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Real Name Michael Braun   
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Nickname Talisorn
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Signed On Oct 15, 2003, 02:59
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News Comments > Minecraft Sells 1 Million
12. Re: Minecraft Sells 1 Million Jan 13, 2011, 16:30 Talisorn
 
With regard to irony and sarcasm in the interwebz, lets start with some definitions ....
Irony is a rhetorical device, literary technique, or situation in which there is a sharp incongruity or discordance that goes beyond the simple and evident intention of words or actions. Ironic statements (verbal irony) often convey a meaning exactly opposite from their literal meaning. In ironic situations (situational irony), actions often have an effect exactly opposite from what is intended. The discordance of verbal irony is created as a means of communication (as in art or rhetoric). Descriptions or depictions of situational and dramatic ironies, whether in fiction or in non-fiction, serve a communicative function of sharpening or highlighting certain discordant features of reality.
Sarcasm on the other hand is a form of irony used for specific purpose ...
Sarcasm is “a sharp, bitter, or cutting expression or remark; a bitter jibe or taunt.” Though irony is usually the immediate context most authorities sharply distinguish sarcasm from irony, however others argue that sarcasm may or often does involve irony or employs ambivalence. Sarcasm has been identified as a possible bullying action.
Furthermore, sarcasm is usually identified by the tonal nature of it's use ... something that is quite difficult to identify is a textual medium ...
In English, sarcasm in amateur actors is often telegraphed with kinesic/prosodic cues by speaking more slowly and with a lower pitch. Similarly, Dutch uses a lowered pitch; sometimes to such an extent that the expression is reduced to a mere mumble. But other research shows that there are many ways that real speakers signal sarcastic intentions. One study found that in Cantonese sarcasm is indicated by raising the fundamental frequency of one's voice.
So distinguishing irony from sarcasm on a forum such as this is quite difficult, unless undestanding the authors state of mind at the time or given /sarcasm tags.

Ironically, it is a well known fact that Americans don't understand irony ... they only understand sarcasm (... unless carefully trained otherwise). So (assuming he is American) perhaps Tumbler WAS infact employing sarcasm due to natural racial incompetencies.

That last part was sarcasm, BTW ...
 
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News Comments > Minecraft Sells 1 Million
7. Re: Minecraft Sells 1 Million Jan 12, 2011, 20:45 Talisorn
 
gilly775 wrote on Jan 12, 2011, 20:38:
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Tumbler wrote on Jan 12, 2011, 17:58:
3171184 people have registered and 1000552 people bought the game

That is straight piracy right there, only 1/3 of everyone playing the game has paid you, they stole approx $50,000,000 USD ($25 x 2 million) from your pockets. Registered Users are pirates, don't think otherwise, that is straight fact right there. You don't even need evidence. They're stealing shit.

You need always on DRM to solve this problem. Use always on DRM and you instantly make $50,000,000 cause all those people will pay you.

Dude, have you even played the game? You need to log in to play and registered could be logging into the site. That means for the demo. This doesn't necessarily mean piracy.

Even with a post so obviously caked with irony to the point you can pull some off and make bread with it, some people just can't see it ....
 
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News Comments > FINAL FANTASY XIV Reboot Plans
18. Re: FINAL FANTASY XIV Reboot Plans Jan 4, 2011, 02:48 Talisorn
 
FF XIV is Square Enix's AC2 ... a complete, unmitigated, unsalvageable disaster.  
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News Comments > The Lord of the Rings Online Patched
4. Re: The Lord of the Rings Online Patched Nov 29, 2010, 16:29 Talisorn
 
Strange as it may seem, FTP has ended up making LotRO even more profitable. More content more regularly can only be a good thing. This bodes well for my favorite MMO!!

shul wrote on Nov 29, 2010, 15:39:
is that the case for D&D online as well? or can you levelup as paying members ?

Huh?
 
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News Comments > Bethesda Passed on Fallout MMOG Rights
16. Re: Bethesda Passed on Fallout MMOG Rights Oct 22, 2010, 15:26 Talisorn
 
Interplay snapped up the rights to a Fallout MMO just so they could squeeze money out of Bethesda. Well color me surprised.

