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1761  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Heroes Season Four details leaking out on: September 23, 2009, 08:27:59 PM
The reason Season 1 was so good, in my opinion, was that it was simple. A core set of heroes, an identifiable villain, an impending disaster.

Things started really falling apart when they complicated things with time travel, moral ambiguity, throwaway characters, and no identifiable "good vs. evil." In an attempt to be sophisticated (oh look, we can make our heroes be flawed, and make our villains redeemable!) they just totally confused everyone because the writing wasn't strong enough to support those sudden changes. And let's not even get started on the insanely vague plotlines that never went anywhere (What happened to evil Claire? What about that virus that killed everybody in the future?) It was a total clusterfuck.

I liked everything about this season's premiere except for one thing, which I'll get to in a moment. It gets back to our core group of heroes, and we probably have a villain shaping up in the form of T-Bag. Instead of seeing our heroes go from normal people to heroes, we're seeing our heroes going from normal lives to heroic ones - I'm fine with that; it's an attempt to get back to what made Season One great.

My one concern is Hiro regaining his time travel powers. Shutting that crap off for good would be the right thing to do so that the writers don't paint themselves into any more corners like they did the previous two seasons. Instead, Hiro seems determined to start messing with the past again, which means we have more opportunity for gaping plot holes this season. I really wish they'd have limited his power just as they did with everyone else (even if that limitation in most instances was self-imposed).
1762  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion - Official Server = Lumiel, Faction = Elyios on: September 23, 2009, 03:05:44 AM
so, anyone know if you can invite people who are offline to your legion?

Unfortunately that's a negative. I made the folks who were online tonight officers so that they in turn can invite people as they see them. Hopefully over time we'll get everybody in that wants in.
1763  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / [Aion] Official Gaming Trend Legion Thread on: September 22, 2009, 09:58:20 PM
Today is a special day in Aion! I'm happy to announce the formation of Venatio Voluntas, the official Gaming Trend legion guild on Lumiel, Elyos side.

Please post in this thread with your character name if you want an invite. Unfortunately I cannot invite people who are offline, so I will be adding everyone who posts in this thread to my friends list and inviting as I see you on. I'll also be designating officers to assist with invites until we can get everybody in.

I look forward to seeing everyone in-game!

[Edit] Sorry about that - my character name is Alastor
1764  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 22, 2009, 08:56:18 PM
Ok, if no further objections then I'm going with Venatio Voluntas. After consulting a few more dictionaries fossa was most commonly used for ditch or moat than for any other interpretation. Voluntas I preferred over the others for its double meaning - not only an inclination (loosely a trend), but also because it references good will. I think that sums up our guild perfectly - a community of players promoting good will towards gaming. If you want to really get specific, it could mean an inclination towards killing animals, which I think is also very fitting since we'll be doing a lot of that in the coming months!

Thanks for the suggestions all. I'll hold off posting an official guild thread until I'm sure I can get it created in-game. Should be no later than 8:00-9:00 EST tonight, but I'll try to do it as soon as I get home before the queues get too bad.

1765  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Most annoying song ever" game on: September 22, 2009, 08:43:59 PM
Good Mornign Good Morning by the Beatles.  just played it in the game and it was horrid.

You shut your mouth! You shut your dirty mouth!

<YK curls up into a ball and starts crying inconsolably>
1766  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 22, 2009, 05:59:38 PM
Thanks Hotfreak - honestly I'm fine with anything (including fossa) - I am by no means a Latin expert. I just consulted a couple of quick online dictionaries.

Judging from the intellect of global chat in the game, I highly doubt anyone is going to notice or care that our Latin isn't university-level. smile
1767  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: APB on: September 22, 2009, 05:45:38 PM
I just put that I thought the game concept looked good and wanted to help test it. Pretty generic answer.

I'm not sure what criteria these devs look at when picking beta testers, but I've got the formula down as to where I get accepted into almost every MMO beta (at least the ones that don't purely rely on random drawings). Maybe they really look at testing history. When I started applying for beta tests many years ago, I didn't get any bites. But when I did finally get into a couple, I'd put them as experience for my next application, rinse, repeat. Over time I've built up a pretty big resume of testing experience, so I always mention that in questions like this. I also always mention that I work in IT and have a strong technical background - I think they like to pick people who they think will be able to communicate bug reports effectively.

And those are my beta tester inside tips for today.  ninja

1768  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion - Official Server = Lumiel, Faction = Elyios on: September 22, 2009, 05:32:21 PM
The official guild will be created tonight on Lumiel (Elyos side). As soon as I get it created I'll post an official guild thread in this forum so people can give me their names for invites. I'm in the capital city and have the money required so I'll knock it out as soon as I get on.

