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Real Name Alexander Normann   
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Signed On Jan 22, 2013, 15:52
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News Comments > Op Ed
14. Re: Op Ed Oct 19, 2017, 06:41 headshot
i purchase micro transactions in a lot of mobile games. i am that weak willed.

but when it comes to pc games, i only buy and enjoy the big blizz games. overwatch CE, diablo 3 and RoS CE, all wow CEs after wotlk, all sc 2 CE and i only played terran campaign and 60% zerg campaign.

sometimes i feel like i want to spend some cash on loot boxes in heroes of the storm or overwatch for a nice visual change. i also bought most of the mounts and pets in wow. but why did i?


i know that my purchases in those games are relevant for a longer time than in other games. i ended up buying a season pass for bf4. sure, i liked what i got. but then came bf1. battlefront. battlefront 2. i rarely play bf4 now and i still have so much to unlock.

what will happen with quake champions? why does the level in battlefront 2 mean not much and i have to progress through sheer luck? playing a specific spec in bf3/bf4 meant that i could progress that path further down by using the tools of the specs. the loot boxes back then were awful, too. so much stuff for weapons i didn't use in that spec.. or logos, skins. would i have bought one for xx dollars and received a lot of clutter for my trouble, i would have been deeply saddened.

anyway. lootboxes are nice for cosmetic stuff. not as a progression reward which is totally random. also: plan a multiplayer title for a lifetime of about five years. every one or two years you "reset" the progress of your playerbase by releasing a new game. and you expect them to buy micro transactions for them? sheesh.
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Sep 11, 2017, 06:26 headshot
Tom wrote on Sep 10, 2017, 19:50:
The search bar is not redundant. The address bar is for putting in a URL. The search bar is for doing a search. Why does it have to be more complicated than that? Mozilla is trying so hard to kill Firefox...

why is having to put in urls in one place and search requests into another more complicated than doing so in just one place?
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
7. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Aug 31, 2017, 06:20 headshot
MeanJim wrote on Aug 31, 2017, 04:49:
xXStellarDadXx wrote on Aug 30, 2017, 21:23:
BTW...i thinks twitch died today....just saying

Are you sure it wasn't your ISP? I was watching you on Twitch today while eating lunch. I saw the previous match from about the mid-point to the end. It was down to you and your friend, you were behind a tree and a guy up at a water tower killed you then your friend came out to throw a grenade and got killed. The next match I watched from the beginning until you dropped out. You killed a guy in a truck which then ran you over after killing him, then the passenger got stuck getting out and your friend killed him and revived you. Shortly after that I lost your stream, but I was able to see other stuff on Twitch. I looked on Steam and didn't see you online, so I figured your connection crapped out.

That was the first time I've watched any PUBG. I thought I it was a first person game. I'm not a big fan of third person games, especially for multi-player. It seems cheaty being able to see around corners, but it's extremely uncomfortable for me indoors. I even felt uncomfortable watching it when you were looting buildings.

a really detailled, if not a bit creepy, recollection of his stream.
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News Comments > Blizzard Dropping XP and Vista Support
25. Re: Morning Mobilization Jul 21, 2017, 05:06 headshot
Tom wrote on Jul 20, 2017, 21:09:
HoSpanky wrote on Jul 20, 2017, 20:37:
No. Nonono. That's like saying that when they patch a game, it's a whole NEW game. The recent free DLC for Titanfall 2 doesn't make it Titanfall 3. There may be major changes, but there's two important differences:
1: they don't require a complete reinstallation
2: they don't ask for money for the update

It's still windows 10. Each year they plan to roll out a "big" update. That's the plan.
You're believing what they want you to believe. The reality is that upgrading from one version of Windows 10 to another version of Windows 10 doesn't require a complete reinstallation in the same way that upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 doesn't require a complete reinstallation. In both cases you're performing an OS upgrade, not an update. What's the difference? In the case of an upgrade, the entire prior "Windows" directory is left behind and a new one is created. (Ever seen "Windows.old" sitting around after an upgrade?) And there's much more opportunity for stuff to break with an upgrade. You may not even be able to upgrade if you have certain Atom CPUs, for example.

