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News Comments > Into the Black
13. Re: Into the Black Mar 28, 2015, 09:06 Verno
 
ForgedReality wrote on Mar 28, 2015, 02:27:
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jdreyer wrote on Mar 27, 2015, 21:06:
I'm waiting to see what materializes.

the idea of Trek has always been grand, but i've always found the implementation to be rather bland and uninspiring, with the exception of a few eps here and there. to me there's no surprise that it never lasts - until they get writers and producers that really embrace the inspirational human side of the show, it'll just remain schlocky scifi that most people ignore. that's why i always hated it when enterprise and crew went down the warpath with alien race A, B, or C. it abandoned what made it potentially great in favor of cheap drama.

That's exactly why Babylon 5 is the far superior show.

Preach it brother. Babylon 5 has one of the most satisfying story arcs I've ever seen. They even manage to redeem the awful season 1/Sinclair stuff.
 
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Crafting Mastery Details
3. Re: Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Crafting Mastery Details Mar 28, 2015, 08:59 Verno
 
Re: Guild Wars 2 Demos Coming Mar 6, 2015, 07:53 Jonjonz

This game is so over, logged in after being gone for 2 years, completely deserted.

Silly hats, jumping puzzles, and crappy 8bit graphics just don't fill the bill for most people.

Hmm, I'm sensing a pattern here
 
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Support; Patch Next Week
21. Re: Pillars of Eternity Support; Patch Next Week Mar 28, 2015, 08:39 Verno
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 27, 2015, 21:49:
I've had a bit of a difficult problem wrapping my head around how the classes play with the way they've changed everything from D&D. Sawyer was saying how this would prevent build problems but I'm seeing it as just the opposite with really gimmicky builds. And trying to manage a party of 6 in real-time doesn't help matters. They really should have went turn-based with this.

I finally settled on an Orlan Paladin and now that I have a full party things are much better, but I really think they've made some bad choices with classes and their whole endurance/hp scheme. I absolutely hate casters so far and how they work and the spells aren't very good either. Low level casters need the ability to cast way more and battles are so fast it's almost pointless casting de/buffs and stuff.

We'll see how things progress but I'm not loving this right now.

Adjust and adapt, you're too used to older systems. Also this is the second time I've seen you complain about real time combat but there are a ton of pause related options you can explore to help with this. Pause on low health, pause on entering combat, etc.

Going into combat in scouting mode to attack first can help too. The engagement system took a little getting used to first but now that I understand it you can really use it to your advantage to protect casters.

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News Comments > Morning Interviews
15. Re: Morning Interviews Mar 27, 2015, 15:00 Verno
 
Fair enough. Speaking for myself I don't really mind developers mixing fantastical elements with historical periods or drawing inspiration from them either.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 27, 2015, 14:41 Verno
 
Necrophob wrote on Mar 27, 2015, 13:31:
My wife wanted me to watch the Kardasians with her, once. Once.

I draw the line at stuff like that haha.


Ok ok you got me, I will watch Storage Wars
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
13. Re: Morning Interviews Mar 27, 2015, 14:09 Verno
 
Grasping at straws there though. In the context of fighting in plate armor, no they didn't do a lot of it. Hell in the context of overall conflicts they still haven't done much fighting.  
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News Comments > The International Ticket Sales Tomorrow
6. Re: The International Ticket Sales Tomorrow Mar 27, 2015, 13:23 Verno
 
Angrius Maximis wrote on Mar 27, 2015, 08:39:
Ohh video gaming with a shitty fucking game and some stupid "sports" tournament format. VIDEO GAMING IS NOT A SPORT

LOUD NOISES!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 27, 2015, 12:48 Verno
 

Downton Abbey.. can't believe that show lasted 6 seasons.

My girlfriend asked me to watch it with her and after really trying.. I told her after the end of the first season that i'm not watching it anymore.