Head over to the beta thread for name suggestions - right now we're trying to translate Gaming Trend into Latin. For "gaming" we've settled on Venatio, Trend is still up for debate. Any Latin scholar input would be greatly appreciated!
1769  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Square Enix President-A new Wii by 2011 on: September 22, 2009, 05:11:52 PM
Next-gen for Nintendo probably means it has 2GB RAM and a USB port.  Roll Eyes
1770  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 22, 2009, 04:55:50 PM
Upon further review of Latin-English dictionaries, it seems fossa is more similar to "trench" or "ditch" than trend.

"Trend" doesn't have a direct translation but I have the following:

inclination:  voluntas  - Venatio Voluntas (Game Inclination or Game Good Will)

bearing:  gestum

tendency:  indoles

I like Venatio Voluntas personally out of those revised suggestions
1771  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 22, 2009, 04:48:49 PM
Gaming Trend in Latin translates loosely as: Venatio Fossa

Yeah that has a nice ring to it. Venatio Fossa it is unless I get overwhelming objection.

I'm already in the capital city and have the necessary gold, so I'll try to get it created as soon as I get on tonight. Once I've done so, I'll post an official guild thread in this forum for people to post their names for invites.
1772  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 22, 2009, 02:51:00 PM
I'll be happy to create a Legion tonight; I can't really devote the time to run it but if we're just using it as an organization tool for now I don't think we have to get too technical with guild rules and structure. We just need to come up with a name. Any suggestions?

1773  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 22, 2009, 12:48:35 AM
Yeah, I'm kicking myself for not logging in earlier - I decided to wait and eat dinner first and now I'm staring at an hour and 15 minute wait. Which means only about an hour of game time before bed.  crybaby
1774  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 21, 2009, 08:33:12 PM
I firmly believe 95% of all "grind" complaints are self-inflicted.

I played EQ1 for years, with no quest XP whatsoever, and I hardly ever felt like I was "grinding." Why? Because I was socializing with my guild, having fun exploring, etc.

I'm so sick of the no-attention-span 12-year olds that think any amount of effort required to level in an MMO constitutes a "grind." MMOs, by their very nature, require time to level. That's what an RPG is - the journey of a character going from weakling to hero. You either get that or you don't. If you don't, stop playing MMOs and go play shooters or strategy titles where there is no level advancement.

It's not a *(&$(#*@(#$*& race. Chill out, explore the world, do some crafting, talk to your buddies, have fun living in a virtual world, and stop focusing on getting from A to Z in the shortest amount of time possible.
1775  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: House, Season 6 on: September 21, 2009, 03:14:38 AM
Looking forward to it as well. While last season certainly had some terrific moments, the show's formula is starting to wear thin (patient with weird condition comes in, they go through 15 guesses as to what it is, patient gets worse due to wrong treatment, House has a coincidental epiphany about the case due to some unrelated drama in his own life, patient is saved). My wife and I were getting to the point of laughing out loud as we predicted every plot turn of every episode. I'm hoping they shake things up a bit this go-round.
1776  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion - Official Server = Lumiel, Faction = Elyios on: September 21, 2009, 03:10:29 AM
I logged on at 7:30 and finally got in at 9:20. Was able to almost hit 9, so I'm pretty happy at my progress considering the crowds.

Other than the over-population, it's been a pretty smooth launch. Once I got away from the very first starting area I haven't had any bad lag.

I'm trying to look on the bright side of the crowds - it means this game should have a really healthy population going forward, even with the standard one-month drop-off. Especially in games with a PvP focus, I'd rather deal with the crowding issues than find myself unable to get anything done because nobody is playing.
1777  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 21, 2009, 12:40:38 AM
Queue was an hour and a half for me at 7:30 EST. Looks like I'll be getting in at about 9:15. Hopefully they're getting a bit better.
1778  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion - Official Server = Lumiel, Faction = Elyios on: September 20, 2009, 11:12:59 PM
Dammit - I knew I should have stayed logged in while I took a break for dinner. If that's the case I may not get to play anymore tonight.
1779  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 19, 2009, 12:17:57 PM
wait, you're going to play a game centered around pvp but you don't wanna be "forced" to pvp?

Don't worry, we'll make a hardcore PvPer out of KD yet. He just needs a little blood on his blade to get the taste for it.  icon_twisted
1780  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion - Official Server = Lumiel, Faction = Elyios on: September 18, 2009, 10:04:13 PM
I'm in as Alastor - Warrior and Chandros - Scout.
1781  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion - Official Server = Lumiel, Faction = Elyios on: September 18, 2009, 06:03:46 PM
Leaning Gladiator at the moment because he sounds like my beloved Berserker from EQ2. I really had a blast with the Assassin in beta, so that's always an option, but I'm a sucker for tank classes. The only downside to the Gladiator that I can see is that at least early on, the warriors aren't nearly as fun to play - very simple combat with little strategy, unlike the Assassin. Decisions, decisions.
1782  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion - Official Server = Lumiel on: September 18, 2009, 02:02:46 AM
Dang it people, make up your minds!  icon_biggrin

Lumiel it is. I'm fine either way in regards to faction, as long as I'm on the same side as you guys.
1783  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Paranormal Activity on: September 17, 2009, 03:01:21 AM
Yeah, I'm a bit torn on this one. Not because I think it looks bad, but because I think it looks too damn scary!  icon_biggrin

I'm a lifelong horror fan, but I'm a bit shamed to admit that as I've gotten older I get more and more chicken about (truly) scary movies - approaching them with a feeling of dread more than the feeling of excitement I used to get.

