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News Comments > On Guild Wars 2 Microtransactions
40. Re: On Guild Wars 2 Microtransactions Mar 21, 2012, 14:25 Alamar
 
Keilun wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 14:17:
Maybe I didn't explain myself as well as I could have. My point is that, if you earn gold while having fun going about regular in-game activities, is it really a grind?

No more or less than WoW, was the point I was eluding to...

I do really like the idea that everything may be available for gold, but their verbiage is a bit off... If I can unlock extra character slots with gold, even if it costs a 'lot' (subjective term), that's great, because I'm the type that wants to try every class (and never have to delete one).

However, I don't see it strictly stated that you can pay for microtransations with gold, because stuff on the store costs gems, and they state it is a player driven market that allows players to buy gems (with gold), but doesn't strictly say we can buy gems from them with gold. This is only a non-issue if there are always a ton of gems available for a consistent price, which seems unlikely to me (the success of gold selling over the last decade+ might argue with me).

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News Comments > On Guild Wars 2 Microtransactions
37. Re: On Guild Wars 2 Microtransactions Mar 21, 2012, 14:13 Alamar
 
Fion wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 14:05:
Now, if you can buy them you'll certainly look cooler than the average player, but statistically you will have no advantage what so ever.

Just want to point out one way this is not true...

Camouflage... Green gear in a green area gives a visual advantage in times of sneak attack and what not : )

Some will scoff at this, but then, I spent many many hours over the years, standing in the bush by the blacksmith, and throwing daggers at people trying to cap the flag... They would spin around, not see me, and try again, at which point, another dagger would thud into them and stop them : )

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News Comments > On Guild Wars 2 Microtransactions
33. Re: On Guild Wars 2 Microtransactions Mar 21, 2012, 13:58 Alamar
 
Fion wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 13:48:
I think a lot of people are considering the system 'pay 2 win' because if you have money you can buy gems, sell them for gold and buy gear with that gold. But those people aren't thinking clearly about the subject because if they did, they would realize that just isn't the case.

The reason it isn't is because GW2's gear 'progression' is lateral. Anet has stated multiple times that by the time you hit 80 you'll have top end gear or very near it. Whether you get it via dungeons (where you get a token and then turn that token in for a piece of gear), from crafting, from PvP (using Glory), or from World vs World. Top end stats are easy to get to, the progression from there is in getting your hands on some of the rare skins for gear, just like GW2.

Because of this, even if you DID spend $ on gems and sold them, then bought top end gear, you would not have an advantage, simple because every level 80 will have top end gear. It's that simple, so pay 2 win is simply impossible with this system.

I personally like that it's all up to the players how the gem system plays out. What the market prices will be in game for one. The ability to spend gold on them at the trading post, and thus the ability to purchase micro-transactions without spending $. This makes any purchases a 'reward' to Anet, a direct way to help them build future content and expansions, etc. And that is pure win.

I agree with all this... Except, they can sell buffs... We won't know everything on the store until it's there : )

Do I think a company that isn't adding a gear cycle (at launch) will add buffs to the store, or P2W features at all? No, but if they get bought by Activision, this could totally happen, because Blizzard was a shining beam of holy goodness before they were bought : )

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Michael Bay doing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - as aliens Mar 21, 2012, 13:04 Alamar
 
nin wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 10:17:

The Rock was indeed good. But I don't think it would have been nearly as good w/o Connery.

Arma and BB were tolerable.



I'm gonna take pleasure in gutting you boy...

And something about a prom queen...

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Microsoft Bans Internal Purchases of Mac and iPad. Mar 21, 2012, 13:00 Alamar
 
Verno wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 12:20:
wtf_man wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 10:23:
Link is broken... but this one works:

Microsoft Bans...

It makes sense though. Why would you want all of your employees buying a competitor's product with your company funds?

Obviously their R&D department that reverse engineers stuff should have an exception. I mean, how else would they steal shit from Apple, like they always have?

I don't know, my company lets us do whatever we want, we're constantly checking out competitor products both in official and casual use. Hell my buddy works at Ford and the only penalty for owning a non-Ford car is that you have to park further away from the building. If the auto unions can't enforce that shit I don't see Microsoft getting a real handle on it.

That said, it just makes sense for the most forward facing parts of the company not to advertise that stuff, I'm not bashing MS for this or something.

Your comment makes me think you didn't read more than the headline...

'for owning a non-Ford car'... How is an employee's properly in any way related to this article?

Perhaps you're thinking back to a similar headline many years ago where MS employees were using non-white headphones (to hide that they were using) with their iPods, when Zune (is that what it was called) was being pushed internally.

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News Comments > On Guild Wars 2 Microtransactions
18. Re: On Guild Wars 2 Microtransactions Mar 21, 2012, 12:33 Alamar
 
Keilun wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 10:48:
wusel wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 10:22:
Item shop unlocks are for "account services and on time-saving convenience". To generate a demand for "time-saving convenience"-items, Anet must have left inconvenient game mechanics in the game ..so much for the promise of "no grind, just fun".

