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News Comments > Steam Top 10
153. Re: Steam Top 10 Oct 7, 2012, 21:16 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Creston wrote on Sep 30, 2012, 13:32:
Btw, I found that Badass Pyre Thresher that someone was talking about a few days ago. (he never showed up the first time I started that mission in the Caustic Caverns) I agree, he is fucking ridiculous. 2 hits and I'm dead.

I was finally able to get rid of him by running away until I came across a Crystalisk. The Thresher and the Crystalisk will start fighting each other, and because the Crystalisk is immune to all damage except to its legs, the Thresher can't do shit against him. So stand some distance away, and just unload until he's dead.

But yeah, Gearbox went WAAAAAY overboard with boss difficulties, imo. The mission is listed for level 21. I'm level 24, and it's 2 hit dead. So at level 21, I imagine you die just from watching him spawn??

Creston

Lol.. yeah, that was me that was talking about it earlier. Thanks for the info. I think I'll have to give that method a try. I've been on vacation and haven't played for a while. I think the break was good for me in that I may now have the patience to go back to that area.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
13. Re: On Sale Oct 7, 2012, 21:14 Wowbagger_TIP
 
DeadlyAccurate wrote on Oct 6, 2012, 14:35:
I don't know who Stormpowered is, but they pretty much guaranteed they'll never get my business with this dumb-as-fuck sales title.

Here's some advice for this dumbass company: don't assume your customer base is men or that the little women only play casual games. What century is this again?

Goddamn, I think I need to go back to Borderlands 2 now.

As soon as I read the sale title I knew it was gonna piss some people off. Wonder who they have doing marketing that didn't have alarm bells going off in their head on that one.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
226. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Oct 6, 2012, 03:12 Wowbagger_TIP
 
RollinThundr wrote on Oct 5, 2012, 14:37:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Oct 5, 2012, 12:48:
RollinThundr wrote on Oct 5, 2012, 11:33:
I actually pretty much agree with all of this verno, but you have to do it smartly on both ends, we can't just raise taxes and continue to spend hand over foot, regardless, be it military or social handouts or whatever senator's pet project etc etc.

At the end of the day cuts WILL have to happen somewhere.

I think we all agree that there need to be cuts. But there also needs to be tax increases. Those can come from actual increases, or from a (desperately needed) simplification of the tax code that removes loopholes and deductions. Romney talks a lot about that, but refuses to put out an actual plan, which makes me think he doesn't actually have one. Leaving it to Congress to work out is not a plan.

Cutting social programs and things like PBS that don't even show up as a blip on the national budget is just pandering and not a serious attempt at fixing the problems. Putting two wars on the national credit card, while simultaneously giving a tax cut, really hurt us. If we don't have social programs to help people get back on their feet so that they can have at least the bare necessities that will allow them to look for jobs and show up looking halfway decent for interviews, we're never going to get out of the funk we're in. For all the rhetoric we've heard about Obama giving handouts, the welfare rules are about as tough today as they've ever been, aside from waivers that were granted to the states (most of them under Bush, btw) that gives people more time. This is all controlled by the states though. They determine how best to handle it, but it allows people time for re-training and such so that they have a better chance of getting off of unemployment.

We also still need to do more to fix SS and Medicare, but I don't see either side talking about that seriously. I'm totally not shocked.

Health care is still a problem. Obamacare has helped some, but doesn't do nearly enough. Romney doesn't appear to even have a plan. He's just made a lot of statements about how his plan would be run by the states and would totally have all the stuff we like from Obamacare, like covering pre-existing conditions, but it wouldn't have a mandate, so how it gets paid for is anyone's guess. He sure isn't saying.

I'm basically just frustrated with the choices we have. Neither party is doing what needs to be done. I'm only leaning to the Dems because they actually have a middle in addition to their left wing. The GOP really needs to clean house and get some moderates back in the party. Have you listened to these guys talk on the floor of the House? It's nuts. Most of them don't have the brain cells required to lead a trip to McDonald's, let alone lead this country.

Again well said, cept the part about Obamacare, it hasn't helped at all, it's making health insurance costs more across the board, and really, it abuses the commerce clause and is unconstitutional.
Well, the USSC disagrees about the constitutionality. Republicans never seem to be concerned about abusing the commerce clause when it suits their purposes anyway, so why the fuss now? As for whether it's helped, most of it hasn't even gone into effect yet, so I don't see how it could have done much at this point. Costs have been on the rise forever now, so what increases are you attributing to it at this point? It's still a lousy plan overall, but it's somewhat better than what we've had up til now.


RollinThundr wrote on Oct 5, 2012, 14:37:
Romney at least is talking about fixing the tax code, something Obama said he would do 4 years ago, and we're still waiting for that to happen.
Yeah, well everything takes longer when you've got a party in charge of the House who have explicitly stated their goal of making you fail at every turn. Is it really that surprising?

