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World of Warcraft Goes Free With Starter Edition

snuf23 Re:Yeah, but they gimped it so bad it's worthless (244 comments)

A lot less. I raid twice a week, 3 hours a night. Some weeks that's all I play. The most is maybe 15 hours a week, for some dungeons after raid time or on Sunday nights. I typically log on two to three nights a week. Most of my guild members average about the same although we do have a group that play MUCH more (multiple raid capable character, achievement seekers, pet collectors etc.).

more than 3 years ago

Sony Shutting Down Star Wars Galaxies MMO and TCG

snuf23 Re:Huh? No dedicated user ran servers? Not buying (142 comments)

You know the WoW server emulators don't handle most scripted events (such as raid encounters). It isn't really the same thing. There's also the fact that gear can be modified and made deliberately over powered by people running the private server. Not much fun to PVP if mr. admin has a one-shot-and-you're-dead bat.

Private servers make sense for simpler games like FPS (although cheating can still be an issue) but not as much for MMOs. They're okay if you want to dick around but they don't replicate the experience of the MMO fully (at least in most cases) and they generally aren't running on server and network setups that can handle the kind of load that a large company can handle.

They aren't games in the sense of I bought the box and I have it forever. They are SERVICES and like other services, when the moneys no longer there to be made they tend to get shutdown.

more than 3 years ago

Notch Announces Minecraft 'Adventure Update'

snuf23 Re:Minecraft vs. Terraria (142 comments)

I agree that Terraria has more game elements but it's far less compelling as a sandbox to build things. Constructed environments can't be as complex or interesting in two dimensions, and of course this is nothing like redstone circuits in Terraria.

Also as far as the content in Terraria, it doesn't really have THAT much. There are only 3 bosses, all of which can be soloed without the top gear (better gear makes it easier but you don't need the best in the game to kill them). I got kind of bored with just loot farming when I already had good enough items to defeat everything in the game. Even so, it's a lot of fun and easily worth the ten bucks.

With Minecraft I didn't find the combat to be interesting. In fact I found it annoying to have to stop whatever construction project I was working on to go hide inside for the night or risk having a creeper blow up my building. When I want to concentrate on building stuff, I usually turn the monsters off. The "game" portion to me is less interesting than the sand box play.

I love both Minecraft and Terraria but for different reasons. Despite some similarities they don't play the same and each game has its own strengths.

more than 3 years ago

Average Gamer Is 37 Years Old

snuf23 Re:Stereotypes are true? (295 comments)

Prior to the first commercial ISPs the Internet wasn't available to the general public. Military, government, educational organizations yes, Joe public, no. My first exposure to the Internet was through Usenet via UUCP dumps to personal BBS systems. It wasn't until I got a university account that I had access to the Internet proper.

The first commercial ISPs came in the early 90s with the rise of the web and HTTP. You are right in saying that the Internet was around, but the commercial Internet was not. If you were in your early 20s in the early 90s and could spell the word "computer" odds are you worked at some company associated to the early Internet boom. I know I did. I know all my friends did. Whether it was at ISPs or infrastructure or at companies that build on top of it such as Yahoo and Google.

more than 3 years ago

Court Rules Passwords+Secret Questions=Secure eBanking

snuf23 why not use some sort of authenticator? (284 comments)

I find it odd that Blizzard offers more security for a World of Warcraft account than your average bank.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Adventure Game To Start With?

snuf23 Re:If you want a Diablo-like game (480 comments)

You underestimate 10 year olds. Sure there are lots of ways to min/max class builds and gear in Titan Quest but you can get through it without an intimate understanding of the mechanics. It's not really more complex than the games I played when I was ten years old (Ultima series for example). I would have loved Titan Quest's depictions of mythology and the classical Greek and Egyptian environments when I was a kid.

I agree with Torchlight as a move up from Fate though. Easy co-op and nice cartoony graphics. Doesn't require a lot of horsepower to run.

more than 3 years ago

Nintendo Announces Wii Successor for 2012

snuf23 Re:Sony and Microsoft have no answer (287 comments)

"Both flavors of Cell processor are only slightly customized from IBM's other Cell offerings."

