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301  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: February 27, 2012, 04:40:17 PM
I'd never ask someone to go in my place to a midnight release unless I couldn't go/gave them a huge incentive. :P

If you do .... can you pick me up a copy of MLB the Show 12 while you are there? Pleeeease? :-)
302  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: February 27, 2012, 04:26:58 PM
Game definitely kept me up last night - only got 5 hours of sleep which is brutal for an old man like me!

Looking forward to getting out of here in a bit and firing it back up!
303  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: BioWare writer - I have a vagooo, your argument is invalid on: February 22, 2012, 12:42:39 PM
I thought DA2 sucked, but good grief this is ridiculous.
304  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: February 21, 2012, 03:25:05 PM
That does remain to be seen. However the game I find this reminds me of most is Torchlight insofar as I just love playing it and look forward to playing. I guess to some Torchlight was forgettable in that it had no story and the gameplay by some is considered derivative. What some call "derivative" I call perfected and I still find myself playing Torchlight regularly just for how much FUN it is. I'm getting that same vibe with Amalur, although there are actually some really interesting narrative elements to Amalur that Torchlight does not have.

But it is a possibility - will be difficult to judge the staying power until time has passed.
305  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: February 21, 2012, 02:10:14 PM
I'll just weigh in briefly and say this is easily the most FUN I've had with a game since Torchlight. I'm absolutely loving it and would probably have rated it even higher than Stephen did in his review.

I don't think there is anything average about the gameplay in this one at all - the level of customization, the beautiful loot system, the way you can make the game harder or easier for yourself not just with difficulty settings but respeccing to unfamiliar styles - I'm just absolutely loving it.
306  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Happy Valentines Day to all the lovely ladies of RPGFan... on: February 18, 2012, 01:58:53 AM
Well, I'm not a huge fan of Christmas or its commercialization either. I celebrate it but it's typically really low-key. I'm probably abrnormal though - I haven't celebrated a thing in the last six, seven years, not even my birthday. :P

Fair enough. Your next birthday I am making an excuse to par-tay!
307  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Happy Valentines Day to all the lovely ladies of RPGFan... on: February 17, 2012, 02:01:13 PM
Nicely done PM! I also love Valentine's Day. I try to do stuff regularly to let my wife know I care, but Valentine's Day can be an awesome excuse to really go all out. What's not to like about a built in reason to tell somebody you dig them? Obviously you can and should do it other days, but it's just as fun on Valentine's Day.

I wonder why people dig Christmas, which is insanely commercialized by just about every industry on the planet, but there seems to be this more general hatred for Valentine's Day even though it is commercialized by businesses I wouldn't typically think of as being monsters - like flower shops and candy makers as opposed to toy manufacturers.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT - this really got away from me in a hurry.
308  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Happy Valentines Day to all the lovely ladies of RPGFan... on: February 15, 2012, 11:40:50 AM
I had champagne poured, some ridiculous dance movie rented and buffered, and dinner cooking for when my wife got home. I honestly can not remember the last time I cooked anything. I absolutely despise cooking. But it was nice to see the wife so surprised and later relaxed.

She got me a bunch of peanut butter and chocolate candies from my absolute favorite local candy place that makes all its own stuff (http://www.govatoschocolates.com/). I am ashamed to say I ate the entire box.
309  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Happy Valentines Day to all the lovely ladies of RPGFan... on: February 14, 2012, 11:04:06 AM
Anybody doing anything fun?
310  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Loot and all about it on: February 13, 2012, 07:49:39 PM
That random generator in D2? Take that and make it twice as awesome, add in tons of unique items on top of it, and you have Torchlight.
311  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Loot and all about it on: February 13, 2012, 07:13:35 PM
Torchlight = Perfect
312  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Megaupload seized / shut down on: February 09, 2012, 06:33:46 PM
I think "dishonest" is the wrong word. Precisely because there are so many mitigating factors, regression analysis seems to me to be the only legit way to isolate the variables here.

Regardless I think it becomes more and more difficult to hold the viewpoint that "piracy doesn't affect sales". I doubt very strongly it is the ONLY reason sales are down, but I am finding it increasingly difficult to believe it plays NO factor.
313  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Megaupload seized / shut down on: February 09, 2012, 01:59:32 PM
Funny timing this - was sent a really excellent NY Times op ed piece that also contains a link to a University of Texas study on piracy effects. This isn't the be all, end all of such research but the evidence is certainly not pretty for the pro-piracy side.

The NYT piece: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/05/opinion/sunday/perpetual-war-digital-pirates-and-creators.html?_r=1&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

The research paper: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1932518&download=yes

The author of the paper is a professor of economics at the University of Texas and has done a number of research papers on this topic over the years. Again, not the be all end all, but the case is pretty compelling.
314  The Rest / General Discussions / Thanks Eric! on: February 08, 2012, 02:35:54 PM
http://www.rpgfan.com/news/2012/1127.html

As you guys may have seen, our illustrious Editor in Chief of many years has officially stepped aside today. I just wanted to personally thank Eric for all the years I enjoyed as a reader and the time I've enjoyed so far as an Editor. We've got a fantastic new EiC with John stepping in and there are definitely great times to come, but anyone who has enjoyed the site for these past several years should be appreciative of Eric's efforts.

Thanks for everything Eric!
315  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur on: February 02, 2012, 12:22:58 AM
If you have a moral objection to the way this game is being offered, then don't buy it. Talk with your dollars. I have no problem with that.

But I expect the same respect for anybody who chooses to buy it.
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