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Nickname Brym
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Signed On May 25, 2000, 00:20
Total Comments 71 (Suspect)
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Apr 14, 2015, 13:26 Brym
The Apple Watch article rings true to me, as a fellow watch guy. I went to the Apple store on Friday for a try-on appointment all ready to preorder, but after seeing the Watch in person, I decided to wait.

The problem is that for current watch wearers, Apple needs to convince us to replace something that we already love and wear every day. That's a high bar. I would be much more excited for the product if it were not completely gauche for me to wear it *in addition* to my normal watch.

My wife is getting one, so maybe after spending more time with hers I'll become more convinced that the trade-off is worth it. Or maybe I'll be waiting for the next generation.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
1. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Feb 18, 2015, 13:13 Brym
Ars really needs to get a lawyer on staff if they want to keep doing these legal articles. The author expresses confusion over whether Blackberry settled or has an upcoming trial, something that can be easily clarified by pulling the docket sheet for the case.

*EDIT* - I just pulled the docket sheet. Blackberry settled. Given that the author said the opposite in his article, that should tell you what you need to know about his credibility.

The author also spends a lot of time on legally irrelevant details, such as when Bluetooth 1.0 (which apparently didn't practice the patent) was invented, and whether the creators of Bluetooth 2.0 collaborated with the inventor of the patent. None of that has any relevance, under the law, to the merits of the case.

Maybe this case is totally frivolous, and the verdict is a total miscarriage of justice. Or maybe it's perfectly valid. The author gives us no detail that would support either conclusion.
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News Comments > Game Reviews
4. Re: Game Reviews Feb 10, 2015, 13:09 Brym
Eurogamer is "dropping review scores" only in the sense that they are no longer assigning numbers. The recommend/essential/avoid/no label system is essentially a 4-star system. But I guess now they can benefit from the nonstop internet circle jerk about how review scores are ruining games.

That said, I think the policy changes look good overall. I don't personally care whether Eurogamer uses a 4-point scale or a 10-point scale for their scores, so long as there is some sort of score I can quickly look at when I don't want to read an entire article from them. The new system will work fine for that.
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News Comments > etc., etc.
2. Re: WoW patch Dec 6, 2005, 15:50 Brym
If you're losing in under 10 minutes, you were either trying to exploit the system or you were terrible. Either way, you don't deserve your mark.

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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: EULA compliant spyware Oct 14, 2005, 12:22 Brym
Even if Blizzard had a huge pop-up warning at the start of their program saying "W3 ARE SPYING ON JOO!!1@!" it would only turn off maybe 1% of their users (the tin-foil hat crowd). Personally, I would let Chris Metzen come to my house and rummage through my underwear drawer if it helps keep WoW free from hacks.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
65. No subject Oct 10, 2005, 12:21 Brym
Happy 9th from a longtime lurker (although I can't say how long... but I would guess 8 years).

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News Comments > Best Buy's Pre-pwned Program
41. Response to Waltc Oct 1, 2005, 16:54 Brym
Just wanted to point something out: game prices have *not* stayed the same for the past 15 years, they've actually decreased dramatically. Yes they cost $50 both now and then in *nominal* terms, but with inflation games now are a good 30%-45% cheaper than they were in the 80s.

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Day of Defeat: Source
63. Glad I got silver Sep 27, 2005, 03:05 Brym
Got silver way back when just so I could play CS:S early, and I'm sure glad I did now. I never played DoD for HL1, but I'm loving it now. The maps are great and the gameplay is tops. Nice change of pace from counter-strike.

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News Comments > WoW Patch
10. Re: No subject Sep 13, 2005, 19:06 Brym
He meant frost nova

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News Comments > Michigan's Violent Gaming Law
8. No subject Sep 13, 2005, 01:24 Brym
I live in Michigan, and I think this is sad. The penalties are waaaay out of line with the "crime", for one thing. Also, why can movies, television, and music (even books) police themselves but games can't?

You can't blame this only on the democrats though. My local republican congressman (Fred Upton) was leading the investigation in the House into the Hot Coffee mod. This idiocy affects both sides of the aisle. If you want to blame anyone, blame all the religious zealots who voted for anti-gay marriage amendments last year and scared the democrats into finding a "moral issue" of their own.

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News Comments > WoW Patch Plans
11. No subject Jan 29, 2005, 07:13 Brym
I was kind of hoping for a fix to one of the 2 bugged, uncompletable quests in desolace. No wonder that zone is so deserted all the time...

It seems like the early patches had a lot more bug fixes. I remember they did actually fix the 2 bugged quests in stonetalon just after I had finished up that zone.

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News Comments > Take-Two Takes Visual Concepts
1. No subject Jan 25, 2005, 10:43 Brym
Anyone else think that the purchase price would have been a LOT higher without the Madden exclusivity deal? $24 million seems pretty damn low to me.

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News Comments > Mac BF1942 MP Demo
2. No subject Jan 20, 2005, 18:10 Brym
I'm currently studying abroad with only my ibook to keep me company, so at first I thought this was great news. Then I realized that you can only play on mac demo servers, only through the crappy gameranger browser, and there's no dedicated server. The biggest game I could find had six people in it, and it still ran like crap. It doesn't exactly give you a good impression of the full game, does it?

On the topic of mac gaming: I wish more companies were like Blizzard. Because they release their games as PC/Mac hybrids on the same CD, I already own the mac versions of all their games. I'd love to play UT2004, for instance, but I'm hardly going to go out and buy another copy of a game I already own.

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News Comments > More WoW Free Time
19. No subject Jan 19, 2005, 15:32 Brym

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News Comments > GTA: San Andreas PC Date, Xbox Plans
21. No subject Dec 17, 2004, 00:02 Brym

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News Comments > EA & NFL Exclusive
17. Re: Again? Dec 14, 2004, 00:41 Brym
A better headline:

"EA Corners The Market on Football, Evil"

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News Comments > WoW Hax0r Crackdown
15. Re: Yeah it's good, but.... Dec 4, 2004, 16:18 Brym
Actually, there is PvP.

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News Comments > WoW Open Beta Ending
20. No subject Nov 18, 2004, 01:49 Brym
Played the first stress test and open beta. Loved every minute. I pre-orded the collector's edition.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
149. Election Lines Nov 3, 2004, 13:25 Brym

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News Comments > WoW Closed Beta Ends
23. No subject Oct 29, 2004, 03:59 Brym
This is good news. I played this in stress test and EQ2 in closed beta. Let me tell you, WoW back during stress test was more ready to ship than EQ2 is right now in closed beta. The only thing that makes me sad is that my MMOG-playing friends (none of whom got into beta) are all getting EQ2 just because they loved EQ.

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