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161  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic (dev posts, news items, fan sites etc.) on: June 14, 2013, 12:05:09 AM
Each species has a "special" thing they do, non combative. Like cheering, roaring, meditating while floating. Not much else I'm afraid.

I usually take a healer type companion. But that's largely due to the fact I play dps classes.
I have one @ 55, and two at 53...and a Sniper at 46.

My favorite class, and I've played them all is Trooper-with commando as my AC. They were woefull in PvP until 2.0. I'm having fun again in PvP with my Mando.
I've spent money on the Cartel Market and got a few good things from it. As a subscriber I get a lot of perks FTP people don't. Some the FTP guys can buy through the
CM.
I played so much of SWToR when it first came out and for 6 months after. Got bored, did the rounds and just came back for the new update. "Rise of the Hutt Cartel"
I'm having fun again in ToR. Ton's of missions, for rep, and some nice rewards along the way.

For me picking a class to play comes down to basics. Do I want; dps,healer,tank. Then you can also decide if you want Healer with dps, etc, etc.
They do need to work on getting some new classes out. And also the ability to respec AC.

I'm sure you'll get hours of solo fun out of it. That's all I play. Never had an issue with it. Most group oriented content I've done, is like most grouping in a MMO, you have to put up with alot of guys who think they know every trick in the book, and they will continually tell you how to play your class. But that's pick up groups. I'm sure Guilds and friends have a much better time of it.
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Console longevity on: June 12, 2013, 02:11:14 AM
How long is the console life, before a newer version is released?  I've never dove into the pool, so I know very little about the systems. I'm mulling over getting one when the new lot are available.
Is there a winner out of the big 3?
 
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek 2, AKA Star Trek Into Darkness on: June 10, 2013, 04:25:42 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on June 10, 2013, 05:00:29 AM

Quote from: Arclight on June 09, 2013, 05:01:51 PM

I was there for the very first Star Trek show, and I'll be there for the last one they make(if that ever happens)

But putting myself in the minority, I don't like Kirk or Spock in this movie. Scotty, Bones, protagonist, all fantastic jobs.
But the way Kirk is played is far to juvenile to suspend any disbelief. I just can't see a guy like Kirk(in this movie)
Handling the fates of Klingon-Federation empires.
I know tongue in cheek moments are a Star Trek staple, but in this movie it just came across as silly and totally unbelievable.

I hope the next one will do away with the teen-age actions of Kirk, and put some believability back in the Role...aka; Patrick Stewart

Its the early years I know that, but can you imagine a guy like Kirk, in this movie, being given command of anything other than a
Shuttle bus driver between outposts on a planet full of Tribbles.

But Kirk is the protagonist.

 nod I guess he is. But I always felt that the "main" character for the bad side was the protagonist. But dictionay meaning you are right. Thanks for making me look it up and see that I've been using the word wrong.  thumbsup
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek 2, AKA Star Trek Into Darkness on: June 09, 2013, 05:01:51 PM
I was there for the very first Star Trek show, and I'll be there for the last one they make(if that ever happens)

But putting myself in the minority, I don't like Kirk or Spock in this movie. Scotty, Bones, protagonist, all fantastic jobs.
But the way Kirk is played is far to juvenile to suspend any disbelief. I just can't see a guy like Kirk(in this movie)
Handling the fates of Klingon-Federation empires.
I know tongue in cheek moments are a Star Trek staple, but in this movie it just came across as silly and totally unbelievable.

I hope the next one will do away with the teen-age actions of Kirk, and put some believability back in the Role...aka; Patrick Stewart

Its the early years I know that, but can you imagine a guy like Kirk, in this movie, being given command of anything other than a
Shuttle bus driver between outposts on a planet full of Tribbles.
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek 2, AKA Star Trek Into Darkness on: June 08, 2013, 02:12:38 AM

Quote from: Razgon on June 07, 2013, 09:03:29 AM

It opened last night here in Denmark as well - no idea on earnings yet, but will go see it saturday -cant wait!

Off topic: I see my fellow Englishman had to repel another Viking attack.

