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Signed On Aug 23, 2010, 19:35
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News Comments > Notch's Text Adventure
4. Re: Notch's Text Adventure Apr 30, 2014, 13:41 SimplyMonk
 
I'm curious if there are any other outcomes besides death or other pathways besides the straight forward one. I tried a second time to see if I could get anything different, but nothing I noticed. Death is inevitable.  
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
2. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Apr 30, 2014, 13:37 SimplyMonk
 
I kicked it, but I'm still slightly concerned for the future of Prodigy. It doesn't have Disney Infinity or Skylanders IP to pull from, but I think there is more potential for an actual game to go along with the collectibles and something more mature. I'll be happy just to receive what the Kickstarter promised even if the product line itself doesn't take off.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 28, 2014, 12:26 SimplyMonk
 
Some spoilery speculation on last nights ending scene as well as a possible slip-up by the producers of the show possibly revealing the identity of the crowned white walker. Reddit detectives screen capped the slip before HBO could fix it.

http://screencrush.com/game-of-thrones-white-walker-king-babies-oathkeeper/

All this means I now have to worry about the TV show spoiling the books rather than me worrying about spoiling the show for my wife. I imagine the pacing of John's story line will speed up a little faster than in the books for the same reasons they altered and expanded Rob's. People like the character and would be disappointed not too see him for almost an entire season.

Ozmodan wrote on Apr 28, 2014, 12:01:
Funny while I have always enjoyed reading sci-fi and fantasy books, the Martin books I tried I found incredibly boring and lacking good writing skills.

We all have our equivalents of Harry Potters, Twilights and Shades of Grays.

I've always hated reading Tolkien because I can only stand so many Elvish songs and descriptions of dwarf beards but I've always respected him for his world building skills and dedication to the lore he crafted.

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News Comments > PC Final Fantasy III Revealed
11. Re: PC Final Fantasy III Revealed Apr 18, 2014, 14:00 SimplyMonk
 
NKD wrote on Apr 18, 2014, 13:31:
Dead Man Walking wrote on Apr 18, 2014, 13:09:
I just bought and been playing the android version of FF6. Very well done port even with the odd control scheme. I recommend it if you have a droid device and love the series.

Shame about the art style though. They sapped all the character out of it...

But eh, PC users always have the option of playing the US or JP versions of the SNES, PS1 (ick), or GBA editions of the game.

Was just streaming FF6 for the SNES on Steam Big Picture in my living room the other day. Forgot the link for how you do it, but adding emulators to Steam actually works pretty well.
 
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News Comments > Women In Video Games Initiative
11. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 28, 2014, 15:11 SimplyMonk
 
Beamer wrote on Mar 28, 2014, 14:25:
Game development skews very young. Most people get into it out of college.

Only way the industry can recruit new blood. Get them while they are young and too naive to know any better.
 
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Ghosts- Devastation Features Predators?
12. Re: Call of Duty: Ghosts- Devastation Features Predators? Mar 28, 2014, 15:06 SimplyMonk
 
Assuming they'll tone down the Predator for game play reasons, otherwise a single soldier vs the Predator isn't going to play out well. A co-op mode where an entire team try to take down a fully gear Predator would be fun.  
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land
6. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land Mar 10, 2014, 13:51 SimplyMonk
 
Wallshadows wrote on Mar 10, 2014, 12:37:
Striving for consistency, H.P. Lovercraft-inspired movies and games seem to have some kind of quality curse where their reception is as low as the city of R'lyeh with the exceptions of Re-Animator and Dark Corners of the Earth.


The Cthulhu board games and a few of the cards games are pretty enjoyable though. Apparently print is where Lovecraft shines if that isn't somewhat stating the obvious.

I haven't bought it yet, but I hear good things about Elder Sign: Omens on the iOS.
 
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land
3. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land Mar 10, 2014, 10:43 SimplyMonk
 
Yeah... player accounts of the title are definitely of the "not good" variety. Sadness.  
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News Comments > Reminder: Diablo III Auctions End Next Month
30. Re: Reminder: Diablo III Auctions End Next Month Feb 19, 2014, 17:33 SimplyMonk
 
Auction Houses in general ended up, for me at least, being detrimental to the series because I no longer cared about item drops (which were worthless for the most part possibly due to Blizzard pushing the AH) and only wanted Gold so I could buy better gear on the AH.

Game is probably better off without them, but just because Blizzard no longer has an official RMAH, doesn't mean that real money won't still greatly affect the game. Blizzard just won't get their cut and instead you'll have to negotiate with some shifty third party and hope they don't scam you if you still want to drop some money for that legendary set.

In all honesty, if they wanted to kill the third party market, they should just make all loot of any value BOA to the players that downed the mob. Would suck for being able to twink your buddy who just started playing, but you'd see everything but leveling/botting/farming services dry up.
 
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News Comments > Starbound Patch Issue and Hotfixes
5. Re: Starbound Patch Issue and Hotfixes Feb 19, 2014, 12:23 SimplyMonk
 
{PH}88fingers wrote on Feb 19, 2014, 11:25:
Someone hosts a game and no one is able to connect to his IP.

I'll ask the obvious question. Are you guys setting up port forwarding for on your routers? Starbound run on Port 21025 by default I believe.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
17. Re: Morning Consolidation Feb 7, 2014, 12:01 SimplyMonk
 
BitWraith wrote on Feb 7, 2014, 11:21:
Guessing no PC port of Destiny, then.

Yeah. I was kinda excited for the title, till I read no PC, then I stopped paying attention.
 
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News Comments > Dark Age of Camelot Changes Hands
6. Re: Dark Age of Camelot Changes Hands Feb 5, 2014, 16:58 SimplyMonk
 
Parias wrote on Feb 5, 2014, 16:04:
And yet smaller companies have no problem keeping their MMORPG servers going many, many years after their game's prime. WTF?