The true difference between an update and an upgrade depends on behavior, not naming.

that is true for the professional corporate sector, where upgrading might break really old software / hardware. but we are talking about a few dinosaurs here who don't want change. at all.

and who can really say that he has hardware that exotic, that he cannot ever leave XP behind? i run windows 10 with shutup10 and have no problems whatsoever.
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News Comments > Diablo III Rise of the Necromancer Rewards
9. Re: Diablo III Rise of the Necromancer Rewards Jun 6, 2017, 04:12 headshot
and after you have bought it for 15-25$, you start the season with him/her. ~3h until 70, 10h until GR80 solo clear, then paragon farm for.. reasons.

you buy a model with some new icons and a bit of new art in a game you completely know and where you'll be grinding away like always. the fluff will wear off fast.

it is sad.
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News Comments > EVE: Valkyrie Wormholes Update Next Week
3. Re: EVE: Valkyrie Wormholes Update Next Week Feb 9, 2017, 03:17 headshot
.. and when star citizen adds an FPS module to make a more immersive universe, everbody lines up to shout them down.  
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News Comments > World of Warcraft 12th Anniversary Celebration
8. Re: World of Warcraft 12th Anniversary Celebration Nov 21, 2016, 03:20 headshot
CJ_Parker wrote on Nov 20, 2016, 16:37:
Eeeewwww... try to imagine the smell of a fat nerd who hasn't showered in 12 years. I wonder how many of those there are? How many people have lost their lives to this game in the past 12 years? It's kind of a scary thought that there are some real zombies out there who haven't partaken in life outside of WoW for over a decade.

yeah, glad that they just lost time of their life instead of something real. something real like your life, your home or your family, when you are an alcohol abuser or some other vile form of addict.

i'd rather look upon my years of WoW i had as the opportunity i used to befriend many people all over my country and finding the one woman in my life. with which i have a house and soon a family. that is a bit more optimistic than your outlook. i hope you reserve some of your views for the drug addicts near trainstations or gamblers which get tossed on the street.
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News Comments > Star Citizen Gamescom Presentation
85. Re: Star Citizen Gamescom Presentation Aug 22, 2016, 06:24 headshot
CJ_Parker wrote on Aug 21, 2016, 02:23:
OK now that I have had time to watch the entire 01:35:24 presentation, I have even more seriously got to wonder about some of the reactions.

First, as I said before... it is very noticeable that they are tiptoeing around the issue of a true persistent and massively multiplayer environment. Seriously. Chris has effectively confirmed that there will be no other star system before 3.0 (while 3.0 is tentatively scheduled for the end of this year).
It will all be in the current Stanton system and some of what they had originally planned for Nyx will now actually be moved into Stanton to be able to deliver it sooner.

This in spite of his Gamescom 2015 claim that the "plan" is to release the "full PU" (his words) by the end of 2016.
You know... "full PU", which according to the $6 million stretch goal is 100 star systems "at launch". We are literally at LESS THAN 1% of that since Stanton is not even fucking finished and there isn't a SINGLE fucking gameplay system fully implemented!

So much for the credibility of a Mr. Roberts and a quick...

Reality check: They still have no instancing system/MMO basic mechanics. They still have no travel mechanics where you can travel with a ship and/or character from system to system. They have nothing at all in that regard. They also have zero gameplay systems finalized and/or working within a true MMO context.

All of this in spite of the fact that Tony Zurovec (Director of the Persistent Universe) promised us a "whole slew of other systems soon" in December 2015 or said that they would "by spring/summer [2016] just keep iteratively increasing, increasing, increasing that number of players and NPCs that you are going to put into a single instance".

Reality check: We're stuck with a single star system and a single instance with a 24 player max limit since early 2016. There has been absolutely no increase (and especially no "increasing, increasing, increasing" as per TonyZ's words) to anything in spring or summer whatsoever. No additional players/systems... nothing. at. all.

