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  1. "Way back in the day," he says. Pup! I ran the House Davion call list when Kesmai released the first multiplayer MechWarrior on GEnie ... that's how you go "way back" ...
  2. Lol -- I wasn't actually questioning your policy statement. I think it's brilliant, and lays just the right amount of framework for hanging situation-by-situation rulings on. I've always enjoyed seeing you at work. Not to hurt your feelings, but ... the post wasn't actually addressed to you at all. All 3 points were directed at sites like D2jsp. It's a year out of date, so it wasn't really a direct response to anyone, but I hoped it might open eyes a bit for anyone using a site like D2jsp, and help him or her notice things that might otherwise slip past -- to get people thinking in ways they might not usually think. We often don't see what we don't expect to see, and all that jazz. Call it "consciousness raising." Oh -- and the mention of Eve online wasn't about you, either. Again, it was related to D2jsp, and the idea that this guy is legit. He may have gone into it all legit, and may still be legit ... but there's no way to know whether or not he'll slip down that dark path some day. Not so much "keep your guard up," but more of "don't fall asleep at the wheel; keep your eyes open." I'm not advocating one way or the other about using the site. I'm definitely advocating awareness of the pitfalls if you do choose to do so. It doesn't matter if I agree with your position on the EULA as arbiter or not; as you mentioned right at the top, these guild rules are arbitrary, and if enlightened people like you were the only ones playing these games, we probably wouldn't have EULAs in the first place.
  3. Even though it's a year old, I do love a good philosophical debate. Of course, Sebby would kill me if I tried to get into "morals," but let me just float this: 1. Somebody paid for the development of this game. Yes, he was an ego maniacal, scum-sucking corporate pig, and his grave deserves its daily quota of spit ... but he still supported the people who built it, and he still "owns" it. If he (the EULA) says you'll be banned for trading currency and/or items outside the game ... well, it's kinda rude to go behind his back and break his rules. How would you feel if you came home every day and found random people using your porch swing? No harm, no foul, but ... they didn't pay to put the swing there. And they don't pay the taxes for the house. (Maybe you'd be cool with it, I don't know -- I have met people who were just generous like that. But then, you're "EULA" would say, "Go ahead and use the porch when I'm not home.") 2. Phishing scams can look mighty legit. Just because this guy running D2jsp looks completely legit (read: honorable, employing a form of "civil disobedience" to protest a dishonorable system) ... it doesn't mean he is. I don't mean he's Phishing; I mean looks can be deceiving, and phishing scams are a good example of just how deceiving looks can be. This guy could be a front for gold farmers -- a very clever front, which employs l33t social hacking skills. He might take your US$ for FG, use it to purchase gold from farmers, then use "shill" accounts on the forums to sell it in-game. Keep in mind: he controls the website; he controls all you see and hear. (It would be a give-away if he was selling AION gold already, so he cleverly doesn't do it until other players are doing it. Think long-term; maintain your image. I'm not saying "is:" I'm just pointing out "you have no way to be sure.") 3. Eve Online had a player-owned bank. How progressive is a game if a player can run a bank inside it?!?? People would invest ISK with him, and he'd make a profit with the money, and investors would earn a small amount of interest. The guy was managing billions, back when billions were billions! Then, sadly, a real-life situation came up -- somebody had medical bills or something -- and he caved to the pressure. He embezzled every penny he had collected, and sold it outside the game for a couple thousand dollars. "People are only human." This isn't intended to change policy in any way -- and I hope it doesn't derail the thread. I just wanted to chime in with some cautionary words. Enjoy the games you play! The destination matters, but the journey is the only thing you can guarantee.
  4. It's actually really funny to hear about this, because I considered re-upping my WoW account on Monday (just to goof off while I was sick for a couple days). In the end, I chose to download the latest of the Civilization III "Game of the Month" scenarios and tackle that. I might end up in WoW yet, though. Darkfall beta has taken way too long to get here.
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    Not to be argumentative, but I'll flatly state The Truth: life is 100% about your relationships with other people. Everything else can be measured only by the effect it has on those relationships. And, one of my favorite sayings: money is for doing things, not for having. I totally respect your position, Single. If you're not enjoying what you're doing, right now, this minute, then you really have to ask yourself why you're doing it. Levelling grinds aren't my cup of tea. And, one final thought: if God had meant us to be promiscuous, we would have been born naked.
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    I'm looking forward to trying out Darkfall, because of the possibility of land control. The FPS concept makes me wary, though -- I'm just not good at FPS games, and I don't know how much I can enjoy one. The history of Darkfall's production schedule is a sore point, too. Hard to keep faith. Horizons was the most innovative game I've seen come to market since Shadowbane. It really had a flavor, to toss around a word that's been used often in this thread. Nothing can get past broken gameplay, though, and the large-scale combat just didn't work. This, in a game that was designed around large-scale PvE raids to unlock new server content. WoW did a spectacular job of bringing FPS-rated ping times and control interfaces to an MMO. It wasn't an FPS, because it was select-a-target, but the movement and timing of abilities made it a very active game. If it had included land control, it might have been a winner. (It still very much is a winner, for hordes of people -- pun intended.) As much as I'm watching Darkfall, I'm also anticipating Vanguard, Hero's Journey, and Roma Victor. Any one of those games could turn out to be a winner. After seeing Silk Road, though, I begin to suspect the Next Big Thing will turn out to be some game I will have never heard of until it suddenly hits downloadable status. Dark and Light is dead to me. *snifs imperiously* And I still miss Shadowbane.
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    Oh, is that the name of that place? I never did figure out what it was called. Crypt of Home. Butt-whooping Tentacle Monster. Got it!
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    I can't imagine what COH is, but it's nice to meet you.
  9. Friends hurt you the most, because you don't expect things to ever go badly. Misunderstandings and contrary goals do get in the way, though, just as much with friends as with anyone else you know. It's human. I wish you luck, Banz, wherever your wanderings take you. I don't feel like I ever really knew you, but I did enjoy gaming with you.
  10. It was nice grouping with you this weekend. Welcome to ... here.
  11. Nice to meet you! Is it okay if we call you Tony, or does that nickname bug you? (Ashin, you should know better than to think I'd make fun of someone who works with disabled people for a living. *wink*)
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    The Rock's actually on my "A list" for actors. When he lands a role, he always brings a little something surprising to it. I might see it this weekend. I usually wait for stuff like this to come out on DvD.
  13. True story: I was having dinner with a young lady this week (on my birthday! *bounce*), and I was explaining MMORPGs to her. I described creating a paper doll, and dressing it up, and then going into the game and hunting rabbits and wolves. I explained about seeing other people's dolls in the game, and they were really people all over the country, and you could team up together and hunt together. She immediately made the leap to, "Could I attack the other people instead?"
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