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Real Name Rick Francis   
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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 > Skyrim Patched
52. Re: Skyrim Patched Dec 1, 2011, 10:26 Darks
 
wonkawonka wrote on Dec 1, 2011, 10:14:
Darks wrote on Dec 1, 2011, 09:55:
Do you remember the AI in the Thief series? Now that AI would search you out if they heard something or found a body. Programmers these days are getting lazy about how they write their code.

You can't compare, for at least a couple of reasons:

1- In Thief, you can only be a thief. In Skyrim you can be anything, including a mage dabbling in a bit of hiding. Making stealth be so challenging will stop anyone from dabbling in stealth. It'll be an either/or situation and you'll have to fully commit to stealth to make it worthwhile.

2- You ain't got much space to hide in in dungeons. In Thief the environments were highly, highly customized to stealth-based gaming. You just can't do that systematically with such a huge game as Skyrim.

I agree with what you are saying, but I think the point we were making here is that the AI gives up way to easily. There should be a bit more effort on their part then just looking for 5 seconds then giving up in their search. And letís be honest now, if you have the perk for stealth then it should work as advertised. If you are just squatted down and make a lot of noise or get to close and are spotted and are of a low level. Then I have no pity on you when the AI pummels you into next week.
 
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News Comments > Skyrim Patched
50. Re: Skyrim Patched Dec 1, 2011, 09:55 Darks
 
Jerykk wrote on Dec 1, 2011, 02:10:
Off Topic - Jerykk or anyone else, what do you think of the a.i. in Batman?

It's definitely better than the AI in Skyrim.

It's okay, I guess. It does what it needs to do. If you attack someone without using stealth, they'll call out for help and any nearby enemies will rush to aid him. During combat, they'll pickup weapons and throw stuff at you. If you're in a stealth segment, enemies will tend to stick together after finding a body. This is better than Skyrim, where enemies will search a 5 foot radius for about 5 seconds, then give up and say "I guess I was just imagining things" even though they're standing right next to the corpse of their buddy.

Do you remember the AI in the Thief series? Now that AI would search you out if they heard something or found a body. Programmers these days are getting lazy about how they write their code.
 
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News Comments > Skyrim Patched
47. Re: Skyrim Patched Dec 1, 2011, 09:48 Darks
 
Domgrief wrote on Dec 1, 2011, 09:37:
InBlack wrote on Dec 1, 2011, 07:21:
2. The UI seems to be even more FUBAR now than before, it randomly drops me back ingame and this is especially frequent when talking to people now. (fuck consoles, fuck em hard)

Oh, I love this part of the update. Having remapped my controls before the patch, several non-3D commands have changed keys (lockpicking, inventory, etc.), but the key mappings shown on screen are still wrong.

So everything's still wrong, but it's wrong in a different way to before, so it's made me have to find the right keys all over again.

Apart from that I'm pretty happy with the update. I'm still an early mage, and I get killed by just about everything unless I have a meat shield, so I wouldn't understand the resistance issues everyone's been talking about.

Did you all not believe me when I started this post with donít do it, it will make it worse? I guess you all are glutens for punishment. I tried to tell you guys this patch was bad.

Personally, Iím not touching this patch. I have not had any issues at all with my game running or mouse issues. I have installed a bunch of mods that have made my game even better. Iím just not going to screw it up with patches that I know are going to break it.
 
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News Comments > Skyrim Patched
1. Re: Skyrim Patched Nov 30, 2011, 20:09 Darks
 
dont do it, this patch will make it worse.  
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News Comments > etc., etc.
10. Re: Serial Killer Nov 29, 2011, 16:03 Darks
 
Scud wrote on Nov 29, 2011, 15:36:
Darks wrote on Nov 29, 2011, 14:30:
This has nothing to do with politics, so donít try to make it out as such. You and I have had out disagreements Verno, but if you think this is ok for someone to do. Then you really need to re-evaluate your moral ethics. There is nothing right about what this person has done in the game.

Most likely he did it for these kinds of complete overreactions, in other words, he did it for the lulz.

