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Signed On Aug 23, 2010, 19:35
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News Comments > No SC Retraction from The Escapist
26. Re: No SC Retraction from The Escapist Oct 6, 2015, 11:35 SimplyMonk
 
NasWulf wrote on Oct 6, 2015, 10:56:
Also to those saying they will spend backer funds on lawyers just remeber, they already have a legal team on payroll. You as backers have been paying them all along. How do you think TOS and other legal doc get drawn up?

The lawyer you get to write boilerplate stuff like a TOS and other simple legal documents isn't the same one you want pursuing a defamation lawsuit. Like doctors, lawyers tend to specialize in one field and aren't that equipped to handle others although they should have enough sense to keep their mouth shut in cases like this.

https://popehat.com/2015/10/04/in-space-no-one-can-hear-you-threaten-lawsuits/

As that article points out, their in-house lawyer didn't have the common sense to keep his mouth shut and decided to name drop a very expensive law firm which I 100% guarantee isn't on retainer already so that would be a huge hit to their finances would they pursue legal action with that law firm.
 
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News Comments > Steam in Stores
14. Re: Steam in Stores Oct 5, 2015, 16:03 SimplyMonk
 
Kxmode wrote on Oct 5, 2015, 15:43:
1. Would this officially make Steam a platform?

Steam itself is a retailer. A Steam Machine I guess would technically be a console and SteamOS a platform, but the definitions of those terms have become a lot muddier in the last decade so that doesn't mean the same as it used to.

Kxmode wrote on Oct 5, 2015, 15:43:
2. If Steam is a legit platform (if we are to go by what people consider a platform) then wouldn't Steam be the largest dedicated gaming platform?

If SteamOS supported every game on the Steam Store then it would have the largest available library of games and user base, but it is a little meaningless to say such as although all those people have active accounts, very few have a Steam Machine or run SteamOS.

At some point you'd have to say Windows is the biggest gaming platform and any PC rig built with gaming in mind is a Windows Gaming Console. Just with less restrictions on the things I can install on it.

I mean, at one point you could install Linux on a PS3. These definitions mean less and less every day.
 
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News Comments > CIG Demands Escapist Retraction; Threatens Lawsuit
47. Re: CIG Demands Escapist Retraction; Threatens Lawsuit Oct 5, 2015, 11:37 SimplyMonk
 
This is Chris Robert's out. If he says he blew all their money on fighting lawsuits then he obviously can't be blamed for not having enough money to finish the game.  
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News Comments > Total War: WARHAMMER Gameplay Footage
2. Re: Total War: WARHAMMER Gameplay Footage Sep 17, 2015, 18:44 SimplyMonk
 
Yeah. Looks promising, but I'll wait till a few months after release and look how it is doing.  
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News Comments > New EverQuest Expansion Next Month
12. Re: New EverQuest Expansion Next Month Sep 17, 2015, 18:24 SimplyMonk
 
RamataKahn wrote on Sep 17, 2015, 18:10:
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Sep 17, 2015, 15:18:
Well, people still love everquest... It has tons of unofficial servers where they stopped progress at certain expansions. These aren't dead servers either, they usually have about 200-600 people on every night.

Lol, is 200-600 people a lot for EQ??? I play on a WoW vanilla private server and it has over 7K people on at peak time, doesn't go below 3500 as far as I've seen.

Well, EQ was released in 1999. WoW in 2004. Give WoW 5 more years and let's see where it is.
 
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News Comments > New EverQuest Expansion Next Month
8. Re: New EverQuest Expansion Next Month Sep 17, 2015, 14:09 SimplyMonk
 
Oh. I forgot this is Daybreak Games now and no longer SOE. My guess is that this is the test to see if it is worth keeping the lights on or maybe some stuff that Sony had collecting dust and they want to get it out there to validate the investment.  
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News Comments > New EverQuest Expansion Next Month
2. Re: New EverQuest Expansion Next Month Sep 17, 2015, 10:42 SimplyMonk
 
As cool as this sounds, I in no way have the time anymore to deal with Everquest.  
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News Comments > Quote of the Day
13. Re: Quote of the Day Sep 14, 2015, 13:55 SimplyMonk
 
At this point, I don't think anyone can do anything truly revolutionary in the FPS space outside of changing up your controls like the Oculus. This might be why Valve has taken so long in designing HL3. Well, maybe that and the fact that Steam means they no longer have to make games.