Mikkel Kessler vs. Carl Froch: Cobra Wins by Unanimous Decision

Denmark's Kessler is a great fighter in his own right. He won in Coppenhagen with the hometown crowd...Froch the Cobra returned the favor in England at the oh-2.
Both are sluggers, warriors, hearts as big as Canada.
I'm hoping the "rubber" match will happen.

We return you now to what ever the heck you guys were talking about.. icon_smile
166  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic (dev posts, news items, fan sites etc.) on: June 07, 2013, 05:56:52 PM
Tatt was well done I felt in Tor, but I was hoping for a SWG Tattoine, along those lines ToR was a disappointment.

Hoth was another Planet I was looking forward to; and I was more disappointed with it than Tatt.

I think my favorite Planet Belsavis. I had no expectations with it.
167  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic (dev posts, news items, fan sites etc.) on: June 03, 2013, 01:26:09 PM
MS, look on the space map on your ship. Mouse over the planets and see the recommended levels for each. Picking a planet a level or so higher would be fine.
you should be able to find the appropriate planet(s) no problem.

How is your story line going? Are you under level for the next story-mission?
Even queing up for War Zones give some decent exp. too. Sometimes I've used that on alts, to "fill the gap".

168  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic (dev posts, news items, fan sites etc.) on: June 01, 2013, 08:23:53 PM

Quote from: msduncan on June 01, 2013, 03:55:19 PM


So nobody is still playing this, right?

Went with Neverwinter for a while but it fizzled out really quick for me. Partly due to the heavy instancing, but a few more key things I felt were lacking.

Went back to SWToR, and found the game surprisingly fun again. I have my main, a Kathar Commando @55. I bought a few paks and luck of the draw
I got some nice stuff.
So, once again I'm drawn back into the game. For me I find the all-around design of the game better suited to me than Neverwinter.

But with a couple of potentially good MMO's on the radar, I'll be jumping ship again to suss them out.
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What book/book series do you wish you could read again for the first time? on: May 31, 2013, 02:00:37 PM
Silmarillion...Lord of The Rings.....The Adventures of Tom Bombadil.


I would say the Bible...but I read that frequently and I'm always finding something new and exciting in it....
170  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Neverwinter on: May 23, 2013, 01:41:33 PM
I use the wolf that was given with the Founders Pac. And being a 38 GF, I always see him in the midst of it with me. He's got a great knock down skill that has helped more than once.

I'm still not comfortable with all of the instancing. Puts me off playing sometimes.
171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2013: Fans vs Favorites 2! on: May 16, 2013, 02:10:22 PM

Quote from: Scraper on May 16, 2013, 12:43:21 AM

Quote from: dfs on May 16, 2013, 12:37:32 AM

Just in case anybody has been under a rock. Brandon Hantz was pretty much the reason they axed the non-jury members showing up for the reunion. Maybe it would have been tried anyway, but they couldn't give that young man any more screen time. He needs real help, not publicity.

I missed the non-jury members less than I thought I was going to.

Yep they nixed it because of Brandon. Did anyone else catch that they didn't give Eric 1 second of talk time in the reunion. He didn't even get to explain his "injury". Weird for a guy that made it to the final 5.

When that episode with Eric gasping for life aired I had a funny feeling about it all. He seemed to be acting to me. As you all know Eric really has some self-esteem issues, always looking to be liked by everyone, and also seeking attention.
I believe once the med staff did a thorough examination they realized the scam.
That's why he sat on the back benches with a gag order on him. What else could it be?
172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How was your mother's day? on: May 13, 2013, 04:50:50 PM
I don't get my wife anything for Mother's day. She returns the favor on Father's Day.

Its Mother's day, not our wedding anniversary. To which we celebrate happily every year(28 years now)

Took Mom to an all you can eat Chinese Food joint. Would you like some chicken with that MSG. sir?


Fun day, Mom was blessed, wife was blessed by the kids............Got home, watched the finale of Survivor.

Cochrane....My all time favorite player now.
173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is the first album you ever purchased? on: May 13, 2013, 03:57:08 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 10, 2013, 07:33:06 PM

This can't come as a surprise...



I started getting into drumming and there is nobody better.  (though Portnoy comes close!)  It still serves as one of my absolute favorite albums of all time.  