So she tried to last till season 3.. which concluded in her saying it was a terrible show and is dull as a show can be. I caught her sleeping in the middle of an episode in mid afternoon. Seems like that's all the show was good for.

"Oh Mr. Snippens fell down the stairs and injured his back. Oh woe is upon us, don't let the masters of the house find out!! that would be end of his tenor at the estate!" - Every fucking issue in downton abbey.

Most female targeted TV is just chicks being catty and inane, circular drama to be honest. Trying to watch a show on ABC just puts me to sleep. I make some concessions for my GF because that's what you do in a relationship but its boring as hell watching TV with her. I did end up liking that show called The Bachelor, its a bunch of hot ditsy women competing for the attention of one guy who gets to mack on them all and take his pick. What's not to like?
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
6. Re: Morning Interviews Mar 27, 2015, 11:05 Verno
 
I forgot to add earlier, particularly like this quote:

But donít get me wrong, itís undeniable true that the gaming environment has been a boys club for a long time and I see no reason at all not to invite women to game either. I think this is an admirable goal. Seeing that media is infinite and developers can expand on it infinitely Iím convinced the tactics by which game diversity is achieved are very wrong. I say this because giving women the games they like should not result in taking away or moderating the games the boys like. I think itís cheap and weak to attack existing franchises, shame them in what they are doing and force through guilt to change their content. Feminism has shown what women can do, that they are strong and no less than men, so why donít they prove it by coming up with their own franchises? Weíve seen this happen in television and it worked, Sex and the City has proven this.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
4. Re: Morning Interviews Mar 27, 2015, 10:55 Verno
 
There are plenty of social justice trolls as well though, many of whom get into some pretty dubious shit, that's what I hate about that argument. It's better to just say the internet is filled with trolls and you can't expect everyone to change everything around to suit your personal preferences and politics then try to justify it with "well look a troll said this!".

Anyways I think what he said was just common sense and its sad that it even needs to be laid out. The answer to content you don't like is to create or fund other content that you do. Anything else is just trying to force change on others.
 
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News Comments > Dirty Bomb Beta Returns; Splash Damage Pulls Away from the Brink
7. Re: Dirty Bomb Beta Returns; Splash Damage Pulls Away from the Brink Mar 27, 2015, 10:50 Verno
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 27, 2015, 09:53:
Plus the design was a mess. They didn't know if they wanted the game to be run and gun of TF. Most of the maps came down to chokepoint fights which sucked.

Agreed. I wanted wide open levels with a lot of opportunity for the parkour, something more along the lines of a smaller scale Tribes style sort of floatiness. Instead the map design sucked, it was very tight and the parkour felt kinda worthless most of the time.

I don't think the launch issues were the games real problem, it had a lack of identity and that bizarre story MP stuff that no one liked.
 
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Released
77. Re: Pillars of Eternity Released Mar 27, 2015, 09:22 Verno
 
Too many good games out at once, gonna have to ignore Witcher 3 in May for sure.  
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
34. Re: Morning Interviews Mar 27, 2015, 09:14 Verno
 
They did so, Cognitive Dissonance kicked in, and Steam became something that "Revolutionised PC Gaming" rather than being annoying DRM and spyware.

This is a really weird, revisionist history sort of comment. People bitched endlessly about Steam when it sucked. In fact most people hated the WON/Steam transition for CS and the HL2 launch, you can find internet archives filled with complaints on various PC sites including this one. People only really liked Steam after it actually started becoming more stable, feature complete and Valve put some effort into the store front side of things.

Valve was not lucky and they didn't really gamble on anything, they built the DD market one piece at a time pretty deliberately. There were many missteps along the way but they're still the best in the market as far as I'm concerned. While EA, Ubisoft and etc have been farting around trying to extract as much money as possible from console owners Valve created a new market on the PC and set some standards that the PC market desperately needed at the time.