That statement there is a bit of a leap. Inconvenient game mechanics doesn't exclude fun. Most game activities generate gold naturally (eg. quests). So unless you tend to play your games by computing how to maximize gold gain, rather than you know enjoying yourself, then it's not exactly a grind. Or rather, it's only a grind if you make it one. Yes some games can create grinds (a la WoW or Lineage), but I'm inclined to at least give ArenaNet the benefit of the doubt that they've added enough variety through their personal stories and dynamic events that the game itself will stay fresh.

Your post screams naivety to me... So I may be misunderstanding, but it seems like you're saying WoW can be grindy, but GW2 isn't going to be because you earn gold while playing?

If the costs in GW2 take a day or two each, that might seem reasonable, but once you have to play, at max level, for a week (or play the AH), to buy one measely little item/buff/whatever, that's a whole different thing.

Also, this is the exact style of 'microtransactions' that has made mobile games so much money... You can play and play and play and unlock things as you go, or just pull out some cash and get it NOW... I personally like that the choice is there, but the counter-argument is that the game is purposefully slowed to 'make' people buy the currency instead...

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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Free Weekend
8. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Free Weekend Mar 21, 2012, 12:22 Alamar
 
WarpCrow wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 12:14:
Just long enough to see most of what is positive about the game, but not long enough to experience most of the negatives. I wish this game had lived up to its hype and potential.

Isn't this precisely the nature of what a game demo is?

Or a movie trailer... If I had a nickel for every trailer I enjoyed, but the movie contained 'no' new information... I likely would have spent it on candy... : )

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News Comments > Dark Souls PC Announcement Coming?
18. Re: Dark Souls PC Announcement Coming? Mar 21, 2012, 11:49 Alamar
 
I really need to play Demon Souls... It's still shrink wrapped, from when I bought my PS3 like 8 months ago...

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News Comments > Wasteland 2 Update; Fargo Says: "Kick It Forward"
7. Re: Wasteland 2 Update; Fargo Says: Mar 21, 2012, 11:30 Alamar
 
UttiniDaKilrJawa wrote on Mar 21, 2012, 11:22:
I just wonder what the first major kickstarted project that will implode under poor management will be. It will be interested to see how much excitement will be left for this model then.

Which is partly why they're all jumping on the bandwagon this early...

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News Comments > Blizzard: Some WoW Subs Lost to The Old Republic
29. Re: Blizzard: Some WoW Subs Lost to The Old Republic Mar 20, 2012, 14:43 Alamar
 
I guess I'm in the category of 'most likely done with WoW'... I have no hate on for the next expansion... Though I do find the Kung Fu Panda silly, but then, what do you expect when WoW was the first massive ever made? See where I'm going? : )

Anyhow... I have played since launch (or pre-launch for those measuring), but I haven't actively sub'd the whole time; Even from the first 'omg this is new, shiny awesomeness' year, I took breaks... So that never stopped, but this last one, has been about a year, so like I said... I guess I'm done...

And like someone said, if there's a dry spell (and I can't force myself to play the dozen+ unplayed (or replayed) steam sale games), I could see myself trying it out again after mists... Maybe after the scroll is upgraded, so I get mists for free : )

Also... Spellforce games are on for the cheap on steam today... I just picked up the whole thing, even though I have Shadow Wars in a box (moving in 2 weeks)... I really enjoyed Shadow Wars, though the game seems too big in some ways. Anyhow, I recommend it at $3.74 or whatever for Spellforce 2 (haven't played 1 yet, so can't recommend it yet : ).

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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
1. Re: Evening Mobilization Mar 19, 2012, 21:21 Alamar
 
Is eurogamer.net like the onion and other farce sites?

While WoW and other 3D 3rd person massives end up on a mobile device, why else would they just shrink a desktop screenie to portray it?

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 18, 2012, 18:56 Alamar
 
I'm confused.. Should they be dying if their video isn't funny, or the viewer?

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News Comments > Notch's Space Adventure Plans
10. Re: Notch's Space Adventure Plans Mar 18, 2012, 15:49 Alamar
 
I just want a new Spaceward Ho!

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News Comments > Grim Dawn Trailer
10. Re: Grim Dawn Trailer Mar 17, 2012, 10:56 Alamar
 
For those waiting eagerly, they're doing their own kickstarter/minecraft/alpha-purchasing like thing... Though the opposite of Minecraft, as the sooner you play it, the more it costs...

But nonetheless, the option to support now is there, and even play it, at some point in alpha, beta, or release, depending on how much you donate : )

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News Comments > Borderlands 2 PC Features
12. Re: Borderlands 2 PC Features Mar 16, 2012, 18:42 Alamar
 
Bought a house... Moving in to it in a few weeks... First plan for all that extra room? LAN party... Quite likely Borderlands, but the four player limit, for an actual LAN party sucks..

Really not sure what else to get going, that a lot of us would like... For FPS otherwise, it looks like we may have to go back a decade (and teach them all about the joys of Excessive UT : ).

