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News Comments > Mass Effect 2 and MAG Midnight Madness
21. Re: Mass Effect 2 and MAG Midnight Madness Jan 23, 2010, 00:22 Paranoid Jack
I enjoyed the MAG beta. It's the best online tactical shooters I've played in a long time. One of the best console shooter if you ask me. As far as the Penny Arcade comic they should have added some bit about a noob... within a squad of noobs. Maybe then it would have been funny? And as far as the IGN blurb... your so called "preview" of the beta... I'd say that you're stretching the meaning of preview there. The article or blurb sounds more like the original writer was "running and gunning" as he described not actually playing the game the way it was designed to be played. And the other three editors were just brain dead. Sure you can run around like Rambo shooting everyone and everything... including your teammates... or knifing them in the back like the one idiot was attempting to do while reloading his weapon... you just won't enjoy the game as much if you're going to play it like a retard. Nor will you earn as many points at the end of the round. If you're not vote kicked... which you most likely will be. Sorry, but it sounds like all those lamers... I'm mean Editors... who wrote that article need to learn how to form an objective opinion before writing about games since they are attempting it as a career. Maybe even spend some time learning the game since it sounds like they couldn't manage that either.

If you're running twenty minutes to get to an objective in MAG you are lost and should go back to the CoD type games. The game is not perfect but it is far better than your average console shooter and requires the use of ones brain at times... I know hard to believe a shooter that requires a bit of thought. But then from the statements in that article/blurb and from the gameplay exhibited during the beta I doubt most people are up to the task. Maybe it is destine to fail... for all those who can't muster a few brain cells or join a Clan. We shall see soon enough.

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News Comments > Star Trek Online Klingon Interview
4. Re: Star Trek Online Klingon Interview Jan 17, 2010, 15:03 Paranoid Jack
I was bored to death from the beginning. I gave it four hours of play before going to bed and now have no desire to ever boot it up again. Shocking how blah the whole thing felt.  
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News Comments > On Modern Warfare 2 Balance
19. Re: On Modern Warfare 2 Balance Jan 14, 2010, 21:56 Paranoid Jack
Have you tried MAG? Now that game is awesome. Cod, not so much...  
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News Comments > New Year's Eve Metaverse
2. at&t Hopes FCC will remove roadblocks to more ca$h! Dec 31, 2009, 22:58 Paranoid Jack
Crazy thing is cellular phones have been around for over thirty five years now yet the service is still shitty at best. Anyone signing up for a wireless service knows that unless their just slow. Either way wireless will never take over wireline unless the big three (at&t, Verizon, and Quest) can remove the government road blocks that require them to provide services to those areas that are less lucrative. And that is what it's really about, is it not?

So what do you use then? Comcast? Does your lack of landline use make you more mobile? I'm just curious because I see nothing in wireless that can't be done better/faster/cheaper over wireline services.

I'm seeing a thick layer of BS from this at&t push to set a date when they will no longer be required to maintain landlines. How do you think 99% of all wireless services sites are fed? Mostly by both copper and/or fiber.

It's pretty easy to read between the lines for me. They are lying as usual. They've shifted their marketing toward Wireless and U-Verse. They've shifted the signing up of all services to contractors, the Internet, and Wireless side of the business. So even though the services sold are still 75% wireline services the intake of the service fees is mostly through the wireless side of the company. So it appears that POTS is dropping drastically.

They've been manipulating the data since DSL was first put on the market about ten years ago. Subscribers would sign up for linesharing DSL (one line with both dial tone and data) and shut down their second service which was dedicated for dial up. The company would gain revenue yet they would start crying about losing landline subscribers. They're doing the same thing now even though revenue is through the roof with wireless market domination and their new TV services which are over copper and/or fiber.

Not to mention they have stock in many other telcos around the world. If wireline services are in the shitter why buy up a large portion of a telco in India? Though I'm not sure if that deal went through or went south.

Funnier yet, they are pushing VOIP which is still shitty by the way and won't be satisfactory for use to most customers. If VOIP is so great why do so many of the subscribers come back to landline or switch over to cellular only? Because it's just not reliable, it doesn't work with all providers (globally), and there are still a lot of products on the market that won't work VOIP (alarms systems, calling cards, etc.) Most of the competition is dropping VOIP also I've noticed. Still can't believe they can sell you a service that has no direct access to the 911 network. I can name three companies selling services locally that have none. You call 911 you get nothing. Have you ever called 911 from a cell phone? Or VOIP? There are dozens of lawsuits now against VOIP providers by subscribers who had a loved one die because the 911 dispatch went to the service providers office not the subscribers premise. That alone is reason enough to pay up for cheap landline for anyone with a family.

