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@  MEDdMI : (24 May 2019 - 07:40 AM)

They fight you with sparkles.

@  TheMightyMol... : (24 May 2019 - 03:40 AM)

Phyrexians are the bishie-est.

@  unluckiness : (24 May 2019 - 12:29 AM)

That's why they always wear long sleeved shirts and long pants

@  fourteenwings : (23 May 2019 - 11:36 PM)

Everybody knows the most bishie thing about any bishie is his exposed sinew.

@  MEDdMI : (23 May 2019 - 10:04 PM)

*looks up the humanoid slivers* ...really? People were calling those bishies?

@  TheMightyMol... : (23 May 2019 - 12:45 PM)

Have they made a sliver planeswalker yet?

@  RichardT1977 : (23 May 2019 - 10:29 AM)

"DECOMPOSE!"

@  Paladin : (23 May 2019 - 06:29 AM)

will they next evolve into Inhumanoids?

@  Ashley : (23 May 2019 - 02:42 AM)

the original slivers were spikey monsters. then the evolved into humanoids. now they're back to spikey bug monsters.

@  MEDdMI : (22 May 2019 - 10:42 PM)

Wait. Slivers were bishies???

@  unluckiness : (22 May 2019 - 10:40 PM)

They haven't necessarily looped yet. It's possible they're stuck in "yaoi anatomy"

@  Ashley : (22 May 2019 - 10:35 PM)

I think Slivers in MTG have crossed the bishonen line and looped back around to monstrous

@  wonko the sane? : (22 May 2019 - 09:48 PM)

Maxi, provigo, loblaws.

@  RichardT1977 : (22 May 2019 - 09:42 PM)

Which store brand is it?

@  wonko the sane? : (22 May 2019 - 05:52 PM)

I need to buy more "no name" foods. This pizza is freaking awesome.

@  Bass X0 : (20 May 2019 - 11:16 AM)

SEND THE BOOKS!!

@  Cybersnark : (20 May 2019 - 08:52 AM)

So, now that Game of Thrones is over, when can we get back to The Dragon Prince?

@  unluckiness : (20 May 2019 - 12:19 AM)

Like, half of them nowadays are montages of tweet screencaps from the writer's inbox

@  unluckiness : (20 May 2019 - 12:18 AM)

lol you expected integrity from internet news

@  fourteenwings : (19 May 2019 - 11:33 PM)

I'm mostly confused how news sites went from "Analysing all the amazingness of Game of Thrones" to "Fans sure don't like this season!", like... way to prioritize clicks over a solid editorial opinion

@  fourteenwings : (19 May 2019 - 11:30 PM)

[and there's a recurring setting of a "derelict industrial site"] is this like the Toei Quarry?

@  MEDdMI : (19 May 2019 - 11:17 PM)

@Foffy and then that giant lasagna just tipped over and killed everyone, to be later known as the infamous Bad Monday event.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (19 May 2019 - 10:59 PM)

Ahahaha!!! Go read the reactions for yourself. To say anything more here risks spoiling the finale for subscribing Allsparkers, the quality of this season notwithstanding.

@  Foffy : (19 May 2019 - 10:59 PM)

pretty wild how heathcliff was in the game of thrones finale, i was not expecting that crossover

@  TM2-Megatron : (19 May 2019 - 10:48 PM)

were they still super pissed?

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (19 May 2019 - 10:48 PM)

Well, as someone who is not into Game of Thrones, it sure was entertaining to open up social media this evening to unexpectedly see headlines about fan reactions to the finale. Lmao.

@  Nevermore : (19 May 2019 - 06:12 PM)

But it's also a SUPER-well known location in my region, so these extensive exterior shots without any post production alterations completely ruin the illusion for me.

@  Nevermore : (19 May 2019 - 06:11 PM)

I mean, I get why they did it: It's an existing location that fits the purpose, it's open for the public, and they had to shoot some scenes in my home state anyway to due a subsidizing deal.

@  Nevermore : (19 May 2019 - 06:09 PM)

Needless to say, it's not in Berlin, and even what's seen onscreen is waaaaay too modern for something that's supposed to exist in 1929 (even moreso as a derelict site in 1929). The structures seen haven't even been built until the 1960s!

@  Nevermore : (19 May 2019 - 06:07 PM)

I'm currently in the process of watching season 2 of Babylon Berlin, and there's a recurring setting of a "derelict industrial site" or whatever it's supposed to be on the show, and I easily recognize it as a place only a few minutes from where I live (it's actually a former ironworks site that's been turned into a public park).

@  Xellos : (19 May 2019 - 05:52 PM)

Ever since I went to Japan last year, I have friend who dread watching anime with me due to that...

@  Xellos : (19 May 2019 - 05:51 PM)

Not hugely, but I am the type to notice places once I have been there and say "Hey, I've been there!"

@  wonko the sane? : (19 May 2019 - 05:50 PM)

Half of new york city (on tape.) is actually montreal.

