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Signed On Apr 26, 2005, 15:11
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News Comments > On Diablo III Balance Changes
18. Re: On Diablo III Balance Changes May 28, 2012, 15:09 Alamar
 
eRe4s3r wrote on May 28, 2012, 14:02:
I read somewhere that items always drop below your level, you will never find items above or atyour level unless you play Inferno (apparently ACT4 before that drops like 1 out of 3000 lvl 60 items but nothing beyond that).. That is one of the dumbest things I have ever heard. How are you supposed to prepare for Inferno when all the loot you need only drops in Inferno?

Let's think about this for a second, instead of just spitting out a post...

Let's say that in game 'generic RPG with random loot', you need a full set of 12 gear slots filled with <insert current level> gear, and that gear only drops from <insert current level> mobs, but since you need that full set, to get one drop of that full set, you just can't play the game... That is the dumbest design that could be...

That is far from what Diablo (1, 2 or 3) does... Instead, in Normal, to beat the last boss, you 'need' an average gear level of about 10 (level - 20)... In later difficulties, the only thing changes is the 20 in that previous equation... But at no point is that 20 ever a 0, including Inferno... My example is simplified, and Inferno confuses people even more so, because each Act has lvl 60 gear, that doesn't have an iLvl of 60, so ignore that part : )

What I do agree with however, is that too much crap gear (both because of stat rolls on items, and level rolls on items) drops... Getting a 'Socketed Ring' at lvl 10 was silly... Getting them dropping with a lvl 50 requirement (no stats, just a socket) is beyond silly... But I mostly feel this way because, while I enjoy running through the game (and this time around, the difficulties), farming bores the piss out of me... I like levelling, and beating harder stuff, but I don't want to (not for 20+ years) run back and forth over the same area trying to 'gear up'...

Vex wrote on May 28, 2012, 15:07:
If anyone is on the fence about this game, I strongly suggest you wait to purchase it. At this point you are paying to beta test the game, which is an insult considering how long the development cycle was. The game has been designed to train you to go to the auction house for your gear.

If anyone is on the fence about this game, I strongly suggest you run out and purchase it. At this point, the game is insanely fun (if you like ARPG's), and if you don't mind the brick wall difficulty increase (after you've had fun for ~50 hours already), the extra challenges are great : )

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News Comments > On Diablo III Balance Changes
16. Re: On Diablo III Balance Changes May 28, 2012, 14:59 Alamar
 
The gem change really makes me want to start a thread titled 'What the fuck are you thinking?'...

Since you can take gems out of gear, and re-use them, the gem combining that is going from 3 to 2 gems is nearly useless... Because it stops at the point it should start instead...

I actually went through all my gems recently and combined them all to the top level (Just below Square; can't recall the name)... I ended up with about 30 gems, which ended up costing me 90k gold, and 42 pages. If it required 2 gems instead of 3, it would have just cost ~50% more gold/pages (not quite, but you get the idea)... Having an extra ~10 high end gems does what for me? I have like 5 gem slots on my entire character..

/rant...

In short, don't combine gems, unless it's one time, for a red gem for your weapon (or Topaz for your Helm, or similiar), and the next higher type just hasn't dropped yet... Up to Flawless Square that is; I don't think they can drop after that.

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News Comments > Op Ed
5. Re: Op Ed May 28, 2012, 14:15 Alamar
 
If only it were the first game, or even action RPG that did this...

Was there this kind of uproar for GW when it came out? Or were people really fooled into thinking it was a massive?

jdreyer wrote on May 28, 2012, 14:14:
I couldn't agree more with this sentiment. I was playing D2 earlier this year. I just got out my disk and installed. Will Blizzard still be around in 12 years for me to play D3 if I buy it today?

So while the answer doesn't invalidate your point, yes, yes it will : )

-Alamar

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News Comments > Op Ed
23. Re: Op Ed May 26, 2012, 20:45 Alamar
 
Jerykk wrote on May 26, 2012, 19:06:
It didn't help that the whole setting and storyline in the game is just so damn generic. All this huge talent from a variety of industries and they went with a typical 'evil elves trying to take over the world and you, a nondescript soldier must become the ultimate hero to defeat them.'

