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Nickname Asmodai
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Signed On Jun 2, 2005, 22:47
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News Comments > No Man's Sky Patched
6. Re: No Man's Sky Patched Aug 11, 2017, 21:02 Asmodai
 
Wonder if it's possible to crash your ship yet, or are you still protected by the invisible "pull up and fly straight" bumper system?  
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News Comments > War Tech Fighters Announced
2. Re: War Tech Fighters Announced Aug 5, 2017, 06:39 Asmodai
 
Oh dear, that looks fucking awful... = \  
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News Comments > Secret World Legends Launches
10. Re: Secret World Legends Launches Aug 1, 2017, 18:49 Asmodai
 
HoSpanky wrote on Aug 1, 2017, 10:29:
Thanks for the review, Asmodai. I have a friend who was wanting to get us into this game (he bought a lifetime account when it first came out). I may still check it out for the storylines, but it sounds like I'm going to be absurdly underpowered and hit a difficulty wall pretty quickly if loot drops are locked behind a paywall.

Sorry, I should clarify.

All loot bags come from quests, and they are abundant, but loot gearing up = use the abundant greens that are basically useless as XP for your chosen items to power them up.

Your power level in game for PvE content is not a huge issue (although later areas do get difficult to solo, something I don't actually mind), so I'd definitely suggest having a look, but it's good to be eyes wide open about the volume of prods to pay to win. The investigation quests are seriously challenging (eg. deciphering morse code, translating Romanian and ancient Greek, working out triangulation on a map using cryptic clues etc). Most players just go to the cheat sites for solutions but you can spend hours nutting out the puzzles (one quest, Hell and Bach, requires you to translate latin then match the letters to demonic glyphs to key in phrases to 4-5 different summoning circles to complete a ritual).
 
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News Comments > Secret World Legends Launches
1. Re: Secret World Legends Launches Aug 1, 2017, 10:05 Asmodai
 
While I've enjoyed replaying SW (originally a lifetime grandmaster account), SWL is 100% P2W at the moment. You can freely boost stats, items etc with real money (at obscene prices, to fully boost a base green to an orange quality will likely run you over 100 bucks...). You can also buy skill and AP points to unlock abilities as fast as you can run up a credit bill, and trade the RM currency for in game AH currency. There are also no loot drops from regular mobs, only boxes that you have to pay RM currency to buy keys to open (standard crap shoot for items out of the box of course).

That being said, you can easily trade in game currency for premium currency (although in game currency earning is gated to 10 or 12k a day depending on your patron status + whatever you earn off the AH), but in the end, the game, while fun, doesn't hold anything really new for returning SW players. I just don't get why people are firing so much money at it tbh...

Oh yeah, and there are still bugs (included the awful in game browser) that were present since the original TSW beta. They've also currently stripped out faction questlines for the most part which makes playing different factions somewhat pointless unless you like the costume options.

Worth a play if you intend to ignore just how hard they press you to spend as the combat is improved (if not great) and the core content/lore/storyline is actually very well done, but this re-release has been substantially ruined by the cash grab.
 
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News Comments > EA on Game Streaming
10. Re: EA on Game Streaming Jul 29, 2017, 02:59 Asmodai
 
This is comparing turds to diarrhea...

At the end of the day, it's still EA churning out shit.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
4. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Jul 24, 2017, 17:10 Asmodai
 
loomy wrote on Jul 24, 2017, 16:49:
the fact is booth babes are there to attract guys. meaning they have no functional purpose other than to exploit your desire to procreate and convert it into money.

Reminds me of a lot of women I met back when I was dating...

I think they should be abolished from sports and conventions because I find their presence insulting. porn is for jerking off. I'm there to see the sport or the game.

Yeah, evil men have to press gang poor oppressed women in to trying out to join a team. VE VILL ZEND ZEM TO ZE CHEERLEADING CAMPS, JA?!?!

Typical infantalising view of women, assuming they are so fucking stupid that they'll obliviously exploit themselves for stadiums full of masturbating knuckle draggers... And you never get the fact that your view of women being completely incapable of standing up for themselves, being so vapid that they are blown around by the wims of men, is the most patronising here.

Women have a choice. Whether it's a matter of monetising their looks as an asset or just because they want to do it, they have the choice. No one puts a gun to their head.
 
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News Comments > Might & Magic SHOWDOWN Shutdown
16. Re: Might & Magic SHOWDOWN Shutdown Jul 19, 2017, 03:25 Asmodai
 
Kxmode wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 12:31:
Asmodai wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 03:55:
That pretty much sums up pink sheets. Investing in crowdfunding, Kickstarter, Early Access, Fig, Indie GoGo, and a host of similar methods is a recipe for financial and emotional pain. To quote John Oliver, "as in investment, you would be better off burying your money in the actual ground, because at least there is a chance that your dog will dig it up and give it back to you one day." While I realize he was addressing Televangelists, the point applies equally well to backer funded video games with zero transparency and a high chance of failure.

