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Game Review: Path of Exile (Video)

TriezGamer Re:Desync get worse. (177 comments)

The socket colors are influenced by the stat requirements of the item. Higher dex requirements produce more green socket. Str for red, int for blue. This means that as you get higher level, if you're running pure evasion gear, getting anything but green sockets becomes progressively more difficult. You can use a couple of off-color gems, as getting other socket colors isn't impossible, but if you're planning a build almost exclusively around blue and red gems while building for evasion your life is going to be hell. This is one of the biggest benefits hybrid armors have: It's far easier to get the colors you want.

Long-term planning is pretty much the answer to all problems in PoE. The problem for new players is not even knowing WHAT they need to plan around long-term.

about 10 months ago

In Iceland, Tap Cellphones To Avoid Incest

TriezGamer Re:Don't you know who your cousins are? (296 comments)

Sort-of close. 7 out of 100 tiles are some variant on Z in Polish Scrabble. I have no idea how important the distinction is between them, knowing nothing about Polish myself.

about a year and a half ago

Capcom Remastering DuckTales Game

TriezGamer Re:Fuck you Capcom, give us a Mega Man game... (94 comments)

Spoken like a spoiled child, really. We've ALREADY had two new Megaman games (Megaman 9 and Megaman 10 -- not to be confused with Megaman X) in the vein of the originals in the last five years. Given that they seem to have sold well, odds are they're also working on Megaman 11.

about a year and a half ago

Testing an Ad-Free Microtransaction Utopia

TriezGamer Where Microtransactions Cause Problems (248 comments)

Microtransactions on mobile devices -- and especially marketed towards children -- can be extremely problematic.

Even microtransactions in online games are getting out of hand, and they're arguably one of the few places where the model excels.

The problem is nickel-and-dime related. When you're not spending much, you don't realize how fast you're actually spending money. This is the reason a lot of people carry cash instead of plastic; it's less abstract.

I'm a big gamer, and many games I play operate on microtransaction models. Over the years, I've spent over $1000 on one game, and over $300 on another. Both games were technically free. Altogether microtransactions have probably cost me close to $6k.

about a year and a half ago

Driver Trapped In Speeding Car At 125 Mph

TriezGamer Re:It's called the key (1176 comments)

Handbrake at those speeds would either be useless, or suicidal. Even pulling the handbrake at lower speeds can be extremely dangerous.

about a year and a half ago

Xbox Originator: "Stupid, Stupid Xbox!!"

TriezGamer Re:Primary Problem? (245 comments)

You can access every game on your account from the guide, no need to fully drop to dashboard.

about a year and a half ago

Linux-Friendly Mini PC Fast Enough For Steam Games

TriezGamer Re:Slashvertisment 101 (93 comments)

Because that could NEVER be abused ...

about a year and a half ago

Xbox 720 Could Require Always-On Connection, Lock Out Used Games

TriezGamer Re:Always on = !on (592 comments)

It will be interesting to see how it is handled. Xbox Live Arcade already functions via both methods -- the original Xbox AND the LIVE account both can access the game (though if you're accessing it via your LIVE account on an Xbox other than the one it was purchased on, you have to have an active connection to LIVE when you launch the application.

Personally, I think this is a boneheaded move on Microsoft's part. I guarantee that if the console is cracked, piracy will run more rampant than ever before.

about a year and a half ago

Hotmail No Longer Accepts Long Passwords, Shortens Them For You

TriezGamer Re:Banks just as bad (497 comments) accounts are NOT as secure as they ought to be. Yes, two-factor authentication is good, but not everyone has access to it, and actual passwords are not case sensitive.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Found Calculators?

TriezGamer Re:Mod parent insightful (302 comments)

To a mild degree, I don't think the school's idea is a bad one. The problem is that it doesn't account for the difference between a student who fails to turn in 20% of assignments and a student who fails to turn in 80% of assignments. When I was in middle school, my home life was fucked by several deaths in the family and parental separation and divorce, and I frequently was completely unable to concentrate on school work. Prior, I had only ever gotten one grade that wasn't at least an A-.

It strongly affected my grades in a negative way. There were grade average requirements to participate in nearly anything, forcing the school to pull me out of extra-curricular activities that were actually keeping me sane because they got me away from the hell that was my home life. It was a death-spiral for my academic situation, and it led me to hating school, thus killing my motivation even further. I plummeted, the only classes I regularly did better than a C on were music classes -- things I could absorb myself in. My GPA averaged less than 1.5.

