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Signed On Nov 5, 2001, 00:47
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News Comments > The Old Republic Video Walkthrough
13. Re: The Old Republic Video Walkthrough Aug 22, 2009, 22:49 Paranoid Jack
I love the look of the game but the combat (at least some of it) I'm not so sure about. The light saber combat looks good (far better than blaster combat) over all though it does appear far weaker than should be. And bounty hunters don't run and hide but why not use cover? I liked the smuggler cover system except the shooting blindly from behind cover to kill a target so far away also behind cover?

Some of the videos brought back memories (not good ones) of Tabula Rasa. I know it's an MMO but why must combatants always stand out in the open? Also the cover didn't appear to make the targets any harder to hit or kill.

Hope to get into the beta at some point. Must admit the video of Guild Wars 2 has me more excited.
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Origins Trailer
9. Re: Dragon Age Aug 22, 2009, 01:24 Paranoid Jack
I'll admit I too have gone from excited to meh (several times)... and finally just looking forward to a good cRPG. Bad news for Bioware is that two other cRPG games are hitting the shelves just weeks before DAO.

Risen which has been really hushed and with little to no PR campaign. And then Alpha Protocol. Not to mention Demon's Souls on the PS3. If Risen can pull off a polished spiritual successor to Gothic and gain word of mouth the RPG crowd is going to be split into four.

Some will go nutts and buy all of them on release but most of us will play it smart and play them one at a time... maybe two at once.
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News Comments > More from BlizzCon
4. Re: More from BlizzCon Aug 22, 2009, 01:08 Paranoid Jack
These latest videos are really restoring my faith in Diablo3. I'm down for the CE, again... if they include all the sweet extras the last one did.  
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News Comments > Several Years Until All of StarCraft II is Completed
29. Re: Several Years Until All of StarCraft II is Completed Aug 19, 2009, 21:52 Paranoid Jack
"Does adding complexity make something more fun?"

Why, yes it does in most cases if done properly. Ever played a RTS on the console and compared it to almost any RTS on the PC?

"Would TF2 suddenly become a better game if we added leaning or a cover system like Gears of War?"

Apple meet Orange... but yes, again. I think the old tactical shooters with lean and no 3rd person view were the best.

"Why are bunkers "last century", and why are your ideas of trenches or barricades any better?"

Have you only played limited RTS on the PC? Ever try Company of Heroes, Men of War, Faces of War, Dawn of War, Dawn of War 2, or Soldiers: Heroes of WW2? More tactical options means a better game for everybody. Even if you choose not to use them at least you have a choice.

So you think your troops walking up to a bunker shooting until they die or optionally they hold up shields while standing in the open shooting until they die is good enough? I'm not saying it can't be fun but I'm just tired of the old mechanics. We've been playing them since Age of Kings and Warcraft. Probably before that.

Oh, correct me if I'm wrong but the bunkers are stationary and part of a level right? Or can you build them anywhere in SC2? I haven't been following it closely, sorry.
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News Comments > Several Years Until All of StarCraft II is Completed
17. Re: Several Years Until All of StarCraft II is Completed Aug 19, 2009, 02:14 Paranoid Jack
The video looks better than the last one I saw. They need to leave the old school mechanics behind though. Which it appears they haven't. I hate the old groups/units standing out in the open shooting until they die. It will be 2010 before they release this.

Move the RTS out of last century. Let's use cover and fight like we're not in the Colonial era when troops just lined up in rows and shot at each other until everyone fell over dead.

If they have the knowledge to travel in outer space surely they can come up with some better tactics. Use tanks or ranged attack vehicles? Maybe dig trenches or build barricades?

The short clip of the APC was the only ray of light.. well besides the airship raining fire on the mass of unprotected aliens attacking in a large group waiting to be shot to hell.

I may give it a go when it hits bargain bins in ten years....

