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Signed On Jul 17, 2000, 22:20
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News Comments > World of Warcraft PTR Updated - Microtransactions Confirmed
10. Re: World of Warcraft PTR Updated - Microtransactions Confirmed Jul 9, 2013, 12:28 PropheT
 
Dagnamit wrote on Jul 9, 2013, 12:11:
Why would Blizzard go to a F2P model when subs are still pulling in $100 million+ per month?

They aren't and they never have been, although people throw that out there really often. The majority of their players aren't in a market that pays $15 a month to play; NA+EU numbers are more like around 3-3.5 million and have been dropping. The majority of active accounts in the game are in Asia and aren't paying a $15 a month fee to play the game.

They'd go free to play because they're bleeding subscribers this year, projected that they would continue to do so in their last earnings statement. F2P, like it or not, would revitalize the game with new players.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
7. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jul 7, 2013, 16:09 PropheT
 
Prez wrote on Jul 7, 2013, 15:36:
I was confused by this arfticle. Amazon is the best thing to happen to books since the printing press. Publishers can fuck off and die; they are longer needed, and they've never been wanted.

That pretty much covers it.

Publishers have often been an obstacle to getting work published rather than a facilitator, especially in the age of target demographics and megamarketing. Their going away isn't just good for authors but it's good for readers, too, in that we get stories in their intended form rather than a great premise watered down to move more units.

The downside is that you have to weed through the crap to find the gems, but that's a small price to pay in my opinion.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: The U.S. is Creating a Massive New Cable Broadband Monopoly. Jul 5, 2013, 22:53 PropheT
 
LittleMe wrote on Jul 5, 2013, 22:02:
One user comment made me lol, complaining that regulation was needed. He/she is forgetting that regulation is exactly what got us into this mess. The duopoly IS market regulation.

That sort of glosses over the issue a bit I think. The reason the companies are changing like this is because government subsidies of the landlines are going away by 2020 under the funding from the USF and instead the subsidies are going toward mobiles. There's a small amount, relatively, going toward wireless broadband, but it's only applicable in areas where providers refuse to cover otherwise.

It's not as if deregulation is going to fix this rather than make it worse. Some of these programs are the only reason non-urban areas even have internet access in the first place; the problem is that there's no regulation protecting the consumers in those areas from the companies that own the lines that we paid to build for them. We build the infrastructure in many cases, they charge us to use it, and make money from the government and from renting out those lines to anyone crazy enough to sell us actual services so the prices rise even more while quality suffers.

Hell, outside of urban areas there isn't and hasn't been competition for as long as broadband has existed. DSL has been a bundled service as long as it has been in the town where I live, and in a city of about 2000 people not too far from here the only broadband access available is the shitty access the phone company has, because it's owned by the city and they won't allow any competition to even start there. I'm lucky to have the 30mbps service I have here...for $20 a month more than the same service would cost me in the nearest large city, and even though that's 100,000+ people they barely have any more competition than I have here in a town of 2400. It's just a different pair of companies.

tl;dr: Sad truth is that companies aren't going to do right by consumers in a lot of areas unless they're made to.
 
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News Comments > WoW Plans Microtransaction-fuelled XP Boosts?
20. Re: WoW Plans Microtransaction-fuelled XP Boosts? Jul 5, 2013, 17:49 PropheT
 
Trevellian wrote on Jul 5, 2013, 15:12:
But on the TBC issue he is correct. The way raids worked in TBC was the way it should have been done. Complete 1 raid to get attuned for the next raid. It's called progression. It wasn't tedious.

Whereas where they went after that was the "Invite everyone and his brother who has never played the game to the highest raid currently in game" as well as "Queueing for dummies"

My glasses are not rose colored. I quit the game after it was obvious they were making it a casual experience.

There is literally zero point in devoting the resources gained from everyone's monthly fee to content that only 5-10% of the people playing will ever use.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
17. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 5, 2013, 12:28 PropheT
 
Creston wrote on Jul 5, 2013, 11:19:
Anyway, don't listen to him, it's a fucking GREAT game.

I actually thought he was overly nice to it. It's disappointing that The Last of Us is what passes for a great game right now, as it doesn't do a single thing that it does better than other games that did that function before it. Deus Ex had better stealth. And shooting. And a better story, actually. And some choice on how to go about it and whether you actually did want to stealth or shoot, which I appreciated. Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite actually worked as a companion that followed you everywhere; it's not a stealth game at all, but if you're working your way through an area she can be spotted by enemies. In the actual stealth game, though, Ellie can be derping along and walk directly into an enemy and he'll just say "excuse me" and walk around her after she moves.

All of that is just sort of nitpicking, though, because the main point is that the game just isn't any fun and 90% of the ginormous love-fest reviews that it got sound like they were written by Naughty Dog's marketing department.
 
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News Comments > Independence Day Consolidation
24. Re: Independence Day Consolidation Jul 4, 2013, 15:11 PropheT
 
Tom wrote on Jul 4, 2013, 12:06:
Ok, I RTFA AND the source it links to and I'm having a tough time understanding how "[Xbox One] is going to have advertising in mind" (what they actually said) equals "Xbox One is built for advertising" (what you said they said).

