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Description God of death, destruction and decay. Likes fluffy kittens.
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Signed On Jan 15, 2001, 03:31
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Cuts
12. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Cuts May 22, 2012, 19:03 sauron
 
eunichron wrote on May 22, 2012, 18:36:
1badmf wrote on May 22, 2012, 18:22:
as much as I've loved star wars all my life, this last desperate attempt to shove mediocrity down our throats and have us shit out money for them had to fail for the MMO Genre to move on and evolve. I said so many a time when I was in early closed beta, hoping it was early enough that they could at least try to implement a few creative design choices. but of course the message was ignored when all they could see were the dollar signs WoW was raking in.

i suppose that comes with a built-in fear of experimentation, but any objective fan of MMOs at the time could see the writing on the wall - the WOW formula was dying, and the next attempt at it would likely be the saturation point of exhaustion for the market, leading to failure of said attempt. i don't know what the design evolution of MMOs should be, but please no more WOW clones.

I think, in general, the message has gotten across. With the rave press that Guild Wars 2 is getting, the flop of SW:TOR, and the lukewarm press and customer reaction that WoW: Mists of Pandaria is getting (I still keep in touch with some of my old WoW guildmates that play, and all of them in the beta are saying it's the worst expansion by far), it's pretty clear that MMORPG players want something new, and currently the only game offering it is GW2. Sucks if you're looking for something Star Wars related, but hopefully the message is clear to developers and the next Star Wars MMO won't just be another get rich quick scheme.

I could go for some GW2 right about now. WoW is kind of long in the tooth, and my old favorite FFXI is really, really lacking in new content. I'm currently enjoying LOTRO a lot, see how that goes but a new dimension for us MMO addicts is way overdue.

A shame nobody made T'Rain (only Neal Stephenson fans will get that one).
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue May 18, 2012, 15:13 sauron
 
nin wrote on May 18, 2012, 10:23:
Oh, and just remember: no matter what happens you'll have thousands of complete strangers (some of them with borderline stalker tendencies) who still love you!



nin, does your van have enough gas to get all the way out to California? Maybe we should take up a collection.
 
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News Comments > Torchlight II Stress Test This Weekend
69. Re: Torchlight II Stress Test This Weekend May 18, 2012, 15:10 sauron
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on May 18, 2012, 15:07:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on May 18, 2012, 14:58:
Apparently the TL2 login servers are stressed out at the moment :-/

Mission accomplished!

Careful.....there are people that will claim all sorts of things, like scaling, bandwidth problems, bla bla bla...... I can only imagine if TL2 got the hate that D3 is getting....heheheh

The problems with the TL2 servers are because it's always-online.






Owait...
 
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News Comments > Torchlight II Stress Test This Weekend
68. Re: Torchlight II Stress Test This Weekend May 18, 2012, 15:09 sauron
 
eunichron wrote on May 18, 2012, 14:59:
Cartoony, childish, graphics. Bland, trite, skills and skill trees. Unimaginative character classes. Hopefully they've fixed some of that for TL2.

Sounds like WoW, so it should make an enormous profit.

I can see where you're coming from though. Most of the time, I too go for deep, immersive RPGs with realistic graphics. But some of the time, TL just fits the bill perfectly. I have no idea why.
 
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News Comments > Torchlight II Stress Test This Weekend
11. Re: Torchlight II Stress Test This Weekend May 18, 2012, 10:52 sauron
 
nin wrote on May 18, 2012, 10:18:
Dear god, my mouse won't be able to take all the abuse from this clicking...


I'm in the middle of Torchlight 1 right now and boy is it great! I'll definitely be buying the sequel.

My character is a Marksman Rogue with a pet lynx that has Drain HP and Drain Mana items. I shoot them, he eats them.

Just ridiculously fun.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
36. Re: Diablo, or Skyrim, or what? May 16, 2012, 18:46 sauron
 
jdreyer wrote on May 16, 2012, 17:22:
The family is going on vacation for a couple of weeks and leaving me home by myself (work). So, I'll have lots of free time. So, what am I gonna play?

