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Real Name Grant P McKinney   
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Signed On Nov 14, 2010, 09:18
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News Comments > Alan Wake 2 Prototype Video
6. Re: Alan Wake 2 Prototype Video Apr 21, 2015, 01:20 Asmo
AW was fricking awesome, definitely in my top 10 games of all time. The mechanics are fresh, writing/voice acting/suspense/set pieces etc all deliver. If you haven't played it yet, well worth a look for a bit of a sleeper hit.

American Nightmare, not so much, but w/e floats your boat. Would back a true sequel to AW.
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News Comments > etc., etc.
3. Re: etc., etc. Apr 17, 2015, 00:33 Asmo
Non-gaming names in the listing include Kanye West,

Says everything I need to know about the list...
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News Comments > WildStar Off AU Shelves; F2P Coming?
24. Re: WildStar Off AU Shelves; F2P Coming? Apr 16, 2015, 00:50 Asmo
Frijoles wrote on Apr 15, 2015, 23:34:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Apr 15, 2015, 21:51:
Yeah so their solution was to piss on everyone when EZ-Mode dungeons came out

And yet they're the largest MMO and doing quite well. And Wildstar, your dream MMO to keep the filthy casuals away, has flopped. Go figure. Not everyone has 3+ hours a night to devote to half a raid with a 10% chance at a piece of gear. Vanilla MC was shit. Getting 40 people together was shit. Having shaman gear drop when there were no shamans in the raid was shit. I don't miss it at all.

Not an unreasonable viewpoint, particularly as I'm now edging 40 with a wife and a kid (gone are the carefree days of running a main/alt through 2 MC & BWL clears a week), but the fact remains that even as dead easy as the current WoW expansion is to get geared (and to hole up in your garrison), some people still complain that they are hard done by that their no effort LFG purples aren't at parity with mythic mode...

And it's not just MMOs. I have not played a FPS recently where I even bothered to attempt the game on normal, the slider is always moved to the hardest setting as a default.

I replayed the entirety of Mass Effect last year and made the mistake of setting ME1 to the hardest mode. Boy, was I put through the wringer. I played 2 & 3 on hardest mode no problem, but 1 schooled me good and proper. Made for a different time and a different audience, it took no prisoners and felt far more rewarding (once I broke out of the "I am a god" mindset) when I conquered it.

Fortunately, with some of the roguelikes coming out lately and a few brave devs bucking the trend of making everything casual friendly, there are still some challenges to be had these days, but by and large people want a game that falls over before them rather than taking the time to actually get good at it. Most of those devs also manage to turn a profit with their product, proving you don't have to kill the giant, he leaves plenty of crumbs behind which will sustain the ants.
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News Comments > WildStar Off AU Shelves; F2P Coming?
18. Re: WildStar Off AU Shelves; F2P Coming? Apr 15, 2015, 18:22 Asmo
InBlack wrote on Apr 15, 2015, 09:06:
Am I the only one who revels in glorious glee at the failure of all of these World of Warcraft clones??? Because, lets face it, regardless of the setting, backstory etc. all of these 6-months-to-f2p MMOs are just that: World of Warcraft in another skin. Very little innovation in the genre has been made since the days of Ultima Online and Everquest, in fact most MMOs have devolved to become stupidly simple, easy & grindy in a really bad way...

Erm, Wildstar was actually quite difficult in parts. Plenty of more powerful elite mobs mixed in (very few of those "quaff potion X" or "use vehicle/NPC Y" to make elites soloable). I think they spent a bit too much time huffing the fumes of their "hardcore" position, but generally, leveling was fun and fluid, the combat action system was good (unless you had lag or things got so busy that you ended up with 300 telegraphs on top of each other). Dungeons actually required skill again (rather than "heroic" facerolling in WoW). Even crafting felt solid if limited by the stupid advancement system at top tiers. And the storyline/humour/setting was quite refreshing, imo.

I don't think the genre or even the mechanics are the problem these days, it's the player. Most people don't want to invest any time and effort, and we have quite literally thousands of ways to piss away our time for very little cash spent. People laud Diablo 2 over D3 but D2 certainly had huge glaring flaws. But we didn't have enormous amounts of alternatives easily accessible back then, so we played for years grinding the same content over and over again because we couldn't easily jump ship.

