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Signed On May 23, 2007, 15:29
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News Comments > Earth & Beyond Emulator
3. Re: Earth & Beyond Emulator Oct 27, 2009, 13:08 JohnBirshire
I remember playing this at release for a couple weeks. Ultimately stale, but I suppose you could kill a few weeks in it.  
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News Comments > Champions Online Free Next Weekend
20. Character design is fun... Oct 25, 2009, 14:37 JohnBirshire
Champions is worth playing once just to design a few characters. I spent longer designing the characters than I did playing.  
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News Comments > On PlanetSide Next
4. Planetside... Oct 11, 2009, 14:00 JohnBirshire
is the most underrated MMO I've ever played, and I've played 50+ of them.  
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News Comments > Study: Gamers "More Aggressive to Strangers"
26. SCREW YOU ALL!!!!! Sep 30, 2009, 00:35 JohnBirshire
YOU ALL GONNA DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  
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News Comments > Free Strange Adventures in Infinite Space
2. Thank you... Sep 29, 2009, 13:07 JohnBirshire
Anybody know how to play it in Windowed mode?  
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News Comments > UO Return to Britannia Campaign
27. UOGamers... Sep 29, 2009, 03:02 JohnBirshire

I "came back" to UO a few years ago, and did so by playing on the UOGamer's Hybrid server. It is the closest thing to the original feel of UO you can get, with no expansions past T2A. It is also open PvP, with reds allowed anywhere. Online population is always 1,000+, sometimes upwards of 2,500, and with the smaller original landmass you see people everywhere. *unlike the ever shrinking population combined with an ever growing landmass of the official servers that make them feel like ghostlands* PvP is also fun and balanced, with many possible PvP templates, and no "items to win" so skill actually matters. I can't recommend it enough for someone looking for a little trip down nostalgia lane.
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News Comments > Impulse Top 10
1. Capitalism 2? Sep 29, 2009, 02:53 JohnBirshire
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News Comments > Fallout Legal Fallout
9. Bethesda bashing... Sep 12, 2009, 15:26 JohnBirshire
I think it's a legit complaint. If I saw a package labeled "Fallout trilogy" on the shelf, my first assumption would be that it includes Fallouts 1, 2 and 3.

Amen. People are jumping on Bethesda's case, without looking at all the facts. I recently saw "Fallout Trilogy" on store shelves as well, and immediately thought "Wow, that was quick", of course thinking it was 1, 2, and 3 bundled. After closer inspection I realized it was 1 and 2 bundled with Fallout Tactics. Please tell me that was NOT a marketing scheme trying to capitalize on the confusion and/or success of Fallout 3, please do.

As for people who say Fallout 3 was a disappointment, sucked in comparison, or as the earlier poster in this thread stated "If people play the first two Fallouts, they'll realize how disappointing FO3 was.", I call bullcrap. Don't get me wrong, I played Fallout before it was even released and was blown away. I literally played the little demo that came with a PC Gamer magazine for about 20 hours, and it didn't even have that much content, that is how mesmerized I was with it. I then proceeded to play Fallout 1 and 2 religiously. But to come out and flame Fallout 3 is asinine. It sold millions of more copies, made tens of millions of more dollars, was even REVIEWED HIGHER than Fallout 1 and 2, and brought much more fame and recognition to the Fallout series than it previously had. If you call that a failure, you are a moron. People who never even heard of Fallout 1 or 2 are going back and playing them because Fallout 3 caught their interest, so "hardcore elite fanbois" should be kissing Bethesda's ass, not flaming them.

The only thing I am worried about now is that this Interplay/Bethesda lawsuit, counter-suit, etc battle doesn't put a Fallout MMO in jeopardy, because such an MMO would awesome.
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - UO: Stygian Abyss
2. I miss UO so much... Sep 8, 2009, 18:09 JohnBirshire
UO from 97 through 99 were probably the most memorable years in my lifelong gaming career. If I even began to explain why it would turn into a 100 page thesis.

New MMOs are somewhat entertaining, but ultimately sub-par to the feelings I had when playing UO back in the day. It is hard to explain, but when I was playing UO I literally felt like I was "living" in it.

