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Signed On Jan 22, 2009, 07:50
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News Comments > The Old Republic Update Next Week
5. Re: The Old Republic Update Next Week Jan 13, 2012, 04:51 Jonny
 
While I enjoy TOR's leveling reasonably well, it's a Bioware singleplayer game with other people running around, the game at 50 is a huge turn around to anyone who isn't a traditional MMO fan.

Instances, raids or PvP. Ooh! And we're adding more instances and more raids and more PvP!

It's a bit of a bugger, they've copied vanilla WoW so heavily that they've just copied it's Raid or Die endgame as well. Even if you enjoy a bit of PvP like I do that just leaves you with endless warzone grinding or Ilum, a planet distilled from pure tedium.

I'm not sure what I was expecting, but Rift with it's solo dungeons, MoP upcoming with it's trinity less skirmishes and Pokemon or GW2 are all expanding what they offer for people to do at endgame. I'd have thought that given their focus on casual MMO players and singleplayer RPG fans TOR would have been at the forefront of that kind of shift, not several years behind it.
 
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News Comments > etc.
3. Re: 5 Video Games With the Worst Bugs of 2011 Dec 30, 2011, 12:13 Jonny
 
Somebody has obviously never played Sword of the Stars 2.  
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News Comments > On The Old Republic Queues
21. Re: On The Old Republic Queues Dec 22, 2011, 08:24 Jonny
 
Fibrocyte wrote on Dec 22, 2011, 08:14:
Jonny wrote on Dec 22, 2011, 07:36:
I've not had bad queues, around 20 minutes for a full server. Didn't really have a choice to go for a low population one because I had the full 7 days of early access.

What is really annoying me at the moment is that I'm locked out of the game until I sign up for a subscription and their subscription link times out all the damn time. They got my CC details when I bought the thing off Origin, why do they need a subscription until my month runs out?

Yep -- and if you follow their twitter thread they just took swtor and the ea shop offline to try and fix this. This is unfortunate.

It seems to me that swtor has a queue to enter their website (smart) and the ea shop does not (dumb).

Sadly, we can't play until we subscribe.

Thanks for that, now at least I know why I've been stuck in a waiting room for the last 15 minutes.

And as I was writing the queue popped and I got through and placed my sub in about 20 seconds because it already had my CC info. Now to see if the game recognises it.
 
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News Comments > On The Old Republic Queues
18. Re: On The Old Republic Queues Dec 22, 2011, 07:36 Jonny
 
I've not had bad queues, around 20 minutes for a full server. Didn't really have a choice to go for a low population one because I had the full 7 days of early access.

What is really annoying me at the moment is that I'm locked out of the game until I sign up for a subscription and their subscription link times out all the damn time. They got my CC details when I bought the thing off Origin, why do they need a subscription until my month runs out?
 
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News Comments > The Old Republic Preloads; Early Access Next Week
18. Re: The Old Republic Preloads; Early Access Next Week Dec 8, 2011, 05:28 Jonny
 
ASeven wrote on Dec 7, 2011, 22:01:
So, with this game being better than most thought it was, will this be the MMORPG to challenge WoW or is the game too flawed?

I got up to around 16 in the stress test a couple of weeks ago and surprisingly it didn't remind me of WoW at all. I don't know what the endgame might be like, but up till then it was a pure Bioware singleplayer RPG with other folk running around.

Whether that can translate well into MMO repeatability I don't know, but I got all four Empire classes off Dromund Kaas without becoming utterly sick of the quests so there's a good chance it'll be fun rolling alts at least.
 
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News Comments > BioWare VGA Announcement Teaser
4. Re: BioWare VGA Announcement Teaser Nov 23, 2011, 11:54 Jonny
 
Alpha Protocol, Bioware version?  
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News Comments > On the Mass Effect 3 Script Leak
4. Re: On the Mass Effect 3 Script Leak Nov 16, 2011, 09:44 Jonny
 
Dr. D. Schreber wrote on Nov 16, 2011, 04:37:
A lot of the art now in video games is developed in an interesting way where subtle expressions and facial animation, a tilt of the head, the way the camera is positioned, the lighting in a room, they can set the tone and the mood, the sound effects, the layer of audio that's put over the top of a scene, that stuff is really important."

Now why don't you actually put effort into subtle expressions, Bioware? If I had a dime for every time someone rubbed the back of their neck in Mass Effect...

I don't think Bioware does subtle very well, have you seen the name of the Sith Emperor in TOR? Lord Vitiate, originally named Tenebrae from the planet of Nathema? I hear he was born with a big twirly moustache and a penchant for tying young women to railway lines.
 
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News Comments > Skyrim to Offer "Infinite Quests"
21. Re: Skyrim to Offer Nov 9, 2011, 11:52 Jonny
 
yonder wrote on Nov 9, 2011, 11:09:
*IF* this is done right it'll be incredible. It'll take me 200 hours to find out tho. You know the most alarm-raising aspect of this? The fact that they're announcing it *NOW*. Remember how Radiant AI and all of its promises were talked about a friggin yearandahalf before the game was out (closer to 2 years actually)? With highly suspicious anouncements I *expect* there to be plenty of time between the announcements and the game. Bethesda doesn't need hype for Skyrim. If this were a hype announcement, it would have been made a year ago.