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News Comments > WAR City Siege Change Plans
4. Re: WAR City Siege Change Plans Aug 19, 2009, 01:32 Paranoid Jack
WAR and AoC have the best PvP but WAR has the best RvR game-play in my opinion.  
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
3. Re: Evening Consolidation Aug 19, 2009, 00:49 Paranoid Jack
Shit I'm thinking about buying a second PS3, the slim of course.  
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News Comments > Alpha Protocol Pre-purchase Bonus
1. Re: Alpha Protocol Pre-purchase Bonus Aug 19, 2009, 00:19 Paranoid Jack
The bonus is SPACE SIEGE? D'Oh!  
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News Comments > Chronicles of Spellborn Free Now
6. Re: Chronicles of Spellborn Free Now Aug 17, 2009, 23:03 Paranoid Jack
I downloaded and wanted to give it a go but their damned GameGuard shit won't run or install correctly on Windows 7. I sent them an e-mail a month or so back... they never responded. No wonder it tanked.  
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News Comments > UK Blood Bowl Next Month
1. Re: UK Blood Bowl Next Month Aug 13, 2009, 22:53 Paranoid Jack
For some reason I thought this was already out on the shelves...  
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News Comments > Samsung Wants To Do Gamers a Solid
24. Re: Samsung Wants To Do Gamers a Solid Aug 12, 2009, 23:42 Paranoid Jack
Has anyone here used SSDs for any length of time? At the Evil Empire we've been using the latest generation of Tough Book for more than a year (possibly two, I can't be sure). It has a SSD that goes dead quite a bit. I'm on my third one in just over a year. Another tech is on his fourth. Last time I had to change mine out I tried finding a name brand but couldn't. My guess is it's some generic SSD Panasonic is having manufactured in mass. Either way I won't be switching over anytime soon....  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
5. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 10, 2009, 21:24 Paranoid Jack
Sounds good. What do you know about the PC development? Was the game developed for PC or the X-Box... which is the ported version? Will the PC version have a huge console GUI?  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Aug 10, 2009, 20:07 Paranoid Jack
My guess is that Risen will be the next title to slip into 2010. Though I hope not.

edit: I haven't been following it's development but hope to purchase it before DAO hits a month or so later. Bad news is Alpha Protocol hits the next day (if they both keep to their schedules). After watching a bit and seeing some screens I must say I'm more excited about Risen than any other cRPG at the moment. The only thing that could ruin that is if it's got show stoppers and performance issues. Not to mention consolitis would be a drag...

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News Comments > DoubleBear's Zombie RPG
27. Re: DoubleBear's Zombie RPG Aug 9, 2009, 11:56 Paranoid Jack
"Agreed, though it's stated here that the zombies are infected with a virus, rather than being genuinely undead. It would still make sense to have slow zombies though, as the virus could deteriorate their muscles. The freshly infected would be less deteriorated and thus faster and stronger.

The infection mechanics could also be very interesting. What if one of your party members gets bitten? Do you kill him/her on the spot or try to hold off and find a cure? If you already have a cure, do you use it on anyone that gets infected or just your favorites? And if you have a cure, what are other non-infected willing to do to get it? Hell, what do you do if you get infected yourself? The forum post says you don't play a zombie but you may still be able to get infected and have a limited time to save yourself. And if you do get infected, would that make zombies ignore you because they only care about non-infected? If so, you could gain access to places that would be suicide runs for non-infected. I really hope the game explores all the potential depth that infection mechanics could provide."

I love where you were going with that. I hope they use all of those ideas and more.

"it would only be interesting if you were half-zombie.. infected in some way but still mostly coherent, perhaps phasing in and out of "zombie mode" or some shit like this - it also wouldn't work that well with shambling, slow type zombies because that would be fucking annoying to play"

I was thinking along these lines also. Only slow Zombies would get stale. But if your team can or does get infected that adds tons of possibilities. Once infected there could be a set time range giving the player so many hours (minimum & maximum) before total control is lost. The story-line could also include a vaccine that was not widely distributed for one reason or another. Giving the player even more game-play options... if he/she has the vaccine in their posesion.

