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Signed On Mar 1, 2011, 00:49
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News Comments > Reloaded Games Acquires Hawken
3. Re: Reloaded Games Acquires Hawken Mar 16, 2015, 12:49 jacobvandy
 
There's not much to learn about Hawken, except maybe that it has very little in common with something more strategy and cooperation oriented as MWO. It's a fast-paced action game, the mechs are barely passable as classes in a shooter. I never felt any reason to grind or pay for anything other than the one you start out with, as skill has way more to do with success than anything else. You don't play *as* a team so much as just play *on* a team. Whoever has the guy with a 10:1 KDR carrying them will win.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10 [Updated]
13. Re: Steam Top 10 [Updated] Mar 8, 2015, 21:42 jacobvandy
 
Yeah, there's always someone with access to it early. See it a lot more with indie games, where they're much more generous with pre-release copies.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10 [Updated]
6. Re: Steam Top 10 Mar 8, 2015, 13:33 jacobvandy
 
It's not at the top again, I don't know what happened here... The list should be:

01. Dragon Ball
02. GTA V
03. CS:GO
04. Cities: Skylines
05. H1Z1
06. Five Nights at Freddy's 3
07. Homeworld Remastered
08. Civ V Complete
09. Besiege
10. Payday 2

Something's up with the XML, but it is still clearly a totally different list than Blue posted.

http://store.steampowered.com/feeds/weeklytopsellers.xml
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Launch Postmortem
37. Re: Diablo III Launch Postmortem Mar 6, 2015, 15:34 jacobvandy
 
Oops, lost the link I was previously trying to post somewhere along the way: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/rankings/era/2/rift-barbarian  
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News Comments > Diablo III Launch Postmortem
24. Re: Diablo III Launch Postmortem Mar 6, 2015, 13:11 jacobvandy
 
Darks wrote on Mar 6, 2015, 11:12:
Sorry, but you are full of shit. The Barb is horrible. The only classes anyone will play with are Monks, DH and WD's and Crusaders all other classes are considered worthless to the higher tier players. And monk's barley fall into that category, they are only useful as Palm Monks.

Sorry, buttercup, the facts don't lie:

Barbarian can do up to GR 50 just like all the other classes. Just because you fraternize with elitist min-maxing metagame assholes is no proof of a class being bad. Half DPS and half zDPS tank/control groups are popular because it allows a lot of people to participate in higher tiers than they'd otherwise be able to. There's less skill and quality gear required.

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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Demos Coming
8. Re: Guild Wars 2 Demos Coming Mar 5, 2015, 20:41 jacobvandy
 
loomy wrote on Mar 5, 2015, 19:03:
this looks like a misinterpretation to me blue. they're just talking about showing the game at the show, like every other game at the show

This. They're letting people play the expansion at PAX, that's it.
 
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News Comments > Dying Light DLC & Hard Mode Next Week
7. Re: Dying Light DLC & Hard Mode Next Week Mar 4, 2015, 22:21 jacobvandy
 
Acleacius wrote on Mar 4, 2015, 13:40:
There are already hard mode mods, Techland didn't need to do it too. It would have been a much better to add more content and the ability to skip the main quest (which sucks for the most part) or release the damn editor tools.

Hopefully Techland can do hard mode a lot better than random guy on the internet cranking up zombie speed and aggro range can...
 
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News Comments > Diablo III CDR Changes to End Perma-Immunity
14. Re: Diablo III CDR Changes to End Perma-Immunity Mar 4, 2015, 17:49 jacobvandy
 
The impetus for this is not even the previous methods of attaining permanent invulnerability (they've always nerfed those individually). It's because upcoming new items and sets will offer the ability to reduce cooldown timers with every blow. The Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac is getting a legendary power that takes one second off the cooldown of a random ability every time you spend resource, which is insanely useful for lots of builds. But the side effect has been it allows invulns to be used often enough to be game-breaking. So they're addressing all of them at once in a way that allows such legendary powers to still exist.  
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News Comments > Diablo III CDR Changes to End Perma-Immunity
3. Re: Diablo III CDR Changes to End Perma-Immunity Mar 4, 2015, 13:17 jacobvandy
 
Darks wrote on Mar 4, 2015, 12:07:
So, in other-words they want to cripple the game even more by adding higher end cool-downs that will evidently cause players to die more often. I can just hear my brother now bitching about this one.

