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News Comments > Overwatch Multiplayer Preview
4. Re: Overwatch Multiplayer Preview Apr 7, 2016, 00:19 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Players may only queue as a group if they are within 10 divisions of one another
10 divisions seems like a rather large spectrum. That's like from Challenger 1 to Expert 1, right?
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Apr 6, 2016, 23:29 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 6, 2016, 14:47:
In an e-mailed statement, the SPD says it "served a warrant at the home while investigating information received from the National Center for Missing and Exploiting Children" involving the possible distribution of child pornography. A judge signed the warrant. And: "The department greatly appreciates the ongoing work and advocacy of members of the Seattle Privacy Coalition."

Right. Yeah. Sure.

Asked to comment on the irony of helping the city with the privacy initiative, only to have his privacy violated this morning, Robinson said, "It's not ironic. It's worrisome. I was petrified." He said one officer insisted on standing in his bedroom while he got dressed before being taken outside. The officer saw him in the nude.

Welcome to the fascist police state.

So now I have to wonder if the NCMEC is cooperating with police to engineer these fishing expeditions. I assume they're not fans of TOR. I hope the activists get a good lawyer and find out what the basis of the warrant was. If it was just the fact that they ran an exit node, they should certainly sue the city for this harassment.
 
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News Comments > The Division Incursion Details
12. Re: The Division Incursion Details Apr 6, 2016, 20:55 Wowbagger_TIP
 
The Half Elf wrote on Apr 6, 2016, 16:34:
Gotcha my bad. Just hit 30 and picking up purples like crazy and haven't even touched high end crafting (let alone anything gold).

But then again I've deconstructed everything since the start on my main character and done very little crafting so have a nice supply built up.
Convert all your lower materials up to gold before the patch hits. Supposedly there may be some other info forthcoming that will make this whole thing less of a nerf... but I'm not gonna hold my breath.
 
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News Comments > Hand of Fate 2 Announced
3. Re: Hand of Fate 2 Announced Apr 6, 2016, 00:07 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Sounds awesome. I really liked the first one. Looking forward to this.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
2. Re: Steam Top 10 Apr 3, 2016, 12:28 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Eh... I paid about $38 for it. I kinda feel like I got enough out of it. If you have friends you can play with, then it'll most likely be worth it. If you don't, I'd pass for now. I played with some co-workers, and had fun leveling up to 30 and doing some dark zone runs for a while. Haven't played in close to a week now though.

There's really not much you can do solo once you get to level 30. The challenge missions get boring quickly, as they are exactly the same every time and there's only about 5 different ones that rotate daily. Have to hope you get matched with a decent group, or you'll be spending an hour or more in the mission, and maybe not even finishing.

The dark zone is pretty rough these days for solo players. I think a lot of the higher level players are just bored and have nothing better to do than grief the noobs.

Crafting better gear should be an interesting endgame activity, but they've made the hunt for materials into the most tedious slog imaginable. Not only do you have to deal with the RNG when you open boxes to look for Division Tech (hoping for gold, but usually getting blue), but the boxes are shared by everyone in the instance, so if you don't get there first, then have fun waiting for the reset and hoping you get there before the dozen other people do.

To top it off, you can't even roll up blue Division Tech into gold like you can with all the other materials, so you can't even make progress if your RNG sucks.

Basically they have a whole lot of fixing and balancing to do. Right now most of the top people are fully geared out just from exploiting farming glitches. Good luck competing against them.

Oh, and the DPS stats they show when comparing gear are just plain wrong. Probably the number 2 thing they need to fix, behind the materials issue. Adding some random events to the missions would help a lot in alleviating the boredom too. There needs to be unexpected things happening along the way to keep people on their toes, rather than just going through the muscle memory of it for the 500th time.

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News Comments > The Division DLC Next Month
12. Re: The Division DLC Next Month Apr 1, 2016, 10:52 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Darks wrote on Apr 1, 2016, 09:57:
Bumpy wrote on Mar 31, 2016, 21:04:
Playing this as single player only, this DLC disappoints.

No idea how you think this is a disappointment, been playing this game almost every night,

Darks wrote on Apr 1, 2016, 09:57:
I have a bunch of friends I hang with every night and we do all of the dailies and everything on Challenge Mode. we blast through everything right now. so we are looking forward to this new gear and challenge mission.

I think you pretty much highlighted why it's a disappointment for a solo player. You're playing with a group. When you can't play consistently for hours each night, have to take random breaks for other things, etc., then playing with a dedicated group is pretty much impossible.

