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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3/WiiU]Aliens Colonial Marines on: February 22, 2013, 01:25:22 AM
Review sent from Tom's iPhone using Tapatalk
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [?] Buying an iPad Soon[ on: February 17, 2013, 05:19:28 PM
Have nothing to add other than Dante Rising has essentially a brand new 64GB one for sale.
163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/Vita] Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time on: February 17, 2013, 12:16:39 AM
For those that have played the previous games which would you say this one most resembles?
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / At the end of this I could very well go insane on: January 27, 2013, 12:08:07 AM
I'm currently devoting some of each day to get through the first seasons of both Adventure Time and My Little Pony in the hopes of understanding what is supposed to be so great about either.
Thankfully I'm also watching Gargoyles to keep me grounded.

 My current assessment after about six episodes of each, is that My Little Pony is winning. Insofar as it at least teaches a lesson, albeit that lesson is interlaced with a full package of pixie stix.
Adventure Time though I just don't get. With the exception of the second appearance of Marceline I really haven't liked an episode. If I could compare it's feel to another show I would say Ren & Stimpy. The problem was that I didn't like that one either for the same reason that both are so random.

I'm still sticking with each till the end and maybe into a second season where most shows really find their voice (Or in Star Trek TNG it took till Riker's beard). I am left wondering why My Little Pony has a loyal male fan base. I'm not saying they can't like it I just don't see where the appeal becomes so large that they are acknowledged by everyone as deserving a stupid name.
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jail-breaking your subsidized phone is now illegal on: January 25, 2013, 08:24:25 PM
Just a little clarification. Jailbreaking your phone is still legal, unlocking it is not.
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NRA Blames Video Games For School Shootings on: December 24, 2012, 09:50:20 PM
BBC is saying that two firefighters are dead and another two are injured. Gunman appears to have shot himself. He has a sister that is unaccounted for and feared to have been in the fire. No mention of anyone else being injured or killed in the fire.
They also state that there were two officers killed on Monday, one inTexas and the other in Wisconsin, while on patrol.
167  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Lord of the Rings Online: Riders of Rohan on: December 11, 2012, 11:23:15 PM
Hmm I certainly don't remember there being an automatic looting of the corpse after defeat. The only option I remember there being that you could turn on was a take all items when right clicked.
168  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Paragon Studios shutting down immediately, CoX closing doors before end of year on: December 03, 2012, 03:30:26 AM
The only time I ever heard that CoH/V was not making money were from commentors on the various stories about the announced shutdown. The problem with that was that they just didn't care about the game or genre so it was easier to dismiss it out of hand.
Just to be clear the players, who were constant, were not operating under some delusion that the game was making huge amounts of money but that it was making a net profit.

As far as NCSoft is concerned yes they are a company, yes their goal is to make money but they have also consistently shown that rather than trying to work things out with a game it easier for them to just kill it. Why would a developer let alone a player want to support that? If a game is only as good as it's community why would they want to flock to something knowing that the sword of damocles is there not ready to drop when it's time has come but whenever it feels like it.

I do and don't agree that these types of games are not special. I agree that from a distance they all have the same basic mechanics of the carrot on a longer stick than that of their single player contemporaries. Where I don't agree is that what only makes them special is the community. Personally I play these games for the most part solo so what interests me is the story and the world. I can tell you I felt a sense of wonder first entering the snow covered Frostbluff or seeing Golden Giza at night. Heck when I came back to Eve after a long hiatus just the nav voice was enough to send waves of nostalgia up my spine. Even something as simple as the landing animation after flying in DCUO or the fact that I would always try to jump off something before changing form as druid in WoW would bring pleasure to me. The community never had anything to do with that. They were all simple and complex things that set each one apart. That's not to say a community doesn't have a place in the world as some players will stay or leave because of it. It's just for me a great community is icing on that already delicious confection and CoH/V managed to deliver that icing.

As an aside it does bother me when a company decides to shutter an IP and would rather let it rot than see someone else make something of it. I still remember when Nickelodeon let the copyright run out for Doug not seeing any use in keeping it and Disney not only picked it up but made it popular again. Nickelodeon vowed to never let that happen again. Not that we won't be so quick to kill something that has more life in it but rather keep your filthy hands off our stuff.

I do hope that in the future publishers figure out a better way to handle the closure of MMOs. Even if it's just retooling and reselling them as a single player or player run server product. I can tell you I would gladly pay 50-60 dollars again just to be able to go back into those worlds that have ceased to be supported. It's also one of my fears about all digital (With no backup capability) and cloud based gaming. There's no possibility for curation. We could go back and look at archived media but without being able to actually touch those worlds and the mechanics contained within you cannot really grasp what makes them so special or even what to improve or avoid in the future.