Even though I really enjoyed the Diablo series, the always-online requirement for D3 really rankled me, even though I enjoyed the beta test. From the difficulties, it sounds like I won't be picking that one up.

I have both Skyrim and Deus Ex unplayed in my Steam queue. Anything else people can recommend? I'm more of a single player guy than multi, although I was thinking of trying out Tribes.

I have DX in my queue as well but am itching to try out Skyrim. Should have bought it last weekend on sale but it was our anniversary so the money went on a really nice meal instead.

I'd go for Skyrim or (if you don't have it already) Torchlight. Picked that up for $4.99 in a Steam sale and boy is it good.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue May 16, 2012, 15:31 sauron
 
Verno wrote on May 16, 2012, 15:25:
You started off by saying you disagree and then reiterated my point.

I did not say that Blizzard is free of criticism. I simply stated that in this day and age it is proven that there is more disdain for EA than Blizzard.

I was kind of amalgamating both yours and Creston's comments in my reply. I don't doubt that there is more "disdain" for EA than Blizzard but in this case I feel like Blizzard isn't getting any big concessions from most people about the outages so I'm not sure why the distinction matters. They're even getting the same internet meme treatment

Difficult to be objective here, mainly because it's hard to measure disdain. Let's see. Sneers per Minute? Wrinkled Noses per m2?

However, using the most objective measurement possible under these circumstances, I did find there were significantly more Farts in the General Direction of EA than Blizzard (*P<0.05).

Even accounting for the Heinz (beans) correction.

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue May 16, 2012, 15:20 sauron
 
Blue wrote on May 16, 2012, 09:38:
Got to play a bit more Diablo III last night with my pal MrKawfy, as we dueled both the monsters of hell and the server outages from hell. The game is loads of fun, but the connectivity woes did nothing to discourage the idea that requiring a persistent connection for a single-player game is an absolutely terrible idea from the player's perspective.

I was reading Penny Arcade just now, and they summed this up perfectly:

Requiring that players be online is one thing - but we are! We’re online right now! They’re the ones who aren’t online. Who watches the watchmen?!?!
 
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Diablo III
208. Re: Ships Ahoy - Diablo III May 15, 2012, 20:12 sauron
 
I picked up Torchlight 1 for $4.99 in the Steam Xmas sale and have to admit it's absolutely great. I'll wait for the Diablo III issues to settle down and then pick it up.

I still have to play D2, actually, so might try that first.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Facts you might not know about game of thrones May 15, 2012, 16:06 sauron
 
PHJF wrote on May 14, 2012, 21:54:
Port of what? It's been out on Steam for the past month.

Android port - for those of us that like to play RPGs on tablets while lying on the sofa with a cold one (or in bed). Idleness ftw.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Facts you might not know about game of thrones May 14, 2012, 21:08 sauron
 
PHJF wrote on May 14, 2012, 20:49:
Avernum: Escape From The Pit is about 10x better than Avadon.

Nice, looks like there's a port of that planned too. Will finish Avadon and then pick it up. :-)
 
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News Comments > SQUARE ENIX Results
16. Re: SQUARE ENIX Results May 14, 2012, 20:39 sauron
 
SimplyMonk wrote on May 14, 2012, 14:46:
sauron wrote on May 14, 2012, 14:25:
Pretty much the entire FFXI community left to go to FFXIV when it came out, took one look at it and went straight back to XI (me included).

Is the re-tuning they are doing with FFXIV making any headway with the community? I just got an e-mail about their welcome back campaign, but haven't had the time to give it a look yet.

I'm not really sure and suspect not. The game was so half-baked on release it was almost totally raw. It needed like 3 years' work to be even reasonably decent.

Sadly, I doubt any game gets that kind of leeway in today's market.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Facts you might not know about game of thrones May 14, 2012, 20:37 sauron
 
Folks are probably all tied up with GW2 and D3, but has anyone here tried Avadon? Review is here:

http://www.rpgfan.com/reviews/Avadon_The_Black_Fortress/index.html

Old-school deep RPG with lots of story, a bit like playing tabletop D&D. There's also an Android (and I guess iPad) app for it.

