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Description Creator of the Neverwnter Nights Eye of the Beholder Series of Mods.
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Signed On Apr 1, 2004, 16:54
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Road Ahead
15. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Road Ahead May 1, 2014, 12:14 Darks
 
Panickd wrote on May 1, 2014, 11:31:
Rattlehead wrote on May 1, 2014, 10:44:
They also forgot to mention Free 2 Play transitioning. You know it's coming.

Give them time. It just launched. They still haven't even gone the route of "play to level X for free!" yet. It takes time for the corporate shills to realize this won't be the cash cow they thought it would.

Damn shame their idiot marketing department decided to advertise ESO as the "Skyrim MMO" because it isn't even a single candle to that roaring forest fire of a claim.

I seriously donít know what you are referring to when you make that statement, because ESO feels a lot like Skyrim in many ways. So you are either trolling or havenít played the game very much. Iíve finished the Daggerfall side of the game. And I can assure you that ESO is every bit like Skyrim. Yes fundamentally there are many differences but there are still many aspects that are much like Skyrim.

In fact, Id even say that ESO does some things better then Skyrim does. Combat for one to me is much better, and more fun.
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Road Ahead
1. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Road Ahead May 1, 2014, 09:49 Darks
 
I just finished the Daggerfall faction quest line the other day. Loved every bit of it. I wonít give away details on how they give you an option at the end. But it was pretty kewl to keep on progressing after level 50.

BTW, you dont stop leveling after 50, you more to vetern levels after that.
 
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News Comments > WildStar Beta Key Giveaway
1. Re: WildStar Beta Key Giveaway Apr 30, 2014, 09:56 Darks
 
Well, seeing how I just finished the Daggerfall Dominion for ESO. I have some time to check this game out to see if its any good. I got my beta key, so the site is working.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Apr 29, 2014, 10:55 Darks
 
Pigeon wrote on Apr 29, 2014, 10:31:
What they fail to mention in the conclusion of the ram article is the decent improvements in load times. 4GBs is fine, but with ram so cheap might as well go 8GBs for another ~$30. I mean for game performance the order is GPU>CPU>SSD>RAM, but if you just want to shorten loading screens or smooth out area transitions (an MMO issue), on the cheap, more ram isn't a bad idea.

That site also fails to talk about games that are in the works or some of the higher end games that do run much better with 8GB or higher of Ram. And future games like Star Citizen will require 8GB and higher of Ram to run.

I personally run 16GB because I know that not only do the games require more ram and run better. The back end system Windows uses a big chunk of ram to. The system will auto allocate ram so many times just because you have 8GB of ram does not always mean the game is using all 8GB of it. Windows will always reserve ram for the system. That is what these guys fail to include In their testing.

And letís not forget that the Video Card plays a big part in this testing too, something they also failed to include in that test. The GPU takes on a big part of those load times and performance.
 
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News Comments > From Software Sold
30. Re: From Software Sold Apr 28, 2014, 17:17 Darks
 
Okay, another dumbass in my ignore list that I dont have to deal with ever again.  
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News Comments > From Software Sold
25. Re: From Software Sold Apr 28, 2014, 16:14 Darks
 
jacobvandy wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 16:02:
Darks wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 15:22:
Verno wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 14:53:
jacobvandy wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 14:23:
They are, but even better on PC. Don't let facts get in the way of the hate train, though.

Agreed. PC version or bust for me.

What hate might that be Jacob? If you are referring to the M+K fiasco, then there is good reason for that hate. Because those controls are abysmal, try remapping some of the keys in the game and see what happens. That is what kills be about the game. I specifically use the right side of my keyboard, always have. I cannot stand to use the WASD, I have larger hands and the closeness of those movement key always cause issues for me hitting keys I donít want to. I do not have those issues using the arrow keys.

When you try rebinding those keys, they wonít save. Itís utterly ridiculous that you cannot rebind certain keys in the game.

So yea, a lot of pc gamers are upset.

