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161  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Anyone hear of the MMO, Tera? on: April 16, 2012, 07:52:06 PM
I'm on there under Mara...Human Archer.  I'll be hitting one of the light RP guilds at start (joined Dark Sun Rising).  There's a good list here:

EDIT:  Managed to hit 22 and run one complete instance.  Like it a lot, has some areas that could be tweaked but no major problems.  Leveling is slowing down some but still quick and the Korean grind is definitely gone.
162  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Anyone hear of the MMO, Tera? on: April 15, 2012, 02:25:57 AM

Quote from: skystride on April 14, 2012, 11:30:13 PM

Which server would I reserve my name on?  Is the list of servers in beta the same as live?

I picked the only RP PVE server listed...there are 10ish servers listed now including 3 PvP but I'm hoping the RP server will be a little better with community policing and attitude.  No way I'm going free for all PvP after my experiences in beta...people were camping new players almost immediately and chat was middle school level at best.
163  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / i7-2600k retail processor at Microcenter $199 on: April 13, 2012, 06:26:01 PM
today until 4/15.  Why isn't there a MC within 5 hours of me.  Stupid in store only sales  mad

Here is the rip from Slickdeals with the total deal
ASUS P8Z68-V LX LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard (SKU: 812289) Comes out to $69.99+tax

Intel Core i7 2600k (SKU: 200154) $199.99+tax

Total: $269.98+tax

Here's the other Motherboard:
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 LGA 1155 Z68 (SKU: 525667) for $109.99 + tax
164  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Anyone hear of the MMO, Tera? on: April 13, 2012, 02:11:20 AM
I'm pretty sure anyone can register for the open beta by creating an account and using the code "TERABETA" as the key. 

I'm still amazed at how fast their download servers the 4 GB patch tonight in under an hour.
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Think I just may have been scammed .. on: April 10, 2012, 12:12:41 AM
Total scam...and now they have work history, address, names, driver license, birth certificate, identifying info and ready to go picture ids.

Either way good luck.  I would start monitoring credit now...maybe sign up for one of the credit monitoring companies by the month that will let you know anytime a new account is opened or account info changes.
166  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/360] The Secret World MMOG Announced: I'm Pumped on: April 03, 2012, 10:15:21 PM

Quote from: Razgon on April 03, 2012, 07:45:28 PM

Thats so sad...

It seems that for once, there is an MMO I won't be part of from day one, but the blatant money grab, the xp boost from DAY ONE? is too much for me. 3 character slots and more if you want to purchase them? Lifetime option from day one as well and NO mention of monthly subscription fee? Very, very strange....

I'm weary of the XP boost too but at the same time it doesn't have "traditional" leveling and that boost could be something minor like 1%.  Also, I think Conan was practice for just about everything going into this game including the cash shop and F2P.  They have done a decent job with it and honestly I wouldn't be surprised if it launched F2P with the lifetime option giving cash points and expansions, etc.
167  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Woot Off 3-22-12 on: March 23, 2012, 02:13:46 AM
Eh screw em.  I've tried for years to get the damn bag of crap...had it tonight and the fu*king server didn't process it quick enough...gone.  It was fun when it started but now it's just frustrating and them joking about how bad the servers are or joking about the order button refreshing the page instead of placing the order is just old.
168  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [WoW] Mists of Pandaria - New expansion? on: March 22, 2012, 05:41:16 PM

Quote from: Jag on March 22, 2012, 02:28:13 AM

It's on

Gimme...stupid waves of invites.
169  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Vanguard going F2P on: March 22, 2012, 05:27:37 PM
Yeah, with some population I'd still be playing too.  Huge world and classes that were actually different (a bard that actually got to compose songs...who would think it).
170  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic (dev posts, news items, fan sites etc.) on: March 21, 2012, 11:55:35 AM

Quote from: Arclight on March 20, 2012, 04:02:35 PM

After all these years of playing MMO'S it's par for the course. The very nature of the beast is to segregate, and separate differing play styles, in effect instigating elitism. I would love a development team to create a MMO, basement to roof, according to their dreams and desires for it. Instead we get insipid games trying to be all things to all people. This in my opinion, is a root cause of the major problems with MMO'S.