Great Canadian band. Finally got inducted into the Rock n Roll hall of fame this year. "Closer to the heart"....And I agree the drummer for Rush is a Maestro at what he does...

Just to add to my comment on drumming. Although there are a few drummers that are at the top of my list, there really is only one. John Bonham. R.I.P. bud.

174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is the first album you ever purchased? on: May 13, 2013, 03:51:09 PM
Rubber Soul; Beatles, 1964.
175  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Lord of the Rings Online: Helms Deep on: May 07, 2013, 09:04:39 PM
I liked LoTro when I first played. I left when the first or second expansion was up for sale. I think something else was out around that time.  nod

If I were to pick this game up again, would I have anything other than the original cd to pay for?
Was there any kind of graphical update put out after the CD?

Is the community at a healthy level?

I guess I could retrieve any characters I left behind, considering I've forgotten my account info.

176  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Neverwinter on: May 06, 2013, 11:49:38 AM
+1 to Zarkon..+1/2 to CK.  icon_wink

The amount of ways to buy stuff is way over the top. Ahh, I've got 10 Lion Seals, lets go see what I can buy. Hey NPC whatcha got for 10 Lion Seals? Nadda, I only accept Hyena Seals.
Besides my tacky attempt at humour, I'm seriously disappointed in NW. I can't do another Dungeon run with a party; They feel miles away from D&D.
I liked the combat at first, but the shine on that has tarnished now, its too actiony.
Armour from 1-28 has changed very little, at times I can't even see a difference when I up-grade a piece.

It's not what I can put months of play time into. I'll relegate it to; play it for short periods of time. NEVER spend a dime of real money on it. And play it like a solo game.

La Fin
177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: At the end of this I could very well go insane on: May 04, 2013, 11:06:34 AM
 paranoid ?
178  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Neverwinter on: May 04, 2013, 12:38:15 AM
I have a Guardian Fighter up to lv-24. I've been doing the dungeon runs, questing(main story)and foundry missions. After playing a few foundry made missions, It really is hit or miss at this point. But the potential for fun quests is huge. Played yours Tilt, not blowing smoke up.....but you are head and shoulders better than most of the ones I've tried.

But my main beef so far are the dungeon runs. They play out like everyone's on blow and suffer from ADD. Running from mob to mob, room to room, never setting up, never needing me, the tank, to server my purpose. No one talking, no one stopping to pick up a lot of the drops...And it feels like the groups are rushing around seeing who will get tops in the results at the end. I dislike the dungeon play so much I'm done with them till a developer decides to make Dungeons more like D&D, than duke nukem.

The game has potential, but I think I will grow tired of the instancing long before I exhaust all the content.
179  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Neverwinter on: May 01, 2013, 02:34:15 PM
Anyone know how to convert the AD's into Zen?
180  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Neverwinter on: April 30, 2013, 10:47:10 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 30, 2013, 07:53:51 PM

you can exchange Astral Diamonds that you earn in-game for Zen to buy the keys, haven't tried doing so yet so I'm not sure how well it works.
Like you I received 600k of AD's. I've been doing some "light" digging around on how to exchange AD's for Zen. I'll keep looking.

My lv-18 Guardian Half-Elf is starting to come into his own now. Consistently top the charts on dungeon crawls. I hit my big taunt, and go to town. They really do handle damage like a true tank.

Its growing on me. I just hope that they don't get carried away with the cash items and make the game miserable for the FTP crowd. I'm sure it will depend on how great the response is to Zen items.
181  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Neverwinter on: April 30, 2013, 07:36:34 PM
There is a degree of pay-to-win. I've already accumulated a hockey-sock full of lock box's. Of course you need to spend real money to get the key for them. There is a chance of super rare's being in them. Including weapon; I was in game yesterday and one guy said he's opened over 10 of them so far. Then linked some very nice stuff from them into chat.
Feels like pay to win when I hear that.
182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Accents] What the heck happened in the UK? on: April 29, 2013, 09:24:43 PM
Mom's from Hull, Yorkshire............very Coronation Street...(North England)
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Accents] What the heck happened in the UK? on: April 29, 2013, 09:21:11 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on April 29, 2013, 07:25:37 PM

There's currently a dustup on Reddit.  The Americans and Aussies have come together to form Ameristralia.  The Canadians and Kiwis felt left out and are trying to start New Zanada

haha, love it. Kiwinucks.
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Accents] What the heck happened in the UK? on: April 29, 2013, 07:22:50 PM
When I was in Australia, the Kiwi-Aussie rivalry was always evident.(as long as a kiwi and Aussie were present)
I found it interesting enough to ask both sides about it. Most said its just a long standing "thing" based on their origins and allegiences now.

