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News Comments > Codemasters Complaints
16. Re: Codemasters Complaints Jan 14, 2012, 10:01 Ray Marden
 
Slashman wrote on Jan 14, 2012, 09:10:
There is a difference between me voluntarily staying to finish something(an extra hour or so), and me being 'forced' to do it on a consistent basis.

Except...there isn't. You just supplied non-exempt work to a for-profit enterprise and did not get paid for it.
See how easy it is to use the employees?
There are a few exceptions for volunteer work to government agencies and non-profits or excess hours not being paid at a higher rate, but this is not one of those scenarios.

Finding ToR's crafting system tedious,
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
3. Re: Evening Consolidation Jan 14, 2012, 07:13 Ray Marden
 
A number of people do have bad passwords, but go look at the studies on the current crop of multi-core CPUs and GPUs can quickly break through any alpha-numeric strings in ever shrinking periods of time. With no other security in place, a password is only a minor nuisance.
It doesn't take much.
Even if you have a "good" password, how many companies protect them well?

So glad I have a big HDTV so I can play a Wii U on a small tablet ,
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News Comments > Codemasters Complaints
12. Re: Codemasters Complaints Jan 14, 2012, 06:56 Ray Marden
 
Unpaid overtime is illegal (for non-salary workers,) but it is quite common at businesses, particularly those in certain industries.

Typically, you will see it as a result of naive newer employees or as a result of hostile management. Just set unrealistic work goals, send out memos talking about you want a workforce that will get the job done, not just leave at the end of day, and then make it known that you are unhappy with people have overtime - this will happen every time. For lower income individuals, you can toss in threats of no longer having employment for the same results.
See "crunch" time. There is no valid reason for this to be routine.
Finding most companies have some level of this,
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News Comments > Assassin's Creed Director Departs
4. Re: Assassin's Creed Director Departs Jan 12, 2012, 17:52 Ray Marden
 
Hey, he got people to buy the same game four times over - that is quite the salesperson!
AC1 was a mess, AC2 was okay, and 3/4 are just more of the same.
Wishing more 27" monitors did higher than 1080p,
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News Comments > SWTOR Beta Patch, More on Ability Delay Patching
12. Re: SWTOR Beta Patch, More on Ability Delay Patching Jan 7, 2012, 21:18 Ray Marden
 
I think it is a lot of little things, really.

I average a ping in the range of 25ms-30ms, but it is not uncommon to notice small items here and there - abilities that don't respond, characters ths show up in one location and then teleports to another, etc.

All that said, the game just launched and this is not a-typical for any MMOG. The only points where it really, really sucks is when you are trying to get some of the more difficlt datacrons. My wife and I had one today where we were both able to routinely get my Jedi Sentinal to make the required jumps (on both systems,) but her Jedi Sage took us a good half hour or so to complete (again, on both systems) because her toon seemed to have some type of issue with this specific jump.

Otherwise, some of the mechanics just need to be tweaked. My toon is built around a buffing mechanic that takes 4-5 mobs to build up the focus (combo points) for, but this is counter-intuitive to the rest of my burst damage moves and/or how quickly enemies die. Further, though I am not yet max level nor have I raid geared, I miss a lot. Given how my character is built around mechanics similar to energy and combo points, missing frequently can throw off my entire rotation. Just from a "WTF" perspective, some of my most devastating moves rarely - rarely - ever hit their targets.

But outside of datacrons, noticeable lag is not significant, at least not on my server. Note, though, that some of the server populations are out of whack - on nights where my server has no queue, I have see other east-coast servers with two-plus hour queues. I would imagine performance issues are more significant on those servers.
Now, to just tweak the UI a tad...
Edit: A lot of animations and smaller items are pushed to the local client, but the servers can lag now and then. When comparing our two screens, every now and then they will show completely different positions of various items.

Down to the last handful of quests on Nar Shadaa,
Ray

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News Comments > The Old Republic Stats
28. Re: The Old Republic Stats Dec 27, 2011, 16:35 Ray Marden
 
My initial impressions stand - they brought the single-player RPG aspect (at least in KotOR terms) to the MMOG world, but there has been no reason to interact with anybody yet.

The combat is okay, though inferior to WoW's, and I still have no idea what the end game will be like. We're level 22 right now so we have access to the space ship which has helped open up the world slightly, but the planets feel a bit confined and, though fun for the first handful of times, the space combat ends up being another grind.