RollinThundr wrote on Oct 5, 2012, 14:37:
I'm fine with raising taxes, but I'm not fine with raising taxes unless there are major cuts across the board on what we're spending.

There's no easy way, sadly there really isn't but unless we want another great depression and ultimately becoming a 3rd world shit hole, it has to happen.
Cuts have been put on the table at something like a 3 or 4 to 1 ratio with tax increases, but the new tea partiers in the Congress weren't willing to even discuss it. Somehow Romney thinks he doesn't need a plan though and can just pitch it all over the fence to Congress to sort out. Why anyone wants to vote for that I can't understand.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
223. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Oct 5, 2012, 12:48 Wowbagger_TIP
 
RollinThundr wrote on Oct 5, 2012, 11:33:
I actually pretty much agree with all of this verno, but you have to do it smartly on both ends, we can't just raise taxes and continue to spend hand over foot, regardless, be it military or social handouts or whatever senator's pet project etc etc.

At the end of the day cuts WILL have to happen somewhere.

I think we all agree that there need to be cuts. But there also needs to be tax increases. Those can come from actual increases, or from a (desperately needed) simplification of the tax code that removes loopholes and deductions. Romney talks a lot about that, but refuses to put out an actual plan, which makes me think he doesn't actually have one. Leaving it to Congress to work out is not a plan.

Cutting social programs and things like PBS that don't even show up as a blip on the national budget is just pandering and not a serious attempt at fixing the problems. Putting two wars on the national credit card, while simultaneously giving a tax cut, really hurt us. If we don't have social programs to help people get back on their feet so that they can have at least the bare necessities that will allow them to look for jobs and show up looking halfway decent for interviews, we're never going to get out of the funk we're in. For all the rhetoric we've heard about Obama giving handouts, the welfare rules are about as tough today as they've ever been, aside from waivers that were granted to the states (most of them under Bush, btw) that gives people more time. This is all controlled by the states though. They determine how best to handle it, but it allows people time for re-training and such so that they have a better chance of getting off of unemployment.

We also still need to do more to fix SS and Medicare, but I don't see either side talking about that seriously. I'm totally not shocked.

Health care is still a problem. Obamacare has helped some, but doesn't do nearly enough. Romney doesn't appear to even have a plan. He's just made a lot of statements about how his plan would be run by the states and would totally have all the stuff we like from Obamacare, like covering pre-existing conditions, but it wouldn't have a mandate, so how it gets paid for is anyone's guess. He sure isn't saying.

I'm basically just frustrated with the choices we have. Neither party is doing what needs to be done. I'm only leaning to the Dems because they actually have a middle in addition to their left wing. The GOP really needs to clean house and get some moderates back in the party. Have you listened to these guys talk on the floor of the House? It's nuts. Most of them don't have the brain cells required to lead a trip to McDonald's, let alone lead this country.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
217. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Oct 4, 2012, 22:11 Wowbagger_TIP
 
People always wonder why the Dems can't seem to get their shit together in Congress. It's mostly because we only have 2 parties, and anyone that isn't batshit insane at this point isn't part of the GOP, so they end up either as a Dem or independent/3rd party but caucusing with the Dems. So the Dems end up with a wide variety of folks in their party with a wide variety of opinions, priorities and constituencies. They just can't move in lock-step like the GOP does. That means they're far less effective than their numbers would seem to imply too. I'm still on the fence as to whether that's a good or bad thing.

I really hate the two-party system. That, along with gerrymandering, the fixed number of congressional seats, and unlimited corporate money (even from international corporations), are really fucking up our democracy.
 
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News Comments > XCOM: Enemy Unknown Launch Trailer
22. Re: XCOM: Enemy Unknown Launch Trailer Oct 4, 2012, 17:26 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Rhett wrote on Oct 4, 2012, 15:03:
RollinThundr wrote on Oct 4, 2012, 14:43:
Whiskers wrote on Oct 4, 2012, 14:18:
They said something in an interview somewhere that there are a decent amount of maps and that in one playthrough, which usually last 30 missions or so, that you would not see the same map twice and that each map has random starting points so it'll be a little different as you move through a game. I think all the starting positions for everything are random every time.

My memory could be off but I believe they have somewhere around 90 maps. I'm not all that worried about seeing the same one twice.

I have not looked this forward to a game since maybe Dragon Age:Origins. Absolutely cannot wait for Tuesday.


80+ maps, different layouts for each map. Different alien spawns. Different starting spawn for you. Different alien patrols/reactions/squads. Probably more to it, but that's what I remember about it.

Looking forward to the game. A lot.