The guild I was playing with in Wildstar literally vanished about 2 weeks after a significant portion hit top level. The attunement questline was cited as the major reason most of them left. Getting through that was tricky in spots (the fire salamander guy for example, not sure if you've played) and arbitrary in others (silver rating for dungeons), but pretty doable unless you were a total klutz. There was never a chance of fielding a 40 man raid when most nights, we couldn't even field 2 decent five man groups at that point, so most of us chucked in the towel shortly thereafter.

Reminds me of the fade we had first doing BWL in WoW. Got cockblocked on Razorgore for about 4 weeks, in the end we couldn't even get 20 ppl to show up. We'd abandon BWL attempts and go farm Molten Core and miraculously, 10-15 more people would suddenly log in and want to join up... So we set up a trap, told people on the forums that we were doing MC only, 45 showed up, told em to go to BWL instead and rolled R'gore through to Broodlord in one night. Funny how enthusiasm peaks again once new epic loot starts appearing (although most of the fucks who hadn't been showing up for weeks didn't have the DKP to bid on it /evilgrin).

WoW followed it's customer base, people want easier/faster/more purples. They complain that everything is too easy, but when an alternative which isn't easy presents itself, it's too hard. We're spoiled for choice so we act like brats, never happy.
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News Comments > Ship Ahoy - PC Grand Theft Auto V
49. Re: Ship Ahoy - PC Grand Theft Auto V Apr 14, 2015, 17:46 Asmo
I'm running 3 screen surround (6080x1200) on 2x GF680 4 gigs and it's buttery smooth with most stuff on high/very high (no MSAA, just FXAA).

Enjoying roaming around doing random shit before hitting the storyline proper (did a few of the early missions).

Attention to detail is what they've knocked out of the park.
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News Comments > Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Will Be Ghostable; Free E-Book
8. Re: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Will Be Ghostable; Free E-Book Apr 13, 2015, 21:05 Asmo
CJ_Parker wrote on Apr 13, 2015, 20:51:
Rigs wrote on Apr 13, 2015, 20:40:
CJ_Parker wrote on Apr 13, 2015, 19:40:
The mechanics for a no-kills playthrough of DXHR sucked ass. When I shot some dudes with tranquilizer darts from up above they died instead of going unconscious as they should have. Really lame. My guess is the game for some reason attributed falling damage equaling the height I was above the enemies to the impact of the tranq dart and figured it should be a lethal hit. Retarded.
Hope they'll do a much better job with this sequel. Also would be great if a ghost/stealth or non-lethal playthrough would not require tracking back through the entire level after completion to pick up the goodies and XP.

Dude, can you make a post that doesn't include the word 'retarded' at all, anywhere?! Better yet, can you possibly talk like an adult, just for a little bit so I don't have the urge to punch you every time I read your posts?


Aaaah someone's a little pissed off they can't play that retarded game called GTA V so instead of playing that retarded game he's making retarded posts to suggest retarded things like me growing up.


Doubling down on douchebaggery, stay classy...
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News Comments > Sunday Safety Dance
1. Re: Sunday Safety Dance Apr 13, 2015, 01:45 Asmo
re: the NSA, does "Land of the free, home of the brave" actually mean anything anymore?  
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News Comments > Path of Exile Expansion Closed Beta This Month
40. Re: Path of Exile Expansion Closed Beta This Month Apr 12, 2015, 23:16 Asmo
Alamar wrote on Apr 12, 2015, 16:03:
jdreyer wrote on Apr 11, 2015, 20:01:
NKD wrote on Apr 11, 2015, 15:38:
I tried really hard to get into this but I found myself playing a lot more Diablo 3 in the long run. It's got a lot of the stuff I wanted from Diablo 3 but didn't get, but it also feels, I dunno, old school in a bad way? Clunky? I can't really put the feeling to words.

I haven't played D3 since the "reboot" but last year when I played them both, I ended up playing a lot more PoE than D3. It was simply better. That being said, I heard the D3 reboot patch makes it a much better game. Once I find the time, I intend to get back into D3.

I have played PoE since the D3 "reboot' but last year, when I played them both, I ended up playing a crap ton more D3 than PoE. It was simply better. That being said, I heard that the PoE changes since then make it a much better game. Once I find the time, I intend to get back into PoE.

I'm not saying your subjectively wrong, but I found D3 to be fairly two dimensional in terms of skills. My top level crusader, for example, has a build that hasn't changed in months of play. My PoE tanky templar has been revised quite a few times with changes/new gems etc to change the array of attacks/supports/best in slot items etc.