Lol, Televangelists are selling a religious promise, and a pretty shit one at that (make me rich = god will love you). While some game companies indulge in vapourware, most have a lot more to show than religion (which is the ultimate in vapourware, 5k+ years and counting and still nothing to show for it).

As for emotional pain, /shrug, if people can't be grown ups and understand that they are gambling (albeit an educated gamble), then they shouldn't bother. I have more regret on properly release titles that I've thrown money at then the relative pittance I've spent on KS/crowdfunded games.

There's a huge difference between pitching video game projects to the general public and venture capital investors. First, and foremost, Ventures want something new, something innovative, something with a potential for rapid growth, a well-developed business model, and a great management team. Enterprises want to see working prototypes. They want a full audit annually to ensure their money remains unsquandered on things like $20,000 espresso machines. Lastly, additional funding to based purely on reached milestones. Virtually all public backer games take sponsor money and go silent with the occasional updates; the complete opposite of what Ventures require.

"Virtually all"? X D

Guess you've never actually participated in a KS, I have to create email folders and rules as comms come out so frequently for some of them.

You're certainly not wrong that there are some crappy operators who are just in it to scam money, but you're ignoring (deliberately at this point) that KS has produced some great games that might not have otherwise been made.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
2. Re: Morning Safety Dance Jul 18, 2017, 17:21 Asmodai
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jul 18, 2017, 12:52:
In the era of big business, money trumps all.

Seriously?

Idiocy trumps all
 
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News Comments > Might & Magic SHOWDOWN Shutdown
11. Re: Might & Magic SHOWDOWN Shutdown Jul 18, 2017, 03:55 Asmodai
 
Kxmode wrote on Jul 17, 2017, 23:08:
@Cutter, @eRe4s3r - Early Access and crowd funding are like the OTC stock market. I hope we're intelligent enough not to invest in such shenanigans.

I like to think of them as venture capital, where you "invest" based on a promise of future return but at a significantly higher risk than standard stocks.

Purchasing anything, even food, is an investment where you hopefully get the return of value. Some KS's and early access have been great (7 Days to Die, for example), some not so much.

Venture capital projects exist so people can choose to invest on something that mainstream firms consider too risky, but which may result in something awesome. Many KS games would otherwise not exist (and considering some of the ones I've enjoyed thoroughly so far, I think gaming in general would be a poorer place without them).

The difference between crowd funding and taking an idea to "real" investors (be it a software company, production mob or even your boss) is semantic at best, it's just different people assuming the risk.

Too many people have forgotten (or choose to ignore) that KS and early access are inherently risky (and get riskier depending on who is running it and their track record). Nothing new there, I participated in many alphas, helping out with bug reporting etc, only to see ppl bitching that the game was very broken... Well fucking duh.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Ball FighterZ Trailer
2. Re: Dragon Ball FighterZ Trailer Jul 17, 2017, 16:56 Asmodai
 
ItBurn wrote on Jul 17, 2017, 12:20:
Can't wait for this game. It looks so much like Dragonball Z Hyper Dimension, which I consider the best DBZ game of all time.

Could never wrap my head around the show which seemed to involve large amounts of time with two characters posing in front of each other followed by a lot of glowing and screaming... = \
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Jul 13, 2017, 16:43 Asmodai
 
I will be honestly disappointed if the lawyer robot doesn't have an IDE cable for a tie... ; )  
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News Comments > Firefall Falls
10. Re: Firefall Falls Jul 8, 2017, 01:18 Asmodai
 
HoSpanky wrote on Jul 7, 2017, 16:45:
This is one of those games I always intended to check out, but the release date kept slipping, and then it came out with no fanfare that I recall.

From the comments, it sounds like I missed out on something kinda neat but ultimately disappointing.

There were moments went it was brilliant, but unfortunately it got buried under in fighting, constant major shifts in character advancement, a dev team that paid too much attention to a few vocal founders who spoke out their asses and the lure of esports...

Biggest fuck up they made was ditching the original leveling system (right after friends and family beta and the initial founder release) for horizontal progression. Content was limited as was the level of the mobs you could fight, so you could only practically get 4 or 5 levels before XP income from kills (no quests) was dead. This prompted a lot of people to bitch the game was too grindy (wouldn't have been with more higher level content...) so the first major retool occurred and they made progression flat and ditched the heal hose for skill shot bullshit medic abilities...

From there, the community divided and they kept chasing the impossible "make everyone happy". Content releases etc expanded the world and it was great fun at times, but flat progression meant that if you were a good player, you could pretty much do any content that didn't have a DPS gate solo as soon as you started, ie. head off in a random direction and rely on your skill rather than your gear. This prompted invention of ways to hold players back artificially so they didn't consume the entire content in days. Etc etc etc...

And then there was Grummz and his management (or lack thereof) of the staff.

