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Signed On May 23, 2007, 15:29
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News Comments > Game Reviews
6. Haha, irony! Aug 31, 2012, 00:44 JohnBirshire
 
I kind of got a kick out of the reviewer for Ars Technica stating MMO's were a grind UNTIL World of Warcraft came out, hahaha.  
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Hearthfire Announced
38. Re: Seriously?! Aug 29, 2012, 05:13 JohnBirshire
 
That's not really true. Bethesda released The Shivering Isles expansion in response to the crappy micro-DLC they released before. The Fallout 3 DLC was also relatively substantial and some of it was actually pretty good (Broken Steel, The Pitt and Point Lookout specifically). Hearthfire is a significant departure from the trend set by Fallout 3.

I wasn't arguing that Oblivion never had any good expansions, of course not. I was arguing that after releasing a magnificently successful game, they shouldn't immediately follow it up with lackluster content. This unfortunately just makes people quickly lose interest in DLC for the game, and move on. I think they should have waited and let their first post-release content be something far more significant.
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Hearthfire Announced
35. Seriously?! Aug 29, 2012, 00:25 JohnBirshire
 
These add-ons have been completely unimaginative, and are a complete waste of potential. Did they outsource this?!

Apparently absolutely nothing was learned after "horse armor".
 
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News Comments > Torchlight II Release Date Announcement Next Week
30. Re: Torchlight II Release Date Announcement Next Week Aug 25, 2012, 23:48 JohnBirshire
 
I tried to get into Torchlight, but it just felt too "cartoony" for me.  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - The Expendables 2
14. Re: Ships Ahoy - The Expendables 2 Aug 21, 2012, 00:52 JohnBirshire
 
The movie was decent, better than the first. I was just extremely let down by the Stallone vs Van Damme fight at the end, it was very anticlimatic when it should have been epic, they did a terrible job with it by using little to no imagination.  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - The Expendables 2
11. Re: Ships Ahoy - The Expendables 2 Aug 21, 2012, 00:23 JohnBirshire
 
netnerd85 wrote on Aug 20, 2012, 22:10:
I'll wait for the GOTY edition...

Haha, no joke, all these games that weren't even close to being GOTY coming out with GOTY editions. Cough, Borderlands, cough.
 
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News Comments > Diablo Creator on Diablo III
24. Re: Diablo Creator on Diablo III Aug 20, 2012, 02:38 JohnBirshire
 
Diablo 3 is garbage. The only people who aren't willing to admit it are people who loved Diablo 1 and 2, therefore waited forever for Diablo 3, and now simply can't psychologically accept how awful it is, their brains live in denial.  
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News Comments > Rhode Island & Mellon Bank Taking Possession of 38 Studios
2. Master Plan interrupted... Aug 10, 2012, 11:49 JohnBirshire
 
The trustee wanted to sell the computers individually, including the intellectual property they contained, but was stopped by this judgement.

Doh!

I was going to sneak in and buy them all!
 
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News Comments > Free WOOT DLC for Magicka Released
2. Re: Free WOOT DLC for Magicka Released Aug 9, 2012, 15:57 JohnBirshire
 
Is this worth playing? The reviews I saw were in the "D" and "F" range, however it seems to have a cult following.  
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News Comments > Steam Precludes Class Action Lawsuits
5. Re: Steam Precludes Class Action Lawsuits Jul 31, 2012, 21:52 JohnBirshire
 
I never really understood this. I can't put a sign in front of my restaurant that says "If you agree to eat here, you also agree not to ever sue for salmonella poisoning." So why, exactly, can these companies do it?  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Arma 2: Army of the Czech Republic DLC
1. Re: Ships Ahoy - Arma 2: Army of the Czech Republic DLC Jul 31, 2012, 02:11 JohnBirshire
 
I was kind of confused as to why the sales numbers were so high for Arma II, when the reviews were mediocre at best. Does everybody just buy this game for the mods available?  
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Orcs Must Die! 2
10. So you can actually remap your keys in this one? Jul 31, 2012, 02:10 JohnBirshire
 
I really question the sanity of this developer after finding myself not even able to remap the keys without using third party software in the first game. Uh der der...PC Gaming 101 fail.  
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News Comments > Castle Story Kickstarter
16. Kickstarter kickstarter... Jul 29, 2012, 01:27 JohnBirshire
 
Please give me money so that I can kickstart a kickstarter. I'll be making a game about explosions, sex, castles, fast cars, philosophy, machine guns, swords, puzzles, helicopters, neon lights, time travel, religion, space ships, dinosaurs, and jet packs.