I knew they had no intention of following through. They are incapable of creating a MMO ... let alone do justice to a Fallout MMO. Scratch that dream.
 
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News Comments > NA Server Access for SEA/AU.NZ StarCraft II Players
8. Re: NA Server Access for SEA/AU.NZ StarCraft II Players Sep 20, 2010, 17:52 Talisorn
 
necrosis wrote on Sep 20, 2010, 10:59:
People voluntarily want higher pings?
It's got more to do with RealID and the WoW servers. Blizzard have all the AU/NZ WoW players on the NA servers and yet put them on the SEA Starcraft servers. As a result, players cannot see their RealID friends playing WoW when they play Starcraft and vice-versa. The way it was at SC launch ran contray to how RealID was advertised.
 
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News Comments > Free Love Weekend
7. Re: Free Love Weekend Sep 2, 2010, 16:57 Talisorn
 
Elessar wrote on Sep 2, 2010, 14:55:
Frijoles wrote on Sep 2, 2010, 13:37:
Techie714 © wrote on Sep 2, 2010, 11:54:
Great concept though the graphics were awful imo.

Understatement of the year. The graphics are a horrible mess. At least this will get some players in the game. There were zero when I signed up a couple of months ago. I honestly don't know why this game gets so much good press. It's like they didn't try it.
"They" didn't do anything. The game was largely developed by one guy, Eskil Steenberg. Saying the graphics are horrible in relation to this type of endeavor is a pretty shallow statement. Personally, I've never played, but I have looked at vids and it's an ambitious project and certainly isn't out there to win any graphics awards, rather, it looks to impress with innovation. In short, know a little bit before you flame.
Yup. Considering this was a labour of love (pardon the pun) by ONE GUY, saying the graphics are no good is like saying Picasso sucked because he lacked realism.
 
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News Comments > Gold - LEGO Universe
7. Re: Gold - LEGO Universe Sep 2, 2010, 16:53 Talisorn
 
LOC wrote on Sep 2, 2010, 16:18:
Saturated fat wrote on Sep 2, 2010, 14:51:
Hmmm... Only a closed Beta was utilized prior to going gold.
Not sure that instills confidence.

The game "has surpassed quality standards."
Since it was developed by NetDevil would those quality standards be the same as Auto Assaults?

Don't you dare dis Auto Assault! I'm still in mourning

^^ Ditto.

Though your right about one thing. The fact is has gold and not gone to an open Beta is not a good sign.
 
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News Comments > Cryptic on Neverwinter and MMORPGs
13. Re: Cryptic on Neverwinter and MMORPGs Aug 24, 2010, 19:21 Talisorn
 
StingingVelvet wrote on Aug 24, 2010, 18:51:
We have no idea what "kooky" plans they have though, it could be Guild Wars based or they could charge for extended features like Hellgate tried to do.
If their "Kooky" plans mean paying a subscription for an node-and-instance game like Guild Wars or (dare I say it) Hellgate, they can kiss my hairy butt!
 
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News Comments > Cryptic on Neverwinter and MMORPGs
11. Re: Cryptic on Neverwinter and MMORPGs Aug 24, 2010, 18:23 Talisorn
 
I ain't buying in this time. I want to see what it's like before I commit again. The only hope I have for it is that you can create user-based content. If they allow a DM client, then to could be good. If it's relying purely on Cryptic's content, it could be dire.

At least Roper has been shown the door.
 
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News Comments > World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector's Edition Announced
10. Re: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector's Edition Announced Aug 17, 2010, 16:53 Talisorn
 
nin wrote on Aug 17, 2010, 13:51:
GIMMIE!
GIMMIE!
GIMMIE!
GIMMIE!
GIMMIE!

<gasp>
GIMMIE!
GIMMIE!
GIMMIE!
etc, etc...

^ I'm with him.

Verno wrote on Aug 17, 2010, 14:40:
osage no onna wrote on Aug 17, 2010, 14:04:
How many whelp pets does that make now? A couple of dozen? They could've tried a bit harder to come up with something a bit more original.

