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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [book] Wheel of Time 14: A Memory of Light on: January 13, 2013, 10:19:22 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 13, 2013, 06:51:15 PM

Quote from: Destructor on January 10, 2013, 05:41:13 PM

Quote from: Crusis on January 09, 2013, 11:30:00 PM

VERY painful to the publisher. ebook are almost pure profit.

Almost? Storage costs next to nothing, duplication costs next to nothing, transmitting costs next to nothing, and you can easily put up infinite copies anywhere in the world in a matter of seconds.

To not release a ebook version the same day a hard cover comes out is just stupid. Period. There will be a scanned copy up on the interwebs somewhere in a day at most if they don't. Always.

Yes, but people can't go down to kinkos and photocopy a book - while I'm sure there is a counterbalance, I'm sure that ebooks have a much higher piracy rate, and staggering the ebook release is probably for that very reason. It could also be due to honoring the wishes of either Jordan's widow, or his own wishes in a series spanning over three decades and 14 books.

People don't go down to Kinkos...they have dedicated (and cheap) book scanners now.  The full eBook was on the torrents the day of release.  I'm personally fine with honoring the wishes of the widow or Jordan...I was just pointing out that it's a massive amount of lost sales especially with the explosion of eBook readers over the past year.

Anyway, the book itself it great so far.  It's very quick and everything is moving along at a very brisk pace.  No spoilers yet and I'm still a couple days from finishing.  Still a little scared when thinking about how it's going to end.
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Has anyone purchased a day 1 digital from PSN? on: January 10, 2013, 10:17:20 PM

Quote from: EddieA on January 10, 2013, 07:52:52 AM

Quote from: Teggy on January 10, 2013, 04:31:41 AM

PSN also has awful download speeds so its not like you'd be playing right away anyway.

I know a lot of people get slow download speeds from PSN, but I've always gotten really fast speeds from them.

I get excellent download speeds but only on my took under 30 mins for me to download all stars (~1 GB).  My PS3 downloading on the same connection is about half the speed.  Both wireless.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: IT Gurus - good deal for Cisco training or not? on: January 10, 2013, 02:45:27 AM
This isn't the first time I've seen this deal but I couldn't find anyone who bought it then either.  I would love to find some unbiased reviews on the actual training.
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [book] Wheel of Time 14: A Memory of Light on: January 09, 2013, 11:26:21 PM

Quote from: Crusis on January 09, 2013, 10:24:11 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 09, 2013, 09:18:06 PM

so, the book looks pretty.  having a hard time resisting the urge to read the last page  icon_lol

No kidding! I am even avoiding looking at chapter titles at the beginning of the book. I I even suspect there is a spoiler on a forum I don't even look at the thread.

I have read the first 100 pages and stuff is happening fast but I'm reminded, again, that Sanderson is a very good writer but he doesn't have the same skill as Jordan. You can whine about skirt smoothing and braid tugging all you want but with a series that is this size, Jordan did an amazing job of having unique traits, no matter how annoying.

Did anyone see all the negative reviews on amazon just because there is no ebook? Lame.

I loved Jordan, I love the setting and I loved the series but I will continue to whine about the skirt smoothing and braid tugging.  Honestly though when you look at 14 books and over 3.5 million words it wasn't used all that much.  I did a quick check and braid was only used 47 times in book 9 smile  I'm going to miss the series.

