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News Comments > SOE Closing Four MMOGs
6. Re: SOE Closing Four MMOGs Jan 24, 2014, 20:07 NKD
 
Stimpack wrote on Jan 24, 2014, 19:19:
Also, like all deceased MMOs, they should release the code to the public. Whether it be made open source or available for purchase.

Not possible. These companies use a lot of licensed third party code that they don't have any rights to release. They could prune out anything that uses it, but then massive parts of the codebase would be missing.

Ozmodan wrote on Jan 24, 2014, 19:48:
They are very mediocre games. You can bet not many were playing them.

A good business decision. Wizardry was terrible. Vanguard was probably the best of the lot, and it had a very poorly written engine that SOE never did understand. They really could not do much to it.

Yeah McQuaid dumped a stinker on SOE with Vanguard. I'm betting Smedley regrets ever picking it up.

The other titles were kind of experimental. Wizardry was created by another studio and SOE sort of imported it to run American servers, where it never really caught on. Free Realms and Clone Wars Adventures were designed for kids. According to Smedley they aren't going to be doing any more kids games. Basically he said that kids don't spend money and it's too hard to police their shitty behavior to the point where it's a fun environment for kids. There's also the issue of your player base literally aging out of your game and being left with a ghost town.
 
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News Comments > Line of Defense Tactics
5. Re: Line of Defense Tactics Jan 21, 2014, 07:18 NKD
 
*enters bathroom, faces mirror, and turns off lights*

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News Comments > WoW to Add Level-up Purchases
11. Re: WoW to Add Level-up Purchases Jan 17, 2014, 10:30 NKD
 
WoW isn't a brand new MMO. Most older players have leveled a bunch of characters. There is little reason to force them to do so again. New players are often just trying to get to the "real" game that you need to be level capped for.

One common argument I see is that it robs players of a chance to learn how to play their class as they level. That's bullshit however as the stuff you do while leveling gives you basically zero preparation for the game at max level. Talent choices, ability use, preferred glyphs all change. Not to mention that even group content while leveling provides zero introduction to even the most basic of raid boss fights on the lowest of difficulties.

In short, it's just a mandatory grind through old content that has jack shit to do with what the game asks of you at level cap. When an MMO gets to a certain age it has to focus on what it does best, and it needs to focus on removing barriers to getting players into that part of the game.

Offering people the chance to buy extra level 90 characters is a good way to remove that barrier. And this is coming from someone who already has a level 90 of every class that I earned the old fashioned way.

The idea of someone being able to just buy a level 90 doesn't bother me in the slightest.
 
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News Comments > Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen Announcement & Kickstarter
5. Re: Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen Announcement & Kickstarter Jan 13, 2014, 18:46 NKD
 
I wouldn't give this guy a cent. No proven record. He's only ever been involved in two titles. EverQuest was the first game of its scale and scope and quite frankly looking back on it, there wasn't much there. The gameplay was very limited for design and technical reasons. (Had to keep packet throughput low for dialup players, for one.) So it doesn't really prove that the guy had some idea of what he was doing.

Vanguard of course was a disaster. Rumors of drug abuse and failure to even be involved during the last 6 months of development. Who knows whether that shit is true or not, but Vanguard itself was a mess of random ideas.

Sorry, but I'll take the wait and see approach on this one.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
19. Re: Into the Black Dec 28, 2013, 18:27 NKD
 
NegaDeath wrote on Dec 28, 2013, 16:19:
PHJF wrote on Dec 28, 2013, 16:01:
He meant not having a Facebook page looks weird to potential employers.

No it really doesn't.

Sadly, it does. The latest trend in HR departments is to extensively scour the Internet for your online presence and look for anything that might stand out as being bad.

If they don't find one, they don't assume you don't have one, they just assume you're hiding it behind a lot of privacy settings, and they don't like that.

That's not every HR department, of course. But it's a growing trend and is especially true in technology or professional positions.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse Dec 7, 2013, 02:54 NKD
 
Cutter wrote on Dec 7, 2013, 01:24:
Says the same guys that fucked over a nation for the sake of a buck.

I thought that was EA.
 
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News Comments > Starbound Beta This Week
7. Re: RE: Follow up Dec 2, 2013, 15:58 NKD
 
Fibrocyte wrote on Dec 2, 2013, 10:00:
Burrito of Peace wrote on Dec 2, 2013, 08:30:
If only there was the capability to mulithread, cache in memory and perform read-aheads. If only...

