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Nickname Stormsinger
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Signed On Mar 13, 2007, 01:11
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Unstoppable Gorg
2. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Unstoppable Gorg Jan 19, 2012, 21:49 Stormsinger
 
2 GB on your hard drive? WTF kind of tower defense is this?  
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News Comments > The Old Republic Cancellation Issues; Trailer
126. Re: The Old Republic Cancellation Issues; Trailer Jan 19, 2012, 21:17 Stormsinger
 
ASeven wrote on Jan 19, 2012, 20:17:
Leave the financial play for those who understand it, you sure don't seem to understand that much at all.

Right, those that understand it, like the big banks and ratings companies that crashed the world economy. You know, the folks that really know what they're doing.

</sarcasm>
 
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News Comments > The Old Republic Patch Live and Causing PvP Problems
25. Re: The Old Republic Patch Live and Causing PvP Problems Jan 19, 2012, 09:43 Stormsinger
 
Fibrocyte wrote on Jan 19, 2012, 05:43:
Stormsinger wrote on Jan 18, 2012, 21:06:
Personally I couldn't care less about PvP issues...it's just not my cup of tea.

What gets to me is that this is now the second update I've had to get, and the second time I get an "Error in update" message, which forces a repair that means effectively downloading the entire app again...all 5+ GB of it. Two for two isn't very impressive.

I haven't had any issues updating - even on multiple computers. Which AV do you use? Have you tried disabling it in advance?

I'm using Avast, and no, I didn't disable it in advance. Why would I after only one error? Next time I -might- consider it, but damned if I can figure out why TOR would be the only downloader affected.

The real issue with it isn't even that it had an error. It's that "repair" apparently means download everything from scratch. That's just stupid and lazy on the part of the author(s) of the launcher.
 
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News Comments > The Old Republic Patch Live and Causing PvP Problems
12. Re: The Old Republic Patch Live and Causing PvP Problems Jan 18, 2012, 22:45 Stormsinger
 
nin wrote on Jan 18, 2012, 22:34:
Wallshadows wrote on Jan 18, 2012, 22:26:
We would like to thank each and every one of you for helping to make Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ one of the most successful MMO launches of all time. To show our appreciation, from now through March 19th, 2012, 12:01AM EST, we are rewarding early members of The Old Republic community with a unique Founder’s medal* and title.

What a wonderful time to introduce this.

http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?t=198797


I like the fine print that says it only applies to people who are billed at least one cycle. So thanks for buying the game, but this only applies to those that fork over another $15...


Really?

http://www.swtor.com/news/news-article/20120118-0




Well, if you're not going to be playing past the first month, why would you care about a title anyway?
 
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News Comments > The Old Republic Patch Live and Causing PvP Problems
4. Re: The Old Republic Patch Live and Causing PvP Problems Jan 18, 2012, 21:06 Stormsinger
 
Personally I couldn't care less about PvP issues...it's just not my cup of tea.

What gets to me is that this is now the second update I've had to get, and the second time I get an "Error in update" message, which forces a repair that means effectively downloading the entire app again...all 5+ GB of it. Two for two isn't very impressive.
 
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News Comments > Sweden Recognizes File-Sharing Church
13. Re: Sweden Recognizes File-Sharing Church Jan 4, 2012, 19:15 Stormsinger
 
Quboid wrote on Jan 4, 2012, 16:38:
Agent.X7 wrote on Jan 4, 2012, 16:06:
Quboid wrote on Jan 4, 2012, 14:02:
This is clearly made up bullshit, transparently invented for nothing more than political convenience and control.

Or as Blue succinctly put it, a "religion".

If a hack writer and petty criminal can come up with his own religion, why not file sharers? Perhaps Mr. Cruise will switch faiths?

I believe* Scientology, purely because there's no way a science fiction author would make up something that awful.

* I don't.

You clearly haven't read any of Hubbard's science fiction (using the term VERY loosely) books...

Once a hack, always a hack.
 
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News Comments > The Lure of the Dark Side
17. Re: The Lure of the Dark Side Dec 24, 2011, 21:58 Stormsinger
 
Ozmodan wrote on Dec 24, 2011, 17:04:
JohnBirshire wrote on Dec 24, 2011, 11:40:
Fion wrote on Dec 24, 2011, 11:15:
550'000 Sith Warriors to 510'00 Jedi Knights seems pretty balanced to me. The PvP (from what I've experienced) is pretty balanced as well. I play Republic side and win about half our matches. It's more than I can say for that other MMOG that has yet to find balance in almost 7 years.

Well, unfortunately that might change in the future. Having played almost every PvP related MMO over the last 15 years, I've noticed a phenomenon. It's called "join the winning team", and it might be human nature. Once one side starts winning more than the other, even if it's 51/49, people who want to win start switching to the winning side. Then it becomes 52/48, 60/40, 65/35, until it's unbalanced. You see the phenomenon outside of gaming too, with people suddenly being "huge fans" of whichever sport's team is good that year, etc. Might be premature to call the PvP in this game "balanced".

The most balanced PvP games I've seen were ones where there were more than two factions, as then the weaker factions team up to defeat the strongest. Planetside with three sides, Dark Age of Camelot with three sides, etc. In my opinion if there are only two sides, Horde/Alliance, Sith/Jedi, it will NEVER be balanced.

This point is exactly right. Two sided pvp never works because of the above reasons. If you want to play SWTOR for pvp you better do it now because the servers will be empty in 6 months.

