334 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
To me Wow is dead, and died the day Mists of Pandaria came out.(well actually prior to that, but I decided to look at the festering corpse for 2 months longer)
They dumbed character builds down even farther then they did prior in Wrath(or was it the exp prior I forgot). In Wrath they removed the option to put say 5 points in one tree, 10 points in another, and whatever in the last where you could be a pure hybrid which worked well for certain classes to where you had to pump one tree to max then you could put a few points in another to as they put it at the time give players more options, which was by limiting their choices(yea the logic makes no sense).
From that dumbed down edition they went to what I deemed the mentally handicap choices where you got to choose one skill out of 3 every 15 levels... and those skills only one was of any use, and the other 2 were essentially complete crap to as they put it give players even more flexibility... Yea more flexibility by completely forcing the builds so players are carbon copies of each other.
Then they claimed prior to pandaria they were removing the rep grind, just to make the rep grind even more tedious, and time consuming then before. So yes I will really believe blizzard when they say that the instant level 90 for $60 is not a sign that they are not going pay 2 win(was stated in another story I read last week)
The game got so fun that the guild I was in which had over 50 members, after one month of Pandaria we were down to only 15 logging in as the others quit, and I dunno after that cause me, and my buddy who was a guild officer canceled out subscriptions and never went back.
Instead we went to Guild Wars 2 which I find not as good as wow was back in the day, but way better then it currently is, and best of all has no monthly fees.
Diablo 3... Another huge disappointment, and a blatant cash in. IMO the game was designed around the Real Money Auction House as the gear that dropped was never good enough for the area you were in. I got halfway through Inferno before quitting, and never going back. Got sick of farming the same boss for days at a time to hopefully get an item that was useable at my level, or gain enough gold to buy one of the AH... Will say my friend lucked out as he sold one of the items he picked up on our farming sessions for $120 on the RMAH which he jokingly threw up there(and almost crapped his pants when it sold).
Even StarCraft 2 game was worth no where near what they charged, I found WoL so poorly done I didn't bother with the zerg one.
I used to be an insane Blizzard fan, and honestly loved every single game they had, and sank a good portion of my life into playing them non stop, but the past few years they just lost their touch. Maybe its Activisions presence that destroyed them as that was around the time they seemed to drop in quality.
I wish the Googleian overlords would hit up my city I'm paying $70 a month for 3Mbs...
Hell their FREE speeds is faster then I get at $70 a month from comcast... And yes I know Google is evil, but are they more evil then comcast, or AT&T(where I was paying a year and a half ago $80 a month for heavily capped 1Mbs...)?
I got some questions
Whats a flappy bird, and why in the fuck is it newsworthy?
Re: You know how far the US has fallen...
Where I am (one of the big cities in the US) I have the choice of Comcast (which I have) where I pay $70 a month for 20Mbs, or ATT where I was paying $65 a month for heavily metered 1.2Mbs... yup great choices...
Comcast while fast I find WAY less reliable, and any calls to their technical support are about as helpful as talking to my brick wall as their workers are about as intelligent as a dung beetle(I do feel sorry for insulting the dung beetles), or one of our insanely corrupt politicians.
For the past 3 months I've been having connection issues, but hey since I'm stuck in a contract they can treat me like crap as I have to pay.
There were a few other companies which were great to deal with, but they all went under or were bought out by the 2, and closed up.
Yea like that other killer Android console Ouya has even remotely dented the 3main ones.
Only thing it put a dent in was Nintendo's VC sales on their console.
I dunno it feels like the articles on the reg have been slipping as of late as some of them sound more far fetched then the stuff in the Onion.
Re: Re: Partial Repayment. cvomment made at 10:33 GMT
Did you look even at what Nintendo was sued for?
they were sued for EVERY SINGLE WAY TO CONTROL THE Wii
Wii motes, and all. Looking at this companies patents the products they were suing Nintendo for stealing look nothing like what Nintendo even made. Hell how does that contraption that looks like it has a gamecube controller glued to it look like the Wii fit board even? Or what is that seat thing that semi looks like some car seat supposed to be that Nintendo made?