For the City of Villains/Heroes players there have been choices to be made beyond how can we try to resurrect our recently closed world or create one ourselves. In the immediate some have moved to other worlds, some will continue with Guild Wars 2, some will avoid all things NCSoft and some have abandoned the genre altogether. No choices are wrong as each are their own to make. Personally I will avoid NCSoft as I continue to do with Activision and any game that utilizes an always on component when it doesn't need one. Am I being a bit naive in hoping that my actions will somehow effect those companies to change in the way that I desire? Probably. But until I have the money to control a majority share in those companies, my wallet is the only voice I have.
169  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / City Sunset on: December 02, 2012, 01:12:00 AM
I think a lot of people could have. Which is what made the closure so baffling. No one, including NCSoft itself, indicated that CoH/V was not making enough money to pay its way. Hell one of the employees from Paragon was planning on presenting a proposal to buy it from them next year. The last and really only communication NCSoft made was a basic f'you we're taking our ball home. I believe at least three attempts had been made to purchase the IP from them and two were not even heard. Which makes one of their statements, "We've exhausted all options including the selling of the studio and the rights to the City of Heroes intellectual property, but in the end, efforts to do so were not successful." quite disingenuous. The price floating around that they wanted was 80 million which is frankly absurd. I think they just wanted to get out of the western market, Guild Wars not withstanding. They sunk a lot of money into GW2 and their upcoming Blade & Soul and needed to trim quickly. They may also want to shore up more resources for Aeon and Lineage II which I don't believe are performing as hoped. I could also be vindictive and point out that their stock has dropped a fair amount (From their high of 286500 on Sept 7 to 161500 Nov 30).

In the end NCSoft is well establishing itself as a place for MMO developers to stay far away from. They have proven time and again that they will not work with the community and developers to keep a franchise going even if it means staff cuts or putting it into maintenance mode like Sony has done in the past. There's probably a lot more that can be brought up, and maybe someone that was more immersed in the community can chime in.

What was incredible was the response both in game and out that happened after the initial announcement. Virtue at one point I believe had 40 instances of Atlas Park. With numerous marches and and constant sit ins. Last night with the exception of the European servers every one was yellow with Virtue being red. I personally had to wait twice in a queue of 1500 ( I want to say 2500 but rather err on the lower amount) and 900 respectively. Near the end people decided to go to another server since Virtue was having problems and that server (Triumph I believe) went red.
Capes were sent to NCSoft ala what the fans of Veronica Mars did with mars bars. Numerous letters sent and efforts to engage any media outlet were made.
Stories were shared, not just about adventures in the game but because of it. We heard of people being able to find solace from their abuse and sickness. Of parents and their kids being able to connect with something. Just last night while listening to The Cape the DJ talked about a story she received of a daughter who improved her reading skills immensely (I want to say from a 4 year old to an Cool because of the game.

I have never seen this kind of response from the players when previous games have shut down. The players that have and continue to play those games, while imploring the publisher to keep it going, usually in the end accept that it wasn't performing well enough as servers were consolidated and staff was shed. We had none of that for Heroes.

I'm already going much too long but will say that right now the community is making an effort to get Disney to purchase City. I would recommend visiting here and then here for more information.
170  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Paragon Studios shutting down immediately, CoX closing doors before end of year on: December 01, 2012, 08:22:52 AM
The last screenshot I was able to get before the shutdown.
171  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Benghazi Gate on: November 16, 2012, 11:45:35 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 16, 2012, 10:51:32 PM

Quote from: hepcat on November 16, 2012, 07:59:35 PM

The middle one.

Ha haaa! what if there are two middle ones?

Say: cats, dogs, mice, horses.

Now what!?
We can only hope it doesn't come to that.
172  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: 12 Million New Jobs in the Next 4 Years on: October 27, 2012, 04:57:57 PM
Planet Money said something similar when they did a piece about Scott Walker (They talked to him before the union thing) when he made job promises campaigning for Governor. The people running for the office promised x jobs which was in line with what the state was expected to bring in anyway.

For reference the program was called "How many jobs has Scott Walker created?". Show number was 277.
173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win 8 available tomorrow on: October 26, 2012, 02:28:02 AM
It doesn't help that Microsoft still hasn't released the sdk.
174  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Donald Trump says he will release 'very big news' about Obama this week on: October 24, 2012, 06:04:46 PM
So he would be happy to write a check, that goes to a charity, for information that the majority of American people don't care about.
Here's an idea how about you just happily write that check and the American people can get back to ignoring you.
175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dilemma with new phone on: October 15, 2012, 11:55:23 PM
I can't comment on which is better but the one thing I would suggest is to make a list of the apps that you must have and see if they are also on Android.