I enjoy D3 in it's current incarnation, don't get me wrong, but it still feels very static. PoE, a single gem can completely change how you operate (as can a few godly gear drops)
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News Comments > Sunday Legal Briefs
2. Re: Sunday Legal Briefs Apr 12, 2015, 20:52 Asmo
Yup, it's kinda ridiculous how certain things are considered inviolate even as we cover the floor with blood with our latest chainsaw murder.

Not that I am particularly inclined to such things, I find my characters tending towards chaotic good alignment in games where you are allowed to make morality choices. Fallout, one of the few games where you could kill children, I got pissed off with that bastard kid who pick pockets you in one of the early towns, and dropped him once. Between the negative character trait and the discomfort it caused me (even though it's "just pixels"), I ended up reloading and recanting my status as a bona fide child killer...

I think context is important as well. The play the article is talking about centers on an experience where the customers deliberately go to have sex with a child. It's not incidental to a scenario, it's the whole point of it.

Various acts considered unconscionable in a game are displayed in movies. How many seasons of Law & Order SVU are there? The act of rape/sexual abuse/pedophilia is a vehicle for the show, and it isn't R rated like some movies that cross the same line (The Witness for example). I think the usual "games are for kids and kids shouldn't see this stuff" prejudice is kicking in.
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News Comments > etc., etc.
9. Re: etc., etc. Mar 31, 2015, 23:59 Asmo
She's a village idiot and should be treated like one, regardless of what lurks between her legs. She's also an enormous troll and the rage directed at her feeds in to her martyrdom pity party which has gained her far more attention she deserves.

And Cutter was kind, I would have just told her to fuck off...
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News Comments > GOG.Com on Customer Service
6. Re: GOG.Com on Customer Service Mar 25, 2015, 19:39 Asmo
Total-Khaos wrote on Mar 25, 2015, 19:22:
Hump wrote on Mar 25, 2015, 19:07:
One of the unsung heroes of game publishing/digital downloads business. I've never had a single complaint doing business with GoG.

My only complaint is their lack of DRM...oh, wait.

/giggle I see what you did there... ; )

I could have bought Wild Hunt for cheaper but I pre-ordered from GOG as soon as it was announced. They are a quality supplier that /shock horror listens to their customers and actually tries to make you feel like your business means something (as opposed to EA who force you to use Origin and still insist on bending you over afterwards).

Good old GoG!
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News Comments > Morning Patches
1. Re: Morning Patches Mar 19, 2015, 17:50 Asmo
Endless Legend is my pick for one of the most interesting, most fun and most intelligent 4x games recently. The asymmetrical factions, the natural breaks on zerg aggression by requiring influence to be spent to go to war, and just the all round character of the game.

If you are a 4x fan, I'd highly recommend you give this a go.
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News Comments > Into the Black
7. Re: Into the Black Mar 17, 2015, 01:19 Asmo
The other big difference in the scales is that Celcius is linear.

ie. Every 1 degree increase is exactly 1 degree increase.

Whereas F (32-212 deg F = 0-100 deg C) is a non linear temperature. It doesn't take much to get used to either system (90+ deg F = hot, 32 = cold, wow, mindbreaking stuff for my decimal born and raised brain...) and it's not hard to convert for stuff like recipes etc.

Seems like a storm in a teacup. If I had to objectively pick, I'd say the entire world minus 3 countries = the way to go, but we all have our eccentricities. If the US wants to keep F, go for it... ; )

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 12, 2015, 18:39 Asmo
Cutter wrote on Mar 12, 2015, 12:56:
I just keep hearing the fight music from Star Trek in my head as I picture that old lady killing that racoon. The only thing that would have made that truly awesome is if there had been a class field trip of kids there at the time to witness it.

50 quatloos on the old woman!
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News Comments > Australia Tries New Classification System
8. Re: Australia Tries New Classification System Mar 11, 2015, 17:52 Asmo
Cutter wrote on Mar 11, 2015, 12:08:
What do Aussies say more? Bonza or Oath?

STRUTH! (God's truth)

My personal favourite is the classic universal "Oh for fucks sake".

Marvin T. Martian wrote on Mar 11, 2015, 12:43:
Australia===Democracy gone wrong,very wrong.

