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Signed On Mar 13, 2007, 01:11
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News Comments > Blizzard Exploring Gold for WoW Playtime Exchanges
2. Re: Blizzard Exploring Gold for WoW Playtime Exchanges Dec 18, 2014, 21:35 Stormsinger
 
NKD wrote on Dec 18, 2014, 21:02:
This is a good way to cut down on illegal gold selling. It doesn't stop it entirely, because the Chinese usually have better prices, but plenty of players would prefer to use a legit scam-free way even if they aren't getting quite as much gold.
I don't much care (since I haven't played for a few years now), but I'd say it more accurately legitimizes gold farmers.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse Dec 12, 2014, 18:54 Stormsinger
 
I can take or leave the "dislike" option. All I really want is for them to stop fucking with the order I prefer my feed displayed. Having them reset it every few days is really getting on my nerves. All I can think of is that somehow it's driving ad revenues.  
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Goes "Gamma"
43. Re: Elite: Dangerous Goes Nov 23, 2014, 23:02 Stormsinger
 
Kosumo wrote on Nov 23, 2014, 17:12:
It does not bother me that much at all. I just hope that you now can see the foolishness of getting envoled with Kickstarter.

So why did you buy into the alpha/beta?

I hope that they do refund your money so you can spend it on big boy pants (althought I'm sure you would rather spend it on Star Citizen Teflon pants for faster drag speed!)

"Lie = money back end of story" lol, no, you have been conned by a very good conman (you put in money before you knew what they accually had to sell) When you put money into a Kickstarter, you are not getting a product, you are funding a dream. In return you get a reward (copy of game/software in this case)

Any chance you could explain to me what it is that makes this game shitty?
I'll bet if you put a little thought and effort into it, you could be an even bigger jackass. Maybe someday you can rank right up there with Slick.
 
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News Comments > Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped
1. Re: Refunds Demanded as Elite: Dangerous Offline Mode Scrapped Nov 16, 2014, 14:05 Stormsinger
 
My money is on them backing down from this idiocy. I know my plans to buy the game have changed, as long as this holds true.
 
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News Comments > Android PC RPG Emulator
4. Re: Android PC RPG Emulator Nov 11, 2014, 15:05 Stormsinger
 
I wouldn't be surprised to hear about one or more court cases before too long...

I'm not at all sure there are grounds for it, but that won't stop the suits from being filed by some of the various IP owners.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
9. Re: tougher Internet regulation. Nov 10, 2014, 22:53 Stormsinger
 
PropheT wrote on Nov 10, 2014, 21:55:
LittleMe wrote on Nov 10, 2014, 20:37:
The proper way to go about this sort of thing would be to pass a law. I saw no such language in the article. So it appears the pres doesn't care about the rule of law but his supposed authority over the FCC to enforce a 'rule' already found to be not within their lawful authority. This is how kings operate.

The government can only do so much here. This is where a free-er market would give consumers what they want - Internet access without being under the thumb of government-sanctioned monopolistic internet providers. Obama just loves to be the center of attention here as usual. It's superficial flair with no substance.


A law would need to be passed. That's what the president was asking for. That is not king-like behavior, because the executive branch does not create and pass laws; he is calling for these measures to be enacted, not decreeing to all his vassals that from now henceforth the land shall have net neutrality.

As for a free-er market solution, I don't know how you can think this when there is already obvious and tangible proof that the exact opposite of what you're saying is already true. There's even examples provided in the Oatmeal link. We have a free market in place right now, and the providers have used it to give themselves monopolies over coverage areas, control pricing, enact bandwidth limitations, and so on because the necessary regulations preventing them from doing so do not exist.

In this case, the talk is just a distraction. He made his actual stance perfectly clear when he appointed a lobbyist as the chief regulator of the industry he lobbied for. The man's a corporatist, pure and simple.

That said, the FCC certainly has the power to declare internet providers to be Title II services. And then regulate the hell out of them. Verizon in particular seems to be committed to pushing the limits until this happens.
 
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Nov 2, 2014, 11:26 Stormsinger
 
NKD wrote on Nov 2, 2014, 10:27:
Carbine Studios Employees Give Negative Reviews to Developer of Wildstar MMO…

I've always had a particular distaste for these articles about Glassdoor posts. Are bitter ex-employees really a good source of subjective information? While I'm inclined to believe them in this case, seeing as how the proof is in the pudding, that's not always true.

