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Nickname Grokk
Email grokk@thehouseofgrokk.com
ICQ 36449305
Description I play Games, manage unix servers and write programs.
Homepage http://www.thehouseofgrokk.com
Signed On Aug 13, 2000, 23:56
Total Comments 216 (Novice)
User ID 6672
 
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News Comments > Blue's Diablo III Beta Preview
46. Re: Blue's Diablo III Beta Preview Oct 4, 2011, 23:38 Grokk
 
Excellent write up Blue.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 3, 2011, 10:47 Grokk
 
Forget about the passwords, how big are the titties in Russia!  
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic December Launch; Pricing Details
37. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic December Launch, Pricing Details Sep 24, 2011, 21:15 Grokk
 
I'm still on the bench with this one. Like some others, everytime I see new media for the game I still think it's missing a hell of a lot of polish that mmo's have nowadays.
The world looks square/straight/sharp/stagnant. This isn't helped by teh shitty quality videos they put on their site.

A while back, I was going to sign up day one, but now I'm thinking I might wait until it's been out a couple of months.

I really want it to be great, but there's no chance most of my wow friends will play it, so I might just buy it for the single player aspect, and quit after hitting level cap.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Auction House to Use Paypal
15. Re: Diablo III Auction House to Use Paypal Sep 15, 2011, 03:39 Grokk
 
LightAssassin wrote on Sep 14, 2011, 23:58:
Grokk wrote on Sep 14, 2011, 23:05:
As far as PvP balance goes, what difference does it make if you spend 3 weeks farming the best gear, or 12 minutes buying it?
Balance is based on gear+skill v's gear+skill.
Where that gear comes from is completely irrelevant.

Assuming they use a ranked match type scenario, then you're not going to get ranks with gear alone, and it could well see the people that are buying gear never make the top of the list due to missing the skill component.

You must not have played World of Warcraft Arena PVP then.... top levels skill is what really matters, but there are massive swings on the lower tiers of those who have the best items vs those you just have normal ones (ie, pvp only gear vs pvp mixed with specialised pve gear).

Uhh thats pretty much what I said. Unless you're referring to Blizz trying to balance the lower tier PvP.

You don't get to the top level wearing shitty gear, everyone has the exact same stuff. At this level skill is the defining factor it's also exactly where you would work out the balance.

A pound of butter and a pound of meat still weigh the same. That's why they balance on a set of scales.
 
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News Comments > Scrolls Lawsuit Update
8. Re: Scrolls Lawsuit Update Sep 14, 2011, 23:10 Grokk
 
I'm not boycotting anything either.

Mostly I couldn't care less about lawsuits over names, I just want to play games.
If they create good games without all the bullshit, then I'll gladly pay them.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Auction House to Use Paypal
4. Re: Diablo III Auction House to Use Paypal Sep 14, 2011, 23:05 Grokk
 
Fion wrote on Sep 14, 2011, 22:59:
I think it's big ball of bad idea this payed AH in the first place. So I probably won't even touch it. I don't know how they plan on making PvP remotely balanced when you can just go and spend cash on the best gear for your class. Not to mention the shear amount of advertisement that is likely to take place in the 'hub' areas.

As far as PvP balance goes, what difference does it make if you spend 3 weeks farming the best gear, or 12 minutes buying it?
Balance is based on gear+skill v's gear+skill.
Where that gear comes from is completely irrelevant.

Assuming they use a ranked match type scenario, then you're not going to get ranks with gear alone, and it could well see the people that are buying gear never make the top of the list due to missing the skill component.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Auction House to Use Paypal
3. Re: Diablo III Auction House to Use Paypal Sep 14, 2011, 23:00 Grokk
 
I'm not sure they had the ability to make an actual cash-out from the battle.net account. Best case from what I could see was that you could earn credit on your battle.net account from items sold.

It's definitely an interesting path they are taking, and I think it will work out pretty well for all involved, however I still have no interest in using paypal for any transactions when I can get away with it.
Personally I would rather link my credit card to my batle.net account (as is done when you pay by CC anyway) and have the credits transferred straight back to my bank account via mastercard/visa etc..
 
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News Comments > Quoteworthy
2. Re: Quoteworthy Aug 31, 2011, 21:48 Grokk
 
Sorry to hear about your mum and the unfortunate mid'snack incident, but I think he ws referring to my mum and her friend Beth.
Just happens that her friend Beth is a transvestite still waiting for the operation. She/He? is still however open to any 'conjugal' type visits
 
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News Comments > Call of Duty XP Not Yet Sold Out
5. Re: Call of Duty XP Not Yet Sold Out Aug 31, 2011, 21:45 Grokk
 
And what bout the cosplay aspect of the convention?

Ooh, I went to a disposals store and bought some camo fatigues. Look at me, I'm an army guy. Woopdee-fucking-doo.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
1. Game Development Stagnating Without New Consoles, says Former Activision VP. Aug 23, 2011, 22:38 Grokk
 
"Game Development Stagnating Without New Consoles, says Former Activision VP."

That's funny. I only just recently updated my Intel-nVidia console a couple of months ago. Maybe the former VP should pay more attention to the rest of the world.
 
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News Comments > On Origin Data-Mining
2. Re: On Origin Data-Mining Aug 23, 2011, 22:32 Grokk
 
Yikes!

