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Signed On Apr 26, 2005, 15:11
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 12, 2012, 15:21 Alamar
 
Verno wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 14:39:
The iPad Mini will probably be announced at the October event.

New iPhone info was interesting but I'm perfectly happy with my little Android phone for the time being, never really understood the people who upgrade phones yearly or whatever. Huge diminishing returns on that stuff considering app performance requirements are relatively static compared to something like computer games or etc.

PC's, in my opinion, have gotten pretty stagnant... Sure, people still joke about having to upgrade all the time, and 'by the time you get home, it's already obsolete', but those jokes are a decade old... I still upgrade too often, but a non-value PC is good for about 3 years for most users..

Mobile devices are expanding much faster, and while a LOT of apps are made to be very simple and what not, that's been changing for a few years...

So really, my 'analogy' is that I upgrade PC parts yearly, so why not upgrade mobile parts yearly? I don't; I use an iPod 3rd, and now a Nexus 7, but I can see the appeal, especially for those that are using it as much as we, the PC gamers, use PCs.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 12, 2012, 14:36 Alamar
 
Blue wrote on Sep 12, 2012, 09:50:
That's right, the day that iPhone 6 rumors begin!

Good stuff : )

I just found out sometime this afternoon that there was info about the new iPhone.. Which I generally don't care about, but looking forward to info on the iPad Mini...

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News Comments > Steam Top 10
55. Re: Steam Top 10 Sep 11, 2012, 14:44 Alamar
 
Jerykk wrote on Sep 11, 2012, 12:34:
dj LiTh wrote on Sep 11, 2012, 06:57:
Jerykk wrote on Sep 10, 2012, 23:59:
The 3570K isn't locked. I don't think any Intel CPU is locked anymore. I'm running at 4.3 GHz on air right now and that was with an automated overclocking process. If you start messing with the voltages and other things manually, you could likely get it up to 4.8 GHz or more with watercooling.

And when buying memory, you should always go for 2 sticks, not 4. You can't use dual channel with 4 and going for 2 leaves space for more should you need them in the future.

As for SLI, I can't really recommend it. There are a lot of games that either don't support it or have issues when it is enabled (image quality and performance issues). Nvidia is pretty good about fixing these issues in a relatively timely manner but it's still annoying.

With 2 sticks and 4 sticks you do indeed get dual channel, with 1 and 3 sticks you dont. As for SLI i've never encountered a single issue and i play just about every game under the sun.

I guess you're right about 4 sticks being able to dual channel. Still, if you can get 2 sticks, I don't know why you'd want 4.

As for SLI, just look up "SLI issues" on Google.

Two 8GB sticks is still considerably pricier than four 4GB sticks...

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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
9. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 10, 2012, 08:26 Alamar
 
nin wrote on Sep 9, 2012, 17:57:
Prez wrote on Sep 9, 2012, 17:35:
Julio wrote on Sep 9, 2012, 16:54:
Was that article paid for by Apple? Eliminating price fixing is a good thing for competition. I hope the government makes Apple wear a ballgag when they fine them.

Ebooks without price fixing allow authors to make more money than they used to, rewarding the creator of the work, not the middlemen.

That's what I thought too. It's astounding - every article I read lately is so embarrassingly slanted to "pro-Apple" it's enough to make me wonder if there's anyone objective out there in journo-land anymore or if everyone is an Apple shill.

I sometimes wonder if Blue intentionally throws in a wacky link here and there, just to see who's reading...


I rarely read these articles, but I often browse the comments ; )

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News Comments > Steam Greenlight Adding Listing Fee
17. Re: Steam Greenlight Adding Listing Fee Sep 5, 2012, 14:22 Alamar
 
I can see why this is needed... The first time I visited, I was surprised there were so many games... Like 30 or so... And then I noticed there were 14 pages...

The total at that time was 403, and then I checked back again a few days later, and it was 567 or so...

Checking now, it's 757...

And while I think it's great that Steam has been so indie friendly... If a group doesn't think their game is worth (an extra) $100 investment, would the people viewing it?

