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Signed On Jul 23, 2010, 17:26
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News Comments > On Sale
9. Re: On Sale Jul 18, 2013, 14:28 Jivaro
avianflu wrote on Jul 18, 2013, 08:19:
I wanted dark souls and then saw "games for windows." Pass.

I am not a fan myself, and I do actively avoid games with it generally speaking. I think besides DS, the only other games I have with it are GTA, SF4, and Fallout 3. (maybe? memory is fuzzy on that) The only one I bought while it was still at near full retail price was Fallout 3, the rest have been Steam sale type of deals, 7.50 or less. At that price it is a little easier to cope.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 18, 2013, 14:20 Jivaro
I can adjust what type of vibration/ring/notification etc for specific numbers and text message sources on my SGS3. My Amber alert text messages light up the screen with a notification, but they do not make a sound or vibrate. I don't miss any alerts because I see them when I am up and about and at the same time they don't disturb me at night. Don't most cell phones do something like that? I mean, don't the Amber alerts in NY come from the the same source every time?

If all else fails, can't you put text messaging on silent without putting your alarm on silent? I thought that was a pretty standard thing.
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - R.I.P.D.: The Game
7. Re: Steamships Ahoy - R.I.P.D.: The Game Jul 17, 2013, 22:07 Jivaro
Eh, the movie looks like a fun evening Netflix/Prime stream and this game looks like a fun 5 dollars of shooting stuff. To much other stuff to play and watch right now to pay full price for either, but I'll get to them eventually.  
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News Comments > On Sale
4. Re: On Sale Jul 17, 2013, 22:02 Jivaro
Shok wrote on Jul 17, 2013, 20:07:
Dark Souls is a dolla cheaper on Amazon with code "gooncave"

Thanks, used it and it worked great. I wasn't going to buy it on PC as I really liked Demons Soul on PS3 and I have already seen how bad Dark Souls PC port was at release. At this price however and some patches (both official and community), you can't really turn a game of this quality down.
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
4. Re: Evening Mobilization Jul 17, 2013, 14:25 Jivaro
I have always looked at it as "Apple is telling us how NOT to use our phone", or any other Apple product for that matter. Not tremendously different from what Cutter is saying. All I am really doing is recognizing that the very platform allows a tremendous amount of flexibility but at the same time drawing attention to the fact that Apple consciously imposes restrictions and tries to enforce them based on business and moral guidelines that it conceives. No porn apps for example. Another is that you can only buy Apple apps from the Apple App store. Some would use the "no flash here" thing as an example. The list of examples is fairly long. To deny that is to deny their entire walled garden business model. Just because you happen to agree with those decisions (or disagree for that matter) doesn't change the fact that they are exerting control over the consumer after purchase and that control includes things like censorship.  
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News Comments > The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Trailer
3. Re: The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Trailer Jul 17, 2013, 11:10 Jivaro
I want both this and the traditional X-Com games.

I am really looking forward to this game, it looks like a ton of fun. I was not looking forward to what was initially announced, but what it seems to be evolving into looks like a good time. This trailer in particular looks very good to me. That said, I will be waiting on independent gameplay videos and reviews before I buy it.

I also hope that a more traditional X-Com experience will still be available in the future. I liked Enemy Unknown quite a bit and I hope they keep delivering titles that have that gameplay.
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News Comments > Marvel Heroes Price Reductions; Patch Plans
13. Re: Marvel Heroes Price Reductions; Patch Plans Jul 15, 2013, 23:32 Jivaro
Well, that is my point.

When they announced "future Marvel MMO coming!" some years ago, another cookie cutter Diablo clone set in the Marvel universe was not what I had in mind. Thus the whole being critical bit. The genre has room to grow, this game takes steps backwards. There is already Marvel Super Hero Squad Online targeted towards children. There is also a Marvel: Alliance Facebook game that is equally suitable for children and young teens. (although I hear plenty of adults dig it as well) The competition is producing deeper games like Path of Exile. An extensive pre-established universe like Marvel really could have been used much better, and it could have gone after a virtually untapped audience as the few superhero MMOs that do exist are either dead or dieing. The rest of the entertainment industry is having unprecedented success selling comic book characters right now and yet the video game industry has produced one decent superhero MMO and it isn't even running anymore.

Some people might be completely happy with a Diablo clone or even think that because it matches a Diablo game in complexity that somehow that means its "as good" or a good game. I think they missed a great opportunity and made completely the wrong game in the first place. Not only that, if all they were going to do was make a completely average game that brings nothing new to the table, why bother? It is very disappointing.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 15, 2013, 11:28 Jivaro
jdreyer wrote on Jul 14, 2013, 17:50:
Bill Borre wrote on Jul 14, 2013, 16:58:
I'm guessing the Asiana story ought to be labeled 'Followup' and not 'The Funnies'?