The no eBook thing until April is completely stupid though.  It was a huge mistake, the publisher should not have listened to the widow who doesn't understand the new medium and it will cost both of them quite a bit of money in the short run.  It is already available on the main sites in multiple formats and every one of those downloaded is at least a potential loss of a $20 sale.
85  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Anyone hear of the MMO, Tera? on: January 09, 2013, 11:08:52 PM
I am honestly surprised at the level of "stuff" the previous owner's get when it goes F2P.  It seems like most games strip everything out but there doesn't seem to be any real downside to playing if you're a founder.
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Books] Your Book of the Year? on: December 18, 2012, 10:25:24 PM
Honestly I read 2-4 books a week...I couldn't begin to pick a favorite.  I did really enjoy "The Wise Man Fears", "The Dirty Streets of Heaven", "Cold Days" (book 14 of the Dresden Files) and "The Magician King" quite a bit.  Started over with the Malazan series again which is great after I hit the right groove.  Looking forward to the new Wheel of Time next month.  But in the end there were nothing that made me put the book down, stare into the distance and go...damn! that was the one everything else has to beat.  smile
87  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Holiday deal for a 3DS XL or Vita? on: December 06, 2012, 03:12:42 AM
I love my Vita but unless you're a huge fan of certain titles (like Persona) you're probably better off with the 3DS.  The only thing that might change that would be if you're a PS+ member and you get the free Vita games with it (currently Uncharted, Wipeout and the older PSP version Final Fantasy Tactics).  Of course you'll need a bigger memory card for those so again that's another $50 right there. 
88  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: PSP, 15 games, CFW, Pandora, extras and more FS on: December 01, 2012, 02:25:34 AM
Honestly I have no idea why I have two copies of it.  I didn't even notice until I got everything together.
89  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: November 30, 2012, 01:40:15 AM
Not all that recent but it's not posted here so more info:

Hi everyone!

As you know, we take player feedback very seriously and we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for being a part of our Free-to-Play transition.

When Game Update 1.5 was on PTS, we heard your feedback and increased Quickbars for Free-to-Play Players, increased Warzones from three to five per week, and reduced the Cartel Coin temporary bind.

We want to let you know that we are constantly listening to you folks, and we’ve heard your feedback regarding limited Quickbars for Preferred Status Players.

This is why, after an upcoming patch that is scheduled for next week, Preferred Status Players will be given two additional Quickbars (for a total of four) that will immediately improve their gameplay experience.

We’ll have more details for you – including information for Preferred Status Players that have already purchased extra Quickbars - once the change goes live.

Thanks again for your feedback and please continue to provide it for us!
90  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / PSP, 15 games, CFW, Pandora, extras and more FS on: November 27, 2012, 01:19:15 AM

PSP - PSP1001
Running 6.20 PRO-C custom firmware, permanent patch.
Excellent condition, excellent screen
Sony OEM charger
Logitech Hardshell case

** Also includes a Pandora 3.6 1800mAh Battery Tool to revert back to earlier firmwares or put the PSP into service mode


Crimson Gem Saga
Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lion
Jeanne D'Arc
Kingdom Hearts - Birth by Sleep
Syphon Filter - Logan's Shadow (NEW)
Killzone Liberation (NEW)
God of War - Chains of Olympus
Metal Gear Acid 2 (2 copies)
Untold Legends: warrior's Code
Marvel - Trading Card Game
Death Jr

All include case and manual, Marvel includes the trading cards (unopened), Metal Gear includes the special glasses.  No greatest hits versions.  All are US versions.

Pursuit Force: Game only, no case or manual
Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade has case, no manual

MOVIE: Chain Reaction (UMD, sealed new)

Everything is retail, no copies.  PSP will be wiped of personal data.  I mainly used it to copy my purchased games to memory card so I wouldn't have to carry the discs with me on trips.  Very little overall use and since I've switched to the Vita I don't see any reason to hang on to it anymore. 

Price is $225 shipped and insured.  Not willing to sell separately unless someone is willing to just buy the hardware at a decent price.  Will lower the price to $175 shipped and insured by not including Crimson Gem Saga and Persona.
91  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Crazy Microsoft Store $10 sale on: November 24, 2012, 06:18:01 PM
Damn it did this get missed on every stupid deal site out there???  SW-TOR CE for $10, skylanders kit for $10, grrr...
92  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: F/S: Assassin's Creed 3 (PS3) on: November 08, 2012, 12:52:34 AM
If it hasn't been activated or anything like that I'm interested.

EDIT:  paypal sent
93  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 (official review on pp 21) on: October 29, 2012, 12:57:36 AM

Quote from: rshetts2 on October 28, 2012, 12:58:09 PM

Frankly, Ive never understood the over the top gushing about this game.  Nothing they've done was really all that innovative.  They basically streamlined WoW and made some quests "world events" that actually dont change anything and eventually reset.  There are nice things about it and it is a fun game.  If youre into MMOs that emulate single player games then its worth getting.  Still, its really the same old stuff with a few adjustments.  Im not saying its a bad game, its not but people were saying how it was going to turn the MMO genre upside down and set it of fire and I just dont see it. 