Feel free to keep cheering about the pretty graffix and the pretty ship JPEGs though. That's gonna be helping a lot. And please make sure to drop another grand on this game. I mean how can anyone not see how this is heading into the totoally right direction and making exactly the progress they have promised since launch or in the last 12 months?

as much could have been said when blizzard had been under the scrutiny of backers and had to constantly showcase the progress of world of warcraft.

these are different times now. a few years back you could make a game for years without ever showing anything and begin to tease it two years before the release and nobody would cry about this and that.

today a game like star citizen is crowdfunded and you just need to do all that showcasing of noteworthy accomplishments. that invokes the ire of naysayers or people who just want another direction. paired with the internet and the ability to loudly express your feelings: the hate on a game like SC.
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News Comments > Blue Byte's PC Legacy
4. Re: Blue Byte's PC Legacy Aug 15, 2016, 14:34 headshot
wow, blue byte.

i remember sinking (yep) hours upon hours into schleichfahrt (english version seems to be called Archimedian Dynasty). what a great game.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
14. Re: Donald Trump signs pledge to crack down on Internet porn. Aug 3, 2016, 06:17 headshot
SlimRam wrote on Aug 2, 2016, 18:06:
As long as female-double-self-fisting (or, as it's known in the porn business as 'The Self-Love High Five') isn't one of the things cracked down on, I don't really see a problem.

username checks out.
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
3. Re: Evening Interviews Apr 20, 2016, 08:48 headshot
from a company PoV: why would i want to have a big industry name like World of Warcraft and then try to establish World of Warcraft: When Nostalgia Struck?

if i don't feature the vanilla brand enough and put a lot of money and manpower behind it, i only devalue my main brand.

and blizzard will never fork that kind of money into a fan project without making absolutely sure, that it has atleast the quality of the main game. and vanilla with polish wouldn't be vanilla.
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News Comments > Blizzard Diablo Job Posting
25. Re: Blizzard Diablo Job Posting Aug 11, 2015, 06:56 headshot
did diablo 3 punch your children in the face? you all need to calm down. if it isn't the game for you, play diablo 2 instead. the servers are open and active with new ladders.

why hating something just for the sake of hating it? jeez.
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News Comments > The Elder Scrolls: Legends Revealed
2. Re: The Elder Scrolls: Legends Revealed Jun 15, 2015, 03:41 headshot
minus the loveable characters and the far more widespread lore among the targetted player base.  
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News Comments > Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Trailer
21. Re: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Trailer May 5, 2015, 08:45 headshot
InBlack wrote on May 5, 2015, 03:15:
Do the Germans sensor Nazi imagery in their films and books too? (Serious question, I really don't know). You would think that a game where you are killing Nazis by the hundreds would get a pass...

you can see indiana jones in berlin getting an autograph from hitler. on your tv. no problems at all.

but since somebody already posted, gaming isn't accepted as the same art (since you are able to control your actions and somehow sympathize with the nazis) and gets banned or altered. where altering is the worst. RtCW got completely botched, you fight against the "Wolfsclan" and "Heinrich Höller" instead of Himmler. it is soldier of fortunes alternate reality story all over again.
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News Comments > Free Elder Scrolls Online Weekend for Beta Players
17. Re: Free Elder Scrolls Online Weekend for Beta Players Apr 9, 2015, 07:52 headshot
Wallshadows wrote on Apr 8, 2015, 18:40:
Forgot I was in the beta and got my code. I hope they'll allow me to pre-install the client since my internet sucks.

here you go.
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News Comments > Daybreak Layoffs
10. Re: Daybreak Layoffs Feb 12, 2015, 03:15 headshot
i cannot understand a sentence which says something about "eliminating positions for future growth opportunities".

what does it mean?

the old bunch who knew each other well is being shrinked to allow for more fresh blood to (not) bond with the old bunch and therefore create a risk? you cut the old staff to let it grow back like grass or hair? you don't like the old noses and want new ones because the old ones aren't able to grasp the concept of future growth?

or is it marketing mumbo jumbo for "have to get rid of 'em one at a time so we can finally close it?"? jeez, i feel bad for them in any case.
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News Comments > Windows 10 Free with Raspberry Pi 2
23. Re: Windows 10 Free with Raspberry Pi 2 Feb 3, 2015, 07:03 headshot
phew. i cannot say i am that much involved in the social aspect of gaming / developing, but i touched that gamergate affaire a bit with some post with a timeline.