I like how some of you are trying to justify this. I suppose you also justify bulling at School too? No matter how you slice it, that person has issues. I have to wonder if some of you are parents, and if you are I then begin to wonder what kind of morals you have and what are you really teaching your child if you think this kind of perverted non sense is ok to do. It may be a game but in some ones dark little mind; they are playing out a fantasy that they probably thought about doing in real life. No one should ever condone this type of behavior.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
8. Re: Serial Killer Nov 29, 2011, 14:30 Darks
 
Verno wrote on Nov 29, 2011, 10:13:
Darks wrote on Nov 29, 2011, 10:04:
The person who did this must be psychotic; no one in their right mind does this kind of crap without having some kind of psychotic tendencies. That person needs to be evaluated; they are living out a dream in a game that they most likely have thoughts of doing in real life.

Some of you might find this funny and joke about it, but I donít see anything funny about decapitating people and storing heads on a shelf like itís a display case. This person is seriously demented.

You sound like a US politician talking about how violence in videogames influences youth. I'd rather someone acted out their fantasies inside the safe confines of a videogame or as in this case he's obviously shooting for the shock reaction from people like you, even going to the point of staging it all for Youtube.

This has nothing to do with politics, so donít try to make it out as such. You and I have had out disagreements Verno, but if you think this is ok for someone to do. Then you really need to re-evaluate your moral ethics. There is nothing right about what this person has done in the game.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
6. Re: Serial Killer Nov 29, 2011, 10:04 Darks
 
nin wrote on Nov 28, 2011, 22:27:
mag wrote on Nov 28, 2011, 22:22:
nin wrote on Nov 28, 2011, 21:36:
Yeah, that was a bit fucked up. I may blow people up in various games, but there's generally no residue left over, and I'm sure not chopping off the heads, taking off their clothes, and strategically arranging them all around the house.

Why not?


Because that doesn't sound fun or entertaining to me? Unlike the person who did this?




The person who did this must be psychotic; no one in their right mind does this kind of crap without having some kind of psychotic tendencies. That person needs to be evaluated; they are living out a dream in a game that they most likely have thoughts of doing in real life.

Some of you might find this funny and joke about it, but I donít see anything funny about decapitating people and storing heads on a shelf like itís a display case. This person is seriously demented.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
7. Re: Op Ed Nov 27, 2011, 15:49 Darks
 
JayDeath wrote on Nov 27, 2011, 15:36:
Make a statement with your wallet. Ubisoft won't be seeing any of my cash anytime soon.

Ill Second that one!
 
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News Comments > On Sale
23. Re: On Sale Nov 25, 2011, 22:48 Darks
 
Rattlehead wrote on Nov 25, 2011, 22:14:
Does Arkham City require Origin to play???

I wanted to know this answer too.
 
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News Comments > No PC Ghost Recon: Future Soldier
35. Re: No PC Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Nov 24, 2011, 16:54 Darks
 
Ghost Recon online is the biggest piece of shit I have ever had the displeasure of playing. It looked bad, played badly; it just made me want to puke. UBI, they never cease to amaze me at their stupidity. This is why I do not ever buy any of their games. I hope this company fails and goes out of business soon. Iím getting tired of reading their garbage and their continuous complaints about how piracy is killing their sales when in reality itís their own stupid decisions that doing it for them.  
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News Comments > Steam Autumn Sale
22. Re: Steam Autumn Sale Nov 23, 2011, 18:36 Darks
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Nov 23, 2011, 18:23:
Anybody have Renegade Ops? Have they fixed the crazy controls yet? For people who obscenely want to play with a mouse and keyboard on the PC, of course, if you are using a gamepad, no comments please.

Also, is it just me, or does Orcs Must Die feel pretty weak after playing some Dungeon Defenders? I think if I had not been playing Dungeon Defenders I would have already bought OMD, but now...


Yes, there is an option you have to turn on thatís called Tank mode or something like that. It enables the keyboard to be used normally. The game play is so much more fun with this mode turned on and 10 times easier to control.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Stackable Item Auctions
1. Re: Diablo III Stackable Item Auctions Nov 23, 2011, 12:24 Darks
 
Sure would be nice to get an invite so I can look at that first hand  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Serious Sam 3: BFE
7. Re: Ships Ahoy - Serious Sam 3: BFE Nov 22, 2011, 15:53 Darks
 
Razumen wrote on Nov 22, 2011, 14:55:
Yes! This is what Sam fans wanted, not the consolized mess that was Sam 2.