Lmao... First of all, I have no sympathy for anyone who plays these kinds of games with KBM. I've said it before, Dark Souls, Assassin's Creed, Need For Speed, whatever, you're torturing yourself needlessly with an inherently inferior control scheme for the gameplay style.

Even ignoring that, you're doing it wrong. I've not used arrow keys for movement since the Doom era (I'd say different strokes, but again, you're hampering yourself with a terrible hand position), but just to see for myself I went in-game right now and re-bound it that way. It worked just fine. I even restarted the game to see if it stuck, and it did, so... You'll have to blame user error there. You're probably running into an issue of overlapping keybinds that the game is trying to prevent. If it didn't do that, you'd be complaining about the game firing off spells or moving the camera or whatever when you try to step forward.

I've never said they have the best control scheme, especially not for KBM, but even for that it is serviceable. They actually did a lot to the UI in making it mouse-friendly, including a grid-based inventory and all the rollover selection. You couldn't do that in the last game. This is a gamepad game, and there's nothing wrong with that IMO. Sorry the truth hurts, but you can either suck it up and wrestle with the system they gave you or swallow your misplaced pride and get a damned controller. Believe me, you'll be much happier in playing this and many other games.

First off, fuck you. Okay, we clear now? Secondly do not try to tell me how Iím doing it wrong when the fucking developer stated it very clearly that the preferred hardware is pc. If the developers did not want us to use a mouse and Keyboard then they would not have Implemented the ability to use the mouse and keyboard now would they?

Its fucking dumbasses like yourself that think the fucking world revolves around how you play games. Get a clue asshole, it doesnít nor will it ever. We all have our play styles if that bothers you then tough shit. But do not come in here telling me or any that we are doing it wrong. Fucking moron!!

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News Comments > From Software Sold
19. Re: From Software Sold Apr 28, 2014, 15:22 Darks
 
Verno wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 14:53:
jacobvandy wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 14:23:
They are, but even better on PC. Don't let facts get in the way of the hate train, though.

Agreed. PC version or bust for me.

What hate might that be Jacob? If you are referring to the M+K fiasco, then there is good reason for that hate. Because those controls are abysmal, try remapping some of the keys in the game and see what happens. That is what kills be about the game. I specifically use the right side of my keyboard, always have. I cannot stand to use the WASD, I have larger hands and the closeness of those movement key always cause issues for me hitting keys I donít want to. I do not have those issues using the arrow keys.

When you try rebinding those keys, they wonít save. Itís utterly ridiculous that you cannot rebind certain keys in the game.

So yea, a lot of pc gamers are upset.
 
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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: etc. Apr 28, 2014, 09:32 Darks
 
So dying so much is supposed to be fun? To me, when a game has issue with ha player dying a lot. That means there are issues with balance.

I donít see how people feel this is a good thing.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen "Coming Together"
1. Re: Star Citizen Apr 26, 2014, 12:11 Darks
 
After their failure at GDC, I don't see how they can brag about anything. How about showing off some real content then telling us how great you are.  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Dark Souls II
12. Re: Ships Ahoy - Dark Souls II Apr 24, 2014, 23:04 Darks
 
Trevellian wrote on Apr 24, 2014, 22:19:
Game pissed me off within an hour. Not due to the Dark Souls level difficulty.
Due to the fact that they still didn't learn from the first game and the mouse and keyboard controls are horrid. On top of the fact that the prompts for everything still have Xbox Buttons.

Thanks Fromsoftware.
Another 50 dollar disappointment I get to try to forget.

The reviews for this game lied.

Man, I cant agree with you more on this. This game is an utter catastrophe. The Developers are still idiots and have their heads shoved so far up their asses they cant even see straight. I cant believe these guys still don't get it after all of the bitching that went on with the first game. Unbelievable!! What a fuck up the controls are for this game.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
3. Re: Game Reviews Apr 22, 2014, 19:08 Darks
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 22, 2014, 13:32:
From what I experienced in the beta and what everyone is STILL bitching about now I'd say a 2/10 would be more appropriate.

