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Signed On May 23, 2007, 15:29
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News Comments > Game Reviews
5. Re: Game Reviews Feb 19, 2009, 12:50 JohnBirshire
a three-sentence paragraph addressing the multiplayer aspect of the game

1. No balance whatsoever.
2. Play Tyranid to win.
3. Play anything else to lose.

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News Comments > Dawn of War II Q&A
9. Multiplayer balance... Feb 17, 2009, 22:26 JohnBirshire
Is where this game is going to succeed or fail. If Relic is even half as committed to it as Blizzard, the I'm going to buy Dawn of War II.

I am worried already however, as the majority of players on the Dawn of War II forum's are stating that almost everybody is playing Tyranid, and if you aren't playing them and your opponent is, you lose.

Hopefully Dawn of War II doesn't end up with both players using the same race, same units, and same tactics every single game like *cough* Command and Conquer 3. *cough*
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News Comments > Work at Gearbox
4. Award winning! Feb 16, 2009, 13:13 JohnBirshire
Can't have a press release without those words!  
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News Comments > Dawn of War II Trailers
10. Re: Dawn of War II Trailers Feb 12, 2009, 23:01 JohnBirshire
it dawned (of war) on me

Oh I see what you did there!
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News Comments > Game Reviews
14. Shalebridge Cradle? Feb 12, 2009, 16:39 JohnBirshire
That was Thief 3 right?

That shit was awesome.

Oh, and Zero Punctuation is entertaining, but I would NEVER think of it as an actual review. Might need to find a new category to put Zero Punctuation postings in Blue.
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News Comments > Street Fighter IV Launch Event
9. Re: Street Fighter IV Launch Event Feb 12, 2009, 16:36 JohnBirshire
I'm thinking about buying an XBox 360 and getting XBox live for this game alone. I think playing it against other people will be awesome, like playing Street Fighter 2 against others in the arcade was. *loser goes to the back of the line, winner gets to keep playing until somebody beats them*

I wonder if the PC Version is going to be any good. Which is more likely to have lag, PC Version or XBox Live? I'd have to imagine even half a second of lag would utter and completely ruin a fighting game multiplayer.

P.S. No spectator mode? Well that's retarded. I'd think that mode would be a requirement.
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News Comments > Dawn of War II Trailers
6. Re: Dawn of War II Trailers Feb 12, 2009, 16:32 JohnBirshire
Early reviews are above average. Most state that the campaign mode is repetitive at best. However, single player is something I might play through once, but if the multiplayer is good I could play it for a year. With PC Gaming being practically dead and only two games coming out this year I'm looking forward to, Dragon Age and Starcraft 2, I can't afford to be too picky.

I'm looking forward to this, but I wouldn't mind a demo.
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News Comments > Left 4 Dead DLC Free
10. Should I buy this game? Feb 11, 2009, 16:01 JohnBirshire
I've been struggling with whether to buy this game for awhile now.

I'm pretty good with FPS's *even though I prefer MMO's*, and used to be a ranked Case's Ladder and Kali Duke Nukem 3D, Doom, and Quake player back in the day. I ended up quiting FPS's and competitive play once I realized I didn't have near enough freetime to compete with the likes of Thresh, Fatal1ty, etc on a competitive level.

I don't buy many FPS's anymore as a result, only ones I've played recently were F.E.A.R. and Crysis.

Since I like MMO's, obvioulsy I prefer multiplayer, and many have been saying that Left 4 Dead is a great multiplayer game. However, I'm just so hesitant to buy PC games that I can't sell when I'm finished. *I buy a game for 50, play through it, sell it on Ebay for 45*. Left 4 Dead I hear isn't a game you can sell on Ebay when you're finished, since it has online activation, requires login info, etc.

I was also concerned about the replayability of this game. Shooting neverending streams of Zombies Co-Op sounds like fun...but for how long? Are the updates enough to keep you playing indefinitely? Or do you get burned out quickly by monotony?

Anybody with an honest opinion think I should buy?

edit Oh, and for the inevitable "You don't buy games you can't sell when you're finished but you play mostly MMOs?!" responses, I've made 100x as much money as I've spent on MMOs from selling characters, currency, etc. With Left 4 Dead, nothing like that to sell.

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News Comments > Matrix Online Dev Unplugged
7. Re: Matrix Online Dev Unplugged Feb 11, 2009, 11:00 JohnBirshire
This is one of the only MMOs I never played, I was thinking about checking it out just to see what is going on. It is certainly one of the many MMOs that is completely, totally, and utterly under the radar.

Oh, and the story is awful btw, I am interested in The Matrix so I checked a few websites and found one with a story synopsis, it almost appeared as if they were dragging their story out as long as they possibly could, with uninteresting events and seldom plot developement.
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
13. Re: Ships Ahoy - F.E.A.R. 2 Feb 10, 2009, 15:05 JohnBirshire
Does this game still not support 16:10 widescreen resolution?

