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Comment: Other MMOs (Score 1) 92

by rivendahl (#27745897) Attached to: The Frontier of the MMO Genre

I prefer Guild Wars. It's a one time subscription fee that's getting lower over time. Currently, you can spend $20 to get the core game. I own all of campaigns and play them like a casual game. I don't want xp, material, or gold grinding. I want a compelling environment and story that doesn't hold me back because I didn't reach level X.

Besides, I tried WoW and didn't like it. I like Blizzard. I love the Diablo series (mostly because it was unapologetic about being hack and slash, though I'm usually a fan of hack and slash). I thought WC was ok, and SC was pretty darn cool. I can't wait for D3; that's gonna be awesome.

BTW: GW just celebrated 4 years, updated tons of content (though I'm concerned about the rather large "micro" payments for some of it), and have surpassed 6 million units sold. I don't know how that translates into active players though. Plus, they just went live on Steam with all three main campaigns for $50.

Just my $.02 (the non Verizon math 2 cents).

Comment: Target consumers anyone? (Score 1) 858

by rivendahl (#27405329) Attached to: Mac Tax, Dell Tax, HP Tax

Here's what mom would ask: what's the cheapest thing I can get to do what I want? Well, what do you want? Internet, photos, maybe some CD's I doubt movies but that would be nice I guess.

So, what's the cheapest laptop or PC? Usually it's Linux or Windows based (with Linux beating out, generally).

That's my $.02. (don't forget the Verizon conversion tables to accurately account for pricing).

Comment: Re:really, no Left 4 Dead? (Score 1) 57

by rivendahl (#27276269) Attached to: The Survival of Survival Horror

I would certainly like to play a game like this. I play Guild Wars a lot as I don't like WoW. I wouldn't mind trying an MMO similar to GW where a small band of people go out gather supplies, salvage what they can, return and give to the greater good. Economy would be difficult, weapons would be hard, ammo and such, so perhaps a profession and barter system where one person specializes in making ammo and another in armor or weapons. It would be nice if it were also buy once play forever rather than monthly fees like GW. In fact, until GW I avoided MMO's because of the monthly fee.


+ - Americans no longer dating abroad ?

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jacquesm writes "According to this press release it is now illegal for Americans to date foreign women online without first going through a detailed background check. The law was challenged and upheld by a federal judge. This means that before you even get the chance to talk to person from abroad you will have to divulge all kinds of very sensitive personal information. And all this ostensibly to protect the foreign women from abuse by potential American spouses. Never mind that according to this study the rate of such abuse is only 1/7th the rate of domestic abuse by Americans vs other Americans."

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