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News Comments > Path of Exile Free Weekend
14. Re: Path of Exile Free Weekend Sep 11, 2012, 15:47 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Slashman wrote on Sep 11, 2012, 15:24:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Sep 11, 2012, 14:15:
Oh, I just realized I have a spare beta key. Who wants it?

I'll take it!

Just emailed it to you. Have fun
 
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News Comments > Path of Exile Free Weekend
12. Re: Path of Exile Free Weekend Sep 11, 2012, 14:15 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Oh, I just realized I have a spare beta key. Who wants it?  
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News Comments > BIS Devs Arrested for Espionage
14. Re: BIS Devs Arrested for Espionage Sep 11, 2012, 14:06 Wowbagger_TIP
 

Wow. Who the hell cares about Greece's military anyway? Maybe they're afraid they'll sell the info back to the Greek government, seeing as they're their own worst enemy lately.
 
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News Comments > Path of Exile Free Weekend
7. Re: Path of Exile Free Weekend Sep 11, 2012, 12:16 Wowbagger_TIP
 
ASeven wrote on Sep 11, 2012, 11:00:
InBlack wrote on Sep 11, 2012, 10:53:
I tried this, but it felt so underwhelming and overwhelming at the same time...

This is nowhere near the quality of Diablo2:LOD or even D3 in its current state...

...gotta look elsewhere for that ARPG fix...

It has changed in major ways and still does, the game is pretty much unrecognizable from 3 months ago. When did you play it?

Seriously, this. The game gets better by leaps and bounds. I started playing around off and on with it several months ago. It's almost like a different game now. If you really want more, wait until open beta starts later this year, as that's when they're adding the third act to the game, but I think it's a fantastic game already, far superior to D3 in all but graphics/animation, and even those have improved from when I started. They've done a few major re-workings of the skill tree since then as well, all improvements IMO.

Try the free weekend. It's free And you can get in permanently for just $10. A total bargain for a game like this. I've already purchased a few point packs to support them, since they're very responsive to feedback and every major patch seems to be quickly followed up with a few minor ones addressing feedback on the patch.

I'm having a blast with it. Only thing that may pull me away for a while is BL2, but I'm sure I'll be going back and forth.
 
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News Comments > Thunder Wolves Announced
6. Re: Thunder Wolves Announced Sep 6, 2012, 15:17 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Wildone wrote on Sep 6, 2012, 11:24:
god...*face palms*

this, exactly. Wtf
 
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Mechromancer next Month
57. Re: Borderlands 2 Mechromancer next Month Sep 4, 2012, 22:11 Wowbagger_TIP
 
finga wrote on Sep 4, 2012, 21:02:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Sep 4, 2012, 20:21:
I missed the GMG pre-order sales. I would have picked it up at $40 or less. Guess I'll wait for another sale.
It's back for $37.50 with a coupon code. You should, like, read this site I've heard of called Blue's News more often!

Fine, here's a link.
Thanks. Didn't see the coupon code before. Just ordered.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Mechromancer next Month
48. Re: Borderlands 2 Mechromancer next Month Sep 4, 2012, 20:21 Wowbagger_TIP
 
I missed the GMG pre-order sales. I would have picked it up at $40 or less. Guess I'll wait for another sale.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 4, 2012, 11:17 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Wow, tragic news. I always liked seeing Duncan in movies. He was a really good actor and just fun to watch. So sad to see him go so soon.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
7. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 28, 2012, 17:13 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Steele Johnson wrote on Aug 28, 2012, 14:51:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Aug 28, 2012, 12:52:
I have Sprint Galaxy S III, and love it. Battery life is awesome, and it's very smooth and responsive. Haven't had any problem with it so far. Screen looks great too.

Apple really has no room to bitch about ripping stuff off anyway. Their company was built on that too. Most of their patents are ridiculous and should never have been granted in the first place. The patent office is full of morons (or at least run by them) and the whole system is out of control.

Apple doesn't set the patent laws.

Also, if you designed something that took you years to complete, using all your time, energy, and money, and then someone copied it in just a few months and started selling more than you, would you be happy? I think not. Copying innovation, blocks advancement. If Samsung has to redesign to sell phone, who knows, maybe they're come out with something groundbreaking. That's the idea. Copying doesn't do any good at all.