And that's a good review on AoW. I definitely regret buying it at full price now. At first it's pretty keen, but you quickly see how it becomes a very shallow, one trick pony and it get's far too repetitious far too fast. Unless they do some major work to address all the various issues best wait for the bargain bin on it. What a huge letdown. And it's worse because you can see the potential it has.

Not hardly Cutter, the people that are bitching are bitching just to bitch. Try putting in some time first before making any assumptions about the game. I've put well over 100 hours now and I don't have a whole lot to complain about. Yes there are smaller issues but those have been addressed for the most part. there still are some smaller issues but they will be fixed. I'm finding the game really enjoyable. and I just love the environments. The Alik'r Desert has to be my favorite zone so far. They really captured the look and feel of a real desert. And the Sand Storms are something to see.
 
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News Comments > Legit Elder Scrolls Online Accounts Banned
55. Re: Legit Elder Scrolls Online Accounts Banned Apr 22, 2014, 08:25 Darks
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Apr 22, 2014, 02:59:
Darks, sent a request. Sorry, didn't see it, Maxx said something. So you are invited as friend and guild member.

Anyone wants to join, @xXBatmanXx

Thanks dude, I also have my own Ventrillo server if you guys want to use it. let me know.
 
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News Comments > Legit Elder Scrolls Online Accounts Banned
49. Re: Legit Elder Scrolls Online Accounts Banned Apr 22, 2014, 00:41 Darks
 
NewMaxx wrote on Apr 21, 2014, 22:32:
It's a fun game, rest of you Blue's News people need to get in the guild if you haven't. If you need anything just hit me up...

Send me an invite to the Blues Guild. @darks or look up Tyrra

 
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News Comments > Legit Elder Scrolls Online Accounts Banned
38. Re: Legit Elder Scrolls Online Accounts Banned Apr 21, 2014, 19:13 Darks
 
Creston wrote on Apr 21, 2014, 18:35:
Paranoid Jack wrote on Apr 21, 2014, 13:51:
Also I've never once fallen through the world/terrain.

So if it's never happened to you, it therefore never happens to anyone else?

Okay.

I've had that happen to me twice while I've played, and It only happened when I was doing a jumping move during my 40 levels. really add and probably a very tough bug to track down.

I accept it for what it is, a bug that will get fixed. I've seen some good ones over the years in other MMOs so this is no surprise.
 
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News Comments > Legit Elder Scrolls Online Accounts Banned
29. Re: Legit Elder Scrolls Online Accounts Banned Apr 21, 2014, 16:33 Darks
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Apr 21, 2014, 16:31:
Fibrocyte wrote on Apr 21, 2014, 16:10:
Plus there's this for the technical folks out there.

I'm glad I didn't pre-order this game. Now I know not to play it. I'll wait for Wildstar.

I didn't pre-order anyway. Ended up liking it so much I went out of my way to find a CE.

Tried Wildstar this weekend with a key from Alienware. I can't believe people are so excited for this game. It's the same graphics as 10 year old World of Warcraft with the same combat. The introductory quests seem completely unfinished (where do I go next?) and BORING. I only played for a couple of hours, and I felt like I'd played this game before.

Yep, I felt the same way about that game from watching the game play videos. Many here are in for a rude awaking if they think Wildstar is the answer they are looking for.
 
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News Comments > Legit Elder Scrolls Online Accounts Banned
25. Re: Legit Elder Scrolls Online Accounts Banned Apr 21, 2014, 16:08 Darks
 
Frijoles wrote on Apr 21, 2014, 15:54:
Darks wrote on Apr 21, 2014, 13:51:
Yes, there are issues, and those are all being addressed and will be fixed. MMO;s are something new to Zenimax and Bethesdaís so yes it will take a few months to iron all of those out. Just like every other MMO has done over the years.

http://tamrielfoundry.com/topic/compilation-of-bugged-nightblade-abilities/

Nearly 100% of the Nightblade skills are broken/not working as the tool tip says. Vampire passives are completely broken. This isn't an "iron out the bugs" problem. This is a "fuck it, let's ship" problem. ESO is the worst launch I've seen in an MMO in years. How the HELL do you ship an MMO in this day and age without some basic protections in place against griefing? If you kick someone out of your group in an instance, they're free to stay in the instance and continue looting chests and getting you killed. How the.. why th.. are the Devs braindead? Have they never once played an MMO??

