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81  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Neverwinter on: April 25, 2013, 09:47:46 PM
I can't get in until the 27th but I will say their customer support is (surprisingly) top notch.  I had a problem where an empty STO account got linked to my perfect world account.  Around 4 hours I had that removed, my regular STO account linked and my Neverwinter pack added back to my account.  And that's using their email/ticket system.
82  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV Online - A Realm Reborn this Winter on: April 23, 2013, 07:39:37 PM
The final part of phase 2 starts this weekend.  Start of phase 3 is still expected for sometime in May. 
83  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Ps3 deals going on? on: April 20, 2013, 04:06:48 PM
Your best bet is to buy the cheapest new PS3 you can find and then just put a new hard drive in it (if you're not happy with the size it has).  Super easy, no special software, no special cables or screws (special FU shout out to the x-box convoluted crap process), 15 min job.
84  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV Online - A Realm Reborn this Winter on: April 16, 2013, 07:11:35 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 13, 2013, 06:58:48 PM

Quote from: ericb on April 12, 2013, 08:04:09 PM

This weekend's beta event (2nd part of phase two) is active as of this morning.

OOh,second part of Phase 2,cool i hear Phase three is the PS3 beta

I wonder if it will be cross platform for the beta,the FF11 beta for the 360 was just for the 360,until the full game came out and then we transferred to other servers with PS2 and PC players

Third part of phase 2 is this coming weekend frown  I was really hoping for phase 3.
85  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic (dev posts, news items, fan sites etc.) on: April 14, 2013, 02:08:41 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 14, 2013, 05:19:21 AM

For some reason, I decided to give SWTOR a look this weekend.  I know it's cool to hate on, but I'll be damned if the story elements aren't the most compelling (by far) in the MMO genre.  As someone who plays almost entirely solo and couldn't give a rip about end-game, high level, grouped content, SWTOR is still pretty fun.  Started up an Imperial Agent, and it's been pretty awesome.  I'm also playing a stealthy ranged character for the first time ever (I'm typically a sword & board melee), so maybe it's just the change of pace that's appealing.  Regardless, I'm strongly considering subbing for a month or two to get around the F2P restrictions.

I'll agree, however, that I wish we could have just had a single player Star Wars KOTOR RPG.  frown

It has a lot of faults but if you play it as a single player story based RPG that just happens to have other people playing you'll probably love it.  Each of the stories are great, most of the game can be solo'd, other people are around to help if you need it and just about everything too hard to solo can be skipped if you want.  You could easily get a couple hundred hours out of it playing each of the main classes to 50 even if you never touched end game.  The biggest problem I had is the game is slightly linear once you get off the starting planet.  You have a little choice but nothing like...well WoW...where you could literally level two alliance characters to 60 and never hit the same zones due to the huge amount of zones, quests and different continents available.

They have made a huge number of changes in the past year though and it's in far better shape then it used to be.  I think the F2P is way too restrictive compared to others right now and the cash shop doesn't hide pay to win but it's the only star wars fix available smile
86  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV Online - A Realm Reborn this Winter on: April 12, 2013, 08:04:09 PM
This weekend's beta event (2nd part of phase two) is active as of this morning.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk about piracy. on: April 12, 2013, 08:02:49 PM
Price is not an excuse.  I paid under $30 for the season in Blu Ray.  I also subscribe to HBO mainly for GoT and True Blood.  I have to agree with the argument though that if you're willing to pirate it you probably wouldn't be buying it anyway.  And I actually do know people who pirate first and then buy if it they like it...I just don't have any judgement either way especially as someone who can afford you buy what I want when I want it vs low income/students/etc.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Torment: Tides of Numenera on: April 06, 2013, 01:02:51 AM
They managed to hit the 4.25 million stretch goal by the time it closed a few minutes ago.
89  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV Online - A Realm Reborn this Winter on: April 02, 2013, 08:31:44 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on March 26, 2013, 02:40:20 PM

I just signed up for the PS3 beta

I think only PC has the beta at the moment,and signing up anyway does not mean i will get in,but here's hoping



If anybody is in the PC beta,can you tell me how large the download is?(if you are allowed)..i know it will be different for the PS3 version,but it may give me an idea

A friend told me 6.6 GB total space used.  No idea on actual download size (compression, etc).
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 30, 2013, 05:32:59 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 30, 2013, 04:00:10 PM

I'll agree with you BW.  the acting felt forced in that commercial. 

