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Signed On Apr 26, 2005, 15:11
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News Comments > Diablo III Launch Date Announcement Nears
23. Re: Diablo III Launch Date Announcement Nears Feb 24, 2012, 11:50 Alamar
 
Fibrocyte wrote on Feb 24, 2012, 11:37:
Hudson wrote on Feb 24, 2012, 11:31:
Game is NOT in good shape. It has HORRIBLE animation lag they STILL have not addressed!

Have you tried buying a new computer?

Different people have different defitions... Hell, consider 'lag'... That's originally a network term, but since massives became popular, it's now a graphical issue too, and most people don't know the difference...

Ironically, the 'animation lag' in D3 could be a network issue... If you fire off a projectile, and you're lagged, it won't show up till it's halfway to the mob; rather annoying, but I guess a super fast bolt or, crazy enough, a client predicted bolt, would be crazy ; )

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News Comments > Blizzard's Free-to-Play Plans?
19. Re: Blizzard's Free-to-Play Plans? Feb 24, 2012, 11:45 Alamar
 
Fion wrote on Feb 24, 2012, 01:44:
eunichron wrote on Feb 23, 2012, 23:15:

I'm sure that has absolutely nothing to do with the 1 year free Diablo 3 subscription plan they offered in that quarter. Mean

Funny thing is you could purchase Diablo III three times over for the price of a year of WoW. All those idiots bored to death of the game signed up for a year just to get it free, not even realizing that lol.

HAHAHAHA ya... You're so right...

Anyways... I'm sure that everyone that signed up for a free game (assuming they stick with WoW for the year) is a bored idiot... Couldn't be anyone that actually still wants to play that game...

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News Comments > BioWare Explains Mass Effect 3 Day One DLC
18. Re: BioWare Explains Mass Effect 3 Day One DLC Feb 24, 2012, 11:16 Alamar
 
This is always a tricky situation...

It's possible that they are the one game developer that finishes a game by the time it's 'gone gold' and don't need to spend the next month polishing for the day 1 patch... : )

Being sarcastic/snarky, but even without that impossible situation above, it's not like the designers, artists, musicians, etc are doing much during that time (it's all those bastard coders fixing their mistakes : ), and most 'worthwhile' DLC is just more content, the unbusy people can get busy : )

I think it should be a standing rule that releases aren't followed by DLC for a certain time period though... They may make some sales, but these conversations (and potential boycott's) keep showing up, so they have to be losing quite a few... Maybe even as much as to piracy : )

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sauron wrote on Feb 24, 2012, 11:06:
Heh, just headed over to Origin - who the heck pays $80 for a video game? Good luck with that.

I paid over $100 for a game like 15 years ago... : ) Actually, I'll look up the date on gamefaqs... Hmmm... '90... So a bit longer than I thought... : )

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News Comments > Diablo III Launch Date Announcement Nears
15. Re: Diablo III Launch Date Announcement Nears Feb 24, 2012, 11:10 Alamar
 
Verno wrote on Feb 24, 2012, 09:59:
We're going to announce something soon!

Ok I guess? I just want an actual release date instead of more non-news.

Agreed... My brain processes sentences as the words show up, so it was going good good good awwww... heh

For me, this is now a Day 1 purchase. I have really enjoyed the beta, and while there are still some connection issues, I'm confident they'll be fixed shortly after release heh...

Seriously though, I hope they get their shit together... I don't know if they're just not realizing how bad the game handles some connections, and definitely not from a design standpoint, but you'd think they would be testing with simulated bad connections.

As for the 'design standpoint', one of my pet peeves, is that the game/server/whatever is too 'stupid' to not save map status when you disconnect in the middle of one... It's really not that complicated, and is already part of their system, minus holding it for 5-10 minutes after DC... And yes, the 'solution' is to always play with a friend, but while the wife enjoyed it, she's not sold, so really, LF1-3M Diablo III playthrough : )

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News Comments > Terraria Grounded
22. Re: Terraria Grounded Feb 23, 2012, 18:17 Alamar
 
Verno wrote on Feb 23, 2012, 13:07:
Oh well, maybe next time. I would have loved to dive into modding for this game but I stay far away from anything without a rudimentary API.

What kind of modding (other than the maps mentioned below) are you referring to? I think it'd be cool if you could add new ores/biomes and of course, mobs, bosses, etc... But then that would only work for 'that' character, and would screw up multiplayer (and moreso competitive MP with people making their own uber gear).

