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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
33. Re: ArcheAge Head Start Issues Feb 16, 2015, 16:47 MacLeod
 
Trevellian wrote on Feb 16, 2015, 11:37:
MacLeod wrote on Feb 16, 2015, 11:29:
It's like that time a friend and I got invited to a test screening of a movie. It was free, so we were like "Cool. let's go." Then I realized... "Wait... isn't this movie coming out Tomorrow??" It was. They were literally getting a test audience reaction the day before the release date. That movie? "Phantoms".

Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms.

You can't possibly understand how much funnier that line was given our experience with that test screening.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
13. Re: Morning Consolidation Feb 16, 2015, 11:29 MacLeod
 
nin wrote on Feb 16, 2015, 09:47:
Review embargo is like 7AM pst on Thur. I'll wait until then...

7AM, the day before release day. Yea. That pretty much tells me what the game is going to be like.

It's like that time a friend and I got invited to a test screening of a movie. It was free, so we were like "Cool. let's go." Then I realized... "Wait... isn't this movie coming out Tomorrow??" It was. They were literally getting a test audience reaction the day before the release date. That movie? "Phantoms".
 
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns PvP Details
11. Re: Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns PvP Details Feb 13, 2015, 16:23 MacLeod
 
Fion wrote on Feb 13, 2015, 15:18:
Assuming that Masteries are just a gear grind by another name is just that, a gigantic assumption. We simply don't know enough about them yet, how hard or easy it is to unlock a line and max it out. It appears that most long-term players will unlock a whole bunch of them right from the get go for completing previous content.

If the masteries are gating what you can do, then yes, it's still basically a gear grind by another name. I try to fight boss X. I can't damage him. I get a mastery unlock, then grind out the experience to max it out. Now my autoattack has the "Sunder Mordrem Armor" and I can now damage and kill him. That's the equivilant of giving me a new weapon with said ability or me leveling so that he's within my level range.

I'm not even saying that this is better or worse than gear or leveling. I just think that people are fooling themselves thinking this is some magnificent innovation that changes everything. And I think ANet buys into their own hype and it causes them to half-ass things or just abandon entire areas of the game.

As for mechanics, you can't make them too easy to max out, otherwise you don't give your expansion any longevity. Unlocking the actual track will probably be easy enough (some of them seem to unlock just by going to specific zones according to the videos posted).

I wish they'd also be more forthcoming with the way the track experience works. They've specifically said that masteries unlock account-wide but they haven't actually mentioned whether leveling them is account-wide. I'm of two mindsets on that. While I would love to only have to level them once, I also feel like it's cheating a bit. Why should I be able to progress 8 alts in the same amount of time as someone with 1 character? It doesn't really seem fair.

I also think you're a bit analogy of the WoW ghost-town is off. What do you think is goin to happen here anyway? Other than to grind their masteries, and do world bosses, do you really think any of the old zones are going to be populated? No. they're already practically dead except for alt levelers. I actually think forcing people to go back to old zones specifically to grind out masteries is a bad idea, since it becomes "do this our way, where we say to do it", instead of just playing. I had this issue with the way they've changed the dailys from something you could do while you played the game the way you normally play, to having to go to specific zones. It's artificial population. Those people are just going to do their thing there, then leave. it's not going to help population of lower level zones.

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News Comments > Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns PvP Details
4. Re: Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns PvP Details Feb 13, 2015, 12:27 MacLeod
 
jacobvandy wrote on Feb 13, 2015, 12:09:
What do you mean? That they're not adding more length to the treadmill like most other MMOs would with an expansion is an issue for you? You're saying you've long since earned yourself a full set of Ascended gear for each of your characters and are yearning for something even more difficult to grind for months to get? If that's the case, I'm glad they're not catering to your niche...

As I just said in my other post though, They're adding masteries. Masteries that will be required to get places. Masteries that will be required to beat bosses. Masteries that will be required to be leveled.

