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Nickname Stormsinger
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Signed On Mar 13, 2007, 01:11
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News Comments > Star Citizen DFM Patch Imminent
52. Re: Star Citizen DFM Patch Imminent Sep 11, 2014, 23:52 Stormsinger
 
Quboid wrote on Sep 11, 2014, 20:20:
Kosumo wrote on Sep 11, 2014, 19:24:
Why are people picking on CJ_Parker?, he's just saying his opinon.
The practices they're using have put me off too. I'm keeping an eye on it, obviously, but I won't be buying in until there's a game and I won't be buying if it's pay to win, which at this point I'm struggling to see how it won't be. They clearly have the financial incentive to make the game grindier than they would honestly feel is balanced and while I trust them to want to make a really good game, I don't trust them to not want to make lots of money when it's so, so easy.

I'm not even keeping an eye on it until things like "a new pause menu" stop making the top 10 in their patch notes. Talk about scraping for things to report...
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Mid-Season Nerf
15. Re: Diablo III Mid-Season Nerf Sep 4, 2014, 21:51 Stormsinger
 
Optional nickname wrote on Sep 4, 2014, 17:36:
I wrote all that I did, solely because I loved D1 and D2, but my heart fell out unassistedly with Diablo3. The signs are everywhere. You could even be a Blizzard mole, becuase there ARE thousands of them out there moderating forums world wide.

I wanted D3 to succeed, I really did. Heck, I even wanted the Auction House to mature into something that could be fair to all those that chose to either PAY or grind their way there,

THE FUCKING PROBLEM THOUGH, is that the TIME everyone invested NEVER EVER got to have the same items that you could buy outright. Time is money, to an extent (time is more valuable) , but how many people that put in over ten thousand hours into finding nothing as worthy as a post $60 item on the auction house, that is a design issue.

This game does NOT reward farming, that is bad point #1.
This game does not offer its forum unique avatars, because apparently , they are all the same ====> LABRATS
This game does not offer any haunting feelings, they are all smoothed over with WOW ART. why is the scariest features about Diablo 3 have to be endearing or almost apologetic to the viewer?
The changes you speak of, are TEMPORARY I mean, less than 1% of the time inbetween updates (I know, you guys at GGG must be choking on laughter at my post)

I'm just emotional like this, I am a responsible citizen, I distribute over 5 Billion dollars of PC hardware annually, I just fucking hate Diablo 3 in its current state. I haven't even logged into seasonals yet, just reading the demise about people getting to lvl 70 in hop jump skip. I don't care, I know I won't reach top 1000, though I could have almost if I really wanted to , as not many more than 1,500 remain playing this game.

My advice...get your meds checked. There are not thousands of Blizzard moles posting to ridicule your absurd conspiracy theory, it just really -is- that stupid. I assure you that Blizzard has not the slightest incentive to make D3 fail, no matter how much you dislike what they did with the game.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Mid-Season Nerf
9. Re: Diablo III Mid-Season Nerf Sep 4, 2014, 13:51 Stormsinger
 
AngelicPenguin wrote on Sep 4, 2014, 12:44:
Creston wrote on Sep 4, 2014, 12:18:
Wouldn't they just have a logfile of "player X completed Matriarch's bones 247 times" etc? So then you readjust the XP rating, and have it apply retro-actively.

Apparently this math is too complicated for Blizzard's programmers? Better solution: Just basically whack the entirety of your first competitive season?

Huh?


Getting to level 70 is a super small part of the season, so that's a bit a stretch to say that it "whacks the entirety."

And why would you roll it back? That was a legitimate bounty before. Just because someone is OCD to run it that many times, more power to them.