Bad CGI too  ninja
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] ID Forever (Independence Day 2 & 3) on: March 27, 2013, 09:03:19 PM
You know...one simple change would have fixed so many issues.  Just drop the mac/virus/BS totally and have the shield system taken out by the nuke on the mothership.
92  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Vanguard going F2P on: March 27, 2013, 08:47:22 PM
I really like the game and love some of the classes but the current engine really bothers me...networking and graphics wise.  I'd be back in a minute if it was updated but graphics wide I know will never happen.
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X being teased on: March 25, 2013, 11:05:46 PM
Details from that link

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•Plays more like the pre-mandate of heaven games with a grid style movement system instead of free roam.
•there are 12 classes (didn't tell me what they were) and then "advanced" classes for each of them. I suppose this is like the system in 6-7-8 where you do a quest to promote from a Knight to a Champion or whatever.
•there will be 23 dungeons.
•aiming for september release
•there is no training. When you level up you just get your skill points then and there.
•You still will level your skills and have to train to expert, master, and grand master. Expert and master you just go find the trainer and pay gold when you have the necessary skill points, and for grandmaster there will be a quest.
•It will be totally non-linear after the initial area where it teaches you how to play. Kind of like 7, where you were confined to the island until you completed the first quest.
•In the demo you never had more than 2-3 monsters at a time. I asked if this is representative of the whole game, and he said "it depends on the level. Sometimes you will be surrounded, sometimes it is just a few more powerful enemies." Was kind of vague.
•The movement is like Grimrock, but Grimrock was still a real time game. This is turn based 100% of the time, which imo makes the combat much more interesting.
•There is a skill bar, but its not like WoW or other MMOs where you have special attacks... the abilities that were on the skill bar were just melee attack, ranged attack, defend (idk what this did, never used it), and then you can put spells and potions on there too.
•I looked but didn't see any "self" magics in the skill trees of the characters I had, but I didn't pay attention to what classes I had in my party. its possible I just didn't have a character who could learn them.
•No blasters / sci-fi elements.
•There will be hirelings. You can have two in your party at once. They don't fight with you, just provide your party with a bonus. For a price of course.

Graphics look much better than I expected.  I'm definitely (but cautiously) looking forward to this.
94  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Green Man Gaming: Borderlands 2 Weekend Sale on: March 23, 2013, 11:12:19 PM
I did notice the codes will only apply to one at a time...so I had to order the game, season pass and mechomancer DLC all separately.  Still not bad at all since it was a total $32.
95  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Green Man Gaming: Borderlands 2 Weekend Sale on: March 22, 2013, 06:58:17 PM
Their site is running extremely slow for me right now but the order went through.  Can't get the discount to apply to the DLC right now for some reason.
96  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Re: Playstation Vita Anniversary Sale - Week 2 games announced on: March 08, 2013, 03:03:02 PM

Quote from: Canuck on March 08, 2013, 02:30:31 PM

I thought hot shots golf was supposed to be on sale. Did I miss it?

Pretty sure it was part of the sale than ended on Tuesday.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Torment: Tides of Numenera on: March 06, 2013, 11:55:04 PM
I'm in at the $45 level.  It was too good to pass up considering it's a copy of Tides of Numenera and Wasteland 2 together.
98  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Amazon] 32 Gig Vita Memory Card 25% off on: March 04, 2013, 11:48:10 AM
These will probably sell out really quick.  I wouldn't delay if you're going to get one and this price.  The Sony store sold out in about two hours when they were $60.
99  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Worthwhile upgrades... SSD and new graphics on: February 07, 2013, 03:05:33 AM
If you're planning on keeping the bulk of the computer then plan on installing 64 bit windows on the new SSD (new fresh install should be the only option considered) if you don't have it already.  After the SSD upgrade the memory to 8 GB (memory is dirt cheap now) as long as the MB supports it.