You might want to also list the things you don't like about the iPhone and maybe someone else here can comment on those points.
176  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The 2012 Presidential Debates Thread: Get Free Halo Armor! Second debate 10-11 on: October 13, 2012, 09:45:26 PM
Not exactly thrilled that the President sign into law the ability to indefinitely detain Americans without trial.
177  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The 2012 Presidential Debates Thread: Get Free Halo Armor! Second debate 10-11 on: October 07, 2012, 04:10:23 PM
Clearly this is a case for
Spoiler for Hiden:
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioware News: Zeschuk and Muzyka retire on: September 29, 2012, 06:34:28 PM
I'm quoting from terrible memory here but there was a question posited about why do people (It may have been Whedon specifically) continually make shows for FOX when there is an extremely good chance it will be canceled early. The answer essentially was they need to make a paycheck like everyone else and a lot of the time FOX is willing to try new things.

Having said that in a dream world I wish that publishers and developers were separate. The developer owns the IP and the only involvement that a publisher has is the initial loan, distribution, and promotion and at most first refusal rights. And even then a developer could decide to take on one or both of those tasks themselves. It's heartbreaking to see a developer being shut down because their latest game didn't quite reach the sales of a previous one or that they didn't meet expectations or that the publisher just didn't want anything to do with that world regardless of its sales (see NCSoft).

There is an offshoot of what I want, happening now with the crowd funded development. But there are perils in that as well. We all know that a high profile take the money and run will happen. One thing I also think will happen is a burnout from the newness of it all and just like now people are going to realize that if I don't have time to play all those games why should I be spending money like I do.
179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [CBS]Elementary on: September 29, 2012, 03:11:26 AM
Caught the tail end of NPR interviewing Lucy Liu, about the show. The creator has stated that there will not be a romance but rather a bromance between the two characters.
Having said that this is an American tv show and what the audience wants they usually get. Course maybe they could introduce a love interest for Moriarty whom Holmes is also interested in. Perhaps a tragic death is what causes the two to become enemies.
180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Did Blowing Into NES Cartridges Help? on: September 26, 2012, 04:05:36 PM
It didn't really happen that often for me. Whether it was because I was pretty good about putting the cartridge back in the sleeve or just random luck. The times that the cartridge didn't work I would blow on it though I remember using less breath and more air (Lips being in a whistle shape versus having your cheeks puff out). It is encouraging to see I was doing what was suggested in the article. When I couldn't get it to work the first time I would use isopropyl alcohol.
181  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Fundraising in Israel with Romney on: July 13, 2012, 05:39:18 PM
They were talking about this on NPR. There are apparently voters living in Israel and the Jewish population, in general, votes more republican versus here. The GOP knows they cannot win the American Jewish vote but they're hoping to grab a few percentage points away from the democrats.
As far as funding goes afaic Citizens United pretty much killed any rules we had.
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: LTTP: Mass Effect (1) on: April 17, 2012, 02:45:38 AM
Don't buy every license. Your shop on the ship randomly picks, from the ones you have, to sell to you. So you have less of a chance to get what you want with a larger catalog being pulled from.
Recommend Kassa Fabrication, Geth Armory and Serrice Council. Pinnacle Station also rewards you with good weapons but honestly if you don't want to go through the grind I believe the Spectre ones are better.
183  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Campaign ad appears to link Obama with Ahmadinejad on: March 27, 2012, 01:40:43 AM
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 23, 2012, 05:31:25 AM

Quote from: PR_GMR on March 22, 2012, 07:56:17 PM

Ceekay's room. Link.
My first thought was marshmallow ponies. Do they have that?
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: March 23, 2012, 05:28:21 AM
I heard the only way to get 5000 is to not sleep with any of the characters. So it's basically impossible.
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Impressions Incoming! on: March 22, 2012, 02:37:37 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 21, 2012, 06:35:46 PM

Honestly, until the last five minutes of the game I would say that ME3 is the best game in the series.  But those last five minutes....
There in lies the problem though, with those final moments. It's like having the greatest piece of pie ever and then someone comes up and craps on the last bite. No matter how great the experience was, up to that point, you can't help but dwell on that final piece and your opinion for the whole is tainted because of it.
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Impressions Incoming! on: March 21, 2012, 06:24:47 PM
For only $10 per character you can see what happens to each member of your team(s).

Honestly it's a good thing I decided to hold off on this one. As someone who values story and storytelling above all else everything I've read indicates that the level of excellence wasn't carried over from the first two.
188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Point and Click Adventure Games on: February 28, 2012, 04:08:31 PM
I haven't had time to check them out yet but Chris Jones and Aaron Conners have worked on three newish games.
189  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / So my iTunes account has been hijacked again on: February 27, 2012, 02:42:16 AM
Had my account hijacked last month as well, as did others (Some lost as much as $100). This time they were much cleverer and purchased a free app that had in-app purchases. So I'm most likely out $15 because they were in-app. Not a whole lot but it's still irritating. Both times have been Chinese developed games. I had changed my password from a single word to a word plus numbers and letters. My touch was jailbroken and I had updated over wifi a couple times so it might have happened because of that. Went ahead and updated it which removed the jailbreak. I know my computers are both clean (Haven't clicked on anything suspect, haven't opened any mail except when I was resetting a password, haven't visited any off the path websites) and earlier this month I completely wiped all permissions for iTunes. Also my account is not linked to a credit/debit card.

