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Signed On Aug 23, 2010, 19:35
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News Comments > Diablo III Hotfixes
6. Re: Diablo III Hotfixes May 24, 2012, 13:11 SimplyMonk
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on May 24, 2012, 12:51:
Didnt read through since i am only at Act III, but I can see them nerfing Soul Harvest.

Yeah. I keep taking this out and putting it into my build constantly. Same with Spirit Walk. I want to try doing something different or playing around with different specs, but Soul Harvest + Pierce the Veil seem to creep into every build I have that doesn't rely purely on pets.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue May 24, 2012, 11:43 SimplyMonk
 
.net_Drifter wrote on May 24, 2012, 01:37:
Thor just felt like the odd man out in both his movie and The Avengers.

I think that is just the nature of the character. I forget where I heard it, but a interesting character concept for Thor was that he was just a normal human that through a twist of events (can't remember the specifics) received god-like powers and basically went crazy and started calling himself Thor and that he was a Norse god. He was a crazy guy with the powers of a god. Felt a lot more believable to me than trying to establish the actual existence of the Norse pantheon and its mythology which is nothing but pain, suffering and eventually Ragnarok (more pain and suffering).
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Claims Sales Record
104. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 23, 2012, 20:00 SimplyMonk
 
Kitkoan wrote on May 23, 2012, 19:27:
Load times are more based on your media transfer rates.

Truth, but my point was more meant to illustrate that high-end hardware can decrease game development costs (unless you have esoteric configurations like PS3 Cell). My fault for choosing a poor example.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Claims Sales Record
101. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 23, 2012, 19:24 SimplyMonk
 
NegaDeath wrote on May 23, 2012, 19:03:
With the skyrocketing costs of game development I doubt many studios are asking for a huge hardware increase either.

Why not? If you are bad at coding and don't want to spend time performance tweaking your shit, you can always just throw hardware at it. Takes five minutes to load each level? Give it another 16 gigs of RAM, another 8 CPUs (although making use of those is most likely more challenging) and 2 more GPUs. Load times non-existent!
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits May 23, 2012, 18:35 SimplyMonk
 
Couldn't agree more. Best Buy has lived far too long off of shady business practices, consumer ineptitude and charging 300% for cables, components and other random accessories.

The only thing Best Buy was ever good for was buying big products that had specials, but even then the specials were sometimes scams.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Claims Sales Record
31. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 23, 2012, 13:27 SimplyMonk
 
...at GameStop
...on Amazon.com

Why do I get the feeling that all this pandering and quotes directed at the retailers is due to Battle.Net digital sales either blowing retail sales out of the water or were so abysmal that they need to make sure they keep retailers happy? Just seems odd to me to make call outs to specific retailers this way.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Claims Sales Record
14. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 23, 2012, 11:57 SimplyMonk
 
nin wrote on May 23, 2012, 11:44:
As I told a friend, it scratches a particular itch very well, but if you didn't like D2 (or that kind of game) it doesn't really bring anything new to the table that's going to change your mind.

Yeah. I think that is where I'm disappointed as well. The progression from D1 to D2 felt more groundbreaking, but going from D2 to D3 just feels like what they did for Starcraft 2. A few tweaks, a new story, some new units, completely new back-end and achievements.

Although I know they worked hard on it and there are a lot of subtle changes that greatly effect the metagame, but it just feels like I'm playing an expansion or something I'd expect from EA or Call of Duty sequels. I guess D1 to D2 and Warcraft 2 to Warcraft 3 gameplay changes were just more impressive to me.

Or maybe I was younger and less jaded and bitter... most likely that.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Cuts
14. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Cuts May 22, 2012, 19:04 SimplyMonk
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on May 22, 2012, 18:47:
To say the least. Nothing like hoping for a bunch of people to be out of work just because you don't like a product. Maybe one day he'll get laid off and a bunch of people will laugh at him for it. It'd be fitting.