They also made a sub company that had absolutely 0 things made which the patents were transferred to just to sue Nintendo.
Re: Developers take note!
yes they do
and scary thing is people do it
one freemium game I'm quitting to win events you need to buy items at $1 a pop (or take a year + to accumulate free ones)
I've seen events where after I did the math in ONE DAY people blew over 2-3 thousand of the $1 items...
playing free I've only come in 5,000th place or so
to buy units for the game they were offering guaranteed high level units for $50 a try... on my in game "friends" list (aka use each other list) 5 people on it bought 4 of them...
Other freemium game I played had a big event like that where people poured hundred of dollars in, and the day the event ended they announced they were discontinuing the game...
Re: One of my favorites...
Used to use that one on WOW when in the Battlegrounds to clear the scrubs
Its scary how many people fell for it day in and day out
Re: Pictures please
log on as a co-worker 95% of the times people I've worked with passwords were 12345, or 54321
I've done it on multiple occasions at places I've been ;)
"You can see how oblivious they are to this vehicle," Trooper Clayton Howell told the Associated Press, who went out for a ride in one of the, er, stealth SUVs. "I'm right next to them, and they have no idea."
They could have painted the SUV's neon yellow, and put blinking lights on the side that said POLICE TXTR BUSTIN SQUAD and they would be oblivious as most the people who txt while driving could ram someone, and not even notice.
“The search business and even Xbox, which has been a very successful product, are detracting from that."
Last I looked the xbox has made -3 billion dollars since they entered the gaming arena that's successful?
I guess the Surface is a booming success at that point too along with the zune...
If I was a MS investor I'd want the xbox, surface, and most things culled to get them back on track.
We all know this is being funded by the NSA to spy on the moon inhabitants
I'll get my coat
Re: That's incredibly muscular specs.
You mean Microsoft, and Sony's system not Nintendo as last time I checked almost every single game worth playing on MS or sony systems are on Steam. Whereas none of the games people like playing on Nintendo made systems are anywhere else but on Nintendo systems ;)
That is why I've always owned a gaming PC, and a Nintendo system every console generation as I can get my 3rd party fix on the PC where I can't get my Mario/pikmin/zelda/metroid fix elsewhere ;)
Re: What will Microsoft do with them?
Hey they have to make some money on the pieces of crap somehow. Soon see an ebay user named Microsoftresale selling Ipad 2's
"I wanted to taste, and I wanted my kids to taste what it would be like without it, and to see if we could actually do it."
and at the ages of 2, and 5 I'm sure they will remember this in 3-4 years...
I do agree with him he isn't a Luddite he is a lunatic in his thought process. If he didn't want his 2 year old to have an iPad then I dunno... just DON'T GIVE HIM ONE not like its hard. Or did the 2 year old go out, and steal it himself?
Wow I swore I had that same exact font they used like 20 years ago. So they used a font then changed the size of the last O... And that took a weekend?
I swear this world is doomed with the piddly shit that millions of dollars are wasted on.
Also I'm so mad at yahoo my mother uses them for e-mail, and I keep getting called every friggin day now that they changed that piece of shit cause the damn thing doesn't work right as half the time the buttons don't even load right. I think I might just move her to gmail(yes I know but they don't screw things up as bad)... Looking at what Marisa has done to Yahoo I think I now know why she never got promoted past a certain point at Google.
Funny enough it had perfect timing for me
I was watching a video where a guy was talking about Nintendo and showing his TV while using a Wii U, and he said Now before Nintendo gets my video pulled I have to give out a dis... video died
I was like wow that's odd hit refresh got server not found, and was like damn that was some DMCA take down.
Re: It's a great idea, and it could work
Or needing it for offline viewing like where I watch majority of shows at work on my tablet there is no wireless signal available.Plus the encoding has to be done a certain way or it stutters so DRM would not be an option in the show either.
Agree Wii U has no competition
The PS4, and Xbox one are inferior versions of my 2 year old gaming PC, and they lose in specs.