I know the answer. No, they haven't.



Okay, now I know you are full of shit, I play a NightBalde, Iím lv 40 and none, none of my skills are broken. What bullshit are you trying to sling dude? Because itís getting pretty deep in here.

And yes, I know about the grouping issue. Again, this is all on their list to fixes. So stop grouping with idiots and use your friends or guild to group with. Thatís what you should be doing anyway.
 
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News Comments > Legit Elder Scrolls Online Accounts Banned
18. Re: Legit Elder Scrolls Online Accounts Banned Apr 21, 2014, 13:51 Darks
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Apr 21, 2014, 10:02:
I just gave up on this game, period. Between the constant chat and mail spam, the broken quests, falling through the world and generally lackluster world itself (how the fuck do you manage that with the Elder Scrolls universe??), I couldn't do it any more.

I have no idea what youíre talking about in terms of lack luster. I can post 150 screenshots that say otherwise. Thereís nothing lack luster about how the world looks. As for the game and its issues, tell me one MMO right now that ever started up without any issues?

Yes, there are issues, and those are all being addressed and will be fixed. MMO;s are something new to Zenimax and Bethesdaís so yes it will take a few months to iron all of those out. Just like every other MMO has done over the years.

Some of you all act like this is the first MMO thatís had issues, when in fact ESO has had one of the best launches of any MMO to date.
 
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News Comments > Legit Elder Scrolls Online Accounts Banned
4. Re: Legit Elder Scrolls Online Accounts Banned Apr 21, 2014, 08:56 Darks
 
Yea, Bots are running rampant in the game now. There are literally 5 or 6 standing around each dungeon boss. I even saw on grouping in a zone running around just killing things. You can always tell the Bots by their names. Asdxdf or some weird names like that. I much have reported at least 40 by now.  
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News Comments > Dupe Bug Causes ESO Bank Closures
18. Re: Dupe Bug Causes ESO Bank Closures Apr 19, 2014, 15:19 Darks
 
mlw wrote on Apr 19, 2014, 00:05:
JohnBirshire wrote on Apr 18, 2014, 22:38:
1badmf wrote on Apr 18, 2014, 20:38:
is this game anything new from previous mmos? is the combat still ability spam/cooldown/autotarget?

Ability spam, well, it wouldn't be much of an RPG if you didn't have abilities to use. That being said, you do use your normal attacks quite often as well, it isn't nonstop ability spam. Cooldowns, not really, most skills you can use as often as you wish until you run out of mana/stamina. Autotarget, yes and no. You have to actually aim at your target, however your attacks do "zone in" on your target as long as you are pointing in their direction.

Combat is a little more involved than many MMO's, you can block attacks, interrupt attacks, and even dodge many of them. So yes, better than the average MMO of late.

In reference to the guild banks being taken down, they shouldn't even exist. The game desperately needs a global AH, it is incredibly difficult for the average person to sell their items without a lot of effort, you often see folk complaining about full inventories/banks.


Well said and true.

My family and I are having a huge amount of fun with this game! We plan to play for a long time. The naysayers, who judged this game on a few beginning levels are simply idiots.


My thoughts exactly, those who are complaining haven't played more then 10 levels into the game and haven't even seen most of what the game has to offer. I'm enjoying it a lot and will continue to play it for a long time.
 
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News Comments > Evening Previews
2. Re: Evening Previews Apr 18, 2014, 10:00 Darks
 
Jerykk wrote on Apr 18, 2014, 03:46:
The writer of the Wolfenstein preview must be the only person I've ever heard praise id Tech 5. The texture quality in RAGE was simply atrocious. Looked good from a distance but once you got up close, they looked like they were from the 90's. This was very noticeable in the game's many interiors.

I think you are confused, the texture quality was okay up close. It was far away that looked really bad and blurred. It also suffered from the popping issue from far off.
 
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