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Signed On Nov 14, 2010, 09:18
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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: etc. Jan 22, 2015, 17:22 Asmo
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Jan 22, 2015, 09:50:
aside from point 1 I felt my IQ float away after reading those writing trends that need to die.. more like article trends that need to die...

Yeah, feels like click bait (reminds me of Anita Sarkeesian's rants/whines), but there's a few relevant things.

Specifically, the psyche stuff in the latest Tomb Raider. One moment, Lara is freaking out over killing her first man, then she's a functional death dispenser of apocalyptic proportions with nary a sniffle to betray her inner turmoil. Even if you accept that a certain level of brevity is inherent, you don't fix intense psychological dissonance while coming off an extreme fight or flight adrenal response in a couple of minutes and turn in to a Terminator.

And FC3's writing was a goddamn mess. I enjoyed the game in much the same way I enjoyed JC2, ie. ignoring the story as much as possible made it more fun.
 
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News Comments > Technomancer Revealed
5. Re: Technomancer Revealed Jan 21, 2015, 16:53 Asmo
 
saluk wrote on Jan 21, 2015, 15:43:
Yeah their games have been pretty good efforts, but kind of fall in the weird category that's not quite good enough to be AAA and not unique or cute enough to be indie.

MWL was a bit hard to get in to and I flubbed out early, the story just didn't grab me.

And it had, what I like to call, warts, ie. obvious problems with graphics etc that stick out like dogballs even compared to similar non AAA offerings.

I like the concept they're pitching but doubtful whether I'll buy in at launch.
 
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News Comments > Neverwinter Elemental Evil Expansion Announced
2. Re: Neverwinter Elemental Evil Expansion Announced Jan 20, 2015, 16:42 Asmo
 
Despite the ordinary F2P offering, Turbine's D&DO is a far superior product. I barely made it to level cap in Neverwinter before giving it up as a bad joke.  
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News Comments > Total War: WARHAMMER Accidentally Revealed?
30. Re: Total War: WARHAMMER Accidentally Revealed? Jan 14, 2015, 16:57 Asmo
 
bhcompy wrote on Jan 14, 2015, 12:04:
Well, I mean, where do you suggest they go?

Total War: Neanderthal!

Watch massive battles of 15-20 units, see every festering louse on their fetid, unwashed bodies, equip advanced weapons like clubs... And clubs... And, if you survive till the late tiers of research... Pointy sticks and thrown rocks!

First DLC will be "FIRE!?!?!?!"
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 13, 2015, 17:01 Asmo
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 13, 2015, 13:09:
And that ban tipping piece is the most idiotic and wrong I've seen in a long time for far to many reasons to get into here.

How so?

Do you work a job where you don't know if you'll have enough money at the end of the week to pay your rent/bills, pay for food etc?

I'll freely admit, there's something to be said about the incentive system to garner better service (our wait staff in Aus which get paid well are, on average, very poor compared to US wait staff). I just don't think it's fair that their paycheck is at the mercy of a customer who might be having the day from hell and isn't going to give them a cent even if they provide the best service on the planet...

A tip in Australia is rare, and it's usually because you received exceptional service. A literal, honest to god, no guilt tripping involved bonus to someone who enhanced your meal with their service. And that's what it should be, a reward, not a key component in a baseline wage.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
11. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jan 13, 2015, 16:46 Asmo
 
beremot wrote on Jan 13, 2015, 15:34:
Mad Max RW wrote on Jan 13, 2015, 13:11:
beremot wrote on Jan 13, 2015, 13:06:
Reminds me of a child sticking his fingers in his ears and chanting "Na na na na-I'm not listening-na na na na!"

Does that really work as an adult? Assuming, of course, that you qualify as an adult.


It appears to be working for you.

More childishness. In this case the equivalent of "I know you are but what am I?"

I don't actually disagree with the point you were making, but the way you delivered it was inflammatory and designed to draw a reaction.

