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News Comments > Viscera Cleanup Detail Early Access
3. Re: Viscera Cleanup Detail Early Access Apr 7, 2014, 18:38 Darks
 
Prez wrote on Apr 7, 2014, 17:40:
Looks like someone is giving 'Goat Sim' a run for its money in the contest of who can turn the most off-the-wall ridiculous idea into a game.

Right there with you on that one. I mean are gamers getting so desperate to play games that they would actually spend money on this crap? Hello, Clean up on isle Three...

Training tool for Janitor wanabees!

I donít know, maybe Iím to critical, but I donít see the fun in running around cleaning up a mess.

Anyone else feel that this is wasted engine? The look of this engine reminds me a lot of the First System Shock game. Maybe someone can mod the engine and remake System Shock with it. That would be kewl!
 
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News Comments > On ESO Charges
25. Re: On ESO Charges Apr 7, 2014, 14:39 Darks
 
Marvin T. Martian wrote on Apr 7, 2014, 14:09:
MS did the same thing for a 'free' month of Skype. They needed a card/paypal to activate the free trial and then they gave the dollar back to your account. Then at the end of the trial period--automatic renewal at full price. I called and got my money back.
It's called backward billing. Not saying ESO is doing this--just a heads up.

I wouldnít just pin ESO as doing this. Blizz, EA and every other MMO thatís been Pay to play have done this same form of billing. Itís really become the standard for how they bill you to activate an MMO Sub.
 
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News Comments > On ESO Charges
17. Re: On ESO Charges Apr 7, 2014, 12:52 Darks
 
Verno wrote on Apr 7, 2014, 12:37:
I have to disagree with you there Verno, This is done for one reason. Itís to prevent anyone with a copy of the game to play it for free. Anyone that has a copy installed from either the beta or a friendís account could just jump on with their account and start playing for those 30 days.

I don't see a problem with that scenario as long as the account has paid game time and I feel like you fight gold farmers with a strong abuse department rather than with billing. If there's one thing I've learned with MMOs over the years its that the gold farmers will always find a way as long as the demand is there.

Ughh, Gold Farmers, those guys have been rampant on the chat channel the past week. I got a mod to ignore those asshats.

As for them finding a way, I think in a pay to paly game it can get very costly if those guys are buying multiple copies of the game. But then again, I think they just steal some dumbasses account because they go and buy gold and use the same exact credentials as their MMO account. Thatís how you get your account taken. Dumbshits!!
 
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News Comments > On ESO Charges
15. Re: On ESO Charges Apr 7, 2014, 12:27 Darks
 
Verno wrote on Apr 7, 2014, 12:22:
Ozmodan wrote on Apr 7, 2014, 12:04:
You should never have to enter payment information initially. I am glad I did not purchase this game just because of that. I could care less that it is subscription, but telling me I can't play because I don't enter a credit card that is ludicrous.

Ideally the game should just come with a one time game code that gives you a month of use. Let's be honest though, companies just farm the wallets of the people who forget to unsub the second month. Doesn't solve the gold farmer problem but I think those kinds of issues should be dealt with separately.

I have to disagree with you there Verno, This is done for one reason. Itís to prevent anyone with a copy of the game to play it for free. Anyone that has a copy installed from either the beta or a friendís account could just jump on with their account and start playing for those 30 days.

They make you use a credit card but you are not charged for those 30 days. If someone forgets. Then that has to fall on the person forgetting. You canít blame a company for trying to protect their assets from the free loaders.

And yes, there are cd keys involved to. So In some ways I guess it could be done without making you put a card in first.
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Launches
11. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Launches Apr 4, 2014, 11:09 Darks
 
Alamar, you might be interested in checking out Wykkyds mod for ESO. its a very nice UI mod and much more. It has a ton of features to turn on and off.

http://www.curse.com/teso-addons/teso/wykkyds-framework
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Launches
8. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Launches Apr 4, 2014, 11:00 Darks
 
KS wrote on Apr 4, 2014, 10:47:
Darks wrote on Apr 4, 2014, 10:32:
KS wrote on Apr 4, 2014, 10:28:
Well, bought it, hope springs eternal. Took all night to download via update/patcher. Lots of sliders in character creation, including vital hip, waist, butt, and boob sliders. Face sliders (jaw, cheek, mouth) barely do anything.

Started tut with my char, it freezes for 5s every minute or so. I'll play with settings I guess.

