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Nickname RenownWolf
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Description I make games, I play games
Homepage http://www.renownwolf.com
Signed On Jul 4, 2007, 12:52
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News Comments > Op Ed
1. Re: Op Ed Feb 27, 2010, 14:42 RenownWolf
 
A well designed turned based jrpg is like a battle in chess. It will never die, just with more choices it will become less popular.

Personally I'd love to see more well balanced TBS rpgs that have a multiplayer mode. There was a MMO that came out (chinese culture based I think) that was quite kick ass in this regard, I love the combat! But... it had the usual grind, trade, craft parts of a mmo and it was f2p so you had to pay for stuff for you to move at a decent rate.

Ohh well, guess somebody will do it eventually.
 
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
2. Re: Intel to Introduce Faster Atom Chip Monday Feb 27, 2010, 10:04 RenownWolf
 
I must say a lot of the battery tech issues are to do with patents =(

Lots of big tech companies and even oil companies own various different patents which makes releasing any tech quite difficult. I'm not with the "they are holding back on purpose to stop us" crowd, but rather I understand the issues as they stand affect some tech being released.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 22, 2010, 20:36 RenownWolf
 
The job market is a crazy thing indeed.

A degree isn't the only thing you should gain however, you should come out of uni with a few portfolio projects under arm assuming you're a programmer. If you're in it for the networking side of things, get into some volunteer work for big events setting up their networks and make sure to get yourself some pretty letters saying how fantastic of a job you did. Both requires giving up social time and making effort, but that's what job hunter want to see.

A degree is just a piece of paper and proves you can complete 3+ year of something and you test well in exams. Doing the job on hand is another matter altogether.
 
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News Comments > Blizzard Wants Battle.net To Be Gaming's Facebook
9. Re: Blizzard Wants Battle.net To Be Gaming's Facebook Feb 17, 2010, 21:42 RenownWolf
 
Ewww.... Nasties! These days you need an account everywhere and a program to go with it just to play a game.

The number of accounts and passwords you have to remember is insane now a days and they want to give me more. Steam is enough for me and I personally dislike the way facebook works. Randoms I hardly remember from highschool/old work places/hell adding me as a friend, that's why I deleted my account. Sure you can deny them, but then they send you a message and annoy you about it.

I just want to play games and have a choice to join in or not. Forcing this down my throat isn't a good thing.

It would be nice if all the big companies banded together and created 1 central program... but then again, they'd have to share the profits then =(
 
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News Comments > Richard Garriott Returns to Gaming
2. Re: Richard Garriott Returns to Gaming Feb 17, 2010, 10:22 RenownWolf
 
As opposed to say the unity plugin? or the webgl one?

Yay give me more plugins =\
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Stargate Resistance
10. Re: Ships Ahoy - Stargate Resistance Feb 16, 2010, 09:30 RenownWolf
 
That's true Jag, but you'd think they'd at least try trump it up a fair bit being a well known nerd IP after all.

I've read some users posts on other forums that paid for it, appears to be a fair bit of regret heh.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Stargate Resistance
4. Re: Ships Ahoy - Stargate Resistance Feb 15, 2010, 21:09 RenownWolf
 
Actually I'm suprised there are no review up already. Most games on release have heaps of reviews and at least some from major sites which got press releases.

Guess they are hoping the IP will sell it before they have to worry about gameplay.
 
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News Comments > Chris Taylor's Kings and Castles Announced
1. Re: Chris Taylor's Kings and Castles Announced Feb 15, 2010, 10:44 RenownWolf
 
Eh how about finishing SCom2 first?  
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News Comments > Safety Dance
8. Re: Safety Dance Feb 12, 2010, 13:16 RenownWolf
 
From a development point of view, DX10/11 is much nicer than DX9. So you can expect as the number of Win7 installs increase the number of games using DX11 will increase.

Just to note it's not so much about the added features, but simply because DX11 does make a fair few things easier for the developers to create games with.

Then again, I'm running Win7 on everything now (Win 7 starter on the netbook) and am slowly converting everybody I can. My inlaws now have it and they think it's fantastic considering they learnt how to use UAC to their advantage. My rule for free tech support is "Always say no when it pops up without my permission", it's not the be all and end all but it will save me lots of effort.

2 months so far and they haven't got any adware or spyware yet but now they can use it they want me to make some custom items for the farm to track growing levels and a database for the mother inlaws childcare business. Yay...
 
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News Comments > NCsoft Profits Soar
3. Re: NCsoft Profits Soar Feb 10, 2010, 18:31 RenownWolf
 
Mmmm... WTB Jesus mmo with water walking abilities!

Something cool about walking around wearing a dress with a rope belt and having a beard!
 
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News Comments > "Supernanny" Takes on Violent Games
17. Re: "Supernanny" Takes on Violent Games Feb 10, 2010, 18:29 RenownWolf
 
I grew up watching things I shouldn't (18+ horror movies at age 9), playing violent video games (Doom, Quake etc..) and yet out of my friends I'm the most grounded. I disapprove of violence unless in defence of myself or even more so my better half.