Mostly because the average Australian is a "live and let live" type. Our "democracy" has been run mostly by vocal minorities and last minute vote grabs via electoral bribe (or, as is more common recently, revenge swings against odious policy/parties).

We've just had two state elections where a one term government has been tossed on their ass. Federally, it looks like the PM will also be a one termer (and Rudd/Gillard/Rudd only managed to scrape in for a second term as a minority government). The electorate has woken up to the fact that we can toss out shit politicians. Perhaps a few beatings at the polls will see a return to centrist sensible policy rather than the fucking stupidity we've had to deal with for so long.

Or not. They are politicians after all.

On topic, the chances are that this will probably allow a minor relaxation of stupidity like an "Aus" version of Saints Row 4 (the bits where you could sodomise ppl with the dildo bat, while censored, were a bridge too far for our classification board apparently).

The US & Canadia ESRB is a member, so I'd imagine this is probably a bit more permissive than the Aus standard.
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News Comments > etc.
15. Re: etc. Mar 9, 2015, 18:04 Asmo
Prez wrote on Mar 9, 2015, 17:36:
I know that I am going to regret this, but wasn't there a near unanimous consensus for years on high cholesterol foods raising your blood cholesterol in the medical field? Until this year anyway, when the latest studies have proven there to be no ascertainable link whatsoever. I'm not saying that the same thing will happen with climate change (specifically anthropomorphic climate change), but it does illustrate that a consensus based on bad or incomplete findings or evidence is still a wrong one. I only question is there enough evidence for such a consensus to be infallible.

You operate off the best information at the time.

Hole in the ozone layer is a classic example, mass panic, there was a worldwide push to reduce CFC's in the background (most people don't even know about the Toronto agreement), problem reduced, hasn't hit the media in well over a decade if not more.

Hyperbole (on either side) doesn't help. Scream wolf often enough, people tune you out. Spend a fortune on feel good solutions that don't effectively reduce global warming, it's an easy target for people to say you're wasting money etc.

Even if manmade global warming wasn't a "thing" (it is, there's enough data to confirm that), working cleaner and more efficiently is a good thing. Whether it's preventing pollution, or just researching new technology that does things more efficiently, investing in the future is something we should be doing anyway. If we shut down one of the possible avenues of our extinction at the same time (no time frame predictions ;), all the better.

ps. Was there any article on global warming that prompted this??
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News Comments > Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Ultimate Vault Hunter 2 & ClapTrap DLC This Month
18. Re: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Ultimate Vault Hunter 2 & ClapTrap DLC This Month Mar 9, 2015, 17:50 Asmo
The best part of Borderlands so far was Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon's Keep, which had a hell of a funny storyline and setting (Duke of Orc... /lol), was challenging but still managed to include some poignant moments (no spoilers).

The Critical Fail quest was one of the best in game (although trying to help Claptrap become a badass mage was also pretty groovy). And the negotiating with the dwarven allies...

The downside of BL for me has always been that I complete the game, then DLC trickles out. I've finished an Athena playthrough and I'll wait 6-12 months before scooping up all the DLC and finishing out.
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Valley of the Yetis Next Month
2. Re: Far Cry 4 Valley of the Yetis Next Month Feb 26, 2015, 16:40 Asmo
Whelp, we've added the bigfoot so it'll only be short period of time before ancient Tibetan magic raises the most fearsome foe of all...

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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
3. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Feb 15, 2015, 16:45 Asmo
I'd love to see a product as game changing as the original Voodoo card, my good old Orchid Righteous 4 MB accelerator (followed by a Creative Voodoo Banshee) were still two of the biggest watershed moments in my gaming hardware history... =)
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News Comments > Original Early Access Game Pulled
20. Re: Original Early Access Game Pulled Feb 9, 2015, 17:37 Asmo
Verno wrote on Feb 9, 2015, 15:46:
I still remember Cubeworld, god what a disappointment that was. It wasn't on Steam's early access but same principles apply.

Yeah, I went in for that one. /meh

That being said, Grim Dawn was dead silent for about 2-3 years and then came out with a massive burst of work.

/shrug, I KS not as a way to buy games for extra benefits or on the cheap, but because they are games I want to see made. And it's been more hit than miss so far, so I'm not unhappy.

I have wasted far more money on AAA games that turned out crap than I have on KS/EA's that go MIA.
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