What I usually do to make a char is use the randomize button until I find the look that I like. After that I fine tune it from there.

Yep, were having lots of fun exploring the world. itís fun to find random mines and caves to wonder around in. If you are looking to get your lock picking skills up, find a river, they seem to like putting a lot of chest around rivers.

I know absolutely nothing about the game qua MMORPG. I am a sorcerer, can they lockpick or is it tied to the thief class?

Lock picking is not class specific. Anyone can find a chest and as long as you have lock picks you can open a chest.

It takes a little getting used to on how it works.

Once you start, hold down the mouse button over a tumble, once it starts to jiggle, let off it should lock down. Then move on to the next one. Keep repeating on all five tumblers. After each successful lock it slows down the timer. But you still have to be quick, especially when you are trying to lock pick the intermediate and higher chest.

Trust me, itís a little frustrating at first, but keep working at it, it really gets easy after the first 10 or so you find.

Hereís a tutorial on how to do it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpODBt4b5ik
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Launches
4. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Launches Apr 4, 2014, 10:32 Darks
 
KS wrote on Apr 4, 2014, 10:28:
Well, bought it, hope springs eternal. Took all night to download via update/patcher. Lots of sliders in character creation, including vital hip, waist, butt, and boob sliders. Face sliders (jaw, cheek, mouth) barely do anything.

Started tut with my char, it freezes for 5s every minute or so. I'll play with settings I guess.

What I usually do to make a char is use the randomize button until I find the look that I like. After that I fine tune it from there.

Yep, were having lots of fun exploring the world. itís fun to find random mines and caves to wonder around in. If you are looking to get your lock picking skills up, find a river, they seem to like putting a lot of chest around rivers.
 
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News Comments > Elder Scrolls Online Launch Prep
19. Re: Elder Scrolls Online Launch Prep Apr 3, 2014, 21:39 Darks
 
Osc8r wrote on Apr 3, 2014, 21:14:
Darks wrote on Apr 3, 2014, 20:18:
Osc8r wrote on Apr 3, 2014, 20:06:
mlw wrote on Apr 3, 2014, 19:40:
Do movie theaters let you watch movies for free?
Do restaurants let you eat for free?

Welcome To The Real World.

You mean the real world where there are better MMO's than ESO and which don't have a monthly fee attached?

This ESO MMO is as generic as they come - there is simply no justification for the monthly fee in THIS CASE considering their competition.

Give it time, i'm sure they too will realise this.

Glad you are enjoying it though! Half a dozen beta's were more than enough for me.


Yea, says you. Ill take a monthly sub any day of a free to play model. the F2P model nickel and dimes you to death for almost anything you need or what to do In the game.

And since when has a monthly sub now become bad?

As for this being as generic as they come, I take it you haven't gone past level 15? Because the game really starts to open up after you get on the main land and questing. I have seen MMO's that are way worst then this game. This game at least has quality voice overs acting and voice overs for nearly every NPC that you talk to through your the world that is of relevance. Where is that being done in any other MMO? Certainly not in Wildstar.

Monthly sub became bad when MMO's became nothing but generic themepark clones which everyone has already played dozens of times already.

The game opening up after level 10 helps, but it's still same old same old... and does nothing to help the cumbersome combat and tired old formula.

As for voice overs - SWTOR? And it's free!

You sir are delusional, SWTOR is far from free. That game is the epitome of Nickel and Dime you to death.
 
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News Comments > Elder Scrolls Online Launch Prep
12. Re: Elder Scrolls Online Launch Prep Apr 3, 2014, 20:18 Darks
 
Osc8r wrote on Apr 3, 2014, 20:06:
mlw wrote on Apr 3, 2014, 19:40:
Do movie theaters let you watch movies for free?
Do restaurants let you eat for free?

Welcome To The Real World.

You mean the real world where there are better MMO's than ESO and which don't have a monthly fee attached?

This ESO MMO is as generic as they come - there is simply no justification for the monthly fee in THIS CASE considering their competition.

Give it time, i'm sure they too will realise this.

Glad you are enjoying it though! Half a dozen beta's were more than enough for me.


Yea, says you. Ill take a monthly sub any day of a free to play model. the F2P model nickel and dimes you to death for almost anything you need or what to do In the game.

And since when has a monthly sub now become bad?