Also there could be a scale set into motion once infect the player gradually becomes faster and stronger than a normal human. Reaching that peak you could plateau or start a decline to eventually reach the brain dead shambler focused on nothing but feeding. During the entire process you would have to closely monitor your attributes since they would gradually change... for better and worse.

Sounds like a game I'd buy for full price.

"when the fuck is age of decadence coming out? dude - bring it already

having an age of impatience over here "

Yeah, I stopped visiting the site regularly because my frustration was mounting. I'm keeping a distant eye on it. Still it's painfully slow getting here.

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News Comments > Valve on Racism Accusations
16. Re: Valve on Racism Accusations Jul 31, 2009, 00:09 Paranoid Jack
If these idiots get their way all zombies/people/tangos in games will be green and unisex. Seriously it's getting a bit retarded this week. If so many people weren't so fucking insecure... well, maybe we all could... just get along.  
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News Comments > Minorities in Games
29. Re: Minorities in Games Jul 30, 2009, 22:48 Paranoid Jack
"I've been wishing for a decent game with a believably written gay protagonist for years"

What, you didn't play Half-Life?

All joking aside. It's a dead horse in my opinion. Yes, there will always be racism. It's human nature. But it's amazing what a little education can over-come when the student is open minded. I think most people are intelligent enough to judge by means other than skin color. I don't hate one race more than another... when it comes to idiots I'm an equal opportunity hater.

What drivers me nutts is being told a certain group is a minority when they are actually a majority where I live. How the fuck does that work?

What is even more crazy is being accused of racism by some idiot who is so stupid (and racist) that he/she doesn't even know they are the racist. It's like taking reverse racism to all time highs.

I know... it just doesn't pay to question the thought process of the poorly educated drug addled mind... so stop making fun of me.

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News Comments > On Sale
13. Re: On Sale Jul 30, 2009, 21:33 Paranoid Jack
Damn, I haven't finished Men of War (for $7.50) yet... but who can pass up these deals? It's no wonder their sales are up almost 100%...

I loved the single-player demo and I'm sure the campaign will be well worth the $25. Not to mention skirmish mode which I love... and some multi-player sprinkled in for good times.

If this trend continues I doubt I'll purchase more than a couple new releases a year... a drastic change from the dozen or more I use to buy before WoW sucked me in during beta.
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News Comments > On Sale
6. Re: On Sale Jul 24, 2009, 22:22 Paranoid Jack
I am finally going to jump on Men of War. But is it anything like Soldiers? I loved those old games where you could take out an enemy tank or make the crew abandon it... kill them all... repair their tank and take it over... or just scavenge fuel and ammo from it.

Is it anything like that? Soldiers: Heroes of WW2 was great for those kind of moments. Not to mention taking total control of one tank, using the keyboard to drive/turn/aim the turret and fire.

Oh, and if any of you have been under a rock for the past ten years or just never got around to playing Fallout... here is another fantastic deal. Regular price not so good but the sale price is.
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News Comments > RAGE Website Update
1. Re: RAGE Website Update Jul 23, 2009, 12:16 Paranoid Jack
Hmm, slight spoiler for those who have yet to visit the TODAY tab of the site.... is there a code that activates the pod or is it just another teaser?  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 23, 2009, 11:18 Paranoid Jack
Yeah, I agree I stopped getting excited about id games after Q2 shipped. Though I played some Arena and Live a couple years after retail when my wife bought me the games on the cheap for X-Mas. But as was so eloquently posted earlier... getting old sucks. After climbing poles and crawling houses all day the old fingers just aren't up to twitch game-play.

I still have the old shareware disc around here someplace that I bought at Software Etc. Plus all the old retail copies of both 1 & 2 and their add-ons. Maybe I'll load them up.

Rage has me semi excited again. I hope they can pull it off. Looks great but not sure they can pull off a story.
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