I will not stop raiding in WoW, but I want to play ToR during non-raid times and I actually have an idea of what my character is doing while leveling unlike any toon I have in Azeroth. More than anything, they need to make a number of fixes and tweaks right now - the AH is cumbersome, slicing has broken the currency values, some professions are complete money sinks, combat mechanics are not entirely clear, quest rewards are all over the place, harvesting frequently beaks companion AI, a number of (non-heroic) quests are resetting themselves, quests that don't show up today are magically available tomorrow, taxi cabs/anchors are placed chaotically, at least half of all the archaeology spawns cannot be looted ($@%$#,) etc.

Long term end game is still the unknown. These games are based around grinding to a certain extent, but I am concerned that ToR might enjoy the grind a bit too much - gear up your main, gear up your companion, gear up all your companions, gear up your ship, grind out commendations, grind out commendations per planet, grind out light/dark side, modify every gear piece, modify every gear piece with a handful of different items, gring out credits for mount skills, grind out space combat, etc.

We really are having a blast leveling up, but other than playing once on the Empire side, we are still not sure what we would be doing after hitting the level cap. With the low player population on each shard, there being no real need to ask for help from other players, and the limited communication and grouping options, we are not really interacting with anybody, not making any friends or acquaintances. I definitely care about my character's leveling story, but I don't feel any connection to the overall world.
Again, give me the leveling of ToR and the raiding of WoW.
Loving and hating holocron hunting,
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News Comments > On The Old Republic Queues
42. Re: On The Old Republic Queues Dec 23, 2011, 10:40 Ray Marden
 
I hate EA, but this is also the smoothest launch (from my limited perspective) that I have experienced to date. As for the queues, there is something really broken with how they are assigning the players or they forewent basic caps. I have yet to experience any queue during peak hours though I can attest to there being low population servers while others list queues of 3+ hours.

As for the game, just as in the beta, I am enjoying it so far. I care more about the world in this MMOG than any other I have played to date and I definitely feel like this is a continuation of the generic KotOR model.

I am still low level, though, so all my concerns remain - will there be an end game, does the game ever really open up to a vast universe, will professions ever be a primary focus, can they keep up with constant content updates, will they streamline the UI, will the improve group questing/instancing, etc.

I have various hopes for where this will go, but if nothing else, I am expecting to play through the game twice, Republic and Empire respectively, for a quasi online/group/single-player game. As to whether or not I actually remain subscribed to the game, it all depends on what there is to do. For now, I raid (only) in WoW and then go play ToR for an enjoyable game. Ultimately, I wish there was a game with the combat/raids of WoW and the story/gameplay of ToR.
ToR's endgame will decide its fate, else I am awaiting Titan.
Finding the Diablo 3 beta somewhat plain,
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
2. Re: Evening Consolidation Dec 22, 2011, 13:30 Ray Marden
 
I hear it is a good game and I typically like Zelda games, but I am so apathetic toward my Wii that I have not purchased the game.
Plus Skyrim rules all.
Guessing that I will wait until it is half off or so,
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News Comments > Hardware Reviews
3. Re: Hardware Reviews Dec 22, 2011, 13:06 Ray Marden
 
Eh, it is not bad, but really more of an evolution with some hope of a bright future sprinkled in.

I am building a new system in January and I don't see myself touching that in any way. I wouldn't pick this for a single card setup and there are cheaper dual-card setups. Not that I could get this anyway since it is a paper launch for the most part.

I guess I was looking for some great price to performance ratio, but this is not geared towards this. I am getting a little tired of some of the ongoing issues with ATI drivers as well so I will see if I can wait out Nvidia. If anything, I am more interested in future versions of the card.
It's hard to justify $500+ cards when PCs are held behind console capability.
Still not sure what CPU I'll toss into the new system,
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 17, 2011, 17:07 Ray Marden
 
I take the confused, lazy route of an agnostic.

But...most of the religious options seems really convoluted whereas the scientific process appears to be trying to postulate, test, and prove what any of this is about.

If the idea of a heaven/higher power disappears, people are on their own and need to make it work. Currently, they treat one another in fairly crappy ways and, I believe, really need to appreciate this time and world significantly more than they do. Without having religion as a personal crutch, I end up being accountable for my actions and this is cause for significant amount of introspection and/or personal awareness.