As the 2 are also based on x86 hardware, and directX I can only guess someone will either A make a VM that can play the games from those 2 systems on my PC, or B make a program that will load the games natively on the PC(only for the exclusives the non exclusives seem to be coming out anyways on PC). I can only assume its a hell of a lot easier making those 2 systems games run on a PC as they share the same instruction sets then say make an emulator to run a custom PPC processor game ;)
Re: Soft target?
But outside what games you own, and system serial numbers they only have personal info that you could get out of any phone book.
When I read this last week I was stumped by what they could steal.
To me it has been dead. It died soon after yahoo bought it as they did the equivalent of a full frontal lobotomy to it making all results worthless(just like them)
What is being done to Mr Snowden and to Mr Julian Assange - for making or facilitating disclosures in the public interest - is an assault against the people.
Yes, and in Julian's case its sexual assault against some Swedish people.
Can't stand how they compare the two.
I'll get my coat
Re: Another Tech Injury FAD
Got RSI from playing hours of starcraft with a very early optical logitec mouse that was oddly designed(and quite heavy compared to modern).
Sometimes I still have issues gripping the steering wheel with my right hand due to the pain. Where I used to work I've known a few other people that had the same issue.
3)Telly: Rots your brain
Looking at the current shows on it, and how stupid people are getting there might be some need to revisit that.
The capsule looks like a giant Darlek body flipped on its side.
@sisk Re: It's not illegal, but it is uncool
True they are not finding loopholes, but they are making them by adding them by tacking them onto other legislation that they claim is there to protect the citizens(the whole 10% they care about)
Re: Will the 'Xbox 180' be the greatest gaming experience ever?
Overall this pressure to push mega-releases ala Michael Bay like Transformers of the Caribbean sequels, means creativity will continue to fall off a cliff.
You get a thumbs up just for that line alone as it almost made me need a new keyboard just from imagining what it would be like.
Re: Noticeable lack of Nintendo
I find the bigger issue with nintendo is the 3rd party developers seem to try and set them up to fail.
Lets look at the Wii U a good chunk of the 3rd party games are ones that were out on the PC(at $15), 360 or PS3 for months. Then developers go OHH THE GAME DIDN'T SELL SO THERE IS NO MARKET ON IT CAUSE PPL DIDN'T BUY IT FOR $60 ON THE WII U SO WERE NOT MAKING ANYTHING MORE
Or if the game comes out on all 3 at the same time the Wii U one seems buggier, and never gets a patch. Or the patches, and DLC comes months later after the 360/ps3's did.
Then there were a few 3rd party games I wanted to buy, but after reading player reviews which listed bugs they were encountering(some game breaking) with them, or how the games didn't even seem finished I wouldn't pay $10 for the half assed game let alone $60.
It almost makes me wonder if sony, and MS paid 3rd party companies to screw over Nintendo on 3rd party support by only releasing pure crap on it
Re: Anyone actually surprised?
Didn't stop windows 8 from shipping
As it is right now you have 2 options, and both are steaming piles of shit. Its just do you hate the smell of the least elephant shit, or donkey shit.
The independents I sometimes think are paid to run, and be complete lunatics by the 2 parties so they can make the facade that you have a choice when you really don't.
Re: Not just Australia
US warranties for the majority of things I have owned are 30-90 days(unless you purchase a ripoff service contract). Some companies like Nintendo give longer if you register(I think its 6 months).
Its always amazing how many times something will break down like 2 days after the warranty is up.
Re: I'm Alright Jack
Or your pole getting struck by lightning which in turn damaged your ISP's distribution point in the neighborhood, taking your modem,and router with it. Then having to wait almost 2 weeks after you get a new modem to get back online as the ISP can't figure out what the issue is cause you keep getting people in the phillipines that can't veer off the script to do actual troubleshooting. Like happened to me a lil over 2 weeks ago. I would have been screwed if I had an Xbox one.
Re: And more importantly...
"and it's awkward having to get up and use a mouse to control your TV."
If you are using a PC on the TV most people would have invested in a wireless mouse(and keyboard) as they are not that expensive. On my PC I used to have hooked up to the TV I used to use a wireless presenter mouse (looked a lot like a remote control), and it did a bang up job.