Then again, that would imply there was some effort being placed in to actual production value.

This isn't a question of loading a map that already exists. This is more than likely just their way of having a glorified loading screen while new content is being generated.

This is not unexpected and that amount of load time - considering it is a one-time thing for that particular planet/world - is not excessive.

It's also worth noting that your ship can also be upgraded to larger models, decorated with furniture and be used for various things. It's not just sit in a chair and wait for next planet.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
17. Re: Op Ed Nov 19, 2013, 13:03 NKD
 
Abandon all hope ye who scroll down beyond this point.  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - X Rebirth
96. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 16, 2013, 15:39 NKD
 
Creston wrote on Nov 16, 2013, 15:24:
NKD wrote on Nov 16, 2013, 15:06:
I want some kind of fucking radar. The lack of any kind of combat awareness makes that kind of gameplay abysmal. I don't understand how they neglected so many of the fundamentals that they nailed just fine with the previous games.

Yeah, I can't figure that out either. And I know several guys on the level 5 team (ie, the testers), and I know they will have complained about it.

How can you have a game with space combat and not have a radar??

It's really infuriating. I had a mission to pop some medium sized transport looking thing. It had some fairly nasty turrets but a huge blindspot in the back. So I decided to get on its ass and start blasting away.

Kept getting smoked. Wasn't sure what was going on. Then I saw I was getting nailed by missiles. There was no radar, of course, and no missile warning that I could hear. So I reloaded again and looked over the ship to see if it had missile launchers. Didn't see any (of course theres no way to target subsystems readily.). So I can only assume some other ship was firing them, but how the fuck can I possibly tell?

God, I'm mad just talking about it.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
2. Re: Yes, thats exactly what we need is ANOTHER NEW ******* PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE Nov 16, 2013, 15:25 NKD
 
DukeFNukem wrote on Nov 16, 2013, 14:59:
We don't have enough programming languages right now. Please, make up a new one so that the ones I have been mastering for the past several years will be obsolete.

This is exactly what we need. Refine and keep improving the old languages? LOL. Bah Humbug. Who wants to do that?

Let's all be like Microsoft and scrap 20 years of perfecting something every 10 years. That way we can slap a ******* "New and Improved" sticker on the box and sell it to retards who actually believe that marketing hype.

Can't wait for a new programming language. I am starting to salivate at the thought.

Oh btw, who the ******** is Stephen Wolfe? Was that his name? Never heard of the guy. He's even less relevant than John Carmack.

The comments around here just reek more and more of crippling mental illness every year.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - X Rebirth
93. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 16, 2013, 15:06 NKD
 
I want some kind of fucking radar. The lack of any kind of combat awareness makes that kind of gameplay abysmal. I don't understand how they neglected so many of the fundamentals that they nailed just fine with the previous games.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
12. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Nov 16, 2013, 10:22 NKD
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 16, 2013, 02:28:
Yes, he did charge money to credit cards for charity, all of which was recoverable. But you really think he deserves 10 years? For exposing the lack of security at a security firm and pulling a few pranks? And the point about the banksters is to show the utter lack of consistency in the application of the law.

Of course there's lack of consistency. There are thousands and thousands of people responsible for applying that law, and most of them are granted some discretionary power in how they do it.

Lack of consistency is infuriating, I know. Especially when it gets things bass fucking ackwards. But the last thing we want is for prosecutors and judges to lose all their discretionary powers. A soulless justice system with mandatory prosecutions and mandatory sentencing would be kind of scary.

Yeah, it's going to go wrong sometimes, especially when dealing with powerful people. But powerful people are going to get away with shit no matter WHAT system we have.

We definitely can't go down the road of "Well this guy got off for something he obviously did wrong, so we just have to stop prosecuting and sentencing people out of fairness."

I hate to say it, but the contrast to violent crime doesn't really resonate with me. Yes, rapes and assaults are awful crimes that traumatize a victim. But these type of misguided "hacktivists" can do a lot more damage than any single violent thug. All it takes is for the government to hand out slaps on the wrist to let that happen.

Look, you can't deter a hardened criminal from being a criminal. But some virgin living in his mom's basement? He might be a little less inclined to break the law if he doesn't think he's going to get probation or be hired by Secret Government Agency for his leet hacking skills.
 