I think the word you are looking for is Power, not Cell. The SPE processors and interconnect bus were the big difference in the Cell architecture. The CPU in Cell and the Xenon chip are Power architecture as for that matter is the Wii's CPU.

more than 3 years ago

Nintendo Announces Wii Successor for 2012

snuf23 Re:Makes sense. (287 comments)

If you want to buy or rent a game and play it at your home with people at your home, you can do this with both the PS3 and the Xbox 360 without additional cost. Online play for the PS3 is free, the PS network plus paid option adds additional features but is not necessary (I don't use it). Online multiplayer on the Xbox 360 is a paid only option - so in that case you are correct.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Remove Samba From OS X 10.7 Because of GPLv3

snuf23 Re:Prevents Tivoization (1075 comments)

iWork supports WebDAV. Most other applications require syncing through iTunes.

more than 3 years ago

The Decline and Fall of System Administration

snuf23 Re:Hyperviser (500 comments)

The cloud gui I use has version control, history and version diffing for all scripts. If for whatever reason I don't want to use the gui anymore I can just pull the scripts and roll it the old way.

more than 3 years ago

Winter weather this year has been ...

snuf23 Re:Australia! (439 comments)

Snow on Mauna Kea doesn't really put a damper on things in Hawaii, unless I guess if you are an astronomer.

more than 3 years ago

Spam Text Prematurely Blows Up Suicide Bomber

snuf23 Re:Oh, I laughed when I read this (573 comments)

Expressing disdain for the practice of suicide bombing does not say anything about that person's opinion on using drone aircraft strikes or manned aircraft strikes or assault with an army of bazooka laden smurfs for that matter.

more than 3 years ago

Why BioWare's Star Wars MMO May Already Be Too Late

snuf23 Re:Tabula Rasa (328 comments)

Sid Meier started out with flight sims in the early 80s, well before Civilization. Spitfire Ace, Hellcat Ace and Solo flight as well as the submarine simulator Silent Service. The first game with his name on the box was Pirates though.

more than 3 years ago

NASA Names Best & Worst Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

snuf23 Re:Psst? They kinda ARE qualified in science (610 comments)

Uh, that it's okay to be a planet destroying mass murderer just so long as you have a change of heart at the last moment?

more than 3 years ago

Interpol Issues Wanted Notice For Julian Assange

snuf23 Re:Bullshit (1020 comments)

As a man, if I was really drunk and had sex with someone and then in the morning was disgusted by the act could I then claim rape?

I fail to see the difference between that and your example using a woman.

Of course as a man I would be laughed out of court.

Also I find the implication that a drunk woman having sex is any different than a drunk man to be degrading to women. You are implying that women are weak and if they do something stupid they aren't able to take the responsibility for it.

more than 3 years ago

Ozzy Osbourne's Genome Reveals Some Neanderthal Lineage

snuf23 Re:Rich (151 comments)

Yeah except that with street drugs (in particular heroin and morphine analogues) you can get dramatically different doses. Shoot up an especially pure substance and you can immediately OD. No one buys a bottle of wine and dies because it's extra potent.

The same can be true of purity of stimulants. Cocaine and amphetamine overdoses can cause cardiac arrest.

Besides if you are partying like Ozzy you probably don't just use one substance at a time. Using cocaine and alcohol at the same time can be very dangerous. You can get very high blood alcohol levels without feeling anywhere near as drunk.

I'm not trying to downplay alcohol or tobacco but it's hardly fair to say that other drugs aren't as dangerous.

more than 3 years ago

Greg 'Ghostcrawler' Street, Lead Systems Designer For World of Warcraft

snuf23 Re:No (175 comments)

Except that every class gets hit with the nerf or buff bat over time. So rerolling to be the uber flavor of the week ends up being a waste of time when the inevitable nerf comes along. I'm not talking about huge nerfs, oftentimes a single talent or ability that is overpowered can have a huge effect.

more than 3 years ago

Greg 'Ghostcrawler' Street, Lead Systems Designer For World of Warcraft

snuf23 Re:The game is so tempting (175 comments)

Some of the current item level 264 crafted items are superior to anything outside of 25 man heroic ICC (which a lot of people will never see outside of lootship). Of course there are only worthwhile recipes for a couple of item slots per tier, so yeah you can't deck yourself out in crafted items alone.

more than 3 years ago

Greg 'Ghostcrawler' Street, Lead Systems Designer For World of Warcraft

snuf23 Re:Damage Meters built into client (175 comments)

Healing addons make for a much more streamlined experience but the in game raid frames can be used with mouseover macros as well. Yes, this requires something beyond the default ui, but it's not a full addon. Clique essentially makes this even easier to implement so there isn't really any reason to roll your own macros.

Instead of using key modifiers you mouseover the persons raid frame and press one of your ability keys. I prefer Healbot myself but I know healers that solely use mouseover macros and the default raid frames.

more than 3 years ago


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