This. If you're making a new IP, you need to make sure it stands out. Generic fantasy does not stand out.

I saw this complaint a bunch, but I wonder, how is it more generic than Skyrim.

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News Comments > Skyrim to Add Mounted Combat
13. Re: Skyrim to Add Mounted Combat May 26, 2012, 08:49 Alamar
 
If it's not riding dragons, i'm not interested : )

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News Comments > On Sale
11. Re: On Sale May 26, 2012, 00:28 Alamar
 
Rather glad I didn't pick up Confrontation at $40, and now that it's already half off, I think I'll wait a bit...

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News Comments > Diablo III Patch Next Week; Real Money Auctions Postponed Again
51. Re: Diablo III Patch Next Week; Real Money Auctions Postponed Again May 25, 2012, 12:59 Alamar
 
Verno wrote on May 25, 2012, 11:44:
(Randomly shoot out exploding chickens that peck the enemy and then explode for AE fire damage)

I would like to second this 'nomination'... : )

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News Comments > Diablo III Hotfixes
63. Re: Diablo III Hotfixes May 24, 2012, 22:26 Alamar
 
Prez wrote on May 24, 2012, 21:43:
Forcing people into auction houses by tweaking loot drops so that the majority of loot you get is stuff you can't use is pretty damn slimy. I suppose I'm not allowed to have an opinion about that because I didn't play it? Rolleyes

You're making the mistake of thinking people are forced to use the AH... You don't need optimal gear at every moment to get by... People do it, but don't need to...

Also, the majority of loot dropped in any game ever made that has random loot is, guess what, stuff you won't use... Perhaps this is worse for ARPG's, but D3 has a ton more useful loot dropping than TQ ever did (as a personal perception/observation based comparison). And at least every garbage piece of loot still has a use in D3.

As for there always being awesome stuff on the AH... Do the math? The AH is for the entire Americas (or Asia or Europe - I think those are the groupings) playerbase, so ya, there's going to be a LOT of gear on the AH, and guess what? Most of it you won't use ; )

Not you, you... As this is the only game in the last decade you haven't bought hehe : )

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News Comments > Diablo III Hotfixes
39. Re: Diablo III Hotfixes May 24, 2012, 15:30 Alamar
 
Wolfox wrote on May 24, 2012, 15:22:
Stolk wrote on May 24, 2012, 14:57:
Lots of complaints specifically regarding tool-tips not being changed yet. I continue to be surprised by things I see around the internet.

That's a big deal. First, because it's confusing. Second, because if ArenaNet updates tooltips every time a skill changes, then Blizzard should be able to do the same.

I was going to make a point about how GW does things, but passed on it... But since you mention it...

GW has content 'patches' very often... sometimes multiple times a day... It definitely works well for the way they have things organized, and I don't think players complain 'too much' about the multiple restarts required at times...

However, this is an early design type of thing... So late in the development stage, it's a pain to fix, and we're very long past that stage... Blizzard could change it; they've made early design style changes in the past, but from a cost-benefit rating, I'd say it's pretty damn low.

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News Comments > Diablo III Hotfixes
35. Re: Diablo III Hotfixes May 24, 2012, 15:15 Alamar
 
Verno wrote on May 24, 2012, 15:04:
Stolk wrote on May 24, 2012, 14:57:
Lots of complaints specifically regarding tool-tips not being changed yet. I continue to be surprised by things I see around the internet.

Yeah I wasn't very happy about this. I logged in one day and a few of my abilities/runes weren't working properly. There was no post informing people, no documentation on the forums/website and the tooltip was the same. They got into this really annoying trend of hotfixing things in WoW which pissed a lot of people off and I really don't want that becoming a thing in D3. If people find a way to literally cheat or exploit then fine but if they're playing within your mechanics then at least have the decency to promply tell people when you're changing stuff.

In this 'day and age', there's really no excuse not to inform your users when hotfixes are made... Though, half the time, when there is i nfo, people don't know where to find it, so a consolidated spot is handy (The patch page, for example, which has notoriously been slow to update)... Different departments working (not so well) together...