Pub groups are very random. Took me well over an hour to finish one challenge mission the other night, because the group was terrible. Ended up disbanding and joining another group, then one guy drops and we have to wait for another one. Fun.
 
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News Comments > The Division DLC Next Month
7. Re: The Division DLC Next Month Apr 1, 2016, 01:07 Wowbagger_TIP
 
The game is basically like Destiny, except less realistic

I'm not terribly excited about the DLC. I haven't even hit lvl 50 in DZ yet, but I'm already bored with it. DZ sucks unless you have a good group. Since the rogue death nerf, the DZ has become more dangerous for solo players. Found the checkpoints camped by groups a lot, and you're competing against guys that have spent the last few weeks exploiting one farming glitch after another to max out their gear.

I don't have a consistent group to play with, so that leaves PvE and grinding for Division Tech (and holy shit is that boring). Challenge missions are hit or miss depending on whether you get a group with decent gear that knows what they're doing, or just get put with some guys that just hit 30 and have shit gear. Probably going to take forever if you're even able to finish.

 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
6. Re: Morning Mobilization Mar 22, 2016, 21:29 Wowbagger_TIP
 
I still can't believe they didn't go with a Type C connector in the S7. WTF?  
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News Comments > The Division Patch Tomorrow
4. Re: The Division Patch Tomorrow Mar 22, 2016, 09:51 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Evil Timmy wrote on Mar 22, 2016, 05:06:
I had the same reaction, didn't expect much but found myself surprisingly engaged by the game. Maybe because it feels like an ARPG with a cover shooter wrapped around it, rather than the other way around, but I find it scratches the RPG/exploration itch far more effectively than the weak-substitute-for-proper-balance ultralight progression systems that have bloomed over the last few years. Simultaneously, the shooter elements are Good Enough™ that I feel my player skill is actually involved, as opposed to RPGs that lay the spreadsheet bones too bare and make me feel like I'm using my heroic powers to command Excel, not the forces of good against injustice and tyranny.
Matchmaking is fast and easy, it's been perfectly stable on a modern rig, and devs have been responsive to the community. Not sure how long lv30 will keep everyone entertained and around (it's much more fun in a party) or the quality of the eventual DLC, but for now I'm having a blast.

That's basically how it feels to me too. Apparently they have a patch coming in April to add some more endgame content, with another planned after that. Then there will be the upcoming DLCs as well. I'm somewhat concerned about how those will be handled without fragmenting things too badly between the haves/havenots. I think it's been worth the money though.
 
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News Comments > Just Cause 3: Sky Fortress Takes Off
8. Re: Just Cause 3: Sky Fortress Takes Off Mar 15, 2016, 20:32 Wowbagger_TIP
 
It didn't seem all that short to me, but then I tend to run around and do a lot of random things rather than just going mission to mission. It's a fun game, but I got distracted by FO4, then Grim Dawn, then Path of Exile Ascendancy expansion, and still have The Division that I may play with some co-workers. So, this will probably wait for a sale. Looks pretty cool though.  
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News Comments > Diablo II Patch Adds OS X Support
10. Re: Diablo II Patch Adds OS X Support Mar 11, 2016, 22:02 Wowbagger_TIP
 
heroin wrote on Mar 11, 2016, 11:20:
Ward wrote on Mar 11, 2016, 11:16:
Probably the best ARPG of the past, with Grim Dawn the current crowned champion for ARPG's. Glad to see D2 is still on the radar.

Eh, Grim Dawn is alright but I'd say Diablo 3 is the current champion of ARPGs. Sure, it had a rough start but after years of improvements it's pretty awesome (for an ARPG grindfest of course).

I think Path of Exile beats D3 in pretty much everything except animations. The new Ascendancy expansion is fantastic. Grim Dawn is great too. I'm about halfway through my first playthrough on Veteran, but got distracted when the PoE expansion hit Will definitely be going back after the league ends though.
 
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News Comments > The Division Tips
28. Re: The Division Tips Mar 9, 2016, 22:17 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Mar 9, 2016, 18:37:
Except my pair of 970s was cheaper than 1 980 and for the most part the performance is better. Some of you have SLI envy, I swear. You guys bash it every chance you get.
SLI has always been prone to problems in games. One of the reasons I've never gone that route. Better to just get the fastest single card I can afford.

Anyway, I haven't picked this game up yet. GMG is still offering 20% off, but I'm still on the fence. I feel like it'll be too repetitious and I'll be tired of it in a week or so.