So yeah, it's great that you don't need landline services. Congrats. But most people are far better off sticking to what works and whats cheaper. What blows my mind though is people who can't afford a cheap POTS line with no frills yet they lock themselves into a two year cellular account with unlimited data required. Guess it goes back to the sucker born every minute? Or is it different strokes? Either way c'est la vie!

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News Comments > Age of Decadence Beta Demo
4. Re: Age of Decadence Beta Demo Dec 27, 2009, 20:33 Paranoid Jack
SWEET Mother of God! Finally something is released. These guys are doing this part time and as Indie as Independent can be... so it's amazing they have done so many years of work. So many projects fall apart over time. Congrats Iron Tower!

And yeah, technically it's the same combat demo... though it has been tweaked and debugged for several months as in-house testing and several select forums members have played and replayed it submitting bugs and complaints. I'm just glad they are rounding third base and running toward home.

I had to stop visiting the forums because the process was becoming too much for me to reading about day in and day out. Again, thanks to Iron Tower and all those regulars who have helped all these years. I can't wait to finally purchase the final product... I'm hoping soon? Like in the next six months to a year... maybe?

Maybe this will actually draw me back to PC Gaming. After about 75 hours of Dragon Age I lost interest and have been playing PS3 games exclusively since. Demon's Souls, Uncharted 2, AC2, and inFamous... not to mention several betas. Great stuff...

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News Comments > Legal Briefs
7. Re: Legal Briefs Dec 26, 2009, 20:21 Paranoid Jack
Remember the AOL lawsuit in the late 90's? Users were signing up for unlimited usage but couldn't log in or constantly got dropped due to there services being over sold. Far more subscribers than actual modems to sign-in on.

I threw my name into the hat. Mostly because the bastards kept charging me for months even though I repeatedly called them and told them I had canceled.

Anyway, AOL lost and millions were paid out. What did the subscribers get? Two FREE months of AOL service... muahahah! Justice is blind in America... as well as deaf and dumb!
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News Comments > Legal Briefs
1. Re: Legal Briefs Dec 24, 2009, 13:53 Paranoid Jack
Now that is... Comcastic!  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
1. Re: Out of the Blue Dec 24, 2009, 13:52 Paranoid Jack
Merry Christmas everyone and a safe Happy New Year!  
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News Comments > On Assassin's Creed II DLC
24. Re: On Assassin's Creed II DLC Dec 23, 2009, 01:06 Paranoid Jack
I've been very busy on the PS3 playing Demon's Souls... addictive as Hell. Anyway the game I was playing when I borrowed Demon's Souls from a friend.... AC2. I was enjoying AC2 on the PS3 also. Though I can't say I'd buy any DLC for it unless it added more options to the game-play. Not that there aren't quite a few as it is. Just wishing for more... I guess.

What happened to the Christmas release of DLC for DA:O? Not that I'd buy it if it's anything like Warden's Keep. What a rip-off that was.
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News Comments > Pandemic Closure: Blame California
10. Re: Pandemic Closure: Blame California Dec 4, 2009, 23:33 Paranoid Jack
Somebody has to pay for all those that are unemployed... since a low percentage of those are actually willing to be employed. The "aid" system in this state is a joke. We continue to rewarding losers for dropping out, for getting knocked up at sixteen, and for having more children just so that they can have more "aid". People no-longer come here to find work... they come here to work the system.

A couple years back there was a large exodus of Asians to a north eastern state because their "aid" system was even easier to work than the one the state of California has in place. You know how I heard about it? An Asian guy I work with told me about it. LoL!

Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying all those living off the system are leeches but a majority are.

Anyway, I believe at least part of his claim... but on the other hand they did make a lot of mediocre games.

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News Comments > Battlefield 2142 Patch Details
4. Re: Battlefield 2142 Patch Details Nov 30, 2009, 16:02 Paranoid Jack
Most definitely the best online shooters were the early games from BF series, the R6 games, and the first Ghost Recon. And one of the worst for hacks was BF2. Once the hacks were created and distributed freely it was the end of BF2. I remember watching a video that showed all of a dozen or so hacks in one package toggled by the function keys. Most were developer tools left in the game. And since DICE refused to become aggressive and simply moved onto creating BF 2142... I refused to buy 2142.