Also, when I first heard about it, I thought it was a cool idea, but being slammed with 400 entries (let alone the double it's at now), I don't have the time (priority) to bother... Maybe when I have nothing to play, I'll browse more actively.

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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Mechromancer next Month
20. Re: Borderlands 2 Mechromancer next Month Sep 4, 2012, 13:35 Alamar
 
RailWizard wrote on Sep 4, 2012, 12:41:
NKD wrote on Sep 4, 2012, 12:23:
RailWizard wrote on Sep 4, 2012, 12:07:
All is available on the good ship Piracy. I'll be taking that voyage until the inevitable GOTY edition hit's $5 on steam. Stuff that in your gearbox.

And this is the reason publishers perceive the PC market as a bunch of freeloaders.

Better to be a freeloader than a golddigger. If they want my money, they WILL treat me with more respect.

And while everyone "oooo's" and "ahhh's" at Skyrim being on the top ten steam sellers week after week, it also has remained on TPB top 100 for just as long. They are making their money and people are getting free stuff. Win=Win.

btw my steam library contains over 100 games and that's maybe half of my 'legit' library. I generally don't buy cheap indy crap either.

I don't see the point you're trying to make about having a 'legit' library after just stating you'll steal something, but throw a few pennies at them when it's dirt cheap...

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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Mechromancer next Month
16. Re: Borderlands 2 Mechromancer next Month Sep 4, 2012, 12:09 Alamar
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 4, 2012, 11:10:
What'd be the point of pre-ordering the game if it were included? Exactly, there'd be none.

I pre-ordered because they deserve my (discounted on GMG) money...

That's one of various reasons, surely more than none ; )

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - The Sims 3 Supernatural
1. Re: Ships Ahoy - The Sims 3 Supernatural Sep 4, 2012, 10:49 Alamar
 
Honestly, Blue, this is why I come here...

Not the Sims; the comments/puns/etc ; )

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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Trailer
11. Re: Borderlands 2 Trailer Sep 1, 2012, 08:14 Alamar
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Sep 1, 2012, 07:43:
That's interesting because for me the game only even releases on the 21st...

I do plan to test out all characters in SP first though.. I learned that lesson the hard-way in Borderlands 1... I ran around with a completely borked Siren config until I remade the character in SP and noticed how much bad-assery you can dish out with a proper focus. Thing is, in a group you don't notice short-comings of a specific build. You only notice it when you solo an armored corrosive elder skag of doom.

Fire weapons are BAD ASS... Until you get to Moe and Marley, where you learn to keep various types on you : )

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News Comments > World of Warcraft Patched
20. Re: World of Warcraft Patched Aug 29, 2012, 11:46 Alamar
 
Verno wrote on Aug 29, 2012, 11:00:
Haha ok reading into this further I have to revise my earlier statement to be a bit harsher. Some of these changes sound dumb. Stuff like mana pools being capped and one talent from each line kills build diversity. The people who were calling this total homogenization seem to be correct. Also some of their changes just toss out all legacy support for the sake of it. Head enchants were just tossed and if you had one well tough.

Some of the game has evolved considerably over the years while other parts they just change arbitrarily to give people something new to dick around with before getting bored and repeating the cycle.

I don't know... I played a lot of competitive WoW over the years, and one thing I learned, is that talent points rarely mattered...

With BC and later, most players were going to sites like elitist jerks, that spoon fed them their optimal talents, stat priorities (ironically, wrong for most people), and rotations...

So while EJ isn't perfect, they do have a lot of math friendly people that were willing to put in the hundreds (some thousands) of hours to test which talents were best, and after that was all done, you usually had the 'perfect' spec, with maybe ~3 talents left over for fluff (run speed boosts and the like)...

The new system, that's all been simplified, and many of the talent trees offer some interesting choices. So just like the backlash they had with Diablo 3 and removing pointless stat allocations (which were only in the game to let people make bad choices), people call this 'dumbed down' and ironically, with less choices...

Now, to counter my own point about choices, in a few months, there will be optimal 'you must use these' talent builds for each spec, but even after that, most trees include 3+ tiers of 'utility' (sometimes pvp, sometimes defense/fun/wonky) abilities...