If that's the case, then why remove it at all? They clearly felt it was an exploit and unbalancing or they wouldn't have removed it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 2, 2014, 20:10 Stormsinger
 
Pigeon wrote on Aug 29, 2014, 09:55:
nin wrote on Aug 29, 2014, 09:26:
Pigeon wrote on Aug 29, 2014, 09:22:
Stormsinger wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 19:06:
Verno wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 10:55:
Quitting smoking was one of the best decisions I made in my life awhile ago. It opened up so many other things, I started mountain climbing, biking and being able to actually taste food again was wonderful.
I quit nearly eight years ago, and I'm still waiting to experience thse benefits. So far the only noticeable change is the 60 pounds I gained and have not been able to lose.
That's because you've replaced your smoking habit with eating. Before when you were bored you probably smoked, now you probably eat. You need to replace it with something healthier, like drinking

While I don't smoke, I was under the impression that smoking itself increased the metabolism. And thus, when you quit, it slows. So what you ate before with no weight gain could potentially now cause weight gain.


You forced me to look it up: Is weight gain inevitable after you quit smoking? What causes it?

So it seems like smoking increases metabolism slightly and it's an appetite suppressant; thus when you stop you burn less calories and are hungry more often. The More You Know Star_full

Yep...and that's not even addressing the difficulties involved in quitting. That period lasted quite some time (8 tries over about 16 months), and the only way I succeeded was to pull out -all- the stops. I used patches, gum, herbal supplements, Wellbutrin, inhalers, and then (not knowing all the facts) decided that I'd rather put on a few pounds if it helped, so I was sucking on candies, both sugared and sugar-free, any time I got an urge to smoke.

That accounts for 40-50 pounds of the weight, and if I'd known then how hard it would be to get rid of, I'm not sure I'd have made the same choices. Ah well...live and learn.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 29, 2014, 11:20 Stormsinger
 
I'm interested in this anti-Alzheimer's cocktail of THC and caffeine, I think I could get behind this treatment.

And I'm starting to see more and more signs of lapses in memory that are scaring me (there's a history of Alzheimer's in my family). Maybe it's just paranoia since a malfunctioning brain is my worst nightmare, but still...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 28, 2014, 19:06 Stormsinger
 
Verno wrote on Aug 28, 2014, 10:55:
Quitting smoking was one of the best decisions I made in my life awhile ago. It opened up so many other things, I started mountain climbing, biking and being able to actually taste food again was wonderful.
I quit nearly eight years ago, and I'm still waiting to experience thse benefits. So far the only noticeable change is the 60 pounds I gained and have not been able to lose.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 17, 2014, 12:13 Stormsinger
 
This is not a bacon-powered motorcycle...it runs on grease.

But fear not! A true bacon-powered motorcycle has existed for almost two centuries now, it's called a bicycle.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Arena Commander Expands; New Ship Added
27. Re: Star Citizen Arena Commander Expands; New Ship Added Aug 3, 2014, 18:03 Stormsinger
 
Gib007 wrote on Aug 3, 2014, 15:01:
Pr()ZaC wrote on Aug 3, 2014, 14:54:
Gib007 wrote on Aug 3, 2014, 14:41:
Much as I love Elite Dangerous, just wait until Star Citizen has matured on to a Beta stage and beyond. It will crap on it. That's why I back both games. For Elite Dangerous, I bought Premium Beta. For Star Citizen, I bought the game along with the Origin 325a and then I bought a Cutlass and a Hornet.
You mean you HOPE it'll crap on it, hence the investment.

Assume all the features promised and all the mechanics promised will be in the game - it will be a much more immersive game. Investment-wise, I'm not bothered. In Gibraltar, we're swimming in it!

I currently see myself playing Elite Dangerous on the persistent Universe up to the day Star Citizen hits a stable mark on its own persistent Universe.

More immersive maybe...but still pay to win. I can't imagine anything they could do to give me any interest in buying this abomination. I don't play pay-to-win, period.

 
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News Comments > The Talos Principle Video
3. Re: The Talos Principle Video Aug 2, 2014, 16:10 Stormsinger
 
I read this as "The Taltos Principle", and got excited, thinking someone had translated Steven Brust's universe into a game.

So much sad now...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
26. Re: GRRM Jul 31, 2014, 20:40 Stormsinger
 
Verno wrote on Jul 28, 2014, 15:20:
Stormsinger wrote on Jul 28, 2014, 15:06:
Admittedly, the man's a slow writer, but I suspect that may have something to do with why his books are uniformly good.

Uniformly good? I wouldn't go that far haha.

