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Signed On Jan 2, 2011, 16:34
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
8. Re: Morning Metaverse May 1, 2012, 23:53 MisterBenn
 
Ozmodan wrote on May 1, 2012, 19:02:
You know there is another side of organ donation. It is no panacea for people receiving because they can count on a lifetime of sickness after the transplant, drugs that keep the body from rejecting the organ also make the immune system useless.

I have seen it first hand, personally would not want anyone to suffer like that, I just don't believe in organ donation at all.

I guess it varies from case to case. I am a kidney recipient, what you say about the anti-immune drugs is definitely true but in my case my general level of health is not too bad now. Given that the alternative was to not be around any more, I am glad my surgeon believed in donation! Also the technology is progressing, some variation on stem cells will most likely allow to grow organs that will not be rejected and won't require the worst of the tablets we have now.

As for waiting lists, I was lucky in that my dad was a match so I didn't make use of a public list. Here in the UK the stats are not good for waiting for a publicly sourced kidney, it's usually measured in years unless you are very lucky. I suppose anything that makes it easier to find a donor is a good thing although I hesitate at the prospect of letting any commercial entity be a part of the process, particularly one that is hellbent on the commoditisation of its users. Just a regular government-lead opt out system would seem best to me.
 
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News Comments > Questionable Kickstart Cancelled
29. Re: Questionable Kickstart Cancelled May 1, 2012, 19:43 MisterBenn
 
There was always going to be a rush on kickstarters, anyone would love to receive all the budget before starting. The biggest studios around would kill to be able to derisk their projects upfront!

The biggest risk as I see it is not outright con artists, it's the possiblity that many of these projects may not arrive at a decent product at the end. Normally you know that your project has to release something marketable at the end otherwise it's a disaster for everyone involved. That's a great motivator! With the kickstarter, by the time you start the cash is unconditional - so you need the people to have great skill, integrity and organisation otherwise who knows what crap you will end up with. It will genuinely be interesting to see how these all turn out. Done correctly the kickstarter could be a wonderful idealistic trend, but so many projects have been launched and I can't believe all of them will leave people happy.

I also wonder whether the larger studios will try to get in on the act in some way. Someone with the rights to a sequel that people have clammoured for for years might agree to undertake it but only if the cash is kickstarted up front. "You want a turn-based Fallout sequel in the original style? That's too niche to justify as it stands but if you can kickstart 2M we will make it."
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
4. Re: Sniper Elite V2 Apr 29, 2012, 15:53 MisterBenn
 
I couldn't agree more about Warlock, I've played the demo 3 times even though the start is the same each time. The first play I built a human army with equipment upgrades and felt out the game. The second play I built many mana traps and cast spells and summoned creatures. The last play I just tried, I had a go at storming the portal to the desert world to see if I could settle there... I got my ass handed to me by werewolves, vampires, imps, devils and a greater fire elemental, it was awesome.

I am breaking my "one commandment" and preordering this, the demo is more fun than Civ 5 and is genuinely addictive. Also it's a proper old fashioned demo with a genuine slice of gameplay and replayability that puts some full games to shame.

Edit: Just pre-ordered, the release date is a week away. Wow, I am looking forward to this one and it came out of nowhere! I didn't know it existed a few days back.

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News Comments > Warlock - Master of the Arcane Demo
16. Re: Warlock - Master of the Arcane Demo Apr 27, 2012, 23:43 MisterBenn
 
I really enjoyed trying out the demo, it plays quite a bit like Civ 5 except the hexes/1UPT/tactical nature of things seems better suited to this scale rather than trying to capture a planet scale.

The best parts of the Civ 5 combat are there except you have the RPG layer on top, with traditional strenths and weaknesses between factions and creature types, along with improvements and equipment upgrades from your buildings, and the enchantments, blessings and curses that get thrown around by the magic system.

The overall gameplay flows very well and I really think they captured the "individual decisions are simple but they allow for good variety and strategy" well and at first glance I think it's got several advantages over Civ 5!

I agree completely with the disadvantages that Totalbiscuit was talking about:

* Microing all your units is a little bit too clicky (your city defenders wake up every turn even when the attacker is flying and they can't engage it).

* The tech tree is a set of spells but you are offered a shortlist of 5 each time, in seemingly random order so there doesn't seems to be progression or specialisation. Maybe this will get improved? It feels a bit placeholder.

* There are only 3 factions. I didn't see all of the one from the demo so it seems there's quite a lot to each one, but I can't see that that is enough.

Anyhow I am really excited about this one, it's very accessible and playable and seems to have a good RPG side to it. And it's 15!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 20, 2012, 18:52 MisterBenn
 
jacobvandy wrote on Apr 20, 2012, 17:09:
like asking that fly on my wall to hit itself with a magazine and fall neatly into the trashcan.

I've heard of asking turkeys to vote for Christmas... is this one a real phrase? I like it!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
35. Re: Skyrim Apr 19, 2012, 22:25 MisterBenn
 
Ah that's interesting about Dynamic Merchants... I've already swapped over so I'll see how it pans out. The greeting range seems good so far, I had something similar in Morrowind.