Seriously, I hate the XBONE as much as anyone (never owned an MS console and hope I never will) but I would suggest that folks stop putting words in their mouth. It just makes you look hysterical and reflects poorly on the Internet community. Not that we have much to lose there...

Are you being serious? The headline is word for word the title above the article that you said you read. Seriously, click the link...it's in big letters at the top of the page.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition
6. Re: Ships Ahoy - Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition Jul 3, 2013, 23:13 PropheT
 
ItBurn wrote on Jul 3, 2013, 20:14:
I'm buying this the instant there's one positive critic review.

I'm not a particularly big MK fan, but I agree with SirKnight. It's pretty good. Assuming the port is well done, it's an easy game to recommend if you haven't played it yet.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
42. Re: Morning Consolidation Jul 2, 2013, 17:14 PropheT
 
jdreyer wrote on Jul 2, 2013, 14:13:
Right, you don't need the most powerful hardware to be successful, just look at the Wii. That's the least of MS's problems right now.

The problem there is that the Wii stopped selling years before their more powerful competitors did, never sold as much software in the first place to match the system sales, and the Wii U has already come out for their next generation and hasn't exactly torn up the sales charts. If anything, the Wii is a good example of being able to sell a system based on a popular gimmick but that you need the more powerful hardware in order to drive software sales through an extended console generation.

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
12. Re: Op Ed Jul 1, 2013, 12:14 PropheT
 
MUGWUMP wrote on Jul 1, 2013, 09:51:
Didn't read the story, but the title reminded me of my first experience with EverQuest compared to Wow etc.

I remember the first time I made the journey from Qeynos to Freeport. That was one of those gaming experiences I'll never forget. Fast forward a couple years and I remember losing a corpse in Plane of Fear for over a week. I was freaking out. Heh. Good times.

I usually think of the same thing whenever this subject comes up. Finding your way through the woods between Misty Thicket and the Commonlands in the dark was harrowing, and then once you passed the thicket you had to go through the gorge where you could crest a rise right into the face of what looked like a beholder...

I'm not sure if that's really difficulty, though, as much as that so many MMO's these days don't have any sense of exploration to them. There are no vast runs across varied areas; instead, there's tightly packed petting zoos full of level-appropriate quest creatures for you to fill bars with, and each one shuttles you to the next when finished so that you can stay on the guided walkway.

The magic of EQ wasn't that it was difficult or even that you could lose your corpse (which I hated, actually), but that you really could just start walking and find something new. It wasn't separated into specific compartments for you so that you always knew which one your level fit into, and even when you did find things that were your level there was almost always other places you could go anyway.

They had atmosphere. These days the idea of putting a level 50 griffon in a zone where level 10 people do things is insane, but I'm willing to bet that most of the people who played EQ still remember the one that flew around the commonlands near Freeport and the reactions of the people who were in the zone with them when it was around.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
8. Re: Evening Consolidation Jun 28, 2013, 23:20 PropheT
 
wtf_man wrote on Jun 28, 2013, 20:26:
Bottom line... PS4 has way more potential for better visuals... unfortunately we'll probably only see them in the exclusives, since the multi-platform titles will go for the lowest common denominator.

Maybe. I think the biggest factor is that if the new generation of consoles is anything like the current one it's not necessarily the exclusives that sell the system but which system plays the 3rd party games the best. The more that continues to be true the less reason there is for buying multiple consoles, too, which I'll be curious to see if that proves to be as true as I expect in this next generation.

Nintendo doesn't have them, and look at the Wii U sales. Older console generations were more focused on exclusive games than the 360 and PS3 are. A lot of the games that were better on 360 this generation were the ones that worked better on the 360; programming for it easier and made games perform better, online was better so shooters were more popular, etc...

Except those advantages are gone with the next generation. Sony is requiring Plus for multiplayer in order to offer the same thing that drew people to the 360 for those games in the current generation. The hardware architecture is the same, so there's no programming differences that will significantly have an effect on the games; so that leaves the hardware specs, and if it means that the 3rd party games are better on PS4 that's what will matter. PC gamers know pretty well that even games designed for the lowest common denominator, which are most of what we get from the major publishers these days, still have more favorable versions on better hardware.

The only way hardware specs are meaningless is if you say it's because games decide the war, which is true, but those games are better on whatever runs them the best.
 
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News Comments > Steam Trading Cards Launch
20. Re: Steam Trading Cards Launch Jun 26, 2013, 19:40 PropheT
 
Closed Betas wrote on Jun 26, 2013, 18:25:
they are starting to lose customers in droves, im one who has left. So to help slow down the exit lane, they try and lock you in to shopping here, with this bs collecting crap.... its pretty sad....

Yeah, you can tell just by looking at the sales data that they don't release.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Re: Into the Black Jun 25, 2013, 22:53 PropheT
 
I think it's odd that they ask if Bettman should get booed.