If it's truly psychological horror (like The Haunting), I think I'll love it. If it depends on cheap jump scare tactics....well, I'll still see it, but in the safety of my own living room where I can keep the lights on.  icon_eek
1784  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars Galaxies cutting it's servers by almost half on: September 17, 2009, 02:06:17 AM
I was in the beta, and though I was blindly optimistic that the game would succeed, I knew there were major design issues from the start. Combat was really ill-conceived - everything had three different life bars (I don't remember the names, but they were red, blue, and green), and some weapons took away from this bar, some took away from that one; it was needlessly complex and never really made much sense. It was also incredibly buggy at launch; the rumor is that the publisher insisted on pushing the game out way too early, and that definitely hurt it. There were entire areas that were just devoid of content.

That being said, I have some really fond memories of the game for the things they did right. The aforementioned crafting, housing, and non-combat professions were just awesome. I also had one of the most funny experiences and disturbing experiences in an MMO to date. The funniest was when our very own rittchard attended a guild meeting wearing nothing but some bright pink underwear. The dance he was doing brought tears to my eyes and is still my #1 comedy moment in an MMO. The most disturbing experience was running through Tatooine and stumbling across a player house that was open. I walked in to check it out and caught two people in the middle of cyber-sexing. AWK-WARD.
1785  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GDC Austin: Keynote Liveblog: John Smedley on: September 16, 2009, 05:03:14 PM
Ah, I think I misread that. I thought he was referring to EQ2 from the previous paragraph.

I don't have a problem with micro-transactions in free-to-play games; the developers have to make their money somehow.
1786  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GDC Austin: Keynote Liveblog: John Smedley on: September 16, 2009, 03:20:54 PM
Smed says that they gave out too much free stuff at launch, which was a mistake that he urges no one to repeat.

Out of that whole post, this is what scares me the most.

The mentality is that developers can push out half a game, charge full price, then force the player to pay for the rest of the game via microtransactions. End result is the player spends $100 or more for the same content he would have got for $50 a few years ago.

1787  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Patrick Swayze has passed away. on: September 15, 2009, 01:45:48 AM
Yeah, this made me really sad as well. My grandmother passed away from pancreatic cancer; it is a brutal disease. He put up a hell of a good fight though. Kick some ass in that Roadhouse in the sky, Mr. Swayze.
1788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So, which fall PC RPG are you looking forward to the most? on: September 14, 2009, 02:55:54 AM
My brain says Dragon Age, my heart says Torchwood.  icon_biggrin
1789  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Book about The Beatles? on: September 14, 2009, 02:50:31 AM
The Beatles by Hunter Davies is considered one of the best as it is one of the few authorized biographies of the band.

If you don't mind spending a bit more, The Beatles Anthology book is an awesome read, and looks great on your coffee table!

I've also heard good things about Can't Buy Me Love, though unlike the other two I mentioned, I haven't read it yet.

I also really enjoyed A Hard Day's Write, which tells the stories behind the Beatles songs and what inspired them.
1790  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 NFL Season has started! on: September 13, 2009, 10:30:26 PM
Man, the Lions suck.  I wonder if we can go 0-16 again.  At least it'd give me something to root towards.

Not if my Panthers beat you to it!

God, I almost WISH we would go 0-16 so somebody would recognize Delhomme for the absolute fuck-up he is and maybe give John "The definition of insanity" * Fox the boot as well.

* insanity being defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
1791  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [MUSIC] The Beatles on: September 13, 2009, 12:18:55 PM
I know I mentioned this in another thread, but I HATE that movie. The part where they sang 'Mother superior jumped the gun' was when I realized I would sooner put a bullet in my head than watch it again.

Yeah, that movie seems to be pretty divisive. I know Beatles fans who absolutely loved it, and I know some who absolutely hated it. I personally fall into the "hated it" camp.
1792  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Zemeckins remaking Yellow Submarine on: September 13, 2009, 04:36:27 AM
god, if only they had stayed together, imagine what could have been.

Part of the magic of The Beatles was how much they accomplished in such a short time. It's hard to believe, but they were only around (in terms of being stars) for eight years. In the US, only six years. They only toured (again, we're talking post-fame) for half that time.

