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Signed On Nov 1, 2002, 13:10
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News Comments > Consolidation
2. Re: Huh? Sep 9, 2004, 02:07 markv
Shut up and get back to work, ball slave!

As for the one handed controller, I'm guessing they are caving in to the requests of young teenage boys who played the latest FF with the women as the lead character.

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News Comments > World of Pirates Beta
23. Re: hmm.. Jul 7, 2004, 01:51 markv
Well I was planning on trying out Burning Sea until reading that FAQ blurb about it being only available on steam. Bleh.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
45. Re: Smurfs May 8, 2004, 09:14 markv
You know I'd almost buy the game if I could see a crew daily of about 30 smurfs running around and being lead by Papa smurf, with the traditional "How much further papa smurf?" "Not Far now" line being spoken all the time.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
20. Re: No subject May 4, 2004, 13:43 markv
I'm Bloody Jack Kidd - Arrr matey!

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News Comments > DoJ Goes Pirate Hunting
34. Re: :| Apr 22, 2004, 16:33 markv
One thing that no-one was mentioned is the fact that the video game industry is hauling in more cash now then it ever has before. Now if you go by the theory that more money = better games, obviously everything now a days should be TOP NOTCH! But it's not.

If they truely want to combat piracy they need to do one thing - lower the prices! $70 for a video game here in Canada is insanely stupid. I don't even bother buying/playing games much anymore because of those exorbitant prices. If they came in at a realistic price point I'd be far more inclined to purchase more games instead of waiting a year for the games price point to drop to something reasonable.

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - EQ: Gates of Discord
60. Re: Whoah Feb 12, 2004, 16:25 markv
Buffs fading without blinking WAS a bug at one point, and WAS addressed by SOE. Did it come back during a later patchs since I've stopped playing? Quite possibly, HOWEVER, if you're too blind to not notice an ICON flashing, then you only have yourself to blame.

Duping is not as easy to fix as you might believe, SOE addressed this, as I stated. If you feel that bug cropped up in LDoN then so be it, however if you'll notice it HAS BEEN ADDRESSED and OMG it's BEFORE the new expansion came out. So OBVIOUSLY another arguement of yours that is now moot.

EXP abuses have been quashed when they come up, again I won't even guess as to what they need to do to address it, but I won't play a simpleton like you and pretend that they can fix it in a matter of hours.

Looking for group bug was there since DAY ONE THAT IT WAS IMPLEMENTED. People were told about it. And what do you know, they did fix it. Yes they didn't get to it immediately.

Health bar pops up from time to time with issues, however when I last played and used my cleric on nag/vox raids, I never had an issue with someones health. I know they've had off and on issues with it, but last time I checked it was working fine.

The UI consists of more than just XML files. The XML files help you define the UI to your liking, HOWEVER, if you bothered to use what little of a brain you have, you'll realize that there is substantial coding behind it to allow that customization.

Servers coming down without warning is a CUSTOMER SERVICE ISSUE. But you are obviously too dense to realize this. Servers coming down a couple of more times after a release of an expansion (note it was not in the same day) is something to expect, it wasn't long and drawn out 16 hours down/day like previous expansions. Down for 2 up for the rest. MUCH improved, and I'd expect something like that.

Now your inane babble about NWN and how the game play is completely different - THAT WAS NOT THE ORIGINAL COMPARISON. The original comparison was that like with EQ, expansions for other games cause people to purchase it if they want new feature sets. You've got DAoC as well. I guess they are 'forcing' people to buy the expansion. SOE is not 'forcing' anyone. If you wish to advance to do new things, purchase it, if you don't, then don't. There are plenty of people in older zones all the time that you can find a group with them. Again you are obviously too dense to understand this concept.

My arguements have been filled with facts and observations. Congrats to you for having the collective iq of a feces flinging chimpanzee.

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - EQ: Gates of Discord
58. Re: Whoah Feb 12, 2004, 01:45 markv
What bugs (excluding class balancing, pathing, and the sound engine of shitness) are still left unfixed from LDoN? Remember that UI updates are happening all the time, so you can't blame that on an expansion per say, as things get added all the time.

Saying an encounter is impossible is not a bug, that's SOE not knowing how to design said encounter. Class Balancing has been a grief since DAY ONE OF EVERQUEST. Wah the necros are too powerful, wah this class is too powerful, wah the enchanters, wah the Shamans are too wimpy, wah wah wah. That is something that will not go away, no matter what. You cannot please everyone. SOE used to be on the hard line stance of having their "Vision"TM, and have clawed back from that and given what a lot of the classes have wanted. Yes there are still major issues with the class balancing, and I'm not denying that. I played a monk, and going from superman to mediocre with one nerf kind of stung, but I wasn't surprised it was coming.

