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31  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: September 11, 2013, 05:29:09 PM
I'd rather not get into a huge rant and make an attention whore of myself, but I'll go with a small one. 

I actually have decent gear at the moment (Darklight healing set) and tend to keep up with upgrades, so it's not really about how it affects me.  It promotes carrying by friends.  If a group wants to get someone built up, they'll just run them through the dungeons to get them gear, no matter how bad the player is.  It's not a wall; it doesn't prevent bad players from entering areas at all and bad players are the problem, not good players with bad gear.  In fact, since everyone was complaining about badly geared DDs in AK, I ran with a DRG with a 44 weapon equipped (even the tank pointed it out and laughed) that did more damage, and avoided attacks better, than one two runs later with a Garuda weapon equipped.

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It's pointless. It does nothing.  It's a policy I utterly despise.

Oh emm gee they want people to actually see the content they created instead of skipping ahead and being carried by others. 

Not only that, it helps encounter tuning.  If they know the average gear level of the person playing said content, it's going to be a lot easier to tune said content.  Unless there are easy ways around it ala WoW PvP gear, if you're there, you probably have the gear for it and thus any issues are not gear related.

Dramatic much?
32  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: FFXIV server and name thread on: September 11, 2013, 05:20:53 PM
Has anyone on Hyperion encountered any RP free companies or Linkshells? It's becoming clear that if there is a world transfer program it won't be any time soon and therefore probably won't be free, either. No luck on the forums either.

Chance of being free is zero.  Blizzard charges $25 bucks each time and people complain but Blizzard has no reason to change it considering people use it all the time.
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Playstation Meeting, Feb. 20th on: September 08, 2013, 06:35:10 PM
Last Guardian?  PS3 Emulation?
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Random and Amazing Pictures, Please! on: September 07, 2013, 05:11:54 PM
Guns don't kill people, chemical warfare and weapons of mass destruction do.

"Guns don't kill people, the government does."

-- Dale Gribble

Pocket sand!  hynaaaah   sha sha sha
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Today's News on: September 03, 2013, 07:38:38 PM
Kevin Smith: I'm not saying I MADE Ben Affleck but...
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: September 02, 2013, 04:55:26 PM
Just splurged and bought the Vita walking dead bundle and P4.

I was going to get all this at best buy but nobody helped me.

Best Buy service is horrendous. As is Future Shop.

I don't know what it is about retail electronics stores that make them think they don't have to put staff anywhere but the cash.

Man I have the exact opposite experience at Best Buy, or at least I used to. Like I go in there and I get SWARMED with floor staff asking if I need help. And I'm just like jesus christ no go away.

You must have given off some strange aura because getting swarmed by random employees often means they think you are trying to steal.

Source:  I used to work there.
37  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: September 02, 2013, 04:42:15 PM
If you think about it for a minute, it sounds like SE simply couldn't buy more servers, which explains this tremendous saturation. I mean, beta had no issues with capacity, and as they said, how many participants applied for it? All the marketing and the entire rework, investors probably said fuck you lets see some sales numbers before we start putting out more cash. First week sales come in, or more specifically,first week of rage from people threatening returns, and now they promise more servers. It really seems less like an SE fuck up and more like an SE investor fuck over.

Seems plausible.  They could also be trying to avoid having so many servers that inevitably when the new game feeling wears off and sub numbers drop (which happens to every MMO), that certain servers don't become a ghost town.  So they may be trying to forecast the right amount of servers to have for the long term and avoid issuing more than that.
38  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Inafune's latest project The Mighty No.9 looks Mega Rocking, man. on: September 02, 2013, 04:35:42 PM
That looks awesome.  I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
39  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: September 02, 2013, 04:30:22 PM
Well it took almost all summer but I'm finally at the end of my DBZ re-watch. On ep 281 currently. I'll never understand the magic of this show. After my recent viewing I can certainly say it is just plain bad. Objectively speaking I feel like I can't even make a good argument in its defense.