After I got bored with the 'initial' game, I looked at some of the maps out there... Some of the adventure/survival ones are neat... I prefer them in some ways to the real game, because it's based more on challenge and progression than the luck of finding the right ore at the right time (so ta speak).

I did, however, after being more experienced with the game, start a fresh new character and large world, and play through without cheating (looking at a map). Some times sucked, like trying to find gold ore, with spelunker potions not being an option yet.

Anyhow, I am sad to see it go, but on the plus side, for me, this means no mobile Terraria, so less competition, woot : )

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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Beta Signups
25. Re: Guild Wars 2 Beta Signups Feb 22, 2012, 17:13 Alamar
 
jacobvandy wrote on Feb 22, 2012, 16:54:
It IS an MMO as far as genre/gameplay type, except the open areas are instanced so that only you and your party are in it. That's why there's no subscription fee; they needed far fewer servers to run it. People that say it's not an MMO are arguing over semantics, basically (Uh-uh, it's not massively multiplayer if the only place you see other people is in town!). So why then do people describe something like Kingdoms of Amalur as a "single-player MMO?" Because the term has come to represent more than its acronym.

I agree... It's as much an MMO as Diablo II or any other action RPG with a matchmaking system.

Also, Arena net finally admitted years later (too lazy to look up the source) that it wasn't an MMO : )

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 22, 2012, 14:44 Alamar
 
I highly recommend not giving up caffeine : )

I had a day long headache when I did, so if you can do it 'for good', fine, but if you do it weekly, it's annoying : )

For me, it's been recent enough that I remember the annoyance, so I haven't had any, but in a few weeks/months, who knows : )

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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Beta Signups
11. Re: Guild Wars 2 Beta Signups Feb 22, 2012, 14:31 Alamar
 
Morgan19 wrote on Feb 22, 2012, 14:22:
Not necessarily. I received a "thank you for applying" email shortly after submitting. I imagine they're just overloaded if everyone's trying to suddenly sign up at once.

Ya, I was wrong... Looking at the FAQ...


How do I verify if I am eligible for a Guild Wars 2 Beta Event?
When you finish the Beta Event sign-up process, you will receive e-mail confirmation that your application has been accepted for consideration.

I didn't receive an email confirmation after submitting my information to the Guild Wars 2 Beta Event sign-up.
You must use a valid e-mail address to participate in a Guild Wars 2 Beta Event. Check your junk or spam folder if you didn't receive it. You can resend your confirmation e-mail by visiting the Beta Event sign-up page

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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Beta Signups
8. Re: Guild Wars 2 Beta Signups Feb 22, 2012, 14:21 Alamar
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Feb 22, 2012, 14:14:
No issues getting the tool to work and upload. No issues with the website form. But, I still haven't gotten the confirmation email.

Oh well, this game was supposed to be out in 2009, so if I can wait from 2007 until 2012, I guess I can wait an afternoon for the email. And the arrival of my Vita.

Stupid waiting.

I believe the confirmation email is something along the lines of 'O M F G, YOU GOT IN!!!', so you won't get it until after the 48h period, and possibly never... : )

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News Comments > Retro City Rampage PC Plans
6. Re: Retro City Rampage PC Plans Feb 21, 2012, 13:44 Alamar
 
Beamer wrote on Feb 21, 2012, 11:29:
You honestly question where sales will be strongest?

I (honestly) question where sales will be strongest in terms of income, not units sold...

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 21, 2012, 12:50 Alamar
 
Not sure why this made me think of it... But, do you know what day cinco de mayo is on? : )

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News Comments > Double Fine Kickstart Hits $2M
21. Re: Double Fine Kickstart Hits $2M Feb 20, 2012, 21:40 Alamar
 
reisub wrote on Feb 20, 2012, 21:32:
If all the potential buyers of the game put their $15+ into the Kickstarter how would Double Fine make any money? I guess the market is bigger than the 60k that's currently contributed though. Still, they might be hoping people stop donating.

They have already made money...

When publisher backed, the 2 million is a loan, that comes out of sales first... Then the devs can make some...

In this case, the 2 million is a gift, minus the minor expenses incurred by giving out the kick-starter rewards. So all sales from day 0 go right to the dev...

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News Comments > Double Fine Kickstart Hits $2M
12. Re: Double Fine Kickstart Hits $2M Feb 20, 2012, 15:25 Alamar
 
Tumbler wrote on Feb 20, 2012, 12:30:
I feel like donating more money at this point. I put in $15 but at this point I feel like I should go upgrade my donation to $30...