If it is just those skills that offer complete invulnerability, I don't see any issue with this. It's not like they're applying it to Akarat's Champion, and completely fucking over the majority of Crusader builds.
 
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News Comments > Steam Link Announced
7. Re: Steam Link Announced Mar 3, 2015, 21:57 jacobvandy
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 3, 2015, 20:13:
So will/can/how do controllers work with the streaming content?

How can the controllers linked to the computer upstairs communicate with the TV downstairs?

They're selling their controller to go with it, so obviously they do work. I'm pretty sure the controller is not linked to the computer upstairs, it's connected to the device that is receiving the stream at your TV. So yeah, latency added.
 
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News Comments > Pay for WoW Game Time with Game Gold
14. Re: Pay for WoW Game Time with Game Gold Mar 2, 2015, 18:02 jacobvandy
 
NKD wrote on Mar 2, 2015, 17:40:
Some people haven't read the details so let me put a clarification:

Unlike the approach used in other games, Blizzard sets the price for these things according to their FAQ. There will be no free market with regards to how much gold you can get for one of these.

So, interestingly, it's not even synchronous. You could pay more gold than the other person receives, or the other way round.

Right, that's the Gem exchange on GW2. They say it's based on supply and demand, but who knows.

Talutha wrote on Mar 2, 2015, 15:50:
I don't think this is a step towards F2P at all. If anything, I think this takes them further away from that fact. They're not receiving any less money from this, every token that goes on the AH is paid for with real money. You say the hardcores are paying more to subsidize the free-loaders? It is the exact opposite of that. Only the hardcore people are going to have the gold to pay for these on the AH. This merely distributes the wealth more evenly amongst the population.

Then I should clarify. You can be a hardcore player and not pay anything; I meant the whales, who are so into the game and loose with their wallet that they're just looking for extra junk to buy because they have all the mounts and whatever else is on sale in the Blizzard store. Every purchase enables someone else to not have to pay a month's subscription. There will people who pay now that will stop paying (real money, to Blizzard), and there will even be some people who didn't want to pay a sub return or start playing because of this. I don't see how those facts are even up for debate. It's a F2P strategy infusion. I never commented on whether they'd gain or lose money, but it's obvious they are hoping to be making more by doing this, otherwise why bother?
 
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News Comments > Pay for WoW Game Time with Game Gold
5. Re: Pay for WoW Game Time with Game Gold Mar 2, 2015, 15:29 jacobvandy
 
MindStalker3 wrote on Mar 2, 2015, 15:20:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Mar 2, 2015, 15:07:
A never ending treadmill, where people play the game to pay to play the game! What could possibly go wrong?

EVE Online works on this principal. The currency in the game is monthly play credits. That said, I agree it silly. But it seems to work in that game. I can imagine it would work in others.

PLEX is not the only currency in EVE, it's the equivalent of a free-to-play premium currency that is available on top of the credits (called ISK) you earn freely by simply playing. Also, IIRC, they're actual in-game items that you carry around like commodities, not stored in your magical account bank like currency in most games. So people have been known to fight over the stuff, have it stolen when being transported and whatnot, heh.

Guild Wars 2 does the same thing with Gems, except they don't have a sub fee, so instead those purchase unique skins, boosters, or other account upgrades (storage space, character slots, etc.). What they all have in common, including this new WoW token, is that they only exist because somebody paid cash for them. So they get to buy gold for real money, and others who don't want to pay but would be willing to work for free sub time can do that.

Ultimately it's another step in the direction of WoW going F2P. They're acknowledging there is a lessened willingness for people to pay $15 a month, so they let the hardcores pay more to subsidize the free-loaders and keep their player count up.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
31. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 27, 2015, 13:53 jacobvandy
 
Here's a thought:

Who gives a flying fuck? What is wrong with you people?!
 