Although he posted it in the most crude way possible, he has a point. I've never liked the "Hate the Sin, but love the Sinner" sort of mentality. If you dislike a product, then you should have commitment to hold responsible the people who created the product.

The game wasn't badly programmed or coded and the artwork/story was solid so I'm sure the artists, writers and coders don't have much to worry about in finding alternative employment (well, no more than artists/writers normally do) with a solid job and experience under their belts and on their resumes.

The designers, project managers and producers though? Fuck those guys. They can stand in unemployment lines until they learn how to come up with an original idea or at least polish things to the point where the customer doesn't mind that it is WoW in Space.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
15. Re: Morning Metaverse May 22, 2012, 17:44 SimplyMonk
 
Cutter wrote on May 22, 2012, 15:32:
The stock is still overvalued as is. FB is a service, and how they make money is still pretty convoluted and mercurial.

Wouldn't be surprised if you see FB trying to cut deeper into the games/app aspect of itself as a platform. For all the money Zynga makes off of being on FB, Zynga needs FB to survive. FB doesn't need Zynga and with a few good developers they could make a decent stab at their own integrated game development and pull in more revenue besides just skimming 10% - 20% (I forget the exact numbers) off the top in FB Credits for other apps.

As far as advertising goes, my banner blindness is strong on their web app and I don't even think they have advertising in their smart phone app which, incidentally, is also threatening SMS rates as a messenger and that is bound to ruffle a few feathers. Unless they do another site redesign or build on their advertising in better (more annoying) ways, it is only going to continue to decline as new user growth slows and current user's banner blindness adjusts. As a side note, I don't think their growth is slowing because it isn't a bad service or people are hating FB. It is slowing, in my opinion, because it is reaching saturation levels with the general internet accessible public.

It is an exciting time for the company, no doubt, but they seem to have stalled on the next big step. Are they just going to stay an advertising/data mining machine or do they have plans to try and capitalize on something greater? Now that they are public, we might see some details on what they plan for the future.

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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 22, 2012, 14:39 SimplyMonk
 
Judge scolds attorneys in Oracle vs. Google patent trial

The US Patent system in regards to programming and web design makes me sad.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Hacking?
124. Re: Diablo III Hacking? May 21, 2012, 18:58 SimplyMonk
 
Verno wrote on May 21, 2012, 18:47:
He was great in D2 because he was a non-descript, relentless killer who once discovered would pursue you across the whole level.

I feel like a moron for not connecting "The Butcher" in D3 with "The Butcher" in D2. I actually found myself going "Who the hell is this boss and why is he here?" but just disregarded it as bad storytelling or me not paying attention. Was there lore books or journals talking about "The Butcher" leading up to it? All I remember is Leoric and his asshole aide Archbishop Lazarus being talked about. Maybe just too many years since I played D1.

Verno wrote on May 21, 2012, 18:47:
It's hard to argue against the fact that their number of skill choices maps out well to gamepads though. In fact most of the interface will.

I'm not sure how well looting and certain spells that require you ground target or target specific mobs will work out in the heat of battle with a game pad. There is a lot of crap you don't want to pick up so auto-loot is out and unless you pause the game, ground targeting or selecting specific mob targets isn't possible with the number of enemies you get spammed with. Especially the mobs that stay in the back and summon others.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Hacking?
61. Re: Diablo III Hacking? May 21, 2012, 15:08 SimplyMonk
 
ASeven wrote on May 21, 2012, 15:07:
Creston wrote on May 21, 2012, 15:04:
I... what... no...
Fuck this world. Sometimes.
"I don't want to live on this planet anymore."
 
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News Comments > Aliens: Colonial Marines in February 2013
9. Re: Aliens: Colonial Marines in February 2013 May 21, 2012, 14:46 SimplyMonk
 
I think my feelings on this game are as neutral as they can get.