Aside from already made point that Apple has done this themselves plenty of times, you're talking about actual innovation, not ridiculous software patents or these design patents that are so over-broad as to cover practically anything. I never said Apple made the rules. I said the patent system is broken and it's currently doing more to restrict innovation than to help it. Smaller players can't do anything without the threat of a lawsuit, either by a company like Apple or Samsung, or one of the ubiquitous patent trolls, hanging over their head. If you don't have a huge portfolio of defensive patents, you can't even attempt to compete these days.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Aug 28, 2012, 12:52 Wowbagger_TIP
 
I have Sprint Galaxy S III, and love it. Battery life is awesome, and it's very smooth and responsive. Haven't had any problem with it so far. Screen looks great too.

Apple really has no room to bitch about ripping stuff off anyway. Their company was built on that too. Most of their patents are ridiculous and should never have been granted in the first place. The patent office is full of morons (or at least run by them) and the whole system is out of control.
 
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News Comments > More on New Black Isle
12. Re: More on New Black Isle Aug 23, 2012, 12:40 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Hyatus wrote on Aug 23, 2012, 11:52:
I'm sure there will be a kickstarter for this just around the corner.
I look forward to not contributing, and to badmouthing it at every opportunity.
 
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News Comments > Max Payne 3 Disorganized Crime Next Week
1. Re: Max Payne 3 Disorganized Crime Next Week Aug 21, 2012, 23:42 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Battling in his apartment? So we're talking seriously close-quarter combat. Dive behind the couch, use the fridge door as a shield, that sort of thing?  
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Borderlands 2
85. Re: Gone Gold - Borderlands 2 Aug 21, 2012, 00:03 Wowbagger_TIP
 
NicklePop wrote on Aug 20, 2012, 20:12:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Aug 20, 2012, 19:34:
NicklePop wrote on Aug 20, 2012, 16:51:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Aug 20, 2012, 14:13:
Again, does this apply to all media or just games? We've had violent stories and books forever, violent movies for many decades, and violent games for over 20 years. Aside from the aforementioned insane people, about which there's no telling what will set them off, what exactly are you predicting will happen to society, and what evidence do you have to support that hypothesis?

Of course it applies to all media!

This is a gaming board though ... I'll spare you the ranting about other forms of mind-killing.

I notice you didn't answer my question there at the end...

Human beings react to various stimuli. Society similarly churns about in the ocean of stimuli from the single person, to the group, and on up.

By your suggestion can I assume that you are of the mind that 'man lives in a bubble, and nothing external changes the mind'?

Is that the precept behind your question, or am I wrong?

Because it seems pretty obvious what the current (and past) stimuli have been... and the outcome has been war/rape/pillage.

But now we enter a new period where there is an increase in negative stimuli, and decrease in the age it is aquired (en masse, via easily absorbed entertainment)

Do the math.
Wow, you have a seriously warped perspective. If you aren't serving in the military and actually seeing combat, then you aren't likely to be involved in much violence in your lifetime in this country. While videogames have been on the rise for the past 20 years, violent crime has been dropping during that same period. How does your hypothesis account for that?

Actual violence, like many people around the world experience every day is a real problem. Quit inventing garbage like this and trying to call it the downfall of humanity. It's not. It's simple fantasy, and there's no evidence that it causes anything like what you're suggesting. Maybe try to focus your concerns on actual violence happening to real people every day. That's the kind of thing that seriously fucks people up. Those of us with the luxury to indulge in gaming as a hobby are not the problem.
 
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Borderlands 2
75. Re: Gone Gold - Borderlands 2 Aug 20, 2012, 19:34 Wowbagger_TIP
 
NicklePop wrote on Aug 20, 2012, 16:51:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Aug 20, 2012, 14:13:
Again, does this apply to all media or just games? We've had violent stories and books forever, violent movies for many decades, and violent games for over 20 years. Aside from the aforementioned insane people, about which there's no telling what will set them off, what exactly are you predicting will happen to society, and what evidence do you have to support that hypothesis?

Of course it applies to all media!

This is a gaming board though ... I'll spare you the ranting about other forms of mind-killing.

I notice you didn't answer my question there at the end...
 
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News Comments > Gone Gold - Borderlands 2
62. Re: Gone Gold - Borderlands 2 Aug 20, 2012, 14:13 Wowbagger_TIP
 
NicklePop wrote on Aug 19, 2012, 23:36:
Prez wrote on Aug 19, 2012, 23:18:
Fair enough. But at what point do we say 'this is dumb, and counter-productive'?

Should thinking be invalidated because this is a 'video game website'?

Note that I'm only talking about Pitchford and the moronic paragraph appearing with this article.

