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Real Name Brian Merzak   
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Signed On Sep 23, 2013, 19:45
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News Comments > Civilization: Beyond Earth Free Weekend
8. Re: Civilization: Beyond Earth Free Weekend Aug 13, 2015, 20:23 Rossini
 
Brumbek wrote on Aug 13, 2015, 19:00:
Total-Khaos wrote on Aug 13, 2015, 18:10:
Am I the only one who felt that this game was just a re-skin of Civ 5? I wasn't very impressed at all and was hoping for more I guess.
Everyone (except the blindly delusional) feels this way. Beyond Earth is a half-hearted re-skin mod of Civ 5. Very sad. I highly recommend no one buy it!

In fact, I prefer to never speak of it. It is better if we pretend the game doesn't exist. I know they want to sell us the expansion that is going to "save" the game...but it won't. It can't fix the heartless, soulless base-game.

(I'm now going to go to my happy place, which is of course cottage spamming in Civ IV, watching all that money roll in!)

I've got an embarrassingly large amount of time in Civ V and I agree this is a kind of a re-skin. Except they seem to have forgotten the fun. For me it is a dreary snoozefest.

However, I would recommend to anyone that's on the fence try the free weekend. Maybe you'll like it, but you also might save yourself 5 or 10 bucks from a future impulse buy.
 
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News Comments > Civilization: Beyond Earth - Rising Tide Videos
1. Re: Civilization: Beyond Earth - Rising Tide Videos Jul 24, 2015, 01:24 Rossini
 
If a tree falls in a forest...  
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News Comments > The Witcher 3 Patch & Free DLC
20. Re: The Witcher 3 Patch & Free DLC Jul 19, 2015, 17:23 Rossini
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 19, 2015, 14:40:
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Jul 19, 2015, 10:32:
Sounds great... by the time I finish up the first two games and get around to buying this, it should be well patched and deeply discounted.

Mwahahaha! *rubs hands together*

And if you die before then you'll have missed out on one of the best games ever made so far. If there ever was a game worth full price this is it. So don't be cheap and don't miss out.

It sounds like the studio really are keeping things moving. But, I've barely got the hero past the arena bit in Witcher 2 before getting really bored, is Witcher 3 any better?
 
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
8. Re: Evening Mobilization Jul 15, 2015, 21:57 Rossini
 
Wait a sec. There's porn on the internet?
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online DLC Next Month
3. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online DLC Next Month Jul 15, 2015, 21:53 Rossini
 
What the what? I could've sworn I wasted Molag Bal over a year ago.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
1. Re: Into the Black Jul 10, 2015, 19:25 Rossini
 
Thanks Cutter? Cutter! What did you do to Dr. Zhivago?

R.I.P. Omar.

 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse Jun 20, 2015, 01:35 Rossini
 
Whip cream? Check.
Chocolate Sauce? Check.
Ketchup? Yech!!!!!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 17, 2015, 11:42 Rossini
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 17, 2015, 10:14:
I can never think of Ch-town without thinking of WKRP's Les Nessman, Chi Chi Rodriguez

I can never think of WKRP without thinking of "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."
 
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News Comments > Heroes of the Storm Open Beta
1. Re: Heroes of the Storm Open Beta May 20, 2015, 01:55 Rossini
 
Does anyone know how big the download is for this game?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue May 17, 2015, 22:50 Rossini
 
PHJF wrote on May 17, 2015, 19:32:
Pitch Perfect 2 grossed $25M more than Mad Max.

I don't want to live on this planet anymore.

With an R rating, Mad Max has a smaller potential audience.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
21. Re: Out of the Blue May 15, 2015, 20:21 Rossini
 
HorrorScope wrote on May 15, 2015, 18:25:
We just jumped the shark at the Horrorscope family. Dogs barks, doorbell rings, ask kid, "got someone coming over?", "yeah Alan". Dogs still barking, kid still just sitting there no inkling to go get friend at the door. "Are you going to go get him?". "Oh, I just texted him to come in". 5 seconds later "Comes in."

I've never in my life felt older than I do after reading this.
 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Powerplay Update Next Month
29. Re: Elite: Dangerous Powerplay Update Next Month Apr 24, 2015, 17:39 Rossini
 
Linthat22 wrote on Apr 24, 2015, 15:36:
I just hope Star Citizen doesn't follow the footsteps of ED in needing a HOTAS.

