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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 > MW2 Ghost Spin-off?
7. Re: MW2 Ghost Spin-off? Nov 16, 2009, 12:34 RenownWolf
 
Just to derail this topic straight up but...

http://www.destructoid.com/modern-warfare-2-gets-dedicated-servers-via-hack-155250.phtml#ext

So it was built right in the whole time (well duh). So interesting to see the reaction from IW/ActiBlizz.
 
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News Comments > Warrior Epic Expansion Beta
2. Re: Warrior Epic Expansion Beta Nov 14, 2009, 09:36 RenownWolf
 
I gave it a go awhile back when it first released. My biggest issue was healing and health potions. You were limited to only a couple of poitions which you pretty much had to use real money or get a healer class in your group which was at least lvl 15 for the good healing.

Meaning for the first 10 levels I had major issues unless we had a higher up.

I don't know if it was just me doing something wrong or they really expected you to constantly buy health poitions or what but you were still limited to 3 per "instance".

Interesting game, but didn't like the mechanics of staying alive at lower levels without spending lots of real money for poitions.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 4, 2009, 10:44 RenownWolf
 
The last time I voted, I was amazed I was not asked for any kind of ID whatsoever. I game my name and address and that was it. To me, that just screams potential vote fraud...

Damn nin, too much time on blues for you
 
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News Comments > Spaceships Ahoy - Gratuitous Space Battles
3. Re: Spaceships Ahoy - Gratuitous Space Battles Nov 4, 2009, 10:09 RenownWolf
 
Yes bobob  
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News Comments > Torchlight and Torchlight Demo Released
33. Re: Torchlight and Torchlight Demo Released Oct 27, 2009, 21:07 RenownWolf
 
Finally, Ogre3D will be MIT License from v1.7. The Ogre3D folks specifically are changing the license to make it even easier for commercial and non-commercial developers to use the engine.

Right on the money my boy. Excatly why I plan to use it in the future.

Seems a lot of people here misunderstand open source. You can use the engine without a single code change as long as you are willing to deal with any issues it comes with, but Ogre3D also has a support section in which the developers of Ogre3D help you for a fee and they often use this to stay in development and fix issues in the engine/add features.

Game looks good, hoping for a multiplayer option sooner rather than later though, wanna smash some monsters with my brothers.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands' Firm Street Dates
87. Re: Borderlands' Firm Street Dates Oct 25, 2009, 00:38 RenownWolf
 
if you cant be silly on the internet, then what the fuck is it good for

Porn.
 
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News Comments > Unreal Tease
22. Re: Unreal Tease Oct 24, 2009, 06:18 RenownWolf
 
Interesting to see what this is. Read a rumour (think it was Destructoid or Joystiq) that it might be developer tools style release. Like a developers toolkit but for a smaller scale.

Take that as what it is though, a rumour.

On the take of A-list fps developers, they sure have changed over the past few years. Not a lot in the way of quality FPSs coming out with a nicely fleshed out story line (Borderlands doesn't count, crazy RPG/FPS spawn). Give me a game with some guns, no levels or xp and a nice linear story line (but make it fkin epic) and you'll have me.

Bonus points for co-op support and decent mod tools (level editor and scripter for easy access). Mmmm... I can see a gap in the market that needs filling!
 
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News Comments > League of Legends Beta Opens
1. Re: League of Legends Beta Opens Oct 22, 2009, 21:26 RenownWolf
 
Mmmmm.. more Dota community peoples.

I can see it now "FFS NOOB STOP FEEDING". Even counter-strike is friendlier to newbies then these assholes.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
3. Re: Op Ed Oct 22, 2009, 18:42 RenownWolf
 
There are many games with excellent story lines. But also many with lame predictable stories. I don't believe the issue is that they are game stories but it's who is writing them a majority of the time.

Most games don't have an actual writer on staff, they just use the game designer. Unfortunately a great game designer isn't always the greatest story teller, they really are 2 different aspects of game development.

On the article I tend to disagree with him greatly, there are many games that do excatly what he asks but within a limited degree. Some of what he is asking is unrealistic to keep a game being a game. A game must have competition (win/lose situations) or at least a goal to achieve (sims, bigger house, longer life etc..). So creating a story that is within the gameplay is one thing, but when the story is the most important aspect the gameplay will suffer (MGS series suffers from this, 20min cut scenes).