@  TM2-Megatron : (19 May 2019 - 05:50 PM)

I watched Death Wish 5 last night and clearly recognized Toronto streets; didn't pull me out of Bronson's 1-man war on drugs or fashion or whatever it was that pissed him off that time

@  TM2-Megatron : (19 May 2019 - 05:49 PM)

it's nice to finally be thought of as exotic by somebody! lol

@  Nevermore : (19 May 2019 - 05:48 PM)

In an "I cannot possibly make my brain ignore the location I'm familiar with and pretend it's whatever the story claims it is" way?

@  Nevermore : (19 May 2019 - 05:42 PM)

Question for those of you living in exotic locations such as the US or the UK: If you watch a movie or a TV show that features a real-life location as a stand-in for someplace else, and you recognize the real-life location due to having been there in person, does that pull you out of the story?

@  Xellos : (19 May 2019 - 05:15 PM)

Maybe you should have installed macOS in your house instead.

@  Noideaforaname : (19 May 2019 - 04:40 PM)

Nothing like coming home after a long day to find a bird in the house. And then once you sit down for a well-earned rest after leading the bird back outside, you find it had a friend. A friend who *really* doesn't understand how windows work...

@  PlutoniumBoss : (19 May 2019 - 01:26 PM)

Bingo. The big polls don't tell people what's actually happening because that doesn't sell.

@  fourteenwings : (19 May 2019 - 10:59 AM)

IIRC there are good polls but data is easily manipulated so they give people what they want to hear

@  wonko the sane? : (19 May 2019 - 10:58 AM)

The only way to get people interested in politics is to make into reality TV. So they lie to do it.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (19 May 2019 - 01:38 AM)

Yeah, polling these days is garbage.

@  Sean Whitmore : (18 May 2019 - 11:53 PM)

Well, he was an honest man. He wasn’t gonna lie to a 5-year-old.

@  Paladin : (18 May 2019 - 08:34 PM)

Grandfather once said to me, "I'm going upstairs and hug your grandma."

@  Sabrblade : (18 May 2019 - 07:08 PM)

Mama always said that you can tell a lot 'bout a person from 'is shoes...

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 May 2019 - 03:54 PM)

Life is like a box of chocolates. Stay out of the sun or melt into a pile of gross slop.

@  wonko the sane? : (18 May 2019 - 10:26 AM)

Greasy, disappointing and still managing to be over priced?

@  Lancer : (18 May 2019 - 10:22 AM)

... Yes, it is!

@  Noideaforaname : (18 May 2019 - 09:48 AM)

Life's a fillet of fish!


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#21 Glenn

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Posted 24 April 2019 - 08:51 PM

I cant seem to get past the login server.. so *shrug*



#22 Coglestop

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Posted 24 April 2019 - 10:27 PM

The server is struggling under the strain of thousands of former players all trying to get on at once.  There's definitely a demand for the games return.



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Posted 25 April 2019 - 05:08 AM

It's probably going to be an awful lagfest right up until the day it gets shut down by a C&D. Sigh.



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Posted 25 April 2019 - 10:04 AM

Once you get in, it's not so bad, especially if you are in a more sparsely populated zone.

Some of the coders are looking into ways to purge the servers reliance on Ms SQL and win32 so we can get servers running on Linux, but it will take a while. There's a lot of Windows API calls apparently.

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Posted 25 April 2019 - 05:01 PM

  There's definitely a demand for the games return.

 

There was a demand for the game right up to the moment NCSoft slit its throat.

 

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Your fever dream, can't you see it getting closer / Just surrender 'cause you feel the feeling taking over
It's fire, it's freedom, it's flooding open / It's a preacher in the pulpit and you'll find devotion
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So tell me do you wanna go?

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Posted 25 April 2019 - 05:37 PM

That image makes me so sad. :(



#27 Glenn

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Posted 25 April 2019 - 06:44 PM

today it keeps telling me the account name and password is wrong..  ah well not meant to be.



#28 Coglestop

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Posted 25 April 2019 - 06:56 PM

  There's definitely a demand for the games return.

 
There was a demand for the game right up to the moment NCSoft slit its throat.
 
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True. I was just starting to play again when the closure announcement was made. My understanding was it was still profitable right up till the end.

#29 Rust

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Posted 25 April 2019 - 07:05 PM

Issue 24 was in open beta. They axed the game on the cusp of a MAJOR content patch. New powersets, new fixes, advancing the plot post-Praetoria and after the deaths of Sister Psyche and Statesman.

 

Probably the modern equivalent would be if Game of Thrones, for its final episode, just ran a black screen with "THANKS FOR WATCHING".


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Your fever dream, can't you see it getting closer / Just surrender 'cause you feel the feeling taking over
It's fire, it's freedom, it's flooding open / It's a preacher in the pulpit and you'll find devotion
There's something breaking at the brick of every wall, it's holding All that you know
So tell me do you wanna go?