There were many ways you could have made your point without being an ass about it. The internet may set a low bar for etiquette when discussing things, it doesn't mean you have to sink to it. ; )

As for the Cameron bit, Cutters right, both parties will find some way to do it. In Aus, the Liberals (ironically, the conservative party) spent years pillorying and deriding Labors attempts to introduce mandatory internet filtering, and yet are now attempting to do the same thing (while also trying to force ISP's to act as agents for IP holders). Governments do not respect your rights to privacy, no matter which party they are. So yes, this is an enormous issue for UK citizens specifically, but the world in general. One fucktard get's this shit through and the rest will be lining up to try it on.
 
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Jan 11, 2015, 17:39 Asmo
 
Creston wrote on Jan 10, 2015, 12:58:
Femshep 4ever!!

Between the plan and Jen Hale's voice acting (manshep's voice actor was incredibly meh in 1 although he got better in 2/3), Femshep was written in the stars.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition PC Patch Tomorrow
63. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition PC Patch Tomorrow Dec 8, 2014, 16:46 Asmo
 
WaltC wrote on Dec 8, 2014, 11:18:
I find it disturbing because nothing is more boring to me than cartoon, pretend romances in a 3d RPG. Hopefully, this is something that can be easily bypassed completely. Ugh. Dime romance novels are everywhere...not needed inside 3d games, too.

It has always been an option to "just say no", Bioware characters do not sexually assault you against your wishes... Apart from Morinth... X D
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Dead State
2. Re: Ships Ahoy - Dead State Dec 4, 2014, 18:37 Asmo
 
It was like 30 bucks for early access (and has been pretty fun so far). I don't doubt you'd probably pick it up at the xmas sales cheaper, but if you're in to turn based games and don't mind yet another zombie oriented title, it's a decent little game.  
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News Comments > Target Halts Grand Theft Auto V Sales Down Under
43. Re: Target Halts Grand Theft Auto V Sales Down Under Dec 3, 2014, 17:03 Asmo
 
Creston wrote on Dec 3, 2014, 16:24:
Not really. It's born out of the Australian government refusing to create an actually valid Adults Only/18+ rating for games (and perhaps other media), so anything that doesn't fit their qualification for the next lower ranking automatically gets rejected as unfit for society.

The R18 rating for games has been brought in already, but to fairly criticise this, you have to understand it.

To change the rule, it requires all state attorney generals to agree to change the legislation. For years, one AG from South Australia (which is kinda our bible belt/ultra conservative state) blocked this change while everyone else agreed to it.

The entire country was held to the whim of one person...

When he left office, it was pretty short order before the change was made (short in bureaucratic red tape terms). So much so that we now have the full uncensored version of Left 4 Dead 2 being made available via patch as Valve had the game re-rated.

I get it, the small news cuts you get from Oz sound bloody stupid, and believe us Australians, they are bloody stupid and we agree with you 100%. That does not mean the entire country is populated with conservative morons. ; )
 
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News Comments > Target Halts Grand Theft Auto V Sales Down Under
40. Re: Target Halts Grand Theft Auto V Sales Down Under Dec 3, 2014, 16:42 Asmo
 
InBlack wrote on Dec 3, 2014, 09:51:
Heh. I wonder if anyone will appreciate the irony. What's with the Australians being such prudes? They seem to be at a place where the US was a few years (decades?) ago.

Most Australians don't give a fuck. We're a country of almost 25 million odd people, 40,000 signed an online petition, the easiest and slackest way to get numbers (40,000 wouldn't have wasted a stamp and sent a letter).

That's hardly a "majority" of Target customers...

As with any country, a small minority with a loud voice catch the attention. The majority of people don't care one way or another, and at the other end of the spectrum, you have people who support retailers stocking this game.

eg. I could put forward any number of American religious and "concerned" citizen organisations that hold far right wing conservative views and ask "Wtf is up with America?", it wouldn't come close to encompassing the attitudes of the majority, yes?