This game should be a case study for any new dev team interested in making a MMO of how to take a great IP/concept and really fuck the ever loving shit out of it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
14. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 6, 2017, 06:04 Asmodai
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Jul 5, 2017, 12:58:
Couple hundred years ago, intelligence was revered in noble classes and innovation was applauded and encouraged.

Now it's like idiocy is encourages and applauded.

Trying to make people stupid.

We used to be able to point out the village idiot and everyone would just fucking ignore them.

Now they are special and we need to make sure they don't get hurt feelings by telling them that they are in fact still a village idiot...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
49. Re: Out of the Blue Jul 3, 2017, 23:46 Asmodai
 
Cutter wrote on Jul 3, 2017, 13:48:
Nice advertorial for the Nuclear Power lobby there. Lol!

As a person with zero investment in nuclear power, I have been talking about waste products of solar panels for over a decade.

Solar is a feel good technology that you can stick on your house and does fuck actual all to solve the problem of moving from carbon based to cleaner energy... Same as the amount of carbon emitted to produce the concrete used in nuke reactors (a significant amount), there are intangibles or difficult to analyse costs with every form of energy generation that need to be addressed in picking an appropriate overall strategy. Shotgunning panels all over roofs is not a strategy...

You'll notice few people talk about the massive offshoring of production of solar tech to China, or the intense carbon usage that powers it, right? \= )

It just so happens that nuclear is the boogeyman because of 3 notable reactor incidents that claimed not even a fraction of the lives killed by coal power. And solar panels do rely on carbon power and very toxic components to produce, and they are not disposed of well. That's just a fact.

Nuclear also has a metric tonne of problems, but to discount it from the equation is moronic.

We need a conversation about future power supply that is honest Cutter, not a competition of ideologies. Too many vital discussions that have global implications (climate change for example) have been derailed by ideological morons on both sides, and the end result is we go round in circles.
 
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
1. Re: Evening Safety Dance Jun 28, 2017, 21:44 Asmodai
 
Lol, and here I was thinking an x-ray with a trained operator would be enough to spot a bomb inside a laptop. And the dogs. And the chemical sniffers/swab tests.

Guess the chimps in TSA uniforms just aren't up to snuff...

Reminds me of the old 5 star boarding passes we got as foreign nationals traveling in to the US back in the 2000's... 3 hour wait for a 30 minute LV to LA jump. /facepalm
 
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News Comments > Raf Colantonio Leaving Arkane
4. Re: Raf Colantonio Leaving Arkane Jun 27, 2017, 20:21 Asmodai
 
Whelp, if he's annoyed CJ he's obviously doing something right...  
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News Comments > Star Citizen Bank Loan Follow-up
58. Re: Star Citizen Bank Loan Follow-up Jun 26, 2017, 19:56 Asmodai
 
Cutter wrote on Jun 26, 2017, 19:22:
Can we start a KS to get these idiotic trolls around here to fucking kill themselves already? They are just an absolute waste of space and resources. They are just garbage, and that's an insult to garbage.

Here's an example of a person who should have "invested" in therapy for his anger issues years ago...

Besides, Cutter get's so angry because he's a hopeful optimist dealing with crushing disappointment...
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Bank Loan Follow-up
56. Re: Star Citizen Bank Loan Follow-up Jun 26, 2017, 19:49 Asmodai
 
I'm not going to argue whether or not the game is going to show up.

I'm going to argue my wife, who cuts every fucking financial corner she can, takes advantage of every % that she can wring out of the system. It's astoundingly frustrating to me, but she really cares about grinding out cash...

And you know what? We're fucking miles ahead better for it than we would be if we went with my "yeah, whatever" attitude to finances. We could have paid our house off 5 years ago but the low interest rates made it a far more financially advantageous to invest that extra capital in higher returns. But OH NOES, we're still in debt... We must be almost bankrupt?!?!?!?! Rolleyes

Big companies dealing in millions of dollars do shit like this because it saves them money, in some cases quite astounding amounts of money. It's the reason why big companies get bigger while fucking ignorant dirt farmers sit around on forums picking navel lint and bitching about everything.

 
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News Comments > Op Ed
34. Re: Op Ed Jun 25, 2017, 20:49 Asmodai
 
Choobeastia wrote on Jun 25, 2017, 20:19:
It would be nice if Blue added that to the post. Regardless of anyone's feelings on SC, I've often felt like Blue is super anti-SC, and tends to favor the anti-SC posts. The fact that he posted Derek Smart at all is a little horrible. It's like posting Flat Earther webpages as 'articles,' rather than satire.

To be fair, DS stuff is posted because the guy is the human equivalent of a train wreck. You know you shouldn't look but there is something morbidly fascinating at how bad it is...
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
5. Re: Into the Black Jun 16, 2017, 07:17 Asmodai
 
Yup, the first thing you want when traveling (which is always soo much fun) is to be the butt of some dicks joke.

On the plus side, given airport paranoia, he'll probably end up with a cavity search and a government sponsored stay in a "happy camp" when TSA notices him...

Wonder if he'll find that funny?
 
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