As for this being as generic as they come, I take it you haven't gone past level 15? Because the game really starts to open up after you get on the main land and questing. I have seen MMO's that are way worst then this game. This game at least has quality voice overs acting and voice overs for nearly every NPC that you talk to through your the world that is of relevance. Where is that being done in any other MMO? Certainly not in Wildstar.
 
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News Comments > Elder Scrolls Online Launch Prep
7. Re: Elder Scrolls Online Launch Prep Apr 3, 2014, 19:21 Darks
 
KS wrote on Apr 3, 2014, 19:15:
Still don't know much about it. The site is slow and doesn't say anyway, so went to wikipedia. "There will be four classes: (fancy names for tank, healer, caster, and backstabby guy)."

Monthly cost doesn't bother me as I have a job and spend more than that eating out every day. I want something fun to play.

> A Korean 2560x1600 30",
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Its a little bit more then that for the classes. Each class has three branching tress of skills to choose. Some can heal or tank if they choose. The Nightblade for instance has a few ways to play. You can tank with the char if you choose, and its a petty deadly build at that.

Check this video of one in action. pretty kewl!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nl2m_6dC-ew
 
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News Comments > Elder Scrolls Online Launch Prep
5. Re: Elder Scrolls Online Launch Prep Apr 3, 2014, 19:15 Darks
 
ViRGE wrote on Apr 3, 2014, 18:37:
Am I the only person who has essentially completely forgotten about this game?

Seriously dude, give it a rest already. if you don't like the game please don't come in here spouting shit like that. No one cares about your lame opinion. The game happens to pretty damn good. But someone like you who most likely never played one second of the game has a negative opinion about the game.

I'm fine with people like you not liking the game, but why is it you all need to reiterate that fact in the forums a hundred times over?
 
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News Comments > Age of Mythology Extended Edition Next Month
2. Re: Age of Mythology Extended Edition Next Month Apr 3, 2014, 10:31 Darks
 
Finally, I was hoping this one would come out as HD. One of my all-time favorite RTS games.  
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News Comments > Roberts: We Won't Sell Star Citizen
65. Re: Star Citizen Apr 2, 2014, 09:05 Darks
 
Julio wrote on Apr 2, 2014, 06:39:
Iurand wrote on Apr 2, 2014, 03:18:
Julio wrote on Apr 1, 2014, 20:59:
Here's my concerns for this game in particular (and I'm sure a lot of you won't agree)
1) Selling ships for cash i.e. pay to win

They all will be available in game for ingame money.

Julio wrote on Apr 1, 2014, 20:59:
2) The concept of "insurance" in a game
4) Having both a single player and an MMO game

What's wrong with that?

Julio wrote on Apr 1, 2014, 20:59:
5) Constant emails to sell more virtual things and raise more real money. Doesn't give a good impression.

Can you show me screen with all those emails?


This will probably spur a 'pay-to-win' vs not discussion but here goes. The people paying for a $1200 ship will start out with a huge advantage relative to the rest of the player base. Sure if someone who puts in the minimum investment grinds for years and years they may work their way up to that $1200 ship. In the meantime, they're cannon fodder for the $1200 guys. I guess someone has to be there for target practice.

Having to buy "insurance" as part of a game to me is too microtransaction focused for me. It's a game, not real life.

Having a single player and MMO all in one means it's quite unlikely that either will turn out to be a good game. Tradeoffs will have to be made, and one of them will suffer. Given the MMO will drive future revenue via microtransactions it will get more support than the single player game in development.

I don't keep all the emails I get on this game, I delete them after skimming. However, I've seen more than 20, and probably a lot more than that related to selling me virtual crap. "Ship X not available to buy past this date"; "Last chance to buy Ship Y" etc is the main focus of them. Subscribe to the site and you'll get plenty.

You said what I have felt all along. Iím in dismay at how many people are spending big dollars for a virtual ship that hasnít even been tested yet. No one knows for sure just how that ship will perform or work out in the game. Thatís like playing Marvel Universe and buying chars you havenít played yet, then get in the game and find out just how much you really hate playing that class. I canít fathom why people are spending high dollars on those ships that no one knows for sure how they will play.

I bought the minimal buy in for this game. Iíve know CR for many years. Met him through another friend who is also an owner of his own game company. Iíve had a few conversations with CR about the game and some aspects in the game thatís bothering me. The buying of ships for one. He told me all ships are available in game.

Meaning they can be obtained in the game while playing. And not having to spend any real money to get them. That was key for me.