If there is a higher being, somethinig I can still admit is technically a possibility, which one is it? Either 99.9999% of the religions have it wrong, showing the insanity/naiveness of the followers, or these gods are fairly commong and do not really seem to do much. Is either groups willing to accept its stupidity or common status?

On a direct route, how does this god thing work out anyway? Why does it so oftenly have a penis? Why are the historical gods jokes, but the current era gods absolutely true? Why all the contradictions? The hatred? The common wish for a destruction of life as we know it (rapture?) Why doesn't it do more to help? If the fault is our own making, why is it not held accountable as the creater? What of all the painful, hurtful, sad, inconsistent things in a designed world? Why the lack of evidence and proof? Why the finite views centered around forced belief rather than study and gained knowledge? Why the frequent hypocrisy of the presented beliefs? Why is such a good thing the cause of so many deaths?

Too frequently, I see one just claiming it "knows" something just because and seems to completely disregard facts and proof to the contrary of any aspect. In contrast, the other side says "F*ck if I know, but we ran some tess and this is what happened - there appears to be law that says XYZ will happen, but we'll test this further if this is proven incorrect or somebody has a further expaned idea that we can prove."

I do think life is really special and I want all of it that I can have. Should it end, I do hope that there is this fantastical place I can go to where my past loved ones are, but I have absolutely no proof of this and there appears to be more evidence to the contrary. But at the end of the day, I really do not know much about anything - nor does anybody else for that matter - and I would like to look into all these things and determine the facts in place of blindly believing things, even more so in the face of contradictory evidence.
This is not far removed from the "Are we the only life in space?" question.
Typically saying I am agnostic in general, but aethiestic towards Earth religions,
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News Comments > Blizzard Introduces BattleTags
31. Re: Blizzard Introduces BattleTags Dec 17, 2011, 16:32 Ray Marden
 
Outside of blatant class or mechanic imbalances, the game has never been truly hard to play.

Now...getting 9 or 24 other people in a group to work cohesively, that is a daunting challenge.
Note that they gave up on 39 other people.
Not really caring about our respective e-peens,
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News Comments > Blizzard Introduces BattleTags
30. Re: Blizzard Introduces BattleTags Dec 17, 2011, 16:28 Ray Marden
 
This is typical for Blizzard. Rather than admitting fault with what it has done or giving players what has been requested, Blizzard goes off on a tangent and creates a whole new problem.

My only real issue with Real ID is that it uses my legal name. It is my legal name, I admit, but is not the name I go by day to day, note the name people know me as, not the name I play games under, etc. I just wanted a way to have a unique name that identified me across all my accounts which I could create, presuming it met any guidelines implemented by Blizzard. "Ray Marden" or my main character's name would have sufficed.

Now, Real ID still shows my legal name, you can use Real ID to reverse engineer the legal names of other Real ID friends' own separate Real ID friends, Blizzard is intentionally promoting the creation of numerous fake names, there will be two competing identification systems from the same company, and now even the single name I am forced into using on Real ID can nearly be spoofed by anybody else.

GENIUS!
Morons.
Off to play ToR,
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News Comments > PC Alan Wake Announced
28. Re: PC Alan Wake Announced Dec 14, 2011, 17:59 Ray Marden
 
Well, that is one way to burn your fans...repeatedly.

I actually liked the game, though I felt it was a bit repetitive and/or combat heavy. Additionally, the ending, though certainly expanding the world, potentially crapped on everything you had done to do date.

But...I held out for the PC release for the longest time and finally beat the 360 version when I was $10 or $15. I really do not have a wish to play it again.
Yeah, about all that Windows hype...
Shaking my head at the lost opportunity,
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News Comments > The Old Republic Early Access Begins
39. Re: The Old Republic Early Access Begins Dec 13, 2011, 17:55 Ray Marden
 
I got in and am about to give it a whirl...

However, EA's early support has been a total joke to date:

  • When the servers go down, it tells you that your password is incorrect instead of saying it is down or unable to connect.


  • They had a poor explanation of how the system would work - if you have already registered your product, you just need to wait until they "unlock" your client for the free play. However, the account page tells yhou that you need to enter a code and set up a subscription.


  • The e-mails went out before all the (selected) accounts had been swapped to early play. I got the e-mail and tried to play, but was told to get a subscription. I tried to subscribe, but it told me that I needed to enter my product code. I couldn't enter my product code because it had already been entered under my account...


