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Signed On Nov 14, 2010, 09:18
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News Comments > On Sale
3. Re: On Sale Feb 19, 2014, 22:51 Asmo
jdreyer wrote on Feb 19, 2014, 20:49:
Defender's Quest is a great little narrative-based tower defense game that runs great on a laptop. I put in a good 40 hours or so into it last year. Recommended if you're looking for a little game like that. It even got me to overcome my hatred of 8 bit graphics.

Likewise, quite fun little title.

Picked up Drox Operative and it's kinda like Diablo meets Spaz meets Master of Orion. Very fun but the slow pace of your early ships (until you upgrade your engines) can be torturous.
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News Comments > Starbound Patch Issue and Hotfixes
11. Re: Starbound Patch Issue and Hotfixes Feb 19, 2014, 16:52 Asmo
Eh, it's early access and there are plenty of warnings about problems.

Incidentally, try the Mass Effect and Industrialisation mods, they really pick up the game significantly. Now if only they'd put in the working AI for all the bosses (currently only Dreadwing has a working boss fight AI vs reusing standard mob logic).
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News Comments > New NVIDIA WHQL Drivers
1. Re: New NVIDIA WHQL Drivers Feb 18, 2014, 22:14 Asmo
I don't f#cking care about minor performance gains nVidia, I want you to put back in the simple winkey+p shortcuts to swap surround to single screen and back rather than your bullshit "oh look, we put in a hotkey that doesn't f#cking work" system...

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News Comments > Goat Simulator Now a Real Thing
17. Re: Goat Simulator Now a Real Thing Feb 12, 2014, 00:36 Asmo
This looks like fun purely for the sheer ridiculousness of it all...  
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News Comments > Morning Screenshots
28. Re: Morning Screenshots Feb 10, 2014, 17:05 Asmo
TESO is junk, pure and simple. It's combat is clunky as hell, the graphics/animations etc wouldn't give Rift a run for it's money when it came out, it's quest system is shallow and dodgy to boot, the crafting system is not well explained (most common question in chat "How you get iron ore bars?".

It's voiced for the most part (we all remember what happened to SWTOR) which is kinda immersive, but it's lost the soul (and the arrow to the knee) of the TES games.

Classic example of the retarded nature of the game, completing a quest with another person in the group nearby does not complete the quest for them, so the whole party has to wait on respawns for the lot of you to complete the quest...

I didn't think that was even a thing anymore...

Very disappointed considering how much lore/environment etc they had at their fingertips.
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News Comments > Rabbids Film Plans
5. Re: Rabbids Film Plans Feb 10, 2014, 16:52 Asmo
The "rabbids" (known in France as Les Lapins Cretins... /lol) used to be the bad guys in the Rayman games, and eventually managed to somehow be popular enough (with who eludes me, but I digress) to justify not only their own games but an expansion in to other media...

I'm guessing someones trying to make them in to the new minions (Despicable Me) or similar, where the sidekicks are more popular than the main characters...

The rabbids games always came across as trite/crappy to me, but /shrug.
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News Comments > Activision Blizzard Financials - WoW at 7.8M Subscribers
5. Re: Activision Blizzard Financials - WoW at 7.8M Subscribers Feb 7, 2014, 00:32 Asmo
MOP was fun, but most of the reason I went back was because a couple of friends were curious and dragged me along.

It was weird. There's a lot of shortcuts built in now to speed up not only main leveling but alts, epic island (Timelost or w/e the fuck it is) can give you damn good gear for very little effort, LFR is faceroll for even the mildly competent, so even a solo player can see everything and end up dripping in purples + (ffs) the legendary cloak if they are willing to put in the runs...

We'll probably do the same thing for warlords, but we're all fairly comfortable that we won't hang around if we don't like it. It usually happens within a week, we just all lose interest at the same time.
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News Comments > Into the Black
6. Re: Into the Black Feb 5, 2014, 23:04 Asmo

Very expressive people... =)

Ah, me old Oi'rish grandmother would be smoyling in her grave!
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News Comments > On Starbound Mods & Chucklefish's Next Game
7. Re: removed Feb 5, 2014, 18:27 Asmo
If you have got Starbound, I highly recommend the Mass Effect mod, which is a TC, changing the ship to the Normandy and adding sound/music/craftables/biotic abilities etc from ME.

Really the same game but the mod guys put a hell of a lot of work in.
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News Comments > On Sale
12. Re: On Sale Jan 30, 2014, 23:34 Asmo
Just a tip for Amalur if you happen to be an ESDF player, the keys will only bind in a certain order (EFDS iirc but it's definitely a sequence like that), otherwise it'll start randomly unbinding keys.

Good game and quite enjoyable once you get your head in to it, but that bug almost made me stop before I started...
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News Comments > Next Car Game Makes $1 Million in One Week
36. Re: Next Car Game Makes $1 Million in One Week Jan 30, 2014, 17:41 Asmo
Burrito of Peace wrote on Jan 30, 2014, 11:19:
I want to see this tech in a revival of the Interstate '76 series.

Is it wrong that this post gave me an erection?
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
9. Re: Evening Safety Dance Jan 29, 2014, 20:59 Asmo
killer_roach wrote on Jan 29, 2014, 20:13:
Bill Borre wrote on Jan 29, 2014, 19:56:
Go Edward!

