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Signed On Nov 16, 2006, 17:56
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News Comments > Miner Wars Delay, Promotional Price Plans
3. Re: Miner Wars Delay, Promotional Price Plans Feb 17, 2010, 13:18 Will W
 
From this page:

Overview

Miner Wars is a 6DOF underground and space shooter played in a fully destructible environment and is a combination of single player story game and MMO.

Anti-Piracy

The game will not utilize any sort of DRM protection, nor activation code. To play the game you only need to download and install the package and enter your login/password. As the game interacts with our servers during the game play, we periodically check for suspicious users. The game isn't locked to your computer, so you can play it from home or work


So you have to log into the server and stay connected to play the game as an MMO only or single player as well? If it's just for the MMO I wouldn't call it DRM....but if I need an active internet connection to play single player as that page seems to indicate, I sure as heck would call that DRM.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
4. Re: Op Ed Feb 5, 2010, 13:21 Will W
 
People are marveling at the iPad? I mean apart from people who think Apple can do no wrong.  
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News Comments > Age of Conan Character Deletions
21. Re: Age of Conan Character Deletions Jan 12, 2010, 11:03 Will W
 
It would be nice if they told me what level my characters on my account were in that e-mail.  
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News Comments > Aion Update Video
4. Re: Aion Update Video Nov 24, 2009, 16:27 Will W
 
I haven't had to mob-grind much in Champions Online.

This post is about Aion, not Champion's Online, did you just write the wrong game title or post on the wrong article?
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
3. Re: Evening Tech Bits Nov 17, 2009, 07:53 Will W
 
Nevermind, the bugmenot login I was using must have expired out. My bad.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Evening Tech Bits Nov 17, 2009, 07:50 Will W
 
The Apple story on NYT is subscription only.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 6, 2009, 17:46 Will W
 
The blacktop plants in our area usually close down in mid-November...depending on weather of course. They don't usually run later, but they do close earlier if the weather doesn't cooperate. So long as they finish up and are ready to blacktop by the last week of October they should be all done for the winter.  
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News Comments > Fallen Earth Rises
19. Re: Fallen Earth Rises Sep 23, 2009, 06:37 Will W
 
Yeah, I missed the beta so I wasn't going to buy it...I'm a fan of try before you buy. I really liked the idea and the setting, and I decided that I wast $50 on stupider things so I decided to give it a try.

It has the typical MMO start-up bugs. I hope they can get them ironed out within the 30 day free trial, but as a small company I'm not too confident. The crafting system is similar to Eve, you start your crafting and it runs on a timer (you carry it with you) but it also has "skill points" for crafting that decide what you can make, so it uses elements from both styles I suppose. You can speed up the crafting by standing in "workshops"...so if you're gonna log for the night making bullets, you log out in the ballistics workshop and they get made faster (crafting works while offline and during server outage).

Combat is a tad laggy (seems to be server side) and buggy at the moment. The MOBS don't seem to be very intelligent so far, however I'm just in the starter areas so I can't give a real impression on this. The ones I've seen so far (up to level 10) just run up to you and attack. Combat is FPS "Style" (aim and click) but there's an added "stat" element to it (glancing blows). I really enjoy the combat, minus the lag. If you're looking for fallout 3 combat, this is NOT it.

Progression is fun. It's a classless system. You gain "AP's" (no idea what it stands for)...2 at a time...as you level up. It's like you have a level and a sub-level. You distribute the AP's as you see fit into a skill (armor use, rifles, pistols, meelee, social, medic, etc) for 1 point per AP, or into attributes (Strength, coordination, dexterity, etc) for 5 AP each. You can also get "bonus" AP's from doing quest chains.

I like the character customization, however I can't speak for how "exact" your build has to be to do "end game" content when you get to level 45 (the cap). I'm not overly worried since I rarely play a game long enough to get to the level cap, but there are no respecs so once you spend an AP and hit Apply, it's there for good. It kind of sucks for people who didn't play in beta and are experimenting since we don't get to see what stuff does first hand without having to re-roll to fix a mistake.

The community is ok...not great. They constantly pat themselves on the back and tell themselves how smart they are. They constantly insult other games (mostly WoW) and those who do or have played them. They rabidly defend the game, even against legitimate critism. Now, that is the most VOCAL portion of the community (on the forums and in game) so I don't know the "real" percentage. I have never once had a problem finding someone willing to answer the stupidest and noobest question without insulting me...not to say no one insults me, but someone is always helpful amongst the asshats.

GM's are almost constantly online, and instead of filing support tickets, you simply send them a /tell. Longest I've had to wait for support was about 2 minutes. THIS is one of the things I appreciate most about the game.

So, hopefully that answers some questions. I'm not going to tell you if you should buy it or not because I really don't know. If $50 is too much to gamble on a game, I would say pass on it and wait for it to settle down some or become less buggy. If they offered a free trial right now, I would most likely quit. Too many people use free accounts as no-consequences methods of just messing with other players. At least this way if someone decides to be an asshat they have to fork out $50 to do so. Tends to keep their population at a minimum while the game works out it's growing pains and establishes a subscriber base.

