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Signed On May 23, 2007, 15:29
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News Comments > EA Files Syndicate TMs
9. Re: EA Files Syndicate TMs Aug 4, 2010, 10:23 JohnBirshire
 
My five favorite games of all time are:

Elder Scrolls: Arena
Ultima 7
Privateer
Syndicate
Tie Fighter

The only one still being made is Elder Scrolls, but would like to see each and every one of them again.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
3. Re: Game Reviews Jul 29, 2010, 13:00 JohnBirshire
 
No, not yet. Those usually come after all the major publications have had their turn.

My only real gripes so far is that the load times are hefty, and the difficulty scale for the single player campaign is terrible. With the second hardest difficulty the missions are so easy I'm bored, but when I bump it up to the hardest difficulty I find them to be impossible. Then again, the single player campaign might keep me busy for a week, but I might be playing multiplayer for years, so the single player is almost irrelevant in the grand scheme. Otherwise, I haven't put in enough time to give it a full review as of yet, and neither has anybody else that wants to give it an *honest* review.

Anybody who has posted a review so far just wants to be one of the first to do so for reader traffic, they couldn't possibly have played it long enough single player/online to give it an accurate assessment.
 
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News Comments > X-COM Fan Remake
4. Re: X-COM Fan Remake Jul 13, 2010, 22:13 JohnBirshire
 
Is this another remake that will be in development for 10 years and has a 10% chance of actually being finished and released?
 
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News Comments > Alice Vorpal Blades
1. Re: Alice Vorpal Blades Jul 13, 2010, 22:12 JohnBirshire
 
Website sucks and has no decent pictures of anything they are selling, which is only a dozen things, most of which is crap. To get the only decent item they have, Frostmourne, you pay $100s more than it should cost and you have to wait for months to receive it.

What is this crap?

 
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News Comments > Deus Ex Novel Next Year
3. Re: Deus Ex Novel Next Year Jul 12, 2010, 22:16 JohnBirshire
 
Some books based on games are actually really good. *unlike movies*

The Hellgate:London trilogy novels and the first Mass Effect novel were great.
 
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News Comments > Eschalon: Book II on Steam, Sale, New Demo
2. Re: Eschalon: Book II on Steam, Sale, New Demo Jul 12, 2010, 22:14 JohnBirshire
 
It's not going to blow your mind away, but it is what it is supposed to be, a nod to the old school RPGs many of us grew up playing. It's worth checking out.  
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News Comments > Pirates of the Burning Sea: Power & Prestige Open Beta
4. Re: Pirates of the Burning Sea: Power & Prestige Open Beta Jul 9, 2010, 19:48 JohnBirshire
 
I bought it and played it for a month until it was time to pay for another month.

Altogether, I thought it was extremely boring. I believe I read through 12 books in the time I played it. Combat consisted of speeding up to the other ship, sailing into a parallel position, matching speed, setting guns to autofire, and then reading ten pages. Rinse, repeat. Hundreds of times.

The PvP was horribly unbalanced, and was only minutely more involved or interesting than the PvE. The large port battles were fun the first two, until I quickly realized they all became nothing but both sides sailing single file with their broadsides pointing towards each other until one side tried to retreat.

Being a pirate was pointless because every merchant you attacked would dump all their cargo the second you engaged them, which certainly wasn't worth the 4 hours you spent camping the port waiting for someone without an escort to come by.

I'd only bother trying it if you were hardcore into excel spreadsheet trading, or for some reason were drawn to the historical period.
 
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News Comments > Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter Weekend and Sale Underway
1. Re: Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter Weekend and Sale Underway Jul 8, 2010, 22:22 JohnBirshire
 
I love it when I buy something, just to find out it's now half off a day later.  
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News Comments > etc.
7. Re: etc. Jul 8, 2010, 18:13 JohnBirshire
 
Why is Roger Ebert talking about video games?

I don't talk about Scuba Diving.

Why?

Cause I don't know shit about Scuba Diving.

This guy needs to shut the fuck up.
 
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News Comments > Serious Sam HD: Second Encounter Free Weekend
4. Re: Serious Sam HD: Second Encounter Free Weekend Jul 8, 2010, 01:07 JohnBirshire
 
Only available with Steam?  
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News Comments > Blizzard on Real ID
35. John Birshire, real name, no gimmicks... Jul 8, 2010, 01:06 JohnBirshire
 
Sissies. Afraid someone will confront you in real life and make you back up your message board crap talk?