The demo didn't, I was shocked.
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News Comments > EVE Online Drops Linux
27. Re: EVE Online Drops Linux Feb 9, 2009, 18:24 JohnBirshire
Linux = EVE Online
Windows XP = World of Warcraft

Hope that makes sense

I can't really make any sense out of that. I know several people who play WoW on Linux. Not really sure what kind of a point you were trying to make.

Not sure where the arguments are coming from, but it simply comes down to money, yet again. Console games make a lot more money than PC see consoles take precedent. Supporting Windows is more profitable than supporting see Windows take precedent. When it costs more to support Linux than you are seeing in extra profit from doing so, it isn't hard to see the correlation.
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News Comments > More WoW Plans
11. Devil's Advocate... Feb 6, 2009, 14:54 JohnBirshire
They just released a new expansion. With 10 more levels. Many more items. A new profession. A new class. New skills. New Talents. Etc. Etc. Etc.

Of course they are going to spend time balancing. And everybody acts like it is a bad thing?!?! They still balance Warcraft 3! And people LOVE Blizzard for it. What is the alternative? Not balancing? I know WoW hating is phenomenon now, but sometimes people are taking things to the extremes.
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News Comments > Hellgate: London R.I.P.
10. Re: Hellgate: London R.I.P. Feb 2, 2009, 13:13 JohnBirshire
I agree, but this is how America works. The biggest rip off nation that cares not for the consumer.

Many of the copies on Ebay are not even from the United States. Also, most of the people selling copies have no idea that the "online servers" are down. Not everybody selling games on Ebay is a gamer, I'd have to guess only a minority are. Many are drop-shippers, liquidators, etc etc. So turning this into an attack against America is downright ludicrous. But then again, most attacks on America are. Keep trying though Surf, eventually you'll get something to stick.
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Movie
6. Did I just watch a video about the new.. Jan 31, 2009, 12:40 JohnBirshire
Did I just watch a video about the new Star Wars MMO, or was it World of Warcraft 40k?
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News Comments > F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin Demo
52. Re: Widescreen? Jan 22, 2009, 23:32 JohnBirshire
That's because that's a 16:9 ratio. Try 1920x1200.

So the consensus is that the game supports 16:9 but not 16:10, therefore only supporting half of all widescreen monitors. Yes, that makes perfect sense...oh, wait, no.
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News Comments > F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin Demo
38. Widescreen? Jan 22, 2009, 19:45 JohnBirshire
My widescreen has black bars on the top and bottom while playing this game in widescreen resolution.

Please tell me I'm doing something wrong.

No game company is that stupid in 2009.......right? Please?

This comment was edited on Jan 22, 2009, 19:52.
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News Comments > Valve: "Pirates Are Underserved Customers"
10. Re: Valve: "Pirates Are Underserved Customers" Jan 18, 2009, 14:04 JohnBirshire
I don't know what the correct percentage is, but I'd have to guess that each individual game that a pirate pirates probably only had a 3% chance of that same pirate buying it if they weren't able to pirate it.

Most game pirates I'm aware of literally pirate every single game they possibly can, and spend very little time playing each one. I went to college with a guy about 6 years ago who literally had EVERY game that was released for the PC in a year, he was addicted to saying he has played every game, even though he might spend an hour on each one. How many of those games would he have bought? 1, 2, out of a 100 perhaps?

I bet in some twisted way you can say that some pirates actually increase game sales, through word of mouth. They might tell friends how great the game is, and at least some of them will legitimately buy it to find out for themselves. It's a long shot, but definitely feasible if you think about it psychologically.
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News Comments > Tabula Rasa Retrospectives
9. Re: Tabula Rasa Retrospectives Jan 17, 2009, 21:32 JohnBirshire
And it's box art.

Another thing that is very sad, but very true.

The percentage of PC Games that are sold by some random person with hardly a clue going to Wal-Mart and looking at the boxes is extremely high. Sure hardcore gamers like us might follow a game through development and know when it's coming out three years ahead of time, but the "average joe" doesn't. I think I read that Wal-Mart is one of the, or the number one retailer of PC Games, and most hardcore players don't buy their games from Wal-Mart.

For example, I was shocked to see Hellgate:London with box art so horrible it didn't even contain any screenshots. That means they were relying on word of mouth and word of mouth alone to sell their product. Half-Life 2 did the same thing, but although it did sell a ton of copies, I bet it would have sold far more if they included several screenshots of the game on their box art.
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News Comments > Tabula Rasa Retrospectives
7. Re: Tabula Rasa Retrospectives Jan 17, 2009, 17:05 JohnBirshire
I think a game's name has a lot to do with it's success, whether we like it or not.  
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News Comments > Planescape: Torment Retrospective
12. Re: Planescape: Torment Retrospective Jan 17, 2009, 16:22 JohnBirshire
Most of the game's text was methodically used to write a 450 page novel, which you can either download as a word document for free, or even order it as a physical copy.

edit I posted the link above.

This comment was edited on Jan 17, 2009, 16:23.
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