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2701  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Cross-Realm PvP on: August 25, 2006, 03:24:08 PM
I had a horde warlock in 8 for awhile, but then I realized my server completely sucks ass so I ditched it.

Now my two characters I play are both in battle ground 6.  I'd love to PuG it up and get in a game vs Death and Taxes only to get steamrolled in 3 minutes.

Actually, so far, cross-realm PVP is garbage on my server. Not only are the que's for BG -longer- then previously, the server lags horribly now during primetime.

Everything but AV pops up instantly on my warriors server (burning blade.. didn't check what group).  It sucks because that's the one I want to play most and the queue is much longer.  Haven't tried it yet in my regular home, 6.  But I hear the queues are at least faster for my realm.

And yeah lag sucks.  So do the bugs, but I think they've been fixed.  We did an UBRS run only to have the gate not open after Rend.  Oh well.
2702  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Big changes coming to WoW with Burning Crusade on: August 15, 2006, 01:38:20 PM
Quote from: "Rico"
The biggest problem with multiple raid groups is going to be lockout.  If the raid ID lockout system is remotely similar to the one in place now, you might as well just form two separate guilds and create a custom channel to chat between them.  While a few guilds do it successfully now, the logistics just aren't pretty.  You'll end up needing very hardcore attendance caps to keep two groups running, or end up recruiting so many 'stand-bys' that bad vibes are bound to happen.  Plus, if you're in a guild where you actually like almost all 40 regular raiders, if you try to mix up the raid groups every week to keep everyone in contact with each other, it'll be a lot of learning every encounter twice.

Good points.  I forgot about the lock-out system.  That would indeed stop this from happening unless the guild was incredibly organized... but at that point you almost might as well create two guilds and a custom chat channel, like you said.  

IMO, this shit should have been done long time ago.  I can see why some people are bitching now, but I wonder how big of a deal this would of been (if any) if this was implented at the game's launch.
2703  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / WoW - Home to over 50% of all MMORPG playing dorks like us on: August 15, 2006, 01:36:19 PM
I don't doubt it.  It has mass appeal.  Hardcore gamers can appriciate it (but they bitch the loudest of them all) and so can casual fans.

I know people who don't play video games, but play WoW.  IMO, I don't think many other MMO's can say that.  It's got it's share of problems, but the appeal seems to be wide.
2704  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Disgaea. on: August 15, 2006, 01:34:17 PM
I loved it.  I put more time into that game than any other console game (about 185 hours iirc).  The item world does suck, but it's not too hard to level up to 2500 using the one extra dungeon map.

Anyways, yeah it's my favorite SRPG.  I played it way too much that I could never play it again, but I'm really interested in Disgaea 2.  I just hope it doesn't feel too much of the same that I'm left feeling like I don't want to play it (because I put so many hours into Disgaea 1).

I think it's worth a pickup, at least.  The humor is wacky, but I thought the gameplay was pretty fun.
2705  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Big changes coming to WoW with Burning Crusade on: August 14, 2006, 12:38:46 PM
Quote from: "Ark"
The raid changes are shit. Watch the drama erupt. I guarantee you I'm not getting a spot in these new cut-down raid groups of 25 due to my timezone alone. I like the 40-man dynamic as it is argh

People really do overestimate how 'hardcore' endgame WoW is. I raid once on saturday and once every 2nd wednesday and that's it, and I'm geared to the moon. There are those, yeah, who play every single night. They tend to break up and splinter and form into a 'different' guild every month :P

I don't know about how big your guild is, but why not recruit more and go at it in two groups?  It seems daunting and some people would be offended by being put on the "B team", but it's still raiding.

I know in many of the guilds I've been in/been asked to join, it seems like raiding once or twice a week to get loot is impossible.  Some guilds it may work for and i'm glad that your guild does (having a life + still being able to raid is win/win).  But most of the ones I've seen I just don't see how that works.  Most want a decent raid attendance (if they're any good at least) and even if they don't, it's all about DKP.  I don't know how you can get more than one or two pieces per month if you're only raiding once or twice a week.  It just seems like most would have more DKP than you.  I suppose if you have a very low turnover rate in the guild, that would work in your favor.  I dunno.  just my 2 cents.

And as far as the "x class will be ruined", I can see why some people may think that.  Some people may take even less of a class, but overall there should be more groups out there so I don't know if i agree with that.

Having not been in any major end game raids I could be totally off base, but...those guilds that get 40mans going pretty regularly.....wouldnt they be able to snag 10 more guys (which....c'mon is NOT that hard) and run two raids at the same time? Why waste so much time in a 40man for ONE specific item when two particular items can be yielded from two instance runs?

Yeah they could.  Most of the major guilds I've seen talk about this are just afraid that something like "Raid B doesn't have enough tanks and raid A doesn't have enough healers, so take healers from raid A."  Or something along those lines.  They're just afraid raid B will continuely get the shaft if there aren't enough people on to form a proper raid.
2706  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Big changes coming to WoW with Burning Crusade on: August 12, 2006, 12:06:26 PM
I like the pvp idea, since most people hate the pvp grind and end up burning themselves out.

Not only that, but so many people don't do it legit whether they CP farm, get China farmers to do it, or have multiple people play their account (friends).  Maybe this will help allieviate it some... but probably not.

the other stuff sounds cool as well.

as for the raid cap.. i don't know.  i haven't raided extensively enough to comment.  The consensus seems mixed, but since they are raising the debuff limit (to 40) that might help the pidgeon-holing of some classes (shadow priests become slightly more viable, warlocks can probably DoT to their hearts content, etc).
2707  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Recommendations on RPGs, please? on: August 12, 2006, 11:50:51 AM
I endorse these posts.

