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Van Hemlock Episode 54
Fri, 5 Jun 2009 09:58:00 GMT [download/play]



This week we have the long awaited return of a topic show. After weeks of special guests ruining things (only joking guys) we get a chance to have a moan about DRM.

We also have the usual news items and the twitter question, which was "Lot of MMO delays of late. Which new MMOs are you waiting for and how patient are you?"

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Episode 54 Discussion Thread

'CSM' by blaktalon
Submitted on 2009-06-05 14:34:28 CST
I personally have been playing EVE for just shy of 5 months, after a hiatus of a year or so. I've seen nothing come out of CSM that affects me in the slightest. I didn't even bother looking at the candidates. I haven't even heard (not that i've searched it out) anything thats talked about in the CSM meetings. If the CSM has been behind any changes recently, I'm unaware of it.

Again, not that i've searched it out, but when a game has it's own "coucil" you'd think they'd publicize what the heck they talk about more than just the voting.



'GARPA' by Bremen
Submitted on 2009-06-05 19:27:32 CST
Van Hemlock mentions imagining a group of goons in labcoats working out secret weapons, and he's actually right. It's called GARPA, Goonfleet Advanced Research Projects Agency, and they're always experimenting with ship fittings and game mechanics to try and find a way to get an advantage. I've read the document, and as I recall it has a warning that it's classified and only members of GARPA can read it.

In this case, it was intentionally released because a member with access to the document defected to AAA, and suddenly AAA was using all the tactics in that document against Goonswarm. It's actually in the swarm's best interests for the shady mechanics involved to be fixed, or atleast declared as outright exploits, so the document was released to the public. I'm sure there are plenty of other secret documents as well, but I'm not a fleet commander so I don't get to read them.



'Unsorted' by Akely
Submitted on 2009-06-06 12:29:52 CST
DRM has ruined my experience several times. I always make a habit about getting even. If I buy a game and DRM forbids me to play it I crack it. And I also reason there is no real meaning paying for any expansion, as they probably would brake my machine again. If I download those expansions or not I'll leave to anyones imagination.


'LOTRO Kinship Contest' by Jaxom92
Submitted on 2009-06-08 01:19:10 CST
Indeed, I had to cringe as well. Not only because it encourages power leveling and ignoring many of the quality stories found in the game, but inevitably some players will try to win by the most efficient means possible: create a new kinship for the sole purpose of power leveling as many characters/alts as possible. Completely defeats the purpose of a kinship. Good idea (to promote kinships) bad execution.


'Warhammer 40K MMO' by McBruce
Submitted on 2009-06-08 18:26:54 CST
The point is you suffer amongst the unwashed populous and die? Right?

Born a Psycher? Sacrificed to the Golden Throne.
Born a Mutant? Tortured and killed by the Space Marines
Become a Heretic? Tortured, questioned, then killed by the Inquisition.
Born a Space Marine? Sacrificed for the Golden Throne.
Born an untouchable? Live a miserable life wherein no one enjoys being around you and die alone.

I am seeing a cycle.

For background, I have only read the Eisenhorn saga, played DoW 1 and 2, and skimmed part of the Dark Heresy source books. The 40k universe doesn't seem to have a big presence in American stores.

-Doc McBruce