Why bother? Read the comment below yours. That's the market they're selling to. They don't need to put forth any effort.

Well that and some small pissy-little box just doesn't cut it sitting beside the other three big-arse WoW CE Boxes
 
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News Comments > ZeniMax Acquires Arkane Studios
2. Re: ZeniMax Acquires Arkane Studios Aug 12, 2010, 22:55 Talisorn
 
Surf wrote on Aug 12, 2010, 22:14:
Arx was kick ass!

Agreed!!
 
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News Comments > id: No Tech 5 Licensing
10. Re: id: No Tech 5 Licensing Aug 12, 2010, 22:54 Talisorn
 
Surf wrote on Aug 12, 2010, 22:16:
What??!?!?! You mean the next Elder Scrolls might not have Loading Doors? Haha.
Actually the thought of an Elder Scrolls or Fallout 4 using Tech 5 is pretty damn juicy.
 
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News Comments > R.U.S.E. Drops Ubisoft DRM
52. Re: R.U.S.E. Drops Ubisoft DRM Aug 12, 2010, 20:24 Talisorn
 
Finally a decent compromise. An online verification platform that people will accept and a reasonable level protection for the developer. Sounds like a win/win to me.

Hopefully they can now migrate the rest of their old DRM across.
 
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News Comments > Dungeons Officially Announced
14. Re: Dungeons Officially Announced Aug 12, 2010, 20:22 Talisorn
 
I loved the old Dungeon Keeper. If they can do the old game justice and add on some improvements (like invite players play heroes to trash your dungeon) then it could be a LOT of fun.  
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News Comments > Alganon Going Free
13. Re: Alganon  Going Free Aug 11, 2010, 06:46 Talisorn
 
Sepharo wrote on Aug 10, 2010, 23:35:
Talisorn wrote on Aug 10, 2010, 23:31:
I would rate it better than Guild Wars though.

Alganon or the pay scheme?

Alganon. It's only ordinary. I found Guild Wars boring as bat shit.
 
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News Comments > Alganon Going Free
9. Re: Alganon  Going Free Aug 10, 2010, 23:31 Talisorn
 
Kobalt wrote on Aug 10, 2010, 23:11:
Wait, you are telling me this piece of shit wasn't already free?
You paid $20 for the client but it sub-free, much like Guild Wars. As an MMO, it's pretty ordinary. Not bad. Just ordinary. I would rate it better than Guild Wars though.
 
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News Comments > New Neverwinter Game Announcement Nears?
7. Re: New Neverwinter Game Announcement Nears? Aug 8, 2010, 15:45 Talisorn
 
Ruffiana wrote on Aug 8, 2010, 15:20:
Warskull wrote on Aug 8, 2010, 15:06:
One small problem, who is going to
make this one? Atari lost both Bioware and Obsidian. I would love a good Neverwinter as much as the next guy, but Atari's internal devs are absolutely horrible. Do they have any good studios left to make this?

As for 4th edition, that almost seems made to be played as a video game.

A 'cryptic' mention, eh? Nice, blue.

Is this not the worst kept secret in the industry at this point?

Yup. If memory serves me correctly, Cryptic hinted at making a NWN MMO around six months ago?
 
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News Comments > Fable III PC Delayed, Villager Maker Launched
4. Re: Fable III PC Delayed, Villager Maker Launched Aug 2, 2010, 22:40 Talisorn
 
Bumpy wrote on Aug 2, 2010, 21:34:
LOL. Too predictable. Thanks MS for the push back and showing how much you care.
My thoughts exactly.
 
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News Comments > New China Game Laws
8. Re: New China Game Laws Aug 1, 2010, 19:46 Talisorn
 
Fibrocyte wrote on Aug 1, 2010, 18:57:
Donkey_Punch wrote on Aug 1, 2010, 18:50:
While everyone is pointing fingers at China let us pause and reflect on the fact that we have outsourced all our jobs to this country so corporations and already rich white businessmen can make maximum profits and get even richer.

Enjoy the economic crisis.

She's trying to say something - I just don't know what it is.

Ya think, Magee?
 
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