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1636  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: PETA = proud suppliers of simulated Thanksgiving butchering. on: November 17, 2008, 10:48:20 PM
That was fucking hilarious.
1637  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Watchmen trailer! on: November 14, 2008, 05:43:28 PM
Trailer took forever to load for me, but yeah, I agree I really don't like Rorschach's voice. For some reason I always imagined he'd sound like The Blank from Dick Tracy. =P
1638  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Watchmen trailer! on: November 14, 2008, 02:03:26 AM
It's rated R; for me that's a good sign, that they're taking chances and not doing some bullshit editing just so they can get the main target audience for comic book movies.

Watchmen was a pretty multi-layered comic though- I doubt a single movie can do the plot justice. No matter what, I don't think people are going to be satisfied.
1639  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Losfer brings you another recently announced, high quality film. on: November 13, 2008, 11:18:57 PM
There's a lot of movies that sound stupid but end up being alright, and plenty of movies that sounds awesome but end up sucking ass. As long as this movie doesn't take itself too seriously I'm sure it can be a fun time.
1640  The Rest / General Discussions / I'm Batman. And I can SUE MYSELF. on: November 13, 2008, 06:03:39 AM
http://www.variety.com/VR1117995653.html

Wouldn't you consider it a pretty bad idea to file a lawsuit against a guy who's known for beating the shit out of people to gather clues?
1641  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: China's about to slap MMO gold sellers with the tax bat. on: November 09, 2008, 10:30:40 PM
Uh, not exactly. How many MMOs have you played? Gold farming, from all my MMO experiences, isn't something that's mandatory- the only thing it does it let you get gear that is much better than the cheaper alternatives you could use that that level, or it lets you buy something off the auction house instead of questing/treasure hunting for it yourself, which would take more time.
1642  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: China's about to slap MMO gold sellers with the tax bat. on: November 08, 2008, 07:05:01 PM
The good thing about WoW is that gold doesn't seem to be nearly as important as other games put currency in. Most of the best stuff is soulbound stuff that doesn't cost a penny, if I'm not mistaken.
1643  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: China's about to slap MMO gold sellers with the tax bat. on: November 08, 2008, 02:59:04 PM
Considering how gil seller is profitable enough that they actually keep coming back even though we get monthly gil sellers bans in FFXI, I don't think this tax is going to make it go anywhere. If anything this is only a good thing, gold selling wouldn't go away if it was "legitimate" or not, as long as people are willing to pay the absurd prices they set for it.
1644  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: China's about to slap MMO gold sellers with the tax bat. on: November 08, 2008, 07:08:06 AM
That's lame, but this is a communist nation we're talking about. I'm surprised they didn't do this earlier.

What does being communist have anything to do with taxing a business that makes so much money?

And really, a lot of gold farmers in China work in sweatshop-type stores and don't make that much money- it's the companies that buy the money in bulk like IGE that makes the absurd amounts of cash off of it. This will probably raise the prices on gold and online currency, so it can only be a good thing I suppose.

As far as terms of service goes, it's all up to the game creators themselves to make sure they have people to uphold the policies and ban the gold sellers/farmers. If the economy is going to hell in a video game, usually I would just blame the creators for not taking any action. This was very apparent in FFXI- the instant the company started actually giving a damn about gil sellers and banning them, the economy problem fixed itself slowly.
1645  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: November 05, 2008, 02:28:26 PM
If you play MNK, you're gonna want to level WAR eventually anyway- you need Warrior as a subjob once you reach level 18 (Which is when you get a subjob).

Did some random killing in Sacrarium and I got one of these babies:


Also went for a Dynamis run with Beacon for the first time, and i got a crappy AF2 item.
Well, it was free, so I'm not complaining (If you consider using 5 friggin' charges of a reraise hairpin as "free"). :P


I took a picture of some of my sky LS peeps. This was the best picture I could get since people didn't really want to gather, I suppose. We did Kirin and got absolutely garbage drops- I'm not even gonna bother posting it.


My second chocobo has grown to adolescence...

And it's going to be black. Hmm.
1646  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Official U.S. Election Thread on: November 05, 2008, 02:24:17 PM
Personally, I liked both Obama and McCain (Though Ron Paul is still awesome :P), but the deal breaker between those two for me was Palin.
1647  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: November 02, 2008, 11:12:00 AM
Trust me, if you're only around level 10, it's not worth transfering your character. =P

By the way, server transfer IS instant. It costs $30 and it is more or less instantaneous (Which is what has led to constant abuse of it by account hackers), but like I said, not worth it if you've only played a few hours.
1648  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: November 02, 2008, 07:55:01 AM
Pretty much all of us are on Leviathan, so you might want to come here unless you're on Alexander to play with your friends.
1649  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: More weird news ; "Japanese man petitions to marry comic-book character" on: November 01, 2008, 06:47:27 PM
I dunno, isn't "loving" a manga character is just as weird as loving any ideal person in our mind- because that ideal person is also a caricature, and is far from being human. Cartoons characters usually start with some idea of what kind of person they are...a physical description, a general personality- this is the same thing we describe whenever people ask us what kind of person would we be attracted to.

More related to the topic though, I'm not sure why they are even bothering to do this. If you want marriage as a spiritual bond it shouldn't matter whether the law sanctions it or not - the only reason the law should "allow" certain marriages is because it affects how these people will live together. Wouldn't be any different than before if you got married to a fictional character.
1650  Media / Multiplayer RPGs / Re: Final Fantasy XI - Journal! on: November 01, 2008, 06:26:19 PM
For you right now, you probably shouldn't have immediately ran out and started fighting stuff, though I suppose you can learn that way, it's just not as efficient probably. They added in a new introductory tutorial NPC for each nation, so you should check those out first. You'll also get some pretty nifty items that I wish I could have when I was starting out. Heh.

Selele      Windurst Woods (K-10)
Gulldago   Bastok Markets (D-11)
Alaune     Southern San d'Oria (G-10)

And yeah, potions are very rarely used in this game- they're usually only used for important instance battles, missions and such. For general adventuring and exploring you may carry some around but they're not worth relying on. I don't recall how to enable chat logging- I'm not sure if it's even possible. The game does have automatic chat logging in ...\PlayOnline\SquareEnix\FINAL FANTASY XI\TEMP, but I've never been able to figure out how to make my computer display the formatting coherently. Also if you want to keep them, you're gonna have to move it out every time, since I think they get deleted every time you log in.

The thing about MMOs is that there's never any real goals in the game aside from what you set for yourself. There's a lot to do in this game, but one of the problems FFXI has always had is that you need to be a high level to do a good amount of them, so I would focus mostly on grinding right now. You can do missions as they come along since they do have recommended levels to do them, if you're in a hurry to jump into the story- that's the crowning achievement of FFXI to me, really.

Guess I'll post a few links you can use as references later on.

http://www.playonline.com/ff11us/index.shtml
Main POL site, info on upcoming game updates and events, etc.

http://wiki.ffxiclopedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
This is the page I generally use for questions about specific quests, missions, or whatever.
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