They added what amounts to a gearing-up/leveling experience without calling it that, just so they can pat themselves on the back and say "we released an expansion that didn't up the cap!" while implementing mechanics that functionally do the same thing.
 
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns PvP Details
3. Re: Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns PvP Details Feb 13, 2015, 12:24 MacLeod
 
I still play the game, but I find myself drifting away from it more and more. Honestly, I feel like ArenaNet has no clue what to do with their own game.

Like not raising the level cap and/or adding new gear, just for the sake of saying that all your stuff still works, but then adding masteries and such, which you'll need to accomplish certain things and beat certain bosses. You've basically added the gear/leveling in, just not calling it that.

going to go off on a tangent over their latest "forum specialist" appointments because I think it's the newest example of my problem with Anet in general.

The WvW specialist has only two pages of posts on the forum, and only has two posts in the WvW forum at all. In one of his previous posts he actually stated,
  • I secretly think people with over 10kap have no life, and just play gw all day every day.
  • I once ruined a guild because their leader kittened me off
  • After playing necro as my first character for the first year of gw, only 4 months ago i learned how to use DS.
  • I often times go afk when in a dungeon or fractal, because i know they’ll just kick me, and leaving and having them whispering me why is too much of a pain.
  • I honestly and totally HATE 90% of active commanders because they 99% of the time feel theyre superior to me, even though ive been playing since the beta and know quite a lot about the game. Maybe even more so than them.
  • ive been in just about every major/minor guild on NSP, and left each one for usually no reason.

  • In addition, he's only got a 300 wvw rank, and a whole 5700 kills. (mind you, my wife just created an alt account a week and a half ago and has 1500 kills).

    This is the person that ANet chooses as qualified for being the "specialist" for the WvW forum. Someone who doesn't have the experience to really know what the real WvW issues are, and someone who has obvious derision for a large portion of the player base.

    This is my problem with ANet. It's like everything they do is half-assed. "Lets create forum specialist roles!" "eh! pick someone at random." Which is how I feel everything else in their design works. They come up with an interesting idea, that if fully expanded on, would actually be kind of nifty, but instead they seemingly get it half-way done, then just release it. The UI changes since they've added stuff is another example of this. Good additions, all just thrown on there cluttering up the entire hero panel. Or making currencies go to your wallet, but then since then introducing new tokens that again sit in your bank. (Which I'm starting to believe is because they don't want to mess up the perfect rectangle on the currency panel of the hero screen. lol)

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    News Comments > D&D Sword Coast Legends This Year
    13. Re: D&D Sword Coast Legends This Year Feb 12, 2015, 20:51 MacLeod
     
    Fion wrote on Feb 12, 2015, 17:56:
    Interesting project but "based on 5th edition Dungeons & dragons' makes me a little leary that this will be yet another RPG that is D&D in name only.

    I hope I'm wrong.

    Honestly, 5th edition is actually pretty good. I haven't had too many issues with it. It's probably closest in feel to 1st or 2nd out of any edition (short of playing one of those). 3rd got way too bogged down in mechanics and min/maxing and 4th seemed like it was homogenized MMORPG conversion.
     
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    News Comments > GSC Would Consider STALKER: Apocalypse Legal Action
    6. Re: GSC Would Consider STALKER: Apocalypse Legal Action Feb 11, 2015, 09:07 MacLeod
     
    wfunder. The site you create to steal money from naive people when your project gets kicked off of kickstarter. :p  
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    News Comments > etc., etc.
    11. Re: etc., etc. Jan 31, 2015, 07:49 MacLeod
     
    Julio wrote on Jan 31, 2015, 04:58:
    beremot wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 23:03:
    All those people out of work and here you are just crowing about it.

    Yes, I'm pretty happy about it. Unethical gaming journalists can all be out of work and that's a good thing. Perhaps they should have done a better ethical job and they'd still have one.