Love the game play concept, but was hoping it would be more like Republic Commandos.
Love the AvP Concept, hate almost every implementation of it except for a few of the books and the original PC game
Love Gearbox, but hate Sega for 2010 AvP PC Game and other diverse reasons.

I think I'll just ignore it and wait for reviews. If I was smart, I'd do that with a lot more things.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Hacking?
41. Re: Diablo III Hacking? May 21, 2012, 13:43 SimplyMonk
 
Bhruic wrote on May 21, 2012, 13:16:
Danish Article

Ouch. Sucks for Blizzard. Maybe not the Sony PSN level of suck, but not a good way to start a game release or to endorse a RMT Auction House.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Hacking?
20. Re: Diablo III Hacking? May 21, 2012, 12:35 SimplyMonk
 
The Pyro wrote on May 21, 2012, 12:27:
Speculation time!

My turn!

A satanic cult believes that if they amass 666,666,666,666,666,666 gold in Diablo 3 they will be able open their own real life Hell Rift. To accomplish this they've been performing secret blood rites to control people into sending them their login credentials and then deleting all traces of the transaction. People wake with no knowledge of how they got hacked.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Hacking?
14. Re: Diablo III Hacking? May 21, 2012, 12:18 SimplyMonk
 
Omni wrote on May 21, 2012, 12:00:
Its never blizzard's fault. If you start discussing thing with them they end up giving you a warring or treating you that they will close your account its almost just like EA support the only good thing about blizzard's support is there are pretty fast to reply.

I can't really knock them for blaming the user first in random security violations. If they had an internal security breach, it would be something on the level of whole swaths of users having their accounts compromised. When you deal with WoW kiddies all day who give their passwords to RMT Companies for fast leveling or free gold, install everything under the sun if it has the words "hack", "porn", "keygen" or "warez" in it and reply to obvious phishing scams from "@realbattle.net" then I suppose you get a bit jaded at assuming the user is at fault. Also, people lie especially when they knowingly chose a stupid password or security phrase and end up getting ripped off.

Even authenticators aren't fool proof if you get the right/wrong virus installed on your machine. Just a lot less likely.

Basically until Blizzard sees a large spike in security violations, they have no reason to assume anything more than users being at fault. I doubt hackers that have somehow gained access to authentication servers or large amounts of user data wouldn't be going gung-ho on all user accounts.

 
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News Comments > Project Copernicus World Trailer
1. Re: Project Copernicus World Trailer May 18, 2012, 17:32 SimplyMonk
 
Pretty. The citizens of RI are going to love owning that IP, I'm sure.  
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News Comments > Two Borderlands 2 CEs Announced
30. Re: Two Borderlands 2 CEs Announced May 17, 2012, 15:51 SimplyMonk
 
baltar wrote on May 17, 2012, 15:28:
How are you guys ordering the CE? Whenever I click on the links it just shows me regular edition on Bestbuy, Gamestop or Amazon.. I don't see a CE posted yet for Borderlands 2..

If you search amazon for Loot Chest, you can find that one, although details are sparse. Don't see the Vault Hunter's one though.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
1. Re: Morning Consolidation May 17, 2012, 12:59 SimplyMonk
 
Microsoft: You can't play the game digitally till 6 months after it is physically released. Also, you'll play full Release Day Price. This whole digital thing is really annoying and we don't like doing it.

Sony: You want to play a game and give us money for it? Here. Fucking have it! We'll even allow you to download it beforehand so you don't have to wait on release. We love technology!

(I know this isn't the exact scenario as I'm sure Sony will only do this for PSN only titles possibly, but still. Fuck Microsoft.)
 
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News Comments > Two Borderlands 2 CEs Announced
3. Re: Two Borderlands 2 CEs Announced May 17, 2012, 11:42 SimplyMonk
 
RailWizard wrote on May 17, 2012, 11:32:
Disgusting. Fuck gearbox.

You know, there are some parts of the Ultimate Loot Chest that I disapprove of being in a "Collector's Edition", but man... I really want a loot chest.
 
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