Thank you!
 
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News Comments > GameStop Interested in Digital Resales
9. Re: GameStop Interested in Digital Resales Jul 26, 2012, 21:08 JohnBirshire
 
Less ridiculous an argument than comparing a piece of software that costs as much as a single meal on sale, to the 2nd (or most) valuable thing people own, other than a house/flat? Really?

Huh? The car thing was just an example of one of the billions of things you can buy/sell used. *but for some reason video games are exempt from it...for now*

So far I have not seen a SINGLE valid argument for not being able to resell video games, other than "The developer makes less money". Every developer or manufacturer of ANYTHING would make more money if people could ONLY buy new. But that would be ridiculous right? That's why this entire argument is hypocritical.

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News Comments > GameStop Interested in Digital Resales
8. Re: GameStop Interested in Digital Resales Jul 26, 2012, 21:04 JohnBirshire
 
TheEmissary wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 20:58:
Only problem with this is that a digital product doesn't degrade like a physical product does. You can't treat it the same because of that very reason. There would be no difference between a new copy and used copy at that point.

Hmmm, don't know that I really buy that argument. I can buy something brand new, decide I don't want it, and sell it. Nothing was degraded.

TheEmissary wrote on Jul 26, 2012, 20:58:
I would rather see some one develop a rental system for PC games than reintroducing a used or second hand market.

That's what digital sales are right now. You rent it forever for a one time fee of $60. You don't own it, so you can't resell it.
 
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News Comments > GameStop Interested in Digital Resales
5. Re: GameStop Interested in Digital Resales Jul 26, 2012, 20:53 JohnBirshire
 
A gray digital market is almost as bad as piracy, as far as developers are concerned.

Just like car manufacturers would LOVE it if nobody could buy used cars. And furniture manufacturers would LOVE it if nobody could buy used furniture. I could go on forever, and that's why I think that this argument is simply ridiculous. I bought it, I own it, I should be able to resell it. What's next, manufacturers of EVERYTHING trying to make it impossible for anybody to ever sell anything used?
 
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News Comments > GameStop Interested in Digital Resales
4. Re: GameStop Interested in Digital Resales Jul 26, 2012, 20:51 JohnBirshire
 
Maybe they could make it work for all parties involved; the seller, Gamestop, and even the developer get a percentage of the resale price. Original buyer is able to sell his copy, and therefore has more money to buy more games. The second buyer is able to afford the resale price, so therefore buys a game he originally might not have. Gamestop, who may have sold the original copy, now has two purchases instead of one. The developer, who only would have made money off the first purchase, now makes it off both.
 
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News Comments > GameStop Interested in Digital Resales
2. Re: GameStop Interested in Digital Resales Jul 26, 2012, 20:44 JohnBirshire
 
It's capitalism. If the demand is there for people who want to buy/sell digital content, a smart company is going to come up with a legitimate way for them to do so. And a company like Gamestop, facing having all of it's retail stores closed down as physical copies of games become non-existent, has all the more reason to be that company.

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News Comments > Game Reviews
3. Re: Game Reviews Jul 25, 2012, 02:20 JohnBirshire
 
JaguarUSF wrote on Jul 23, 2012, 19:24:
JohnBirshire wrote on Jul 23, 2012, 16:51:
Thanks Mr. Allen, Salvation Prophecy looks like something I'll pick up when I'm finished with SPAZ.

Good deal. SPAZ never clicked with me for some reason. I have been enjoying Drox Operative, however.

SPAZ is a lot more interesting once you are about 10 hours in. Your access to a greater number of weapon technology options and harder enemies make the battles a lot more strategic in nature. Before then, it's pretty much "fly straight towards your enemies with gun's blazing" and you'll win almost every fight.

I'll check out Drox when it's completed, thanks for head's up.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
1. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jul 24, 2012, 22:03 JohnBirshire
 
There are 100's of millions of people living in the world with no access to technology. This is news, how? Do people literally think everyone in the world lives like we do?  
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