People complain constantly about zones being overcrowded, about content not being there, or old content should be revamped. I think old content should be, however SOE never laid claims that they would revamp a zone at a later date. I like it when they have, and I know they've screwed up their rollout of some of the revamps (Frontier Mountains not being updated when Drolga was, for the Angry goblin as an example).

Bugs are to be expected with each release and patch of something. SOE has improved greatly in their rollouts of new expansions. LDoN was what I would consider one of the best rollouts to date with minimal needless downtime. Their patch time have improved quite a bit from the 12 hours of doom down to the 2 to 5 hours they actually say. There are times where they fumble, but it's nothing like before.

Itemization is another complaint with each new expansion. Again this is NOT a bug. This is SOE being too braindead to understand fundamental balancing/design flaws.

Dup bugs and EXP abuse bugs have been around forever. People are constantly finding ways to circumvent the rules. SOE does address fixing those bugs, but if you notice their lack of Customer Service, and their want of the almighty dollar, has staved them off from going on the rampage with suspensions and bannings. The latest EXP abuse bug with charming is a classic example of it. People have been freely admiting to abusing it, however they had no repercussions happen to them.

As for your comment about expansions between MMO and MP games, I never said they were the same, however you do miss out on feature sets that aren't provided to you otherwise. Classic Example - NWN you need to have Undertides to become an Assassin, if you buy Hoardes, you still do not get access to this Prestige class. How is that any different? Oh wait, it's nots.

Now to address addiction - Personally I don't find a game where you do the same thing repeatedly to be addicting. Tradeskills are about as entertaining as getting a root canal in my books, but to each their own in what they find fun. The enjoyment for me was in pulling, exploring, seeing new areas. Seeing how much I could haul in to the raid force in a pull without causing a wipe, and cackling gleefully when I did cause one because I got to hear my GM yelling at everyone.

As for griefers in a game (what you experienced with that guy cussing you out). You find that in any game.

PS - MY EQ Days aren't 'old' considering I cancelled my account in mid December. Also, if you're going to insult me in a round about way by saying I don't have a clue, at least have the balls to say it straight out.

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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - EQ: Gates of Discord
56. Re: Whoah Feb 11, 2004, 17:42 markv
It's funny reading all of this.

To the guy with the DVD arguement. When DVD players originally came out, if you wanted more features such as progressive scan, built in 5.1 decoder etc etc, you had to purchase a new DVD player. Same kind of concept with a MMO game. If you want more content, better abilities, functions, upgrades to your character, then be prepaired to pay for it. The monthly service fee laid out is to maintain the servers, bandwidth, and pay for their Customer Service representatives.

I played EQ since it first came out, and when my guild finally disbanded back in October, I lost the desire to play. The only valid complaint I can see people having is that their $12.95/month, or whatever it is now, is not garnering them the customer service that they should get. Quite frankly the CS at SOE is attrocious, and not what was originally advertised. THIS is the main complaint people have with SOE. Not that you have to buy a new expansion to get somewhere, but that the Live Events and Quests from the get go were non-existant and or broken. The other big complaint was the lack of addressing bugs currently in the game, or not fixing something such as the sound engine (which has been a lost cause since day one, and really who wants to listen to the sound of a spell casting repeatedly).

Another complaint people have is based on game mechanics, time sinks, and the likes. The time sinks are horrendous, I'll give you that, however they are also addressing those issues with expansions like LDoN.

Also note - not all expansions were required for you to advance somewhere, nor did you need to purchase them all. A good example was the LoY expansion. Complete crap, and people basically only bought it to get the extra slots in the bank, and be able to dye their armour. But a lot of people did not even bother purchasing it. When Kunark came out, I knew of numerous people who did not even bother with the expansion, and skipped that content entirely. They were still completely content with staying in the original Norrath continent.

Beaver - Expansions for Starcraft, NWN etc are in the same boat. Without them you miss out on feature sets not available in the original. People will scoff at you if you play it online against others. You might not see it to the same extent, but it still happens.

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News Comments > Universal Combat Demo
2. Re: Yay? Feb 10, 2004, 17:59 markv
I wonder what didn't work on the first demo they released earlier on today. I never did read what caused the issues.

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News Comments > More 3000AD vs DreamCatcher
47. Re: No subject Feb 1, 2004, 21:35 markv
I see that Dr. Smart's new found free time (because he is no longer going to be making a demo, or support UC) is being used wisely!

What's sad is I might actually enjoy one of his games, but I refuse to purchase, nor endorse his product to any of my friends, because of his crazy, irrational and confrontational attitude to anyone that does not view life through his glasses.

Now I await to be called an uneducated wanker who can't read english and is obviously a trolling dolt with no life by Dr. Smart.

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News Comments > Derek Smart vs DreamCatcher
20. Re: On Patching Jan 30, 2004, 03:51 markv
I can admit that if DC dropped the price to $19.99 without consulting DS, then yeah he has a valid complaint. That being said, again he shows little to no business tact, and just goes ballistic in his own forums over it, before he spoke with the distributor (I am noting this from the lack of anything he posted in his own forums saying he spoke to DC regarding the change before he posted his tyraid).

