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Comment: Eve and DAoC (Score 1) 480

by Jaeph (#31231056) Attached to: Why Are There No Popular <em>Ultima Online</em>-Like MMOs?

As many have pointed out, Eve is a spiritual descendent of UO, and I think DAoC is as well.

I think the lessons from Eve and DAoC are very simple - you need "timeout" areas; places where people can go to avoid the full-on PvP. Eve also has consequences for being a pirate - you can't enter high-sec space anymore.

Finally, I think Eve has a skill & equipment system that allows new players to enter PvP fairly easy. Unlike most games, it's not simply "bigger=better"; all levels of ships have a role in combat, and quite frankly what you see in low-sec areas (I can't speak to 0.0) is mostly frigates, cruisers, and battle-cruiser classed ships.

So distinct pvp regions and an easy entry for low "level" players is what's necessary.


Comment: Re:Online gambling is a bad idea. (Score 1) 206

by Jaeph (#31061352) Attached to: Push To End Online Gambling Ban Gains Steam

It's nice and easy to label it all "risk-taking", but there is a distinction between betting on cards and buying houses. Quite honestly, I've never seen a problem with house-flipping; sure, there are probably marginal cases, but in general people buy houses that need real work done to them, do that work, then resell. Sounds completely above-board to me.


Comment: Re:Another game with no options (Score 1) 80

by Jaeph (#30684470) Attached to: <em>Dragon Age: Origins</em> Expansion Coming In March

I agree. My brother bought the game, and became bored very quickly and gave it to me. I got bored, forced myself to try again just to prove him wrong, and still got bored and was forced to agree with my sibling (no easy feat).

I don't recall ever feeling so railroaded in gaming in all my life. This game represents some of the worst traits of a real-life dungeon-master.


Comment: Re:Job Reclaimation, not creation. (Score 1) 605

by Jaeph (#30583362) Attached to: Court Orders Shutdown of H-1B Critics' Websites

Don't put words in the parent's mouth. He said nothing against the buying and selling of goods across state borders. Just the import/export of workers and cracking down on illegal immigrants.

Personally, I'm still a bit unsure where I stand on these issues, but as I continue to see silly responses like yours, I know where I'm leaning.


Comment: Re:So get rid of healing (Score 1) 362

by Jaeph (#30489662) Attached to: Revisiting the "Holy Trinity" of MMORPG Classes

Make a game based around tanks, rogues, and wizards, each countering the other, each with limited self-healing capabilities and very limited AOEs. Blur the lines by allowing tanks to use crossbows, rogues to use bows, and wizards get to create awesome light-swords that cut through everything.

That's just one approach. Another is to allow some classes to deploy "mines" or create temporary "walls" (think necro from diablo creating a wall of bone).

Anyways, that's a couple off the top of my head that don't involve being just one in the crowd.


Comment: Re:Yes, Here's Why (Score 4, Informative) 1747

by Jaeph (#30390592) Attached to: The Science Credibility Bubble

Yes, but the emails show that the preexisting bias is on the climate-scientists side, not the skeptic's side.

Look, we have a group of people discussing the deletion of emails in response to a FOI request. They also discuss boycotting forums that publish an opposing point of view. That these items were even considered is all the sign we need that something is not kosher. Sure, the science may remain legitamite, but these particular scientists are not to be trusted. They are snake-oil salesman who at best may have lucked into the correct side of a debate.


Comment: Re:Not without the parents (Score 1) 801

by Jaeph (#30220504) Attached to: Obama Kicks Off Massive Science Education Effort

No, not at all.

It is *impossible* for the school to teach a student who is either a) not self-motivated, or b) motivated by a parent. IMPOSSIBLE.

If the schools get in the way of parents, then parents will be even less likely to do their jobs. Thus, I believe the schools should deliberately give back the reigns, teach the kids just like normal, and fail the kids who don't pass muster.


P.S. Parent writing this, in case the perspective matters.

The party adjourned to a hot tub, yes. Fully clothed, I might add. -- IBM employee, testifying in California State Supreme Court