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Signed On Apr 1, 2004, 16:54
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News Comments > Diablo III Starter Edition & Guest Pass Details
76. Re: Diablo III Starter Edition & Guest Pass Details May 15, 2012, 10:01 Darks
 
SpectralMeat wrote on May 15, 2012, 09:12:
Does anyone have any spare guest passes? I'd love to get one to see what this game is like.

Were you on the beta? I checked my account this Moring and I did the pre download and still had access to the game. A pop up is on the top right side saying Upgrade now to level 60.

Iím thinking that everyone should be able to get the game as long as you have a BNet account. Iím getting my copy later, so if you need one still Iíll give you mine.
 
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News Comments > Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Prequel Movie
7. Re: Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Prequel Movie May 15, 2012, 09:53 Darks
 
That was a pretty shit hot movie. UBI finally did something right.

Cant wait until they make more of that.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
18. Re: Morning Consolidation May 10, 2012, 16:09 Darks
 
nin wrote on May 10, 2012, 10:54:
So just so I'm clear, is 2013 "The year of the playstation"? If so I'll mark it down now.

Thanks!

Sorry Nin, grammar error so I fixed it for ya.
 
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News Comments > Dead Space 3 Co-op Support?
10. Re: Dead Space 3 Co-op Support? May 10, 2012, 09:15 Darks
 
Drezden wrote on May 9, 2012, 23:07:
I never got through the original game it was so boring.

Funny, I liked it so much that I played through both game three times on each of the difficulties. To each their own I guess. But I think the Coop part should be the female he partnered up with. Not sure why they are going for the two guys thing. Stupid if you ask me.
 
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News Comments > BioShock Infinite Delayed
22. Re: BioShock Infinite Delayed May 9, 2012, 13:21 Darks
 
Specific tweaks and improvements donít usually amount to it taking another year. Thereís more here going on than meets the eye.  
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News Comments > Grim Dawn Funded
5. Re: Grim Dawn Funded May 8, 2012, 23:30 Darks
 
Creston wrote on May 8, 2012, 22:31:
Unless there's some crazy massive outburst of funding in the last few days, like with Shadowrun, I don't think these guys are gonna get much more than they have. They may make $350K, but that'll be that, probably.

Never joined in on this one. Too many bad memories over these guys just letting Titan Quest fucking rot with the rubber-banding bug.

Creston

Thatís right; blame these guys for what the owners did Creston that makes a lot of sense. The guys making this game had nothing to do with the original companyís decision making or how things got done. How about you put the blame where it belongs ok?
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Warlock - Master of the Arcane
15. Re: Ships Ahoy - Warlock - Master of the Arcane May 8, 2012, 18:31 Darks
 
I was on the beta for this game and got it for free. gotta love it.  
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News Comments > Jane Jensen's Kickstart Funded
1. Re: Jane Jensen's Kickstart Funded May 8, 2012, 11:18 Darks
 
Was anything mentioned yesterday about Grim Dawn making it goal? Yesterday, they achieved their 280K so the game is going to be finished. If you all hadnít seen it yet, itís really looking good. They just posted a thank you video and some video of the archnist.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/crateentertainment/grim-dawn

 
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News Comments > The Old Republic Losing Subs; Gaining Add-ons
2. Re: The Old Republic Losing Subs; Gaining Add-ons May 7, 2012, 20:30 Darks
 
Doesnít matter how much crap they add, itís way too late now. They will never recoup those lost subs. Can you say free anyone?  
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News Comments > Diablo III Interview
15. Re: Diablo III Interview May 7, 2012, 11:19 Darks
 
Bucky wrote on May 7, 2012, 11:05:
nin wrote on May 7, 2012, 11:02:
I'm happy they kept the view isometric though, it just wouldn't have felt right from a third or first person viewpoint.

I would have at least taken a rotatable camera.


That would have been nice, but I've seen both Blizzard and Runic comment on how much more work it would create when it came to level design; with a fixed camera they know what you can see and only have to build the levels from that perspective.

Thats called being lazy as a designer and a developer. to not implement a camera is foolish in todayís gaming. Developers implement this style of camera so they can hide how lazy they were when they built the engine. This all falls back to how lazy Blizz got with Starcrap 2. All they did with that game was candy coat it with a new paint job. Thatís all it was in the end, Blizz has become complacent and because of it they have gotten lazy about implementations and new ideas.

Verno, On the offline mode, I would have to say that I think this all falls back to how duping was out of control and Blizz is needing to put an end to that because of the real world AH they implemented now. You canít have a bunch of hackers taking advantage of the market for free.

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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Next Year
21. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Next Year May 3, 2012, 13:36 Darks
 
Hyatus wrote on May 3, 2012, 13:23:
Jdrez wrote on May 3, 2012, 13:12:
People calling it a flop before the first screenshot is out are presumptuous idiots. It may well flop but we know nothing about that yet.

Presumptuous, yes. Idiots, no.
Let's pretend you've never had an apple. You are given 5 boxes of apples from 5 different growers. Each apple in each box makes you throw up. Are you excited and hopeful about a box of apples from a sixth grower, or are you skeptical and jaded and wish that all apple companies would grow oranges instead?

