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Real Name Michael Braun   
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Nickname Talisorn
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Signed On Oct 15, 2003, 02:59
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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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News Comments > Darkfall Online in EU Next Month
3. Re: Darkfall Online in EU Next Month Dec 5, 2008, 16:54 Talisorn
 
On January 22nd the thousands of hardcore fanboys will scream as once when they realize this game isn't a 10th of what it's cracked up to be.
That's true of more than 90% of MMORPGs produced ... even AAA titles.
 
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News Comments > GTA4 PC Problems
72. Re: GTA4 PC Problems Dec 4, 2008, 16:15 Talisorn
 
I was going to get this game, but after reading all the trouble people have has with this game, I'm just going to stick with FO3 and the WarCrack expansion. R* need to be punched in the wallet for pulling this shit!  
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News Comments > Why Uncut GTA4 Passed in AU
12. Re: Why Uncut GTA4 Passed in AU Dec 2, 2008, 15:18 Talisorn
 
I genuinely feel sorry for Australian video gamers, it's the worst of all worlds - high prices, delayed releases, excessive content filtering and an ignorant games policy. I truly hope that clownshoe that is responsible for this get kicked out soon.
Fixed. There is only ONE person holding up this policy change. The South Australian State Attorney General.
 
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News Comments > GTA4 PC Uncut in AU; Or Cut Everywhere?
24. Re: GTA4 PC Uncut in AU; Or Cut Everywhere? Dec 1, 2008, 22:59 Talisorn
 
Australia is fucking up violence and drug references for the rest of the world
And as soon as we get an R18+ rating that won't be the case. With regard to Fallout 3, Bethesda had already acknowledged that the decision was not just made because of Australia and that a "number of territories" had called the use of the word Morphine into question. Bethesda changed the use of the word on that basis.

In addition, this whole article is based on supposition and "concerns". We've yet to see any factual basis on this story.
 
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News Comments > GTA4 PC Uncut in AU; Or Cut Everywhere?
22. Re: GTA4 PC Uncut in AU; Or Cut Everywhere? Dec 1, 2008, 21:23 Talisorn
 
The most ridiculous thing is that changing the name of a drug to one that is fictional makes everything okay. Drug terminology is already in the mainstream and the effects depicted are still the same - the only difference is the name. Like always it's an illogical and arbitrary decision made to avoid angering extremely conservative fuddy duddies, nevermind that 90% of the population have no problem with it.
Actually it's more like 99% of the population. The other 1% is totally uninformed, and one of those is in a enough of position of power to block Australia from getting an R18+ rating.
 
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News Comments > GTA4 PC Uncut in AU; Or Cut Everywhere?
20. Re: GTA4 PC Uncut in AU; Or Cut Everywhe Dec 1, 2008, 21:20 Talisorn
 
aussie ratings are a bit inconsistant at the moment, we get the full uncensored version of the Witcher with full nudity, drugs and language, but FEAR2 is too violent. GTA4 is fine for us but Fallout 3 violence is fine but drug use is bad, (although just changing the names to fictional is fine).
The government says that we cant have an adult rating for the sake of the kiddies! Does that mean they think gta4/uncensored witcher etc are fine for the little kiddies??
That all depends. In America you are censored see from sex scenes but violence is all ok. I use the word "censored" simply because it IS the case ... but instead of the government, it's done so that they can sell the games in Walmart and the other major chains who refuse to carry it unless it fits within their censorship guidelines.

Don't kid yourselves America. You are being censored.
 
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News Comments > GTA4 PC Uncut in AU; Or Cut Everywhere?
19. Re: GTA4 PC Uncut in AU; Or Cut Everywhere? Dec 1, 2008, 21:15 Talisorn
 
I swear to god if damned AU ratings fuck over the game for the rest of the world like it did for Fallout 3 im going to be seriously pissed.
Hmmm ... let me see. The word Morphine was change to Med-X ... bringing to more into like with the rest of Fallout. How did that effect you?
 
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News Comments > Why They Fear F.E.A.R. 2 in AU
24. Re: Why They Fear F.E.A.R. 2 in AU Nov 27, 2008, 20:19 Talisorn
 
pAnd the US didn't "censor" Witcher, the publishers did it because nudity is an automatic "Adults Only" rating. The only difference between "Mature" (which every game has) and "Adult Only" is that major retailers refuse to stock Adult Only games (much like they refuse to stock any movies rated above R). That's nothing wrong with the rating system per se, just an objection retailers have (like Wal Mart) to selling "seedy" material.
So really, the US has "censorship by proxy" and doesn't seem to object to it at all? You have major chain stores that refuse to stock AO games ... a decision made by corporate executives which YOU (as the American public) have no controlling vote over. Your system is really not that much different than Australia's, except it's not the government doing the censoring and the focus of the censorship is sex rather than violence. It say a lot about American society, doesn't it.

At least in Australia, the mood of the public is changing. And that WILL result in the rules being changed ... eventually. For over here, the chain stores have no problem selling R18+ material. The only issue will be making sure their store enforce restriction of sales to minors ... and that's a training issue, or a punitive one if they don't follow the rules.

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