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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns in October
19. Re: Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns in October Aug 30, 2015, 02:25 jacobvandy
 
JohnBirshire wrote on Aug 30, 2015, 01:26:
jacobvandy wrote on Aug 29, 2015, 21:42:

So you bought the expansion.... But don't want it?

I didn't think it made any sense to buy the core game only, when they were offering it for free if I bought the expansion. I didn't want to have to turn around and buy the expansion a month after I just bought the core game if I liked it enough to keep playing.

But then they make the core game free to play a day later, defeating the point. If I end up not liking the game, I just threw $50 away. I'll send support a message asking for a refund, see what they say, and stick to the core game for now. If they refuse, I'll reverse the payment, telling my card carrier that they started giving it away for free a day later.

If you buy an item in a store, then it goes on sale the next day, you can return it and get the sale price. They should have offered something similar here, but didn't.


I will grant you that they could have handled this whole thing better than they did, but you misunderstand the intent of the base game being free. It's not GW2 Core + Heart of Thorns as a bundle for $50. The expansion is an upgrade that is replacing the old product that was GW2 Core. For the past couple months, the base GW2 game was virtually discontinued, and the only way for new players to come in was to pre-purchase Heart of Thorns, which includes the core content. They probably got the idea to let people play the base game for free from feedback offered by people in a situation similar to yours.

However, this is no different than the kind of risk you take by paying full price for any game you're just wanting to try out. You pre-order a game, and there's a chance you won't like it, meaning you threw your money away. If you can't afford or can't stand to take that risk, then don't do it. This is nothing like an item going on sale; you paid $50 for Heart of Thorns, and Heart of Thorns remains that price today and will do so for a long while. If you didn't want Heart of Thorns, you shouldn't have bought freakin' Heart of Thorns, lol.

Anyway, good luck getting your refund if that's what you really want. I'd say there's a good chance you'll get it, since the expansion, the thing you paid for, hasn't come out yet. They will no doubt revert your account to 'Free' status, though, if they are able to let you keep it. Just put more thought into how you spend your money next time.
 
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns in October
14. Re: Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns in October Aug 29, 2015, 21:42 jacobvandy
 
JohnBirshire wrote on Aug 29, 2015, 21:08:
Bah!!!

This pisses me off. I paid $50 to preorder so I can start playing the base game, and then 24 hours later I read that it is going FTP. I am half tempted to call my CC and reverse the transaction.

So you bought the expansion.... But don't want it? I don't understand why you would buy something you don't want, and then get upset that you bought something you don't want. There are still places to buy the base game pretty cheaply (GMG has it for $16 at this very moment), and buying it means you won't have the restrictions a free account does.

Or do you not understand that it's only the core game that is free, and that it will still cost $50 to get the expansion content? It clearly states on the store page that you are paying $50 for the expansion, and the core game is included for free.

All they're doing today is removing the requirement of buying the expansion in order to get the core game free.
 
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns in October
10. Re: Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns in October Aug 29, 2015, 17:40 jacobvandy
 
You just described every MMO in existence... Eventually you run out of unique content. If you're not interested in hopping on one of the many treadmills available after that (WvW, PvP, dungeons, fractals, legendaries, collections, etc.), then you beat the game, and it's fair if you want to move on. I just don't think it's a valid criticism against GW2 in particular, or any other one game. It's the nature of the genre. Come back when the expansion hits, no big deal.

However, I do have to call bullshit on your hyperbole. There are some things they add, have been adding here and there for years, that take no small amount of time and effort to acquire. Luminescent armor is one of the most recent examples, or ascended back pieces (Spinal Blades, Mawdrey).

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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns in October
8. Re: Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns in October Aug 29, 2015, 16:40 jacobvandy
 
Already is free, yeah. They say they're giving the finger to WoW and other MMOs that force you to buy the base game along with expansions when you're a new player coming in late: https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/play-for-free-today/

I wouldn't call it F2P, though, because there is none of the associated bullshit. The in-game shop and currency exchange are exactly as they have been for the past three years.
 