 
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News Comments > This War of Mine Recoups Costs in Two Days
4. Re: This War of Mine Recoups Costs in Two Days Dec 1, 2014, 16:41 Asmo
 
The game is point and click, very little keyboard required, which can make combat a little frustrating at time (ie. sneaking/backstabbing or face to face combat often results in lethally/fatally wounded survivors), but ultimately, the game does capture some sense of constantly being seconds away from disaster (eg. watching your water catchers so they don't freeze up during winter, cycling sleep periods, finding smokes for that one guy that won't stop f#cking complaining about no smokes...)

Excellent game, enjoying it thoroughly. Pro-tip for people that want to trade, meds of all types are gold. You can get a metric fucktonne of building materials for a couple of bandages, but it might come back to bite you in the ass in the long run... ; )
 
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News Comments > WoW Re-Passes 10M Subscribers
19. Re: WoW Re-Passes 10M Subscribers Nov 19, 2014, 22:41 Asmo
 
Endo wrote on Nov 19, 2014, 21:35:
NicklePop wrote on Nov 19, 2014, 21:03:
but for now, it's the best game out
Assuming your context is MMORPGs, I actually believe you. But that's not so much a statement of WoW being good these days, as everything just being bad.

I have completely lost hope in anyone being able to make a good MMORPG any more. Blizzard included.

I'm guessing you're not a sub then, so you're basing your opinion on an assumption without ever seeing the content.

I'm no fanboi, I have walked away from WoW multiple times over the last 10 years (I've spent more of that time not subbed than subbed). With that in mind...

Pro's

-Quests are fun, snappy, there's good humour and some genuinely touching/emotional moments in there.
-The garrison, which is basically a grind station, accomplishes the same thing housing does in other MMO's. It gives you a place that is yours, even if the you have little say over the deocrations.
-Dungeon fights seem to be much more active now, some very clever and interesting mechanics have been introduced.
-Loot loot everywhere (actually, this is kinda good/bad), you can't go three feet without a blue or purple dropping. Gearing is very easy.
-Zones, characters, voice acting, even the in game cutscenes are all great quality, tell a pretty clear and coherent story.

Cons

-No flying at max level yet
-Crafting is god awful, it's the mutant pimple on the face of a supermodel...
-There are certainly some challenging open world fights, but for the most part, you're pretty safe unless you do something rampantly stupid like pull half a zone. Could use a bit more danger/harder hitting mobs (that being said, my toons didn't start getting upgrades until lvl 97, so I overgeared the early zones significantly)

It won't appeal to everyone, and it shouldn't try to, but it's easy to play, easy to like and while it had it's launch day issues with queues/ddos etc, Blizz has done a pretty fine job of resolving those issues quickly.

I'm not trying to convince you to play if you're not interested, but the content this time around is genuinely good. There are things that are a bit hard to wrap the head around or are just nonsense (CRAFTING!!!! /shakes fists at the sky), but for the most part, it's a great bundle that will keep people playing for at least a couple of months for a reasonable price.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Piracy Perspective
13. Re: Far Cry 4 Piracy Perspective Nov 18, 2014, 23:04 Asmo
 
Prez wrote on Nov 18, 2014, 22:21:
Asmo wrote on Nov 18, 2014, 22:20:
Prez wrote on Nov 18, 2014, 22:04:
Yeah but they get to expose the assholes and make fun of them. At least it ought to make them feel better.

Until it backfires on them...

I was stuck with the deliberate bug in Titan Quest where early in the first act, performance would go to crap and it would be unplayable. I went to the forums and was ridiculed and abused by posters and stuff alike for pirating the game, as it was deliberately included to kick in for hacked versions.

My problem, once I'd established with IL that I was a legitimate customer, was that securom was allowing the game to load but then insisting my disk was a copy and kicking in the deliberate corruption bomb once I'd start playing the game.

