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News Comments > Game Reviews
1. Re: Game Reviews Apr 22, 2014, 11:11 NewMaxx
 
8/10 seems appropriate for TESO, certainly better than Angry Joe's 5/10. Yes, I know, a 5/10 for Angry Joe is like a 7/10 anywhere else, but trying to judge a MMO after launch like just any other game is...well, dumb. Even IGN gave it a 7.8 which, again, is reasonable considering its current state. They gave a 9 to GW2 and SWTOR, though, and I think TESO can be an equal or better game to those with some polish, so again...these scores should be taken as a moving value.  
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News Comments > Legit Elder Scrolls Online Accounts Banned
44. Re: Legit Elder Scrolls Online Accounts Banned Apr 21, 2014, 22:32 NewMaxx
 
It's a fun game, rest of you Blue's News people need to get in the guild if you haven't. If you need anything just hit me up...  
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News Comments > Legit Elder Scrolls Online Accounts Banned
12. Re: Legit Elder Scrolls Online Accounts Banned Apr 21, 2014, 10:19 NewMaxx
 
It's really a problem at lower levels. I'm VR5 and have had no problems at all with spam (through chat or mail) or bots, but then I started going back to the lower level areas to farm particular materials, and...wham. Even started getting mail after that. It's killing the game for new players and casuals, which definitely upsets me. Expecting people to install add-ons to get around it isn't very viable. Even if it were, the overwhelming number of bots in some areas just totally kills immersion, not to mention that it breaks stuff in the game.

As far as not understanding the messages they are displaying...they are using algorithms to post like that to make it more difficult to identify and block/ban them, it messes with the automated systems designed to stop them. It's a bit of a cold war where every new line of code to block them is discovered and then they work around it. It may look like random ASCII to you but it totally fools computers and those who want to cheat can figure it out. Yes, it's true having HUMAN observers would fix that problem, but you know...

As far as "trial accounts" is concerned, no, what these guys do is use stolen or fradulent credit card numbers simply to get passed the 30-day free period authentication (the game itself is purchased illegally and separately), and in some cases they also used hacked accounts. What you will see during beta is sites set up offering beta keys to people, then they data mine the user/passwords used to sign up to that site and match them up when the game releases (obviously, none of those people got a beta key from the site).

Also, what Verno says of the chat server is important here...the megaserver and overflow servers are separate in the sense that entire parts of the game are run independently. Guilds, friends, and social aspects, for example, run separately, and yet phasing issues can cause chat lag. So really it's not wise to look at it as one giant server that controls everything since really it's a ton of virtual servers with a lot of things run independently, and communication between these areas causes lag, and so the chat and mail spam issues aren't as obvious to fix as one first supposes.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 18, 2014, 09:12 NewMaxx
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Apr 17, 2014, 13:20:
People still play chess?

Go is far superior, far more tactics, far more social, and isn't broken by AI

Interestingly, China's foreign policy is largely influenced by the concepts of the game Go.

(I read a ton of history books and I like to share facts :p)
 
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News Comments > 2D Prince of Persia Rumor
5. Re: 2D Prince of Persia Rumor Apr 18, 2014, 09:03 NewMaxx
 
Hmm...they mention the Rayman side-scrolling runners a lot in that excerpt...going to take a wild guess and say it'll play like that more than the original game.  
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News Comments > Sid Meierís Civilization: Beyond Earth Details
12. Re: Sid Meierís Civilization: Beyond Earth Details Apr 14, 2014, 01:19 NewMaxx
 
Quboid wrote on Apr 13, 2014, 17:18:
I think it's the deepest because 1UPT (1 unit per tile) makes combat much more involving.

The combination of that and hexes makes it very tactical, which is the way it should be.
 
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News Comments > Watch Dogs PC Graphics
32. Re: Watch Dogs PC Graphics Apr 12, 2014, 23:52 NewMaxx
 
It's Hacker's Creed. Of course it has a storyline.  
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News Comments > Civilization: Beyond Earth Revealed?
20. Re: Civilization: Beyond Earth Revealed? Apr 12, 2014, 20:17 NewMaxx
 
Well the professor was kind of a loopy guy (he taught theoretical physics) and was the type to play video games so I think he appreciated it. Also, he liked to assign open-ended essay questions for his exams, like "interpret Bell's theorem in your own words" (or something along those lines). So I didn't mean to imply that's why I got an A, but it certainly didn't hurt. Also, I quoted the game in another class and the teacher got pissed off when he found out it was a game reference and docked me to a B, so ("not relevant")...it's hard for me to forget Alpha Centauri since it played a role in my early collegiate career. (it actually got me interested in science and I changed over from a sociology major)  
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News Comments > Civilization: Beyond Earth Revealed?
18. Re: Civilization: Beyond Earth Revealed? Apr 12, 2014, 19:32 NewMaxx
 