Stopped using the PC on the TV cause we replaced it with a smart TV that can play avi, and mkv's straight off a USB hard drive better then the pc I had hooked up could(original atom board)
Wow might be time for me to get a cell phone as I doubt I would even hit the minutes they provide free per month with how much I make phone calls. Depending on how well the internet works on it I MIGHT be tempted to pay for that though a small monthly fee for some connectivity
Re: One thing about music when it hits you feel no pain…
“I don’t get it therefore it sounds crap, and not only that it’s got swearing in it and is morally wrong and bad, harrumph harrumph”.
Its not that all of us don't get it. I actually have an extremely varied music collection with stuff from almost all genres from various countries, but its just IMO most* Rap is complete and utter rubbish. Will say though the rappers do have some good background vocals mixed in, and thanks to Eminem and his one uhh... song(?) which the name escapes me I found out about Dido ;)
As for the swearing I have nothing against that just when 95% of the words that are able to be understood in the vast majority of them are fuck, bitch, or whore I stop calling them lyrics(which seems like the vast majority of raps) as I could take someone with Tourette's syndrome throw in some BGM and call them a rapper.
*note I said most not all as I've heard a few ok ones
Re: Back to the Drawing Board
However, keeping guns out of the hands of poor people, or people who have no officially declared taxable income (so if they're not poor, they must be dealing drugs or something) would indeed significantly reduce crime.
yes because all poor people use legally obtained, and traceable weapons to commit crimes...
This stupid law still won't address 99.5% of gun crime(as reported by the FBI) as those are done with illegally obtained firearms.
I'm curious if that .5% that is done with legally obtained guns is by poor people even I'm guessing its done by well off people in the heat of the moment
Re: I see it coming
Shotgun manufacturer Mossberg has had such a system via an RFID ring, dubbed iGun, for over a decade, and Colt tried a similar system using a bracelet before abandoning it.
but hey that never stopped a certain manufacturer of expensive iCrap form patenting something, and infringing on a trademark owned by another company
umm it can't run andriod
unless they actually released it by now I stopped getting my hopes many months ago
also the video playback on the ras pi (at least 1st gen like I have) is very lacking, and laggy like hell. Even the UI I find to be pretty bad.for the video player, and extremely unresponsive.
will say the ras pi does a semi decent job as a SNES though
Re: I really get tired of this bemoaning 'evolution instead of revolution'
I'm pretty sure it does more then the logitech harmony
my samsung tablet has the option too, and if they included peel (the program on the tablet) the program will connect to the internet tell you what is on, and offer 1 button graphical channel changing along with a synopsis of the show that is currently on. It also has brows able categories.
Its actually a very nice program I personally just don't find it extremely useful as I don't watch much TV, but when I do want to see something its a couple thousand times faster then going through my satellites programming guide to look if a certain show is on, and to find the channel.
Re: Adobe Reader
If you work in corporate IT, I'd just like to offer you this hint: I hate you. In fact everybody hates you. Apart from hackers.
As someone who used to work in corporate IT, and was put in charge of making an image before I would like to say don't blame the IT person who made the image. Here's a little story on why images act like crap, and its not the IT techs fault.
When I was tasked with making an image I made one that booted very fast(under 30 seconds, and this was over 9 years ago), and honestly was extremely responsive, but the IT director forced me to install a pile of garbage most of which no one even used anymore. After I installed what the director wanted the boot time of the computer went from 30 seconds to 4+ minutes... Responsiveness also plummeted to behaving like I was trying to run windows 95 on a 386sx with 4 gigs of ram (which btw was possible as I did it for fun).
After that I was the one that had to deal with all the complaints about how unresponsive the systems were, and how they ran like crap cause hey I made the image, and it was my fault not the person in charge who forced changes. I then went and made another clean image not showing it to the director this time, and installed the bare minimum, and only installed what users needed by department, not the typical full of crap for every department image.
I ended up making the users happy, but in the end got written up months down the line when a tech went and reported it to be a dick as he saw some things were missing from one of the pc's as the user couldn't figure out how to turn it on, and reported that it was broken.
For the record the IT director refused to use the default image cause he hated how slow it was...