I'm taking the opposite view. It raises alarms for me when they're tooting some revolutionary feature well in advance of the launch, because that suggests they're either hyping it ridiculously because they know nobody will know they're bullshitting for a year or are far too optimistic about how it'll actually turn out. Much like Radiant AI in Oblivion was massively hyped yet they could never get it to work as they planned.

On the contrary when they've actually shipped it I'd expect it to be more likely that any hyped feature would be complete, as they know exactly what they've got at launch and any blatant lying would become obvious within a week or so of making the comment.
 
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News Comments > Is WoW Jumping the Panda?
22. Re: Is WoW Jumping the Panda? Nov 8, 2011, 16:20 Jonny
 
nin wrote on Nov 8, 2011, 16:11:

WoW has no swearing, no sex


Someone's never heard about the inn in goldshire...



The cat form ERP I encountered near Goldshire once put me off ever going back. I meant in it's actual content though, not what RP'ers get up to.
 
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News Comments > Is WoW Jumping the Panda?
18. Re: Is WoW Jumping the Panda? Nov 8, 2011, 16:04 Jonny
 
CVSiN wrote on Nov 8, 2011, 14:48:
and MOST adults I've spoken to said they have flat jumped the shark with the whole Kung Fu Panda/Pokemon Bullcrap..

WoW has no swearing, no sex and very little gore. It's brightly coloured and cartoon like. It's got pink haired gnomes and blue space goats in it. If any adult who played WoW before declares that Pandaren have made it a kid's game, then they were seriously out of touch to start with.

As an adult, I don't care. I like WoW's cartoony aesthetic when I'm in the mood for it and when MoP comes out I'll give it a go and make my own mind up about it. I'll probably even try the pet battles to see if they're fun, because I'm not desperate to look grown up to internet strangers by hatin' on the panda.

If it's fun, it's good. That's all I care about, Warcraft is not srs bsns.

This comment was edited on Nov 8, 2011, 16:23.
 
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News Comments > PETA Germany Raps BF3
42. Re: PETA Germany Raps BF3 Nov 8, 2011, 10:00 Jonny
 
Rhino wrote on Nov 7, 2011, 20:28:
Jonny wrote on Nov 7, 2011, 18:47:
Really, these people need to be rounded up and dropped in some wilderness village somewhere, see how Vegan they stay when they don't know where the next meal is coming from.

That doesn't make much sense. Drop them in a place where they don't have a choice and see if they remain Vegan? Most wouldn't, that goes without saying. However, they DO have a choice, so they make that choice. By removing choice you could replace "vegan" with anything and still use that sentence. "Let's see how much those bookworms still love their precious books if we drop them in a remote village where there aren't any and they have to get their entertainment elsewhere!"

As a vegetarian I can say that my level of health spiked up dramatically after dropping meats; and while this isn't to say that meat is inherently unhealthy (there are studies out there to read on that subject if you care enough to do so) my family and I are living proof that meat is almost completely unnecessary. You just need to plan ahead to be certain that you are putting suitable replacement foods into your diet to account for the change in eating habits.

My point was that they can make that choice purely because the society we live in allows them to make that lifestyle choice. As far as I'm concerned anyone is perfectly entitled to eat any diet they like, it's none of my business. However when they make it an ethical issue then I'd say to them they're doing it because it's easy and if they ever had to choose between eating an animal or starving, I'm guessing most would chow down along with everyone else.

Making an ethical stand is easy to do when it's easy, was the root of my comment.
 
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News Comments > PETA Germany Raps BF3
27. Re: PETA Germany Raps BF3 Nov 7, 2011, 18:47 Jonny
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 7, 2011, 15:46:
I'm a PETA member. People for Eating Tasty Animals.

Heh, the other day I saw a "Go Vegan" ad where they had a picture of a dog and a pig and the caption reads "Why love one animal and eat another?" And I'm thinking, 'Does someone really need to explain why this is the case, not just with people but other animals as well?' Hey bud, the universe is a violent place and something always has to die so that something else can live. Sucks, huh? Get a fucking helmet.


They really come out with shit like that? I thought trophic levels were high school biology?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trophic_level

Basically eating an animal that needs to be fed on animals, like a dog, is ridiculously inefficient and only makes sense in places with a serious lack of protein sources. Whereas herbivores and true omnivores like pigs that can be raised on vegetable matter are an order of magnitude more efficient.

Also some, like horses and dogs, are valuable more for their service than their meat. Really, these people need to be rounded up and dropped in some wilderness village somewhere, see how Vegan they stay when they don't know where the next meal is coming from.
 
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News Comments > Steam Forums Hacked?
18. Re: Steam Forums Hacked? Nov 7, 2011, 14:44 Jonny
 
the_culture wrote on Nov 7, 2011, 10:51:
Dear Hackers,

Go hack something useful, like terrorist or child porn websites.

