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Signed On Jun 2, 2005, 22:47
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News Comments > WildStar Update Plans
6. Re: WildStar Update Plans Dec 18, 2014, 08:25 Asmodai
ColoradoHoudini wrote on Dec 17, 2014, 20:42:
So now I'm back playing WoW and here's the kicker- everything is accessible. A lesson WS is going to have to learn VERY quickly in order to survive.

It's accessible the way Candy Crush is accessible...

No one wants to put in any effort. The guild I was in for WS (formed from a larger gamer organisation with members world wide) started with over 150 people.

2 weeks in, down to 30 active.

A month in, lucky if you could scrape 5 people together to do a run.

And it's not just Wildstar, it's game after game these days. Hit max level, doodle around for a bit, get bored, quit. Most of the players in my guild didn't make it 50% of the way to max level...

People are spoiled for choice, and if everything isn't shrink wrapped and ready to go at the drop of a hat, they lose interest fast. WoW is a hollow experience now. Garrisons, dungeons and raids mostly full of window licking yolo types and.. well, that's about it...
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News Comments > Path of Exile PvP Update
8. Re: Path of Exile PvP Update Dec 13, 2014, 18:37 Asmodai
The lagging is on certain abilities, shield charge/cyclone being the two major culprits.

Since shield charge is kinda useless, I moved to whirling blades and haven't had a lag death since (3 f#cking hardcore characters all killed due to shield charge rubberbanding while trying to escape...)

As for the uber builds with ultra expensive items, I've been using the Sovyn's lazy pally build (max shield block tank templar) and have spent relatively little (bout 5 ex all up, all of that self earned). Considering 5 ex won't get you a single high tier item for some builds, being fully equipped and being capable of doing 85+ maps by standing there and tanking everything is pretty good. 18k dps reave as the main attack.
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News Comments > Steam Holiday Auction Suspended
3. Re: Steam Holiday Auction Suspended Dec 12, 2014, 09:34 Asmodai
I usually don't mind steam sales as a way to stock up on a few decent titles for later play, but this thing is fucking awful...

My entire inventory wouldn't buy a brass razoo (hundreds of cards, I don't bother buying to make sets), leaving me with a prospective pile of shit gems that aren't worth anything and no winning bids I'd imagine.

If I bothered to participate...
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News Comments > Fortnite Alpha Begins Tomorrow
8. Re: Fortnite Alpha Begins Tomorrow Dec 2, 2014, 06:37 Asmodai
Devinoch wrote on Dec 2, 2014, 03:09:
Still have one code to share if anybody wants it.

Yeah I'd like to give it a go...

/giggle Feel that raw enthusiasm folks! ; )
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
5. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Nov 15, 2014, 18:21 Asmodai
Edit: Lol, nm, someone did the sums (should really maximise those windows before posting)  
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News Comments > Subnautica Earliest Access
19. Re: Subnautica Earliest Access Oct 27, 2014, 08:58 Asmodai
They don't skimp on warning ppl that it's early, that you kick/throw cash at them at your own risk and if you want a clean working game, avoid it like the plague...

I don't get the problem...

If they were trying to represent it as something it's not, or blowing smoke up asses, sure, but there's nothing wrong with making your pitch to perspective customers.

And Cutter, just because you subjectively don't think much of it doesn't mean a person would be a fool to go in for it. For the amount of angst it's earned, KS/crowdfunding has still delivered some great titles that otherwise probably would never have seen the light of day. You're not forced to open your wallet so I'm not sure why it offends you so.
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News Comments > The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Trailer
15. Re: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Trailer Oct 26, 2014, 05:43 Asmodai
Pre-ordered from GOG, fully erect, that is all... =)  
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
6. Re: Morning Interviews Oct 23, 2014, 11:33 Asmodai
I gotta lol at the whole thing, where's the uprising about music, movies, books etc where women are continually objectified (and men, but who pays attention to that)?

Games seems to be the bandwagon everyone jumps on. Despite no longer being the province of the "nerd", they are still regarded with fear and superstition (because apparently they magically create misogynists/mass murderers/rapists). Want to look like a moron, complain about sexism in rap. Want to become a defining warrior for equality, complain about games...
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News Comments > Sunday Interviews
47. Re: Sunday Interviews Oct 20, 2014, 02:45 Asmodai
Oh look, Sarkeesian stirring up more trouble to feed her need to be the center of attention, what a fucking surprise... /eyeroll

Lemme know when she actually poses an idea that also addresses rampant objectivism and male heroism in movies, books, folklore, culture etc rather than just carping on like a broken record that should have been tossed out years ago...
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News Comments > Saints Row: Gat out of Hell Trailer
1. Re: Saints Row: Gat out of Hell Trailer Oct 16, 2014, 00:03 Asmodai
There is something glorious about how absurd this series is... =)  
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News Comments > System Shock 2 Turns 15
7. Re: System Shock 2 Turns 15 Aug 11, 2014, 19:39 Asmodai
Task wrote on Aug 11, 2014, 19:05:
Its time to get the Irrational Games team back together. Its time for System Shock 3. SHODAN is still out there... somewhere.

They'll turn it in to an abortion like the Syndicate reboot was...

/pines for the fjords System Shock 2
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News Comments > WoW 10th Anniversary Plans
15. Re: WoW 10th Anniversary Plans Aug 7, 2014, 20:17 Asmodai
I know it's LFR and you could faceroll 40 man content with 10 real players and 30 null zones, but I can't help but think just how fucking hilarious a full strength level 90 Baron Geddon is going to be...


