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Description God of death, destruction and decay. Likes fluffy kittens.
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Signed On Jan 15, 2001, 03:31
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News Comments > On Star Citizen's $17M Haul
16. Re: On Star Citizen's $17M Haul Sep 1, 2013, 15:35 sauron
 
Optional Nickname! wrote on Sep 1, 2013, 12:21:
I simply see who opposes it, who posts meaningless negativity right here in this very forum and compare their armchair accomplishments and delusional capabilities

I for one am not negative or rude. For example, I was very suspicious of the re-release of FFXIV, but bought it anyway and am now absolutely loving it. Totally happy to admit I was wrong on that one.

But SC has me worried. Mainly because to me it seems to be crossing the line between an even playing field and P2W. In most well run MMOs, the cash shop just allows small shortcuts or ways to speed up leveling, vanity cosmetics and the like. Don't you think allowing some players to start the game with a corvette is going to unbalance the gameplay? I can't see how it won't.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Credit Sales
57. Re: Solved Sep 1, 2013, 11:56 sauron
 
I generally love space sims, but this one has too much weird stuff going on for me to trust it. I might try the single player part of it but am NOT going to even enter the MMO. Go up against some guy in a $1250 corvette? No thanks.

Funny thing is, all I play these days is MMOs. I know P2W when I see it, and I see it clearly right here.

Most blatant example I've ever encountered, actually. Shocked.
 
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News Comments > Sony Online Entertainment Layoffs
12. Re: Sony Online Entertainment Layoffs Aug 29, 2013, 09:44 sauron
 
Smellfinger wrote on Aug 28, 2013, 22:09:
I played vanilla EverQuest off and on for about a year before abandoning the genre completely. The subscription model made the manipulative behavioral hooks too transparent and the creepiness eventually overwhelmed me.

I felt the same way about FFXI - after playing it for several years the tricks used by the developers to keep people hooked got ridiculous and creepy. And the grind got worse and worse - it's one of the few games I know that has destroyed marriages and college careers.

That kind of meaningless power creep simply to keep people playing is something LOTRO has managed to avoid, which is one reason I like it. Rather than recycle content or just add a new tier of weapons/armor, they release expansions which progress through the story. Isengard two years ago, Rohan last year, Helm's Deep this year, and so on. Each expansion also brings a level increase, as the stakes in the war get higher, armies are engaged, and Mordor looms closer.

Not sure what the heck they're going to do after they release the final Mordor expansion though. Literally, at that point the game will be complete.
 
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News Comments > FF14 Sales Suspended Due to Positive Response
57. XIV Aug 28, 2013, 23:34 sauron
 
OK, I just made a character on Ridill and leveled to 6 or 7. The game is smooth as butter, beautiful, and well designed although no real new dynamics. No lag or login issues on this legacy server. Deep, deep gameplay and story, this and the very elegant artwork and design features seem to be its major draw.

I think it will sell by the truckload in Asia, especially in Japan where they love their stories, and it is also tailored to be compatible with LOTRO/GW2/WoW players in the US and Europe.

It is going to make a lot of money for SE. Very safe bet, very engaging. It doesn't have the groundbreaking novelty of GW2 but it adopts most of the innovations of that game and many from LOTRO and WoW. The community is polite and friendly. No real downside and it has a ton of immersion. I like it a lot, but don't play it if you don't enjoy a lot of dialogue from NPC's, they all have a lot to say.
 
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News Comments > FF14 Sales Suspended Due to Positive Response
41. Re: FF14 Sales Suspended Due to Positive Response Aug 28, 2013, 16:00 sauron
 
Theo wrote on Aug 28, 2013, 15:34:
HorrorScope wrote on Aug 28, 2013, 13:18:
sauron wrote on Aug 28, 2013, 13:04:
Best deal of the lot is GW2, which is totally free.

Where did you get GW's for free?

he didnt, its not.

This is true, I didn't get the game for free and it's not available for free. But once you have it, there is no subscription fee, and the content is continually updated, albeit incrementally.

I just wish there was more of it - would happily pay for an expansion.
 
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News Comments > FF14 Sales Suspended Due to Positive Response
32. Re: FF14 Sales Suspended Due to Positive Response Aug 28, 2013, 13:04 sauron
 
Acleacius wrote on Aug 28, 2013, 12:57:
Still not sure what I'm going to do about TESO now we know they are going with $15 US a month subs. I might have paid $10 a month, if the game had been good, $15 is just too much now days.

Same here. I occasionally pay $10 for VIP for a month in LOTRO if I'm playing a lot (eg off work sick for a few days), but in general I stopped subbing for MMOs. For $15 a month standard TESO would have to be really good.

For FFXIV to keep my interest it will have to be good as well, but I already have a bucketload of friends in that game who are coming over from FFXI - a ready-made community and guild. That's another factor.

Best deal of the lot is GW2, which is totally free. Only problem is, I ran out of content in that one. Release an expansion already!
 