I honestly just want the story finished. Give ND a script and if the game is even partially playable, I'll be satisfied.
 
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News Comments > Hearthstone Power Inflation Addressed
12. Re: Hearthstone Power Inflation Addressed Sep 10, 2015, 12:42 SimplyMonk
 
Ceribaen wrote on Sep 10, 2015, 12:19:
How that might be best implemented into an online CCG, not sure.

Eh. Wouldn't be that much trouble. Now you might run into the average player of "Baby's First Digital CCG" rejecting the idea, but it wouldn't be that hard to implement from a technical standpoint.

Really, I think it is the only option unless they want to drastically alter their business model.

The other alternative is to increase the power level of cards in the old sets. That is possible solution that is a unique option to Digital CCGs since they can alter the existing cards at any time. Sorta like how MMOs will normalize player stats and damage after a certain amount of time before new expansions like WoW and Destiny have done.

I'd be intrigued to see them attempt something like that, even though I have little to no interest in Hearthstone anymore as their design choices and random elements have made it clear it isn't the Digital CCG for me.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Sep 1, 2015, 11:48 SimplyMonk
 
What I found most offensive about that commercial is that is was for DirecTV which is now owned by AT&T. Good start on that race to the bottom in customer service, guys.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Sep 1, 2015, 11:27 SimplyMonk
 
The Deer God is a breathtaking 3D pixel art adventure that will challenge your religion and your platforming skills. Itís a game about survival, reincarnation, and karma; all set in a breathtaking and unique 3D pixelized world. Feast your eyes on the beautiful lighting, day and night system, and vast landscapes. Become one of the most beautiful animals on planet earth.

I... What? So the game is a platformer that throws doubt on the existence of Cthulhu and the Flying Spaghetti Monster? Madness!

That being said, I imagine a lot of video games challenge my religion. Katamari Damacy challenged my belief that the universe is a place ruled by order and laws and not some raging pervert with a crown.

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News Comments > New Heroes of the Storm Map Today
6. Re: New Heroes of the Storm Map Today Aug 26, 2015, 11:59 SimplyMonk
 
descender wrote on Aug 26, 2015, 11:04:
They need to come up with a system to allow people to join mid match to replace leavers/afk, that could only help...

I want to say that early on in the Alpha, this is actually how the game worked as I remember joining games an taking over a hero someone else had played... But at that point you are stuck with their skills choices, no feel at all for the opposing team and no clue what caused your team to fail or the person you are playing to leave.

Even with HotS' low barrier to entry, it is jarring to jump into a game half-way through and still expect to swing a win. Best solution here is to improve Bot AI and the remaining teams ability to interact with the Bot.

It actually a little funny in that I feel Blizzard has actually made the leaver problem better in some regards, but worst in others. 15 minute games mean you are much less likely to get a leaver, but since everything is team based it is really hard for team of 4 to take on a team of 5 since one hero can't dominate a battlefield like a solid carry can in DOTA2. Especially if they have cannibalized the leaver's items.

4v5 in DOTA2 has some options and can potentially pull through for the underdog. 4v5 in HotS, all other things being equal, is almost always a death sentence.
 
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News Comments > World of Warcraft Patch on PTR
1. Re: World of Warcraft Patch on PTR Aug 20, 2015, 13:40 SimplyMonk
 
Haven't re-subbed to WoW since shortly after the WoW Token came out since I was already burned out on WoD and the token, although interesting, didn't inspire me to grind enough gold to keep my account active.

I was cool with all the requirements to fly except for having to grind reputation to Revered for three Tanaan Jungle factions. Fuck your reputation grind. Not coming back.

Even if they had just awarded flying across the board, I doubt it would of brought me back to be honest.
 