I've mostly used Nexus Mod Manager and Wrye Bash until now but just started getting some mods from the Steam Workshop. I noticed you have to redownload the mods from Steam every time if you use an external utility to reorder the mods! That's a killer for me with a 2Mb connection. My newly discovered tip of the day is to just favourite them rather than subscribe...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
31. Re: Skyrim Apr 19, 2012, 20:12 MisterBenn
 
nin I took you up on your recommendations of container names, NPC greeting range and also dynamic merchants as is sounds better than Economics of Skyrim...  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
29. Re: Skyrim Apr 19, 2012, 19:23 MisterBenn
 
If there's time for a couple more suggestions, here are my current favourites:

1) Skyrim Creatures Alive (wilderness spawns are reworked. High level creatures are rare but possible at any level so you are genuinely taking a risk to go out wandering at low levels.

2) Realistic Lighting with Customisation - an overall weather and lighting mod with options to set the nights and dungeons super dark if you like that. Natural skies at all times of day and no performance impact from the method they use.

3) If you like hunger/thirst mods, Imp's More Complex Needs is superb. You'll need to think about your eat/drink/sleep as you go adventuring, great if you like to take your time and really get into it!

As mentioned, SkyUI is the absolute must. Your life will be a lot easier if you use the Nexus Mod Manager to install your mods.
 
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News Comments > Microsoft Not Dropping GFWL
22. Re: Microsoft Not Dropping GFWL Apr 17, 2012, 12:47 MisterBenn
 
You know that MS will come up with some "incentive" to upgrade, such as DirectX 12 only being available for Windows 8...  
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News Comments > EA Denies Layoff Rumor
39. Re: EA Denies Layoff Rumor Apr 16, 2012, 20:22 MisterBenn
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 16, 2012, 13:51:
I also noticed you changed you sig from the quote I made that was spot on.

I noticed that as well! I was wondering how that would turn out...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 15, 2012, 19:33 MisterBenn
 
I suspect that the decking was a bargaining chip: Blue foregoes settling on the contested zone in exchange for preferential treatment in trade negotiations with Blue Towers. Manstovia is a burgeoning state but lacks natural resources and is dependent on raw meat imports for its economic wellbeing!  
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News Comments > World of Warcraft Welcome Back
20. Re: My favorite part... Apr 14, 2012, 22:02 MisterBenn
 
WoW was the "Beatles" of the MMOs, it was a world phenomenon and gave something on a scale that had never been seen before. That's an incredibly hard achievement to repeat in what is now a diversifying and fragmenting genre. Only something genuinely revolutionary would rejoin the same player base and attain the same level of success that WoW had.

The MMOs on the horizon offer numerous technical improvements, higher production values, better technology... you name it. But can any single product deliver something so special that all MMO players will come across to it? They all offer an evolutionary step on top of what has come before but you can only experience that mind-blowing shattering of your innocence once!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 7, 2012, 21:03 MisterBenn
 
Sounds like it should be nicknamed the Hindengrill  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Global Economic Collapse Apr 6, 2012, 21:56 MisterBenn
 
Off topic a little: did you guys see that the Yogscast have launched a Kickstarter appeal? I just saw it on YT a second ago, I actually thought it was a late April Fool's joke but I think they might actually be serious. It's almost indistinguishable from Minecraft and they go as far as to say "Screw you Notch" in the clip!!!

CLIP

If this is in fact a joke, consider me successfully trolled...
 
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: etc. Apr 5, 2012, 20:35 MisterBenn
 
... and nice to see the porn industry catching a break for once. Those guys have had it hard for a long time!  
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News Comments > Into the Black
6. Re: Into the Black Mar 30, 2012, 21:15 MisterBenn
 
I didn't know who she was, has she done much in the UK? I can confirm that that is a cleavage. Not a fan of that look where the shirt potatoes are pushed up hard and form a top edge though!  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
17. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 30, 2012, 15:42 MisterBenn
 
Krovven wrote on Mar 30, 2012, 13:14:
That doesnt stop Adobe Flash Player from crashing. It just doesnt crash Firefox with it, but it does lock up FF for about 30secs while the plugin crashes, which happens constantly.

This is my exact problem too, it drives me up the wall. I get it every day when using YouTube, particularly when my connection is lagging. Interesting to read that Chrome plays better and has AdBlock... I must give it a try. AdBlock and Sync are the only addons I really care about in my browser.
 
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News Comments > Prince of Persia Source Code Rediscovered
12. Re: Prince of Persia Source Code Rediscovered Mar 30, 2012, 01:04 MisterBenn
 
That's what she said! (My sincere apologies)  
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News Comments > New AMD/ATI Reference Drivers
21. Re: New AMD/ATI Reference Drivers Mar 29, 2012, 00:20 MisterBenn
 
Thanks for replying LittleMe. Yep that's what I meant with the YouTube videos, by restart the vid I meant "seek to the start"

You're right about havign patience, although it's been this way for about a year. Firefox, Flash Player and ATI drivers have all been been through multiple updates and I've stopped holding my breath when one of them is patching these days. What I haven't tried is another browser, I like Firefox, don't want IE and don't like the idea of putting more power in the hands of Google with Chrome...
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
1. Re: Evening Consolidation Mar 28, 2012, 21:05 MisterBenn
 
I just realised I don't have any interest in the next gen of consoles. I owned all the generations of playstation but my PS3 just gathers dust with the exception of family gaming on Rock Band 3. Consoles are also too restrictive and inflexible to operate as a media centre compared to PCs too, so overall I can't imagine I will buy one. I've been primarily a computer user since the Spectrum but I've always had a console too... feels a bit like the end of an era is coming!  
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