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News Comments > FF14 Sales Suspended Due to Positive Response
29. Re: FF14 Sales Suspended Due to Positive Response Aug 28, 2013, 12:38 sauron
 
osage no onna wrote on Aug 28, 2013, 11:54:
sauron wrote on Aug 28, 2013, 09:57:
Cutter wrote on Aug 28, 2013, 09:50:
Acleacius wrote on Aug 28, 2013, 09:15:
Marketing ploy or good game?

Marketing ploy for sure.

Actually, I'm hearing the opposite. A bunch of friends are playing, and all of them are saying it's really, really good.

It can be both good and a marketing ploy. It's basically a Thing now that when you launch a new MMO you have to do a press release where you say how the game is practically too popular for its own good, and apologize profusely for how popular the game is, and how they're scrambling to meet this spectacular popularity, did we mention how popular the game is maybe you'd want to give it try too? Rolleyes

Well put, I agree.

A game so popular, its servers melt down from overwhelming demand. Sounds like a marketing executive's wet dream.
 
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News Comments > FF14 Sales Suspended Due to Positive Response
19. Re: FF14 Sales Suspended Due to Positive Response Aug 28, 2013, 10:35 sauron
 
Despoiler wrote on Aug 28, 2013, 10:26:
I'm digging the game so far. I'm level 20 after a couple days of playing. The world is gorgeous. It feels like every place in the world has had a lot of time spent building it. Even with all of the detail, all settings maxed, the game runs smooth as butter. (i5 2500K @ 4.3ghz, 7970 GHZ with 13.8 beta 2 drivers, 16GB RAM)

Quests types are pretty run of the mill. Kill, gather, delivery, class, and story. The animals and monsters are in true FF style. Unique takes on them. The class and story quests have cut scenes, which are really well done. There are also "fate". Think dynamic events from Warhammer Online and Rift. There are also "levemete". Think daily quests. There are battle, gathering, and crafting levemete to choose from so you can work on what you want to. There are a lot of ways to get xp and money in this game. You should never get stuck. There is a TON of quest text in this game. If you love reading you will love this game. Fortunately, you can quickly skip through if you just want to get on with it.

I've hit the first two light party(4 man) dungeons. They are straight forward and any MMO vet will breeze through them. Never-the-less they give some glimmer of what is to come. Again, they feel detailed and hand crafted as opposed to thrown together, reused, or auto generated. There is a short cut scene for the boss battle. Bosses look amazing so far. I've caught myself going "holy ****" once the cut scene started playing.

Sadly there is no PvP in the game right now, but the first PvP content should be coming with the 2.1 patch. So far as I know, they are planning on having a different set of skills just for PvP so there are no balance issues with PvE. Great idea IMO. I'm looking forward to it.

Overall, I am really enjoying this game much more than I thought I would. I'm more of a PvP player, but the PvE in this game is enjoyable.



Thanks, that sounds promising, I'll see how I dig it over the weekend.

Kind of amazed they're having server issues - I know those are very common at MMO launch but they do have 10 years of experience with FFXI! Then again, maybe it really is selling faster than they expected...
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 28, 2013, 10:06 sauron
 

Good luck! Hope you can get the fine and points reduced.

I don't usually have these troubles. If I get pulled over for speeding, the Fell Beast I'm riding just eats the policeman.
 
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News Comments > FF14 Sales Suspended Due to Positive Response
12. Re: FF14 Sales Suspended Due to Positive Response Aug 28, 2013, 09:57 sauron
 
Cutter wrote on Aug 28, 2013, 09:50:
Acleacius wrote on Aug 28, 2013, 09:15:
Marketing ploy or good game?

Marketing ploy for sure.

Actually, I'm hearing the opposite. A bunch of friends are playing, and all of them are saying it's really, really good. Apparently SE listened to all the criticism and completely redesigned the game.

I picked up a copy yesterday but haven't logged in yet. I'll play it over the weekend and get back to you guys. I play MMOs almost exclusively and hated the original - ditched it after like 15 minutes - so it will have to be really good to keep my attention.

Here's an early review from Massively: Clicky!
 
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News Comments > Steve Ballmer to Retire
24. Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire Aug 23, 2013, 13:17 sauron
 
And there was much rejoicing. Lack of vision and unwilling to take risks. A follower, not an inspired leader.  
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Free Trial & Heroic Edition Launch
16. Re: Guild Wars 2 Free Trial & Heroic Edition Launch Aug 23, 2013, 13:13 sauron
 
Total-Khaos wrote on Aug 23, 2013, 10:38:
Verno wrote on Aug 23, 2013, 09:38:
Time to argue about who is or isn't playing this game!

I stopped playing after obtaining Twilight a few months after the game was released. There didn't seem like anything to really do after you hit max level and got a legendary aside from dungeons and stuff, which got really old after a while too.