I think the show has actually exceeded the books in many aspects but I worry about where they'll take it. Its clear he cannot finish the series as fast as they can film it (which is so messed up considering the jump he had on it) so now the concern is what they decide to do with the vague outline he gave them for the series ending.

Edit: spelling
You're correct, it is aboslutely clear he can't finish the series as fast as they can film it. And the blame for that belongs 100% on the heads of the studio. Martin didn't all of a sudden get slow when the movie rights were sold. He's -always- been slow as molasses. If the studio couldn't figure that out, they deserve to flounder and fail, which I have little doubt they'll do, once they pass him up.
 
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News Comments > Facepunch Announces Riftlight; Defends Rust
32. Re: Facepunch Announces Riftlight; Defends Rust Jul 31, 2014, 20:37 Stormsinger
 
Prez wrote on Jul 28, 2014, 16:09:
Actually you ARE funding Dominoes when you buy a pizza. You are supplying them revenue they need to keep operating aren't you?

True enough. But funding, in that sense, is not investing in -any- sense.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 28, 2014, 15:07 Stormsinger
 
RoboNerd wrote on Jul 28, 2014, 11:21:
It's weird I just re-watched Thunderdome twice about two weeks ago, then this trailer appears. Just don't know about Mad Max without Mel. Policeman

I'm pretty "meh" about this one. Dunno if I've outgrown the genre or what, but I didn't find the trailer very interesting.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: GRRM Jul 28, 2014, 15:06 Stormsinger
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jul 28, 2014, 12:43:
Creston wrote on Jul 28, 2014, 11:38:
I can sort of understand him not wanting to be there. After all, it's gotta be rough watching other people do in five years what you weren't able to do in 15.

Or more likely all the sex and boobs, and the mother of dragons... are distracting him ;p
Don't you mean "what took him 15"? They haven't gone into territory he hasn't already written...have they (I'm nowhere near current on the show)?

Admittedly, the man's a slow writer, but I suspect that may have something to do with why his books are uniformly good. And as good as the show is, it couldn't (or at least is extremely unlikely to) have turned out so good if he hadn't written the story for them. Few screenwriters can create a story from scratch that measures up to those books.
 
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News Comments > Facepunch Announces Riftlight; Defends Rust
15. Re: Facepunch Announces Riftlight; Defends Rust Jul 28, 2014, 13:21 Stormsinger
 
Dagnamit wrote on Jul 28, 2014, 10:06:
PHJF wrote on Jul 28, 2014, 09:28:
Are we crazy? Are we doing it wrong? Should every person in the company be working on the same thing? Should HBO make one TV show at a time? Should Warner Brothers make one movie at a time?

I'm just gonna stop there at the guy comparing his podunk studio to the most highly lauded TV network and a film studio that's been around for a century.

I don't think he's a making a direct comparison, just stating that every company has a lot of balls in the air at the same time and many revenue streams from different projects. He clearly feels that having a company with a lot on its plate is a recipe for success. Hell, that's how I would do it. It's a great way to keep people engaged.

Not just to keep them engaged, but to keep them employed. It's a better alternative than laying off 75% of the staff after each game is released.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
115. Re: Op Ed Jul 28, 2014, 13:10 Stormsinger
 
Redmask wrote on Jul 27, 2014, 22:29:
Stormsinger wrote on Jul 27, 2014, 22:16:
Well then, by all means abandon the field. I'm sure you'll be much more effective in helping by doing nothing. Those trolls will realize on their own just how destructive they are...heaven forbid anyone disagree with you, or quote you.

I wasn't seeking your permission. You seem like the kind of person we were referring to anyway.
You really are determined to be both offended and offensive, aren't you?
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
113. Re: Op Ed Jul 27, 2014, 22:16 Stormsinger
 
Redmask wrote on Jul 27, 2014, 19:16:
Stormsinger wrote on Jul 27, 2014, 18:44:
Since when is "there's no point in even having the discussion" a point in the middle? That's as far out to the extreme as you can get...it's the same as saying, there is no issue.

You can't say that because it makes it clear you didn't actually -read- this specific article. Perhaps you scanned the words, but you obviously didn't make any attempt to understand what was being said.

