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Description Creator of the Neverwnter Nights Eye of the Beholder Series of Mods.
Homepage http://nwvault.ign.com/View.php?view=Modules.Detail&id=6375
Signed On Apr 1, 2004, 16:54
Total Comments 1654 (Pro)
User ID 20498
 
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News Comments > CD Project RED Dropping All DRM
30. Re: CD Project RED Dropping All DRM Mar 9, 2012, 09:12 Darks
 
Verno wrote on Mar 9, 2012, 09:00:
CJ_Parker wrote on Mar 9, 2012, 08:34:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Mar 9, 2012, 01:36:
Kosumo wrote on Mar 9, 2012, 00:30:
So they have gone F2P?

Hope that works out for them.
If I remember right, they made more money off their sales on GoG than they did off of steam.

You remember so wrong it's not even funny.

- 200K Steam sales
- 40K GOG sales
- 10K everyone else sales

Source: PC Gamer


Steam takes a large chunk of each sale so sales on their own service are significantly more valuable comparably. I'd be more interested in seeing current figures after the several sales promotions they did (3-4 on GOG vs 1-2 on steam).

Didnít you see the other day, Valve posted up that the company is worth over 3 Billion? Damn straight Valve is making a killing from developers selling their games. This is why EA is doing what they are.
 
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News Comments > Rainbow Six Patriots Shakeup
2. Re: Rainbow Six Patriots Shakeup Mar 8, 2012, 09:37 Darks
 
Most likely creative differences cost them their jobs. Not surprising seeing how its Ubishit.  
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News Comments > The Old Republic Patch Plans, Friends Trial
5. Re: The Old Republic Patch Plans, Friends Trial Mar 7, 2012, 10:15 Darks
 
Ripperjack wrote on Mar 7, 2012, 10:02:
A friends trial offer, so soon after release? This game WILL go F2P within 6 months, if this keeps up. Then you can play your WoW with glow sticks for free, each month.

They are desperate to get new people to play the game, thatís why they are offering that.
 
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News Comments > The Old Republic Patch Plans, Friends Trial
2. Re: The Old Republic Patch Plans, Friends Trial Mar 7, 2012, 09:57 Darks
 
InBlack wrote on Mar 7, 2012, 09:22:
Anyone still playing/enjoying this game?

Not me, I quit 24 days after it was released. They are trying to make the game better, but it might be a little too late for some of this stuff. All these things should have been in the game from the start. No excuse for them not being there.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ships; Review Roundup
25. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ships; Review Roundup Mar 6, 2012, 10:54 Darks
 
Illumin wrote on Mar 6, 2012, 10:47:
Dev wrote on Mar 6, 2012, 10:26:
93 vs 2.2, thats quite a difference.

Edit:
I popped the disc in, sat back and took some Viagra. Next thing I know there are two dudes getting it on. That's right, ONLY TWO?!?! Anything less than three dudes is just boring. .

Dosn't sound like they are playing ME 3.

I have to agree, I just scanned through all the user reviews and I have to say it was pretty pathetic to read. It is very apparent that none of them even played the game. It sounded to me more like a hate fest against Bioware/EA then a review for the game.

Iím even willing to bet that most of them have a pirated copy of the game. Again metacritic is a failed service and should never be taken seriously when deciding if a game is good or not.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ships; Review Roundup
17. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ships; Review Roundup Mar 6, 2012, 10:39 Darks
 
avianflu wrote on Mar 6, 2012, 10:33:
wow the user reviews are hammering the game at metacritic, but yea it is mostly trolls doing the zero scores.

I never buy into metacritic or reviews by fanboys. To me it has always been about personal preference. Either you will like a game or you wonít. Reviews are only to gage the game and thatís about as far as I go with reviews.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ships; Review Roundup
9. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ships; Review Roundup Mar 6, 2012, 10:24 Darks
 
Yakubs wrote on Mar 6, 2012, 10:13:
Darks wrote on Mar 6, 2012, 10:06:
How about just maybe the game really does kick ass and you just canít accept it for what it is. A great game and a great closer on the trilogy. Hmmm!

BioWare hasn't made an overall great game since BG2. And, no, I do not define cutscenes and NPC romance as a "game."

I donít care for all the stupid romance either, but the cut scenes are a part of telling the story. I personally like this version of ME better then the two priors. I have been having a lot of fun with it. Plus thereís Coop too. Thatís just an added bonus.