I would like to see this for downtime as well... Sometimes, they have to bring the servers down NOW... Take the 5s to email someone responsible for updates to get that shit out right away... I think it's better than it was, but ideally, the 'Breaking News' should be there when you're D/C'd without warning...

xXBatmanXx wrote on May 24, 2012, 15:04:
You can set gold limits and buffs. Search on cheap stuff first, it shows the expensive stuff if you don't search witih some other attributes....

I spent a good hour in there just looking at stuff, it is interesting to see what some people get for drops, etc.

I was using the filters (Int/Vit) for that, but for some reason, thought the gold limit was only for legendaries, which admittedly, is more me not thinking about it...

Will definitely mess with that when I want to add some Vit to the Barbie...

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News Comments > Diablo III Hotfixes
32. Re: Diablo III Hotfixes May 24, 2012, 15:02 Alamar
 
deqer wrote on May 24, 2012, 14:57:
Alamar wrote on May 24, 2012, 14:46:
a nice helm with 44 int, 102 vit, +9 xp (blah) and a socket (currently at 13% MF)...

blah blah, blablablah ?

Finally, we can agree on the content of all your posts...

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News Comments > Diablo III Hotfixes
28. Re: Diablo III Hotfixes May 24, 2012, 14:46 Alamar
 
Just played around with the AH myself... There is SOOOOOO much stuff on there, it's a pain in the ass... Can't sort by time left, or bid... The two sorts I would find most useful... So I spammed through 10-20 pages per item for stuff nearly done (and cheap enough)...

Beyond that, it's addictive... I picked up three pieces for about 30k, one of which is a nice helm with 44 int, 102 vit, +9 xp (blah) and a socket (currently at 13% MF)...

Edit: heh... regarding the Hot Fix notes... Never seen Mehtan before, but just got him twice...

-Alamar

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News Comments > Diablo III Hotfixes
1. Re: Diablo III Hotfixes May 24, 2012, 12:25 Alamar
 
Lots of complaints from peeps that built their chars around Smoke Screen or the Force Armor rune... Game breaking bugs get fixed... More at eleven...

I'm looking forward to trying out Force Armor myself... Looks like a real handy ability... If I don't foret to keep it up... Not a big fan of short term buffs in general, but 2(or 4 with a juicy passive) isn't that horrible, especially with 1-2 other 5m buffs in my build : )

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News Comments > ShootMania Storm Beta Signups & Trailer
15. Re: ShootMania Storm Beta Signups & Trailer May 24, 2012, 11:33 Alamar
 
This takes me back to my UT Excessive nastalgia...

And the one (of many) times I was called a cheater... There is no bigger compliment in an FPS : )

I was all about the shock boom... Love that shit : )

As for SM... I agree with earlier comments, and I'm unlikely to buy it, or even play for free, now that I'm older and slower : )

As for easy mode map making... It's a bad idea... Back when it took a lot of effort to make (and publish) a map, the choices for players were easy (and few)... Now that everyone can put together their own crappy map, and get it on the ever-increasing list, it just becomes too much work to find a map to play with... Brick Force is the same; there are hundreds of published maps that have 0 download/play count, because it's not worth the time for people to try out the new maps... Maybe the Planet sites need to come back and rate maps ; ) Then I can re-release CTF-HouseOfCards, with some environment (non square walls/tunnels) enhancements : )

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News Comments > Blizzard on Diablo III Security
45. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Security May 23, 2012, 09:50 Alamar
 
InBlack wrote on May 23, 2012, 07:52:
While its true that most users are to blame when it comes to their account security there have been a number of reports of people loosing their accounts by simply playing in open games with 'hackers' who somehow manage to bypass the security wholesale?

First, you're going to trust the judgement of those that were hacked (that they know precisely when it happened)?

Surely, it couldn't be that they heard some (officially) disputed rumor and jumped on that bandwagon...

It's always astounded me how badly (and often) people connect things, usually based on two occurrences... I washed my car last week, and it rained 36m later... Then I washed my bike and it rained 6m later... Which totally makes sense, because I used rain-barrel water, and the car weighs 6x that of the bike.