There are many ways to make two-sided pvp work...you can instance things and ensure the numbers are equal, you can modify combat values to "handicap" the less popular side (and even automate the handicapping), you can have mirrored classes on both sides, to reduce the inherent appeal/power of unique classes (not my own choice of approach, but it can work).

"Never" is almost always wrong.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
1. Re: Morning Tech Bits Dec 20, 2011, 13:47 Stormsinger
 
So Seagate cut back on warranties in order to free up the money needed to buy Samsung's business. All I can say is I'm glad I took Seagate off my vendor list some 10-12 years ago...I don't have to waste time doing it now.  
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News Comments > Unstoppable Gorg Trailer; Details
4. Re: Unstoppable Gorg Trailer; Details Dec 9, 2011, 20:16 Stormsinger
 
I love TD games, but was more than a bit put off by the "homage to vintage sci-fi films from the 1050s." Fortunately, to judge by the trailer, said homage wouldn't appear to have anything to do with the game, just the trailer itself and possibly some cut scenes.

I can probably overlook the crap if the gameplay is decent.
 
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News Comments > Starbreeze Working on New IP
8. Re: Starbreeze Working on New IP Sep 20, 2011, 00:22 Stormsinger
 
More work for the studio is fine, but can we PLEASE stop referring to a FPS Syndicate as a "remake"? It flat isn't. Sequel maybe, but not remake.  
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Human Revolution Delayed in Japan
25. Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution Delayed in Japan Sep 6, 2011, 19:22 Stormsinger
 
I'm still trying to figure out how Thursday is October...Did I lose a few weeks or something?  
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News Comments > On EVE Online and Dust 514
4. Re: On EVE Online and Dust 514 Sep 3, 2011, 17:52 Stormsinger
 
Yeah, cause there aren't enough sociopaths in Eve already, let's open the doors to the console crowd as well.  
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News Comments > Star Sonata 2 Beta Nears
1. Re: Star Sonata 2 Beta Nears Aug 29, 2011, 21:02 Stormsinger
 
25 whole days for beta testing? Why not be honest, and say it's just a marketing ploy...it's not like meaningful could be fixed that close to release.

Beta testing is supposed to be done -before- the release is finalized.
 
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News Comments > Jurassic Park: The Game in November
4. Re: Jurassic Park: The Game in November Aug 23, 2011, 19:17 Stormsinger
 
Really? How many Jurassic Park flops do we need?  
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News Comments > Carbine's Sci-Fi MMOG WildStar Announced
19. Re: Carbine's Sci-Fi MMOG WildStar Announced Aug 17, 2011, 19:11 Stormsinger
 
kanniballl wrote on Aug 17, 2011, 11:09:
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Just watched part of the trailer instead of relying on the pic

OK, it's more sci-fi than I thought. But if you're going to distinguish yourself from the fantasy MMO's by going the sci-fi route, I suggest emphasizing the differences more. Instead of rocky terrain and simple analogs for sorceress and barbarian/troll, maybe something that looks more space-y.

Like a abandoned futuristic city with metal, and the heroes not wearing what might as well be WoW clothes with the occasional LED.

But that's just my opinion: why bother going the sci-fi route to be different, if so much of it's going to be the same.

It's not science fiction. It's space-opera. Big difference.

Space-opera really is just fantasy set in space. So naturally you get what you see here...same old same old, with a new background image.
 
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News Comments > Jagged Alliance Online Trailer
3. Re: Jagged Alliance Online Trailer Aug 12, 2011, 19:01 Stormsinger
 
Fidel "Leave me alone, I'm busy" Dahan, FTW!  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 12, 2011, 18:54 Stormsinger
 
I just want to know when the era of the end of the PC era is going to end...  
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News Comments > Heroes of Newerth F2P, Some Players Protest
10. Re: Heroes of Newerth F2P, Some Players Protest Jul 31, 2011, 00:49 Stormsinger
 
Yep, there's no doubt they have the absolutely worst community I've ever run across for any online (or offline) game. I'm pretty sure you'd find a more enjoyable crowd to hang with in Leavenworth.

I'll even go you one better, Teddy. I wouldn't play it if they were offering to pay me, precisely because of the assholes that make up the majority of the player base.
 
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News Comments > Bill Roper Joins Disney/Marvel
15. Re: Bill Roper Joins Disney/Marvel Jul 23, 2011, 16:24 Stormsinger
 
Creston wrote on Jul 23, 2011, 11:58:
For fuck's sake, how DOES this goddamned toolbag keep getting jobs???? ATTENTION GAME INDUSTRY: THE GUY IS FUCKING WORTHLESS. STOP HIRING HIS DUMB ASS.

Shit, and we think the NFL is an "old boys network." They've got NOTHING on the fucking idiot game industry.

Creston

It has nothing to do with the game industry...virtually -all- of the big corporations work this way. Getting an executive position at one of them has nothing to do with actual past performance, it's all who you know and how well you bullshit.
 
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News Comments > No Skyrim Demo Planned
45. Re: No Skyrim Demo Planned Jul 14, 2011, 23:22 Stormsinger
 
Beamer wrote on Jul 14, 2011, 11:45:

Since the world is so "huge and complex", why is it that every Elder Scrolls game has been simpler and more "streamlined" then the one that preceded it?

Because it would take two decades for the Skyrim team to make a world the size of Daggerfall in the level of detail they work with.

Or they could just recycle the same dungeon map over and over and over as DA2 apparently did (I'm still baffled by this.)

Bah! There were at least three dungeon maps they recycled over and over (and over and over)...
 
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