Glassdoor is great for things like salaries, but beyond that I have a hard time putting a lot of objective weight behind the words of people who are disappointed and angry.

But an awful lot of those reviews are from -current- employees. At first glance, there are more reviews from current employees than from ex-employees. And most of them are pretty consistent.

That's enough for me to rule them out as any place I'd want to work.
 
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News Comments > Buzz Aldrin's Space Program Manager Released
5. removed Nov 1, 2014, 01:02 Stormsinger
 
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News Comments > Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Demo
4. Re: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Demo Oct 24, 2014, 20:56 Stormsinger
 
Too late...already bought it. Still downloading but...I've never played a Sid Meier's game I didn't enjoy (and I've played most of them). I'm pretty sure he's the -only- developer I can say that about.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 21, 2014, 23:58 Stormsinger
 
And once again, physicists insist on using a word with a well-defined meaning to refer to something completely different. First it was teleportation, now tractor beams.

Turning a tiny glass bead into a radiometer, while interested, is -not- a tractor beam. That's nothing but a simple highly focused heat ray.
 
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News Comments > etc.
21. Re: etc. Oct 12, 2014, 23:55 Stormsinger
 
NKD wrote on Oct 12, 2014, 20:38:
Squirmer wrote on Oct 12, 2014, 20:30:
NKD wrote on Oct 12, 2014, 19:34:
There is literally no good that can come from broadcasting this shit over the Internet.
You mean no good can come to the gamergate cause by broadcasting it. All the more reason to broadcast it.

Yeah, because we want to escalate the situation, encourage more death threats and women fleeing their homes just to make GamerGate look bad. You're a fucking genius.

I don't want the situation escalated, I want the fuckers who make death threats and such to spend a largish number of years in prison. Enough that they'd be too old and feeble to be a physical threat when they get out.

This is one of the very few places where I fully support a zero tolerance approach.
 
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News Comments > Tim Schaefer Addresses Spacebase DF-9 Questions
31. Re: Tim Schaefer Addresses Spacebase DF-9 Questions Sep 22, 2014, 15:29 Stormsinger
 
DrEvil wrote on Sep 22, 2014, 12:45:
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Just as devs have to adapt to expectations, game players need to also change theirs.

The fact that DF is finishing a stable release and then shipping lua gameplay source code is enough for me.

Um, no. Some developers WANT gamers to change their expectations, and fund their unfinished games. But we do NOT need to do so. I won't be funding any more...I've been burned too often to justify the occasional success. At this point, I'm only buying finished games, after the final product can be examined.
 
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News Comments > Tim Schaefer Addresses Spacebase DF-9 Questions
20. Re: Tim Schaefer Addresses Spacebase DF-9 Questions Sep 22, 2014, 12:23 Stormsinger
 
InBlack wrote on Sep 22, 2014, 09:52:
Ok I read up on Indie Fund. Its definitely not crowdfunding, not like Kickstarter anyway.

This is the most relevant info. from the about page:
Repayment – Once the game is released, you first pay back the investment and then share 25%of the revenue, until we double the initial investment, or until 2 years after the initial launch date, whichever comes first.

As I see it, Double Fine is financially beholden to Indie Fund. As for their fans, they probably bought into the Early Access program believing the game would be finished at some point to some kind of standard, which is proving to be perilously low. They have indeed shot themselves in the foot with this, however this would be true of any failed game, AAA or Indie, and shouldnt reflect on Early Access or crowdfunding programs in general.

If you sign up for Early Access, read the fine print!
If you kickstart a game, read the fine print!
If you pre-order a game, you deserve exactly what's coming to ya!

I'm not sure how you can say this shouldn't reflect on Early Access or crowdfunding programs. This is -exactly- the issue with them. You give them your money before they have a game. What the game ends up being is completely unknown. With traditional funding, you can see what the game you're buying is before you pay for it, at least through reviews.

It might be different if there was any evidence that crowdfunding or early access allowed the development of games that traditional funding wouldn't, but so far I've seen zero evidence of that. The games getting funding these ways are not noticeably different from those being funded through other means.
 
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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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