Most likely because with MMOs you have an ongoing revenue model so those servers still generate revenue. Mercs 2 had no IAP from my memory so the servers are purely money down the drain in EA's mind as they want you to move on and buy their new games.
 
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News Comments > Dark Age of Camelot Changes Hands
4. Re: Dark Age of Camelot Changes Hands Feb 5, 2014, 15:35 SimplyMonk
 
Panickd wrote on Feb 5, 2014, 15:25:
Wow. DAoC still exists? I thought it had died years ago. You never hear anything about it anymore, at all.

With the buyout by EA and the focus on WAR, I think it was placed on a back-burner. Says something though for the value of owning your own IP, or using one in the public domain, as WAR is now shuttered, but DAoC can keep going by just keeping the servers up and a few coders/customer service alive.

Hey. Look at Horizons and Anarchy Online. Both original IPs and both continuing to function because I'm sure they player base is still strong enough to cover operating costs.
 
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News Comments > WoW Realm Connections and Character Transfers
3. Re: WoW Realm Connections and Character Transfers Jan 22, 2014, 12:26 SimplyMonk
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 22, 2014, 10:57:
I played on Area 52 -- the issue there was the population was 9 to 1 Horde, fortunately I was Horde. Wonder if that is still the case...

Yeah. My wife plays on Area 52. It's pretty obscene.
 
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News Comments > Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Beta Opens
26. Re: Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Beta Opens Jan 22, 2014, 11:37 SimplyMonk
 
I've been playing this, Scrolls and Solforge. Scrolls is the only game I've spent real money on and truly enjoy. Kickstarted Solforge, but I regret it.

Hearthstone is a pretty, well-engineered and modestly generous game for a CCG. Still in BETA, but the lack of being able to trade cards with other players is a pretty big fuck you to traditional TCG players. I understand it from a financial point of view, but it inspires me to spend no money on the game. That being said, I've built a fairly decent Shaman deck by playing Arena and dusting/crafting cards.

The game is overly simplistic at times, but that can be a huge win if you are just looking to blow five minutes while waiting for an appointment especially when this hits tablets. A lot of cards are luck based to the point of winning you the game or completely screwing you on a coin flip. The trap cards are a good addition for some added strategy though and something I wish more CCGs would add when they don't allow you to play cards during your opponents turn.

Arena is super fun when you get a good deck out of it, but sometimes the random cards you get just don't have much synergy and you get stomped. At least no matter what though you get a little dust and a card pack for your troubles.

Deck construction makes me a little sad in that you are pretty pigeonholed in deck design by the class system they have. Priests can't use paladin cards and the true power cards are class specific. Sure, they classes have a little wiggle room for creativity, but you are pretty constrained. The neutral cards have a few flavors to them, but outside of the legendary cards you pretty much just sprinkle in some neutrals that go well with your class cards. Expect Blizzard's usual heavy hand with class balance that you see in WoW.

The lesson I've learned playing it is not to take it too seriously. The game is light fun with a lot of luck and very little strategy. If you try and treat it anymore than that you will end most play sessions rage quitting or frustrated. If you don't want that, play Scrolls.

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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Updated
11. Re: Guild Wars 2 Updated Jan 21, 2014, 12:24 SimplyMonk
 
jacobvandy wrote on Jan 21, 2014, 12:22:
I'm still waiting for the update that adds new skills. They're supposed to be enabling every class to use every kind of weapon, and possibly adding more weapon types.

Really? That would be crazy for Engineer as right now you only have Pistol, Rifle and Shield which I always thought was balanced by the fact that they have a ton of utility packs. Giving them the ability to use every weapon + their packs seems a little over the top.
 
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Updated
6. Re: Guild Wars 2 Updated Jan 21, 2014, 11:58 SimplyMonk
 
Creston wrote on Jan 21, 2014, 11:31:
How is an engineer? Is it fun?

You get a flamethrower.
 
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News Comments > 2013's Top Free-to-Play Games
19. Re: 2013's Top Free-to-Play Games Jan 20, 2014, 12:49 SimplyMonk
 
Creston wrote on Jan 20, 2014, 10:41:
Deathbishop wrote on Jan 20, 2014, 10:38:
Since when is WoW a FTP game?

Yeah that's BS. Is there anything to actually buy in WoW, or are they just counting its subscription fees, in which case err... FREE to play?

See as Crossfire ranks so high, I'm going with them looking at this on an international level and if I remember correctly, WoW is Free-To-Play in China and a few other regions so that might be their justification for being included in this list.

netnerd85 wrote on Jan 20, 2014, 12:25:
SuperData Research, really?

My numbers from BigTimeFigures say differently.

I call bullshit.

Yeah. These aren't published numbers. They probably just took reported account numbers, cost of items in the online store and ran some math to say how much each account might of spent in 2013 based on some distribution of whales, minnows and free loaders. That might be a rough ballpark figure, but I wouldn't be surprised if they are wildly off. Without seeing an actual breakdown of their methodology, it is all suspect.
 
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News Comments > WoW to Add Level-up Purchases
30. Re: Pay to win? Jan 17, 2014, 14:35 SimplyMonk
 
ColBlister wrote on Jan 17, 2014, 14:15:
Isn't this just one wahfer-thin mint away from pay to win?

You don't win at MMOs. You only realize that you've suffered long enough.
 
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News Comments > Call of Cthulhu - The Video Game Revealed
1. Re: Call of Cthulhu - The Video Game Revealed Jan 17, 2014, 11:11 SimplyMonk
 
Hesitantly optimistic just by the mere fact that it is Lovecraft. The concept art looks solid, but I'm more intrigued in game design and how they will define my loose grasp on sanity.  
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