So yeah, while I'm happy for game companies to try and combat piracy, I get pissed as fuck when it affects their paying customers. If you can't discriminate well enough, don't fucking bother...

I got the same bug, but even though I bought the game I was using a fixed.exe because I didn't like having to change out CD's, so I guess it was meant for me.

The fixed .exe would have triggered it as well, but you are a paying customer... The disc was a pita, particularly when securom would refuse to read it a number of times, forcing you to eject/reload each time.

I can live with Steam, Origin, Ubisoft's abortion as long as they work as they don't require physical media which can be damaged. Putting in DRM that can backfire on legit users is just a bad idea because inevitably someone doing the right thing is going to get caught up with the pirates...
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Piracy Perspective
8. Re: Far Cry 4 Piracy Perspective Nov 18, 2014, 22:20 Asmo
 
Prez wrote on Nov 18, 2014, 22:04:
Yeah but they get to expose the assholes and make fun of them. At least it ought to make them feel better.

Until it backfires on them...

I was stuck with the deliberate bug in Titan Quest where early in the first act, performance would go to crap and it would be unplayable. I went to the forums and was ridiculed and abused by posters and stuff alike for pirating the game, as it was deliberately included to kick in for hacked versions.

My problem, once I'd established with IL that I was a legitimate customer, was that securom was allowing the game to load but then insisting my disk was a copy and kicking in the deliberate corruption bomb once I'd start playing the game.

So yeah, while I'm happy for game companies to try and combat piracy, I get pissed as fuck when it affects their paying customers. If you can't discriminate well enough, don't fucking bother...
 
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News Comments > New NVIDIA Drivers
13. Re: New NVIDIA Drivers Nov 18, 2014, 16:41 Asmo
 
PHJF wrote on Nov 18, 2014, 16:18:
300 megs????


Welcome to the new world order...

Side note, anyone running these with surround (multi monitor) and is there a workable option from switching to a single monitor via hotkey?

I'm still on 3.27, the last driver that supported the winkey+p swap between surround and single, which is necessary particularly for indie games which do not natively support multi monitor solutions. Nvidia removed the simple option of using windows functionality and put in place a solution that was completely non functional the last time I checked... = (
 
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News Comments > Goat Simulator Free MMO Expansion Thursday
23. Re: removed Nov 17, 2014, 18:06 Asmo
 
I cannot imagine living in a universe where a goat MMO doesn't exist...

Srsly though, this is a great game for having child like fun. You know, building a lego city just to pretend to be a monster and smash it flat. Not for serious folk in the least (although they probably need the catharsis more).
 
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News Comments > The Witcher III Free DLC Plans
23. Re: The Witcher III Free DLC Plans Nov 6, 2014, 17:06 Asmo
 
Bought through GOG a while ago (they had a slightly trimmed price + credit for games on GOG iirc), I could probably have gotten a better deal elsewhere but these guys honestly deserve every cent for their titles. Have been a class act all the way through, their products drop fully formed and functional (I had almost no bug issues with Witcher 1 & 2), which is tragic that it's exceptional these days... Story, action, setting, challenge, it hit all the right notes for me.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
6. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 2, 2014, 19:01 Asmo
 
I got a laugh that SoM is a nVidia "the way it's meant to be played" game...

I use 2x 680 4 gigs (sli) on 6088x1200 (3x 1920x1200), 3x1 surround.

I can't isolate to one screen, 3 screen renders only 1.3 screens worth of game, but still acts like it's doing the full area, performance is shithouse (SLI doesn't seem to be fully working).

Way it's meant to be played... Fucking bullshit, does this crap even mean anything anymore??
 
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News Comments > Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Released
46. Re: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Released Sep 30, 2014, 17:44 Asmo
 
nVidia:The way it's meant to be played...

Cept shit SLI support and 3 screen surround is broken.

Didn't get much time in game, looks fun but seriously, if nVidia is your flagship partner and a person using 2x nvidia cards can't use two of their highly promoted pictures, what's the fucking point?!?!
 
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