Like the Aussie's identify more with the States, and N.Z. still honour their English heritage. Aussies haven't much love for "pommies" as they call the English. Can't really blame them, their beginnings was that of a penal colony for the un-wanted in England. Their accent's though are very easy to detect who's who. I found Kiwi to be a softer, less harse accent than the Aussies.
Love em both though. Fine countries.
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Accents] What the heck happened in the UK? on: April 29, 2013, 03:07:31 PM
Canada as well. There is the East Coast accent, the Newfoundland accent, Quebec French speaking, There is a slight difference in the Western provinces.(I think they put it on to sound like Cowboys)
But coming from England(born in London) even in the city of London there are different accents. Cockney being one. But yeah, I've often pondered that and how it comes to be.
186  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Neverwinter on: April 27, 2013, 02:32:44 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 25, 2013, 05:11:50 PM

picked Mindflayer as well.

Shivra @ carverllewis

Didn't you get the Founders Pack? I bought it and supposedly I can log-in for the first time today. Although I think its a couple of hours away for that.
Just curious, but you probably gave in and clicked, Hero of the North....OR?................
187  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Neverwinter on: April 26, 2013, 03:25:51 PM
Has anyone heard about future class additions? Five seem a bit shallow for a MMO. Or are the D&D 4e rules prohibitive in that area?
188  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic (dev posts, news items, fan sites etc.) on: April 11, 2013, 06:29:26 PM
I've been playing the new expansion to ToR. The Rise and Fall of the Hutt Empire...something like that.. icon_lol

Took my limp noodle of a PvP character, 50 commando to Makeb, or is it Makeme?? I dunno.

The planet looks fine, but its a cheesy layout that is trying to make you feel the world is bigger than it is. Chunks of land with a void in between them. Getting around Make-me is a mess if you ask me.
When you take a taxi you get the lift of sequence but then, zap you're at the destination. Again I think this is to keep how small it is from our view.

I really don't get that new-content, lots to do again feeling from it. People blew through the 5 new levels in a couple of days, some less than a day. I know there are always the one's doing the "I finished first" thing, but even a casual player will be capped in no time.

For all the time they put into this expansion it feels more like an update than an ex-pac.
For me the score I would give it  would be a sloppy 3 out of 10. Unless they packed all the fun and exciting stuff into the last level I feel pretty much assured that I've seen what Make-me is all about.

And here's a real kicker of a bug that's cropped up since the update. Going into a WZ I notice a fellow commando @lv 35. I check out his HP and he's at something like 24,000. I looked at mine, and I'm geared really well;
my HP's were 19000. I started a chat about it, and I guess I was the last to get the memo. Everyone is experiencing it. One way to get more HP's is to take of all your armor. I tried it on advice from another player. Looked at my HP's and I was up to about 22,000 hit points.
I would have thought that bug would be priority one for a fix. Its still there today.

I get the feeling this is SW:ToR's swan song. Even with FTP, this game is just marking time. Once people get a taste of what they waited ages for is a yawn fest, all confidence in ToR rising from the ashes like a Phoenix will be hosed.
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 31, 2013, 03:47:47 PM
I'm a pretty simple guy when it comes to in-game things that effect my everyday play time and enjoyment.
I don't always know why but sometimes I just get a ewww feeling about something when I first experience it in game.
Like the AH in D-3. I saw the writing on the wall within the first two days of playing. My simple love of D games is the
combat and loot drops. Nothing much more. The AH did away with getting significant rewards and loot drops. It quickly became
a frustrating game, with not much of anticipatory playing.
If it ain't broken, don't try to fix it.
190  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Jim Carrey mocks Charlton Heston on: March 27, 2013, 02:28:45 AM
I get a laugh out of the hatred coming Jim's way. But especially the ones deriding his Canadian status. When in all actuality he's been Yank for years.
He's all yours. Tongue
191  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Neverwinter on: March 26, 2013, 05:04:16 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 26, 2013, 03:30:16 PM

Quote from: Arclight on March 26, 2013, 02:22:25 PM

This game must have been in stealth mode, it almost flew right under my radar. In for day one, with a Founders Pak.
you going Hero?