The thing is...GW2 isn't a huge innovative game.  But it's a game that took so many little things and made them better.  Want to group?  You're not really penalized and you get a slight bonus.  Want to play solo but help out world quests and bosses?  No problem and you get credit and rewards even coming in the middle of it.  No kill stealing, no crafting node stealing and crafting that gives adventure xp while being useful.  And those are just of the also have things like changing your dye colors anywhere at any time, easy weapon and armor skinning and no class or race restrictions.  Not to mention things like every class being able to heal (or have the option to heal) and rez other players.  Every single one of these things has been a complaint of mine in the past and evidently for many other people. 

So no, it's not the next coming of the MMO but they took most modern AAA MMO's and added a ton of polish and fixes to it which results in a lot of over the top gushing.  Have there been new, innovative MMO's in the past couple years?  Yes, but (very) few of them are still in business and running.
94  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 25 most common passwords on: October 25, 2012, 11:26:13 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 25, 2012, 11:00:20 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on October 25, 2012, 09:39:03 PM

Quote from: hepcat on October 25, 2012, 09:22:15 PM

Norway, Denmark...whatever.  You both worship Odin and drive longboats to work.

 icon_lol icon_lol

(Sorry TiLT)

this, but he forgot about they young sons putting their fingers into dikes as a national past-time.

Almost took this to a bad place...but good sense is prevailing.   icon_twisted
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: iPad Mini Incoming! Place your bets!!! on: October 25, 2012, 01:33:54 PM
I have two iPads (1G, wifi only) that I bought when they first came out and both are still in almost daily use.  While expensive I can say behind the computer and TV they are the most used electronic devices I've ever purchased.  I haven't seen any reason to upgrade though I expect to when the iPad 4 comes out.  I was really looking forward to these mini's though especially when the rumor was a $250 price point but at $329 and scaled down I just can't see it.  I was hoping to have a valid alternative to the iPad touch my wife wants for Christmas but this isn't it.
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBox 360 or PS3 on: October 22, 2012, 03:05:46 AM
I'd learn towards the PS3 myself but really need more information to help you.  Do you want RPGs, Action, Platform, Racing, Sports, etc?  Do you care about motion control/kinect type controls or games?  Do you have any preferences towards older games?  Do you need another (or the first) blu-ray player?  If you played the PS or PS2 then the PS3 controller may be much more familiar and user friendly to you.

Here's a list of PS3 exclusives and there's also a link to 360 exclusives on that page as well.

Basically with no game preference and initial cost being the same:

Strong multiplayer (costs $40-60/year extra though), no blu-ray needed, superior kinect motion control - 360
Nice blu-ray, free online, free "media" center, avg at best multiplayer, reputation for being more reliable (hardware) - PS3

Honestly, go to Best Buy if you can and play the demo units of both or hit friends up that have one or the other.  It's close enough at this point that it's mostly personal preference.

97  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: September 12, 2012, 10:08:19 PM

Quote from: rittchard on September 12, 2012, 06:25:45 PM

A little bit of commentary:

I have to say I am really frustrated. Frustrated because I really love this game and honestly believe it stands to be one of the best games of ALL TIME, certainly the best MMO and possibly/eventually my all-time favorite game, finally displacing Diablo 2.  But clearly it's a work in progress.  What's truly frustrating is things like the constant queues for WvW, the problems with inventory/mail/trading post, people being unable to group together well through overflow servers, or people crashing and then being unable to get back to where they were, also some of the poor personal story balancing, the hacked accounts... in other words a lot of technical and balancing items that I really think should have been addressed or taken care of prior to release.

The thing is I know for a fact they tested for such a long time, it's hard to excuse the issues we're seeing.  I suppose some things you could argue are due to just too many people (though I hate when a game's popularity is used as a technical excuse) but other things like balancing should have been addressed during testing. Certainly testers like myself mentioned when personal story content felt unbalanced, yet most of the exact problem areas I saw in alpha and beta propagated into release. I suspect ultimately the developers might have bit off more than they could chew, and certainly they have delivered an enormous amount of content in an incredibly "live" feeling world filled with nostalgic reverence for the original Guild Wars.  They have really challenged the paradigm of traditional MMOs in nearly every way and deserve every bit of credit for that. 