Done! You can easily adjust your donation and select the reward you want! I can't help but hope this is going to be something amazing so I am extremely tempted to upgrade to the point where you get a poster for framing. I'd love to slowly build a wall in my house I "helped" make ala the walls you see at game studios!

I very much support/like your wall idea... I am so going to offer posters when I beg for money : )

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News Comments > Reign of Thunder Announced
7. Re: Reign of Thunder Announced Feb 20, 2012, 13:53 Alamar
 
Looks interesting... But where is the kick starter page? : )

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News Comments > Tomes of Mephistopheles Alpha
3. Re: Tomes of Mephistopheles Alpha Feb 17, 2012, 22:53 Alamar
 
ASeven wrote on Feb 17, 2012, 22:45:
This is another form of crowdsourcing, a paid alpha. In the end it's still an investment like Kickstarter since you have no idea you'll have a final game in the end.

Either way I liked what I saw and for $10 I gladly invested in this one.

But you get the game as is right NOW... unlike most kick starter projects...

Actually that's an assumption that's meant as a question... Grim Dawn is trying this too, but haven't hit the 'alpha' point yet...

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News Comments > On Skyrim DLC
6. Re: On Skyrim DLC Feb 17, 2012, 22:20 Alamar
 
One of the things I don't like about Skyrim is that the main quest line isn't really any grander than some other big quest lines.

If the DLC has some more involved content, I might consider it, but still likely to wait for a substantial sale.

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News Comments > Legends of Pegasus Website; Trailer
2. Re: Legends of Pegasus Website; Trailer Feb 17, 2012, 18:55 Alamar
 
I hate teaser trailers... Though, this one is worse in some ways... Teaser's are generally for well known content... Getting people wet for another...

In this case, the first half of the video is just a planet turning into a marble heh...

Interesting enough to comment (bash) on, but not to click... yet...

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News Comments > Free StarCraft II Name Changes
11. Re: Free StarCraft II Name Changes Feb 17, 2012, 16:22 Alamar
 
Verno wrote on Feb 17, 2012, 15:14:
Definitely fair points Alamar but something like this is incredibly easy to accommodate on the design side with very little in terms of labor costs. I dare say they have a lot of reusable code just from the WoW side of things for that. The server upkeep is already subsidized and they can keep the "permanence" of ignore lists and whatnot using the 4 digit identifier on the back end when the name is swapped.

I can't think of a compelling reason for it to cost money other than the usual "its just business" stuff which is probably where peoples negativity about this sort of announcement is rooted. They should totally make it free, it's a good PR move and they can limit the amount of times per year that people do it to ensure people take it seriously. I think Blizzard usually ends up doing the right thing in this sort of situation but sometimes they need some arm twisting

Well see, there's the thing... There may be no compelling reason for it to cost money, but it does cost money...

Every action any business takes costs money... I'm not saying it's big ... and in this case, the more meaningful question is 'can we charge for this'.

Let's pretend the guy taking 2 minutes to look up a value, type it into a list, and click a button to make the magic happen is making 50k... That's 25 an hour (assuming 2 weeks off a year). 2 minutes is 83 cents... 83 cents of work marked up to a 20-25 dollar service seems pretty standard to me, even assuming the 'best case scenario' on employee involvement. : )

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News Comments > Free StarCraft II Name Changes
9. Re: Free StarCraft II Name Changes Feb 17, 2012, 15:10 Alamar
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Feb 17, 2012, 13:02:
Krovven wrote on Feb 17, 2012, 11:57:
Cutter wrote on Feb 17, 2012, 10:14:
And the decline of Actiblizz continues unabated.

Cutter bitching about a free service. It's a normal day.


Well, the fact that it's only ONE free name change, seems bitch-worthy, to be honest. I am sure the next one costs 25 dollars or something 'reasonable.'

So sure, you don't have to look it up : )

But ya, the first thing that came to mine with this headline was, why mention it's free if it's not already so?

I realize this is a bigger process than what most users/gamers think is involved (just like server transfers for massives were 'back in the day'), but is it big enough that it should cost more than 10 cents? It has to cost something, or it will be done arbitrarily and waste resources... Plus, I have to assume that they (and so many other places that don't allow name changes) want accountability - be a dick on your normal handle, and you can't just 'disappear' on a new one : ) Ya know... Like people here have been accused of ; )

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
18. Re: Morning Consolidation Feb 16, 2012, 21:03 Alamar
 
GW2 on consoles?

Ya, that's a shocker... Dumbed down controls, extremely limited number of spots on the single (mostly) action bar.

Still looking forward to it : )

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