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News Comments > Blizzard on Diablo III Security
30. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Security May 23, 2012, 01:23 Alamar
 
Sepharo wrote on May 23, 2012, 00:48:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on May 23, 2012, 00:22:
Considering you can glean the answers to most security questions in about 30 seconds because people are idiots and post everything online, I'm sure you can see the problem already. Facebook makes circumventing that trivial, especially since most people use a school, town, pet, or current s/o as their questions.

I'm on all the social networks and I post a lot of info publicly. I challenge you to go find my mother's maiden name and my pet's name in 30 seconds (or I suppose just one of them in 30 seconds)... GO!

No cheating either, you only get 30 seconds, and I'm pretty sure the info is out there somewhere.

I thought this might be fun... But 30s isn't very long heh... Couldn't find the stuff you mentioned...

However, Initials of T.B. (or A.B. if we're talking legal names... Same initials as your sister or perhaps cousin)... And I think it's cool where you Interned in 07... : )

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News Comments > Diablo III Hacking?
147. Re: Diablo III Hacking? May 21, 2012, 20:19 Alamar
 
Prez wrote on May 21, 2012, 19:13:
Remember the days when a big game was released and the main story was the game itself, not the DRM, broken servers, and cash shop hacking? *SIGH*

Blizzard was better when they were game-makers first, not businessmen.

I don't think that observation is related to Blizzard or Diablo at all... This is just the state of the world now... Even this site is a good example of it... Every story/product about anything people are interested in gets scrutinized like crazy, and that's not likely to ever let up...

The thing people don't seem to understand about security, however, is that while they might (ignorantly) think you can just throw money at a problem and it'll go away, the security landscape is always changing... Some exploits discovered today weren't even conceived when some software was made, so how do you protect against the future?

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News Comments > Diablo III Hacking?
25. Re: Diablo III Hacking? May 21, 2012, 12:51 Alamar
 
ASeven wrote on May 21, 2012, 12:21:
Yifes wrote on May 21, 2012, 12:18:
ASeven wrote on May 21, 2012, 11:58:
Anyone who bought this game under the premise this wouldn't be hacked:

WE FUCKING TOLD YOU SO

Who said this couldn't be hacked or are you just arguing with yourself and winning?

Hmm is this a new tactic from rabid fanboys, denying what they said in the past?

Were you referring to yourself, or the previous poster? : )

Give it a second and let it sink in...

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News Comments > Diablo III Hacking?
11. Re: Diablo III Hacking? May 21, 2012, 12:10 Alamar
 
DeadlyAccurate wrote on May 21, 2012, 11:55:
There are several seriously delusional fanboys who are insistent that there's no way in hell Blizzard could be at fault. Even though people with strong passwords got hacked (they should've had an authenticator); and even when people who had authenticators got hacked (they're lying about having one). They're pulling out the old "it never happened to me, so it couldn't have happened to you" response. I'm pretty sure I've never felt that much blind loyalty toward anyone, even my awesome husband.


While it's possible that Blizzard could be at fault, the likelihood is; so does that make me delusional or just educated : )

I do find the comments that 'online DRM' should prevent this funny... Did these people never play a massive?

Blizzard has done quite a lot, even if it's not noticeable to most, to combat hacking, but like every other compang that has to deal with it, they know it's ongoing and will never be solved.

I've never had any accounts of mine hacked, mostly due to my usage habits and knowledge, but that doesn't mean it can't/won't happen, but you can bet your butt I won't be whining to whatever service it happens to be for about it : )

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News Comments > Wasteland 2 NOT an Origin Exclusive
22. Re: Wasteland 2 May 19, 2012, 15:56 Alamar
 
Creston wrote on May 19, 2012, 14:02:
xXBatmanXx wrote on May 19, 2012, 12:52:
For all the hate some here are putting on D3, I hope they give the same hate to EA and didn't buy BF3.


I didn't, actually. I also never bought any of the Ubisoft games that came with the always-on DRM. I also have not bought D3.

Ah, consistency. How many others here can say that? (I know Seph can.)

Creston

Oh oh oh.. I'm consistent... I have D3 because I like it, and don't have BF because I don't : )

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