They've also said that you won't be able to research everything or build everything in your base in one playthrough. You'll have to tailor it to a certain play style each time.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews
6. Re: Game Reviews Sep 28, 2012, 17:01 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Cutter wrote on Sep 28, 2012, 16:50:
What's wrong with pentagrams? They're an entirely neutral symbol. Oh wait, that is they were until the xtians co-opted those too and decided they were evil because they were pagan.
It's typical kneejerk reaction. Devoutly religious folks aren't known for their capacity for rationality.
 
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News Comments > Notch Knocks Win8: Minecraft Certification in Doubt
35. Re: Notch Knocks Win8: Minecraft Certification in Doubt Sep 27, 2012, 12:28 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Not sure what the issue is for everyone. The twitter embed looks fine to me. No extra spacing or any weirdness at all (Firefox 15).

Anyway, I think I agree with him that anything that contributes to a more closed environment in Windows is a bad thing. It should remain an open platform. We have plenty of closed platforms already.

He doesn't have an issue with closed platforms, only with Windows moving in that direction, as it has always been open.

 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
129. Re: Steam Top 10 Sep 27, 2012, 12:06 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Bhruic wrote on Sep 27, 2012, 01:39:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Sep 27, 2012, 01:24:
That mission was a real pain as Zero, until I got my hands on a good rocket launcher. The one that's got me blocked right now is the damn Badass Pyre Thresher. That thing is just an insane beast and I can't even begin to do enough damage before he pummels me into paste. Plus he doesn't seem to have any elemental weakness.

Hard to give advice without knowing which Badass Pyre Thresher it is, but yeah, they are, well, fucking insane. I think I've had more deaths to them than everything else in the game combined.

The best "tips" I can give is they are much easier to defeat from a distance with a sniper rifle if you have something you can hide behind, and they aren't chasing you. You just have to dodge the shards they throw your way inbetween shots.

Alternately, you can actually do some considerable damage with a shotgun up close, and revive yourself by shooting the tentacles. The downside there is you die really fast, and your revive timer goes faster and faster each time you do, so you have to be able to dish out a lot of damage insanely fast (hence the shotgun being almost a necessity).

Best option is to kill it with a vehicle, as long as you don't get too close, you can usually outrun it. But a couple of them definitely aren't in areas that you can get a vehicle to.

In this case it's Caustic Caverns, and there doesn't seem to be any cover that he can't get to me through. I did upgrade my weapons since the last attempt, so I may have a little more of a chance this time.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
125. Re: Steam Top 10 Sep 27, 2012, 01:24 Wowbagger_TIP
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Sep 26, 2012, 21:14:
Made it pass that dang robot mission in solo!
Took out some badass robots and they've dropped a sniper rifle that does electric damage. Found a good spot where the robots had a hard time to get to me and I was just sniping the shit out of the "eye" of the construction robot. Took a full clip but it went down.

Can't believe what a difference a single weapon can make to a mission.

That mission was a real pain as Zero, until I got my hands on a good rocket launcher. The one that's got me blocked right now is the damn Badass Pyre Thresher. That thing is just an insane beast and I can't even begin to do enough damage before he pummels me into paste. Plus he doesn't seem to have any elemental weakness.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 26, 2012, 01:37 Wowbagger_TIP
 
WarPig wrote on Sep 25, 2012, 23:52:
Not sure why they reviewed it, can't review a "who has it" call anyway when the call was made on the field.....they went over that last night in great detail.

Remember, they automatically review all scoring plays. They at least had to see if the ball hit the ground. Although in this case they may have been reviewing a movie or something.
Yeah, I read that a simultaneous catch is reviewable if it's in the end zone. I'm not up on all the arcane rules though, so I can't tell who's right or wrong on the details here. Just know that any way you cut it, that was one of the most horrible calls ever.
 
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News Comments > XCOM: Enemy Unknown Demo
59. Re: get the motherfuck off my fucking lawn Sep 25, 2012, 00:15 Wowbagger_TIP
 
nin wrote on Sep 24, 2012, 22:39:
So has GMG stopped the practice of stacking a coupon on top of a sale item? Xcom is $44.99, but I can't throw the 20% off coupon on top of it...

Please note that we do not accept vouchers for games which are on special offer.

Yeah, I just tried that too. No go. Sucks. Why can't they just give me 20% off of full price at least?
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
87. Re: Steam Top 10 Sep 24, 2012, 10:32 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Bhruic wrote on Sep 24, 2012, 10:02:
Jerykk wrote on Sep 24, 2012, 06:06:
An active skill is one that requires a button press to activate. Death Blossom requires a button press to activate (as does Deception and that melee dash move). That makes them active skills.

Sure, and a skill that requires you to be using another skill in order for it to activate is not a separate skill. We could go round and round on this all day.
Sounds like it would just be an active skill that depends upon another active skill. Still not passive.