Sincerely Yours,
Everyone in existence

I can't speak for anyone else, but if I had a burning need to hack into something and I had a choice between a site run by murderous lunatics, a site full of shit I don't ever want to see or Steam, it'd be soft non-mentally scarring target all the way.

Also, hacks, porn and free stuff? They're really trying to cover all the bases there aren't they?
 
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News Comments > Australian R18+ Final Guidelines
10. Re: Australian R18+ Final Guidelines Nov 4, 2011, 12:49 Jonny
 
Razumen wrote on Nov 4, 2011, 12:39:
Bhruic wrote on Nov 4, 2011, 12:20:
The general rule is "simulation, yes—the real thing, no".

Uh, until we get some major improvements in computing, I'm pretty sure all computer games are simulations - at best. It'll be holodeck technology before "the real thing" becomes possible.

Yeah I'm not really sure what they mean by that, it's a pretty ridiculous distinction to make. The only thing I could see them calling "the real thing" are full-on sex games, but of course, even they are simulations.

No live action cutscenes I'd imagine. CG sex scene=okay, live action sex scene=banned.
 
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News Comments > New Via Digital Distribution
7. Re: New Via Digital Distribution Oct 30, 2011, 05:28 Jonny
 
Keith wrote on Oct 29, 2011, 22:39:
I'm a bit confused. My original understanding, based on the posts at Paradox Plaza, was that a beta version was released by mistake through Steam. Now, after reading the developer's posts, I get the impression that the game was just released really, really, buggy and basically unplayable. There's this impassioned post from one of the developer's who goes through how making the game was like having a baby (blood and all, a creepy analogy), then mentions they are working 24/7 to fix the problems. No real info and not much of a surprise following what appears to be a monumental screw up. So what's the skinny? Is there a Lifetime movie in here somewhere or is it just pocket whining by a team who couldn't get their act together and nailed an unsuspecting public for $40 a head?

They lost quite a few staff members over the last year and couldn't replace them apparently, so they've all been on a legendary crunch that makes EA studios look like a paradise. Finally they and the publishers got to the point where they'd had enough and pushed it.

All very well, but not giving us any warning of that has pissed me off a bit. If they wanted me to pay for a beta in the vein of Minecraft then I'd have had no problem doing so, their support of SotS 1 has been exemplary, but when I put down £30 for it I was expecting a proper game with just a few bugs, not a blatant Beta build that's pretty much unplayable.
 
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News Comments > Spaceships Ahoy - Sword of the Stars II: Lords of Winter
10. Re: Spaceships Ahoy - Stars II: Lords of Winter Oct 28, 2011, 17:58 Jonny
 
JohnBirshire wrote on Oct 28, 2011, 15:13:
I'm still trying to understand how a planet's seasons would apply to space.

That would be that they don't. Winter here is referring to the mental state of the titular Lords, all ice cold and pitiless.
 
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News Comments > World of Warcraft Mists of Pandaria Announced
47. Re: World of Warcraft Mists of Pandaria Announced Oct 22, 2011, 13:47 Jonny
 
Umbragen wrote on Oct 22, 2011, 10:20:
I'm going to presume Dreamworks' lawyers are a good bit sharper than the dim bulbs ZeniMax, they may actually succeed in suing Blizzivision, they may even do it without alienating their customer base.

I doubt it. Pandaren first appeared in Warcraft III: Frozen Throne in 2003, Kung Fu Panda wasn't released until 2008.
 
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News Comments > World of Warcraft Mists of Pandaria Announced
37. Re: World of Warcraft Mists of Pandaria Announced Oct 22, 2011, 05:05 Jonny
 
Krovven wrote on Oct 21, 2011, 19:53:
Jonny wrote on Oct 21, 2011, 19:42:
Worth a month's sub to see if it's fun.

But is it worth $60 + $15 for a months sub for the expansion, just to see if it's fun?

Probably. I tend to get around 3 months of entertainment from a WoW expansion before running out of things to do and quitting til the next one. This seems to have a lot more endgame stuff to do for those casuals that MMO players hate so much, so I'm likely to get at least that from it. Unless it's abysmal on a scale greater than Cataclysm, of course.
 
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News Comments > World of Warcraft Mists of Pandaria Announced
8. Re: World of Warcraft Mists of Pandaria Announced Oct 21, 2011, 19:42 Jonny
 
Worth a month's sub to see if it's fun. Some of the new ideas seem like they could work and others are reversing the shit bits of Cataclysm. I like the asian look and as for Pandas... hell, when you're playing a game with orcs, elves, trolls, minotaurs, gnomes, dwarves, goblins, zombies and emo werewolves in Pandamen aren't going to do any more appreciable damage to it's credibility.

Warcraft's story ended with Arthas. Everything now is just pissing about anyway, might as well make it bright and fun to do.
 
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News Comments > CCP Layoffs
16. Re: CCP Layoffs Oct 20, 2011, 08:27 Jonny
 
Damn, sensible ideas from CCP? It's like I fell into a weird parallel universe.

A good parallel universe though, the shifts in their focus over the last few weeks have been needed and requested for the last several years. Looking forward to Eve growing again, instead of stagnating as a money tap for WoD development.
 
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