 
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News Comments > The Witcher 2 Leaked Trailer
1. Re: The Witcher 2 Leaked Trailer Sep 18, 2009, 09:40 Will W
 
If it was leaked then why is it on YouTube still? A simple take-down would get rid of it. I would tend towards thinking it's an "intentional" leak to generate buzz. It may have been created to sell the game to publishers, but what better way to get them all to see it at once...accidentally leak a video and wait for THEM to call you instead of trying to get meetings with them.....  
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News Comments > The High Cost of WoW Obsession
7. Re: The High Cost of WoW Obsession Sep 15, 2009, 22:20 Will W
 
I spend more then $1000 a year going out and drinking with friends, what's the difference between that and spending that much on a different hobby you enjoy with your friend....well besides the fact that his liver is in better condition.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 14, 2009, 10:27 Will W
 
I like the bold for "new" sales added to the list. Otherwise the bold is a little difficult for me to read.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Morning Consolidation Aug 31, 2009, 12:14 Will W
 
According to this "article"
http://ve3d.ign.com/articles/news/49982/David-Jaffe-Promises-To-Go-Away-Again


He got in a "twitter fight" and decided to refrain from blogging and such for 6 months.

http://stupidevilbastard.com/index/seb/comments/in_which_i_get_into_a_twitter_fight_with_game_developer_david_jaffe/

Here's an article about the "fight".
 
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News Comments > Aion Open Beta Starts September 6
12. Re: Aion Open Beta Starts September 6 Aug 27, 2009, 17:05 Will W
 
That part seems self-explanatory.
I don't see anything that say you can't.
These questions seem non-specific to this event. This would be up to the store. Most retailers don't allow returns of opened PC games.
They are. Pre-select allows access to the game to create a character and select a name. Headstart is when you get to start playing.

Ok, maybe I asked my questions in the wrong way.

If I pre-order, I assume I can not pick up the retail copy until release date. If I can get my hands on the box, it's a pre-purchase not a pre-order. Of course, now that the store is working on their site I can see that they're calling it a pre-purchase, but that's the online store, the press release still refers to a pre-order which I assume is for the B&M (I'm considering anywhere that sells boxes B&M as opposed to digital) shops. If they let me pick up/download the game AND start playing it, it's not a headstart or a pre-order or a pre-purchase. It means they're selling the game and it's been released to the public since anyone can buy it, but only at limited locations.

Sure, maybe they're doing an "exclusive" release to certain B&M stores, but it sounds like they're trying to make it sound extra special that you start to play 2 days before the official release. If they let you buy the game right up until release and join in the "pre-order" time period, they may as well just say they're releasing it two days earlier instead of trying to make it sound like some special deal you get.

If they said people who order before "September 1st" or something like that, then I would agree that it's a pre-order headstart for those two days. Like you said, however, there is nothing that says you can't buy it the day before release and be in on the "pre-order headstart" which simply means they're releasing it two days earlier to exclusive outlets....

Yeah, I know I'm not being the most eloquent in trying to get my point across, but hopefully I made more sense that time.

Now that you've explained the pre-select I get what that is. Thanks.
 
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News Comments > Aion Open Beta Starts September 6
1. Re: Aion Open Beta Starts September 6 Aug 27, 2009, 12:14 Will W
 
I'm a bit dense, I admit it....but how is it a pre-order with early access? Can I not pre-order it at a brick and mortor the day before it's released and still get in the game? Am I allowed to return it before it's released? And what's the difference between "Pre-Select" and "Headstart"? Seems that both are given to people who pre-purchase.

Seems to me it's more of an "exclusive" upon release....you just can't take your box home that day. Their store appears to be down (and I'm not going to e-mail your@example.com as their 500 error page suggests) and I can't find details anywhere else on their site. Anyone have the inside scoop?
 
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News Comments > EVE Online Banking Story
19. Re: EVE Online Banking Story Aug 26, 2009, 15:14 Will W
 
Derek, I'm having difficulty decoding the form of English you're using on that post....are you, as a game developer, saying that "most" of your customers are stupid? Is this simply because they like to use games as an escape where they can zone out and don't have to enjoy doing spreadsheets in their spare time? EvE is a great game for a lot of people, that doesn't mean if you don't like it then you're most likely stupid, it just means you don't like it.  
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News Comments > Iranian Games Look West
1. Re: Iranian Games Look West Aug 21, 2009, 09:38 Will W
 
The problem with anything Iranian is that it's going to have to be approved by the government. The government of Iran is the problem, not the people...so while I'd love to see some unique settings, I don't usually like games that are bleached and colored back in as propaganda.  
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News Comments > Future Mice
3. Re: Future Mice Aug 20, 2009, 07:09 Will W
 
My thumb isn't designed to bend at that angle, and the buttons look awfully small....  
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News Comments > Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer
16. Re: Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer Aug 19, 2009, 07:21 Will W
 
Perhaps if I had even a sliver of trust left in FunCom I'd consider trying it again, but as it stands I didn't even bother trying the "come back" trial they sent out. They may have fired a game director, but the company was too intent on lying about what they would accomplish. FunCom will have to get a damn good track record with coming through on their promises for a couple years before I would give them another shot.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 6, 2009, 17:56 Will W
 
Now maybe we can start curtailing some of the nastier effects of this stupid Second Amendment America's trapped under.

I can only assume that's sarcasm since she's said during her hearings that she would abide by previous Supreme Court precedents, thus she wouldn't change the interpretation of the 2nd amendment.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Op Ed Jul 16, 2009, 12:03 Will W
 
It's because there are people (Al Sharpton comes to mind) who "fight" racism, but stand to lose a ton if they actually win. They're like racism consultants...if they did their job properly they'd make themselves obsolete...so their interest lies in prolonging the feud instead of trying to promote healing.

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