The insipid games work and make lots (and lots) of money.  I love the niche hardcore games...but many of them are lucky to have 25,000 subs and 3 servers.  I love sandbox games but every one I've played turns into a mass PvP kill zone that's impossible to advance in if you don't start at the beginning.  WoW works because it fills that niche that the majority of gamers want (and prove it with their wallets).  It's casual where you can play 5 hours per week.  It's dedicated were you can play 40 hours per week.  I know people who do nothing but play the AH and fish...others who do nothing but concentrate on PvP.  It has 3+ hour raids and 20 min dungeons.  And it's huge where you could easily take at least three characters to max level and still not cover every area (until the very end).  Yes the truly hardcore make fun of it but honestly they make up about .5% of the market and the big names could honestly care less about them.  They spend so little in comparison that the casual players will continue to rule.

I think the problem with SWTOR is that it tried to be WoW with a Star Wars skin but it copied WoW of 2008 and not WoW of 2011.  I think 1.2 will go a long way towards fixing a lot of complaints but on the other hand how many people have already left to go back to something else...100,000?  300,000?  I'd be honestly surprised if they truly stabilized at the 1.7m mark and that it's not closer to 1.2m in a couple more months.

BTW, Rift seems to be the closest to the game you mentioned.  It's smaller, dev lead by people who actually care about it, have regular and frequent updates and has become more popular in the past six months instead of less.  It's not even close to perfect but it's the closest I can think of in a commercial MMO smile
171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Am in a Book Reading Funk (Need Help!) on: March 20, 2012, 01:02:46 AM
This is the list of books I put together a few weeks ago to help my snap out of my funk.  There are sure to be some on the list you'll enjoy (it's a mix of apocalypse, sci-fi and fantasy).  Of course I'm in the middle of reading The Hunger Games now icon_biggrin

Black Easter by James Blish
A Canticle for Liebowitz by Miller
Non Robot/Foundation Asimov
Dueling Machine Ben Bova
Any of the earlier Pern books
Friday by Heinlein
John Campbell
I, Zombie by Curt Selby
John Crowley - Little, Big
The Heechee saga by Frederick Pohl
Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis
The Parafaith War by LE Modesitt Jr.sci-fi
Rediscovery of Man by Cordwainer Smith
Solaris  by Stanislaw Lem
David Gerold, a bit in the vein of Heinlein's short story, "All You Zombies"
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Olaf Stapledon's "Last and First Men
The Sirens of Titan  by Kurt Vonnegut
The Fifth Sacred Thing - Starhawk
H. Beam Piper's Federation
Riddley Walker - Russell Hoban
Stand on Zanzibar - John Brunner
The Lilith's Brood series - Octavia Butler
End of eternity - Asimov
Babel-17 by Delaney
A Gift Upon the Shore by M. K. Wren
Finder, Bone Dance and Falcon, by Emma Bull.
Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-precious Stones - Samuel R. Delany
Michael Moorcock - Corum, Elric
The Witches of Karres, by James Schmitz
The Last Planet, by Andre Norton.
C. J. Cherryh - Morgaine
The Chronicles of the Deryni, by Katherine Kurtz.
Fritz Leiber's The Big Time
The Family Tree, by Sheri Tepper
The Musashi Flex series
Andre Norton - The Stars Are Ours, 2250 AD
Scott Westerfeld's The Risen EmpireSilk Roads
Shadows, by Susan Schwartz
Harlan Ellison - "Phoenix Without Ashes"
The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
The Demolished Man, also by Alfred Bester.
L. Sprague de Camp - "Lest Darkness Fall
All The Myriad Ways by Larry Niven
Godstalk, by P.C. Hodgell
Jericho Moon, by Matthew Woodring Stover
Heroes Die, by Matthew Woodring Stover
The Face in the Frost, by John Bellairs
Gloriana, by Michael Moorcock
Magic Casement, by Dave Duncan
The Overman Culture, by Edmund Cooper
The House in November, by Keith Laumer
Re-birth (AKA The Chrysalids), by John Wyndham
Hawksbill Station, by Robert Silverberg
Children of the Star trilogy, by Sylvia Engdahl
The Changeling, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Baldur's Gate 1 & 2 Enhanced Editions by Beamdog - Baldur's also coming to Steam on: March 16, 2012, 09:24:11 PM

Quote from: Razgon on March 16, 2012, 08:21:07 PM

Ericb - you can already get this with widescreen support, the original games, Bg1 and Bg2 in BG2's engine even with the expansions as well. Either through tutu or Baldurs Gate Trilogi.