Alpha Centauri is one of the greatest games ever made. I actually used a quote from it for an essay in quantum physics (I have a physics degree), "Not only does God play dice, the dice are loaded." I believe I utilized it when talking about Bell's theorem. Needless to say, I got an A, and I have the suspicion that my professor knew what I was referencing.  
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Invasion Update
3. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Invasion Update Apr 9, 2014, 02:15 NewMaxx
 
Great game when I played it, I was one of the launch guys. Had a lot of fun with the storylines and the first few group instances. No regrets paying for it in that respect. Long-term title? No way. It's a great way to full your KotOR needs on the cheap, though.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
5. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Apr 3, 2014, 23:14 NewMaxx
 
jdreyer wrote on Apr 3, 2014, 18:49:
Glad Newegg isn't taking the easy way out. I love that they're asking the judge to let them recoup legal fees too. They're like the Justice League of the web.

Yeah, very glad to hear of this result.
 
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News Comments > Elder Scrolls Online Launch Prep
26. Re: Elder Scrolls Online Launch Prep Apr 3, 2014, 23:08 NewMaxx
 
PropheT wrote on Apr 3, 2014, 22:43:
They're very different games and will appeal to different people.

Exactly. Wildstar is downright perfect for a certain type of player but ESO has more general appeal. This is unsurprising given that they both targeted specific audiences. The ESO devs have even specifically addressed this when they made API changes in late beta. I'm personally glad for it, I'm not interested in that more hardcore crowd that will adapt well to Wildstar's grindfest. I honestly want something more immersive where I can just take my time and enjoy myself...

(I also played SWTOR and GW2, both at launch for many months, and both had their strong points but F2P/B2P does indeed nickel and dime you to death)
 
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News Comments > GameSpy Shutting Down Services
15. Re: GameSpy Shutting Down Services Apr 3, 2014, 20:11 NewMaxx
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Apr 3, 2014, 19:58:
This is why services like Game Ranger exist. Look there for support for many of the games that Gamespy is dropping

QFT!
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
5. Re: Morning Interviews Apr 3, 2014, 17:25 NewMaxx
 
KS wrote on Apr 3, 2014, 14:18:
Where is the interview?

Here

...not much of an "interview," indeed.

Here's hoping Everquest Next tries some new things.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
4. Re: Morning Interviews Apr 3, 2014, 17:24 NewMaxx
 
*double*  
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News Comments > Saturday Interviews
2. Re: Saturday Interviews Mar 30, 2014, 01:11 NewMaxx
 
Doma wrote on Mar 29, 2014, 13:23:
This was a great read. Recommended

It was a good read, but the guy does seem to have some issues.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
4. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Mar 29, 2014, 22:54 NewMaxx
 
PHJF wrote on Mar 29, 2014, 19:45:
Now that they are obsolete?

Exactly, lol.
 
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News Comments > Michael Abrash Joins Oculus
67. Re: Michael Abrash Joins Oculus Mar 29, 2014, 04:33 NewMaxx
 
You would refuse 2 billion? Be honest with yourself.

You act as if they personally got two billion. That's not how it works. They get respectable salaries and the rest goes to development. That being said, I would of course leap at the chance to make one of my engineering dreams come true. One must ask if there are not alternatives, though, as a deal with Facebook is the very definition of Faustian.

Also, what happens if your argument changes a little bit. Say...would it still work so well as rhetoric if the sum were 1 billion? 100 million? 10 million? 1 million? Where do you draw the line? Are you suggesting no other companies would offer, say, 1 billion? Is money the only determining factor? Don't be glib.

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News Comments > Titanfall Cheaters Must Play With Themselves
20. Re: Titanfall Cheaters Must Play With Themselves Mar 26, 2014, 22:22 NewMaxx
 
It's a good idea (and funny) but it can backfire. Respawn needs to be on top of monitoring the cheating server in order to benefit from the cheater playground (where cheats could be developed more easily than on live) since it does consume resources.  
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Next Week: Early Access Details
47. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Next Week: Early Access Details Mar 26, 2014, 20:25 NewMaxx
 
NKD wrote on Mar 26, 2014, 19:37:
If they haven't played an MMO even in the era of free-to-play, what makes you think they are going to start with a box cost + monthly fee + item store MMO?

You're mixing and matching arguments. My response about the type of player relating to the type of game is separate from the subscription issue. For the former, it's simply a matter of the player base being largely console-based and largely fans of the single-player series. I actually agree about the subscription...I argued for a hybrid pricing model (check my Blue's post history on ESO). If you want to combine the arguments, then it's obvious the MMO veterans will have little impact on the game's success, which is all that I was arguing. I also stated my personal preference for a game that didn't swing towards that play-style since there are superior alternatives already in the market.

As far as how I feel about the success rate goes, I used the term "coin flip" earlier in this thread.
 
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