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Signed On May 23, 2007, 15:29
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News Comments > Game Reviews
3. Re: Game Reviews Dec 12, 2012, 11:34 JohnBirshire
 
Nostalgia really is interesting, we seem to remember things being far better than they actually were. I've bought numerous old games thanks to gog.com, but only end up playing them for a few minutes usually. When Ultima Underworld 1 and 2 came out I played them religiously, exploring every nook and cranny for months. Loaded them up last week, the interface was so atrocious I couldnt stand it. While playing Tie Fighter the graphics were so awful I wanted to throw up. Etc etc etc. I guess its better to let most of these games exist in your memory, unless you have a tremendous amount of willpower.  
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News Comments > PlanetSide 2 Calls Out & Bans "Scumbag"
31. Re: PlanetSide 2 Calls Out & Bans Dec 5, 2012, 16:44 JohnBirshire
 
I like how the defense against critizing this game is always "You just suck at it.". Sorry, but no. A few good reviews, but mostly mediocre. A release that didn't get much fanfare. A lot of people checking it out and not staying long. It will have a small niche community like Planetside 1 *which actually was a fun game for awhile*, but never anything more than that. If it had a subsription fee, the servers would already be dead.

 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
4. Re: Game Reviews Dec 4, 2012, 23:09 JohnBirshire
 
I still don't know how Baldur's Gate is going to work on my Android phone, I can't imagine trying to control everything on touchscreen.  
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News Comments > Free Radical: Cancelled Battlefront III was "99% Finished"
9. Re: Free Radical: Cancelled Battlefront III was Dec 1, 2012, 19:52 JohnBirshire
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 1, 2012, 17:06:
Yeah, he's talking out his ass. A game's development has a definite event horizon. If it's before it and the publisher doesn't have faith its shaping up to at least recoup their money they pull the plug before they waste anymore dough.

Exactly. Games get released when they are 50% done for financial reasons, not cancelled at 99%. There isn't one person in the industry that believes him when he says this.
 
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News Comments > SOE on PlanetSide 2 in 2025
17. Bad first impression... Dec 1, 2012, 18:48 JohnBirshire
 
I believe their biggest failure so far, and a very damaging one to the games long term success, was by doing an atrocious job of introducing the game to new players. PS1 had a training program environment that allowed you to familarize yourself with the controls, spawn vehicles and use them, test different weapons, etc. PS2 just throws you into the middle of a fight to die instantly as you're struggling to figure out what's going on. This approach is fine for veterans or for people who know how great this game can be, but a lot of other new players are saying screw it and logging out immediately. Not good, and rather embarrassing when I am telling someone how much fun this game is and their first impression of it is total shit. Im really disappointed in the developers for this decision, but it hurts them more than myself.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Patched
3. Re: Diablo III Patched Nov 27, 2012, 15:06 JohnBirshire
 
I thought I would be playing this game off and on for years, but I only ended up playing it about two weeks. Its garbage, Blizzards worst lease ever, by far.  
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News Comments > Steam Autumn Sale Day Four
39. Re: Steam Autumn Sale Day Four Nov 24, 2012, 22:39 JohnBirshire
 
How much is Chivalry right now?

I paid 2.50 for SPAZ and played it 50 hours. It was fun unlocking new ships and finding the most powerful combination of upgrades and weapons.
 
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News Comments > Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Preloads
23. Re: Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Preloads Nov 23, 2012, 16:04 JohnBirshire
 
Sorry Draugr, but I simply said the same thing that almost everybody else here has reiterated, yet you keep arguing with me about it while calling me wrong. You're entitled to your opinion however. Would be nice if you kept to it without insulting everyone elses however, but I guess that comes with time.  
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News Comments > Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Preloads
16. Re: Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Preloads Nov 23, 2012, 14:25 JohnBirshire
 


So its confirmed, you don't know what you're talking about.

Wrong. What I said is that there is almost nothing here that wasn't already available. However, I said I was still going to buy it. There was nothing inflammatory about what I said, only fact, so can your hostile response.

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News Comments > Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Preloads
5. Re: Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Preloads Nov 23, 2012, 12:58 JohnBirshire
 
This is more than just a widescreen patch. They had done a lot of other changes to the game to make the UI fit correctly and a lot of other enhancements. so your logic is flawed.
With the widescreen patch the interface fits perfectly, there is no letterboxing or wasted space, and you can also change the resolution as well. So no, nothing flawed about the logic. Unless it includes some pretty massive overhauls, engine or graphics updates, or gameplay changes, this wasn't necessary. I agree with nin as well, I don't need to have 100 different download clients installed, let me grab it from a website or Steam.
 