Still I can't help wonderiing if they could/should have postponed some of their ambitions and focused on making sure a few core select components (like WvW for instance) were 100% solid prior to release.  Hopefully they get the tech issues sorted out soon, as it would be a shame to see such an incredible effort be marred by inability to get things fixed quickly.

I have to agree for the most part.  I will say the trading post has been up and stable (the times I've been on) for quite a few days now so no issues there.  The WvW has been pretty solid as well though it's clear they didn't expect the sheer magnitude of people when it was released.  Even with the beta and stress tests I think they still planned on GW1 populations.  Here is a short list of things I really would like to see added or fixed:

- Ability to inspect (and show what the item is in addition to the transmuted item).  Definitely not critical or even necessary for now.  Personally don't care but some ppl do so I'm adding it.
- Ability to trade with other characters and mail to yourself.  Nothing worse than finding an awesome weapon and going to mail it to your alt only to realize you can't.  Especially since my shared bank is past full.  And the no trade sucks...grouping with my wife I have to mail her potions and food and any good armor I pick up that she can use.  Really?
- More people in the WvW.  It's painfully obvious that 400ish people per battle isn't good enough when there are 4-5+ hour queues.
- Story balancing seems to be big for some...I haven't had issues but I only have one character past the 20s.
- Underwater mobs need to be nerfed and hard.  Not only do I have to put up with less than half of my normal dps (probably closer to 25%) but many underwater mobs are just as powerful as ground and evade like they're flying.  A 47 ground mob goes down in about 10 secs for me.  A 47 underwater mob takes 30+ and more than two usually means I'm running.
- Mesmers in sPvP.  I don't mind but they are frankly so dramatically better than any other class it's only time before the nerf bat swings hard.  Sad considering how much of a buff they need in PvE.
- Repair and travel costs go through the roof in the late 40s.  Either cut them a lot of raise the heart rewards and sell costs a lot.  It's ridiculous that my 45 green sells for 50 copper, my 45 heart quest gave me 1.5 silver but if I die twice I'm looking at a 5 silver repair bill and waypoints can be 75 copper and up.  It's based on level but the money isn't increasing at the same rate in any way.
- Little bug fixes.  Minor but there are a lot.  Concentrate on things that break other things (like zone completion, etc) first.
- Pet scaling is going to be an issue at 80.  AOEs are already instant death to most pets.  I use my bear pet almost 100% now just so it doesn't die in three hits and that's at 47.
- No real problems anymore with the overflow or grouping.  Right click and join works, you can leave the queue and stay in your overflow and they increased pop limits a lot per server.

Overall I'd give it a 85 with the potential to hit a 95 with just a few tweaks and some time.  I don't remember the last time I enjoyed a MMO as much.  I've pretty much played every day since early release and plan to continue for a long while.  This is truly the first no monthly fee MMO that deserves to be called an AAA title...and it honestly puts most of the others to shame.
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood on: August 31, 2012, 04:02:08 AM

Quote from: Toe on August 31, 2012, 02:17:54 AM

Quote from: Purge on August 28, 2012, 07:45:34 PM

Is Sookie really that annoying / superfluous?

No, that would be the writing staff for this season.

She was also noticeably pregnant (real life, not in the show) the whole season which ruled out just about any action or uh..other type of scene besides her sitting (with pillow in lap) or standing there (shot from behind).

I don't have high hopes for next season and honestly I think it will probably be the last.  Charlene Harris is already mostly finished with the last book and is already distancing herself from the show (and starting a whole new series, unknown if it's detective or paranormal) and really the only thing shared with the books now are the names and title.  That's fine except that most of the audience I would imagine are the book readers and I've yet to find anyone diehard book fan actually happy with the show.  It's honestly too bad such a huge money making gold mine was basically squandered because of certain agendas and poor writers. 
99  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: August 25, 2012, 12:36:10 PM
Check here ( )...seems to be the most up to date info.  They are completely down login wise.
100  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 Names List on: August 24, 2012, 10:52:23 PM
101  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: August 23, 2012, 01:30:30 AM
Can't wait...this is the first game in a long time I've wanted to play more every single time I logged in beta or any stress test.  Looks like it could go live as soon as midnight eastern Sat based on their "up to 3 hours early" estimate.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Expendables 2 on: August 18, 2012, 12:24:12 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 17, 2012, 04:47:56 PM

anyone going to see this over the weekend?  I'm not going to have a chance, but look forward to impressions.

