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General Chat / Try this for amusing
« on: January 08, 2007, 08:07:47 pm »
Some guy trying to actually build a flying saucer.

So I guess in 8 months we'll see what a lack of technology know-how and physics will get you when you do something like this. :P

General Chat / Ok... so you know how people...
« on: December 16, 2006, 11:29:59 pm »
use games to make videos and such. But really this is the first time I've seen a fighter game used to make one, it's kinda amusing.

General Chat / Wow... some people are too bored.
« on: December 11, 2006, 10:41:31 pm »
Who would do this to their poor pet rat?

General Chat / Boredom with WoW
« on: November 08, 2006, 09:02:52 am »
I've found myself quite bored with WoW, may move along to something else like Warhammer Online. However, it leave the question that need be asked... what causes boredom in some online games and not others? As a programmer interested in game design, and a consumer who has experienced this first hand numerous times, I honestly think this is an interesting thought. How do you keep players interested for long periods of time??

Now my ideas on some of the things happen to do with social interaction. In WoW, the social interaction is pretty much limited to a bare minimal. Usually when it comes down to it, I think raiding is actually very bad for the game itself. Having content that players need to go through repeatedly 100's of times just doesn't seem like it'd be the greatest of designs to keep players truckin on through and happy.

Aside from that, I think it's the general look of the game itself. While Ragnarok Online (a former game I played) had a bright and cheery graphic set, WoW has an always rather dull and boring graphics set. Pretty much all the color tones get to a dark and dismal look for almost all the end game content (which is pretty much the entire gameplay for WoW). It's like they're limited to a palette of dark grey, brown, green, and orange colors... for EVERYTHING. It's really rather dull after awhile. For anyone who's played WoW, you'd know what I'm talking about. You never at any point see some nice bright sunny green fields, vast blue as BLUE water, or anything like that in the game. It's always the same, no matter where you go.

Lastly, guilds... have no point in the game. The general function of the guild in WoW is for a large group to organize things. Rarely do you see a lot of interaction within the guild itself, and due to the game design, there isn't a whole lot of things you can do "as a guild".

These are just some late night rough thoughts on this, anyone else care to add some to it?

General Chat / Possibly one of the best things I've seen in awhile...
« on: October 25, 2006, 07:15:51 pm »
So uhm, someone seems to have gotten to before microsoft, and the most amusing part is... well... you take a look. :P

General Chat / Fireworks Factory Fire
« on: August 11, 2006, 06:42:03 pm »
This would be friggin awesome to watch! ... from a distance anyhow.

General Chat / Being a Pirate
« on: July 20, 2006, 05:58:54 pm »

General Chat / Optical Camouflage?? Real or hoax?
« on: July 17, 2006, 04:14:07 am »
In the apparent upcoming issues within the middle east, you know american tech is still hiding things that we've probably got hidden (just like back in WW2). Now even though this isn't an actual defense company, this would be quite cool, but also extremely dangerous in the wrong hands.

Problem is, with no "proven tests" it's extremely hard to beleive that it's possible, but still:

General Chat / WoW - Hardware Store
« on: July 10, 2006, 07:58:25 am »
Ok now I know wierd al is funny on his own, but man this video was well made:

The first in a series of guides I indend to come up with to make things easier for all of those who have hosting through! This guide goes through everything you should need to know to manage the web file content of your account.

ADMIN EDIT: Points to new (lowercase) URL.
EDIT: PDF no long available.  What's the use of it? :P

General Chat / WoW music video: Amish Paradise
« on: June 11, 2006, 06:37:52 pm »
I got a bit of a giggle outta this one. Then again, Weird Al is funny as hell just with the music alone.

General Chat / Here Comes DR TRAN
« on: June 01, 2006, 01:55:09 pm »
I found this to be a little amusing,

Here comes DR TRAN

General Chat / Ahahahahaha!! Too much FF!
« on: May 07, 2006, 06:02:43 am »
There comes a point, when people should really stop playing games... This is one of them:

General Chat / WoW Comic
« on: April 09, 2006, 01:54:18 am »
This is a comic that's written and maintained my one of my guildies in Twilight Covenant on the Argent Dawn realm server. Enjoy!

General Chat / Morbid or Funny??
« on: April 04, 2006, 05:57:54 pm »
Ok so the story behind this from what I hear is it's on a WoW PVP server. A guild member of some horde guild died in real life, so they're having an in game funeral for the person... until one of the alliance pvp guilds who are apparently known for being assholes kinda comes in and crashes it. Is this morbid or is this funny?? I can't quite make up my mind.

Granted, it sucks that someone died in real life, but in all honesty, I have no remorse for people stupid enough to play games so much that they don't take care of their own health, don't sleep, or don't eat. Which is something that has happened quite a few times for WoW all on it's own. This is one of the reasons that I think ALL games like that should have some sort of lock out peroid if you've played for X hours straight. Something to force players to get the hell off for at least an hour or two and take care of REAL needs.

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