As Verno said, I donít follow how there will even be an Earth left by the time you convince others to fight and return to the Earth. There really shouldnít be anything left by the time you return.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Ships; Review Roundup
3. Re: Mass Effect 3 Ships; Review Roundup Mar 6, 2012, 10:06 Darks
 
Yakubs wrote on Mar 6, 2012, 09:59:
I can't decide if these journalists are corrupt scumbags or does the game reviewer position naturally select for drooling fanboys? Probably a mix of the two.

How about just maybe the game really does kick ass and you just canít accept it for what it is. A great game and a great closer on the trilogy. Hmmm!
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 Leaked
4. Re: Mass Effect 3 Leaked Mar 5, 2012, 09:35 Darks
 
Elim wrote on Mar 5, 2012, 09:31:
Well, NOT the PC version...the console versions are ready to play since nearly a week.

Ah wait...PC PIRACY IS RUINING GAMING!11
And not shit games which aren't even worth pirating...

The PC version may be out there but it is not cracked. Again, these lame news sites are doing what they always do by over stating things and trying to make it out worst then it usually is.

Yes, the Xbox version is out there and has been for a while now. But the PC version has the date timer on it. So it canít be cracked until the 6th.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
6. Re: On Sale Mar 3, 2012, 00:17 Darks
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 2, 2012, 21:01:
Come on! Get Anno on for at least 50 points off already!


Are you kidding me? Never, ever buy anything from Game fly, those guys are Crooks and thatís putting it nicely. They absolutely have the worst Customer support I have ever seen. Just go and read the comments on their site about how terrible they are. I in all my life never saw anything or read anything so horribly bad about one company and how uncaring and utterly horrid they are towards their customers.

Never sing up for their free trials offer. Itís a trap!! They will charge you 20 dollars for signing up and good luck trying to get a hold of anyone and getting your 20 dollars back.

I hate D2D for selling off to these assholes. My games there are now held hostage and Iím unable to get them when I try logging in it keep telling me that my account has been cancelled. Thanks a lot File Planet!!!

And yes, I have tried for weeks to get someone, anyone from Game fly to help me, but I have not heard a word from anyone.

Avoid Game Fly, itís a plaque that you donít not want or the head aches that go with their service.
 
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News Comments > CNC Fallout
5. Re: CNC Fallout Mar 2, 2012, 12:42 Darks
 
panbient wrote on Mar 2, 2012, 12:31:
Darks wrote on Mar 2, 2012, 12:25:
Itís not

Thanks for saving me some download time. Also worth noting, the so-called "Official page link" on the ModDB site goes to a generic web hosting template, one that offers a link to a surround sound speakers vendor.

Donít get me wrong, has got a lot of things going good in his mod. So as a modder myself. I am very critical of other modders and their lack of attentions when it comes to documentation and making sure their mod works as advertised. So Iím not cutting him any slack. The mod will be nice once heís got it to a level where it works. I just donít feel that itís at that level currently.
 
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News Comments > Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion Beta
15. Re: Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion Beta Mar 2, 2012, 12:33 Darks
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Mar 2, 2012, 11:23:
I am a complete n00b to this game. Should I buy this expansion or buy the original game for a lot cheaper?

This is not an expansion; itís a standalone game and does not require the original game to run. So buy this game. Iím on the beta and played a four hour game with two other friends against the aI. Was a lot of fun The AI is not working fully yet. But itís an early beta and will have a lot of patches in the coming weeks.

BTW blues thanks for leaving me hanging with he email I sent you early yesterday about the beta going live. Appreciate that!!
 
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News Comments > CNC Fallout
2. Re: CNC Fallout Mar 2, 2012, 12:25 Darks
 
nin wrote on Mar 2, 2012, 09:30:
"For almost a decade since its original conception in 2003 for Generals; I have imagined, designed, and meticulously built this mod."

Wow! Hope it's good! Or at least what he wanted it to be.

Itís not, you canít even setup the Graphics to maximum without it crashing out and giving you an error that thereís a corrupted file. Also the moron Modder did not explain in his documentation about how to even run his mod. He leaves you guessing. Idiot!! I emailed him asking how you run his mod, his repay was go read the documentation from the original game.

Wow, how uncaring can anyone be about trying to get people interested in their own mod. He assumes that everyone knows how to run mods in CnC3.