...so, down with Apple!


Hmm if you can use that kind of analogy I guess I can throw this one back at you and say, that it could be that the person eating those apples has a weak constitution and shouldnít be eating apples.

But I would have to agree, you cannot make a proper review of a game that only being discussed and not seen or shown off yet.

I think most people liked Skyrim, so I want to believe that Bethesda is going to take that model and make it even better.
 
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News Comments > Realms of Ancient War Trailer
3. Re: Realms of Ancient War Trailer May 2, 2012, 16:56 Darks
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on May 2, 2012, 12:52:
Looking good, and also looks as though you can physically move to dodge attacks. This is only possible vs certain enemies in Diablo 3.

Obviously these guys don't have the budget Blizzard does, but I like what I've seen from this game so far. Offline mode, price of around 15-20 bucks, sounds like a definite buy so far.

They had been aiming for a March 31st release date though... oh well.


Donít forget that this game also comes with two players Coop. I donít understand why itís not three players since there are three classes. But thatís what they are opting for in the game.

So that is a pretty damn good deal for 15 dollars.
 
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News Comments > On PC Black Ops II
39. Re: On PC Black Ops II May 2, 2012, 16:51 Darks
 
SpectralMeat wrote on May 2, 2012, 14:54:
Highlander wrote on May 2, 2012, 14:51:
DONE with the Call of Duty series. Hoping that EA can pickup the ball with the next MOH and give us PC players what we need, instead of lies.


Giving up on Activision in hopes that EA will do any better?
Don't hold your breath

Seriously, this is like taking 3 steps back. At least Activision will sell this game on Steam unlike those greedy bastards at EA. Use Origin? Not happening!!
 
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Black Ops II Reveal Trailer
16. Re: Call of Duty: Black Ops II Reveal Trailer May 2, 2012, 12:58 Darks
 
Elessar wrote on May 2, 2012, 10:59:
Darks wrote on May 2, 2012, 09:38:
theyarecomingforyou wrote on May 1, 2012, 22:11:
I just watched it on the official website: http://callofduty.com/blackops2/videos/reveal

Anyway, the graphics look absolutely appalling. They've used the same shitty engine for five years and it wasn't even great when it first came out. I only play COD games for the singleplayer and then only when they're cheap, which seems to be NEVER. The Steam store lists Blacks Ops at £40/$65, while even Amazon at £25/$41 isn't good value.

Every other publisher discounts games to generate sales but Activision knows it can charge whatever it likes for the COD series and people will queue up to hand their money over. Whatever novelty value it once had has been destroyed by Activision's desire to bleed people's wallets with shitty rehashed games. That's especially annoying when the competing franchise is owned by EA, a company that does exactly the same thing.

I really wish that Valve would step in and put them all to shame.

And I hate Microsoft and Sony for keeping such shit consoles on the market for so long. They can't even handle 720p, let alone with any graphical fidelity and they still want to charge stupid prices for games. I hope Valve does come out and compete with them on hardware. Perhaps that's why nVidia has been working on its cloud-sourced service to automatically select the optimal graphics settings for games? Plug and play PC gaming?

Someone needs a reality check and a new pair of glasses because I saw nothing in that video that said shitty graphics.
The textures were not that great. Bland, muddy, the opposite of crisp/realistic. The graphics are serviceable, but it is not exceptional or innovative in any way. The engine has been showing it's age for years now and they continue to use it. They keep making money off of it and it has to require minimal development time, so I can't blame them. Doesn't mean I like it or will buy it though.

I was expecting this to have more of a futuristic setting but, unsurprisingly, it looks like the same old rehash.

Ok, so you all made an opinion about the textures in the game from watching a video? Ok, reality check please!

Letís get realistic here from a moment. You canít seriously think that from watching a video that you can tell in that video that the textures are bland. No matter how you try to explain this one to me it will never make any sense. Stunned
 
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Black Ops II Reveal Trailer
13. Re: Call of Duty: Black Ops II Reveal Trailer May 2, 2012, 09:38 Darks
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote on May 1, 2012, 22:11:
I just watched it on the official website: http://callofduty.com/blackops2/videos/reveal

Anyway, the graphics look absolutely appalling. They've used the same shitty engine for five years and it wasn't even great when it first came out. I only play COD games for the singleplayer and then only when they're cheap, which seems to be NEVER. The Steam store lists Blacks Ops at £40/$65, while even Amazon at £25/$41 isn't good value.

Every other publisher discounts games to generate sales but Activision knows it can charge whatever it likes for the COD series and people will queue up to hand their money over. Whatever novelty value it once had has been destroyed by Activision's desire to bleed people's wallets with shitty rehashed games. That's especially annoying when the competing franchise is owned by EA, a company that does exactly the same thing.

I really wish that Valve would step in and put them all to shame.