Why not both?

Oh, wait, that's right, b/c Asiana might sue Blue...

Asiana might have a case against the NTSB, but probably not against the TV station.

Yeah, I was wondering about that. If the station got confirmation from the NTSB I am not sure how Asiana could sue the station and win. Also, in the battle for public sympathy and good PR I would think either ignoring it or saying something like "this is a tragedy for the families of the victims, not a punchline" would probably work better then "How dare you sully our good name, see you in court!". Just saying.
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News Comments > Marvel Heroes Price Reductions; Patch Plans
11. Re: Marvel Heroes Price Reductions; Patch Plans Jul 15, 2013, 11:20 Jivaro
Axis wrote on Jul 15, 2013, 09:36:
It's designed for the younger audience -- and for them it's a fine arpg.

I trashed the shit out of it while I thought it was for adult comic fans its so basic, but after my watching my son play it, there's no doubt it's for kids. He's already bored of it, but thats not the point.

Same, I was and still am a harsh critic of the game and I am really disappointed in how it turned out but my young nephew thinks it is the most amazing game ever.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 14, 2013, 01:55 Jivaro
Beamer wrote on Jul 14, 2013, 00:36:
Amazon, in almost all cases, will give you the game and eat the ;59.99 as the cost of their mistake.

in interviews they ask you questions along those lines. The answer is almost always eat the loss to make the customer happy, even if you lose millions.

When EA has set a better example of customer service, you know you are messed up. When Origin had that thing with promo code...they honored those sales. The "Worst Company in the World" has better customer service then Best Buy apparently.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 13, 2013, 23:51 Jivaro
Follow up to that Best Buy Metro: Last Light price mistake. Sorry, it will be a bit long.

I ordered one copy. I expected it not to go through. To my surprise I got a confirmation, my card got dinged for 1 penny, and I got an email receipt..complete with order number and confirmation.

Here we are a few days later and my order has magically been cancelled. Again, not exactly surprising, but I decided to hit up the Best Buy chat support to find out how exactly it is that my order can suddenly vanish without any contact to me as a customer. You know, like an explanation or something. Obviously, they screwed up and they don't want to have to give out copies to people, but who cancels orders without notification or explanation? What follows is a copy+paste from my actual conversation. Enjoy. (I added "Vic" and "Me" for clarity. Don't ask me where I got Vic, since his name is Lee V...I just did.)

Best Buy Chat
Connected to Lee V
Vic: Thank you for chatting in with Best Buy today. My name is Lee, how are you doing today?
Me: I am good. I am here to inquire as to why my order was cancelled, and why it was cancelled without Best Buy even so much as sending me an email.
Vic: I'll be more than happy to assist you with your order canceled issue.
Me: Do you need any info from me?
Vic: May I have the order number, please?
Me: BBY01-************
Vic: All the Metro Last Light order is on hold or canceled. There is no way to verify your Metro Last Light order as of this time.
Me: You are going to have to do better than that. It didn't just magically cancel, it doesn't need has an order number, I have a receipt. I understand if you are out and it will take awhile...but cancelled? No email or explanation?
Me: That makes no sense.
Vic: You are not the only order that got canceled for that game.
Vic: I, myself order the game too, at the full price of $60. I'm doing my best to get all the information I can about the issue. My best possible solution is to reorder it, once its back up on the web site.
Me: That makes me feel tremendously better knowing that Best Buy is screwing over more people. *sarcasm*
Me: Seriously? Best option is to reorder (at full price) from the company that just cancels orders it can't fulfil? I mean..who does that?
Vic: I'm still waiting to hair back form Best Buy too.
Vic: That is funny.
Me: And they screw over their own employees. Even more funny.
Me: So, before I you have any reason why I should bother with Best Buy in the future?
Vic: I like there blu ray movies deal.
Vic: 3 blu-ray movies for $20.
*I disconnected here*

I fully admit to being a bit no one here gets the wrong idea. If Best Buy thinks the best idea is to simply cancel the orders without any communication, that isn't Vic's fault. I just found Vic to be amusing, less than helpful, and this whole thing has shown me why Amazon is eating them for lunch. A month ago my Kindle's power cord literally came apart. I couldn't figure out which cord to order from the site, so I called in to Amazon support. Not only did he identify the cord, but the dude shipped it to me for free despite the warranty being long since dead on my 1st generation paperwhite Kindle. The conversation took 5 minutes. The guy on the phone said I got it for free because of a known problem with the original cords causing a shorter then expected lifespan. Best Buy hits me with "dude, I am just as screwed as you" while Amazon is like "here, have your cake and eat it too". Too funny.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 13, 2013, 20:34 Jivaro
xXBatmanXx wrote on Jul 13, 2013, 14:46:
Creston wrote on Jul 13, 2013, 13:57:
There are 6 God of War games? *blink*


And it is red - kinda cool.