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News Comments > FCC Reinstates Net Neutrality; Unfetters Local Broadband
16. Re: FCC Reinstates Net Neutrality; Unfetters Local Broadband Feb 26, 2015, 19:23 jacobvandy
 
Rattlehead wrote on Feb 26, 2015, 18:42:
The last people I want behind the internet is the god damn FFC and government. Now we can expect taxes, regulations, censorship and everything else horrible associated with the government.

Call me cynical, but I don't see anything good from this.

No kidding. How fucking ironic is it for the FCC to defend themselves on this, making the comparison to the First Amendment? Lmao.

Also, a hint for those of you scoring at home: Being "overjoyed" at this news, like it's some kind of major victory for the common man, is exactly what they want you to be. They want you to feel contented, confident that things are being handled the way you think they should be, so that you stop paying attention to it and they can carry on fucking you over behind the scenes. Smoke and mirrors.

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News Comments > New Guild Wars 2 Cameras to Include First-Person
18. Re: New Guild Wars 2 Cameras to Include First-Person Feb 26, 2015, 16:21 jacobvandy
 
To be fair, Orr is explicitly designed and portrayed as a WAR ZONE, the front lines where the Pact is constantly butting heads with the Risen hordes. You should know what you're getting into when you go there. I like that some areas are (were? I haven't been there much lately) not just passive monster zoos where you can go hang around and safely AFK until you're ready to go fight something by yourself. Camps being contested, waypoints being disabled, vendors retreating to safety, are all cool, dynamic things that make a game feel more alive. There are few enough places like that as it is, where you may not be able to Rambo through stuff on your own... If you don't like it, fine, just stay away.

I was only periodically logging in to unlock the living story episodes during season two, but recently I discovered the Silverwastes and how fucking awesome it is. If you don't like Orr, you definitely won't like it, but it's kind of like World vs World but with AI opponents. You're retaking forts and constantly defending them, defending supply caravans, and it culminates in a huge raid boss fight that splits the map population into three groups that have to work together to succeed. That's the kind of stuff MMOs need more of, not maps full of mobs just standing around until someone comes along to kill them.
 
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News Comments > Morning Patches
3. Re: Morning Patches Feb 26, 2015, 16:06 jacobvandy
 
Lol, it still estimates my wait will be 3+ hours, I've been in queue since my last post. Oh, well!  
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News Comments > Morning Patches
1. Re: Morning Patches Feb 26, 2015, 14:10 jacobvandy
 
Some really cool changes on the D3 PTR right now... Too bad the queue to get in is 2-3 hours.  
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News Comments > $386K Dying Light My Apocalypse Edition
11. Re: $386K Dying Light My Apocalypse Edition Feb 25, 2015, 02:41 jacobvandy
 
You ought to get Survivor XP for picking locks... I wonder if there's a mod for that yet.  
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News Comments > GTA5 PC Delay
4. Re: GTA5 PC Delay Feb 24, 2015, 11:44 jacobvandy
 
Well, everyone who's complained about GTA IV being a bad port has apparently gotten what they wanted. Rockstar seems almost gun-shy.  
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News Comments > NVIDIA GTX 970 Lawsuit
39. Re: NVIDIA GTX 970 Lawsuit Feb 23, 2015, 14:10 jacobvandy
 
When this first broke, I was running Diablo 3, Guild Wars 2, AND Far Cry 4 all at once in windowed fullscreen, swapping between them and watching the VRAM usage. It wasn't until I also launched Dragon Age: Inquisition that it finally went past 3.5 gigs to max out at 4. We now know it was reluctant to do so because of that driver trick, but still. It wasn't as if my computer suddenly exploded in a shower of glitches and artifacts, it was just chugging along (10-20 fps in the newer, more demanding games) because I was running four fucking games simultaneously. Even forcing DA:I to render at 4k resolution on the highest settings didn't push past 3.5 gigs on its own.  
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