Saw it this afternoon...if you liked (or loved) the first one then you'll like (love) the second one.  No real slow parts, tons of fights and explosions and it's just long enough to not drag.  Not a whole lot of Norris in it though (10 mins or so).
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Final Fantasy VII coming back on: August 15, 2012, 02:26:52 AM
Anyone have this yet?  Any word on the resolutions available and did they fix the cut scenes?
104  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: The Romney Veepstakes - Paul Ryan is the Winner! on: August 12, 2012, 03:07:00 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on August 11, 2012, 08:12:59 PM

Quote from: msduncan on August 11, 2012, 07:49:09 PM

Fireball, don't pretend that VP picks have much influence over the general election beyond either deflating or firing up the base.   They simply don't. 

Most VP picks have not spent years pushing legislation explicitly designed to unravel hugely popular strands of our social safety net.  Medicare guarantees health insurance to people the private sector is the least incentivized to cover, vastly improving the quality of life for the elderly by subsidizing medical benefits they are very likely to need and otherwise couldn't afford.  Americans really like the idea of a society that provides for its retirees, including all those silver-haired folks you see puttering around the local Tea Party rally in their motorized scooters.

Mitt Romney will probably see a nice popularity bump from picking Paul Ryan, especially among his base.  It will be interesting to see how that evolves as the conversation turns to what his budget proposals would actually mean for the average voter.

-Autistic Angel

The only thing I don't understand is where the hell the money is going to come from to continue this great safety net.  Liberal, conservative, republican or democrat it's there in black and white that we're out of the damn money to keep things going.  If voters don't understand that things have to be cut (unpopular cuts on both sides) to prevent a total loss then frankly you probably shouldn't even be allowed to vote because at that point you're part of the problem and not the solution.  We're in a crisis that could lead to a total collapse and things have to be done right now.  Not two more years, not four more years, not in a decade.

Social security is already done...the minute congress was allowed to spend the money (they'll pay it back with interest right  Roll Eyes) it was dead and waiting to be buried.  Welfare needs extreme reform and honestly Medicare (in some form) is here to stay because the Republican's won't jeopardize their elderly base for any reason.

Ryan was a decent choice and far better than most of the other choices out there right now.  Personally I don't agree with him on a LOT of different issues but he's no Palin.  The next four years are going to be budget, money and the economy and he's a smaller govt, trim the edges, make a budget pick.

In the end does it really even matter.  How much influence has any recent VP had in any real way after the election.  Can you name one substantial thing Biden has done (besides put his entire foot in his mouth at times)?  How about Cheney (no gun jokes now  icon_twisted) or Quayle?  You might be able to make a case with the first Bush or Gore but it's slim at best even then.
105  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: cpu temp on: August 11, 2012, 11:29:37 PM
That particular heatsink has over 2600 5 star ratings at Newegg and another 500 4 star.  I think it's safe to say you made the right choice (it will probably be the next one I get as well since the stock i5 HS is adequate at best).  I would love a 20 degree drop even though I'm staying well in range now...after I start overclocking in the next few weeks though it will make a difference.
106  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: August 11, 2012, 11:24:59 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on August 10, 2012, 10:27:07 AM

Another stress teast today from 4 pm to 8pm pst

I'm starting to regret playing the stress tests because I realize how much I'm looking forward to actually playing the game when it comes out in a few weeks.  Mostly played around with the character creation but my first is still going to be a Norn ranger.  I thing they really, really need a neck adjustment slider for the humans neck on a new character looked like it was about a foot long.
107  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: August 09, 2012, 07:57:23 PM

Quote from: Vinda-Lou on August 09, 2012, 07:43:31 PM

My  local Gamestop has the CE version for $30 down from $150(?).  Is the game worth it at that price given that it is ftp?  I know it is mostly paying for the CE items, but would I get $30 of enjoyment out of the game?