Seeing as how you aren't a raving lunatic like Hellbinder, I guess you are least worth talking to. The problem is not so much that people disagree with you that society is fubar, but that they are being lectured that somehow their choice of entertainment is indicative of their own moral depravity. A morally depraved person may well get an inordinate amount of jollies from running over people and other virtual violent behavior, but that is not anything close the the majority of us here. The insinuation that if you enjoy violent gaming then you must be predisposed to violent behaviors in real life is naive at best and insulting at worst. There is no moral equivalency between shooting a person in a game and shooting someone in real life, and someone not insane is not in any way made more capable of committing acts of real violence through their videogame experiences. For normal people (the VAST majority of gamers) the enjoyment of playing a violent game does not equate to enjoyment of real violence, and no correlation has ever been made or ever will be made.

TL;DR version: Lighten up. It's just a game, not some deep social commentary.

I absolutely agree that 99% of people can process this, for the time being (in our culture), without becoming violent themselves.

The social commentary comes when the culture has absorbed these subtleties into their reality; that is the analogy of the toilet bowl coming into full force, where we may not see the true effects for another generation. (my parents were 'good people', so I have context to understand violence etc)

Again, does this apply to all media or just games? We've had violent stories and books forever, violent movies for many decades, and violent games for over 20 years. Aside from the aforementioned insane people, about which there's no telling what will set them off, what exactly are you predicting will happen to society, and what evidence do you have to support that hypothesis?
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 17, 2012, 14:04 Wowbagger_TIP
 
xXBatmanXx wrote on Aug 17, 2012, 12:26:
West Nile aerial attack creates controversy in virus-stricken Dallas.

Dallas is suffering from the nation's deadliest outbreak of West Nile virus this year. Ten people have died and more than 200 others have fallen ill in less than two months, prompting leaders to declare a state of emergency. But aerial spraying is controversial because of safety concerns, cost and effectiveness.

How many people live in Dallas?
I think there are worse things to worry about than West Nile......

I do, but haven't really worried about this. Mosquitoes generally don't bite me anyway. My wife is a different story. She has to hose herself down with bug spray.

Was listening to someone talk about it on NPR yesterday. Apparently it's a pretty small percentage of people that will have any serious problem from the virus. Most won't have symptoms at all, some will just get a slight fever or headache. A small percentage will get a really bad headache and flu-like symptoms. The really bad cases (in the low single digits %-wise) can develop Encephalitis or Meningitis, which is where you get the fatalities. Glad they're spraying, but it will likely get worse before it gets better.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Weapons Videos
4. Re: Borderlands 2 Weapons Videos Aug 17, 2012, 13:55 Wowbagger_TIP
 
I just played through Borderlands and half the DLC again. Definitely fun, but I hope they cut back on all the driving/running back and forth over and over stuff. If it's just a few times, that's fine. But it got pretty monotonous. Game is a blast though, and BL2 looks even better. Never really had too much problem weapon-wise, but maybe I was just lucky. I usually had enough to at least get by, or I was able to buy something better.

Loved the Tannis audio log things too. I hope whoever did those is working on the script for this one!
 
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News Comments > Heroes of Newerth Core Pool Launches Today
3. Re: Heroes of Newerth Core Pool Launches Today Aug 17, 2012, 13:49 Wowbagger_TIP
 
I played a bit of LoL, and it was a mixed bag for sure. Probably about 30% of the time there was at least one guy being a complete dick. Luckily there were also some helpful people giving pointers and such, rather than just screaming at you for feeding.  
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News Comments > Rebellion Sues Stardock and Ironclad Over Rebellion
28. Re: Rebellion Sues Stardock and Ironclad Over Rebellion Aug 17, 2012, 01:51 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Creston wrote on Aug 17, 2012, 00:28:
I'm sorry, but in order for customers to have "easily been misled", they would have had to know that something known as "rebellion developments" existed.

I imagine few people did. Ergo, your lawsuit is a bunch of fucking horseshit. Like 99% of all lawsuits in this country.

Creston

Yikes. That's almost exactly the words I was going to write, including the horseshit part, verbatim. Good job Creston!
 
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News Comments > Trine 2 Expansion Announced
7. Re: Trine 2 Expansion Announced Aug 16, 2012, 18:00 Wowbagger_TIP
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Aug 16, 2012, 16:06:
Oh my [insert deity of choice here]. Frozenbyte's art team is just getting more ridiculously talented with every release. Eyegasm^infinity.

That said, Trine 2 is a great game too. I wonder if Frozenbyte is ever going to revisit another Shadowgrounds type isometric shooter? They seem to have defined the genre on sick platform puzzle/fighters, and could probably hit a Shadowgrounds type game out of the park at this point.

I'd love to see another Shadowgrounds game. Those were fun.
 
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