    First, this didn't have anything to do with "ethical" or not. AOL simply made a money decision to shutter their lifestyle blogs. Their auto and apple blogs were also affected.

    Second, Joystiq published one article, which was an editorial piece (read - someones opinion) on the matter, and the sum up of that article was "Most the shit I see from GG is harassment and while we get requests to stay non-political we can't discuss just gaming, ethics while crap like that is going on." Which is actually a reasonable commentary. And despite saying that, they pretty much did stay out of the debate.

    Truthfully, as someone who doesn't like Anita's methods in her video (though I agree with her on some points), and didn't care for Zoe and the stuff that happened there, most of what I see coming out of GG IS harassment and asshole behavior. Which is why I tend to avoid it or ignore their posts as much as I do agree with the ethics arguments. And basically saying its good they lost their jobs for one editorial, an opinion piece, and claiming some sort of victory as if it's your doing, just seems to reinforce that point. All the people who just stuck to writing gaming articles at joystiq, massively and wowinsider are out of jobs, and you're acting the douche.

    Congratulations, you've finally turned someone who actually had some sympathy and agreement with the positive arguments of GG against it completely. THIS is exactly why you can't actually convince anyone of the sincerity of any valid points you have.
     
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    News Comments > Shadowrun: Hong Kong Kickstarter Tuesday
    24. Re: Shadowrun: Hong Kong Kickstarter Tuesday Jan 12, 2015, 09:09 MacLeod
     
    Part of me wants to back this, but considering I got a defective USB drive with my collector's edition, and by the time I found out (I had been using the Steam version, so never used it until a few months later), they didn't have any to replace it, I'm not sure I'm going to.

    I know it's partially my fault for not checking it, but when I googled it after I did notice it, there were whole threads on them not working for a bunch of people. You would have thought they would have actually had an update about the drives not working and to check, especially since they gave steam keys out before the boxed editions arrived.
     
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    News Comments > Pardo: Olympics Should Include Esports [Updated]
    17. Re: Blizzard: Olympics Should Include Esports Dec 24, 2014, 12:46 MacLeod
     
    Flatline wrote on Dec 24, 2014, 12:42:
    While it's not as corrupt as, say, FIFA

    Is anything?
     
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    News Comments > Pardo: Olympics Should Include Esports [Updated]
    15. Re: Blizzard: Olympics Should Include Esports Dec 24, 2014, 12:44 MacLeod
     
    NetHead wrote on Dec 24, 2014, 11:48:
    Masturbation is more worthy of being an Olympic sport than video games, chess, golf or any of that other crap some idiot prattles on about being an Olympic sport.

    Golf: 2016 Olympic sport
    Chess: Recognized by the IOC (though not contested)

    Just wanted to point those two items out.
     
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    News Comments > World Wide Funder Refutes STALKER Apocalypse Collusion
    24. Re: World Wide Funder Refutes STALKER Apocalypse Collusion Dec 19, 2014, 16:56 MacLeod
     
    nin wrote on Dec 19, 2014, 16:41:
    MacLeod wrote on Dec 19, 2014, 16:35:
    Also, nin... you see the article on the verge about the 527GB torrent of 25 years of live NIN performances?

    Yeah, but my bandwidth cap is 300 gig a month, not to mention space...



    Says in the article, you can send the guy a drive and pay for return postage and he'll just copy it for you.
     
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    News Comments > World Wide Funder Refutes STALKER Apocalypse Collusion
    22. Re: World Wide Funder Refutes STALKER Apocalypse Collusion Dec 19, 2014, 16:35 MacLeod
     
    nin wrote on Dec 19, 2014, 16:26:
    MacLeod wrote on Dec 19, 2014, 16:08:
    Funny... they also postponed their AMA they were going to do until noon on Christmas Day.

    Oh, I want a front row seat on that one. The last one was a bloodbath.



    If you can... I noticed you can't even VIEW comments on the project unless you sign up for the site.