Yeah, I'm running a tutu install now with all of them.  It's not bad but it still could use a lot of work and as many times as I've been through it I would really like some new areas and abilities smile
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Baldur's Gate 1 & 2 Enhanced Editions by Beamdog - Baldur's also coming to Steam on: March 16, 2012, 08:12:06 PM
One of the best things would be if they merged BG1, TOSC, BG2 and TOB all into one massive game with upgraded graphics and new areas.  Please don't forget widescreen support smile  Can't wait for this...just hope they don't screw it up.
174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Daylight Savings Time tonight (well, tomorrow morning) on: March 11, 2012, 04:34:07 AM
I checked the first couple pages and didn't see anything...remember Spring Forward is tomorrow morning at 2am (Sun 3/11/12).  Enjoy your lost hour of sleep everyone  icon_twisted
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360 Dashboard update '11- HBO Go 4-1? on: March 10, 2012, 12:39:49 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 28, 2012, 06:20:28 PM

Endgadget is reporting that HBO Go will hit on April 1st;  really been looking forward to that one coming.

I can't wait for HBO Go to become a self sufficient streaming's the only thing keeping me from cancelling DirecTv at the moment.
176  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: New WoW Promo - Free Cata and Free level 80 on: March 07, 2012, 09:17:34 PM
This pisses me off...a lot.  I recently reactivated both my account and my wife's account not more than a couple weeks ago.  The free transfers, faction, free mount, gold and free lvl 80 would have been extremely helpful.
177  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: March 03, 2012, 07:11:50 PM
I'm really disappointed the "coming soon" features are still coming soon.  I quit playing around a month ago (in the 30s with 2 characters) while waiting for the dungeon fixes and UI changes.  I don't understand why we're still waiting especially when they've shown a working UI scaling design in a video over a month ago.  Meanwhile we get bug fixes like not being able to leap to a hologram.  Also the changes they took out from beta (that were working) that still haven't made it back in...honestly with that much money and talent and months of work you can't get a working search field in your AH?  It's very clear this is their first real MMO and I can cut them a little slack but it's getting to the point of just coming back 6-12 months later instead of a month.  So much missing or still broken. 
178  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Anyone hear of the MMO, Tera? on: March 01, 2012, 11:42:55 PM

Quote from: Jag on March 01, 2012, 10:19:24 PM

If I order this on Amazon and use the Beta key does anyone know if I can still cancel it before release if I don't like it?

I've read on their forums you can pre-order from enmasse and cancel with no issues but it's unknown with other 3rd party vendors.
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Anyone have baldur's gate 1 installed, need 2 files on: March 01, 2012, 11:41:33 PM
I'm trying to go a full install (with TOSC) for a tutu conversion and I'm missing two files from a scratched CD.  Anyone have area1100.bif and area110a.bif handy?  These are the BG1 versions and not the BG2 versions. 
180  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Anyone hear of the MMO, Tera? on: March 01, 2012, 09:17:53 PM

Quote from: Misguided on February 28, 2012, 12:13:40 AM

Finished the starter area as a mystic then got a berserker up to level 8. I generally do not play melee classes in MMOs but I had a blast and a half with the zerker. I'm actually thinking of giving the lancer a go when the next beta comes around.

While I like the mystic a lot, my concern is that they might not be much in demand at higher levels, which is often the case for hybrid classes in other MMOs.

Don't know how it will apply here but I've read the Mystic is highly regarded in Korean-Tera and in some cases preferred over the Priest.  It helps that there's only two healing classes and the mystic provides a lot of offensive buffs.