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News Comments > Thief Dropping QTEs
71. Re: Thief Dropping QTEs Nov 15, 2013, 23:15 NKD
 
Fletch wrote on Nov 15, 2013, 20:13:
Nucas wrote on Nov 15, 2013, 18:35:
that's because much of the vocal "fan base" is a bunch arrogant motards like you, mouthing off about what is and isn't valid use of the ip and self-importantly vomiting out commentary. you wish you were still playing games on your sega genesis, we get it - the rest of the world has moved on and embraced new ways of building worlds and telling stories.
I have never played consoles, and the only "new way" I see of "building worlds and telling stories" is ass-backwards from where it was headed before consoles and their braindead minions began exerting their will on gaming and game development. It's a hand-holding, "press button, win game" mentality instilled in you ADD-addled Luddites when your mommies plopped you down in front of TVs and threw controllers in your hands rather than bother interacting with you on a human level. When you brats got older, you squalled for the latest, greatest console, and mommy relented and bought it for you because, hey, it always shut you up before. The internet reinforced the errors in your asocial programming and instilled not only a desire to be a douche to countless, faceless voices during Halo, but also the ability to peck out the most inept flames to countless, voiceless nyms without even the smallest urge to screen said "insults" for laughability, much less, punctuation, before sending it out into the ether. Their effectiveness on your peers betrays just how many vapid, soulless, nitwits share your psychosis, but to those of us approaching half a century on this earth, who have been playing PC games since the TRS-80, who actually knew our parents... you're going to have to try harder than that.

You are why Thief for PC is gonna suck.

I'm sure he didn't mean to walk on your lawn.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
4. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Nov 15, 2013, 22:01 NKD
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 15, 2013, 21:53:

What really rankles me about 10 years is this guy did none of it for personal gain. The banksters defrauded millions of people, and have yet to spend a day behind bars.

Except for the $700,000 he charged up on credit cards he stole. May not have been strictly for "personal gain" but it's still stealing huge amounts of money that wasn't his. This guy is a scumbag and a criminal who just happened to do a couple decent things. He deserves every month he gets. Yeah, the bank scumbags should see prison time, but the fact that they didn't doesn't mean a blank check to hack and steal from an organization that isn't even a bank.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
27. Re: Evening Consolidation Nov 12, 2013, 18:50 NKD
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 12, 2013, 18:28:
Julio wrote on Nov 12, 2013, 05:25:
Xbox720p.

So much win in that name.

Laugh2

Sticking with Xbone.
 
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News Comments > Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Announced
12. Re: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Announced Nov 12, 2013, 14:17 NKD
 
Creston wrote on Nov 12, 2013, 13:49:
Oh come on now, Tron 2.0 was awesome!

Meh. Mehhhhhhhhhh.
 
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News Comments > Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Announced
9. Re: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Announced Nov 12, 2013, 13:45 NKD
 
Jerykk wrote on Nov 12, 2013, 12:29:
NKD wrote on Nov 12, 2013, 11:44:
ItBurn wrote on Nov 12, 2013, 11:40:
Monolith aren't what they once were...

Monolith has made more shit games than good ones even since the very beginning. Their batting average hasn't changed.

That's not really true at all. What shit games have they made? Blood 2 and that LOTR MOBA come to mind. Some might include Gotham City Imposters. How many good games have they made? Blood, Shogo, NOLF, NOLF2, AVP2, FEAR and even FEAR2. They've definitely made more good games than bad.

Condemned, Condemned 2, Gotham City Imposters, Guardians of Middle Earth, Matrix Online, that one crap Tron game, and there was the one with Ice-T. Probably some I'm forgetting. But the shit games were interspersed throughout their life, so I don't think their batting average has changed at all.
 
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News Comments > Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Announced
2. Re: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Announced Nov 12, 2013, 11:44 NKD
 
ItBurn wrote on Nov 12, 2013, 11:40:
Monolith aren't what they once were...

Monolith has made more shit games than good ones even since the very beginning. Their batting average hasn't changed.
 
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News Comments > Free Saints Row IV DLC
1. Re: Free Saints Row IV DLC Nov 12, 2013, 10:12 NKD
 
Freebies! Also I got first post before nin.  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
12. Re: Evening Consolidation Nov 12, 2013, 03:02 NKD
 
How many times have gamers gotten themselves twisted up into a knot over some legalese in a fucking Terms of Use document for no reason?

Idiot gamers who don't have law degrees shouldn't even be reading that shit. They aren't qualified. It's written for lawyers, by lawyers, and is generally full of copy pasta boiler plate shit designed to provide as much ass-coverage as humanly possible.

Yet you have a bunch of unqualified idiots trying to parse them for reasons to get outraged.
 
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