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News Comments > Digital Diablo III Now Spends 72 Hours as Starter Edition
19. Re: Digital Diablo III Now Spends 72 Hours as Starter Edition Jun 21, 2012, 21:31 PropheT
RollinThundr wrote on Jun 21, 2012, 21:05:
Oh I can't wait to see how the fanboys spin this one.

I don't know how it's even possible. Regardless of the justification for it, they're actively choosing to screw people who legitimately purchased the game.

Instead of listening to people's complaints about the DRM decisions they made with Diablo 3 they actually found an even worse way of doing things... an even better example of why it's BS.
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Civilization V: Gods & Kings
7. Re: Ships Ahoy - Civilization V: Gods & Kings Jun 19, 2012, 19:09 PropheT
Not to derail the "fuck these guys" train, but pretty happy with this so far. It's not as big as Broken Sword was, but it's a nice changeup to the game.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
5. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jun 14, 2012, 22:46 PropheT
nin wrote on Jun 14, 2012, 21:24:
The company I'm at is just now moving to Win7/Office 10 (we have a ton of custom in house software we've had to migrate/rewrite/virt term). Win8? Not even being discussed.

Same where I work. I can't see them ever migrating to Win8, honestly; it'll be out before we even finish migrating completely to Win7.
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News Comments > etc., etc.
6. Re: etc., etc. Jun 13, 2012, 22:30 PropheT
Prez wrote on Jun 13, 2012, 20:54:
People just being hypocrites again. Rape and attempted rape are a common theme in movies and books, but let's all lose our minds because someone put a brief attempted rape scene in a game. You see worse on regular TV every hour of every day.

If they can tell this story with mature themes like this and make it work, that's a pretty big step in gaming. Traditionally all it has taken is for one company to step up with a good game to give the rest of the industry a push toward that direction, so if they can do this and do it right with a recognizable character like Lara, that's a nice acknowledgement to me that all of us aren't 17 anymore and we can deal with subject matter that wouldn't have been touched by games not too long ago.

Instead it seems like half the articles I see anymore are a determined piece written to assure non-gamers that we aren't sociopaths for liking something that we shouldn't have to apologize for in the first place.

50 Shades of Grey is the #1 book, adult-oriented TV shows like True Blood or Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad or Mad Men or Dexter (and so on) are popular everywhere, and yet most of the video game world seems stuck on the avoidance of adult-themed material or turning it into something that would fit in a comic book, flashy and eye catching but easily dismissed.

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News Comments > Diablo III Hotfixes and More
34. Re: Diablo III Hotfixes and More Jun 10, 2012, 12:25 PropheT
wonkawonka wrote on Jun 10, 2012, 04:25:
I had no problem obliterating normal with my DH without ever using the auction house. It's only by act II Nightmare that it became impossible to ignore. Essentially Blizzard is saying "you can win the game normally without the AH". And that is really just stupid. Having the AH makes everyone end up with the same builds because the only thing that matters is gold. Then Blizz will go and say "hey, we got a great idea! Let's nerf the drops so that the AH doesn't have 50 of the critical '+x to all resistances, +y% attack speed' item, and that people will have to do something else".
You know where that will end up...

I think Blizz is chewing much more than it can digest

The issue to me isn't whether you can win or not, but that entire categories of gear practically don't exist because of the AH. I've finished normal with three different characters, and put what I'd consider a fair amount of time into the game (got distracted by Dragon's Dogma so haven't cleared Nightmare yet). I've seen two legendary drops, both level 10 items, and never seen a set item. They were rare in Diablo 2, but you at least SAW these things. The thrill of discovery is gone because there's no real expectation of finding anything like that throughout the normal course of play; with a drop rate as low as those items have, there's no pathway to obtaining them outside of the AH.

To me, buying things on the AH defeats the entire purpose of playing a game like Diablo, so forcing the issue just makes me want to spend my time elsewhere rather than altering how I play to fit what they did in the game.
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News Comments > Diablo III Hotfixes and More
23. Re: Diablo III Hotfixes and More Jun 9, 2012, 23:06 PropheT
Dev wrote on Jun 9, 2012, 21:36:
Instead of focusing on these little problem spots that crop up (symptoms), they need to be focusing on how to shut down farmers and spammers, and preventing bots (the underlying problems that are creating the symptoms), and making it harder to steal accounts.

They need to make the drops actually be drops and not have entire categories of gear be based on the auction house. For lack of a better way to put it, fuck the economy. The auction house should augment the game, not replace the loot tables like it did.