You have to run the launcher window and then choose the tab for mods that was added with the latest 1.9 version patch. Then run his game. Again, it crashes when trying to use higher end graphics.

The guy didnít even test his own mod very well to make sure it at least works.
 
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News Comments > Rayman Origins Demo
17. Re: Rayman Origins Demo Mar 1, 2012, 15:54 Darks
 
yep this.  
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News Comments > Blizzard Cuts ~600 Staff
4. Re: Blizzard Cuts ~600 Staff Feb 29, 2012, 14:30 Darks
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Feb 29, 2012, 14:03:
I'm going to guess that those are all support staff jobs.

Most likly this means D3 is about done and they cut staff that are no longer needed until the next project.
 
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News Comments > MechWarrior Online Trailer
2. Re: MechWarrior Online Trailer Feb 29, 2012, 10:23 Darks
 
InBlack wrote on Feb 29, 2012, 09:51:
The trailer is damn cool, no gameplay footage though.

Yea it does look nice, but an Atlas does not have jump jets, so that Atlas would end up in pieces on the ground after that drop.
 
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News Comments > Hydrophobia Developer Going Under
6. Re: Hydrophobia Developer Going Under Feb 28, 2012, 11:50 Darks
 
Panickd wrote on Feb 28, 2012, 11:25:
Hydrophobia was one of those titles where you could tell if the developer had had just a little more time (and money) it could have been really good. As it was I think they concentrated a little too much on the water effects and not enough on the game play. I liked it well enough to get about halfway in and then I lost interest.

I enjoyed the game up to the point where you were fighting the final boss. That was so over the top stupid that I just ended up quitting and never finished the game. The final fight got way to stupidly hard to complete. I like a challenge but not at the expense of being frustrated.
 
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News Comments > Dungeons & Dragons Online Expansion in June
14. Re: Dungeons & Dragons Online Expansion in June Feb 27, 2012, 18:39 Darks
 
Bhruic wrote on Feb 27, 2012, 18:08:
Then subscribe and quit yer bitching...

What a moronic response. The whole point was that someone claimed that Turbine did F2P "right". If your response to someone complaining they need to either pay for all the individual content, or spend shitloads of time grinding is "subscribe", then they pretty fucking obviously haven't done F2P right. From a consumer standpoint, that is, I'm sure from a "part fool from money" perspective they are doing awesome.

My exact thoughts too. And Iíll just add this. F2P is not free to play; itís more like Forced to pay.

Sorry, but I drew the line after being nickel and dimed and quit. Too many other games to play then being forced into this crap.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect 3 = 40 Hours
21. Re: Mass Effect 3 = 40 Hours Feb 27, 2012, 15:45 Darks
 
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Feb 27, 2012, 11:57:
ME3 looks to be a great game. However, I refuse to support EA's attempt to undermine Steam. And it's not because I'm blindly loyal to Steam, as I don't mind buying Blizzard games via Battle.net - that's because they're not specifically boycotting Steam, as their games aren't available on other digital distribution services. But EA is happy to sell their games on every platform, except for Steam.

Agreed! Ill second this post. my feelings exactly.
 
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News Comments > Dungeons & Dragons Online Expansion in June
4. Re: Dungeons & Dragons Online Expansion in June Feb 27, 2012, 15:37 Darks
 
Jivaro wrote on Feb 27, 2012, 12:54:
sauron wrote on Feb 27, 2012, 11:24:
I can't even remember the last DDO expansion. I guess the game must be doing well for them to be doing this.

I saw that LOTRO also just expanded (Isengard) and is already planning another new one (Rohan).

Good for Turbine - fun and well-designed MMOs. Well deserved. My orcs love playing LOTRO in particular.


Yeah, I agree. If there is a company that is doing F2P correctly, it is Turbine.

I have to disagree with you totally on that point. If there is one company that is not doing F2P correctly it is Turbine. They charge you for each new area you can go quest in. I tried playing this game, but once youíre past the beginner area, they charge for any new questing area. That is utter crap. STO and DC Online do not do that to their customers.

They charge you for added content like expanding inventory or crew members. But they do not change you for each and every area that you try to venture into. That is what killed this game for me. I was not willing to buy each new area I wanted to do a quest in.

Yes you can earn points that can open those areas, but again I was not willing to grind out the same areas over and over just to earn those points. Sorry, but DDO is fail when it comes to being a true F2P online game.
 
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