Glad to see there is still a market for it however, it truly is a one of a kind game.
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News Comments > No PC Section 8 Demo Plans
14. Don't worry guys! Sep 4, 2009, 20:51 JohnBirshire
I demo'ed the game on the 360 for you all, and it sucks. Your welcome!  
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News Comments > Game Reviews
3. That Champions Online review was... Sep 3, 2009, 02:13 JohnBirshire
absolutely terrible. Gave almost no insight whatsoever into the game, just some screenshots followed by a sentence or two for each. I think they were just rushing to be one of the first to review it in order to get site views, at the cost of any actual quality.

I especially like where they said "we can't recommend this game" then continued to give it an 80% rating.

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News Comments > Molyneux on Bullfrog Revivals
5. Would love another Syndicate... Aug 26, 2009, 04:13 JohnBirshire
The first was one of my top 5 favorite games of all time.

The others would most likely be The Elder Scrolls: Arena, Privateer, Tie Fighter, and Ultima 7.

Syndicate 2 was terrible unfortunately.
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News Comments > Command & Conquer 4 Facts
10. Terrible competitive multiplayer... Aug 26, 2009, 04:11 JohnBirshire
In every C&C game there was literally 1 strategy that almost every single player would use.

I remember watching a Tournament last year where every single player in the entire tournament was using the same faction and same units, it was embarrassing.

Stick to Starcraft, WC3, or wait until SC2.
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News Comments > Serious Sam HD Trailer
13. Looking forward to this... Aug 15, 2009, 23:56 JohnBirshire
Serious Sam was an absolute joy to play. Serious Sam 2 seriously disappointed me, I'd much rather play the original with upgraded graphics. *although the originals graphics weren't bad*  
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News Comments > Champions Online Subscription Plans
16. Lifetime plan is an unwise move... Aug 4, 2009, 13:19 JohnBirshire
I know people who have been playing Ultima Online and Everquest for 10 years straight and have paid over $1500+ to do so. Yes, you were right about it having "Bill Roper's name on it", because it is an asinine idea from a man full of them.  
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News Comments > The Matrix Online Retrospective
4. The 3rd movie is what killed it... Jul 28, 2009, 01:18 JohnBirshire
And since the movie was so fucking bad, it left a sour taste in everyone's mouth, which probably killed a lot of interest in the game.

My thoughts as well. You can write a 50 page article about "What went wrong with Matrix Online", or you can summarize it in two words: Third Movie.
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News Comments > On The Monkey Island SE Size Difference
9. The new graphics are great... Jul 16, 2009, 13:53 JohnBirshire
I disagree completely with people complaining about the new graphics, I think they are just complaining for the sake of it. You can press a button and instantaneously switch from the old to the new, and almost every single scene in the entire game is almost a perfect mirror image. Shut up and quit bitching.  
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News Comments > WoW to be Banned in China?
2. Re: WoW to be Banned in China? Jul 16, 2009, 13:49 JohnBirshire
This is asinine. The Chinese are playing 100s of Asian MMOs, but an American one is banned. What a bunch of hypocrites. They'd be throwing a fit if Americans started banning all Chinese products.  
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - The Secret of Monkey Island: SE
31. 19 years since Jul 16, 2009, 03:25 JohnBirshire
For many of us it's been 16 to 19 years since we played the Monkey Island games.

Exactly. I had fond memories of playing old adventure classics such as Secret of Monkey Island, Loom, King's Quest, Leisure Suit Larry, etc as a kid. Although I've always wanted to get around to going back and replaying them, I haven't gotten to all of them. Remastered additions such as this one are an excellent way to reminiscence, it is fun realizing that you remember solutions from almost 20 years ago when you're playing today. Being able to instantaneously switch from the original to the new and back again with a quick button press is also great, I love seeing the old scenes again while playing the new version at the exact same time. My son is also having fun playing it, I would have never gotten him to play the original version, now this way he can see games I grew up playing. The few haters can flame all they want, but I hope this progression is continued and add a few more classics to their agenda. I'd love to see Conquests of the Longbow: The Legend of Robin Hood!
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News Comments > Ships Ahoy - The Secret of Monkey Island: SE
17. Re: Ships Ahoy - The Secret of Monkey Island: SE Jul 15, 2009, 15:15 JohnBirshire
I downloaded the demo on XBox Live, played it for roughly 2 minutes, said to hell with the demo and downloaded the full game. It isn't very often when you quit the demo right away because they've already convinced you to buy the game. Once I walked down from the lookout tower and was standing on the peer with the moon shining and the wave sound effects, that was all I needed to see. They did a great job with this.  
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