My response to this is, OK Croteam, youíre now allowed to convert this for the console. This is how all ports should be when making games on all platforms. Make it for the PC then dumb it down to fit the Console.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Serious Sam 3: BFE
3. Re: Ships Ahoy - Serious Sam 3: BFE Nov 22, 2011, 14:51 Darks
 
That was certainly nice to watch them playing it on a pc for once and not some dummbed down console.  
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim New LAA Workaround
3. Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim New LAA Workaround Nov 22, 2011, 12:44 Darks
 
Verno wrote on Nov 22, 2011, 12:37:
I don't use it but happy its there for everyone else regardless of whether it fixes things or not Scholar

Game has been surprisingly stable for me given that it's a Bethesda game though performance sometimes tanks when they go too nuts with the indoor candle/torch effects.

Same here, I have not had any issues at all with the game, slowdowns or crashes. The Game has been very stable for me and plays great with all the maxed out settings and the INI fixes added.
 
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News Comments > Skyrim Patched, LAA Fix No Longer Works
72. Re: Skyrim Patched, LAA Fix No Longer Works Nov 22, 2011, 11:26 Darks
 
avianflu wrote on Nov 22, 2011, 09:54:
These days, alternative game purchase options, like buying a CD not tied to a network client, are dwindling. So gamers are forced to use Steam.

Skyrim is a perfect example: the retail disk version is just the Steam client installer with the actual game compressed in a Steam format.

So Yes, I love Steam just like I love my cable TV company.

Wait until the day comes when Steam gets hacked like Sony did and they are down for a few weeks. Letís see how much you love Steam then when you canít get on and play any of your games.

Its only a matter of time until this happens.
 
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News Comments > Skyrim Patched, LAA Fix No Longer Works
71. Re: Skyrim Patched, LAA Fix No Longer Works Nov 22, 2011, 11:18 Darks
 
Dev wrote on Nov 22, 2011, 10:57:
theyarecomingforyou wrote on Nov 22, 2011, 08:27:
I HATE, HATE, HATE having to backup all the obscure hidden folders that modern games use - when the FUCK did backing up saves become so much hassle? GFWL especially is a step backwards.
Don't forget flash games if you are into casual flash type games. They usually save save games in a flash object. Those can be hard to track down too. And nowadays (thanks to a recent decision by adobe), when you wipe browser cache, flash automatically clears out all flash objects too.

GFWL is the absolute worst when it comes to your save games. I canít tell you how many times Iíve had to restart Batman Gears of War and OF Red River because of the lost saves. I have even backed up those folders and tried recopying those files back after a rebuild and they still will not recognize those files as valid. And Microsoft wonders why everyone hates on GFWL, this is one of the biggest reason.
 
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News Comments > DC Universe Online F2P Data
5. Re: DC Universe Online F2P Data Nov 22, 2011, 11:11 Darks
 
necrosis wrote on Nov 22, 2011, 09:43:
Now if they only use that money to increase server power so I don't have to wait 30 min in a queue every time I want to log in.

No shit dude, Iíve gotten to the point where itís not worth even trying to get on anymore. And I bought this game 6 months ago when it was on sale for 5 dollars. Those of us who are premium members should have gotten head of the line privileges. So I just keep plugging away at the Star Wars MMO.
 
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News Comments > Jurassic Park Metacritic Boosting
15. Re: Jurassic Park Metacritic Boosting Nov 18, 2011, 11:33 Darks
 
Prez wrote on Nov 18, 2011, 11:24:
They also didn't explain who they were in the review.

Neither do the fanboys and haters.

You really canít fault them for giving their game a good score. But they should have said in their review who they are.

I made a mod a few years back that took us almost one and a half years to make. On the site that hosts it we have the ability to rate our mod there, but I never did. I did not want to be accused of rating my own mod highly even though we were very proud of the work we did on it. It was a highlighted mod in PC Gamer too that got great reviews too.

I know all too well what itís like to see someone bash your hard work, especially for us when it was something that was free and offered over 30 hours of game play. The mod we made was for Never winter nights. ďEye of the BeholderĒ So itís not uncommon for someone to do what these guys did.
 
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News Comments > Torchlight II Delayed
8. Re: Torchlight II Delayed Nov 17, 2011, 15:12 Darks
 
Verno wrote on Nov 17, 2011, 14:51:
Makes sense, right now is way too crazy for games to release anything else. I love the AC series which he mentioned but I'm skipping Revelations until its like $20 because I've got enough games to play to last at least six months. Hell I still haven't finished Arkham City.

Same here, way too much to play right now. I am disappointed that itís not out yet, but Iím all for the game getting polished and running great. Iím sure we will see this game released in the next two months though. Any longer and they risk Diablo 3 coming out and they donít want to compete with that.
 
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