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News Comments > Duke Nukem Lawsuits Settled
11. Re: Duke Nukem Lawsuits Settled Aug 19, 2015, 12:00 SimplyMonk
 
Will probably see Duke Nukem 3D Reloaded released in the next year or so. Sales of DNF have tapered off as of this year and if anything 2K may figure that Reloaded could be a good deal and possibly even cause a spike in DNF sales as well by exposing a younger generation to the classic Duke and then scamming them into getting DNF.  
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News Comments > Overwatch Gameplay Video
3. Re: Overwatch Gameplay Video Aug 12, 2015, 12:25 SimplyMonk
 
Axis wrote on Aug 12, 2015, 10:10:
I've yet to see a FPS with more screen garbage(animations/fog/effects/shit) constantly annoying your view than this one.

Absolutely no buy unless you can turn off 90% of it.

Honestly, it doesn't look too bad to me. I find Call of Duty and Destiny way more offensive in this regard. Overwatch looks to be the bare minimum of information given this is a TF style shooter with a variety of unique characters.

I don't need to see a point value every time I shoot a guy, but getting a simple kill confirm and seeing UI specific to my character's abilities is nice.
 
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News Comments > Humble Store Adds Wish Lists
2. Re: Humble Store Adds Wish Lists Aug 11, 2015, 13:25 SimplyMonk
 
Axis wrote on Aug 11, 2015, 10:44:
Can still get some titles you want for cheap occasionally, but it's pretty much been unknowns getting the bundle treatments.

Last two bundles I picked up were the Digital CCG one and the Borderlands one. Both pretty solid as I never got all the DLC for Borderlands 2 and the discount off of the Pre-Sequel was sizable. Got everything Borderlands for roughly $30.
 
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News Comments > Funcom Seeking Help
6. Re: Funcom Seeking Help Aug 10, 2015, 18:19 SimplyMonk
 
Timmeh wrote on Aug 10, 2015, 17:31:
This makes me really sad. I really like funcom. I love Anarchy Online and secret world was pretty cool to.

I hate to see them fold. Someone needs to buy the right and engine etc for Anarchy online and make Anarchy online 2. With similar game mechanics.

The MMO world needs AO and games like it (there currently aren't any).

The fact that Anarchy Online is still around is a testament to Funcom's dedication or possibly madness. I played that game in 2001 and even though I had a great deal of fun and they had some good ideas, it was a complete mess and most of those ideas were half-implemented with the rest alpha level buggy. Age of Conan didn't fare much better for them.

I've actually been meaning to try out The Secret World, but at no time have I ever had enough faith in the company to remain afloat to even risk the $30 for the initial box. Cool to see them continue to prove me wrong, up until maybe now, but nothing Funcom has ever done gave me confidence that they were reliable.
 
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News Comments > Dota 2 Reborn Adding 24-Player Custom Games
1. Re: Dota 2 Reborn Adding 24-Player Custom Games Aug 7, 2015, 12:39 SimplyMonk
 
Madness.  
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News Comments > World of Warcraft: Legion Announced
4. Re: World of Warcraft: Legion Announced Aug 6, 2015, 14:14 SimplyMonk
 
I found Garrisons interesting for a time, but in the end they ended up being pretty shallow and I kept just thinking of everything that could of been done with the concept but wasn't. Like most of the expansion, it felt like everything was just half-complete and going to be expanded upon with future patches... but those patches never came and I ended up canceling after two months.

I doubt I will come back for this as there really isn't a big pull to me. None of the new features sound that exciting or innovative, I don't want to play an Elf with everyone else and I can just read the Lore.
 
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News Comments > Battleborn in February; New Characters Revealed
7. Re: Battleborn in February; New Characters Revealed Aug 6, 2015, 13:21 SimplyMonk
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 6, 2015, 13:04:
Maybe I'm just getting to old for this shit. I have no emotional response whatsoever to this, Overwatch, Gigantic, or any of the other MOBA-y action games coming out.

I don't know. Maybe it is just that I'm a little MOBA-Hyped at the moment watching the DOTA2 Internationals, but I'm actually slightly optimistic about these games but do feel like they will just be the same as Heroes of the Storm is for me.

Good to kill 5 mins, but nothing all that deep or rewarding.
 
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