Own a Samsung Tab 2 7in, and honestly it works pretty good IMO. Does everything I expected, and a bit more.
Will say though Samsung did piss me off when it pushed a update that changed the UI, and gave no option to skip it. I had to find an old image online, fiddle with software to revert the OS, then was forced to root the device(as it tried updating again...), and had to change a couple of settings so the update auto fails. Still kind of annoyed having to hit update daily(cause it will popup at random when in use) just to see a failure message, but I don't blame google at all for it, or Andriod that fault lies purely on samsung.
Re: Sure, its a piece of crap
But if I'm holding up a bank or hijacking an aircraft, I only need it to work once. And a dirt cheap disposable gun (printed or otherwise) might be just the thing to serve the corner convenience store holdup market.
Beg to differ you need it to fire multiple shots. One shot to prove it's not a toy as I've seen nerf guns that look more like a gun. And at least a few more in case people decide to beat the living shit out of you.
Re: pretty nuts from over here.
Aaron, and that ban in chicago has worked SOOOOOOO WELL crimes committed with illegally owned guns aren't even reported in the news anymore unless a kid(usually has to be multiple) gets shot or something, and even then its usually just a few seconds where a viewer submitted picture of a puppy would get more screen time.
Does the fracking state department (I won't give them the respect of capital letters) think they can put them back? What id10ts...
From what I've listened to from people that work in the government, and their grasp on how technology works I'm sad to say they probably do think taking them off the site means they won't get distributed again.
@DougS Re: The difference?
The range and aim on these one shot guns may be terrible, but if you're close enough to shake hands...
a plastic knife*, ice pick, sharpened pencil, and a pile of other way more easily concealed things would be way more effective IMO.
This like most of the 3d printer things was just proof of concept.
*there are many 3d printer files of those deadly weapons from what I seen on sites the government might want to start going after those.
Re: Once again, we can vote with our dollars
The only way those publishers will get the message that drm != customer-service is to vote with the dollar. Enough people do this, they'll get the message.
Dunno about that if you look at the software, movies, and music industry majority instead just blame piracy for the loss of sales(even if no one ever downloaded it), and use some skewed figures to prove their point to the share holders.
looked up the reviews of it (wish I didn't learned way more about bronies then I ever wanted), and honestly the reviews I saw of it said it was terrible, and one went on to say it was so crappy that wasn't worth anything, and to bootleg it if the readers were interested. The reviews I read were written by bronies who almost seemed offended by it, and how it portrayed their... uhh.. culture...
So IMO that isn't a good example as the TV distribution was probably dropped due to reviewers thinking it was terrible at best. And lets face it there isn't any major TV station I know of that would put something like that on if it was done as bad as the reviews say as they generally screen something before airing it.
Re: Shock News - Tor treats fans with respect, Fans continue to treat Tor with respect
So true about DRM only pissing off legit customers. There are many things I would have purchased if I wouldn't have had to deal with draconian DRM to get it to work. But I'm not going to pay a company to treat me like a criminal, and restrict to high hell what I can do with what I paid for.
I'm sure companies just chalk the lost sales on people like me up to piracy even though most won't even bother pirating it either which they use to beat the DRM drum to death...
I will say though DRM has saved me a lot of cash as I've not bought 1/100th of what I would have if it was DRM free :D
But Circuit Judge Pierre Leval said he thought the authors would be overjoyed to have their books digitised, particularly when the works were obscure and Google led readers to where to buy them, Reuters reported.
couldn't you say the same thing about movies, video games, and other content too?
By his logic the movie, and music industry should be happy places like TPB bother advertising most of the crap they churn out.
And here I thought it was common sense that everything in existence is known to cause cancer in California so why would mobile phones be immune?
Seriously I've seen the warning on a power extension cord even...
I'm hoping no US lawmakers get any bright ideas from this as it seems right up the current administrations alley for things to pull.
- Vid Hubble 'scope snaps 200,000-ton chunky crumble conundrum
- Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?
- Windows 8.1 Update 1 spewed online a MONTH early – by Microsoft
- Google offers up its own Googlers in cloud channel chumship trawl
- Something for the Weekend, Sir? Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?