That quote isn't mine, it's NKDs. I was pretty clear in my complaints that any debate feels like moderate discourse is shut out, case in point this article had comments locked when I tried post there. That's how I feel about you quoting my responses by the way.

Well then, by all means abandon the field. I'm sure you'll be much more effective in helping by doing nothing. Those trolls will realize on their own just how destructive they are...heaven forbid anyone disagree with you, or quote you.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
111. Re: Op Ed Jul 27, 2014, 18:44 Stormsinger
 
Redmask wrote on Jul 27, 2014, 15:43:
Stormsinger wrote on Jul 27, 2014, 12:29:
I don't give a flying fuck how badly someone else mistreated you in the past, that doesn't justify a claim of "there's no point in even having the discussion anymore".

Yep you're all about open discussion alright. Why are people sharing their own experiences? This isn't the first article johnny moderator, people are talking the whole issue and not just this singular one.

No one can make any point in the middle without being attacked by either side, there are several examples in this topic. I can't say 'that article seems one sided and doesn't really explore the issue in depth in a way that actually promotes open discussion' because then I'm a woman bashing MRA guy.

Since when is "there's no point in even having the discussion" a point in the middle? That's as far out to the extreme as you can get...it's the same as saying, there is no issue.

And it's not that saying 'that article seems one sided and doesn't really explore the issue in depth in a way that actually promotes open discussion' makes you a "woman bashing MRA guy". You can't say that because it makes it clear you didn't actually -read- this specific article. Perhaps you scanned the words, but you obviously didn't make any attempt to understand what was being said.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
109. Re: Op Ed Jul 27, 2014, 12:29 Stormsinger
 
Redmask wrote on Jul 27, 2014, 01:21:
NKD wrote on Jul 24, 2014, 17:38:
Just listened to that bit from TB, and he's really right on there. There's no point in even having the discussion anymore. The douchebags and the Tumblr SJWs can just fight it out amongst each other and accomplish nothing. Those of us who are reasonable, rational human beings are giving up on the subject.

That's really the problem with these topics in general, no middle ground or room to disagree about a specific idea. Everyone has to pick a side as if we're playing a really dumb sport. I had to scuttle a friendship with someone who turned into a pretty militant feminist. Nothing was ever good enough for her and I tired quickly of even the slightest concession being met with hostility and a rant about how men have oppressed them since times of yore. If I sympathized I was being patronizing. If I tried to make any concessions or identify with the problems I was just a man and part of the problem, how could I understand the plight of women? If I tried to point out any flaws or logical problems in her rhetoric suddenly I was a woman basher.

These people don't know they are their own worst enemy.

I'm still having problems understanding why so many of you are arguing points that have -nothing- to do with this article, as justifications for not reading or discussing the article. I don't give a flying fuck how badly someone else mistreated you in the past, that doesn't justify a claim of "there's no point in even having the discussion anymore". I agree there's little to be gained by discussing the situation with the fanatics on either side. But fanatics of any stripe are rarely interested in discussion (it's hardly specific to this issue)...and the vast majority of people don't fall into those groups, so there are plenty of people who will have actual discussions. The trolls from both sides will try to convince you to drop it, that it (or you) are not fit for discussion. Fuck them...the minute they make that claim, they've put themselves clearly on the side of making the issue worse, and they've declared they don't give a shit about solving it.

This article did and said nothing to justify a refusal to read or discuss it. Abandoning discussion altogether -makes- you a part of the problem, just as much as making the rape and death threats do, just as much as blowing off supporters simply due to their gender does. You cannot improve a situation if you won't even talk about it.

I think this says it better than I could: "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing" -- disputed sources
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
2. Re: Evening Interviews Jul 25, 2014, 18:47 Stormsinger
 
And I suspect his predictions about Daikatana demonstrate exactly how valuable and/or accurate his opinions on -this- subject are.

Credibility: 0.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
100. Re: Op Ed Jul 25, 2014, 18:33 Stormsinger
 
Draugr wrote on Jul 25, 2014, 15:30:
In my experience Blue seems willing to accept articles to share, if you want to introduce the discussion, why not submit something to him?

Why would he submit something? That's not what trolls do.
 
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