1) The answer is clearly yes and
2) He gets booed at every game he goes to. I've personally seen him booed twice before, and I think one of those was even a pre-season game.
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Ride to Hell: Retribution
3. Re: Ships Ahoy - Ride to Hell: Retribution Jun 25, 2013, 22:46 PropheT
 
It's nice to see that Jack Black's character from Brutal Legend and Kris Kristofferson are still getting acting work.  
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News Comments > WoW Security Warning
9. Re: WoW Security Warning Jun 25, 2013, 16:38 PropheT
 
m00t wrote on Jun 25, 2013, 12:42:
What I don't know for sure is if the cookie is tied to a specific machine, made non-transferable by some technical method. (overcome if you use a custom login program because you just lie, but prevents it from being copied and used with the normal launcher)

My understanding is that it keeps an encrypted cookie (if that's the right term here I guess) locally stored to the machine, but the system still requires IP range verification in order to region lock the account. Even with the cookie stored locally the account still requires authentication if you move outside of the network range where you originally set the check file, so if you live in NY and someone tries to access your account from Oregon, for example, it doesn't matter if that cookie is there or not; it forces authentication for the account to confirm ownership.

Blizzard still denies that people with authenticators are getting accounts compromised, and just by the way the tool works it's hard to see how they're wrong. The only way I can see it not being secure is if you use the mobile auth on a jailbroken/non-rooted phone.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
11. Re: Evening Consolidation Jun 24, 2013, 23:29 PropheT
 
RaZ0r! wrote on Jun 24, 2013, 20:39:
Sony: Most gamers "don't want to buy online right now."

They don't?? Hmm I wonder what the stats are for games sold on Steam per year vs retail console games? Maybe they don't I dunno.

Jim Sterling explains the difference between DD on consoles and PC.

It's kind of an annoying video, but it's accurate. There's a big difference between digital distribution on consoles and the PC.
 
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News Comments > Company of Heroes 2 Global Launch Begins
15. Re: Company of Heroes 2 Global Launch Begins Jun 24, 2013, 23:10 PropheT
 
Kawlisse wrote on Jun 24, 2013, 22:50:
heres an Idea ! Maybe you should stick to console gaming, if you ever wasted that much time to get a game going on at a lan.

I think Redmask already covered this about as nicely as possible, but seriously...prior to Steam this game was a f'ing nightmare to patch up to equivalent versions in order to play a LAN game. CoH is a great game, but its original patching system was easily one of the worst out there.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
8. Re: On Sale Jun 24, 2013, 17:05 PropheT
 
Creston wrote on Jun 24, 2013, 10:41:
Does anyone actually still use Impulse? I refuse to give Gamestop a single fucking dime, even if the game on sale happens to be the best deal ever.

Creston

I tried it to buy Dead Space 3 when they had a big sale on it a few months back since I can't buy things on Origin due to some funky issue with it thinking I'm in another country than I am that I've never been able to fix.

The software to download was annoying. I bought it, but never actually got the game and then I wound up spending 40 minutes on hold to get through to someone to get a refund. I've really never seen anything like it; buy a game on Steam, you download it. Gamersgate you have to wait 10 minutes, I think, but at least there they make that clear when you buy a game. The Gamestop thing was telling me my game would be made available to me within 48 hours, which... eh. I'm buying a digital download of a game, I guess I don't expect to have to wait longer than if I buy a physical copy from Amazon.

The customer service guy I talked with was good, though, and they were helpful. It's too bad the rest of it was such a mess.

 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
9. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 24, 2013, 13:14 PropheT
 
Prez wrote on Jun 24, 2013, 12:34:
He is going to have tons of sympathy from a huge number of Americans - it's doubtful to my mind that he would be charged with treason, since that isn't what he commited by definition. He violated a legally-binding signed non-disclosure clause, but that isn't treason.

He wouldn't be, they're going to charge him with espionage if they get their hands on him. It's pretty much the same thing as Manning was charged with aside from the legal changes due to Manning being charged in the military where I don't think Snowden would be.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation Jun 24, 2013, 13:06 PropheT
 
Verno wrote on Jun 24, 2013, 10:56:
Everyone looks like someone, I doubt they ripped off her likeness on purpose as Naughty Dog is a pretty reputable studio.

She looks just like her. She doesn't look anything like the girl that voiced her, either. I can't see how it couldn't be intentional, it's unmistakable.
 
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News Comments > U.K. Sales Charts
3. Re: U.K. Sales Charts Jun 24, 2013, 13:00 PropheT
 
I thought it was terrible. The story is predictable, the controls are bad, and the blindly walk around pressing triangle until you find the little thing they want you to in order to continue annoys the hell out of me. I don't like stealth games, though, and this one doesn't even do it as well as games like Splinter Cell or Deus Ex but gets all kinds of perfect reviews because it was hyped up so much. I'd probably like watching someone else play it, but playing it myself is just not fun at all.  
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