Very recommended - I'm really enjoying it a lot. Like playing Baldur's Gate while lying in bed.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Facts you might not know about game of thrones May 14, 2012, 14:35 sauron
 
nin wrote on May 14, 2012, 11:39:
British WWII fighter found in Egyptian desert.

That's a neat story...reminds me of this one from a few weeks ago.


Yes, amazing it survived that long, the desert sure is dry. And I was going to say it was an american-built plane (P-40 kittyhawk) but the article mentioned it already.

The earlier article about buried Spitfires is even more amazing - hope they dig them up soon!
 
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News Comments > SQUARE ENIX Results
11. Re: SQUARE ENIX Results May 14, 2012, 14:25 sauron
 
SimplyMonk wrote on May 14, 2012, 12:03:
Creston wrote on May 14, 2012, 11:58:
...still want the crap that is FF14.

FFIV is their current flagship in the MMO sector...

Good to see Square-Enix doing well though. I've been a fan since the FFVI days. Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana, Final Fantasy Tactics and FFVI are to this day games I can always replay and enjoy. Hence recent iPhone purchases. <_<

In fact, FFXIV isn't really their flagship MMO right now, it's reverted to their older game, FFXI. Pretty much the entire FFXI community left to go to FFXIV when it came out, took one look at it and went straight back to XI (me included).

Not sure how much more they can wring out of FFXI though - it'll be 10 years old in the next month or so.

Props to Square-Enix for making a good job of DX. Good thing they did because it looks like it saved the company!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
26. Re: Out of the Blue May 11, 2012, 21:03 sauron
 
Cutter wrote on May 11, 2012, 15:42:
Silicon Avatar wrote on May 11, 2012, 14:49:
The point is that when our most educated people aren't getting work it discourages people to get more education overall. That's not good. Filling up trade schools with overqualified people isn't going to help the economy or the country overall.

You want the smartest people out exercising their talents in your country, not spraying lawns and fitting pipes - or wandering off to other countries where they are paid for their knowledge.

You could replace the lady in the article with any number of PhDs in hard sciences who can't find jobs right now. I know one personally.


Well they should be spraying lawns and fitting pipes if that's where the money is. We live in an overpopulated world that's only getting worse. You've got a slew of Asian countries churning out MAs and PhDs like they're going out of style, so how do you compete with it? You don't because even for them there are limited roles for all those various degrees. Having a degree does not, nor should it, guarentee you a job in your field of choice. Like everything else in life, you need to earn it, and that means more than a degree.

Meanwhile where we actually need people - trades, agriculture, etc. - people aren't going. They'd rather sit around unemployed feeling entitled and angry at the system. I know plenty of tradesmen making 100K+ a year and they're not killing themselves doing it either. And lastly, people shouldn't be having kids unless they know they can support them. What I see these people as are wholly selfish and irresponsible. And then they wonder why they end up where they are.

No offense, and I generally enjoy your contributions to the Blues community, but you're coming off as kind of strident on this and there are several long posts which are rather aggressive.

Do you have a degree? If so, why the hostility?
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
1. Re: Game Reviews May 11, 2012, 10:50 sauron
 
Blue, are you going to do a 'Games on Sale' list today? Because Steam has Skyrim and Portal 2 on sale for the weekend.

I know it was mentioned in the Portal 2 story last night but might be worth pointing out in a thread of its own. I know I'll be taking full advantage!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue May 11, 2012, 10:46 sauron
 
Agreed, the images from the Horst Faas link are really amazing.  
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News Comments > FilePlanet Heading Towards a Black Hole?
19. Re: FilePlanet Heading Towards a Black Hole? May 3, 2012, 13:18 sauron
 
Blue wrote on May 3, 2012, 13:11:
It came into the possession of IGN in 2004 and a year later IGN was acquired by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

Explains how Duke Nukem's phone got hacked, at least.
 
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls Online Next Year
15. Re: The Elder Scrolls Online Next Year May 3, 2012, 13:14 sauron
 
This is going to sell truckloads if they make the specs accessible and it isn't buggy as hell.

Could be the WoW-killer, assuming GW2 hasn't claimed that prize already.
 
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