
That being said, the main issue for gaming in Windows 7 is if ATI and nVidia actually have their drivers up to snuff at launch. It shouldn't have taken them a year to get their Vista drivers decent. Anymore there's very little performance difference between Vista and XP (and a sizable advantage to Vista if you're running on 4GB RAM), but most people don't seem to be aware of it unless they deal with both operating systems regularly...
Well said. I couldn't have said it better myself.

Vista had less problems at it's core than XP did at launch. People seem to forget the problems XP had ... the constant crashes, software incompatibilities, the list went on on on. The only problems I ever had was with third party hardware manufacturers getting off their fat arses and developing stable drivers; they had over a year to get their act together and but they couldn't have been bothered.

And they you have the cyber-luddites who are rubbishing Windows 7 based on the reputation gained by Vista ... a reputation based purely on third-party providers fucking it up.
 
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News Comments > EU Darkfall Next Week
9. Re: EU Darkfall Next Week Feb 19, 2009, 15:22 Talisorn
 
Darkfall is a MMOGG (Massive Multiplayer Online Griefing Game). Avoid at all cost if you actually want to play game content without someone trying to kill you every 2 minutes.

A massive waste of potential .... but at least it's somewhere where all the 13 year old emo psychopaths can hang out and play out their dark murder fantasies.

Seriously, why would anyone buy into any game, especially and mmo, without it being online and working in production for at least 6 months? Why pay to be a beta tester?
The only OTHER game I know of that had a lifetime subscription model was LOTRO and that's been a massive success. Hellgate London was just screaming failure (as a game with a subscription model) from day one; it was easy to spot a mile off. There is no way in hell that should ever have had a subscription model of any kind.

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News Comments > BlizzCon 2009 in August
12. Re: BlizzCon 2009 in August Feb 17, 2009, 15:53 Talisorn
 
I watched the event on Pay-per-View over here in Australia. $30 well spent ... and I didn't have to spend a swag of cash and 15 hours on a plane. And the biggest line up I has was waiting at the kettle for all of 5 seconds as my partner was using the microwave.

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News Comments > AU MMOG "Legal Minefield"
3. Re: AU MMOG Feb 4, 2009, 16:03 Talisorn
 
It will be argued, debated and go around the parliamentary circle a couple of times. Finally whatever games there are will be rated by the appropriate authority as acceptable and it will all go away.

And the chance of WoW not receiving a rating (and therefore being banned)is simply laughable. Typical media sensationalism at its funniest.

That said, we still need to get an R18+ rating in this country. As soon as (the only person stopping it) Michael Aitkenson passes on (either physically or loses his position) then we'll get that .... but until then, enjoy this little blog as an example his ridiculous stance.
 
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News Comments > DirectX 11 Preview
44. Re: DirectX 11 Preview Feb 1, 2009, 20:20 Talisorn
 
Indeed, I was careful to state that my 'ware is fairly modern - not "no older than Vista" in all cases, but that's splitting hairs.
Actually I've had some older hardware work better under Vista. My old TV tuner card was a bitch to get working under XP. It worked flawlessly under Vista from day one.

Go figure.

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News Comments > DirectX 11 Preview
13. Re: Re:moving forward Feb 1, 2009, 15:16 Talisorn
 
Until they fix drivers no way buddy. I doubt half my software will run in Vista and W7 sounds not much better just a tweaked Vista. Still not enough reason to switch..
All my software runs on Vista. The drivers were fixed more than eighteen months ago .... and you can hardly call that MS' fault; that was just plain lazy hardware vendors considering the specs were available for a year prior to Vista's launch.

This line of thought was valid two years ago, but has long since hit its expiry date.

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News Comments > World of Warcraft Patch Woes
2. Re: World of Warcraft Patch Woes Jan 22, 2009, 01:45 Talisorn
 
Why do they call it a patch when they don't actually patch anything?
Oh believe me they "patched" Hunters .... OUCH!!!!
 