Even Planescape (which is awesome!) gives up gameplay elements for the story which is having to read a novel of writing, while game with a faster pace will have a character talking via comms to you. While it may appear the story is just simple it's often the way in which you are given the story that is lacking which is usually limited by a factor (writers ability, context, gameplay, budget).

Then again, some games just don't need a big story. I still play Counter-strike and Quake 3 Arena to this day. What story? It's still damn fun sometimes.
 
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News Comments > Galactic Command Online; 3000AD's "Last Game"
69. Re: 3000AD's "Last Game" Oct 15, 2009, 20:57 RenownWolf
 
Sorry, angry internet man!

BAHAHHAHAHAHA.... *gasps for air* bahahahahahahahah!

Ohh I usually just lurk through these events (posts that go beyond around 30 replies). But Wowers, that is classic.

Next time somebody goes off their nut and starts getting a little grumpy I'm gonna remember that line now. =)
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
9. Re: Op Ed Oct 12, 2009, 17:40 RenownWolf
 
Disorderly Queue is right on the money, I was sitting there the other day thinking just that for servers...

Of course it would have to be designed and impletmented. The whole "world" factor of each server would lose something I guess, but at the advantage of being able to join a less populated server for get your raid/instance done without hassles. No doubt you'd end up with more popular PVP servers and PVE ones, but really I don't see this as a negative as you get the choice. Plus it would allow all players to see how much scale the "massive multiplayer" aspect comes in when at times you'd never see the same people twice.

One can hope =)
 
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News Comments > Alganon Goes Direct2Drive
1. Re: Alganon Goes Direct2Drive Oct 12, 2009, 17:33 RenownWolf
 
"In addition to the pre-order system, IGN/FilePlanet also has exclusive rights to distribute BETA keys between now and launch. So if you want to get into BETA head over to FilePlanet. It's very important for us to get quality testers that have a vested interest in the game, and we felt the pre-order system and teaming with FilePlanet was the best way to accomplish this goal."

And I am Jesus, son of Mary, the devine son of god given to this earth to spin the PR like no man has before.

Without going out too crazy here, but the screenshots look crazily similar to that of wow. I realise there is a limited scope to what you can do with a MMORPG but at least you could try with the interface....
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
3. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Oct 12, 2009, 10:12 RenownWolf
 
Wow! That Yamaha cloth speaker is awesome... just watching that video makes me feel like I'm in a sci-fi movie.

I could see how it could apply to so many things in life, from a train station patron hitting a few buttons on the pad and the map answering their questions without annoying others.

The fact it doesn't affect surrounding sounds is amazing.
 
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News Comments > Legal Briefs
3. Re: Legal Briefs Oct 11, 2009, 22:06 RenownWolf
 
Atually Creston you'll find at the upper tier there are a lot of people who'll pay a monthly fee to access a high speed FTP download size for 0 day warez or whatever they wish to call it.

This is where you have to be invited or know somebody etc... I have a friend who has access (yes a friend) and he has offered me a few times (I think they get benifits when they get others to join).

There will always be a way, how popular it is just depends on how easy it is to access.
 
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News Comments > Legal Briefs
2. Re: Legal Briefs Oct 10, 2009, 16:14 RenownWolf
 
As much as I dislike my own country and our issues (Australia banning L4D and censoring parts of the net).

I gotta say it sure beats the mess they seem to have going on over there. 400 copies really isn't much, but look at the effect. Sure I have downloaded an episode or 2 of my favourite tv show I missed on tv... but damn! And to change the logo.

I can see it now "Hey look guys at uni, I made this awesome tv show. You know I'm good for it, it has my logo!". What's worse is the documentry shows their president in a good light (positive for them) and they still ripped them short.

And the little boy adventures... well by god, that man wouldn't last 10 minutes over here, would have been a big ass scandle the day the book was released and he would have had to resign. Recently the the Queensland Police Union president had to resign due to having relations with a 18 year old girl who was renting at his house (he is divorced and was when this occured). Even though this is completely legal, it doesn't bode well for the images of the people in power so he got the ass.