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News Comments > Dogpile on GTA
48. Re: No subject Jan 26, 2004, 17:03 markv
Don't be a retard. Products that are of poor taste shouldn't come to market.

Now I'm kind of confused here, but isn't the world riddled with products of poor taste? If you don't like it, don't purchase it. That's where freedom of choice comes in. You can do with your money as you see fit. Just because you don't like it, does not mean someone else doesn't. I'm sure people find midget pornography in poor taste, but it's still out there available for those who enjoy it. Now if GTA3/VC was rated "E" and had commercials geared for the children to purchase it, you might have a case of something being in 'poor taste'.

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News Comments > Call of Duty and PunkBuster
39. Re: PB Jan 24, 2004, 14:23 markv

there you go, sof2 cheat. aimbot, wallhack, non-detected by PB. this link is wide spread, and i've seen a myriad of clans using this all the time. It's quite disgusting really, especially when you're doing clan matches and you know the guy is wall hacking and aimboting. the person simply toggles aim on/off etc through binds while playing the game to try and keep things like accuracy down, etc.

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News Comments > Combat Over Universal Combat
50. Re: No subject Dec 22, 2003, 22:39 markv
What's sad is the total lack of professionalism by dragging this tripe in to his forums and making it public. There are far more diplomatic ways of handling this, however since Derek is such a meglomaniac, this course of action isn't very surprising.

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News Comments > On The Galaxies Launch
44. Re: SP/FLA Jul 1, 2003, 03:18 markv
If you like those Vancouver bands you should also check out Loverboy

I have all of the SP CD's, though I must admit I never liked KMFDM as much as I liked SP. Though it's been a long time since I've listened to any of it. Those were the days!

If you like that you'd also like Pigface. Also if you want some grindcore/noise try out Godflesh.

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News Comments > Nintendo's Next Move
53. Re: Me, a troll? Jan 27, 2003, 04:03 markv
heh my bad for using the wrong quote, I meant to use this one "Nintendo's the only company that still cares about quality, that's what they've done. Take apart a GameCube and compare it to a PS2 or Xbox and tell me who's dedicated to making impressive videogame hardware."

However, the quote of you saying they're equal in power is a joke too. No-one said that the Xbox wasn't a PC in a box, HOWEVER, if you want to argue semantics even a GC and PS2 are PC's in a box, same fundamentals involved, different outcomes than what we usually see.

That being said, again, comparing them flat out as to which is the 'best hardware', it is again, the Xbox. Better graphics processor, better sound processing, the only thing that it doesn't compare to on the GC is the controller, and that is only peoples personal preference.

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News Comments > Nintendo's Next Move
50. Re: Me, a troll? Jan 26, 2003, 19:37 markv
"Try reading the entire article instead of just counting the number of triangles each console can draw: "Short story long, neither console is an absolute slam-dunk winner over the other." That's the same thing I said that started this little bitchfest of yours. Thank you for proving my point better than I could myself."

Here why don't you finish the quote "Each has its respective upsides and downsides, although all told, I'd have to give the technical edge to Xbox" instead of taking just a part of it, jackass.

Your quote from earlier on was the fact that 'Gamecube' made better hardware than anyone else. Where, in fact, hardware wise the edge hands down goes to Xbox. Also not pointed out in those numbers is the fact taht the Xbox comes with built in broadband, and a hard-drive, ability to play your own soundtrack, dvd playback etc etc.

Like I said earlier, I like the GC, however once again for you to spout that tripe is a joke. It's not a 'bitchfest' as you like to say, it's pointing out that your comment is just plain WRONG.

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News Comments > Nintendo's Next Move
46. Re: Me, a troll? Jan 26, 2003, 03:44 markv
"Read the specs and play the games. There is no debate here, you are simply wrong.",3973,18431,00.asp

Yes, I must be so wrong. Reading the specs of course points out that the Xbox is superior. Playing the games shows me that the Xbox sounds and looks better, and that's comparing games straight across that have spanned the different platforms.

I like all the current consoles, hell I still play my 8bit NES, however for you to spout this tripe is a joke.

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News Comments > Nintendo's Next Move
41. Re: Me, a troll? Jan 25, 2003, 16:50 markv
"For the record, I own an Xbox and a GameCube. I think they're about equal in power, assuming the developer knows how to take advantage of the hardware"

You must be retarded. Denying hardware wise the XBox hands down slays anything the GC can do is stupid. Please can you spout some more idiocy.

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News Comments > New Jedi Knight Shooter?
45. Re: No subject Jan 24, 2003, 23:53 markv
So like.. does this mean Von Helmet and Dr. Del are the same person?

Rock on shalom!

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