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Signed On Oct 15, 2003, 02:59
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News Comments > WoW Faction Switching Plans
3. Re: WoW Faction Switching Planned Jun 29, 2009, 18:11 Talisorn
 
There’s still much work to do and many details to iron out, but the basic idea is that players will be able to use the service to transform an existing character into a roughly equivalent character of the opposing faction on the same realm.
This is something that had been on my mind for a long, long time. I always thought that it would be cool to be an alliance race that had changed allegiance to the Horde. I only hope that "roughly equivalent" doesn't mean that you are forced to change race.
 
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News Comments > ZeniMax Buys id Software
58. Re: Heh Jun 24, 2009, 19:00 Talisorn
 
http://twitter.com/theromero

Fallout 3 bought DOOM. Wow.
ZENIMAX??????? Disgusting.
ROLFMAO.

What's Romero been doing anyway? :p

 
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News Comments > No Free DDO in EU
21. Re: No Free DDO in EU Jun 10, 2009, 18:04 Talisorn
 
So the game is doing so badly they can't even charge for it and yet they're still trying to alienate huge swathes of their potential player base? I mean really, the EU has a population of over 500m - it's over 50% larger than the US. We live in a global world, particularly for things such as gaming, and there really shouldn't be any regional restrictions, delayed launches or any of the nonsense we see. Still, it wasn't like I was even interested in trying it out.
While I agree with the sentiments of most posters here (in that I think it's a mistake), there are a couple of things you need to remember:
* The US servers are only called the "US servers" because that is where they are based. They actually service a lot more of the world than JUST the US.
* The servers in Europe are run by Codemasters and not Turbine. The business model is controlled by the European operator.
* They have only just announced this model now. Give it time and Europe will likely follow suit.
 
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News Comments > Dungeons & Dragons Online Goes Free
25. Re: Dungeons & Dragons Online Goes Free Jun 10, 2009, 04:51 Talisorn
 
Considering LotRO is a damn good game and AC was great in it's time, Turbine haven't done too badly. I played DDO when it first came out and it wasn't a WoW ... but meh ... for free? I'll play it for that.

Oh ... and GW sucked. It had as much depth of gameplay as the average roadside puddle. Sure you can splash in it, but it's not going to amuse you for long if you want to swim laps.

The opportunity for D&D:O was wasted when they didn't let people DM and create adventures and content for the players. Slow the action down so it could be nearly turn-based, and give the DM player actual control over the dungeon, the monsters, everything. Just like a P&P game.

What we need is DDO: Architect Edition.

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News Comments > Rendition Guantanamo Rendered Moot
17. Re: Rendition Guantanamo Rendered Moot Jun 4, 2009, 03:09 Talisorn
 
If it was R*, they would have said "Fuck you, you redneck, pedophile, right-wing arseholes. We'll develop the games we want to develop!" and then sell a million copies based on the controversy alone.

If the developers had stuck with it and ignored the media, it would have done ok regardless of what was squeezed out the other end.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - The Sims 3
12. Re: Ships Ahoy - The Sims 3 Jun 2, 2009, 22:56 Talisorn
 
Case in point the last time I played The Sims I had everything setup. The Sims had a cool home complete with comforts like plasma televisions and security alarms. The dude had a high paying job to cover the bills. The wife did her thing in a tricked-out super kitchen. Both Sims had heathly emos and were friends with the neighbors. So I felt good letting the game run on autopilot while I went to the cinema. Several hours later I discovered their house was a total wreck. Everything was stolen. All the plants died. Both Sims died in a pool of piss (the dude in the bathroom and the wife in the kitchen)! I pretty much gave up after that...
That made me lol. The only thing missing was the son became a gang member and the daughter a crackwhore.

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News Comments > The Old Republic Trailer & Database
40. Re: The Old Republic Trailer & Database Jun 2, 2009, 17:53 Talisorn
 
And yes, Bioware just took the crown from Blizzard when it comes amazing cinematic's!
Mythic did that with the WAR trailer .... but this one is pretty damn good as well. Here hoping it's out sooner rather than later ....
 
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News Comments > Cities XL MMO Details
11. Re: Cities XL MMO Details May 26, 2009, 18:20 Talisorn
 
Please tell this MMO has Tornado, Hurricane, Godzilla, and Space Alien buttons!
It's French, so I'd say you have "Workers Strike" and "Attack of the Giant Croissant" buttons instead.
 
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News Comments > Terminator Salvation Replacement Plan
13. Re: Terminator Salvation Replacement Pla May 22, 2009, 01:00 Talisorn
 
Meh .... same thing happened with Warhammer Online here in Australia and New Zealand. A glitch in the replicated screwed up the patching process.

At least you guys are getting an apology.
 
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News Comments > Ashes Cricket 2009 Announced
4. Re: Ashes Cricket 2009 Announced May 11, 2009, 18:19 Talisorn
 
Cricket is almost a religion in more countries than American Football, Baseball or Ice Hockey is even played in. BAH! Philistines, the lot of you!

That said ... I hate sports games.
 
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News Comments > Richard Garriott Lawsuit Follow-up
13. Re: Richard Garriott Lawsuit Follow-up May 6, 2009, 17:47 Talisorn
 
Personally I'd love to sue see NCSoft sued .... mainly for what they did to Tabula Rasa and Auto Assault. Rumor was Sony wanted to take up Tabula Rasa and Netdevil wanted to buy back Auto Assault, but NCSoft have a habit of rather seeing a game dead than allowing anyone else to take it up.

Personally, I really liked both games. And hate NCSoft attitude!

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News Comments > NecroVisioN AU Ban
2. Re: NecroVisioN AU Ban Apr 15, 2009, 16:59 Talisorn
 
Glad I don't live "down under" such an oppressive government.
I'd hardly call our government oppressive. Oppressive is China in Tibet or North Korea. When it comes to censorship different countries have different things that push the censors buttons. Forv example, when it comes to sex in popular media, the US is positively prudish in its attitude compared to the rest of the world.

I would say the laws are out of step and out of date. The guidelines by which media content is judged by the OFLC with regard to "popular media" was laid down by a conservative government many years ago; to change that needs the unanimous agreement of all state Attorneys General ... of which there is one ultra-conservative nut-job holding out. The OFLC are simply playing by the laws that they have been given ... like any government organisation SHOULD do.

The Australian laws are not that different from 90% western of other countries out there in that control of Adult rated material (R18+) is written into legislation and people under the age of 18 cannot have access to it ... kids aren't allowed into R rated movies at the cinema. The US is actually the odd one out there. That said, the rules in Australia are simply out of date.

Don't expect this ban to last too long. The OFLC quite often review their decision and games are often allowed back in. Fear 2, Fallout 3 and so many other have been re-reviewed and we didn't miss out much at all. If I was a suspicious person, I'd say that the OFLC do this just to raise media attention at having to put up with using the stupid rules they've been given.

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News Comments > Six Days in Fallujah Backlash
30. Re: Six Days in Fallujah Backlash Apr 8, 2009, 18:25 Talisorn
 
If it's acceptable to make games about WWII then what's the problem with one about Iraq War II?
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News Comments > PC & Mac Guitar Hero: World Tour
6. Re: PC & Mac Guitar Hero: World Tour Mar 25, 2009, 18:14 Talisorn
 
While I'd probably never play this on the PC, I played this at a friends place on his PS3 and (after being a bit dubious to begin with) I found it to be a lot of fun as a group activity ...

... and this coming from a 45 year old kid ( ... a damn good drinking game). :p
 
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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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