Same here. Great game, but if they want me to go back they need an expansion, not a new edition of the base version. I have two max level characters with great gear, all crafts maxed, and a Legendary weapon (The Flameseeker Prophecies), and have finished almost all the content, so now I really have no reason to log in.

Instead, right now I'm playing LOTRO (tons of content, although too many 'Kill X wargs/goblins/orcs/boars' quests), and have pre-ordered FFXIV - will see how that one shapes up - looks promising.

For the guy who asked if GW2 is a good 'starter' MMO, yes I think it is. Minimal grind, maximum fun. But for MMO regulars, it runs out of content too quickly.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
26. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 19, 2013, 17:20 sauron
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Aug 19, 2013, 16:46:
Personally, I don't think we should do anymore than we already do to educate people about healthy eating. You get a good dose of that in school and on early education programs. We just need to make people who are too lazy to do anything about it pay more in medical costs.

I can see where you're coming from, but the poorest sector of the population is the most likely to be obese. They're already on Medicaid/Medicare. The system's already paying their costs. Educating these folks is cheaper than treating them later. It's also why NYC sponsors fresh fruit carts in poor neighborhoods like Harlem, where I live.

Actually, it's funny, two blocks away from my building there's a greasy dog/burger cart and a fresh fruit cart. Always a line at the former, never a soul at the latter. You can't even give the fruit away. And even the kids from the area that go to good schools and have fantastic grades still eat bad. They're educated in every other way but the diet is the last to sink in.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 19, 2013, 17:14 sauron
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Aug 19, 2013, 15:50:
My wife gets fatter every year because she refuses to get off her ass and work out. We eat the same food, but she eats a lot more of it. It's a pretty damn simple problem that people want to make complex to feel better about their own fat, lazy asses. It's the same reason everyone seems to have a "thyroid condition" now. Hey, fatty, that pie hole you keep jamming with food is not called a thyroid.

Hope she doesn't read that. If so, hope you have a comfortable couch to sleep on.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 19, 2013, 11:19 sauron
 
Speaking of NFL promos, I was watching the Giants preseason game last night and they were so bad I changed channels (to see Boston plunking A-Rod).

The Giant's O line looked really weak and the D was second to every ball. I sure hope they get better, otherwise it'll be a long season indeed.

 
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News Comments > FINAL FANTASY XI Add-on Giveaway
1. Re: FINAL FANTASY XI Add-on Giveaway Aug 11, 2013, 17:10 sauron
 
Abyssea is pretty great - I went back to FFXI just for that and stayed for over a year. It's good content, deep and fun.

Having said that, there are several better deals on the MMO market right now. LOTRO is really, really excellent - I had ignored it for a couple years but the depth and gameplay are off the charts at this point - the game has reached maturity and is in its prime.

GW2 is also excellent if you haven't already played it - although I think it lacks the depth a dedicated MMO vet (ie hardcore player) might be looking for.

And of course, FFXIV is relaunched in 2 weeks, and the buzz around it is huge - lots and lots of good previews. Gonna wait on that one personally, see if it really is that good and how much is hype.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 11, 2013, 17:05 sauron
 
Big Blue looked pretty tasty last night. Cruz is still electric, the D line looked good, and Moore could be a big player - explosive speed and aggression. That was one heck of a block for a rookie. Still a long way to go, but very encouraging.

Having said that, two years ago I watched the Giants in the pre-season and thought they stank. They proceeded to win the Superbowl. Go figure.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
55. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 8, 2013, 23:42 sauron
 
Pics on the front page are fine for me, if in moderation. And on the topic of moderation, just trust the instincts that have served you so well thus far and you will be fine.

I've been visiting since 2001 (I think), and this site is still my go to for gaming news. Keep the standards of journalism and moderation high and go to bat.

Also, live video streams of hobbit roasts and hauntings of old castles. The Mordor audience loves to click on online ads!
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 7, 2013, 12:42 sauron
 
Hoop wrote on Aug 6, 2013, 17:08:
Well thats the last time I'm googling breast rubs.
I have to go lie down.

LOL!

Hoop wrote on Aug 6, 2013, 17:56:
Julio wrote on Aug 6, 2013, 17:51:
Chicken breasts are terrible meat for flavor, I'd prefer to eat just about anything else.

I have to agree with this I prefer skinless boneless thighs for taste.

Now you need to google tasty thighs. I dare you!
 
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News Comments > Guild Wars 2 Queen's Jubilee Begins
2. Re: Guild Wars 2 Queen's Jubilee Begins Aug 6, 2013, 15:05 sauron
 
Yes, as a long-time MMO player, this game has a lot going for it but there's just not enough content to keep me hooked over the longer term. I'll go back to it when they release a major expansion, but these updates just aren't enough - I'm done with them in like 1-2 evenings.

Instead, I've gone back to LOTRO. Now there's a game with lots and lots of content, deep gameplay, and an incredible storyline backed by Tolkien's books. And amazingly, it doesn't feel like a grind. Loving it.
 
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