Yeah, I bought one of those when it came out. Love it. Played all the GoW games in chronological order, which was kinda fun too.
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News Comments > On Sale
9. Re: On Sale Jul 11, 2013, 23:05 Jivaro
Highly recommend the Spiderweb Software games. All of them are very fun but as Creston said, if the old style graphics are a hurdle for you, skip it.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
25. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 11, 2013, 14:19 Jivaro
I do find it odd that some people were so looking forward to the XBOX One and have been such fans of the current XBOX 360 that they find a way to blame fellow consumers rather than accept the obvious.

Particularly confusing is the "You should take and like it" or "you all are just whiners" stuff. If you game on consoles, you want ALL of the consoles to be awesome. More games = more fun. We WANTED to love the XBOX One. Had they simply offered choices, which is what got MS to where it was before the 360 even existed, they would not be in the situation they are in and the consumers would not be as pissed as they are.

This isn't about a bunch of haters throwing a tantrum. This about potential customers being let down. This isn't an either/or type of deal. Rational people buy the products that fit their needs and wants. MS needs to find a way to make their product appealing to rational people, not fanboys. Sony learned this lesson with this past generation and it would appear MS was not able to recognize what their competition did wrong and learn from it without having to go through it themselves.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
13. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 11, 2013, 11:41 Jivaro
Ballmer can't possibly have his job after Q4 can he?  
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News Comments > Metro: Last Light DLC Next Week
8. Re: Metro: Last Light DLC Next Week Jul 11, 2013, 11:05 Jivaro
Jerykk wrote on Jul 11, 2013, 04:03:
Jivaro wrote on Jul 10, 2013, 16:38:
This game and 2033 are two games on a long list of "to be played" for me. Curiously, I just noticed that there are a lot of shooters in my backlog. (FPS or TPS) I seem to be putting the entire genre off to the side...without really consciously thinking about it. I haven't played Dishonored or Bioshock Infinite for example. I know I will like them, just haven't prioritized them.

Dishonored isn't really a shooter. Yes, you have guns (two, to be exact) but those are the least interesting tools in your arsenal. The game is really all about your powers and how you combine them in crazy ways. Also, I think the game is much more interesting if you play stealthy but that's just me.

That is actually very good info for me to keep in mind, thanks! While I have not been a fan of the AC series, I was a fan of Thief and other stealth based titles....and when other games give me stealthy options I tend to use them.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 11, 2013, 10:35 Jivaro
I don't know if anyone here cares but in addition to the free Slurpee, if you buy a "Station Cash" card (Sony's digital money system) from a 7/11 today and use it at their website you will get 500 free SC coins added to your SOE account. Those coins can spent in any game that uses the SC system, like DC Universe, Planetside 2, etc. Check the Sony Station Cash website for details and restrictions before buying...obviously. I have no idea if there are any options for people who don't have a 7/11 down the street but want to take advantage of the offer.

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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
6. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 11, 2013, 10:29 Jivaro
avianflu wrote on Jul 11, 2013, 10:22:
"Sony's digital library is very similar to the library function that Microsoft had planned for the Xbox One."

There's some irony there if you think about it for a sec.

Absolutely. It shows what making things optional as opposed to required will do for you. I mean, obviously all of the stuff Sony is going to do with PSN requires an Internet connection, but since you can still use the system offline nobody cares. Same with the camera. You can get one for a PS4 and if you do it makes the system cost basically the same as a XBOX One. Since it is optional, nobody cares.

MS's big problem is that they took away everyone's options and thought they would be okay with it.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
5. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 11, 2013, 10:24 Jivaro
I don't think that it meant to be groundbreaking so much as it is..well...still possible. I mean, right now I have 2 PS3s, 2 PSPs, and a Vita that all use my PSN account when they turn on and connect to the Internet since my family uses one account. All of them can make purchases and play games that the other devices can then access. It is nice to know I will be able to do that with the PS4 and that they are even going to expand on it to make it more convenient and with less hoops to jump through. If I remember correctly, to setup both PS3s to use my one account I had to call Sony Customer Service. I don't remember if that was required or simply because I couldn't figure it out on my  
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News Comments > Rambo Trailer
15. Re: Rambo Trailer Jul 11, 2013, 00:32 Jivaro
John Rambo's "hair" assets are being borrowed from the cancelled video game version of the musical "Grease". True story.  
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