DDS and DDS2 are great.   Those would be what I'd recommend as well.
2708  Media / General Games / Metroid Prime 3: Corruption on: August 11, 2006, 12:09:51 PM
Quote from: "Eusis"
Still, it should be a great game even if it fails to live up to 1, and I may just be a cranky fanboy who doesn't want things to change ever.

No.  I'm not a fanboy and I totally agree with you.

I don't want to world hop either.
2709  The Rest / General Discussions / The Bomb causes global warming on: August 05, 2006, 01:48:13 PM
Quote from: "Professor Gast"
the issue of Japanese war crimes in World War II was nowhere to be found in the entire museum. This resulted in heavy criticism, so they decided to add a few comments. I was there last year and they indeed mentioned it somewhere on the second floor's east wing, even though it was just one sign with a few sentences.

I agree.  Even Pearl Harbor only got a few sentences.

Quote from: "Professor Gast"
I guess, what is the most important issue here is not to confuse cause and effect. In Japan, a lot of people are very apt at portraying themselves and their nation as the victims of American bombing and obviously the dropping of the nukes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. However, these people always tend to forget that Truman did not order the dropping of the nukes for no particular reason. After all it was Japan that began this war and in the process of invading large parts of East and Southeast Asia slaughtered millions of people.

I agree.  I remember sitting down at lunch my freshman year with another American friend of mine and two of the Japanese foreign exchange students.  This friend of mine would ask practically any question he was curious about.  We started talking about the war and they, at least, didn't seem bitter about the bombing (then again, they weren't born yet).  They acknowledged that the Japanese did some horrible things back during that time, but they didn't know what.  It was an interesting conversation to say the least.

Quote from: "Leyviur"
"Sketchy" is an undesrstatement. If I'm not misinformed, the entire thing was about how Japan tried to "liberate and help" the mainland from foreign influence or whatever.

I don't remember what they said about that, but it wouldn't suprise me.

Quote from: "Professor Gast"
I suppose he was only talking about the museum. While it is only a few sentences, there they clearly mention that Japan invaded many Asian countries and committed war crimes

Yeah I was, sorry for the mixup.  They do talk about the other countries, albeit not very much is said.

I saw some of the other monuments in the area like the eternal flame, that broken shambled house with the red ball over it (signifying where the bomb was dropped), and a tower dedicated to the kids who were pulled out of school to help rebuild and died.  I have some pictures, though I was cranky for some reason that day and only have the tower picture.  Though the museum is really the only thing dealing with the discussion.
2710  The Rest / General Discussions / The Bomb causes global warming on: August 04, 2006, 11:38:35 PM
Quote from: "Leyviur"
I wonder what's worse: The Japanese making sob stories out of getting barbequed or them trying to justify killing millions of people in their invasion of the mainland.

I saw the bomb memorial museum in hiroshima and the whole china issue was very sketchy.  iirc, they did mention it, but the numbers and acts were toned down majorly from the articles i've read other places.
2711  The Rest / General Discussions / Selling games on: August 04, 2006, 07:41:17 PM
I don't usually sell my games.  I can only think of two times I did.

Once, I sold a couple to get extra cash so I could buy a PS2.

Second time was out of frustration in the bonus dungeon in SO2.  I sold it, only to buy it again off ebay a couple months later.
2712  Media / Single-Player RPGs / The future of Squeenix's GBA ports on: August 03, 2006, 02:31:51 PM
If possible, I'd like to see SoM ported to the DS solely for the download play ability.  It'd be like playing back during the SNES days.

I also wouldn't mind seeing SD3 being ported.  I was never really sure why they never brought that over.  It's a blast to play.  I'm sure the chances of that happening are 0%, but i'd still like to see it.
2713  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Xenosaga Episode III: Also Sprach Zarathustra on: August 03, 2006, 02:26:20 PM
Quote from: "Eusis"
Looked at other reviews on the site too - Definitely going to wait on .hack//G.U., and most likely will just read a synopsis. And it sounds like BKO may have a glimmer of hope, but I'll wait until I hear what others say - it's still suffering from one of the biggest problems I had it seems.

Wow.. after reading what you said I went over and read the review.

I was fairly excited about the new .hack.  I thought it would be decent.  It's kind of comical to see that not only did they not improve on the first games, but they made them worse (gameplay wise, at least).  GG.

Maybe i'll pick up Xenosaga 3 instead.
2714  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Back from Japan on: July 30, 2006, 01:01:01 PM
Quote from: "V-Dawg"
13. 99% of Japanese guys wear handbags (instead of backpacks). Also, about 5% of them wear hairclips in their hair.

Yeah, I noticed they (Japanese males) were quite feminine looking while I was there as well.  I wouldn't even call it metrosexual.  Just feminine.  I remember looking at a shirt and saying to my friend "that looks kind of odd for a female shirt."  He then told me it was a male shirt.

Either that, or thugged out/try to look like a gangster.

I didnt have anything stolen either.  Though, I stayed in the countryside and was only in the cities in the day.  Only stayed in a city for a couple nights.
2715  The Rest / The Helper Monkey / Removing sticky stuff on: July 28, 2006, 05:05:25 PM
the contacts are okay, i assume.  they look fine and don't seem to have anything visibly wrong with them.

it's just the back of the cartridge.
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