I've also read the warrior may go full dps with a 9th class being introduced as a second tank class.

I'll second the no way in hell I'll play on a PvP server when it goes live.  First thing people did this past weekend was get to max level and then camp the 11-12s at lumbertown for hours.  Also the stories of guild vs guild...except it's not 1 guild vs 1 guild but more like 16 guilds vs 1 guild in some cases.
181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood on: February 29, 2012, 12:09:44 PM
Sounds good to me...Ball took an established story line with very few distractions and subplots and then ignored it for most of the last two seasons while totally changing (destroying) major character and story arcs from the books.  Too much has changed to fix a lot of it but at least they have the chance to start going in to the right direction again.
182  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Goes Free to Play on: February 25, 2012, 08:38:18 PM
Rally the Troops starts 2/27.  Basically a two week free return for veterans or extended free trial (up to lvl 40) for new accounts.  Today is the last day to claim veteran rewards if you have any pending (and I hate having to do it from the website account and not in-game).
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 24, 2012, 04:11:22 AM

Quote from: Enough on February 24, 2012, 04:04:31 AM

Man tough crowd.  Now whatever you do, don't try this:

That's awesome smile
184  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Anyone hear of the MMO, Tera? on: February 24, 2012, 04:10:43 AM

Quote from: Misguided on February 24, 2012, 02:58:00 AM

Thanks, that reminds me I need to get the beta client installed...Wow, their servers are fast, I've never pulled 1 MB / sec before. Looks like it will take roughly 6 hours. Download must be roughly 20-22 GB.

My patched and installed version is 23.6 GB as of tonight.  Don't know if there will be any more patches before CBT2 tomorrow though.

I've played about 4 hours tonight and I have to say I like it a lot better over the last CBT.  I don't know if it's the fixes and graphics upgrade (slight one anyway) or just hitting the new areas and leveling up but it's really clicking. 
185  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Anyone hear of the MMO, Tera? on: February 24, 2012, 02:33:10 AM
There's a pretty substantial patch already out there for this weekend's time so if you're in the beta event make sure you start it and update before Friday afternoon.  It went fairly quick the other day but will probably be much slower tomorrow.  Be interesting to see if the performance stands up with the higher res features enabled.
186  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Goes Free to Play on: February 22, 2012, 09:47:08 PM

Quote from: Razgon on February 22, 2012, 12:33:09 PM

Soo....why would anyone play the euro version? IP blocked or?

Well, the EU has been F2P for a few months now but NA is expecting a large influx of non-US players when they go F2P.  They posted some pretty incredible numbers for Lineage II when it went F2P...something like 4X profit and thousands of new players.

I'm looking forward to playing again...I only stopped because of the incredible grind when you hit the 20s on.  Supposedly they are reducing the xp curve (again) when 3.0 launches.
187  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Goes Free to Play on: February 22, 2012, 12:15:51 PM
This seems to be the main difference

Aion EU;jsessionid=4f923146bec5637e057635421a72
Some game options will be limited however: amongst other things, you will only be able to create two characters, you won't be able to use certain chat channels and you will be unable to carry out any private trading. All possibilities can however be unlocked with the purchase of a Gold Pack.

Aion NA
No subscription fee. Play for free!
No account restrictions. Visit any zone, chat in any channel, sell any amount of stuff on the trade brokerónothing is off limits!
Robust countermeasures to combat game abuse. We're dedicating a ton of resources to preventing account theft, botting, and real money trading.
No hassles. Create your account, download the game, and play!
No harassment. Don't worry, we won't hound you with constant offers or promotions.
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead strut onto AMC for Season 2 on: February 21, 2012, 11:04:15 PM
I watched all 9 episodes over Sunday-Monday and I think it helped avoid some of the complaints about it being slow and plodding.  It doesn't compare to season 1 but watching season 2 together at once really helped with the flow and I have no real complaints smile  Looking forward to the next episode.  Can't believe Dixon is becoming one of my favorite characters...please don't let him go down the a-hole path.
189  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Aion Goes Free to Play on: February 21, 2012, 10:56:19 PM
Well, it's official as of today...Aion NA is going F2P with the release of 3.0.  They're also going to use the L2 model (totally free) vs the current EU model.  I'm actually looking forward to playing it again.  No set dates yet except for Spring 2012.
190  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Anyone hear of the MMO, Tera? on: February 18, 2012, 01:37:52 AM
I'm really looking forward to playing again next weekend.  I'll try the PvP server but there's no way in hell I'll go that route when it's live in May.  Honestly I didn't notice any real problem with the dialog or voice's no SWTOR but as good as any other MMO I've played recently.