And I hate Microsoft and Sony for keeping such shit consoles on the market for so long. They can't even handle 720p, let alone with any graphical fidelity and they still want to charge stupid prices for games. I hope Valve does come out and compete with them on hardware. Perhaps that's why nVidia has been working on its cloud-sourced service to automatically select the optimal graphics settings for games? Plug and play PC gaming?

Someone needs a reality check and a new pair of glasses because I saw nothing in that video that said shitty graphics.
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Dawnguard Revealed
18. Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Dawnguard Revealed May 1, 2012, 18:34 Darks
 
Creston wrote on May 1, 2012, 17:53:
Yay, 360 timed-release exclusive.

It's like Todd Howard sits there wondering just HOW he can piss people the fuck off. "well, those damn PC pirates have had my game in the Steam top 10 for going on six straight months now, so let's make the DLC 360 exclusive!"

And yes, before some boring corporate assdrone comes on to whine how this was agreed on before the game released, it still fucking sucks ass, so shut up.

Creston

Totally agree with ya Creston, thereís nothing more that pisses me off then getting slapped in the face for supporting this game and then being told fuck you, we are releasing the DLC on the shitbox first.
 
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News Comments > Morning Previews
25. Re: Morning Previews Apr 30, 2012, 16:56 Darks
 
Teddy wrote on Apr 30, 2012, 16:44:
Mikus_Aurelius wrote on Apr 30, 2012, 14:50:
I played a warrior and guardian, almost exclusively melee, and I had to dodge a ton or I died. I think ranged can just stand and spam, which is less fun and also imbalanced. Being up close with mobs 3-4 levels above me, I had to watch for their special attacks and negate them, or lose half my life. Did it require the reflexes of a FPS? Not quite, but I enjoyed it.

This is definitely something they need to find some way to balance better, giving melee weapons extra toughness or vitality or something because melee take WAY more damage than ranged and don't deal a significant amount more damage to compensate.

I think my biggest quest complaint for what I played of GW2 thus far is spawn-camping. They should cap the zones to even lower max populations if they're going to have quests that other players compete for so directly. Or up the spawn rates based on the player count. Something. Personally, I hate MMOs, loved that GW1 was not in fact an MMO, and was really down to learn that GW2 was going to be an MMO. But they could mitigate the spawn-camping (already do for certain things, like scaled events); they need to eradicate it entirely.

What spawn camping? Mobs aren't flagged, and anyone can contribute to killing them and get credit toward their own objectives. I suppose it can be an issue if there's 10 people per mob and it's dying before people can get a hit in, since one hit is all it will take to get credit. I experienced nothing of the sort in the 20 some odd hours I put in over the weekend.

I can agree on this, I really liked that you could jump into someone elseís kill and still get credit and a drop from the same mod kill. That was a pleasant surprise.

And I agree that melee characters defiantly need better armor or whatever they are going to do. I was getting tired of getting my ass handed to me in those mass battles and being right in the middle taking a ton of damage. it was hard keeping alive even with the added regen your supposed to have as a warrior.

I still enjoyed the game and understand this is a beta so itís going to take some time for them to iron out the issues, but some of the battles were defiantly over the top difficult at times, even the class based quest.

One other comment about grouping that did bother me when you are grouped up with someone and go into an instance you were separated and the group disbanded. That was BS, This was the story line quest.

Iím not sure if thatís by design or not but it was rather frustrating that you cannot go into those grouped and coop those missions together. Iím hoping this is fixed in the near future or it will be rather frustrating to try playing this game with a friend and having to be separated all the time. Kind of defeats the whole purpose of group questing with friends.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
16. Re: Op Ed Apr 30, 2012, 15:22 Darks
 
avianflu wrote on Apr 30, 2012, 10:01:
Australia's far right political conservatism is always surprising to me. It's in the middle of nowhere strategically and no one on the planet wants anything that it has. It is not a particularly religious country. And yet they are successfully passing more and more laws restricting content in the marketplace.

Hey, one person wants Australia, Lex Luthor.
 
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News Comments > Morning Previews
1. Re: Morning Previews Apr 30, 2012, 10:20 Darks
 
I was in the beta event this weekend, played several chars to see what one I liked best. I have to say my two favorites were the Warrior and the Thief. Had a blast with the beta. Some really intense battles in the multi stages events you do with other people. The game is going to be a Hugh success for Arena Net.  
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News Comments > TERA Headstarts Today and Tomorrow
3. Re: TERA Headstarts Today and Tomorrow Apr 27, 2012, 13:55 Darks
 
Ripperjack wrote on Apr 27, 2012, 13:31:
Ozmodan wrote on Apr 27, 2012, 13:11:
For a game that bombed in Korea, I just don't understand the excitement that is being generated over it. It is basically the same game, but a more westernized version.

Indeed, I predict this game going Free2Play within 3 months.

Also, strange how ArenaNet has their first Guild Wars 2 pre-purchase beta event over this weekend as well... ahhh, I see what you did their ArenaNet, well played sir!

I watched my Son play some of this last week. He was playing as a rabbit. I was like, WTF! Plus he used a lance for a weapon. The combat looked really stupid. I was like, well this game blows. Onward to Guild Wars 2.
 
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