I enjoy the game, but the fact that in order to progress or in order to have a chance at having somewhat unique gear requires use of the auction house kills it for me. I got a real sense of, "The stuff isn't going to drop, so why play in search of it?" followed by a rapidly diminished desire to continue playing the game. Having the loot doesn't mean dick in a game like this so just buying it on the AH, to me, is like putting down a fiver and the guy just takes the carrot off the stick and hands it to you.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 6, 2012, 11:40 PropheT
I didn't like the first season all that much, even though I loved the first book...but, since I do love the books, I went back and watched it again before the 2nd season started to give it another shot. I liked it better, but some things still bugged me like King Overacting Baratheon III and that the set pieces were noticeably muted for budget reasons.

I loved the 2nd season, a lot. The last two episodes of it are some of the best I've ever seen of any show, and a lot of the things that bothered me about the first season were just plain fixed in the 2nd. The actors really find their niche in their characters and there are some great moments between them... especially Peter Dinklage, who actually manages to make Tyrion as good in the show as he is in the books, if not better.

Really good stuff, and definitely worth another look even if season 1 didn't do the trick for you.
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News Comments > Op Ed
6. Re: Op Ed Jun 6, 2012, 11:29 PropheT
Games are growing as a storytelling medium. Since nobody is going to play a game where you sit and talk in a car for an extended period of time, they use what they have to tell the story and do it through action in titles of a type that big publishers know will sell.

If they're going to reach you, for better or worse they need to shock you with it. Especially for a game like "The Last of Us" they need to make the violence actually be awful or the game will miss its point, something they did with the last Rambo movie that worked surprisingly well. It's not unprecedented, it's just that people are too goddamn sensitive about video games and what people might think if someone enjoys playing that game.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Out of the Blue May 29, 2012, 21:59 PropheT
PHJF wrote on May 29, 2012, 12:04:
Summer my ass, it's noon and only 76 in NC. Hardly what I'd call beach weather. But who can go to beaches when there is so much Dragon's Dogma to be played?

Dragon's Dogma... totally devoured my weekend. Had planned to play some more Diablo 3, and I made the mistake of starting Dragon's Dogma on Friday night. Totally sucked in by it, great game.

Was up over 90 on Sunday here, it's 59 degrees right now and back to normal for the rest of the week I think. That's good, I'm not ready for summer yet.
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
11. Re: Morning Consolidation May 29, 2012, 20:04 PropheT
theyarecomingforyou wrote on May 29, 2012, 18:47:
Meanwhile PCs can easily handle 1080p and many - like myself - already game at 1600p or even 1080p*3. The only thing the new consoles will have going for them is multi-million dollar advertising budgets to snap up exclusive titles, influence reviewers and alter perceptions. The only plus is that next-gen ports will start off at an inherently higher standard.

It's possible, but if Valve's system specs are commonplace everywhere (and no reason to believe they're not) people running over 1080p resolutions only make up about 5% of the PC gamer market. I'm guessing that people with TV's that can handle anything like that are an even lower percentage, so it's more about hitting that point and then making sure that you have enough horsepower to run at a decent framerate once you get there.

The PC has always been better and had more options, it's just not as accessible for a lot of people. The only thing that any of this stuff about the new consoles really tells me is that PC gaming isn't going anywhere any time soon since there will always be people like those of us here that want what the PC offers over the consoles...a dynamic that doesn't sound like it's changing with the next generation.

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News Comments > Op Ed
5. Re: Op Ed May 26, 2012, 14:50 PropheT
People don't care as much about pretty graphics and realistic voice-overs as they did five years ago. People want to have fun. The end.

I'm not buying this statement at all, especially when the game in question here didn't sell just didn't sell to the astronomical level that they'd set as a break even point.

Indie games are cheap and fun alternatives to full price games, but 99% of them don't, can't, and aren't intended to compete with those full priced games anyway.
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News Comments > The Secret World Delay; Beta Details
6. Re: The Secret World Delay; Beta Details May 25, 2012, 16:07 PropheT
Fion wrote on May 25, 2012, 12:45:
My biggest problem with it is that the model is subscription fee + 'heavy' microtransactions (you only get 2 character slots per account to start for example). It simply isn't good enough to warrant such a steep cost. (Especially compared to GW2...)

Heavy is kind of an understatement. It's pre-launch, and they have extra character slots available for purchase right now for $10...and additional name reservations for preorders for $10. $10 to reserve a name is just ballsy, and if it's any indication as to how they're going to handle microtransactions with the game...

Anyway, there's a reason it's still under NDA even though it's supposed to come out very soon here.

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News Comments > 38 Studios Closed?
12. Re: 38 Studios Closed? May 24, 2012, 20:15 PropheT
Political discussion aside, this story seems to be popping up elsewhere as well.