/half the raid dies

People are used to solo farming MC now, I think that might result in a few hilarious wipes even in the kiddie pool of LFR...
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News Comments > Firefall Launches
8. Re: Firefall Launches Jul 29, 2014, 23:40 Asmodai
It's not a huge advantage, the gear at a certain level is fairly flat between normal and epic (typically higher tier gear has more more slots but there is no flat +dmg mod, just ROF, which effects DPS).

JV is slightly wrong though, you can convert red beans to credits per the method I described (RB for crystite, crystite for credits).

I wouldn't worry about "pay 2 win" too much here, the advantage of gear is minimal. I can do lvl 40 content on a 28 recluse no sweat, so while you do grow in power, it's not the same as WoW where a 70 would have zero chance against a 90.

The game does have some storyline missions/instances, some are quite fun. Honestly, it's free to play and have a look at, if you think Tribes + mmo + lots of things to shoot sounds like fun, the only thing you have to do is download the client and install. ; )
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News Comments > Firefall Launches
4. Re: Firefall Launches Jul 29, 2014, 21:41 Asmodai
Nah, it works like this.

Crystite - In game currency
Credits (used on AH) - Can only be purchased for crystite
Red Beans (cash currency) - Purchased via money from Red 5, or from other players with Crystite
Vouchers - Quest rewards in game, used to purchase gear from vendors

All gear in game is either drop, purchased from vendors with vouchers or bought from the AH with credits. Ostensibly, you could buy red beans, trade for crystite then trade crystite for credits to purchase stuff off the commodities exchange (not a typical AH), so technically yes, you can buy gear with "real money" if you are willing to do two exchanges to get it.

Red beans are only used for cosmetic items, boosts, naf in game shit like drinks and fireworks and VIP time, so you can grind crystite and sub for VIP time if you wish.

Unfortunately, despite the departure of Mark Kern (Grummz), the dev team is still playing fast and loose with major changes right up to (and I'm guessing beyond) release. They recently screwed around with quest XP for lower level frames in higher level areas because people were exploiting a static event to grind 1-40 rapidly afk. Now, even if you can do 40 content in a 25 (you can, I have), you get fuck all rewards for it, and so are consigned to the "appropriate area" until you get to the right level to proceed. Pretty annoying all up.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 15, 2014, 09:37 Asmodai
A friend of ours owns a blue tongue (easy enough to obtain in Aus where they are native) and it's a lazy log warmer... Literally doesn't do much of anything.

Bearded dragons (also something we have locally) seem a bit more involved.

Here's a local backyard hack show with a review of the 3 varieties in Aus.

Edit: Here's the original segment with the extra text which has some care tips etc.
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News Comments > Mass Effect 4 Survey
2. Re: Mass Effect 4 Survey Jul 15, 2014, 09:28 Asmodai
Cutter wrote on Jul 15, 2014, 09:14:
Do the questions provide colour coded responses?

+1 genuine lol

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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 14, 2014, 10:08 Asmodai
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Jul 14, 2014, 09:52:
He may be a non-gamer but this sounds very much in line with Facebook's motivations as a company to me:

“Imagine a shared universe MMORPG, expressly operated by a company that *already knows all your friends*, that's trying to maximize your engagement (‘hey, all your friends are playing right now, don't you want to join too?’), selling your attention to advertisers, and by the way, also building a detailed profile on everything you do so they can do all of this even better in the future. It's okay, go on doing whatever you want, we just want to watch! (Through your own eyeballs if possible).”

That was his point I think, rather than developing AR where you actually go some place and "play" live with your friends, you're more likely to be physically isolated by VR.

The paragraph you quoted wasn't what he wanted, it's where he sees the whole thing going and that's what he doesn't like.

And Blue, the article didn't say he wasn't a gamer, just that he wasn't a fan of online gaming. Unless there is some clarification, it might be a bit soon to be pegging him as "non gamer".

I'd hazard he's thinking something along the lines of LARP'ing in the park or LAN'ing, using AR to get everyone in to a game together in person, but that's just my speculation. Regardless, there's plenty of room in the market for either product, and yeah, I don't think Zuckerberg is going to be good for OR.
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News Comments > 75 More Steam Greenlights
4. Re: 75 More Steam Greenlights Jun 12, 2014, 10:00 Asmodai
They need to update the shopfront. Tabbed browsing so you aren't constantly losing your place everytime you go back, ability to search far better, including disabling inclusion of greenlights etc.

The fucking SNR in Steam atm is just stupid...
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News Comments > Dead Rising 3 PC Framerate Issues Possible
4. Re: Dead Rising 3 PC Framerate Issues Possible Jun 12, 2014, 09:59 Asmodai
Ffs, they couldn't find a work experience kid somewhere that would come hang out for the day, play the game unlocked and say "well, this is the shit that happened."??

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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
13. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 9, 2014, 11:08 Asmodai
InBlack wrote on Jun 9, 2014, 10:15:
My point was that one man's decision to stand up in front of a court, a kangaroo court if there ever was one, and have his say changed the course of history for one nation more than anything anyone ever before him did. In today's day and age of self gratification, self protection, self esteem and ME ME ME culture, what is the ultimate sign of protest? A selfless sacrifice. I dont know, thats just me. I would follow a man like that. One who runs away? Dunno about that....

You think that defying his government, leaving his home country with the significant possibility of never being able to return and being an internationally wanted man who can never relax isn't enough of a damn sacrifice?

Sure, Mandela was a hell of a guy, but that doesn't mean every person who stands up has to do what he did for people to see their stand is worth making.

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