What I'd like to see them do is create a pool of random events and ambushes and such that can happen during the missions. Maybe with a variety of difficulty levels and some associated rewards. Things like running into civilians that need to be protected, or bad guys trying to prep a big weapon or something. I'm sure we could brainstorm up plenty of these, so I imagine they can too.

It would help keep players on their toes, not knowing what might happen at any given point, rather than just running through the same missions for the 50th time this week. That shit gets old quick.
 
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News Comments > The Division NVIDIA Trailer
11. Re: The Division NVIDIA Trailer Mar 1, 2016, 20:52 Wowbagger_TIP
 
It felt like you needed a pretty solid group to survive in the Dark Zone. I imagine it's only going to get more competitive on release, so I don't think it'll be accessible for someone like me that can't play on anything like a regular schedule for a dedicated group.

The safe zone stuff would get boring quickly too, so going solo or ad-hoc grouping there isn't worth it.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
1. Re: Into the Black Feb 22, 2016, 21:01 Wowbagger_TIP
 
That was pretty crazy to watch. No idea how guys can play like that.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
11. Re: Steam Top 10 Feb 22, 2016, 19:43 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Angrius Maximis wrote on Feb 22, 2016, 10:10:
Cry much?
Nope. I just realize this game isn't my bag and I don't buy it. I don't have time to play with an organized group.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
4. Re: Steam Top 10 Feb 21, 2016, 14:08 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 21, 2016, 13:37:
Yeah, zero interest in The Division now.
Judging by the beta, The Division has some serious issues. Aside from the awkward console-ish interface, the PvP stuff is a griefer's paradise. You'll be waiting to extract your loot, and there's like 4 guys there that you know are going to start shooting you as soon as you go for the chopper, but you can't shoot them first or you'll be marked rogue and then everyone unloads on you.

Basically it's pretty much unplayable without a group that all have microphones and work together well. Otherwise you will manage to finally get some loot to sell, only to have it snatched away as soon as you run into a group of rogues. Seems pretty pointless to me, unless you have the kind of time and a dedicated group you need to basically own the zone.

I was interested in this game, but now I'm gonna skip it unless they have some dramatic changes in store for release.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
14. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Feb 20, 2016, 14:23 Wowbagger_TIP
 
Creston wrote on Feb 20, 2016, 13:32:
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Feb 19, 2016, 16:28:
On the other subject, man, Wheeler has turned out to be a lot better FCC chair than I thought he'd be.

That one still baffles me. Within six months he turned from AT&T/Verizon/Comcast stoolie into the Hero of the Common Man. He must be a Synth.


Found this article that sheds a little light on it. Basically he'd been in the competitive trenches back in the day, and realized how hard it was to do anything innovative when the networks weren't open. Some interesting info there that I didn't know about. That alone doesn't explain it all, but apparently he has managed to retain some ethical core despite all his time in the industry. That is probably the truly surprising part.

 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
7. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Feb 19, 2016, 16:28 Wowbagger_TIP
 
On the other subject, man, Wheeler has turned out to be a lot better FCC chair than I thought he'd be.

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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
6. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Feb 19, 2016, 16:24 Wowbagger_TIP
 
From what I've read, Apple could create an IOS update specifically for this phone, that would allow them to run a brute force attack without triggering the delays or device wipe. The government would not be able to modify this update package for other phones without Apple's private signing key.

But, if they give in and do this, then every asshole government in the world is gonna demand the same thing for cases against whoever they're out to get that week.

Not sure this would be possible on newer iPhone models either. I think those would have to be unlocked with the user's password before the OS can be updated. I could be wrong about that though.

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News Comments > Battlezone Remake Renamed; Coming This Spring
9. Re: Battlezone Remake Renamed; Coming This Spring Feb 16, 2016, 23:34 Wowbagger_TIP
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Feb 16, 2016, 18:39:
nin wrote on Feb 16, 2016, 18:23:
Gladly play this again with modern hardware. Loved this first one the best (b2 didn't do much for me).


A lot of people say this, and I don't get it, honestly. I have to assume it's the backgrounds, the moon looked cooler than a lot of jungle planets, etc. that were in BZ2.

Planet landscapes aside, BZ2 was about as superior as you could get to a given predecessor, in every other way.

Oh well, more interest in Battlezone(*) is always good.

I just felt like the tanks were more fun to drive in the first one. I really couldn't get into the second, despite really wanting to love it as much as the first.
 
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