After watching a couple videos from MW2 I'm also glad I didn't buy it for the PC. It's too bad there has never been anything better than VAC. Even when I played leagues and/or competitive R6... PB was a huge joke. Funniest shit evar was when one of the PB team was caught hacking during a league game of R6 RvS... she claimed her son must have used her PC and installed the hack. Yeah, right!

So much for the glory days of online shooters... when one shot could kill... and your character couldn't run around like a crack monkey bunny hopping from place to place wall hacking the entire time.

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News Comments > On Sale
4. Re: On Sale Nov 29, 2009, 20:12 Paranoid Jack
I'm about half way into DA:O and it's good no doubt, even great at times. No regrets from me.

Has anyone played BF2 via Steam? Are the hackers as out of control as on the private servers? I'd love to play it again...
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News Comments > CoD Franchise Makes Madoff Money
15. Re: CoD Franchise Makes Madoff Money Nov 28, 2009, 15:51 Paranoid Jack
I bought the original and the first Modern Warfare but I had to laugh when G4 was actually say the pop up heads feeling the games have always had is finally gone. That's what they have been saying the last three releases.

Can anyone who has played the single-player game confirm this is true? If you're not quite sure what I'm saying... you move to cover behind box A... shoot all the heads in the windows... plus over the roof edges... and you have exactly two seconds to move to cover behind box B before those heads pop back into place. CoD, whack-a-mole for the 21st Century?

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News Comments > New NVIDIA Reference Drivers
16. Re: New NVIDIA Reference Drivers Nov 27, 2009, 11:17 Paranoid Jack
Yeah, I caught that and was correcting it when you post. Thanks. What are the latest video card offerings anyway. Anyone here keeping up to date? Wondering what are the top dogs from both camps. I'll go check that list that has all of them graphed out for the past few years... think it's on Tom's. Bad news is it may get me thinking I need an upgrade.

edit: From the look of it GPUs like CPUs are not making huge strides over the past couple years. Going to stick with what I have for a while longer.

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News Comments > New NVIDIA Reference Drivers
14. Re: New NVIDIA Reference Drivers Nov 27, 2009, 11:01 Paranoid Jack
I was again just blown away by the fact that I too have a GTX 260... for about a year and a half now... plus a PC build that is going on three years old... the best part... I feel no need to upgrade.

Playing DA:O on max settings 1900x1200 with nothing to complain about.

Edit: Damn, it sucks getting old and not checking my dates before I post. I guess it's not as old as I thought. Subtracted a year from that 260. Still not doing badly. The PC is really that old. And it was just a middle of the road build no where near cutting edge.

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News Comments > Gold - Divinity II Ego Draconis
16. Re: Gold - Divinity II Ego Draconis Nov 25, 2009, 00:36 Paranoid Jack
I never bought the first one or even gave it much thought... and yes, it was the stupid name. But this one I will most likely pick up sooner or later. I'm milking DA:O and still have yet to crack the shrink wrap on both Uncharted 2 and AC2. Going to be a busy gaming holiday season.  
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News Comments > Direct2Drive Top 10
4. Re: Direct2Drive Top 10 Nov 11, 2009, 21:59 Paranoid Jack
What Dragon Age D2D Patch?  
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News Comments > Impulse Top 10
1. Re: Impulse Top 10 Nov 9, 2009, 21:09 Paranoid Jack
Has anyone tried Fort Zombie? I'm too busy with a few other titles right now, plus a few Indie games I have intentions in buying. Fort Zombie is down there near the bottom of the list. I'll get to it eventually.  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Dragon Age: Origins
91. Re: Dragon Age Ships Nov 3, 2009, 20:09 Paranoid Jack
Besides the issue with D2D pre-load not unlocking and starting the download over again it's been the longest install process evar! Once downloaded it took 1:15 minutes for me to install and get all DLC into the game. I jumped thru hoops and sacrificed a couple chickens before it was all said and done.

So far the game has been mucho fun. As a Danish Elf Mage. Only problems I've seen are textures changing or alternating colors while in a cut-scene. Other than that it's been good if not a bit too easy on normal. I hear it gets pretty hard though.
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - Dragon Age: Origins
42. Re: Dragon Age Ships Nov 3, 2009, 14:54 Paranoid Jack
For 1200 points you get the digital download version of his CD.  
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