If nothing else it's a MMO that's truly trying to be different and not just create another cookie cutter middle of the road game.  Will it break the top 5 MMOs in North, not a chance in hell.  But it will get a decent following and give everyone else something to think about.  It will also probably push Aion NA into going F2P just like Aion EU did and maybe finish off FF14.
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Revolution on: February 17, 2012, 10:45:54 PM
Hmm...wonder where they got the inspiration

192  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: IOS Deals on: February 17, 2012, 03:12:21 AM

Quote from: Misguided on February 17, 2012, 01:39:37 AM

Some great iPad items today. Army of Frogs HD and Assassin's Creed Recollections are free. GTA Chinatown Wars HD is on sale for a dollar.

GTA shows limited time offer in the description but the price is listed at 9.99.  Looks like it's over.
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Request for beta readers on: February 15, 2012, 10:31:55 PM
I'm down for it...but I'll warn you that I've read enough books (probably approaching the 5 figure range) that I'm not very critical anymore and I may overlook things that bother a lot of people smile
194  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Amazon] Dungeon Defenders PC 80% off This Week! on: February 14, 2012, 04:02:17 AM
Don't forget the free DLC for playing on Valentine's Day and President's Day (14th and 20th this month).
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: February 12, 2012, 03:27:32 PM

Quote from: Purge on February 12, 2012, 07:12:45 AM


Diablo III's competition isn't just from the clone games though- Action-RPG is pretty rife with worthwhile titles. See my earlier post for examples.

Those aren't valid comparisons though...except for a handful of titles (the Dark Alliances, Dungeon Sieges, etc) there's an entire set of gamers that wouldn't buy, play or even touch the majority of games from the list.  Strip most of those games out and it's actually quite barren in comparison.  My wife is one of those gamers.  Except for maybe 4 titles in that list she wouldn't even think about most of those titles but is eagerly looking forward to D3.

Edit:  to clarify...I'm not saying D3 isn't an action RPG.  I'm saying there's a large group of people who are only interested in the much smaller sub-section of action rpgs that include D3 and there's very little competition in that much smaller sub-section.  In that regard then no, D3 doesn't have to innovate or compete against other more mainstream games like Skyrim or Witcher or Mass Effect. 
196  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Anyone hear of the MMO, Tera? on: February 11, 2012, 11:27:49 PM
I managed to play around an hour today...and I really, really like it.  It's nothing like I expected but I mean that in a good way.  Doesn't hurt that it looks fantastic and runs great even at 1900x1200.
197  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Anyone hear of the MMO, Tera? on: February 11, 2012, 06:34:22 PM
It's actually kinda nice seeing a retail boxed CE version for only $79 and not $150.  I'm still a little burned after Aion and the like but my interest is starting to peak.

Eh...who am I kidding.  I pre-ordered the digital CE (just to save the $30).  I really like the year renewal price of $9 a month.  I can work 5 hours extra next week and cover the game cost and 13 months of play...good deal smile
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: February 10, 2012, 05:55:17 PM
Can't wait.  Heck, I'd still be playing D2 if there was a reliable and stable modern resolution (and color) fix for it.
199  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: RAGE + Skyrim - Stronghold 3 - Plants vs Zombies on: February 10, 2012, 12:03:41 AM
The Elder Scrolls $49.99 deal for Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim is great.  Too bad I have all three already
200  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: WTB: Flash/Thumb/USB Drive. on: February 03, 2012, 01:57:28 AM
You do realize that you can get one at Wal-Mart for around $5 (for a 2GB).  If I had a spare I'd drop it in the mail but I don't have any available anymore.
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