Yet despite all that is wrong with DBZ, I loved every minute! I don't know if it is purely an affinity for the Toriyama flavor that seasoned my youth that kept me so entertained but golly was this an enjoyable re-watch for me.
That is an interesting sentiment. A while back I read through the entire Dragonball manga just because, and my feelings afterwards were that it was an alright series, but nowhere near the pedestal that people put it on. Hell I felt that that the "DBZ" portion of the manga was incredibly weak. In the "DB" portion the fights were at least occasionally interesting and different with a good mix of unusual gimmicks, silly fights, and high stake matches. When the series hits DBZ, it becomes solely "who can hit harder" with basically no strategy beyond, I'm going to increase my power and hit you really hard. Further the large cast becomes pretty much pointless as basically only Goku is allowed to win minus one instance where Gohan wins and one instance where Vegeta wins. Beyond that everyone else there is just there to get beaten up and make Goku look awesome.

I think it stems from the fact that most other Shonen series are even worse about powerlevels than DBZ.

For quite awhile, Naruto was off to a good start in that regard but, from what I read in reviews, somewhere along the lines they decided to make Naruto God tier and increase his power exponentially every arc.
40  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: August 31, 2013, 03:04:27 PM
Well for those of you having trouble getting in and can at least get to the character select screen, I may have a solution for you as I figured out an interesting little trick last night because I couldn't get in and I really wanted to play.  It's nothing revolutionary, but it gets you in without having to physically sit there and keep trying to push log in over and over.

1-If you have an available arcade stick, plug it in to your computer before you boot up the game
2-calibrate it to whatever buttons in the game itself (doesn't really matter)
3-set turbo to whatever button is confirm/x and put something on it that is heavy enough to keep the button down.

The only downsides to this other than you can't use your PC during the process is you do have to check occasionally and make sure you didn't get thrown into a queue.  Around 6 minutes of doing this last night, I did it once manually and saw there was a queue to enter instead of 1017.

I don't know if it's necessary to go this far as I don't know how the 1017/queue system works, but it got me during peak times twice.
41  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XIV: ARR, a Thread Reborn on: August 30, 2013, 06:50:34 PM
Healer is indeed a thankless job.  The fact that the game runs 1tank, 1 heal, 2dps makes me wonder if DPS queue times eventually get excessively long (like WoW, which has 3 dps instead of 2).

42  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: It's Kevadu's annual PAX thread! on: August 30, 2013, 06:46:30 PM
What are you wearing tomorrow? Ill see if I can find you.

Oh, you're going to be there?

I'm probably just going to be wearing a T-shirt and shorts, like tens of thousands of other attendees.  That may not be the most reliable method...

Nope, but I'll look at after pictures.  and watch the Q&A Stream.
43  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: It's Kevadu's annual PAX thread! on: August 29, 2013, 08:16:46 PM
Unfortunately the weather looks like shit this weekend.  This is the first time I can recall not having nice weather on PAX weekend...

Wonder what the crazy people who line up outside overnight just to get in the exhibit hall first are going to do...

What are you wearing tomorrow? Ill see if I can find you.
44  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: August 29, 2013, 08:11:55 PM
GOLD 5 BABY



congrats.
45  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: The NEW Game Journal on: August 28, 2013, 04:09:56 PM
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Is great, fun fot the whole family or alone. This along with Puppeteer are the only two games that I intend to buy that are not afraid to be games instead "art" or a "interactive narrative experiences". Sure those are great when they can do it decently but goddamn, sometimes I just want to feel good and enjoy the experience for the sake of it.

The thing with Rayman Origins is how effortlessly it pulled off being art by /not even trying to be art/.

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The time part isn't too bad as the game, iirc, tells you their schedule.  Finding them can be a pain in the ass though...

Daschrier and Natros were talking Amalur, not Xenoblade :vvvvVVVvvVVvv

Wait you mean there aren't mountain trolls in xenovlade??  Dunno why I thought they were talking about Xenoblade.

My damn wrist hurts.  Rested it all day Monday and most of today by typing and mouse using all left handed... tired of resting it.
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