I have played WoW and a few other mmorpg games, but mostly for the "free" month and always soloing.  I just like running around the game world to explore and take in the cool sights and atmosphere of the universe.

I am a SW fan to the point that I liked the movies, played the Dark Forces / Jedi Knight games and a bit of KotOR.  I have also dabbled in the extended universe stuff and generally enjoy most things SW, but no where near fanboy territory.  I love checking out the SW art books and reference material.

So with that background, do you think buying the CE is worth it for $30?

It's worth the $30 for the free month and the goodies...I think the statue itself retails for much more than $30.  It's not the greatest but I did enjoy the two months or so I played.
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim on: August 08, 2012, 11:03:09 PM

Quote from: Sarkus on August 08, 2012, 10:04:44 PM

I finished Dawnguard yesterday with no issues.  I haven't installed any mods for Skyrim, though.  

The weird thing is I'm getting errors (according to google searches) that people had when the original game first came out.  Evidently the crash at the beheading scene was wide spread then.  Right now I've disabled everything and I'm trying again though all of my mods were static visual improvements (texture and meshes) and not game changing like new races, followers, scripts, etc.

Only thing I really miss is SkyUI and I had forgotten how bad the default UI really is.

EDIT: found one major problem.  The realistic thunder sounds mod is causing crashes during dragon shouts.  So that's one off the list.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim on: August 08, 2012, 06:57:16 PM
Well, my previously rock solid Skyrim is now horribly unstable with frequent crashes after adding Dawnguard.  Started a new character and it crashes.  Switch to windowed mode and moved on.  Got to the first boss in the barrows and it crashes.  Switch to low graphics mode on everything.  Got to the first Dragon and it crashes.  Started last night and I'm looking at probably 20+ crashes and I'm level 3.  This is a game that I have well over 40 hours in without a single crash...before now.  I've cleaned it up, removed any mod that does anything besides a basic texture, started over and's a pure crash to desktop with no error logged. 

Did the normal things...up to date drivers with no reported issues, no heat issues, cleared cache, checked integrity, removed mods and scripts that might effect the same (and started a new one), etc.

Very disappointing.
110  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: August 02, 2012, 09:17:52 PM

Quote from: Arclight on August 01, 2012, 11:00:24 PM

The MMO genre has been my gaming preference ever since I spawned as an Armsman in Albion.
I should say that Flight Simming took up a huge chunk of my gaming time for years also.

But the soap opera that is the MMO genre of the last couple of years, has just about squeezed the last bit of joy I was getting from them.

The old saying, " nothing new under the Sun" certainly could and should be applied to this genre.
It really hasn't improved or changed much in years. We all set off full of vim, vigor and enthusiasm when a new one is released. Within the first month you can start the doomsday countdown.
But yet we hang around picking scraps off the decaying carcass of a half baked, half done game. Same old same old.

We've even made the statement.."give the game 6 months before you judge it" ...a knee jerk response to the obvious lacking of a new MMO. say what?

They have been dumbed down, over simplified, and a luke warm mess trying to please everyone.
And you know what  Honest Abe Lincoln said about that.
You can please some all the time
You can please all some of the time
But you can't please all, all of the time.

It's like some one needs to shout out, " The King has no clothes on"

How long can you keep painting over something before it brings the house down.

Fed up with the whole affair.

That's because most of the games that try something different have subs in the 50k range or crash and burn...while the WoW clones, etc get 500k and are still kicking years later.  Just look at Tera (totally action based, no stand and click button play) or Secret World (investigation quests requiring Internet research, real world setting, etc) as recent examples. 

Changes are coming but they're coming slow and a whole generation has now grown up not with EQ1 but with WoW.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: July 28, 2012, 04:02:18 PM
Is there anyway to purchase this on PSN or online?  Everything I click on the year purchase it just takes me to Best Buy's site.
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood on: July 28, 2012, 02:52:41 AM

Quote from: hepcat on February 28, 2012, 12:49:59 AM

Let's not forget that Ball is the one that actually made it something everyone couldn't wait to see at one time.  He's had some missteps, but I still think he's a damn good writer.  I'm with rritchard.