Anyone have any other suggestions for things I can do to prevent this from happening again? I'm also thinking I might as well purchase something that will kill the remaining credit that I have, if for no other reason than to not lose any more money.
190  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: You shouldn't vote for Romney because he speaks... French *gasp* on: January 14, 2012, 12:26:30 AM

Quote from: Mr. Fed on January 13, 2012, 11:16:10 PM

There are people out there who find such advertisements persuasive.

I plan to take advantage of them, hire them at substandard wages to perform my various menial tasks, and find ways to take their money to buy a beach house and maybe educate my children at ivy-festooned schools.  If it amuses me, I may find a way to have them legally classified as cattle.

First thought that popped in my head. God I hope he doesn't milk them.
191  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / You shouldn't vote for Romney because he speaks... French *gasp* on: January 13, 2012, 09:39:37 PM
The ad, released by rival Newt Gingrich, seeks to draw unflattering parallels between Mr Romney and another Massachusetts politician, John Kerry.
Entitled The French Connection, it features a clip of Mr Romney talking in French when he ran the Winter Olympics.
Correspondents say the highlighting of Mr Romney's alleged French-language skills is an attempt to portray him as an elitist, European-style liberal wimp.

This is Gingrich realizing he is done and trying anything to diminish Romney, if only by a little bit, just out of spite.
192  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Michelle Bachmann will not run in 2012 on: January 04, 2012, 09:52:40 PM
I wonder, did her husband tell her to quit or was she allowed to make the decision on her own like a big person?
193  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam: Great Gift Pile (trade talk - coupons, coal, etc.) on: January 01, 2012, 06:53:29 PM
2x 50% off Valve published
33% off Valve
50% off Revenge of the Titans
194  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Holiday Sale! on: December 26, 2011, 10:36:04 PM
While not really the best place for this, would anyone be interested in trading 7 coal for either 50% off Valve Library or 50% off Revenge of the Titans?
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 05, 2011, 01:38:56 AM
You may be on
196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 23, 2011, 01:06:10 AM
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Latest PS3 Update EULA Taking Away Users Rights? on: September 18, 2011, 04:03:50 PM

Quote from: Destructor on September 18, 2011, 03:33:17 PM

Quote from: sgoldj on September 17, 2011, 11:45:41 PM

Perhaps I mis-read the agreement, but there is a way to opt out of the binding arbitration and class action waiver under section 15.  What is the downside to opting out?

The downside is that you can't update your PS3 anymore, which means you can't play newer games or access the PS3 online store.

sgoldj isn't talking about not updating as a way to opt out. You can send a letter to the address they list and be removed from waiving your rights. A couple comments from ArsTechnica if you do plan on doing this. Make sure you send it by something like USPS signature confirmation so they cannot claim to have never gotten the letter. Also it's not clear if you will have to send a letter each time a new update comes around.
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Latest PS3 Update EULA Taking Away Users Rights? on: September 17, 2011, 04:49:02 AM
That's really not much of a choice. Not only are they holding hostage a user that has purchased content from PSN or wishes to play online but also the developers that have their games up for download. I also don't like the precedent this might set. Yes there are probably other ways the company can be punished if found to have done something against the law. But those usually end up not reimbursing the customer but rather the state.
I'm speaking from no knowledge of this but it seems like the best way a customer can bring a company to court is through a class action along with other like minded people, otherwise the company will just draw it out knowing that an individual cannot afford a lengthy battle.

Legally I suspect that since they provide a way for a customer to opt out of surrendering their rights after accepting the download it will be fine. A bit grey but fine.

As far as spending their money on things other than lawsuits, I'm pretty sure that's what their lawyers are paid to handle already.
199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Latest PS3 Update EULA Taking Away Users Rights? on: September 17, 2011, 02:40:23 AM
It's as silly as shrink wrap EULAs. Though I'm pretty sure those did withstand a lawsuit.
200  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Portal was so bad Valve has to give it away - Until Sept 20 on: September 17, 2011, 02:37:22 AM
Oh sure they may try to disguise it as "helping" educators teach physics and critical thinking. But we all know what their plan really is. To get the kids hooked with their sweet sweet candy thereby destroying generations of young peoples hopes and dreams. Because really which would you rather do, study all night or think with portals? Trick question, there is no study only portals. So when the world is reduced to burning rubble and the populace are forced into Newell re-eduction camps don't come crying to me. No really, don't bother me, I've got portals to make.
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