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Final Fantasy XIV Subscriptions Returning, PS3 Version In 2012

Sage Gaspar Re:I'll give them a chance IF... (96 comments)

As someone who bought and played FFXIV at launch, I'll give them a chance again but there needs to be universal improvement. Heck, even the sign-up/account management for Final Fantasy XI and XIV is the most convoluted thing possible - there are a handful of usernames, passwords, emails etc.. that, when I was there, was a world away from the easy sign-ups of any other MMORPG. I wanted to use my old FFXI account again, but between my "SquareEnix Online", "PlayOnline", "Square.com" etc... accounts I couldn't even find the right place to query for my forgotten login data. Convoluted and one hasn't even logged into the game.

It probably sounds like some extreme whining to the outside observer, but I really couldn't believe how complicated their sign-up process was in FFXI. I played it near when it was first released and I thought it was okay, but I had to spend a lot of time on school and wasn't really hooked on it so I put it aside. When I went to give it another try again later I simply could not find my log-in credentials or what service I needed to look them up. There were like three different accounts involved.

Sorry guys, but I'm not spending hours trying to retrieve account info. I'll go play one of the other nearly identical games. I think rule one of business is to make it very easy for the customer to give you money.

more than 2 years ago
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Final Fantasy XIV Subscriptions Returning, PS3 Version In 2012

Sage Gaspar Re:Everyone scrambling (96 comments)

More telling for Sony MMOs is that EQ2, which has been on the model of one expansion per year since launch, is instead releasing some shady no-content expansion in a month and they've released next to no information about it, including pre-orders or anything.

It's not necessarily TOR as that there are so many options available now and it's at the point in most of their lifecycles that customers are really getting bored with them. It's time for real third generation MMOs to come out. Guild Wars 2 looks to be the only game really innovating thus far, though TOR has some interesting story stuff going on and Planetside 2 will at least be a genre that hasn't had much play outside of the original Planetside.

more than 2 years ago
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Top Final Fantasy XIV Devs Replaced, PS3 Version Delayed

Sage Gaspar Re:Uh, dude, that just makes it sound worse (89 comments)

Beating up rat after rat after rat is a boring job for obsessive-compulsives. Most of us put up with that as filler, to see the next piece of the story, get the next reassurance that we're the great saviour of the furbolg race, or just the next achievement.

What passes for content otherwise in these games is a boring job for obsessive-compulsives too. The stories are very simple and hours of gameplay can be condensed into maybe a paragraph of actual events. Killing a hard boss for the first time maybe, but mostly the fights are predictable enough that even the slow folks get it with enough repetition. Evenly matched PvP fights sure, but most MMOs are set up that you're always facing a gear or numbers disparity.

I kind of prefer an honest grind to one with a thin layer of delusion covering it. I mean in EQ1 for a hardcore grind group you'd need to break an area using all kinds of pulling techniques, and if you got too many in camp at once by accident your group would need to go into overdrive throwing out mezzes and debuffs and heals, maybe offtanking. Interaction with other players meant all this was never entirely under your control. In a way it was more challenging than some of the scripted boss fights these days.

more than 3 years ago
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Xbox Head Proclaims Blu-ray Dead

Sage Gaspar Re:If indeed, truly sad news (547 comments)

To be fair, NWN2 is through the Atari store which is among the worst downloadable game stores. The giant red flag is when you check out they ask you to pay for an "extended download service" if you want to be able to download your game more than a month or two in the future. In years of downloading many, many games, the only ones that have caused me problems at all were NWN2, Battlefield 2142, and to some extent FFIX, which were all through smaller publisher stores.

more than 3 years ago
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School District Drops 'D' Grades

Sage Gaspar Re:Will it really matter? (617 comments)

That was my experience from high school eight years ago. I had a buddy who repeated english several times and was eventually held back from graduating for a year until he got it done, but they didn't stop him from advancing to senior year with our class.

more than 4 years ago
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School District Drops 'D' Grades

Sage Gaspar Re:How about... (617 comments)

The point is that we want passing students to get most of the problems correct. Trust me when I say the entire scale is used in my classes, there are people that get everything from 0 to 60, but if you get below a 60 in my course it equates to consistently demonstrating lack of understanding of the material, which means failure. We don't differentiate degrees of failure because they all have the same consequence.

more than 4 years ago
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Louisiana, Intelligent Design, and Science Classes

Sage Gaspar Re:This is clearly a hoax (989 comments)

What's god made of? Where does god live? How does god interact with the universe? Does god have a gender? If so, does god mate? Does god need to eat? How does god deal with entropy? What's the earliest thing god remembers? In short, what about god have you tested, documented and explained? When you provide me with that then god will move into the realm of science and will cease to be just a belief.