Such as... Druids can choose between a passive speed buff, a blink ability (shoot forward and stealth - awesome for pvp/escape), and a charge... That's a really tough choice for me; if I ever want to pvp, I love the middle one, even for moonkin/healer, but I'll also really miss charge, and passive speed buffs are always fun : )

In short, I like change, so I'm already at a different spot than most people : ) I'm looking forward to relearning classes, though I do feel a bit of regret now that I can't state 'I am competitive with every spec of every class', because enough of them changed just enough for them to need a few hours of finagglin : )

I'm also really looking forward to content I can do with less people, because I like to play with friends, and I haven't been replacing them as they go, so our guild has shrunk over time : ) (Area 52, Horde, Dialectic, if anyone here is somewhat interested : )

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News Comments > World of Warcraft Patched
5. Re: World of Warcraft Patched Aug 28, 2012, 23:00 Alamar
 
As someone that never much cared for collecting mounts/pets, this patch is AWESOME...

I now have Raven Lord and Hippogryph on all my chars... and that's damned sexy : )

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News Comments > Clockwork Empires Announced
8. Re: Clockwork Empires Announced Aug 27, 2012, 22:53 Alamar
 
nin wrote on Aug 27, 2012, 22:39:
Cutter wrote on Aug 27, 2012, 22:36:
Well for this type of game it'll have to have some nice graphics or it'll suck. Love the concept though.

Did you play DoD?



I believe that's why he's making the point...

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News Comments > Dark Shadows - Army of Evil Announced
1. Re: Dark Shadows - Army of Evil Announced Aug 27, 2012, 20:57 Alamar
 
I know many here disagree (Messiah), but I don't think melee combat and 'First Person' go well together...

I also like 3rd person action games...

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News Comments > Orcs Must Die! 2 Booster Pack This Week
17. Re: Orcs Must Die! 2 Booster Pack This Week Aug 27, 2012, 13:29 Alamar
 
nin wrote on Aug 27, 2012, 10:15:
Not wild about DLC so soon, for OMD, I'll probably check it out.


All parts of this comment I expected heh... Not necessarily from you, whoever you are... : )

The same thing happened with OMD... And while I'm unlikely to get OMD2 (still haven't put in the time on the first), the fact that DLC is 1/3 the cost of the game sucks, except that it's a $15 game, so I'm fine with it ; )

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News Comments > Darksiders II Patch Plans
9. Re: Darksiders II Patch Plans Aug 26, 2012, 09:48 Alamar
 
Perhaps if you're playing with a controller, the cameras are the same, but not so with KB/M, which is something I lauded about in the first, and is annoying as shit in the second...

I thoroughly enjoyed #1 (hence the pre-order), but just can't seem to 'get into' #2... For example, I ripped through Prototype 2 in 3 days (22h played), and practically have had to force myself to play D2, with 5h since whenever it launched.

I don't mind the loot system so much, but I gather more crap than I do in D3 heh...

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News Comments > Might & Magic Heroes VI DLC & Gold Edition Next Month
8. Re: Might & Magic Heroes VI DLC & Gold Edition Next Month Aug 24, 2012, 09:58 Alamar
 
Stanly Manly wrote on Aug 24, 2012, 02:17:
*sigh* Still waiting for Etherlords 3...

Seconded!

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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition
26. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition Aug 24, 2012, 09:54 Alamar
 
ASeven wrote on Aug 24, 2012, 00:24:
I wanted to buy Dark Souls on the PC but when I heard how poor the port was going to be I decided not to buy it. I don't want to give money to this and encourage more devs to think that doing the minimal amount of work and being shitty at it is the right thing to do.

Great game but the horrid job of a port just kills any interest I had on it.

No worries; they'll blame piracy for shitty PC sales : )

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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Launch Schedule and Client Downloads
12. Re: Guild Wars 2 Launch Schedule and Client Downloads Aug 23, 2012, 11:56 Alamar
 
Verno wrote on Aug 23, 2012, 11:43:
But it lacks an endgame outside of pvp (3 faction/server bigass battlegrounds).