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Posted 25 April 2019 - 09:44 PM

The most plausible theory I've seen was that while CoH was profitable under the rules of U.S. accounting, it was unprofitable under the South Korean rules.  Corporate accounting law is...wildly inconsistent...at times.  Especially when trying to value abstract IP assets and stuff.  There's all sorts of rules about charging certain things to profits (e.g. if a U.S. company lays off a bunch of people to save money, they need to charge it against profits to offset this and avoid an illusory temporary boost in profits due to not having to pay people anymore, but it's not necessarily equal to their savings), and once you add in the idea of using profits from one studio to get another studio going or whatever...ugh, makes Quantum Field Theory look straightforwards.

 

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#31 Coglestop

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Posted 25 April 2019 - 09:45 PM

Think I've found my new main(at least for now, I tend to go a little alt-mad in CoH).

 

Say hello to The Annoying Gnat.  Tiny flying scrapper.C5weQ4A.jpg?1



#32 Rust

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Posted 26 April 2019 - 02:57 PM

The most plausible theory I've seen was that while CoH was profitable under the rules of U.S. accounting, it was unprofitable under the South Korean rules.  Corporate accounting law is...wildly inconsistent...at times.  Especially when trying to value abstract IP assets and stuff.  There's all sorts of rules about charging certain things to profits (e.g. if a U.S. company lays off a bunch of people to save money, they need to charge it against profits to offset this and avoid an illusory temporary boost in profits due to not having to pay people anymore, but it's not necessarily equal to their savings), and once you add in the idea of using profits from one studio to get another studio going or whatever...ugh, makes Quantum Field Theory look straightforwards.

 

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I have a far simpler, and far more plausible, theory. Guild Wars 2 was in the pipeline, and NCSoft decided it had too many MMOs going at once, so they took a hatchet to the one with the least Asian market presence.


Don't fight it, it's coming for you, running at ya / It's only this moment, don't care what comes after
Your fever dream, can't you see it getting closer / Just surrender 'cause you feel the feeling taking over
It's fire, it's freedom, it's flooding open / It's a preacher in the pulpit and you'll find devotion
There's something breaking at the brick of every wall, it's holding All that you know
So tell me do you wanna go?

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Posted 27 April 2019 - 02:34 PM

They're baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack...theyreback.png


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#34 Rust

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Posted 27 April 2019 - 07:24 PM

*Sighs*

 

1105 in queue. It's going to break my heart, but I cannot express how much I have MISSED this game.

 

EDIT: Hour and a half later and I'm 258. Glad I don't work tomorrow, but these queues showcase just how "in demand" the game still is, 6+ years after its closure. Not sure how many people are in-game on the servers total, but that's 4000+ people (As both servers have 2000+ long queues) waiting in line to get on.

 

That's a respectable number of consecutive players for current active MMOs. To put that in perspective, Champions Online averaged 162 players in April via Steam log in. Average number of players per month are around 300 (Except for the almost thousand players they got one month in 2015),


Edited by Rust, 27 April 2019 - 09:05 PM.

Don't fight it, it's coming for you, running at ya / It's only this moment, don't care what comes after
Your fever dream, can't you see it getting closer / Just surrender 'cause you feel the feeling taking over
It's fire, it's freedom, it's flooding open / It's a preacher in the pulpit and you'll find devotion
There's something breaking at the brick of every wall, it's holding All that you know
So tell me do you wanna go?

#35 Coglestop

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Posted 27 April 2019 - 09:32 PM

Indeed.  After a bit of finagling, I got the game to boot in Linux and am now stuck at over 2400 in line.



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Posted 27 April 2019 - 10:31 PM

Never got a chance to play the original. Never got any kind of email with account registration, no matter how many times I tried.



#37 Coglestop

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Posted 27 April 2019 - 10:33 PM

My wife had the same issue.  Try logging into the forums even if you didn't receive the email.  It worked for her.



#38 Rust

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Posted 28 April 2019 - 12:12 AM

Got in, rolled up my mainstays (Killer Leopard, Mister Astonishing, Jumpstart, Thoughtforce, and Zellenleiter), then logged out for the night so other folks can play.

 

I played through Outbreak, Galaxy City, Breakout, and the Praetorian Intros (Made Leopard a Praetorian for variety). Mister Astonishing did a few missions in Atlas. And the gameplay is still extremely solid for a 6+ year old game. Felt good - a bit slide-y but I'm not going to rag on the physics of a early aughts era MMO.

 

Even if the servers vanish tomorrow, it was nice being back. Excelsior server was just created TODAY and I already saw a Level 50.


Don't fight it, it's coming for you, running at ya / It's only this moment, don't care what comes after
Your fever dream, can't you see it getting closer / Just surrender 'cause you feel the feeling taking over
It's fire, it's freedom, it's flooding open / It's a preacher in the pulpit and you'll find devotion
There's something breaking at the brick of every wall, it's holding All that you know
So tell me do you wanna go?

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Posted 28 April 2019 - 12:43 PM

Unsourced He Tell Me is that NCSoft gave Paragon a suitcase of cash and demanded a MOBA. Paragon ploughed it into COX, NCSoft came back and when they had no MOBA they dropped the axe
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#40 Coglestop

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Posted 28 April 2019 - 02:04 PM

One story I heard was the opposite. Ncsoft gave them money for another expansion and they used it to start developing a new IP.



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