Teaching beliefs in a science classroom is just teaching kids how to twist facts to fit their viewpoint. The exact opposite of science. But sure, let's do it. Then let's also teach science from the equally valid viewpoint of an apathetic nihilist. Who gives a shit what your grade is or what we know, we're all going to die and it doesn't mean anything! Then we can teach science from the perspective of a fundamentalist muslim, maybe introduce some patriarchy into the classroom and throw out some burkas so the genetically inferior gender can cover up. Why stop there? Let's teach faith based economics where we rip up our checkbooks and let god sort it out.

more than 4 years ago
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TI vs. Calculator Hobbyists, Again

Sage Gaspar Re:NO NOT MATH (417 comments)

I use glorified calculators all the time. I actually wrote a program to prove something numerically. I use computational tools to approximate roots and solve systems of equations. Being a mathematician doesn't mean you never see a number again. Without calculators a lot of us would have to spend a significant amount of time poring over log tables and using numerical techniques by hand.

more than 4 years ago
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BioWare On Why Making a Blockbuster Game Is a Poor Goal

Sage Gaspar Re:I blame World of Warcraft. (192 comments)

Why do you need to compete with an MMO? People don't play them to the exclusion of everything else. Especially at this point in the development cycle when most of the content has been out a long time and everyone's just waiting for the next expansion to drop.

more than 4 years ago
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Holiday E-Commerce DDoS Attack Hits EC2 Cloud

Sage Gaspar Re:Slashdot, now slower than all the major commerc (75 comments)

Why not? If it's a story you already have seen you can take a pass, if not then you get to see it and can comment on it which is the main reason behind Slashdot!

more than 4 years ago
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The Limits To Skepticism

Sage Gaspar Re:Proof by assertion (1093 comments)

There's a whole lot of possibilities: find evidence for, show, demonstrate. For what it's worth I find it a little pedantic but I've seen increasing amounts of people confused about the scientific method itself. Scientists being more careful with their terminology might give the hucksters less ammunition about the requisite degree of rigor to "prove" something in science.

more than 4 years ago
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Judges Can't "Friend" Lawyers in Florida

Sage Gaspar Re:Not for teens anymore? (138 comments)

It's fun to see what other people are doing occasionally and how they look now if you haven't seen them in a while. I "run into" friends and colleagues from across the country that I haven't seen in forever and have the opportunity to reconnect if I want. It lets me keep track of phone numbers and addresses without keeping a book or having to update it in the very frequent case that they change. Birthdays too! It's very low maintenance and unlike Myspace the form is standardized so I don't end up constantly running into giant flashing gifs, yellow-on-orange-on-Magic Eye backgrounds and music blasting out of my computer.

If you don't dig it that's cool but it is a very useful tool for me.

more than 4 years ago
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Pirates as a Marketplace

Sage Gaspar Re:EA is a pirate! (214 comments)

I had the same problem with BF2142, or at least a very similar one. Their stupid EA downloader thing kept fucking up until I just threw up my hands and stopped playing eventually, then a year later when I went to try it again I couldn't get my account working right. One of the reasons I only buy games through Steam now.

more than 4 years ago
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Super Strength Substance Approaching Human Trials

Sage Gaspar Re:I hope it never becomes available to normal peo (425 comments)

There's hundreds of machines, technologies, chemicals and medicines you implicitly rely on every day to save what required backbreaking labor in centuries past. I'm sure no pill is going to be able to completely replace exercise anyway.

more than 4 years ago
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New WoW Patch Brings Cross-Server Instances

Sage Gaspar Re:They're making the game far too easy (342 comments)

So the fun of the game is having to run across the world when you're too high level, stocking up on drinks and waiting for mana to regen, stupid clerical crap like tossing around who's leader so they can mark stuff?

more than 4 years ago
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Become Your Own Heir After Being Frozen

Sage Gaspar Re:eternal life: "can" does not mean "should" (375 comments)