In the betas sure but there are dungeons and stuff to run plus supposedly some world events in the retail game. I agree though the gear stuff isn't as compelling but for better or worse that was a design intention. More of a focus on individual player contribution as opposed to items themselves. It's not the traditional "raid for 2-4 hours" endgame that many people might expect however and that turned out to be a big problem for The Old Republic. It worked for the first GW so maybe they will be fine, who knows.

The fact that GW2 isn't a subscription based model helps this... Even with only $15 a month, many feel the need to 'justify' that expense every month by putting in a given amount of time/effort... For GW2, you can drop the game for 6 months and (outside of the inevitable expansions), pick right up where you left off and, most importantly, still be competitive...

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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Launch Schedule and Client Downloads
10. Re: Guild Wars 2 Launch Schedule and Client Downloads Aug 23, 2012, 11:31 Alamar
 
LesCaster wrote on Aug 23, 2012, 10:39:
For those of you that have tried the beta and are also WoW players, how do the two compare? Does GW2 improve upon WoW or is simply a different approach to the genre? If you could only play one, which would it be?

In short, GW2 got me re-interested in WoW : )

However, GW2 does add a few improvements to the genre... Cooperation is probably the highest... WoW originally added a good deal of cooperation with McGrouping, but you don't even need to bother with dealing with other people in GW2... The default is that everything is coop... So if you see a group of people, likely not friends, tackling a giant spud, run over and attack it... Gone are the days of ninja-tagging and the like, though I imagine it'll still take time for people to adjust, and not be pissy when you attack 'their' mob : )

For me, I have little interest in GW2, and mostly, that's because it doesn't change enough of the formula... Like a highly hyped movie, I went in with much excitement, and was thoroughly disappointed... Going in without that hype however, I likely would have enjoyed the experience a good deal more... It has some of the things I want; lots of content/starting areas/stories/etc, the aforementioned coop focus, etc... But it lacks an endgame outside of pvp (3 faction/server bigass battlegrounds).

It also lacks a gear treadmill, which a lot of people think they want ; ) The claim is that within an hour or two of hitting max level, you'll never need better gear... So why keep playing? Other than the feeling of superiority when you gank people in pvp, you can earn currency to pretty'fy your look (also in pve through dungeon grinding).

Also, their design isn't based on the 'holy trinity' (tank, healer, dps) of massives, so more focus is on each player to avoid damage, and heal themselves, which could turn out to be a lot of fun, but I imagine will result in a lot of bitching (mostly from people 'set in their ways').

I think that's all I have for now...

If you want new content, a new world, etc... Give it a try... I'll be taking a sha't at kung fu panda online : )

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News Comments > Jay Wilson Apologies for Diablo III Comment; Discusses Game's Future
18. Re: Jay Wilson Apologies for Diablo III Comment; Discusses Game's Future Aug 22, 2012, 22:34 Alamar
 
Denthor wrote on Aug 22, 2012, 21:37:
The (main) problem with Diablo 3 is that to keep items worthwhile they had to neuter the drop rates, well now it's the item rolls (stats on items) to keep them valuable on the AH.

This in turn with having a low level cap and making boss runs pointless just put people off their own game. There was literally no point in logging in for a quick boss run - as you got NOTHING in return.

I just laugh at the comments devs/cms make that the AH had no influence on game design. It was clearly built from the ground up to take advantage of it which in return shat on their own gamers. The game lost what it was that made diablo in the first place - an Item hunt. Instead it's just a gold grind or an AH simulator.

This is what I just 'don't get' time and again with all these comments regurgitated...

If it was 'clearly built from the ground up' to use the AH, how can the prequel be all about the 'item hunt'... Just because people give up and use the AH doesn't mean it's required...

And while people, like below, want useful items more often, the more useful an item is that drops, the longer it's going to last... Just like the complaints in Borderlands... I honestly don't get what you people want... Upgrades every level? Would making loot based upgrades that happen very often, therefore having to scale the monsters much faster, alleviate this 'issue'?

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