Games haven't harmed me, if anything they helped when in school I had an issue with a person I'd go kill some people in Quake rather then battle it out.

Then again, there was kids at school who had issues regardless if they were copying movies, games or even their parents (it's amazing how many kids still get beat on by their parents).

Self control is key, just because seeing somebody being killed on a video game doesn't mean I'll laugh like a mad man and ask for more when somebody dies in the street. Then again, I've always been curious to see a car accident, but that's more because I just never get to see one take place infront of my own eyes.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
11. Re: Op Ed Feb 5, 2010, 22:24 RenownWolf
 
But the much more important question is why Microsoft, Americaís most famous and prosperous technology company, no longer brings us the future, whether itís tablet computers like the iPad, e-books like Amazonís Kindle, smartphones like the BlackBerry and iPhone, search engines like Google, digital music systems like iPod and iTunes or popular Web services like Facebook and Twitter.

Lol this guy is an idiot. My previous phone ran Windows Mobile, it beats the crap out of what I've used of the iphone and the nokia os I have on my new phone. Plenty of tablet pcs coming with windows on them, I believe Bing is their search engine, MSN Messenger and it's tools are fairly popular (they aren't facebook, but they work plenty fine), and the latest version of their mp3 player is actually quite nice.

And dare I say it, Xbox Live has changed the multiplayer console game completely. I don't personally want to pay for it, but I agree it's a well designed system.

Bahh iPad.... the iWasteoftime.
 
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News Comments > Over a Million League of Legends Downloads
5. Re: Over a Million League of Legends Downloads Feb 4, 2010, 15:12 RenownWolf
 
So if you can get all parts for free who will they make money? I realise a lot of people will pay the cash to get the champions asap.

They'll either have to add more heros or more reasons to use points. Just interested in it mostly for the business aspect of how this will work vs the usual pay $20 and own everything model.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 3, 2010, 01:06 RenownWolf
 
Science: 10 Amazing Space Projects from NASA and Beyond.

Mmm... I had heard they canceled going back to the moon. In my opinion they should as it would give the Americans a big boost in the ego department which they kind of need (Yes blah blah Americans evil etc...). But after the economic issues they have had and the impact that has been made on them (really bailing out the guys who fucked up and leaving the littles guys screwed??).

Go back to the moon, have a big party with all the fanfare. Be the Americans of the past. Start building a moonbase and say "The moon, land of the free" just to do it.

If the chinese or Russians get there first they'll take it, and you bet they'd have far more deaths and issues then the Americans due to their attitudes on their people and safety.

Sorry for the mini-rant, but I am big into humans surpassing our current way of life and expanding into the universe but I don't believe the Russians or Chinese are likely to do it right.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
7. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 1, 2010, 17:00 RenownWolf
 
I had a conversation with a customer at work at the iPad. He already owns a iMac and he sees this as a awesome new item.

My biggest gripe is the lack of flash support... that in itself could be the winner for apple if included. People like youtube, those crazy flash games, or even those retarded e-cards.

It reminds me of the early days where you would only find Java on phones (ohh wait). They want to control the platform which is fine, but they need to know when choices are relevant to the user.

Honestly... my cheapy smartphone from Nokia Supports flash ffs.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 1, 2010, 14:26 RenownWolf
 
HOLY CRAP! NEW WINZIP!

I'm there....
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
5. Re: Op Ed Jan 31, 2010, 09:46 RenownWolf
 
Games are art if the creator calls it art. No doubt somebody will see it and agree or disagree, this is the case with all art since art was even called art.

It doesn't matter if some critic calls it not art, as long as one does and the creator thinks it as such.

Forget the naysayers and just do what you love and create more beautiful gaming art my friends.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield Bad Company 2 CTD Workaround
24. Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 CTD Workaround Jan 29, 2010, 10:02 RenownWolf
 
Mmm... Interesting to see they fked the game browser again. I remember the issues with BF2 and that... ohh wait they are still an issue.

Dice really needs to rip some of that stuff out and start from stratch. Even with the 1.5 patch BF2 still has the Coloured tag bug.

Sigh, guess I'll pass on this from the sounds of things. I'll still to BF2 and BF2142. Though the cheaters in BF2 are unbearable.
 
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News Comments > Hei$t $crapped
5. Re: Hei$t $crapped Jan 28, 2010, 16:22 RenownWolf
 
Wow... due the end of 2007, that is just a little late.

Makes you wonder what happened because that's a fair bit of lag time.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 28, 2010, 15:55 RenownWolf
 
strich wrote on Jan 28, 2010, 12:48:
please, i don't want to be a hog. you can keep it a little longer.

funny t-shirt. mine just arrived in the mail. http://www.cafepress.com/+dark_tshirt,171887492

50 points for anyone that knows the reference. without cheating.

Just don't Blink =)
 
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