Damn skippy I would, yes it would suck to lose people and there'd probably be some depression and disorientation and culture shock, but you'd be alive and vital to experience a whole new world instead of dead and rotting. Then again I don't assign special meaning to life beyond its experience, if I was very spiritual my answer might be different.

more than 4 years ago
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In the UK, a Plan To Criminalize Illegal Downloaders

Sage Gaspar Re:media types (382 comments)

The problem is that no matter what you or I do there will always be people out there sharing files in large quantities. The data on how many will always be ambiguous and pretty easy to manipulate. If the record or music industry take a big blow, they will pretty much always be able to spin it as losses caused by pirating as they're doing now.

about 5 years ago
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School System Considers Jamming Students' Phones

Sage Gaspar Re:back in my day (785 comments)

I had good teachers but I did find that the administrators and most especially the "lunch ladies" were fantastic at marginalizing the fringe students. I had a bit of a temper as a kid and when people would try to start shit with me I'd give it to them right back. Invariably I'd find myself sitting on the time out hill or in the principal's office while little Johnny whose mom was on the school board or whatever got to go back to recess. They even pulled me out of class occasionally to play a fruity board game with some school psychologist about my feelings and emotions.

The funny thing is as an adult if another adult was throwing punches at me or punting kickballs hard into my head people wouldn't look at me with bug eyes if I got up in their faces, but as a kid they put me under a microscope since I was reacting in kind. I can't particularly blame the other kids either since, well, they're kids. The people in charge should know better.

about 5 years ago
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British Library Puts Oldest Surviving Bible Online

Sage Gaspar Re:Written Before Christianity Was PAGANIZED (568 comments)

Science is a method for ascertaining properties of the universe by making physical observations. It certainly does not explain everything. It is, however, the best tool that we have. There are things that we as humans may never know or could never know but that doesn't mean we need to just make shit up to fill in the gaps. I don't know who made the lunch I ordered today but that doesn't mean god conjured me a sandwich.

more than 5 years ago

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EverQuest 2 developer leaks exploits to guild

Sage Gaspar Sage Gaspar writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Sage Gaspar (688563) writes "An EverQuest 2 developer was caught forwarding a player-submitted bug report containing an exploit to his personal guild and offering to "look the other way". The exploit made one of the hardest raid encounters in the game into a relative pushover, granting easy access to epic weapons, one of this expansion's most-hyped features. This comes on the heels of another scandal involving developers inside a top raiding guild providing detailed information about the final encounter of this expansion, enabling that guild to bring the encounter down first, within hours of when it was patched to be killable.

Also of controversy is the method by which the developer abuse was revealed: the administrator of the EQ2Flames message board digging through the developer's private messages, a violation of his own policies. This comes in reaction to the EQ2 Community Manager's decision to completely withdraw from interaction with EQ2Flames, the largest EQ2 fansite and a rough-and-tumble free speech zone. The admin claims that the community team participated in slander and reneged on an agreement for an exclusive preview of upcoming content, leading him to engage in the Wild West-style community justice for which the website is infamous."

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EverQuest 2 Developers Leak Strategies to Guild

Sage Gaspar Sage Gaspar writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Sydney Carton (688563) writes "In response to a decision yesterday by Sony Online Entertainment's EverQuest 2 management to cut off contact with the notorious fan-run forum EQ2Flames, players began outing the developers' characters. Among the characters revealed were several within one of the game's top raiding guilds, which claimed a worldwide first kill of the hardest encounter currently in-game within the last week. Unfortunately for them, EQ2Flames posters also got their hands on an e-mail from one of the developers within the guild using their inside knowledge to explain the encounter down to the smallest minutiae.

Created as a free speech zone to oppose the increasingly draconian moderation on the official forums, the Flames site attracts a large portion of the community, and many of them are wondering what other improprieties are lurking behind the scenes in the wake of this scandal and another recent issue involving against-policy character transfers pushed through by development. Can the apple fall far from the tree even in the entertainment branch of Sony?"

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Sage Gaspar Sage Gaspar writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Sage Gaspar (688563) writes "HBO picked up the rights to produce a television adaptation of George R.R. Martin's epic Song of Ice and Fire fantasy book series. "The series will begin with the 1996 first book, A Game of Thrones, and the intention is for each novel (they average 1,000 pages each) to fuel a season's worth of episodes," according to Variety.

Martin confirmed the announcement in his personal blog."

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