That made me feel better about the game. But I still feel it may take forever to obtain one of those higher class ships.

Anyway, Iím not confident this game is going to be all he wants it to be. Soon enough the beta will be starting so we will all find out then.
 
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News Comments > Roberts: We Won't Sell Star Citizen
6. Re: Roberts: We Won't Sell Star Citizen Apr 1, 2014, 09:59 Darks
 
What he really means, is EA gave him a bad taste in his mouth and hes not going back for more.  
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News Comments > Galactic Civilizations III Early Access
14. Re: Galactic Civilizations III Early Access Mar 28, 2014, 01:09 Darks
 
Can anyone say F U at 99 dollars? Ill says it 99 times F U Brad. no way. I can wait!  
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Next Week: Early Access Details
29. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Next Week: Early Access Details Mar 26, 2014, 16:16 Darks
 
Not understanding why you guys are so dead set against the game. I get that you many donít want to play it. But forming opinions about a beta that does not represent the final product is kind of strange to me. How can you guys claim to like Skyrim and not like this? What is not fun about exploring Tamriel? The entire island!

I think some are forming opinions about early beta releases. But much of that has changed since then.

Too many here are ready to claim this game as dead and itís not even launched yet. To me thatís Confusing. Anyway, I donít think it will go free to play; this is not a small time company thatís going to toss in the towel so quickly. Yea eventually it may go free to play. But not for at least 2 or more years.
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Next Week: Early Access Details
23. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Next Week: Early Access Details Mar 26, 2014, 15:25 Darks
 
KS wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 15:03:
How many sliders do you get in the character creator? I was completely disgisted with Skyrim.

more then I care to count, there were a ton of options for the chars.
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Next Week: Early Access Details
11. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Next Week: Early Access Details Mar 26, 2014, 10:53 Darks
 
I have to agree with wtf and his comments on the game. I think you guys are being a little bit too critical of the game. So far after all of the changes its been a fun game.

Have three different starting areas is nice. You donít see that too often in games.

Anyway, Iíll be on come Sunday morning.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Reaper of Souls Launches; Future Plans Outlined
26. Re: Diablo III Reaper of Souls Launches; Future Plans Outlined Mar 25, 2014, 17:18 Darks
 
Verno wrote on Mar 25, 2014, 10:46:
Pigeon wrote on Mar 25, 2014, 10:35:
I'm going to wait on grabbing this, having fun leveling paragon and grabbing loot atm. It's shocking, I kill things and loot drops that I actually have to think about as a viable replacement to current gear. Also changed up to an Archon/Beam of doom build and finding killing things much easier.

Yeah same here, gonna wait and see how people feel after the honeymoon period is over. I like the changes they made in 2.0 but a few of the reviews I read this morning said that Adventure mode is kind of a letdown compared to rifts. I hear a lot of mixed stuff about the Crusader too. Hopefully some owners can weigh in on these things.

Taking a break after playing all day. I have the Crusader at Lv 54 right now. I like the Crusader, and its a great support class. but its not an overly powerful class either. But this might be because we are playing on Torment lv 1 so everything is pretty tough and another reason why we have leveled up so quickly.

The Crusader has been fun so far, he has some really nice abilities. Again, this char is a support class for the other classes. Something that the Paladin has always been in the past.

Since we started we have had a combined 11 Legendries drop. all of which have been upgrades for us. I'm playing with one other person also leveling up a Crusader.

I think you guys will like the Crusader, I've been enjoying him a lot.

My brother just finished the game about an hour ago. He played his Wiz and it took them about 7 hours to finish the Add-on. He said some of the regular mobs on Torment lv 1 were very tough.

The last Boss drop 2 legendries guaranteed, one an item, the other a plan.

If you guys have an specific question, ask away. I'm on line to and in Blues News Group. so you can find me there too.

Hope that helps you guys.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Reaper of Souls Launch Party
30. Re: Diablo III Reaper of Souls Launch Party Mar 24, 2014, 16:01 Darks
 
nin wrote on Mar 24, 2014, 11:46:
Optional nickname wrote on Mar 24, 2014, 11:36:
Blizzard , please do hurry up with the LVL 90-100 Necromancer Expansion

Hoping for that as well...


Same here nin, Blizz seems to think the WD is a suitable replacement, but thereís nothing like having your own mini army of Skeletons doing the work for ya.
 
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