Anonymity online is of utmost importance.
 
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News Comments > Serious Sam HD: Second Encounter Free Weekend
1. Co-op? Jul 7, 2010, 15:27 JohnBirshire
 
Does the multiplayer weekend include campaign co-op? Or just deathmatch type gameplay?

Loved the First and Second Encounters *Serious Sam 2 sucked*, was glad to see them rereleased.
 
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News Comments > Ex-Dev's C&C Reflections
7. Experiment? Jul 6, 2010, 19:28 JohnBirshire
 
but rather an experiment in online play

If the experiment was to have every competitive player using the exact same build and units because the game had no balance whatsoever, then the experiment was a rampart success.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
7. Re: Op Ed Jul 3, 2010, 17:32 JohnBirshire
 
So ironic how almost every game violates rules on this list.

The whole "regenerating health isn't realistic" argument is ironic as well, considering health packs aren't realistic in any way either. A realistic shooter would be played by nobody. An estimated 300,000 bullets are fired for every ONE kill in Iraq.
 
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News Comments > WWII Online: Battleground Europe Plans
8. Re: WWII Online: Battleground Europe Plans Jun 24, 2010, 01:45 JohnBirshire
 
I played this game for a month and killed a total of 8 people.

I ran like 8 marathons a day though.
 
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News Comments > Warhammer 40K MMORPG Title, Trailer
12. Severely dissapointed... Jun 17, 2010, 11:52 JohnBirshire
 
This trailer is an insult to Warhammer 40k. The Warhammer 40k universe is a dark, gritty, and grimy landscape, but in this trailer it looks like a fucking cartoon. All this looks like so far is space marine expansion pack to Warhammer Online.

I just went from excited about the prospect of a Warhammer 40k MMO to dreading it.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II Trailer
6. Re: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II Trailer Jun 12, 2010, 18:01 JohnBirshire
 
I actually enjoyed the 1st one. You just had to take it for what it was, an action romp through numerous levels against hundreds of enemies, boss fights, etc. And surprisingly the story even made sense, I wasn't expecting it to. They did a good job of tieing it into Star Wars canon with Starkiller helping give birth to the rebellion, etc.

Sure it wasn't Knights of the Old Rebublic 3....but it wasn't supposed to be.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect Graphic Novel Released
10. Re: Mass Effect Graphic Novel Released Jun 11, 2010, 01:12 JohnBirshire
 
I collect books, have a copy of almost every book I've ever read. 10 huge storage bins filled with 100s of books is going to make a badass library pretty soon.

You can keep your Kindle crap, I don't want a bunch of text documents, lol.
 
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News Comments > Mortal Online Launches
5. Darkfall junior... Jun 11, 2010, 01:07 JohnBirshire
 
This game is like the shitty version of Darkfall.

Which is kind of ironic, given the fact that Darkfall is also a shitty version of itself.

 
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News Comments > Darkfall Online 14-Day Trial
10. Get ready to macro... Jun 3, 2010, 18:18 JohnBirshire
 
I recently tried playing it, after an old friend from Ultima Online insisted it was worth giving a shot.

Played it for a couple nights, and it honestly was kind of fun. Had some nice features, such as actually needing to physically aim your shots, like in a First Person Shooter.

Unfortunately it all came to a crashing halt for me once I realized that in order to even be halfway competitive you need to spend at least 16+ hours a day macroing for 3-6 months...and that is just to hold your own against a low end PvPer.

So I spent 4 days of 16+ hour macroing *8 while sleeping at 8 at work* swimming against a wall to try and build up some core stats. After 64 hours of swimming I hadn't even maxed the skill yet, and my stats barely budged. I asked a few people, and they said "get used to it". Now pardon my french, but WTF?! 64 hours and you haven't even maxed out swimming, 1 skill out of 100s?!?! What do they expect people who DONT macro to do, literally stare at their monitors drooling while they swim in circles for 200 hours before moving onto the next skill? Unbelievable.

Until they put an actual cap on skill-points, I would avoid this game like the bubonic plague. It makes other MMOs, even ones that are already famous for being a grind, look like kitten food.
 
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