This was true, especially during seasons 1 and 2, when he followed at least the general story line of the books.  We're still watching this season but honestly it's kinda meh...the vamps are nothing like the books, the werewolves are pussies, the fairies just need the leave and the shapeshifters are stupid. 

Fix the season...first end the stupid vamp council bs.  End the endless subplots from the b list book characters.  Kill Tara.  Get Eric back with Sookie.  Maybe pull a Dallas and have Sookie wake up and have it be the night after the end of season 2 smile
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Impressions, tweaks and more! on: July 28, 2012, 02:12:04 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 27, 2012, 11:57:05 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on July 27, 2012, 05:47:00 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on July 27, 2012, 05:31:24 PM

Another "fuck you" to the  PC crowd.

Yeah I agree. Not sure what the hangup is.

Yeah, it does seem like a bit of a slap in the face to the PC player base, especially after they were touting the digital sales and how the average playtime PC was so high.

Microsoft must have paid them a LOT of money.  Honestly this is a little ridiculous considering they had an extra month to work on it.  How about a little news if nothing else.
114  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/360] The Secret World MMOG Announced: I'm Pumped on: July 26, 2012, 08:26:30 PM
I'm also in and playing almost every day.  Lots of people but I picked Leviathan which seems to be Dragon/Illuminati centered and of course I'm Templar.  Lots of fun but still not past Solomon Island yet.
115  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/360] The Secret World MMOG Announced: I'm Pumped on: July 16, 2012, 01:15:42 AM
I noticed the buddy key trial expires today (for sending).  If anyone still has one available could you email me one at bookguy at gmail dot com?  I won't be able to play for a week or so but it says the time doesn't start until I log the first time.

116  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/360] The Secret World MMOG Announced: I'm Pumped on: July 11, 2012, 09:06:28 PM
Any buddy or trial keys out for this yet?  I wasn't impressed with combat or the animation in the open beta but I've heard it's been greatly improved since then.  Wouldn't mind trying it out.
117  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/360] The Secret World MMOG Announced: I'm Pumped on: July 07, 2012, 01:19:41 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 07, 2012, 01:05:43 AM

dangit, I was going to hold off but I can get my hands on this for 32 bucks, and that's really tempting.  I saw KD post about some crashing in another thread; is anyone else having issues?

Is this a CK only sale or is it actually available online somewhere at this price?  Best I've been able to find is Green Man for $37.50.
118  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: New WoW Promo - Free Cata and Free level 80 on: June 29, 2012, 01:01:03 AM

Quote from: Abaddon on June 29, 2012, 12:04:23 AM

Anyone want a shot at a free mount? Looking for a Scroll of resurrection  icon_biggrin Odds are pretty good I will sub for at least the necessary month.

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119  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Healthcare verdict on: June 28, 2012, 09:13:32 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on June 28, 2012, 09:05:35 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 28, 2012, 07:58:26 PM

I love how he tries to tell people that it's "essential and substantial" while at the same time telling us that government should have no part of it.  Somehow the free market will keep us alive and control costs.  Because the free market always has our best interests at heart, right?   retard

It's working so well now. Last night I was looking at a state-by-state chart and noticed that all of the states with the worst current coverage percentages are red states, primarily in the South. TX leads the hall of shame with 25% of its residents uninsured. There are half a dozen others in the 20-21% range.

It blows me away that these are the same states that oppose reform most vehemently.

I agree that we need a new Congress, but not in the way he means it.

I doubt many people would argue about reform being needed but obamacare isn't the way.  Either way it's the on ramp to the road to hell (paved with good intentions) and most people have no idea about how much it's really going to cost them in the long run.  It's basically a massive tax and the money doesn't go towards anything except paying for other people to get healthcare.  Sorry about those less fortunate (I've been there), the lazy and the welfare state lifers but I worked two jobs to get through college, put my time in and I'm working my ass off now to support my family and provide a better life for them...not you (not directed at anyone here).
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Civilization 5: !#@#!@ Impressions Incoming! God & Kings! on: June 28, 2012, 09:05:22 PM
I'm enjoying it so far but it's not as stable with the expansion installed.  Last night it hung (no crash) at 197 turns.  Hope it was a one time thing but it worries me because the original was pretty solid for long games.
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