I mostly agree with the rest. More active skills would make for more interesting characters and gameplay.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
38. Re: Steam Top 10 Sep 23, 2012, 20:13 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Axis wrote on Sep 23, 2012, 19:40:
Oh cmon teabagger, having an endgame "endless random dungeon" has been done in a billion games -- that's nothing new.
grow up

Axis wrote on Sep 23, 2012, 19:40:
Having a MAP system like PoE created has not been done in an arpg. TL2's map system copied only the basics from PoE, but it's still a blatent ripoff.

Regardless, TL2's map system doesn't make me want to play any more than I have. Decent romp for $20, no longevity. Maybe a killer mod will fly in and save it, time will tell.
I believe I said that PoE improved on the idea a LOT (and you'll notice my emphasis there in my post as well). I don't see how TL2 is really a ripoff of PoE though. They did map scrolls in the first game. They're doing them in the second too.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
32. Re: Steam Top 10 Sep 23, 2012, 19:29 Wowbagger_TIP
 
SpectralMeat wrote on Sep 23, 2012, 17:07:
Yeah I guess that mission really depends on your weapons and combos, I guess my weapon combos so far just plain suck! I've had 2 shotguns and a sniper. Do not have anything that does corrosive so I went with explosive shotguns since the robots are immune to fire.

By the time I finish off those robots the builder shits out there's a whole new army of them built up again, I never get a chance to even start shooting the constructor robot. The reloads on the shotguns also suck rocks. They do a lot of damage but take forever to reload, and with all those flying repair drones and the suicide robots that mission is a bit overwhelming for me.

Like I said I guess I just haven't figured out the right weapon combos yet to nail those dang robots.

I've been playing an assassin, and had a tough time with that mission too. Couldn't even take the damn thing's shield down, even with shock nades and weapons, until I finally got a rocket launcher and started pounding it with that. That worked

Axis wrote on Sep 23, 2012, 18:41:
Interesting how TL2 stole POE's map system for endgame, damn near exactly.
The map system that PoE stole from TL1? Granted PoE improved the idea a LOT, but as far as I know, TL1 did the basic version of it first.
 
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News Comments > Torchlight II and Demo Available; MMO Questions
58. Re: Torchlight II and Demo Available; MMO Questions Sep 21, 2012, 12:42 Wowbagger_TIP
 
avianflu wrote on Sep 21, 2012, 11:22:
TL2 is more than different enough in the skilltrees to keep my interest and for me at least, that's what mattered. It is not just like TL1 thankfully.

honestly I am happy to wait for "borderlands "2 to go to 40 bucks or less.

I pre-ordered BL2 for $37.50. Now I gotta buy this too. Was on the fence because I thought the TL2 beta was underwhelming, mainly because of the bland skill trees. Since that appears to have been fixed, and the reviews here are quite good, it sounds like it'll be a great game. Now if only I could have the time to play all these games!!
 
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News Comments > Torchlight II and Demo Available; MMO Questions
21. Re: More Big Picture Details Sep 20, 2012, 22:29 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Prez wrote on Sep 20, 2012, 21:37:
Totally digging TL2 so far. Have got about 7 hours in as a dual-wielding Beserker. FWIW, the art to me seems a bit more gritty and less "cutesy" this time around. I'm thinking if the look of Diablo 3 doesn't turn you off then neither should TL2. Of course, that may not be the way everyone sees it.

So what kind of changes did they make to the skill tree since the beta? The beta tree was kind of boring because most of the upgrades were just like +5% to whatever. Yawn. I hope they made it more interesting since then.
 
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News Comments > Borderlands 2 Ships - Review Roundup
26. Re: Borderlands 2 Ships - Review Roundup Sep 18, 2012, 13:46 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Yeah, the Shift thing was weird. But Half Elf's instructions worked fine for me. I'm only up to level 5 (Assassin), but so far I'm liking it. The menu is a bit weird at first, but I got used to it pretty quick. I like the comparison option better this time than in BL1. I'm not fond of the single scrolling list of items, but at least mouse wheel works for scrolling everywhere now. That's sooo much better than before.

Love the humor. Love the shooting. It's more of the same, but better, which is exactly what I wanted. And damn there so many more kinds of chests now too. So glad it's not the same half dozen or so like the first one
 
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News Comments > Diablo III Patch Sneak Peak
7. Re: Diablo III Patch Sneak Peak Sep 13, 2012, 14:44 Wowbagger_TIP
 
I've been enjoying Path of Exile too much to even think about D3 anymore. Now we have BL2 and TL2 coming out. D3 is becoming a distant speck in the rearview.  
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News Comments > FTL: Faster Than Light This Week
59. Re: FTL: Faster Than Light This Week Sep 13, 2012, 01:31 Wowbagger_TIP
 

Just watched the TB video. Sold! Should make a great travel game for my crappy work laptop
 
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