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News Comments > SOE on Steam, SEGA on GamersGate
8. Re: SOE on Steam, SEGA on GamersGate Jan 16, 2009, 18:26 Talisorn
 
EQ2 is, in theory, a far better game than WoW. But it's lacking something... it's hard to really place your finger on what it is missing.
It's call "a soul". Even though you may not like WoW, you have to agree that Blizzard are A-Class story tellers, bring to life great and interesting settings and have an engine that runs nicely low spec PC's while is still looking good. That's why the game does so well.

EQ2 and a lot of the other offerings out there try really hard (WAR probably did it best), but still can't quite match Blizzard in those respects.

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News Comments > Richard Garriott on Games, Ultima
10. Re: Richard Garriott on Games, Ultima Jan 15, 2009, 18:14 Talisorn
 
Come on Garriott. You don't need the Ultima series or name. You created it from scratch. You did that. You can do it all over again. Concentrate on making the story engaging like you did for the first few Ultimas. Then, deal with how the game will look.
It wouldn't be the same. jhelom, the forests of Yew, Trinsic ... the dungeons. Brittania rules!!

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News Comments > Richard Garriott on Games, Ultima
2. Re: Richard Garriott on Games, Ultima Jan 15, 2009, 15:23 Talisorn
 
I would jump at playing another Ultima. Despite the faults of the later ones, it is still by far my favorite series of games.  
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News Comments > LOTRO Issue & Workaround
13. Re: LOTRO Issue & Workaround Jan 4, 2009, 01:37 Talisorn
 
as an apparent oversight has allowed the game's SSL certificate to expire
DOH!!!!
 
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News Comments > On Star Wars: The Old Republic's "Stylized Realism"
16. Re: On Star Wars: The Old Republic's Jan 4, 2009, 01:35 Talisorn
 
Meh. I like the look of it. I have always liked the stylised / cartooney look of WoW. Realism be damned .... especially when the realism comes at the cost of frame rate. Remember the nightmare that was EQ2 when it was released?  
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News Comments > NCsoft Sued over MMOG Tech
1. Re: NCsoft Sued over MMOG Tech Dec 29, 2008, 21:15 Talisorn
 
Another spurious patent claim? They are obviously trying it out first on a "mid to low level" MMO company before taking on the 10 tonne Gorilla that is Blizzard.  
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News Comments > F.E.A.R. 2 Cleared in AU
20. Re: F.E.A.R. 2 Cleared in AU Dec 16, 2008, 22:35 Talisorn
 
The U.S. as a whole is not being censored. The only people in the US whose games are being censored are those who are foolish enough to buy their games exclusively at Walmart and similar retailers. The U.S. marketplace is certainly diverse enough that consumers who want the uncensored releases of games can find them domestically.
It's not? Are you sure?

If the ratings board in the US deem a game is AO (for Adults Only) Walmart and the other large chain stores will refuse to carry it. Games get modified until they are no longer AO. It happened with GTA. It happened with The Witcher. Games companies want good sales figures. They won't get those figures if they can't get Walmart won't put it on their shelves.

It may not be government sanctioned censorship. It's far more insidious than that, because people like yourself just don't recognise it as censorship ..... instead you recognise it as the market forces. But in the end, you're not getting what the developer originally wanted to produce.
 
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News Comments > F.E.A.R. 2 Cleared in AU
10. Re: F.E.A.R. 2 Cleared in AU Dec 16, 2008, 16:54 Talisorn
 
It's apparently worse - at least here in the US, the government doesn't decide for the parents.
You're quite right. The Government doesn't decide. The corporate executives of Walmart decide what is acceptable for the US audience. Why was it you got the censored version of The Witcher? Because Walmart would not carry it if it was not censored.

At least governments change. The will of the people can change them. You have NO control over Walmart. You are controlled by their prejudices.

But make no mistake. The US is being censored.

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