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns in October
4. Re: Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns in October Aug 29, 2015, 15:02 jacobvandy
 
ALSO, holy shit, they just announced today that the base game (what they call Core GW2, the game as it exists now) is FREE for everyone!

There are some restrictions on free accounts vs. those that have previously bought the base game, but they're mostly to stop trolls or gold sellers from exploiting them. There have been no changes to the microtransactions and no pay walls have been set up to block off any content, it's all FREE. They're just hoping you get hooked and upgrade your account with Heart of Thorns. That is pretty awesome.
 
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns in October
2. Re: Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns in October Aug 29, 2015, 14:26 jacobvandy
 
Ditto! Though I wish I had more than three weeks to play before Fallout 4 crashes through the wall like Kool-Aid and dominates my life.  
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News Comments > Borderlands Movie Plans
4. Re: Borderlands Movie Plans Aug 28, 2015, 18:52 jacobvandy
 
I could see them doing live action with a lot of CGI to layer the signature art style on top of everything. Then it'd be pretty easy to pull off some of the more bizarre characters and settings. I wonder if they'll have voice talent from the games involved? There's no way they'll change Claptrap, right?  
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News Comments > Evening Previews
3. Re: Evening Previews Aug 27, 2015, 21:47 jacobvandy
 
CJ_Parker wrote on Aug 27, 2015, 20:00:
So they replaced the snow textures from the Hoth map with sand textures and called it a "new and exciting" (of course!) map.

/slowclap

This piece of shit will win so many most disappointing game of the year awards it won't even be funny.

Weird, I must have missed the smoldering frigates and fighters littering the battlefield in the Hoth videos... Oh, and the GIANT FUCKING STAR DESTROYER towering over everything.
 
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News Comments > Rocket League OS X and SteamOS Plans
5. Re: Rocket League OS X and SteamOS Plans Aug 27, 2015, 21:40 jacobvandy
 
They also announced they've sold 1 million copies on Steam so far. Way more impressive than the previous 5 million downloads total.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
29. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 26, 2015, 18:18 jacobvandy
 
The live TV broadcast is nothing, you can still find the video the shooter tweeted out, explicitly showing it all, even though they disabled his account shortly thereafter... Some messed up shit.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 26, 2015, 15:43 jacobvandy
 
Kxmode wrote on Aug 26, 2015, 14:51:
Mad Max's release date...

On Steam, where I preordered, it is August 31, 2015
On IGN's strategy guide September 4, 2015
On Wikipedia September 1, 2015

So confused. Can someone help me understand which date is correct?

Steam midnight release, baby! 9PM pacific time Monday evening, some games even do 6PM pacific, I guess so east coasters get a little more early time in.
 
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News Comments > Dying Light Demo
6. Re: Dying Light Demo Aug 26, 2015, 14:49 jacobvandy
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Aug 26, 2015, 13:39:
Overall Dying Light >> Dead Island, but I do miss being able to craft guns ala Dead Island's Electric/Fire Pistols, etc.

Unless my game is bugged, I find rare and legendary guns every so often, but they are all the same stats (not counting 2 Unique pistols) as the rest of the blue guns.

Missed opportunity, Techland!

In the stream footage posted here yesterday, they showed an SMG that will be in The Following and hinted there would be even more types of guns. With more schematics on the way, too, I'm hoping that at least some of them will be able to enhance ranged weapons. If only because there are going to be so many of them, from the pistols and shotguns and rifles to bow and crossbow to SMG and whatever else they're adding soon.
 
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News Comments > Dying Light Demo
2. Re: Dying Light Demo Aug 26, 2015, 13:01 jacobvandy
 
If it's really an open demo for that chunk of the map that lets you explore freely in co-op, fuck yeah it's awesome!

I tried to install it and see exactly how it goes, since I have a bunch of friends who missed out on this game and would love to be able to show it off to them, but Steam doesn't let me, probably because I own the full game. So now I'm wondering whether I'd be able to play with people on the demo....
 
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News Comments > Dying Light: The Following Trailer
3. Re: Dying Light: The Following Trailer Aug 26, 2015, 02:06 jacobvandy
 
Rigs wrote on Aug 26, 2015, 00:32:
Hey, I'm still trying to finish the original! No really, I'm like 25% in. I just started about four days ago...yeah, yeah, I had a back log, ok?