I'm not convinced that had they stayed together for decades (ala the Stones, Aerosmith, etc.) that they would be held with the same esteem. Part of our mourning process is to idolize the dead; forget the missteps and accentuate the positive things. Oh, their genius was concrete enough that they would have still been revered, but would it be with the same fervor after they tinged that album with disco in the late-70s, or Paul went on his synthesizer kick in the '80s? What about that shitty comeback album from '94?
As for the Yellow Submarine remake, I'm surprisingly very excited about it. While the original is a classic, it's extremely dated. Most kids aren't going to watch that 60's era animation, especially as tripped out as that movie was. And I don't think you can "ruin" The Beatles at this point, even with a crappy movie. At best, this will be a terrific movie that will introduce a whole new generation to this wonderful music. At worst, it becomes a minor footnote in Beatles history, and people forget it and move on.
1793  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 13, 2009, 04:16:09 AM
I stopped playing open beta because I took the plunge and pre-ordered. Biggest problem now is deciding what server/race/class I want to play. I'm leaning Assassin. I never play healers, and rarely play magic users; I just prefer straight up melee combat. Tried the Warrior and Scout in OB, and the Scout seemed much more challenging and entertaining in terms of learning to use skills effectively. I would like to see what the Warrior is like in later levels, though.
1794  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 12, 2009, 06:16:41 PM
I used to be hardcore anti-PvP like Ron, but playing Age of Conan on a hardcore PvP server as well as Warhammer Online really changed my tune. Yes, there is always the possibility of griefing, but participating in battles with other players can give you a rush like no other.

My background in MMOs started with stuff like EQ, where there was a lot of grind, death penalties, and very challenging gameplay. I really miss that sometimes, as modern MMOs can feel really dumbed down by comparison. PvP gives me the best of both worlds. Now I can play those casual MMOs and enjoy them, and when I need a tougher challenge participate in some PvP. There's really no way PvE can replicate the fear of traveling through a PvP zone, paranoid that at any moment your life could come to a brutal end, nor any way it can replicate the thrill of victory when besting another player.

Sure, nobody likes to be ganked constantly or have their fun interrupted by some douchebag. But I find you usually find that kind of thing in games where PvP was more of an afterthought. In games designed from the ground up for PvP gameplay, it can be a real blast.
1795  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [MUSIC] The Beatles on: September 11, 2009, 11:36:26 PM
I would say the only disposable stuff they ever recorded was the tail end of the Yellow Submarine soundtrack and parts of Let It Be.

Totally agree. In fact, those two albums are the only two out of my whole collection that I have to skip tracks on.
1796  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Glee on: September 11, 2009, 07:36:54 PM
My wife and I loved it. I missed the pilot the first 10 times they aired it, but finally caught it last week (seriously, has any show in recent memory been pimped this hard?)

The main reason I missed this the first time around is that I didn't realize it had musical numbers. I'm a sucker for musical numbers. Add in high school awkwardness, an underdog story, and Jane Lynch, and I'm ALL OVER IT. It's really a great combination all around. Will catch up on the second episode this weekend.
1797  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Open Beta starts September 6th on: September 11, 2009, 07:31:50 PM
Aion lists DPS stats, and swords are slightly higher DPS. However, as pointed out that raw damage doesn't tell the whole story. You really need to take into account any procs, crit chances, etc.

I've been playing an Assassin and I prefer two daggers, though that's more for aesthetic purposes than actually crunching the numbers. A stealthy assassin running around with two giant longswords on his back doesn't sit right with me.  icon_biggrin
1798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beatles: Rock Band on: September 11, 2009, 02:27:08 AM
Revolution was the only song where I dropped down to Hard to complete.

I got through it on Expert on the 2nd try. That song is evil, because it gets considerably easier after you get through that first bad stretch. It doesn't get truly hard again until the very end - thankfully I had saved up plenty of star power to get me through it.

I beat the game tonight on Expert guitar. I was pleasantly surprised when going through the unlocked photos at the trivia text they put with each one. I was expecting to flip through a quick slideshow, and ended up spending half an hour reading the stories and admiring the pictures.
1799  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Most annoying song ever" game on: September 11, 2009, 02:20:25 AM
I am going to come right out and say it. I like Ace of Base, including The Sign. I've got their first two albums and their Greatest Hits collection. They are so serious in their cheese that I can't help but find them fascinating. I also love Abba though, so I think I have a thing for bad Swedish club music.
1800  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [MUSIC] The Beatles on: September 11, 2009, 02:11:51 AM
Also, as she is a superfan, every song is a must listen for her.

That's because unlike most other groups, almost every Beatles song IS a must-listen. They really had very few "bad" songs - and even the ones that are not so popular contain very interesting elements.
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