Wow France... I'm not against your people (considered moving there) but honestly, this is just getting beyond a joke.
 
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News Comments > Censored L4D2 Backup for Australia
15. Re: Censored L4D2 Backup for Australia Oct 7, 2009, 20:32 RenownWolf
 
I think these Australians are a bunch of psychopathic social conservatives who probably make their kids watch Bibleman rather than conventional super-heroes/anime etc.

Hey man Bibleman totally pwns! He's like the master among heros! (This is the part where I ask... who the hell is bibleman, and then goto google for info).

As Talisorn said, it's a single hold out atm... which isn't making him friends especially since Australia wants to see itself as a mining materials and "services" country. Services being things like research and technology.

Ugh... maybe the Chinese read their papers from their government sponsored media companies and watch in wonder how we are allowed to even complain that we disagree when they can't even get undead characters in WoW looking undead without the government poking their noses in it.

edit - Aloud != Allowed

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News Comments > DotA Developer to Valve
16. Re: DotA Developer to Valve Oct 6, 2009, 22:25 RenownWolf
 
Kind of find it amusing how he doesn't correct people when they think he made dota. All he has done is balance and updated.

It was a map for WC3 first by Eul, when Frozen Throne came out it was opened up for anybody to updated. Then another guy (forget his name) took over making the Allstars version the most popular. Wasn't until version 6.xx that Icefrog took over.

Hardly the creator imo. I'm assuming they hired him for his other skills rather than dota.

Then again, I'm not a fan of Dota as such, and after giving HoN 100 games, and still not liking it I can see it's not for me.

As they said, biggest issue is the community, I am no longer a newbie but make mistakes and the amount of abuse hurled at you when you get killed is insanity. I'd rather play with CS hackers then the chumps that play these games =\
 
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News Comments > World of Warcraft Patched
21. Re: World of Warcraft Patched Sep 23, 2009, 01:16 RenownWolf
 
Yeah Bobbob, you can go from vanilla straight to lich king. I admit it's rather a smooth process (generally only takes a few hours to go from trial account to full access).

Just take your time and enjoy yourself though. Everybody appears to be all rush rush now a days in the game. =)
 
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News Comments > Aion Live
20. Re: Aion Live Sep 22, 2009, 18:19 RenownWolf
 
Pyloff well... $49.95 a month. Could upgrade to 150gig a month for 69.95 a month but it's all a on peak/off peak system. Off peak is 4am to 9am each day, and the rest is on peak. so 110gig for 5 hours a day, otherwise 40gig for them.

I am changing to that, but it will mean I will have to setup my downloads for off peak times but yay... everybody has their own download software now and most don't have a system for scheduling so I have to use windows, which has it's limits =\

Cheers for the tip, I'll look into JA.

Ruff, I noted the "trial only server" which would only need to include the start area instancing. Also they can put in IP limits or similar for accounts, and make the accounts able to be deleted after the time peroid. Then again, a trial period would do.

I just miss demos =) MMOs don't seem to lend themselves too kindly to them, especially when the box price is the same as a Multiplayer game without a time limit.
 
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News Comments > Aion Live
17. Re: Aion Live Sep 22, 2009, 16:43 RenownWolf
 
Even a 1-2 hour trial on a trial only server would do. Too bad they rely on the same mechanic as a lot of "hyped" games in hopes the hype sells rather than the gameplay =(

One does get tired of the "demos take time to program excuse". Though I guess as long as they have easy street with hype alone why bother trying to please the rest of us. I don't want to drop $100 AUD on a 30 day test of a game I don't think I'll continue. (I work full time and do uni full time so time is limited)

I realise I can get it online cheaper, but at 10gig download (1/4 of my monthly quota, yay aust isps) it's a bit nasty.

I'll have to drop around my mates place and poke my nose, but I get the feeling it will be "ohh shiny" and get dull. Back to finding old games I missed due to being young and without the income to afford them in the past.

Any suggestions on RPGs? I've gone through Planescape (yummy), Diablos, Fallouts etc... Already. Looking for the more obsecure stuff. I'm currently playing Ys: The oath of Felhana (with english translation). Short game but a blast for fun, wish it had co-op to play with my brothers!

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