EDIT: Oh! And, btw, for those that were so sure I didn't know how to configure my system (ahem...HARLOCK!) and this was the reason I was getting shitty fps? Well, I updated last night to the 1.5.0 patch, finally, and it's smooth as *(^$# butter! I knew it wasn't my system! This is exactly the same thing that happened with GTA5 when I first got it. It ran like ASS. to the point of being unplayable but after two patches...runs smooth as silk. So, again, I say, texture streaming issues are the game's fault! Yeah, I have a crappy 1gb 7850 but it still holds it's own...

=-Rigs-=

It's not a coincidence, those are two of the high-profile games of recent memory that have masqueraded "performance optimizations" as flat-out reducing the game's visual quality. Now you'd have to tweak the .ini to get the settings as high as they used to be able to be set in-game when they launched. Apparently there are too many people out there who crank the settings to max, aren't happy with the performance, and then start ranting and raving all over the internet about the game being a buggy, unoptimized piece of crap rather than consider that their computer just might not be good enough to run the game at the highest settings...

What I fear might be happening is that developers are learning to err on the side of caution, reduce the range of graphical options to where it's more likely to perform acceptably, basically treat gamers with kid gloves and turn a PC game into more of a CONSOLE experience. All to avoid the bad publicity stemming from self-entitled little pricks who can't fathom that they might have to run a game on medium or high settings rather than ultra.

Not that you're one of them, Rigs, I'm just saying that that is why you've seen such performance boosts from patches. These changes are not documented clearly in patch notes, it's taken third parties like NVIDIA to do comparison tests when they put together tweak guides to find out that draw distance, shadow/texture/lighting quality, or whatever else had been neutered.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Patched
8. Re: Diablo III Patched Aug 25, 2015, 21:33 jacobvandy
 
Re: needing Cube materials in your inventory (since quoting isn't working for me...)

They obviously made a conscious choice to go with the Diablo 2 style crafting grid as opposed to the "click a button to do it for you" way that everything else works. I don't know if they'll backtrack on something so pointedly old-school, an effort to blatantly pander to series veterans that do nothing but bitch about how the older games are better.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Patched
1. Re: Diablo III Patched Aug 25, 2015, 18:36 jacobvandy
 
Epic patch, been playing it for a few hours.  
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity: The White March: Part I Released
21. Re: Pillars of Eternity: The White March: Part I Released Aug 25, 2015, 15:12 jacobvandy
 
Yeah, I was about to say, I got the backer update email just a little while ago. Rotfl  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
6. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Aug 25, 2015, 01:39 jacobvandy
 
Krodge wrote on Aug 24, 2015, 23:05:
Julio wrote on Aug 24, 2015, 18:47:
As for member suicides, maybe they shouldn't have been cheating in the first place.

You dont know the details of these peoples lives or why they did what they did (something thats not even illegal mind you). They could have been in bad or abusive relationships, In a situation where they were unable to get a divorce, They could have been gay and in the closet unwilling or unable to come out. Not every case is as black and white as you seem to think and in no case should any of these people have been exposed and pushed to suicide.

It seems hypocritical to me that everyone was so outraged at the NSA logging meta data but no complaints when a criminal hacker group exposes peoples private sex lives, resulting in some of their deaths.

I agree with Julio, the details are irrelevant. If you are so wracked with guilt or fearful that someone else would find out, whatever it is that you did, that not being able to keep it a secret would push you over that cliff, you shouldn't have done it in the first place. Period.

Sorry if that hits close to home for you, but it's the cold, hard truth. When you make a decision, you have to consider the consequences. Chances are you would have been found out eventually, even without your have-an-affair website being hacked.

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News Comments > Into the Black
1. Re: Into the Black Aug 24, 2015, 18:07 jacobvandy
 
Didn't bother me when I watched it. *shrug*  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 24, 2015, 14:50 jacobvandy
 
These buttons are pretty useless until they have their drone army ready to deliver packages within an hour.  
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