I never did get my shit together, and eventually dropped out of high school, getting a GED instead. There was certainly a lot of blame to be directed at myself, for my own inability to pull myself together and do the work -- but the effect of my home life, and the resultant attitudes and bad habits were a detriment to me for years. I believe that to some degree, they still affect me today.

Had my school had a policy like this in place -- even a limited one, allowing a pass on a percentage of work -- I think I'd be in a better place today.

about 2 years ago

Activision Blizzard Secretly Watermarking World of Warcraft Users

TriezGamer Re:Screw Actizard, contact (272 comments)

The biggest problem with the IAS nerf (which, as you said, needed to happen) was the failure to compensate with a subsequent buff to on-hit effects. Especially Life on Hit. Like you, I was built for IAS and had spent tons of gold on IAS equipment, and when the nerf hit, the attack speed wasn't what killed me -- it was the approximately 40% reduction in Life over time from my old attack speed that did me in.

about 2 years ago

Torchlight 2 Release Date: 20 September

TriezGamer Re:Path of Exile (61 comments)

As another PoE beta-tester, I can assure you, the online-only component is the only strike against it. The only thing you can buy with micro-transactions that could theoretically give you an advantage is more stash space ... of which they are already VERY generous with in the first place. The things you can buy are purely cosmetic -- items that alter how your skills look so you can have a custom visual style, or items that cause enemies to explode with excessive amounts of gore.

about 2 years ago

RapidShare Urges US To Punish Linking Sites and Not File-Sharing Sites

TriezGamer Re:War on Google (167 comments)

That's because Tuesday is a label for a specific day, and Wednesday is not a label for the same day - it is an inaccurate label. The point is that it doesn't matter what we label something as long as we all know what is being discussed. And in such a situation, arguing semantics just makes you look like a tool.

about 2 years ago

Assange Makes Statement Calling For an End To the "Witch Hunt"

TriezGamer Re:Courage (915 comments)

Are you saying it should? That was one of the most ridiculous 'scandals'.

about 2 years ago

Valve Shares Performance Numbers On Port of Left4Dead

TriezGamer Re:Whats the point of 300+ FPS (274 comments)

Wrong kind of buffer. He's referring to a buffer as in a safe-zone -- A buffer against performance hiccups. If your frame rate drops below 60 FPS even briefly, any system with VSYNC enabled instantly drops to 30 FPS to prevent screen-tearing until the FPS goes above 60 again.

more than 2 years ago

Feds Ban 'Buckyballs' Magnets

TriezGamer Re:How many... (820 comments)

A lot of people seem to ignore the fact that if the military were ordered to turn weapons on the civilians they are sworn to protect, the military would have to fight ITSELF before civilians even arrive on the scene.

more than 2 years ago

The Decline of Fiction In Video Games

TriezGamer Re:How about gameplay? (197 comments)

Are you sure? Blizzard issued a public apology for Diablo 3's lack of content.

more than 2 years ago

World's Hardest Sudoku

TriezGamer Re:Hard? (179 comments)

You forgot that each number must be between (and inclusive of) 1 through 9.

And that they all must be whole numbers.

more than 2 years ago

Linux Users Banned From Diablo III Servers

TriezGamer Re:Blizzard Casts Arcane Logic! Customer Is Stunne (518 comments)

I suppose you also bitched that Final Fantasy XI didn't have single player because all of the first ten games did.

The argument that D3 isn't a single-player game is sound. The previous iterations in the series are not relevant to the discussion. That I am aware of, at no point anywhere in the Diablo 3 interface or marketing is there ANY function, description or reference to a single-player mode.

more than 2 years ago

Nintendo's Big-Screen 3DS XL Meets Lukewarm Reception

TriezGamer Comfort? (192 comments)

My biggest issue with existing handhelds is the size. Sony's PSP and Nintendo's offerings have always been designed primarily for a Japanese market. As a result, my hamfisted hands can never hold one of these things comfortably, and even moderate duration play sessions cramp the hell out of my hands. With a larger overall size to the device, I'm hoping it will be significantly more comfortable.

more than 2 years ago


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