  • Customer service was MiA for the first few hours afer e-mails went out.


  • Even with all this, I still need to come back on the 20th to activate my already registered account and to set up my subscription. Heaven forbid they let me do that now while they are rolling people out in waves. Note that the website is frequently down.


  • On a side note, my wife only got her Origin The Sims 3 Black Friday deal some five days after ordering. She had to do two chats and one phone call to get it resolved. The first two told her to wait and even the third one questioned her about this, stating that the order had gone through. Sure enough, when he logged into her account, he could not account for why the games were not there and had to manually add them to her login.
    Morons.
    As for ToR, I am curious to see where it goes. It really is an online version of the single-player game, but that is also its weakness. If I had to make a random guess, I would think this is a game that any SW/BioWare fan buys, plays the story to the end/maximum level, and then quits when no endgame is found to exist. I will absolutely play this to maximum level, but the combat lacks the feedback of WoW and the professions and planet-specific grinding seems a bit peculiar. I didn't get far into the beta and I certainly never made it to space, but does the game ever open up into a massively mutiplayer setting?

    Annoyed they show you various races and then tell you to make a colored human,
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    News Comments > On Sale
    10. Origin Sucks Nov 27, 2011, 16:51 Ray Marden
     
    We're going on forty hours now and Origin still has yet to fulfill my wife's The Sims 3 purchase, though we have been charged, we have an invoice, and EA is e-mailing her regarding joining The Sims community.

    When we try to contact Origin's pathetic support - which EA has outsourced - we are just told to wait and that the games will show up eventually.

    And these yahoos will be running ToR? Oi...
    Yet again, Steam offers a vastly superior product experience.
    Running zero for two in regards to Origin,
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    News Comments > On Sale
    41. Origin Sucks Nov 25, 2011, 16:58 Ray Marden
     
    My wife purchased some Sims 3 stuff this morning and, 16.5 hours later, Origin still has yet to list the games as being in her owned list even though we were charged and have the invoice.

    This is our second time using EA's terrible Origin program and, yet again, it looks like it will take the morons at EA a good day (or more?) to give us access to downloadable game files.
    Or maybe this is the new profit program. Charge the clients for nothing.
    Amazed - amazed - that these fools will be running The Old Reupblic,
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    News Comments > Rebellion Plans to Make Better Games
    11. Re: Rebellion Plans to Make Better Games<br> Following the critical failure of Rebellion's recent ga Nov 18, 2011, 17:54 Ray Marden
     
    Isn't this like the second or third time Rebellion has aimed to make non-crap games?

    I am tired of hearing it and this company just makes bad, crap games - whenever I hear that any game is being touched by Rebellion, I immediately write it off.
    Crap in, crap out.
    Having last enjoyed one of its games back in 1999,
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    News Comments > New ATI Catalyst Drivers
    27. Re: New ATI Catalyst Drivers Nov 15, 2011, 21:49 Ray Marden
     
    11.10 v.3 was a total nightmare on my system - the lighting was improved in Rage ahd the indoor framerate was increased, but the outside areas would start stuttering and I would only go 10 minutes or so until a crash.

    I rolled back to 11.10 v.2 and Rage was fine except for the occasional flicker of a flag. Using the same drivers, Skyrim was relatively stable - only two crash to desktops in 18 hours of play.

    Trying 11.11, the framerate is higher on both "High" and "Ultra" settings, though I have noticed spots here or there where, when quickly turning to face them, the shadows actually take a second to move into place (they start a few inches away and then roll into place,) but it has only happened in a few places.
    AMD does seem to suck at drivers these days, though.
    Edit: This is on a 6950-2GB.

    Looovvviinnngg Skyrim (and thinking about how much Rage sucks,)
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    News Comments > New AMD/ATI Catalyst Preview Drivers
    16. . Oct 22, 2011, 15:58 Ray Marden
     
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    News Comments > New AMD/ATI Catalyst Preview Drivers
    15. Re: New AMD/ATI Catalyst Preview Drivers Oct 22, 2011, 15:58 Ray Marden
     
    I finally installed these today and the results are mixed.

    The game runs faster, the texture loading updating is significantly decreased, and the lighting works much better.
    This is the first time I would say the game looked good.
    However, I had my very first game lock up with these drivers - I had other graphical issues with earlier drivers, but never a lock up.

    Having just purchased DA2 for $8 and Alice Returns for $12 on Origin,
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