but why the heck is it that important anyway? don't trust magazines, don't trust journalists, don't trust men, don't trust women. trust in yourself and everything should be okay. fanatics are the worst everywhere and if you look to those who feel that their gender isn't properly displayed.. they are even worse (men AND women).

disliking a company because they somehow participated with a notion in something like that? i don't know..
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
58. Re: Steam Top 10 Oct 6, 2014, 07:46 headshot
never played anything of arkham, briefly played AC1 (about 75% of it, was just too repetitive), 2% AC2, skipped AC3, 25% AC4.

i fired SoM up and there was a quite interesting family scene and a short tutorial. so far, so good. where other games leave objectives, goals or exploration POIs to your imagination, SoM seems to act like just cause 2 or assassin's creed and marks everything on your map. in terms of immersiveness, I don't feel like I'm stalking the dread wastes of mordor protecting the free people of middle-earth but rather completing a shopping or to-do list.

there is a neat screen for sauron's army, another one for runes and their chances in percent, an extensive map with a lot of icons and guidelines, etc.
while I am my own master in killing off immersiveness inch by inch in WoW or skyrim by installing addons for a better efficiency or less fantasy "clutter", I can't do so here. the game practically whips the nemesis system in my face not as a byproduct of great design or an underlying layer of awesomeness but as the main goal of playing it. to me, this game shatters the fourth wall in every waking second and that doesn't really appeal to me.

that being said, I am only in the first map (tiny!) and did one story mission (promoting ratbag by doing what I did many hours before while "exploring") and I come back for the rather personal enemies. while I like the system, I don't know why it has to have the LotR universe as a vehicle.

a few other points which bug me:

- I get swarmed by captains - a lot. it's not that difficult, but it really drags on and on and on.
- I run towards someone, enter stealth, his alertness goes up, I vanish into a bush, he completely lets it go.
- as far as I can see, there are no real weapon upgrades in the form of new / other weapons. this dampens the sense of progress a bit.
- mordor seems a bit too friendly and bright. last I've seen it, frodo and sam nearly starved to death and got pretty disoriented / demoralized just being there.
- no falling damage, near godlike powers, possessed by a wraith, no "death".. just so you can be a badass ranger. even the uruks call "hey, ranger!" as if they want to spar a bit instead of crying utter desbelief for seeing you walk under the living again.
- strange stealth system. zip around a corner, run (or jump 12 meters) onto a tower or roof and stealthkill again.
- and really, why are there obstacles? talion can just jump up half a tower. I don't like that very much, almost makes archers a non-issue.

I, too, don't get the majority of people saying that this is a GOTY. if this game didn't have a nemesis system, it would be destroyed by critics.
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News Comments > Op Ed
33. Re: Op Ed Sep 2, 2014, 05:12 headshot
world of warcraft was in development for 4-5 years. it inarguably changed the acceptance of (mmo)(rpg)s and the way they would be played.

star citizen was officially funded nearly two years from now. all the time during production, blizzard didn't let people partake in the design and/or testing process, let alone speak directly to the masses or taking suggestions. or releasing early clients for that matter.

more than a decade ago games would just pop up and be there. today we witness the whole process of building those games, and we act nervous when the just backed project isn't available in the promised timeframe. so far i think that we should lower our expectations, as we didn't even knew about a game being made a few years ago. and we should let go of the constant checking if the game is in one's individual state and bash devs and fans alike when they find it isn't.

slow down, life is to be savoured!
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News Comments > Activision Taking Take-Two?
21. Re: Activision Taking Take-Two? Sep 1, 2014, 03:17 headshot
well, since publishers began to interfere with game design, deadlines and trying to eat the largest piece of the cake.

you can see a good game in the first glimpses and previews and watch in horror as the publisher demands cuts here and there and wants as much accessibility as possible while still hyping a new and innovative game. and the games have to be sureshots.

i would like to judge a game on its own merits. but you have to turn to indie devs than to the big players if you want quality and more distance to the bean counters.

heh, imagine a black metal band signing on to virgin. that'd be rich.
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