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News Comments > Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Preloads
1. Re: Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition Preloads Nov 23, 2012, 12:22 JohnBirshire
 
You can buy this on GOG, install the widescreen patch, and be playing this game problem-free within 5 minutes of reading this. So I'm not sure how neccessary this overhaul was. But I'm a sucker for old school epic RPGs, so will probably buy it anyways.  
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News Comments > Black Ops II Patch Increases FOV
19. Re: Black Ops II Patch Increases FOV Nov 22, 2012, 21:45 JohnBirshire
 
Kajetan wrote on Nov 22, 2012, 18:41:
If you are soooo mature, why not ignore this comment above and just play the games you have fun with? Instead you rage on like a little child.

Didn't say anything about being "sooo mature", and your definition of "raging like a child" is a little bizarre. Your reading comprehension needs a little work unfortunately. So let me reiterate it for you, a few who think themself old school are critisizing the game as being new school garbage that only raging kiddies would find enjoyable. What I'm saying is that this isn't true, myself and many who have been gaming for a long time are enjoying it and getting their monies worth. So if someone is on the fence about getting it, give it a shot.

 
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News Comments > Black Ops II Patch Increases FOV
14. Re: Black Ops II Patch Increases FOV Nov 22, 2012, 18:35 JohnBirshire
 
inveigle88 wrote on Nov 22, 2012, 16:47:
Too bad this game sucks, IMHO. This is the worst gaming purchase I have made in some time.

Blah blah blah, tired of hearing this crap. I've been a gamer my entire life, and my favorite games include PC classics such as Wasteland, Tie Fighter, Darklands, Ultima Series, Arena: Elder Scrolls, Privateer, Syndicate, Civilization, and Master of Orion. I've played more games over the last 30 years than 99.9% of gamers. I'm not 13, I don't "talk shit" in voice chat or teabag people I kill, etc. All you haters can stereotype people who play this game to your hearts content, but I love it, have been playing the hell out of it since day one, and count it as one of my favorite games of this year. No regrets with the purchase whatsoever.
 
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News Comments > PlanetSide 2 Launches
47. Re: PlanetSide 2 Launches Nov 22, 2012, 02:18 JohnBirshire
 
I hope this game is an acquired taste, because my first impression of it has been awful. *and I loved Planetside*  
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News Comments > PlanetSide 2 Launches
7. Re: PlanetSide 2 Launches Nov 20, 2012, 23:40 JohnBirshire
 
So does it really just drop you in the middle of a battle with no idea what you're doing? Probably a really bad first impression for a lot of first timers, should have started you in a training tutorial and let you remap your keys and such. Seems like a terrible design decision. If I wasn't familiar with Planetside and knew how good this game could be, I would have said screw it and logged out, as I imagine a lot of people will do.  
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News Comments > PlanetSide 2 Launches
5. Re: PlanetSide 2 Launches Nov 20, 2012, 22:37 JohnBirshire
 
Whoa, seems like this came out of nowhere, I didn't even know it was close to being released yet. Been playing the hell out of Black Ops 2...but I loved Planetside, downloading now.  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Passes $4.2MM
30. Re: Star Citizen Passes $4.2MM Nov 18, 2012, 02:28 JohnBirshire
 
Kickstarter raises 4.2 million. In other news, Black Ops 2 earns 500 million in 24 hours.

Sorry, this kickstarter stuff doesn't sound very significant to me.
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Video Diary
7. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Video Diar Nov 9, 2012, 01:41 JohnBirshire
 
I've been a hardcore Elder Scrolls fan since the very beginning, and Arena is still my favorite game of all time. That being said, when I saw Elder Scrolls Online for the first time today, I almost died of disappointment. It should have resembled the rest of the Elder Scrolls games, not the rest of the MMO's of the last ten years. I've seen enough, will wait for TES 5.  
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News Comments > Angry Birds Star Wars Demo Released
5. Re: Angry Birds Star Wars Demo Release Nov 9, 2012, 00:13 JohnBirshire
 
Angry Birds was the most overrated game I've played in a long time. Required no strategy whatsoever either, you could beat every level by just randomly throwing your birds until you won.  
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News Comments > Natural Selection 2 Launch Details; Tourney
20. Re: Natural Selection 2 Launch Details; Tourney Nov 8, 2012, 22:10 JohnBirshire
 
Gamespot was my favorite gaming website until that fiasco with them firing a reviewer for giving a bad review to one of their sponsors games, haven't been back since.

I'm going to buy NS2 and Chivalry if Black Ops 2 sucks.
 
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