    Also, nin... you see the article on the verge about the 527GB torrent of 25 years of live NIN performances?
     
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    News Comments > World Wide Funder Refutes STALKER Apocalypse Collusion
    21. Re: World Wide Funder Refutes STALKER Apocalypse Collusion Dec 19, 2014, 16:34 MacLeod
     
    It's funny that out of all the stuff they scrubbed of the site from that previous reddit link... they didn't remove all the Eugene Kim user accounts that predate the domain even being purchased.

    Also looking at other earlier users... the first active user account created on that account is #6 on 8/20.

    The account that was originally "Admin" that changed to Nick and had an Areal project at one point is #7 and created 8/20 as well.

    The first Eugene account is user #8, and created on 8/26.

    then theres the Eugene Kim accounts that start at 18 and have some other ones in the 20s. Again, all dating before the domain was purchased.

    Honestly, whoever backs this crap deserves to have their money taken at this point.
     
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    News Comments > World Wide Funder Refutes STALKER Apocalypse Collusion
    17. Re: World Wide Funder Refutes STALKER Apocalypse Collusion Dec 19, 2014, 16:08 MacLeod
     
    Even better... there's a reddit link from 25 days ago where there was apparently even more damning evidence that it was them doing it (an admin account that had a project for areal before the domain was even registered for example.)

    It seems most of the links don't work anymore, but it's a pretty interesting read:

    Reddit Link

    Funny... they also postponed their AMA they were going to do until noon on Christmas Day.

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    News Comments > World Wide Funder Refutes STALKER Apocalypse Collusion
    9. Re: World Wide Funder Refutes STALKER Apocalypse Collusion Dec 19, 2014, 12:48 MacLeod
     
    yes this statement makes it all seem so legit now!

    * someone from your site just happened to know west games.
    * the site only came into existence in September
    * EVERY other project on the site has crappy, shady info and almost no donations (Except one other campaign which apparently was also removed from Kickstarter)

    Yup. Yup. gonna go right there and donate!

    Anyone actually sift through the load of crap on the project site and see if they have an explanation of why, after so vehemently claiming the AAA game could be made on $50,000, no ifs ands or buts, they are now asking for over 10x the amount?
     
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    News Comments > No Elite: Dangerous Launch Wipe
    46. Re: No Elite: Dangerous Launch Wipe Dec 9, 2014, 14:31 MacLeod
     
    Burrito of Peace wrote on Dec 9, 2014, 12:06:
    ForgedReality wrote on Dec 9, 2014, 11:58:
    It's 2014.

    WHY IN THE FUCK ARE THERE STILL PEOPLE WHO EXIST THAT CANNOT TELL THE FUCKING DIFFERENCE BETWEEN "YOUR" AND "YOU'RE"?! Holy fucking shit. It's not hard.

    Or that "You" is a word whilst "u" is a vowel.

    Too busy jerking it to how awesome they are after telling someone "QQ NOOB" I imagine.

    Don't get me started on the expotential rise of "Loose" being used in place of "lose" for the past 2 years. Ugh.
     
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    News Comments > Into the Black
    7. Re: Into the Black Dec 4, 2014, 19:46 MacLeod
     
    I wish we could have just had trailers for this movie without the "time changed" reveal. It would have actually been interesting to see the Kyle Reese scenes that were staged like the first movie play out without realizing the timeline changed initially.
     
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    News Comments > Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Free Content
    2. Re: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Free Content Nov 20, 2014, 20:45 MacLeod
     
    Unlike Assassin's Creed, it is not too difficult to turn an Orc Assassin into a female model.  
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    News Comments > Morning Patches
    1. Re: Morning Patches Nov 12, 2014, 12:09 MacLeod
     
    Throw out our monthly story patches like we said we'd have.

    Throw out any holiday content that we were working on.

    Day before WoW expansion launch - Oh make sure we have content for that.
     
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