Any suggestions for 5-8 players?

Will likely do it about monthly, so Diablo 3 will be in there in May, and Borderlands 2 late in the year : ) But again, both will have 4 player limits... That is a 'PC feature' I would like to see 'added' (more than four that is).

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News Comments > Diablo III May 15th
169. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 22:32 Alamar
 
McJammiepants wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 22:21:
Agent.X7 wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 22:08:
Yawn. So, is anyone actually looking forward to this game? I thought the beta was quite fun. The online thing doesn't bother me, maybe because I play so many MMOs and online games.

I am. I think half the reason these games don't induce the boners they used to is because the fans aren't 15 anymore, and have their left hemispheres WAAAYY too involved. This is exemplified by most of the posts below. Seriously, many of you are thinking much too much about this, and therefor have yourselves to blame for a lack of enjoyment, and no one else.

This is another way of saying 'ignorance is bliss' : )

And I don't mean that in an insulting way; we are all ignorant of so many things.

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News Comments > Diablo III May 15th
153. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 20:50 Alamar
 
Undocumented Alien wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 20:24:
Clearly, I have no clue what I'm talking about. Yet, here is a Blizzard employee stating all the same things myself and others here have stated regarding D3.

From your link -

"We thought about this quite a bit," said executive producer Rob Pardo earlier this week. "One of the things that we felt was really import was that if you did play offline, if we allowed for that experience, you’d start a character, you’d get him all the way to level 20 or level 30 or level 40 or what have you, and then at that point you might decide to want to venture onto Battle.net. But you’d have to start a character from scratch, because there’d be no way for us to guarantee no cheats were involved, if we let you play on the client and then take that character online."

This is about as lame a fucking reason as I ever heard (on top of your incorrect crap) and still DOES NOT indicate a valid reason for dropping a OFFLINE SP Mode that was a staple in D1 and D2. This given "reason" above is an opinion, not a fact. Any dumbass who created a true offline character KNEW they could not xfer it into B.NET. If I remember right, the UI even told you the SP character could not be used on B.NET so you knew right up front.

I'm seeing the problem... You're citing factual situations as opinions, and stating your opinions as facts... Great debate tactic, but amateurish.

Let me spell it out though, just in case...

Factual - 'But you’d have to start a character from scratch, because there’d be no way for us to guarantee no cheats were involved, if we let you play on the client and then take that character online.'

Opinion - 'lame a fucking reason', 'DOES NOT indicate a valid reason'

Seeing the difference yet?

I'm all for differing views, and discussion is healthy, but try to stay within the rules of what english consitutes, please : )

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RollinThundr wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 20:47:
There's 2 reasons it's online only and not because Diablo is a "Online game" as you keep trying to convince people to be the case.

Actually, there is only one reason, and it has never been different with Blizzard; money. Many people are upset, because Blizzard, to them, was a bastion of light, and think a merger changed things, and apparently abruptly...

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News Comments > Diablo III May 15th
131. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 18:43 Alamar
 
nin wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 17:09:
So where's Wildone? I'd like to get a statement from Mr "AHAHaHAHAHAHAHAH aHAHAHHAHA Q4 2014!!!!!! AHaHAHAHAHHAHA HAHAHA H AH HAHAHAHA H"...



That was a pretty good impersonation... Do you do parties?

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News Comments > Diablo III May 15th
96. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 16:39 Alamar
 
Undocumented Alien wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 15:32:
It's not a substantial change.

Right, taking away an entire mode is not a substantial change... Dammit Gump, your a genius!

Thanks for making my point that peoples issue with this is almost entirely due to their own mindset of how things should be and their resistance to change

Yeah... their own mindset... right...

How would changing the name to "World of Diablo" would change sweet fuck all other than your narrow minded perception? Name change and suddenly all the features make sense to you? /facepalm

Hmmm.. lets see Gump, worked pretty well for WarCraft... went from a SP/MP to an online only model... and they changed it to... wait for it.... here it comes... WORLD OF WARCRAFT. /facepalm? Yeah... have some.


You're not really calling Warcraft IiI to WoW synonymous to Diablo 2 to 3, while at the same time calling someone retarded (Gump)?

Really?

Also, remind me what substantial 'entire mode' change there was again? That the single player game, which still exists, requires a connection? I'm not seeing the substantial, or entire parts of that change...

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News Comments > Diablo III May 15th
34. Re: Diablo III May 15th Mar 15, 2012, 12:12 Alamar
 
Muscular Beaver wrote on Mar 15, 2012, 12:05:
Finally all those fanboy posts like "AMG!!!!! I CUT MY WRISTS IF DIABLO 3 DOESNT COME OUT TOMORROW!!!!!111" will stop.

Only poster I've seen like this, is wild one, and he's against, so clearly not a fanboy...

Maybe you're referring to some other gaming site for kids, run by kids?

We, here at Blues, have mean... Real men... Real crotchety curmudgeons of men, but men nonetheless... : )

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