I'm starting to wonder if I really did want to be playing BF3.
Generally I'm not a privacy nut, but that wording is a little on the 'lol-look-what-we-got-them-to-agree-to' side of things.

 
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News Comments > BioWare on Dragon Age Changes, Past and Future
17. Re: BioWare on Dragon Age Changes, Past and Future Aug 10, 2011, 06:10 Grokk
 
I preordered DA2 and regret every penny spent and every minute waiting for that game.
If it was a game on it's own rather than a sequel to a previously awesome game then it wouldn't bother me so much, but they royally screwed the monkey on DA2.

I'll probably wait a bit for ME3 rather than preorder, though I am still looking at purchasing it.
Beyond that, they've pretty much lost me as a customer until there some legitimate reviews of their new offerings. Not the billshit reviews they post themselves to metacritic.
 
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News Comments > North Korea Farming for Gold, Nukes, and Rolexes?
7. Re: North Korea Farming for Gold, Nukes, and Rolexes? Aug 9, 2011, 20:39 Grokk
 
I think this deserves a place on Blues like anything else related to gaming.
Gold farming and the rmt market is worth billions across a wide assortment of games and indirectly affects 10's of millions of people.
The slightly alarmist headline might not be gaming specific, but it does have a tie in.
 
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News Comments > Quoteworthy - Epic on PC Gaming
8. Re: Quoteworthy - Epic on PC Gaming Aug 3, 2011, 23:05 Grokk
 
It certainly helps that your average PC picked up off the shelf in some shop is going to be able to play most games nowadays.

There is still a requirement to have the latest and greatest video card for serious gamers, but gone are the days where everything you plugged into a PC needed to be for gaming.
NIC's, Sound cards etc.. have been onboard and of reasonable quality for years now and finally the onboard video cards are catching up.

It's much much easier now to walk into a shop, spend a few C-notes and have a computer that can play a wide assortment of games. The same thing people have been doing with consoles for decades.
 
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News Comments > StarCraft II: Starter Edition Replaces Demo
4. Re: StarCraft II: Starter Edition Replaces Demo Aug 3, 2011, 22:58 Grokk
 
ViRGE wrote on Aug 3, 2011, 21:06:
Shareware lives again?

That's pretty much what I was going to say. Good to see it happening with a somewhat decent set of games from Blizzard too.

The 'Free Weekend' offers that pop up on steam every now and then came close, but that was more of a timed 2 day demo than shareware.
This seems to be the real thing.
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More
293. Re: Diablo III Will Require Persistent Connection, Feature Cash Auctions, and More Aug 1, 2011, 22:52 Grokk
 
I didn't read anything in that press release that bothers me. I play MMO's alot and a persistent internet connection hasn't been a problem for over a decade.
Being able to play a single player mode while online is neither here nor there as long as it's not laggy once ingame. ie: The game does actually run from my computer and isn't a spawned virtual machine on some host in the US.

As for the auction house, I'm suprised it took them this long to implement it. People have been spending billions of dollars on virtual items for years now.
To be honest, I'm all for the Pay to Win mechanic. There are those of us that make a decent income by working 40-60 hours a week, and others who can play that much to get the same gear.

Eve has done this for years now, with their game cards / PLEX etc.. where you could convert real money into a game card and then into ingame cash by selling the game card to a player securely through their website. (PS: It's even easier to do now)
The market in eve works out the value quite effectively which allows some people with all the time in the world and no money to continue playing by using ingame currency to buy game time.
The fact that D3 is doing it with gear makes bugger all difference in the scheme of things.

I guess the catch will be whether people can take the cash out of their battle.net account, or whether it's stuck there until they spend it on other b.net crap or gametime etc..

Still... I don't care either way, I just want to play.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Mother of Girls in Taconic Accident Files Suit. Jul 29, 2011, 20:36 Grokk
 
jimnms wrote on Jul 29, 2011, 18:34:
That was a horrible tragedy, but now it's just disgusting with all of the lawsuits flying back and forth between the families. I can't imagine how I'd feel if I lost three kids (or if I had kids), but what do these people hoe to accomplish with these lawsuits?

I read the womans article on some website a couple of weeks ago and it was quite touching. After going through that, then being sued because the car in the accident was your husbands is absolutely rediculous.

I usually have a chuckle when I read about the round'about lawsuits that the litigious Americans get themselves into, but this is just all kinds of wrong.
 
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News Comments > DICE on BF3 PC/Console Differences
29. Re: DICE on BF3 PC/Console Differences Jul 26, 2011, 20:45 Grokk
 
we would make love to 64 players on the console

Not me. I don't like console gamers that much
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
8. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 20, 2011, 20:21 Grokk
 
My Google+ wall is pretty bare at the moment too, but I think that's mostly because it was released as invite only and most of the current crop of users are the nerdy types with not a lot to say out loud.

It's made worse with the fact that most people won't bother double posting shit to both sites, they're just going to use their primary. In most cases fb and twitter will hold their top spots until there is a greater influx of loud mouthed kids onto G+.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
10. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jul 18, 2011, 20:56 Grokk
 
CommunistHamster wrote on Jul 18, 2011, 13:30:
Bad parenting makes kids obese, aggressive, violent; sadly not as easily milkable for votes or easy to legislate against.
+1
 
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