Other things to consider...make sure the MB supports SSD.  I had a MB and an E8400 (around 4 years old) and it simply would not work as a system drive.  With the age of your MB that's a real concern.  Also, you do have SATA II.  Won't make much difference and SATA III will auto downgrade to support it but it's something to be aware of.  I would double and triple check compatibility though.

Excellent choice on the 7870 and honestly after a couple days of using the second monitor you'll wonder why you didn't start using two of them years ago.

100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [book] Wheel of Time 14: A Memory of Light on: January 19, 2013, 10:54:51 PM

Quote from: Crusis on January 19, 2013, 02:37:35 AM

I finished it today. Here is my one word review:

Glorious.

Seconded.  It was an ending I was actually happy with.  Very, very nice end to an awesome series.
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [book] Wheel of Time 14: A Memory of Light on: January 15, 2013, 02:44:22 AM
Why the ebook delay:

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author Brandon Sanderson‘s explanation for the eBook delay:

This is not my decision or Tor’s decision, but Harriet’s. She is uncomfortable with ebooks. Specifically, she worries about ebooks cutting into the hardcover sales. It isn’t about money for her, as the monetary difference between the two is negligible here. It is about a worry that her husband’s legacy will be undermined if sales are split between ebooks and hardcovers, preventing the last book of the Wheel of Time from hitting number one on either list. (Many of the bestseller lists are still handling ebooks in somewhat awkward ways.)

As the last books have all hit number one, she doesn’t want to risk one of these not hitting number one, and therefore ending the series on a down note. (Even though each Wheel of Time book has sold more than its predecessor, including the ones I have worked on.) I personally feel her worries are unfounded, and have explained that to her, but it is not my choice and I respect her reasoning for the decision. She is just trying to safeguard Robert Jordan’s legacy, and feels this is a very important way she needs to do so. After talking about the issue, we were able to move the ebook up from the originally planned one-year delay to instead come out this spring.

Link http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/a-memory-of-light-gets-one-star-reviews-over-ebook-delay_b63514

The worst part is the lack of an ebook release actually hurts some of the new lists which now have a combined paper/ebook sale total.

As for the book I'm now close to half way through.  It's surprising how much has happened and where it's at (considering I'm only half way through).  I don't know if I should be worried or excited that there's still half a book left.  So far it's been an excellent end to an epic series that I started over 20 years ago when I bought the first over-sized paperback Eye of the World.  Can't wait for the new spoilers included thread once people start finishing it smile
102  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.
103  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 Vita...it 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.
104  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.
105  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.
106  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.
107  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
108  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. 
109  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.
110  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:

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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!

http://www.swtor.com/community/showthread.php?p=5477407#edit5477407
111  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / PSP, 15 games, CFW, Pandora, extras and more FS on: November 27, 2012, 01:19:15 AM
---Hardware---

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

---Games---

Crimson Gem Saga
Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lion
Jeanne D'Arc
Persona
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
Daxter

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.
112  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Crazy Microsoft Store $10 sale on: November 24, 2012, 06:18:01 PM
Damn it all...how did this get missed on every stupid deal site out there???  SW-TOR CE for $10, skylanders kit for $10, grrr...
113  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
114  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 changes...you 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.
115  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
116  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.
117  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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:PlayStation_3-only_games 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.

118  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.
119  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. 
120  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 on: August 25, 2012, 12:36:10 PM
Check here ( http://www.facebook.com/GuildWars2 )...seems to be the most up to date info.  They are completely down login wise.
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