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News Comments > Diablo III Claims Sales Record
107. Re: Diablo III Claims Sales Record May 23, 2012, 20:10 PropheT
ASeven wrote on May 23, 2012, 19:49:
No amount of marketing will be able to mask a lock on used games, for instance.

The only thing it would take to make used games a thing of the past is a console with with cheap and easy (and plentiful) storage capacity combined with a decent digital distribution method a la Steam.

There will still be people who fall into a dead zone for it, lacking the broadband necessary to make it work... but it would be successful enough that it would make Gamestop's model obsolete. I think even they realize that, given what they invested into Impulse.
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News Comments > Blizzard on Diablo III Security
17. Re: Blizzard on Diablo III Security May 22, 2012, 23:44 PropheT
Blackhawk wrote on May 22, 2012, 23:02:
What people are seeing now is, likely as not, months worth of hacked accounts being accessed for the first time all at once.

That's part of it. I still get 2-3 emails daily telling me there are account problems, or investigations, or that I was banned, or whatever from World of Warcraft. On both of my main email accounts, one of which was never associated with anything to do with the game. There's a concerted and ongoing phishing scam for WoW/Bnet accounts unlike anything most people have really had to deal with on their other accounts before.

The other part is the people who said they had authenticators didn't. The mobile SMS tool is what most of them seem to be talking about, which isn't the same thing as the mobile authenticator (or the key fob, obviously) and doesn't have the same protections on it.

It sucks, a lot, and I wish terrible things upon the people doing the hacks. It's going to get worse before it gets better with the lure of the RMAH out there to make the payoff for nailing a well-geared account even bigger.
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Cuts
8. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Cuts May 22, 2012, 18:28 PropheT
Lorcin wrote on May 22, 2012, 18:07:
The space combat was quite possibly the biggest single disappointment of the game.

In retrospect, the space combat was actually the only thing I really enjoyed with the game. Everything else just felt like a waste of time.
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News Comments > Diablo III Hacking?
119. Re: General complaints, longish May 21, 2012, 18:49 PropheT
Overon wrote on May 21, 2012, 18:06:
When you have real money in play, then you are really motivating the hackers to look for exploits to make real money.

This is what has worried me about it, too. Game design aspects aside, a real money AH means a lot more people seeing $$$ in grabbing people's accounts.

Blizzard already has the only games I've ever honestly worried about my accounts with in the first place, and I get multiple phishing emails every single day warning me about my "compromised account" or that my account is under investigation. On both of my email accounts, one that I never used for anything related to their games at all.

I have an authenticator, but it just seems like a matter of time until the stuff that generated this headline becomes a huge game-breaking deal to a lot more people.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Monitor Troubles May 21, 2012, 17:30 PropheT
nin wrote on May 21, 2012, 15:48:
but Viewsonic is just as great.

We went through some viewsonics here at work that sucked ass...not a week went by that we didn't have to call in at least one for service. I will never buy their stuff...

I bought a Viewsonic 27" last year, and it's awful. I'll never buy another one. It was the cheapest 27" around, and unfortunately it lived up to it in color quality.

After my friend bought one of those they're talking about in that thread, I picked up a Catleap myself; 2560x1440 27" IPS monitor for less than half of what a similar one costs here. It's a risk to buy it, since they're coming directly from Korea and warranty work would probably be too expensive to be worth it, but the monitors are beautiful and the price is great. IPS color quality on a decent gaming monitor at extremely high res.

You do need a pretty hefty video card to make it worthwhile, though.
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News Comments > Diablo III Hacking?
89. Re: Diablo III Hacking? May 21, 2012, 16:49 PropheT
Flatline wrote on May 21, 2012, 15:48:
I'll go one further. The game itself is horseshit. Seriously if I was reviewing it I'd give it a 6.

Had a LAN party on Saturday, and all four of us pretty much said at the end of it that it was the most fun we've had with a game in a LONG time. I've been playing the crap out of it, and I'm still enjoying it as much now as when I first picked it up.

To each his own, I guess. Once you get up to level 30 and have every slot unlocked, you can use the skill system to turn a character into something completely different if you want to...and changing abilities for situational purposes is extremely useful regardless of the class from what I've seen.

If you're not having fun, though, stop playing it. It's a great game, but that doesn't mean everyone has to like it...if you don't, find something you do instead.
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News Comments > Op Ed
3. Re: Op Ed May 19, 2012, 11:53 PropheT
I thought that review scores being obviously and blatantly skewed by hype, glossing over of issues on big releases that would be hammered on smaller ones, and recently even a general distaste for their own readership was enough reason to see that game journalism fails.

Maybe it's just a case of emulating the biggest, though. IGN is the worst at all of those and others have tried to match it, in the same way that Fox got big and the other news organizations shot their coverage full of terrible opinion pieces to keep up.
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