As earlier posters have noted, ED plays fine with M/KB and other controllers and doesn't need a HOTAS. Although I do find the cheap ($50US) Thrustmaster HOTAS X helps a lot with the fantasy, er immersion, of flying a starship. The only downside is the extra controller clutter.
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Dropping Subscriptions in March
11. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Dropping Subscriptions in March Jan 21, 2015, 13:45 Rossini
 
NKD wrote on Jan 21, 2015, 13:33:
Odd choice going buy-to-play this long after launch. I was expecting a F2P model. The initial box sale rush is long gone, so buy-to-play keeps a barrier to entry that will limit their microtransaction sales without getting them much in return.
I guess they are keeping the B2P model, at least for now, on PC's because the console launch is in June. Sales of the console versions should give them a nice bump.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
1. Re: Into the Black Jan 19, 2015, 18:29 Rossini
 
503 hours for me. Does that mean starting games from scratch or do they check achievements?  
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
2. Re: Evening Safety Dance Jan 10, 2015, 00:55 Rossini
 
Cutter wrote on Jan 9, 2015, 18:41:
I don't store passwords for any important stuff like banking, etc. But sites like this for just commenting on stuff isn't a big deal. the only thing I never store anywhere is CC info.

You don't need to worry about storing your CC info. Places like Target and Home Depot are happy to do it for you.
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Destocking Fuels F2P Theories
24. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Destocking Fuels F2P Theories Jan 10, 2015, 00:50 Rossini
 
Oh well. ESO was fun for a few months, the main story was pretty good, but ultimately I just got bored halfway through the second factions content. Even if it becomes F2P, I can't see heading back into it.

Maybe the jazz was/is learning a new game-play system and being the miracle kid from out of nowhere. But once that wears off, you're just another MMO foot soldier doing the same crap over and over again. It's kinda sad that we've become inured to these feats of world building that would have blown our minds back when Doom first launched.
 
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General Discussion > Elite: Dangerous Thread
2. Re: Elite: Dangerous Thread Jan 6, 2015, 10:53 Rossini
 
Great idea Blue. For those that are looking for a few links....

There is Elite on Reddit there are some sub-reddits most notably Elite Traders

Thrudd's tool is used by a fair number of people to find trade routes. I use Elite Rare Trader a lot to plan rare trade routes. Rare trading is a lot of fun and let's you get out to see the galaxy a bit. BTW, if you do venture out, be sure have the best Discovery Scanner you can afford since you can sell the scanned information at starports for some extra credits. Also, you can stack the discovery scanner with a Detailed Surface scanner that will give extra information (and therefore extra credits.

This Ship Configurator is fairly new but can give new players an idea on parts costs as they upgrade. Be sure to pay special attention to the standard insurance once you start buying more expensive ships and/or modules.

Lastly, E:D Wikia is a good general resource.

One other note, the price of HOTAS controllers has gotten to be all over the place lately. Probably due to the demand from people playing E:D. Be sure shop carefully, the Thrustmaster Hotas X I picked up back in November for $50US is appearing in a lot of places for $100US. From reading reddit, the same thing seems to be happening with the more expensive HOTAS's.


 
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News Comments > Elite: Dangerous Server Issues Follow-up
20. Re: Elite: Dangerous Server Issues Follow-up Jan 5, 2015, 17:56 Rossini
 
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Jan 5, 2015, 12:57:
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 5, 2015, 12:52:
I only started four days ago, but getting over that beginning hump is a bit of a challenge. I have made about 300k (in probably 25-30 hours of play), half of which has gone into upgrades of the Sidewinder, but it seems like an upgrade to another ship is still a long ways away.

Once I figured out the rare item trade routes I was making almost that in one run. You may want to look into a bit of trading rares. You will need a Hauler with 20 tons of capacity (which means no shields).

Edit: actually, now that I think of it, I was making over 300k. Rares go for around 15k-17k each, times 20 tons of cargo capacity. It took me only 2 runs to get into a Cobra with some nice upgrades.
Trading rares is a fun way to get out and see a bit of the galaxy. This tool is great for planning rare trade routes.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: Evening Metaverse Dec 31, 2014, 18:39 Rossini
 
Dacron wrote on Dec 31, 2014, 18:07:
At $8/$10 month why wouldn't you buy an $80 modem? Or is that not an option?

What's the first thing Comcast is going to blame when you call tech support? However, with fees at $8 to $10 per month, it may be worth buying two modems and keeping one as a spare to swap out in the event of trouble.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Dec 31, 2014, 11:55 Rossini
 
My experience with TWC for internet has been mostly positive. They're always pleasant on the phone and they recently came out very fast to fix a problem with the cable line.

My only real beef is the introduction and now recent hike of the 'modem' fee to $8/mo.
 
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