Next one down. $60.00
192  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Robertson: ‘Demonic Spirits’ May Lurk In Your Newly-Purchased Clothing on: March 26, 2013, 02:26:33 PM
While I don't believe in demon's, demons, everywhere demons. I do believe there is more going on in the spiritual realm than most of us realize.
193  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Neverwinter on: March 26, 2013, 02:22:25 PM
This game must have been in stealth mode, it almost flew right under my radar. In for day one, with a Founders Pak.
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox: Always online, no second-hand games, 50GB Blu-ray and new kinect(EDGE) on: March 22, 2013, 12:01:52 PM
I still believe consoles are a passing fad......................
195  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Elder Scrolls Online on: March 19, 2013, 07:14:57 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on March 19, 2013, 06:13:40 PM

Quote from: Arclight on March 19, 2013, 04:09:05 PM

Could it be? Am I foolish to think such a thing? No, it just can't be!
Argh, I can't fight it any longer. This could be the one MMORPG that binds us altogether once again.

I will hope against all hope, that this one, will gather our interests for more than a month or two.
I recommend not hoping, and going into this with the lowest expecations you can.  I've seen you go into a couple of mmos with hope, and it didn't end well.  Aim your sights low brother, and go from there, like the rest of us. icon_smile

More than just a couple bro.  icon_wink
I know what the odds are that this will be a grand slam hit,  Zero to slim.

But if it could just raise the bar a few notches above what we've been getting over the last few years, I would be extremely happy with that.
196  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Elder Scrolls Online on: March 19, 2013, 04:09:05 PM
Could it be? Am I foolish to think such a thing? No, it just can't be!
Argh, I can't fight it any longer. This could be the one MMORPG that binds us altogether once again.

I will hope against all hope, that this one, will gather our interests for more than a month or two.
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider on: March 13, 2013, 01:24:27 AM
I just got it. Hate the button mashing. Hate the platform feel to it. Forgot that TR is all that.
I think I'll just fire it up now and then and watch her hair blowing in the wind... thumbsdown

Forum Effect = 1

Arclight = 0



198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's The Coolest Thing You've Ever Seen? on: February 22, 2013, 02:54:05 PM
Standing at the Dr.'s shoulder as my little girl was being birthed. She came out sunny side up.(face first, looking up)As she took her first slide ride and came out I shouted its a GIRL!!! the Dr. looked at me and said, "hey, that's my job".
But seriously in a life with a ton of "moments" the birth of my 3 children is always at the top.
199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What's The Coolest Forum You've Ever Padded On? on: February 20, 2013, 08:02:51 PM
Gone Gold...A close second Gaming Trend
Avsim Forums were great as well. Hanging out with real life pilots and discussing flight sims was very cool and I learned a ton of stuff.
200  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The next major MMO on: February 12, 2013, 12:55:45 PM
Like most "firsts" in our life, you never ever really get that feeling again. DAoC was my first. I stumbled upon it and up till then had only used Flight Sims on the PC.
But most certainly I've had some really fun experiences since then in MMO's. I remember when we started using, MMO instead of MMORPG. I think that says alot to the decline of the genre for me.
It became a generic formula. If you have A,B, and C in the game it will be succesful. No need for creative thinking in the sense of innovative, new ideas. Just go with the tried and true.
I do agree we're at the end of an era of subscription based MMO's. I don't know if I like this more or less than the 15 bucks a month model.

What I do know is I don't spend hours online searching out every little bit of info I can find about every MMO out there.
But boy would I be there with bells on if some talented developer's got together and made a MMO out of love, rather than for gold. Indie games at its best.

So, I'll just drive my Volvo across Italy(if they can make a fun trucking game, why not a MMO), remembering a time when MMORPG's were king of the road.
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