Keep in mind that being nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize doesn't mean that much in and of itself - a fairly sizable number of people are nominated every year.

According to the article, 209 people last year and 50 organisations iirc.

259 nominations out of 7 billion people + many organisations is hardly a sizable number. In fact, it's a very very exclusive club imo...
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Might & Magic X Legacy
6. Re: Ships Ahoy - Might & Magic X Legacy Jan 23, 2014, 19:37 Asmo
I hated the move away from Erathia/Enroth of M&M VI/VII/VIII, but I'd be willing to give it a try.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 20, 2014, 20:02 Asmo
They are just going to rape Star Wars more aren't they...

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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
5. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Jan 12, 2014, 17:20 Asmo
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Jan 12, 2014, 16:26:
Julio wrote on Jan 12, 2014, 14:53:

I'm thinking Windows 9 might be the end of every other Windows release being ok. Prediction: They'll stick with Metro/Big Icons/Walled Garden
Apparently next release of Win8 restores the start menu fully, though that's rumor mill. Though the rumor mill was right about 8.1 bringing back the start button.

Fuck M$, works perfectly (I use it on Server 2012 boxes because remoting 4 sessions trying to deal with Metro = /wrists...).

But 9 will be the next Win 7 following MS's run of even OS = bad, odd OS = good...

8 bad, 7 good, vista bad, xp good, ME bad, 98 good (well, better than ME).

Works well for me because I only upgrade OS every other generation (although cost isn't really an issue because we have a 5k seat MAK key issued for our 1.2k seat organisation *grin*).
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News Comments > Darkout Patch
2. Re: Darkout Patch Dec 23, 2013, 18:40 Asmo
JaguarUSF wrote on Dec 23, 2013, 16:30:
Here is my video review of Darkout. I feel that Starbound is a lot better.

Yeah, despite the graphic enhancements, the crafting system is fucking god awful (ie. sliders are almost unmanageable for crafting small batches of things).

There's a lot to like about the game but it's hiding behind some really basic technical flaws in the UI, introduction and execution that make it really hard to recommend this game.
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News Comments > CONSORTIUM Next Month
3. Re: CONSORTIUM Next Month Dec 19, 2013, 19:30 Asmo
Valve: "Please don't release a new game during our attempts to sell Left4Dead 2 kthx..."  
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News Comments > South Park: The Stick of Truth Australian Censorship Explained
17. Re: South Park: The Stick of Truth Australian Censorship Explained Dec 18, 2013, 17:07 Asmo
Ozmodan wrote on Dec 18, 2013, 12:01:
Australians whining about this need to do a value check.


Australian's aren't whining about this. It's pretty fair to say that about 97% of Australian's don't even know this game exists...

The problem is, we have a number of ultra conservative states (South Australia particularly, but Queensland isn't far behind it) and it has had an effect on the rating laws for years.

eg. the SA attorney general basically blocked an R18 rating for games for the better part of a decade...

Most Australians either support things like gay marriage, abortion, voluntary euthanasia, surrogacy etc, or just don't give a shit either way. But even our major left wing party is still ruled by right wingers and most of our state/federal government structure is fairly conservative...

And because it's a game, kids might see it so ya know, THINK OF THE CHILDREN /Lovejoy!!

It's changing slowly as some of these old twunts running the show die off.

And if I had to guess, the scene was removed because a child was having something shoved up it's butt, nothing to do with homosexuality. Despite "Cartman's Anal Probe" being screened sans any sort of rating for years, or that episode where Cartman gives Ben Affleck a handjob pretending his hand puppet is JLo.
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News Comments > Battlefield 4 Lawsuit
63. Re: Battlefield 4 Lawsuit Dec 18, 2013, 16:57 Asmo
This lawsuit is actually a "very good thing". (airquotes!)

At it's core, it's about whether the stockholders were mislead by the predictions of the company. They shipped a product which was lousy with bugs that most likely had an effect on sales. They (Dice at least) knew about these bugs, and it's probable that EA knew about them as well unless Dice was keeping it off the radar. Remember the beta period where a lot of bugs were found/reported but weren't fixed when they went live?

And of course the burden of proof for a civil suit is much lower than a criminal suit.

If it succeeds, it puts companies on notice that products rushed out the door without due attention to Q&A could come back to bite them in the ass where they actually care about, the bottom line.

Of course, no one cares about the gamers that were bitten, but the side effect should be games that are kept in the oven until they are properly done (or more early access plans, caveat emptor) so that it doesn't happen again.

And if it doesn't work, we get to enjoy watching EA and it's shareholders tearing pieces out of each other. Win/win.
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News Comments > South Park: The Stick of Truth Censored for Australia
16. Re: South Park: The Stick of Truth Censored for Australia Dec 17, 2013, 17:37 Asmo
jdreyer wrote on Dec 17, 2013, 12:30:
Good job, Australia. You're proving the point that South Park made 15 years ago with Bigger, Longer, Uncut: violence is okay, but naughty language is bad, bad, bad!

Ironically that movie was not censored or altered for Australian screening and was released as MA15+.

So 15 year olds can go see the South Park movie with their olds (mind you, there were kids as young as 5ish at the first screening I attended), but even adults can't handle the game.. X D

Oh, and re: pissing matches between countries, Creston, you're seriously getting your brag on because of a few censored/banned games?
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