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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
9. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 26, 2015, 23:13 Verno
 
Simon Says wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 18:34:
Nonsense, I remember a small farm riddled village in the UK whose residents passed gigabit FTTH without any subsidies, only resident financing who had enough of the dialup crap. And they pay, if I remember right, a ridiculously low price and still the cooperative they started STILL MAKES PROFIT off of it.

Geez I guess one vague anecdote just totally means everyone can have gigabit FTTH. Your own example is pretty flawed because that community had a few very wealthy landowners who essentially financed the whole thing, they have a shared 100mbps interconnect for 60 farms and the group itself literally said the point of the exercise was to get government to subsidize future efforts.

THERE IS NO REASON WHATSOEVER in this day and age not to have fiber to the home for everyone. NONE AT ALL.

Yeah except for all of that trenching, pole drops, labor, maintenance, sales, support, permits, peering, capital asset acquisition, infrastructure and stuff like that. No reason at all...except all of those silly reasons that prevent most people from ever even contemplating starting an ISP. It's not like in the news, its really expensive and difficult, that's without going into political opposition from other companies.

Who wouldn't want fiber to the house? No one except Comcast. Doesn't mean it's realistic for everyone right now unfortunately. Companies with billions of dollars can't afford expansions outside of concentrated areas, it's not a conspiracy, its just super expensive and takes forever to make back your money so investors hate it.

But hey its so easy and what do I know after working NOC for a decade? You guys go ahead and just fart out a FTTH ISP in your spare time, good luck with attracting investors.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
7. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 26, 2015, 15:57 Verno
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 15:35:
Couldn't he check with the previous owners to see if they had cable? I can't blame the guy too much for taking Comcast, et. al. at their spoken word, but he should have gotten in in writing, or recorded the Comcast sales rep, or something.

As far as Muni Broadband goes, maybe he can start his own ISP, then the muni people will give him access at wholesale prices?

Pretty sure it was a new house build and he's on the outskirts so starting his own ISP probably isn't an option due to low pop density, amongst the many other obstacles.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
26. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2015, 15:56 Verno
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 15:55:
Verno wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 13:44:
Yeah now that you mention this I recall a real estate agent telling me that when I was looking at houses in San Diego. No frost line so no one digs out a foundation because money.

And yet SoCal houses are among the most expensive in the nation. Go figure.

Dat climate
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2015, 13:44 Verno
 
descender wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 13:23:
There are no basements in Cali and other warm places mainly because it never freezes there.

If the ground freezes, it would upheave and crack the entire foundation of a house built on just a slab. To avoid this they HAVE to dig down below the 4ft "freeze line" to anchor the foundation, and that's where the basements come from.

They don't want to dig any holes they don't have to, so unless you specifically pay to have a basement built into your house in these areas, you won't have one.

Yeah now that you mention this I recall a real estate agent telling me that when I was looking at houses in San Diego. No frost line so no one digs out a foundation because money.
 
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Released
9. Re: Pillars of Eternity Released Mar 26, 2015, 13:43 Verno
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 13:22:
Installing it right now! Going Cipher, dunno which race!

Wood Elf Cipher represent.
 
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Released
2. Re: Pillars of Eternity Released Mar 26, 2015, 13:18 Verno
 
Reviews have been stellar, can't wait to dig into it. Gonna be impossible playing this and Bloodborne at the same time but I'll manage!  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 26, 2015, 13:16 Verno
 
BobBob wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 12:54:
Verno wrote on Mar 26, 2015, 12:47:
I usually watch TV while working out, I have weights and cardio stuff in the basement. Combine laziness with fitness for the ultimate combo Bob

Ah, ha. You have me there. I don't have basement. They aren't too common here -- though I'm not exactly sure why that is.

I've been to LA several times and wondered the same thing. The people on the hills I understand, its a pain in the ass. The rest of it though I don't get, you see people with so much junk too. They clearly need a basement but instead their garages are overflowing.
 
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